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Friday, July 28, 2017

The game begins

I find myself re-engaging in a potentially life altering task; game development. I've been working on production (beats basically) for the game I was working on before I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Things have been rough, but I maneuvered and here I am today.

I bought my program to make the game, so from here comes straight up hard work. I have to do this. I will accept no other outcome.

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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wait...what!?

You know, I really should be careful about what I wish for. No, seriously, this isn't even funny.

So, as the trend has been the past two weeks or so, I've been getting my ass handed to me at work; tight deadlines, multiple project changes, and miscommunication had me buy a pack of squares today. I'm not proud of myself, lol. But, roughly an hour ago, I got an email that made me simultaneously happy and sick as fuck:

So, first things first, I have to thank the only two people that voted for me: Roscoe Wiki, and Joseph Thompson. When NOBODY ELSE could be bothered to follow a link and vote (which, as I said before was less than a minute), they did. I am truly grateful for what they did for me, and owe em' a beer indeed! For some reason this series of events made me think of that MF DOOM song, 'Deep Fried Frenz'...although these guys are actually good people lol.


Now comes the part I was bitchin' about the other day, because there is always a catch. Apparently, this event is pay to play; they want $150.00 up front, and the other $150.00 day of event at the door. I'm low-key sick; my nigga I have bills and shit, but with the appropriate timing, I could swing this. But these cats want the deposit by next week Saturday. That means I would have to scrape up $150.00 from THIS WEEK'S PAY. Fk. Shieeeeettt. I'm at a loss here. Bills supersede dreams, so I'm not sure how this is gonna go down yet. I'll talk to Roscoe tonight and pick his brain.

Beyond that, there is a secondary catch; you have the opportunity to make up the money by selling the tickets they give you. Apparently, you get like 40 tickets, with your choice of distribution. You can either sell em', or give em' away. I'm hot soup, because I've been through this before with Afton, and as previously mentioned, I couldn't sell the tickets and paid out of pocket to perform for an empty ass room. So the flashbacks of half-assedness kinda have me shook? I dunno, it's like a nauseating feeling, really.

I don't know what to do. I need some kind of guidance, and all I have at the present moment is myself. I got some thinking and beat making to do tonight. I may have to get creative on Friday.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Dreaming with no support

Sometimes I have these weird, introspective moments where I question why I actually wanna rap; like, what is it that makes me wanna even keep trying to get my music noticed? Yesterday, I noticed something on Facebook that got my attention regarding music; Coast 2 Coast, the people who release those mix-tapes, advertised for performing for them. I guess the catch of it is, if you perform in your city, and win, that you go on to some kind of final event in Florida where the grand prize is a recording deal.


Let's look over the fact that I barely have any confidence in my craft, or how sick I got thinking of performing in front of people, or how inferior I felt thinking about competing with others for recognition, or how uncertain I felt of the quality of my own music after seeing this ad. Somehow, I fought my nausea and actually submitted 'M.H.S.L.' for review.



Fighting those conflicted feelings, I applied anyway. I proceeded to go to Twitter and Facebook in the hopes of having people vote for me. This was yesterday mind you. This is what it looks like as of 5 minutes ago:



A considerable amount of views, yeah. But those 2 votes you see lingering down there? Yeah, those are mine. Even though 3 separate people shared this on their timeline, I am the only one who voted.

This shit is low-key depressing and masochistic. Even when you fight your own fears and doubts, the next wave of issues stem from people really not giving so much of a fuck as to hit the vote button. It took me like 53 seconds. I don't know what is more alarming to me: the notion that nobody that I know really took the time to vote for me, or the fact that if anything DID happen as a result of my effort, I would be obligated to these people anyway, and if I didn't look out I would be labeled fake, or bougie, or w/e people would say.

In this train of thought, I realized something; this is probably EXACTLY what artists who make a name for themselves went through/are going through now. Nobody really rocked with them when they were dreaming, nobody really supported when they were trying/doing, and everyone came to them like they were owed something when they got a break of some sort. That shit is horrifying. I wish I could meet some more established artists, not even to fan out, but to ask legitimate questions regarding their response to some of the changes in their lives. I could only imagine the levels of loathing these artists have for people deep down.

I feel bad for laughing at the memes of artists now. I feel terrible for making a mockery of what they had to go through to be financially empowered and regarded for their talent. I understand why some don't go back to their communities, or give back to "the people", or anything of that nature. At the end of the day, they were dreaming with no support, so what did they get that would inspire them to give back? I dunno if I would feel obligated to do shit for people who ignored a simple request to vote for a song.

Sadder thing is, even if they voted, I would still have to PAY to PERFORM. Why am I doing this to myself?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

#FreeBeatFridays 9...on a Thursday! WOO SAH!

Man this has been another shitty week. Project deadlines at work have me ready to snap...but here I am!

Friday I'm gonna be out and about, so I won't be able to upload, so I figured I would take the liberty of uploading ahead of time!





So I submitted 'M.H.S.L.' Prod. by Roscoe Wiki to K-100 radio a while ago. They aired it this past Tuesday. 





This was the straw that broke the camel's back that night: 1:34:55 into the show is when my song gets played. Now, everyone has their opinion regarding music, but I feel like this nigga was hatin'. That's the vibe I got.

I mean God damn, how offended this nigga got when people, once again, compared me to Kendrick Lamar. ONCE AGAIN, this nigga had XYZ to say bout me, just to say he's gonna let me slide...like tf that mean? I've been rappin' like this, I dunno what to tell people!


