Journal entry

Having Fun Again

Last year was crazy busy for me and I feel like I sat on alot of music– Shoot PositiveVibesMatter was done around March last year but I kept sitting on because of the blacklivesmatter movement.  I didnt want to seem like I was just riding that # tag although it inspired the name of the project.  I really feel like I am back at a place were I am having fun with the music– The last time I was this happy making music was around the cartoon beat emporium and Dom Larue EPs (2009)

All glory to God my G– Im over on IG creating mini loop videos similar to how did the Cartoon Beat Emporium so swing thoo @conductorwilliams

So many plans for projects this year that are already in the works:

Show- T1000

HeartFelt Anarchy

BLKFLANL – BLKFLANL3

ConductorSOUL

StikFiga EP

 

Blessings to you all

 

BLK FLANL

 

Got an email from a young visual director telling me he loved my work– said he peeped my Ready, Aim, Beautiful project and wanted to shoot a video for it.  I linked with him for lunch at blue bird bistro and immediately we clicked– jokes on jokes and we both shared a love for God and Madvillain.

Several weeks pass and we are linking once or twice a week to talk music and possible video Ideas then one day he goes– ” In addition to making videos and directing and stuff…I rap too”  Then proceeded to unload bars on me!!  hahaha–  It was a great moment because it was all about the lyrics, passion, and hunger.  That moment spawned BLK FLANL

Barrel Maker X D/WILL = BLK FLANL

 

RESET DROP OUT part 2 + Journal Entry: “Soar”

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I intended for “Soar” to be the first track on reset because it was the first song I created after I had the idea for the album.  As I created beats I just felt like I wanted to push myself more and although this beat is fire– I scrapped it.  I absolutely love the verses and prolly will use them at a later date for something especially the second verse!  I actually have a version of this song with Wanda Jae singing on it so this could possibly land on her album.  5 days until the reset and I couldn’t be more excited– so much good news on this record and I feel like its a new beginning for me as a producer.

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RESET DROP OUT + Journal Entry: “Let Me Work”

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This joint is a pretty revealing one lyrically and was a last minute cut– I mean the day I delivered the flash drive to the mastering engineer last minute cut!

Maybe 3 years ago or more Izzy (heartfelt anarchy) and I played at the american royale here in Kansas City.  This was pre what heartfelt stage show is now, no mask, no lights, no finger drumming, just Iz rapping and me behind turntables.  We rocked hard that night tho’! — so hard that they asked me to dj for a while after our set.  After our set the promoter approached Izzy and I and said “Marc Ecko is here and wants to meet y’all in his trailer”

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Reset Update 30

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My project “Reset” has entered the mastering phase– Im so nervous.  Im such a hands on type of cat where it feels weird not being apart of this process 100% .  Although,   I have one of kansas city’s best mix and master engineers working on it.  Justin Mantooth is a monster on the boards and he understands the sound I want.   Met with him last week we chopped about music and life– he told me some awesome Ideas for the mix down .  If all goes well…then the album will be released digitally 7/21/14 !!  RESET!!!  10 songs — Until drop date imma give y’all as much of the inside content as I can.  This record means a lot to me because its my story of why I need to slow down my life and ultimately- Reset.

I really wanted to connect and listen to god during the process of making this record.  I wanted the process to be pure and every time I felt that external factors were influencing the music– Id shut down for a couple days, reconnect with god, reset and restart the process.  To get a better understanding of what I’m talking about check out my “kill me” single from a few months back.

Of course Reset is full of soul– but not entirely like my “lamb and lion ep”.   Reset definitely has some banger moments on it and some of my best pocket barring to date– can’t wait for y’all to hear it

Keep it locked

#TBT RTL part 2- Intro (Via London)

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Today we will continue the RTL #TBT(2008) mini series with this joint!  We were about finished with the project and we realized that we didn’t really have an intro.  I chopped up a few records and made beats for an intro but nothing was working– everything I made seemed rushed and stale.  I decided to take a break from the beats and hit up a pawn shop (at the time I was on the hunt for a lefty bass guitar).  When I arrived at the pawn shop the first thing i noticed as I walked through the door was a mircokorg!!!  I was so excited, but kept my cool as I played with the synth.  The sales associate walks over and says “name your price young man, that thing has been here forever”.

I could tell he had no idea what I was holding nor did he know its worth so I replied “…man for this junker i’ll give you fifty bucks”

He took the deal and I left the store super pumped, got home plugged it up and added a baseline to one of the beat I had made earlier that day!  Rhymedy came through I had the beat playing and we wrote and recorded this!!

 

Stik heard this beat and immediately thought banger!!  Originally it was suppose to be Stik on the hook, but during the final mix down I didn’t think he sounded that good and decided to redo it,  I figured a different voice would add a bit more texture to it and my voice has more growl than his.  Stik Murked!!

#TBT RTL- Graffiti

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Before the all the records in my discography– I was part of a rap duo called RTL with my homie Rhymedy…this is circa early myspace days.  We would kick it about everyday write raps and make songs.  I met Dylan (Rhymedy) at a community center I usta work at– He was a super quiet dood, yet had a very rough sensability…. we clicked, he told me he did spoken word but never really thought about rapping for real.  Meanwhile that was what I was all about!!  I was developing a pro like pocket rap style and was writing everyday so I was super sharp.

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