Loaded With Pain (3rd Year Anniversary)

Today marks the 3 year anniversary of “Loaded With Pain”. This was the first album I had a distribution deal for, the first album that charted across Canada for me and the first and only album to hit shelves at HMV.

This album was a hard, emotional piece of art to create. I was going through alot at the time in my life. My grandfather had passed 3 years prior, my grandmother had a massive stroke that left her half paralyzed and my father was slowly dying from throat cancer. Loaded With Pain was originally a small mixtape I had done back in 2011 after a bad break up, but with everything I was going through in my life at the time I decided to recreate it from a different perspective. It was a challenge both mentally and emotionally, but I had a great support team that inspired me to keep it going. I wrote “Make Me Whole” for my family and it was super difficult to get through. Later I asked Skylar McFarlane, a member of my father’s former band “The Outcasts”, to do a guitar solo in my father’s style of playing for the song. My father was still alive at the time but wasn’t well enough to play. In the end it was the last song my father would hear before he passed away, we shed tears together listening to it.

When the songs were all completed, MadHattr and myself did the mixing and sent the mixes to Notion to be mastered. During the wait, it was time for the album art to get done. I had a vision for how and what I wanted it to look like, but there isn’t many out there that could capture it so perfectly. I hit up Justin Main of Photified to do the work. When we got together for the photoshoot, I explained my vision. Being a big fan of Frank Miller’s work in comics I remembered scenes from the SinCity comics, one in particular I thought would be perfect for the cover. We discussed visuals and I showed him the cover I was hoping to emulate. With Justin there’s no maybe’s, anything is possible

Image by Frank Miller from SinCity
Image by Justin Main of Photified

In August of 2013, two months before the album released, I went to the FanExpo in Toronto and got the opportunity to meet Frank Miller himself. I showed him the artwork for the album inspired by his comic art. I was worried how he would feel about us recreating his artwork but he loved it. He told me he felt honored to be my inspiration for the project and thought the images were “really cool”.

After getting Miller’s approval it was time to submit the album for pressing and choose a release date. I chose to release it on October 4th because that would have been my late grandfathers birthday. He was my main father figure growing up so it only seemed appropriate. I also dropped a video for “Ill Intentions” the same day, one of my most popular songs and put it on the album as a bonus track. My father passed away early December that year, making it the last album he heard from his son.

Though sometimes I do look back and ponder over small details, engineering and having more time to fine tune, I honestly wouldn’t want to change a thing. Any later and my father would have missed it and that would just be unacceptable, after all, I made this album for him. I’m so grateful and appreciative to all those that helped bring these songs together and get this album out at the time we did. To all my fellow musicians and emcees that participated, MadHattr and Notion for keeping with the deadline, and to everyone out there that supported it when it dropped. I love you all and I couldn’t of done it without you!!

So go listen to “Loaded With Pain” today and let it touch your soul. It was my release when I was going through shit and hope its yours aswell.

Much love and respect!

Performance Schedule

Just an updated list of events you can catch me performing at in the next few months!!! Links attached!!

Sept 12th Park Jam w/ Ice Cube, Redman & Method Man @Harris Park, London Ont. Guest performance during Ngajuana’s set! https://www.facebook.com/events/1292488584236793/?ti=cl

Sept 21st ¡MayDay! @ Red Papaya, Guelph Ont. https://www.facebook.com/events/2276386892416182/?ti=cl

Sept 28th Free For Wall @ Art East, London Ont. Performing during the day at 4pm, afterparty is at 9pm with Myka 9 & Factor!! https://www.facebook.com/events/2218228901621836/?ti=cl

Oct 12th Born To Be Dope @ The Rec Room, London Ont. https://www.facebook.com/events/471831753640992/?ti=cl

Oct 26th Music 4 Mental Health Halloween Spooktacular @ The London Music Hall Of Fame, London Ont. https://www.facebook.com/events/2220565364925579/?ti=cl

November 9th HipHop Anonymous @ Gordys Brewhouse, London Ont. https://www.facebook.com/events/2341732256141463/?ti=cl

Nov 29th FuckCancer Event @ 765 Old East Bar & Grill, London Ont. https://www.facebook.com/events/390113911570553/?ti=cl

Dec 13th Dre Specs Tour @ Gordys Brewhouse in London Ont. https://facebook.com/events/3130099317005885/?ti=cl

Live Now on Spotify & Apple Music!!!

As of today all past and recent projects with the exception of the “Jacked Off YouTube” series will be LIVE and available to purchase and stream on Spotify & Apple Music!! You can also find them available on Deezer, Tidal, Amazon, Napster and any other digital streaming services. Plus more music coming soon so don’t forget to follow me on whatever streaming services you use to stay updated on new releases!!

Coming Soon To A Streaming Site Near You!!

