Tuesday, December 29, 2009
My question to the James family is, would you rather your son be chillin in a dark room or practicing football after sustaining a serious head injury? That alone leads me to believe its a case of Ego on the part of the younger and older James men. I really don't understand why the James family is trying to destroy Leach's rep, but I bet its more than just about this concussion matter. Maybe Adam James thought he deserved more playing time, or maybe Craig James thought he could control the opinion of an entire University with his press pass. Either way, former Tech players have spoken out supporting Leach; none have said he treated them wrong. Even my boy Ryze has put down a song in support of Leach. But let's say that Leach has actually been an abusive coach to multiple players, and has held the program hostage for the last 8 years. If this was the case, I wouldn't be completely distraught. I think Ruffin is a capable coach, and has obviously helped Tech become more Defensive-minded over the last few years. Alot of us over at DoubleTNation have been calling it the Defensive revolution. Bottom Line: This whole thing isn't good for recruiting, but I'm confident the truth will come out and the James fam will never set foot in LBK again. Guns Up!!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Check out the album for free, and peep more work from wreck:
Monday, December 21, 2009
Shout out to Wreck_Advantage for the artwork.
Lemme know what you think here or on twitter,
Friday, December 18, 2009
Lasting Appeal: 4
Summary: Visually, this movie is amazing. I suggest catching it in the theatres while you have the chance. I can only Imagine how dope it is in IMAX. Nothing in Pandora seems forced, and it's purty easy to get engulfed in the Jungle/Amazon atmosphere of the movie. Its simillar to alot of American Indian movies plot-wise, (i.e Dances with Wolves) but without the drama to be effective. There's a nice cameo from JP of the stoner classic Grandmas Boy also. This is easliy the most effective 3-D flick I've seen on the big screen. My biggest complaint is probably in the music department. I guess a big technical budget can leave you having to use the score from Enemy at the Gates. (that little trumpet cue). That being said, if this is any indication of where action and sci-fi movies are going, hold on to your hats. Nice job James Cameron
Thursday, December 17, 2009
As 2009 comes to a close, its only right I present the newest installment of Cicero Mode.
Cicero Mode 2.0 is a batch of unreleased songs, freestyles, and remixes from the past year. As well as being a way to showcase some of the years collaborations, I think it's also some of my most honest music as an artist yet. 09 was a rough year for me. From dealing with the passing of my Father to really having to decide what my purpose is. Creating music has always been like therapy for me, and no year has that been more true than 2009. These songs are what I used to get up and find the strength to rededicate myself to my craft. As we roll into 2010, expect alot more material from your boy Cicero. For those of you that take a chance and download, hopefully it shows you a side of me you've never seen, or one you thought was gone forever.
Download Cicero Mode Free!!!
Thanks in advance
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
If you havent heard the original go through my posts for the song and video.
This remix will be on my upcoming project "Cicero Mode" enjoy!
Download Mp3: 88 Keys feat Kanye West-Stay Up Cicero Remix
Virgin adventurer Richard Branson just unveiled the Spaceship two. This ship is supposed to allow passengers to experience the weightlessness of space, and still make the trip back into earths atmosphere. Purty dope huh?
Monday, November 30, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Make sure you download the project for free!!
Here's the video for the song "Crash"
Monday, November 9, 2009
So I liked Vol. 1, and Vol. 2 is nice in its own right. The chilled out soul beats dominate this journey again. Go check out the boys of Cunninlynguist, and pick up their newest work....Heres one of my Fav tracks off the album...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Rewind time to oct 21 2008
I've had alot of good & bad things happen in my life since then, and 1.5 is documentation of what I've been going through. This project is simmilar to the last in that its AAALLLL over the place. It's got freestyles, mashups, Dj sets, remixes, and original music from yours truly. Cicero Mode 1.5 will serve as a mixtape to promote my upcoming E.P Public Speaker. The tape will also have some re-released songs from the original Cicero Mode and whatnot. I'll try and break down the tracks and share stories about them here. Make sure u download the first installment in the margin over here--->.
"Last Beatmaker Alive"
This is a remake to Nas' classic "Last Real Nigga Alive", using the same dope beat. It works just like the Nas version, but it's my story instead.
"Cicero FlyLo Freestyle"
I can only claim the flow, the beat is from one of my Fav producers right now Flying Lotus.
Ill be posting some originals in the comming weeks so stay tuned!!
