Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Thoughts: Coach Leach Suspension

Alright so sometime yesterday a huge story broke that Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach has been suspended for the Alamo Bowl. This decision was made by the university after hearing complaints of treatment of an injured player on Dec. 16th. From the second I heard about this it seemed fishy, so I hit up DoubleTNation and started doing my research. Turns out the injured player was Adam James, son of ESPN analyst Craig James, and the younger James was told to wait in a dark closet after sustaining a concussion a few days prior. Being an avid Texas Tech Football fan, it didn't surprise me that Leach did something unusual, but I was surprised maliciously isolate a player. This story is still developing, but I feel like the relationship with a major news outlet (James' daddy wit ESPN), forced Texas Tech to make a decision they might not have needed to make. I really don't see how any other players' "mistreatment" would have become a national story so fast. At this point I think Leach is being targeted by Craig James in a classic case of Daddy runs to the rescue. I woke up this morning to find many Tech faithful feel the same way, as a facebook group "I dislike Craig James" has already gained over 500 members.
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

More Cicero Mode Artwork

So my homie wreck put down some more illustrations for "Cicero Mode"


Check out the album for free, and peep more work from wreck:


Monday, December 21, 2009

Music Monday: Cicero Mode 2.0

I usually don't self promote much, but todays #MM comes from yours truly. Download my newest project Cicero Mode 2.0.

Shout out to Wreck_Advantage for the artwork.
Lemme know what you think here or on twitter,


Friday, December 18, 2009

Avatar Quick Review

Rankings Best out of 5

Visuals: 5
Storyline: 2.5
Soundtrack: 3
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

Cicero Mode 2.0 is here!!

Wudup peeps,
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

Kid Cudi: Pursuit of Happiness Vid

Cudi's new vid. There could be width problems but i'll handle that 2morrow. Cameo by the Canadian crush, Drake...yea i said it...Drake!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Music Monday: 88 keys & Kanye West-Stay Up (Cicero Remix)

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 Unveils Galactic Spaceship Two!

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

Music Monday: Wale-Let it Loose (Live)

I can't lie, I really never jumped on the Wale bandwagon, but his debut album Attention Deficit has some heaters on it. Here's a live version of the neptunes produced song "Let it Loose" go find the mp3, its everywhere BUT youtube...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Strange Fruit Project: M.A.S.K free download!!

So Strange Fruit Project has a new EP out enititled M.A.S.K (Making Art Sound Kool). I'm a big fan of these Texas boys
Make sure you download the project for free!!
Here's the video for the song "Crash"

Crash - Strange Fruit Project feat. Thesis from S1/ S.K.P. Film and Photo on Vimeo.

Monday, November 9, 2009

#MusicMonday Cunninlynguist :Strange Journey Vol 2

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

Hippie Hi-Jinks: Jamfest!!

Heres us gettin our comedy on in a little vid staring Joel Nolen, and King Danczilla.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Jay Electronica Exhibit C

New Jay Electronica track 'Exhibit C'. Just blaze on the beat. What can I say....

Dope Vids: #1

From my music monday u can tell I'm a fan of Sa-Ra. Well heres an instrumental video that features Taz from the group. Dope and simple. Peep it.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Music Monday: Cicero Mode 1.5 coming in November!

So it's November 2 and I've decided to go ahead and leak a few songs off of Cicero Mode 1.5. For the folks that remember, it's been a year since I dropped "Cicero Mode".

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!!

Music Monday: Shafiq Husayn En A-Free-Ka

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

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hard Drive Song

So one of my external drives is starting to make some wierd noises, seems like the end is near for my old Venus Ds3. Here's a lil song from Jaysmooth over at Illdoctrine.com

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

N.E.R.D goes B.E.P. Adds female singer to the group

So Pharrel and Chad Hugo have added a new element to their band N.E.R.D.
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.

