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Throwback Write-Up #2: The Roots - Things Fall Apart

2020.03.26 17:29 setch22 Throwback Write-Up #2: The Roots - Things Fall Apart

Artist: The Roots
Album: Things Fall Apart
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Album Background
To understand the lead-up to Things Fall Apart’s release, its important to recognize the dilemma The Roots found themselves in as they set out to record the follow-up to 1996’s Illadelph Halflife. The Roots were a bit….out of place - at least within the context of the day’s hip-hop environment. While hip-hop’s mainstream was dominated by the East Coast-West Coast beef, the larger-than-life personalities of Puff Daddy and Jay-Z, and the bubbling rise of Southern hip-hop, The Roots were at a bit of a cross-roads. They represented the push-back to Bad Boy, a critical darling that combined jazz and hip-hop in a way that satisfied everybody – except the mainstream. They weren’t the only acts pushing back, but The Roots lacked what other acts that managed to push through the East Coast-West Coast beef had: an identity. This isn’t to say The Roots didn’t have anything to say, they just hadn’t figured out a way to package together their unique blend of neo-soul, jazz, and hip-hop in a way that the masses could latch onto.
While their previous record had pulled from the grittier New York sound that Wu-Tang had helped bring to the forefront of hip-hop, a different set of influences would help shape Things Fall Apart. While band-leader ?uestlove spent time working on D’Angelo’s Voodoo¸ he focused on learning from his contemporaries, citing DJ Premier and J Dilla as major influences in his evolution of sound. They helped him learn to play “dirty”, making his beats off-kilter and less – well – clean. Nobody doubted ?uest’s capability as a drummer, but if anything he was too studied for the era. His beats didn’t give rapper Black Thought much room to explore his grittier side, and in the era of Biggie’s violent narratives snatching the spotlight, The Roots needed a darker edge to help snatch some of the spotlight. In his 2013 memoir Mo’ Meta Blues, ?uestlove talks about a turning point in his production career, in which he played an early version of eventual Things Fall Apart stand-out “Double Trouble” for Dilla and DJ Premier. “I knew that the other guys respected me as a drummer… but I also wanted them to respect me as a producer”.
What the record came to be was nothing short of pioneering: a seamless combination of the burgeoning neo-soul movement and the gritty sounds dominating the hip-hop charts; a masterful combination of the live instrumentation they had perfected over their previous three projects, and the new-age sampling that was dominating much of hip-hop’s sound. This combination of sound - so inherently old and new, chaotic but focused, hard-hitting but psychedelic – gave Black Thought room to flex his lyrical muscles, cementing himself as one of the top lyricists of the era (and his place in my top 3 rappers of all-time).
Album Review
Before getting into the tracklist, I feel as though it is important to discuss both the album’s title and it’s art. Things Fall Apart is named after the classic (and often spark-noted) novel of the same name by Chinua Achebe. The Roots – and associated acts within their lane, such as Common and Mos Def – were meant to parallel the main character of the novel, Okonkwo. Okonkwo leads an African tribe during the rise of European colonialism, and despite being respected by his peers and being considered the strongest warrior amongst his peers, he is unable to fight back against the colonizers, with his peers submitting to the invaders’ authority. While not explicitly stated, The Roots’ “colonizers” are the previously mentioned acts that dominated the airwaves in the late 90’s, as the “bling era” truly got into full-swing. Much like Okonkwo, The Roots were not simply going to cower and accept this new leadership in hip-hop. That being said (spoilers if you for some reason haven’t read the novel, and are interested in doing so), The Roots know this is ultimately a losing battle. The labels (read: colonizers) had too many resources invested to overcome, and the most that could be done was to hold the line.
The main artwork, known as “Woman Running”, comes from a riot in Brooklyn during the height of the Civil Rights era. It depicts two black teenagers being chased by dozens of police officers, and the genuine fear in the woman’s face is as powerful of an image as you’ll find: aggressive, unflinching, in-your-face. This iconic image represented the injustice of the Civil Rights era and captured the eye of anybody who happened upon it. There were four alternative covers as well: “Ace in the Hand”, showing mob boss Giuseppe Masseria’s dead, outstretched arm holding a single Ace playing card; “The Church Bombing”, depicting a mostly-destroyed church, with remaining stained-glass that portrays persevering hope and spirituality; “Baby in the Rubble”, an iconic shot of a baby left behind in the aftermath of Japanese destruction in China in the 1930’s; and “Crying Child”, showing a malnourished Somalian child and representing the famine that still ruled much of the world.
Track-by-Track Review
  1. Act Won (Things Fall Apart)
The album begins with two samples of dialogue, laid over brooding instrumentation that at times sounds like it is trying to cut through into the forefront, with drum-kicks and the spinning of records cutting into and out of the audio. The most important part, however, is the dialogue: a conversation cut from Spike Lee’s 1990 movie Mo’ Better Blues, and a quote from Harry Allen, an activist and PR genius who helped Public Enemy invoke emotion in their audience to inspire conversation and change. The first clip seems to represent The Roots’ internal dilemma, in which Denzel Washington’s character complains that black people aren’t supporting their art. “If we had to depend upon black people to eat, we would starve to death…..It incenses me that our own people don’t realize our own heritage, our own culture, this is our music.” This same dialogue had to have been happening internally, as The Roots were unable to find support for their music amongst a market dominated by braggadocio that they felt wasn’t doing enough to talk about the very real issues plaguing their community.
Wesley Snipe’s character retorts back that “The people don’t come because you grandiose motherfuckers don’t play shit that they like. If you played the shit that they liked, then the people would come. Simple as that.” By beginning the album with this clip, the band acknowledged their own reputation, of making brilliant music that nobody wanted to listen to outside of their core fanbase. They had a dedicated following, but if you weren’t a Roots fan, then you didn’t particularly give a shit about them. It foreshadows what is to come for the rest of the record: a change in sound, combining the brilliant music they knew they could create with the sounds that piqued the interest of the public. The Harry Allen quote furthers this, suggesting that hip-hop records and, by extension, The Roots are “treated as though they are disposable…they are not maximized as product, not to mention as art”.
  1. Table of Contents (Parts 1 & 2)
This track begins with Black Thought seemingly killing time, waiting on the drum-line to kick in, building up towards his verse as the instrumental builds up to the kick. When the instrumental does kick, it is meant to immediately let the listener know: this isn’t like the previous records from The Roots. It’s messy, even chaotic, and showcases the influences of the contemporaries he’s spent ample time with – namely, J Dilla, as it’s mixed in a way that keeps listeners on their toes at all times. It creates a platform for Black Thought to stretch out over the track, with the drumline cutting in and out to allow for Thought to mix up his flows. While on its surface, Thought’s verse may come across as aimless and simply a well-constructed way for him to say that he’s the best rapper out, it is important to remember what this track represents. This is the turning point in The Roots’ career, as they blossomed out of their shell from a technically proficient but at times tasteless jazz rap band, into an interesting and unique group determined to stand out in the now-crowded hip-hop scene. As Black Thought’s verse fades out, an abrupt switch brings about Part 2, with Malik B on the vocals. A more focused, albeit barer, beat gives Malik room to lay down a verse chock-full of internals and dense rhyme-schemes that switch up constantly, showing that it isn’t just the instrumentals that were going to be constantly changing up on this record.
  1. The Next Movement
While Table of Contents showcased the new, chaotic direction TFA was about to undertake, The Next Movement made a more explicit statement: this isn’t just the beginning of a new record; it’s a change within hip-hop. The Roots weren’t going to let the more profound, raw hip-hop styles they loved be pushed to the side by the Bling era, and Thought makes that abundantly clear, spitting
Yo, the whole state of things in the world ‘bout to change
Black rain fallin’ from the sky look strange
The ghetto is red hot, we steppin on flames
Yo, it’s the inflation on the price for fame
And it was all the same, but then the antidote came
With DJ Jazzy Jeff scratching and Jazzyfatnastees provided background vocals, ?uestlove’s funky drumline provides a base for Black Thought to lay not only two energetic and technically impressive verses, but also one of the most addictive hooks he’s written to date. While Thought exclaims that he’s “The Dalai Lama of the mic”, The Roots as a collective hit you with a right hook meant to prove that they can make accessible, hit music while still being true to who they are as artists.
  1. Step Into the Realm
On Step into the Re(a)lm, ?uestlove showcases a little-known technique used often in the early 90s: the pause tape. ?uest described this process in an interview with DRUM! Magazine, saying
“When you wanted to create a drum loop, you get a recorder, press record and pause at the same time. When the drum break came, you would let the paused tape go right on the 1, and then pause it on the 1 again. After you did this about 20 times, you would have about five minutes of drums.”
Obviously this process was incredibly tedious, and was left behind by improved sampling technology that was prominent by the time the group was recording this project. Yet, a not so subtle homage can be heard on this track, with the backing track fading in and out, with the break coming at the end of the 45. This makes the already somber instrumental give even more room for Malik B and Black Thought’s hard hitting bars to pack an even bigger punch. The beat fades away for Thought to spit about his “mic slapping you senseless” and rolling through your hood “cocked back, Me and Hot Mack, the ’98, El Dorado Cadillac Jacks”.
  1. The Spark
While Black Thought can tend to get most of the shine when talking about The Roots’ pens, Malik B showcases on “The Spark” why he’s not an MC to be trifled with. With another head-bopping drumline from ?uest backing him, Malik spits on his purpose in life, driven by his faith in Islam. His faith is at odds with his violent tendencies, which he states are products of his environment. While he struggles with this internal conflict, he warns any who oppose him that are “wondering what’s in my heart, velocity or piety; yo, it depends on which one you bring to surface; at times I get trifled but to worship is my purpose”. He continues his exploration of this internal struggle between peace and violence, stating his full Islamic name is Abdul Malik, meaning servant of God. But just bars later, he spits “show me the vault or the safe, cause I’m on the paper chase”. While Malik explores this internal struggle, a smooth bassline combines with a keyboard-laden backtrack (both courtesy of D’Angelo) to give him room to shine, and they way his vocals are layered on certain bars really helps make his bars hit on what feels like his chance at the spotlight on this record.
  1. Dynamite!
While it feels almost wrong to use the word “banger”, given its connotations and tendency to be used to describe records lacking lyrical muscles or real meaning…..this track’s kind of a banger. J Dilla’s production hand shines, sampling a funky guitar from Nirvana (not that one, a 60’s jazz band by the same name). The track manages to stand out amongst an already stacked tracklist, with Black Thought’s hook proving to be infectious (edit: it’s taken me way too long to write the next track review, I keep coming back to this). Thought and Rehani Sayeed go back and forth throughout the track, effortlessly weaving into and out of each verse, talking about the importance of being present while riding this beat with some absolutely insane flows. And god DAMN is the beat on this thing sick. It’s quintessential Dilla, seemingly basic on the surface, but the more you listen to it the better it sounds. And while it may not seem like some technically complex thing, there’s a reason nobody could go toe-to-toe with Dilla: he was the only one who could make beats like this. For that matter. As soon as you finish reading this….go spin Donuts. I mean, listen to Things Fall Apart first if you haven’t. But like, right after. Donuts.
  1. Without a Doubt
This Lady B-assisted joint features a sample flip from fellow Philadelphia artist Schoolly D’s “Saturday Night”, and you’d be hard-pressed to argue that they don’t do the beat justice. With ?uest’s production hand spinning the sample into and out of the drumline, it gives the song a lot more unpredictability, and this gives Black Thought room to lay two of his most under-rated verses in his illustrious discography. That being said, this song acts as an ode to Philadelphia, with Lady B’s hook bringing things together. Thought’s verses constantly change flow, and the beat almost sounds like it reacts to his bars, giving them more space where he needs it. And this song further pushes what this entire album seemed to state: “Warn, ring the alarm, cause here The Roots come”.
  1. Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New
So you like rapping? What about when one of the greatest MC’s of all-time raps his ass off, with one of his greatest influences matching him bar-for-bar? I don’t say this lightly when I say this is some of the best rapping you’ll find on this entire project, with Black Thought and Dice Raw absolutely spazzing on an infectious ?uestlove beat. They make it clear that the popular acts of the day don’t impress them, and suggesting that those guys, well, aint sayin nothin new. Dice Raw raps like HE’s the one who belongs on everybody’s top 10 lists, and honestly might have gotten the better of Thought on this track. That’s not to say Thought doesn’t deliver great verses, but Raw has more moments in which he shines.
Straight from the old school, ayo, Raw’s in full effect
I’m like, Lex Luther with rifles filled with kryptonite
When you grip the mic, its like, c’mon kids, lets say goodnight!
You don’t like me? But don’t even know why you should hate me
You scared to face these so I still remain safely
  1. Double Trouble
I feel like I wasted the “So you like rapping?” line a song too early. A song meant to pay homage to the original “double trouble” routine from the movie Wild Style, Black Thought and Mos Def put together one of hip-hop’s greatest examples of rappers trading bars. Ever. The beat, which ?uest told Drum Magazine took him about five hours to get the drums right for, is the epitome of the “dirty” sound that has come up so often throughout this write-up. Right from the get-go, Black Thought steers into this dirty sound by scatting at the top of the hook. As far as the bars go, there isn’t really anything I can say that does it justice. If the idea of Black Thought and Mos Def trading bars doesn’t speak for itself, then I probably can’t help you.
It’s also crazy to think that this song originally featured Talib Kweli as well, but there were too many bars for one song. Black Thought chose to steer into a Run-D.M.C. style track, with the back-and-forth bars meant to play like a tug-of-war between the rappers. This song’s background has one of my favorite hip-hop stories as well, with Black Thought recounting Mos leaving mid-recording to “go get a fish sandwich” and not coming back for a week. So there’s that.
  1. Act Too (The Love of My Life)
This song acts as an ode to hip-hop itself, with Thought calling it the love of his life throughout the track. He weaves in stories of struggling in his quest to make it in hip-hop, saying “it was all for you” and that he wouldn’t have made it in life if it weren’t for hip-hop. While Thought’s verse isn’t much deeper than just being a love letter to hip-hop, the guest verse provided by Chicago rapper Common is far more critical of the direction of hip-hop. While referencing his incredible song “I Used to Love H.E.R.” from Resurrection, Common expresses his discontent with the state of hip-hop, with bars aimed at N.W.A. (when we touch, it was more than just a Fuck the Police) and Puff (Her Daddy’ll beat H.E.R., eyes all Puff-ed). He seems to have the same underlying attitude of hip-hop being the love of his life, but instead expresses his discontent with the way hip-hop’s other suitors choose to treat her. For Common, it was always about love, and hip-hop had been overrun by hate. The beautiful beat acts as a perfect backdrop for these two to portray their love of hip-hop.
  1. 100% Dundee
While not the most popular song on the album, this one has stood out as one of my favorites from day one. Right from the get, Thought comes out the gate just spazzing – “Yo, on these seventy-three keys of ivory and ebony; I swear solemnly that I’ll forever rock steadily”. The title and hook act as a reference to Crocodile Dundee, where if hip-hop is the wild, the Roots are the absolute best out there, akin to Mick Dundee hunting fake MCs. With Rahzel beatboxing and Kamal Gray shining on the piano, the beat is just dirty enough to give Black Thought and Malik B room to spit some of their best verses on this whole project (Note: I think I’ve said that on almost half the songs on this project. It’s just that kind of album. Sorry). As far as the content goes, it basically re-iterates the ideas presented by calling the track 100% Dundee. They’re a level above everybody else in hip-hop, and they’re out to kill any fake MC’s who dare stand in their path.
  1. Diedre vs. Dice
A short 45-second interlude, Diedre vs. Dice consists of a short Dice Raw verse that was probably just too dope to be left off the project, but wasn’t able to be extrapolated into a full-fledged idea/song. With a barebones beat consisting of a dirty drum-line from ?uest and some strings that come into and out of the instrumental rather quickly, Dice Raw warns that “to me, these punk MC’s is nothin but fruit”. While short, it provides a needed break in the album that has just been going full-force for about ten tracks straight.
  1. Adrenaline!
And just as Diedre vs. Dice provides a mild break in the heavy-hitting instrumentals, Adrenaline! Comes right back with a stand-out performance not only by four spitters, but also by Kamal Gray on piano absolutely shining behind ?uestlove’s beat. While by this point in the project it should come as no surprise that Black Thought, Malik B, and Dice Raw all come through with heavy-hitting verses, a pre-Roc Beanie Sigel verse may come out of left field a bit, but his talent shines through already. This song is as Philly as it gets, with every rapper on here making references to Philly spots and icons. And the hook, while as barebones as a hook can really be, still manages to act as an earworm.
  1. 3rd Acts: ? Vs. Scratch 2 … Electric Boogaloo
This interlude, consisting entirely of scratching, was probably just put here so they could put Electric Boogaloo in a song title. Note: I really wanted to type a long-winded thing about how the lyricism just doesn’t stand up to some other tracks on the album and do this whole thing. But The Weeknd album comes out in like an hour and a half. So….priorities.
  1. You Got Me
Here we are. The big one. If this is the only track you’ve heard from The Roots, that’s okay. You need to fix it, but it’s okay. This is one of those songs that transcends beyond a genre or an album a little bit. Even though this album is amazing, this song reached a whole different level that the rest of the album never reached. This track won the group a grammy, and is far and away their biggest hit, despite not having anything that screams “Hit Single” about it. The hook, originally written by a then-unknown Jill Scott, is performed on the album cut by the amazing Erykah Badu.
The track tells the story of Thought meeting a woman from Philly while performing in Paris and linking when they get back, and the struggles of their budding relationship. The hook combines with Eve’s verse to act as the woman’s perspective, with her questioning if Thought only loves the mic before ensuring him that she could be trusted. The hook reassures this – “Baby don’t worry, you know that you got me”.
The instrumental on this thing is absolutely beautiful, with a rather simple guitar and drumline being supported by background vocals and strings to give an airy, euphoric sound that just plays so well into Erykah’s voice. It isn’t until the outro that you hear a whole lot out of ?uestlove, but this is one of the few tracks where he almost doesn’t need to take the center stage.
  1. Don’t See Us
As the album winds down, the instrumentals stay a little more low-key, like in the preceding track. The beat on this thing constantly changes, with a basic drumline and handclap being the only consistency. The keyboards on this are great when they show up, and the beat just begs for somebody to rap over it. And that’s just what Malik B, Black Thought, and Dice Raw all do, with six verses packed into this track. That being said, this track is honestly one of the weaker full-length tracks on the project and one of the only knocks on it. That’s not to say that it’s bad, because the instrumental is cool and the rappers all provide nice verses. But compared to so many of the other songs on this track list, this track just lacks that it factor, that thing that jumps out and grabs you and makes you go “Oh shit, that was kinda crazy”.
  1. The Return to Innocence Lost
The first time this song came on, I was just relaxing to this album and enjoying the unique sounds that make The Roots so incredible. There had been four or five times that I had stopped and went, “okay, I wasn’t ready for that, holy shit”. Boy was I naïve.
The Return to Innocence Lost is a spoken word poem by Ursula Rucker describing the vicious cycle of the hood. Anthony Tidd plays the guitar that weaves in and out behind her. I really don’t know how to describe how powerful this poem is, other than to say that it is one of the most haunting, disturbing things I’ve ever heard. When I write these track-by-track reviews, I usually sit and listen to each track 4-5 times before I start writing. I didn’t make it through the second round of this one. Its…. Incredible. And haunting. And powerful. And I could never do it justice in a hhh write-up.
  1. Act Fore….The End?
The introduction of this track gives a peak into the way The Roots operate: don’t know what to do? Make music. With a piano sample from an old TV Series theme Eager Beaver, scratching throughout, and one final dirty drumline from ?uest, the beat was laid out there for Black Thought to shine all on his own. He contributes three stellar verses that make up for an otherwise forgettable hook, and while this “hidden track” doesn’t add a ton to the album as a whole, it’s still a good track and I wouldn’t dare complain about more music from The Roots.
Conclusion
While “political” or “conscious” hip-hop is usually associated with having bars aimed at political figures or talking about systematic change, much of Things Fall Apart doesn’t fit that mold. It’s almost as if the sound itself was a statement, because it isn’t like Thought was spending lines shit-talking Bill Clinton. He was talking about the Philly streets, about the area he grew up in. Yet, the political tag this album gets applied doesn’t feel inherently misplaced. Thought’s stories act as their own message, taking the concept of suffering going on in his neighborhood and putting it on this grand pedestal for all to see.
All in all, this project not only provides some of the best live instrumentation in hip-hop, but some of the best lyricism you'll find as well. This project has some clear influence, not only other other projects of the Soulquarian era, but decades later as well. You can hear it on modern classics like To Pimp a Butterfly, as well as on some of the instrumentals chosen by Chicago's SaveMoney collective and related acts. This album feels like a moment in hip-hop, where an entire sound cultivated into one big project that everybody can look back on as one of the pinnacles of an entire sound.
Five Favorites: Dynamite!, The Return to Innocence Lost, You Got Me, 100% Dundee, Double Trouble
Final Rating: 9.6/10
Discussion Questions?
· Had you heard this project before? If not, did you recognize the main cover?
· What is your favorite Roots album, and where does this one stack up?
· How do you compare this project to the other projects coming out of the Soulquarian era?
· Would you consider this project political/conscious?
· How well does this album hold up?
· If released today, do you think this album would be received better or worse?
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2020.01.26 07:11 Tallem00 Eminem's Rhyme or Reason

(What's your name?) Marshall
(Who's your daddy?) I don't have one
My mother reproduced like the komodo dragon
And had me on the back of a motorcycle, then crashed in the side of loco-motive
With rap, I'm loco, it's like handing a psycho a loaded handgun
Michelangelo with a paint gun in a tantrum 'Bout to explode all over the canvas
Back with the Yoda of rap, "In a spasm Your music usually has 'em
But waned for the game your enthusiasm it hasn't
Follow you must, Rick Rubin my little Padawan"
A Jedi in training, colossal brain and, thoughts are entertainin'
But docile and impossible to explain and, I'm also vain and
Probably find a way to complain about a Picasso painting
Puke Skywalker, but sound like Chewbacca when I talk
Full of such blind rage I need a seein' eye dog
Can't even find the page I was writing this rhyme on
Oh it's on the ram page, couldn't see what I wrote I write small
It says, "Ever since I drove a '79 Lincoln with whitewall, had a fire in my heart
And a dire desire to aspire to Die Hard"
So as long as I'm on the clock punching this time card
Hip-hop ain't dying on my watch
Now sometimes, when I'm sleepin'
She comes to me in my dreams
Is she taken? Is she mine?
Don't got time, don't care, don't have two shits to give
Let me take you by the hand to promised land
And threaten everyone
'Cause there's no rhyme or no reason for nothing
Now
(What's your name?) Marshall
(Who's your daddy?) I don't know him, but I wonder
(Is he rich like me?) Ha
(Has he taken, any time, to show you what you need to live?)
No, if he had
He wouldn't have ended up in these rhymes on my pad
I wouldn't be so mad, my attitude wouldn't be so bad
Yeah Dad
I'm the epitome and the prime
Example of what happens when the power of the rhyme
Falls into the wrong hands, and
Makes you want to get up and start dancin'
Even if it is Charles Manson
Who just happens, to be rapping, blue lights flashing
Laughing all the way to the bank, lamping in my K-Mart mansion
I'm in the style department
With a pile in my cart, ripping the aisle apart but
With great power comes absolutely no responsibility for content
Completely, despondent and condescending
The king of nonsense and controversy is on a beat killing spree
Your honor, I must plead guilty, cause I sparked a revolution
Rebel without a cause who caused the evolution
Of rap, to take it to the next level, boost it
But several rebuked it, and whoever produced it
("Hip-hop is the devil's music") Does that mean it belongs to me?
'Cause I just happen to be, a white honky devil with two horns
That don't honk but every time I speak you hear a beep
But, lyrically, I never hear a peep, not even a whisper
Rappers better stay clear of me, bitch, cause it's the.
It's the time of the season, when hate runs high
And this time, I won't give it to you easy
When I take back what's mine with pleasured hands
And torture everyone, that is my plan
My job here isn't done
'Cause there's no rhyme or no reason for nothing
(What's your name?) Shady
(Who's your daddy?) I don't give a fuck, but I wonder
(Is he rich like me?) Doubt it, ha
(Has he taken, any time, to show you what you need to live?)
So yeah, Dad, let's walk
Let's have us a father and son talk
But I bet we wouldn't probably get one block
Without me knocking your block off, this is all your fault
Maybe that's why I'm so bananas, I a-ppealed to all those walks
Of life, whoever had strife
Maybe that's what dad and son talks are like
'Cause I, related to the struggles of young America
When their fucking parents were unaware of their troubles
Now they're ripping out their fucking hair again, it's hysterical
I chuckle, as everybody bloodies their bare knuckles
Yeah uh-oh, better beware knuckle heads
The sign of my hustle says "Don't knock, the door's broken, it won't lock
It might just fly open, get cold-cocked
You critics come to pay me a visit?
Misery loves company, please stay a minute
Kryptonite to a hypocrite, zip your lip if you dish it but can't take it
Too busy getting stoned in your glass house, to kick rocks
Then you wonder why I lash out
Mr. Mathers as advertised on the flyers, so spread the word
Cause I'm promoting my passion until I'm passed out Completely brain dead, Rain Man
Doing a Bankhead in a restraint chair
So, bitch, shoot me a look, it better be a blank stare
Or get shanked in the pancreas
I'm angrier than all eight other reindeer put together with Chief Keef
'Cause I hate every fucking thing, yeah
Even this rhyme, bitch
And quit trying look for a fucking reason for it that ain't there
But I still am a "Criminal"
Ten-year-old degenerate grabbing on my genitals
The last Mathers LP done went diamond
This time I'm predicting this one will go emerald
When will the madness end, how can it when
There's no method to the pad and pen
The only message that I have to send is, Dad
I'm back at it again
Yeah... (Who's your daddy?)
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2019.08.22 20:22 honeybadger808 Powerbeats Pro are practically perfect in every way


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If you've always wanted a pair of truly wireless headphones, but the AirPods weren't right for you, the Powerbeats Pro are your salvation. They come in ivory, moss, navy, and black.
For people who want - An incredible audio experience in earphones - Truly wireless headphones - Independent left/right bud usage - Fast pairing and device switching - Any other color than white - Long battery life - A sporty earphone option - Sweat/water resistance - Variety in ear fit options - Voice-activated Siri support
Not for people who want - Over-the-ear or around-the-ear headphones - Minimal earphone design - Apple's iconic earphone look - No ear hooks - No canal buds - A tiny carrying case - Wireless charging

The re-inventing of the Beats sound: No more heavy bass


The first question, and the most-asked question, I got when talking about Powerbeats Pro was whether they are bass-heavy, the way other Beats headphones tend to be. The short answer is a definitive "no," but my first-hand experience has some additional information to back it up.
First, let's start with just a bit of background. Beats was founded in 2008 by famed rapper Dr. Dre and Interscope records cofounder Jimmy Iovine. The company developed headphones that were intentionally bass heavy because they were being designed for hip-hop. This sound was revolutionary and polarizing. It was revolutionary because, until this point, headphones were designed for broad listening styles, not for a singular market.
Zack O'Malley, writing for Forbes in 2018, interviewed Noel Lee, a prominent member of the Beats development team early on.
"It was the first time anybody had heard that bass — Sennheiser didn't do it, Bose didn't do it, Sony didn't do it," says Lee. "They were still doing studio or orchestral stuff, but they weren't doing hip-hop. ... The kids, when they listen to music, they want to hear it like they hear it in the club."
It was polarizing because the popularity of Beats By Dre and other Beats headphones brought them into the mainstream, where not everyone was listening to hip-hop. The "Beats Curve" was considered muddy and too low-end, cutting off the balanced mix of mids and highs. As the Beats brand grew, so did critizism from audiophiles that blasted the company's frequency curve. It wasn't just audiophiles, though. Critics were everyday people that listen to a broad range of music, and even fans of hip-hop that just didn't think it was a good approach to bring the club sound into our ears.
Fast forward (or, skip to the next track?) to April 2019 when Tech Radar's Olivia Tambini interviewed Beats president, Luke Wood about the changes that have been made with Powerbeats Pro.
"No one was making headphone products to articulate the bottom end" Wood says – but he concedes that Beats' reputation for overly bass-heavy products was "absolutely taken into consideration" when creating the new PowerBeats Pro.
Since then, Wood says Beats has "got better and learned the tools of [its] trade" in the years after it released its first studio headphones in 2008.
"Hopefully people will respect the fact that we learned and grew."
For Powerbeats Pro, the sound designers at Beats have taken what they've learned and combined it with their understanding of music to completely change the Beats Curve, at least in this instance.
The new linear piston driver in the Powerbeats Pro headphones is the "driving" force behind the major audio upgrade. Beats markets the driver as delivering "powerful and consistent airflow in a small package" with a 60% reduction in total harmonic distortion as compared to the driver used in the Powerbeats 3.

A driver is the mechanism inside headphones and earphones that turn electric signals into sound. There are many different types of drivers, each type with different pros and cons. Beats' "Linear Piston" driver, as far as I can tell, is a new driver, which seems to be some sort of hybrid of a dynamic driver. Dynamic drivers are the most common headphone drivers because they provide a good balance between lows, mids, and highs. Their Kryptonite is that they tend to distort at higher volume.
The Powerbeats Pro are able to keep distortion levels low because of an acoustic venting design that allows for better airflow. Basically, music doesn't distort as much with bass-heavy music, like hip-hop.
No. The Powerbeats Pro are not bass-heavy the way other Beats headphones and earphones have been known to be.
So no. The Powerbeats Pro are not bass-heavy the way other Beats headphones and earphones have been known to be. I've spent more than 30 full hours (at least 8 hours per day since I received the review unit) listening to a wide variety of music, much of which was recommended to me via Twitter, and can say from my personal experience that the only time I heard a bass-heavy sound was when I was listening to a song that was intended to have a bass-heavy sound. In those instances, the bass was "thic" and chest thumping (as much as can be while listening to music through earphones).
What's my expertise in audio, you may be asking? I don't consider myself an audiophile. I don't have a frequency or distortion level tester sitting in my garage. I am, however, one of those types that prefers to listen to music on vinyl over digital because it sounds warmer and more real. I _do_think it's important for fans to hear songs as close as possible to how they were intended by the artist. I did totally reject the idea of digitizing music originally, and absolutely hated the iPod for the first few years of its existence. I still buy vinyl regularly and haven't touched a CD in a decade. I'm one of _those types_of music fans.
I am also an active musician in my local town. I play shows, book bands from around the world, and am co-owner of a very small record label. I've collaborated in recording, engineering, and mastering well over a dozen albums over the past 20 years. No, I'm not a sound engineer. I am, however, a huge fan of music with a decent understanding of what goes into making quality sound.

The comfort factor: Are they better than AirPods?


Whether Powerbeats Pro are more or less comfortable than any other design of earphones is obviously going to be different for each person. For me: They're the most comfortable in-ear headphones I've every used and significantly more comfortable than AirPods. That's just me.
Let me explain _why_I like the way Powerbeats Pro fit so much and what it might mean for you and your ears.

Canal bud vs earbud

The Powerbeats Pro earphones are in-ear canal bud style headphones. That means they rest deep in your ear canal. For some people, this is an absolute no go. I asked my friend to try out the Powerbeats Pro and she squealed and shuddered as she stuck them into her ears because it felt too weird for her. That's not even taking into account people that experience pain when using canal buds. I am completely sympathetic to this idea. I have the same problem with earbuds, especially hard shell earbuds like the AirPods.
For those of you wondering whether these in-ear canal buds are more comfortable than other in-ear canal buds, you may be disappointed. Here's what I mean.
The soft silicone ear tips that come with the Powerbeats Pro come in four different sizes for a very customizable fit. Beats notes in its marketing guide that they've been "redesigned with better sculpting and softness for improved comfort and acoustic seal." So you might be thinking, "Maybe they _will_be more comfortable than other in-ear canal buds." Probably true.
What is also true, from my experience, is that, even when redesigned to be more comfortable, there are certain types of earphones and headphones that are just never going to be comfortable for some people. When the first-generation AirPods came out, I was _very_hesitant to buy them because the EarPods were so painfully uncomfortable for me. So many people said AirPods were "way more comfortable than EarPods" that I decided to go for it.
Yes, they _were_more comfortable, but they still made the conchal bowl (I had to look this up; it's basically the big hole of your ear before entering the canal) of my ear hurt terribly after just about an hour. So, yeah. They're more comfortable, but if you experience pain with canal buds (the type that go deep into your ear canal), "more comfortable" probably isn't going to do you much good.
With that in mind, in terms of canal bud comfort, they're great. They are very comfortable, more comfortable than most, though not revolutionarily more comfortable. If you like canal buds, you're going to like these. Especially because you can customize the fit.

