Sometimes kids dream of love but get stuck in their ways…The people that love us can be a catalyst for growth as they push you to move closer to your goals, but at the same time they can also be a catalyst for stagnation. Often times in relationships, we can actually be our own worst enemies, and our old ways can keep us from moving forward even though we say we know better. Insanity has been described as doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results, and there’s nothing that can make a person crazier than being in love. We’ll keep trying until we break the habit…until we’re no longer stuck in our ways…and until we allow ourselves to change for the better.
Episode 3: Stuck
Produced by Alvin Allure
Additional Vocals by M-Trey
Mixed by Sam Sherbin
Additional Mixing by Edward J. Nixon
Mastered by Sam Sherbin
“All we ever wanted was everything we couldn’t have”
I really hope you guys enjoy this EP. I’ve worked tirelessly for over a year on it, but the project became that much more meaningful, and that much more relevant in light of recent events. Little did I know when I decided to give my EP this title in the summer of 2012 that the notion of the existence of a Black American Dream (or the lack thereof) would become so needed. I hope this project not only provides you with great sonics and artistic inspiration for the summer, but also gives you an insight on the aspirations of our generation. This has truly been a project that has tested me personally, as all graphic design, concepts, beats (except one…shout out to Drew Beat), lyrics (excluding features like Nate Howard and M-Trey), all the recording, mixing, promo work, etc were all done by myself. I hope the attention to the quality of the end product shines through when you hear it.
I also hope this project allows you to explore the questions of if a “Black American Dream” exists, and if so, what it would look like or how we would get there. If nothing else, I hope you’re able to create your own American Dream to aspire to and push towards. -A
Here it is. This is the 2nd single from my upcoming summer project. Got on my Chicago wave for this one. Features Chi-Town native M-Trey, and produced by Drew Beat. Check it out below (and support on iTunes HERE) and let me know what you think.