I feel like death right now. Just got hit by this killer flu so gonna just take it easy.
I remember listening to Logic's 1st album, Under Pressure, and in one of the songs there was a skit where the narrator stated something along the lines of "Trying to release a single before finishing an album is like releasing a trailer for a movie you have yet to produce". Basically saying the singles you air out might not end up being in line with the rest of the songs in the album you'll eventually release. So best to start working on something in its entirety first, and think about the singles later on.
On the night I released Look to the Heavens, I had a small listening party inviting over close friends and family, playing the whole mixtape while enjoying over good company and food. Loved the reaction during the night, almost as if it was a mini-showcase. I haven't performed in a while so I might be a little rusty, but hey, offer me a slot at a gig and I'd probably say yes to it.
I am keen on releasing an all-Malay album. There's something about the formula of using US-style rap and beats but having it written Malay that might have strong appeal even with non-Malay listeners. That is what has been done with the Korean / Asian rap industry that has made it successful internationally. Remember when S-Word released "The Answer" with Christina Millian, nobody knew what he was talking about but the song and energy was so intense that it became an instant hit. People just love a fresh new take on something they have been familiar and accustomed to. On the other hand if it's too "Malay", you might lose the appeal, but add an American swag and sound to it and you might hit all the right spots.
We'll see how it goes.