Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Admittedly, i've never checked out Fly Union, but ive heard nothing but good things about the group. This song also features the homie Big Sean.
But bigger than all that, shouts to my Cleveland homie Nailah who does a great job at being eye candy in the vid...im still waiting on you to take that NY trip!!!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
So I just started talkin to this girl, and as usual, she asks the obligatory question, "so what do u do in ur spare time?"
I hesitate but then retort, "Besides just hangin out and watchin movies, i do music."
"Typical guy," she responds and I knew at that moment I had to downplay my musical aspirations or else she'd label me as a loser for life. So then I go into detail about how I was a broadcasting major and I've met x amount of rappers and working in radio I was always around people who were into music, etc. etc.
But then I got to thinking, why should I have to cover this up? I've been at this music thing for some 5 to 6 years now. I'm no music mogul, but I've written, recorded, and engineered a hefty number of good songs and worked with more than a handful of artists. I should be proud of this "hobby" by now.
And speaking more specifically about my group Par-City, I feel we've done a commendable job of separating ourselves from the typical class of upstart acts that simply try to shortcut there way to recognition by making easily digestible music that fans can drone into and forget about as soon as something equally ignorant is regurgitated for their consumption. I hate to insult or sound like an "elitist" but it's something that I'm consciously aware of as I sit down to write a new song.
As a group, we're not trying to be a flash in the pan, and the songs we make aren't meant to be one and done. As cliche as it sounds, we're trying to make music that is timeless, music that will spark a thought besides "i get money, i got swag and every girl wants to f**k me." Sure SOME of the music may contain such content, but its certainly not ALL we do. And when we do make such music, I'd like to think it was done in a clever and lyrical enough way that its not seen as juvenile delinquency on a drum pattern.
And herein lies the problem. Par-City is on the cusp of one of our biggest musical endeavors to date and yet we STILL have to fight off this stigma. We still have to defend what we do and how we do it to some people who are too used to seeing our "peers" make shuck and jive music. We are still subconsciously categorized into the same field of rappers who spew out the same formulaic music over and over and over again.
And what's most sad is that any attempt to deviate from this norm (i.e. make a song with an actual concept) is looked at as weak or nerdy. I've sat by and watched people who I felt were good lyricists go against themselves and dumb down their music for the sake of gaining recognition all the while not realizing how counterproductive their efforts really were.
In closing I want to make this disclaimer:
Our music is supposed to be listened to, not just heard. Interpreted as well as recited. There are thoughts, wordplay, rhyme-scheme, and metaphors (not punchlines) that make each song unique from what you may be used to hearing. I say this not to INTIMIDATE, but to REITERATE...we are not those dudes that just started "spittin" yesterday. We are not "hot like the sun" or "fly like a jet" or whatever other cookie cutter punchline you can come up with.
GiF the Great
Someone PLEASE applaud this man! I feel the exact same way, to the point i dont even tell people i make music from jump. I don't even call myself a rapper, i use the term "musician" but why should i have to do that, why do i need to cover up something i love because of peoples misconceptions about the type of music that i make...
Man "Fueled By Revenge" coming in Jan. you dont understand by then...then you're just a lost cause...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
You can pretty much catch the Wale sample from the beginning. To hear “On To The Next One” skip ahead to about the 2:43 mark…listen to it and imagine it sped up…you’ll hear it!
So Wale only sold 28k his first week. His Manager claims the LP was undershipped. In a quote from XXL, Wale’s Manager said…
”Wale’s the type of artist who is bigger than the metrics (radio) say he is,” Weisman said. “That puts the label in a tough position in terms of physical distribution and because of twitter we are able to hear direct feedback from the fans about the problems they had actually finding the CD. But 64% of Wale’s sales came from digital outlets which makes sense for Wale. It’s a testament to Interscope and their confidence in Wale’s brand that they put the record out without a big single.”
Here’s my thing…I believe its just the climate that the industry is in. No im not trying to start any “hip hop is dead” convo because its certainly not…what im saying is that its getting harder and harder for newer hip hop acts to break in and make a huge splash. Consumers aren’t even buying album’s from established “stars” in hip hop (Fat Joe sold 8K his first week for “J.O.S.E. 2”, Rick Ross’ crew Carol City Cartel sold 12k of their debut). I gotta say though I am very surprised with Wale’s numbers, I thought he’d do ATLEAST 50k. I mean dude had the VMAs gig, single with Lady Gaga which they shot a video for, a follow up singer with that Gucci Mane guy that’s popular with the kids nowadays and is on tour with Jay “no reason a man should be this good at rapping” Z. Wale…hold ya head…hip hop fans…support good music.
Monday, November 16, 2009
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Kyle was a extremely close family friend of mine and he is sorely missed. 16-years old this kid never did anything to anybody. RIP Kyle...here's what the Post had to say about the story...
Mount St. Michael junior running back Kyle Rembert died from carbon monoxide inhalation at his Bronx home late Friday night, Mountaineers coach Mario Valentini said.
Valentini said there was a carbon monoxide leak at the 16-year-old's house and that he was the only person in his family affected by it. He became aware of Remberts death after a late afternoon practice Saturday. Rembert, who also plays defensive back and competes for the school's track and field team, was noticeably missing, but it did not raise imediate suspicions because of a SAT test being given that day
We heard about it as we came off the field, Valentini said. One of the parents got a call from his grandmother.
Rembert caught a touchdown pass in the Mountaineers' 41-40 loss to Fordham Prep on Oct 24. Mount St. Michael beat Xavier, 21-14, in the CHSFL AA quarterfinals Sunday.
He was a great kid, Valentini said. He always had a smile on his face, very pleasant, low key type of kid. He was just a wonderful young man.