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“Heart Is Breaking [B.Fr (Hons) Remix]” is a positive track that’s meant to reflect on how relationships should be built and maintained. Relationships can often crumble without the right formula. Advice is given to those pursuing it or are in it to keep it lit. UK rapper Creamo enters the scene and provides a story (hopefully not his, haha!) of a relationship gone awry...when there’s no trust, that’s what happens, you know? Keep yourselves out of trouble fellas! You too my females! This is Canada meets the UK...an international incident.
:: What is the Honours Bachelor of Freshness? ::
B.Fr (Hons) for short, the Honours Bachelor of Freshness is a lyricist/producer affiliate family started by Swanky to showcase MC/production talent from all over the world. If you have intelligent and creative verbal display or the ability to apply neck braces with beat work, this degree is for you. School is always in session all year round accepting lyricists and producers with dope credentials in mic work and beat making. Do you have what it takes to be a Magna Cum Laude graduate? The semester has started.
:: Verbal knowledge from Swanky ::
I like this start to 2011, givin' you some international flavour.
Ty has been one of those UK rappers that I respect...I respect his hustle and grind and I respect his music. He's real. In early 2010 (this was the time I was about to get it in the lab for LyricL, Heidi Vogel & Baby Sol via A.C. Layne for "Sweet You"), Ty was havin' a mix session with Al Mawdsley on the boards for a joint called "Happiness" which is on Ty's "Special Kind of Fool" album. The track features the vocals of Vula (who has done vocals with Basement Jaxx and backing vocals for some joints on Cee-Lo's "The Lady Killer" among others...). It was an online sit in session and I was choppin' it up with the good folks inside the online sit-in...DJ Bounce, Vula and Creamo (even busted out the horn to jam a bit). Through the mix session, I was able to link with all three musical folk.
Enter Creamo...he's a homie of Ty's and he had mentioned that he was an MC. I took a listen to his stuff and I was diggin' what he was doin'. The thing I like about international artists is that their flavour is different from what we have down here...different is swanky. I've worked with UK people and I get nothin' but mad love from artists over there...they're all music aficionados, eclectic and are down to make good music if you can kick it.
When I was listenin' to "Special Kind of Fool" (by the way, I think you should buy it, I'm flossin' my copy) the joint that caught me was "Heart Is Breaking". Ty & Drew Horley produced the joint together and I really like what they did with it.
I wanted to add my 2 cents on it. This was around late May...I had come off fresh from a relationship (and was buildin' The Knyghts of The Rhyme Table, my 4-person MC unit) and it was sort of fittin' to write a joint like this. It's never a good thing to ever get out of one (unless the reasons are extreme like abuse in all forms) and the premise of the track is relationships can turn out bad, but only if you don't work at it. It takes two to tango...even though it's the guy's duty to lead the dance, both parties have to put in equal amounts of effort and never give up. Things slip when one person puts in more than the other and the other less...it's the way the unfortunate cookie crumbles.
I initially wanted to get Scott Ramirez (1/4th fellow Knyght) to jump on it, but he declined due to the amount of work on his plate and projects. That was cool. I was thinkin' who would be dope to accompany me on this track...I know a lot of dope people, but it needed a little kick to it...a little rapid MC work. Then I remembered Creamo and I said to myself, "Why not bring someone close to home?"...well, close to home in terms of where the track originated and who touched it originally.
I brought the idea to Creamo and he was all for it and then I brought the idea to Ty and he was down for the run as well. Delays here and there occurred...people got busy and time got lost in the shuffle. Early into this new year, I shouted Creamo once again askin' him if he was still down to touch the remix and he apologized for the delay. Patience is a virtue...I am quite the patient dude and hence I never gave up on him for this. As soon as I shot him a shout, 2 days after, I get a delivery of vocals on Facebook. It was well worth the wait in my opinion.
Roses Gabor (who has done vocal work with The Gorillaz and former Legendary Roots crew vocal turntablist Scratch among others...) had originally been on the track and I wanted her flavour to seal the deal much like she did on the joint with Ty and Sway, so I kept her on as a sampled vocal. I’m much of a fan of her vocal flavour as well...she’s dope!
And there you have it...what went down on the birth of this remix.
This is the first credit from the Honours Bachelor of Freshness degree program.
Do support good music and get a handle on Ty's "Special Kind of Fool" released by BBE Records.
Much love and Reese’s peace,
Here's a look at the tomfoolery at Vidal Recording Studios:
Here's a look at the mastering session at Metalworks Studios with Scott Lake:
Please pass this on to any like-minded musical aficionados...SWANKS!! =)
Swanky Feat. Creamo /w Roses Gabor - Heart Is Breaking [B.Fr (Hons) Remix)]
[O.N. Santos, C. Boswell, B. Chijioke, D. Safo, R. Wilson, D. Horley]
Lyrics by O. Santos [JaZZlickz Records/I'm Swanky Like That Music] & C. Boswell [Frostbitten Records]
Swanky's vocals recorded by Octavio Santos @ The Groove Cafeteria, Mississauga, ON.
Creamo's vocals recorded by K9 @ Caius House Studio, London, UK.
Mixed by Anthony Vidal @ Vidal Recording Studios, Mississauga, ON.
Mastered by Scott Lake @ Metalworks Studios, Mississauga, ON.
Uses a re-edited instrumental and aspect of the song "Heart Is Breaking" performed by Ty, Sway & Roses Gabor produced by Ty & Drew Horley [B. Chijioke, D. Safo, R. Wilson, D. Horley]. BBE Records 2010.
Creamo appears courtesy of Frostbitten Records
JaZZlickz Records/I'm Swanky Like That Music © 2011