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Friday, June 30, 2017

Crazy times

So...lately, I've been working on my game again, just kinda moving long here and there to get stuff taken care of. I got my bio done by the multi-talented female MC HollyHood (she's the rap mom of 412 lol) in exchange for a beat, so that was pretty cool! Here's the short version:

Born in the Bronx and then moving to Pittsburgh in 2007 by way of New Jersey and Jamaica, rapper and producer Dev Structures began making music in 2010. While working security security at a Steelers vs Jets game dealing with drunk fans and fights, Dev noticed the crowed begin to roar and as a collision of voices came together like a wave that washed over the entire stadium as Wiz Khalifa's "Black & Yellow" played over the stadium speakers. Although he never had any previous desire to pursue music, this particular moment was landmark in for him in that it changed his perception on what he thought music was all about. After the game, Dev went home and put on an old MF DOOM instrumental. He put his speakers against each other with a microphone in between and made his first rap. Even though he considers his first recording "rough," he also says that nobody told him he was bad at it so he kept at it a little.

Dev's greatest inspiration is his family who keep him grounded and focused on doing his best and being a rationally functioning adult. Growing up, he was always listening to Wu-Tang, Busta Rhymes, Biggie, Eminem, and later on Outkast, Lil Wayne, Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5'9", MF DOOM, Quasimodo, Pharell, Kanye, Pusha-T, and more. Production-wise, Dev has always been a fan of The Alchemist and Ski Beatz, and also enjoys the sounds of Harry Fraud, Atrak, Clams Casino, Johnny Juliano, Sledgren, Cardo, Boi-1da, and others. His first mixtape was entitled "Masters of the Universe." He made two other mixtapes, "82 Lincoln" and "Chocolate Soy Milk," before taking a break. He is currently working on a 15-track mixtape called "Issued for Bid," which references a phrase used in the design and construction fields. Looking at the songs he's made up to this point, Dev's personal favorites, Dev chooses "M.H.S.L.", produced by Roscoe Wiki, and "Nights Like These", a self produced track. 


When asked to describe his music, Dev says, "When I make a beat, I have to catch a vibe, or I won't do it. I don't know how to make 'type' beats." Additionally, he uses a lot of variation and schemes when he raps and although he claims that he's not the greatest singer, when writing, Dev keeps in mind the fact that he can indeed hold a note. What makes him different as an artist is his perspective and life experience. He didn't grow up with a lot of stability in his life and doesn't have much of an ego; therefore, he tends to make music that relates more to what he is going through at the time. "I'm schizophrenic, and that ultimately affects the relationships in my life, my views on religion, society, and by proxy, design, the living environment, and my approach to music. If life were a video game, it feels like I'm playing on the hardest difficulty level."


HollyHood's site can be found here:

http://www.hollyhood156.com/

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Been busy (not really), but music!

Mannnn...listen.

I've been here, but not here at all. Booted like a mf all of last week, but now I have to really have something to present, and some stuff to prepare for.




Okay, now that that's out of the way, on to some other stuff. First off, I have a feature on an artists track for the first time in years. Benny Troung is an artist that I was introduced to through a very good friend who just so happens to be mutually acquainted with Benny. I found his videos very well made and extremely imaginative, and his raps are pretty funny, and ultimately dope.


Benny's Activate Pimp Mode 2 (lmfao yes that is the title)


In Her Acura

Benny's contact info:



Twitter/Instagram: @BennyTroung

But yeah, I'm working with him, and it's pretty cool. Dunno if I'm gonna record Fri or Sun tho.

Otherwise I have beats to finish up! Quite a bit actually. I'm not sure where tonight is going to take me regarding finishing instrumentals, but we'll see what I can power out. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Music Attack!

Got into work a bit more winded, but 11 minutes earlier than last week! Less sore, more energy! With this Monday comes new music from yours truly! LET THE SPAM COMMENCE!

 
















The past couple of weeks have been pretty enlightening, and enjoyable at the same time. Special thanks to Roscoe Wiki for the hard work he does at the Rap Cave, and for convincing me to upload this music lol. 


Friday, April 28, 2017

End of week 1 of running

Mann...what the fuck. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (today) were brutal. I was humbled! All of the muscle groups in my legs are dumb sore, my back is sore, I suck a stretching...I reek of tiger balm...but there are some advantages I noticed almost instantly:

1) More energy: I am waking up before the alarm even goes off, and I'm not even tired when this happens.

2) I get in my office at 6:50. I don't normally start until 7:30 M-T and 8 on F. Clocking in earlier to get off earlier ftw!

3) I ran 9.3 miles this week...9.3 more than any week I've had in a couple of YEARS. Maybe 7ish?


There are things I can definitely improve on, but for now a couple of adjustments:

1) I NEED MORE SUPPLEMENTS. I am gonna splurge for some stuff in the next couple of weeks.

2) I NEED A NEW BLENDER. It would be clutch to have for smoothies.