Me 4 years ago.


The nigga went on to say, JUST LIKE THE FIRST TIME, that he's only gonna give me a couple of spins, and if it doesn't grow on him he's gonna pitch it. Dawg, this situation was lame. When it was happening, all I could do was laugh, because at the end of the day, the people's votes overpowered his personal opinion. Reflecting on it, I find myself annoyed because his logic was empty as hell and completely non-constructive. He had to have a final jab at me.

To me, it's cool to have an opinion, but you have absolutely NO JUSTIFICATION to be such a hater. It makes you look like you have an agenda; the fact that this nigga would push mindless club shit over an actual song worth listening to is bullshit.

I listened to some of the music of the people he interviewed, and I cannot begin to understand how you could sleep on me like that...oh wait a minute, I CAN. THEY PAID YOU FOR THEIR INTERVIEW.

Afterwards, I got dumb curious; he mentioned that he himself was an artist, so he must be dope to be so critical, right?


...

I'm not even gonna go into detail. You compare and draw your own conclusion. This is the same nigga who complains about the mix quality of people's music. When I called him out, all the nigga could do was shoulder shrug. Smh.

At the end of the day, I got the #ILL, but I don't know if I'm submitting anymore. This nigga legit has issues with my music.

Okay. That out of the way, I'm pretty burnt out already. Friday couldn't come soon enough, but even then I have stuff to do. Mildly agitated, but I blame that on hunger, really. That, and dumb-ass people that won't let you do your job, or make you do it more times than necessary. smh.

Friday, March 10, 2017

#FreeBeatFridays 8 /w a Side of Random Thoughts

I nearly forgot to do this after uploading everything. So, here's #FreeBeatFridays 8th installment, 'Majestic'. Produced by me, Dev Structures, free for you. Please give me credit if your gonna use it. 





So, that out of the way, mi have some tings on mi mind. 

This week has been kind of like a miniature version of hell, but I maneuvered, survived, and did everything I set out to accomplish. I made the video/tutorial of the recording isolation booth with the associated 3-D model, I got the instrumental for #FreeBeatFridays taken care of, as well as the art associated with it, I made two contracts for my homie Roscoe who's been having trouble with people keeping to their appointments/schedules, and did all of that while dealing with a tight deadline at work, children that bounce off the walls every night who demand to play mario bros., and my wife...who's being my wife. Iced coffee, black (no sugar no creamer), is probably my blood now. If you stabbed me I'd bleed caffeine all over the place.

And yet...lately I've been feeling super hopeful, even though I know I shouldn't. I lost my health insurance, had to give up over $300 to get my taxes done, I won't see my tax return till like end of summer, I'm paying more child support than I'm supposed to and can't get time off to schedule an appointment, the daycare is STILL backed up and has been for months now...and yet I'm bobin and weavin. The only thing that really concerns me as of this point is my health insurance; like, I def need that, because...well...I hear voices. I haven't been diagnosed, but I'm in the process of seeing someone to get appropriate refills in medication and a final diagnosis. I still feel pretty optimistic despite the week I had. I'm honestly just glad that it's pretty much over.

Other things happened too; lmaooo, went over to the neighbor Zack to get a light for my cig, because I started smoking again (fml), and he invited me inside where I guess there was some kind of cypher. I observed, as I always do, until I was asked to get in...lmaoooo. I spit something light and the whole room got quiet. I was nervous, because I haven't did that in awhile, but it seemed like they were impressed, hahah. Was a good feeling. I promoted my music, and got some listeners!

Aside from that, my video on the assembly of the isolation/sound booth I put together for Roscoe now has more views than anything else I did. Ugh. I dunno how to feel about it yet. Like damn, listen to my music, hahah.


I got back in contact with DJ Chevy of Square1Radio and Grind Hard DJs. It's been a minute since we spoke; nothing based in animosity or anything like that, but I was caught up in the projects, and Chevy was going about his daily. Sometimes people just distance themselves because, life. That's how it's been for a minute now. I told him I'm working on music again, and submitted some stuff for radio play on his station. I def need to get better at keeping lines of communication open, so I gave him my contact info and new number. 

All in all, I've been shootin' moves. Alright, I'm finna make my escape from work. Headed to the south siiiidddeeeee, howbouda?





Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How to build a Recording/Isolation Booth!

This is a project that I am undertaking with my friend Roscoe and the rest of the collective he's a part of known as the Common Wealth Family. The goal is to build a recording/isolation booth with a decent budget (for this it came up to around $500). The price is only that much because of additional things added, but if your thrifty you can cut corners and find discounts. I suggest you look around and gather what you can prior to purchasing anything. You'd be surprised how much that cost drops. Prices based on Walmart and Home Depot in Pittsburgh, PA.

But enough talk, here's the vid! Music in the vid is by Common Wealth Family, Dev Structures, and Roscoe Wiki. enjoy~


If you are interested in the 3-D model and guide, just email me. If anyone is watching anyway, haha. At least listen to my music before you come asking me for stuff though; I put allot of thought and work into this, so show love.

Twitter/Instagram - @DevStructures

Email: devdesignsstuff@gmail.com






#FreeBeatFriday this week is gonna be fire. I normally don't speak that highly of myself, but I put together a pretty good beat for y'all. Looking forward to it.

