Fashawn threw this one up on his blog earlier today and it's too dope not to post here. It's off his One Shot One Kill mixtape which was released back in 2008.
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The album title, Rigmarole, was similarly inspired by Pep's quest to evolve as a person. "The word 'rigmarole,'" he notes, "means the necessary steps or process that one must go through to achieve a certain end. With my Rigmarole, then, it speaks to the process that I went through and go through as an individual and an artist – and also to the greater process of cultural evolution that hip-hop and society is experiencing."
Tracks like the Unjust produced "Reflections" reflect this concept of therapy and self-awareness, as Pep describes the song as "one of those old clock watches that a hypnotist would use to take you to a state of trance." Then there's "Runaway Slave," on which Pep details the process of bettering himself as both an individual and artist through the use of clever and creative metaphors.
And with these songs, and the album as a whole, Pep wants listeners to view the work as a new representation who he is as both a man and artist, rather than compare and contrast it against his previous work. "Rigmarole isn't a progression from my last album; if anything, it's a deviation," explains Pep. "This album is less about what I'm saying and more about what I went through to get it done. It wasn't created with the intention of living up to anything else."