Everything is Everything
I had a serious crush on hip hop while I was growing up. I can remember purchasing my first Eric B & Rakim tape back in the late 80’s, getting home and not taking it out of my walkman for what seemed like months thereafter. It was on constant repeat. That was all it took, I was hooked on it. The beats, the samples, the variety and the ridiculous amounts of creativity that came from an era that produced some pretty incredible releases (late 80’s through mid-90’s). Living in a fairly small town, I had to special order almost every album I purchased. None of my friends listened to what I was in to so it became something special to me that only I knew about. Searching out titles and trying new releases based on record labels and artist affiliations. No internet, just a stack of magazines and hunger for these beautiful beats. But I digress…
As I got older, it really helped define a direction creatively and musically for me, whether I knew it or not at the time. When I finally started recording and bought my first instruments, I wound up with a sampler and a groovebox, intent on recreating what I had been listening to for the last twelve years or so. Which more or less brings us to this release.
Several months ago, I started my remix of Common’s I Used to Love H.E.R. with the intention of slowly accumulating and releasing a handful of selected remixes as a free release. Sort of a tribute to hip hop through my hazy musical filter. So here it is, after several months of late nights and drowsy sessions. Hopefully this will tide you over until my split EP release with A Gap Between. Enjoy!