Video: Mikkey Halsted Talks The Dark Room

Andrew Barber

Mr. Halsted recently sat down with ChiGround to talk about his upcoming album, The Dark Room, which until now, has been scarce on details.  The No I.D.-executive produced album officially drops December 21st (no, really) and will feature about 18 tracks, half of which will be produced by No I.D.

A personal favorite of mine, that will be featured on TDR is “Get Money”, which was produced by No I.D. and features The Cool Kids (it’s mentioned in this interview).  Other notable guest and collaborators included Prolyfic, Crooked I, The Legendary Traxster, Killer Mike, Bun B and many more.  Check the full interview for more details.  Get right or get left.

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  • Jaycee

    I’ve seen Mikkey in Hyde Park a couple of times and dude is always willing to talk, cool brotha; His work ethic is evident. I asked him about the Dark Room album and he said soon… he wasn’t playing! One concern, though. If the release date is December 21, where is all the pub? from the interview i see they want an exclusive feel to this album, but I am outside of Chicago often, and I wish I heard more about Mikkey’s album out of town. Also, I would Love to see that Dark Room in a Best Buy, I always get geeked when I see a artist from home in the major retail stores. Neverthless, I will be at PHLI on December 21 to grap my copy! West Side fuck’s with you Mikk!

    West Side

  • 312773

    this is not a good look. Toilet seat All in the background bad lighting. No offense the guy is trying to get his Journalism on, but practice on someone else. Presentation is key.

  • BLACK

    I REALLY HOPE HE WINS…… TIME FOR THE HARD WORK TO PAY-UP

  • Jaycee

    After thinking on my first comment, Mikk knows what he’s doing. He wants to control everything for this product. So, when Best Buy and others see the buzz the album generates, they will then approach the Mikk camp and that is when terms are not negotiated, but told… this is my price… if you want my cd! Mikk has been messed over like so many other artists in the game, especially Chicago artists, This approach exemplifies creative control and ownership of ones product. I trust in what Mikk is doing and am glad to give the $15 to the local shops. PLII 12/21/2010 I’m there! I see you Mikk.

    West Side

  • Out kold

    Nice interview. I heard the album lay week at his listening party. It’s Chicago al the way. It’s easily 41/2 mics.

  • Mike E

    @Jaycee

    Your business sense is awful….first of all albums shouldnt generate buzzes, thats what free content is for, mixtapes, videos online, free album etc. These are promo efforts that create demand for the album to be purchased. Why he is dropping an album without a strong promotional effort is actually crazy to me, but hey I wish him luck. Mikkey is stuck on the old model of the industry and its gonna hurt him in the end.

  • Jaycee

    @Mike E

    If you listened to Mikk’s interview, he stressed control. So… when people start to see the album sell, and the buzz from the album, they will want it in their stores. That is when Mikk’s camp can really take control and sell their product for their price. I basically agreed with his approach. My business sense may be awful to you, I respect that, but I suggest you listen to the interview again, then read my comments, I have not expressed any personal insights on how I get money, only support for Mikkey. My business sense may be awful, but your reading/listening skills are that of a 2nd grader…. and then you went and made my exact point in your second to last sentence. You’re a smart one…

  • Mike E

    @I apologize…I didnt listen to the interview…point taken. But nevertheless Mikkey isnt in no position to drop anything at this point. His fanbase isnt large enough for that move…..he still has to establish his brand. He could definitely use a consultant to help direct his efforts because he has talent.

  • Jaycee

    @Mike E

    We are on the same page. I was saying the same thing, I am out of Chicago a lot, and there is little mention of Mikk despite his strong work ethic and various mixtapes over the years. His true fanbase will purchase the album, no question, but we really want to see this brotha have success in the broader music industry like we never have. So, again, I support his approach. The album will be highly exclusive, they will only press up what they are “sure” can be sold. If/When the demand comes knocking, more CD’s can be pressed up… and it points back to the control Mikkey spoke on. Its an interesting approach considering today’s market, but this is how he wants to market his music. How many artists can do this? Actually control how their product moves? Mike E, we agree more than we disagree, and we both support Mikkey. So… when I head out of town I will do my part and spread the word. Chicago……

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