Friday, March 3, 2017

#FreeBeatFridays 7 and #NewMusic

Hey all, #FreeBeatFridays 7th iteration is here, and with it, abit of homage so to speak.

I had the soundkit for Johnny Julianos production of Wiz Khalifa's song 'Say Yeah'. I used elements of this and combined it with other sounds to create my own take on the sample. Hope you guys enjoy this one. The instrumental is called 'Connec'.








That aside, I also managed to record another song from the mixtape I've been chipping away at completing. This song is called 'Nights Like These'







Pretty beat actually. Long week, but managed to chill with Roscoe for awhile and get the concept down for the song we are gonna work on. Got production from him, as well as a feature, so this is gonna be dope.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1/2 Full? 1/2 Empty? I don't have the answers, Sway

I find myself in an agitated state; even though it's raining today, even though half my jeans are wet, even though my headphones aren't working anymore and I left my breakfast and lunch at home, I find myself more so agitated by what went down last night. Read through my current state to understand the underlying message please.

https://soundcloud.com/k100radio/ill-or-kill-live-music-review-air-date-2_28_2017

So I submitted the same song to two different radio stations (K-100 and WDSR) and basically got two different results. It bothers me because on K-100, I legit looked for the reason they Killed my track, as I always try and find something to learn from. But what I witnessed what straight bullshit. this is the first time I felt that way too.

People say they pay attention to lyrics, people say they need something new, people claim they dislike being lied to, but all of that is a falsehood from what I witnessed last night. I realize that people are sheep-like, and will literally dance to the tune at the moment, even if their innate opinion dictates otherwise. Don't blame the industry, it's ultimately on you, the listener.

I choose to approached music with a level of sincerity. Hooptie 17' was supposed to be for the everyday man pushing an everyday whip. We don't all have Range Rovers, so should we be rapping about that shit? You got an A to B whip, but didn't you work hard for it? You ain't sacrifice for it? You not making payments on it if it's a little on the nice side? Be real with yourself.



Then, these niggas compared me to mumble rap on some passive shit; I swear these niggas be on some straight bullshit. I took aspects, sure. But how can you say my flow crazy but my lyrics aren't? God forbid I was rapping about some bullshit, because you'd sooner eat that than something you claim you're looking for.

I put my absolute trust in Roscoe, so for them to argue the notion of sound quality bothered me as well. It was like they took a shot at my mans, like none of these niggas are professional ANYTHING. The homie went to school for this, learned his craft...he knows wtf he's doing. Better the reasoning be the mixing of the beat than you talk shit about my nigga's work. That ain't sit well with me at all. This is who mixes my music. This is who's production I aspire to sound like. This is one of the few friends I have in my life, much less, Pittsburgh.


I think the most annoying part was when this one broad in the FB live section was clowning my shit; it wasn't anything wild, but she was mad passive aggressive, and at first, I thought she was here to critique and listen...you know, show love for the work K-100 is attempting to do. FIVE MINUTES LATER, this broad's song comes on. She does the most bitch-ass shit I've seen a person do, and basically up-votes her own shit like, "ILL I KILLEDDDDD THAT!"........-_-

I can break this down any number of ways, but I'll get to the point; her song came on, and from the production style, to the method/delivery of flow, she straight bit Lil Yachty. I think it's crazy that people will dog the shit out of this nigga, but when he's not in a vicinity to defend himself, EMULATE HIS SHIT. Dog, not only was this woman taking shots at me when I did my own production and gave sincere thought before writing, but nonchalantly beefed up herself like she really did something worthwhile.

It's the fuckery I can't stand when it comes to being middle-maned in the "industry". It isn't some magical, singular building, or entity; it is comprised of everyone who DJs, hosts a radio station, manages an artist, is an artist, etc etc. Once you render someone's services and money is exchanged, YOU. ARE. IN. So "making it" or "blowing up" is not only a falsehood, but the quality of the "industry" deteriorates because people fail to recognize their role and due diligence!

There was only a couple of people who really showed loved, and the most vocal defender of the track WAS A DJ. He knew was up, but when it came down to a comparison of tracks, I got styled and the host defended her because he "never heard of Lil Yachty". Now hold up a second. You are a representative of the "industry", a radio host, who doesn't keep up with what is CURRENTLY going on in it?

Irregardless, the SAME song was submitted to WDSR and is getting rotation. IN FACT, ANOTHER ARTISTS MUSIC JUST SO HAPPENED TO HIT THE SAME STATION. S/o I-30, because he knew it was funny style. His record was a club record, worthy of getting spins because it would turn the spot up on some chill shit, and they stunted on him.

So what have I gained from this? Perspective. Perception truly rules the world. I couldn't even let it end like that, and while the rotation was going on, submitted 'M.H.S.L.' for play.


 It'll take like 2-3 weeks, but if these people front on me again I don't think I'll be submitting to them anymore; I get the vibe that the host just doesn't really rock with my music like that, and that makes him extra critical of my shit.

This isn't about my ego, or the next man's, it's about getting music out there to the people. I need a REAL outlet. or some working headphones. Or maybe some jeans that would dry faster. Nah, it just might be food. Nothing worse than being irritated and hungry.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Order is crumbling. destroy and rebuild!

I realized something last night when I was working on how I wanted the track order for my mix-tape to be arranged...it may very well have to be changed.

