Part II: Thorough Lee E. P.eace Be Still
Not only do you write your own lyrics, you also produced both albums along with Ced Linus. With this project how was the creative process? Music then lyrics? Vice versa? The creative process with these last two albums was for the most part music first, then lyrics, on a few songs the concept may have already been birthed but not actually written down, on the song Ced Linus produced-Hague Lake, that was like picture perfect. He sent me the track one evening and no exaggeration, I wrote that song in like 15 minutes. I sent it back to him within like 45 minutes. Wrote the song, recorded it and it sent back to him for feedback.
-...'and if she hindering your growth you better terminate her..."One Day (terminather) please tell me the mind set when creating this track? Did u hear the music and come up with the concept or was this already brewing?? Lol!!!! Terminather. Sigh...this concept was already there. When I made the music, I already had in my mind that I wanted it to sound like it could be on the Terminator movie, end of the world like. To be candid, I was on the verge of calling off my engagement. So I went in w/ the climate of the song already in my heart.
Too Much To Dream is a classic example of the versatility of hip hop storytelling using metaphors. Anyone from a Christian to a criminal can relate to the lyrics. How did this song come into fruition?
Too much to dream....well I'm a born dreamer. I tell Ced Linus all the time that most cats don't dream, they fantasize. In my opinion, fantasies can stagnate you but dreaming helps keep you alive. People tell me I dream too much all the time, so that song is a part of my everyday life. The alcohol references came from me trying to reach a close friend who struggles w/ the bottle. Life happens every day, I long to persevere through the daily attacks of the opposition. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
The Girl is a Woman. Very reminiscent of a 90s hip hop record; beat & lyrics "don’t they know this chemistry they just can’t stop." The beat changes here then starts back up with gritty down to earth bars featuring the booming voice of Ced Linus. Who is he & how do u think his abilities to write & produce compliment both projects?
Lol! Ced Linus? Who is he? He's the 1984 version of me. That's my brother, my little cousin, all at the same time. I love that dude. His writing style compliments mine I feel because I'm a stream of consciousness writer; I'm all over the place most of the time. And Ced has the ability to focus (like I've got A.D.D. on the mic Lol). His voice is authoritative as well as his message. We are cut from the same cloth, raised in the same family and live by the same structure. So the complimentary aspect is kind of threaded in. His production style compliments me because he tends to get me back on that gritty track when I'm on my indie rock island, as he did on Hague Lake.
In the words of Mr. Lee himself, “if you don’t get it; disregard…..” ‘Nuff said!
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