|“Office Space” cover art|
As with any artist worth their weight in salt, I draw from personal experience when I create. From mental health awareness to dealings with my kids, I’ve spoken on a bevy of experiences. One that I’ve always been afraid to talk about was my working situation(s) over the years. Recently, that changed.
While working on Son of the Beast, I started to play around with the idea of putting myself in the shoes of characters from movies like Clerks. and Office Space (and even Molly and Issa from Insecure in their work situations). Pretty much, I wanted to tell my story framed around the insanity some of these characters have faced. Sonically, I went for my own take on Cam’Ron’s “I Hate My Job” with some heavy influence from Chance The Rapper and Kid Cudi. I started writing and, before you know it, I had a whole song’s worth of “work sucks, let’s try to survive” lyrics. As the album also is partly framed around my relationship with my father, I believe that, if my father didn’t have to work (including odd jobs) up until he was about 80 (and took care of himself mentally and physically), he wouldn’t have been as jacked up of a person as he was at times.
I also feel that people let work get to them too much at times (myself included). That has a negative impact on our lives and it truly shouldn’t. Most of us aren’t curing cancer, so we shouldn’t be as stressed out as we can get about work. Yes, our jobs are important, every one of them. However, they shouldn’t cause you any more than the “needed” stress. If they do, then you need to find new work, something that makes you feel whole and complete.
Check out the tracks above and be on the lookout for more information about my newest release, Son of the Beast, which will drop October 24, 2018, and remember to support dope music in all its forms.