From the digital desk of RATARUE :
‘This is an album almost 3 years in the making. I wanted a signature sound. I feel that I have accomplished this goal. This album contains no samples, although I love sample based Hip Hop. When younger, I went to private school and was adamant about taking Violin and later the Viola lessons. I loved the tone of the Viola. The process of this album involved me digging for Music Theory books, much like I did vinyl records, looking to find what I thought the greats might have studied, for example Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, John Coltrane. My Hip Hop formative years were the 90’s and in that era it was the goal to push oneself and the envelope of the art form, in order to bring something to the table, culturally. In keeping with that tradition of pushing the boundaries and one’s self, I made some discoveries. With research and diligence, plus having made music with some amazing creatives in the “Live Music Capital of the World”, as well as patience, I feel that I have been enabled to think outside the box and create music that is eclectic as my upbringing in Austin, TX and my personality.
This album is an introduction into my new production style but encapsulates rhymes of the past. It is exactly ten years since my first studio project. This is not an anniversary album, by any means. I have made strides lyrically and will be combining the Musicality shown on this project along with my new rhyme style and approach on a full length album, now in early production.
Legend of the Gatling Tongue is also my first independent vinyl release!
I am older now. I am now dealing with thoughts on mortality. For what it is worth and for someone who feels that Hip Hop is not only a Musical art form but a culture, I worked hard on this album, knowing it is part of my life legacy.’
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