Tom Cruz’s debut solo album Top Gun out today! Featuring me, Chingo Bling, Kool A.D., Blunt Fang, and 10ille! Full of jams to keep y’all entertained until my new album Smart Ass Black Boy is out June 11th! Includes epic ballads like “Spanish Girl” and “Aye Jason” plus bangers like “Concubine” and “Top Gun”.
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A lense fixates on the tiny lavender umbrella caressing the edge of golden skinned broken hearted young woman’s mojito glass, we cut to her relaxed extended body and smirk concealing a frenzied distraught mind that is wandering from new york to houston to LA to whereever he is.
Tom Cruz, producer/visionary/rhymehighpriest, who brought you FAT TONY (HOU), SUPREEME SUPREEME (ATL), & who showed me how to remix well before I met the plug, enters the race for the GRAMMY’S OF LIFE dude with TOP GUN. The backing score shows Timbaland what he should try to do in 2013 as opposed to picking up right where My Love/whatgoesaround left off. It is lush dense color wheel of tropical mango/green coconut fantasy decadence at moments then block chilling cerulean at others to a degree that would make the Alchemist flinch at his own shadow. The craft here has been cultivated to an over ripened curdle.
Cruz has been playing fantasy football with A&Ring records since he was youth in his Diddy phase. As evidenced by his graceful usage of guest verses/vocals from frequent/longtime collaborators and new true cameos from 10ille, Chingo Bling, Kool A.D, Bluntfang, & Fat Tony.
TC’s lyrics strike at the heart and mind with honesty, clarity, reinvention of cliche, wit, & candor. One can play these songs over and over at extreme volumes to reveal elaborate sonic depth and intricacy buried beneath a Real Nigga Pop JIGGAMAN/FACEMOB/SANCHEZ/VYBZKARTELTRICKSTER aesthetic.
All songs produced, instruments played, and drums programmed by Tom Cruz
A&R: Jason Scott Henderson
Photo by Shirley Yu
Styled by Jon Daryn & Sheila Apolinario
Art Direction & Design by Effie Liu @ Pinkbutter Creative
Recorded by Daniel Lynas @ Ishlab Studio (Brooklyn, NY) & Paul Katzman @ Katzman Sound (Atlanta, GA)
Mixed by Tom Cruz & Paul Katzman
Mastered by Paul Parker
All stunts performed by @tcruzcontrol & @fattonyrap