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Last week, I announced my album Two-Headed Monster is coming. This week, I share the music with you. Here is the first music video and title track from my upcoming album “Two-Headed Monster” due out May 22nd. The video is directed by Visual House Media.
Two-Headed Monster is out May 22nd. Preorder your copy HERE.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two years since I’ve released a full-length solo album, but it’s true. The year 2016 was all about the Vigilante Genesis project, which was only a seven-song EP (not a full-length album) and the year 2017 was all about the King No Crown Movie. Even though I take filmmaking very seriously–it’s nearly impossible to be decent if you don’t–I never lost any of the love I had for making music. So I never stopped working on music during that time. Now I finally have something new that I feel really proud to share with you.
I have had the had the pleasure of being featured on Forbes.com in an interview about film, podcasting, real estate, and finding your own lane. It’s a really dope feature that I’m really proud of and you should definitely read HERE.
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As many of you know, I have done a lot of touring during my career as an independent artist over the last fifteen years. However, I fell back quite a bit the last couple of years. Well, I want to make it known now that I’m making plans to do quite a bit of touring in 2018. That means that I will be releasing a lot of new music next year and trying to bring it to your city to perform.
I’ve been looking forward to today for a long time. After doing screenings across the country this summer and fall, today is the official release date of my first film, King No Crown. Two weeks ago, I had the last screening here in my hometown of Columbus, last week I mailed out all the preorders for the VHS and deluxe DVD, and this week the on-demand version can be watched right now on Vimeo. It’s finally here.
Over the last two months, I’ve had some amazing screenings for my King No Crown movie in the Midwest and East Coast. Starting next week, I’ll be hopping in the van and bringing the film to one of my favorite regions–the South. Here’s the schedule:
This week begins the second week of my King No Crown film screening tour. While the previous screenings focused on the Midwest, this week we will be screening the film on the east coast. Get your advanced tickets now if you haven’t already. Here are the details:
Two weeks ago the most infamous podcast dropped an episode called “The Worst Rap Performance Cliches” where we broke down all the things rappers do on stage that used to be dope but need to be put to rest. Since that episode we realized that we forgot a few more really important ones. So we’re doubling back and laying the smack down on five more cliches that rappers need to put out to pasture because we wouldn’t be the most infamous podcast on planet earth if we didn’t. Bang!
If there were an American city I’ve played in during my music career more than my hometown of Columbus, OH it would have to be Minneapolis, MN. My first time here was when my group Greenhouse Effect and Illogic made the drive out to play at Brother Ali’s Rites of Passage cassette tape release, which was back in the year 2000, if I remember correctly. Since that time, I’ve been here more than I can remember. From playing shows, to starting and ending tours here, to visiting friends and even dating women here–it’s been like a home away from home. So it should come as no surprise that I was very much looking forward to screening my King No Crown movie in Minneapolis and felt it was one of the cities I had to bring it to.
In my quest to learn more about filmmaking, I’ve watched countless hours of video interviews from filmmakers. For the most part, these interviews have been about the technical aspects of filmmaking (shot composition, story telling, etc.), but there are also a good amount of interviews that are about the journey of these filmmakers and their mindset. I’ve always believed that having the right mindset will take a person much further than just having a skill, so I’m always interested in hearing people explain what really motivates them.
Things have really started to come together the last couple of weeks for the release of my King No Crown film, so this update will feature a lot of announcements that I’m really excited about.
Its been a couple of weeks since I wrote any updates on the King No Crown movie that I’ve been working on. This wasn’t because things haven’t been happening or because I haven’t been working on the film–I certainly have–I just wanted to get a few things ironed out before I gave another update.
In my last update, I was deep in the not-so-fun post-production process. Although I’m not 100% finished with with post-production, I am very close. I’m at least close enough to where I feel comfortable moving forward with the next step, which is…
This has been an exciting week as far as progress for my King No Crown movie goes.
After a two-week setback that was caused by converting my entire film over to a newer version of Final Cut Pro, I finally finished redoing the color and most of the sound. This allowed me to get the film back where it was before I decided to convert it. Even better, because I now have more powerful features than I did before, things are actually looking and sounding better than they did before. Initially, I wasn’t happy about sacrificing two to three weeks redoing work I had already done but, now that it’s finished, I’m convinced it was worth it. It looks and sounds better than it did before all this, which is all that I could ask.
This week, I started working on a trailer for the film.
Today is the day. I have officially been sober for seven years today.
One of the coolest things about being sober is probably the fact that once you get sober your sober date kind of becomes your second birthday. That part is pretty awesome to me.
Throughout my entire creative career, I’ve been a man of few tools. While many of my peers were going crazy about and purchasing the latest and greatest music production gear, I was holding still, using the same old reliable gear that got me where I was.
As a former Information Systems guy, I was always curious about new gear and advances in technology of beat-making, but something didn’t seem right about constantly upgrading my gear before I had truly mastered it. So for the first seven or eight years of my music career I used the same gear; an MPC-2000 sampling drum machine, Pro Tools, a $99 mic, and my records.