Mario the Plumber and Other Stuff

When it comes to music I am a complete novice, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it. If I’m listening to a band or an orchestra I could not pick out the sounds of a single instrument except maybe the drums. Oh and by the way I am totally tone deaf. People do not even like me singing happy birthday to them. I love to sing but my husband does not like for me to sing when he’s around. If you think that stops me from singing when I want to sing, you would be wrong. I used to play the piano and for being young I was pretty good but it got really boring so I stop playing it and I haven’t picked up another instrument since. I can’t read music and I can’t pick out instruments from the music and I cannot sing the music, but I still love music that can touch my soul.

Music is beautiful, it can touch parts of you and make you happy make you sad make you cry and sometimes even make you angry. That’s the best thing about music that even people like me can still enjoy it even if it’s music coming different country and the singer is speaking a different language and you can’t understand any of the words and music can still touch you and move you.

Music can be many different things.  Another type of music I enjoy at times are parody songs.  I hear one just the other day that was written about Mario the plumber. Canton, Michigan was the guys home town but for the life of me I can not remember the guys name.

Music is universal. I have a wide range of genres that I like to listen to,there isn’t just one type of music that I love and I can’t even decide which one is my favorite it all depends on my mood and how the music makes me feel. There’s even some musicians that I’m embarrassed to announce that I like, and I am most definitely not gonna tell you who they are. I can listen to the same song over and over and over and never get sick of it I can listen to the same group over and over and over and never get sick of them.  That is why music is one of the greatest things that us humans have ever done. There’s so much music out there and everybody has to have something that they can listen to that moves them in a way that they have never been moved before. So whether you’re in your car, in the shower, home alone or at work or at some party, I hope everyone who reads this blasts your radio and sings your lungs out to the music that you love!

Kanye West

Just in case you missed it, Kanye West,  sent everyone into a crazy spin over his statement when he announced on Twitter that he has $53 million in personal debt. All because he was following his dream by going into the fashion industry.

The fashion industry is brutal and Kanye has learned the hard way. With humongous upfront cost and little profit to start our with until you can make a name for yourself, obviously him being a icon as a rapper did not do him justice this time. Even though his designs were growing in popularity, he was not able keep the profits growing. After half a year of trying to get one of his labels of the ground, Pastelle, and after putting his musical career on hold, his line of high end women’s fashion has come to a halt. It didn’t even make into the stores. This has put him into debt  of over $30 million dollars.

He has also moved over to trying to get a line with Adidas, after having a bad go with Nike. He has stated that he never received any profit from the shoes that he created with them. With Adidas he has been in three fashion shows that have sold out, but he still went $16 million in debt with that trying to get noticed.

I am not sure why famous people of a certain caliber try to take on things that seem way out of their league. There are so many people that think just because they are famous they are able to get consumers to follow them blindly. They do no research on what consumers are looking for they are banking on just their popularity. Kanye has found this out the hard way. They also have no idea what goes into getting a line of clothing or shoes or any type of fashion for that matter off the ground. They have of these grand ideas but have no expertise to execute them

So many actors and music artist have the money to go into another business but do not have the right people. They do not make the right plans. They solely base the business on who they are and not what they are going to be producing. Kanye is not the only famous person to fall victim to the fashion industry. Many celebrities have tried to get into the fashion world have failed miserably. No one realizes what it takes, all the cost of fashion shows, five year plans, ten year plans and so much more are needed to make this work. They surround themselves with yes man and fans and not many people that actually know what they are doing. Probably because those types of people will give them answers they don’t want to hear.

With how much money Kanye brings in with all of his tours and albums, I doubt that this debt is going to hurt him in the long run. These statements that he has put out on social media may have even been a sales pitch to bring in different investors. Let’s be honest here, Kanye West is super popular and I do not believe that we have heard of the last of him with this debt, he is going no where fast.