Hooks vs no hooks


Ear hooks are an interesting design that certainly takes a bit of getting used to. I couldn't even figure out how to put them on at first. Do I go hook first or bud first? Don't worry. I did eventually figure it out, and am pretty good at quickly inserting them now.
The Powerbeats Pro use the ear hook design, which for some, are a big turn off, partly because of the way they look and partly because of the way they feel.
In terms of comfort level, the ear hooks on the Powerbeats Pro are very pliable, so they don't press on the backside of the ear with any significance. They also aren't the main way to keep the buds in the ear. The buds are not so heavy that they would fall out without the hooks so they're not putting extraneous pressure on the back of your ears. Some people, just like those that can't stand canal buds or on-ear design, are not going to have a good experience with ear hooks under any circumstance.
They appear to be overall comfortable for glasses wearers. Rene Ritchie has more on that, but I'm not a regular glasses wearer, so my experience is clouded by the fact that I don't have to deal with headwear design affecting my comfort on a daily basis in that way. What I can say, from my experience with wearing sunglasses, is that I think it's a bit awkward of a fit.
I fiddle around with the hooks and sunglasses arms, trying to make it all feel right. Sometimes, I put the hooks inside the sunglasses arms, against my head. Other times I put the hooks outside the sunglasses arms. I've even tried one in and one out. Each method is ... fine. But I'm aware that they're there. It's never a "set it and forget it" kind of experience for me.
Would I prefer no hooks at all, like the way Apple's AirPods are? Very much yes. The ear hooks aren't a problem, but they're not a welcome addition in the least. They are necessary to the design, which is to keep the buds in your ears no matter what type of activities you're doing. The ear hooks do this very well, whether you like the way they look or not.

How comfortable is comfortable?

The four ear tips that come with the Powerbeats Pro are designed for a better fit and a better seal. The three main ones are best described as small, medium, and large, with a third set of tips that have a very small radius, but a wider seal that's more pliable than the other tips. It's a dual-tip design more akin to higher end earplugs. This last tip is the one I prefer. It's the smallest radius and also has a softer seal, so I don't suffer cartilage pain at all.
The first day I received the Powerbeats Pro, I wore them for about eight hours straight with only about a 20 minute break while I charged them up. I've never been able to wear any earbud, canal bud, or even standard headphones for so long without feeling some level of ear fatigue. Every day since then, I've been rocking the Powerbeats Pro for extended listening sessions at a time. Mostly, the only time I've taken them out of my ears is when I'm eating. Why while I'm eating, you're wondering?
Because it feels weird. The Powerbeats Pro ear tips have such a good seal on them that wearing them while eating is just like wearing ear plugs while eating. The sound of your food being chewed reverberates in your ears. It's just awkward.
Similarly, wearing the Powerbeats Pro generally feels like you're wearing ear plugs. This is fine, and even a good thing, when you're listening to something. But if you want to have a conversation with someone between music tracks (like, if your partner asks you a question and you hit the "pause" button to respond), everything you say or do sounds like its being bounced off of your inner ear. You can hear the outside world without needing to pull out the ear buds, but you hear yourself a lot more than normal.

The H1 chip: How well does it work?


The H1 chip in the Powerbeats Pro performs exactly the same as it does in the AirPods. When you first take the Powerbeats Pro out of the box and open the case, you'll immediately see the prompt pop up on your iPhone, asking if you want to pair them. Tap Connect and you're ready to go. That's it. No going into the settings section, pressing a pair button, or any other extra steps. Just tap "Connect" and wait a few seconds. Bam!
Once paired to your iPhone or iPad, all other devices that are signed in with your Apple ID get the same immediate treatment. They're already paired to every device and are just waiting for you to connect them. For iPhone and iPad, by default, auto connection just happens when you unlock a device (when the Powerbeats Pro aren't connected to any device first). For Mac and Apple TV, you just have to select them in your Bluetooth section.
Pairing isn't the only place the H1 chip shines, though. It's also how you are able to use _either_the left or the right earbud independently for everything. Whether you're playing music, talking on the phone, or answering a call, either ear bud performs all functions. There is no "host" bud that relays the data to the other. If you want to use a single bud in your left ear while you drive, but in your right ear while you jog, you do you. There isn't even a settings function you have to set to switch them. It just happens.
The speed at which the Powerbeats Pro connects to any device or switches from music to a phone call is pretty much exactly the same as with AirPods. Within a second on iPhone and iPad, less than three seconds on Mac, and switching from music to a phone call is less than a second of delay.

Taps or buttons; Who would win in a fight?


Are you a tapper or a presser? When it comes to on-ear controls, the Powerbeats Pro have physical buttons that you press. For some, this is a big improvement. For others, it's not as intuitive as the AirPods' tap gestures. Personally, I love the on-ear controls. I don't have to remember which ear does which action when I tap. I also rarely accidentally trigger an action on the Powerbeats Pro, unlike AirPods, where a simple hair readjustment would often accidentally trigger an action.
With AirPods, you can assign taps to do different things on the right or left ear, allowing you to customize how you control playback and Siri. On Powerbeats Pro, however, the buttons do what the buttons do. You have to learn what those actions are.
Play, pause, and volume controls are obvious. Press the _B_button to play or pause a song (this is also how you answer a call). Press the volume button on the top of the buds to adjust the volume up or down.
Everything after that gets a little bit tricky. Press and hold the _B_button for three seconds to trigger Siri. Press the button twice to skip ahead to the next song. Press the button three times to jump back to the previous track. Press two times and hold to fast forward through a song. Press three times and hold to rewind through a song.
Memorizing these controls may be a bit tricky for some. I've found it to be relatively easy, though. Honestly, it's been easier to remember physical actions than it was for me to remember what action I had assigned to the left and right earbud on my AirPods.

Siri listens, even when you whisper

Siri on Powerbeats Pro offers the same functionality as it does on AirPods. Call on the virtual assistant to control playback or ask some simple questions, like what time it is or what the weather is like.
Siri's got sensitive ears. You can whisper and it will hear you. When I'm whispering at about 10% of total silent (like, a medium-level whisper), it hears my request just about every time. If I try to whisper _really_quietly (like trying to ask a question during a quiet meeting and you don't want anyone to hear you), it doesn't hear me most of the time.
The good news is, you can trigger Siri without needing to say the magic words. Press and hold the _B_button on the earbuds for three seconds and it'll trigger Siri.
This also works with Android phones and your digital assistant of choice.

Noise isolation is not a lonely number

The Powerbeats Pro earphones are noise isolating (not noise canceling). To explain in shorthand, it means the design of the earphones themselves blocks out or muffle some sound from the outside world, as opposed to noise canceling, which uses actual hardware to cancel out nearly all outside noise.
Does that mean you can play music while mowing the lawn? Sort of. I don't have a lawn mower, but I do have a weed whacker. I do have to turn up the volume higher in order to hear music or audiobooks with the motor running, but not to full volume. The Powerbeats Pro do cut down on the loud noises you'll hear around you, but you'll still hear them. Because the ear tips go into your ear canal so deep, it makes the length the sound has to travel shorter, which also helps isolate the noise.

No-lag brag

Since Apple updated its headphone chip to the H1, there's been a significant reduction in perceptible lag. Like, zero. That's when watching movies and playing video games.
I tested the Powerbeats Pro against my favorite high-octane flicks to put them in the hot seat. I didn't notice any lag at all, not even with those train heist blaster shots in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
As for games, I tested the Powerbeats Pro against some low-graphic, high audio reaction games — tapping games that require precision timing alongside audio. No lag. I also tested them against high graphics action games like The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Still no lag.
If you're concerned that the Powerbeats Pro will have a negative impact on your movie watching or game playing, have no fear. There is no lag.

A case for the case


It's time to address the elephant in the room. The case. Obviously, Powerbeats Pro are too big to squeeze into a tiny little dental floss sized case. The earphones are bigger, therefore the case has to be bigger.
Beats took a bit of liberty with the case size, however. I think, with a bit more thought in the design, the case could have been a lot thinner, though probably not smaller in length or width.
If you're a skinny jeans wearer, they're not going to fit well, if at all, in your pocket. Imagine the very thickest wallet you've ever owned. Now double its thickness. That's about where the Powerbeats Pro case fits.
The great thing about the AirPods case is that you could shove it into your pocket or purse, or in my case, fanny pack, and never worry that it's taking up too much space.
With the Powerbeats Pro case, I'm faced with a tough decision as I walk out the door; Do I leave the case behind and have enough room in my tiny bag for everything I need or do I bring the case with me, ensuring 24 hours of charging, but basically requiring me to leave behind some other essential item to make it fit.

Most of the time, you're going to walk out the door with your Powerbeats Pro and not need the case. When you do, you're probably going on a trip somewhere, and therefore have enough room in your bag to fit it.
There are, however, many daily activities I can think of where the larger case really messes with your flow.
Heading to work, for example, with just your binder in hand, you bring your Powerbeats Pro so you can listen to podcasts on the train. Stick them in your pocket while you're at work all day and suddenly, when you're ready to go home, the battery is completely drained (I can confirm that the sensor that triggers sleep mode detects movement, so if your Powerbeats Pro are in your pocket, they won't go to sleep).
At launch, there are no extra cases you can buy to have a spare at work. There also aren't any third-party cases for your case or a convenient carrier.
This is definitely something that needs to be addressed ASAP. We need the option to buy a second charging case.

Drop the mic


The Powerbeats Pro earphones don't have a stem with a microphone at the end the way AirPods do (a design plus for some people). Instead, they've got long-range optical sensors, which detect when you're speaking.
Calls are handled remarkably well. I took a walk outside down a busy street with semi trucks driving by and was able to carry on a conversation with Rene with no trouble at all. He didn't hear the loud trucks driving past and I could hear him as clear as a bell, even with the outside noise.

Android can play this reindeer game


Even though the Powerbeats Pro are Apple earphones, they're not exclusive to Apple devices. They're a standard set of Bluetooth earphones that can pair with any phone, tablet, or computer that has Bluetooth support.
You also get all the great features of the H1 chip with Android devices and PCs except for three. First, pairing is like a traditional set of Bluetooth headphones. They won't automagically send a signal to your phone with a cute little "Connect" animation right when you open the case.
Second, they won't sync up with all of your other devices that you're signed in to, like with Apple devices signed in with your Apple ID. Each time you want to switch between your Android phone, tablet, or PC, you'll need to follow the same steps as pairing and connecting with standard Bluetooth.
Third, no support for Siri. Siri belongs to Apple, so you're going to have to get your weather report from someone else. Luckily, you can actually do that with the Powerbeats Pro. When you press and hold the _B_button for three seconds on an Android phone, it will also trigger your voice assistant.

What Powerbeats Pro can and can't do

I've been asked a lot of questions about the features and performance of Powerbeats Pro, so I'm going to list some of the things the earphones can and can't do here, for your inquisitive minds.
Bottomline

Powerbeats Pro Conclusion


Nobody likes a perfect score in a review. It makes the reviewer sound like they're too bias. So, I'm not giving Powerbeats Pro five stars, but it crossed my mind. I've never been happier with a pair of in-ear headphones before.
They're incredibly comfortable (though for some, canal buds are painful), have rich and well-balanced EQ for an amazing listening experience, and stay put in your ears.
Their only real flaw is in the charging case, which is bigger than it needs to be and isn't particularly convenient. There is also no way, at this time, to purchase a second charging case, so you can't have one at home and an extra sitting at work.
If you've been waiting for a pair of truly wireless earphones that have the H1 chip, but aren't AirPods, you're going to love Powerbeats Pro.
If you already own a pair of AirPods and are wondering if the Powerbeats Pro are better, it depends on what you need headphones for. If you need your earphones to stay put in your ears while you exercise, Powerbeats Pro are better. If you are a music fan that wants a full, rich, well-balanced sound, Powerbeats Pro are better. If you want extreme portability with a pocket-sized case, AirPods are better. If you prefer a minimalist looking earbud with an iconic Apple design aesthetic, AirPods are better. For everything else, AirPods and Powerbeats Pro are pretty much exactly the same, so don't worry about that FOMO. Your AirPods are nearly perfect, too.

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If you've always wanted a pair of truly wireless headphones, but the AirPods weren't right for you, the Powerbeats Pro are your salvation. They come in ivory, moss, navy, and black.
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2019.05.05 19:08 FreestyleKneepad apathy rt update

Warning: This respect thread consists entirely of song lyrics, and includes a large amount of profanity and potentially offensive/violent/sexual lyrics.

Respect Apathy

"This is the hardest record all year, mark my words / From the dark I emerge, power sparks the surge / Got Juggernaut strength, lift buildings with both hands / Crush a tank like a child stepping on Coke cans / Gigantic beasts must be out of my mind / Electrically charged, I jump rope with live powerlines / On some real shit, body made of steel shit / Travel with more nines than 'bring your 4th graders on a field trip'"

Background
Chad Bromley, better known by his stage name Apathy, is an indie rapper from Willimantic, Connecticut. Since WhoWouldWin likes the occasional “raps are feats” fight, Apathy is a perfect fit- he’s known as an excellent battle-rapper, and has rapped along with the likes of Army of the Pharoahs, Demigodz, Snowgoons, and Styles of Beyond.
I won’t waste too much more time other than to say that this all came around because of this post awhile back. I only used one song (Immortal) for that post, and realized that Apathy has much, much more to offer for lyrics feats, so without further ado, let’s get started!
Quick note, the only lines here are lines Apathy has said himself in his own songs or his guest verses on other songs. I intentionally excluded "I always win" type lines, but did include a section for comparisons to other characters for cheap thrills.
Godhood/Immortality
From “Charlie Brown”
The grand architect of the universe to bless tracks
From “Immortal”
Not a mineral a mammal or an animal, I'm / Metaphysical, the syllables in critical rhymes
My immortality's recorded on record
From “Broken Safeties”
I fistfight with God, slap box with Amen Ra
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
Immortal so I kill they family members every century
From “Bloc Party”
I walk amongst the gods, keep my head in the clouds
From “Godz In Da Front”
Apathy is a god in the rap upper echelon
From “Playing with Fire”
I'll stomp Satan in his face 'till it melts my boots
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
Rockin' like I'm Akhenaton, knockin' down the Gods you jock
From “Bring It Back”
Ever since the big bang / Before God had a name / Before the birth of Earth / Or when the dinosaurs came / Way before cavemen were huntin’ prehistoric game / Or Cleopatra pumped poison venom in her veins / Before the world changed when the Romans reigned / Before Jesus was slain and Noah watched for rain / Cause I been waitin’ longer to drop my CD / Than people'll wait in line at the DMV
From “Forever”
As long as rap's living I'll be here forever
Cosmic and Planetary Feats
From “Curse of the Pharaohs”
I'm a Supernova, nobody escapes my gravity / Graffiti on the moon spelling out the name Apathy / Undisputed king of the Milky Way Galaxy
From “Ain’t Nuthin Nice”
It's Apathy, so large my physical mass occupies / Multiple galaxies like god off calories
From “Immortal”
I'll spin the axis backwards, make ya planet dizzy
From “Cut A Check”
I eat moons when I'm not devouring suns
From “All I Think About”
My jet's on Jupiter, my mansion's on Mars / I spend a Saturday on Saturn, slow dancin' with stars
From “A.O.T.P.”
Apathy attacks like asteroids or avalanches
From “Save the Day”
Defeating evil foes, Silver Surfin' through the galaxy
From “No Rapper”
Walking on the surface of Saturn, breathing gas bubbles
Whip they soul out they throat, throw it through a black hole
From “Playing with Fire”
I'll use the sun for my throne, universe as my home
From “Public Execution”
I'll rip a hole in the ozone / And leave you suckas spinnin' in space
From “The Apostle’s Creed”
From a reptilian females' period, I travel like the Iliad / But my ship sails amongst cosmic whales and intergalactic pirates
From "Alien Weaponry"
I travel through space now and lay foes face down
Rapping Ability
From “Omnicron”
Majestic phonetics begin to affect your reality
From “Godzilla”
Got a flow so cold that I could blow the sun away
From “Save the Day”
The superhero who spits and splits entire planets
Never crippled by Kryptonite mics, I have no weakness
And fight Professor X and start a mutant war with my tongue
From "A View Of Hell"
One verse is hot as the Sun's surface
Sound waves I compose are the frequency of the beast / Six hundred and sixty six megahertz a verse
From “Heat Speakers”
My verses reverse Earth spinnin' on it's axis
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
I'm savage as fuck, every single sabbath I erupt / In a fit of rage, I spit a page of raps I construct / To alter the Earth, place you on the alter like a ritual / Spit despicable scripts that'll leave your condition critical
From “Styles Ain’t Raw”
If Jesus Christ read my notebook then God will go blind
From "The Spellbook"
I spit megawatts that black out a thousand city blocks
From "I Keep On"
I'll spit a verse that'll hit the earth and drill a crater (come on) / Miles deep, styles seep into the core
From "Alien Weaponry"
My verse makes earthquakes and aftershocks, scarin' off massive flocks / Of birds on rooftops, shatterin' glass in ya Apple Watch
My raps kill entire crowds and leaves ya whole town haunted
Raps is putrid, Ap is stupid, slap the fluid out ya spine / Spit divine scripture, rhymes sicker than polio
From "The Order"
The weight of these words is 'bout as heavy as the Earth is
From “Immortal”
I spit, to make the mic like a flammable torch
Divine when I spit, like if I sipped from the grail
Flows blowin' off ya limbs like invisible mines
Been invincible with rhymes since the biblical times
From “1000 Grams”
Incredible spittin', got your skeleton twitchin' / Your head'll be twistin' like a demonic medical condition / 'Till you vomit and your body is liftin' off of the bed / In position of a crucifixion with your arms spread
From “Bloc Party”
Spitting, healed a cripple like Christ the miraculous
From "Chaos"
Feel the bass, feel your face melted like a tape in a case / In a car in the summer motherfucker, you get erased
From “I’m A Demigod”
The force of my flow's strong, hard as a photon
From “Don’t Talk To Me”
My verses tear through tissue like surface to air missiles
From “Philosophical Gangsta”
I spit liquid nitrogen, mics are left freezin' cold
From “Devastating Emcees”
The fire-starter, my esophagus burns your phosphorous / Soft carcass, and causes your sarcophagus to burst in flames
From “Bust ‘Em In”
Then holding up the walls of water with my sound waves
From “Block Island Sound”
Spit 'til your cerebellum is numb
From “Crew”
I'll shoot you to the moon with one boom when the bass hit
From “Ain’t Nuthin Nice”
My flow clocks the speed of mach and won't stop
From “Barbarian”
Rapping like a fire breathing dragon
From “Brothers on the Slide”
From the air I arose, throwin paralyzing flows
From “Connecticut”
Play this through your radio, get the whole state high
Powers
Elemental/Weather Control
From “No Rapper”
It's freezing in the summer, July and June were seen / Colder than night on the dark side of the moon
From “Save the Day”
Demigodz, throwing lightning rods of energy on your planet
From “Devastating Emcees”
I’m electromagnetically charged / A bolt of lightning explodes through the tip of my Bic pen when I’m writing
From “Public Execution”
I raise my staff like Moses / And open up the oceans / Till transparent walls of waves are exposin' / Whales in motion, floatin' / While deadly tiger sharks are approachin' / Ready to rip 'em open
From “Black Snow”
We make the sky bleed black snow
From "Fist of the North Star"
Cover the earth with snow, words that curse your soul
From "A View Of Hell"
Travel on tours on the back of a torpedo
Energy Projection
From “Save the Day”
Lighting candlesticks with laser rays from my eyes
From “Holy Ghost”
Catastrophic as atomic bombs leaving no remains
From “Chrome Depot Freestyle”
I could make your whole squads frames bust into flames
From “Devastating Emcees”
I’m like God, fuck mother Earth, started breakin’ atoms
From “No Rapper”
What I blast, similar to nuclear waves or atom bomb
From “Dgz X Nygz”
I’m usin' a fireball that I’m shootin' outta my palms / Like bombs, I'm napalm in this song
From "Chaos"
Scrap with me and get tractor beamed and trapped in Connecticut
From “Immortal”
I'm subterranean, and melt the steel titanium / With powers of uranium comin’ out of my cranium
From "The Order"
Pull the pistol out your palm like, "This toy's cute" / Disassemble it, melt the metal, and destroy you
Mental Powers
From “Don’t Talk To Me”
I'm foiling plots, my brainwaves boiling pots / At a temperature the burners on your stove can't match
From “A.O.T.P.”
I'm telepathic, you can't tell what makes me tick
From “Brothers on the Slide”
My hypnosis entraps if you focus on the wax
From “Compatible”
On planet Earth, I control your mind when I say shit / In cyberspace, I control computers cause they're basic
From “Demigodz is Back”
Hurricanes from my brain, knock your whole block over
Melt brain cells in your skull like a pot smoker
From “Battle Hymn”
But extrasensory perception got me detecting / Any cop or detective, intercept them, and stop 'em with weapons
From “Checkmate”
Communicate with pawns on a telepathic frequency
From “Immortal”
My brain strains to lift freight trains from off the ground
From “Dancin’ On Ya Grave”
I'm the reason why you're seizurin' and speakin' like a demon
From “I’m A Demigod”
I block telepathic thoughts when they try to read my mind
From "Alien Weaponry"
Put you in a coma make ya brain pause, this is why we break jaws
I’ll leave ya brain in the dumpster, the braver the dumber / 'Cause some brazen muthafucker 'bout to get his brains braided this summer
Physical Powers
From “Save the Day”
Now that the streets are darker, I be takin' suckas out like Peter Parker / Web slingin', heads spinnin', powers got me speakin' harder / Spider Sense tinglin', we're minglin' in clubs / Where the thugs wanna fill a superhuman with slugs
From “Audi 5000”
Aquaman lungs live in worlds like Atlantis
From “Blow Ya Head Off”
Killmatic, spilling acid out my mouth, I'm a dragon
From "A View Of Hell"
Spit straight lava my mouth is a volcano
From “I’m A Demigod”
I piss plutonium and my heart pumps jet fuel
From “Summer of Sin”
Retina scans the infrared signature like a predator
From "The Spellbook"
There's a motherfuckin' nuclear furnace inside my lungs
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
Missile guided by digital pixels in my eyelid / Half physical, half metal, assembled as a hybrid
Shapeshifting/Transforming
From “Save the Day”
I turn green, no wait a minute, red...fuck it, I'm blue
From “Devastating Emcees”
I’m like God, turnin’ blasphemous people to stone
From “Albino Gorillas”
A complete metamorphosis / Turn you into zombies outta horror flicks / Oozing blood outta every orifice
From “Battle Cry”
A shape shifter face slitter, paper getter
From “Don’t Talk To Me”
I turn rappers to dust, burn rappers who bust
From “God Particle”
I turn your brain to apple sauce
From “The Three Immortals”
Presto-chango, I morph to tornadoes
From "Alien Weaponry"
Fans run when Ap is on the stage, I’m metamorphin’ / Into a Demogorgon, I’ll give your head an abortion
Soul/Spirit Manipulation
From “Digital War”
Before I rip the soul out your motherfucking mouth hole
From "A View Of Hell"
Well I'm the Grim Reaper pullin' souls through nose holes
From “Dumb High”
Abandon ship, rip your spirit out then I'll banish it / Then channel it with ancient manuscripts and amulets
From “Connecticut Casual”
I’ll crack the sarcophagus cover and curse a motherfucker
From "Legend of the 3rd Degree"
Buried inside a village but wait… I'm not finished / Risen from the grave as a holographic image
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
Snatch your soul through the hole in the back of your snapback
Space/Time Manipulation
From "The Spellbook"
I travel through vortexical portals made out of water
From “Save the Day”
Half man and half amazin', traveling through my mystic portal
I'll fly around the Earth backwards, 'till I reverse time, and save the day
From “Half Dead”
Then travel back in the past like Marty McFly
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
I'll carjack a Mercedes and drive it back to the 80's / When Ap was a baby to find out why I'm actin' so crazy
Other Powers
From “Barbarian”
Levitating off the ground like meditating
From “Omnicron”
Over the earth I hover spinning whirlwinds in wheatfields
From "Hypnosis"
From my DNA strands locked deep in my bones / I extract on the track, make a million Ap clones
From “Immortal”
I'm tyrannical, a vandal of intangible sorts
From "Shotcallaz"
I disappear in the air, leaving this mystical smoke
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
'Cause Ap is up to somethin', summonin' demons to snatch 'em up
Strength
From "The Order"
I’ll slap a motherfucker into the 4th dimension
From “Shotcallaz”
Crush your planet in my palm and leave you peons Earthless
From “No Rapper”
A knucklehead punching meteors back into space
Rocking my competitors to knock 'em out this nebula
From “All Night”
I don't dig up dirt, I shake the Earth
From “1000 Grams”
The blows that I throw lift you right off Earth / You'll get...clocked in the face and rocket through space
From “Half Dead”
Blast 'em outta this stratosphere
From “Army of the Godz”
Look out your window, see Ap passing your jet / With Superman in a headlock and a gat to his neck
From “Mother Molesters”
Yo, I suplex Superman like a girl in a skirt
From "A View Of Hell"
I grab a motherfuckin' whale by the tail fin / Throw it through the sky, hit a jet make it tailspin
Crush solid rock in my palm like soft Play-Doh
From “Can’t Fool Me”
Got Juggernaut strength lift buildings with both hands / Crush a tank like a child stepping on coke cans
From “Save the Day”
Crushing granite rocks, eating cinder blocks like sandwiches
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, it's…
My super strength breaks backs of weak little hoes
From “Dgz X Nygz”
A pack of rabid gorillas that just broke out of the zoo / But not the Zoobilee brutally, beat 'em, eat 'em, they food to me
From “Black Snow”
They try to hang me with a noose / I rip the tree from its roots
From “Block Island Sound”
Grip deadly as Vulcans
Durability
From “Broken Safeties”
Meet me outerspace where I'm meteor showering
From “Godzilla”
I walk the surface of the sun while you're rocking stunner shades / I'm in Hell shoving flames while you're sweating summer days
From "The Spellbook"
I'm a vampire walkin' on the surface of the sun
From “Y’all Ain’t Good Enough”
Verse me? Rappers, the strength of Hercules couldn't hurt me
From "A View Of Hell"
Fallin' out the sky hit the ground and the earth shakes
From “The Apostle’s Creed”
I sit upon a cloud of nuclear waste
From “Bust ‘Em In”
Gats shooting, shots ricocheting off of my steel body
From “Can’t Fool Me”
Electrically charged I jump rope with live powerlines
On some real shit, body made of steel shit
From “Dead in the Middle”
Emerging after all the rest get burned in the furnace / Verses will arise like a Phoenix, I'm Jesus look into my eyes
Speed
From “Save the Day”
Traveling at the speed of light, no destination planned
Speeding faster than a bullet streaking through the skies
Fuck a phone booth, in vocals booths I change at the speed of light
From “Battle Me”
I draw gats quicker than the human optical blinks
Ap barbeques you shrimps, leaving my imprints / An inch in your skull before you could even flinch
From “Battle Cry”
I throw more blows than boxing Dr. Octavius
From “No Rapper”
I can assemble several metal weapons in seven seconds
From “Bang”
Ninja Gaiden moves when I scale up walls
From “Brothers on the Slide
I'll defeat you with the speed of a NASA super-computer
From “Don’t You Even Go There”
Like I'm Neo when I master the Matrix, faster than spaceships
Intelligence
From “Immortal”
It's understandable my mind is a mechanical force
I'm a genius that's developed speeches deeper than telekinesis
From “Captivate/Deactivate”
I'm a computer with a super medulla oblongata
From “Compatible”
My brain thinks rapidly / Automatically adapted when competition is tapped into my / Mainframe, biting my styles like downloading files
From “Albino Gorillas”
Fuck GPS, got Rainman memory / Dipping thru the streets like a cabbie with telepathy
From “Omnicron”
My mental expands with plans to span through the galaxy
From “Amon RAW”
Thoughts travel faster than the speed that a slug is shot
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
Photographic memory, never forget an enemy
From “Checkmate”
I set my moves up strategically, enemy kings are taken easily
From “Colossal Beasts”
I'm right up in your face but my mind's in a million places / Best believe I'm wicked study tetrahedral physics
From “Chrome Depot Freestyle”
Ap's eternally as intricate as surgery or fixin' broken circuitry
From “Don’t You Even Go There”
I'm a flow fanatic, memory is photographic
From “Don’t Touch That Dial”
Recruiting from an alternate time another dimension / I brought down the Earth with my scientific invention
Weaponry/Equipment/Skills
From “God Particle”
The God particle, armageddon weapons in my arsenal
From “Warfare”
I got Wolverine claws that'll slash through steel / Proton beams that'll blast through shields
From "The Spellbook"
Fuck Glocks, got a Springfield armory, accurate as medieval archery
From "The Order"
Fuck "lit", I’m bringin' a literal flame thrower / I got a stinger missile in range of ya Range Rover
From “Conjure the Legions”
Glocks and bombers, box full of rocket launchers / Optic lasers, 2Pac tapes and box cutters
From “Battle Hymn”
I travel underground like the Goonies with a bag full of uzis
Set my phaser to kill, my force field is on max
From “Attention Deficit Disorder”
Trynna find a spaceship just to flee the planet / Pop shots at the ship as it takes off / Ricochets through the shields / Shoot your face off
From “Checkmate”
I shot, crossbows and toss flows across moats / To pierce the archer's armor, armed with arrows / Pole points from elbows, where joints join with marrow / To maim, the tip of the arrow’s lit with flame
Comparisons
From “PF Cuttin Freestyle”
I'm Jesus with telekinesis, I'm Moses, so focus
From "The Order"
I got bouncers at the club that’ll let me in with burners / And priests in my hood who won’t let me in they churches / Even though I’m God and they gon' sweat me in they service
From “Black Snow”
Motherfucker I’m Zeus
From “Block Island Sound”
Ap is like Odin, in fact I'm the omen
From “Dead in the Middle”
I'm the savior mixed with Satan, no surprise / I'm American with mental terrorisms televised / I'm the angel, the Antichrist all in one / I'm a priest, I'm a thug, I'm a nun with a gun
From “Don’t Touch That Dial”
I'm the Human Torch, flames flicker on my skin
From "Hypnosis"
I'm the lord, I'm your shepherd, I'm your 23rd psalm
From “Forever”
I'm Wolverine in the lab, metal injected into my skeleton
From "The Spellbook"
I'm Megalosaurus armor, I'm quicker than Peter Parker
From "Stomp Rappers"
I'm Godzilla, vanilla gorilla, still a scary villain
From “Multisyllabus”
I'm a massive mean radioactive green / Hulk that will smash your spleen
From “No Rapper”
I'm like Tyson, way before the tat on his face
I'm dope, the definition of death and demolition
From “Observe the Sound”
Yo, I'm like Bruce Lee, swingin' nunchucks, slicin' mic checks
From "Pay Your Dues"
I'm a giant, you an ant, you a fuckin' food stamp / I'm the champ, like Jason Voorhees to your camp
Sexual Feats/Economic Feats/Other
From “Ain’t Nuthin Nice”
I knock more boots than 40 deuce prostitutes / But not for loot, only if she's hot and cute / Try and cock block my game it's complete violation / Cause Apathy's got more hoes (hose) than fire stations
Ap's raps got more pussies open than pap smears
From “Honkey Kong”
I’m picky in particular, consider sex an extracurricular test / And you can call me Professor Testicular / Stick it in ya dick dangle down to my fibula / Nah I’m fibbing it just barely touched the top of my tibia
From “On”
Fist up your girl's booty like a human Muppet / And I'm down to Fraggle Rock with my cock in Miss Piggy / Sippin' sizzurp with Bert, tryin' to spell Mississippi / Got a little thick chick, not as massive as Missy
From “Baptism By Fire”
Whispered in your girl's ear till she came in her panties
From “Heat Speakers”
Ladies I hypnotize till they let me lick their thighs
From “Bloc Party”
Oh we show groupie love, getting head in the crowds / Put it in girls mouth blast off like NASA / The master of nastiness transform a classy bitch into / A little sheen freak sadomasochist
From “Dead Shall Rise”
Ap is the crackers last hope / Honkey Kong fuckin' bitches leaving mattresses broke / If the condom break I'mma tell the bitch to abort / I'm like the sniper on the roof looking out for the stork
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
My rings and my watch... got a stash box in Gringotts
From “1000 Grams”
Money multiplies like maguays with Super Soakers
From “Blow Ya Head Off”
If I had a dollar bill for every sucker that I killed / I'd be sitting on a mil
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2019.02.09 09:04 Oblique9043 Analysis of the Superbowl Half Time Show: What Everyones Missing

Analysis of the Superbowl Half Time Show: What Everyones Missing
You won't normally find me breaking these kinds of things down because the internet is full of breakdowns of these big events from people who think they're experts on this stuff, all giving different answers and I don't need to count myself among them unless I can bring something to the table that I am not seeing others talk about due to lack of context. So I'm going to give some insight into a few moments of this halftime show that I think are very important yet most are completely overlooking. Along with some other aspects of this whole event that tie together a lot of other things that 99% of people aren't even considering with some pretty grave implications. Sorry for the doom and gloom but I'm not here to lie to you. You can make up your own minds but the evidence is the evidence and I'm just analyzing it.

