This is an EP I've been working on for about a year now. Though I've released rap projects in the past I consider this to be my first official "rap album/EP". I really wanted anyone who listens to know exactly what goes on inside my head and what sorts of struggles I feel myself battling with everyday. I hope that people can relate to some of the problems I face and that the EP can provide some insight into solving them internally. I chose to title the EP "Catharsis" after I broke into tears out of the blue about a month before the release date. It felt as if I had been bottling up so many emotions for so long that my brain sort of forced me to confront each and every one all at once. I told my girlfriend Ellory about what happened and she said "Oh that sounds like a catharsis". Seeing as she usually knows what she's talking about I immediately took interest and began to research this "catharsis" she spoke of. As it turns out a catharsis is exactly what I believe happened to me. A purging of emotions that I had been blocking out ranging from feeling as if I don't have much time left on this earth to feeling guilty about the ways I treat the people around me, etc. After analyzing the event further I realized that my catharsis happened during a time in which I hadn't been producing very much music at all or doing anything creative. I read over some of the lyrics I had been working on for the project and realized that I had been writing about all of the specific emotions and worries that flooded into my mind during my awakening. It was then that I realized that every song I've ever written has been a catharsis as well as any creative project I've invested a lot of time, energy, and thought into. The definition of a catharsis reads: 1. the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions. For me there has never been a more accurate way to describe my relationship with music, writing, and any other creative output. Please enjoy this EP as it guides you through the process of realizing just what it is that allows me to express myself to the fullest extent.
released December 30, 2015
Special thanks to my incredible girlfriend Ellory, my parents/siblings, and all of my friends for the tremendous support. A big shout out to Mason Youngblood aka "Callosum" for mastering "Perforated Pictures", teaching me how to mix live, and guiding me through the process of entering this vast world of music and performance all the while remaining patient and friendly. Huge huge huge thank you to one of my best friends Carson Ham aka "Vanisher" for completely changing the quality of my music. Before Carson taught me the ropes of mixing and mastering I was a fish out of water so I can't thank him enough for what he has taught me and done for me. Another huge shout out goes to Will Lewis aka "Fluffy Bugs", Kevin Westberry aka "Retro", Jalen Motes aka "Caeto Moon", Brandon Graczyk aka "Brandon Graczyk", Eric Leonhardt aka "E-Sleezy", Bryce Boulware aka "Bruce-the-loose-cannon", Sam Strevens aka "Sammy D", Tim Strevens aka "Big-ass Tim", Ben Strevens aka "DJ BenzO", Alex Cartledge aka "Swag Daddy Potter Jesus", Jacob Bedenbaugh aka "Folly God", and last but not least Parker Singleton aka "PP". All of the people mentioned above have been responsible for challenging me to better myself in every way and are all genuinely amazing people. Whether they taught me something I never knew about music or simply lent an ear for criticism I cannot stress enough how helpful each and everyone of these people have been in my life. I can't put my relationship with Ellory Scott into words very well but no one holds more responsibility than her when it comes to making me realize who I am supposed to be in this life and how much I have to offer. Honestly, if it wasn't for this girl I would probably be dead or in the streets doing heroin. Disclaimer: I've never actually done heroin. Anyways, Ellory Scott saved my life and I love her more than anything in existence. I also want to give a huge thank you to my parents for not letting be the spoiled brat that I too often become. I'm so glad they never gave into my pleas and taught me that nothing worth having in this world will be handed to me. I want to thank my sister Hayley for being the nicest person I've ever been privileged to spend time with, my sister Lenlee for always making me laugh and continuing to be my best friend while still being comfortable with calling me out on my shit, and Reece for being the most inspired, creative person I know. Finally, thank you, whoever you may be for listening to my music. Any fan, friend, or enemy even helps me to reach my goal just by being aware of the existence of my music and art. Whether you believe in me fully or absolutely doubt that I have any talent or worth whatsoever it all contributes to my growth and relevance in the world. I love all of you.
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