Dropouts Inc. is Teddy Faley and Joe Schaefer
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Staircase/Teddy Faley Documentary:
About Dropouts Inc.
Teddy Faley wrote and performed the rhymes for the collaboration album with Joe Schaefer that he describes as “Stand By Me” to a 4/4 beat. Don’t get the wrong idea and think that this album is a fictional portrayal of comaraderie, instead, each song is plucked from the reality that was Faley’s younger years as a maverick kid with booze and drugs on the brain.
Teddy’s musical template draws from a variety of styles – but mentioning them would only be cliché as the hip hop world has become fragmented and mostly mainstream. More importantly, Teddy has taken those influences and delivers a unique sound and approach that benefits him and the character of the music. The fact that the Baltimore rhyme-spitter has grown a sizable following in both releases and live performances, is the icing on the cake.
Producer Joe Schaefer concocted the idea of making an album with a theme based on the ‘good, bad and ugly’ of drug and alcohol use and abuse. Having met Teddy Faley by way of MySpace, the two set out to create the album. “You Can’t UnChop Trees,” under the group moniker DropOuts Inc., eventually turned into the fabric of Teddy’s youth put to progressive hip hop flavors.