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SUMMER BABY (2018)

BASED OFF OF “COME SEE ABOUT ME” FROM THE I AM WHO I SAY I AM ALBUM, SUMMER BABY IS A STORY OF A YOUNG KING SUCCUMBING TO A FAMILIAR LOVE IN AN EFFORT TO COMPLETE HIS JOURNEY. THE PROJECT IS A DEPARTURE FROM THE USUAL DOMINATING PERSONA FOR A DEEPER JOURNEY INTO AN ALPHA MALE’S HEART.

I Am Who I Say I Am

I AM WHO I SAY I AM (2017)

THE FOLLOW-UP TO NUMBERS GAME IS AN A LOOK INTO THE LIFE OF A DRIVEN ARTIST/BUSINESSMAN JUGGLING LOFTY CREATIVE AMBITIONS AS HE OFFENDS AND DEFENDS HIMSELF AGAINST LOVE, FAITH, PEERS AND THE IDEA OF FAILURE.

POWER HUNGRY (2017)

POWER HUNGRY IS THE PREQUEL TO THE I AM WHO I SAY I AM ALBUM AND IS A COMPRISED OF FREESTYLES AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS TO START THE RELEASE OFF RIGHT.

NUMBERS GAME EP (2016)

THE BOUNCE BACK PROJECT AFTER DEFECTIONS AND TERMINATIONS, NUMBERS GAME DECLARES THAT ONE IS ENOUGH WITH THE LONE WOLF COVER ART AND IN THE MUSIC – SIGNALING THE NECESSARY NEW DIRECTION FOR MFMG.

NUMBERS GAME MIXTAPE (2016)

THE BOUNCE BACK PROJECT AFTER DEFECTIONS AND TERMINATIONS, NUMBERS GAME DECLARES THAT ONE IS ENOUGH WITH THE LONE WOLF COVER ART AND IN THE MUSIC – SIGNALING THE NECESSARY NEW DIRECTION FOR MFMG.

THE OLD ERA (2009 - 2015)

“TO ME, IT WAS A PERFECT SET-UP. I STARTED THE COMPANY/LABEL BUT I ONLY DID THAT FOR BUSINESS LEVERAGE AND PROTECTION GOING FORWARD. I LIKED HAVING A COMPANY BUT I HATED BEING A BOSS. I WAS THE CEO AND I MADE PEOPLE AROUND ME THE COO, THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE-PRESIDENT…WHATEVER. THERE WERE MULTIPLE ARTISTS ON MID-FLIGHT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS – THEY WERE ALL BOSSES TOO. I HAD TO TAKE CHARGE BECAUSE NOBODY REALLY WANTED TO DO MUSIC BUSINESS AND I GREW TO LIKE IT ONCE I HAD TO DO IT.  […] I WAS LEARNING TO PRODUCE MY OWN BEATS AND MIX AS WELL AS DOING GRAPHICS FOR MY TEAM AND OTHER PEOPLE, WHICH IS WHY I CHOSE A PSEUDONYM OF “RIC WEST” TO SEPARATE THE ARTIST FROM THE PERSON BEHIND EVERYTHING. I DIDN’T WANT ANYBODY TO KNOW I DID EVERYTHING.

FIVES & ONES (2014)

BASED ON THE BUSINESS MODEL OF OFFERING PROJECTS FOR $5 AND SINGLES FOR $1 ACROSS THE BOARD, THIS MIXTAPE WAS A FRANTIC GUERRILLA ATTACK ON FIVE BEATS. IT WAS ALSO A SIGN OF THE TIMES AS THE TITLES AND THE LYRICS SUGGESTED – THE WRITING WAS ON THE WALL FOR THE MID-FLIGHT MUSIC “GROUP”.

FLIGHT IV (2014)

THIS WAS ORIGINALLY GOING TO BE A FLIGHT IV SONG THAT FOLLOWED IN THE STEPS OF “CONGRATULATIONS (10 THE HARD WAY) AND FLIGHT 3 BUT EVENTUALLY MORPHED INTO A SMALL PROJECT. 

