Why is F&F a compilation album?: I’ve always wanted to do a compilation CD and have played around with the idea since DOTK. And instead of dropping a Fifth Anniversary version of that album, I decided to revisit my last three projects, Mama Young’s Son, Papa Speed’s Boys, and Son of the Beast. They are the best reflection of where I am as an artist and a person right now. Plus, they’ve got quite a few Team DAR collaborations.
Why is F&F a Bandcamp exclusive?: It’s not that I view this as just a compilation. Instead, I want to release exclusive stuff to Bandcamp again. That’s where the These Beats of Mine series resides. It’s where a lot of my pre-SOTB stuff lives as well. Also, I don’t want to be one of those artists with a million remixed albums on various DSPs to the point people are confused as to which one is the “real” one. That’s why I never released the alternate version of DOTK, the demo version of Songs For…, and the extended version of Mama Young’s Son (among others) on other DSPs aside from Bandcamp. I love people streaming my stuff on Spotify. That’s amazing and I thank you. But, if they want to buy it (or get some exclusives), I want them to be able to do that too for a lower price. Bandcamp is amazing and it allows people to pay what they want for a project.
Will this be on other DSPs?: No. Bandcamp exclusive until the day I die and even after that.
Why is it only $5?: If I put this up on iTunes or elsewhere to buy, people would have to pay like $15-$20 bucks for it. And, while I love my work and value it, I don’t want people to pay club admission for an album, regardless the length. I like to give people lower price points to access my work, which is why I always charge less on Bandcamp than elsewhere.
What happens to my $5 (or more) when I buy this?: Well, instead of little ol’ me getting a fraction of a cent for my hard work for every twenty streams of a song, the money goes directly to me. Do like Sto the Last said and actually support indie artists by checking out their Bandcamp pages. I hate playing that card, and I apologize if it comes off as “gimme gimme gimme.” However, most streaming platforms don’t pay you anything, even for a ton of streams and the like. Cut out the middleman. If you support dope music, support directly.