Good Feeling to Know (Flawless)

It's been about three years and thirty one days since I began on this journey of discovery and redemption. Three years and thirty one days since I began working on my first widely-released project, One Year Later. In that time, I've seen a lot of craziness. I've lost a lot. Hell, in some ways, I'm still losing. Those ways, maybe I'll talk about in music, maybe I won't. Thus is the wonder of human nature.

But, even with those loses, I've gained things, such as the understanding of flawed perfection. We, as we are made in God's image, we are perfect, even with our (many) flaws. These flaws aren't death sentences or condemnations to an ascribed mindset, illness, mentality, mental illness (see what I did there?), or place in life. Therefore, we control our destinies as much as anyone or as much as any..."thing." We must use our powers and lives to create a world that we can live in without losing ourselves or our selves in the process.

That's part of the reason for "Good Feeling to Know (Flawless)," the first single from my upcoming Baltimore Commercial Break: From Juke Joints to Greatness album. Yes, this project is an album which revisits my upbringing and expands on it in a way unseen on, say, a Death of the King. It's less about the "Come and Get It" moments and more about the feeling of "oh hey, even though that stuff happened, there were still positive moments which shaped me into who I am today." It's more about the times in our lives where we, well, fuck up--and fuck up horribly--but we still find the power and the will to pick ourselves off and keep going and, as Drizzle would say, just be awesome and get shit done.

The cover art depicts Baltimore news legends Al Sanders and Jerry Turner during a newscast. As I'll discuss more on the actual album, Al Sanders acted as a TV-inhabiting surrogate to me in some ways. Also, sometimes, you've got to come back to your roots to fully understand where you're going in the future. So, it's important to have him depicted in some way on the album.

To have a "Baltimore Commercial Break" at this point in my life, as much as I hate it, it's needed. However, the show will return, and it will be stronger than ever (even if some changes happen). But, more on that later. For now, just enjoy the snippet of "Good Feeling to Know" and check out the full song on Tuesday. Yes, release dates are archaic, but fuck it...

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