Word To SneakerFreaker
And My Personal Favorite...
"The Reason Why I Act This Way/ Is Because I Want So Bad For You To Stay/But I Know I Keep Pushing You Away/I Guess It's True What They Say/Every Dog Has It's Day/But My Day Hasn't Come/I Honestly Thought You Were The One..."
"I Thought I Could Do It/I Really Did/Instead I Fucked Up/I Really Did/Oh How I Long For The Day To Have Us Some Kids/So That They Can Have Something Better Than I Did/So That When They Grow Up And Make It Big/They Can Say That Their Dad Did The Best He Could So They Could Live..."
"If You Really Wanna Leave Then Leave/Cause I Really Need Some Room To Breathe/If It Wasn't For Us Plantin' This Seed/
Shit, I'd Be The One To Leave/Probably Fuck A Hoe And Get HIV/Naw, That's Not The Kind A Life I'll Lead/I Wanna Be There So My Little Man Can Read/Teach Him About Life And The Birds And Bees/So That One Day When He Plant His Seed/He Can Say Daddy Was There To Help Him Breathe/ NahMean?"
So I Just Felt Like Writing Some Shit Down Rather Than Have It in My Head All Day and Forget By the Time I Come Home
No, I'm Not a Rapper or Poet of Any Sort.
I Just Had Some "Junk" Piled In My Brain So I Figured Why Not Just Write It Down.
I Hope You Enjoyed It...
If Not, Well That Sucks.
2004: The Year Hip Hop Took A Left Turn...
After 50 Cent Start Having Fellow Rappers Look At The Numbers,
Hip Hop Started To Become A Rat Race To See Who Could Produce The Highest Soundscan Numbers.
What Resulted, Was A Plethora Of Artist Who Emerged With New Material Solely To Feed The Fans "Consumable" Music That Lacked Initial Creativity And Substance.
Fortunately, There Were Artists In The Background...Rather The Underground That Still Possessed The Qualities Of True MCing And Substance In The Music We All Call "Hip-Hop".
Real Heads Know, Rapper Phonte, 1/2 [1/3 At The Time] Of The In, My Opinion "Most Slept On Hip-Hop Group Of The 2000's" Little Brother.
But What Happens When You Pair Him With One Of Europe's Most Slept On Producers?
You Get Some Real Good Music.
And To Think, They Made This Album Through The Internet.
When The Album First Starts, You Kinda Get The Feeling It's Some A Bit Over-The-Top RnB/Neo Soul/Northern Euro Trip Type Shit...
That's Only Because You Haven't Heard The Whole Album Yet.
When You Get Into The First Half Of The Album, It's Sounds Like A Hip-Hop Influenced Euro Blend, When In Fact It's Quite Different Then That.
It's More Relative Than Foreign [No Pun Intended] And What I Mean By That Is That It Sounds More Like... A Jazz/Smoothed Out/Soulful/2-Step/Hip-Hop/Conscience/Chill Feel.
The Other Half Melts Away Slightly To The More Neo-Soulish Vibe A Lot Of Mainstream Fans Aint To Fond Of [Although They Should Be]
Overall, The Content Of The Album Is More About The Everyday Hustle And Bussle Of Life, The Classic "Dance Your Blues Away" Feel, The Strain Of Dealing With Adversity, The On-Going Search For The Meaning Of Life, Love And All It's Perils, The Realization of a New, Ever Changing World, And The Overall Joy Of Being Human.
[Pretty Much The Entire Album In A Nutshell.]
Overall, If You're Looking For Something That Will Get All That "Yea-Yea" Off Your Back Or Just Something That'll Lift Your Spirits...
This Is The Album For You.
Two Beats Actually.
Tell Me What You Think.
Club.MP3 - N.I.K.E.
My First Beat.MP3 -
Embrace Your Creativity, Pass It Along, And Spread The Word:
"Normal Is Weird, Weird Is Normal"
But For Some Reason I've Been a Bit Nostalgic About A Series Of Convo's I Had A While Ago.
Just Last Week A Lady Friend Of My Said And I Quote:
"[White People] Made Hip Hop What It Is Today"
Like, I Know White People Listen To It.
