If I said my name was 'Tony' would you know it's me? Masochist by Tonedeff

This is not only a reference to Tonedeff’s birth name, Pedro Antonio Rojas Jr, but it also shows the state of Tonedeff’s success as well. Many of his fans only know him as Tonedeff and never cared enough to know his real name. But on the other hand they know other rappers by not only their rap names, but their birth names as well.

This lack of love for his music is the theme of the whole song, and this line exemplifies the struggle Tonedeff faces perfectly.

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[Produced by Tonedeff] Masochist by Tonedeff

Backed by an amazing sample Tonedeff recorded on accident, Masochist has amazing and touching production complete with piano work, Tonedeff’s amazing vocal-layering ability, and many underlying lines of melody that captivate the listener.

Tonedeff’s breakdown of the production and the song’s concept can be seen here:

http://youtu.be/OsYaZWcpJds?t=1m25s

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[Produced by Tonedeff] Archetype by Tonedeff

The first song on this album features a classic boom-bap inspired beat, intricate looped samples, and an original style of production work so seldom seen in hip-hop albums, Tonedeff’s producing skills are equally as impressive as his bars and verses.

Tonedeff’s breakdown of Archetype’s production and concept can be viewed here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bojDib4y3mU

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[Produced by Tonedeff] Porcelain by Tonedeff

A truly beautiful song, that is backed by production that is just as beautiful. Tonedeff crafted together a sweet and lush instrumental complete with piano, drums, and amazing acapella work all done by himself.

Tonedeff’s own breakdown of the production, as well as insight into the song’s concept, can be seen here:

http://youtu.be/u3LamsjFgq0?t=1m29s

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[Produced by Madlib] Accordion by Madvillain

Madlib and DOOM’s collab album Madvillainy has long been considered a classic, and one of these reasons is for it’s production, which is nothing short of spectacular on Accordion.

The primary sample heard throughout Accordion is directly sampled from the instrumental musician Daedelus and his song Experience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tZh-Vh81Osw

The beauty in Madlib’s production lies in it’s simplicity, the whole beat is made around a looped sample taken from about halfway through Daedelus' original song. This simple yet mesmerizing loop is repeated for the whole song. For percussion Madlib simply added bass kicks to match the staccato clicks found in the original song. Creating a beat that is lush without being overpowering.

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[Produced by Madlib] Fancy Clown by Madvillain

Madlib, is a producer whom throughout his years has been known for his heavy sampling of jazz, funk, and soul samples, and Fancy Clown is no exception to this formula.

The primary sample used throughout this track is That Ain’t the Way You Make Love by blues singer Z.Z. Hill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hPf0Sg8vD8

The song begins with the beginning of Hill’s original song playing with a slightly modulated pitch. The piano chords from the original were kept by Madlib who went on to add some standard snare-kick drum patterns as well as a modulated and distorted version of the original song’s bassline. While chopped parts of Hill’s vocals can be heard throughout DOOM’s verses.

The sampling used by Madlib also helps in creating the context around the song, the opening portion of sample heard in Fancy Clown has lyrics that go as such:

I hear you in the background, whenever I phone
Telling your brother, to say you’re gone
You’ve been tripping around the town, wooing some fancy clown

This sample is used at the beginning while DOOM can be heard making a call to an assumed ex-lover, Madlib’s use of this sample at the beginning and in-between the verses helps to set the song in the context of a call being made.

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[Produced by Kid Cudi] Young Lady by Kid Cudi (Ft. Father John Misty)

Indicud was the first release we’ve seen from Cudi where he has handled all of the production by himself, and Young Lady exemplifies his surprising skill as a producer.

The primary sample hard throughout the song is a sample of folk artist Father John Misty and his song Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzf3GCw1DiI

The slow-driving folk ballad was taken by Cudi and was sped up. The atmospheric percussion found in the original song was left by Cudi, who additionally and added his own drum fills and slowly crosschecking bass lines to create a fuller instrumental.

As well as directly sampling the song’s hook, Kid Cudi also added harmonizing vocals to the track that sound reminiscent of the original’s harmony work. A guitar solo is also added by Cudi midway through the song to complete this spacey sounding love ballad.

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Http://images.rapgenius.com/f3ec63f38493420e6aebf147c883c6c2.455x270x69.gif Reactions to Auburn's Winning Touchdown by Sports Genius

Putting your hands on your hand is always made in sheer moments of disbelief, which is understandable for Alabama fans who saw:

  • Cade Foster, their top rated kicker, miss THREE field goals from 43, 28, and 44 yards.

  • The team set a record for the longest touchdown in Alabama history with just minutes left in the game.

  • Alabama’s offense fail to score twice from inside the thirty-five yard line.

The return doesn’t even have to be mentioned at this point.

But, it was bound to happen:

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Did the pharaohs even have it right, in two thousand years, you’d think that we would learn. Can’t take what you earn to the afterlife Set You Free by Oddisee

Humans so often spend their lives struggling away trying to make money and surround ourselves with possessions and desires. Yet, why do we spend our who lives struggling for these items when they all become useless to us after our deaths?

People in the world today tend to have a similar mindset to that of the ancient Egyptians who believed one’s possessions could be brought to the “afterlife” if buried with them. However, if this has been an abandoned way of thinking, why do we still continue to live up to this belief by collecting possessions our whole lives?

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I'll follow thee and make a heaven of hell,
To die upon the hand I love so well.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 2 Scene 1 by William Shakespeare

Helena’s love for Demetrius is so immense that she would do literally anything for his compassion to match hers, using the contrast of Heaven and Hell only exemplifies the great lengths that Helena would go to.

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