Since hearing Sa-Ra's Hollywood Recordings, I've been a fan of the trio. When I heard Shafiq Husayn, 1/3 of the exprimental group, released a solo project; I was stoked to check it out. Shafiq Husayn en A-Free-Ka brings that Sa-ra feel, but on an even more instrumental level. Theres a few complete songs, but most are rhythmic drums laced with spaced-out synths and vocal add-libbs. Shafiq's booming voice is wrapped thoughout the album with either spoken word or short flows. From the first listen, I can hear the new direction Husayn wants to take hip hop arrangments.
He spoke a little on it in an Okayplayer interview.
Quincy (Jones) said, ‘hip hop mastered the beat, but we didn’t take it to the next level with arrangement,’” he says. “And it’s true. Out of all the musical forms of the 20th century, hip hop brought the beat to the forefront, in a way so that any musical style that comes forth now is going to be predicated on the standard that we set; the Marley Marls, the Pete Rocks, the J-Dillas, the ?uestloves. But the first person who goes all in with arrangement and changes it for real, that’s going to be the king.”
Stop by Okayplayer.com for the rest of the interview.
Here's one of my fav tracks "Le'Star"
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here's a pic of the newest member Rhea.
Havent really heard alot of her stuff untill now, but im sure like the Black Eyed Peas, the fellas want to add a female dimension to their music. Let's face it, teenage girls buy records. Hopefully they can still be progressive and a little more commercial too.
This holdout was one for the ages, and I think the media coverage turned fans quickly against the 22 year-old Crabtree. As the haterade continued to flow, it was quite clear to me how much publicity this would bring when he DID sign. Sure niner fans can contest that they don't need the spectacular wideout, but my guess is once the #15 jerseys start selling again, and Crabtree shows promise as the post-season approaches, most, if not ALL the naysayers will change their tune...
Ok, one more Crabtree mix..
True, ole dude should have signed a while back, but thats easy to say from the outside. If anyone reading this had an opportunity at 22 to make millions feel free to chime in here. I dunno about you, but at 22 I couldnt decide what cheap bar to go to on a Saturday night. I def think Crab had some snakes in his corner as far as negotiations, but one thing he knows how to do is ball. Now that all the formalities are out the way, he will be able to get to work with one of the most inspiring coaches in the League. Anyone who thinks Mike Singletary will let one "diva" receiver slow him down is an idiot. Just go back to last years benching of Vernon Davis, and compare it to his output this season.
Mike knows how to handle egos.
Crabtree will have an uphill climb, but the niners get a bye week after the Falcons this sunday, giving him more time to adapt. Oh yea and one last thing for the Niner nation out there; As mad as you are that he is just now starting, think about the pay-off in November and December. Crabtree is the ultimate X-factor for a playoff team, and guess what, that could be you. So shut up and send postive vibes the Rooks way, his time to shine is almost here...
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
This is hella ironic. The same day I found my Arrested Development Season 3 dvd box drenched in water from the rain this wknd; word is out that there is an Arrested Development movie script in the works!.
This was one of the funniest shows I can remember. Looks legit too judging from the IMDB page...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
So it was a crazy weekend to be a Red Raider. We witnessed our team take its 2nd loss on national T.V, in a row! If that wasn't enough bad media, Sunday we find out that our OL and team captain Brandon Carter Violated teams rules and is suspended indefinitely.
The story reveals that Carter made some questionable posts on his twitter page following the game. It's not fully known if this is the sole reason for his suspension, but today news leaks that Mike Leach has Banned Twitter for the Texas Tech Football team
This is really an interesting twist in this social media problem, I just hate my team was the first college to have to deal with it. Honestly we lost both our games fair and square, and I don't understand why players would feel the need to let anyone outside the locker room in on their close emotional feelings. Being an avid twitter user myself, I understand its importance for branding and promotion, but these guys are TEXAS TECH football players. They don't need to build their own brands, they signed their scholarships to be part of the Athletic Department. I find it hard to believe that Carter didn't think some media cockroach would be scouring pages for any stories they could find. In fact, we've already seen the fallouts in the NFL and NBA.
We all know Carter enjoys the limelight, but I think the time to shine is on the field, not from your computer. Leave that to the nonathletic, undersized, undergrads and bloggers like me... Carter is a beast and much needed leader, but if Leach feels he crossed the line, I agree.
Now lets shut up and get ready for New Mexico and BIG 12 Play!!!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
So the game is Here again! I'm headed down to Austin tomorrow for the Tech vs UT festivities, we should have some good footage upon return too! I was gonna do a long post on the game, but the fellas at DoubleTNation got that covered.
