if you believe the world is getting better then you are losing the battle. during the course of writing, recording and producing this album, i started seeing things in the world, in people, and in myself that started to change that i feel like have changed forever. every track has a story behind it and a deeper meaning to me, and for the first time in my life i am PROUD to present to you a piece of me that will be here forever.
thank you for listening. feed the hungry. shelter the homeless. love on each other. support your local artists. God is real.
Very special thanks to: Jennifer, my wife. Thank you and I love you. Forever Phase always. you make me better everyday, and i will never do life without you. you are my best friend, my lover and fellow dreamer. you support me so much, and it exemplifies the word LOVE in every way, shape and form. you are my rock. My mom for always supporting me and supporting me and supporting me. writing about how you positively effect my life here would do no justice. you deserve the world, and i intend to give that to you, when the time is right. i love you. My sister, for being with me literally since the beginning. You are the cornerstone of our family, and i thank you for taking that role selflessly. i love you and cant wait til we grow old together, still being stupid and crazy. Eric hyung, thank you for your love and support, and how you raise now 3 kids selflessly. I love you more than you know. Nephew #1. I love you more than words. Youve grown to be such a wonderful man, and one of my best friends. i love and support you always. Eugene Park. in my long winded spurts of radio silence, you have always been disciplined enough to hit me up just to check in on me. i love you and you are my blood brother, forever. Namoo and Minsu, i know you hate me for never calling yawl, but i still always think of you guys and love you both. please give hugs to jayna and judah for me. Cousin Eddie and Cat. I love you both. Thank you for keeping it so real with me, and for being there for me as family. Kato. your work ethic inspires me to be better, and i support you thru thick and thin. you are my brother, and i love you. thank you for your support and for the beats that you selflessly dish out for me when i need them. i will never forget that. Mama Chung and Joseph. I love you both, and everything I do I do with intentions of providing for yawls future too. I love you both. JOSEPH!!! Kill it. you are soo close. Praying for you. The entire She family, Adam and Lexy especially. Thank you for everything. I love you both. Jeff and Chels. You guys are an inspiration. Jeff you inspire me to be better and you help me expand my knowledge of knowing other areas of life that are important. im so proud of where you are and what you are doing with your life. continue to excel in everything you do and i support you in everything. love you both. My 4pointes fam! special shoutout to Andrew, Mimi, Peter, Sung ae, Ben, Paeday, Esther, Joseph, Jinho, Jimmy and Lydia, Jeremy and Christine, Eric and Jaime. your special attention to our lives have made it better and more fulfilling. Thank you for expanding my views. God proves his existence because of you all. My Story First Fam. Andrew, Max, Ice, Q, Holly, and Zach. Thank you so much! Tuce, you gave me new life. thank you and L for sacrificing so that jennifer and i could have a life to live and thrive. Thank you and i love you, you are my fam forever. Max. you are literally the brother i always wanted to have. thank you and Amy and Oliver is my fam, forever. Ice, you fucking inspire me. i love you and when times get hard at the studio, you are the one i can always look too for positivity and that Classic Ice. Q, thank you for being my stress buddy. i love you bro. Holly, thank you for restoring the balance between us boys at the studio. your talents and selflessness never go unnoticed. thank you. Zach, for the short time ive known you, i know you have a heart of gold. your story inspires me, and your relentless pursuit of your dreams does not go unnoticed. your hard working soul will take you to great places. Madam director Tamborello. im enamored with your ability to love and serve others, and how you serve our crew at SFC. thank you and Mike for always allowing us in your home when i first got my start in the video biz. i love you both. April, you always grab our lunches and never complain about anything, even when your like 14 months pregnant. i love your spirit and thank you for just being there for us when on set. praying for you, Steven and the rest of your fam as you get ready to birth this baby. i predict its a boy! name him JOHN ;) Father Bascle, as the 7th in line aire to your throne, i thank you for just being a true talent, and a kindred spirit. you are loved. Adan, you've been real with me since the beginning, thank you. i hope we continue to grow in this music shit, together. i support you always. OPDiggy whatup! Amena I see ya. My big bro Amisho. Thank you for understanding my youthful angst of being an asian rapper. Thank you for being such a positive influence in allowing me to stay firm in my beliefs, and also feel comfortable to express whats truly on my heart. your music catalog speaks for itself, and it inspires me to be better. Korean Abdul Jabbar is next!!! My Renovation Fam. Thank you. Leonce, Ethan, Copper, Sam, and Trevor. I love you all. DJ MFin Sellers. you are the little bro i always wanted. you have a heart of gold, and big bro got you, always. when the time is right, God will open the flood gates of blessings in your life, and I promise i will be there. Andy Shin. my bro. when this all started in Feb of this year, you were always down, and continue to stay down with the vision. you have my heart and my support. you are next bro! stay writing and lets get it. Charley Yang call me back damn!! i love you bro :D The whole King Liam crew. Thank you for accepting me as a fellow rapper and music maker. stay strong in the vision and lets continue to get each others back. my Icon fam. Thank you for your mentorship and teaching me the ropes of this business. Tashia, Stone, Ian. Thank you. My sensei, mentor, and good friend Blake Eiseman. Thank you for allowing me into your world and teaching