"A well-structured and catchy collaboration between two groups that know how to work together. The rock-stylings of Masters Chambers starts the tone and gets your attention right out of the gate then seamlessly hands it off to the rhymes of Higher Learning Academy (HLA) to bring it home. Much like peanut butter and jelly, it's a combination you'll enjoy." - Garrett Powders, OK Connection Host
Independence was recorded throughout many months in 2016 in various stages, as a relationship soured in the wake of coping with death. It was as much my fault as it was hers, and we both walked away scorned. At least I learned something from it all. Independence not only means freedom from a relationship with an apparent expiration date, but freedom from the loss, the emptiness that I carried around for so long.
Masters Chambers has always been about combining mine and Aaron's styles, and this track is the perfect segue between two eras - of my life and of our band's life. It also happened during a time that we were able to bring on a few of our talented friends from Higher Learning Academy, something I was very excited to do. Their perspectives, attitudes, and words were very therapeutic, and when we wrapped, I was able to let go a lot of my frustrations.
Verses in order of appearance:
Stefan Heath of HLA
Jermany Brown of HLA
Keval Brown of HLA
Aaron and Tony Chambers
Bass and Vocals:
Arranged and recorded by Tony Chambers with a little help from Daniel Chang at the Rex Mansion Studio (now defunct, RIP) in Tulsa, OK - January-October 2016