It's been a crazy year y'all. I've been quiet, but I think it's time I came from the heart and let everyone know what's REALLY been going on. This might get long...
I'm gonna keep it 100...when the homie Xaph decided he didn't wanna be full time part of this anymore, it threw me for a loop. He's been my right hand man since day 1 and without him I probably wouldn't have gotten to do half the amazing things I've been able to do with this music ish. Still, we hit the studio and kept making tunes...some with Xaph and some w other people. I dropped a couple joints i am really proud of and it felt like we were hitting a rhythm and working towards Chiddy Bang 2.0. I was getting ready to drop this new mixtape and head on tour...
Tour. Booked a ton of dates with Timeflies and I was excited to get back on the road and just be on stage vibing with you all. Played our hometown show to a super dope crowd at Electric Factory. After the show everyone was chilling backstage feeling good when some dumb shit went down between the bouncers and some of our crew. It definitely got taken too far on both sides and a fight broke out. Even though it wasn't cool and not something I would condone, nothing like that ever happened at one of our shows before so I figured it would blow over by the next day and we could forget about it. BUT that didnt happen. Next thing you know we're kicked off the tour because apparently we became too scary for some of the younger fans at the shows. Chiddy Bang...scary? i dunno. But shit happens and you have to deal with the consequences. I get it.
At this point - I just want to finish up new music and get it out...for the fans, but also for myself. I had a bunch of songs ready to go and wanted to start figuring out the next album so that we can also put together the mixtape ahead of that. But it's not that easy when you're signed to a major label. In case you didn't notice, even when we first signed our deal - it took forever to actually get an album out. In the meantime we put out mixtapes and leaked songs, but really what did we sign to a label for? It's really so that you have some sort of promotion behind your music so you can get it out to more people. If we were just gonna drop mixtapes by ourselves - what were we even doing on a label? All they did was hold things up and take things down that we posted and generally made it harder to get music out. It's kind of backwards.
So here we were again. While I'm feeling better than ever about the music -the label doesn't hear the "hit" so they would send us back to keep recording until we came up with something they liked. To make matters worse, or label is caught up in being bought by another label so we don't even really have a "team" over there. Everyone is fired and I'm kind of sitting in limbo until the European Union figures out if any anti trust laws are violated...what? What does that even have to do with anything? This shit is crazy.
It fucks with your spirit a little bit. But it's cool. That's what I signed up for.
Then I start wondering - is this really what I signed up for? I remember the days sneaking into the studio at Drexel and just fucking around making shit that only we cared about. We werent thinking about radio or impressing a label or trying to make hits. We were just doing our thing. So the past few months I've been in the lab just getting back to that frame of mind. I cant really control all these outside factors, so I just focused on what i can control. I've learned a lot about this business of music the past few years and i'm not one of those dudes who is all grumpy and bitter complaining about how shitty it is to be signed to the big bad corporation. There are pros and cons to all of it. And I've had a plenty of pros along the ride so far.
I'm just letting you guys in on what's been going on and explaining why there was a lull in activity...and maybe venting a little too ha. But I'm back in the right frame of mind and about get back on my grind. There are a bunch of shows coming up and there is plenty of new music about to drop real soon regardless of how it happens.
I appreciate all of you, for real.