My Thoughts: Michael Crabtree Signs

Well today is a day some thought would never come. Today is the day Michael Crabtree signed with the San Francisco 49ers. I'm very glad to see Crabtree sign, despite the negativity that's surrounded him in the past few months. As a Tech Alum, this has been a bittersweet time. We went from having a great season, to seeing our best national prospect turn into a PR nightmare. Over that time there has been plenty of dissent from Red Raiders and Niners fans alilke. To all those folks that spent their mornings comming up with clever nicknames to belittle Crabtree, I say prepare to insert foot into mouth.

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

Arrested Development movie on the way!!

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

My thoughts: Mike Leach Bans Twitter

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 17, 2009

Tech vs UT

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:

Guns Up!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

First Run Review: Kid Cudi-Man on the Moon

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.
Score: 4
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
Score: 3.5
3. Simple As
"ABC" loops throughout with Cudi spittin a familiar melody on his verses. Common appears again to add to the story.
Score 3
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.
Score 4
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.
Score: 4.5
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.
Score 3
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.
Score 3.5
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.
Score 3
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
Score 2.75
10. Alive
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!)
Score: 2.5
12. Make Her Say
Easily the most out of place track of the album. Gotta get those features in tho...
Score 3
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.
Score 3
14. Hyyerr
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.
Score 4
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....
Score 3.3

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.

Production 4.5
Concepts: 4

Overall: 4

Monday, September 14, 2009

My Thoughts on Kanye's newest antics

Alright, so the Internet is buzzing about the Kanye West up-stage act, during the MTV video choice awards...? (Is that name right? I'm really not sure...). Anyways that's part of my point. I quit watching that sh*t in like 4 years; plus football was on. N E Wayz, I haven't even watched the infamous video, but I can imagine what antics Ye pulls out. Since it's happened before, I can just source to the earlier VMA incident a few years ago. Keep in mind this is when Kanye vowed to boycott MTV all together! If you were like me at that point, you exclaimed 'F*ck Yea! MTV aint playin videos anymore anyways. You dont need em Kanye!'. That alone lets you know how sad it is that he's once again ranting at something he rightfully called set-up years ago. The answer to that is simple, PUBLICITY! As much as people hate to admit it, just having this polar discussion growing before our eyes all over social media let's you know how smart Kanye is.

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

Infotainers Podcast vid

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

First Run Review: Jay-z Blueprint 3

So here's what I thought of BP3, track by track. Reviews are brief, and I'll let ya know if something grows on me. Highest score of course is a 5.
1. What we talkin about
Epic synths start the album off as Jay-z flows about his past and present problems. Hook is questionable to me, too anti-climactic.
Score :3.5
2. Thank You
Nice bass groove smooth trumpet samples. Jay is Jay. Bassline steals the show for me
Score: 2.5

3. D.O.A
Of course already heard this, production value is through the roof.
Score: 4
4. Run this town
Yea, yea. Epic anthem that builds up to the Ye verse (not as ill lyrically as some say)
Score: 3.75

5. Empire State of Mind
Quirky drum beat. Alicia come through with a powerful hook, you can almost feel the giant NY skyscrappers as she blows. Big ups on the Texas shout out! Alicia > Jigga on this one.
Score: 4

6. Real as it Gets
Was like, whos this n*gga talkin on tha intro? Oh.... its Jeezy. Sounds like a different mix than usual on Jeezys voice, and whats up wit tha naughty by nature shit on tha hook? Production-wise its another epic beat, filled with live strings, smooth guitar, and groovy bassline.
Score: 4

7. On to the Next One
Damn I love some Swizzy! Vocal sample with straightforward drums. I coulda done with a little more bass and a faster tempo. Jay-z lyrics didnt really grab me on this minimal beat. A lil dissapointed in Swizz here.
Score: 2.75

8. Off That
Timbo tha king! Intro is a damn fool. I'm feelin J's rhyme scheme on V1. Drizzy, not so much. Obama lines gettin a little redundant, we all saw the election Jigga. Just good to hear the new stuff timbalands got in the stable for 2010, he's bout to own....again.
Score: 4

