The House Always Wins is 10 tracks exploring McNease’s growth as an artist.
“I really wanted to swing for the fences in a way that I haven’t yet. As I’ve grown as an emcee… the foundation of that has always been to take risks lyrically and sonically. I’ve always been relentless with my approach towards rhyme schemes, subject matter, delivery, musical textures, and overall presentation as a hip-hop artist. I’ve traveled the full range of emotions from the silly and trivial to the stark and gritty… always trying to maintain my personality with my own unique insight. Since I control the lyrics and am responsible for nearly all production choices made whether it’s actually writing the music on guitar or piano or building the beats from scratch…or working with another producer… I’ve always done it my way. I felt it was time to approach my singer/songwriter material with the same focus and attention. Shine On was an awesome experience as I dove in and tested the waters. I loved what I came up with. But I feel The House Always Wins is leaps and bounds beyond what I’ve ever done as an artist. Musically, melodically, lyrically, production wise… everything was done in 3 days. We threw the whole kitchen sink at the process, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” McNease said.
The album, produced by Nashville based mad scientist Don Chaffer, covers the spectrum of Heath’s musical influences. Folk, reggae, pop, hip hop, and stripped down acoustic performances in the lane of Elliot Smith, Jack Johnson, and even Andrew Bird.
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