FROM THE VAULTS VOL. THREE:
DANG 1: SEVEN FREESTYLES IN SEVEN DAYS
For seven days straight, In 2006, i woke up every morning, and freestyled what i had dreamt about the night previous. I would quickly jot down notes from what i could recall of my mind's noctural adventure, make coffee, come back down to my room, and record a freestyle over one of the simple beats i stockpiled for this project.
The idea for this album initially came to me out of a frustration. At that point, i had been freestyling for over a decade, and had started to grow weary of the parlor trick quality of the whole thing. I am total ham, i LOVE entertaining people, but after probably tens of thousands of hours of freestyling, i was starting to feel like i was hitting a wall. And the last thing i wanted to do, was grow to hate this craft i had spent so many hours honing. This craft that had built my career on.
So, i set out to start to experimenting, trying new ways to push the craft of freestyling beyond the parlor trick it had become, and perhaps find ways to turn that craft into an artform. My first idea was, this album, a dream journal in rap. This particular project has taken on greater meaning to me lately, as i have already started to dive back into this experimentation with freestyling this year. My relationship with this craft has changed so drastically over in the 20 years i have spent rapping, and it feels good to look back at this album, the moment when i was so burnt out on it, and realize that almost 10 years later, i am still working with it, still growing with it, and still loving it.
I hope you enjoy this album, my first experiment.
released February 13, 2015
All beats and raps by Astronautalis