FROM PHIL ADE'S PERSPECTIVE
On how the idea for this track came about:
When I was working on the R.O.S.E. project I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make a song that kind of explains the entire project. Teddy Roxpin sent that beat and I knew that that was it.
On if the track is directed to anyone in particular:
It's a song that is talking to those that thought I would end up in a bad life situation because of how I've lived my life so far.
On growing up in a very religious family:
I did grow up in a very religious family. It taught me values that I still hold on to till this day. Anything that I go through in life affects my music because my music is about my life and my experiences, stuff that I've seen.
On putting a balance in his rap and what is 'right' and 'wrong':
At the end of the day no matter what anyone says or does its up to an individual to decide how they want to live their life. That's what this project is about. I was just explaining how I see now how music can influence a choice.
On bad habits he wants to kick:
I want to stop smoking and drinking all together. Seems far-fetched at this point in my life though.
On his future plans:
I don't know. I'm always going to look for the best situation, but I'm hoping staying independent will be it. It's definitely possible to be on a major stage and still be independent in this day & age. Either way I know my movement is going to be legendary in the end. My team is the best in my town.
On how this track fits into the overall concept of "R.O.S.E (Result of Society’s Evils)" :
It basically paraphrases the message behind the project.
On the title of his mixtape, "Result Of Society's Evils":
Everyone is. We're all born completely innocent and we're exposed to negativity as we grow older. Then we have to make the choice whether to do right or wrong.
On the audio clip at the end of "Disappointed":
That audio clip of Tupac is where I got the idea for the project. It was taken from an interview he did for the "Gridlock'd" movie. I just thought it would be dope to turn ROSE into an acronym and make a project with that theme. I came across the clip just surfing old Hip Hop interviews on YouTube
On his favorite verse/line:
If you want to know what the entire project is about you've got to really listen to that first verse. I touch on how I've been influenced by my family, my friends, the music I listen to, and my influence on others.
On his studio essentials:
I don't need much.. just a bottle of water & an instrumental.
FROM THE PRODUCER TEDDY ROXPIN'S PERSPECTIVE
On who Teddy Roxpin is:
I grew up in the Boston area and I've been producing for around 9 years at this point. I've always appreciated all different genres so I think it was really my love for music as an art form and means of expression that motivated me to start making my own stuff and put my own spin on it. I've produced for many local artists, as well as artists like Mac Miller, Chris Webby and Hoodie Allen to name a few.
On how he connected with Phil:
I became interested in working with Phil right after I saw the "Always There" video, which my manager had put me onto. That shit grabbed me right away. It also turned me on to Sunny Norway whose an incredible producer. But I loved hearing and seeing that old school vibe work so well in hip hop today, so it definitely caught my attention. After that, I peeped a couple of his mixtapes and I was sold. I had my manager hit up his people and the rest was a wrap. We were finally able to connect in person at Club Church in Boston about a year ago and have just kept building from there.
On if they worked together before:
We were talking back and forth for awhile before we started working, but I believe "Disappointed" is the first joint we did together. Shortly after that we recorded a joint for my EP that hasn't been released yet. "The Dreamer" was recorded way later on, and we have another joint in the works titled "Poor Thing".
On if "Disappointed" was recorded in-studio together:
No, we've actually never worked together in the studio. "Disappointed" was made via emails and phone calls. The technology out today has opened up doors for myself and so many others to work with artists across the country that we'd never be able to reach otherwise. It's a beautiful thing. Although nothing really compares to working directly with an artist in the studio, theres a whole different skill set involved in being able to go back and forth and build a track up when you're a thousand miles away from each other.
On how the instrumental came about:
I made the beat on February 13th 2012. This was the day my manager gave me his Korg M3 keyboard to borrow for a while (which I still have). So this was the first beat I made with it. I was messing around with one of the rhodes sounds and came up with some chords I liked. After that I started building on the drums and added the rhodes. I remember working on it late into the night with my headphones on, trying not to wake my girl friend. I was definitely vibing out with it pretty hard though haha. The next day I bounced it out and showed it to my homie Ricky Bakken, who's the bassist in my group "Sweat Box". A month later he came over and laid down some amazing basslines and I pieced them together and sent the beat over to Phil that night.
On his favorite aspect of the instrumental:
It's hard for me to say, because I love the whole vibe of the beat in general. I love the chords I played and synths I added. But I guess I'd have to say the original drum break I started with. As you could probably tell, it's the same drum break used on Common's "The Corner" so it was really cool to build on top of that, stack the drums, add keys and make it sound completely different from the Common joint. But at the same time, I love how Phil connected the two with "I wish I could give you this feeling" on the chorus. That gave me chills the first time I heard it.
On the equipment used to make "Disappointed":
Like I said before, I used the Korg M3 keyboard, my Mbox 2, MPC 2000 and my homie Ricky on bass of course. Believe it or not I still do all my sequencing in Garage Band too!
On his go-to machines:
MPC 2000, Korg M3, and Micro Korg. I'm a big fan of using hardware!
Giving you the direct perspective from Phil Ade and his producer Teddy Roxpin, "Track Breakdown" is an HNHH series that highlights a specific cut by speaking to both the artist and producer about the song's creation.
Phil Ade is the next rapper up out of the DMV area. The rapper has consistently brought rhymes and wordplay with a mix of sometimes conscious rap and sometimes ignorant rap. It's a good combination which has led to a devout following of Phil Ade fans, who expect more and more from the rapper after each mixtape. Rightly so.
As Phil continues to grow and cultivate his skills, the independent rapper releases mixtape after mixtape, following his debut in 2009, Starting On JV. He gained more fans with his PhilAdeFriday series which also led to more mixtapes, soon followed by A Different World, PhilAdeFriday2, and finally,his most recent, R.O.S.E. Basically, there's no lack of music from Phil out on the web.
Although fans did have to wait longer than expected to receive the latest installment of mixtape, it proved to be worth the wait, consisting of all-original music and unique bars. Inspired by a Tupac audio clip, Phil's R.O.S.E. (Result Of Society's Evil) touches on Phil's experiences within the music industry, the hypocrisies of today's society, and his family and come-up, thus really giving you a sense of who Phil is as a person and as a rapper.
We spoke with Phil Ade and his producer Teddy Roxpin about a record in particular off R.O.S.E. which really embodies what the mixtape is about-- "Disappointed."
Phil talks to us about growing up in a religious family (something he mentions in "Disappointed"), on how music can influence a person's decisions, his plans for the future and more, while Teddy Roxpin details how the beat came about and how he connected with Phil, revealing they have more music in the works.
Listen to "Disappointed" below if you haven't heard it yet, and click through the images above to find out more about the record and the mixtape.