Self-described renaissance man Torae didn't mean to make an album this time. "I felt like I had stuff on my mind and stuff on my heart," he admits in a new interview with FM, going on to explain how that snowballed into fishing for beats, amassing songs and coming up with one of the most crucial parts: The title.
"I always knew I wanted to talk about the entitlement of myself, how I felt, how I was entitled, and then also what I feel like we as a people are entitled to," says the Coney Island emcee/actor/head of indie label Internal Affairs Entertainment. He goes on to explain what Entitled means to him:
"We are all entitled to the same rights and freedoms as everybody else. So the color of your skin or your neighborhood or your economic standing shouldn't dictate the way you're treated by people in law enforcement or, you know, anybody. I think we all are entitled to the same rights and privileges as each other, and I felt like that was something that I needed to talk about, because I felt like a lot of artists weren't."
In the next part of FM's conversation with the man who's been in the game for eight years strong, we spoke about collaboration and how "music is supposed to bridge gaps, it's not supposed to divide people." Entitled features Phonte, Jhalil Beats, Pete Rock, Saul Williams, Mack Wilds, Pharoahe Monch and more. Hear how everyone came together below, and pick up Entitled on iTunes or give it a taste on Spotify.