I'm aiming to replace the original track one with another track, as I've stumbled upon something really cool to sample (thank you Roscoe for putting me on to this random YouTube playlist, this music is dope). I think it will make a better introduction track, and give the mix-tape a nicer feel across the board. For some reason I've been thinking about the overall feel of it as opposed to a track by track basis.

Another thing I've changed is that I'm going to get a feature from Roscoe. It only feels right. Next mix-tape I'll be sure to catch him and GR Zombie for sure.

So as far as attempting to label these tracks or try to record them in the order I want, that may be nixed. Yeah, I'm pretty sure of it. I'm really trying to be taken seriously this time.

Oh, on another note, here is the replay of when I got played on WDSR. I submitted tracks to two differnt stations, so I'm gonna have to listen to BOTH tonight hahaha.



Scroll to the playlist, Track 6 (02-21-17), towards the end of the segment

Friday, February 24, 2017

#FreeBeatFridays 6! And with it, rambling

Just as the title insinuates, #FreeBeatFridays is here! I can't believe I made it to the 6th installment, I feel good about my dedication to this series! Consistency is key.

Anyway, the beat this week is entitled 'Crane Kick' and follows the Asiatic vibe I had from last week. I probably won't re-visit this kind of sound for a minute, but it turned out nice. You could even R&B swag it if you wanted to, a pretty versatile, yet laid back, kind if instrumental.






Download 'Crane Kick' here!

Last night was...different. I don't interact with too many people, mostly just because I mind my business and focus on what I'm up to, but every now and then I'll chill with people. In last night's case, it was my neighbor.

Was pretty cool for the most part, just cuttin up...but it brought up something sorta important; the importance of the freestyle. No nigga, I don't mean something pre-written or pre-meditated, I mean something you are literally just making up as you go. What bothers me about this is that my ability to do such is...well...lackluster.

If I'm being dead ass about this, allot of artists nowadays lack the ability to flow at the drop of a dime. I don't think this is something that should be ignored though, as I feel that having that skillset is a part of what makes you a complete artist. I haven't tried to work on it, mostly because I'm busy doing other stuff, but partly out of embarrassment; what bothers me about the notion of a freestyle is what niggas resort to when they start to do such - violence.

This is serious to me, because I'm a laid back guy. For me to be cerebral when I rhyme it requires flashbacks, moments of silence, wrestling with issues that bother me as an individual...THOUGHT. I feel like if I started freestyling, I would do the same shit almost everyone else does when they do it, and rap about how your gonna murk X, stack money like Y, fuck yo bitch Z. Yadda yadda ya. Look, I don't even wanna perpetuate the bullshit. 

Now there are exceptions to that; there are a TON of rappers that can do such, and it's amazing when they do. The flip-side to that notion is that some can't compose songs, and some aren't really freestyling; niggas write and memorize before they spit. Biggest example I can think of off the top of my head is the Jay-Z/Big L freestyle. Only reason I bring it up is because in the second set of 16's, in which L starts off, he mentions the notion of rapping one more set of bars that HE WROTE.



Another example is one of my favorite freestyles, Ghostface Method Man 93' freestyle:


In this one, what makes me question the make up of this is in certain bars, it seems like Ghost already knew what Meth was saying, as he chimes in, doubling up on his rhyme scheme. Irregardless, it doesn't diminish from the moment, as the entire things from start to finish was FIRE. Like damn. If there was anyone I would wanna freestyle like, it would be Method...even Royce da 5'9".

Lupe Fiasco, Styles P, and Papoose doing a BET freestyle. Bruh this is one of the hardest freestyles I've ever heard. What is jarring about it looking back, is that I can identify that Pap was off the dome and nice with it. Irregardless, Lupe steps in and illuminates the got damned cipher. I would wanna be that guy, hahah.



Alright alright last one is more modern, Action Bronson's hot 97 freestyle. It's so amazing it makes me wonder what is pre meditated and what is just straight off top, but the whimsical aspects of Bronson's rhyme scheme is amazing! It's one thing to be fire, its another thing to be fire AND ELICIT AN EMOTION RESPONSE. You can't listen to him without laughing at some of the wild shit bruh be sayin! If your ever in a bad mood, you can listen to his shit and laugh, not because he's not nice, but because his style is unorthodox and he's not trying to be some hype tough ass nigga. Even when Big Body talks his shit you gotta laugh; I mean he's dead ass serious while making you laugh tho.




I don't know who makes the rules up for this; what is a freestyle? What isn't? Perception has driven particular artists to LEGENDARY status, and has made others look lackluster in comparison. I dunno how other niggas rock, but I wanna be great at this. I suppose I'll have to start practicing for the sake of being a more well rounded artist. I gotta make the time to hone this.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Can't believe yesterday was a good day

What a day. it was...well, mostly it was normal af, haha. Drawing floor plans for a residential house some architect did by hand. It was impressive, as the guy didn't use software to do it, but sloppy, as some of his lines ran through each other and doubled over. His dimensions are off in multiple places and it feels like his T-square slipped when he was working, but hey, I get paid to make it look spiffy. Spiffy it shall look.

BACK TO MUSIC THO - this beat has been haunting me for a couple of days now. I'm the type of artist to work on a track that gives me some kind of feedback; I need an emotional response to instrumentals I hear. It's cool to rap over your own production, but sometimes other people create something that stirs your mind, and with it, your imagination. I'm definitely going to use it, no matter what.