“FOR NEW YEARS 2014, I PARTICIPATED IN A TOAST AND SAID “NO MORE DREAMS, JUST SURREAL REALITIES”. I LIKED IT SO MUCH AND KEPT THINKING ABOUT IT THAT I PLANNED A DUAL SONG RELEASE FOR FLIGHT IV – “FLIGHT IV/NO MORE DREAMS”. WHILE WORKING ON THOSE SONGS, NATURALLY OTHER IDEAS BEGAN TO FORM AND THUS THE FLIGHT IV (EP) WAS BORN.” 

MARRIED 2 THE GAME (2013)

THE FIRST ALBUM. COMPLETELY RECORDED, PRODUCED AND MIXED BY TY’RON. THE TITLE PERFECTLY SUMS UP THE TIME PERIOD AS THE MFMG CHIEF BECAME MARRIED TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WHILE RECOGNIZING HIS SHAKING STANDING WITH PEOPLE AND HIS AREA. THIS ALBUM WAS YEARS IN THE MAKING, WHILE ALL OF THE MIXTAPES WERE BEING RELEASED, AND SERVES AS A MILESTONE BECAUSE “…NOTHING ELSE WOULD’VE HAPPENED WITHOUT THIS RELEASE. I NEEDED THIS.”

FRE$HMAN - FLIGHTER (2013)

THE TWIN BROTHER OF TY’RON‘S DEBUT AND TO DATE, ONLY PROJECT IS A LYRICAL WHIRLWIND WITH A LAID-BACK, RIDING FEEL THAT STOOD OUT AGAINST THE OTHER MFMG RELEASES. THIS MIXTAPE REQUIRES A LISTENING, AT LEAST TO UNDERSTAND WHY FRE$HMAN JUMPING IN AND OUT OF INTEREST WITH RHYMING AND NOT RELEASING ANY MUSIC PISSES HIS BROTHER OFF SO MUCH. HE’S NICE.

10 THE HARD WAY (2013)

“TOO BAD IT WAS A MIXTAPE BECAUSE IT WAS THE ALBUM I HAD BEEN WANTING TO MAKE THE WHOLE TIME. I STILL REFER BACK TO IT TO THIS DAY.” 10 THE HARD WAY WAS CONCEIVED AS A JOINT MIXTAPE BETWEEN RIC WEST (TY’RON) AND ICE HOLLOWAY – EACH WOULD PICK 5 INSTRUMENTALS AND DELIVER 10 TRACKS. IT WAS A QUICK IDEA BETWEEN THE MAKING OF THE MARRIED 2 THE GAME ALBUM AND ICE’S ALL EYES ON ME (WORKING TITLE) ALBUM. ICE DROPPED OUT BUT THE MIXTAPE WAS FINISHED ANYWAY.

STALLION II: IRON MIC (2011)

THE SEQUEL TO THE FIRST STALLION OFFERED A PEAK INTO THE ARTIST TY’RON WOULD BECOME. IT FELT DIFFERENT THAN STALLION ON PURPOSE BECAUSE OF ALL THE INITIAL CRITICISM (THAT TURNED TO PRAISE LATER) THE PREVIOUS MIXTAPE GOT AND DELIVERED MORE OF THE RAPPER’S COMPETITIVE AND AGGRESSIVE DEMEANOR.

STALLION (2010)

THE ALPHA. THE MIXTAPE THAT STARTED IT ALL. THE DESCRIPTION FROM 2010:

“STALLION IS THE DEBUT MIXTAPE FROM RIC WEST AS WELL AS THE FIRST PROJECT FROM MID-FLIGHT MUSIC GROUP, ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN LATE 2010. IT IS BASED UPON THE FIRST YEAR OF MID-FLIGHT MUSIC GROUP AND RIC WEST’S MUSIC CAREER, THEMED IN PARALLEL WITH THE ROCKY/MICK RELATIONSHIP FROM THE “ROCKY” MOVIE. WHEREAS “ROCKY” WAS ABOUT AN UP-AND-COMING BOXER, STALLION IS ABOUT AN UP-AND-COMING RAPPER COMING FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING.”