“2+2=5 is my first real studio album. Listening to this record will open your mind to Stovallian artistry and the way that I like to hear music. This album was inspired by speeches, novels, theater, cinema, friendship, love, vinyl, sampling, rhythms, chants, poetry, melody, harmony, expression, and freedom. I wanna thank everybody who added character and quality to my life over the years. Thank you to all of my friends and family who have a Geno Jive story or a Muppetface moment. Thanks for being my friends. Thanks for accepting my madness.
The soundtrack, or beats, of 2+2=5 were made by me, with the exceptions “Love” and “Permutations”. I created these tracks over the last three years for an album called Muppetface, which was meant to be an instrumental record. After sitting on these tracks, I finally decided to sing and rhyme over my own beats. With my vocals over the beats for Muppetface, I figured 2+2=5 was a better title for this particular record.
In its own way, 2+2=5 tells the story of an artist from two different points of view, simultaneously. Gene Stovall, the singer/songwriter and Geno Jive, the rhyme sayer, both shine equality on this album. We talk about the weather, politics, love, hate, people, places, and things.
Overall, 2+2=5 is about freedom. Freedom of speech and expression. Our founding fathers wanted us to be free, .. I think. This album is dedicated to my mother, the late Mary Mease Warren, who shared my belief that 2+2=5.
Don’t take anything in life too seriously. Smile more. Tell the ones you love that you love them as often as possible, for it never gets too old or played out.
Thank you for listening.
Thanks for playing.
I love y’all.”
Gene Stovall vs Geno Jive
released 25 February 2011
All tracks mixed, mastered and engineered by Soy Sos for Tuff Sound Recording.
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