Superbowl LIII Halftime Show [Youtube]


It starts out with a spinning Pepsi logo. Now I know there's something to this logo but I've never actually researched it but from what it looks like to me, especially with it spinning, is its mixing everything to together to create white which is actually what happens when you spin a color wheel fast enough. You just see white in the middle. At the same time, the only 2 colors on there are red and blue, which make purple. Which is the color of plasma, the very beginning state of matter. Invoking CERN with the spiral and destruction of all creation back to the primordial chaos of existence.

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Then you have various shots of the giant M in the middle of the field with middle V part especially highlighted. From black to red to purple. Like I've pointed out before, the 2 H's of the Phoenician alphabet make 13 which creates the upward arrow through an 8 and the letter M is the 13th letter. Acting as the downward version of this. That why the V is highlighted among other reasons. You can see the point is right on the 50 yard line. 5 = V in Roman Numerals. The V symbolism is very prevalent and related to a plethora of things. Lots of fire too during this. I don't usually watch these so maybe its nothing new but it seemed pretty overt to me.

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After a couple of songs, here comes the Spongebob segment. Not quite sure why putting in 15 seconds of an intro to a Spongebob clip was so important to include in the halftime show. I know someone died related to the show, just don't get the Superbowl connection. Well, this entire thing is the single biggest part of the whole half time show as far as symbolism and what is being told to us here.

It starts with the characters in the cartoon literally blowing trumpets. Then a green tinted meteor comes down from the sky into the stadium, hitting the stage. It then appears that a new performer has emerged from the wreckage of the meteor. This feels extremely familiar as this is exactly the story of Superman and how he came to Earth. Which I just so happened to mention in my last post. Not only is this exactly how Superman came to Earth, lets take a look at the setlist for this show.

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See anything that could relate to Superman? I found it strange that the meteor had a green tint to it and when the fire went away, the stage turned green. Superman's only weakness, Kryptonite, is a green rock. Another green stone comes to mind, emeralds. Typically associated with the Egyptian god Thoth. So what could this all mean? A few different things. The most obvious one is a being from outer space comes to earth and who might this being be? I know I've been over this a few times but it bears repeating here as this is the most overt signal for this coming to fruition that has happened yet. Everything is converging.

Superman was born Kal-El. Which means "Voice of God". Adam Levine was on a show called "The Voice". His middle name is also Noah. This directly relates to a post I made (before the "dark matter hurricane" was ever announced too by the way) mentioning Noah's flood and to a bag I received randomly that you can read about here. And here is where this specific info was talked about over 4 months ago. I received this card in that bag.

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The date also adds up to 5 which is V. 7 + 7 = 14 = 1 + 4 = 5. The guy from the Voice in the middle of a giant V during the Superbowl halftime show while the date on this "Return of the Voice" card is 4/12/2005 which adds up to Roman numeral V. Superman is the "Voice of God". Kind of like how Jesus is the Word of God. Are these 2 different things? Is the fact that the silhouette is of a woman of any importance? My gut and experience with these types of things tells me yes. Maybe its referring to Prince Harry and Meghan Markles baby that I had predicted would be a red headed female born during this 3 day time period. If we're to assume Revelation is correct, it seems to be much too soon for Jesus to come back already. So what else might be this voice of god?

Isiah 30

25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
28 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.
30 And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
31 For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.

In the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

I'm going to have to assume some sort of version of this plays out as the Bible seems to be the playbook. Sounds like a great tragedy happens and then whoever represents Assyria pays for inflicting that tragedy? Right before this the light of the sun and moon somehow heals humanity, which is actually something I have been seeing signs for completely independent of the Bible. I'm not sure on the timelines of the OT prophecies and how they coincide with Revelation. Maybe someone else can shed light on that.

I do know one thing though, in correlation with Passover, the prophet Elijah is suppose to come back before Jesus does, so if something/someone is really coming, he would make the most sense if were talking Bible related. Which is all I really have to go off of here and since I am receiving over the top blatant signs that the Bible is indeed related to all of this, I would think thats where I should look.

Malachi 4:5–6
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”

This is definitely something that is needed in todays climate with Trump, the great divider. Something that hits a little too close to home actually. The prevailing thought is that he comes to make peace in the world. Which doesn't make a lot of sense in the context of the Christian idea of the End Times. So he actually sounds like the false prophet in Revelation. Especially since he brought fire from the sky in the OT. Then theres all that odd speculation in the Gospels about whether or not John the Baptist is Elijah and I could never make sense of what the real message there was.

Then you have wonder if there is anything to the fact that a black man emerged from the meteor. I haven't seen the movie but doesn't Black Panther have something to do with a meteor? Not only does he emerge from the meteor, at the end of his performance, he spreads his arms out and falls back into the crowd and looks like Jesus on the cross. Like a sacrifice. Black panthers are associated with the Antichrist and you also have "black sheep" which could be akin to a scapegoat. But theres also the theory that black people are the real Hebrews which is where that strange incident comes into play with the Catholic school kids. What a odd group of people to all be in one area and have a nothing burger conflict that turned into a circus. That whole thing feels like it a giant implication of something and it isn't good for anyone in my opinion. I can't imagine what would happen if a black man came from outer space claiming to be Jesus. White Christians heads would explode. He'd get killed faster than the original Jesus.

Then you have this whole Trump/Obama thing. Trump has a superman logo shaped building right next to Trump tower and he's from NY, which is what Metropolis is suppose to be, where Superman lives. Obama is black too obviously. And if you take this to the Superman vs Batman level. Gotham is supposed to be Chicago and Obama is from Chicago. A city heavily referenced in The Last President book. The green color was significant, no doubt about that. Especially with them playing literally 10 seconds of a song called kryptonite. So maybe this isn't a literal event? Maybe its not an actual meteor.

Spongebob lives in a place called Bikini Bottom. Which was a real life place where they tested nukes in the pacific ocean. Doesn't bode too well especially since I made a post months ago about nukes going off in the ocean causing Tsunamis. Well what if the person "emerging" isn't coming out of a meteor, but from the wreckage of some kind of catastrophe? A nuke, earthquake or financial collapse even. Sometimes things aren't nearly as literal as they might seem when interpreting these sorts of things. But I would have to think 4/19-21 is a crazy indication of something. I don't see how this goes much longer. Trump already said hes sending more troops to the border and he'll declare a national emergency if he doesn't get his way. Which sounds like Rex 84 could come into play with that and especially with Venezuela. Something else I have made a post about. The wall has been the single focal point in his wrecking ball path of destruction, just like I've always said it would be.

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The main theme I keep seeing is a "changing of the guard". Now I don't truly know what that means except some group is taking power. Whether it be Trump, some "deep state" faction in our government or even a foreign country like China or Russia. They just opened up this Epstein stuff again and what a big can of worms thats going to be since he was an FBI informant and thats not even some kind of secret. Its literally in the documents on the FBI website. People just don't pay attention unless you're the type to look into these things. What better way to completely discredit and fire the FBI than showing they basically sanctioned child rape. I've already talked about all my theories for this stuff so I'll refrain from repeating myself too much in this post but I've said for a long time that something would happen to prevent Mueller's evidence from coming out.

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Of course this being could come from some sort of portal or gate. Which would correlate to Vegas and Gateway Canyon I spoke about in the main Superbowl post. Of which I have recently made another discovery related to this that seems to be very huge and I will be writing about shortly.

One more thought on the green color since its seems so significant. Green was a highly symbolic color in Egypt. Representing healthy plant life and thus the cycle of death and rebirth. Since during spring is when everything turns green again as the vegetation gets "resurrected" from the death during the winter. Which is why Osiris was depicted as green. Green is also associated with Middle Eastern countries. This green color being shown during the part of the performance where someone emerges from a fallen meteor and then at the end, seems to be "sacrificed". With the next cut showing the M structure with both red and green together. Kind of like this "Octan" logo, owned by President Business, from the Lego Movie. Red is the true opposite of green on the color spectrum.

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Adding even more evidence for the Biblical nature of this part of the performance, right after this, drums start playing (little drummer boy?) and a gospel choir is shown and sings along with Adam. Interesting to note that after this song, referring to the female gospel singer i believe, Adam says "Show your love for the voice of Atlanta". He then goes into a rendition of "She will be Loved"

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This is when a bunch of "orbs" are released throughout the stadium and they spell out ONE and LOVE with the V being highlighted here as well. When this song is over, "Big Boi" from Outkast rolls up in a black Cadillac while Kryptonite plays very shortly.


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Hes wearing a red fox fur coat which seems significant and the only reason I know what type of fur it is is because it caught the attention of the media and he got some flak for it. F = 6, O = 15. X = 24. Fox = 666 and it's red. Something very symbolic with foxes that I am not aware of. There is a red fox in one of the Economist What If? pictures where everything is underwater.

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They"re wearing shirts that say Atliens. Like Atlanta Aliens. The giant M logo briefly goes back to purple then to a multicolored rainbow of sorts ending with the stage set aflame and the stadium shooting fireworks as if the whole thing was exploding. I won't bother analyzing any more of the details in the actual show as they seem insignificant and theres plenty of people doing that but there are a few other things I want to address.

The tour dates of all 3 of the performers seem indicate something to me.
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The first date I notice here is 9/11, where they were in Kansas City. In my post talking about the Covington incident, I mentioned the KC Chiefs and likened them to a sort of symbolic "red sea". With Maroon 5's M and V symbolism which literally represents parting or splitting something, this seems to relate. The 9/11 date seems like a bad indicator especially since I made a post months ago where I talked about a possible event in KC. The next date was in St Louis and with a possible earthquake on the New Madrid, what better way to "part the red sea" than with an earthquake? The 2 cities they went to before the Superbowl were New York and Las Vegas, both for 2 nights. Next stop? Australia. From Atlanta to Atlantis.

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The rapper who "emerged" from the meteor. 3 days after the Superbowl, he was in Vegas. 3 days after Valentines Day (or V-day) he'll be in Kansas City. Seeing as he represented some sort of Jesus figure that was "crucified" in the halftime show, and since Jesus got resurrected 3 days after he died, this is just too strange. He's also in New York on 3/2/2019 and back to Atlanta on 3/22/2019. Both start with 322. The Skull and Bones number.

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This one is even more telling. His name is Big Boi. The 2 bombs we dropped on Japan were called Fat Man and Little Boy. Fat Man being named after a character in a book called The Maltese Falcon. Maltese referring to Malta related to the Vatican and the Falcon being related to Atlanta itself and Horus.

On 4/18 he'll be in Dallas, TX (where JFK was assassinated) at a place called the BOMB Factory. And as if this was a part of some grand plan, he'll be back in Atlanta on 4/20 at the FOX Theatre. Followed by Washington DC and New York.

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As you can see, April seems to be a popular time for national tragedies.

A few notes from the game and in regards to the V symbolism. Atlanta is on the 33rd parallel. February is the 33rd day of the year. The game was tied 3-3 til the 4th quarter I believe and the score ended up being 13-3, which adds to 16, 88.
Valentines Day is on 2/14. Commonly referred to as V-Day. One of the common meanings behind putting up 2 fingers is V for victory, like the Greek goddess of victory Nike.

From the 2015 Economist Magazine Cover

But the most relevant V I think think of directly relates to yet another thing I have been talking about for months and might be very important here soon. V for Vendetta

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2019.02.04 18:03 JaguarGator9 JaguarGator9's History of Halftime- Day 38 (Part II): Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show (Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi) and Why it Stunk

I take it that the Super Bowl LIII halftime show wasn’t controversial in the slightest bit. And by that, I mean the most controversial show since Super Bowl XXXVIII. There was the five second tribute to SpongeBob that left people either really confused or feeling blue-balled. There was Travis Scott unable to censor himself. There was Adam Levine taking his shirt off. Combined with the controversy beforehand leading up to the show, and you’ve got yourself a halftime show that left strong emotions in a lot of people.
But, controversy isn’t always bad. At the halftime show, in a way, it’s kind of expected. There was controversy when Prince did his halftime show and seemed to make an inappropriate gesture during “Purple Rain” with this pose. That show was fantastic, and is in my top five. There was controversy when Lady Gaga did a tribute to America at Super Bowl LI that some felt was political, and that halftime show is in my top three. And while there was controversy about Justin Timberlake doing a Prince tribute at Super Bowl LII, I liked that show a lot (even if some parts fell a bit sloppy), and feel like it will hold up better as time goes on. Sometimes, the best shows are the controversial ones. Other times, they’re complete messes. And with this post, we’re going to take a deep dive into Maroon 5’s halftime show and see what that one was.
NOTE: I have already re-watched the show multiple times, so my thoughts are not reactionary and are not based on one viewing. Keep that in mind as I break down Sunday night’s show.
Background Information
Where do I even begin with this? Because the actual review of this post is so long (this came out to 12 pages single-spaced in Microsoft Word), I’ll give the Sparknotes version of this. It was rumored for a while that Maroon 5 would perform the halftime show, but it wasn’t until three weeks before the game that it was confirmed. Alongside them, Travis Scott and Big Boi would be performing. There was controversy that the show wasn’t Atlanta-enough, and there was the whole boycott the halftime show in support of Kaepernick controversy that I won’t get into. And after the death of Stephen Hillenburg, there was a widespread petition online to get “Sweet Victory” played at halftime of the Super Bowl.
There you go. Now let’s just dive into the halftime show and see what we’re looking at.
The Show
Full Show
After the Pepsi logo appears and we are introduced to the halftime show, before a note is even played, we immediately notice one major problem that I have with the show. The staging is so boring. There was nothing creative or unique about that stage whatsoever. Everyone could’ve predicted that they’d have a giant M as their stage to represent their logo. Say what you will about the past four halftime shows before this, but the staging at those was amazing. Katy Perry used the field in ways that I’m not sure we’ll ever see again; she turned University of Phoenix Stadium into her personal playground. Even though Super Bowl 50 took place in broad daylight (making pyrotechnics impossible and staging a challenge), they had a creative stage and a bright use of colors. Lady Gaga had a nice stage at Super Bowl LI, and Justin Timberlake used almost every part of US Bank Stadium at his halftime show.
This, on the other hand, is just a giant M. There’s nothing creative or unique about it whatsoever. It was the most boring stage at a halftime show since Bruce Springsteen at Super Bowl XLIII. Granted, Springsteen had a very good halftime show otherwise; unfortunately for Maroon 5, as you’ll find out later, they could not escape the same fate.
However, even though I will criticize this show for many reasons, I really like the choice to open with “Harder to Breathe.” The use of the fireworks to lead into Levine’s voice was well done, and the song has a hard rock edge to it that fits in really well for a halftime show. A verse and a chorus of this song is all you need, and they did just that. No problems with the opening of the show.
Then, after that, we go into “This Love.” I did not expect the band to play this song at the halftime show, but it does have a rock vibe to it that, much like “Harder to Breathe,” lends itself nicely to a big stage like this. The transition into this song is fine; it’s nothing creative, but it’s nothing jarring like some of the other transitions I’ve seen in halftime show. If this was just a verse and a chorus, we’re fine, but this song drags on a bit too long with a second chorus and an unnecessary guitar solo by Levine that may or may not be live. This will be a common theme with this show- songs overstaying their welcome. But the first three minutes of the halftime show are fine; dare I say that they’re actually really good.
It quickly goes downhill after that.
This might be the biggest controversy at the halftime show since the whole Janet Jackson fiasco at Super Bowl XXXVIII. The band and the league decide to honor SpongeBob by having Squidward introduce him. The trumpets are played, but the editing is so choppy here. Not only is the whole trumpet line not played, but they cut out a few notes and just skip to the end of that part halfway through. There was so much wasted time during this halftime show, and yet, you couldn’t give THREE SECONDS to play the entire trumpet line of “Sweet Victory”?
As for the dialogue during this scene, it doesn’t make any sense. Is the musical genius that Squidward is talking about that needs no introduction SpongeBob or Travis Scott? If it’s SpongeBob, then why does Squidward get angry at him? How does Squidward know that SpongeBob is a musical genius if the whole point of that scene in Band Geeks is the exact opposite- that he thought they were going to sound terrible and instead, they sounded amazing? The dialogue contradicted everything that made Band Geeks what it was if it’s in that context.
And if it’s in the Travis Scott context… he definitely needs an introduction. There are very few acts that need no introduction, and Travis Scott is not one of them. This is not a knock on Scott by any means, but if you look at his discography, he has one number one hit in “Sicko Mode.” That’s the only song of his where he was the feature artist that’s charted inside the top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100. Taylor Swift needs no introduction. Paul McCartney needs no introduction. Michael Jackson needs no introduction. Travis Scott definitely needs an introduction. So if Squidward was referring to that, then that doesn’t make sense either. Somehow, they dropped the ball before the blue-balling began. The transition to this was choppy, the dialogue was wrong, the editing of the trumpet section was absolutely terrible, the random “it’s lit” thrown in there was awfully out of place… and then we get to “Sicko Mode.”
I absolutely hate the use of digital graphics during the halftime show if they cannot be seen inside the stadium. Using these graphics to cover up how absolutely boring your stage is just does not work. And how do we go from SpongeBob, a show that takes place underwater, to meteors just falling down from the sky? Once the meteor lands and Travis Scott starts singing… man does this get rough.
Rappers are usually a negative at the halftime show and normally do not work. There are exceptions to this rule- Missy Elliott crushed it at Super Bowl XLIX, and Nelly’s guest verse during “Walk This Way” at Super Bowl XXXV, even if that whole ending felt chaotic, was fine. The rest of the rappers have stunk. The “Do the Frosty” rap at Super Bowl XXVI was the worst thing I’ve heard in my life. Nelly and P. Diddy were terrible at Super Bowl XXXVIII and looked like they weren’t even trying. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. just lip-synced at Super Bowl XLVI, and M.I.A. had to flip the bird in the process. Travis Scott falls more on the negative side. As much as I love “Sicko Mode,” this was rough.
For one, he curses multiple times throughout the show to the point where he has to be censored. This bothers me so much. You are a professional. You have one job, and that is not to curse. And yet, not only do you curse to the point where we can only hear about 80% of the song since your profanity bleeps out the other 20%, but you curse multiple times. If we threw a giant controversy over M.I.A. flipping the bird at Super Bowl XLVI (and rightfully so), then we need to throw a controversy over Travis Scott not being able to control his mouth. It is not that hard to self-censor; Big Boi literally did it later on in the show. And yet, even though you’re on stage for less than two minutes, you have to run your mouth.
Number two, I don’t think he hit a single note. The second part of “Sicko Mode” is singing, and yet, he hit absolutely nothing. Once the third part of “Sicko Mode” hits, Adam Levine looks so out of place; he’s trying so hard to fit in and look cool, but it just doesn’t work in the slightest bit. After what is a painful two minutes where they took an awesome song and made it terrible and completely butchered the whole SpongeBob reference to the point where nobody is happy (people were either confused or they wanted more), we get back to Maroon 5.
A drum line starts playing, and I really wish they committed to this concept for “Girls Like You.” I keep referencing the Madonna halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI, but one of my favorite parts of the halftime show was when she sang “Open Your Heart” with nothing but a drum line backing her up. Here, the playing is, once again, really sloppy. The drum line plays and then abruptly stops, and Adam Levine sings a cappella with no backing track. A drum line over “Girls Like You” could’ve been amazing; instead, much like the SpongeBob thing, they half-commit to the concept, which is a common theme for this show.
And I get why they had to play “Girls Like You,” since it is their recent hit and it’s one of the biggest songs of their career. But this is a song that just doesn’t translate well to the halftime stage at all without spicing it up a little bit. It’s way too slow and minimalistic in its instrumentation to work. Fortunately, Maroon 5 thought the same thing, and decided to add… a choir. Because this song was really missing a choir. Ironically, the choir mainly consists of guys, even though the song is called “Girls Like You.” But, they added a choir. Choirs can work at halftime shows; going back to Super Bowl XLVI, adding the choir during “Like a Prayer” was a fantastic choice. The second half of that halftime show was flawless, and the choir was a big reason why. The choir during “Working on a Dream” at Super Bowl XLIII with Bruce Springsteen worked out well too.
Unfortunately, they decided to give the mic to someone who couldn’t hit a note to save her life. The worst vocal performance at any halftime show was definitely the kid who sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” at Super Bowl XXV, and that show was so bad that I’d gladly watch this show while being water-boarded before ever having to watch that halftime show again (seriously, it’s so bad, and I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already). But this might be number two. This might have overtaken Martha Reeves at Super Bowl XXXII. It was worse than Fergie at Super Bowl XLV, and dare I say it, might have been worse than Fergie at last year’s NBA All-Star Game. She’s just screaming here. And it just keeps going, and going, and going… and she goes higher, and higher, and higher… and it gets louder, and louder, and louder… and it feels like it never ends. Maroon 5 tried to spice up “Girls Like You,” and they failed miserably while doing so.
One slow song at a halftime show is tradition. Having a ballad can be a really good thing in the middle of the show if done properly. Justin Timberlake did it well with “Until the End of Time” last year leading into the Prince tribute. Even if it was a bit on the longer side, Lady Gaga did a beautiful rendition of “Million Reasons” at her halftime show. Another ballad that worked in the middle of the show was Aerosmith performing “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” as their opener.
But, the thing with ballads is that in a 13-minute performance, you have to pick it back up again after. Timberlake went from that to the upbeat “Mirrors,” which should’ve been the closer (I did not like at all how “Can’t Stop the Feeling” was used). Gaga went from that to “Bad Romance,” which was a fantastic closer. After Aerosmith performed their ballad, there was a pretty good transition into *NSYNC performing “It’s Gonna Be Me.” So, naturally, you’d expect Maroon 5 to spice things up after this. Maybe something like “Makes Me Wonder” would fit here. Instead, they followed up one ballad with… another ballad.
This band, which has been a band for 20 years, is playing in a stadium and thought that playing back-to-back ballads was a good idea. Better yet, playing the second ballad while going to a B stage that is literally nothing more than a circle where he’ll spend no more than 45 seconds on was the plan. Going to a B-stage at the Super Bowl is a good idea, provided that the stage has a purpose and is creative in its design. For Maroon 5, that was not the case at all.
We go to “She Will Be Loved,” where I will admit that the raising of the lanterns was a pretty cool touch. Seeing Adam Levine surrounded by these lanterns was a clever use of staging, and practically the only clever use of staging during the show. However, this song overstays its welcome by a lot. We get not just a verse and chorus, but we get the bridge and another pre-chorus. That’s a sold 30 seconds of fat that could be trimmed off because it is completely unnecessary. Then, after the pre-chorus, the song just stops. No warning or anything like that. It just stops, and we go to Big Boi.
In what can only be described as an homage to Super Bowl XXXVIII when Nelly and P Diddy appeared on stage, Big Boi comes out in a car, with a choppy transition in between “Kryptonite” and “The Way You Move.” Again, the song just seems to stop out of nowhere, and the next song gets played with no rhyme or reason to it. I hate the fact that “The Way You Move” was played. As a halftime historian, this bugs me, and I might be the only person in America that has this opinion, but once a song gets played at halftime, it should be retired for life. If U2 did another halftime show and performed “Where The Streets Have No Name” again, I’d be annoyed. If Bruno Mars did another halftime show and ended with “Uptown Funk,” I’d be annoyed.
And at Super Bowl XXXVIII, the University of Houston Marching Band opened with “The Way You Move.” They played the entire chorus of that song. Coincidentally, that was also a CBS halftime show. Here’s the clip of the band playing the song. That should’ve been it. The song was played once at the halftime show 15 years ago, and that should be the end of it. Instead, Big Boi decided to play that song again. It’s the same problem I had with Justin Timberlake performing “Rock Your Body” at last year’s halftime show when he did it at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Don’t repeat a song from a previous show. Just don’t do it.
At the very least, this doesn’t sound terrible. Big Boi actually sounds good, can be understood (the audio for this halftime show was amazing, and might’ve been the best in years), and unlike Travis Scott, actually acts like a professional on stage. The disc scratches are a nice touch to the song, and although I would not have played it and would’ve chosen something else, it could’ve been a lot worse. A heck of a lot worse.
This leads into the only clever transition of the halftime show, as it goes from “The Way You Move” into “Sugar,” since the songs have similar BPMs. Where were these transitions for the rest of the show? Everything else was so choppy, yet this transition was actually pretty smooth. While “Sugar” is a good song to play at the show, again, it overstays its welcome. A verse and a chorus is plenty; you don’t need the pre-chorus. But after an awful middle of the show (some of the worst five minutes in a halftime show in quite some time), things start to pick up a bit towards the end at least. Not perfect, but it’s tolerable.
After the pre-chorus, we get into the final song of the show, which is “Moves Like Jagger.” Unfortunately, this is pretty butchered. Adam Levine does not sound that good here (and he sounded fine for most of the show), and he’s sing-rapping half the time for some reason. There’s controversy about Levine taking his shirt off during the show, since when Janet Jackson exposed her breast that caused a riot, but there are much bigger fish to fry here. There’s about 25 things wrong with this halftime show; if Levine taking his shirt off is one of them, it’s very, very low on the list of priorities. Following the chorus of that song, it’s almost like it goes into a completely different song. Fire and fireworks are blasted everywhere, but it’s very evident that this is not a closing song. The final 20 seconds are just the band trying to resolve the end of the song since it’s not a good closer in the slightest bit. You had your closer in “Sugar.” You’ve closed with that at most of your shows. Why switch it up and close with “Moves Like Jagger” when that’s not a closer? It just didn’t work.
When all is said and done, this show just didn’t work. So how would I fix it? What would I do if I was in charge of the Super Bowl LIII halftime show?
My Fix
I have to stick with what I’m given. While I can remove pieces from the equation, I can’t add pieces. So I can’t decide that this halftime show is now a Taylor Swift show. I have to focus on Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi. And to start things off, I’m getting rid of Travis Scott. If that fool can’t censor himself on stage, then he can go. I’m keeping Big Boi, but I’ll switch things up with his song.
The show starts off with a Squidward introduction of “Sweet Victory.” Adam Levine walks out from the tunnel and sings a verse and chorus of that song. As Levine walks out, he enters the field the moment the chorus hits. Pyrotechnics galore occur at this moment. The chorus ends, everyone is happy, and then Levine runs onto the stage with “Moves Like Jagger” being played. That song is not a closer, but rather, is an opener. After a verse and chorus of that song, we go into “This Love.” Both of these songs during the actual halftime show were played in the same key (B minor), so the transition works perfectly here. We’re only doing a verse and a chorus of that song, so the guitar solo is getting dumped.
Following that, we go into another upbeat song that’s in B minor which makes the transition really easy. It’s a song that they didn’t play during the show, and that is “Makes Me Wonder.” They gave extended time to “Girls Like You” and someone in the choir sounding like she was about to die, but didn’t play an upbeat hit that hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and was their first number one single.
After a verse, chorus, and the outro to that song, the music stops, and Big Boi rises from the stage. The opening to “Ms. Jackson” is played, and a verse and chorus of that song is done. It’ll be a guitar-based instrumental, so it’ll be that thing where there’s chords being played and pauses in between (think “My Shot” from Hamilton). After that song, Big Boi leaves the stage, and we slow things down with a ballad.
Instead of opting for the painfully sounding “Girls Like You,” we’re going with “She Will Be Loved.” This will be exactly the same as it was during the show, minus the going to the B-stage (I’m scrapping that unimaginative thing). A verse, chorus, and bridge will be played; while I criticized the song during the show for overstaying its welcome, that’s because every other song was doing it too, and the show itself felt slow. This proposed show won’t be as slow up until this point, since every song is no more than a verse and chorus, the transitions aren’t disjointed, and there isn’t a random drum line playing for no reason for 15 seconds. Levine holds out the final note of the bridge, and this leads us into the final song of the show, which is “Sugar.” This is the perfect closer. A verse, chorus, bridge and a final chorus of that song (just like Lady Gaga did with “Bad Romance” at Super Bowl LI) works perfectly here. They’ve ended just about every show with that song, and this would be no different.
So if I was designing the set-list, instead of the disjointed mess that we ended up getting, here’s what it would be:
Song Number Song
1 Sweet Victory (trumpet intro, verse & chorus)
2 Moves Like Jagger (verse & chorus)
3 This Love (verse & chorus)
4 Makes Me Wonder (verse, chorus & outro)
5 Ms. Jackson (with Big Boi)
6 She Will Be Loved (verse, chorus & bridge)
7 Sugar (verse, chorus, bridge & final chorus)
Conclusion
I hate it when people call things the worst halftime show ever. As someone who’s sat through halftime shows galore from the 80s and 90s, I can assure you that there are halftime shows that are much worse than this one. Try watching the Super Bowl XXIV halftime show without falling asleep. Try watching the Super Bowl XXV halftime show without cringing. Try watching the Super Bowl XXIII halftime show past the hilariously awful card trick that did not work; it’s almost unwatchable with how boring and disjointed it is. So I’m not going to go as far as some extremists and call this the worst halftime show ever.
Having said that… this was a bad show. The staging was boring. The performers, outside of Big Boi, were lackluster. The song choices were all over the place and felt choppy. The Travis Scott censorship thing was terrible. Everything about “Girls Like You” made my ears bleed. The tribute to SpongeBob is insulting to the word tribute. The show was a complete mess. My expectation for this show was to be better than Super Bowl 50 with Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars. It failed to meet that expectation, and quite miserably I might add.
One of the worst halftime shows ever? No. One of the worst halftime shows in recent memory? Absolutely. As controversial as it sounds, I thought that the halftime show from The Black Eyed Peas was legitimately better than this. Completely serious. Yes, there were so many things wrong with that show, but the pacing was great, the song choices were great, the staging was really creative, and there were elements there of a great halftime show. The execution was quite poor at times (and if I never have to hear Fergie butcher “Sweet Child O’Mine” again, I’m fine with that), but the show was better than this mess. The last five halftime shows are in my top 10 all-time, so we were bound to have a dud at some point. But this was a disappointment.
Honestly, even though I like Maroon 5 as a band, I could see this being a career killer. Not since The Black Eyed Peas have I seen a show been universally panned like this one. And speaking of The Black Eyed Peas- they were the hottest act in the world in 2009 and the first half of 2010 before Katy Perry began her domination of the pop scene. They had three number one hits off of The E.N.D, including one of the biggest songs of the 2000s in “I Gotta Feeling,” and had a number one hit in “Imma Be” in 2010, one year before they did the halftime show. From 2009-10, they had seven hits inside the top 10, and six hits inside the top four.
And in 2011, after that halftime show, they fell off the map. They had one more hit in “Just Can’t Get Enough,” and then, that was it. Nothing else from The Beginning did anything of note, and the band lost all relevance it had. The Super Bowl XLV halftime show killed their career. Groups like that don’t just die overnight for no reason; in front of a worldwide audience, they broke. This could be the end for Maroon 5. The halftime show was that bad and that panned that they might not be able to recover from this for a long time. Every artist that I criticized their halftime show in heavy detail (and where others criticized the show) went on to do nothing of note after the show. Will Maroon 5 be an exception to the rule? We’ll have to wait and see on that. But I wouldn’t bank on it. This could be the show that marks the beginning of the end for one of the most successful bands of the 21st century.
Rankings
1) Super Bowl XXXVI- U2
2) Super Bowl XLIX- Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott
3) Super Bowl LI- Lady Gaga
4) Super Bowl XLVIII- Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
5) Super Bowl XLI- Prince
6) Super Bowl XXVII- Michael Jackson
7) Super Bowl LII- Justin Timberlake
8) Super Bowl XLVII- Beyonce, Destiny’s Child
9) Super Bowl XXXV- *NSYNC, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J Blige
10) Super Bowl 50- Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars
11) Super Bowl XLIII- Bruce Springsteen
12) Super Bowl XXXIV- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
13) Super Bowl XLVI- Madonna
14) Super Bowl XXXIX- Paul McCartney
15) Super Bowl XXXIII- Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
16) Super Bowl XXX- Diana Ross
17) Super Bowl XLII- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
18) Super Bowl XXXVII- Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
19) Super Bowl XLV- The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
20) Super Bowl LIII- Maroon 5, Big Boi, Travis Scott
21) Super Bowl XXXII- The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Queen Latifah, Boyz II Men
22) Super Bowl XLIV- The Who
23) Super Bowl XXII- Chubby Checker, The Rockettes
24) Super Bowl XXXVIII- Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Nelly, P Diddy
25) Super Bowl XXVIII- Tanya Tucker, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, The Judds
26) Super Bowl XXXI- Blues Brothers, ZZ Top, James Brown
27) Super Bowl XXVI- Winter Magic, Gloria Estefan
28) Super Bowl XL- The Rolling Stones
29) Super Bowl XXIX- Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, Indiana Jones
30) Super Bowl XXI- Disney
31) Super Bowl XVIII- Disney
32) Super Bowl XXIII- Elvis Presto
33) Super Bowl XXIV- Salute to New Orleans & The Peanuts
34) Super Bowl XX- Up With People
35) Super Bowl XIX- Tops in Blue
36) Super Bowl XXV- Disney, New Kids on the Block
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2018.08.01 18:55 wolfa28 Float Fest 2018 Setlist