As most of you know, my discography for the past 10 years has been fairly exclusive to Bandcamp. As a matter of fact, the only album available on all digital streaming services was “Loaded With Pain”. That’s all about to change in the next couple weeks.

I’m happy to announce that “Involution”, “High Hopes & Empty Pockets”, “Ancient Rapology Mixtape” and “Mellow Tones” will all be available soon everywhere!!! For obvious reasons the “Jacked Off YouTube” projects will still be exclusive to Bandcamp and for free to download, but moving forward small projects, Lp’s and Ep’s will now be available on all digital music streaming services. Times change and distribution methods change with them, however if your still a traditional dude like me, I’ll still have physical copies of all major album releases. Feel free to hit me up personally or catch me live at events to snag yourself a physical copy!!

For all you digital music lovers… This ones for you!!

Show Announcement!!

To celebrate my 35th birthday this year I figured I’d throw a dope event together that everyone can enjoy for a reasonable price.

Come October 12th I’ll be bringing Fresh Kils & Rel McCoy to headline with me @ The Rec Room in London Ontario. I also have some incredibly talented special guest’s joining me on stage that night including Ngajuana, MadHattr, Sum-01 & OhKg.

DJ Hullewud will be on the tables all night aswell as broadcasting the event live on BreakNorth Radio CHRW 94.9fm.

In addition, shortly before the show kicks off there will be a freestyle competition with a prize of $50 to the winner. There will be a max of 10 slots available so come early to claim yours!!!.

Doors will open @ 9pm

Show starts @ 10pm

$5 admission

19+ Event

Offering Beat Production!! (Finally)

It’s a little known fact amongst fellow emcees that I’ve been producing beats since 2002. My comrade Reggie Retro really taught me how to produce and shape sounds back in 2003 and I’ve been producing ever since. I’ve discreetly produced beats for local legends Ngajuana, MadHattr, Ragnar Vallon and Lionize Prime. I’ve never been big on pushing my production because I’ve always craved the attention for my skills as an artist more so than my production. Cats from way back in the LoCity hip-hop days may remember songs like “Slide” or “People Get Ready” in 2005, I produced those!

Recently I’ve opened myself up to the idea of selling my beats to emcees that will do them justice. Today I uploaded 8 fresh beats from the vault to my SoundCloud page. I will be uploading more and more every few weeks. I have hundreds of unreleased beats I’m itching to get out there!!! Check out the SoundCloud page and if you like something you hear, hit me up!! I also do custom instrumentals aswell so feel free to DM or email me for inquiries and pricing!! Much love and respect!!

https://soundcloud.com/tempomental/sets/beats-by-tempo

HyperVigilance – The Delay

In 2018 I finished writing and recording my next big album release. I titled it “HyperVigilance”, it’s the final piece to the three part series I’ve been working to put out.

It all started with “Involution” which means to search in your soul to find answers and solutions to personal problems. It was the start, the beginning to a soul searching journey that would lead to the discovery of some pretty painful and agonizing realizations. See, to start the journey (Involution) you can bounce between some positives and negatives, but as you come face to face with the very things that feed your anger and depression, there isn’t an escape and you become… “Loaded With Pain”.

“Loaded With Pain” was a tough album to get through, with my grandmother having a massive stroke, the fallout of some friends and family, the struggles of my work life vs trying to be heard in the music industry and the biggest hitter… the passing of my father. “Loaded With Pain” is the definitive process of being emotionally in the thick of the storm.

The final cut to this soul searching journey is “HyperVigilance”. If you look up the term hypervigilance it can be described as the sensitivity or anxiety of a person’s emotional state coming from traumatizing situations. Basically this is the album describing the healing process, effects and clean up once the storm has passed. It’s possibly my best piece of work to date in my opinion. It contains 18 tracks and a couple bonuses. The artwork was done by the incredibly talented homie Patrick Younger. The entire album is produced by JSG and it’s currently in the hands of Fresh Kils for mixing and mastering. Actually it’s been in the mixing and mastering process for over a year now. I was hoping to have it released last year but with some big life changes and conflicting schedules between Kils and I, it’s taking a bit longer than expected. However I believe in this project so much I don’t want to rush the process. I want to give it the appropriate time to be completed properly and with as much quality as possible. Thus the wait continues. With any luck and a lot of hard work, hopefully it will be completed and ready for this fall.

In the meantime I’ll be dropping some other side projects I have in the vault very soon for your listening pleasure… And ofcoarse they will be free to download. I’ll also be dropping some singles and a few other things I’ve been working on.

Much love and respect to all the fans and supporters that stay with me, I appreciate all of you!!!

 

It’s here and it’s fresh!!

Welcome to the website!! It’s been a long time coming really but I’m happy it’s here. Feel free to navigate the pages and check the latest releases, also keep updated on the blogs and follow the social media outlets. Im always posting something!! 🙂

Much love and respect!!