No 'I' in 'Team'

There’s an 'I' in 'Five Steez', but even though you see my name on my EP, in no way was it I alone that made it a reality.

I like to pride myself on being an independent artiste. I am my own label. I am even my own manager and executive producer. These are many hats to wear, and it can be tiresome, but I do have help – more than I ever had.

My recording engineer, Stephen Bravo, has been very accommodating, patient and diligent in his work with me. He helped to bring out the best in me as a recording artiste, paid great attention to detail and made the process easier for me to simply focus on being an MC in the booth.

Capish handled the mixing from thousands of miles away and it was easy working with him and getting the final product to sound the way I envisioned.

While hardly involved in the creative process of this latest project, my studio partners deserve their own recognition. Inztinkz, TSD, Bravo, Kid, Massy and I have been managing Gambling House Recording Studio, and without them being on board, I would not have that space available to do these recordings. K. John gave us the green light and we've been running the studio since February of this year.

One of the first things people are likely to encounter from this project, especially online, is its artwork. Lauren Watkis did an excellent job with the ‘War for Peace’ artwork and she was still kind enough to use her talents in creating the visuals for ‘These Kingston Times’.

This website, through which I now communicate with you, is also an essential part of the movement. It was designed by Gynelle Findlay, of Hybrid E-Solutions, who taught me everything I needed to know to continuously update this site.

Also, thanks to Nathan Cowan, the director of ‘Welcome’, who is also the man behind Nomad Carlos’ ‘BP Meets UC’, which is the very first official music video in which I appeared. We have a history working together and hanging out so it made sense to have him direct the first music video for ‘These Kingston Times’.

As for the music itself, I could not have done it without the producers – Bravo, DJ Crooks, Symbo Science, The Patents, Truck Julius, OneMan Beats and Phil Chronics. They made the beats that inspired me and brought out these rhymes. K. John, Kash Kapri, France Nooks and Nomad Carlos all did their thing on ‘The Starting Five', making it a classic. I even prefer all their verses over mine.

Last but not least, give thanks to the universe, which has allowed me to conceive this project, complete it and now, release it. I’m always guided by signs and seemingly random occurrences and I’m satisfied and grateful this journey I embarked upon with this EP turned out this way.

I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.

Last modified on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:19