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“Everyday Denver” EP – My snapshot of and dedication to the MileHighCity as it changes and rearranges. Album will be released mid-late June.
Features beats by Mikey Fresh, Soul City Studios, Denver. Each track features live trumpet solos by Randy Runyan, master trumpeter, Denver. Recorded by Owen Trujillo, Late Nite Studios. Produced by DJ Icewater.
I will be pressing 1000 copies of the album, most of which will be given away free and distributed throughout the Mile High City.
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This is not an album review.
Just my reflection, listening…
shooting golden arrows, vibrations tongue in cheek
karmic shine up in your head
a balance beam of light
under shadows we ignite seasons
up in your head these ballots and coffin boxes sing ballads away and away while character assassins talk talk away
fly by maps my own spells
i put my heart on your scales
and weigh wise cracks
against these laws
that crash skulls
up in your head, this human
plucks heart strings
inside a music box
and me, i save the best
for last, lost ones just(?)
whistling away you strays
cuz one way or another we all pay
for this fame…
Felicidades to a skilled emcee, Bianca Mikahn on her new release Nightdreams & Daymares.
Happy to see her co-creating with my long-time collaborators Diles and Hakim Be.
EP mastered by my main man DJ Icewater.
I never sold out a show, or my soul
They say never say never but low and behold
Ever isn’t ever so forever I’m a glow
Dough or no dough my endeavors are a GO - Mike Wird
Billboard vs. masterpiece up on the streets
Big money studios vs. home-cooked beats
Sex sells vs. b-girl skill
Studio thugs ballin’ vs. real souls rottin’ in jail - Pablo Kee
The Soul Pros present a conundrum: Selling out vs. being Soul’d Out. OG emcees Mike Wird and Pablo Kee lace DJ A-L’s soulful beats with down-to-earth flows and clever word play. Classic hip-hop samples and audio snippets from old business seminars provide context.
When’s the last time your soul smiled at hip-hop?
This isn’t an album review and I’m not a music critic. I’m an artist, often frustrated with the shady business aspects of this work I love. At a moment I thought I needed a break from the game, $OUL’D OUT reminds me why we create. I’m ready for more work.
Blessed to contribute to this project and add it to the cannon. Soulful. Professional. Get it.