This is a very special song, a tribute to my cousin Jessica Rose Joss who left this world on March 8, 2011 aged 19. Far too young. A wonderful girl with an incredibly bright spirit that I can still see shining in my mind. Many many thanks to Mdusu for the beat.
The loss of Jess changed me and my whole family in ways incomprehensible, and prepared me to endure other painful losses since. It’s a sad reality that people we love in this world will die and often too young.
Every now and then Paradox flicks me a beat that he doesn’t really like and I do. This one was kind off his older stack of beats but i really liked it and pestered him for it when I heard it. I don’t remember when that was but it sat on the hard drive and looped in our brains till October 2010.
Shareef set the tone of the track with his verse, followed a few weeks later by myself. We seem to always end up with Paradox on his own beats and while we hadn’t planned to do it, it happened. I added Paradox to our Wave for the track (we use(d) Google Wave for sharing and writing lyrics) and asked if he’d want to join us on it, a few days later he had his verse in there.
It sat around for a while with Shareef and I practicing it in our practice sessions, but we never recorded anything. Around October 2011 Paradox came up to the city for the weekend and he stopped by so we decided to record it all.
Over the course of the next 5 months I edited and mixed the tune, slowly while taking care of everything else. A month ago we got to a place where I was happy enough to show everyone and here we are now.