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Thank You Kobe

 

Ive never claimed to be a huge Kobe fan but I will say the moment I saw this I knew he was going to be a problem!  This was back when nba.com had just kicked off– my friend Nick and I would hit the computer lab and watch this clip along with crazy Jason Williams clips after school, then try and replicate them in basketball practice.

Thank you Kobe.

Damn Gina (Instrumental Lp)

 

When I heard the news that Gina had passed away I immediately thought of you all along with other friends and family. I met Gina around the time I was introduced to HIp Hop and hot wings (06-07). Our relationship was never romantic or physical at all– we just clicked as friends. Gina would swing through and chill as I made beats and watched Martin, I was so new with the mpc at the time man…I really sucked my beats back then were absolutely awful lol. She would dig some of them but overall we just vibed out…talked on the phone more than anything tho. Its crazy when I think back on those times because she was in my life for a short season, and for no reason (positive or negative) we just drifted apart.

When I found out that she had passed away my heart fell to the floor–damn gina. More than 8 years had past since Id last seen her….. … .. . It hit me rough during my downtime or while making beats, the fact that Ill never get a chance to catch up with her again like… Ill never run into her at a show or through the homie or somn. I began to think about all the people I tagged in this post and all of the great times I had with them back in the day and let that fuel the music.

Im really proud of this project! Its a play on musical texture, Hip hop and Jazz. Although I am a sample based producer Damn Gina is 90% original composition. Took bit longer for me to make, but gave me alot of freedom creating from scratch. In the spirit of Thanks Giving… I am so blessed and thankful for you all.

To Gina’s family and close friends:
My heart and prayers are still going out with yall as it was a few years back! Although I only new Gina for a brief season of my life she made and impact on me– and by creating this album I wanted to share her impact on me with you.

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

 

FOTW Occurrence 9 | Reset Listening Session

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My new album RESET is available right now on all digital outlets!!!  Here is a link for iTunes

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id897188920

This FOTW is my media listening session at westend studio– it was dope because I got to explain each joint and the press and friends got to listen to the album at full quality!  check it then got cop RESET

 

 

New Album Reset Available NOW!!

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Ive been so excited for y’all to hear this album!!  So much love and honesty went into making this thing–  Shout out Wanda Jae and Kustoo for the feature verses much love to you both and Justin Mantooth for the incredible master engineering.  Be sure to cop this LP on iTunes and stream on any and all digital platforms!  Your support of this record helps me give you more art so support and share the links

much love D/

Buy my brand new album “Reset”

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/reset/id897188920

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