Sunday, May 22, 2011

Please Listen to my Demo...

(session where all of this was recorded)

2009 Demo by The_Karlster

For some reason it feels like it's been forever since I've updated this blog. Lately I've just been working on more listener friendly material (Translation: watered-down/ sugar coated/ melodic  me), and in the the process of doing so I've constantly gone back to check out my old stuff. 
Thus far every year I've made a few tracks that I believed would take me places at the time. This is give or take the tracks that I submitted to a few labels back in 09. If nothing else they've definitely brought back memories.
Sidebar: "ZuLu N*g9@" was performed by a group that me and two friends of mine formed back in the day called the Zulu Tribe. (We may or may not put this back together, who knows?)

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Current "thing": Karl Anthony - MJ is Back (Michael's Revenge)

Karl Anthony - MJ is Back (Michael's Revenge) by The_Karlster

[DISCLAIMER: In no way, shape, fashion, or form am I trying to disrespect the great Michael J. Jackson. If you've read any of my previous blogs, or just know me in general then you'd know how much I respect, admire, and appreciate, his work and contribution to humanity. RIP] 

I've never been good with following trends. In fact whenever I usually try to be in-sync with the crowd, they move! So on that note I "do me" as much as I can!

With all of that said I didn't just rap over this beat because "everybody else did" or because "it's the beat of the moment"; hell, I'd pull up the "A Millie" beat if I felt like it! Truth be told, I've been unable to listen to a lot new rap songs the whole way through lately (unless it catches my attention within the first 30sec.-1.30min). If I rapped over this beat it was more so for creative reasons.

The pieces that I did catch of the other renditions featured the artist who was rapping comparing himself to a dead rapper who had influenced him/her. Now I don't want to sound like I'm bashing anybody, but I've always found that whole thing corny; even on other songs. [disclaimer: When I do it, it's because I have a better punchline coming]. I thought the concept was great though, I just didn't like the direction (nor did I feel like hearing a rapper comparing himself to a dead legend for 2mins).

I initially wrote this as a joke (if you couldn't tell). In fact I wanted to do a song called "Like it or Not" instead when I went to record on Saturday. However, I didn't really feel like I could give my best performance on that song so I made this instead.

I might do a montage for this like I did with "90's Baby", so be on the look for that!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ownership 101: Do the Right Thing

I was watching Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" last night (or very early this morning) and the importance of ownership became clearer than ever in my head. From my views on racism to the cycle of evolution; all of these were topics that I had to revisit and think twice about my stance on. By incorporating everything going on in the world at large it became clearer to me how right Frank Lucas was when he said "the man I worked for didn't own his company. White men owned it, so they owned him." I don't want to sound racist in the least; this is strictly factual information.

I believe the reason why Europeans were able to conquer the world so easily hundreds of years ago is because they had what everybody else lacked; a sense of ownership. The day I get the keys to my multi-million dollar complex, I'd die before letting somebody come to MY house and telling ME how to live. It's not being materialistic, it's simply fighting for what's rightfully yours. The fact that it's MY house gives me a sense of ownership that I'd be willing to kill and die to defend. That's something that us, Africans and Native Americans lacked at the time.

[I've heard some of the reasoning behind why the sense of ownership was none existent to the Native Americans. From my understanding, land could not be "owned", fore they had merely found it. Therefore it must have belonged to a higher power. Sort of like in order to really corner the bottled water industry you'd have to be able to dictate when and where it rains, and who can have access to the oceans and other water ways. (But of course, people still make a fortune from Fiji bottled water)]

Ownership is something that we see come into play repeatedly throughout history. The ownership of slaves and share cropping are just a few things that come to mind while on the subject. The occidental "pimp hand" stays strong till this day in Africa through colonization and the other monopolistic methods used to take advantage of Africa's soil and resources.

It really gets interesting when racism is added into the mix. This is actually where the concept of the post came from. In "Do the Right Thing" Radio Rahim is killed for trying to get black people's pictures on the wall of an ITALIAN pizzeria. And as I was watching that scene, I thought to myself "that's the dumbest thing you could possibly die over." If you want pictures of Black Heroes on a wall, why don't you just open up an African-American themed soul food Restaurant, decorate it how you want, and make money at the same time?

Now, in no way am I advocating racism, but consider this: If racism is just being prejudice towards a different race, what is being prejudice really other than an over nurtured sense of pride? If you really stop to think about it, we all casually exercise some form of encouraged prejudice when we go to sporting events and "boo" at everything the other team does; or at a high school pep rally when the underclassmen get put down just for being underclassmen. The only reason why it's not okay when it comes to race is because of things that have happened in the past. Not to get too political, but we all know people (not everybody) of all colors who voted for Obama just because he was black (and vice versa); being that the vote was based on skin color, was it not a racially driven vote?

