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  1. Why not say it here too? HAPPY BIRTHDAY Da Brakes!!
  2. I listened to it a few times. Still have it. I liked it for the most part, but I wish it was a blend of the two unplugged performances, if that were possible. I think there's a difference in the vibes. I liked the way they rearranged some beats to fit. Wish they included more Nirvana vocals with Jay though. Still like it tho.
  3. Sounds like a really cool idea. Makes me wonder about the 'Community Album' hmm...
  4. Like the song, and seen the video. Beastie Boys can still go! Yeah
  5. I agree. I miss Numero Uno having it's own section. Buzz back then? You still got a buzz. Last time I checked, somebody was on the verge of possibly winning a remix contest for Baby Blue. (still voting btw) I hope you get it. I remember when I did similar for Casual and got in the Top Ten, but didn't win. There's definitely talent from all walks of life on this board.
  6. I've gotten nostalgic for stuff I've done too Brakes. I was looking thru posts from the forum also. A couple years ago, I went thru every song or album and things of that sort I ever posted and saved everybody's feedback. And I mean everybody's. It's amazing to see how members of this forum have grew. And still no Community Album. I think we should just combine songs from this forum on one cd. A cd with FuQ, Da Brakes, Lerkot, SilverTiger, Vipa GTS, bart5, and more would be a buzz across the internet if we ever got it done. A lot of good ideas that still haven't came to be. And speaking of "Old School" Brakes, what about tracks like 'Those Who Can't Rap, MC'. Luckily I still have I think 3 tracks from that album you rather not see the light of day. haha.
  7. Heard the song. The "whip my hair" was a little annoying, but it's grew on me and I really like the song. That girl got game.
  8. I heard his song I'm Beaming, and really really liked it. (inspired me to write a verse btw) Lupe's cool in my book.
  9. 105.9 The X (Pittsburgh Rock Station) Right now, they are playing Bush - Machinehead.
  10. Turntable, you get a win for posting a Lewis Black segment. lol. How many times can you say the "f" word before it becomes uncomfortable? Just say it over and over. Say it sad, then mad, then happy, then scared, in different voice tones. Then try a non-profane word (i suggest two or more syllable words cuz it's funny) Now which was easier? "it is stupid to judge people based on their swearing" - I agree. But if they do it constantly, like every other sentence (and they aren't drunk or high, and even so, it becomes a problem) I myself have to get really really angry or upset before I use a profane word. Will Smith has cussed. It was understandable in Bad Boys because of the character he portrayed. Or on FPOBA, where Will is thinking about going to the pool hall, and his consciences tell him "What are ya ig'nant? Put up the DAMN keys!" *smacks in the the head*. Question, would that be less funny if he didn't say damn? Eminem was smart when he said "Will Smith aint gotta cuss in his raps to sell records, well I do/ so f' him and f' u too"/" It was a joke and truthfulness of how times changed. We could rewind time, let Eminem take out all the cussing he did in his songs and see how he'd fare. Cussing isn't the main stay of selling records, but it helped. NWA's "F The Police". Before people would get offended if the words were uttered just once. Now it's so common place, most people only get upset if it's repeatedly and unjustly. Bill Cosby had a problem with Eddie Murphy's comedy routine back in the day. Profanity provides an extra umph that certain words just can't cover. Some people use it and some people don't. If an NWA, jeri-curled Ice Cube (aka O'Shea Jackson) walked up to you and said "I'm gonna mess you up" or he said "I'm gonna f* you up!", which is scarier? If you don't hear F* that often, but when you do, it means business. I don't think it's that big of an issues. Eminem has gone thru it for us. NWA has gone thru it for us. Etc. There are times when it's acceptable and times when it's not.
