How I go from rocking to the loud in your face, ridiculously banging beats of GTA at HARDFEST to playing this minimalist Four Tet jam on repeat is one aspect of my personality I can’t say I fully understand. The truth is my entire life is full of seemingly opposite worlds constantly co-existing in parallel. As an adolescent I would go from performing in the White House and Carnegie Hall to the project hallway, Haarlem to Harlem, theses days it’s Billionaire birthday parties, private planes to the 1 train, goldware Thanksgiving dinners to scrappy Christmas parties in the Bronx.
Can you believe this shit Guru? I’m from the hood man!
No the REAL hood hood, not the RAP hood. The REAL hood, Like three pair of pants, pair of sneakers, My moms is bustin’ her ass.
Nigga I’m goin to Japan tomorrow! YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M SAYING?! Can you believe that? I’ve seen the best of the best, worst of the worst, I’m still here…” – Jay-Z
Shit man, I’ve come a long way! My life has been rich with duality and I couldn’t be more grateful for it because of the unique perspective it gives but I have to be honest, riding that line isn’t easy. Most people see one or the other but to constantly live, breath and be in that center makes it hard to identify with most. But that’s what motivates me man, my unique existence in the midway. It’s what inspires everything I do and my philosophy for creation. EMPT was born out of that energy, it will always be that energy.
I remember hanging out Downtown either with Roy, all the Rocafella people and beautiful girls crushing at The Box, Jane Hotel or whatever was hot when they first opened and hearing all this great music, experiencing these moments all by myself. Then I would go back Uptown, over to LA, back to New York and realize how all the different circles I ran with were deprived of each others music and experiences. I thought that was unfair and decided to do something about it and bring justice for all or music for all aka Et Musique Pour Tous.
Sometimes I feel alone because of my place but I’m starting to embrace this thing, after all it’s what’s unique to my DNA and gives me that advantage. Sometimes people think I’m shallow or only care about success and money. They can’t understand why sometimes I work so hard and sometimes party harder but that’s just my life. Shit…
I’m shocked too, I’m supposed to be locked up too
If you escaped what I’ve escaped, you’d be in Paris getting fucked up too…
I didn’t mean to get that deep into all of it but that’s what I love about minimalism in music, it can serve as a canvas for expression. When music is in your face it’s really doing all the talking for you but jams like this just give the mind space to create. If you’re in the trap aka work right now press play on this one and zone out for a minute, you’ve earned it. Enjoy.