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“No longer Sap da Beat Man?” The Complete Review of W.A.W.A

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There is something to be said for a young man working hard and forging a way from pure grit and tenacity. This is his most recent attempt to cross over from producer to rapper entitled W.A.W.A. (When are we Afraid)  Sap is regarded as one of the few individuals in the Delaware music scene to have “made it”. His production has been heard on airways and inside clubs all over the country and most notably you can listen to one of his latest sounds being the background for Meek Mills New song “Bboy”  (video below)

Yet that’s not why your hear so let’s get into it “The Full Breakdown”

The Good
When your listening to the sounds of this project each track is very cleanly engineered. I love the style in which the vocals are presented consistently throughout the project. Whether it is the more hard-hitting beat of the track “Decisions” or the softer melodic piece of “Last Year” Each flow used fits the styling of the production quite well and the sounds behind them don’t over power.

Also Sap does a good job presenting a sound that isn’t catering to the local tri-state area. A lot of Tri-State rappers tend to mimic stylings of the local area like how Quilly at times may sound a bit like other Philly rappers or how bobby dimes rhyme style tends to lean towards a Shizz Nitty sound. What SAP does here is pave a unique sound that almost completely sets him apart from the local area.

Lastly Sap does a good job in keeping the project 5  tracks there is no better way to set yourself apart from the average everyday rapper than by releasing a EP. Mixtapes are  great but when your trying to set a tone for a market you need to be taken seriously and an EP is a great way to do that. 5 tracks was the right amount of helping to not overwhelm a listener and keep them engaged  enough for a possible album release.

The Bad

We all know every song isn’t for every listener and I’m still not sure who is the target listener for SAP’s brand of music. I feel this release was a “musical soda” that just quite lost its fizz and pop. We are in an instant gratification world where 6 second videos are all the rage and the average attention span of a person is comparable to a goldfish.

With that being said why is it none of these tracks pushed the envelope or reshaped the landscape in any way. I feel SAP took the How to be a rapper handbook and just followed the cookie cutter rhyming styles and flows matched it with some good beats and released it. Aside from “Last year” I also felt like the SAP story  isn’t really explained. Not to mention at some point I felt he was trying to convince the listener his flow was hotter than it really was by constantly using lines reminding the listener your flow is hot I kinda start to question if it really is.

5 Tracks later I didn’t feel like I went on a Musical Journey nor did I feel like my Hood was Represented to its fullest capabilities. It was a good try for an ok rapper and yet a dope producer, but for me the feeling I got from WAWA is that maybe I need to hit a wawa  before another listen through.

The Rating

2.7/out of 5

Elevator Pitch – “Come for the beats. Stay because it wont take that long.”

Hiphop influences

Hardcore rap influences

Consistent rhythmic Patterns

Lack of R&B influences

Lack of Electronica influences

Syncopated beats

Clean dry recording sound

Club rap influences

upbeat lyrics

Lacked in high level Storytelling

Project Focus Not clearly discernible

Obama is still the man! (“…I Know Cause I won Both of them)”

It’s Almost over, the 8 year run of possibly the most charismatic and popular president since JFK only has two years left and the republican party already seems to be chomping at the bits but President Obama isn’t quite done yet. Watch the ending of our commander and Chief’s State of the Union address where he shows he still got it!

Confused, Distraught, and Shia Labeouf – NEW Sia Music Video

So January 7th was just another Wednesday like any other and then out of nowhere was the release of the new Sia Video for Elastic Heart!!!! This is the follow up to Sia’s 4 Time Grammy Nominated track “Chandelier” and yet again she delivers a polarizing visual to accompany her music with the help of young dance talent Maddie Ziegler. Take a look and comment your thoughts on the piece.

*Party Fashion* EDM vs. Hip-Hop (Men’s Fashion)

Its becoming more and more evident that with the ever changing climate in the music scene that dressing for occasions is more difficult then ever before.

With music blending cultures and breaking down barriers what once  was taboo is now more widely accepted from a fashion standpoint between the urban club scene and Rave community.

Below are images from two websites that each cater to specific styles.  One website is completely Urban, while the other is completely for the EDM Scene.

Take a look and see if you can spot the differences between the two fashion styles or if the fashion division that once made our cultures so separate has blended so close we can no longer tell them apart.

Rave or club

The above image is the design on a Men’s T-Shirt going for the asking price of $29.99 Is this EDM wear or  Hiphop gear?

