Part 2 of Prime‘s breakdown of his debut release Good Morning, available for free download right here. So good.
The beat for this was originally out of bounds for me when I heard it at Answer’s place but I think I talked him into letting me use it. I can’t remember who but I think he had intended to give it to another artist and I was sort of like, “Just let me record on it and if you don’t think it’s good enough, I won’t use it”.
I am not a religious person but it wasn’t my intention to say to religious people “your beliefs are wrong”. I am exploring the situation as it is told to us from the point of view of “Satan”, who has no impact on my life or my actions because I do not believe in his existence. It’s my opinion but I don’t deny anyone else the right to theirs.
Another of the early release songs that I thought twice about including. At the end of the day it made it because I love it. It’s not a rap song I borrowed, but it sounds great with rap on it. I feel like it suits me perfectly. Its just one long verse again and to me its the perfect “mixtape” track. I’m just rapping, there’s no hook, its not an original beat. When I wrote it was just when everything was starting to come good. One Way Ticket was about to drop, I had just signed with Soulmate and it felt like things were coming together, but I knew I had a long way to go.
“I’m on the verge of getting everything I wanted before, and all I’m thinking is I gotta get more”.
Pour It On A Page (ft Vegas Aces)
Cam Bluff is a massive talent. Purpose and Motive brought him to my attention in about 2008 when they were making Red October and if he was dope then, he is at another level now. I had another couple of beats of his that I thought about using for Good Morning but it just wasn’t consistent with the feel of the rest of the release. This beat was spot on. It was actually 360’s intention to be on this beat and share this track but with his album coming out around the same time as it needed to be finished, it just wasn’t possible. 4th from V.A. did an unbelievable job on the guest verse at very short notice. I can’t thank him enough for that. The track needed it.
The last verse is a very important moment in the album but still, I didn’t want the track to only be about that verse. Sometimes I get asked if it’s hard to be that open and honest on a track about something like that but it’s not. It’s actually a weight off your shoulders. Just writing it is a weight off your shoulders. I think from a listener’s point of view, and for this kind of track, it’s important to know that I mean what I say. On Koolta’s recent mixtape I say, “I talk about my own life cos there ain’t nothing like it”. In this case thats 100% true.
You’re Only A Man/Three Men (ft Purpose & Raven)
The movie snippet is from “Law Abiding Cititzen” when Jamie Foxx is about to front the press after the court hearing at the start. It is there both as a precursor to the track and also because it sounded wrong going from ‘Pour It On A Page’ to the mayhem of ‘Three Men’.
This is a lot of people’s favourite track and it’s easily one of mine too. When we hit up Raven to do the track he asked, “What is the topic?” and I said, “Rapping as well as you possibly can”. He said “That’s my favourite topic”. It’s an Answer beat again and I’ve had it for a long, long time. A mate of mine had the instrumental as his ringtone for like a year, haha. It was important that we got someone from outside our crew to jump on and being a fan of Raven I’m glad he was down to do it with us. I am and always will be a fan of emcees who put a lot of time and thought into their rhymes and to me Raven is one of the best in the country. Raven and Purps both kill their verses, Hacksaw’s cuts are perfect. It’s one I can really enjoy listening to just because of the contributions of the others.
House of Balloons
‘House of Balloon’ and ‘Heaven and Hell’ are meant to be connected and in order, but I wrote ‘Heaven and Hell’ first, if that makes any sense. I am a big fan of The Weeknd and the beat for ‘House of Balloons’ was perfectly fitting for rap I thought. It is a song about going out and partying in a sense, but there is a lot more going on.
“They say, you measure life on who’s got the better story / But does it mean more or less if they tell it for me? / Does it mean more or less if they never saw me? / Does it mean anything at all if it don’t end in glory?”
It’s an unusual place to do this sort of “meaning of life” stuff but I think that’s why it works and why I like it so much. The ending of “Even though the party’s over I don’t wanna leave it” sets up the transition into ‘Heaven and Hell’.
Heaven and Hell
Strangely the only Purpose beat I rap on. I say strangely because he was absolutely instrumental in the process of making the album. The majority of recording, planning and brainstorming was done with consultation from him. The little intro skit to this track is deliberately really quiet in the mix. It is supposed to be something you maybe only hear if you’re really listening,
The “dream” from the song really happened. Maybe not every detail played out as it did in the track, but the main part of the story really did happen in a dream I had one night and I really did think I was about to die. It was a pretty unsettling way to start my day but I’m happy I remembered enough of the details to turn it into a track. I don’t know who the girl in the dream was. It wasn’t anybody I know. I’m not sure who the gunman was either. Probably a rapper.
Can Anybody Hear Me
Ante Escobar on the beat. He a has a great ear for cruisy, laid back samples and that’s good for this track because it’s never meant to sound bitter or anything. It’s a pretty brief history of my time in “the game” and how I got where I am now. It also explains that I’m feeling pretty good about where I’m at with music right now even if that hasn’t always been the case before. I wrote this track pretty early in the piece but it was over a different beat that didn’t quite suit it as well in my personal opinion, even though it was also dope. The chorus cuts are from Bushwick Bill and K-Rino verses. They are on this track in particular because I wanted to make this track 100% about me and my story and I am a fan of both. I probably wouldn’t try to write tracks like ‘Money’ or ‘Devilish’ without that K-Rino influence in writing lyrics and thinking, even if we have a totally different sound. That’s the same reason for the Simon Hill Socceroo commentary at the start. Things that have a big importance and big influence in my life.
As I have said in a couple of interviews since Good Morning came out, I wrote this straight after an argument I had with some of the other dudes in Pagen Elypsis during the making of One Way Ticket. It’s a great example of using things that are on your mind or pissing you off and turning them into music just by expressing yourself. I didn’t hold anything back on this song and I’m glad I didn’t because the track wouldn’t have worked unless I was totally committed. I don’t have problems with any of the Pagen Elypsis people now, but when you’re in that sort of environment things can boil over.
“Here’s my life on an album, one click of a mouse and it’s yours.”
That isn’t meant to make you feel like shit for downloading my album. It’s just meant to say, “I’m putting my heart and soul into this, so please give it the attention it deserves”. I wrote that line before I knew the project it ended up on was going to be free, but even on a studio album in a store people could just download it. I guess that’s part of music. You put your guts into a song or telling a story and it’s possible that someone will just say, “This is shit” or “Boring” without giving it a proper run. Thankfully nearly all the responses I’ve heard on this song have been people saying this really hit home or similar, and that makes it all worth it.
Keep on Running
The prelude to the future I suppose. I know a lot of artists who have a long term ambition to make an album and then when they do they take a break or sometimes never do another one. I won’t do that. This track is basically the intro to whatever I do next. It’s about not being satisfied with what I’ve done so far and always working to do more. It’s an M-Phazes beat which is a thrill for me, and it was great to get Hailey Cramer on the vocals. She is very talented. I also touch on why I’m not battling anymore and why I don’t plan to come back, which is something I get asked about a lot. I can’t tell you when the next release will be ready. I have already got 5 or 6 tracks nearing completion and I’ve got a few name ideas floating around too. I can’t wait.