Rapper Andy Mineo is set to crack open the vault and release WORK IN PROGRESS: a 12 track mixtape comprised of raw, unmastered and alternate versions of songs recorded over the years. The long-awaited project will be released on Friday, August 23rd and features “Keepin It Movin feat. Guvna B,” “I Don’t Need You, “1988” and “Anything But Country”. The MC also launched the WORK IN PROGRESS Podcast as a companion piece that breakdowns the creative process, backstory and themes of each song.
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Family Photo second half idea 2 (joel draft).aif
Reflections rough w_horns & break.mp3
OT OD (sketch)
Keepin it movin am & guv demo.mp3
I DON'T NEED YOU (DEMO)
1988 REMAKE 2_Nottz_42North.wav
Anything But Country (break beat_no trap version).mp3
another me 3/7 NEW (Gawvi remake).mp3
Til Death (no guitars) bounce.mp3
So gone Easy DaveJ V1.4.mp3
Honest 2 God Tyshane/DSTL 1.0.mp3
I ain't done (BEAM version)
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Cleaning out the Vault| Posted August 31, 2019 Work in Progress, the latest from Andy Mineo is a mixtape/podcast hybrid. It features 12 songs that are raw, unmastered and alternate versions of tracks recorded over the years. Each song has a clip from his podcast that explains what the song is about. The songs have been on his hard drive for years, some dating back to 2014, but have never been released for various reasons. The songs are classic Mineo. I’m glad that he cleaned out his vault, and that these songs are seeing the light of day.
Below are a few brief comments about each song: Reflections – This song was written by Mineo, Joel McNeil, John McNeil and Evan Ford. It was produced by 42 North and Ford. This song is driven by keys and drums. Andy talks about an encounter with a fan, Jesus being crucified and questions which America we speak of when we say we want to make it great again. OT OD – This song was written by Mineo and produced by BEAM and Alex Medina. It features BEAM on vocals. This song, with its many sports references, sounded like it would have felt at home on Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed Present Magic & Bird. It features percussion, synth and handclap. Keepin It Movin’ - This song was written by Mineo and Guvna B. It was produced by Iggy Music. It features London rapper Guvna B on vocals. The hard-hitting song about their careers and daily life features synth and drums. I Don’t Need You – This song was written by Mineo, Matthew Scott Cohen and GAWVI, and produced by Cohen and GAWVI. This emotional song features synth, drums, bass and handclap. He doesn’t need them. He’s built walls so as not to feel pain. By the end of the song he realizes that maybe he does need them after all. 1988 – This song was written by Mineo and produced by Nottz and 42 North. Andy is reflective about turning 30. He addresses time, which will one day go on without him. He considers how he might be remembered. Now he’s less eager to prove something, but more confident in who he is. Anything But Country – This song was written by Mineo, GAWVI, Joseph Prielozny and !llmind and produced by !llmind, GAWVI and Prielozny. The song addresses stereotypes (music, girls), As he has gotten older, he’s formed his own opinion and stopped letting other people do his own thinking. The song features percussion, backing vocals and an infectious chorus. Another Me - This song was written by Mineo and produced by GAWVI. This is a love song to Mineo’s wife. She’s his priority. He doesn’t want to miss any of her. The song features synth and some backing vocals. Til Death - This song was written by Mineo and Brian Reath. It features Reith on backing vocals. The song for Mineo’s has a catchy R&B vibe, and features keys, percussion, guitar and handclap. He promises to be there for worse or better till death do they part. The song was recorded in 2014 around the time of his wedding. So Gone Easy – This song was written by Mineo, B.Keyz, Dave James and Ace Harris. It was produced by James and Harris and features B.Keyz and James. The song features percussion, synth, guitar, keys, and bass, and varies in style between rap and easy going. He’s been doing this for so long, it’s so hard to make it look easy. Honest 2 God – This song was written by Mineo and BEAM, and produced by BEAM and Daniel Steele. The song features bass, drums, synth, and some backing vocals. He wonders how often we have honest moments. He addresses some doubt of his faith, depression, his wife and grandmother. The honesty here is similar to his recent EPs The Sword and The Arrow. I Ain’t Done – This song was written by Mineo and produced by BEAM. A version of this song appeared on his 2018 EP The Arrow. This song features a heavy bass and drum beat. He addresses his depression and anxiety. He’s not done making music. As long as there is breath in his lungs, he’ll keep rapping. Family Photo - This song was written by Mineo and Weathrman and produced by Weathrman. A version of this song appeared on his 2018 EP The Arrow. The song tells the story of Mineo’s father not attending his wedding.