#OtakuTuesdays is back…and I’m doing things a little different this time around. I’m really thankful for everyone who actually takes the time to listen to my music, and this time I want you guys to be even more involved with what I do. I want #OtakuTuesdays vol. III more than just another Richie Branson album, I want it to be everyone’s album….literally.
I will be releasing the instrumentals from all of the weekly #OtakuTuesdays songs I’m making, and I’d like YOU to make your own versions of them to go on the #OTIII album. That’s right…I want your raps to be a part of my next album. Whether it’s just one verse…or whether it’s a complete remix, I want to hear your voice on my beats. Don’t sweat it if you’re not a lyricist or you don’t have access to a recording studio, I’m not denying anyone’s work based on recording quality…even if you’re just rapping into your webcam mic. Let’s start things off with the instrumental to last week’s “Against The Wall” song based on Attack On Titan. I’m aware that having an open collab policy with my fans and supporters could result in some of you outshining me on my own album….and I like the sound of that…so let’s collab! All it takes is three easy steps:
1) Download the “Against The Wall” instrumental HERE
2) Record your lyrics using whatever method you can.
3) Send me your work at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a link on my social media pointing to where I can download your mix.
It’s not just limited to the OTIII instrumentals, feel free to use any of my beats from any of the previous releases ( Grab the OTI and OTII instrumentals HERE ). Feel free to share your #OtakuTuesdays remix work on Youtube or any other social media sites! Let’s work! I’ll be releasing future instrumentals each week after I’ve released my song version.
This week has been one hell of a week. The highly anticipated “Marvel Heroes” video game released the day before my latest album charted on the US top 100 rap charts. While I’ve had to keep very quiet about this for the longest time, I can finally announce that I composed some music for the game. In fact, there’s my name right next to Captain America’s head in the in-game credits! Special thanks to one of my main inspirations in music composition: Mark Griskey. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, listen to my Cold Republic EP. I sampled his music from Star Wars: The Old Republic. It was quite an honor to get the opportunity to compose music under his guidance. We’re really killing it this year guys!
Thanks to you guys, “From Guardia With Love” just debuted on quite a few national sales charts! Check out he above snippet from the Billboard/Soundscan top 100 rap albums chart…yes a rap album about Chrono Trigger is outselling Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa right now. Here’s how we did:#4 First week release on the Billboard Rap Chart#69 Overall Billboard Rap Chart#6 First week release on the Billboard R&B Chart#106 Overall Billboard R&B Chart#140 Overall Billboard New Artist Chart
I just want to take an extra moment to thank everyone who purchased this album and made this accomplishment possible! Of course, the epic win in all of this the fact that my proceeds of this album will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network via the Extra Life charity. Make sure you guys spread the word about this album and let’s keep it moving!
After a long wait, my latest album “From Guardia With Love” is finally available for purchase! You can listen to the full album below! If you like what you hear, click HERE to purchase from Bandcamp, or HERE to purchase from iTunes! Just a reminder, I’m donating all monies I personally receive from this project to charity. Thank you guys for your amazing support, I really hope you enjoy this album. There are a few surprises in the works as well…stay tuned!
Today, From Guardia With Love is now available for pre-sale on iTunes! The official release date of the album is May 28th, two days after the one-year anniversary of Toonami’s return. Now..here comes the most important announcement I’ll probably ever make in my music career:
Every penny that I personally earn from this album will be donated to charity…specificially the Extra Life organization that works with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I have no intent on making any personal financial gain from this project. I told you I’d be the type of rapper who would blow his money in children’s hospitals rather than strip clubs, well now I’m putting my money where my mouth is.
I’ve never asked you guys for much, but today I’m asking for your help. I’ve set a personal goal of 200 pre-orders before my album releases in May. I can’t say exactly what, but something VERY major will happen if I reach that goal. I have a very nice surprise in store for each and every person who takes the time to pre-order “From Guardia With Love”, so if you pre-order it, send proof to my personal email at email@example.com and I will make sure the world knows of your contribution. Consider this pre-order goal my “kickstarter”, except it’s for a cause greater than myself.
In closing, this album was the hardest ever to complete. I started it in the midst of a depression, and gradually evolved into the classic Richie form that you all enjoy. I think this album will generate a lot of opportunity for me, and it’s only right that I do what I can to provide opportunities for those less fortunate. With that said, make sure you buy the album. Not only will you be getting dope new Richie Branson music, but you’ll be changing lives for the better. Spread the word and let’s make history! Click HERE to head to the iTunes pre-order link! If you prefer bandcamp, the link for that is below!
UPDATE: Bandcamp pre-orders are now available as well. Click HERE to pre-order “From Guardia With Love” through Bandcamp!
From Guardia With Love, I thank you all for your support,
On December 19 2011, I released my first nerdcore song to the world titled “Cold Republic”. I never would have imagined that 6 mixtapes, a 33-city tour, tavelling the nation performing at different conventions, and making music for Adult Swim would be the outcome. Seriously, this has been the greatest year of my life. To celebrate, I’m releasing a project called “Achievement Unlocked”.
This is a huge collection consisting of a few songs that were never released on any of the mixtapes I’ve dropped so far, and every single instrumental from the NERD EP and OtakuTuesdays Vol. I and II. Also included are some unreleased instrumentals for projects that I never got around to rapping on. I kept the original filenames of the works as I created them, so you can have a feel for my workflow. Feel free to make your own songs using any of the beats included in this project. As long as any works based on my beats are NOT released for profit, I’d love to see other aspiring rappers hopping on these beats and making their own nerdcore raps.
Thank you guys for giving me such an awesome first year, let’s make 2013 even better! Click HERE to download “Achievement Unlocked” now!
Here’s a little October surprise for you guys:
Mega Ran and I are pleased to bring you guys a little Halloween Treat known as the “Ghouls ‘N Ghosts EP”, previously only available on the mc chris Monster Hunter Tour. It’s now available on Bandcamp! Click HERE to check it out!
After coming off a 33 city tour and producing some music for Adult Swim, I’m happy to say that the heralded #OtakuTuesdays album series has returned! I really enjoyed making this project and I really hope you enjoy listening to it! Click HERE to download it absolutely free!
#OtakuTuesdays will return soon! Untill then, stay tuned or more great music in the near future. I’ve got a little something called The Jupiter Jazz LP coming soon, and there may just be another Gundam album in the near future!
Oh..and don’t forget to support my future projects by purchasing my commercial album “The NERD EP” today! Grab it HERE.