  11. Is the Boomdizzle like for anybody, like the caliber of Da Brakes, Mike Petrow, and myself, or something more official? And exactly, with your point about the NBA and street ballers. I think it's that way with every single industry/business that exists. Jay-Z's had some other good ones too though, even if they were too commerically successful for certain people's liking. Yeah, nowadays it is quantity. It's like everybody wants to put out quality but because they feel they have to do it in a certain time frame to stay relevant, the quality gets compromised. Artists release an album every year, as opposed to every few years. And in that span of time, they're on tour, and promoting singles and other stuff. Since times are fast with technology, so too is how the music industry operates. Trying to stay relevant and worry about the limelight. Will Smith doesn't need to do it. LL Cool J dones't need to do it. It may having something to do with them not being in demand like they used to either, but again times have changed. Drake has an album out, and then he's doing a mixtape, and right back in the studio for his next release barely promoting his current one. Maybe rap is just in a class by itself as far as work ethic is concerned. R&B and rock acts don't have to do an album every year, but hip hop apparently does. Like Drake can't afford to take time off, and see if he'll be in demand to come back out because somebody will "take his spot". But Mariah Carey for example can take time off and not put out her next album until 2 years later and it will be like she never left. A lot like after Will put out L&F, us & all his fans were hungry for another album after so long. Jay-Z went away, but people demanded he come back just one more time, and he did. Now can he go chill somewhere and make a baby with Beyonce??? lol. What about B.o.B? I'm not trying to argue him into the top 10, but he's pretty good for 2010/2011 rappers out. I mean as far as guys doing their thing now and are popular.
  12. Excuse me, but 1999-now, how is Jay-Z NOT ON THE LIST? What? Hello, his Dynasty album in 2000, The Blueprint in 2001/2, his Black Album, American Gangster, and his BP3. Of course BET was gonna not get it right. But considering how 'they' view hip hop and promote it and stuff, they got the list right. I mean, it is from 1999-now. Drake is hot/popular or whatever, but just let him be an honorable mention. What dues has he had in the game? Even though I don't think highly of Lil Wayne, he's paid his dues. From being just another white shirt, blinged out thug in Cash Money, to assumeably "the hottest rapper" for the last couple years. Jay-Z passed it to Lil Wayne, and Wayne passed it to Drake. It's something about society's general viewpoint. It's similar to wrestling. The more talent you have in the ring, the more they want to limit you so you can be the most popular to make them money. It's too much of a risk to try something too new. You could spit fire all day. But they want you to "dumb it down" or generalize your raps so everyone gets it and you sell more. Lupe's great but won't sell as much as Jay-Z because Jay lowers the boom so all can get it. It's like we know you can hit at 80 mph but we want you at 40 mph. Indies, artists have freedom, but not as big of a platform. Big time labels, the platform is huge with more eyes and ears watching, but they want to limit you, because the risk is too great if it doesn't work. It's some trippy stuff. Another thing, I bet there was talented artists under LL Cool J when he was the hottest rapper in America. Same way that's probably the case with Drake (presumably) at the top now. I think hip hop has been at a state of "Same Sound, Different Rapper", that's all. A few tweaks here and there, but it's wash, rinse, repeat.
  13. Hey guys I know it's been awhile, but have you guys heard Ron Artest's song "Champion"? I don't know if he put it out after they won the championship, but honestly it's pretty good. You can find it on youtube.
  14. I am a HUGE 2pac fan. Haven't listened to him in forever, but I've had a handful of originals for quite some time. I would think the almighty musical connoisseur AJ would already know and have some of them. I got all of 2pac's albums up until "Better Dayz", after that everything just went downhill. With the exception of the song Keyshia Cole did with his Play Ya Cards Right, nothing comes close to sounding as good.
  15. Thanks everybody. I really appreciate it.
  16. Yeah, I like that. Cool song. Original is pretty good too. But I like the remix much better.
  17. Hey Quality. Production is really good. Nice scratches and mixing. You're rhymes are well put together content wise, and fits perfectly with the beat. Best advice I can give to rap better, and find your style is to keep doing it. It might help if you rap different ways, and recite your favorite songs by artists. I know it helped me. After you "study it" a bit, and find your comfort zone in your delivery, it's all natural dope skills from there. If you work on your rhyming delivery like you do your production sounds, you'll surpass Kanye West in the "Super Producer/Rhymer" category. And I'm up for doin' fresh. Facebook is the easiest way to get at me.
