Up Next- Montage One
Back in June I was hosting The Silverlake Jubilee and who do I run into? No other than Montage One. You might recognize him from the interview I did a while back. We chatted it up throughout the day and he told me just two days later he’d be leaving overseas.
“I’m going to Russia, then Amsterdam and Barcelona” he said.
He was making serious moves. He told me about finishing his solo album and all the work he put in on it. Not once did he mention Little Brother was on it. He casually mentioned his track with Planet Asia. Didn’t name drop any producers. He talked the longest about the mixing and mastering of it. If any of you have ever made an album, you know that mixing and mastering is the most technical part. How the sounds resonate with your ears. The colors that are added to give it the right feel. He told me “I mastered it so that it can be on the louder side. I’d rather you turn me down cause it’s bangin so hard, than you have to turn me up cause it’s too soft.”
Montage is one of the cats that has been lost in the shuffle of an industry that has constantly gone through changes. Starting in the mid 90s where the West Coast and music industry where at an all time high. Up through the transitions of 2000’s where technology and pop music began to reign. As he states in an interview with the lovely Ms Pay of Payology, he was laid off from a 80k a year job and used his unemployment money to create this album. Montage is clearly one of those people who can’t help but to do music when the opportunity presents itself.
He emailed me the finished product to hear, and this album KNOCKS. It took me back to the 90s type sound with the warmth of the tracks. He rhymes straightforward. It’s a direct approach of Montage One being himself. He brings Defari on a track, who I was happy to hear from again. He gets the Original Black Eyed Peas singer Kim Hill on a great track. He never told me who did the beats for the album, but I was excited to see tracks done by Evidence, Jake One, DJ Babu, Dae One, and Khrysis, with even some beats being produced by Montage himself . Even with this array of production, the beats are very consistent and all keep a steady feel through the album. They have a cool and clean West Coast flavor on some, and then that gritty underground feel on others. The very last track on the album is an all out lyrical posse cut with Montage One, Planet Asia, Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, E-Swift and others. The Liquid Gold Gang as Montage once put it, the combination of the legendary Likwit Crew and Gold Chain Music.
The album drops officially next week, 9/14/10.
So if you like what you hear, save up ya duckets and cop it. You won’t be disappointed.
Here are a few of personal favorite tracks off the album…
Mic Acrobats (feat Little Brother)-