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Off-Brand Loyalty

Back at it with that music dawgs. I somehow got the phrase Off-Brand Loyalty in my head while getting off the F train at the Delancey Street station. From that point on I knew it was a song I had to create. So that’s just what I did.

 

When All The Clothes You Purchase You Get Selected Imperfect
Stretch Dollars to Their Furthest but You Still Know How to Work It
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
When all the clothes you wear go a hole or a tear
And you Rock it like, “Yeah, that’s supposed to be there!”
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty

Verse 1
Yeah I rock Polo but it got an Extra L in
Not an Extra Large, they jus didn’t check the spelling
Got a Bathing Ape that’s afraid to use soap
But nobody gotta know, I can’t afford to look broke
Gotta stay fly, in any given situation
Rock the knock-offs, you know the cheap imitations
But, I don’t usually share this information
A little loose, what I’m wearing isn’t custom
The pants I bought, always gotta readjust ’em
‘Cause it’s missing a zipper and a button
I hit the thrift shop, don’t got diamonds in my wrist watch
Fake it ’til you make it because you gotta floss in hip-hop
I’m doin’ it like this I hit Canal Street
To get them four striped sneakers for my brown feet
The bottom of my foot looks like ground beef
I walk a lot a yo I really get around chief

When All The Clothes You Purchase You Get Selected Imperfect
Stretch Dollars to Their Furthest but You Still Know How to Work It
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
When all the clothes you wear go a hole or a tear
And you Rock it like, “Yeah, that’s supposed to be there!”
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty

Verse 2
(Excuse me is that Coogi?) It is if that’s what you see
In the Eye of the beholder like beauty
Well then sure absolutely, by the way you a cutie
Are you a model, because your Couture Juicy
At least that’s what it says on your jogging pants booty
Beg Pardon, Are those rubies in you jewelry
Struck by all that gleams, but nothing’s what it seems
Like the city never sleeps, but still the city of dreams
For every pot there’s a lid, every plot has a scheme
So you and me baby we a perfect team (You Sure?)
At least the way that I see it (is that right)
Babygirl I guarantee i (believe it)
Tell Me what you want girl I got it
Anything you need girl I promise
Shopping sprees at Neman Marcus
Girl I got these jeans at Target

When All The Clothes You Purchase You Get Selected Imperfect
Stretch Dollars to Their Furthest but You Still Know How to Work It
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
When all the clothes you wear go a hole or a tear
And you Rock it like, “Yeah, that’s supposed to be there!”
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty
You got that Off-Brand Loyalty

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Soundtrack of a Conspiracy (Theorist)

A while back rapper B.O.B. was in a war of words with acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson over  the matter of  whether or not the Earth was flat. The rapper put out a single called “Flatline” as a dis-track because Dr. Tyson stated that B.O.B. could hold to a refuted, near ancient scientific belief if he chose to. B.O.B. claims there is a vast conspiracy to fool the world into believing it is round to reinforce a heliocentric understanding of the universe. Somehow he believes that it’s beneficial that a mysterious organization of pagans(?), sun worshippers(?) fool us into thinking the Sun is the center of the universe, invoking Helios or Apollo the Greek/Roman  god of the sun, as opposed to an Earth-centric or geo-centric view that was upheld until it was disputed and disproven in the middle ages.

In that spirit, I came up with songs that cast doubt on ideas and ideologies that society holds fast to for fear that someone in the shadows wants us to believe these things only to do us harm in some  way. For some reason.

The first song I made was about the Anti-Vaccine movement. It Features Sesame Street’s Elmo and the former US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy.

 

The second  track was about Aluminum Foil hats and how they protect us from the government plans to control our brains or whatever.

 

I had fun with these and hope you do too.

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Trap Covers

So I’m posting these way late in the game. A while ago Black Twitter was fed up with the removal of soul from our popular music by YouTube singers who do covers that slow down and snooze up songs like “Formation” by Beyonce and “Work” by Rihanna. In that spirit our equal and opposite reaction to this phenomena was to take songs sacred to mainstream pop fans and do trap covers of them.

Here are a few that I did.

We all know and love Bon Jovi‘s hit, “Living on a Prayer” but I figured why not “improve” it with Racthet Drums?

As for George Michael‘s classic song “Faith“, why not see what happens when you take the Kanye West 808s and Heartbreaks approach?

 

 

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Bottled Up 88BPM

Revised edit of Bottled Up, more up tempo.

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Bottled Up!

The Water Crisis in Flint Michigan is a little unbelievable. I’m working on a song to vent my anger.
Been trying to figure out the whole trap sound, I’m too old school. There’s a sound effect of bubbling water and deep bow strings reminiscent of the jaws theme.

Here it goes.

