Like Mike recently surprised with the release announcement of his debut album, ‘Pain, Love, & What Comes After’. The album is a collection of songs that were written over the past decade, describing different chapters of his life as an artist touring the globe: the ups, the downs, and everything in between leading up to the moment the world shut down.
The album features the likes of Smokepurpp, Blueface, Wifisfuneral, and rap artist Lil Baby. The 15-track body of work flows cohesively between songs, with peaks and valleys that aim to craft a story of pain, love, and everything in between.
Following the release of three singles setting the stage for the album’s release, ‘One Night’ with Mr Eazi, ‘W Hotel’ with rappers Smokepurpp and Blueface and finally ‘Lipstick’ with S3nsi Molly and Jodi Couture; Like Mike provided insight as to what listeners could expect from the album.
Available now in-full, the balance of the 12 unreleased tracks see Lil Baby grace the delivery of ‘Silence’ alongside additional features from Yung Mavu & Chuki Beats on ‘Butterflies’.
Like Mike’s foray into the hip-hop and rap space signifies a shift in direction for the music producer and songwriter.
Like Mike: “I’m not trying to control life anymore. I’m trying to experience it. I’m trying to be present. This album is me being present through so many ups and downs and creating through my experiences.”
This project grew from his need to dig deeper into the sounds of his early years and young adulthood, a blend of genres that were the soundtrack to his life. His younger years were in a period during which he was exploring his musical creativity. Singing and songwriting were the first steps into his musical career.
Like Mike: “Music has always guided me through life. Any moment can be intensified through music: moods can be changed, stories can be told, feelings become timeless, and memories can be solidified.”