I was not there, but I had a great time listening to this! Biggest highlight was definitely hearing Maximum Frequency dropped out of nowhere! It's a WIP, but I timestamped all the places where I couldn't ID the song:
Setlist:
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Intro tease)
Bassnectar & Seth Drake – F.U.N. (Uncle Murda – Warning lyrics) (Female rapper ID sample mashed in)
Bassnectar – Don’t hate the 808
Bass Against Machine – King Kong (Bassnectar Edit) (Bassnectar – Don’t hate the 808 lyrics)
Bassnectar – Infrared (feat Macnaj)
Fryar & JusWayne – Augmented
Pigeon hole - Next Level (Mims – Like This Lyrics)
Noisia & Phace – Program (AWE Bootleg) (Hopsin – Trampoline lyrics)
MIA – Paper Planes (Nas ft. Lauryn Hill – If I Ruled the World lyrics)
Fixate – March On
Ming & FS – Retrace (Bassnectar Remix)
AK:Hash & Monty – Head Rip (Bassnectar Edit)
Excision & Bassnectar – Destroid 6 Put it Down (Bassnectar – Amorphous Form lyrics)
Bassnectar – Was Will Be (Feat Mimi Page) (Bassnectar Edit) (Bassnectar – TKO Lyrics) (Bassnectar – Upside Down Lyrics)
Bassnectar – Upside Down (Bassnectar & Terravita Remix)
Kromestar – The Progress (Bassnectar – Upside Down lyrics) (Fracture + Chimpo - From Early Sample Mashed In) (Bassnectar – I’m Up lyrics)
Honorebel – Now You See It (Blockhe4d Remix) (Robin Thicke feat Nicki Minaj – Shakin’ it lyrics)
ID (45:25) (Blanking) (Yung Joc – It’s Goin Down lyrics)
ID (49:00) (Jeremih ft 50 Cent - Down on Me lyrics) (Also played at Freestyle Sessions Wildstyle Night 2017)
Chee – Genecism (Elzhi – Deep lyrics)
Proxima - Ruff Scruff (Elzhi – Deep lyrics)
Dabow – Bomb
Jackal – She Ruins (Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam lyrics)
zndr. – Diamonds
Hudson Mohawke – Thunder Bay (Bassnectar Edit)
Bassnectar & Peekaboo – Disrupt the System (feat Azeem) (Notorious B.I.G. - Running Your Mouth lyrics)
Ms Banks – OMG (Bassnectar Remix) (Bassnectar – Now lyrics)
Rossi B & Luca - Frequency (Bassnectar Remix)
Unitz – The Drop (Rude Kid – Are You Ready? Lyrics)
Pyramid Juke – Molly (Big Boi – Kryptonite lyrics)
Kaskade & Deadmau5 – Move For Me (GTA Remix) (Big Boi – Kryptonite lyrics) (Eskmo – Agnus Dei lyrics)
Family Photo
Bassnectar & Jantsen – Heavyweight Sound (feat RD)
Virtual Riot – Show Up (feat Virus Syndicate)
Eliminate – Snake Bite (VIP) (Bassnectar & G Jones – Underground lyrics)
Moody Good – Tweakrrs Revenge (Also known as MTGFYT Vol. 1)
Hydraulix & Hatch – Vibe Machine (Bassnectar & G Jones – Underground lyrics)
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2017.09.18 05:29 ben10103 The Meadows Festival 2017 Set List

Was not there for this one. Did the set list from a live stream. I was doing it while at work so I mighta missed one or two somewhere but I think I got em all other than a couple I blanked on and one or two I didnt know.
Set List
Donald bucks - Bloodclat (Bassnectar - Kick it complex lyrics)
Bassnectar + Gnar Gnar - Im Up
Astrale - Blinding Skies (Lupe Fiasco - Daydreaming + Bassnectar - Gnar lyrics)
Future - Mask Off (TYNVN Flip) (Danny Brown - Die Like a Rockstar lyrics)
Danny Brown - Really Doe
SFAM - Hallows (Phiso - Jotaro lyrics intro)
Bassnectar + G Jones - Underground
San holo - Light
Noisia - Get deaded (Moody good remix)
DZ - In the cut? (Not 100%)
Wuki - she got some (J. Cole - Blow Up lyrics)
Eliminate - Snake bite VIP
DMVU - Goliath (from mini mix at 1:50)
Illanthropy - Elephant party (Sugarhill Gang - Rappers Delight lyrics)
Bassnectar - Level up
Dabow - Bomb (Bassnectar remix)
Laika Beats - Owl Eyez (Lil Mama's - Shawty Get Loose lyrics)
Ms Banks - OMG (Bassnectar remix) (Bassnectar - Now lyrics)
Rudekid - Are you ready
Eprom - Pineapple
XaeboR - Foul
Zndr - diamonds
Kaivon - Reborn (Skepta - Thats not me lyrics)
Unitz - The Drop
Gucci mane - First day out da feds (Trae - Swang sample)
Peekaboo - Wobbly (Daft punk - Technologic lyrics)
Eastghost - There is hope, yet
Bassnectar - Music is the drug
Pyramid juke - Molly (Big boi - kryptonite)
Bassnectar - Unlimited combinations (omfg - supamegalolz lyrics)
Darren Styles & Gammer - Feel Like This (Deon Custom & Glacci + Bassnectar Remix) (Mims - "Like this" vocal sample)
Bass against machine - King kong
Ray volpe - Spirit squad
MineSweepa - Burning For U (Carbin Remix) (Lupe Fiasco - I gotcha and Luzcid - Mic Check lyrics)
Bassnectar - Infrared
Pluta Era - Grotter
Kayzo - Avalanche
Bassnectar + Gnar Gnar - Generate
Bassnectar + The Glitch Mob - Paracosm
Princess superstar - My machine
Dotcrawl - Alternative facts
Audio Gutter - Palm Reader
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2017.03.08 08:54 K-BillysHitsofthe70s (X-post r/okeechobeemusicfest) So i walked around Okeechobee Music Fest, met as many people as I could, learned their first name, city of origin, and favorite song of all time. Heres the playlist.

First of all, I just wanna say thank you to everyone I spoke to, almost everyone was super nice, and seemed super interested in what I was doing, and you're all amazing people. I'm going to go ahead and post the playlist under this paragraph so that no one has to dig through me talking about my experience who is not interested.
https://open.spotify.com/usehi1eman/playlist/582nqMnmWbFLVk4xdVwPjV
Second, I'm really sorry to anyone I talked to if your song did not make it on the playlist, I was a little inebriated for some of them and there was some nonsense on my list I can't seem to make out what it actually was supposed to say.
Next I would like to talk about some of the specific people and groups of people I met, and how wonderfully nice they all were.
The first group I can think of starts with the first girl I asked Ari Diaz and all her friends from Hilton Head, they were all super awesome and were extremely interested in this project, and I hope you all enjoy seeing your submissions on the playlist.
Another group that showed me a lot of love was Haley and all of her friends from Lexington, they were all more than thrilled to share with me and I really hope you all get around to reading this.
Julia from Bethel CT tied my shoe as soon as I walked up to her, and that was super cool so big shout out to her.
Coleman from Tallahassee was a big one, he had a friend with him who was being a total dick to me, and I tried as hard as I possibly could to get the guy to like me (I could tell he was pretty fucked up) but Coleman loved the idea of what I was doing and thought it was extremely interesting. I love that guy, he had a naruto headband on and I tried to bond with him about it, and maybe one day I'll meet him again and hopefully he'll give me another chance.
Monkey from Miami was a super cool guy, he had a lot to say about his song (Escape - Rupert Holmes) and explained to the story of the song, and which you guys should all actually look into because it really is rather interesting.
Yung Orange Juice, who is not on this list, I have no idea where he's from, but I turned around and looked at him and said "You look like you listen to Yung Lean" and he said "I do listen to a lot of Yung Lean" with the most geeked look I saw on anyone's face all weekend.
Grant from Dayton, OH, you were the man. Thanks for talking to me for so long, for the bacon, and for talking to me as you did Sunday night, much love brother.
And the last people I met are very important, and although I didn't get their songs, because I hadn't actually started this project on Friday, were Abby and Blade from Kansas City, Missouri. Abby and Blade ran around with Chevy and I all night Friday night, and it was one of the most fun night I have had in my whole entire life, and I just had to make a point to bring them up.
Again I just really want to thank everyone who I talked to so much, you were all so amazing and I love you all with all of my heart. I hope you all enjoy the playlist and listen to it with an open mind, as I have been doing, and let it open you up to new music, and a new way of life.
Below I will copy and paste my list (which is totally rough so you guys can understand why I couldn't find certain songs).
I need to make a big shout out to my best buddy Chevy, because this was originally his idea, and he 100% deserves a lot of credit for this, and if as many of you as possible could hop on Twitter and follow him @ChevyOakes and tell him how awesome this is, I would also very much appreciate that.
With much love Hunter Hileman (@Hi13man) Jacksonville Beach, FL Twin Peaks - Down in Heaven
Ari Diaz- Hilton head- something about you Odesza It's alright - Griz - Dillon Arkansas West palm - troll face - make it bounce _ Brent Ft lauded sale - Alejandro RHCP - hey Calvin Harris - worst day - David from Germany Dillon from Orlando - show me by Alena baraz Amber from Baton Rouge - butterfly by a bassnecter Zac audry- Knoxville Tennessee - blame game - Kanye west Genevieve - props and mayhem-pierce the veil - orlando Virginia - ft lauderdale - radio head - national anthem Mason from Baltimore - music never stops 1979 London dead Shelton Ct - Peter - warning biggie smalls Rolling Stones beast of burden eerie pa brittany 14 15. (Ryan - Atlanta - patten me - incubus Rachel - new slang - shins) Colombus - thorns by demon hunter - zach Colombus - Sansa by pretty lights - Noel Colombus - gaucho - steely dan - Tristan Colombus - makedamnsure - taking back sunday - rayna Chelsea - sunrise Florida - her - Tyler the creator Dallas - Logan - under the bridge - RHCP DALLAS - Jacob - down in the valley - head and the heart Boston - Alecia - lumineers stubborn love Paulina - Wroclaw - Poland - girls that dance - masego Ithaca - cedrick - international players anthem by outkast Ithica - Justin - today is a good day - ice cube Ithica - Alex - sabatoge - beastie boys Phillip - Baton Rouge - say it by flume Nicki - Augusta - eyes - kaskade Tampa - Josh - lose yourself to dance - daft punk Oscar from Virginia Beach - avenendge seven fold - little price of heaven Monkey - Miami - escape (do you like pina coladas) Asheville - jacks - Come together - Beatles Asheville - AJake - sublime - what I got Chicago - robin - Californication - RHCP Lexington Kentucky - Megan - insane - flume Lexington - Shawn - hate it or love it - 50 cent Lexington - Jacob - pretty lights - hot like sauce Lexington - Marwan - 3 doors down - kryptonite Lexington - Ali - odeza - bloom Lexington - Haley - Love like woe - the ready set Brooklyn - Brian - Smells like teen spirit - Nirvana Orlando - Eddie - blinded by light - manfran earth band Orlando - will - fruit punch - kayido Spring Texas - Willy - Flume and Chet Faker - what about us Downington PA - Jared - interbloom - rufus du sol Bethel ct - Julia - voltage remix - skrillex Sarasota - julian- man of the year - school boy Q Bradenton - matthew - big spender - asap Bradenton - David - g easy - all I can't do Charlottes NC - Lawson - stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin Charlotte NC - Ryan - shine on you crazy diamond - Pink Floyd San Louis obipspo - Valita - modest mouse - bukowski Tampa - bobby - Manchester orchestra - where have you been Tampa - Anthony - hermitude - the buzz Boca raton - chris - 3 weeks - perpetual groove Boca - Andrew - what's new pussy cat - tom Jones Boca - James - teleport massive - bassnecter Iowa ceder rapids - Jessica - beautiful drug - zach brown band Still water Minnesota - Kelly - Matilda - alt j Tampa - micheal - numbers - logic Tampa - Kristen - reptaillia - the strokes Jacksonville - Eli - griz - need this Jacksonville - Wesley - Honeybee - steam powered giraffe Charlston - Lindsey - lightspot - kaytronada Charleston - Josh - stand by me - Bennie king Kingston - Addison - hurt - johnny cash Rallie NC - Guidry - the scientist - Coldplay Charlston - Cole - strange - Lois the child Newport TN - Jake - king park - law dispute Newport - Katie - the little thing - Big G Newport - Sam - good times are killing me - modest mouse Newport - Damian - 44 bars - logic Miami - Naomi - Arcadia - Gabriel and Dresden Tallahassee - Tyler - paper trails - darkside Bogota colombia - German - it's a hard knock life - Jay z Cali Colombia - Stephanie - just like heaven - the cure Toms River NJ - Alana - grace van Der wall - I don't know my name Veleo CA - Luke - paranoia - chance the rapper Louisville KY - zach - closer to the sun - slightly stoopid Chelsea - Phoenix AZ - down with disease - phish Colombus - Ana - wagon wheel - old Crow med show Colombus - Nathan - simple man - Lynrd skynard Hilton head - Ben - apocolypse dream - tame impala HH - Sydney - true affection - FJM HH - Quinn - treat her better - Mac demarco HH - jolie - say it - flume (this song is the only duplicate!!!!) HH - Shelby - yellow - Coldplay HH - zach - lower your eyelids - to die with the sun HH - Derek - wavves - Linus spacehood HH - emiliana- Ivy - frank ocean Saco Maine - David - friends and I - griz Philli - Julia - pumped up kicks - foster the people Philli - kris - nightmare - virtual riot Inverness - James - into the sun - bass Richmond ca - Noah - headstrong - trapped Jacksonville - riley - half a person - the smiths Gainesville - Lauren - dale song lumineers Gainesville - Devin - drugs - Adam Jenson Tampa - Anna - season 2 episode 3 - glass animals Miami - Kat - joker - Steve miller Lexington - Josh - signs of light - the head and the heart Caracas Venezuela - Thomas - I want to break free - Queen West palm - micheal - voodoo child blues West pale - Bryan - estimated prophet - dead Seneca Falls, NY- Kristie - mmmbop- Hanson Kansas City, mo: Morgan and Ryan: interbloom rufus du sol (second duplicate!!) Charolette - trippy KFC guy (Jessie) - Adams song blink 182 Ft lauderdale-go Christopher Henson, blunts and blondes Gainesville - Ricky - wild style method - bassnecter - florsheim- Seneca - galantis - runaway Wilmington NC - CAM - Kimi Hendrix - all along the watchtower Brookylyn- Janice - September - earth wind fire t Ft lauderdale - max - close to the edge - yes Boca -- Gina - death by dignity - sufjan stevans Plantations - drew - mumble - Whirr Riga, labia - Richard - sex on fire - kings of Leon Charlston - Patrick - flume - enough Sydney - Jared - always - Odessa Leesburg -Rodney - killing in the name of - rage against the machine Winchester VA - Megan - 311 - amber Woodstock VA - Bryant - RHCP - give it away Winchester - drew - hard in the paint - wake flake Elizabethton TN- Kelcey- Summer love-pretty lights (you know we love it) Chicago - Joe - premorditum - cuninglinvuis Decader IL - zach - hypnotize - biggie smalls Ft Meyers - Ariel - money trees - Kendrick Lamar Valencia Venezuela - anggie- pony - genuine Tallahassee fl -Coleman -Elvis Presley - can't help falling in love with you Brunswick GA - Dillon - I miss you - guild chain Dayton OH - Grant - growlers - the going gets tuff Glen ridge - Sophia - I found you - Alabama shakes Chapel hill - Ethan - flowers in your hair - lumineers Rockville Maryland - Amy - drop the game - flume Long Island NY - Kat -empathy - bassnecter
(In the original post, the list is actually, well, a list, but when i copied and pasted the numbers didnt come, and i dont really wanna go through and renumber it.)
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2017.03.08 04:10 K-BillysHitsofthe70s So I walked around Okeechobee Music Fest, met as many people I could, learned their first name, city of origin, and favorite song of all time. Here's the playlist.

First of all, I just wanna say thank you to everyone I spoke to, almost everyone was super nice, and seemed super interested in what I was doing, and you're all amazing people. I'm going to go ahead and post the playlist under this paragraph so that no one has to dig through me talking about my experience who is not interested.
https://open.spotify.com/usehi1eman/playlist/582nqMnmWbFLVk4xdVwPjV
Second, I'm really sorry to anyone I talked to if your song did not make it on the playlist, I was a little inebriated for some of them and there was some nonsense on my list I can't seem to make out what it actually was supposed to say.
Next I would like to talk about some of the specific people and groups of people I met, and how wonderfully nice they all were. The first group I can think of starts with the first girl I asked Ari Diaz and all her friends from Hilton Head, they were all super awesome and were extremely interested in this project, and I hope you all enjoy seeing your submissions on the playlist.
Another group that showed me a lot of love was Haley and all of her friends from Lexington, they were all more than thrilled to share with me and I really hope you all get around to reading this.
Julia from Bethel CT tied my shoe as soon as I walked up to her, and that was super cool so big shout out to her.
Coleman from Tallahassee was a big one, he had a friend with him who was being a total dick to me, and I tried as hard as I possibly could to get the guy to like me (I could tell he was pretty fucked up) but Coleman loved the idea of what I was doing and thought it was extremely interesting. I love that guy, he had a naruto headband on and I tried to bond with him about it, and maybe one day I'll meet him again and hopefully he'll give me another chance.
Monkey from Miami was a super cool guy, he had a lot to say about his song (Escape - Rupert Holmes) and explained to the story of the song, and which you guys should all actually look into because it really is rather interesting.
Yung Orange Juice, who is not on this list, I have no idea where he's from, but I turned around and looked at him and said "You look like you listen to Yung Lean" and he said "I do listen to a lot of Yung Lean" with the most geeked look I saw on anyone's face all weekend.
Grant from Dayton, OH, you were the man. Thanks for talking to me for so long, for the bacon, and for talking to me as long as you did Sunday night, much love brother.
And the last people I met are very important, and although I didn't get their songs, because I hadn't actually started this project on Friday, were Abby and Blade from Kansas City, Missouri. Abby and Blade ran around with Chevy and I all night Friday night, and it was one of the most fun night I have had in my whole entire life, and I just had to make a point to bring them up.
Again I just really want to thank everyone who I talked to so much, you were all so amazing and I love you all with all of my heart. I hope you all enjoy the playlist and listen to it with an open mind, as I have been doing, and let it open you up to new music, and a new way of life.
Below I will copy and paste my list (which is totally rough so you guys can understand why I couldn't find certain songs) and a link to the playlist.
I need to make a big shout out to my best buddy Chevy, because this was originally his idea, and he 100% deserves a lot of credit for this, and if as many of you as possible could hop on Twitter and follow him @ChevyOakes and tell him how awesome this is, I would also very much appreciate that.
With much love Hunter Hileman (Hi13man) Jacksonville Beach, FL Twin Peaks - Heavenly Showers
  1. Ari Diaz- Hilton head- something about you Odesza
  2. It's alright - Griz - Dillon Arkansas
  3. West palm - troll face - make it bounce _ Brent
  4. Ft lauded sale - Alejandro RHCP - hey
  5. Calvin Harris - worst day - David from Germany
  6. Dillon from Orlando - show me by Alena baraz
  7. Amber from Baton Rouge - butterfly by a bassnecter
  8. Zac audry- Knoxville Tennessee - blame game - Kanye west
  9. Genevieve - props and mayhem-pierce the veil - orlando
  10. Virginia - ft lauderdale - radio head - national anthem
  11. Mason from Baltimore - music never stops 1979 London dead
  12. Shelton Ct - Peter - warning biggie smalls
  13. Rolling Stones beast of burden eerie pa brittany 14 15. (Ryan - Atlanta - patten me - incubus Rachel - new slang - shins)
  14. Colombus - thorns by demon hunter - zach
  15. Colombus - Sansa by pretty lights - Noel
  16. Colombus - gaucho - steely dan - Tristan
  17. Colombus - makedamnsure - taking back sunday - rayna
  18. Chelsea - sunrise Florida - her - Tyler the creator
  19. Dallas - Logan - under the bridge - RHCP
  20. DALLAS - Jacob - down in the valley - head and the heart
  21. Boston - Alecia - lumineers stubborn love
  22. Paulina - Wroclaw - Poland - girls that dance - masego
  23. Ithaca - cedrick - international players anthem by outkast
  24. Ithica - Justin - today is a good day - ice cube
  25. Ithica - Alex - sabatoge - beastie boys
  26. Phillip - Baton Rouge - say it by flume
  27. Nicki - Augusta - eyes - kaskade
  28. Tampa - Josh - lose yourself to dance - daft punk
  29. Oscar from Virginia Beach - avenendge seven fold - little price of heaven
  30. Monkey - Miami - escape (do you like pina coladas)
  31. Asheville - jacks - Come together - Beatles
  32. Asheville - AJake - sublime - what I got
  33. Chicago - robin - Californication - RHCP
  34. Lexington Kentucky - Megan - insane - flume
  35. Lexington - Shawn - hate it or love it - 50 cent
  36. Lexington - Jacob - pretty lights - hot like sauce
  37. Lexington - Marwan - 3 doors down - kryptonite
  38. Lexington - Ali - odeza - bloom
  39. Lexington - Haley - Love like woe - the ready set
  40. Brooklyn - Brian - Smells like teen spirit - Nirvana
  41. Orlando - Eddie - blinded by light - manfran earth band
  42. Orlando - will - fruit punch - kayido
  43. Spring Texas - Willy - Flume and Chet Faker - what about us
  44. Downington PA - Jared - interbloom - rufus du sol
  45. Bethel ct - Julia - voltage remix - skrillex
  46. Sarasota - julian- man of the year - school boy Q
  47. Bradenton - matthew - big spender - asap
  48. Bradenton - David - g easy - all I can't do
  49. Charlottes NC - Lawson - stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin
  50. Charlotte NC - Ryan - shine on you crazy diamond - Pink Floyd
  51. San Louis obipspo - Valita - modest mouse - bukowski
  52. Tampa - bobby - Manchester orchestra - where have you been
  53. Tampa - Anthony - hermitude - the buzz
  54. Boca raton - chris - 3 weeks - perpetual groove
  55. Boca - Andrew - what's new pussy cat - tom Jones
  56. Boca - James - teleport massive - bassnecter
  57. Iowa ceder rapids - Jessica - beautiful drug - zach brown band
  58. Still water Minnesota - Kelly - Matilda - alt j
  59. Tampa - micheal - numbers - logic
  60. Tampa - Kristen - reptaillia - the strokes
  61. Jacksonville - Eli - griz - need this
  62. Jacksonville - Wesley - Honeybee - steam powered giraffe
  63. Charlston - Lindsey - lightspot - kaytronada
  64. Charleston - Josh - stand by me - Bennie king
  65. Kingston - Addison - hurt - johnny cash
  66. Rallie NC - Guidry - the scientist - Coldplay
  67. Charlston - Cole - strange - Lois the child
  68. Newport TN - Jake - king park - law dispute
  69. Newport - Katie - the little thing - Big G
  70. Newport - Sam - good times are killing me - modest mouse
  71. Newport - Damian - 44 bars - logic
  72. Miami - Naomi - Arcadia - Gabriel and Dresden
  73. Tallahassee - Tyler - paper trails - darkside
  74. Bogota colombia - German - it's a hard knock life - Jay z
  75. Cali Colombia - Stephanie - just like heaven - the cure
  76. Toms River NJ - Alana - grace van Der wall - I don't know my name
  77. Veleo CA - Luke - paranoia - chance the rapper
  78. Louisville KY - zach - closer to the sun - slightly stoopid
  79. Chelsea - Phoenix AZ - down with disease - phish
  80. Colombus - Ana - wagon wheel - old Crow med show
  81. Colombus - Nathan - simple man - Lynrd skynard
  82. Hilton head - Ben - apocolypse dream - tame impala
  83. HH - Sydney - true affection - FJM
  84. HH - Quinn - treat her better - Mac demarco
  85. HH - jolie - say it - flume (this song is the only duplicate!!!!)
  86. HH - Shelby - yellow - Coldplay
  87. HH - zach - lower your eyelids - to die with the sun
  88. HH - Derek - wavves - Linus spacehood
  89. HH - emiliana- Ivy - frank ocean
  90. Saco Maine - David - friends and I - griz
  91. Philli - Julia - pumped up kicks - foster the people
  92. Philli - kris - nightmare - virtual riot
  93. Inverness - James - into the sun - bass
  94. Richmond ca - Noah - headstrong - trapped
  95. Jacksonville - riley - half a person - the smiths
  96. Gainesville - Lauren - dale song lumineers
  97. Gainesville - Devin - drugs - Adam Jenson
  98. Tampa - Anna - season 2 episode 3 - glass animals
  99. Miami - Kat - joker - Steve miller
  100. Lexington - Josh - signs of light - the head and the heart
  101. Caracas Venezuela - Thomas - I want to break free - Queen
  102. West palm - micheal - voodoo child blues
  103. West pale - Bryan - estimated prophet - dead
  104. Seneca Falls, NY- Kristie - mmmbop- Hanson
  105. Kansas City, mo: Morgan and Ryan: interbloom rufus du sol (second duplicate!!)
  106. Charolette - trippy KFC guy (Jessie) - Adams song blink 182
  107. Ft lauderdale-go Christopher Henson, blunts and blondes
  108. Gainesville - Ricky - wild style method - bassnecter
  109. - florsheim- Seneca - galantis - runaway
  110. Wilmington NC - CAM - Kimi Hendrix - all along the watchtower
  111. Brookylyn- Janice - September - earth wind fire t
  112. Ft lauderdale - max - close to the edge - yes
  113. Boca -- Gina - death by dignity - sufjan stevans
  114. Plantations - drew - mumble - Whirr
  115. Riga, labia - Richard - sex on fire - kings of Leon
  116. Charlston - Patrick - flume - enough
  117. Sydney - Jared - always - Odessa
  118. Leesburg -Rodney - killing in the name of - rage against the machine
  119. Winchester VA - Megan - 311 - amber
  120. Woodstock VA - Bryant - RHCP - give it away
  121. Winchester - drew - hard in the paint - wake flake
  122. Elizabethton TN- Kelcey- Summer love-pretty lights (you know we love it)
  123. Chicago - Joe - premorditum - cuninglinvuis
  124. Decader IL - zach - hypnotize - biggie smalls
  125. Ft Meyers - Ariel - money trees - Kendrick Lamar
  126. Valencia Venezuela - anggie- pony - genuine
  127. Tallahassee fl -Coleman -Elvis Presley - can't help falling in love with you
  128. Brunswick GA - Dillon - I miss you - guild chain
  129. Dayton OH - Grant - growlers - the going gets tuff
  130. Glen ridge - Sophia - I found you - Alabama shakes
  131. Chapel hill - Ethan - flowers in your hair - lumineers
  132. Rockville Maryland - Amy - drop the game - flume
  133. Long Island NY - Kat -empathy - bassnecter
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2017.02.27 15:40 ViridianScourge Let's talk comic-inspired music

There's a lot of great songs that take inspiration from comics, some less obvious than others.
My first go-to is an entire comic-themed metal album from Within the Ruins (Phenomena), which pays tribute to Watchmen (Clockwork), Wolverine (Ronin), Spider-man (Hegira), and Joker (Calling Card), to name a few. My favorite has to be a song about a conversation between Magneto and Xavier, Gods Amongst Men.
There are some other greats too, like Rancid's Sidekick, about Tim Drake Robin, or 3 Door's Down obvious Superman reference with Kryptonite.
Some people actually base their whole persona on a comic theme, like rapper MF Doom.
So, any recommendations to populate my Spotify playlist for my workday?
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2016.09.21 09:03 Bigmethod Eminem's Wordplay - An analytical breakdown of "Groundhog Day"

We're so close to a new Eminem track! Whether its some generic pop song or not (and it is), i'm still excited to hear new material from our boy! I'll definitely be breaking it down since i've been getting such an overwhelming amount of support from you guys.
It makes me really happy that I can share my love for lyricism for with people who appreciate it, even if its just focused on one artist... Albeit this artist just so happens to be my favorite!
I don't use any websites to breakdown this music, however, if you want an amazing website that delves deeper behind the meanings of the track, check it out at Rapgenius.com!
Introduction
Today we'll be breaking down "Groundhog Day". This is a very dense and long track. It took me a really solid amount of hours to break this thing down, so I hope y'all like it!
In this really aggressive and engaging song, Eminem tells his story (once again), but this time with a nice original spin on it. He compares his life to the movie "Groundhog Day", where the main character gets stuck in a time loop. He's forced to live out a day over and over and over again. Eminem compares this to his life as a child.
However, further into the track he deviates from this motif and begins just talking about how he found hiphop and what, in my interpretation, lead him to BREAK that loop. I'll be outlining where exactly he breaks this timeloop and begins living his life as a new person. A rapper.
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This track is undeniably insane. In the sense that its one of, if no the most, complex track he's ever done in terms of rhyming. Its incredible. The beauty is that he's not even making shit hard to rap along to here either. Its just bars on bars on bars.
The first two verses are light on wordplay, but the last two make up for it. This makes sense in the way the song is structured too.
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Warning: This is by far my LONGEST breakdown. Its around 25,000 words. So if you find the first two verses kind of tame, feel free to skip to the final two verses where the lyricism gets pretty insane! However, if you have the time, I do recommend checking out the whole thing.

