WordSound Recordings. WSLP058 Digital and limited edition vinyl (324 copies).
John C. Fernando is Firn, a young beatmaker, poet, and philosopher from Brooklyn, NY. His life, and untimely death on March 19, 2011, at the age of 17 has inspired much expression from the artistic community.
I had the very good fortune of watching my nephews John and Joe grow up in Brooklyn, also the birthplace of WordSound. As Johnny got older and started producing his own music, I looked forward to mentoring him and providing support, encouragement, and guidance. But kids grow up fast, and he was way ahead of the curve. I wanted to introduce him to all the seminal hip-hop of the late 80s and 90s that I grew up with, only to discover that Johnny knew and loved that stuff already. When I listened to the tracks he was churning out from his bedroom studio, I was even more astounded at his degree of proficiency as an MC and producer. Skills that had taken me years to develop, Johnny seemed to already possess. He had a natural ear for sounds and a sensibility far beyond his years. I was so bowled over by his music, in fact, that shortly before he died, I asked him to make a compilation for me to put out on WordSound. He never got a chance to put it together but his father and brother did, and this is what you hold in your hands right now. Firn/Energys is Johnny speaking to us from another dimension—The Other Side.
-- Skiz Fernando, 2013
released June 22, 2013
Vocals in order of appearance:
So Icy Hot (Firn)
Nighttime Prowl (Firn)
Late Night Sessions (Firn + Grizzwald the Great)
Two Faced (Firn)
Charge Complete (Jaradigm + Grizzwald the Great + Firn + YoungGrav)
See My Rage (Yung Fern)
All Tracks Produced and Mixed by John C. Fernando (Firn) at The Studio in the Crib, Brooklyn, NY., Except *Late Night Sessions, Produced and Mixed by Grizzwald the Great at The Grizzy Green, New York, NY.
Mastered by Mike Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios, New York, NY.
Released by WordSound Recordings, Baltimore, MD.
Cover Portrait Photo by Juliet Sato & Back Photo by Jude Kazar. Art and Design by SpazeCraft: email@example.com
Respect to: Sid, Cynthia, and Joe; family; friends and acquaintances of JF the world over; Eyes Low, Firn, Grizzwald the Great, Manny Mobbsta, Ant-1 The Prodigy, CueVega, LMP, Jaradigm, Cofax, Dondiaz, JNikic, Leo, Yung Fern, and Kerbito. And Juliet.
Limitied Edition Vinyl.