'Slow Your Horse Down, Son' (July 17 / BluRoc) is McKenzie Eddy's strange, lyrical reaction to relocating from her South Carolina home to New York City; the album is the tale of a secret songwriter who accepted an offer from Damon Dash to become the co-founder and president of his new music and media collective, DD172 - then unexpectedly encouraged by Dash that she should make art.
"Before McKenzie, I've never come across a person who had the ability to put me on to so many cool things," says Damon, who formed the BlakRoc / Black Keys project on McKenzie's initial idea. "She has the ability to take care of other people, aside from herself - and the skill to be artistic. She's had so many different experiences from hip hop to rock. I was inspired to be a part of this record musically, something I haven't done in a while."
Written and performed by Eddy and executive produced by Damon Dash, McKenzie's Southern street poetry is anchored with soulful, alien orchestrations by hip hop pioneer Ski Beatz (Jay-Z's 'Reasonable Doubt').
Additional musicians on the album include Murs, (Kanye West artist) GLC, Da$h and Sean O'Connell. The soaring "In This Thing" features Cam'ron and Vado.
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Within in the spirited, collaborative atmosphere of BluRoc, McKenzie began cautiously singing with her friends - Jim Jones, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y and Eric Church. They became her artistic support system.
"This music is special because of the people who had their hands in creating it," adds McKenzie, "These artists have given me ground to stand on - it's not something I take lightly. I'm sharing my scars and flaws. I'm not Auto-tuned. They taught me to embrace the real shit."
McKenzie Eddy has released free albums on BluRoc including 'A Prelude to my Next Excursion', 'Greatest Hits' and 'Young Platinum', a collaborative album with GLC, and her latest, 'El Presidente'.
She is featured on Curren$y's 'Pilot Talk 2', and, as a double-agent, A&R'd the Blakroc / Black Keys collaboration, Curren$y 'Pilot Talk 1 and 2', and Ski Beatz' '24 Hour Karate School 1, 2' and 'Twilight.'
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