Saturday, January 15, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011 Gambitt 7 comments
The Beginning ...I met Justin when I was about 17 or 18...he being 15 or 16 at the time while I was in the process of moving back and forth to Virginia from Louisiana. We had a few friends in common and I would always see the dude in the mall either working or walking around pushing out his CD's he was recording back then (I still have one of the original discs some where). So we never really got the time to kick it and hang out but we always had that "hustler's respect" for each other on the times we did meet. Back then I wasn't into beats, I was into doing my chopped & screwed mixes so we didn't have a common ground with music yet. 5 + years later after I moved and then he also moved back to New York, we finally met again thru another mutual friend. At that time I was just getting my beats to sound the way I wanted them to and a week later Justin became the 1st artist to record over one of my beats. His ears heard what I wasn't able to because I hadn't did anything serious yet...so in a way I owe him for that. Some of my production appeared on past projects of his after that day...then the idea of an EP came up.
A year later ...after a few unrelated things happen we got to talking about having Justin come out from NY to VA at my crib to start working on a project completely produced by me. Shit...like a month later the guy shows up one night and we got started. 3 weeks was the recording period and then he shot back out to NY. Justin and I kind of had different ways of looking at the project far as the finishing touch. Finally we decided he would release his version and I would release mine. Instead, my version(Reflections:Cajun Soul Version) sat in the vault because I wasn't sure of it and Justin just used a few songs for a promo disc he was running.
Recently ... while knocking out my "Don't Say I Didn't Warn U" project I've went back to the vault. The project with Justin sounds...better. I've had this happen with certain beats...it's as if they need to mature before being release to the public. A long with that I had finally got an idea good enough for the project that it was worth going in with.....
Music Colored Red
...Justin and I dig the same color...which is red. We agreed that the color red stands out and it says so much...passion, anger, love, aggression, attitude, etc...so does the music in this project.
Spoke w/ Justin a week ago...he's excited about it. The way I'm mixing it will be different but it may be the way I will continue to go. Nothing over board or too major...just stepping my level up. Going to flood the net with it before the end of the month. Previews coming soon :)