9. Star is Born
Jay-z reflects over the players in the game from back when he started. Of course he shouts the two illest lyrcist IMO (Andre 3000, and Nas). Track hinges on piano line.
Score: 3.5

10. Venus vs Mars
Takes just a sec to know Timbo's back for another one. This time he brings some darker production. Sexy hook with a nice bridge
Score: 3

11. Already Home
Kid Cudi comes in with his signature melodic style on hook. Not his best work, I'm expecting that next week with Man on the Moon. Violin sample dominates along with strong 808. Chord progression is a little wierd, takes some getting used to. Jigga bragadocio as usual. "Do you already/ enough with the complaining Boo Hoo already" might be my fav line so far.
Score: 3.5

12. Hate
Jay and Ye trade battle lines accompained by vocal (autotune?) line. Slow deliberate beat
Score: 3.2

13. Reminder
Your head automatically falls into the bounce Timbo provides. K Briscoe takes a stab at a sub-par hook. Jay's lyrics steal the show.
Score: 3.7

14. So Ambitous
Pharrel familiar falsetto sets up this minimal beat. The drum fill is nicely aided by spanish horn stabs. My fav subject matter on this one.
Score: 3.2

15. Forever Young ft Mr Hudson
Slow synth chords serve as the prelude to the finale. Mr Hudson recognizable voice handles the chorus as Jay relaxesthe listener with a laid back flow. Feels like a tears for fears song to me. Track ends abruptly to my surprise....Too bad
Score: 3.4

Well the album definately has high production value, but what do you expect for the man at this point? Although theres some interesting attempts here, I never really felt like Jay was out of his comfort zone, making for a uniform sound lyrically from him. I think Timbo has the best contributions to the album,. I can't help but wish Jay would go back to the American Gangster formula, using his enormous pull and resources to make concept albums. That way he doesnt have to try and stay relevant, but only paint a picture for the listener to explore. Well that's not BP3, so I guess ill keep waiting.

Production: 4.5
Concept: 2
Lyrics: 3.75
Overall 3.5

How was your wknd?

So Labor day is over and everybodys back to the grizzy. Due to a double up of weddings, I stayed in Tyler this wknd, but kicked things off with the back to school bash up at Where's Rufus Friday Night. I had to go out and support some local music, because honestly, around here it doesn't get the credit it deserves. I Dj at Where's Rufus quite a bit, and they embrace the diverse crowds here in Tyler more than any other venue. One of my high school classmates and rapper Fula performed with the band The Rad. The event was put on by Yodie Promotions. Here's some random pics from when the brewskis began to take hold...
fula wreckin..... + Anayo of Yodie Promotions

Picther...say Cheeese! + Cougar Alert

We were in the house doing some video work, stayed tuned for footage.
The Show turned out great, it was the first night Where's Rufus did 18 and up.
Here's hoping they keep that and the good music comming!

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?

I'm Baaaaaccckk, Step inside my Bubble...

Whats up people. I know the title of this is "I'm Back", but I really never went anywhere. Truthfully I just been letting my blog game slip over the past few months. I mean, ya boy stays purty active on Twitter & Facebook, as well as contributing to Infotainment Empire, but I really let my own diary fall by the wayside. Honestly I don't like people all up in my personal bubble, but I've decided to re-commit myself to the blog as therapy and as a sort of checklist of my daily progress. On a serious note, this has been THE HARDEST summer of my life. My father passed away on May 25th, and I've really had to fall back and put things in perspective. I was always the kind of dude to put family first, and never really let many other people inside my heart besides blood. This is part of what made losing the cornerstone of that tough. Luckily I was able to turn to God, my loving Mother, and older brother to get me through the hardest time. My Dad was an unbeliveably driven person, and I always felt like that was one of the numerous traits he passed on to me. It seemed like only a few days after his passing I could hear him telling me to keep moving forward and not give up. I'm so thankful that I was able to share my aspirations and some success with my father before he passed.

