Too Tough is Bridging The Gap with “50 X Around The Sun”

I pictured this project as a way to bridge the gap between old school and new school hip hop in the Bay area.

The Big Homie Too Tough just released a massive album. The project features over 59 artists, rappers, emcees, singers, and musicians that he has connected with over the past couple years. He structured the project in a way that lets everyone represent their own unique shine and gives them a chance to collaborate with some of their peers. We were able to get a few words about it from Too Tough himself. 

YCR: 
I kind of see this project as a portrait that is composed of a bunch of separate pieces of art. How did you picture this vision from the start? 

Too Tough: 
I pictured this project as a way to bridge the gap between old school and new school hip hop in the Bay area. I really wanted to get more old school artists on the project.  I reached out to a lot of artists. There are over 50 artist on this project and this is why it took so long to complete. There were some topics that I had to have on this album.  I am very grateful of the artists that worked with me on the subjects that I had to have. I worked with artists to come up with the hooks. I also work with musicians. Most of the time I let them play along to something basic that I created. 

YCR: 
That is exactly the something I noticed off the jump. What are some of the issues that the OGs and new wave need to collaborate on more? collaborate on more?

Too Tough: 
This is still in response to the 1st question The album has a direction and to be able to connect the dots you have to listen to it from start to finish like a 360゚. From the beginning to the end is 50 times around the Sun. The consciousness of the babies, YES!, That’s where we have to Bridge the gap. With all the information available to us now. Foundations need to be built, differences need to be put aside, for a strong future. Really there just needs to be dialog.   

YCR: 
I think projects like this are significant to show that we relate a lot more than we think sometimes. There is a lot of love out here, that is apparent in the music.  I like the way you blended artist’s styles. Some artists you wouldn’t typically hear on a track together. Was there any method to choosing what artists you wanted to collaborate with? Did you select certain arrangements with artists in mind? 

Too Tough: 
Most deaf.  I liked putting Unlearn The World on a relationship song. I sought him out for that.  I had Z-Man, and Breathless in mind for “Mental Infection”. Yes!!! Tony Diamonds came up with the concept for his feature,  but it was me that got the other artists to flip their chorus in the same rhyme style. We get down every Monday at the studio. This album was done over the course of many Mondays. A team of writers would come through and vibe to the beats.

YCR: 
I feel like there is a Mobb music/g funk influence on both the production as well with many of the artists on this album. Has this always been your M.O.? More importantly how do you describe your sound? 

Too Tough: 
My team has always referred to me as a funk master. Big Hook & D. Funk were always tweaking the knobs wit me.  That is what I consider it to be. A fusion of funk and hip hop. It’s always been that formula. This was the era that me and my peers came up in, so there is an influence. More a P-Funk than a G-funk, because Mack Team music has been around before G funk. 

 
YCR:
I feel that let us know how Mack Team got started?

Too Tough: 
The Mack Team was started officially in 1991. Although some would debate. When the SuperMacks and Mackin Too Tough united to form a new Empire in hip hop The Mack Team Regime. 


YCR: 
I find it very significant to recognize the female presence on your project. How important do you find it to establish a better balance with the female artists in the culture? Did you intend on doing that from the gate? 

Too Tough: 
I would have loved there to have been more. I think it is important to have balance. Perhaps as time goes on, we will learn to have some. I have some stuff down the pipeline with other female artists. I enjoy working with people bringing out the best in them that I know how. I think a lot of the artists were open to doing that and that really worked out well. 

YCR: 
I know you mentioned you have more music on deck when can we expect the next drop and where can we find it? 

Too Tough: 
It’s going to be a mixtape called “Just A-day”. It  will only be released on dat piff and I will probably press up some CDs of  “50 times around the Sun” with it to make it a double album. That will be coming out next.

Check out Señor Gigio’s Artwork Time-lapse for the album cover.