I also plan on having the mix-tape I'm working on feature an artist other than me- def having the bro Roscoe Wiki bless a track. Due to the track order I re-worked, it's going to have to convey a particular feeling. I definitely have to give this some thought indeed. Even GR Zombie (another member of the collective rap group aside from Roscoe, 'Common Wealth Family') suggested we work on some music together. I'm all for it! Gotta catch him when I work on the next body of work considering this is mixtape has been done for a minute already...def catch him AND Roscoe on 'Redlines' (the second body of work I've been working on production for). I don't wanna be too feature heavy/dependent, but it would be nice to work on stuff with other people for a change of pace. Makes for great...uhhh...what's the word...damn it's on the tip of my tongue...hollup...well not tongue so much as fingertips...hollup...NETWORKING! Yeah, that's it, haha.

What made yesterday feel like a great day was mostly the fact that my song 'M.H.S.L.' got played on WDSR radio, an internet radio station out of the DMV area. I heard allot of tracks and was surprised that there was such a higher quality of music submitted than on K-100, and I mean across the board...maybe it was just a matter of coincidence?

Anyway, before they played my music, there was this one song that stood out to me dramatically. This woman by the name of Brielle Starre (https://twitter.com/BrielleStarre) dropped this song called 'You Got Me'...God damn this woman can sing. Wtf. Wow. I was blown away for real, because everything about the song, from the vocals, to the instrumental, to the sound quality and general vibe was fascinating. I truly hope an opportunity comes up in the future in which I can work with her.

But maaaaannn...when I heard my song come on it caught me off guard hard af, hahaha.




I was hype, even though there wasn't allot of commentary due to the rotation of the music; like bro was getting to it. Only time he paused was when something wasn't that quality, and EVEN THEN, he wasn't being heartless about it, you know? I like the way he handled himself when he reviewed the music. He wasn't trynna kill anybodies feelings (because let's just admit that taking an L is a horrible feeling) but wasn't trynna let anyone slide too crazy. But as I said earlier, the quality of music submitted to this station was higher than when I submitted to K-100. He had a better selection to spin.

When the night's events are uploaded, I'll def repost it to here...even though nobody is reading this shit. Irregardless, that girl Brie was fire. Ego aside, I gotta repost it just to hear her voice again.



Monday, February 20, 2017

Oh well

Monday is here, and with it, the triumphant return of my cable and internet at home! Was a couple of savage months, but I managed somehow, lol. The real test coming up is my ability to remain consistent surrounded by potential distractions. I think I should be okay though.

The Anno Domini Nation competition results came up; I didn't win anything, lol. Not a top 10, not a runner up, not an honorable mention....nada. It's all good though, I managed to get a glimpse based on who they had judging and the style of instrumentals they typically put out of what type of music they were determining to be top rated. They preferred old school styled rappers (and old school styled beats), and that is cool, but I wish I had that kinda insight before hand. I would have gone in a different route, but it is what it is. They definitely had a couple of cuts on the site I would have used opposed to what I sent in. Maybe next year. Knowledge is power.

Otherwise, I'm cooln! Got the beat for this week's #FreeBeatFridays already picked out. Been in an Asiatic vibe lately.

I heard a beat from another site that I'm pretty familiar with: JeeJuh. They had a couple of instrumentals I liked, but one that haunts tf outta me. Like, I need that beat. I def wanna get one from Roscoe though...so it's like, how do I go about this? The track order of my mix-tape has changed; I even swapped out my production for one of Roscoe's. As of this point, I've recorded in the order I want the tape to be put in. I'm trying not to break that. So for today, I'm gonna weigh out the pros and cons of swapping out production.

Friday, February 17, 2017

#FreeBeatFridays 5, and music!

And here we are with another action packed #FreeBeatFridays installation! I was gonna name the title of this #FreeBeatFridays 5: The Revenge, but I just didn't, lol. So LET'S GET INTO IT!

This track was originally going to be apart of my mix-tape I'm currently working on, but I felt like an instrumental done by the bro Roscoe Wiki was more cohesive. Was an executive decision, so I figured why not showcase this instrumental/give it to an artist that can use a beat. Sad to see it go, but it's too dope for me to be selfish with and just hold on to on some random shit. So same jist, free for commercial/non commercial use, please just give me my credit (Prod. by Dev Structures).





 And here comes the arm cannons; I did some music yesterday at the studio, and got some stuff I think is pretty decent. The first one is Track 3 of my mixtape I am slowly chipping away at called 'Issued For Bid'. The track is entitled 'Northside'. Production was done by me (Dev Structures), with engineering by Roscoe Wiki (www.roscoewiki.com):








The second track I did last night was the 4th track of the same mix-tape in progress! The track is entitled, 'M.H.S.L.'. the production AND engineering was done by Roscoe Wiki. You don't understand how much of a fiend I was for this track bruh lol:







All in all, was a pretty productive night. The last track of the evening was a little tricky considering I wrote it in my spare time in a day and a half (here and there) right before going to studio, but we got through it. 

On another note, I ran into InkyBootyJudy last night as well! Apparently, she had the session after mine and was coming through to get a final mix for her show that same night. I literally walked out of the recording area and we locked eyes as she was on the couch across from me. It was odd, because I was legit surprised she was there, but it was good to see her again. I don't think she remembered me like that frfr, but she was smiling (she's a pretty cheerful person) and cordial...and animated af lol. Last night was pretty fun. Compared to the last time we crossed paths, this time was way less nerve racking...maybe because I was already done recording? Yeah, I think that was it, hahah!






