WiNGS is an album that practically sprang into existence.
While some of it was recorded at Secret Studios II during a summer visit to New York City, the majority of the vocal production on WiNGS was improvised on the spot by SCRiBE himself. Utilizing a ragtag assortment of strange and often unconventional recording devices, SCRiBE captured lightning in a bottle again and again — never letting a single moment of inspiration slip by undocumented.
SCRiBE had a vision. Rather than recreating the songs in a controlled studio environment, he would release his new compositions with their raw, original performances completely intact.
Next, SCRiBE turned to his friend and longtime East Coast collaborator Ford4D with a prime directive: create mixes that appear rough, gritty, and textural yet at the same time sound polished, refined, and crystal clear.
While the technical limitations of the source material presented challenges that many engineers would have deemed futile, the creative freedom SCRiBE gave him inspired Ford to perform herculean feats of production prowess. Utilizing almost every trick in his toolkit, Ford was able to re-engineer and re-mix songs that had no original sessions files (or even a cappellas) to speak of. He's been in rare form lately.
The level of care, detail, and craft that went into every song on WiNGS speaks volumes about the entire team behind it. The beatsmiths on this project are a mixture of the old and the new. Manny Sachem, Gradis Nice, and StatZ are producers that longtime SCRiBE fans are already familiar with. Meanwhile, the lion's share of the production came from newcomers GOODMAN, Ezhen Nikko, Sendai Mike, Jay of VSEnt., bugseed, Azael Beats, and Chief Buddha.
SCRiBE is a consummate writer of rhymes, well-known by heads for the strength of his pen game. With that said, he is perhaps most widely recognized throughout The Five Boroughs for his mastery of the art of improvised freestyles. The two abilities are blended seamlessly throughout WiNGS.
NYC residents still swap stories about the Bronx native, even years after his departure to the West Coast. Through daily impromptu street shows, organized events like The Traveling Wild Show, and his long-running OPEN MiC showcase at the legendary Yippie! Museum Café, SCRiBE inspired countless emcees and fellow musicians while simultaneously building them a platform to express and share their own creativity and passions.
WiNGS is the musical consummation of a new chapter in the life of SCRiBE The Verbalist.
released November 25, 2013
All lyrics written by SCRiBE The Verbalist.
Recorded by SCRiBE (1, 2, 6-11, 13-15) & Ford4D (3-5, 12).
Mixed by Ford4D (except 2 mixed by SCRiBE).
Mastered by Ford4D for The 4DFoundation.
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