27 year old Chicago artist, Witness is ecstatic about stepping up and being one of the many leading a new wave of music from one of the nation’s most dangerous cities through his EP, LEADING WHILE BLEEDING. This record is a breathe of fresh air from a city that breeds “DRILL MUSIC” made popular by artist like Chief Keef and lil Durk.
On DEAD OR IN JAIL, Witness enlisted the help of CHH heavyweight Json and new comer Brother 3 while Steve T provided the production for this hard hitting, trunk rattling declaration affirming the statement that if it wasn’t for the Lord we’d all be (physically or spiritually) dead or in jail. The song resonates and crosses barriers impacting those with a message that Christ is our escape. Witness speaks from his past and how living in Chicago has been tough for him from the shootings to fighting but through Christ he was able to overcome. Json and Brother 3 add flare with their cinematic portraits of their lives prior to being transformed by the grace of God.
The portrait of the album was sonically painted by a variety of producers. Grammy-Nominated producer Rey King, who is known for producing records for Social Club, Rhema Soul and Leslie Grace, produced one of the more crowd pleasing songs entitled Hakuna Matata. Witness also reached out to Skrip, KIDD and Steve T who has produced for the likes of FLAME, Json, and MikeReal.
“This time around I wanted to get a different kind of sound. I reached out to Rey King, Steve T, Skrip and KIDD to create an EP that would be sonically different from any of my previous work,” says Witness. “I pray the end result of all of our hard work paints a perfect picture of what I was trying to communicate.”
When it comes to features Witness reached out to a couple of friends enlisting the talents of Json, Skrip, KIDD, Oscar Urbina, Hillyana and New York phenom Angie Rose along side Chicago artist, VOP, Titus the Defender and Brother 3.
“For LEADING WHILE BLEEDING, I really wanted to make music with my friends.” says Witness “So it only felt right that I reached out to my brothers and made an EP that embodied my love for God, my love for music, my love for Chicago and my love for my boys (and girls) who are dope emcees!” he adds.
LEADING WHILE BLEEDING is available to pre-order from iTunes, for a special pre-order price of only $2.99, and get the second single, “Talkn Bout.” LEADING WHILE BLEEDING releases on December 23rd at all digital retailers as well as physically, exclusively from HPTP Records and Forgiven Boutique’s online store or Witness’s concert dates.
LEADING WHILE BLEEDING Tracklisting:
1. Leading While Bleeding Intro
Prod: Sinima Beats
2. Talkn Bout ft. Skrip & KIDD
3. Hakuna Matata ft. JEDI & HolE. Noize
Prod: Rey King
4. Love My City
Prod: Steve T
5. Dead or in Jail ft. Json & Brother 3
Prod: Steve T
6. Mercy ft. Hillu Hillyana
Prod: Hollywood Legend & Skrip
7. Great God Cypher ft. Oscar Urbina, Angie Rose, Titus the Defender & VOP