Free Tillman is a sample based instrumental hip-hop artist based in Santa Ana,CA. He is influenced by everyone from Madlib & Pete Rock to Neil Young & Joni Mitchell. He started out as a rapper but eventually found that his true calling was behind the boards.
To date he has released 8 projects. His first was an EP that was a mash up of J Dilla and Fiona Apple tracks entitled “Red Dillicious”. His second was an hours worth of instrumentals called “Primo”. In September of 2017 he released a 2-part album entitled “Slouch. Submit.” Part 1, “Slouch.” was composed of ethereal tracks while Part 2, Submit., was more visceral.
His first 2018 release was the instrumental story telling album "My Way Home".
In July of 2018 he release "1994", a dedication to his favorite year in hip hop.
In December of 2018 he released “Absolute Zero”, a spacey and more electronic affair than his previous efforts.
His first 2019 release was “Mass Transit”, an album that used field recordings to tell the story of how humans travel.
His latest album “Pink” is an album that is more contemplative, encouraging, joyous, than his previous efforts.
Going into this album I wanted to create something that sounded pink.
Pink is also a color that’s sometimes associated with femininity. While I (and Cam’ron) don’t ascribe to that I idea, there were a few subconscious details that filtered in.
For instance, I named all the songs after female R&B singers. I had the idea to do this about a year but for some reason I decided to execute here. Also, most of the singing/dialogue on this album is performed by women. A choice I wasn’t fully aware of until I stared the mixing precess.
Ultimately, Pink is an album that’s contemplative, encouraging, joyous, and most importantly, always there when you need it. Whatever that means to you.
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I know a Lot About failure
Throughout my life I have been a recording engineer, a journalist, a rapper, a stand-up comedian and a music video director. And I have had recognizable success in exactly zero of those things. I have been fired from numerous jobs and have dropped out of college… twice. I have also been shoved into a ditch and stranded in the middle of nowhere. Ok that last example was two separate stories but I think you get the point: I know a thing or two about failure.
My memoir: How to Fail at Everything: A Practical Guide For Coasting Through Life is a humorous retelling of a life lived one failure at a time. The book uses each chapter to introduce different topics. For instance the chapter “Failing at Writing” discussed how I almost ruined an interview with rapper Rick Ross. The chapter "Failing at Women" talks about the time I went out on an innocent date with a women only to find out later that she was a pornographic actress. And no, I still didn't seal the deal.
While the tone is mostly humorous there are quite a few antagonizing moments such as when I found out the headmaster at my school referred to me as the “Black kid” when I wasn’t around or when I discuss my failure to connect with my immediate family. But whether I am discussing my short lived stand-up comedy career or my complex relationship with sports the results are always the same: me getting up after completely falling on my face.