Instagram: @Inky_BootyJudy
Twitter: @INKY_BootyJudy

The vibes last night was dope fr man. The conversations were pretty whimsical, but had pretty serious and insightful moments regarding taking music at a professional level; we spoke briefly on merchandising, performances, copyrighting...basically a bunch of shit I'm not ready for just yet, lol. 

Watching Judy prepare for her performance made me think that I must be either incredibly stoic or depressed; I laugh about things regularly, yeah, but her energy was on another level. It made be seem like I was a manic depressive in comparison. something for me to self reflect on through the weekend.

What was crazy was that she liked the song she heard me finishing up (M.H.S.L.)! It's funny when I think about it because I can remember a time in which such was not the case...guessed I improved! 

Towards the end of the night, me and Roscoe spoke about the Pittsburgh scene; shows and whatnot. He's been at this for 14 years or so now, and when you listen to his production and confidence in his artistry, it makes sense. talking to him and hearing him reminisce about these things made me feel kinda old...like maybe too old to be doing this, but he said that I simply have a different perspective.

It's cool when someone who as been at it for a minute can assess you and find your efforts to be worthwhile; it makes me think that I have material that's really capable of getting out there.

I listened to some of his beats in his vault while we were talking...and boi lemmie tell you some shit bruh; he got the mu-fuccin' flame. He legit has his own style. I should have just fucked with him from the rip instead of trynna get that CashMoneyAP beat. I told him about that situation, hahah. Wit my goofy ass. That Luke Cage, NY State of Mind, and Hey Arnold beat were pretty beastly. I'll put some money aside for those, one at a time. I look forward to a day when my production evolves to something comparable to where he's at.

And that was, for the most part with bits and pieces not really mentioned, it! Good night, good vibes, networking, a demonstration of showmanship, and just cool chilling. recording every other Thursdays on southside have become my sort of getaway/hangout spot.


Alright, time to get for my doctors appointment. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Micro-updates (God , what a horrid title)

For a couple of days (Well, this entire week so far) I've been getting very little sleep. Music has been the reason! Haha, at least I'll get some kinda sleep this weekend.

Made some adjustments to the overall mix-tape by removing an instrumental I produced, and replacing it with one my bro Roscoe Wiki did. It was a beat he just threw on SoundCloud for the free/promotional reasons, but MANNNNNN....listen. This guy used the piano keys from the instrumental of the Big L/ Jay Z iconic-ass freestyle and swagged it with a modern kick/snare/hat pattern with some dope extras, and when I heard it, it did two things; blew my mind, and made me wanna use it. So after getting the okay, I downloaded it, and decided to incorporate it into the mix-tape as opposed to another track for the sake of cohesiveness. I think it was a good call. Funny thing is, he did this beat a minute ago. I will definitely make it my mission to get him on one of his beats for the next project.

Other than that, I found a random post on twitter that felt like it would be a good mantra/way to try and live my life. While not always feasible, it's always something to strive for.

 Distance yourself from:

1 Clutter

2 Noise

3 Indifference

4 Cynics

5 Resentment

6 Negativity

7 Entitlement

8 Arrogance

9 Ego

On another note, the Looperman community has been checking me out more frequently than anyone on SoundCloud or YouTube, lmfao. S/O to them man, they continuously prove themselves to be a dope group of people. I appreciate them sincerely.


#FreeBeatFridays tomorrow, along with music! Progress feels good.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stay Focused

Going back over some of this music I'm preparing to record has me wanting to make subtle changes. I think I'm going to make a particular instrumental I produced (and ultimately planed on recording/using) a part of the #FreeBeatFridays series I'm doing. It's a shame, because the beat is pretty dope, but after really giving it some thought these past couple of days, I just decided I'm gonna replace it with something more fitting. So this Friday is my loss, but a gain in the grand scheme of things.

Other than that, I found out that the Anno Domini Nation song contest results are going to come out this Sunday. I don't expect much as of this point, but I'll def be keeping my eyes out for it, just to see what's up.

I've been having this weird re-occurring problem lately; I keep day-dreaming. Of course everyone does it, yes, but this strikes me as kinda od. I keep thinking about answering interview questions, or what would I say if I ever won something...and I'm starting to get annoyed about it. Why get my hopes up over some shit equivalent to wining the lottery? Is generating money from rapping even real? Smfh. I just wish to remain grounded and just focus on making music and taking care of my family. Getting my hopes up all crazy just to get deflated is the story of my life. Bruh, I'm tired. Either I'm gonna win or I'm not but I swear I don't feel like debating with myself the ramifications of success, or anything that comes with it...artistry first.

I don't have any real kind of image as an artist yet either...I thought I'd just be me and see how that works out.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Awkward af

Man...life has been getting weird, and I believe I'm the cause of all this.

Without getting into too many details, I was at my neighbors house yesterday. Everything was cool...I mean I didn't have much to say and my energy was type low, but I was there and being a decent human being. I played some beats off my phone out of nervousness/boredom and they were well received! That was pretty cool, but then the odd part came; I played my music for them.

What transpired next was a collective back and forth between sheer disbelief and comparison, all the while actually giving me accolades. You would think I would feel proud or something...but I just felt awkward af really. To me it was like, holdup, you really fuck with me like that? (o_O)

Of course, there was the Kendrick thing that came up again. I think that is gonna continue. I dunno, but I think it has something to do with my voice or something. I dunno. It was weird because the bros were like, "You said you rapped a little bit, this is crazy af!" and then began to joke about how people say some low key shit like that then pull out some incredible shit. I didn't realize I came off like that, I'm odd as hell frfr, hahah. I don't think I'm that lyrical...but they thought it was. Go figure.



