Today is a special day, even if it’s a bit more subdued than some other days. That’s because my final full-length album, No Pain No Gain, released today on most digital platforms (Bandcamp link coming by January 4th). This one deals with, as mentioned, with some of my past traumas as well as my current standing as a man and an artist. I wanted this to be my final full-length album because it’s a fitting end to the past decade or so as SOTB. I mean, the album closes on a reworking of one of the first beats I did for True, while discussing my growth as a human and as an artist/writer. NPNG and how it deals with past traumas and shows that I’ve grown beyond just no-fi or the loss of my mother is the perfect (to me) way to end this decade-plus run.
Will I do Elite features and work on collaborative efforts? Most likely, but I don’t really have it in me to do another full-length project. I’ve said all I’ve wanted to and I never wanted to be an artist who did albums just because I want extra streams. If I don’t have much else to say, I’m not going to force it. I’m in my thirties and have been doing music since before I hit puberty. If I’m going to walk away, I’d rather do it now than be one of those people who’s still doing it even though no one gives a damn. Besides, I’m a writer; I’ll always be around music–even if I’m not recording it.
Special thanks for this album go to anyone who’s ever believed in me. Check it out (it’ll be on Bandcamp soon) and support dope music in all its forms.