Check out 5 reason Texas Tech will Win:
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Aight, so Cudi finally dropped his debut album today, I made sure to get this one in. Off top the packaging for the deluxe edition is purty dope. I'm expecting quite a bit from this record, and we'll see what happens. Remeber 5 is my highest score...
1. In my Dream
First track starts with a haunting percussive sequence as Kid Cudi comes in singing "I dont worry bout anything. You're in my dreams". Nice strings off top. Seems to drag on a bit though....until Common comes in with a nice narrative.
2. Soundtrack 2 my Life
Nice electronic drums and sharp handclaps get your head bobbin quick immediately. Cudi spit an introspective verse about his youth filled with emotions. Very big hook. 2nd v Cudi continues his melodic story. Interesting breakdown with reverse guitars
3. Simple As
"ABC" loops throughout with Cudi spittin a familiar melody on his verses. Common appears again to add to the story.
4. Solo Dolo
A Haunting string pizzicato introduces this interesting track. I heard this earlier, but added string score is a nice touch. Cudi asks "Why must it feel so wrong, when I'm tryin to do right?"
If this is supposed to be a nightmare, I think it accomplishes it s goal.
5. Heart of a Lion
Another I heard a live version of. Very nice drums as the song opens up to another Larger than Life hook from Cudder, before dropping back to simplicity. His verses are serving as extra instrumentation at this point, laced with introspective and inspirational sayings.
6. My World
A smooth piano and electric guitar start this slow banger. Cudi speaks on his past angst towards being overlooked. Another string laced hook, adding another dimension to the songs story.
7. Day n Nite
Of course we all know this one. Really doesn't hold up to some of the other tracks, might just be cuz I've heard it so much.
8. Sky might Fall
Another one I heard early from the Transformers campaign. Still a solid song. At this point you realize this is much more than a Rap album, either you embrace it or get tired of it. Really just depends on how much of this you personally like.
9. Enter Galactic
Cudi picks the tempo up on this one and croons to the ladies. Decent production, feels kinda like an old Jamiroquai song, with a Daft Punk breakdown. A lil more Common
Enough fun, as we're taken into another dark track courtesy of Ratatat. I like this beat , plus tha reverse guitar effect Ratatat is known for doesn't hurt. More of the same from cudi, mostly sang until the final verse, which is subpar. Overall I'm down tho...
11. Cudi Zone
This spacey beat serves as a plate for a quick Cudi flow bout his accomplishments. This serves as contrast to the high pitched hook. Nothing too new, coulda taken Dose of Dopeness here instead (haha!)
12. Make Her Say
Easily the most out of place track of the album. Gotta get those features in tho...
13. Pursuit of Happyness
Electric guitar leads into a simplistic chord laden track. MGMT makes their apperance on the hook. A slow but smooth one.
Smooth was an understatement as this banger opens up with a nice southern drums and warm strings. Ohio native Chip the Ripper adds his vocals to this one. Cudi brings a nice verse here for the folks hatin on his flows. This ones for the cheifers out there.
15. Up Up and Away
Acoustic guitar drives this upbeat song. Cudi talks about staying focused on his goals. Right when it seemed things were happy, Common comes back to end things with the hint of a sequel....
Overall, this lived up to my expectations. I doubt any other album in the "hip-hop" genre will sound close to this in 09. Most of these songs lean on melodies and epic hooks that no rapper can provide consistently. By no means has Cudi mastered the art of flow or singing, but I think he does whats needed to make memorable songs. Production value is high, but replay value will be low for the general audience(no club bangers here). This is a solid debut that sets Kid Cudi appart from any one genre, now lets hope the masses can handle the moon man too.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Before the Ye haters jump down my throat, I'm not saying this was the right move by any means. Taylor Swift isn't in the same stratosphere as Beyonce yet, and on top of that, they're in completely different genres. BUT, factor in how fast this negative attention will turn into positive sales for Swift, and this actually might be a win-win. As much as Ye wanted it to seem like it was about B, it was all about him in the end. I feel like Mr. West might be feeling the affects of father time. As a new generation of musicians/tastemakers come to the forefront, he has to reach for ways to stay relevant. His big brother Jay-z might be feeling that too, but at least he puts it on a track and moves on... So I don't think there needs to be some huge battle between Pro-Ye and Anti-Ye camps. Just remember, dudes in the business of entertainment, and it seems to be working...
