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Remember when I posted almost all my music endeavors here, and received feedback that said I was doing the right thing, or ways to improve? I;nm not as actively keeping tabs on Hip Hop as I used to. I just finally bought Nas's album a couple days ago. I could probably count on one hand the hip hop I've gotten since I've ventured into the rock music genre. Da Brakes, Da Rebirth, Mike Petrow, Nas, Talib Kweli. And that's it as far as albums go. I began feeling I'm not gonna top the stuff I'm writing and even so, I wanna venture outside the typical subject matter. Perhaps thinking too much? Well, I intended to do one last album, but that's changed and I have 3 more unique album ideas. They'll basically be blends of everything I enjoy that's around my life. What caused me to not work on my music as frequently was financial matters, finding a job, maintaining things at home, and then the job itself. My life became 8 hours or more of work (outside of home). 8 hours or less of sleep (during the day). And the in between, well good luck with that. 2 months before the job I had that "quarter-life crisis" thing, but a year early. Hence why I would write 'Downtime' a couple years later. I wanted to put my album out time and time again, but I just couldn't do it without some tracks being a part of it. So until they were done, I couldn't put my cd out.

Now that they were, the question was the so called "Quality". I know there are flaws. But sometimes flaws help make music what they are. I like the 'old school' vibe of distorted sound quality. There's a reason why things sound the way they do. Dave Grohl (from Foo Fighters) said some things that help resonate accepting things that way. Spent a million dollars on one album. Not that great. Make one in his garage, and it wins a grammy??? Or even the elation that the veterans of hip hop get rapping rhymes the the rest of the world may find irrelevant. I finally seen 'Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap'. And saw Dr. Dre say something to the effect that he could be 'an oil reg worker and still make music'. Kinda laughable, but it is true for some people. They all do it that way anyway nowadays. They make their music, but make the money in other ventures, most likely using their celebrity status if they have one. So anyway, I do what they do, just without the fame.

The music is up at http://www.soundclick.com/mikefuq and http://soundcloud.co...anding-quality/ so far. As far as uploading or placing anywhere online, if anyone has any requests or suggests, please feel free to let me know. I've got several pages of sites, but I'd like to make it convenient for people who care and are interested. And of course ALL comments, questions and/or feedback (positive or negative) is APPRECIATED. That always means more than they money if it's exchanged for it. All my ideas of creativity are fearlessly explored. So too should be anyone's comments.

1. Opening Composition
2. 21...Ways To Flow
3. The Grand Scheme
4. My Lady
5. Overdue feat. Mike Petrow
6. The Vibe
7. Mash
8. Who Am I Dissing?
9. Downtime
10. Undisputed Best feat. Da Brakes
11. Inside
12. Penwomanship
13. The Beat of Life
14. Step Game
15. How Love Should Be
16. Intrepid Mind Traveler
17. Sleepwalker
18. Not A Hollywood Story
19. 5 Minutes of Somethin'
20. Miles of Road

All lyrics written by Michael Fuqua except for features
All songs recorded, mixed and edited in Washington, PA by Michael Fuqua except for features from respective locations
All samples, instruments, beats from licensed and copyright protected artists are used to pay homage and for promotional & entertainment use only without profit.


Opening Composition
Produced by Quality (John Bartholomew)
Additional scratches and blend mix by Mike FuQ

21...Ways To Flow
Produced by Quality (John Bartholomew)
Vocal samples mixed by Michael Fuqua ;
featuring Shanice - 'Ways To Grow Interlude' [21...Ways To Grow (1994)] , Jean Grae - 'Lovesong' [Attacking of Attacking Things (2002) , FuQ - 'Beginning' [beginning Towards Beyond (2007)] , Nas - 'Reason' [streets Disciple (2004)] , DMX - 'Ain't No Way' [Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (1998)] , A Tribe Called Quest - 'If The Papes Comes' [People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)] , Another Bad Creation - 'Spiderman' [Coolin' At The Playground Ya Know(1991)] , DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - 'A Dog Is A Dog' [Homebase (1991)] , Toni Braxton - 'Let It Flow' [secrets (1996)]

The Grand Scheme
Beat used Schoolly D - 'PSK What That Does That Mean?' [scholly D (1986)]

My Lady
Beat used J Dilla - 'Earl' [Vol. 2: Vintage (2003)]

feat. Mike Petrow
Produced by Mike Petrow

The Vibe
Beat used S.F.C. - 'The Vibe' [illumination (1994)]

Produced by J Dilla [Jay Dee Donuts (2006)]
Contains vocal samples from Prince - 'Batdance' [batman Soundtrack (1989)] and movie excerpts from Batman (1989)

Who Am I Dissing?
Produced by SouldierBeatz
Contains movie excerpts from Batman Forever (1995)

Produced by Jaspreet
Contains vocal sample from Rihanna - 'Man Down' [Loud (2010)]

Undisputed Best
feat. Da Brakes
Produced by DJ VipaGTS
Vocal editing and mixing by Da Brakes

Beat used Chico & Coolwadda - 'Godzilla Like' [Wild N Da West (2001)]

Beat used Amy Winehouse - 'October Song' [Frank (2003)]
Jazz Guitar & additional hand clap piano keys by Mike FuQ

The Beat of Life
Produced by U'blique fka Quality (John Bartholomew)

Step Game
Produced by Jaspreet

How Love Should Be
Beat & background vocals used Jem - 'Amazing Life' ]Six Feet Under Vol 2: Everything Ends (2005)]
Pearl Drop piano keys by Mike FuQ

Intrepid Mind Traveler
Beat used from Highspots 'Excellent Adventures' with Brian Kendrick & Paul London DVD Menu (2010)

Beat & Vocals used Golden Palominoes - 'Sleepwalk' [This Is How It Feels (1993)]

Not A Hollywood Story
Produced by SouldierBeatz
Additional scratches and blend mix by Mike FuQ
Additional beat & vocal samples used Martin Lawrence - RunTelDat (2002), B Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J, & Method Man - 'Hit 'Em High (The Monstars Anthem)' [space Jam Soundtrack (1996)] , Luniz - 'I Got 5 On It' [Operation Stackola (1995)], Jay-Z - 'Dead Presidents [Reasonable Doubt (1996)] , A Tribe Called Quest - 'Check The Rhime' [The Low End Theory (1991)]

5 Minutes of Somethin'
Beat used Queen Latifah - '4 The DJs' [black Reign (1993)]
Vocal excerpts from Straight Edge: The Best of CM Punk Volume 2 (Ring of Honor Wrestling) [vs Steve Corino 'Empire State Showdown (10/25/03) , Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (1993, 2007)

Miles of Road
Beat used The Verve - 'Bittersweet Symphony' [urban Hymns (1997)]
Contains vocal excerpts from Michael Jordan: To The Max (2000), [WWE] Shawn Michaels: My Journey (2009), [WWE] Shawn Michaels: From The Vault (2003), Chris Jericho via [WWE] Eddie Guerrero: Viva La Raza (2008), Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (1993,2007)


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