One of my most vivid childhood memories were long trips from Columbus, Ohio to rural Alabama where both of my parents grew up. Back in those days, before all the major freeways were finished, it would take us forever to get there. We would leave before the sun came up and we wouldn’t get there until the sun was going down. Continue reading
I got a request a little while back about my writing process and wanted to take a quick second to go through it for all those who may be curious. I’m not sure if there is anything that would be considered revolutionary in here, but I do think that some of this may be helpful to those who are interested in becoming more productive with their writing. Continue reading
One of the most common feelings a creative person experiences is self-doubt. Even when you’re 95% confident you’re doing the right thing and making something good, there’s still that 5% that quietly questions everything.
Self-doubt is inescapable sometimes. Continue reading
For several months in a row, I have had a feeing of uneasiness as it relates to my life. It wasn’t a constant feeling–I only felt it every now and then when I slowed down my work–but it was definitely there.
The main reason I didn’t notice it was that I was busier than I had ever been in my career. Not only was my schedule full, but it was full of meaningful projects that I had an emotional connection to and was excited about working on.
But something wasn’t right. Continue reading
I woke up today super excited and confident that today is going to be a good day. Not because I actually have something concrete on the agenda, but because it’s the first day I’m really seeing the impact of a long overdue investment. Continue reading
Whether it’s somebody with a household name or a local celebrity, we all come across people we want to meet and work with. The problem, is how do we approach them without making a fool out of ourselves? In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth we dive deep and give you some rock solid rules for approaching the people you want to work with. These rules should help you become more successful before, during, and after you step to them. Let’s go!
Hello friends. If you know me then you know that Florida is one of my favorite places to play. I’m happy to announce that me and DJ Rare Groove will be returning to Florida in November for three shows. It’s been about a year since I’ve been down there, so I’m excited to return.
Here are the dates: Continue reading
In 2015, I had the honor of being asked to put together a talk for the fourth annual Creative Control Festival in Columbus, OH. The Creative Control festival is an all-day event that holds workshops and lectures on relevant topics for people who work in creative fields. Since I had never done a public talk or lecture before, I was initially nervous about doing it, but I accepted because the opportunity was too great to pass up. Continue reading
Three or four years ago, I used to hand write all the addresses when we did mail orders. Back then, it seemed crazy to think that one day in the future I wouldn’t be able to do that anymore. I was happy that anybody cared enough about my music to support it, so taking the time to write out everybody’s name and address was refreshing. It helped me make sense of who my fans were and what cities they lived in. Continue reading
Last year, my fifth year sober, I didn’t get to write my yearly sobriety post on my sober date, May 15th. Oddly enough, it wasn’t deliberate at all–it was because I was extremely busy at the time. My latest album, King No Crown, had just been released and I was getting ready to head out on the road for a ten-week tour across the United States with Supastition and DJ Rare Groove. I remember telling myself to sit down and write it the week before, but it ended up being impossible to get enough time (and enough quiet) to sit down and write it. Continue reading
My only errand that day was to pick up a pair of cheap sweatpants that I could rock during my workouts. I was sure I could find a pair for the cheap at the thrift store near my credit union. It would be a simple mission: grab the sweats and get out quick.
Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. Continue reading
I have a couple of pieces of paper that hang on the basement wall where I do my morning workout. On these pieces of paper I track information about my workouts. The information goes back to the end of 2013 when I first decided to try to keep track of it and has the date of the workout and the number of reps I did on the bench press. Continue reading
One of the most common questions I get asked is what influenced my production style. It’s a great question, but one that is somewhat hard to answer because I have so many different influences. There are many more than I can list in a post like this, but I will explain five of the songs that influenced me the most as a hip-hop producer. Continue reading
There’s a saying that goes, “choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” that I’ve always loved. The saying really sums up what it feels like for those lucky enough to have careers that they love as opposed to the all too common situation of having a job that they hate. Continue reading
Hello friends and family. As many of you know, we suffered an automobile accident while on tour this summer that totaled my van. Thanks to the contributions of many of you, we were able to get another one! I’ve been quite about the process because the last 3 weeks of being home from the road has involved a lot of driving around the city, state, and neighboring states looking at 15-passenger vans. I know it sounds like a drag, but I met a lot of cool people out there that I otherwise wouldn’t have met (I describe a lot of these adventures on the most recent episode of me and DJ Rare Groove’s Super Duty Tough Work Podcast). Continue reading
I woke up this morning with mixed feelings. I was energized by the fact that my fans wanted to see us finish the tour and chipped in to help buy a replacement van, but a little bit discouraged because I hadn’t been able to actually find an alternative van to buy here in Moline. There was literally almost no 15-passenger vans available in this city, and those that were available were cargo vans or at least 100 miles out. Even more discouraging was the fact that I hadn’t been able to even find one to rent. Renting wasn’t my ideal solution, but I was ready to do it if I couldn’t find anything solid to buy. Continue reading
We woke up at 5:30 am on the day following the accident, to make our way back to Clarence, Iowa where my van had been taken to try to get our things. Clarence is a really small town about ten miles from the scene of the accident, but about 50 miles from where we were staying in Moline IL. Our goal was to get there by 7:30am when they said they would be getting in. Continue reading
Although almost every day on the King No Crown tour has been memorable for one reason or another, today is a day that I will probably never forget because it is the first time that I have ever gotten in an accident on tour and the time I came the closest to losing my life. I am still pretty shaken up by today’s events but I will explain. Continue reading