It’s been 14 years since the release of my first musical offering, “Stay True.” Swift Nightz 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 good friends or even brothers. We both had a talent for music.
There are numerous songs that the public had never heard before. They include, “No Protection” feat. Ten, “Can’t Be” feat. Diamond, and “Black Man’s World” feat. Qing Que.
Years later, in 1997, I was living in The Gambia when Qing released an EP entitled “Tha Warning” after relocating to Canada. That same year, I moved to New Jersey. We reconnected in the States. Fast-forward to 2006, I traveled to meet Qing in Toronto to record this album. On September 18th, 2006, we released it as a mixtape off his Qryptonik Records, label. The mixtape release happened at a Fred E. Fame and DJ Law Hip Hop event in Toronto. This record is an original project that Qing and I were recording. Back then, music streaming was not as prominent as it is now. So, we released the mixtape on compact discs.
Today, with streaming services more prevalent, those who never got to hear this record can do just that. This re-release rightfully includes this body of work to my official discography. That is my first body of work. In 2009, Ken Cowle’s Soul Asylum Poetry & Publishing would publish my first book. That same year, The New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods included Double K Records, as participants on their children’s album. The Recording Academy nominated that project for a 2010 Grammy award. In 2010, Soul Asylum Poetry & Publishing also published my second book with an accompanying full-length Krio studio album.
“Stay True” is one source that inspired my debut album. It is my most vulgar body of work. On “Stay True” are the original versions of some of the songs that later appeared on my “While I’m Still Young… The Talking Drums” album. You will get the original versions of “Animal” featuring Janell Morgan, “How Would I Know” featuring Shaunna Marie, and “Somebody” featuring Nigel Woods. There are numerous songs that the public had never heard before. They include, “No Protection” feat. Ten, “Can’t Be” feat. Diamond, and “Black Man’s World” feat. Qing Que. Also, Qing is the primary and executive producer.
I’m throwing this body of work in the universe to let it do what it does…
At the time we released the mixtape [in 2006], the singles were, “Animal” “How Would I Know,” and “So Hard” feat. Ten. With this release, I slated “No Protection” “Somebody” and the title track, “Stay True,” as additional singles. Although Qing Que is the primary producer, there are productions by myself, Ten, Stephen Staddelman, and Rob Scandrett. Since 2019 and 2020 are the tenth years anniversaries of both my first and second book collection, respectively, plus the Grammy nomination, I am also doing a couple of celebrations to commemorate those events. I am hoping you could think of this as a subtle rollout.
Only promoted to fans on Facebook as well as this blog, my Facebook page remains closed to the public. Last year, sadly, we lost Prince Willctc. May his soul rest in peace!!! Prince was a trusted lieutenant on our team, The Chill Town Crew, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a result, we’ve changed the second record label’s name from Swift Nightz Entertainment to Swift Nightz. This is also the tenth year “anniversary” rollout. I’ve already edited and republished my first book. That project is, “My Book of Chrymes,” and its accompanying music is the album, “While I’m Still Young… The Talking Drums 1.2V.” Please be sure to check them out.
The lyrics from that “While I’m Still Young” album are also in that republished book. Again, it is the tenth-anniversary edition of my first book, which is also an updated edition, called “Crime Rhymez.” Another 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 different featured artists and instrumentations. Still, we ended up releasing the versions which are on the official studio albums that are already out in stores.
With “African Black” you will get those unreleased versions of songs from the “Stay True” inspired “While I’m Still Young” recordings. I want you to get a genuine vibe from those studio sessions. We are not remixing any of these songs in 2020. They are all “as is,” which we believe gives an authentic feel to the listening experience. Another bonus is that we will also stream the “Views from the 7” album. All these previously released CD to Streaming releases are directly connected to this “Stay True” album in some way. They usually warn social networkers not to overwhelm the public, but my 2020 rollout is extremely thick.
I’m talking about new music and videos. 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 throwing this body of work to the universe to let it do what it does. It’s a caveat. All of these throwback records should have already been streaming. However, I fell behind with the music releases while publishing “The Sandmann’s Journal.” I pray that you enjoy the artistry on this “Stay True” album.
Swift Nightz is excited about our backdated 2020 releases. I thought it is unfair for the present me, to dismantle the work of the previous me, only to suit my current expertise. Therefore, we remastered the songs as they are and re-released them that way. This one is a done deal. We have also submitted the other two records for distribution. In a few weeks, they should pop up in your streaming services. We will close 2020 with the publication of “The Sandmann’s Journal Vol. 6” as well as the well-timed CD to Streaming re-releases of “Stay True,” “Views from the 7” and “African Black: The Unreleased Anthems & Ballads.” *