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!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Foreign Cudi Interview

I was hoping to find some footage from the Cudi/Roth/B.o.B show last night, but not much has surfaced yet. Here's an overseas interview w/Kid Cudi. He talks about the album and the 'Make Her Say' video.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pimpin Penguins

Here's a little comedy vid we did with a few friends a while back.
Look for more episodes of "The Picture Show"

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Music Monday B*tches!!!

Hey, so here's a couple nice Dallas, mixtapes you should check out.
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

Check out one of my old mixes

Here's a mix I put down and uploaded on the upcoming site Mixcloud.
They just launched their embedable player so heres some jams! CP

Late May Mix by Cicero4Patpro on Mixcloud

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Check out Episodes of Red Raider Life!!!

Here's some 2 vids from a series we're working on called "Red Raider Life".
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

Star Trek Makeover far from Overkill..

So I'll be honest, as a youngin (circa 83), I was never a huge fan of Star Trek. I mean I'd usually change the channel by the time I heard the opening speech. Well the days of watching a shaking screen and hearing Captain Kirk say, "Good God! We're hit!!" from his broke @ss computer chair are long gone. This new Star Trek takes space action flicks to another level. Although I wasn't a fan, I always respected Star Trek as an intelligent Sci-Fi adventure, that was more about brains than braun. I feared that during summer-blockbuster, prequel-happy time of year, the temptation to make an over the top action film would take control. I'm happy to say that's not the case. J. J Abrhams seemed to be able to balance the action and storyline for an enjoyable flick. But let's start with the action. The outer-space shots are simply amazing, I mean, this is what intergalactic battles are supposed to look like. There's no need for imagination here. Also the Enterprise itself gets a massive overhaul. From the long winding hallway shots, to the ill lighting effect throughout the film, you might think you've changed star dates(horrible attempt at Trekkie Humor).
I feel like the movie did a good job of making us understand why James T. Kirk, and Spock are interesting characters. Back in tha day it seemed to just be makeup and an awkward hand gesture to me. Now that I'm older, I can also respect some of the "space jargon" that dominates the dialouge. So if you think you can sleep through the conversations, be prepared to be lost in the plot. The music Score is nice I enjoyed the eye candy in this one as well, Zoe Saldana . I've always had a crush on this chick, and although she isn't as good as in one of my personal faves, Haven, but it'll do. I also like the cameo from my boy Tyler Perry.I mean, tha dudes loaded off his Madea flicks, yet still manages to get his way in a dorky Sci-Fi flick. To say he must be a Trekkie is prolly an understatement. All in all, I really enjoyed this film, A. cuz I didn't have huge expectations, and B. it doesn't compromise for the summer movie rush. I don't think I hafta convince Trekkies to go check this out, but speaking to the general movie going public, I think it's a safe bet for a good time.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Childhood book hits the big screen

I remember this book as a kid,
The preview looks great ...

Monday, March 16, 2009

88-keys feat Kanye West "Stay Up!" (Viagra)

Here's the new vid from 88-keys for "Stay Up".
Funny Stuff
big ups to okayplayer.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

ATLiCATION downloads

Here's the download links for the first two finished ATLiCATION tracks
My Friends Wheelz
Thanks for tha support!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mickey Factz 'Sensibility'

Check out this new Mickey Factz track.
I'm really digging the buildup and breakdown of the beat and flow.
Very Original shit here..

Hot track with Black Milk and Rapper Big Pooh

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


So this guy did a Slideshow vid for my Mashup. Check it!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Check out my newest Mashup: 'ATLiCATION'

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

New Reflection Eternal track!

Yea that's right! All the rumors have been confirmed with a new track from Talib Kweli and Hi Tek! Stop by OkayPlayer.com to hear "Internet Connection"

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

Video: Kid Cudi "Day N Nite"

Check out this new vid from the lonely stoner, Kid Cudi.