(Intro)
A yo! It’s critical out here right now
America’s got a sickness
I think there’s something in the water
Oh, you want clean water?

(Verse)
It’s Bottled Up!
We talking ’bout brown water
For brown sons and brown daughters
Stagnant lake water
Where you wouldn’t even wash your face water
Have a sip, this is how racism tastes water
Make you believe the white man invented AIDS water
Evil, the way they did Tuskegee and shit
Or, maybe politicians just greedy and shit
They like, “These broke niggas don’t vote,
Lazy, threw ’em in the Flint River they wouldn’t even float.”
Big bully Business
Kick a town when they down
Industry done gone
Them jobs ain’t around
So, bail out a bank
But let the city drown?
Reduce a citizen to a budget line item
Look to you for leadership, and you sucker blind side ’em
Blood on the leaves, man there’s blood in the water
The blood’s on your hands
Lead pipes led lambs to slaughter

(Refrain) X2
Can’t keep it bottled up
Gotta Bathe in Bottled Water
Politicians Poppin Bottles
Whole System Out Of Order 

(chorus)X2
Wait, hold up
Let me get this straight
Ain’t Flint Michigan
In these United States
Turn on your faucets
All you see is toxic waste
Not just a tragedy
It’s a national disgrace

(Refrain) X2
Can’t keep it bottled up
Gotta Bathe in Bottled Water
Politicians Poppin Bottles
Whole System Out Of Order 

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Scared To Dance

Here’s another attempt at a Novelty Halloween Song, a dance track with a more upbeat tempo. It’s a weird one, about a ghost girl that wants to dance with a laid back fella, for some reason.

Lyrics

She said it’s not a costume
And grabbed my by the hands
She Asked if I was afraid of monsters
Or was I just Scared 2 Dance

She wanted me to dance on her grave
That’s why she came to this masquerade
It would put her spirit to rest
If I could stand up to the test
This ghostly girl who shot me a glance
Taught me not to be Scared 2 Dance

She said it’s not a costume
And grabbed my by the hands
She Asked if I was afraid of monsters
Or was I just Scared 2 Dance

She said it’s not a costume
And grabbed my by the hands
She Asked if I was afraid of monsters
Or was I just Scared 2 Dance

She visited from another plane
And didn’t want to tell me her name
She only wanted to dance with me
The only way she could be set free
So what’s a little dirt on my pants
Now that I’m not too Scared 2 Dance
She taught me not to be Scared 2 Dance
She taught me not to be Scared 2 Dance
And now I am not too Scared 2 Dance

She said it’s not a costume
And grabbed my by the hands
She Asked if I was afraid of monsters
Or was I just Scared 2 Dance

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Haunted House Party

So, I’ve been looking at music submission site seeing what themes and concepts people are looking for. I came across one looking for a  halloween themed song to replace the great novelty horror song “Monster Mash.” Branching out from hip-hop and my interesting attempts at rock, I’m trying out pure dance/pop music for something that might work for a different demographic. I felt like pipe organs and violins might create a spooky atmosphere and added a chilling glockenspiel that made me think of a cartoon I saw once where  a skeleton was using it’s own bones to make a tune. Mashed that all together with heavy autotune sounds because I know my singing voice leaves a lot to be desired, added a rap an made this track, “Haunted House Party.”

Lyrics

Haunted House Party Time
Haunted House Party Time

I’m not afraid, I swear I’m not afraid
Of this haunted House
Ooh! There’s skeletons and spider webs
All throughout
Okay, I wanna leave, oh I wanna leave
But it’s not allowed
I can’t get, they saidI can’t get out
Unless I get down

Haunted House Party Time
Haunted House Party Time

Stepped on the dance floor spotted her across the room
A chick with a pointed hat flying on a broom
Bewitched by her looks, had me under her spell
Dancing on the ceiling, ’til I looked down and fell
Landed on a girl wrapped up like a mummy
Covered except for her face legs and tummy
Help her shake off some dust, shaking that thing
Had fun until she tried to wrap me in a sling
Moved on to a girl with cat ears and tights
She was the baddest girl that I saw all night
We were getting down until I had to bail
‘Cause she got mad that I squeezed on her tail
A cool costume party, masquerade ball
Release your inhibitions, don’t be afraid y’all
Creepers, creatures & monsters galore
Dressed to kill be a beast on the floor

Haunted House Party Time
Haunted House Party Time

I was scared stiff like I had rigor-mortis
Gotta get off the wall like that spooky eyed portrait
Not afraid of ghosts, aliens, bats or zombies
Now that I’m possessed and the rhythm has got me (Oh yeah)

Haunted House Party Time
Haunted House Party Time
Now that I’m possessed and the rhythm has got me (Oh yeah)

haunted House Party

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