me all the necessary tools for me to be able to thrive and know how to make my music sounds great. I promise we will go eat korean bbq soon, us and our wives together. Kip. you have so much talent. i support you and hope to see you thrive in this music shit bro. stay up and thank you for your support over the years. My old Icon Intern crew big ups and much love to you all. Donnie, Class, and Jones especially. continue to work hard and thrive. Faint. my son Faint. I miss you and wish you could be around more. Thank you for serving our country. when you get back, i pray that i can extend many opportunities to you. i got you, my son. just make it home safe. i love you. JR. you have a heart of gold, and the most contagious laugh on the face of this earth. i love you and im so thankful to have molded a relationship with you. continue to thrive and master your arena in the name of Christ. To my family on the eastside, J Rob... thank you and i really appreciate you letting me in and giving me shelter when i needed it. Kels I miss ya and hope you continue to succeed. Congrats on your new house! Gary. my brother. my equal. you understand me in ways other people dont.. im so thankful to have you in my life. i love you bro. Kollaboration ATL fam... JUSTIN AND JUDY. i love you guys so much. you are such a blessing to jennifer and i. thanks for your support. Grace thanks for letting me be a part of these shows and for upholding the arts in the Asian community here in Atlanta. you will be remembered as the best show runner in the Atlanta Chapter. Sharon MFin Oh MIKKOH. it has been a fucking honor to see you blossom into the artist you are today. Stay moving, stay hustling.. you are gonna make it to the top.. its obvious at this point. i love you and your bro. The Bush Jumping boys. Kris, Paul and Sam. work hard and kill it my friends. cant wait to work together with you guys. Josh Fu. for the little time ive known you, you have been so real and such a blessing to jennifer and i. thank you and i hope you stay in Atlanta so we can build together. Denver and Meng Meng. Thanks for sticking with Jen on her videos and being so selfless in shooting/editing them. Love yawl! my old timer click... Bee and Jean, thank you. Bee, thank you for just being that dude that always keeps me grounded, and helps me remember exactly where i came from. praying for you as you travel for work, building your empire. Dan hyung, Glo nuna and Seb hyung. thank you for bringing me into your family and accepting me. i love yawl. Joe hyung. our memories together live forever. i love you and Christine. Richard hyung and Jessica nuna. thank you for allowing me into your family, your life. miss yawl and hope to see you both soon. Kenny. the turn up king. you always are so encouraging when we speak, and our memories will last forever. you have a brilliant entrepreneur mind, and i cant wait to see you continue to thrive in this world. thank you and i love you. George, i love how our lives continue to converge on similar paths. you and Es have been great company, and im thankful to share in life with you both as we continue to get older, and wiser. love you both. Philip and Chloe... i thank you so much for just being down... for like everything. you guys help us not feel crazy when jennifer and i try and take on the world just being who we are as artists. thank you for inspiring us. love you both. Dan hyung and Naomi. Dan hyung, thank you for always being that voice of reason in my life, even when its hard to hear, or the thing i dont want to hear. im praying that Zen motors continue to thrive. Daniel Young, be the light in this industry. work hard and thank you for allowing me into your life. I enjoy your visits, and enjoy your company. Stephen Renney. if you ever take a client call again while we are hanging out, im straight up leaving your ass at the restaurant. jk. bro! i hate that you think we're not real friends... honestly i know you cant live without me... just admit it. thank you for your love and support, and im glad we got to know each other. Run River North! I love each and every one of you. Alex, John, Daniel, Sally, Jen and Joe. Alex, you are my brother from another mother. I pray for you always and I believe in the vision. The Good Fruit boys, Sam, James and Won. So nice having you here in Atlanta. Hope we can all collaborate soon. Fuadh. distance and lack of time might separate us, but i still consider you a true friend, and I thank you for sticking by me all these years. you are missed, and have always been in my corner when i wanted to try this music shit. thank you. Sharon Mathai, thank you for your contributions to this project, and thank you for your friendship. I pray that God will show his will in your life. You have a voice of gold, and I pray God uses that for the glory of his kingdom. Thank you for your support thru this process of making this EP. Chef, thank you for always changing your tires every winter season. The world needs more responsible drivers, and you are the prime example of this happening. keep changing the world each tire at a time. forreal.. thank you for being consistent with me and always speaking truth into situations. i love you and i pray God provides continuously for you as you travel around the world. thank you. to the entire Lee fam. I love you all and miss you dearly. Won, thank you for everything. your friendship, your support. thru the highs and lows, i know we can survive thru anything... its just all about timing. Last but not least, peace goes to my fam... at the country club.. William Oliver. you know who you are.
ROARK BAILEY. thank you times a million. this project is literally here because of you. i dont even know how to say thank you in a way that truly expresses my gratitude properly. i love you bro. your work ethic is amazing, and im always in your corner. you and Shawn are my fam, always.
Ben Rollins. thank you for always affirming the true artist that lives inside of me. i admire your vision and your eye. I love you bro. thank you for always being down to work on my passion projects.
Chucky Kim. You seriously gave life to these track you played on. thank you and Barb so much for your love and support.
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.