Thanks for checking it out bro, I'll let him know.
Truthfully I haven't listened to rap in ages, but his mixtape really hit the spot. Its got a ridiculous number of plays in my itunes... too bad my favourite tracks (Could You Do It, Find A Way, Impossible) aren't available on youtube or I would've posted those.
He put out some info recently on the tracks as well:
"For The Game"
The first track off of my mixtape was produced by Jorge Flores (aka Micka Mex). It serves as an introduction to Almost Back, in which I discuss many of my motivations for writing lyrics and many of the pitfalls I try to stay away from. I like to make my intro song a long stream of consciousness (similar to what I did on Almost Gone) without distractions from a chorus, although I do incorporate an ominous bridge and outro. That last 16 bars I go on a tangent about the possibility that I have already produced art in previous lives that inspire me to produce MORE art in each concurrent life. I'm basically just giving a little commentary on the connection I feel with artist who inspire me.
"Riddle Me This"
The song was a concept that kinda popped in my head while I was half asleep. The easy part was writting the riddles, the hard part was picking the answers. I didnt want them to bee too hard or too obvious. the sample I added to the beat is from the original Riddler from the first Batman series... it is not Jim Carey. I had more fun writting this than any other song... and I still get emails with people begging for the answers.
The song "Run To" is without a doubt the fastest song I have ever written and recorded. From the time I got the instrumental I had written AND recorded the hook and all three verses in just over two hours. On this record I tried to throw jabs of political commentary into what might otherwise be a pretty laid back record. Content is not hyper abundant, but I had a fun time manipulating my flow to the Southern style instrumental (which I jacked and rearranged from Scarface's "Unexpected." I really felt like Scarface wasted an otherwise awesome beat on a sloppy song.) Peep my 'stand-up' routine during the fade out at the end.
I called this track "Golden Child" and I wrote the song as a sequel of sorts to "Momentum" (Youtube it) off my first LP. I'm essentially talking about my reasons for returning from my hiatus and why I couldn't fight the urge any more to start recording again. Favorite lyric? "No I don't rap for the fame, I rap for the pain, deep down that's trapped in my brain"... I liked it so much that if you listen carefully you can hear me chant it quietly over each hook... I bet Tanner Sims and Paul Thompson didn't even notice that at first lol... Props to Mr. Clancey for the instrumental
The concept behind Scars was to write about the three incidents in my life that I felt had the most profound effect on me. All three incidents were pretty traumatic and I still have the emotional Scars today. Although the song is about me, if you read deeper into it you can see how all three stories give a more poignant commentary on what my mother's life must have been like and ultimately how my experiences likely pale in comparison to hers. Fun fact: I toiled over using the word "splatter" or "spatter" on verse one. I know 'spatter' is more concise and accurate especially when describing blood, but it's one of those words that you hear and at first you think you heard it wrong because 'splatter' is so much more widely used. So rather than possibly distract anybody, I just went with the more commonly used word. A worthwhile concession I think.