Gonna be recording on Thursday...and for some reason my nerves are on edge regarding a song I wrote. Track 3 of this mix-tape I'm working on takes quite a dark turn, and if mis-interpreted, could lead to real life issues based on my observations from yesterday. I mean, I think it's gonna be a dope song, and I always strive for representation of truth as opposed to falsehoods, but I fear that people are gonna take what I'm rapping about out of context; in the track entitled "Northside", I depict two occurring and current themes; the further deterioration of a black neighborhood to pre-existing conditions such as drugs and the general manner of the human condition in such an environment, and the sweeping gentrification projects starting to take over this side of town that will ultimately migrate black people from one side of town to another as if that is a solution to what is going on. Very easily if I got any traction I could imagine people opposed to me in the sense that they feel like I shouldn't be talking about stuff like this; that since I'm not from here, that these issues are not for me to talk about. All I can say regarding this is that my music is based firmly in reality, and I don't go out of my way to exaggerate shit for clicks or likes or whatever social media like shit people do nowadays. I just wanna showcase my living environment, and what I endured, because it changed aspects of me as a person. I get why people will cross-examine me though; it's like I was never supposed to live life like this in the eyes of some people. To some I was meant to be someone different...but life just didn't work out that way for me.

Friday, February 10, 2017

#FreeBeatFridays #4 ...and a harsh lesson learned

Hey everyone.

My normally energetic self is a bit deflated at the moment. I'll explain in a bit, but installment #4 of my #FreeBeatFridays series comes first:






Download at my sound-cloud here:

https://soundcloud.com/devstructures/hyperbolic-time-chamber


Now that that is out of the way, I find it imperitive to spead awareness, and as usual, at my expense.

The producer THAT I THOUGHT was CashMoneyAP was not him at all. I basically got finissed out of money via a payal scam. View how the bullshit went down;




Now normally I'd be hot fuckin soup, but right now I'm kinda...disappointed? Haha, I thought someone that has produced for well known artists really acknowledged my minuscule ass footwork. I mean, in a way it has, as I've gotten in contact with THE REAL CashMoneyAP and forwarded him the emails so he can get to the bottom of the situation...but this was an L for me fam. It was such a nice damned beat too; the mix was clear, the progression was inspiring, and really felt like something I could rap over. It was the type of production I aspire to have.

I know how this happened though for real; it's that inner desire for acknowledgement that people like me have that prompted illogical conclusions and the glazing over of suspicious movements. I stopped being humble, and got finessed.

But it's all good, I needed this reality check, and I'm thankful it happened early; I'm not too big on social media, so now I am aware of the fact that people who engage in these actions are around too. I need to cross check everyone. And now I have to pay attention to EVERYONE in my DMs...like these "promotion" people.

Gonna take a long walk home and self reflect. Studio Thursday.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Emails, emails, emails

You know, lately I've been getting allot of messages. I would like to blame the fact that my notifications for Twitter go off in my emails, which start blaring when I get one, but it's the content that makes me question them.

First off, the odd questions that I have, but no one around me to actually answer them; how the fuck are people automatically sending me messages? Is it a program? Is it a copy and paste prompt? I never understood that aspect of Twitter. Do they really mean my music is dope when they say that, or is it a part of a script everyone gets when they are selling a promotional service?

Then comes the harder question...what's the difference between PROMOTION, and BUYING VIEWS? This part is bothering me, because I thought that I'd want my progress to be organic...so is it NOT organic if I pay for promotion, or is that just a part of the "business" of music?

I don't wanna put too much hope into stuff like that, because everyone is SELLING me something. I thought that if I was dope enough, and focused on the art, that people would develop an interest and offer these things to me without monetary exchange...maybe that was me being naive.

I don't know the answers to this shit, and I feel like I could stumble if I'm not careful...so I guess I'll just watch where I step. #FreeBeatFridays tomorrow, studio next Thursday.

 I guess sometime this weekend/next week the results of the Anno Domini Nation contest come out; at first I had higher expectations of self, but after finding out they had over a thousand songs submitted to them, I dunno. Even if we use basic principles of rationale and rule out 80% of those tracks (general reasons like terrible sound quality, or just something cringe-worthy), That would still be roughly 240+ songs to take into consideration. Of that, given my approach, at best I'd be top 20? I dunno really. There is always someone more talented than you in the world. Either way, I'm glad I participated.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Coincidence?

Today has been feeling kinda odd for a Monday.

It started really with, as all days of the week, work; just kinda plugging away at an expanded site plan...kind of a pain in the ass, but I got it in the bag. While I was doing what I get paid to do, I was waiting on some emails from my bro Roscoe Wiki; the tracks we did on Thursday felt alittle echo-y, so I asked for them without the doubles.

While waiting on them and talking to him meanwhile, it seems like the homie is kinda frustrated at what has been going on? The general surmise that I get from it is that not every client is...well...cordial. This kinda shocked me frfr, because the last nigga someone should get mad at as an artist is the engineer...like wtf would people be tripping out? I gave Roscoe some words of encouragement, because in all honesty, he's where some of these rappers wish they could be; doing music for a LIVING. Bro legit gets paid to mix people's music and shoot their videos. From what I gather, that takes allot of patience. I wish people weren't doushebag-ish.