Enjoy!
Verse 1:
I used to think I had bad luck, but I wasn't superstitious
'til one day I grew suspicious, when I stepped on a crack
On Aunt Edna's stoop and got pooped on by a group of stupid pigeons
Em starts this track with a great layed-back flow. He also starts it with a tercet that introduces us to not only the loop, but the first motif we'll be seeing in the track. To signify "bad luck" or "negative superstition", Marshall brings up his experience with literal shit. It introduces us to the cycle.
Also, there's a nice matching 8-syllable internal with "But I was-n't su-per-sti-tious / 'til one day i grew sus-pi-cious".
He breaks the internal to finish this tercet off. A common tactic Eminem approaches is shortening or extending the last bar of a certain rhymescheme to make it end more wholesomely. This is a nice tip for anyone writing rap. If you are done with a certain rhymescheme, don't just end it and move on to the next one. Try wrap it up with a bar that deviates from the rhymeschemes format.
For example, the first couplet ending with "stepped on a crack", is a perfect bar-for-bar match. While the last bar breaks the bar-line (or so it sounds like it) and finishes the rhyme scheme. I know being "even" is constantly a fear for upcoming lyricists. But don't be afraid, sometimes breaking that barline is what you need to make your verse not sound stilted.
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Also a funny little internal reference here. He stepped on a crack and got pooped on. Eminem loves his corny humor.
Then we flew the coop to Michigan to start anew, but ditching
Missouri for Michigan didn't work, so we moved
Back to Missouri from Michigan, from Missouri back to Michigan
Someone put me out my misery, I can't do this again
So quick note, he breaks the barline with the third bar here.
Em also continues the motif of "birds". They flew the COOP, which is a cage of sorts that holds birds, but he uses it as a metaphor for his family... since a trailer park is often considered a cage of sorts. So much like birds, they sort of migrated to a different place in Michigan.
Slim plays around with his rhyme-scheme SO much on this track, its lit.
He's using an awesome poetry-esq format where he breaks the barline in the first and third line, also matching the end-rhymes on the first and third bar. He's on some poetry shit!
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I'm usually not a fan of repeated words, but it works so well here. Especially with the payoff in the last bar as he reveals the homophone of "misery" and "missouri". Clearly showing that he finds Missouri MISerable!
"Again" also matches with michi-GAIN. So that could also be an attempted match much like misery, albeit an imperfect one.
Mom, please stick to a decision, discipline, last thing I wanna do is listen
She's like Lex Luthor, bitch, her rules are Krypton-
-ite, so the walls - I done lost my power to see through them bitches
But I run into 'em, running through the kitchen
Pretending to be blind Superman, cause I had no supervision
I got into this pretty heated argument with someone on this subreddit a few weeks back. They made the claim that modern Em sucks at creating bars. He constantly tramples the barline so he could pack in more words.
I mean, yeah, but that's a style in itself. Like it or not. Personally, i love matching syllables and how they rhyme. Here Eminem is completely ignoring the barline.
He's also STILL on the same rhyme-scheme as the previous seven bars! Even if the matching is a bit different here, he's still rhyming the same sounding words.
The internals being with the Ii/ie/shion/ine/es/on/ou.
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Okay this also has some really sick wordplay. The entire thing shifted from a bird theme to a superhero/villain theme. Em always loved his comic books.
So Eminem is saying that his mom is famed Superman villain Lex Luthor, who often used Kyrptonite, Superman's only weakness, against him. Rules are Eminem's kryptonite, as Eminem is Superman in this metaphor.
Superman also could see through walls... so some could say he has super vision. However, Kyrptonite blocks his powers (including supervision), so he loses his ability to see through walls.
Eminem is literally blind now, since he has no supervision. Supervision being a double entendre since he literally can't see through walls if he was superman, but also since his mom doesn't supervise him.
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This is what I like to call "Forced but works", when it comes to Eminem's wordplay. Its often corny and cheesy dad-jokes. But man the way he delivers them is so tongue-n-cheek but not so much that you feel like he's winking at the camera. I love it.
But I did have a super power though, I could turn into invisible kid
Disappear out of sight, like a true magician
And one day Uncle Ronnie brought over this new, but different
Music into the picture and it became my new religion
He maintains the same sounding rhymescheme throughout the entire first verse, its pretty dope. He also does the same 1/3 2/4 matching bars.
In this quatrain he wraps up the superhero motif and says that his loop sort of ended with the discovery or rap. Its a nice way to wrap up the entire concept of the song... but its only the first verse. Interesting.
Also the line "I remember it clearly, even to this day" is an obvious reference to how he remembers discovering hip hop. But interestingly, fully rapping up the superhero theme/motif is the fact that the line is sampled from a comic book Eminem read.
Verse 2:
Move back to Michigan again, to live with my Grandma Nan
Always itching for something to do
Was flipping through the radio stations one day and discovered
This DJ who was mixing, I say it to this day, if you ain't listened
To the Wizzard, you ain't have a fucking clue what you was missing
I'd zone out with my headphones, all I remember doing's wishing for shoes
Fuck them stupid Pumas bitch, it's all about them new edition Troops
You get them LL Cool J cooling system
Eminem is in full story-mode now.
Note how he once again 'ends' a rhymescheme, kinda. He maintains a similar rhymescheme throughout these verses, however, the way the rhyme is delivered is different. While there's always an "ie" sound being rhymed, like in "AgAIn" "MichigAIn" "MissIAN"(I know its spelled missIOn, but his pronunciation was different here).
He shifts it from end-rhymes to a more internal rhymescheme. That's why he ramps up these bars and once again creates a shorter bar to end this current rhymescheme. Note the method I talked about earlier, he uses it throughout this track.
There are also some great references here, such as the shoes he mentioned in Yellow Brick Road, and Eminem's constant praise of LL Cool J.
Made that final maneuver to 8 Mile and Hoover
And somehow I saw my future is in this, that's how I know my mission
Little boom box booming, spitting, practicing numerous writtens
When I sit in my room envisioning my dreams come to fruition
I remember Proof would visit, couldn't wait to play him my new shit
He'd go cuckoo ballistic, go through the roof for his shit
It's like we knew the instant, we touched a mic that both of us
Too existed to do this shit, never quit, too persistent
This entire shorter second verse often feels like a bridge to the third and fourth verse. As i said, he's in storytelling mode. The loop seems to be starting back up again though... i'll get into how.
Note once again, he uses the same bar tactic to split the rhymescheme up in the last tercet. He starts chopping a little bit towards the end to mark the end of the verse. Its important to signify the end of a verse with a change. I never liked when rappers would just slowly drift into the verse with the same exact rhyme scheme.
Verse 3:
Started a group of misfits, Proof had a proposition
If we all band together, there ain't no stopping this shit
Come up with aliases, bipolar opposites and
Be ready to come off the top as sharp precision
If you got dissed at the Shop, cause if they caught you slipping
They'd take your spot if someone got to ripping you
And you forgot your written
Opportunity knocks once, it ain't knocking again
It tried ding-dong ditching shit, I fucking got that bitch in a headlock
So my idea is that with this introductory set of bars, Eminem is outlining his travels back into a grounding time-loop once again. Instead of it being from moving, its from rapping.
Its also important to note that this is where the song gets RIDICULOUSLY in-depth when it comes to rhymes. Like the next 50-ish bars or however many there are left are amongst the best bars Eminem has ever spat. Also have my favorite quatrain of that year (2013).
He's finishing up his story of how he found rap, got accustomed to it, formed D-12... and he began slaughtering his opponents. Still doing the "ie" rhymescheme too!
People outline Legacy as an impressive feat of rhymes, but I don't agree. Eminem outdid himself with this track. Legacy wasn't even a quarter as impressive as this, in my humble opinion.
Cut off his oxygen, Slim is not budging
Like cocksucking cynderblocks in the wind, now I got a pot to piss in
Spot in that top position, kopping over the opposition
Looking like a dog that's pissing, leg up on the competition
Weeeeew laddy! Shit's ramping up! These bars are fucking fire. The perfect 8/9 - 8/7 rhymescheme. Its getting heated.
Also a nice little comparison in the last bar. He has a leg up on the competition, a leg up much like a dog that's peeing, since when dogs piss they lift up their legs. NICE, Marshall, NICE!
Also its a reference to the second bar of this quatrain, saying now that he has a pot to piss in. This pot being both a metaphor for the fact that he's getting that sweet juicy cash, but also since his pot to piss in is literally other rappers as well. NIIIIICE MARSHALL, NICE!
Promising complete dominance, Sugar Ray Robinson
I'm in a league Muhammad's in, Ali's my colleague bombing 'em
Probably end up on top of 'em, stomping 'em like Ndamukong
I'm Russian like a Ukrainian, LaDainian Tomlinson
So if any of you were a bit sad I wasn't more indepth on the rhyme scheme this track... well, you're about to understand why.
Midway through this amazing track Eminem delivers the best quatrain of the year :
So what does Eminem do here. One, he wants a total focus on rhyming. Literally every word apart from "Like/my/I'm" are feeding into the rhyme scheme. This leads to almost 95% rhyming match, something that the bars you link don't have.
He's also holding an 8 syllable rhyme scheme in the first couplet. Eight! That's impressive in its own right, but he goes one step further. He keeps this quatrain under one motif. Sports. So wrestling and Football. He starts it off with a wrestling metaphor, saying that he'll dominate like the famous boxer, Sugar Ray Robinson. He's also in the same league that Muhammad's in. So in the best rappers of all time.
Muhammed Ali is his colleague, furthering the metaphor. He's bombing them with his rap. He's destroying his competition so much so that he'll end up on top of them like Ndamukong, a Detroit Lion's football player who's known for stomping his competition LITERALLY.
He's Russian - Rush-in' so he's Rushing like the football player, Ladanian Tomlinson. As well as Russian like Ukranian, which was under Russia's Empire, or was when these references were relevant.
AND THAT'S NOT IT!
He's also Russian and YOUR-CRANIUM which is a slant-homophone of Ukranian. Rushin' at your cranium is a double entendre for lyrics pouring into your brain as well as him literally rushing you like a football player...
AND THAT'S NOT FUCKING IT YET.
Ukranian is a slant-homophone of the word Uranium, which is a prime substance in bombs, relating it back to the line "Bombing Em'".
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YO MARSHALL - Chill man, CHILL!!!!
Flow vomits in your face, competitors fall at my waist
You spit a rhyme, I spit in a rhyme's face
So name the time, place to battle bitch, I'm still in that mind state
Don't make me step on you and make you wine grapes
He's not done yet though!
These lines are grimy as FUCK. The second bar being a nice little play on the term "spitting" which often relates to rapping. Eminem is so brutal with his rhymes that he spits on a rhyme to make it harder.
You also step on grapes to juice them to create wine. He literally steps on rappers so hard and often that he makes them into wine. Wine being a homophone for 'whine' which is what rappers most likely do when they get destroyed.
Cry babies, maybe my way that I use words is loose
But you turds better be careful how you choose yours
Cause feelings scar, but egos bruise worse
And the truth hurts, shit no wonder you're sore losers
Just DAMN, dude! These quatrains are relentlessly awesome.
I don't really have much to say about these bars as they are pretty self-explanatory. They're lit as FUCK though.
The last bar being a play on words. Marshall makes a funny little pun on how egos get beaten and bruised, which makes those bruises sore. So they are metaphoric bruises. The truth hurts, much like a sore bruise, so the truth is these rappers that he's slaughtering are below him. So much like their egos, the truth hurts... for them.
Now where's your poo, birds? Ooh
No more tripping in bird shit, songs of self-empowerment surging
Words of encouragement, but discouraging the rappers
The Rap Game's God, but the name's not James Todd, I'm just a wordsmith
Two callbacks in this quatrain. One to the earlier bird motif. He broke the loop, so he's no longer stepping on cracks and being shit on by birds. His bad luck is over!
Really solid rhymescheme here too, with a 5/7 syllable scheme.
Also Em being super humble. Man, when every rapper and their mother is calling themselves GOATS, i think its okay if you say you're GOAT too. Hell, atleast some people would believe it too.
James Todd is the name of LL Cool J, by the way. Another callback.
So let these words lift, cause all I got is bars
For you dumbbells, since yours ain't working out
Each verse is more merciless than the first is, and you ain't got to wear
No shoes and shirt in this bitch to get served, bloodthirst revenge of the nerds
Some more sick wordplay to wrap up this verse.
Eminem's words lift being up. Even his pronunciation has its pitch "lifted", so in a way, it could be considered a triple entendre. His words inspire, his pitch rises, and he's also referring to his solid ass bars! He lifts bars. So he works out by writing, since lifting 'bars' can be another word for lifting physical weights.
Bar is obviously another word for "line".
These other rappers are also "dumbbells", which is a continuation of this metaphor. They're dumb. It ties in with these bars he's lifting.
And they are clearly not 'working out' as much as he is, since their bars are significantly less heavy than his. So his bars are heavier, since he works out with the pen so often. As well as their bars being lighter because he both lifts them up... so its a quadruple entendre. He also lifts these bars up because while they may seem heavy at first, once they're compared to Eminem's bars, they seem not heavy at all in comparison.
These rappers are clearly not working out, since their bars are so light. Tying the entire metaphor together.
That's ridiculous, Em. What the fuck.
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Once again, Eminem deviates the final couplet here to finish his verse. You see how he does this? If you are an aspiring rapper, try do something like this to lead into the hook easier. Of course the hook is nonexistent in this track, though.
And I'm the kid with them ears like Dumbo's gone
Word to Uncle Ron, I'm turning into a non-humble Don
Eminem's story is a direct parallel to Dumbo. He himself is similar to Dumbo the elephant in the way his life played out. My friend actually helped me out with these bars since personally I didn't see the parallel since I never actually watched Dumbo's film as a kid.
This comes directly from rapgenius, which my friend cited. I'm breaking my own rules of using external websites, but man this is just too sick to ignore :
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Dumbo moves to a new circus and gets taunted by the other elephants because of his large ears.
(Em moved to an African-American neighborhood where he got bullied for being white.)
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Mrs. Jumbo loses her temper at a group of boys for making fun of her son.
(Em’s mother, Debbie Mathers Briggs' who filled a lawsuit for $10,000.)
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Timothy Q. Mouse, who feels sympathy for Dumbo and becomes determined to make him happy again
(Em’s uncle Ronnie who was his close friend and gave him his first rap song.) Might also be Dr. Dre, mentor, in Dumbo’s story.
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The circus director makes Dumbo the top of an elephant pyramid stunt, but Dumbo trips over his ears and misses his target.
(B-rabbit, who choked up on stage in “8 mile”)
P.S - Eminem also has big ol' ears. : Here Kind of like an elephant.
You blind dumb hoes, all I got is dick for you to come blow on
So start the show, but I need a drum roll 'fore I go on
Better back away from the front row, get launched, show you I'm
Bigger than Dikembe Mutumbo on the fucking Jumbotron
I'm a juggernaut, you do not wanna rumble, you Bomboclaat
I'll leave you stretched out, like a fucking yawn
So dumb-hoes matches with 'Dumbos', which is both the dumbasses he has to rap against, but also Dumbo the elephant from the earlier couplet.
He's also saying that these dumb-hoes are giving him head, so back away from the front row so he won't bust in your grill, homie! No one needs that!
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He's also "bigger", dick-wise, but also popularity wise, than Dikembe Mutombo, who's a MASSIVE seven foot tall basketball player.
Lastly, he'll leave you stretched out (as in; dead) like a fucking yawn. Yawn's are often stretched out... this is an obvious one.
So mow the fucking lawn, your asses are blades of grass
And I'm fucking up this whole landscape of rap
The GOAT just ate eight acres, an eighth of that
Was just to make a path and take it straight to your favorite rapper
These last two quatrains are so fucking awesome they bring tears to my eyes. As someone who loves rap and the technical aspect behind lyricism, these are such perfect quatrains to end a song like this on.
For the entire track he tells you his story, how he got out of the loop and entered a new loop of stomping on rappers 24/7. He did this by starting somewhat soft and gradually building up to the explosion that was the third verse.
This fourth verse serves as a calm-down post-climax scene. He LITERALLY talks about jizzing in the previous bars. So its like a metaphor... for the song... whoa.
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Ok, onto this quatrain. The entire thing is a reference to landscaping, obviously.
He's mowing these rappers like he mows grass. He literally shreds em' up. He's also changing the entire game (the landscape) with how many rappers he destroys.
He's not done yet though, he's the GOAT who eats up the grass (the rappers). There's some dank alliteration in the third bar with 'Ate/eight/Acres'.
He's literally making a clean walkway, since the eight acres refers to his eight studio albums. Each acre is a field of rappers he's mowing the fuck down. Well... since he's the GOAT, he's eating the fuck down, technically.
He's using a metaphor to explain to you why you think he's the best rapper ever. Why he's the GOAT that did this. Point is, eight albums in, its clear who you're favorite rapper will be.
Marshall is on some genius shit right here. Like hot DAMN.
Oh, look, my notebook looks smoke cooked
Like the flow stood a foot over the flame on the stove
Soot, charred debris floating like Oakwood
Was burning, return of the no good and I won't quit
This is the calm-down. This is the wrap up.
This is Eminem saying that these last two verses literally lit his notepad on fire and now its just a remnant of its previous self. Like, if that's just not the most perfect way to end such a lyrical BEAST of a track I honestly don't know what is.
Such a epic delivery on the middle two bars too. The second bar isn't extending the barline, however, it leads directly into the next line, 'soot', perfectly. Its hard to describe why his flow is so dope here. But its dope, trust me.
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Its also worth noting that the reason he says 'Oak' instead of like... mahogony or some shit isn't because it fits his rhyme-scheme (which it does), but its because Oak is actually a more flammable kind of wood.
He finish the track with him fading into black. He won't quit.
Conclusion:
I'm fucking EXHAUSTED! That took FOREVER!
I spent my entire day off writing about Eminem and playing video games. Day well spent? Y'know, could've been spending my time with a special someone or something? Nah, i got bars to write about.
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This song is in my top 5 favorite Em tracks. Its just absurd. The more I listen to it the more I think its the greatest lyrical track he's ever done. Its criminal how underrated this track is in the hip-hop community cause if "old" Em spit something like this in like 2001 people would be jizzing their pants over it.
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Eminem establishes a clear motif and finishes it by the first verse. This Groundhog day can be interpreted as him breaking himself out a miserable cycle and getting into a more lucrative cycle of slaying rappers for a living. That's the way I see it anyway. If he can create such intricate rhymeschemes, who's to say he can't create an interesting parallel with motifs, right?
What are your thoughts on this track? Did this breakdown help make you appreciate this any more? What track should I break down next?
But since Eminem HASN'T made music in a while and we're left with a long dry-spell, i'm trying to give light to a few underground MC's that y'all might like! This is the...

UNDERGROUND MC SPOTLIGHT

Today i'll hopefully be introducing you to a very conceptual lyricist by the name of Elzhi. He's a dude that can spit some crazy bars, but opts to make more conceptual records. For example, on his new album, even his "flex" song is based around a pretty fun concept of his own 'ego' taking over his mind.
WARNING: None of this dude's tracks are on youtube, properly! So I can't give you proper links. However, his discography is on spotify, check these reference songs out by looking him up on that. Its free!
Reference tracks :
  • Egocentric
  • Hello!!!!!!
Enjoy, and have a great day!
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2016.07.03 07:17 FreestyleKneepad Respect Apathy (Rapper)

Warning: This respect thread consists entirely of song lyrics, and includes a large amount of profanity and potentially offensive/violent/sexual lyrics.

Respect Apathy

"This is the hardest record all year, mark my words / From the dark I emerge, power sparks the surge / Got Juggernaut strength, lift buildings with both hands / Crush a tank like a child stepping on Coke cans / Gigantic beasts must be out of my mind / Electrically charged, I jump rope with live powerlines / On some real shit, body made of steel shit / Travel with more nines than 'bring your 4th graders on a field trip'"

Background
Chad Bromley, better known by his stage name Apathy, is an indie rapper from Willimantic, Connecticut. Since WhoWouldWin likes the occasional “raps are feats” fight, Apathy is a perfect fit- he’s known as an excellent battle-rapper, and has rapped along with the likes of Army of the Pharoahs, Demigodz, Snowgoons, and Styles of Beyond.
I won’t waste too much more time other than to say that this all came around because of this post awhile back. I only used one song (Immortal) for that post, and realized that Apathy has much, much more to offer for lyrics feats, so without further ado, let’s get started!
Quick note, the only lines here are lines Apathy has said himself in his own songs or his guest verses on other songs. I intentionally excluded "I always win" type lines, but did include a section for comparisons to other characters for cheap thrills.
Godhood/Immortality
From “Charlie Brown”
The grand architect of the universe to bless tracks
From “Immortal”
Not a mineral a mammal or an animal, I'm / Metaphysical, the syllables in critical rhymes
My immortality's recorded on record
From “Broken Safeties”
I fistfight with God, slap box with Amen Ra
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
Immortal so I kill they family members every century
From “Bloc Party”
I walk amongst the gods, keep my head in the clouds
From “Godz In Da Front”
Apathy is a god in the rap upper echelon
From “Playing with Fire”
I'll stomp Satan in his face 'till it melts my boots
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
Rockin' like I'm Akhenaton, knockin' down the Gods you jock
From “Bring It Back”
Ever since the big bang / Before God had a name / Before the birth of Earth / Or when the dinosaurs came / Way before cavemen were huntin’ prehistoric game / Or Cleopatra pumped poison venom in her veins / Before the world changed when the Romans reigned / Before Jesus was slain and Noah watched for rain / Cause I been waitin’ longer to drop my CD / Than people'll wait in line at the DMV
From “Forever”
As long as rap's living I'll be here forever
From "The Torture Papers"
I'm the product of angels and demons, cocaine and weedin' / Eight different reasons the A-P is breathin' / Language I'm speakin' is ancient as Eden / Where snakes had Eve eatin' Satan's semen
Cosmic and Planetary Feats
From “Curse of the Pharaohs”
I'm a Supernova, nobody escapes my gravity / Graffiti on the moon spelling out the name Apathy / Undisputed king of the Milky Way Galaxy
From “Ain’t Nuthin Nice”
It's Apathy, so large my physical mass occupies / Multiple galaxies like god off calories
From “Immortal”
I'll spin the axis backwards, make ya planet dizzy
From “Cut A Check”
I eat moons when I'm not devouring suns
From “All I Think About”
My jet's on Jupiter, my mansion's on Mars / I spend a Saturday on Saturn, slow dancin' with stars
From “A.O.T.P.”
Apathy attacks like asteroids or avalanches
From “Save the Day”
Defeating evil foes, Silver Surfin' through the galaxy
From “Playing with Fire”
I'll use the sun for my throne, universe as my home
From “Public Execution”
I'll rip a hole in the ozone / And leave you suckas spinnin' in space
From “The Apostle’s Creed”
From a reptilian females' period, I travel like the Iliad / But my ship sails amongst cosmic whales and intergalactic pirates
From "Alien Weaponry"
I travel through space now and lay foes face down
Rapping Ability
From “Omnicron”
Majestic phonetics begin to affect your reality
From “Godzilla”
Got a flow so cold that I could blow the sun away
From “Save the Day”
The superhero who spits and splits entire planets
Never crippled by Kryptonite mics, I have no weakness
And fight Professor X and start a mutant war with my tongue
From "A View Of Hell"
One verse is hot as the Sun's surface
Sound waves I compose are the frequency of the beast / Six hundred and sixty six megahertz a verse
From “Heat Speakers”
My verses reverse Earth spinnin' on it's axis
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
I'm savage as fuck, every single sabbath I erupt / In a fit of rage, I spit a page of raps I construct / To alter the Earth, place you on the alter like a ritual / Spit despicable scripts that'll leave your condition critical
From “Styles Ain’t Raw”
If Jesus Christ read my notebook then God will go blind
From "The Spellbook"
I spit megawatts that black out a thousand city blocks
From "I Keep On"
I'll spit a verse that'll hit the earth and drill a crater (come on) / Miles deep, styles seep into the core
From "Alien Weaponry"
My verse makes earthquakes and aftershocks, scarin' off massive flocks / Of birds on rooftops, shatterin' glass in ya Apple Watch
My raps kill entire crowds and leaves ya whole town haunted
Raps is putrid, Ap is stupid, slap the fluid out ya spine / Spit divine scripture, rhymes sicker than polio
From "The Order"
The weight of these words is 'bout as heavy as the Earth is
From “Immortal”
I spit, to make the mic like a flammable torch
Divine when I spit, like if I sipped from the grail
Flows blowin' off ya limbs like invisible mines
Been invincible with rhymes since the biblical times
From “1000 Grams”
Incredible spittin', got your skeleton twitchin' / Your head'll be twistin' like a demonic medical condition / 'Till you vomit and your body is liftin' off of the bed / In position of a crucifixion with your arms spread
From “Bloc Party”
Spitting, healed a cripple like Christ the miraculous
From "Chaos"
Feel the bass, feel your face melted like a tape in a case / In a car in the summer motherfucker, you get erased
From “I’m A Demigod”
The force of my flow's strong, hard as a photon
From “Don’t Talk To Me”
My verses tear through tissue like surface to air missiles
From “Philosophical Gangsta”
I spit liquid nitrogen, mics are left freezin' cold
From “Devastating Emcees”
The fire-starter, my esophagus burns your phosphorous / Soft carcass, and causes your sarcophagus to burst in flames
From “Bust ‘Em In”
Then holding up the walls of water with my sound waves
From “Block Island Sound”
Spit 'til your cerebellum is numb
From “Crew”
I'll shoot you to the moon with one boom when the bass hit
From “Ain’t Nuthin Nice”
My flow clocks the speed of mach and won't stop
From “Barbarian”
Rapping like a fire breathing dragon
From “Brothers on the Slide”
From the air I arose, throwin paralyzing flows
From "Wrath of the Gods"
I could talk bitches out of they jeans / Gold diggers out of they cream / Little wannabe rap motherfuckers out of they dreams / I'm slick, I could talk a hustler out of his fiends / I rap so hot, the water in my spit becomes steam
From “Connecticut”
Play this through your radio, get the whole state high
Powers
Elemental/Weather Control
From “No Rapper”
It's freezing in the summer, July and June were seen / Colder than night on the dark side of the moon
From “Save the Day”
Demigodz, throwing lightning rods of energy on your planet
From “Devastating Emcees”
I’m electromagnetically charged / A bolt of lightning explodes through the tip of my Bic pen when I’m writing
From “Public Execution”
I raise my staff like Moses / And open up the oceans / Till transparent walls of waves are exposin' / Whales in motion, floatin' / While deadly tiger sharks are approachin' / Ready to rip 'em open
From “Black Snow”
We make the sky bleed black snow
From "Fist of the North Star"
Cover the earth with snow, words that curse your soul
From "A View Of Hell"
Travel on tours on the back of a torpedo
Energy Projection
From “Save the Day”
Lighting candlesticks with laser rays from my eyes
From “Holy Ghost”
Catastrophic as atomic bombs leaving no remains
From “Chrome Depot Freestyle”
I could make your whole squads frames bust into flames
From “Devastating Emcees”
I’m like God, fuck mother Earth, started breakin’ atoms
From “No Rapper”
What I blast, similar to nuclear waves or atom bomb
From “Dgz X Nygz”
I’m usin' a fireball that I’m shootin' outta my palms / Like bombs, I'm napalm in this song
From "Chaos"
Scrap with me and get tractor beamed and trapped in Connecticut
From “Immortal”
I'm subterranean, and melt the steel titanium / With powers of uranium comin’ out of my cranium
From "The Order"
Pull the pistol out your palm like, "This toy's cute" / Disassemble it, melt the metal, and destroy you
From "The Torture Papers"
And y'all are just now goin' through your thug phase / While I blast like flash grenades in drug raids
Mental Powers
From “Don’t Talk To Me”
I'm foiling plots, my brainwaves boiling pots / At a temperature the burners on your stove can't match
From “A.O.T.P.”
I'm telepathic, you can't tell what makes me tick
From “Brothers on the Slide”
My hypnosis entraps if you focus on the wax
From “Compatible”
On planet Earth, I control your mind when I say shit / In cyberspace, I control computers cause they're basic
From “Demigodz is Back”
Hurricanes from my brain, knock your whole block over
Melt brain cells in your skull like a pot smoker
From “Battle Hymn”
But extrasensory perception got me detecting / Any cop or detective, intercept them, and stop 'em with weapons
From “Checkmate”
Communicate with pawns on a telepathic frequency
From “Immortal”
My brain strains to lift freight trains from off the ground
From “Dancin’ On Ya Grave”
I'm the reason why you're seizurin' and speakin' like a demon
From “I’m A Demigod”
I block telepathic thoughts when they try to read my mind
From "Alien Weaponry"
Put you in a coma make ya brain pause, this is why we break jaws
I’ll leave ya brain in the dumpster, the braver the dumber / 'Cause some brazen muthafucker 'bout to get his brains braided this summer
From "Wrath of the Gods"
My thoughts are heavy, the weight alone could fracture your spine
Physical Powers
From “Save the Day”
Now that the streets are darker, I be takin' suckas out like Peter Parker / Web slingin', heads spinnin', powers got me speakin' harder / Spider Sense tinglin', we're minglin' in clubs / Where the thugs wanna fill a superhuman with slugs
From “Audi 5000”
Aquaman lungs live in worlds like Atlantis
From “Blow Ya Head Off”
Killmatic, spilling acid out my mouth, I'm a dragon
From "A View Of Hell"
Spit straight lava my mouth is a volcano
From “I’m A Demigod”
I piss plutonium and my heart pumps jet fuel
From “Summer of Sin”
Retina scans the infrared signature like a predator
From "The Spellbook"
There's a motherfuckin' nuclear furnace inside my lungs
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
Missile guided by digital pixels in my eyelid / Half physical, half metal, assembled as a hybrid
Shapeshifting/Transforming
From “Save the Day”
I turn green, no wait a minute, red...fuck it, I'm blue
From “Devastating Emcees”
I’m like God, turnin’ blasphemous people to stone
From “Albino Gorillas”
A complete metamorphosis / Turn you into zombies outta horror flicks / Oozing blood outta every orifice
From “Battle Cry”
A shape shifter face slitter, paper getter
From “Don’t Talk To Me”
I turn rappers to dust, burn rappers who bust
From “God Particle”
I turn your brain to apple sauce
From “The Three Immortals”
Presto-chango, I morph to tornadoes
From "Alien Weaponry"
Fans run when Ap is on the stage, I’m metamorphin’ / Into a Demogorgon, I’ll give your head an abortion
Soul/Spirit Manipulation
From “Digital War”
Before I rip the soul out your motherfucking mouth hole
From "A View Of Hell"
Well I'm the Grim Reaper pullin' souls through nose holes
From “Dumb High”
Abandon ship, rip your spirit out then I'll banish it / Then channel it with ancient manuscripts and amulets
From “No Rapper”
Whip they soul out they throat, throw it through a black hole
From “Connecticut Casual”
I’ll crack the sarcophagus cover and curse a motherfucker
From "Legend of the 3rd Degree"
Buried inside a village but wait… I'm not finished / Risen from the grave as a holographic image
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
Snatch your soul through the hole in the back of your snapback
Space/Time Manipulation
From "The Spellbook"
I travel through vortexical portals made out of water
From “Save the Day”
Half man and half amazin', traveling through my mystic portal
I'll fly around the Earth backwards, 'till I reverse time, and save the day
From “Half Dead”
Then travel back in the past like Marty McFly
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
I'll carjack a Mercedes and drive it back to the 80's / When Ap was a baby to find out why I'm actin' so crazy
Other Powers
From “Barbarian”
Levitating off the ground like meditating
From “Omnicron”
Over the earth I hover spinning whirlwinds in wheatfields
From "Hypnosis"
From my DNA strands locked deep in my bones / I extract on the track, make a million Ap clones
From “Immortal”
I'm tyrannical, a vandal of intangible sorts
From "The Torture Papers"
Molecules dissolve, I pass through walls / Solidify on the other side, grab my balls
From "Shotcallaz"
I disappear in the air, leaving this mystical smoke
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
'Cause Ap is up to somethin', summonin' demons to snatch 'em up
Strength
From "The Order"
I’ll slap a motherfucker into the 4th dimension
From “Shotcallaz”
Crush your planet in my palm and leave you peons Earthless
From “No Rapper”
A knucklehead punching meteors back into space
Rocking my competitors to knock 'em out this nebula
From “All Night”
I don't dig up dirt, I shake the Earth
From “1000 Grams”
The blows that I throw lift you right off Earth / You'll get...clocked in the face and rocket through space
From “Half Dead”
Blast 'em outta this stratosphere
From “Army of the Godz”
Look out your window, see Ap passing your jet / With Superman in a headlock and a gat to his neck
From “Mother Molesters”
Yo, I suplex Superman like a girl in a skirt
From "The Torture Papers"
I'm the shit, bitch, flip bricks bigger than Egyptians / Dragged across sand to expand my shipment / Shapes are shiftin', liftin' more weight than pistons / Attila the Hun with a gun, keep your distance / Toss UFO's at foes like a discus
From "A View Of Hell"
I grab a motherfuckin' whale by the tail fin / Throw it through the sky, hit a jet make it tailspin
Crush solid rock in my palm like soft Play-Doh
From “Can’t Fool Me”
Got Juggernaut strength lift buildings with both hands / Crush a tank like a child stepping on coke cans
From “Save the Day”
Crushing granite rocks, eating cinder blocks like sandwiches
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, it's…
My super strength breaks backs of weak little hoes
From “Dgz X Nygz”
A pack of rabid gorillas that just broke out of the zoo / But not the Zoobilee brutally, beat 'em, eat 'em, they food to me
From “Black Snow”
They try to hang me with a noose / I rip the tree from its roots
From “Block Island Sound”
Grip deadly as Vulcans
Durability
From “Broken Safeties”
Meet me outerspace where I'm meteor showering
From “Godzilla”
I walk the surface of the sun while you're rocking stunner shades / I'm in Hell shoving flames while you're sweating summer days
From "The Spellbook"
I'm a vampire walkin' on the surface of the sun
From "No Rapper"
Walking on the surface of Saturn, breathing gas bubbles
From “Y’all Ain’t Good Enough”
Verse me? Rappers, the strength of Hercules couldn't hurt me
From "A View Of Hell"
Fallin' out the sky hit the ground and the earth shakes
From “The Apostle’s Creed”
I sit upon a cloud of nuclear waste
From “Bust ‘Em In”
Gats shooting, shots ricocheting off of my steel body
From “Can’t Fool Me”
Electrically charged I jump rope with live powerlines
On some real shit, body made of steel shit
From “Dead in the Middle”
Emerging after all the rest get burned in the furnace / Verses will arise like a Phoenix, I'm Jesus look into my eyes
Speed
From “Save the Day”
Traveling at the speed of light, no destination planned
Speeding faster than a bullet streaking through the skies
Fuck a phone booth, in vocals booths I change at the speed of light
From “Battle Me”
I draw gats quicker than the human optical blinks
Ap barbeques you shrimps, leaving my imprints / An inch in your skull before you could even flinch
From “Battle Cry”
I throw more blows than boxing Dr. Octavius
From “No Rapper”
I can assemble several metal weapons in seven seconds
From “Bang”
Ninja Gaiden moves when I scale up walls
From “Brothers on the Slide
I'll defeat you with the speed of a NASA super-computer
From “Don’t You Even Go There”
Like I'm Neo when I master the Matrix, faster than spaceships
Intelligence
From “Immortal”
It's understandable my mind is a mechanical force
I'm a genius that's developed speeches deeper than telekinesis
From “Captivate/Deactivate”
I'm a computer with a super medulla oblongata
From “Compatible”
My brain thinks rapidly / Automatically adapted when competition is tapped into my / Mainframe, biting my styles like downloading files
From “Albino Gorillas”
Fuck GPS, got Rainman memory / Dipping thru the streets like a cabbie with telepathy
From “Omnicron”
My mental expands with plans to span through the galaxy
From “Amon RAW”
Thoughts travel faster than the speed that a slug is shot
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
Photographic memory, never forget an enemy
From “Checkmate”
I set my moves up strategically, enemy kings are taken easily
From “Colossal Beasts”
I'm right up in your face but my mind's in a million places / Best believe I'm wicked study tetrahedral physics
From “Chrome Depot Freestyle”
Ap's eternally as intricate as surgery or fixin' broken circuitry
From “Don’t You Even Go There”
I'm a flow fanatic, memory is photographic
From “Don’t Touch That Dial”
Recruiting from an alternate time another dimension / I brought down the Earth with my scientific invention
Weaponry/Equipment/Skills
From “God Particle”
The God particle, armageddon weapons in my arsenal
From “Warfare”
I got Wolverine claws that'll slash through steel / Proton beams that'll blast through shields
From "The Spellbook"
Fuck Glocks, got a Springfield armory, accurate as medieval archery
From "The Order"
Fuck "lit", I’m bringin' a literal flame thrower / I got a stinger missile in range of ya Range Rover
From “Conjure the Legions”
Glocks and bombers, box full of rocket launchers / Optic lasers, 2Pac tapes and box cutters
From “Battle Hymn”
I travel underground like the Goonies with a bag full of uzis
Set my phaser to kill, my force field is on max
From “Attention Deficit Disorder”
Trynna find a spaceship just to flee the planet / Pop shots at the ship as it takes off / Ricochets through the shields / Shoot your face off
From “Checkmate”
I shot, crossbows and toss flows across moats / To pierce the archer's armor, armed with arrows / Pole points from elbows, where joints join with marrow / To maim, the tip of the arrow’s lit with flame
Comparisons
From “PF Cuttin Freestyle”
I'm Jesus with telekinesis, I'm Moses, so focus
From "The Order"
I got bouncers at the club that’ll let me in with burners / And priests in my hood who won’t let me in they churches / Even though I’m God and they gon' sweat me in they service
From “Black Snow”
Motherfucker I’m Zeus
From “Block Island Sound”
Ap is like Odin, in fact I'm the omen
From “Dead in the Middle”
I'm the savior mixed with Satan, no surprise / I'm American with mental terrorisms televised / I'm the angel, the Antichrist all in one / I'm a priest, I'm a thug, I'm a nun with a gun
From “Don’t Touch That Dial”
I'm the Human Torch, flames flicker on my skin
From "Hypnosis"
I'm the lord, I'm your shepherd, I'm your 23rd psalm
From “Forever”
I'm Wolverine in the lab, metal injected into my skeleton
From "The Spellbook"
I'm Megalosaurus armor, I'm quicker than Peter Parker
From "Stomp Rappers"
I'm Godzilla, vanilla gorilla, still a scary villain
From “Multisyllabus”
I'm a massive mean radioactive green / Hulk that will smash your spleen
From “No Rapper”
I'm like Tyson, way before the tat on his face
I'm dope, the definition of death and demolition
From “Observe the Sound”
Yo, I'm like Bruce Lee, swingin' nunchucks, slicin' mic checks
From "Pay Your Dues"
I'm a giant, you an ant, you a fuckin' food stamp / I'm the champ, like Jason Voorhees to your camp
Sexual Feats/Economic Feats/Other
From “Ain’t Nuthin Nice”
I knock more boots than 40 deuce prostitutes / But not for loot, only if she's hot and cute / Try and cock block my game it's complete violation / Cause Apathy's got more hoes (hose) than fire stations
Ap's raps got more pussies open than pap smears
From “Honkey Kong”
I’m picky in particular, consider sex an extracurricular test / And you can call me Professor Testicular / Stick it in ya dick dangle down to my fibula / Nah I’m fibbing it just barely touched the top of my tibia
From “On”
Fist up your girl's booty like a human Muppet / And I'm down to Fraggle Rock with my cock in Miss Piggy / Sippin' sizzurp with Bert, tryin' to spell Mississippi / Got a little thick chick, not as massive as Missy
From “Baptism By Fire”
Whispered in your girl's ear till she came in her panties
From “Heat Speakers”
Ladies I hypnotize till they let me lick their thighs
From “Bloc Party”
Oh we show groupie love, getting head in the crowds / Put it in girls mouth blast off like NASA / The master of nastiness transform a classy bitch into / A little sheen freak sadomasochist
From “Dead Shall Rise”
Ap is the crackers last hope / Honkey Kong fuckin' bitches leaving mattresses broke / If the condom break I'mma tell the bitch to abort / I'm like the sniper on the roof looking out for the stork
From "Knuckle Sandwich"
My rings and my watch... got a stash box in Gringotts
From “1000 Grams”
Money multiplies like maguays with Super Soakers
From “Blow Ya Head Off”
If I had a dollar bill for every sucker that I killed / I'd be sitting on a mil
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2016.07.01 07:01 FreestyleKneepad Apathy rt

