Quinn XCII Releases New Album “The People's Champ”: Streaming
American singer-songwriter Mikael Temrowski, aka Quinn XCII released his fifth studio album “The People's Champ” on January 27, 2023.
It is his first album in two years since the 2021 album “Change of Scenery II”.
The album comprises 12-track, featuring guest appearances from Big Sean, Adrian Cota, AJR, and Chelsea Cutler.
Produced by Adam Friedman, ayokay, Brandon Shoop, dwilly, Hazey Eyes, Jesse Fink, Marc Scibilia, Noah Conrad, Pat McManus, Phil Cook, Ryan Met, Whakaio Taahi and Zeke Sacaridiz.
Quinn XCII said of the album, “Even five records in, I feel like I have to fight for my stripes and prove myself. This is an underdog story, so I thought 'The People's Champ' was a funny way to describe it. A lot of the process was going back to the basis of making fun Quinn-sounding records people will resonate with.”
- Quinn XCII shared on social media, “My album, 'The People's Champ' is out tonight at midnight EST. Making an album is one of the mosty rewarding, heartbreaking, disorienting and exciting experiences that I think an artist can go through, so the fact that this is fifth time I've done this is really crazy to me.
If these's something I want you to realize from this new album it's this: you are already waht you're looking for. ALREADY. So stop searching. Don't get me wrong, I am an advocate for practicing self care asnd things that make you feel good, but I want you to find comfort in knowing there's nothing you really need to do. Don't put unnecessary pressure of yourself - you are you own People's Champ. Every experience, every success & setback, every insult or compliment, every thought or action, every excuse, plan injury or act of healing are all inherently ok allowed. It's simply our responsibility to not judge or label them.”
“Our self is the only thing that stays with us despite all experience.
Living in this space of neutrality has really changed my life recently. Like many of you, I've had (and still experience) a lot of anxiety and depression, and overall feeding rock bottom. To think at 30 years old I'm still having to deal with that can very frustrating.
However, through acceptance, snd I really mean TRUE acceptance of everything that life throws may way, I;ve noticewd it's in that act of surrender where my natural state shine. The real, authentic Mike.
I made this album with no intention other than to be. Not to become anything. Just be. If one day (and there were many) I felt like shit, then that's what was arising. And that was ok. If another day I felt like I wanted to run a marathon or say hi to every stranger I saw on the street, then that's what was arising. And that was ok, too.
I realized every emotion, felling, experience, thought, ext. are just waves in the ocean, but I'm not the wave, I'm the whole ocean.
So let what arrives simply be. From that position, you are your true self, your natural state. 'The People's Champ'. And from the bottom of my heart, thank you guys so much for supporting what I do after all these years. I will never take it for granted.”
Quinn XCII explained some tracks for the album.
“Common” featuring Big Sean
“As an artist born and raised in metro Detroit, Big Sean has always been a huge inspiration and working with him has been a dream of mine. When I made 'Common,' I immediately knew it was special and that Sean would be the perfect addition. It's been amazing getting to work with him, shooting the video, and building a relationship.”
“Let Me Down” with Chelsea Cutler
“I have never punched anyone in the face before. Although, I'd like to before I die. The song has nothing to do with boxing. This is 6th collaboration between the two of us. It's still as soon as flare guns.”
“As a society, we only celebrate the high moments of our lives, and we don't value the lows. I've come to a place of accepting everything in a neutral way and understanding situations shape us how we're meant to be shaped. I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason. The highest moments wouldn't be so sweet without the shitty moments that bring you back down to earth. It's about understanding life is a dance of positive and negative and not getting too frustrated when things are going poorly or too cocky when things are going well. Take it day-by-day.”
“'Backpack' is a basic everyday term we throw around, but I'd never heard it in a song. I crafted this fictional story around the word. It's about being with a girl and seeing she's a lot cooler and more experienced than you are. It comes down to how you react to the situation. Do you put your pride aside and fake it until you make it, so to speak? I've been in situations like that. I decided to be an alter ego of myself, and I realized it's not a healthy way of getting into a relationship.”
- source : Apple Music