What you’ve been waiting for

MIXTAPE COMING THIS WEEK

The Family Affair:  Hosted by The Fans mixtape will be posted right here on the site later this week!  Thanks to all the fans who called in and contributed to the project.  We could have gotten a famous DJ to scream over the tracks, but we’d rather let you all represent.  It definitely gave the mixtape a more personal feel.  Look out for a million other artists to steal the idea now — just remember who did it first.  As previously announced, the mixtape contains new songs, freestyles, and collaborations from the whole Fam.  Aside from the lead single, nothing else on the mixtape is on the album.

ALBUM COMING SOON

Speaking of the album, look out for news regarding the release of Family Business in the very near future.  All I can confirm right now is that it will come out this year.  You can draw your own conclusions from there.  EJ gave his version of how the album came to be so I’ll give a little of mine.  In short, it was gruesome.  I did most of the recording and all of the mixing, and those who know me know that I’m a perfectionist.  It’s challenging enough to mix a solo album, but when you have three different voices on every track — and it’s no easy task just getting three people on the same page — it becomes even harder to make everything sound uniform.  The good news is that aside from having access to better equipment, my engineering skills have also improved greatly since my first album.  I can now hear sounds that most human beings do not register.  Of course, this is a gift and a curse because I drive myself crazy trying to achieve that flawless mix.  I actually had to take a vacation in the middle of mixing this album, because my head was about to explode.  The results were well worth the aggrevation.

Our first song for the project was “Long Hard Road,” which was recorded at Timid’s spot on December 2, 2006.  It was late night/early morning of my album release party/birthday bash, and we had a slew of artists in the spot so we threw a beat on and made everyone get on the mic.  I remember my homie Aday had just gotten off the plane from Houston and walked up in there with his luggage.  When I told him the house rule, he said “Fa sho” and immediately pulled out a pencil and pad from his shirt pocket.  Fifteen minutes later, he was in the booth.  That’s what I call a consummate MC.  We even made my girl Maria say something in Spanish at the end of the song.  That set it off.  I already had my “Dreams Come True” verse in my head along with the hook because I performed it later that night, but the song wouldn’t actually get recorded until 2007.  Most of ’07 and the first half of ’08 were spent recording for the album.  EJ did a lot of flying back and forth from Texas, and when I wasn’t hosting my TV/radio shows in Maryland, or working on And Then There Was One and doing my charity work in Virginia, I was traveling back to New York to work on Family Business.  Since about the middle of July, I’ve been primarily in the mixing phase.

I spoke about the improvements in sound quality from earlier projects, but I’d be remiss not to mention how much better this album is in all areas than our previous work.  That applies to all three of us.  Lyrically, vocally, musically, and sonically, this is the best album we’ve ever done.  Not only do we keep getting better, but I think we bring out the best of each other too.  Of course, you’ll get a taste of that this week with the Family Affair mixtape.  Back to the grind…

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