We didn't know what we were doing. We thought we did, but honestly looking back at it, this was us figuring out who and what we were. How to record, how to write songs, and how to work with each other. For me personally, how to produce, arrange, and create at least half the sound I was influenced by with my cracked copy of FL Studio and a $125 Yamaha keyboard I bought with my Christmas money the year before.
Many of you know "V.I.S.I.O.N.S." as our debut album. But leading up to it, there were a couple "Prelude Projects” that were released that acted as a outlet for our ever growing stash of material that was not going to make the album. This was the first of those "Prelude Projects" and the one that means the most to me for sentimental reasons.
Many people have photos and films as artifacts to their past. Even though I have both, I also have an album that pretty much tells the story of mine, ELIMN8, Key, and the then H.F.P. line up's first semester in college. How fucking dope is that? This was a journal committed to sound. We were 18, fresh out of high school, now in the adult world, and "Fall 2 Greatness" was us thinking out loud trying to make sense of it all. It was because of this I remember the inspiration would not slow down, which is why the album is so damn long: 19 songs with 3 interludes sandwiched in between, with about 5 seconds left to spare on that 80 minute CD. We were clearly not thinking of listener’s exhaust lol! Our mindset was if it was dope, we would figure out a way in the sequencing to include it.
At the time of me recording these video clips (with my HP camera which only could store up to one minute of internal memory), I knew I wanted to put together a documentary with this footage, and but I never got around to or had a outlet (Youtube was just becoming a part of the Pop Culture conscience in 2006). This footage has been seen for my eyes only for the past decade; as a personal motivational reminder of why I have committed my life to music. But now as our 10th Anniversary celebration is drawing to a close, I knew it was the perfect time for me share one of my favorite hallmarks of the H.F.P. vault; which includes instrumental versions of cuts from the LP as the film score.
So allow me to take you back to the fall of 2006, inside 1600 Palos Verdes Dr. North, Unit # 330; as well as flashes of my then home bedroom and my then favorite local record store. When were just trying to be dope enough to rock at the school “Coffee House” and get props the next day the student cafe. This was all for the love, this was the genesis, this was the evolution, this was “The Fall 2 Greatness.”
Soul Claps & Salutes,
DJ Chuck “thE oLd SouL”