First and foremost I would like to thank my Creator & Father in Heaven – GOD. Thank you for Creation & for sending your Son Jesus the Christ to redeem us and be our High Priest & Passover Lamb. LORD, thank you for the Holy Spirit to which I owe so much credit for communication and inspiration as well as all the spiritual gifts which I often overlook. Thank God for the Trinity in which I place my faith above any religion or government.
God Bless America, the “home of the brave & land of the free”. I never take my “freedom” for granted. I cherish the country I live in. This is where I have the freedom of speech, as well as the freedom of religion. Having a voice and a choice is what Christian Hip-Hop couldn’t survive without.
To my Bride whom I love like Christ loves the Church; Misses Courtney Renee Treborn. Thank you for being there for me when all I wanted to talk about was music. You impress me and you pressed me to be better. All in all. Thank you for being the example of pursuit. You inspired me throughout this album. Thanks for giving me that chance and allowing me to get in the game. I only play to win, so I guess each day we gotta Win The Day! May God bless us and our family and show us favor. I love you!
My family, my family. Where would I be without you? I love and appreciate each and every one of you. I would like to send a special shout-out and thank you to all my families (in no particular order); the Garcias, the Musselmans, the Ramirezs, the Oviatts, the Jennings’, & the LaRochelles. You ALL have made an impact on me in the last fifth of my life. It’s been a blessing to grow and learn so much in these past six years living in the Pacific Northwest, especially from all of you. Thank You. I Love and Appreciate You!
To the wonderful world of coffee and tea. I guess the Downtown Starbucks has quite the Barista on their hands huh? To all my lovely loyal customers; Thank You for keeping me in business. Thanks for all your encouraging words, as well as your smiles. I love seeing you guys and gals on the regular. I would also like to thank you for blessing me so often throughout your visits. It means a lot to me to have your support – in any of my endeavors.
A very special thank you goes out to Wes and Nancy. You guys are so great. You’ve welcomed me into your home and accepted me as well as treated me like your very own son. For that I am grateful and appreciative. Thank you for always supporting me and promoting me and blessing me, with conversations and more! Thank you!
A big thanks and God bless to my brother Camron Darby. You and your wife have been great to me throughout the years and especially during the process of this album and doing shows together as well as commuting. Thank you for blessing me and allowing me to be apart of the Emancipation Movement. I especially want to thank you Camron, for pushing me to FINISH this album. I was mediocrely happy with a mere handful of songs and you helped me see the bigger picture and create more and more music with the same SoS message. I’ve grown a lot in just the past year since we “reacquainted”. I appreciate you always being there for me and for listening and praying. It means a lot to me and I love you for it all. Thank you!
Special thanks goes out to Marcos Esquivel for being such an inspiration. I think a lot brewed up for Sitting On Sidelines. We both know we both know what it’s like to be the Underdog. I mean, look at our cardiac cats. We are used to being underestimated. Better than being overrated, right?
Thank you so much fellow artists, emcees and producers. You guys have shown up with your game faces and laid down yourselves to be apart of this project. Thank you Evan Beranek for those sporty beats, eCsiLe for making me finish this album, Bumps for the sweet 16s, EKG, Illusent, John Campbell, Wit and Big Juice for allow me to buy those beats. Thank you everyone for being apart of this and making it all happen. I couldn’t have done it without you. I love you all and respect you and your God given talents for sure. Keep reppin’ the Kingdom with your gifts.
Young Life! Shout out to the South Salem Saxons! You guys are awesome. Club was always a blast. I loved seeing you guys every week. Young Life is more than a part time volunteer job. It’s a living. A lifestyle. A fellowship. You were made for this!
A big Kingdom shout out to West Salem Foursquare Church, my home which prepares me for Home. Thank you Pastor John Fehlen as well as all the other great Pastors @ WSFC that have inspired my soul and helped me grow spiritually.
Lastly, but not lastly. To my City of Shalom. I appreciate you for being a city of character. Don’t let anyone forsake you or take you for granted. I hope they will find your true meaning – Peace. Thank you for allowing me to reside here and make fans within your walls and hubs.
To every fan that ever bought my music. Thank you!
To every person that heard my music for free. Thank You!
I do this for you. I want my music and my life to flow through your eardrums and into your heart. I hope I can encourage + inspire you with my words, with my life, and with my art. This is a God given talent and I will never take it for granted, nor will I take any of you for granted.
To every underdog out there, this album is for your. Don’t let them tell you who you are. You tell them who you are, they don’t know about you. Stay encouraged. Be blessed. And remain Young and Unashamed. 1 Timothy 4:12 + Romans 1:16 Because we are new creations designed for something greater than what we see here! 2Co517