I wasn't too big on this dude, but this is a clever video and well developed song.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Jason Mraz Gypsy MC, Classic vid!

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!

New Blu Mixtape

So blu's got a new Mixtape out with a more laid back vibe.
Dude did all his own production on this too.
Sick stuff
Download "Her Favorite colour"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Download Pat Pro's 1st Quarter Beats!!

That's right our newest beat cd is out
DOWNLOAD: 1st Quarter Beats!
Make sure you download Winrar to Extract the files
Let me know what you think!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Life and Times of Tim

So check out this HBO animated show, The Life and Times of Tim, here's a lil bit.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


New Open Labs Gear

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

Album to pick up: Tabi Bonney "Dope"

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(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!

Fat Albert in tha Hood, this is a trip!

So here's an episode of my man Pikahsso's new show Fat Albert in the Hood.

As well as makin funny @ss spoof videos, Pikahsso makes some great music.
Pikahsso puts it down for DFW


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Erykah Badu Remixes

Check out these Remixes by my man DJ Big Texas

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Dumont goes Soulja Boy in the X-Games

So I was watching the X-games tonight and this trick took the cake.
It's tha second guy in red, it looks even tighter in slo mo!

N.E.R.D Interview

Here's a N.E.R.D Interview with some young Martin Bashir lookin dude askin questions. The fellas talk about "Lapdance", Mustaches, and Pharells perfect day.

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 to realease new UGK album!

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

Naledge on the Bird Walk Beat?

So here's Naledge from Kidz in the Hall with new verse to "Bird Walk".
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

Inauguration Performances

So most of the music performance footage was saved for HBO.
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

Panacea: The Re-Route

So I been jamming Panacea (K-murdock & Raw Poetic) since 06 when I picked up their Rawkus debut, Ink is my drink. "The Scenic Route" dropped in 07 and It quickly became one of my go-to albums for roadtrips and "country drives".
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

Thelonious Therapy

I crawled out of bed this morning to a cold chill. I got prepped to head in for another day in the lab, another day to create something new. Although thatsusually exciting, I found myself weighed down by the burden of trying to be creative when things aren't always going 100%. Of course I don't have time to dissect these feelings, so i decided to listen to some Thelonious Monk. I always like his rigid and erratic style, here's a goood vid, and a better song, Round Bout Midnight.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thoughts on Today.

Of course today is a big day in American History, as we watched Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th President. Over the past few days I've heard a certain tone of "We Did It" coming from the media, and even regular citzens. Even when my father called and asked me what this day meant to me, it took me a while to unravel exactly what I thought about things.
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

Review of "Notorious"

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

Crabtree Declares for draft (finally found the vid!!)

I've been looking for this video for two days, and here it is.
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!

Coming out of Exile

Aight this post is about a producer I been jammin lately by the name of EXILE. Guys got great beats,arguably a classic album in Below the Heavens with BLU,
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

City of God's Son

So I checked out the trailer for City of God's Son and was somewhat intrigued.
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

Two new projects, One Great show!

So Im working as music supervisor for a new show, LateNight Spotlight
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
eeehhhh :/
Not worth the dough
Shits Weak!

Our first review is for the XBOX game Left 4 Dead.
Enjoy and Comment!

Travis Barker and New Era design ill hat.

Check out this original New Era hat designed by Travis Barker.
All you muisc heads can tell its covered with MPC pads!
I'm rockin tha fro right now, but I might hafta cut it if I can get my hands on this bad boy!
Check out more hats from New Era

Santogold Remix with Three 6 Mafia twist

Aight here's a Santogold track I've come to favor,
Being the Southern Boy I am, I like tha Three 6 Mafia production on this remix.

Take a Listen

Is this Weezy Track ill? Yes N*gga Yes!! ft Pharrel

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!!

My bad

Ok once again I got lazy with loging on to blogspot.
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.

Chris Patton's Facebook profile