For the past four plus years, producer A-Villa has been juggling his time between working as the vice president of a bank and cultivating his upcoming debut album, Carry On Tradition. With features from Action Bronson, Killer Mike, Kool G Rap, Joell Ortiz, Nature, Havoc, and Cormega all rhyming over grimy boom-bap beats, Carry On Tradition will surely be in rotation when it drops on Nov. 4 via Closed Sessions.

Today, A-Villa drops off "The Colosseum," a single from the album featuring a dope lineup of Big K.R.I.T., Inspectah Deck and Termanology. A-Villa took some time to let us know how the song came about....

I met K.R.I.T. at a meet & greet before a show he had in Chicago. I introduced myself, told him about my project, and gave him a beat CD. The next day, I got an email with his verse over this particular beat, which I never would've thought K.R.I.T. would pick. But it shows his versatility as an artist and his ability to stand out on any type of record.  I then sent it to Termanology, who I'm a fan of and knew he would kill it. But I didn't anticipate him laying down one of my favorite verses on the album.  Then with Inspectah Deck, I had sent him a different beat and asked for that "Triumph" & "Above The Clouds" type of feel, which he definitely delivered on and made it easy to tie everything together. However, I had lost the scratches I had previously done before my turntables broke. So at the last minute, I had the homie DJ Scend re-do what I had lost. However, he added his own flavor to it and even improved upon what I had originally intended.

Overall, I'm really proud of this song and love everything about it...the concept, the intro, the beat, the beat switch up, the verses, the DJ cuts, and outro. It's just a hard rap record and is the essence of Hip Hop...good beats & rhymes.

Give the track a listen and be sure to get Carry On Tradition when it drops!