 

 

 

 

 

MGK

Love Has Everything to do With It

Richard Colson Baker, better known as the rap star Machine Gun Kelly or just MGK is from Cleveland, Ohio and when he’s not touring he still calls Cleveland home. He considers Cleveland a stimulus for his songs and when he wants to feel that same hunger he had before he got his record deal, he heads back to his hood and the streets. He gives credit to the city for the reason why his songs “blow up”. Everyone from the kids to people 60 years old are listening to his music, he claims. MGK has acting credits on his resume too. His first movie was in 2014 where he played the role of Kid Culprit, a rapper, in “Beyond the Lights.” Boy that must have been a stretch. He was born on April 22, 1990, in Houston, Texas. His parents were Missionaries and the family lived all around the world and throughout the United States. He eventually settled in Denver with his father after his mom left the family. He and his father lived with an aunt and fought often. His father was chronically unemployed and suffered from depression. MGK’s home life was unstable and he was bullied mercilessly by the other kids in the neighborhood. His father eventually went to work for the Army and left him to live in his aunt’s basement where he promptly stopped going to school. Then there was the drug experimentation. But, he also recorded his first amateur mixed-tape in that basement. His father was soon back stateside and they ended up in his beloved Cleveland. He convinced the owner of a shop that sold t-shirts, to become his manager. His fans gave him his name Machine Gun Kelly, because of the rapid fire delivery of his lyrics. He began releasing his own mix-tapes and his profile and reputation grew from there. His very first awards came from 2010’s Underground Music Awards where he won Best Midwest Artist and Best Music Video. It was Sean Combs who offered him his first recording contract. The song that means the most to MGK is the one about his two-year battle with heroin addiction that left him homeless. He even considered suicide by drug overdose but went to rehab instead. The song is titled Lead You On. He has only relapsed briefly one time in 2012. He does speak openly about his daily marijuana use and often references it in his lyrics. He said it’s a source of love. I have such heart-felt sorrow for MGK and what he probably went through in his early life and how he suffered from such a lack of love. The ramifications in your adult life from feeling so unloved as a child are profound. It seems every time he turned around as a child he was being rejected by people that you expect to love you unconditionally. That kind of pain can last a lifetime. I not only wish him the best but I hope he can come to terms with his childhood and realize that he is lovable and deserving of love.

Big Sean

I Carry the Responsibility of My City

Big Sean, the platinum-selling rap star is also quite the philanthropist. He believes in his hometown of Detroit and in showing the kids of Detroit their potential. He started the Sean Anderson Foundation and his mission is to improve the lives of young people. In partnership with Adidas he built a state-of-the-art recording studio at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, his alma mater. His desire is to cultivate young talent. His grandmother is responsible for teaching him that one man can make a difference in the world. He knows how easy it is to get caught up in all the wrong things when you’re young. He feels it’s necessary for every young person to have someone to look up to. Whether it’s a mentor, a family member or a rap star, just someone to show them they have potential. Inside the studio students learn how to navigate all the different roles involved in music production. The band director at the high school said the studio bridges the gap between traditional education and what this generation really needs to learn. Until now, this wasn’t being addressed. Sean and his mother Myra conceptualized a program called Mogul Prep. It prepares students for the business end of the music industry and gives students an opportunity to engage with its influential members. There were 10 Detroit area high schools that participated last year. Big Sean feels the city of Detroit made him who and what he is and he wants to give back. He said he carries the responsibility of the city no matter what. Whenever he thinks about the youth in the city of Detroit he thinks of himself. He thinks it’s funny that he used to get in trouble selling his CD’s in the hallway at Cass Tech. Imagine what it feels like being back here and opening up a recording studio. How funny indeed.

