As a result of his standout verses on the Lifesavas' record and work on Onry Ozzborn's Alone LP, Libretto landed a deal with One Drop/BSI Records to release his debut single "Dirty Thangs" b/w "Alma Matter." The record was a testament to his vision of merging "pure soul, hip-hop, and urban resonance (Amazon)" and the buzz around the promising emcee continued to build to the point that LA's Dim Mak Records became interested, and released Libretto's next single entitled "Volume" ft. Lifesavas.
The song has gone on to be licensed numerous times, including being featured on Tony Hawk's Underground 2 video game. "Volume" was also one of the 14 songs that comprised Libretto's 2004 full length debut LP/CD, "Ill-Oet: The Last Element", also on Dim Mak Records. Upon release, the record was heralded as "some of the most original hip-hop to come out of the West Coast (Modern Fix)" by publications like XLR8R and URB. Libretto kept busy performing, dropping guest verses, and by putting out conceptual, album worthy mixtapes under the name Kokanut Brown, all the while prepping for his anticipated sophomore release, "The Captain".