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My First Love – The Best Part – Summer In The City – Dark Days – Is It Real – Take It All

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I’m A Poet/All My Rhymes Potent/Beats Is The Potion To Get Ya’ll Open/And I’m Expressing In The Highest Form. -First Love

Where You Wanna Take This/Felt Your Vibe At The First Kiss/Felt Your Soul At The First Touch. -The Best Part

We Movin/We Coolin Out In East River Park/Took A Tab Of That Acid Watch The World Become Art. -Summer In The City*

Motherfuck A Critic Keep Doin You/Dark Days/No Inspiration/No Motivation/No Fucking Patience. -Dark Days

Your Appearance Ain’t All That I Care/About I’m Tryna See Where Your Mind At/What Your Gals Are/Where You Spend Your Time At. -Is It Real

I had originally wanted to write this special segment of my blog after Bryant Dope released the first four installments of #RawDopeWednesdays but I lost track of time, got busy and it didn’t happen. I’m actually happy though because through planning the execution of this post I realized that not only do the songs themselves tell a story but the order in which they were released also tell a story. Before I get into that, Bryant Dope announced in mid-July that he would release a new track every week on Wednesdays “for the fans only,” he calls this series #RawDopeWednesdays. There’s been talk about him releasing the Raw Dope 2 EP (follow up to Raw Dope – I suggest getting that) and #RawDopeWednesdays is certainly creating a buzz for that release. I’ve loved every single #RawDopeWednesday release thus far and I always anticipate the next one! Before I do a song by song recap, I want to go back to my earlier thought on the progression of the songs themselves and how they tell a story based on the order in which they were released. From the title of “My First Love” we can tell it’s the start of something, “The Best Part” lets us know that whatever that something is – it’s going good, “Summer In The City” is a song about having fun and enjoying life, then we hit the ‘climax’ of the story with “Dark Days” where something is amiss and the focus may have been lost or it’s having a hard time pushing through obstacles, things get better in “Is It Real” but there’s still some questioning going on and some uncertainty, the last song “Take It All” suggests that the story is over but since this track hasn’t been released yet…this is obviously just a speculation; which leaves me all the more curious to hear it and get the missing puzzle piece. Let me take a minute to recognize all the dope artwork for these songs…I placed them in a collage but definitely do your research and check out the full sized images! Everything about this project is so unique and different – I don’t think I’ve seen another artist do something like this in the past.

1. MY FIRST LOVE: Track is produced by Hannibal King (see my previous post on this blog). The song samples from Erykah Badu “Searching” which actually is a song of the same name originally made by Roy Ayers. The beginning of this song also reminds me a bit of the melody in Bobby Caldwell’s “Do For Love.” This song has a jazzy, hip vibe to it one that can appeal to an older audience as well as a younger, more hip hop geared crowd. This track is Dope’s ode to Hip Hop – what a great way to open up the series. He raps, “I”m A Poet/All My Rhymes Potent/Beats Is The Potion To Get Ya’ll Open/And I’m Expressing In The Highest Form.”

2. THE BEST PART:  Track is produced by Tom Misch. In the song Dope raps about the beginning part of a new relationship and the infatuation that ensues. All the feelings are new and in his eyes it’s “the best part.” On the track he raps, “Where You Wanna Take This? Felt Your Vibe At The First Kiss/Felt Your Soul At The First Touch.”

3. SUMMER IN THE CITY: Track is produced by Soul. The song samples Sade’s “Sally.” It has a very sloooooooow beat which is fitting since there’s some drug usage in the song and the song is all about cruising around the city with no agenda except to hang out. There’s also a jazzy sounding melody backed up by a hip hop beat. This whole song emits a carefree lifestyle. (*Disclaimer: I don’t use drugs and try not to promote drug usage…but I can’t help it but like this line in the song.) He raps, “We Movin/We Coolin Out To East River Park/Took A Tab Of That Acid Watch The World Become Art.”

