Nitty Scott, MC:"“A Beautiful Struggle” is definitely the last song for a reason. It represents this entire journey and it really helps bring the experience of the EP full circle. We got Soul Khan on there who just spits a very heartfelt verse about his experience as an artist. From the minute I heard it I just related to it so much.

 

"Anybody who is in this industry and anyone who is chasing their dreams in general can relate to what we are talking about. It’s essentially saying it’s a struggle. You are going to get dirty. It’s an upward climb. It’s an uphill battle. A lot of it isn’t fair. You might not always get back what you put out. But its beautiful all at the same time. Its still an amazing experience.

 

"Anybody who is in this industry and anyone who is chasing their dreams in general can relate to what we are talking about. It’s essentially saying it’s a struggle. You are going to get dirty. It’s an upward climb. It’s an uphill battle. A lot of it isn’t fair. You might not always get back what you put out. But its beautiful all at the same time. Its still an amazing experience.

"When I am going through some of the cons in this industry and the downsides of being in this industry, I also have to think about the people who would kill to even be experiencing my struggle. When its like, ‘Oh gosh. I wish we could get more views on said video.’ Its like while that may be an issue that we are dealing on our level, [but] there is somebody else out there who wishes they had a video to worry about views on. Things like that kind of brought me to writing this record. I was extremely stressed out and kind of troubled when I wrote this record because I was starting to see just the unfairness of the game I am about to play.

"Sometimes, I feel at odds to what I do as a person, just this internal battle where its like, I am trying to be part of a world that thrives on things that I don’t even really respect, yet my living depends on being accepted and being successful in this world. And it’s just a very conflicted place for me to be. Spiritually, I am just always at odds with the industry. And the things we glorify, yet I continue to get deeper and deeper into the industry every fucking month.

"It’s very much a double-edged sword. Ignorance is very much bliss. Sometimes you wish you didn’t have the morals that you have. Or you didn’t have the clear understand that you have because maybe you would just be a happy idiot. A lot of times I feel plagued by the things that I know and understand about the industry. Sometimes, being aware of it, doesn’t make it any easier. So that just what the record is all about. I was just in a real funky place when I wrote it. And when I recorded it.

 

"That’s what The Boombox Diaries is. It’s me really opening up and putting myself out there to be judged. To be dissected. To be talked about. To be put into a box. Whatever the case may be and that’s why it’s a beautiful struggle.

 

"I remember months after we recorded it, wanting to readdress it. Telling Jules, ‘Yo, I want to get into the studio and do that over.’ And he was like, ‘No. You are not touching that verse.’ I was like, ‘Why?’ ‘Because you can hear the pain in your voice. You can hear the anger.’

"When I play it for people they get goosebumps. They feel the conviction in your voice and you don’t want to take that away. So the more I listened to it, the more I kind of agreed. I think that’s why I wanted to change it at some point because I felt vulnerable. I felt that the record was so vulnerable because I am on this record damn near crying. I am just spitting from the pit of my soul. When I wrote it I cried.

"That’s what The Boombox Diaries is. It’s me really opening up and putting myself out there to be judged. To be dissected. To be talked about. To be put into a box. Whatever the case may be and that’s why it’s a beautiful struggle. You put yourself in a position to essentially be a target to some people. But at the same time, you get to experience this side of life that some people never get to see. I get to travel the world. I get to speak my mind and literally eat because of it. Consequently, I get to create art and eat off of it. There’s something about it that’s so beautiful."