Guest Star: "I Had Dope Records W/ Marco, Dope Records W/ Khysis & Dope Records W/ 9th Wonder"
Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 3:45PM
[In light of his newly released Off The Record EP, Brooklyn rapper Torae brings SOHH readers into his studio grind and reveals how the latest music project came together.]
This project is really for the fans and the supporters who were really waiting for new music. When I went into the studio and was working on For The Record, the album, I had a chance to work with a lot of different producers and we ended up doing more than one song.
So when I was putting the album together, I sort chose the song that I felt told the story or fit into the storyline the best out of those records. I felt like I had dope records with Marco, dope records with Khrysis, dope records with 9th Wonder and I didn't want them to go to waste.
When people started asking for new music, I knew I wasn't really in the space to go back into the studio and record a new project. I wasn't there mentally but I did have new music because I had stuff people hadn't heard yet.
I ended up packaging it together and then you have the whole Off The Record EP.
This all came to me in an instant. People kept asking me on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, "What's up with the new joints?" So I told them, "I've got the album out," and they'd say, "Yeah, I got that but what's up with something new? What do you have next?"
Then I started listening to the songs on my computer, none of these songs are wack, filler or waste, so I figured why let it go to waste? I figured why just put out one or two when I could put them all out together?
I didn't want to put out a project that I felt would be lackluster. When I listen to the songs, I want people to hear the quality. When I listen to the eight songs on there, I feel like they're really dope.
They don't tell the story like For The Record did but as far as being dope? They are definitely that.
People seem to enjoy it. It's definitely not an album. I don't want people to look at it as a brand new album. A lot of my projects tend to have a theme. This is unlike those, it's not really themes but just a mixture of songs. It's really for the fans and the casual listeners.
This is for the masses and the people who wanted to hear some new music and hear me getting busy over some beats.
Torae (born Torae L. Carr) is an American rapper from the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York. Career, Torae gained recognition by collaborating with DJ Premier and Marco Polo. He and Polo went on to receive critical acclaim for their collaborative LP entitled Double Barrel. Torae is currently expected to headline tomorrow's Highline Ballroom in New York City (431 W. 18th Street, NY, NY 10011) at 8 PM EST