"Limitation gives birth to innovation. By making use of the sparse resources around them, the originators of hip hop culture built something greater than each component that comprised it. Record players were used to loop, scratch, and spin backwards decades-old vinyl. Short break beats became the heart beat that drove the music. The earliest human instrument, the voice, was used to bend letters and dance over rhythms in feats of linguistic acrobatics.

This project represents another iteration of that same story. Personal yet universal, it is dedicated to the dedicated who seek a fulfillment outside of the norm. That fulfillment can come from any number of avenues: for some, it is a business idea, and for others it is through service to their community. Our calling is art. These are beats made on second-hand machines, with samples dug up and resurrected from the bottom of long-forgotten dollar-bin crates. Rhymes penned in the moments between life andvearning a living, and photographs that visually represent the people, places, emotions, successes and failures that continue usvalong on this path towards our highest selves, which is a glory capable of all of us. That LO FI GLORY.

Dusty Loops and I have been working on this album for over 3 years and it feels like a time capsule of all the confusion andvgrowth that we went through during that period. It discusses the losses of close friends and family, battles with mental illness,vand the realities of living in a precarious social and political climate, but the music never comes from a defeated place. Instead, the title of the album is a representation of how these challenges can shape us, give us new perspective, and strengthen us. The lo-fi is the hardship, and the glory is what we make of it."

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