All the tracks on the album are done. All I’m waiting for is Destiny Soprano to re-record her part on “Bomb Squad” and it’s a wrap! She’s coming by tomorrow to record her part, and as soon as the mixing is over, it’s being sent over to TuneCore and it’ll be on its way to iTunes. March 1, 2010 is the tentative release date, as it usually takes 4-6 weeks for iTunes to have stuff up via TuneCore.
I released “Phase 2 – Lyrics to an Identity” almost 5 years ago. It took 5 years to make this album, and it’s gone through so many iterations and name changes that at one point, during a low point in my life, I didn’t think the album was going to come out. I have to thank God for that one (and everything else), because ever since I started playing in the church band every Sunday and cleaning up some of the stuff in my life that needed cleaning, I became revitalized and re-inspired. I’m not exactly making Christian music right now totally, though I have made Christian songs in the past, but He’s blessed me anyway with inspiration, wisdom, and freedom of creativity.
The acronym in the title of the album, “Phase 3 – L.Y.R.I.C.A.L. Without Fear,” stands for Leave Your Regrets In Christ And Live. This is the basically the approach I took with the album as time went on. The songs that were going to originally be part of the album were all pretty standard, and although I love every song I make, it was the songs that were different from what I’m used to doing that were the most enjoyable to make. There were three guitar solos (“Mostly Boast,” “Found Me,” “The Bomb Squad”), a video game sample (“Call to Arms” from Final Fantasy VI), a symphony orchestra (courtesy of Project SAM Symphobia, on “Round and Round”), capoeira rhythm (“Roll Your Windows”), blaring choirs with my “Bleeding Heaven” technique (on “Devastator,” more on the “Bleeding Heaven” technique later), multi-layer samples (“Roll Your Windows”), Beatles style build up and scream (“Mostly Boast”), live drums, bass and piano recordings (“Live Hip-Hop,” available on the iTunes version of the album) and other things. Although some signatures of mine are there, this album sounds distinctly different from my past two, and I think it’s for the better.
As far as concepts go, I think “The Bomb Squad” was the most fun. You also have “Found Me” and “Round and Round” which are both incredibly personal to me. “Mostly Boast” was the record that I let loose on and I stopped caring about what people would say if I did certain things in my music. “Call to Arms” was actually inspired by a crew of people I was running with that was finally getting over past beefs to go have fun again. “4 My Ghostwriter” actually makes the idea of a ghostwriter a more positive thing (listen to the song and you’ll see why). “Do Something” was my declaration that I wouldn’t just sit around and do nothing, especially after my best friend Rain past away in 2007. “Every Move” was me slowly getting to the point where I wouldn’t let people dictate what I rhyme about. “Handle Our Biz,” “Spear,” and “You Need To..” were getting my people involved with some 5fam love. “Devastator” was simply me kicking ass and getting you to want to kick ass too; in some ways an “I OWN YOU” part two.
I had a lot of fun with this album, and about just as much frustration. All the frustration was worth it though, and what resulted was an album that I’m most proud of and can’t wait to show the world. I’ve even got a plan for the songs I will perform, and hopefully I can gain some traction with some new listeners.
I have to thank everyone who helped me on this album with their contributions: Harmony Speaks, Destiny Soprano, CoCoa, DiMpLeZ, Brian Bullion, FoRcE oNe, Less, K-Maculate, ADM, Boy Gnyus, Vincent, Takewun, JC and SL. Each recording was a fun (and funny) experience. Especially “The Bomb Squad,” which took two years to complete and everyone in MsP had a role and their voice recorded on it.
Hopefully, when you listen to it, you’ll learn some things from it, whether it’s personal to you or on a musical/lyrical level if you are a musician. Either way, most importantly, I hope you enjoy the music when it comes out on March 1, 2010.
Thanks for reading also! More to come!