Everyone loves hidden tracks on CDs, but there’s huge debate about where they should be placed. We argued about how it should be done on our CD and the majority won, it went at the end of CD with a 10 minute silence. The only things that alluded to it’s existence were:
The credits hidden in the dirt of the inside cover (digital + physical)
The 2 extra seemingly silent tracks on the CD (physical only)
The method we used causes a number of annoying issues when you’re enjoy the CD as a whole, the major of which is there’s a big 10 minute silence where it doesn’t really finish and loop back to the start. Real hidden tracks are hidden between index 0 and track 1 and you get to them by rewinding backwards from track 1. They don’t interrupt the flow of play and they’re stumbled onto “by accident”.
A good example of this style of hidden tracks in Australian Hip-Hop:
Yesterday on the way home from work, I was talking to a couple of kids on the train who I see on there quite often. Good kids, but always loud and often inconsiderate of the people around them.
Had to call out the one kid when he yelled a casual c’bomb at his mate while surrounded by a bunch of senior citizens who did NOT look impressed.
At first me responding to him and telling him trains ain’t the place to be dropping cbombs at the top of your lungs seemed to get his back up. But then he recognised me from when I’d previously stood up for him against guards and was a bit more accepting. But not that accepting. He kept taunting me to call him by his name – which I didn’t know.
Then one of his young female friends caught me mouthing Jimblah lyrics and jokingly teased me about my singing; to which I replied “you are lucky I’m not singing out loud, I can’t sign for shit”.
Long story short, I got harassed to sing and told them I can’t sing but can rap… Next thing you know there’s 10 kids standing around pretty much chanting ‘rap rap rap’ at me. Continue reading →
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.