 

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The Next Design brandishes the face of childhood television star Alfonso Ribeiro portraying his role of Carlton. Care to guess what type of fashion this is?  Oh and did I forget to mention a little secret Will Smith is a Hiphop Artist. Hmmm what do you think?

 

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The Next Picture is A given essentially in the Photo it features an actual rave in the background but I chose this picture because it could quite easily be featured in a hip-hop atmosphere with the right jeans and kicks.  To me this showcases how much fashion is shifting in American Society.

 

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This Final Picture is another beautiful depiction of what I mean by the lines being blurred in the fashion world 20 years ago a b-boy and a raver side by side would look like they came from two different worlds. Yet nowadays the clothes we all wear are so similar that we are connected through fashion and to me that showcases the beauty and power of 21st century music.

Results

1. Hip-hop Clothing design.

2.EDM Wear

3. EMD wear

4. Hiphop Clothing

 

How did you do?

Did you guess right?

Well either way you get the point.

If you liked any of the outfits all clothing and designs are available at these two websites below.

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http://www.mixunit.com/clothing/

-Waldo B.

*New* Nicki Track will drive you Crazy this Summer!!! … And I Still Love it!!

If you haven’t yet heard the newest piece from  4 time Gammy Nominated Artist Nicki Minaj you are in for a treat.

It’s highly repetitive and will be surely stuck in your head and over played on the radio this summer but I still love it!

It’s Called “Pills and Potions” and I know EDM Producers are gonna have a field day remixing this!!

Check it out for yourself down below!!!

-Waldo B.

Why Girls Be Bull$hittin in the Club… & How To Overcome!!!

“Shake Shake Shhh Shhh Shake that ass girl,

Drop it low and pick it up slow,

Clap Clap Clap that….. Well you get the Idea!

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Those are words heard all too often in the club if you are in the demographic of 16 to 32. Its a known fact that the outlook of dancing has shifted drastically from what it used to be.

The idea of two people dancing face to face and getting to know each other while music was playing has been long gone for the better part of 30 years.

The classic scenes in films where the guy faces the girl and gives her respect before asking for a dance is long gone.

The Outlook now is for a guy to walk up grind his waistline on a girl and she should Bend over and pop that booty for a real nigga preferably on a handstand….!!!

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Ok maybe that’s a little drastic but all the same the main focus at a party has changed to these 5 things.

A. To get drunk

B. To get high

C. Dance

D.Find someone to get it in with for the Night!

E. All the Above

This leaves females open for a lot of excuses for why they don’t want to dance with you or twerk it like Miley in the club!

After hosting over 100 parties from all different ethnic backgrounds I’ve broken down my 3 main reasons for “Why girls be Bullshittin (i.e. Not trying to dance) in the Club!”

1.Too Cute To Dance or “2C2D” 

This concept originates actually from the male perspective, as men just like in the wild we are drawn to the most attractive females. With that  being a truth a high amount of pressure to be attractive at all times while at the club is placed on a woman. In doing that getting sweaty and bending over in 4 inch heels in a pencil skirt isn’t on most girls itinerary. Which ultimately leaves girl with a formidable bullshit excuse for why she doesn’t wanna dance and guys looking for ways around it.

*How to Combat – With this issue there is only one true way to negate being left to the way side as a guy and that’s by trying to spend time talking to her. If the club has a bar sit with her nurse a drink and attempt to connect in some small way and make her feel more comfortable. Of course this is all predicated on some minor sense of attraction but after that foundation is established move in for the kill and get your dance I warn you she probably wont arch her back or have her booty sweep the floor but a nice dance with a pretty girl is its own reward.

2.Begrudging Friends

Ever start to walk up to a girl and before you even reach her on the dance floor she starts to walk away? The reason for this little bullshit moment is because you have been what i have dubbed “Dance Dissed”. Usually a group of girls at parties are each others “Dance Dissettes” but sometimes on rare cases a girl will even use a gay male friend. The premise of the “Dance Dissette” is to protect each girl from dancing with an ugly or unworthy guy. Sometimes this can even be abused and no guys at all will be danced with because one of the girls will “OD” (Over-Diss) in one night.

*How to Combat – This is surprisingly difficult to overcome but with practice one can master the “Dance Dissette”  Bullshit tactic and use it to his advantage. The common Approach of coming up to a girl from behind is where this female bullshit tactic is most strong that’s because all it takes is a head nod “No” or BUG eyes Symbolizing “O ,Hell No” in order for her to bullshit her way from potentially giving you a dance.

