THANK YOU RAP GODS by Freshman Woes

Freshman Woes is a Hip Hop producer with roots in both the Midwest and the West Coast. In 2016 though, he abruptly relocated to the small town of Sumter, South Carolina. There, he found himself isolated from family, friends, and all he had previously grown accustomed to. At a crossroads in his life, he was not happy and understood it would take some profound changes to get where he desired to be.

The next few years were spent living disciplined and very driven. He earned financial freedom, completed his college degree, and all the while found solace in his passion for Hip Hop production. In late 2019, with only his teenage son, records, and music equipment, he walked away from a long-broken marriage. A custody battle and bitter divorce would follow, but he remained determined not to let this deter him. In January of 2020, he began releasing music to major streaming services. Then in March, COVID-19 changed the world as we knew it, and for the first time, Freshman Woes was allowed to immerse himself in his art. He kept reaching out to MCs, working on new songs, and continuing to leak bits and pieces to the world upon completion. By December, he had received recognition from such outlets as Eminem’s Shade 45 on Sirius XM, Chuck D’s Rap Station Network, Okayplayer, 2DopeBoyz and a host of others. He also began mixing and mastering his long-delayed debut album THANK YOU RAP GODS.

The songs included on this project were created from 2015 to 2020. It features a diverse lineup of both veteran and rising underground Hip Hop notables. The music reflected here is a melting pot of different eras and sub-genres of rap. Yet somehow, he remains firmly looking ahead and striving to be unique. Through one of the darkest periods in his life, Freshman Woes found the strength to hit reset and ultimately persevere. As he was doing so, his progression was well-documented in his music for the world to hear. This album closes a difficult chapter in the producer’s life and also sets the stage for something entirely new in the future.
released August 6, 2021

01. Grimey Connection
Feat. Guilty Simpson, Koncept Jack$on & Al.Divino
Produced By Freshman Woes
Guitar By Garrett Long – Recorded at The Watermelon Room (Baltimore, MD)

02. Like a Pro Feat. Blu
Produced By Freshman Woes
Saxophone & Flutes By Michael Phillip Neu

03. More Rap Dudes Feat. Blu, Planet Asia & MED
Produced By Freshman Woes
Guitar By Brad Leatherman

04. Ox Tales Feat. MED
Produced By Freshman Woes
Guitar By Dave Auerbach
Scratches By DJ Mahf & VThom

05. Swangin’ Feat. Cashus King FKA Co$$
Produced By Freshman Woes
Synth & Guitar By Brad Leatherman

06. Solitude Feat. Myka 9
Produced By Freshman Woes
Saxophone By Michael Phillip Neu

07. Rap Dudes Feat. Homeboy Sandman & Blame One
Produced By Freshman Woes
Scratches By DJ Mahf

08. Life Is Hectic Feat. Rapper Big Pooh & Danny Watts
Produced By Freshman Woes
Guitar & Background Vocals By Brad Leatherman – Recorded at Suburban Pro Studios (St. Louis, MO)

09. Live From the Nether Region Feat. Midaz The Beast
Produced By Freshman Woes

10. Every Day Feat. Boog Brown
Produced By Freshman Woes
Guitar By Brad Leatherman

11. Sumter Solitude
Feat. Big Rube of the Dungeon Family & Vic Spencer
Produced By Freshman Woes
Background Vocals By Brad Leatherman

Mixed & Mastered By: Tim Hanson at North Village Recording (Columbia, MO) & The Mixing Boutique (St. Louis, MO)

Artwork, Photography, Design & Layout By: Joshua Hoskins @goldenleader

A&R/Creative Direction By: John Butler @jmob4

Cut Crazy Records 2021