Thursday, September 10, 2009
So me and my homie Rob from Infotainment Empire did our first podcast of the season last night. We also upped the ante with a live Ustream of it. We talk about our specific fantasy league, and some of the big games for NFL opening week. It was my first time using Ustream but I kinda like it so far. Stay tuned to my channel and Twitter for times of the next stream.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
We were in the house doing some video work, stayed tuned for footage.
Like I said Sat and Sun. I Djed some weddings untill really late. Monday was a relax day for the most part. Overall a purty chill labor day, what about yours?
This entertainment business is brutal, especially when you have to be the one to make people smile/laugh/dance when it's so hard for you to do it yourself. I've come to realize that it's the burden you bear in this game. In a nutshell I'm a person who belives in pursuing your dreams and doing something you're passionate about. I feel like if you're doing that, you're inspiring and helping others to do the same for themselves. The reality of it is, Waaaaayyy too many people lose sight on those things because of money, circumstance, or just plain fear. By no means do I condem these folks, I just hope that I can provide an escape or give them something to relate to through my music. So last night I found myself back on my knees (for the first time in a while regretably) asking God to give me strength to pursue my dreams and inspire others along the way. I have no idea how my prayers will be answered, but I know If i give up now, I never will. So I say all that to say this, we all go through rough points in life, nobody is exempt, I think the trick is never letting those things become a reason to give up or give in. These are the very moments that define each of us. How will you react?
Alright now get out of my bubble, and go make your dreams happen!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
You know I wouldnt co-sign if it was the same ol same....
Dallas rap group A.Dd+ released their new mixtape "Power of the Tongue" presented by 808 studios. I'd heard alot about it through the 808 head honchos Rosalinda and J. Rhodes Twitter accounts. For a free download, you can't go wrong with this one.
My fav track thus far is 'Time is Right'
Free Download: A.Dd+: Power of the Tounge
I know the Kixpo is over, but this mixtape is still nice. After checking out Kixpo 2008 tape, I was all amped up to hit the DFW for the event this year. Of course I ended up having 2 gigs...but PICNIC is back with more great music and artist from around Texas. Big ups to UZOY from Houston and my homie TYCITY for landing tracks on this. Free Download again people...
Download: Official Kixpo 2009 mixtape: http://kixpo2009.bandcamp.com/album/kixpo-2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
They just launched their embedable player so heres some jams! CP
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The show is going to feature various Texas Tech students and Grads. You a Red Raider with an interesting life? Contact us: PatProMusic@yahoo.com
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I'm a big fan of Black Milk. He def has that do-it-all mentality.
Here's a track where all he has to do is.... well...rap.
Big Pooh is along for the ride,
Okayplayer.com hooks up the listen and dl link.
Ms. One "2 MCs" feat Black Milk and Rapper Big Pooh
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
So I been workin on mash-ups of some of my favorite groups;
Here's Outkast and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, ATLiCATION
Let me know what you guys think....peace!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I'm feelin this track and it's focus on Technology in Hip-Hop...Bootsy Collins was a good look too. What u guys think?
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
By now everybody knows bout Jason Mraz.
Guy's hella talented and got robbed at the grammys this year (sorry Mr Mayer).
This vid and song always spoke to me. No fancy camera tricks or vocal effects, just great music. Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
So here's a rundown on the new gear for 2009 from Open Labs.
OpenLabs is based out of Austin, and they're making some groundbreaking products that combine your favorite Daws and Hardware.
Check this vid from their winter conference
This stuff makes me salivate, got to www.OpenLabs.com for more
(Pat Pro with Tabi at TXSMC)
So as you can see a few years back I had the pleasure of meeting and chopping it up with D.C's Tabi Bonney. Dude's brought a complete different approach to the game, and now it's paying off. Check out Tabi's Myspace. Dope is his newest album, and I'm helping get the word out down south. Being born in West Africa, Tabi blends minnimal beats and percussive lyrics to make a style all his own. It's east coast hip-hop mixed with a reggae vibe.
Here's one of my fav. Tabi tracks, don't think its on dope tho...still hella smooth!.
Dope is available Now! for Download and Physical purchase
Read a review of Dope!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Haha! Tha mustache thing might be why I'm still rockin mine, I said I was gonna cut it after Christmas but I'm still sportin it. Now if I only made a video like lapdance to go with it. This vid is wild!
Bun B announced there will be a new UGK album released in March.
He hopes the final effort will help solidify the legacy of his partner Pimp C.