They Realize That Their Kids Thought It Was "Hip" And "Hopped" Down To They Local Record Store And Bought Records Galore.
I Understand That The Record Executives Had Dollar Signs In Their Heads.
And That Eventually Hip Hop Would Become Yet Another Tool In Pop Culture.
At Least, Hip Hop Based Towards Radio Hits As A Opposed To Making Music To Get Up In The Morning...
...Brush Your Teeth
...Go To Work
...Love Your Girl
...And Do It All Over Again.
9th Wonder [Real Head..Excuse Me. TRUE Heads Know Who He Is.] Most Notably Said That Hip Hop Taught Him To Respect His Elders.
Hip Hop Taught Him To Stay In School.
You See Where I'm Getting At?
We All Know That Hip Hop Is Feel Good Music.
Yea. We All Know That.
But The Hip Hop That Matters The Most Is The Hip Hop That Makes A Positive And Personal Influence In Your Life.
Now Don't, Get Me Wrong, I Know There's The Hot Club Joint That Everybody's Gonna Jump To.
BUT TO HEAR IT FOR EIGHT HOURS STRAIGHT IS RIDICULOUS!!!
Like, If I Listen To The Radio And Go To At Least 3 Of The Most Popular "Urban" Radio Stations, Either A Song Is Beginning Or Ending And I'll Go To The Next Station And The Same Shit Will Be On.
Another Person I Conversed With About Hip-Hop Was More Supportive Of The "Mainstream" Aspect Of The Music Business.
Basically, When It Comes To Hip-Hop, Making Music That's Profitable Is "Good Business"
I..I Don't Know.
Maybe It's Just Me.
Maybe I'm Disgruntled Because I Put Out Like, Four Albums.
[I Aint Made A Dime Yet]
[True Heads Know What This Is About. Lol]
But In All Seriousness, I Just Happen To Think Real Music Comes From The Heart.
Eh. I'm Probably Delusional.
But I Just Assume That Hip-Hop Was "Exaggerated Reality" And Not Just A Big Fat Lie Just To Make A Dime.
[We Got Wayyyy Too Many Politicians For That]
I Mean, If I Listen To "NY State Of Mind" And "Get My Swagg On"
Well, I'm Not Even Go In On Soulja Boy.
But My Point Is That Way Too Much Good Hip-Hop Is Being Passed Over Because Kids Aren't Being Schooled to The Real.
And No I Aint Talking Bout The Real Raw Undaground Murderous Shit.
[Although, That Sets A Standard For Real Rugged Hip Hop As Opposed To Having More Swag Than A Nigga. Word To E-Rich]
But The Type Of Hip Hop That Makes A Person Get Up And Say Fuck That $6.50 an Hour Job And Go Follow They Dreams.
The Type That Makes You Question What People Assume Is The "Right" Thing To Do What Feels "Right"
The Type That Gives You That Extra Push To Keep Going And Put That Gun Down.
The Type Of Hip Hop That I'm Talking About Actually Exists.
But To Some People, It's Not Good Business.
Although It's Relevant To A Certain Sense, It's Not "Popular" Enough To Really Sell...
Gee, I Didn't Think That Shit Had To Be Uber Popular To Be A Hit.
I'm Pretty Sure Gangstarr Aint Have to Go Multi-Diamond To Be Crowned One Of The Best Hip Hop Groups In The World.
I'm Pretty Sure Even Before 9th Wonder Got Named Dropped By Jay-Z, He Was Still Alot Of People's [Including Me] Favorite Producer.
Hell Before Common Became "Overrated" [Yea, I Said It] Dude Held It Down For Almost 10 Years With A Fleet Of Fans That Respected His Music And His Style Wayy Before He Decide To Down Grade To Make Mainstream Listeners Happy.
But I'm Not Killing Anybody's Opinion...
I'm Just Saying I Could've Sworn Hip Hop Was Supposed To Be About Life Outside The Lines.
Instead, It's Just Another Outline Of What The World Wants It To Be...
[Word To Maximillion: Suuuuuuu!!!!!!!]
A Tribe Called Quest
[Word To E-Rich: "Keys" Do In Fact Open Doors]
[I Don't Care What Guru Says: Premo Is Gangstarr. Period.]
[Real Head's Know (c)]