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Lil Wayne

Now that we have that out of the way…. In New Orleans, Louisiana on the 27th of September in the year 1982, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. is born. He grew up in poverty in the Hollygrove neighborhood after his parents divorced when he was just two. His father permanently abandoned the family and Dwayne considers his stepfather to be his real dad. Dwayne was smart and enrolled in the gifted program in elementary school. He wrote his first rap song at the age of eight. At 12 he accidentally shot himself in the chest with his mother’s hand gun. An off- duty police officer drove him to the hospital and probably saved his life. He dropped out of school at the ripe old age of 14. At 16, Lil Wayne, as he is currently known, is a star. He dropped the “D” in his name because he was a junior. His father had never been in his life and he was still alive so he wanted to be a “Wayne”, not a “Dwayne”. Sadly, he was close to his stepfather but he was murdered before he ever got to see Dwayne become Lil Wayne and his rise to stardom. Since meeting the owner of a record company who then took Lil Wayne under his wing, he has continually recorded and released his own albums, collaborated with other rap music stars and performed cameos on their albums and they on his. He and his rap style music have won numerous awards, he holds countless music records and in 2008 he became the first hip-hop act to perform at the Country Music Association Awards. Lil Wayne is not without controversy though. There are weapon charges, drug charges, and a stint in jail and a little lapse in judgement when he sold crack. The loaded gun wasn’t on him, it was on his tour bus. No one fesses up, your bus and it’s your charge. Just like the rap superstar “Drake” before him, Lil Wayne had fallen victim to the rash of recent celebrity death hoaxes. And, once again noticed on a Facebook page, he was supposed to have died on March 13, 2016. Millions of fans left “likes” and comments on the page. Those who were skeptical of this report realized that a star as popular as Lil Wayne would surely have his death reported by the major television networks. Not to mention they had just been taken in by Drake’s false death report. The rappers reps officially reported he was “alive and well” the next day. Although this angered a great many of his fans, they understand this is a result of his immense stardom and popularity. No one thinks this is funny and someone certainly has an irrepressibly sick sense of humor. Most recently, Lil Wayne was featured in three separate television ads by Samsung. This is only the second time the entertainer has appeared in ad campaigns; the first was for Apartments.com that debuted during the Super Bowl. He said he had fun and was extremely humbled by the opportunity. He desires to do more ads so he said he did his best and hopes other companies will want to use him. Early in March of 2016, Lil Wayne was all strapped in his seat on a privately chartered plane, when he told the pilots to wait, he had to get off. Lil Wayne noticed a military plane arriving and about 30 soldiers were walking into the lobby. He went and shook each and every one of their hands and did numerous photo ops just to say thanks for their service. There were no press people around and no reason to show off or garner any publicity. He did this simply because he wanted to show his appreciation to these 30 service men for defending his freedom. Wow. In my book, that’s a great man with a great heart.

Drake- Canadian

Drake started out as Aubrey Graham. He was born in Toronto in 1986 on the 24th of October. Spending summers with his father in Memphis, Tennessee, he gained an appreciation and understanding of music that would influence his signature sound in his later years. Drake’s numerous accomplishments include holding the record for the most number one hits in the R & B/Hip-Hop category on Billboard’s chart. After releasing his mix-tape So Far Gone in 2009, the creative world considers him a trailblazer. In the hip-hop and contemporary music space he has garnered massive influence and market space and there seems to be no stopping him. His role on the highly successful television series DeGrassi: The Next Generation and going on the road with rap star Lil Wayne was the impetus for Drakes early recognition. In the summer of 2008, Lil Wayne became a fan of Drakes after hearing his music. In the last few decades, hip-hop has had many victories to its credit and Drake’s success is considered to be a major one.

Drake is thought to be very versatile. He raps about the soft things and he sings about the harder things. His expectations are confounded. He is unusual, decadent and emotionally complicated and he binds together urban radio as a whole. And there are many who consider Drake to be “soft.” What, too soft to be a hip-hoppin’ rapper? He doesn’t seem to mind the teasing and being the butt of jokes. They make fun of him for being Canadian, being Jewish, overly emotional and having played the part of a teenager in a wheel chair on a popular Canadian television show for teens. There are also GIFs and MEMEs that mostly show him crying alone in his room over something inconsequential. Maybe it’s his ability to feel things so deeply that make him someone with such universal appeal and influence. Yeah, I bet he cries all the way to the bank.  Funny side note( Drake actually worked doing landscaping in Waterford, Michigan for one summer in his teens when his father was in jail.)

The divorce of Drake’s parents greatly affected him as I’m sure it does most children of divorce. He lived two completely different lives and had many life-changing experiences. With his father in Memphis, Tennessee he lived the “hood” way. He witnessed his father being arrested twice and says not having a father, when his father went to prison, was character building but it didn’t make him happy. His father was from a musical family and as a session drummer; he once played for Jerry Lee Lewis. It was his uncle (on his father’s side) who first told Drake to develop his singing ability. He felt this would give him an edge on the competition.