Warning: This respect thread consists entirely of song lyrics, and includes a large amount of profanity and potentially offensive/violent/sexual lyrics.

Respect Apathy

"This is the hardest record all year, mark my words / From the dark I emerge, power sparks the surge / Got Juggernaut strength, lift buildings with both hands / Crush a tank like a child stepping on Coke cans / Gigantic beasts must be out of my mind / Electrically charged, I jump rope with live powerlines / On some real shit, body made of steel shit / Travel with more nines than 'bring your 4th graders on a field trip'"

Background
Chad Bromley, better known by his stage name Apathy, is an indie rapper from Willimantic, Connecticut. Since WhoWouldWin likes the occasional “raps are feats” fight, Apathy is a perfect fit- he’s known as an excellent battle-rapper, and has rapped along with the likes of Army of the Pharoahs, Demigodz, Snowgoons, and Styles of Beyond.
I won’t waste too much more time other than to say that this all came around because of this post awhile back. I only used one song (Immortal) for that post, and realized that Apathy has much, much more to offer for lyrics feats, so without further ado, let’s get started!
Godhood
From “Charlie Brown”
The grand architect of the universe to bless tracks
From “Immortal”
Not a mineral a mammal or an animal, I'm / Metaphysical, the syllables in critical rhymes
From “Broken Safeties”
I fistfight with God, slap box with Amen Ra
From “Bloc Party”
I walk amongst the gods, keep my head in the clouds
From “Bring It Back”
Ever since the big bang / Before God had a name / Before the birth of Earth / Or when the dinosaurs came / Way before cavemen were huntin’ prehistoric game / Or Cleopatra pumped poison venom in her veins / Before the world changed when the Romans reigned / Before Jesus was slain and Noah watched for rain / Cause I been waitin’ longer to drop my CD / Than people'll wait in line at the DMV
From “Forever”
As long as rap's living I'll be here forever
From “Godz In Da Front”
Apathy is a god in the rap upper echelon
From “Playing with Fire”
I'll stomp Satan in his face 'till it melts my boots
Cosmic and Planetary Feats
From “Curse of the Pharaohs”
I'm a Supernova, nobody escapes my gravity / Graffiti on the moon spelling out the name Apathy / Undisputed king of the Milky Way Galaxy
From “Ain’t Nuthin Nice”
It's Apathy, so large my physical mass occupies / Multiple galaxies like god off calories
From “Immortal”
I'll spin the axis backwards, make ya planet dizzy
From “Cut A Check”
I eat moons when I'm not devouring suns
From “All I Think About”
My jet's on Jupiter, my mansion's on Mars / I spend a Saturday on Saturn, slow dancin' with stars
From “A.O.T.P.”
Apathy attacks like asteroids or avalanches
From “Save the Day”
Defeating evil foes, Silver Surfin' through the galaxy
From “No Rapper”
Walking on the surface of Saturn, breathing gas bubbles
Whip they soul out they throat, throw it through a black hole
From “Playing with Fire”
I'll use the sun for my throne, universe as my home
From “Public Execution”
I'll rip a hole in the ozone / And leave you suckas spinnin' in space
From “The Apostle’s Creed”
From a reptilian females' period, I travel like the Iliad / But my ship sails amongst cosmic whales and intergalactic pirates
Powers
From “Save the Day”
I turn green, no wait a minute, red...fuck it, I'm blue
Demigodz, throwing lightning rods of energy on your planet
Lighting candlesticks with laser rays from my eyes
Half man and half amazin', traveling through my mystic portal
Now that the streets are darker, I be takin' suckas out like Peter Parker / Web slingin', heads spinnin', powers got me speakin' harder / Spider Sense tinglin', we're minglin' in clubs / Where the thugs wanna fill a superhuman with slugs
I'll fly around the Earth backwards, 'till I reverse time, and save the day
From “Holy Ghost”
Catastrophic as atomic bombs leaving no remains
From “Devastating Emcees”
I’m like God, turnin’ blasphemous people to stone
I’m like God, fuck mother Earth, started breakin’ atoms
I’m electromagnetically charged / A bolt of lightning explodes through the tip of my Bic pen when I’m writing
From “Half Dead”
Then travel back in the past like Marty McFly
From “Barbarian”
Levitating off the ground like meditating
From “Omnicron”
Over the earth I hover spinning whirlwinds in wheatfields
From “No Rapper”
What I blast, similar to nuclear waves or atom bomb
It's freezing in the summer, July and June were seen / Colder than night on the dark side of the moon
From “Albino Gorillas”
A complete metamorphosis / Turn you into zombies outta horror flicks / Oozing blood outta every orifice
From “Battle Cry”
A shape shifter face slitter, paper getter
From “Audi 5000”
Aquaman lungs live in worlds like Atlantis
From “Public Execution”
I raise my staff like Moses / And open up the oceans / Till transparent walls of waves are exposin' / Whales in motion, floatin' / While deadly tiger sharks are approachin' / Ready to rip 'em open
From “Black Snow”
We make the sky bleed black snow
From “Blow Ya Head Off”
Killmatic, spilling acid out my mouth, I'm a dragon
From “Dgz X Nygz”
I’m usin' a fireball that I’m shootin' outta my palms / Like bombs, I'm napalm in this song
From “Digital War”
Before I rip the soul out your motherfucking mouth hole
From “Dumb High”
Abandon ship, rip your spirit out then I'll banish it / Then channel it with ancient manuscripts and amulets
From “Immortal”
I'm tyrannical, a vandal of intangible sorts
My brain strains to lift freight trains from off the ground
I'm subterranean, and melt the steel titanium / With powers of uranium comin’ out of my cranium
From “Don’t Talk To Me”
I turn rappers to dust, burn rappers who bust
I'm foiling plots, my brainwaves boiling pots / At a temperature the burners on your stove can't match
From “A.O.T.P.”
I'm telepathic, you can't tell what makes me tick
From “God Particle”
I turn your brain to apple sauce
From “Brothers on the Slide”
My hypnosis entraps if you focus on the wax
From “Compatible”
On planet Earth, I control your mind when I say shit / In cyberspace, I control computers cause they're basic
From “Demigodz is Back”
Hurricanes from my brain, knock your whole block over
Melt brain cells in your skull like a pot smoker
From “Battle Hymn”
But extrasensory perception got me detecting / Any cop or detective, intercept them, and stop 'em with weapons
From “Checkmate”
Communicate with pawns on a telepathic frequency
From “I’m A Demigod”
I block telepathic thoughts when they try to read my mind
I piss plutonium and my heart pumps jet fuel
From “Chrome Depot Freestyle”
I could make your whole squads frames bust into flames
From “Summer of Sin”
Retina scans the infrared signature like a predator
From “The Three Immortals”
Presto-chango, I morph to tornadoes
From “Connecticut Casual”
I’ll crack the sarcophagus cover and curse a motherfucker
From “Dancin’ On Ya Grave”
I'm the reason why you're seizurin' and speakin' like a demon
Rapping Ability
From “Omnicron”
Majestic phonetics begin to affect your reality
From “Godzilla”
Got a flow so cold that I could blow the sun away
From “Save the Day”
The superhero who spits and splits entire planets
Never crippled by Kryptonite mics, I have no weakness
And fight Professor X and start a mutant war with my tongue
From “Heat Speakers”
My verses reverse Earth spinnin' on it's axis
From “Styles Ain’t Raw”
If Jesus Christ read my notebook then God will go blind
From “Immortal”
I spit, to make the mic like a flammable torch
Divine when I spit, like if I sipped from the grail
Flows blowin' off ya limbs like invisible mines
Been invincible with rhymes since the biblical times
From “1000 Grams”
Incredible spittin', got your skeleton twitchin' / Your head'll be twistin' like a demonic medical condition / 'Till you vomit and your body is liftin' off of the bed / In position of a crucifixion with your arms spread
From “Bloc Party”
Spitting, healed a cripple like Christ the miraculous
From “I’m A Demigod”
The force of my flow's strong, hard as a photon
From “Don’t Talk To Me”
My verses tear through tissue like surface to air missiles
From “Philosophical Gangsta”
I spit liquid nitrogen, mics are left freezin' cold
From “Devastating Emcees”
The fire-starter, my esophagus burns your phosphorous / Soft carcass, and causes your sarcophagus to burst in flames
From “Bust ‘Em In”
Then holding up the walls of water with my sound waves
From “Block Island Sound”
Spit 'til your cerebellum is numb
From “Crew”
I'll shoot you to the moon with one boom when the bass hit
From “Ain’t Nuthin Nice”
My flow clocks the speed of mach and won't stop
From “Barbarian”
Rapping like a fire breathing dragon
From “Brothers on the Slide”
From the air I arose, throwin paralyzing flows
From “Connecticut”
Play this through your radio, get the whole state high
Strength
From “Shotcallaz”
Crush your planet in my palm and leave you peons Earthless
From “No Rapper”
A knucklehead punching meteors back into space
Rocking my competitors to knock 'em out this nebula
From “All Night”
I don't dig up dirt, I shake the Earth
From “1000 Grams”
The blows that I throw lift you right off Earth / You'll get...clocked in the face and rocket through space
From “Half Dead”
Blast 'em outta this stratosphere
From “Army of the Godz”
Look out your window, see Ap passing your jet / With Superman in a headlock and a gat to his neck
From “Mother Molesters”
Yo, I suplex Superman like a girl in a skirt
From “Can’t Fool Me”
Got Juggernaut strength lift buildings with both hands / Crush a tank like a child stepping on coke cans
From “Save the Day”
Crushing granite rocks, eating cinder blocks like sandwiches
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, it's…
My super strength breaks backs of weak little hoes
From “Dgz X Nygz”
A pack of rabid gorillas that just broke out of the zoo / But not the Zoobilee brutally, beat 'em, eat 'em, they food to me
From “Black Snow”
They try to hang me with a noose / I rip the tree from its roots
From “Block Island Sound”
Grip deadly as Vulcans
Durability
From “Broken Safeties”
Meet me outerspace where I'm meteor showering
From “Godzilla”
I walk the surface of the sun while you're rocking stunner shades / I'm in Hell shoving flames while you're sweating summer days
From “Y’all Ain’t Good Enough”
Verse me? Rappers, the strength of Hercules couldn't hurt me
From “The Apostle’s Creed”
I sit upon a cloud of nuclear waste
From “Bust ‘Em In”
Gats shooting, shots ricocheting off of my steel body
From “Can’t Fool Me”
Electrically charged I jump rope with live powerlines
On some real shit, body made of steel shit
From “Dead in the Middle”
Emerging after all the rest get burned in the furnace / Verses will arise like a Phoenix, I'm Jesus look into my eyes
Speed
From “Save the Day”
Traveling at the speed of light, no destination planned
Speeding faster than a bullet streaking through the skies
Fuck a phone booth, in vocals booths I change at the speed of light
From “Battle Me”
I draw gats quicker than the human optical blinks
Ap barbeques you shrimps, leaving my imprints / An inch in your skull before you could even flinch
From “Battle Cry”
I throw more blows than boxing Dr. Octavius
From “No Rapper”
I can assemble several metal weapons in seven seconds
From “Bang”
Ninja Gaiden moves when I scale up walls
From “Brothers on the Slide
I'll defeat you with the speed of a NASA super-computer
From “Don’t You Even Go There”
Like I'm Neo when I master the Matrix, faster than spaceships
Intelligence
From “Immortal”
It's understandable my mind is a mechanical force
I'm a genius that's developed speeches deeper than telekinesis
From “Captivate/Deactivate”
I'm a computer with a super medulla oblongata
From “Compatible”
My brain thinks rapidly / Automatically adapted when competition is tapped into my / Mainframe, biting my styles like downloading files
From “Albino Gorillas”
Fuck GPS, got Rainman memory / Dipping thru the streets like a cabbie with telepathy
From “Omnicron”
My mental expands with plans to span through the galaxy
From “Amon RAW”
Thoughts travel faster than the speed that a slug is shot
From “Checkmate”
I set my moves up strategically, enemy kings are taken easily
From “Colossal Beasts”
I'm right up in your face but my mind's in a million places / Best believe I'm wicked study tetrahedral physics
From “Chrome Depot Freestyle”
Ap's eternally as intricate as surgery or fixin' broken circuitry
From “Don’t You Even Go There”
I'm a flow fanatic, memory is photographic
From “Don’t Touch That Dial”
Recruiting from an alternate time another dimension / I brought down the Earth with my scientific invention
Weaponry/Equipment/Skills
From “God Particle”
The God particle, armageddon weapons in my arsenal
From “Warfare”
I got Wolverine claws that'll slash through steel / Proton beams that'll blast through shields
From “Conjure the Legions”
Glocks and bombers, box full of rocket launchers / Optic lasers, 2Pac tapes and box cutters
From “Battle Hymn”
I travel underground like the Goonies with a bag full of uzis
Set my phaser to kill, my force field is on max
From “Attention Deficit Disorder”
Trynna find a spaceship just to flee the planet / Pop shots at the ship as it takes off / Ricochets through the shields / Shoot your face off
From “Checkmate”
I shot, crossbows and toss flows across moats / To pierce the archer's armor, armed with arrows / Pole points from elbows, where joints join with marrow / To maim, the tip of the arrow’s lit with flame
Comparisons
From “PF Cuttin Freestyle”
I'm Jesus with telekinesis, I'm Moses, so focus
From “Black Snow”
Motherfucker I’m Zeus
From “Block Island Sound”
Ap is like Odin, in fact I'm the omen
From “Dead in the Middle”
I'm the savior mixed with Satan, no surprise / I'm American with mental terrorisms televised / I'm the angel, the Antichrist all in one / I'm a priest, I'm a thug, I'm a nun with a gun
From “Don’t Touch That Dial”
I'm the Human Torch, flames flicker on my skin
From “Forever”
I'm Wolverine in the lab, metal injected into my skeleton
From “Multisyllabus”
I'm a massive mean radioactive green / Hulk that will smash your spleen
From “No Rapper”
I'm like Tyson, way before the tat on his face
I'm dope, the definition of death and demolition
From “Observe the Sound”
Yo, I'm like Bruce Lee, swingin' nunchucks, slicin' mic checks
Sexual Feats/Economic Feats/Other
From “Ain’t Nuthin Nice”
I knock more boots than 40 deuce prostitutes / But not for loot, only if she's hot and cute / Try and cock block my game it's complete violation / Cause Apathy's got more hoes (hose) than fire stations
Ap's raps got more pussies open than pap smears
From “Honkey Kong”
I’m picky in particular, consider sex an extracurricular test / And you can call me Professor Testicular / Stick it in ya dick dangle down to my fibula / Nah I’m fibbing it just barely touched the top of my tibia
From “On”
Fist up your girl's booty like a human Muppet / And I'm down to Fraggle Rock with my cock in Miss Piggy / Sippin' sizzurp with Bert, tryin' to spell Mississippi / Got a little thick chick, not as massive as Missy
From “Baptism By Fire”
Whispered in your girl's ear till she came in her panties
From “Heat Speakers”
Ladies I hypnotize till they let me lick their thighs
From “Bloc Party”
Oh we show groupie love, getting head in the crowds / Put it in girls mouth blast off like NASA / The master of nastiness transform a classy bitch into / A little sheen freak sadomasochist
From “Dead Shall Rise”
Ap is the crackers last hope / Honkey Kong fuckin' bitches leaving mattresses broke / If the condom break I'mma tell the bitch to abort / I'm like the sniper on the roof looking out for the stork
From “1000 Grams”
Money multiplies like maguays with Super Soakers
From “Blow Ya Head Off”
If I had a dollar bill for every sucker that I killed / I'd be sitting on a mil
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2016.04.22 13:28 YourShoesUntied Friday Spotlight: Zebano

Good morning readers! It's time to par-tay! You know what time it is so let's cut to the chase. Today's Spotlight athlete is a runner that is a frequent name around here. Always around to add a bit of advice and yet another solid contributor to the sub. After finding out a bit more about him he seems like he'd make a pretty good running partner. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you our friend and fellow runner, zebano!
Let's roll...

The Runner:

First Name?
Shawn
Age?
35
Where are you from?
Minneapolis originally, Iowa nowadays
Occupation?
Software Engineer

Running Q&A's:

What are your PR’s?
5km (High School) 20:04 5km (Adult) 22:19 Half 1:52:04 Full: 4:29:25
How long have you been running?
20 years or 2.5 years, depending how you measure things.
Briefly explain why you began running?
Which time? =) High School - cause my friends were running CC 20s - Lose weight and improve other sports like Ultimate and Basketball, all attempts ended quickly due to shin splints. 30s - My brother threw down a gauntlet that I couldn't ignore so I gave myself 9 months to be ready for the 2014 Grandma's marathon. From there I realized that I enjoy running every day, it's almost meditative at times.
Most memorable running moment?
Finishing Grandma's. I had fought ITBS for nearly 2 months before hand and so I wasn't in proper shape but I shuffled and struggled and finished; There were tears.
My most humerus was being chased by a cop car down a dirt path and across a pedestrian bridge.
Do you have a running mantra?
"Be the best version of yourself." Is what I tell myself daily.
"Anyone can run a 5k" is what I tell myself when I'm out there and struggling and need to break things down in my head to more manageable portions. Finish that 5k and I just tell myself the same thing until I've completed my run.
What’s your highest recorded weekly mileage?
54.1 miles
What time of day do you prefer to run?
Lunch time.
Any big races coming up?
Grandma's 2016!!!
What are your short-term running goals?
Marathon in 3:35. Race a 3km and a 10km.
What are your long-term running goals?
  1. Be faster than I was in High School (20 min 5km)
  2. Qualify for Boston
  3. Enjoy Running and stay fit.
What’s one piece of running advice you’d give to the younger version of yourself?
Don't overstride. All those attempts that ended in shin splints (including High School)? Those ended when I changed my form and stopped overstriding. Running became fun again and I made progress.
What is something you need to work on to become a better runner?
My weight... I ahh... enjoy my beer (Sierra Nevada Narwhal is the one beer everyone must try) and food. I'm down to 172 but I should get to at least 160.
What is your current shoe choice?
Altra Instinct 2.0 -- cheap, nicely cushioned and they fit my wide feet.
What’s your comfy pace?
9:15-9:30
Trail? Road? Track? Or Treadmill?
Off road trail for scenery but I mostly run paved trails near work for convenience... Treadmill only if I have no other choice.
What is your ideal running weather?
50s and a light breeze. If racing low 40s and no wind.
Do you have any social media accounts you’d like to share? [Facebook, Strava, Twitter]
https://www.strava.com/athletes/11124085

Just For Fun:

What’s your spirit animal?
A raccoon! I still have my first stuffed animal "Raccy Raccoon". Alternatively, I'm a scavenger who looks cute and cuddly but is kinda nasty up close.
What hobbies and interests do you have besides running?
Way, way, way, way, too many! but I'll limit this to my big 2.
Chess - I teach elementary school kids chess, organize competitions between schools, direct adult and scholastic tournaments and if I had my way I'd retire and find a way to get paid to do this full time. I also have some long term buddies who sit in a pub with me every Wednesday night (after the Library kicks us out) where we play chess, eat pizza, shoot the breeze and generally enjoy life.
Board Gaming. If you haven't played Dead of Winter and 5 Tribes you're missing out. For those of you who want lighter, party fare Telestrations is the only game I know that can transform a chair into a Sky Cow.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Umm I can juggle but only 3 balls, not two. Really the one skill I'm proud of is that I've managed to learn to keep 3rd-5th graders attentive to a single game of chess for 15 whole minutes!
Biggest pet peeve?
People who merge onto highways without properly accelerating, people who don't use turn signals, and oxford commas.
Favorite Quote or Poem?
"The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed."
What songs have you been listening to recently?
Ohh too many. Mostly I just turn on a Indie-folk playlist on Spotify but looking at my recently played I see Jose Gonzales, The Pogues, Hamilton, The Duhks, Chance the Rapper, and Incubus.
What are some of your favorite non-running subreddits?
/Fantasy, /AskHistorians, /Science

One Last Question:

What is the origin of your username?
Forget Oblivion and Morrowind, I was playing the Elder Scrolls: Arena back in 1994 (way better than playing NeverWinter Nights on CompuServe) and after 6 months got sick of playing around with the spell creation wizard and decided to make a Dwarven fighter and try and beat the game! (/NotSoHumbleBrag) Anyhoo, I needed to name a character and thought the letter 'Z' was particularly awesome. I used some dice and modular arithmetic to randomly generate alternating consonants and vowels until I had something resembling a name. I adopted that handle everywhere.
I really appreciate zebano taking the time to let us know a bit more about him. I should also probably work on utilizing my oxford commas for his reading pleasure. As usual, please tag Zebano's username when personally asking him a question in this thread! Also, if I see that you've failed to tag him after asking him a question, I'll try my best to respond to your question by tagging him myself. So be aware. Tagging Zebano's username alerts him that his attention is needed. This way, he doesn't have to sift through all of the comments one by one, which can be a rather daunting task when there is a lot of traffic to the thread. Please don't forget that all of our Friday Spotlight athletes may need time to respond to your comments and questions so give them some time to reply.

Thanks for reading everyone!!!

Previously Featured Spotlight Runners:
Palindrome27
a-german-muffin
xfkirsten
PepperoniFire
rennuR_liarT
Santa Claus
Brwalkernc
Pinkpiggie
Fobo911
Kinsibit
Jaime_manger
Craigster38
Despoena
Philpips
Brunchweasel
Chickensedan
Skragen
Incster
Freedomweasel
Jennifer1911
RedKryptonite
ATTENTION READERS!
I've been getting messages weekly from a lot of people asking to be featured in the Friday Spotlight Thread. My response to them is the same every time. I do not get to personally choose who is chosen for each thread. With exception to Palindrome27 (which I randomly chose to get this started), every runner thus far has been selected by the person before them. It's one of the perks of getting nominated. There is no list of names. No spreadsheet with columns and columns of usernames. Nothing. So for those confused, users like Philpips was chosen by Despoena. Despoena was chosen by Craigster38. So on and so on. You get the idea. Doing it this way eliminates the hassle of having to personally pick someone every week. This keeps me neutral. Some of you have expressed your opinion (via PM) on who's been featured this far claiming that I have only chosen runners who are fast, have been running for a while, or compete in longer distance races. This is simply luck of the draw. There is zero favoritism here. Each featured runner gets to personally pick someone they find interesting. I apply no pressure to the runners to pick a particular skill level of runner. This is the beauty of the process. If you want to be featured, you can up your chances of being chosen by being an active member of the subreddit. Comment as much as possible. Submit quality content. Provide as much as you can as a runner to help keep this community growing and I'm certain your efforts will not go unnoticed. Just keep tuning in and making friends and eventually it'll pay off if you want to be featured. Thank you.
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2015.08.10 19:35 Haggy999 [GUIDE] Lil Wayne's Less Popular Mixtapes (x-post from /r/HipHopHeads)

Wassup guys. I made this guide and posted it in /hiphopheads. Someone over there told me to x-post to this sub so here ya go:
Despite dropping undeniably two classic albums, New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne is more widely known for being the king of the mixtape game. Many point to his scorched campaign from 2005 to 2007 where you couldn’t go a week without a new hot Weezy verse dropping, and while every self-respecting hip hop head has listened to Da Drought 3 and Dedication 2, many fans have not delved deeper into the Birdman Jr.’s discography. According to LilWayneTapes.com there are 16 official Lil Wayne mixtapes and 154 unofficial ones. Seeing as I lack useless things like a job or a girlfriend, I have waded through the Louisianimal’s swamp of mixtapes, diving deep into the murky waters of Tunechi’s discography to pull out only the brightest gems. I realize this wall of text can be intimidating to some, so for those of you who are pressed for time, simply scroll down to the comments to see my top 10 songs from this guide.
Mixtapes not included: Da Drought 1 or 3, No Ceilings, Sorry For The Wait 1 and 2, and any mixtape in the Dedication series besides the original
Da Drought 2 (2004): The second project in the legendary series Drought, Da Drought 2 lays the groundwork for a young and hungry Wayne’s takeover of the game that we will see in 2006-2008
  • Everything Will Be Fine – Wayne shows his soft side on this upbeat song guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Pretty nice hook as well which isn't that common for mixtape Wayne
  • In The Booth – We all know that Birdman Jr. spends a lot of time in the booth, so much in fact that he had a recording studio installed on one of his tour buses. He spends this particular studio session reminding weak rappers why they should fear the drought
The Prefix (2004): A mixtape comprised entirely of beats from Jay-Z songs, the recording and mixing quality is low and a young Wayne is still learning the ropes when it comes to rapping. While it is much less polished than the mixtapes to come, The Prefix still has a few hidden gems
  • Moment of Clarity – Wayne takes on Jay-Z’s classic Black Album track and does a pretty good job. One 3 minute track of straight rap with no hooks, this is an early glimpse of the Wayne we all know and love
  • Dec. 4 – Few things are as entertaining as hearing Lil Wayne over a Just Blaze beat and this song does not disappoint
  • Public Service Announcement – The recording quality is pretty shit but the song still bumps in the whip. That PSA beat will never always be good no matter who spitting on it
The Suffix (2005): Weezy teamed up with a young DJ Khaled to make the sequel to The Prefix. Released in late November of 2005, it is still considered a true classic.
  • 93' 94' Baby – Wayne raps a tribute to Birdman over Jeezy’s infectious Go Crazy beat. Hurts to listen to now :(
  • Suffix – Wayne reminisces about his New Orleans childhood over the Just Blaze produced Dear Summer beat first used by Jay-Z
  • Damage is Done – A nice beat with some nice rapping by Lil Wayne. Not much else to say, just sit back and enjoy!
The Dedication (2005): The very first mixtape in the legendary Dedication series, we start to see Wayne improve his flow and swagger now that he is backed by the production of DJ Drama. One of Wayne’s best ever mixtapes, if you enjoy this be sure to check out the even better Dedication 2
Blow (2006): A dual mixtape released by Lil Wayne and Juelz Santana in late 2006 as a preview for their future album I Can’t Feel My Face which would never end up materializing. While it’s a shame we probably won’t hear any more music from the duo, this mixtape gives us a small glimpse into what two rappers on their prime can do.
  • Rewind – An unbelievably catchy beat with an effortlessly cool Wayne while Juelz chills in the crib playing EA Sports and buys cars because he likes the smell of new leather. What more can I say? I can’t feel my face
  • Bird's Flying High – Built around a sped up Nina Simone sample, this beat is so chill it could double as a muscle relaxant. Wayne goes hard and Juelz does a decent job of keeping up
  • Clockwork – After extensive research, I discovered that this track is merely Wayne’s verse from I’m With Whateva added on to the end of Santana’s album track Clockwork. Either way it’s still a dope song with a catchy beat.
  • Get That Bread – A beat made from one extended horn? Hmmm where have we heard this before? I don’t think I could ever get tired of hearing rappers trading bars about how much money they have.
  • Nigga Like Me – The dynamic duo is joined by Currensy and a Philly rapper named Bezel. The song has a nice beat and Wayne tells a chick to “ride his dick like a new Honda”. What is there not to like?
W. Carter Collection (2006): A great though unoriginal mixtape, the W. Carter Collection includes leaked Weezy tracks as well as songs by other artists that Wayne guest featured on. Side note: Mo Fire and Oh No are both great tracks from this mixtape, but both also appear on Tha Carter II so I will not be including them.
  • When You See Me - Braggadocios Wayne with an amazing flow. An incoherent birdman mumbling a hook comes off surprisingly well
  • Suck It or Not – Though technically a Cam'ron song, it’s a really awesome song so I'll include it here. You may think it’s just another song about blowjobs, but really it’s the best song about blowjobs you'll ever hear
  • Holla At Me Pitbull is on the official version of the song, but for some reason in this version his verse is cut off thank God
  • Kryptonite Part 2 – A remix of a Killer Mike track, Wayne holds his own against the Atalanta legend. This beat would later be used for Ridin With the AK on Dedication 2
Note: The Drought is Over 2 and Tha Carter III Mixtape have a lot of songs in common, so I merely attributed half to one tape and half to the other
The Drought is Over 2: The Carter III Sessions (2007): The songs here were originally slated to appear on Tha Carter III album, but were leaked to the internet early. Sometimes I imagine what a great album it could’ve been if a few of these songs were still on it. This is IMO Wayne’s most under-appreciated mixtape
  • Pussy MVP – A short track, but undeniably catchy track about the Lil Wayne sex game
  • Talk It Over – Chipmunk soul samples and a hard lines. I’m getting tired of writing these just listen to the damn song
  • I Feel Like Dying – A classic track about the blissful highs and suicidal lows of being a drug addict. Weezy uses some vivid language to describe his world as a “prisoner trapped behind Xanax bars”. There is also a well known conspiracy theory that when played backwards the song is about devil worship
  • Prostitute Flange – A woozy drug-addled auto-tuned up Wayne sings a love song to his girl telling her that he would love her even if she was a prostitute. This song is very divisive between Wayne fans, it seems like most people either hate it or love it
  • Zoo – Hollygrove duo and childhood friends Lil Wayne and Mack Maine trade bars over a thumping Rockwilder beat
  • I Know the Future – Timbaland provides a sizzling beat for Weezy and Mack Maine to look into the crystal ball and see their future success
  • I’m a Beast – “Rapping is my hobby/my house has a lobby/my bitches act snobby/because I feed them thousands”. Only Lil Wayne could open a song with that and not come across as childish
  • Diamonds and Girls feat. Currensy – A song about the good things in life. The beat is similar to 100 Winters, but this time featuring Currensy!
Carter III Mixtape (2007): Similar to The Drought is Over 2, many of these songs were supposed to appear on Tha Carter III album but were leaked. This is some of Wayne’s best work in my opinion
  • Beat Without A Bass – Wayne laments that a rich nigga can’t find freedom and calls out old rappers that should be retired instead of touring. “I got my capital S-W-agger up, ya dig?”
  • Kush – This ode to the sticky green is Wayne at his goofiest. Four minutes of quotable lines with a beat so chill it could give you frostbite. “I got a grill I don’t have to get my tooth fixed/The tooth fairy would retire if I lose it”
  • Did It Before – Although Wayne’s rhymes actually get a bit repetitive on this song (never thought I’d say that), Kanye West’s strong saxophone beat carries the song home
  • Time For Us to Fuck – Never one for subtlety, Wayne raps yet again about his sexual exploits, but mixes up his flows enough to stay interesting
  • La La La – No not the wack song from Carter III. If you listen to one song from this guide, make it this one. This is literally my favorite Wayne song and quite possibly my favorite song ever. It features a great chipmunk soul beat while Weezy takes you on a nostalgia trip through his childhood neighborhood
  • Something You Forgot – It’s always been hard to make a love song in hip hop. Act too tough and it doesn’t sound authentic; act too lovey-dovey and you come across as soft or weak. Lil Wayne toes the line perfectly in this over a sample from Heat’s 80s rock ballad What About Love
  • Help – Lil Wayne meets the Beatles. When I played this song to my white middle class Republican dad he appeared visibly disgusted and disowned me
Da Drought is Over 4 (2007): One of the better installments in the Drought is Over series, Wayne drops some hot songs and The Empire does their best to ruin them with callouts
  • Pussy Money Weed – Despite the crass title, this track is actually a rather poignant love song. Over Outkast’s classic Jazzy Belle, Wayne comes across as a man truly in love which is a sharp contrast to the usual “Fuck Bitches, Get Money” Wayne we see so often.
  • Brand New - Minimalist beat with Wayne coming out some hot fire as he reminds us that he is both the president and the assassin
  • We Come and See About –An absolutely filthy violin provides a background for Wayne to denounce all of his haters that are all talk and no action. Also known as I’m Me on some youtube videos
  • One Night Only – Ladies know they only got one shot with Birdman Jr. so they better prepare their calendars and start making excuses to their boyfriends. A powerful vocal sample goes well with the frantic beat
  • Ask Them Hoes – I’m looking in the mirror and I see a dollar sign/ I had a CAT scan and I had money on my mind/
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2015.08.10 17:36 Haggy999 [GUIDE] Lil Wayne's Less Popular Mixtapes

