It’s been 14 years since the release of my first musical offering, “Stay True.” Swift Nightz Crew is re-releasing it as a full-length album. The concept of this artistic work started while I was living in New Jersey. However, I had written the lyrics years before 2006. In the early 2000s, after reconnecting with my teenage friend, Qing Que, we decided to record my first album. You will find much of the details of this story in my book, “Crime Rhymez.” The short version is that I was an aspiring Hip Hop artist in the early 1990s. I met Qing in 1991, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. There we became friends. Years later, in 1997, I was living in The Gambia. He released an EP entitled “Tha Warning” after relocating to Canada. I relocated to New Jersey shortly after that. We reconnected. In 2006.
There are also a number of songs that the public has never heard before. They include, “No Protection” feat. Ten, “Can’t Be” feat. Diamond, and “Black Man’s World” feat. Qing Que.
I traveled to Canada to record this “Stay True” album. On September 18th, 2006, we released the mixtape off Qing Que’s record label, Qryptonik Records. The mixtape release happened at a Fred E. Fame and DJ Law Hip Hop event in Toronto, Canada. It’s an original project that Qing and I had recorded. Back then, music streaming was not as prominent as it is now. So, we released the record on compact discs. Now, those who never got to hear this record will be able to access it. This re-release is a part of my discography. That is “Stay True.” In 2009, Ken Cowle’s Soul Asylum Poetry & Publishing published my first book. That same year, The New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods allowed Ken Cowle’s record label, Double K Records, to participate in their children’s album.
The Recording Academy later nominated it for a 2010 Grammy award. In 2010, Soul Asylum Poetry & Publishing also published my second book. As accompanying music, I released a full-length studio album with each book. “Stay True” was one source that inspired the songs on my debut album. On “Stay True” are the original versions of some of the songs that later appeared on my debut album, “While I’m Still Young… The Talking Drums.” You will get the original version of “Animal” featuring Janell Morgan, “How Would I Know” featuring Shaunna Marie, and “Somebody” featuring Nigel Woods. There are also several songs that the public has never heard before. They include, “No Protection” feat. Ten, “Can’t Be” feat. Diamond, and “Black Man’s World” feat. Qing Que.
At the time we released the mixtape [in 2006], the three promotional singles were, “Animal” “How Would I Know,” and “So Hard” feat. Ten. With this release, I will slate “No Protection” “Somebody” and the title track, “Stay True,” as the promotional singles from this record. The primary music producer is Qing Que, while there are music productions by myself, Ten and Rob Scandrett. I am re-releasing this record off of my Freddy Will Industries/Swift Nightz Crew imprint. Since 2019 and 2020 are the tenth years anniversaries of both my first and second book collection, respectively, plus the Grammy nomination, I am doing a couple of celebrations to commemorate those events. I was hoping you could think of this as my soft rollout.
I am only promoting them for my fans on Facebook and as well as on my blog. My Facebook page is closed to the public. Last year, we lost Prince Willctc. May his soul rest in peace!!! Prince was my most trusted lieutenant on my team, The Chill Town Crew, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a result, I’ve changed my second record label’s name from Swift Nightz Entertainment to Swift Nightz Crew. That’s the start of this tenth year soft rollout. Next, I edited and republished my first book. That first book is entitled, “My Book of Chrymes,” it’s accompanying music is the album, “While I’m Still Young… The Talking Drums 1.2V.” The lyrics from that album are also in this book. I’ve republished a tenth-anniversary edition (of my first book), which is also an updated version, called “Crime Rhymez.”
I’m going to throw my work in the universe and let them do what they do. As a caveat for all the throwback music I’m putting out in the global music streaming networks, on any day now, you should expect to access the “Stay True” album.
This new record, which I am currently promoting as “African Black: The Unreleased Anthems & Ballads,” comprises unreleased versions of the songs from the studio sessions for “While I’m Still Young… The Talking Drums.” I had recorded some of the songs multiple times, with multiple featuring artists and instrumentations. Still, we ended up releasing the versions which are on the albums that are already out in stores. What you will be getting are those never before heard sessions or versions of those songs. However, I want you all to get a genuine vibe from those studio sessions. I am not remixing them in 2020. They will be released “as is,” which I believe will bring an authentic feel to the fan’s listening experience. Another bonus is that you will also get the unreleased sessions.
All this jabber will be featured in the seventh volume of The Sandmann’s Journal. I know they usually warn social networkers not to overwhelm the public, but my 2020 rollout is going to be extremely thick. I’m talking about new books, music, video releases. Hell, it’s not like I have thousands of likes or crazy shares, right? Those who ignore will continue to snub, and those who secretly shake the shit will not be surprised when I buy that fourth house somewhere dope or that new farm or new land out there in a city you have never heard about. I’m just going to throw my work in the universe and let them do what they do. As a caveat for all the throwback music I’m putting out in the global music streaming networks, on any day now, you should expect to access the “Stay True” album.
I also did not tamper with this work because, at that time, we recorded to the best of our ability. So I’m excited about what this will feel like in the years to come. I thought it would be unfair for the present me, to dismantle the work of the previous me, only to suit my current expertise. Therefore, I remastered the songs as they are and then re-released the mixtape as an album. This one is a done deal. It has already been submitted for distribution. In a few days or weeks, you should be able to stream it on any one of the major streaming platforms. You should also expect to do the same with “African Black: The Unreleased Anthems & Ballads” as of September this year. But that’s not all, if God will’s it, you still have two more books and one album coming before the end of the year.
Once again, thank you all for bearing with me. I appreciate your patience and understanding. If God will’s it, by the end of this month, “Stay True” will be out on all the major streaming services. Like “City of Kings: RELOADED” this is a previously recorded material that came out on a later date. I’ve closed an open chapter with this release.*