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Dubb- Humble Beginnings

The rapper “DUBB” is another one of the “greats” coming out of South Central in LA. DUBB’s real name is Quincey White and he was born on the 21st of April in 1987. The rapper prefers to reflect on the issues of his peers, community, the violence he’s had to grow up with and problems with the police. It’s not aggressive or cynical; it’s more like stating the facts, telling the story. Worldly issues also have a great impact on DUBB. He wants his music to connect and speak to people. He’s a social activist rapper and his words speak of the need for change. DUBB is an acronym for “Determined Unique Beyond Belief.” But he is well known for his sincerity and humble nature. When he was just new to the rap scene, him and his music were considered to be a “fresh” sound and many older experienced rappers have kept their eye on him ever since. There is no doubt of his passion when he rhymes. He’s been influenced and he is influential. This prolific rap artist has been featured on over a hundred mixed tapes and dropped several of his own featuring many well-known rappers. I believe there is so much more to come. DUBB has incredible work ethic and has for the most part been able to keep his head on straight.

Dubb rapperWith all the drugs, violence and gangs that surrounded him in his youth, he knew he wanted more.

DUBB was said to be affiliated with the Athen’s Park Blood Gang, a sub-set of the Bloods Gang. I don’t think many in his environment feel they have a choice. The gang provides the much needed protection from all of the other street gangs. The youth also get that sense of belonging that is often missing in their father-less families where mom has to work long and hard for the financial support. But music and basketball kept him centered and focused. And it wasn’t long before his love of rap shoved him in other directions.

DUBB worships fellow rapper Eminem and would just love to cut some tracks with him. But, if that’s out of the question he’ll be content just to sit and talk. He started listening and being influenced by him in middle school. People from all walks of life can relate to “Slim Shady’s” rhymes and beats, DUBB concludes. DUBB doesn’t want to be boxed into a certain style with his music. He wants to do it all from the East Coast to the West. He was also highly influenced by rapper TuPac, but we all know how that turned out.

DUBB really has no aspirations of rapping and living the life of gold chains and fancy cars. Believe it or not he used to install hardwood floors when he was a teenager. He just wants to be who he is and for people to know the “Quincey” he was before he became “DUBB.” He wants to tell it like it is from his own perspective. He considers himself an independent artist just trying to build his own following. I’d say DUBB has important things to say, and I for one, am only too eager to listen!

 

 

 

 

LucyV hip hop album review

Yo peeLucyVps! My boy turned me on to this up and coming rapper from Detroit.  I was pleasantly surprised that this girl could actually flow.  My boy has some strange taste in music so I was doubtful about her being any good.  Her album is more of an EP and includes 8 tracks.  I am not saying that the entire album is a masterpiece but I did find a few tracks that I could get down with.  The entire album was recorded on a low budget so the sound quality is somewhat lacking but the quality was definitely better than I was expecting it to be.  LucyV had a few guest rappers and they were alright I guess, but I think that finding a few more quality people to add to her crew could really bring quite a bit to some of her songs.   I enjoyed the entirety of a few specific songs and I think the reason I could not get down with some of the other songs was because of the lack of a good hook, it was like all the verses had a good flow but the hook was a let down. It was just a bit of a let down in that way.  Another problem with some of the songs was the repetition of the hook that only comprised of a few different words which makes the hook even less appealing.   I know repetition kind of comes with the territory but when you have one line that is only changed by one word when it is repeated it can get really old really quick.  Overall I would say LucyV has a decent amount of talent and in the hands of the right producer I think she could really shine, she does the best that she can with the resources that she has and I think the results of that are her current album.  She does have a Soundcloud if you want to check her out.  I really got down with the track “Bitch I’m Bad”. Let me know what you think of her.

Dubbhead

Holla at ya boy!

Yo yo yo! Just wanted to send a shout out the world wide web from Dubb central.  This will be the go-to addy for all things rap.  Just stopping by real quick to let you all know that I will be posting a bunch of bad ass posts about all of my favorite rappers.  Not really sure how to run a blog since this is my first one but either way it should be pretty cool.  Hoping we can get lots of comments going on these posts.  Let me know what you think about em, be that in the comment section or shoutin out on my inbox me page.

Peace,

Dubbhead