As a follow-up to his posthumous album Mr. P. released in February, BSeenMedia will release the 20-minute digital single Better Than You on Nov. 6. Recorded on April 17, 2011 at the DC Improv, the same weekend as Mr. P, the track was originally considered for the full-length album, though O’Neal ultimately decided he’d use it for something else.
“The truth is Patrice wanted the Friday show in its most natural form without any major edits,” O’Neal’s wife Vondecarlo Brown says. “The ‘Better Than You’ bit was a difficult decision to leave out, and we went back and forth about it for a while. In the end, he said, hey maybe we’ll use it in some other way later after we release it how it is. That ‘some other way’ was bonus material at the end of the CD, I assumed at the time.”
“The ‘Better Than You’ track was from the Sunday show if my memory serves, and Mr P is the Friday show. Again, it was important for Patrice to release the project in its most natural form, and yes, I do feel it is important for people to hear all of his work– specifically bits he felt he would use in some way himself.”
O’Neal died on Nov. 29, 2011 after suffering a stroke a month before. In addition to the new single, O’Neal will also be seen in theaters on Nov. 9 in the comedy flick Nature Calls with Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville and Rob Riggle. It’s available through Video On Demand now. You can pre-order Better Than You here.