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by Mikal Amin a/k/a Hired Gun

Nice Intro 01:00
Get Away 02:28
Midnight Sun 03:20
Let Go 04:01
Drive 03:15
Good Son 03:26



From pain comes ground. Through pain comes fire. In pain comes Breath. This pain is life.

This album is a product of love lost and love gained. Dues paid and pain owed. In 2010, I'd gone from my highest apex, to my lowest low. I begun writing. This collaboration with ZQ became an examination of the spirit. This is the record for those who show up. These are the songs of the willing. Hustlers, Strugglers, and Strivers alike. I want to thank treachery, jealousy, deception, love, mirrors and music for making this possible (and a most special thank you to Kiel Moyd, The Kennedy's, The Smith's, The Lee Family, Ranger, ESP, every artist who contributed to the record and of course, ZQ and Anna.. love y'all)

ZQ would like to thank: My wife Anna, Moms R.I.P., Ma Pops Danny, , My son, My brotherMegaciph, Hanna, Tafari, Mike Ericson, CSS Collective, Vicy "Cow Bellirena", Ravage AkA Meca GodZilla, 
My cuzzos Evie, James and Tahisha, Above the Clouds crew, Johan Persson, DJ KCL, Sensomatic, Mrs. Goring, DJ Center, Chad AkA "Niles", Jahnilli, Alex, Johanna Venables, Leon "Irocc", Be One, 
Tariq khan, Danielle, Sunnata, Kid Lucky,    
Bradley, Yazeed, Self Suffice, Kate Hess, Joe Villa, Yvette, 
Grace and Jack Edwards, DJ Kofi, Dre Allknowing, Antara, Sharrod, Bidi Manson,  Ruben, Tah Phrum Duh Bush, Annica Eriksson  
All my Pioneer brothas and Sistas, Manuel, Mikel Banks, Gee Flowz,
Futur, Zero Plastica, Isalistening, DJ Sanir, Trevor Goodchilde,   
Andrea and Anders, UndaCova, Soni, DJ Milkmoney, Libby, Inks, 
Of course may brotha form anotha Hired to da Gun Mikal Amin Lee


released September 19, 2015

produced and mixed by – Laisante ZQ (Zaquan) Hollands
Recorded at Rapkanda, and Gentasia Studios
Mastered by Kevin Blackler (Blackler mastering)
All tracks written performed and composed by Mikal Amin (f/k/a Hired Gun) who appears courtesy of Fresh Roots Music (8th samarui – ASCAP)
Cuts on “No More Mr. Niceguy” performed by DJ Esquire
Cuts on “Testament” performed by DJ Mista Mayday
Additional writing on “HollyHood” courtesy Tranquill (A. Valentin) for the “Most High” and Tah Phrum Duh Bush of Push in the Bush Records
Duv appears on “Universe doesn't come with instructions” Courtesy of Subphoniks Music
Additional writing and appearances on “Testament” by Rabbi Darkside  (S. Sellers) courtesy of Say Word Entertainment and Emcee Scrolls Music (ASCAP) and Farbeon (F. Saucedo) courtesy of Farbeon Music (ASCAP)
Additional writing and appearance on “Nowher Fast” by Y? (Y. Guyadin) courtesy of Have 2 overstand (ASCAP)
Additional writing and appearance on “Da Anthem” by Megaciph (Thomas Miles Emerson) courtesy of ThatsGoodness (BMI) and Self Suffice (K. Kelly) courtesy of The RapOet (SESAC)
Additional writing and appearance on “The Status Q.U.O.” by Breezevahflowin (R. Da Silva) courtesy of  I will not be forsaken (ASCAP)


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Mikal Amin Brooklyn, New York

"Self Made Man/Tucker wit an ink pen sketched in the hand of my Four Fathers"-

Mikal Amin is a hero for hire. Educator, Emcee, and true griot speaking to the people, for the people, by the people. Based in Brooklyn, the Hip Hop educator and lyricist has released several albums founded Fresh Roots Music and toured the globe extensively (Europe, South America, and Africa) since 2008... ... more

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