  18. All the sites that keep me away from JJFP.com Survey sites via my email (too many to list, and rewardtv like bigted) http://www.wwe.com (love my wrestling) http://www.wrestling-edge (get all the updates on worthwhile news, but i stay away from the spoilers now) http://www.facebook.com http://www.myspace.com (not as often as facebook though) http://www.espn.com (Streak for the Cash and other fantasy sports. Mainly football & basketball) http://www.goodsearch.com (Got a huge list of charities, celeb ones, organizations, schools, and more. I go so often to help donate to my school. The charity you choose gets one cent everytime you search. hopefully) http://www.swagbucks.com (my home page, i search here also to enough to redeem stuff like giftcards. I already used the WWE one to get a couple shirts)
  19. Mike Petrow Album Review I first knew Mike Petrow as a random poster on JJFP.com Forum, who happened to write lyrics and have up-to-par battles skills. When he ventured on to the “music scene”, then began another person mixed into the internet pool of legit talents, ridiculous cookie cutters, and many more. Question is, “Is Mike Petrow a legit talent?” A critic is someone who reviews your work with the probability of not done it themselves or may have and have reasonable points to make that could help or tear up the reputation of who/what they review. 1. Fan Skit – Perhaps it means Mike Petrow can’t obtains fans like he wants. I can’t help but think this would be better as a “Petchvlog” advertisement for the album or something like that. 2. Rhythm In The Static (Intrumental)– A great interlude on the album. Being that music nowadays is so cluttered, and artists don’t let their tracks breathe, this is nice move to let the whole album do that for a minute. I think of the sound as “signature Petrow drums”. Personally, I couldn’t help but have rhymes float through my head. Track could’ve been someone else rapping about Mike Petrow. Petrow could’ve added his own quotations or mixed vocals into the track like he did the sample. 3. Rejecting Rejection – I will not quit. Very sound production and good use of a jazzy sample. Nice track that could be comparable to A Tribe Called Quest or Digable Planets, but the overall sound is a little more gritty. 4. Nice Guys Finish Last – One of Petrow hit tracks for the album. Petrow’s flow is easy to follow and a good track to suggest for first time listeners. It has everything you need to learn about him. The production, the ideas, and rap style. “Christ I don’t sin, enough to get in..the business”. Petrow’s idea mixes the saying that goes around as it relates to romance, and that of being a rap star. Great song. 5. Good Girls (Are Hard To Find) – Kind of similar to the previous track, but different subject matter. My only displease with the track is Mike should’ve doubled the vocals on the chorus. “Time and time again, the girls brush me off/ like the dirt on Jay’s shoulders, I must be soft/”. Really liked that line a lot. 6. Love Again – Another sample is used to perfection for Mike P’s sound. Petrow puts very good emotion into his vocals, probably because it truthful feelings from the guy. Although Petrow points out the flaws, at the same time he encourages himself and offers advice on how to deal with the negative. “Same old (4x),…break molds a-hole…/ You gotta go get it/ 110% like extra credit”. A point of how hard you must work at the likes of becoming famous in music or the like. 7. No Peace – Another gripe with the way of the world around Petrow. Vocals are filled with full thoughts and emotions. Give credit to his experiences with life and making music. “I’m not Gatorade, but I do propel/” 8. Memories – I really loved this song. A favorite and must listen. The bellowing of the female vocalist (which may be a sample) is very drawing in to the emotion that Mike continues to express throughout the album. The bass is hauntingly firm. One of my favorite lines in this song. “Mom said Everything has a time and a place/ Like every song I make, has a rhyme and a bass.” The song changes up towards the end, but stays fitting with the song’s opening intent 9. The Siren’s Cry – “I gotta stay strong, as I try to move on, and correct what’s wrong/” This song is about what’s wrong with hip hop as told by Mike Petrow. The song is almost like an anthem and a lesson. 10. Expections – When you do something such as music or movies, everyone has the expectation that you desire to be famous and rich. This song is about not worrying about others. If you go out trying to please other people, eventually you will lose. It doesn’t have to be entertainment related either. Obviously this song is more personal than anything. 