Kamari - Babyboy. My beautiful baby boy. My son. It's no coincidence that I've started promo for this album on your bday. Your first bday. Happy birthday! This album is for you. This album is your album. Your "dada" gets himself into the craziest things. When you're old enough to read this I want you to know that you are the biggest blessing my life has ever been given. You're the purist being I've ever witnessed. You're my everything. Sometimes I break down looking into your eyes. Same color as mine. Your nose. Shame shape as mine. Your lips. Same as mine. Your cheekbones. Same. You're why I work as hard as I do. I've sacrificed so much to get to where I am to show you to never give up your dream. Ever. You will always find a way out of harm, but the path of least resistance often times leads to misery, babyboy. Be happy in this lifetime. Rejoice. Outlive life before life outlives you. & remember that appearing crazy to a society built on normalcy means you're doing something right. I love you and will always love you from this realm and beyond. I wish words could properly express that.
Cassandra - seeing you in labor giving birth to the light of both of our lives was incredible. We hard the worst time afterwards trying to figure out this co-parenting thing, but I want to thank you for being who you are. Being who you are enough to look past my mistakes as I've looked past yours. Thank you for coming to an agreeable medium. Our son is the benefactor of our decision. We are much better where we are. Thank you for never pushing the issue. I know where your heart lies and I know that must be as hard for you as it is for me to see you hurt from it. No matter what our family turns into we will alway be family.
Chris - you know what this album means to me. We've been touring for 10 years. Everything you've predicted about my career has come into fruition. If the rest of what you say comes to pass we will be living what we sought out to live. Thank you brother. Thank you for getting me out of tough spots. Thank you for the partnership. The years of laughs. Everyone I know that knows about you tells me how lucky I am to find such a manager. I love you, brother. That's automatic at this point. It's been a decade! Now I got a kid and we're doing legit tours lol
Gab - Bro. You saved my career. When I told you our tour was my last because of my son & you told me that's the very reason that this should be the beginning.. Man.. Thank you for taking me on, brother. You're a legend. Your humility is inspiring. Your talent is unmatched. Thank you for climbing on th digital copy, man. You're like a big brother to me, man. Anything you need ever is a text or call away!
Thomas Prime- thank you for awakening my creativity. Thank you for pushing me. Thank you for letting me know that I was half-assing my ability for so long. You saw talent where I didn't. I appreciate you for that brother. CCR all day!
Bob - Thank you for being in my ear the whole time with every Cult Classic Records release. Thank you for taking a kid with nothing and introducing him to your loyal followers. Thank you for being so selfless. Everyone in our world knows how much you and Thomas do for jazz hop, chill hop, & good music in general. CCR all day!
Kondor - Thank you brother. Thank you for being so patient with me. Thank you for being a partner. Our album will happen. Thank you for forgiving my procrastination and still blessing this album with your instrumental for "Focus". CCR all day!
Shag - thank you. thank you for taking time apart from your schedule. I know you're working on albums and I know howtedious getting beat stems to engineers can be lol I'll see you at the top, brother. CCR all day!
goldenbeets - thank you man! Your beats have allowed me to express some pretty therapeutic topics for me. You're so talented man. I was honored to enter this project with a craftsman such as yourself. I know your time was also limited. That does not go unnoticed. I appreciate you, brother.
MoStafa - thank you for being my brother. You know how hard I can be on you. On myself. On others. You know how unorganized I am. You know how I take unreasonable risks. You know how my mind works. You KNOW me & you still love me for who I am, brother. You never left. When I was being stupid and drunk you literally saved my life. I owe you my life. It's that simple. It's that complex. I will give to you what I can not only because you reciprocate, but because I love you, brother. See you at the too, emcee.
Shea - THE beautiful Shea. THE intelligent Shea. THE remarkable artist Shea. Thank you girl. I told you. We're familia now. We your together. We're going to enjoy the ride together. Let's keep putting our best foot forward. Nothing but genuine love for you, Champ/Red.
RasOm - thank you brother. I know the beat we used someone else asked for. thank you
For showing me first. You're ARE blono' BIGGEST secret. Not for long though. There will be no secrets after we do our best to be heard.
Armand - Brother. Brother. The brother I never had but blessed to know. I dedicate this album to my son & you. You & him completely inspired this album. You'd love my son, brother. He would love you. I know you're looking down from heaven right now as I write this. I know you've also witnessed me cry til ran out of tears hugging my son while listening to your music. Thank you for believing in me in high school while no one else did. Through college you still cheered me on. Experiencing your light and insight allowed me to develops as a man. Brother, I love you. I'm still trying to see the good out of what has happened to you, but it's still hard for me. Forgive me for that.
Mark & Ron - my brothers. Mark you're the best engineer of all time. It's going to be great watching your skills grow. Ron, you know what it is. We are brothers now. There is no going back. Especially after a night like we had on Halloween lol all luh!
Ryan - thank you for taking time to toss me a verse man. Little ole me. Outside of your outstanding rapping abilities, Your humility is a stand out quality. I've grown up listening to you. To hear you side by side on a track with me is honestly a dream come true. Anytime you need anything let me know, brother. I told mark you were going to body me on my own shit ! Lol he almost didn't believe me! Ha
Tope - I remember when I first moved to Portland. Everybody was cliqued up lol you always kinda did your own thing. You had the respect of everyone in Portland. All the cliques lol but you still did you. That's why I love the attitude man. The swag. The honesty. It's all you, brother. You handle Portland & I'll take care of Eugene. Let's lock Oregon down and invite everybody in on the fun. That's the only way we'll ever grow.
Val - as you copy and paste my thank you's I want you to know that I've been thanking and praising you ever since I met you. Incredible emcee. Incredible artist. I truly doubt there are things that you can't accomplish. Thank you for taking on my stressful deadline for this album.
Christopher Burns - you're the illest. You can do EVERYTHING. Sing, bass, mixing. Everything. It's been great building with such a talent.
Chip - words can't express. you've seen me at my best. My worst. You've just been there brother. I appreciate that. Once we start touring more you're my number 1 bruh!
Kenny - I know you don't live in the northwest anymore (to my knowledge anyway) but i want to say you have to be THE best I've heard with those hands man. Effortlessly killing it. We don't know each other well unfortunately, but what I do know of you is that you're a genuine dude. I appreciate everything you've done for me.
Everyone. Everyone that has started off with my first album, The Mourning After Pill. Thank those of you who have consistently emailed me. You all are how/why I am still putting out albums. Every album is like a different page in this book I'm slowing piecing together, but this album, DAD, is a whole new chapter within itself. Thank those of you who have chosen to read the fine print. I love all of you. Genuinely.
released 12 December 2014
DAD Album recorded, mixed and mastered by EYEMC
**except "Push" & "I Love You". "Push" & "I Love You" were recorded by Christopher John for Telos Studios, Eugene, OR.
** "I Love You" was mixed by Christopher John for Telos Studios, Eugene, OR
** "I Love You" was mastered by EYEMC
** "Push" was mixed and Mastered by Thomas Prime for Cult Classic Records