Mockingbird

by Tommy V

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about

Tommy V. first appeared in the Los Angeles Hip Hop scene in 1998 when he was featured on Awol One's classic cassette, Three Eyed Cowz. A few years later, Tommy released his first solo effort, Quarter Life Crisis. Quarter Life Crisis was an epic, 20 song album, featuring the likes of everyone from Why? and Dose One, to a majority of the Shape Shifters. It was around the release of Quarter Life Crisis that Tommy linked up with Ceschi and David Ramos of Anonymous Inc. Tommy was featured on Anonymous Inc.'s self titled debut, and subsequently formed TOCA with Ceschi, David Ramos, and Xololanxinxo. After the demise of Toca, Tommy also seemed to vanish from the music world. He would occasionally appear on other people's songs (sometimes with verses recorded a decade earlier), but years passed with no new Tommy V album. In the 6 years since Toca broke up, Tommy would start college, become a dog walker for the LA elite, learn how to sing, and record between 50 and 100 never-completed songs. It seemed like Tommy V. had become a footnote in the long and influential history of Los Angeles Hip Hop. However, Tommy decided otherwise, and here we are. More than a decade after his last solo effort, and more than 6 years after the break-up of Toca, Tommy V has returned with his Fake Four debut. Better yet, he decided to make his new album FREE.
Fake Four proudly presents, Tommy V - Mockingbird.

credits

released December 28, 2012

Music & samples by Thomas Valencia
Mixed by Christian Gibson aka Innaspace
Mastered by Jeff Smothers
Song 11 mixed by Thomas Valencia
Contributing musicians as follows
Percussion - David Ramos - Song 11
Drums - David Ramos - Song 7
Vocals, extra mixing and editing - David Ramos - song 8
Cuatro puertoriqueño - Ceschi Ramos - Song 12
Electric Bass/Vocals - Ceschi Ramos - Song 9
Cuts - Dj ESP and DJ Roach - Song 8
Nylon Guitar - Frank Mancia - 13
Octave Voice - Frank Mancia - Song 12, 13
Upright Bass - Kevin Farrel - Song 7
Electric Bass - Kevin Farrel - Song 11, 12
Trombone - Danny Levin (TOCA) - Song 4
Help with Portuguese lyrics - Jose Alburquerque - Song 11
Kurzwell 250 - Majed Bradshaw - Song 13
Violin - Max from LACC - Song 7

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Fake Four Inc. New Haven, Connecticut

Fake Four Inc. is a record label based in New Haven, CT that specializes in experimental hip hop, indie pop and anything else we like.

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