“The 5 Album” What is it, When is it, and Why is it?
Yesterday when I was at WalMart picking up a well priced electronic I had a friend and supporter of mine ask me when is The 5 Album coming out? Will the new song “Supa Star” be on there? It is a good question and I get a lot of people asking me from time to time why I’m throw up the 5 when I take pictures. So here it is I will try to be as succinct as possible. But with that said there is some back story so I will lay it all out.
In 2009 it had been roughly four years since I was active in my hip hop ministry and as far as I was concerned that chapter in my life had ended. I sold my Korg Triton and was focusing more on my family and trying to be a better dad and husband. That same year I was laid off from my day job which obviously dealt a finical blow to our house hold income. It wouldn’t have been that bad but little did I know that my unemployment would go on for almost a whole year. That time of long term unemployment hurts a lot financially. Between looking for jobs and getting more involved with my church I was feeling led back into my music ministry. There came a point after multiple job interviews and plenty of rejection I knelt on my living room floor and ask the Lord what do you want me to do? I couldn’t find a job and it was frustrating. The Lord spoke to my heart clearer than ever that day on my living room floor he simply said “Serve Me”.
In the past being a young couple with no kids I was able to sink my own money into my music and it was no big deal. Now having two young children it’s a little different. I can’t drop 300 bucks on a studio session because the money is already spoken for not to mention being laid of from work there was NO extra money to work with. I told the Lord I will serve him in ANY capacity that he sees fit. It was about a week or two after that my associate pastor came up to me and said “Hey we have this thing called Children’s Church and we’re wondering if you would be interested in being involved with it?” My wife and I agreed it would be a great thing to do and our kids where at that age so it worked perfectly. So what does all this have to do with The 5 Album? Well I was out of work and the Lord said serve me and I said ok. It wasn’t soon after that, that doors begin open for my music. I soon did a show with Ambassador and Da Truth then I was ask to fly out to Texas to be on Daystar TV, next thing you know the national syndicated talk show host Brant Hansen was having me on his show every week to freestyle! The music I was doing was from 2004 so I was like Lord I really need to get some newer beats. Within days of taking that to the Lord I was able to purchase several beats for close to nothing and was on a roll to a new album. But this time things were going to be different. They had to be because my paradigm had changed and so did my finances. So with local show opportunities popping back up like flowers in the spring I was able to go back into the studio. After nine months of unemployment I was back into the work force, volunteering heavily at church and doing my music ministry. After buying a few more beats I needed to keep all this stuff on my computer in a folder. On a whim I called the folder 5 because it would be the fifth studio project I have recorded. Then like anything creative I sat back and said hmm I like how that sounds …and “The 5 Album” was born. My music had always been heavily lyrical and east coast in nature so with this revitalization of my music ministry I wanted to try something new musically so the first track I recorded was a more up tempo track called “He Changed Me” featuring Keith Torres. Then I started work on the next single which at that time was called “Going Ham”. Well, needless to say that title was changed to what you all know now as “Stand On It”. There is a long story behind that which I may blog about another time. Doing things different this time meant going slowing and believing God for 100% of the funds for my project. This is what I continue to do and I won’t make a move unless God provides the way. So to date 2010 I recorded “He Changed Me” 2011 I recorded and releasead and AWESOME video (Thank you Brandon Martinez and EVERYONE else) for “Stand On It” and now in 2012 I am set to release my third installment titled “Supa Star”. Back in the day I would go into the studio and drop songs as fast as possible to save money and get more songs recorded. This time I have chosen to take my time on each track as God provides and make it the best I can and produce quality over quantity.
So when will “The 5 Album” come out? I have no idea but, God does and that is 100% ok with me. I am just taking it one song at a time and recording them to the best of my ability as the Lord provides. I currently have somewhere between 15 to 20 songs I have produced and written. The Lord has never stopped giving me material to write about and I have no reason to believe he ever will. So next time you see me throw up that 5 on a pic you know what’s up, where it came from, and what’s it all about.