Despite dropping undeniably two classic albums, New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne is more widely known for being the king of the mixtape game. Many point to his scorched campaign from 2005 to 2007 where you couldn’t go a week without a new hot Weezy verse dropping, and while every self-respecting hip hop head has listened to Da Drought 3 and Dedication 2, many fans have not delved deeper into the Birdman Jr.’s discography. According to LilWayneTapes.com there are 16 official Lil Wayne mixtapes and 154 unofficial ones. Seeing as I lack useless things like a job or a girlfriend, I have waded through the Louisianimal’s swamp of mixtapes, diving deep into the murky waters of Tunechi’s discography to pull out only the brightest gems. I realize this wall of text can be intimidating to some, so for those of you who are pressed for time, simply scroll down to the comments to see my top 10 songs from this guide.
Mixtapes not included: Da Drought 1 or 3, No Ceilings, Sorry For The Wait 1 and 2, and any mixtape in the Dedication series besides the original
Da Drought 2 (2004): The second project in the legendary series Drought, Da Drought 2 lays the groundwork for a young and hungry Wayne’s takeover of the game that we will see in 2006-2008
  • Everything Will Be Fine – Wayne shows his soft side on this upbeat song guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Pretty nice hook as well which isn't that common for mixtape Wayne
  • In The Booth – We all know that Birdman Jr. spends a lot of time in the booth, so much in fact that he had a recording studio installed on one of his tour buses. He spends this particular studio session reminding weak rappers why they should fear the drought
The Prefix (2004): A mixtape comprised entirely of beats from Jay-Z songs, the recording and mixing quality is low and a young Wayne is still learning the ropes when it comes to rapping. While it is much less polished than the mixtapes to come, The Prefix still has a few hidden gems
  • Moment of Clarity – Wayne takes on Jay-Z’s classic Black Album track and does a pretty good job. One 3 minute track of straight rap with no hooks, this is an early glimpse of the Wayne we all know and love
  • Dec. 4 – Few things are as entertaining as hearing Lil Wayne over a Just Blaze beat and this song does not disappoint
  • Public Service Announcement – The recording quality is pretty shit but the song still bumps in the whip. That PSA beat will never always be good no matter who spitting on it
The Suffix (2005): Weezy teamed up with a young DJ Khaled to make the sequel to The Prefix. Released in late November of 2005, it is still considered a true classic.
  • 93' 94' Baby – Wayne raps a tribute to Birdman over Jeezy’s infectious Go Crazy beat. Hurts to listen to now :(
  • Suffix – Wayne reminisces about his New Orleans childhood over the Just Blaze produced Dear Summer beat first used by Jay-Z
  • Damage is Done – A nice beat with some nice rapping by Lil Wayne. Not much else to say, just sit back and enjoy!
The Dedication (2005): The very first mixtape in the legendary Dedication series, we start to see Wayne improve his flow and swagger now that he is backed by the production of DJ Drama. One of Wayne’s best ever mixtapes, if you enjoy this be sure to check out the even better Dedication 2
Blow (2006): A dual mixtape released by Lil Wayne and Juelz Santana in late 2006 as a preview for their future album I Can’t Feel My Face which would never end up materializing. While it’s a shame we probably won’t hear any more music from the duo, this mixtape gives us a small glimpse into what two rappers on their prime can do.
  • Rewind – An unbelievably catchy beat with an effortlessly cool Wayne while Juelz chills in the crib playing EA Sports and buys cars because he likes the smell of new leather. What more can I say? I can’t feel my face
  • Bird's Flying High – Built around a sped up Nina Simone sample, this beat is so chill it could double as a muscle relaxant. Wayne goes hard and Juelz does a decent job of keeping up
  • Clockwork – After extensive research, I discovered that this track is merely Wayne’s verse from I’m With Whateva added on to the end of Santana’s album track Clockwork. Either way it’s still a dope song with a catchy beat.
  • Get That Bread – A beat made from one extended horn? Hmmm where have we heard this before? I don’t think I could ever get tired of hearing rappers trading bars about how much money they have.
  • Nigga Like Me – The dynamic duo is joined by Currensy and a Philly rapper named Bezel. The song has a nice beat and Wayne tells a chick to “ride his dick like a new Honda”. What is there not to like?
W. Carter Collection (2006): A great though unoriginal mixtape, the W. Carter Collection includes leaked Weezy tracks as well as songs by other artists that Wayne guest featured on. Side note: Mo Fire and Oh No are both great tracks from this mixtape, but both also appear on Tha Carter II so I will not be including them.
  • When You See Me - Braggadocios Wayne with an amazing flow. An incoherent birdman mumbling a hook comes off surprisingly well
  • Suck It or Not – Though technically a Cam'ron song, it’s a really awesome song so I'll include it here. You may think it’s just another song about blowjobs, but really it’s the best song about blowjobs you'll ever hear
  • Holla At Me Pitbull is on the official version of the song, but for some reason in this version his verse is cut off thank God
  • Kryptonite Part 2 – A remix of a Killer Mike track, Wayne holds his own against the Atalanta legend. This beat would later be used for Ridin With the AK on Dedication 2
Note: The Drought is Over 2 and Tha Carter III Mixtape have a lot of songs in common, so I merely attributed half to one tape and half to the other
The Drought is Over 2: The Carter III Sessions (2007): The songs here were originally slated to appear on Tha Carter III album, but were leaked to the internet early. Sometimes I imagine what a great album it could’ve been if a few of these songs were still on it. This is IMO Wayne’s most under-appreciated mixtape
  • Pussy MVP – A short track, but undeniably catchy track about the Lil Wayne sex game
  • Talk It Over – Chipmunk soul samples and a hard lines. I’m getting tired of writing these just listen to the damn song
  • I Feel Like Dying – A classic track about the blissful highs and suicidal lows of being a drug addict. Weezy uses some vivid language to describe his world as a “prisoner trapped behind Xanax bars”. There is also a well known conspiracy theory that when played backwards the song is about devil worship
  • Prostitute Flange – A woozy drug-addled auto-tuned up Wayne sings a love song to his girl telling her that he would love her even if she was a prostitute. This song is very divisive between Wayne fans, it seems like most people either hate it or love it
  • Zoo – Hollygrove duo and childhood friends Lil Wayne and Mack Maine trade bars over a thumping Rockwilder beat
  • I Know the Future – Timbaland provides a sizzling beat for Weezy and Mack Maine to look into the crystal ball and see their future success
  • I’m a Beast – “Rapping is my hobby/my house has a lobby/my bitches act snobby/because I feed them thousands”. Only Lil Wayne could open a song with that and not come across as childish
  • Diamonds and Girls feat. Currensy – A song about the good things in life. The beat is similar to 100 Winters, but this time featuring Currensy!
Carter III Mixtape (2007): Similar to The Drought is Over 2, many of these songs were supposed to appear on Tha Carter III album but were leaked. This is some of Wayne’s best work in my opinion
  • Beat Without A Bass – Wayne laments that a rich nigga can’t find freedom and calls out old rappers that should be retired instead of touring. “I got my capital S-W-agger up, ya dig?”
  • Kush – This ode to the sticky green is Wayne at his goofiest. Four minutes of quotable lines with a beat so chill it could give you frostbite. “I got a grill I don’t have to get my tooth fixed/The tooth fairy would retire if I lose it”
  • Did It Before – Although Wayne’s rhymes actually get a bit repetitive on this song (never thought I’d say that), Kanye West’s strong saxophone beat carries the song home
  • Time For Us to Fuck – Never one for subtlety, Wayne raps yet again about his sexual exploits, but mixes up his flows enough to stay interesting
  • La La La – No not the wack song from Carter III. If you listen to one song from this guide, make it this one. This is literally my favorite Wayne song and quite possibly my favorite song ever. It features a great chipmunk soul beat while Weezy takes you on a nostalgia trip through his childhood neighborhood
  • Something You Forgot – It’s always been hard to make a love song in hip hop. Act too tough and it doesn’t sound authentic; act too lovey-dovey and you come across as soft or weak. Lil Wayne toes the line perfectly in this over a sample from Heat’s 80s rock ballad What About Love
  • Help – Lil Wayne meets the Beatles. When I played this song to my white middle class Republican dad he appeared visibly disgusted and disowned me
Da Drought is Over 4 (2007): One of the better installments in the Drought is Over series, Wayne drops some hot songs and The Empire does their best to ruin them with callouts
  • Brand New - Minimalist beat with Wayne coming out some hot fire as he reminds us that he is both the president and the assassin
  • We Come and See About –An absolutely filthy violin provides a background for Wayne to denounce all of his haters that are all talk and no action. Also known as I’m Me on some youtube videos
  • One Night Only – Ladies know they only got one shot with Birdman Jr. so they better prepare their calendars and start making excuses to their boyfriends. A powerful vocal sample goes well with the frantic beat
  • Ask Them Hoes – I’m looking in the mirror and I see a dollar sign/ I had a CAT scan and I had money on my mind/
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2015.01.16 13:19 spekter299 Create a musical champion!

Choose any singerappemusician you like to make into a champion to fight for you. They will gain as feats any feat they have claimed in a song. Anything they have claimed from a first person perspective can apply, such as:
Being a certain character, and thus gaining all of their abilities and standard equipment. Example: MC Chris- Part One "I am the Batman". If a specific incarnation is mentioned that is the one they become, otherwise the most common version will be used, normal Wolverine isn't the same as Old Man Logan.
Possessing a specific item like a weapon, example: Mega Ran- Boss Fight "I equip the black hole bomb"
Possessing a certain trait or ability like super strength, example: 3 Doors down- Kryptonite "I'll keep you by my side with my superhuman might"
Or accomplishing a specific feat, like killing a giant, example: Adam Warrock- I kill giants.
If there is a song that is told from the perspective of a certain character but never explicitly states "I am this person" it will work, but only if it's told in first person, and if it's a specific event being told that will be the version used.
Similes will only work for the specific attribute mentioned, meaning the line "I got money like Tony Stark" would grant the singer Tony's money, but nothing else.
Evein if the line in the song is a metaphor we will count it as a literal feat, because that's more fun.
Choose five songs from your artist and make the strongest fighter you can, and battle each other!
Then you can try to beat mine: Adam Warrock!
Feat songs:
  1. Thrawn "I'm grand admiral Thrawn, servant of the empire with a plan that never fails" "you got the force, I got the forces so come and meet your defeat" Grand Admiral Thrawn is arguably the greatest tactician in the star wars universe, so gifted he overcame the racism and xenophobia of the empire to become its only non human admiral. Through sheer brilliance and force of will he reunited much of the scattered imperial fleet after the battle of Endor, and if not for a conveniently timed betrayal by his bodyguard he could have crushed the new republic. He also possess forces of an unspecified number, but sufficient to defeat an average force user.
  2. Mjolnir "Mjolnir is the hammer I hold" "call me Odinson" he is in possession of Mjolnir, and by extension all the powers of Thor. Even without the hammer in his possession he is still a son of Odin, so he gains all the advantages of Asgardian physiology.
  3. Cerebro "I can see you, I can hear you, I'm in your minds trying my best to reach you" "I'm the professor of the School for gifted youngsters" "Sit on Cerebro until I find every last one of you" He gains the immensely powerful telepathy of Charles Xavier. He is also in possession of Cerebro, and he is capable of operating it.
  4. Norrin Radd "Norrin Radd was my real name" "fighting evil on my silver surfboard" As the Silver Surfer he gains the power cosmic, granting him planetary level matter and energy man ipulation, up to absorbing and generating planet busting attacks. He is also capable of ftl travel, accelerating evolution, and depowering his enemies (he did this to the hulk).
5.Ultimate Nullifier he has the Ultimate Nullifier.
So here you have an unsurpassed tactical mastermind, who is in possession of some portion of the Imperial Fleet, and is able to command his troops from anywhere instantly through telepathy. The power cosmic allows him to rapidly evolve life on a planetary scale which he could use to grow hie perfect army. In personal combat he has the power s of Thor an Silver Surfer combined. And of course he has the Ultimate Nullifier.
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2014.04.16 23:58 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I am music producer Girl Talk--AMA!

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Do you ever catch crap from record companies / copyright owners for all the stuff you sample? Thanks for the AMA, love your work! I haven't had an issues thus far. In the past few years, it's been kind of the opposite. I've had a lot of manager and major label A&R people reaching out to me to give me acapellas/instrumentals to work with.
Wildest thing to happen onstage, mid show? People fucking.
Which artist has the most sample-able songs? Ludacris.
What is your favorite sample and why is it "I'm On It (Kryptonite)"? Seriously though, love the music and have heard you use that sample many times in different contexts. I guess my question is: What is your favorite sample? My favorite sample is "I'm On It (Kryptonite)."
When you're making music as complex as yours, what's your basic process for choosing what to use? It's an ongoing process that doesn't really have a definitive beginning or end. I sample new music almost every day. Oftentimes I'm thinking about my live shows. I might think that I need more 90s R&B or more 60s garage rock or whatever. I have a running list of things I want to work on. Then once I sample something, that's basically just the beginning. It's a long trial and error process. I try out hundreds of different combinations. When something clicks for me, I may try to work it in the live show. Sometimes, those things stay in the show, and other times, I'm not really feeling it. When I sit down to do an album, it's after a long period of time of experimenting with material at home and at shows, so I have a basic idea of what I think is the most interesting material.
What lead you to work with Freeway on the Broken Ankles EP? I took some time off from touring last year. It allowed me to work on some music that wasn't specifically geared towards performing live. It was extremely liberating and exciting. I spent over a year making beats, probably finished around 100. I thought it'd be cool to work with a rapper and do something that was in between one of my normal releases and a rap mixtape.
Will my faith in a follow-up to All Day be rewarded any time soon? I've been a fan of Freeway for over 10 years. I wanted to work with someone who was hungry, someone who was eager to do something different. He seemed like an ideal candidate. He has a crazy energy and sounds great over a variety of beats. Once we connected on the phone, I knew he was the perfect fit.
Your mixes have always been the soundtracks to my summers. Keep on doin' you. I'm always working on new material that fits into the Night Ripper / Feed The Animals / All Day thing. I am playing tons of new stuff at live shows these days. Not concrete plans for another release like that at the moment but definitely working towards it.
Mr. Gillis I am a huge fan and been following your music since around 06'-07' and seen you live a total of 7 times and by far i have to say your shows are some of the greatest experiences I've had. The shows have been more organized in recently years. Not as many shut downs. It just reached a point around 2009 that so many shows were ending prematurely, I decided to start having a barricade. I'm happy the show has evolved and moved on. It's allowed me to incorporate a bunch of production (lights, video, props, etc)
Your music started off glitchy and...well crazy to say the least. its some of my favorite of what you've done (Unstoppable). my question is will we hear any more full length albums like this in the future? I am definitely proud of Unstoppable. 10 years later, and I do think it kind of occupies its own space. Even though the overall sound is different, I think what I did with Freeway recently is the most closely related to that. On "I Can Hear Sweat," there's some Mouse on Mars samples and glitchy elements. It's more buried in the mix but definitely there. But just overall, it has some similarities with the sample splicing and trying to make new melodies out of cutting up and rearranging previous ones.
Thu Tran was a part of your shows theatrics for the Feed the Animals tour...how did the two of you end up working together? When i saw you here in Portland for the first time they had to shut the show down and clear the stage because of too many people...do you still have this problem or do most venues know whats coming? Thu and I still work together. We may do a video together for one of the songs on Broken Ankles. I went to Case Western in Cleveland, and she went to Cleveland Institute of Art. They share a campus. We were college friends. She just worked with me at Coachella last weekend.
What's your favorite Starburst flavor? Probably dark pink? What flavor is that?
Dude! 1) How awesome was it having all those legends on stage with you? 2) You gonna release the instrumentals for Broken Ankles? 3) how do you get money? can i buy merch? Definitely gonna release the acapella's from Broken Ankles, possibly the instrumentals.
Check out /mashups while youre here. Merch! Link to www.kungfunation.com
What started the "jump on stage" tradition? For my first 6 years, I never really played to more than 50 people. I played mostly in basements and DIY show spaces. People were "on the stage" automatically at those shows. I would play house parties, just right in the middle of everyone. So at some point, my friends just started jumping on stage when I would play venues. It didn't happen every show but sometimes. When things started to get a little bigger, the tradition just continued. There weren't many shows where I'd be like "get on stage!" It just started happening, and the reputation grew.
Are the Pirates making the playoffs this year? No doubt on the Pirates making the playoffs. Last year was amazing.
What music did your parents listen to in the car? Hall and Oates.
My question is related to that; what type of venue do you enjoy to play at the most? do you prefer the sold out packed arenas of people? small schools/frats? or music festivals big or small? I do think small, overly crowded clubs or house parties can be the ultimate way to experience what I do. It's just that real, raw shit.
Have you ever received any hate from musicians for sampling any of their music? Not directly. The musicians who I've sampled and who I've interacted with, have all been pretty open minded. I think when I started, it was different. The idea of unsolicited remix wasn't as widespread. But now, I think most artists are used to their work being appropriated and recontextualized.
When did you first get started with music? Did you always have an interest in music? Yeah, at a young age, I was immediately drawn to it. My first passion was rap and new jack swing. Bel Biv Devoe was my first tape.
I think a big early influence was Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. I honestly think that was the first thing that made me want to start performing music live. I love this Link to www.youtube.com
What sort of advice do you have for people who are interested in learning how to create mashups? There's probably a bunch of tutorials on YouTube for the specifics.
Beyond that, I think you should feel free to make music that people hate. You should think beyond now. Fuck shit up.
Super huge fan -- seen you 9 times (eek!). so stoked you're doing an AMA. I tour with a bunch of my best friends who do not live in the same city as me. So the best part of touring is hanging with them.
Best part about touring? worst part? Worst part is being away from other people who are close in my life. And the physical demand. And it really slows down my process of making new material.
Dinner with 5 people (dead or alive), who do you choose? Dinner: Kurt Cobain Krist Novoselic Dave Grohl Pat Smear Chad Channing.
of all, huge fan, you're albums are the ultimate pick me up, and I'm physched to see you at Pemberton this summer! My question is, how do you choose who gets to dance on stage with you, and has it ever gone wrong? My friends who work with me go into the crowd 15-30 minutes before the show and grab some enthusiastic looking people.
(Also could I come on?) It's gone wrong many times. Especially back in the day there was no barricades and people would just jump on stage. Free for all style. My computers been smashed. I've been vomited on
What was your first mashup you ever created consist of? The first sample-based stuff I was doing probably wouldn't be considered a mash-up, but in the late 90's, I remember destroying Hole's "Celebrity Skin" with 4-track manipulate, layered synths and circuit-bent. I spent a lot of time remixing pop music into abstraction before I was officially doing anything that would be a "mash-up."
My first traditional-style mash-up was probably Richard Marx and Khia... Link to www.youtube.com that youtube pic is really stupid / funny / wonderful.
With so very few artist in your style of music where do you find influence and inspiration? Mainly rap production. Bomb Squad, Just Blaze, Alchemist, Premiere, etc. But also Squarepusher, John Oswald, Kid 606.
So excited for the new album! Girl Talk Pandora is the go-to station at my gym (CrossFit), and we all thank you for getting us through some serious sessions. You have an amazing ear for music- What is one song you've always wanted to mash-up but haven't been given permission to use? I haven't had any permission for any sample I've used.
I saw on Wikipedia it took you 7-8 months to make Night Ripper. How long have you been working on the mix that is yet to come out? Also, if I may be so bold, might you name it at Reddit's suggestion? I'm just working on new live material at the moment. Not stressing too much about an official release. I am extremely excited about my new live material though.
I was thinking about possibly just giving away some live sets. Still on the fence about it.
Do you use any hardware or do you do everything "in the box" as they say? I use an Akai MPK49 at home.
Love your work. Pittsburghers love you, a good friend of mine was in your class. He introduced me to your music, best thing that probably ever happened. Night ripper has been on my top five albums for years. Oftentimes, there's like 3 kick drums layered on top of each other to get the sound I'm looking for. I don't expect people to be able to catch that.
What do you think about the samples sites breaking dahn your albums, are they accurate, or do you make more beats then they show? Some of the sample sites I've seen are pretty accurate. They miss most of the percussion detail though, which is to be expected.
Hey Girl Talk! Thank you for your amazing music. Have you got any plans to come to the UK anytime soon? I am due for the UK!! It's been a minute.
I feel like in certain parts of the world, I've had a chance to continually tour and build up a following over the years. Other spots, I just haven't. As my touring size grows (crew, production, etc.), it's more difficult to get to those places where I haven't built up that following.
Anyway, yeh, i need to come back!
Aphex Twin or SquarePusher? I've only hung with Mark from Negativland once. Probably 2008?
When's the last time you hung out with Negativland? Aphex Tiwn vs Squarepusher is a really tough call. I think Aphex Twin's greatest moments go beyond Squarepusher. But overall, I probably listen to and enjoy Squarepusher more.
1) I know you have a degree in Engineering. What made you decide not to continue down a career path with that degree. I used to be a noise band in high school. I would play weird warehouse spaces with guys banging on metal with contact mics. These shows would usually have 0 - 15 people there. My parents would attend these shows sometimes. They definitely were not into it but were open minded. It wasn't a problem for them, although my mom did run out of one show crying. They were not thrilled when I quit my job, but now, they are always up on any news that I'm involved with. They know shit before I do.
Hey Gregg, thanks for stopping by! I had a piece of animation featured in "RIP: A Remix Manifesto", and that really opened a lot of doors for me as an animator; big BIG thanks to you and Brett Gaylor for doing what you do! Can you talk a little about how the visuals for your live show get developed? Do you have a lot of input on that, or do you let JP Coakley and those guys steer the direction? I work with a few different people on the live show visuals. Andrew Strasser, who has done all of my album art over the years and a lot of promo photography, and Rachael Johnston. I get pretty involved with that process.
Have you ever done a sample count of the live shows, like a 90-minute show? It's certainly gotta be way less than the album, but how many do you think it would be? Do you ever use an automation portion in the live show to do a very precise sequence? I don't really automate anything live, but there are some moments in the show where I can't physically do everything I want. In those cases, I may layer some of the samples together, rather than trigger every one individually.
But in general, I trigger everything by hand. Its one of the main reasons the shows have a slightly different pace and level of detail, compared to my albums.
Mr Greg! As you have such eclectic taste, what are your top 3 artists of all time? Other than, top artists is tough! Ice Cube, The Boredoms, Brainiac, Kraftewerk, Jay-Z, Kanye, Merzbow, Hall and Oates.
What was it like early in your career when you were both playing shows and working as a biomedical engineer? Would you say your early job affected the way you approach remixing music? No one at work knew, so it was bizarre. It was exhausting. I didn't have a tour manager then. I slept on floors and in dorm rooms and at strange houses. I would just fly out, play a show, find somewhere to stay, get back to the cubicle.
That was probably the craziest time peroid in my life.
I saw you in Providence RI a few years ago. You made RI worth being in for at least one night. Anyhow, who would you want to work with in the future? Is there a particular artist you would want to collab with? I have a great beat waiting for Rick Ross. Somebody let him know.
I want to work with Busta Rhymes. I met him for the first time last week at Coachella. He gave me the longest hug I've ever received. His energy, just as a human being, is incredible. I loved his mixtape with Q-tip.
This is my jam: Link to www.youtube.com
Hey man! I just wanted to let you know that I've been listening to your stuff since I first heard Night Ripper, and I've loved it ever since. I'm super into the Broken Ankles EP, and I'm seeing you this weekend! My question is how long it usually takes you to finish a song or a whole album? And do you often end up with a bunch of work you don't finish for an album? I end up with so much material that doesn't make it on to the albums.
Freeway and I recorded about 30 seconds total for Broken Ankles. On some of those songs, I asked him to record 6-8 verses and 2-3 different hooks. There's some crazy versions of those songs that are 10 minutes if you stitch everything together.
I just really believe in preparing as much material as possible. I make an excess of material and then only release what I love.
"30 seconds total" = 30 songs total.
Hey!! You played at UPenn's Spring Fling last year and I hung out in your dressing room after. I got a photo with you (I'm an Indian male) and talked to you about music for a bit. Do you remember that? Also did you enjoy playing that show, even though it rained? Yes!
The weather was miserable, and I was really surprised by how enthusiastic the audience was with the horrible conditions. I had a great time. I thought the show as going to be disaster.
I drove home to Pittsburgh that night and tour managed Grand Buffet in Ohio the next day. Great weekend.
In my humble opinion, i believe that you single-handedly created a new genre (perhaps sub-genre) of music with your Night Ripper album. i dont know what to call it but lets just say its hyper-schizo-mashup. Did you know going into it that you would create something so unique within the mashup genre that would spawn so many imitators and make you a figurehead of music copyright and free use issues? Thank you! do you follow me on instagram? i think i recognize your name Night Ripper was my third album. When I was putting it together, I thought I had something special. I did not expect it to have such an impact though. I just knew it was more accessible than my previous work, but I also thought there was nothing else that sounded exactly like it. There are many related things (John Oswald, Kid 606, countless 80s/90s rap albums, Dust Brothers, Bomb Squad, etc), but I did think it was unique to iself.
I've always wanted to ask you this question: When you're just out and about and you hear a song, maybe at the store, who cares, what goes through your head? Do you just enjoy the song or do you immediately start thinking, "This would go really well with so so song?" It's a little difficult to turn it off at times. I'm always thinking about making music. It's an obsession. I try to chill, but I can't.
Every morning I listen to an album or the radio in the shower. I zone out then. I'm not thinking about it as much. When I revisit some of my favorite albums, I don't think about it. When I'm at the club with friends, I'm not thinking about it.
Hey Girl Talk, thanks for putting on my single favorite live show I've ever been to! I love live music and I don't think I'll ever see a show as fun as yours, and I'm okay with that. I mentioned this somewhere else in here, but here's how I perform live...
Can you describe what specifically you're doing when you're doing a live show, for those who don't understand how a mash-up artist can produce music live? Link to illegal-art.net
real quick, as ad agencies have started using Diplo and other artists in TV ads, would you ever be cool with your music being used in an ad? What type of product would you be okay with it being used for? Long story short, I trigger all samples by hand in real time.
Thanks for making such great music, I can't wait to hear your new stuff! I did an ad for Microsoft a few years ago. It was funny being on TV.
Do you ever miss any parts of your bioengineering career? do you think its ever helped you in your music creation? I don't really miss it.
My music work is very detailed oriented. I think there are a lot of similarities. Trial and error process.
Hi Gregg, I am a huge fan - partially due to seeing you and the movie RIP a Remix Manifesto, I am currently writing my dissertation on fair use, copyright, and mashups. I know you mentioned you haven't had serious legal issues, so what kind of advice would you have for aspiring remix / mashup artists in regards to copyright issues? I think you have to be fully committed to what you're doing.
I'm not against copyright law as a whole. I think that's an important distinction to make. I believe in Fair Use and think it should be judged on a case by case basis. If you want to release music with samples, you should become familiar with the Fair Use doctrine and attempt to analyze/critique your own work and see if you think it applies.
What famous personality would we be surprised to hear you keep in touch with on a regular basis? I texted Skrillex this week and asked him if he was cool if I change my name to Grillex. He gave me the go-ahead. That was only the second time I've ever texted him. Met him in person once.
STILL USING AUDIOMULCH??? Yes!! i still perform live with Audiomulch! i started using Ableton at home a little bit but it's still not my main focus. With all of my previous releases, other than Broken Ankles EP, there was no music tracking software used. None of that was put together using a timeline. Just audiomulch and a wav editor.
Ur my hero, my life changed when you invented mashups(I no people sais you dint but they dont know nothin) Got any tips on how to up my game yo? Link to soundcloud.com You have to transcend the shit you love. You can start by imitating it but then think about destroying it. Go beyond it.
Did you teach yourself everything you know making mashups, or did you have someone who helped you get started? I basically taught myself. I did have some friends (Hearts of Darknesses, Andriu, So Red which went on to be White Williams) who were making electronic music at the same time, kind of learning related things.
Ummm, sigh, I dunno, what is it that you like doing on your spare time besides music? I love going to the movies, playing basketball at the park near my house, going to Sandcastle water park. I'm into going to the gas station at 4 AM and snacking. I'm into eating ramen in bed and watching ESPN. I like getting drunk with my friends. I like going to any club thats gonna play rap music
Yo Gregg, what's your secret to all that energy you have at shows? I always feel like I have something to prove. I never feel fully comfortable. I always want to take it further.
So my question is, since you've encountered these issues in your career, have you seen a noticeable change in how record companies handle music licensing? Do have have any goals in mind regarding that topic? Do/Did you have any regrets going this route and negating potential income? I haven't seen much change in terms of the actual law. If anything, it's gotten a little more tough to do sample-based music.
How many laptops have you gone through in your time as Girl Talk? Ha! shout out to Ross Bencina!
Also, I feel like Ross Bencina owes a good portion of his following to you! I broke too many computers 2006-2010. not even sure. i havent broke a laptop in a few years. not trying to do a product placement right now, but those panasonic toughbooks are legit!
What song(s) have you sampled and put together to become a part of your music that you are most proud of? Off the top of my head, Tiny Dancer + Juicy. Aphex Twin + Soulja Boy.
Would you ever consider do more songs like Touch 2 Feel and the tracks that were on the Unstoppable album? Loved those vibes. Yeah. Not exactly but I could see doing something conceptually similar. I like that album because it exists somewhere in between mashups / pop / sampling / rap / etc. It's kind of its own thing.
What are some things you're doing in life that are non-music related ? Today I'll be feeding my dog. I might take a picture of him if he does anything cool.
Saw you at Coachella, one of the 3 best sets all weekend! What's the favorite show you've ever played? It's tough to isolate one show. That Coachella show will definitely stand out though. It's just a different experience.
I read that you were working on a new type of sampling, akin to creating entire new realized songs from prerecorded samples. any word on when we'll hear this stuff? My new EP with Freeway, Broken Ankles, is like that.
Hey Gregg, I'm Steph, friends with Nicola and we all hung out after the Beck gig in London about 6yrs ago when you were about to go full time with music. You played a rad set at a tiny basement bar and I held off some people trying to pull your pants down (you're welcome). Then the next time was at Primavera which was huge!! Awesome seeing you do so well, I guess you don't have to do your medical/something job anymore huh? Sweet! Oh yeah, question... Marmite or Vegemite? WHOA! Great hearing from you!! I just saw Nicola last weekend!
Thank you for keeping my pants on!
The Beck show seems like a different life.
Link to www.youtube.com
What's up? AMA'ing.
Is the inclusion of the Dottie West "Lesson in Leaving" drum sample in Broken Ankles an indication that you'll be including more country music in future mixes? I'm not that familiar with her work. I loved the drum break on that song. Should I check out more?
Hey Gregg! Thanks for doing this AMA. Your show at Georgia Tech a few years ago introduced me to GT. All Day and Feed The Animals is probably still my go to party music. My high school diploma is for "Greg Gillis"
Also, as a fellow dude named Gregg (not Greg) does it bother you when people leave off the extra 'G'? I'm into it. Chef's choie.
You rock man! Chef's choice.
Favorite Pittsburgh food? Peppi's Big Wheeler.
Gotta get the crushed red pepper relish though
Hey All Day is one of my favorite albums and I liked Broken Ankles. I have not been able to see you live, but I imagine you will come back to Chicago at some point. Anyway, are your future projects going to be producing rap songs or another mashup album? Both.
What has been the biggest challenge in moving from playing a Mexican restaurant in Athens Ohio to playing a giant stage at Coachella? When are we getting a reissue of the music you made with the Joysticks? I was thinking about releasing some Joysticks music. I am still really good friends with the other member. Just a few days ago, we were talking about trying to do a reunion at our high school's battle of the bands. Link to www.youtube.com
The biggest challenge as things have progressed for me is just dealing with the business side of this. I tour with a crew now, people who help with physical props and do lights and tour manage, and all of that. A lot of these people are some of my closest friends. I am very proud to have them part of this. At the same time, its just a lot to deal with. I'd rather just cut up pop music all day.
Other than that, not much as changed to be honest. I just do what I do. At times, there's way more stress now, but that comes with the turf. I'm happy to deal with it.
You played a free show at SMU with Big Boi a few years back and the cops shut it down before you got to go on. Any details as to what exactly happened? I just saw flashing lights and the music stopped. Big Boi was pissed, they cut him off right before "Kryptonite."
Gregg, is it true that Pittsburgh is a dope ass city? AKA THE CITY OF CHAMPIONS? True.
A different set of special guests? Can't wait to see you. Always love your mash ups. YES!
Any plans to come back and play at the Wilma in Missoula, MT? That was the best concert I've ever been to. I had an amazing time in MT.
Are you a fan of The Avalanches "Since I Left You"? Yeh.
I saw you on Friday and you were incredible. It was one of my favorite sets from the weekend and the best ending to a show I've ever seen. Just wanted to say thank you for an amazing time. THANK YOU!! It was an extremely surreal night. Definitely a show I will never forget.
Yo Gregg, I've got the Bone Hard Zaggin 7", the Secret Diary Picture 12", the Night Ripper 12", and i'm missing Feed the Animals and All Day and i'm not okay with this. That's all i wanted to say. carry on. I will get them on vinyl.
Just wanted to stop in and say I have all your albums on cd. I remember when unstoppable came out, I searched like 12 record stores for it. Finally found it one day. Now its lost :( Saw you here at UT a couple years ago. Awesome show! Thanks for copping the CDs! i love CDs.
Who is matt wellins and how did he contribute to my favorite girl talk song - Friends 4-Ever. Matt Wellins is an experimental musician from Pittsburgh. He went to Bard College. I think he does film work now. Shout out to Matt Wellins.
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2014.03.06 02:18 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: Lin-Manuel Miranda AMA