Looking at things from that angle, it makes me question whether or not racism can truly ever end. And if there is even a slightest possibility of that happening, it'll have to start with opposing fans not getting upset with the Lakers every time they take home a championship!

Getting back to the matter of owner ship; if black people are so sick and tired of being "discriminated against" in this system formed by white men, why don't we all go back and really take ownership of Africa (like Nas said in "Belly")? And don't give me the "we helped build this country" excuse. Slavery is internationally recognized as a loss for black people everywhere on multiple levels.

The point I'm trying to get across is this: let’s take ownership of our losses like we do our victories and our tomorrows like we do our yesterdays. Is racism still alive? Yes; but slavery was well over a hundred years ago. A black man has since been elected leader of the free world. We're no longer shackled on cotton fields. In fact, on paper we are all pretty much granted the same opportunities. Let's stop constantly trying to burden other people with our baggage. The world might not be a utopia, but taking ownership may create one.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Karl Anthony - Leave Me Alone

Karl Anthony - Leave Me Alone by The_Karlster

With all the events that have been taking place in my life, including all the things that I've been watching take place; I couldn't find a better way to put it. This is just how I'm feeling right now...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Karl Anthony - Will Power (Prod. by Flawless R&B + Karl Anthony) [Inspired by words from Will Smith]

Karl Anthony - Will Power by The_Karlster

This was initially the opening act off of"Foreign Exchange".

 I've always been a huge fan of Will Smith's. Sometime last year I ran across a put together YouTube clip of him revealing the keys to success and his views on life in general. 

During the months that followed his words echoed in the back of mind as I faced every obstacle. I found myself constantly going back to the video; to the point where I decided to take the audio from it and put it in a song!  

I hope this inspires you like it did me.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Karl Anthony - Vanilla Sky (ft/ M.O.E.) [prod. by Ear to the Beat]

Karl Anthony - Vanilla Sky (ft M.O.E.) [prod. by Ear to the Beat] by The Karlster

As you can see I'm trying to make good on my "At least once a week" promise. This is Track 15 off of what would have been "Foreign Exchange". It is also one of my personal favorites... so enjoy!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

March Madness: The Start of A Dream

This blog was inspired a movie trailer of the same title.

A friend brought it to my attention that when reading my blogs it is sometimes hard to keep up with my train of thought. So I highlighted all my sidebar comments in red to make it easier to follow.

March is usually the Month when even the most resilient start turning their backs on the resolutions they made at the beginning of the year. I came to this realization when I stopped putting any effort into my Accounting and Phys Ed classes about a month ago.

When I came back from Cameroon this past January, after seeing cousins, aunts, and uncles who could barely afford a $100 school pension (High School in most cases), I felt I owed it to THEM to AT LEAST get my masters when I came back to the states. I had just taken the semester prior off doing nothing else besides scrambling to complete “Foreign Exchange” and making it on to the “XXL Freshmen Cover” for 2012. With that being taken into account, I was convinced that when I got back in school I would give it my 100%; no matter what.

That was the problem though; I only gave it my 100%. 100% to me is the bare minimum. You don’t ACTUALLY put in effort until you go above and beyond what you are naturally capable of; that’s the “effort” in it. When I first came to States for example, I hated not being able to come with a rebuttal when the other kids would say something slick about me; so I gave my 1000% effort to be able to speak English properly. Or when I was in the seventh grade and this asshole (who shall remain anonymous) would challenge me to rap battles knowing very well that I could barely speak the English language (let alone start doing tricks with it), every night before I went to bed I gave a 1000% effort to come up with a verse good enough to battle with; until a year and some change later I finally beat him. And even now, when I write a song I go above and beyond what I’m capable of to make sure it’s better than my last. And when I feel myself slipping to 999.9%, I stop writing and wait to get that 0.1 percent back. That “above and beyond” in me is what I refer to as “The Karlster”.

I ended up slowly losing that drive I had of excelling in school as the months of January and February went on. It could have been because the classes didn’t meet enough (if at all) for me to build any momentum, or because I was too distracted thinking raps to focus in class; either way you flip it: My heart just wasn’t in it!

As time went on, each class started seeming dumber than the last; reminding me why I “took the semester off” to start with. Let’s take my Phys Ed class for instance; this is a class that only met once, and wanted me to mail in reports on all my work outs. I found this tremendously idiotic. When I work out it’s to clear my mind of all else, and zero in better on my goals; not to get graded on my “heart rate”. And then there is accounting. No disrespect to that beautiful black (I believe she is mixed though) queen, but I realized that the lady got paid to summarize the book for us, and then when HER summary was complete, test us on what we learned from HER interpretation of the book. All of this on material that we probably would have had a better understanding of had we (at least me anyways) read the book on our own and done the work at our own pace. People read books on how to make relationships work for Christ sake I think I can read a book on accounting on my own!

