Definitely looking forward to taking this one in this weekend. Here’s the added perspective I was looking for from D himself:
A week before Christmas, and two days before the release of this record – I was laid off from my job. Never has time been so appropriate to release a project like this. Sure, my albums are never filled with sunshine, but this flame came from a different pit.
Two months ago, I was contacted out of the blue by Grammy nominated producer, Mellenius [Tone Mason], via Gmail chat. It was a message so straight to the point I thought he messaged me by mistake. “I’m going to send you some new beats in a minute.” The last time we spoke was when I received a similar message from Toronto legend, Saukrates, to work with him on one of his new TM produced songs, Wednesday. Even then I don’t think I communicated with Tone Mason. Thrown off, I replied, “I think you have the wrong person,” and waited for an answer. I waited for three hours until I finally heard the notification bell. I clicked to the Gmail screen and read “No. I have the right person.” Next thing I know, my inbox was filled with monsters. Cinematic savages.
“We need to capture the rage,” Mellenius said. He brought up the movie, Raging Bull, and suggested the film be our foundation. I love the movie, and was totally down with the concept. We agreed to release the project on December 19th, the films 33rd anniversary. At the time, I was reading George Chuvalo’s autobiography, a Toronto-born boxer with a story similar to Raging Bull’s Jake La Motta. Everything clicked. I started writing.
A week before Christmas, and two days before the release of this record – I was laid off from my job. Never has time been so appropriate to release a project like this. I’ve always been fueled by struggle, and now my tank is full.
“So give me a stage where this bull here can rage.
And though I can fight, I’d much rather recite.” –Jake La Motta
all lyrics written by: Derek Christoff|D-Sisive
all music produced by: Tone Mason
all vocals recorded by: Tim ‘Timbuktu’ Wallace, at FUN. Toronto, Canada.
mixed by: Rob ‘Muneshine’ Bakker
artwork: Brett Lindzen [ www.knapsackwax.com ]
cuts [Maybe I Will]: DJ Grouch
released 19 December 2013