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When will you be releasing more things from the Hamilton Mixtape for me to memorize? Do you think it's going to be a Broadway show? If so, can I book tickets right now? I think creativity is a fluid, and it'll fill every outlet to which it's exposed. I'm glad I was exposed to lots of hip-hop and cast albums as a kid. The fact that I got a big part in the 6th grade play (Conrad Birdie) is probably why I'm here. The goal for me with Hamilton has always been a stage production, and a concept album with songs from it. We've made insane progress on both counts, and you'll have news soon.
P.S. Did you know that your "Travoltified" name is "Louisa Marftinez"? The producers of 200 Cartas are still touring festivals and countries with it, I believe. It'll land in your lap eventually. Thank YOU!
Can you talk about writing NPH's Tony raps? It's terrifying and so so fun. I write them backstage at Radio City (or the Beacon), with Tommy Kail over my shoulder saying, "That's good, that's less so, etc." NPH is a SUPERHERO. He literally gets to run through them once, maybe twice, and then he's spitting them live. These were his idea, and I'm proud to be a part of them.
off: thanks for doing this AMA. Second: In The Heights is my favorite musical. Third: I can't wait to see Hamilton. So for the question: I know theres been talk of a ITH movie but I heard it was scraped but then it wasn't, so I was wondering if that's still in production and if so what stage is it in? Also, what's your favorite musical on Broadway right now? The In The Heights movie question! Here is everything I know: We had a go at Universal. It got bogged down in budget issues, it's no one's fault, but it's actually a good thing that version of the movie didn't get made. We are working with a really experienced producer on finding the right partner to make the movie. That producer is working really hard. I felt a lot of pressure to get it made while Heights was running, but now the only pressure I feel is to make it as good as possible. Chicago came out 27 years after it opened on Broadway. Hopefully sooner than that.
off, I'd like to thank you for the work you put into In the Heights. I played Piragua Guy in the production at UC Riverside, and it was honestly one of the greatest experiences of my life, so for all the effort you put into the musical to make it what it is today, alabanza. Alabanza had like, THREE verses that encapsulated Abuela's life. It was more of a full eulogy, and we cut it because it covered some of the same ground as Paciencia y Fe. Those are good. And the Benny/Usnavi rap at the top was more of a battle: This is what I remember off the top of my head: BENNY: USNAVI PROMISE ME YOU'LL ANSWER ME HONESTLY YOU EVER SEEN ANOTHER RAPPER AS HOT AS ME SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING ODD AS ME IT'S OBVIOUS USNAVI IS THE SLOPPIEST MC...
I remember hearing there was a LOT that went into In The Heights that ultimately ended up not making it in the final Broadway rendition, from large aspects such as Piragua Guy essentially being the narrator in the show to smaller pieces, such as the transition that got cut after Benny's Dispatch. Is there anything else noteworthy that got cut from the final version? I miss that.
What happened to your Alexander Hamilton hip hop concept album? I've been anxiously waiting. I answered this in another thing, but it's coming. It will be both a stage production and a concept album. You don't have to wait anxiously. And you won't have to wait much longer.
You've worked with so many amazing artists in your career. Any plans on working with the legendary and elusive, Adele Dazeem? I saw her on the Oscars and I thought she was great. Have you seen this other artist, Idina Menzel? She's also wonderful. Check her out!
What is your best advice for a theater person of color to get out there? A lot of shows have been classified as "white" shows and at my high school, that's usually how they'd be cast. That infuriates me, because I really believe that school is often the one chance to get to play roles the real world might not necessarily let you play. It's supposed to be a LEARNING experience. I'll never get cast in Oklahoma! in real life, but I got to do it in school because it's SCHOOL. My advice: Get so good that they can't ignore you. That's good advice in general. I wish you luck.
A meteor strikes earth, obliterating everything on the planet -- except Broadway, for some awesome reason. You're now president of Earth. Who else do you appoint to run the world? Hegemon: Lin-Manuel Miranda Guy who actually runs things: Manny Azenberg (Google him, THAT dude knows how to run things Press Secretary: Jonathan Groff, because you can't help but love him.
How would you feel about a film adaptation of In the Heights wherein Cher plays every character? (Or just a film adaptation of In the Heights in general) ETA: Saw you already talked about the movie, so now I just wanna know about the first part of the question. If Cher kickstarted this, I'd be top donor, homey.
I’d love to be able to freestyle like you. But fact is my flow needs work, it’s true. I stand, and I think, but the words I can’t see. Any advice to give to an aspiring MC? You have to spit past the point of making sense. Spit until you've used all your words up, and then spit another few hours. You will surprise yourself with what you have to say.
Unrelated, hypothetical question--what is "too soon" for a revival? If it's still running. TOO SOON, LION KING, TOO SOON!
I made an account on reddit just to ask you this. Is it weird that I've watched "To Life: Vanessa's Wedding Surprise" like 20 times? It gets better every time! LOL. So you should know that one of my best men, Bill Sherman, was supposed to be singing, but his wife went into labor on the way to the wedding! So Sara (the woman in the yellow dress) stepped in and sang his part. How great is Vanessa's Dad? He was basically the mayor of Washington Heights after that video went viral.
Can you tell us about the most unusual or surprising experience you've had solving a creative problem/having a "eureka" moment? Thanks! Love your work! The Piragua Reprise came the day before our first preview, when we realized our Act two was getting heavy. It was such a happy accident: I wrote it on a break in tech, with Lacamoire at the piano, and Andy staging AS I WAS WRITING IT, in the Rodgers. That was fun.
The next time you see Karen Olivo can you tell her I love her? Yes. KAREN OLIVO dorsett60 LOVES YOU.
Will Hugh Jackman be rapping at the Tonys this year? I dunno! If he has, I haven't been asked to write 'em.
Quick! What song is currently stuck in your head? I'm Changing My Major To Joan from Fun Home and Action Bronson are on a loop.
Hi Lin! I played in the pit at my High School's production of In The Heights and I'm a huge fan. The AP US History teacher at my high school plays your Alexander Hamilton rap for every class, so I have to ask: how's that project going? Hi. What did you play? I'm sorry for the high trumpet part, it's really murderous. Hamilton is going really well. I have written about 50 songs for the project since that White House bit you saw, and you'll get to hear it soon.
Thank you for generally being awesome AND helping my friend ask my other friend to prom! Oh, Ethan was very brave! He asked me if he could ask her at my West Side Story screening, and knowing how that movie ends, I thought it would be a nice moment before. You know. Chino. Make it not be true.
Thank you so much for doing this and always being so gracious to your fans! My question is: is there any novel/play that you would love to adapt into a musical? P.s. your tweet with the link just made me sing the entirety of "sunrise" from ITH to my dog. I really wanted to adapt 'My Name Is Asher Lev,' one of my favorite books. There was a VERY successful play adaptation, and it was really great, so I don't know if I need to take a crack at it. I just love that story and I'm glad it found a theatrical life.
Hi there Lin! First, I would like to thank you for giving us In The Heights. The first time I listened to it, my grandfather had just passed away, and Everything I Know helped me to get a good cry out of the way. It is still very special song to me. So, in a similar vein, my question is - what is the most heartwarming experience you've had while working on shows? My Abuelo Wisin passed away the Monday after we opened on Broadway. He was sick, and my family kept it from me until opening night because I was working on finishing the show. I flew to PR the next day, got to see him and say goodbye while he was still alive, and he passed away as we flew back to NY. He was my best friend, and the show became my way of mourning/celebrating him 8 times a week. I feel insanely grateful that I got a chance to say goodbye, and had a healthy outlet for my grief.
So is your relationship with Christian Borle as sassy as Smash made it out to be? HE KNOWS WHAT HE DID. :)
Did you give Bobby Lopez any help on his Oscar speech? That's all Bobby and Kristen. I was SCREAMING with joy for them. I've known Bobby since elementary school, and his little brother was in my first musical. They are the absolute best.
What is your best memory of when you first started working on In the Heights? When I was FIRST writing Heights, I was breaking up with my first serious girlfriend, so I was pretty angsty. But that's okay. Heartbreak can be rocket fuel if you use it right.
1)Why the long hair? [serious/curious] 2) What's on your Recently Added music playlist? 1) Hamilton. Seriously. 2) I wrote a parody of Fugue for Tinhorns for the boys at MBMBaM, a podcast I listen to and enjoy very much. You should ask them to sing it. That's Recently Added.
Hey LMM! First off, I loved In The Heights, and I really loved your work on Bring It On: The Musical. What's your songwriting process? Do you use a computer program to help or is it all piano and Dixon-Ticonderoga? I wrote lots of Heights on Garageband. I learned to use Logic Pro on Bring It On, because I wanted to create whatever beat Andy wanted to choreograph and work from there. I've written most of Hamilton in Logic too. But I always go back to the piano: If it doesn't sound good on just piano, I scrap it. FUNDAMENTALS!
Who would play Riggins in Friday Night Lights: The Musical? Jonathan Groff is Jason Street. Jon Rua is the Latino dude from season 2. Lemme come back to this.
Josh Henry IS Smash Williams.
What challenges would you say came with writing rap as opposed to "regular" musical music? Love in the heights, and I won't ever stop waiting for Hamilton. It's all the same. You're finding the most effective way to tell the story. And context is everything too. It took me MONTHS to write the Hamilton rap you heard at the White House, but the songs you'll hear on the Freestyle Love Supreme special are made up in the moment, based on the words the audience throws at us. They're thrilling for a different reason, because we're jumping out of a plane and building the parachute on the way down.
What Beck are you listening to? The new album, which I love. I also just drank a 5 hour energy, and the contrast is really interesting.
What r ur favorite sports? Do u have any tatoo? What novel r u reading these days?or do u have any favorite book or autor? Are u such a good,kind,quiet,geek friend ?in real life like ur role in do no harm? Thanks. I like watching Football, as my twitter followers know I have a tattoo of the FLS logo, on my shoulder. I got it in Melbourne. I am reading the Robert Caro Lyndon Johnson biographies. I am SUCH a good kind quiet geek friend. I'm not as smart as Ruben in Do No Harm. Thank YOU.
Pick a superpower: flying or invisibility? Inivisibility if I can still wear clothes and be invisible. It's cold, and I'm a never-nude. Otherwise, flying.
If you weren't in the entertainment industry, what would you be doing right now for a career? Teaching. I love teaching. I used to teach 7th grade English. I loved it so much that I quit the second I realized I loved it, because I had other things I needed to get done first.
What was Hugh Laurie like? Funny, intense, insanely smart, lovely. But you already knew that. I'm happy to confirm it.
What's the most difficult rhyme you've ever had to work into one of those closing raps at the Tonys? Larroquette almost killed me. Seriously, try to think of a rhyme for it. I went in a different direction.
Favorite song at the moment? There's a song in Tom Kitt's new musical, If/Then, that is running through my brain right now. I shouldn't give it away, their first preview is happening NOW!
The video you guys made a while back with Nicholas Dayton was probably the most inspiring thing I have ever watched. No question here. Just wanted to shed some light on that. (for reference: Link to www.youtube.com. Nicholas has grown into a talented young man. We're still friends. He makes these great Beatles covers and other internet goodness. I love that kid.
Obviously your Fiddler on the Roof wedding surprise for Vanessa went wonderfully, as shown in your famously successful youtube video my brother shows everyone he's ever met -- how involved is she with the theatre world? She is a lawyer and former scientist (seriously--I hit the f*ckin jackpot, you guys) and she didn't sign up for ANY of this. But she loves hip-hop and music and tolerates me banging around the piano and singing to myself all day.
Mr. Miranda! As a (hopefully) future actor, I was wondering if you could give any advice to those of us who aspire to have our names in the lights...or just not spend most of our lives working as waiters/waitresses? You have to create your own opportunities. Before Heights, the only role I booked was as a bellboy on The Sopranos (which was AWESOME, by the way.) I HAD to write my way in. The internet allows you to do this very well. And good things travel, as reddit consistently proves. Bad things travel too, but whaddayagonna do.
Hey Lin-Manuel! I'm a huge fan of your work; as a young musical theatre actor, I hope to perform in one of your shows someday. 1) What hip-hop/rap artist would you like to see write the score to a musical (if any)? 2) If there were a "jukebox musical" using one contemporary rap artist's music, which artist's music would you like to see as the focus of the musical? 1) I wish Biggie was around: his storytelling skill remains unparalleled in hip-hop. He's an incredible narrator, which is why he isn't my answer to #2, because in a musical, you want to show, not tell the audience what's happening. 2) This is not a full answer, but I'd pay to see Jay-Z's Friend or Foe songs as a one-act play, ala The Zoo Story. It's so conversational and virtuosic at the same time.
You seem like the busiest man in the world, yet you have time to do this for two hours?? Give me your secrets. That's actually a really good one to go out on. You're right, I have tons of other work to do. Okay. I'll stop. You were all very nice. I hope you watch our FLS special if you have Pivot and if you don't, ask your cable provider to carry it. Thanks y'all!
Any chance of In The Heights making it to the West End? It's going to be in the West End in May! Southwark Playhouse, I believe. Bing that ish.
You're very talented and thank you for your contributions to the American artistic community. So let's play hipster theater geek: Who is on the cusp of becoming the "next big thing" on Broadway in regards to writing/songwriting/lyricist? Here are a list of writers I like very much who are writing cool things, in no order: Nathan Tysen/Chris Miller, Shaina Taub, Nick Blaemire, Dave Malloy, Joe Iconis, Ryan Scott Oliver, Carmel Dean, Jaime Lozano, Deb Abramson, my friend Bill Sherman. That's a very incomplete list, but there's lots of talent out there.
Who encouraged you the most through your career? My parents were pretty awesome, once they realized I couldn't be swayed. I feel pretty grateful for that. You should follow my dad on Twitter @vegalteno. He can be wildly inappropriate when he's watching TV. Curses in Spanish n sh*t.
What is the best advice ever given to you? "you ain't promised mañana in the rotten manzana." -Big Pun.
Which countries do u wanna visit oneday? Of what r u affraid? I want to go to Japan. I've never been. I'm afraid of being lost, that's my Kryptonite.
Hey Lin! What was it like to work with Karen Olivo? Are you still super close with the In the Heights family? We are very much a family. We all talk, all the time. You can see Chris Jackson in this FLS special this weekend, he's a part of the group. And I text with Olivo pretty much constantly.
I am going to NYC next week. What sites/restaurants should I visit in Washington Heights? I love Malecon for Dominican food, New Leaf Cafe for fancy food, Pick n Eat for healthy food, Coogan's for sporting events, I could go on.
I first learned about you from sadsadconversation and miss that community so much. Any chance you could start a sequel conversation with some of your Broadway friends and whoever else you find interesting? Wasn't that fun? All credit to Josh Malina for inviting me. I made some real friends through the internet that way.
It's very generous of you to do this, Lin - my question is simply this: if you could write a musical for any singer living or not, who might that be, and why? I want to write a song for Marc Anthony's voice one day. He's our Sinatra. That VOICE.
What's your relationship with Krysta Rodriguez like? SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE DID :)
What is something you HAVE to do every time you sit down and write? Make coffee.
U seem really into multi media and social networking, do u ever feel the need for privacy? Best and worst part of fame for u. I'm constantly doing an internal gut check, making sure I don't share more than I can spare. Alexander Hamilton? HE was an oversharer. (Read The Reynolds Pamphlet)
off, I wrote a paper on you for my final of my theatre class about how you're changing musical theatre and got a 100, so I feel like I owe you half the credit. Second off, huge fan of everything you've done from Heights to Hamilton, and as someone who wants to get into writing for theatre, where do you start looking for ideas? How do you think of writing something like In the Heights or something like a hip-hop concept album about Alexander Hamilton? The good ideas are the ones that won't let go. They'll find you. Seriously.
Hey, could I borrow your copy of "Clayton's Friends"? Hahahahaha nope.
Who's your dream collaborator? Weird Al. Juan Luis Guerra. Talib Kweli. That's the tip of the iceberg.
U seem very unaffected by success. Have always been so easy going? I have my good and my bad days, like everyone. On my bad days, I try to stay off social media.
Lin, you are awesome. Also, do you have any good Sondheim stories (from personal experience) He wrote me a REALLY nice email after the first NPH Tony Closer rap. He really liked the Landed it/Candidate rhyme. I have that email printed and framed over my piano. It's amazing how many writers he encourages and corresponds with. I feel lucky to be among them.
Lin! Don't stop! This is your Vinick til-they-drop AMA. Toby thought it was brilliant. BAHAHAHA.
How difficult is the process of balancing your acting life with your writing life. I only take acting gigs that don't take me away from writing for too long. Hence all the guest spots. It's why I love Freestyle Love Supreme: we show up, we make the show up based on YOUR words, and I go back home to my piano.
Hi Lin! I absolutely adore In the Heights. There is so much that I can relate to. Anyway, I've always been curious why Usnavi is Dominican and not Puerto Rican. Because Washington Heights is a largely Dominican neighborhood, though everyone's really from everywhere, I wanted to make your narrator and entry point Dominican as well.
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2013.10.23 21:48 FX114 Watsky responds to Joe Rogan's criticism of his work, and slam poetry as a whole.

From Facebook:
Yesterday Joe Rogan did a segment on his podcast about spoken word poetry and used one of my poems as the sole example. I want to address his criticism, but first, here's the text of what was said. (Quotes in parentheses are from guests on his podcast. The rest is him).
("What do you like less, poetry slams or musicals?") Joe: "Poetry slams, cause at least musicals somebody likes em [...] You know whats way worse than black guys in Def Poetry Jams? White guys [...] Here's the problem with that stuff: the art form itself is incredibly unsatisfying. All you're doing is saying things and you're trying to be profound. The only time anyone ever wants to hear something really profound like that is from someone who is an accomplished person. Like if Russell Simmons went up and gave a poetry slam about succeeding in business, then you would want to see... starting your own business. Yeah, that's Russell Simmons and it's got some poignancy to it. But when you're some self indulgent fuckin dickwad and you're just talking nonsense stringing together a bunch of stupid words ("Adolescent shit. Awful.") [At this point they cue up my poem "V for Virgin" from Def Poetry Jam] It's George Watsky, don't be mean to George. ("We're about to crucify him right now. Oh Christ, that's embarassing, he's got a golf shirt on too.") [They play the first minute of my poem] Please stop this, stop this, stop this, I feel for that boy. You know what I would tell that boy? First, there's a bunch of things you gotta tell him. First of all, your heavy breathing has to stop. This is that thing that they do when they're in front of black people...they... they act black. He changes the way he talks. And it wasn't full bore, but it was pretty obvious… Def Slam stupid fuckin breathing thing... It's an awful art form... It's like standup with no punchlines delivered by a guy who sucks at standup. I'm so excited for the amount of hate we're gonna receive for this... I feel like it's misguided. We should tell people, the whole thing you're doing fucking sucks. Just get into a different art form. You chose the shitty thing. It's like racing unicycles..."
I'm aware that Joe Rogan is a comedian and his job is to make fun of stuff. I'm not mad. A lot of people truly dislike spoken word poetry. One of the main reasons people tend to have a negative reaction to spoken word is because the cadence and delivery has become cliché. But I think another reason performance poetry is especially strong kryptonite for standup comedians is because for standup to work, there almost always has to be a layer of separation between the comedian and the potentially painful subject matter they're addressing. (There are exceptions to this and some legends like George Carlin and Richard Pryor have been able to move towards different types of laughs later in their careers). But spoken word's bread and butter is raw emotional openness. When a comedian creates tension, they have to break it with a laugh. A slam poem might create tension and let it linger. For someone used to the ebb and flow of a tight standup set, this is pretty disconcerting. I have more jokes sprinkled into my poems to leaven the material than a lot of poets, but most of my pieces do end with pretty earnest sections. At its worst this approach can come off as emo, preachy and angsty. At its best I think it has the power to move people into places of emotional catharsis that's very difficult to access in comedy. Tig Notaro's recent standup set after she was diagnosed with cancer was heralded as groundbreaking in its openness; The performance was unusually moving and refreshing for comedians immersed in 24/7 snark. I love great comedy, but the reason some standups suck to be around is because they're "on" all the time, and as much as there needs to be a place for laughter, life isn't one long joke. There's a place for raw honesty as well, and although slam poetry's definitely not for everyone, I believe it deserves an audience.
I actually think Joe Rogan (or his producer) picked a good example of mine to use. I totally agree with him that my delivery was way over the top. I was trying to emulate other poets and I hadn't found my own voice yet. It makes me cringe to listen to. It was also a long time ago. The piece selected for the show was performed on Def Poetry in 2006— I wrote it when I was 19 years old and I'm 27 now. So I'd like to think I've had some time to grow as an artist in the intervening years. Since then I've deliberately attempted to make my poetry more conversational and less "slammy." I actually take a lot of pride in the fact that my speaking voice is very clearly the voice you hear in my poetry and music. If Joe was really familiar with my work I don't think he would be accusing me of "acting black." If anything, I've been criticized for sounding "too white" as a rapper, and it's precisely because I've made a conscious choice to try and sound as much like my natural self as possible in my work. (Yes, I'm white, I know.) However the whole "sounding black/white" argument is a separate can of worms, and not one I'm as interested in debating.
I'm glad Joe brought this up because it gives me a chance to go to bat for an art form that I love. When spoken word is at its best it does have punchlines—awesome ones. It can, in fact, be profound. The best spoken word can incorporate wonderful acting, dexterous lyricism, traditional poetry, and, in my opinion, standup comedy. It's when poets do it poorly that the form gets a bad name. The stereotype of shitty spoken word comes from when people say unprofound things as if they are deep. There's a lot of bad poetry out there, just like there's a lot of bad standup comedy. But there's been less exposure for truly great poetry, and that's a shame.
Joe's a comedian who I have respect for. He seems to speak candidly, and he's not afraid to take other comedians to task for plagiarizing. I see him as someone with an open mind. And in the spirit of that, Joe, if you're ever interested in having someone on your podcast to speak on behalf of this artform I love, I would welcome the opportunity to discuss it. In the comment section below I'm going to post some of my all-time favorite poems that I think represent the genre way better than my old piece.
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2013.03.29 04:10 MCMXChris My profile essays (apologies for the length)

I'd rather keep my profile private but I'd like some input on the content of my profile. Be honest _^
Summary:
Hello. ...Is it me you're looking for? I can see it in your eyes ;) I joke, I joke. I am actually a very strong independent black woman...shhhhh.
Now that you've looked at my photos & find me irresistible...I'll keep it short & sweet. I am a 22 year old hopeless romantic.
Sorry I'm not Channing Fucking Tatum. Are you a Playboy Playmate? I can still wave my junk in your face if you'd like. "Let.me.see.that.thong!"
I believe:
-You can be too close-minded or too open-minded. -Dogs rule, cats drool. -God paints with every color; not just red, white, and blue. -Every day should be mother's day. -Everything does NOT happen for a reason. -The 1% should pay higher taxes than the rest of us. -If the Pope had true faith, he wouldn't need bullet proof glass. -Honey Badger don't give a shit! -He who is sinless should cast the 1st stone. -The internet is for porn. -I have trust issues b/c of raisins I thought were choc. chips. -I was born into a permanent friend zone. -In ruining trendy things for hipsters. -I can bring home the bacon if you can cook it. -Skinny jeans are the work of the Devil. -The way to a man's heart is through his stomach ;) Love = (Time x Effort). I have never solved this equation in my 22 years, however.
A man is not defined by how many beers he can drink, fights he can win, or women he can have sex with. I'm not that type of man.
What I'm doing with my life:
Flying solo...without a parachute.
Working, finishing my CIS degree, and becoming addicted to the internet.
I also suppose I'm dealing with escaping an extremely strict/religious childhood & adolescence. God: 1 Me: -1
I'm really good at: Weasin' a lil juice! (Pauly Shore anyone? No?)
youtube.com/watch?v=tLPZmPaHme0
Dodging HFCS like the poison it is. I have an avid aversion to most junk food. But we all have our kryptonite.
Respecting my elders (as corny as that sounds.) I cuss. Just not in front of them. I act stupid. But be civil in public.
Mimicking rappers. 2 Chainzzzzzzzzzzz!!!! shake dem dreads
The first things people usually notice about me: Sometimes I smile. I can be pretty timid. Hazel eyes? One part of me is big & black...my hair you perv! I'm an awkward but friendly loner
Movies: Any Marvel/DC, I am Legend, Rush Hour, 7 Pounds, Food Inc., Taken, Madagascar, Star Wars, Breach, Planet Earth, Secret Window, Lions for Lambs, Into the Wild, The Blind Side, Jurassic Park, Freakonomics, Dark Knight, Fievel goes West, Aladdin.
TV: House, 24, TMZ, Friends, The Simpsons, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Family Guy, The Office, That 70's Show, Monk, Craig Ferguson, Criminal Minds, nature shows, Burn Notice, SNL, WWYD, Reno 911, Monsters inside me, Dr. Oz, TBBT, Seinfeld. There's a lot. TV is my best friend. How sad haha.
I could never do without:
Coffee/Tea Stand-up comedians Dogs Football Mexican food Music Family Hand sanitizer Pros/Cons lists Free days at the zoo IMDB The Oatmeal Eavesdropping WebMD Twins Chipotle
I COULD do without:
Extremely hot summers. Horoscopes/Astrology (utter bullshit) The NRA Girls who shave one side of their head. Most fast food places. Feminazis OKC users who play "guess which one I am!" with every pic. That "falling off a cliff" feeling you get before sleep. Advertisements. Seriously. Phone, TV, radio, online, magazines. Sushi High maintenance, catty women. Snapbacks Ed Hardy; or girls who date guys who wear Ed Hardy. Club-hopping Slutwalks Apple fanboys (or fanboys in general)
The following words being used in everyday vocabulary:
Shawty, Boo, Hater, Baby Daddy, Swag, and 'literally' (without understanding what literally actually means).
I spend a lot of time thinking about:
The future...and the past. What WOULDN'T Jesus do???
How can Snooki, Tyra Banks, Dr. Phil, Jerry Springer, Maury, & Honey Boo Boo even be on TV?
If I was black, would I rather have Tracy Morgan's voice or Michael Clarke Duncan's (RIP)?
Boobs. I ain't gonna lie dammit. See: youtube.com/watch?v=90rHFreKjvs for reference lol
How the **** Betty White is cooler than I am.
Why do people complain about their 15 exes when they were the ones who chose them in the 1st place? Standards, people.
What my future wife is doing at the moment.
How a tiny bag of Sun chips could be so damn loud.
Why men decided it would be a good idea to pee in one giant trough together at event centers.
Why do some guys get 2nd chances when others never get a 1st chance?
On friday I am:
Facing the possibility of dying alone... while watching Jeopardy! I think it's fun. Sue me.
I am willing to admit:
I recently began manscaping purely for my own peace of mind.
The only concert I have ever been to was Stevie Wonder.
I don't really get into holidays.
I grew up on dial-up ;) I don't swim. Most of my life has been devoted to catching epic cleavage w/o getting caught.
I ain't no Hollaback girl. The airport is my happy place. It soothes my loner lifestyle.
I am a virgin. Please don't sacrifice me. I eat the pizza up, up, up, up, up, up, up.
Message me if: Generally keep the peace. Are not covered in tattoos and excessive piercings. Do not have children (I know they're "your world" and all but I'm nowhere near ready for that) Can keep a secret ;) Don't smoke (ANYthing) Aren't a tease. Have an ass that just won't quit.
Want to be the Vanna White to my Pat Sajak; the Oprah to my Stedman; the Rose to my Jack (you know good and goddamn well there was room on that floating giant door); the Moneypenny to my 007; the Bonnie to my Clyde; the Whitney to my Bobby. Crack is whack. I won't Chris Brown your Rihanna.
DISCLAIMER: I am smarter than Manti Teo. Meaning if you are some basement dwelling obese gay man/tranny looking to catfish me, I will spot it. And report it. Don't play with people's emotions asshat!
Message me 1st if you have the balls (not literally, of course). I've given up on sending messages. Maybe 1/10 even get a one time patronizing reply back, so....
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