11. Overdue feat. FuQ – I had the privilege of working with Mike Petrow again. Our first time was with a song “Pass The Mic” on my ‘Writer On The Block’ cd. A very quick work atmosphere as we collaborated very smoothly in completing it. The song is all about “coming of age” from pasts and being better in the future. Petrow states, “Call me Eminem or Asher Roth/ I bash em soft and then I laugh it off/ Judge me like when the gavel falls/…” A comparison he’ll never escape based on what he does. All he can do is be true to his own art and hope people respect him for it. “I’m drinking up change in a glass that’s tall” is another cleverly done line. While Mike Petrow’s verse is more symbolistic and multiple rhymes, my verse is more straightforward. With lines like, “This here is a breakout/ for my greatness to stand out, not sure what I’m about/” “Stomped on by realities to switch the dreams” The last verse is of true collaboration as we went back and forth sprouting out lines and adjusting to fit our liking. Our skills mesh well as we both come even on the final verse in idea and creativity. “Overdue” is hard hitting and honest. 12. Complex – Song allows an immediate slow down and deep breathe after a song like “Overdue”. Opening with a guitar, and another vocal sample. A softer way to be aggressive with that of the production done. “Got a Jones like Indiana, plan to get my hands on the Holy Grail/ But instead of my age, live long my days with raps that will not fail” Don’t let the title “Complex” scare you. Petrow stays creative but simple enough for you to follow. A nice listen. 13. So Far – He tells his journey, and where he intends to go. The final verse gets very symbolic as to the type of person Petrow states he is or of the likeness. 14. Almost There – A swift beat bopper and nice chorus usage. 15. Never Say Goodbye – Another internet “hit” for Petrow. A sweet melody of truth coming from him. 16. Fragile Mind feat. Daniel Zavaro – The rhymes Petrow does makes you talk a walk beside him and observe the world rapidly and spin before you abruptly stop and feel the power vocals from Daniel Zavaro. The albums highlights are a little adventurous, good usage of drums and samples, variety of rhyme style, and lyrical content mix of realism and creativity. If you know Mike Petrow on some kind of personal level, you should enjoy it. But I’m sure he’ll settle if you know him at all. An album is a capture of your life at a particular time, and I’d say Mike Petrow did a pretty good job, especially when compared to his other captures (Organize Mess, Neutral Ground). Only bad bit I can give is that a few times Mike Petrow may delivery a line off rhythm, and not fully fit on beat only because of how he said it. My track favorites are “Nice Guys Finish Last”, “Memories”, “Complex”, “Never Say Goodbye”. Mike Petrow is a legit talent. But I’m wondering can he spread more personally and professionally? Does he want to? We shall find out in the albums to come.
  20. Poor Will? I actually think Will is better than Nas. You gotta remember Will diversity.
  21. I'll definitely pick this up. Boyz II Men is the first taste of R&B I got.
  22. Redman - Sooperman Luva 3 (Muddy Waters - 1996)
  23. "I'm now 24, can't be a child no more" - I like how you said that. "You pay the price if you ain't nice Debt will get to your head if you tryin' to mess with someone's grind" - Total truth right there. You're in the presence of a true legend in the building Any overhyped vision gets corrected with the righteous intention Many of them cowards that were disrespecting have been put to detention We see how they were conquered when the truth is mentioned - Really awesome set of lines. I don't really know what's real to y'all If you just want to hog the ball Getting away from a team concept Isn't the way you're gonna release stress Now I display a raw concept to see success - Like the end of this rhyme a lot. Feeding off of stuff you enjoy is great. Bringing the outstanding gramma, with a sense of purity like having virginity - Very smart "You have to possess something a bit more special To match the intellect of the NJRebel I'm not the one that'll just go to settle Down with any pretty eye chick if she ain't that righteous In the way she comes up to bring substance Don't roll with the average sucka if you wanna be known as “Mrs. International” It's worth more than something to be in the high presence caliber" - Killer dope closer set of lines. That's earning respect right there. Good way to speak on it. "I make it worth while more than the admission of a seat And those suckas wonder why they go to sit in defeat A part of the reason they're out of line is 'cause they're lazy The other part is they don't use any originality" - Nice way to slip creativeness in there and tell the truth. Nas warned us all that "it's a new world", we're traveling the digital road All those wack flows ain't even worth a damn download - Kinda made me laugh. At them I mean. "...It's now time for you to contemplate the way I've been commanding to go There's a legit reason I'm still mc'ing even though I choose to live on the down low Music is my autobiography and my main boo since it expresses many things I know" - Nice why to graps what writing meaans to you. Much respect for that. I take a lot of pride in being black so there's no need to slide back Into a state of feeling slacked or rollin' sidetracked - Is that that Public Enemy coming outta you? Yeah boy! Dang Ted, you still got it man. You definitely put use to a lot of your vocab and inspirations of stuff going on around you.
  24. I love R&B (mostly 90s), can listen to some pop, and a variety of rock (punk, grunge, or whatever the artists would call themselves)
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