The Story begins...
with our protagonist going about his everyday life knowing that something is wrong. He wants to move to the big city and become an artist but his girlfriend wants to stay.
After some back and forth he decides he needs to leave but before long he realizes that the big city could not care less about his dreams. He starts having second thoughts. He misses his girl and after a few too many drinks he decides to head back “home”.
It’s at that point that opportunity knocks and he realizes that it wasn’t his hometown or his girlfriend that he missed: it was the comfort. Unfortunately comfort isn’t going to lead him to the life he wants. In the words of Phonte Coleman “ Do you really want to win, or just look good losing?”
Free Tillman is a sample based instrumental hip-hop artist based in Portland, OR. Everyone from Madlib & Pete Rock to Neil Young & Joni Mitchell influences him. He started out as a rapper but eventually found that his true calling was behind the boards.
To date he has released 5 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.”
His latest release is the instrumental story telling album "My Way Home".
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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.