In order for any guy to overcome this bullshit tactic you need to take a page out of the gentleman’s handbook

Step 1 Instead of approaching the girl you want to dance with approach her “DD” (Dance Dissette)

(By doing this you activate the target girl as a “DD”)

Step 2 Unbeknownst to your target girl your  going to tell the friend you approached that you simply wish to cut in and dance with the target girl.

(Doing this surprises the initial DD and 9/10 she will fold and say yes. (Uncomfortably but yes none the less)

Step 3 Approach your target female, now with no “DD” to thwart you and claim your hard-earned dance.

3. She Can’t Dance / I’m too tired

These are the two Biggest Bullshit Tactics I have come across in my over ten years partying up in down the east coast. A Girl will attempt to spare your feelings or appease your ego by explaining that she is unable to dance well or is too tired from dancing so she’d rather not. This ploy is the worst and is easily seen as bullshit by any guy as soon as its said or used. For those few guys that don’t get the hint and are really fixated on this girl the approach of persistently asking her to dance throughout the night will only give you a “PITY DANCE” at best and follow by ridicule from said female and her friends.

*How to Combat –  I suggest you just leave her alone honestly the best offense in this one is a strong defense. If you can for this method of combating the bullshit, lets pretend you are the red ball and she is the kid. What I mean by that is you have to make it seem like she made a mistake for not giving you the opportunity to dance with her when you first asked. This requires you to use either your skills in dancing with other females or in the crowd, Your Access to money at the bar, or your influences within the club by its lower level employees. Either way the outcome in this bullshit tactic is normally the same she just doesn’t want to dance with you so grow a pair and move on.

In the End the Reason Why Women Bullshit in the Club is because males can’t handle being told no without becoming irate and disrespectful. Also it’s because woman find it easier telling a white lie then being cold and heartless to a complete stranger. Yet to me I feel it’s a never-ending cycle and as long as woman bullshit men will always be disrespectful.

Only when we reach a point of pure honesty and acceptance of honesty will we ever be able to come up to a girl and have no bullshit tactics required when we dance either someone will say yes or someone will say no but either way both people will walk away gracious of the honesty that was just shared with them. So I challenge my readers male and female alike next time you’re at the party, Ladies if you don’t want to dance tell him no and if he asks why politely say I don’t find you attractive. Men when you go up to a girl and attempt to get a dance and she tells you no smile and say thank you for keeping it real.

I know you won’t do this but dammit that’s the only way to Overcome this bullshit.”

-Waldo

IDC

Is Sunday Funday… Still Fun?

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For the Better part of my 3 years attending Deer Park It has been a well known Newark Delaware ritual to attend the locally famed Deer park Tavern for what is simply called “Sunday Funday”.

The Night consists of cheap drinks a plethora of individuals and Music by local band corduroy.

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http://www.chorduroyband.com/

The formula for years has worked and by all appearances still is, yet upon my observation of the last few sundays the swarming crowds of people are growing weary of the same old porridge so to speak being served every Sunday.

Being the Party Starter I feel it is my duty to see how or what could turn this once popping place on a Sunday night back to its previous form. So I assessed the crowd and asked 12 people what they thought of the nights festivities,  out of all 12 only 3 said they enjoyed their night.

The reasons ranged from being too crowded, to music not being to there liking and lastly one person said they weren’t drunk enough.

My follow up question though is what makes this article even worth writing about and that is “…Then why are you here?” As simple as the question was the answers i got was even simpler…

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Its crazy to think that as a community we have no other option for entertainment on a Sunday night but truthfully they are right. It is Without a doubt “Sunday Funday is the best place to go on a Sunday evening in the New Castle County Area. Which leads me to believe that even when the porridge may be old, Old porridge is better then No porridge at all.

Yet I wonder, am I just a hater?  I want to know, am I the only one who feels this way or is there any possibility in the eyes of the patrons that “Sunday Funday” could use a face-lift. Its no surprise that deer park mixes it up some nights, like for instance on Thursday night they incorporate a DJ with live music with DJ Andrew Hugh. If this is possible on a Thursday why is it not for a hometown favorite night like Sunday.

The bottom line is how long is the shelf life on Sunday Funday? And is it time to start incorporating different things to ensure Sunday Funday’s longevity in a ever changing demographic? Either way one thing is for sure next Sunday Just like every other  local bar crawlin, party going, chorduroy lovin delaware resident I will be right there at Deer Park’s doors ready for my porridge!

porridge -Waldo B.

As Summer Fast Approaches…

Check out my Single Its being re-released after some legal issues when the song was first created, but nevertheless still it is a polished Gem!!! Click Play, Listen, Share, Comment!