I'm all for this, the boys from Port Arthur have been a huge inspiration to me because of their longevity here in Texas. I think this final album will be a great reflection of that. Here's one track that might make the final cut, "Da Games been good to me"
Friday, January 23, 2009
I been jammin dude since the "School was My Hustle" album. Must admit he's gettin a little more commercial, but the UPenn grad can still put it down.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I know there's a few broke @sses out there like me that don't get that station so here's a Link to some Inaguration Performances of Jay-z, Beyonce, and Nas.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Although commercial success didnt come with it, many producers took notice to the great album. I just found out there's some remixes coming out entitled "The Re-Route", here's one jewel thanx to tha folks at okayplayer. Walk in the Park (Damu the Fudgemunk rmx)
stop by their Myspace for Info on the full album
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Luckily theres a video that really touches on how I feel in the form of a quick concise Youtube post, Enjoy!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
So yesterday I went to check out Notorious, the new movie that focuses on the life of the Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls. I listened to quite a bit of biggie coming up, his influence was nationwide by the time I was in middle school. His album Ready to Die dropped in 1994, alongside other classics like Nas' Illmatic, and Outkasts' debut. Biggie's delivery always came across to me as raw, effortless, yet very to the point. Just like Biggie's lyrics, the strong suit of this film is money, b*tches clothes, and luxury.
This flick isn't meant to be a deep character study of Christopher Wallace, as much as a stylized overview of what his life was about. Much like his music, it comes across as a smooth, attractive look into the world of Biggie Smalls.
The Casting is on point, of course starting with Jamal Woolard who potrays Big in the film. He seemed to almost embody the role, and there weren't any parts that looked forced or overplanned.
(Woolard pulled it off as "Biggie")
The few misses for me were acctually the big names,
Angela Basset as Big's mother, and Anthony Mackie. Although they're easily the most recgonizable names, they're performances seemd somewhat flat. I mean Angela Basset did a half @ss attempt at a Jamacian accent, I just wasnt feeling it.
I would like to feel on the chick that played Lil Kim, Nautri Naughton. Let's just say she did her own stunts in this one!! I also found out she's one of the original members of that group 3lw from back in tha day. Lil cease was hella young too, I mean he looks 12 tha entire movie!
The music of course was great, mixing classic bad boy records, with some of Jamal's own covers of songs. Being a studio rat, I wanted a little more on the production side of things. I mean they play the original "Juicy" sample, but they just never really explain more than that.
Overall I give tha movie an ehhhhh (3 out of 5). Like I said the movie looks and feels great, but its really nothing new . It is entertaining for those that followed his career, and hopefully for those that want to know more about Chris Wallace. I think its an admirable look at the life and tragic end to Biggie Smalls.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Although he'll be missed at Tech, Michael Crabtree is headed to the Nfl!
Click above for the press conference from DMN.
Here's a recap vid of his final year reppin tha Double T,
Go head and make that dough! All of Radier Nation is behind ya Bro!
but is still about live performance.
Dude is nice on the MPC, check out this live version of Lil Wayne's A Mili...
Exile "Milli" Video from Jonathan Kim on Vimeo.
Here's a beat he did for Akon and my guilty pleasure artist of late, Kardinal Offical, This video is ill I must say. (Damn I love the Wire!)
He's also got an instrumental concept album coming out named "Radio" droping 1/20.
Dude took all sounds from the most hated medium right now....the radio, and made an entire album. Hard to explain, but go check em out
A hip hop Opera using lyrics from my Nas, Jay-z, Biggie, Ghostface and others,
Im not from upstate NY, but I'm usually down for anything Nas is involved with.
Check out the preview
Go Here for the audio download
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
It focuses on entertainment and drink specials in East Texas.
Along with that I'm hosting a segment called, LateNight Reviews, where we'll being reviewing Movies,Games, Concerts, Technology, etc. (really anything we think is new and interesting).
Our ratings go like this (Best to Worst):
Worth Every Penny
I'm Feelin It
Not worth the dough
Our first review is for the XBOX game Left 4 Dead.
Enjoy and Comment!
Being the Southern Boy I am, I like tha Three 6 Mafia production on this remix.
Take a Listen
I'm not one to favor the Lil Wayne Vocoder flow of 08, but DAMN this beat is sick!
I played it last night at a gig here in Tyler to alot of confused faces, but what tha f*ck they know....this Shit jams!!
It's like I seem to always post on my facebook, but forget to stop by here.
But today I'm gonna throw up alot of random stuff from lately, and a badge for my facebook, so you can add me, and just check the other ish out there.