It’s crazy to think that I’ve been putting out my own music for over 20 years! Not to be a producer or anything like that. It was that compulsive need to create something and participate in the Hip-Hop lifestyle. So to celebrate that time, I’m releasing a PRIMER Trilogy of compilations. I’m grouping them under “Collaborations”, “Remixes” and my personal “Favorites”. If possible I want to remaster some older stuff to be more confident with my current material. I might even stick in some unreleased and/or soon to be released material. All three projects should drop before the end of the year. No release date yet. Whenever I feel like it. The cover art is done, tho. The love for Hip-Hop is a pure and beautiful thing. 🎧 🎚🎛
A lot of you have been following my mix shows for over a decade. After 10 years with flowink.com and a few more independently releasing on mixcloud, I’m excited to reveal I’ll be signing on with the music streaming site Keakie.co.uk to move and rebrand my four major shows (Prototype of Nu-Soul, The Background Flow, Return of the Boom Bap and Retro Rap) to Keakie’s platform. That will mean I won’t be posting much more to mixcloud for the foreseeable future. I will keep the current content up there and also, reposting old flowing mixes that never made it up for one reason or another. I’ll still be doing my show on RapTz Radio, naming it simply the Toddy Digital Show. I’m always curious and excited by change. I everyone that’s been riding with me will continue to support me and the movement on these platforms.
I love writing. Not as a profession, but as a way to satiate that creative hunger. I’ve currently writing a half dozen short stories, poems, scripts and novels simultaneously just to let my storytelling flag fly. I don’t have aspirations of publishing. Chances are they won’t be finished. It’s all about the process of creating new worlds and characters. I seriously believe it’s the closes thing to being a God. But the writing process can be difficult.. especially if you didn’t receive proper training. Granted, I took a few writing classes in high school and college (and got awesome praise for my content, thank you very much!), but I never really took it seriously as a way of life or a means to share what I create with others. But it’s very important to adopt structure in your writing to tell a proper, engaging story. Sometimes I just ‘free write’. That means I dive in without any ideas of what the story is, or where it’s going and just creating on the fly. I love it. It’s a great way to discover certain directions in a story that you’d never considered. But now I’m looking to try out some simple structure.
I found this Youtube video on Dan Harmon’s Story Circle; simple steps to building an engaging story. They use The Dark Knight as a point of reference which plays perfectly with the 8 steps. I don’t know what my next story will be, but I know I’ll be testing these steps.
This is my first official mix for RapTz Radio. It’s an honor to be added to the team. I’m setting it off with a nice beat mix in the vein of The Background Flow.