So here we are. After numerous EPs, mixtapes, and whathaveyous we've arrived at what I'm declaring my first official album. I've been writing hip-hop in the form of lyrics for over a decade at this point in time. It quickly evolved from "let's see if I can do this" at age 13 to the borderline all-consuming passion it is now. Around five years ago I created my first instrumental. It was nothing impressive. Two lines of synth and a standard boom-pap drumline. For the most part I left the producing to Awkword P or any of the other amazingly talented producers it's been my pleasure to work with (I mean it when I say "with" because I always feel the need to obtain the producer's stamp of approval before proceeding with a song, more often than not working directly with them on the development of a track).
This time around I decided I wanted to lend my hand to the making of the music, not just the poetry. I really delved into it, leaning heavily on my background in piano (I am now very thankful for the mandatory 7am practices I endured for most of my childhood). As a result, over half this album produced by yours truly. Originally it was released as an EP that was entirely self-produced. But I found myself working with others and a few tracks got finished up that I didn't want people to skate over as standalone singles. I expanded the project to a full album and here we are. I'm proud of the end result and I hope you enjoy.
released April 4, 2015
Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,9, and 12 produced by Tommy "Young Fantom" Farrey
Track 6 produced by Tim Bertucci
Tracks 7, 8 and 10 produced by Sean "Awkword P" Stephens
Track 11 produced by Michael "Bertier" Bartoli
All vocals written and performed by Tommy "Young Fantom" Farrey and featured artists.
Additional vocals on track 3 performed by Nicole Wernimont