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Portfolio I: As Serious As Your Life

by Ill Poetic

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Since I love my verse on this so much, here is my verse (verse II): Roses are red Violets are blue as fuck Poetry’s dead I am on cue as fuck Cry me a river of ice Dive in and shiver Freeze all your dreams and dye them all blue Violence is cute as fuck (and) Riots are vogue I write in a mode Of Miles’s mode Words Shadow - long winded breaths That hide in the notes ‘Tween augmented fifths I’m fly as the rhodes This song’s ending with In minor scale Light me a smoke I inhale Entrails of chemtrails across a shattered sky My state of being’s in a place where it don’t matter why What I thought was sacrifice would birth me back to life The redshift of my expansion wholy magnified I’d be ill advised to fill a rhyme with little lines ‘Bout acid trips but here goes: I’m Mwandishi mixed with Syllicibin, Pivot back, blueshifting on a major scale Emerging from a year, wrists intact Where Occam’s razor failed. My stream of conscious stay, Surfin’, wav., Current, Swells At a higher sample rate Burnin’ I re-animate On monochromatic fabric Where I approach the color wheel Like Coltrane’s circle of fifths Kind-of erratic verses that trip But perfectly fit Feel me? I made it brail. Per Iceberg, Bird Revelation, Dave Chappelle. Inattentive in this attention economy Penny pinching these policies Too much tension inside of me Keep a grip on my privacy Do not mention or follow me Tip of the iceberg Dive in, it all sure shimmers inside of me, It’s all in symmetry Apologies, If you ain’t gettin me It’s probably me My poetry’s dead Lie flowers on top of me.
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On August 17, 2021, Timothy “Ill Poetic” Gmeiner releases his first installment of an ongoing production series, “Portfolio I: As Serious As Your Life” on Definition Music. Inspired by Val Wilmer’s seminal 1977 book on the black free-jazz movement, “As Serious As Your Life” is an intimate and vulnerable work that funnels the urgency, frustration and freedom of that era toward the chaos of emotions that come with losing a parent during a global pandemic. Unlike prior releases from Ill Po, what makes this record especially unique is in the choice to cover such heavy emotional content with almost no words.

“‘As Serious As Your Life’ was initially designed to act as a portfolio of my work for other artists; to show my breadth as a producer, composer, engineer and visual artist. Along the way it capture much more: a global pandemic and the slow passing of my mom - a painful event experienced by everyone enmeshed with a deeply personal event only truly felt by me.”

After over 15 years of boundary-pushing self-released albums, mash-ups, production work, graphic work, entrepreneurship and even curriculum development, Ill Poetic has developed a wide spectrum of creative processes to express a range of thoughtful and honest work. It’s in “As Serious As Your Life” where we see Ill Po use as versatile a palette as ever to articulate these deeper nuances in a record that reflects explorations of hip-hop, jazz, fusion, 70s electronic music and film scores. Every moment of this record defies genre in order to live solely for its purpose.

Read more via this in-depth interview with Jared Bowers at CincyMusic Here: cincymusic.com/blog/2021/08/interview-ill-poetic-collaboration-is-key

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released August 17, 2021

Written, Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Timothy “Ill Poetic” Gmeiner for SoundRzn Design. Except “As Serious As Your Life”, written by T. Gmeiner & N. Costa, “Byrd” written by T. Gmeiner & D. Burgess, and “Owensvs” produced by Ill Poetic & Devin Burgess.

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After over 15 years of boundary-pushing self-released albums, mash-ups, production work, graphic work, entrepreneurship and even curriculum development, Ill Poetic has developed a wide spectrum of creative tools and processes to express a range of thoughtful and honest work. ... more

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