One of the greatest thrills of my life was having the opportunity to collaborate with so many successful, established musicians who I so deeply admired.
Creating this album together with such an amazing collection of singers, rappers, producers, songwriters and engineers was beyond anything I would’ve ever imaged. To have been able to consider these remarkable musicians my peers, for even a brief moment, was among the most humbling experiences of my life.
It was also among the most important aspects that really helped Sorry I’m Late stand out from other independent releases. The amount of prominent artists and producers who contributed to the project is very uncommon for an unknown artist.
I am forever grateful to everybody who lent their time and their talents to help make this dream a reality for us.
Ariel Hyatt and Cyber PR for provided album promotion, digital marketing.
Digiwaxx promoted singles to radio and DJs.
Derek Sivers – Founder of CD Baby
Fat Beats Distribution
Grammy Award winners: 6
Grammy Award nominees: 11
Multi-platinum selling musicians + engineers: 8
YZ (Yuri Zwadiuk)
Multi-platinum, multi-Grammy nominated engineer for Mary J. Blige’s Mary & No More Drama. Songwriter & producer for Patti LaBelle, Lil’ Wayne, Natalie Cole, Meli’sa Morgan.
YZ is the unquestioned backbone of Sorry I’m Late and of Culture VI. He not only serves as SIL’s co-executive producer, as well as the producer of 10 of the album’s 14 songs – but also as the primary composer of ***
Producer & Writer for Sorry I’m Late, Breath of Fresh Air, Yesterday, All I Got to Give, Paint the World, 9:57 Interlude, One Day in Heaven, Up There with You, and Devil’s Eye.
Co-Producer for She Loves Me…Not, Stars
Engineer and Co-Executive Producer of entire album.
Needlz (Khari Cain)
Accomplishments: Multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning songwriter & producer for Bruno Mars, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Lil’ Wayne, Jeezy, 50 Cent. Writer & producer of one of the greatest selling digital singles of all-time (13.2m), Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are”.
How it happened: After interviewing 88-Keys (in what became my most entertaining interview), we began working on a song for the album.
88-Keys (Charles Misodi Njapa)
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning songwriter & producer for Jay Z & Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne”.
Nottz (Dominick Lamb)
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning songwriter & producer for Kanye West’s best-selling album “Graduation” (Barry Bonds).
Dub B/White Boy (Joseph Kuleszynsky
Grammy nominated songwriter, producer & engineer for Joe Budden’s album Joe Budden.
Multi-platinum, multi-Grammy Award winning mastering engineer. Credited on 492 albums from 247 artists. First multi-platinum album was in 1987 (La Bumba). Worked on more than 100 platinum, multi-platinum, and gold albums, more than 10 Grammy Award winning albums.
I co-executive produced the album, along with YZ. Wrote numerous tracks. Secured the features. Negotiated the distribution.
Multi-platinum, multi-Grammy Award nominated songwriter and musician. BMI’s “Songwriter of the Year”. Wrote Michael Jackson’s “Butterflies”.
Put It On Repeat (remix)
Underground Music Awards Best Rapper, Best Lyricist
Grammy Award Nominated for Album of the Year (Recovery)
Tons of interviews
James Roston. Toured with Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Chris Brown, Lauryn Hill.
Uncle Howies. One of the most successful and influential underground hip-hop artists of the modern era.
One of my closest friends and among the most influential people I’ve had by my side. My former barber. Also, former Hot 97 co-host, along with DJ Camilo. Heavy Hitters, Strictly Live. Multiple songs featured on Hot 97 and in rotation. The Juganot Project. Matthew Padilla.
Naledge (Kids in the Hall)
Kidz in the Hall
Frequency (Bryan Fryzel)
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning songwriter & producer for Eminem & Rihanna’s “The Monster”.
Grammy nominated musician and star of MTV’s Love & Hip-Hop and Couple’s Therapy.
Royce da 5’9”
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning songwriter and artist for EP with Eminem “Hell: Bad Meets Evil 2” and Eminem “Slim Shady LP”, and number 1 song with Bruno Mars “Lighters”.