4. DARK DAYS: Track is produced by Marc R. The beat on this is mystical (with a C not a K) sounding and reminds me of a video game or a movie tune. The song describes a feeling we’ve had: giving up. Some days are harder than others and continuing on seems impossible. Dope raps, “Motherfuck A Critic, Keep Doin You! Dark Days/No Inspiration/No Motivation/No Fucking Patience.” But as the song progresses the message does too…

5. IS IT REAL: Track is produced by Les Nubians. I recognized this song immediately, as Les Nubian’s 1998 single “Makeda.” (*Side Note: If you don’t know of Les Nubians, it’s a definite must that you get familiar with this french duo. I had the pleasure of seeing them in concert for the first time (finally!) in March at Yoshi’s in SF and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. I don’t speak French, but there’s this thing about music…it touches your soul regardless on if you speak the language or not. MUSIC is the universal language of the soul.) I love this song with Bryant’s raps over the beat. I think he’s rapping about the same chick in the other songs. They met, infatuation occurred, they had a fun day riding around the city, they possibly went through a hard time, and now he’s questioning if it’s really real. He raps, “Your Appearance Ain’t All That I Care About/I’m Tryna See Where Your Mind At/What Your Goals Are/Where You Spend Your Time At.”

6. TAKE IT ALL: Track is produced by Hannibal King. Anyone recognize the artwork? Paid in Full! My mind is filled with curiosity and wonder for where this song is going to go and what direction it’s going to take the whole project in. Stay tuned for it’s release later today.

Take It all

 

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I Can Take Ya Number, Can’t Be Ya Man, But You Can Act Like It In Ya Instagram

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ImageA Flashy Young N*gga Before We Took The Pictures/I Can Take Ya Number/Can’t Be Ya Man/But You Can Act Like It In Ya Instagram. -Troy Ave

Since I’m still on my NYC-hype, while in en route back to the Bay, I figured I would do a quick post on Troy Ave. Previously, he fell under my group of “guilty pleasure” artists. The first song I heard by him was Lotus Powder Bomb – the keymix to Wale’s Lotus Flower Bomb. I like Troy’s version. He makes me laugh. Maybe it’s his tone of voice or that he reminds me of a little teddy bear or that he sings hooks for some of his songs. Who really knows… PS. Shout out to my boy LJ, he does a perfect impression of Troy’s voice!

His recent release, “Your Style” featuring Lloyd Banks, is a hot track! A perfect anthem for your summer playlist – I already have it on mine. Peep the video.

 

 

Guess Who’s Bizzack?!

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I Made Some Changes In My Life/Don’t Regret None Of Them/So If You Ain’t Heard From Me Then You’re Probably One Of Them/N*ggas Want Different Results But Do The Same Sh*t/They Wait For It To Come, I Became It/Guess Who’s Bizzack, N*gga? – Fabolous

Damn. Wow. Where to begin? It’s really been a minute since I’ve been on here. But, here I am. So much has happened in one year. I decided to try something different by moving to NYC and one year ago today I was officially living there. Previous to my move, I wanted different results from my life, but I was just doing the same sh*t…all day, everyday. The decision to move to NYC, changed my life. Being there, soaking up that energy – where things are constantly moving. People are on the move. People are InMotion (keep reading for explanation later). They’re really doin it out there! During the short 7 months that I lived there, I started to become the person I’ve always wanted to be. While working at SOB’s, I got my first taste of working in the live music industry. I truly lived on my own (another good song, because this is a music blog afterall…) which is so important to personal growth! On a side note, let me mention that I try not to preach about myself and say what I’ve been up to, my inner most thoughts, and all that jazz…but I feel like I had to start somewhere with my return to the blogging world. This IS a music blog and it IS about music and my opinions. The whole time I was in NYC, I was “doing music” (as I like to call it) through my work, the people I met, and events and shows I attended. Music was all around me, constantly. I was soaking it all in. Do not let me forget the amount of inspiring friends I made. My friends have full time jobs and then on the side they’re pursuing what it is they LOVE aka your side hustle. This stood out to me and stuck with me as I traveled back across the U.S. (by car!) to CA. Side hustles include: a non profit organization focused on empowering young women and girls, a hip hop artist on his way up and always InMotion, and a very talented photographer. In August, on our way to the AfroPunk Festival, my friend asked me: What are you doing for yourself, while working at SOB’s? The question stumped me because I didn’t have an answer and also didn’t know what he was talking about. I thought about that question a lot afterwards. And it’s still sticking out in my mind. It’s possible. It’s done all the time. I’m now doing it. It’s something I’m constantly working into my thoughts, ideas and aspirations for my future now. By the way, that friend is in his 20s, in college and self-employed by his own business – I Love Free Concerts. Talk about inspiration, right? Thanks, Matt. Thanks to all my friends, too – you’ve all inspired me! As an ode to my friends (near and far), my family, NYC, this blog and most importantly, to myself – I’m Bizzack!