Occupe​-​toi de tes oignons

by Oui Ennui

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Let us begin with an intermission.

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Breathe out.

•THIS•THAT•IS•NOT•

"Find you some business and mind it..." -Vic-Hop

"In wicked times I pull lines wicked lines and it won't cost you shit to stay outta mine..." - DK Toon

"I don’t think about you at all.” - Don Draper

"Long ago in the studio, I was trying to create my style..." - Abstract Rude

"I used to get angry and all uptight/but you could say what you want, just spell my name right..." - Ecstasy

“And it's my business, my business/Stay the fuck up out my business/'Cause it's mine, oh, mine…” - Ludacris

Welcome back. Welcome to it. They say the only way out is through.

*sometimes* what they say is true.

English translation of 'occupe-toi de tes oignons'

👏🏾mind👏🏾 your👏🏾 own👏🏾 biz👏🏾ness

Mind it tho. Like pay attention to your busy-ness, whatever that may be. Take care of home.

Typically when one is told to mind their business, the connotation is to stop minding the business of the person making the recommendation. For me, there is another angle: allopatric speciation (of sorts). The dumbbell model (kinda, but not really). Isolated evolution. This is an evolution that happens when two populations of the same species become isolated from each other due to geographic changes. In 2016 Croatian scientists discovered 30 new species of animal in subterranean caves. You know what they were doing when they were found? 👏🏾mind👏🏾 ing 👏🏾their👏🏾 own👏🏾 biz👏🏾ness.

File under: news that doesn't need reporting - This last year forced us all into isolation. And while no one should feel guilty for not doing anything more than surviving, I'll be double damned if it wasn't an opportunity. An opportunity to 👏🏾mind👏🏾 my👏🏾 own👏🏾 biz👏🏾ness.

Like mind it tho. Actually pay attention to my busy-ness. What am I trying to say? What do I mean to convey? Do I expect these songs to play? Will they take time out of their day?

Scratch those last two. They’re ≠ my business.

Occupe-toi de tes oignons. The cave is hermetically sealed. The onion can now be peeled. The truth will be revealed. Only after over I've keeled.

So what's this then? Occupe-toi de tes oignons is an album about my business and how I've minded it. C*V*D. Paying (handsomely) attention to my body as it continues to yell into the void. Turns out the virus is deaf, but I’m def. 😤. Observing my individual specimen evolve in an overhead cave. Seeing what I could conjure. Origin of a novel species. I’ve been going through it. Pain so thicc I could chew it. Taking a terrible time and submitting it to an alchemical process. Somatic Experiencing (at least entertaining the concept). Skin hunger. Touch starvation.

*isolation*

Being lonelier than I ever have been. ( i don't wanna brag, but I set a new personal record. *pats self on back and injures rotator cuff in the process*). Trying to transliterate shapes and feelings into music and back into shapes and feelings. Succeeding and failing over and over again. Can you relate? Perhaps, but that’s not my business.

Thank You's:

An album a month for a year…is a sentence fragment. For better or worse: goofy goal achieved. Some of you brilliant beautiful musk oxen have bought every single release. That’s crazy, humbling, and means more than you could ever know. My love for you has no nadir. Thanks to everyone for listening. On to the next…

Be kind to yourself. Be gentle to others. And mind your business. 😘

-oui

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released May 7, 2021

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Oui Ennui Chicago, Illinois

Synthesist.
Mammal.
Jean's Son.

Avant-Gaurdian.
Non-diasporic AfroFuturism.
Black Classical Music.

This That Is Not.

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