Local hip-hop artist Bosstrain (Mike Bost) of the band Subterranean Bleu Minds recently dropped its second studio album, Dreams of Freedom. Though it’s not a full-band release, bandmates Constantine O’Donald and Mike Lane can be heard on the solo project. Producer Matt Tuton mixed and mastered the album.
Dreams of Freedom is the follow-up to 2018’s Nightmares from the Future. “I discuss the concept of getting free mentally from the constraints of society and the depression it can cause more on the Nightmares album, but always seem to come back to the notion that it’s up to the individual to break free of their problems on most of my music,” Bost says. “I love the dark, industrial influenced beats my band mates made on the previous album, and they were great to get things of my mind. After that though, I was definitely ready to have fun and make this a mostly hip-hop album.”
TRACK BY TRACK
The “Graffiti Americana” song is an ode to the great artists I’ve met along the way and have seen them become successful as some have gone on to do their art as full-time work. Constantine made the beat and as soon as I heard the spray can sounds on it, I thought that is what the track should be about. Kairo Myth, who is featured on the track, is an artist as well, and when he heard the beat he was stoked to get on the song.
“Sharks” features Kairo Myth as well. I felt like that was one of my best verses as a lyricist, so that gave me the confidence to get another verse from him. Kairo, Bennet Gerald, has so many great songs — it was an honor to collaborate with him.
“Jammin in Space” and “Promise to Pain” I feel like are my best hip-hop songs with a lot of fun bars, so I decided to lead the album off with those two. My friend, Elliot Genther, from the Green Levels band, actually wrote the chorus. He recorded many of my early demos, and it’s the only time I use someone else’s lyrics. It matched the booming beat so well, and was a great way to fill out the song.
“Drums are What I Have” — I start out talking about South Carolina then go into the concept of being able to be anywhere mentally. It’s a nice, flowing beat, so we made it even nicer with my friend, Monifa, on backing vocals. The chorus I think fits in with the freedom theme.
“Wolfgang” starts off about my high school friends growing up in Greenville. Then I finish up with a verse about where I’m at now in life now.
“Hot Sauce” is many people’s favorite song, and is about hot sauce. Matt Tuton who mixed and mastered both records helped produce this one. I originally wrote this with bluegrass music in mind, but Mike and I threw it together during a jam session one day. Monifa’s vocals on the song are the real hot sauce.
“Seal Call” is a hip-hop song influenced by my friend, KamikazE, who does the second verse and had a spell were he would do a seal call at parties when we were attending Winthrop University.
“Do or Do Not” is more of the freedom theme, and mostly about not worrying about what others think about you.
“Metaphysical Transpose” is one of my earliest freestyles that made me think I could be an MC. I saved it for years, but finally had to put in on a beat.
“Alien Robot Boogie” is about a great party gone terribly wrong when alien robots arrive and decide to literally crash the party.
“Alien Robot Destruction” is pretty much a sequel told through the voice of an alien robot as he destroys cities across planet Earth.
“Reckless, Ruthless, Relentless” is influenced form me watching to many Westerns and Tarantino movies. A tale about young man on the run from the law.
“Chuck Ghetto” is a hip-hop song about why I enjoy the music.