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Greenie (KRS-One Presents) - 'It's All Good' [CD]

Greenie (KRS-One Presents)

It's All Good


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Raised in Queens, New York City, Andrew Greenstein, aka Greenie, possesses indisputable lyrical skill (he's been rapping since the mid 1980s!) but his unusual life is NOT at all typical of anyone in society; much less of anyone in hip-hop society. With or without hip-hop, Greenie's life is an inspiration to all but it is through hip-hop that he now chooses to spread his message...

It was early 2009...Greenie had just lost millions of dollars he'd earned through 7 years of entrepreneurial labor...after working 125+ hours per week. But poor investments didn't take him down as hard as the simultaneous end of his "fairy tale" event that occurred shortly after his ex-wife turned to drugs and was caught sleeping with an alleged pedophile.

Crushed, Greenie left society behind and went to meditate for days in private seclusion, where he began to write lyrics about his life. In pain, he began by writing only of suffering ...rhyming about his life's so-called tragedies. He began by digging into his past and cursing what he once considered to have been a handicap and how it held him back for 3 decades. Unable to even speak until he was about 30 years old, Greenie felt he had wasted his life in silence and could've married someone else if only he'd had the vocal ability back in his early 20s to speak to females instead of searching silently online. "Yeah..but then I wouldn't have my two amazing children," he realized in a moment of enlightenment. In fact, Greenie began to realize that the same impediment he had loathed for decades ...had also led to so many blessings in his life: For example, had he not been speech handicapped, Greenie would've gone for traditional job interviews instead of hiding behind the silent wall of entrepreneurial effort that led him to make millions. Indirectly but undeniably, his speech impediment led to the creation of Greenie's wonderful children and it also led to him earning millions of dollars.

Had he not been co-raised by a drug-addicted older sister with a penchant for suicide, Greenie would've experimented with drugs on his own and been likely to have led a much less positive lifestyle. In short, as Greenie wrote his rhymes, he was beginning to understand EVERYTHING that happens in life... is...all..good. Negative events always ...eventually.. lead to something better in our life stories. And so, he made a commitment right then to TRUST that all of the "bad" stuff yet to come in his life would always turn out good...It HAD to. That, he knew, was how life WORKED...

Weeks later, the song Greenie had written on scraps of paper during self-imposed seclusion, had become a demo tape entitled "It's ALL Good"---and that song would soon become the ONE that grabbed the attention of one of Greenie's lifelong hip-hop admirees, The Blastmaster Krs-One. Greenie fully realizes that this fateful crossing of paths never would've happened had he not divorced his ex-wife, lost a financial fortune, and hid out in meditative seclusion. Be thankful for all of your "losses" and for all of life's so-called "tragedies." Just like everything in life, it is really...ALL...Good!

It's the first time in the hip-hop history that KRS-ONE has done anything quite like this: He's executive produced an entire 14 track CD for another artist while coaching, training, & taking that artist under his wing as an apprentice. What makes the project even more unique is that KRS has lined up classic hip-hop icons to provide beats, produce individual tracks, and perform cameos. Among the legends contributing to this project are De La Soul's Maseo, Jesse West, Busy Bee, & Sean C/ LV.

KRS-ONE in recording session with GreenieRecorded primarily at Skyline Studios in New York City, the album's lyrics were written over a one year span with the tracks laid down during nearly half of that. Greenie's hard work, talent, and HEART have gone into making a very personal, powerful, and heartfelt album filled with UNIQUE jams, sick beats, and top-notch rhymes.
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