3) I NEED TO INCORPORATE ADDITIONAL EXORCISES. Will be adding the 100 Push-up challenge (http://hundredpushups.com/week1.html) and 200 Sit-up challenge (http://www.twohundredsitups.com/week1.html) to my iterations come next Monday. When I shed more weight, I will add more stuff to the list (Pull-ups, burpies, etc)

This is gonna suck...it is sucking right now...but I'll keep at it. More than aesthetics, this will help my confidence, as well as assist with breath control and delivery when I rap. Kind of a pain in the ass, yes, but I'll see it through. I am adamant about trying to make some life changes for the sake of improvement...wherever it may occur.

Meanwhile, I am slowly etching away at production; DJ Chevy has an AKAI 49 with a broken key that he's gonna lend to me. Having that as opposed to just a computer keyboard and mouse will defiantly improve the time and enjoyment factors of production. Sent two beats out to Hollyhood (http://www.hollyhood156.com/), and plan on sending two more her way to pick a track from for us to work on together. I would like to finish the track I plan on doing with GR Zombie this weekend. May work on other stuff as well, I plan on fiddling with beats tonight and throughout the weekend.

Things have been pretty cool; I gotta harass Roscoe to finish up the damned beat I sent him lol. But otherwise, yeah.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

He appears!

Okay, so I should get some things off my chest.

First off, #FreeBeatFridays is over. No, it's not because I couldn't continue it, but because I doubt it's utility. I always felt like if I was in a position to help aspiring artists out, I would, but the reception was barely there. Some people downloaded stuff from looperman, but never did I get hit back by anybody who actually did something with my stuff. It didn't really do anything to increase my views or plays either. All that effort of trying to get some stuff out to people turned into much of nothing, and I'm not one to misuse my time nowadays...okay I'm lying, but I don't wanna keep giving away free beats that nobody is using, or will jack and not say anything.

Additionally, I was subtly warned that if I did keep putting out free beats, that person in question would basically "Steal my style" per say. I dunno how exactly I feel about that, so rather than head in a direction where someone inspires antagonism from me, I find it an additional reason to just stop. I still make beats, I just don't give them away anymore.

Anyways, since the last time I was here I recorded 5 songs...that I did nothing with. Many things happened on that Friday at Roscoe's, and some of it when received was corrupted...something weird keeps happening with Roscoe's computer and mic. We planned on meeting on Sunday to kind of look over them while we build the booth, but this pay Sunday was Easter...so as far as I've been informed, the plan is to just meet up this Sunday and build the booth/fix the songs before posting them. To be honest, 2 of them turned out lackluster, maybe 3 if you add the rough I did the Sunday before Easter. So I guess that would be 6 songs, huh? lol.

Anyways, just been dabbling in production, trying to get a feel for where I wanna go. It seems like the original format of the mix-tape or whatever is changing again. Some songs are out, so I have to replace them. I also have to inquire about that beat Roscoe and I were working on but hasn't been finished.

I don't wanna say too much, but I've been pretty uneasy lately. Dissatisfied with my results, so to speak.

Friday, March 31, 2017

#FreeBeatFridays 11! And you know..usual rambling

#FreeBeatFridays 11 is here! I'm sorta excited in the sense that I kept this up for so long without giving up, but I cannot help but feel slightly disheartened.

 First off, some of these beats, if not all, I could have very well used myself. I thought I was doing the world some good by putting instrumentals out these artists with limited or non existent budgets could use, but I'm barely getting any plays, comments, or downloads. You would think that people would jump at this sort of thing, but nah...do I just suck? I somehow doubt that.





This is...rough. Had a hard time uploading this to Looperman. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it's because the title has God in it. The art may reference Judaism, but come on my nigga, God is a sweeping generalization. I really hope LM is just having errors, and isn't purposely censoring me because of a title.

Music wise on my part, I haven't recorded anything new in like a month now. I'm lowkey hot about this because I've been planning on doing such for awhile now, but my funds kept getting messed up due to adult responsibilities, and random acts of wastefulness (bills, the casino, wedding anniversary dinner, fast food, weed, liquor, spending money). I know, I know, don't judge me. I'm gonna try and bust a move so I can record more than 2 songs after the 7th, shooting for like 4 to make up for missing time.

On another note, that Coast2Coast event is a bust; I spent all of my money throughout the weekend, thus I will not have the $150 deposit for the event. Sad, yeah, but such is life. Oh well. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

#FreeBeatFridays #10: The Escape From Work

Okay, let's get this show on the road!

#FreeBeatFridays #10 is here! Huzza and all that.






Alrighty. Look, I'm keeping this short, because I've been getting proverbially beat the fuck up at work all God Damned week. I'm tired, annoyed, and I just wanna escape outta this bitch before my supervisor harasses me with client drawing changes; those guys can eat a dick. 

I had some other shit I really wanted to say, but I have a small window of escape. Enjoy, and peace ya'll.