But what happened after was kinda odd; I started to get emails from people showcasing their services; one from an engineer producer in similar fashion to Roscoe, another was a straight up producer who's done work for some pretty notable people. I told the engineer dude that his work is good, because it was, but atm my loyalty regarding those kinds of services remain with the bro Roscoe; I'm no flake, and Roscoe has done nothing but been supportive and understanding. Loyalty to those who believe in and are supportive of you is important to me. Maybe in the future or something, but right now I'm playing home base.

Heard two beat samples that were too killer in the other email; CashMoneyAP was charging a discounted price for his beats. Now I've been doing my own beats for the most part lately, but they sounded DUMB CLEAN. I would shell out the bread if I had it, so I'll hold onto this for later; his credits include Young Thug, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Fetty Wap, and Lil Yachty. To be considered by someone who's done music for these people is kinda crazy frfr.

Its not that I haven't gotten these kind of emails before, because I have. It just felt like this time it was as a result of listening to my music as opposed to a random-ass email blast. It felt...good? Am I allowed to feel that way yet? Hahah, I dunno.

On another note, I got a response from Anno Domini Nation when I resent the cleaner version of the contest song...and the mysterious entity that replied thought it was a great track!

This shit right here made me feel vindicated. I didn't even win shit and I feel like I got the validation I've been seeking. I'm not about to stick my chest out all crazy and act like my shit don't stink, but it made me feel better as an artist, and oddly, as a person. I just have to believe in myself more, I guess. Believe in myself, and make music that's dope. Artistry first. That image shit can come wwwaaaaaaaayyyyyyy later. Not even worried bout that right now.

Now's not the time to be lax tho. This just means I'm in the right direction. Here's to hoping for a better future. The only question on my mind as of this point is is this coincidence, or validity? I wonder.

Friday, February 3, 2017

#FreeBeatFridays is here, Accompanied with music!

Friday is here! I spend a good deal of time uploading everything, but got everything I aimed to get complete done with one exception: radio edits. Oh well, I can deal with that later.


First thing's first: #FreeBeatFridays! This one is called, "Way Too Smooth". As usual, it is free for commercial/non commercial use. Do whatever, just give me the proper credits and it's all good.




Download Way Too Smooth here:

https://soundcloud.com/devstructures/way-too-smooth-prod-by-dev-structures-100-bpm



I was at my folk Roscoe Wiki's new place on south-side, and I gotta say I'm def proud of bro. He's moving up in the world, place was chill af. I noticed that the jitters I would usually have pretty much subsided; I can step in and record with a pretty high level of comfort. Self confidence is the eternal work in progress, but not feeling nervous about what your about to do sure takes the edge off.

We recorded the song for the Anno Domini Nation song submission contest first; I had allot of doubts, but Roscoe believed that it turned out dope, so I'm inclined to believe him.






Download Put It In My Hands here:

https://soundcloud.com/devstructures/put-it-in-my-hands-prod-by-anno-domini-nation


Round the time we were finishing this up, we stepped outside to smoke a square (cigarettes, I call em squares), when we just started talking about random shit from the view from his place, to the proximity to bars and drunk college girls, to expanding his business venture...when I brought up something I meant to ask for awhile; I really wanted to know if the confidence level of people that some to record with him are high. The response that I got was surprising as fuck - no.

I guess in a way we are all self conscious as artists? Lol it's gonna take me awhile to absorb that frfr. Roscoe thinks I'm too humble, lmfao; he likened me to someone who, "has it", and dosen't even realize it. That's dope as hell to me for someone like him to think of me as having some kind of talent. I told myself that if I ever really get somewhere with this music stuff, I'd have him right there with me.

Another thing that surprised me was an alternate perspective on having a wife and kids. My challenging norm is something to aspire for...and in my mind I knew I always wanted these things...but I just wasn't aware of how much OTHER people desire the same thing. I think that's kinda cool to have similarities and like desires/expectations from life. It makes me feel less like a wierdo hahah.

But back to the music- we started on the next track with time to kill and I was hype, but there was one short comming...the damned folder I keep my written music in had a sheet missing! Now, luckily every morning on the bus ride to work, followed by the short walk in I would go over this song until I had practically memorized it, so it wasn't such a bbbiiigggg deal. I stepped in and knocked it out with relative ease.





Download Hooptie 17' here:

https://soundcloud.com/devstructures/hooptie-17

Now I always liked going over this song, but I'm, as Roscoe says, not always around other people to gauge my music. So whenever people say they like my music, I'm always taken back hahahah. I always appreciate that shit man, like it's awe inspiring and motivating, you know? So when Roscoe was telling me how much he liked this one, I was kinda starting to believe in myself more. What's doper is that one of his roommates/fellow engineers thought it was dope too! We just met, and I thought that was cool af.

My bro G was supposed to come through but it never happened. Maybe next time. I got to sit in on abit of another session; watching other people's recording process is pretty interesting, but it was getting late and I had to be in work early.

On another note, Roscoe played a song for me he has yet to drop that is too crazy. No lie I kinda wanna get on that song, hahahah. Hope he drops it soon.

Today came, I uploaded everything, posted stuff, emailed the contest song, and submitted a song for radio-play to a station in Atlanta (K-100). I'm tired af. There's other shit I wanna do, but first I need to recharge.