[Come to think of it, I’ve always been at my best (school wise) by just using common sense! The teachers would parade me around as a genius, when in reality I was just breaking away from the book! The only reason the other kids couldn’t come up with the answers that I came up with was because they were thinking in terms of how the book was telling them think. On separate occasions I could’ve sworn I was an idiot because I couldn’t figure out the simplest things. And when I heard the answers out loud I felt even dumber  because it was common sense . Meaning that although we were use the book to figure somethings out we didn’t necessarily need to; we already know the answers!]

Needless to say that by the time I got to thinking about dropping out of classes it was too late, so I had no choice but to stick it out [Pause]. Ironically enough this is when I decided to really rededicate myself to something that I was genuinely passionate about; Hip-Hop. The only problem was I no longer knew what to Rap about!  I had spent so much time working on “Foreign Exchange”, and trying to get people to hear it that the material I had for it started sounding dated to me. By this time the emotions and situations I was rapping about on these songs were at least six months old, and the new stuff I was coming up with was sounding better, but were conceptually nothing like “Foreign Exchange”! I still wanted to at least properly finish those songs so I wouldn’t feel like the past six months had gone to waste. So with J. Rob’s computer being broken, no job, and no studio money, I had to pull out a move of desperation. I decided to sell all and every college book I ever owned back to the school.

The more I started thinking of not putting out “Foreign Exchange” as it is, the more sense it started to make. The entire music industry has changed, especially Hip-Hop! The listener’s attention span is about the same length as a female tennis player’s skirt. Secondly, if by some miracle enough people are curious about your music, they’ll download your album if you’re lucky. In order for them to go out and buy it, they’ve gotta WANT you to release it (i.e: Tha Carter III, Thank Me Later, Pink Friday, Rolling Papers, & Lasers, just to name a few).

Quite honestly, I don’t think people want to hear me that badly! I wouldn’t even be considered a fly on the wall in comparison to those guys (and girl) at this point. And “Foreign Exchange”, my story, and my movement is more than a fly a on the wall to me. I deserve a documentary, a movie, and at least 50 parades when my shit drops. So it WILL be released; only a 1000% better than it is now. (p.s: I will be releasing a new song off the 2010 version of “FE” at least once a week)

The reason why I named this post “The Start of A Dream” is because at every turn there’s a new start! New seconds, new minutes every 60 seconds, new hours every 60 minutes, new days every 24hrs., so on and so forth. Similarly to me and school, it is never too late to realize that your heart is not fully set on one objective and rededicating it to wherever your mind is. Currently, I am working on Introducing Karl Anthony (the brand) to the world. My three main objectives this month are getting “” up and running, getting “The Karlster” apparels up for sell, and shooting the “Hollywood MILFs” video. So when you see me this April, ask me how close I am to fulfilling these goals.

Sincerely yours as always, _Karl A. Talla Demgueu

Karl Anthony - The Devil was an Angel

Karl Anthony - The Devil was an Angel by The_Karlster

This is the track I had mentioned in my last blog. I wanted to display my storytelling abilities with this one.

Might be long over due, but I hope you're still able to enjoy it!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Rappers Vs. Hip-Hop Artists

As you may or may not know I am currently in the process of putting the finishing touches on [insert mixtape title here]. This past Friday (March 25th), I played Phella an updated version of a storytelling verse I did to a Kanye West beat. As opposed to its predecessor, this one was recorded from memory (not off paper), and sounded it. After listening to it he asked something along the lines of “we both know you can rap, so why not prove that with a verse and a catchy hook, instead of a four minute story to a beat that reaches overkill after its 2 minute mark”. Although we agreed that it was better than the last, his reaction made me question whether or not it was worth releasing.
At this point Phella and I have built a big brother/little brother relationship. He’s looked out for me on numerous occasions, and continuously keeps pointing me in the right direction. It’s almost like I walk through the dark paths he’s already taken; so instead of me having to fall (and waste time and energy), he’ll warn me about the pot holes ahead. For instant, I’m sure I probably wouldn’t have explored recording without a piece of paper in front of my face had it not been for him. And although it requires a bit more effort, it’s more practical and saves trees!
I understood his concerns with the record. And I don’t think he was telling me to dumb it down either. But being a brand new artist, with no major big named affiliation can be tricky at times. Of course you want to get people to listen to you, but their attention span will be very limited simply because they don’t have a reason to listen to you yet (dope raps don’t seem to do it anymore folks). The logical solution to this problem would be, make “shorter, catchier, straight to the point” songs, right? But what if you don’t want to get your point across right away for creative reasons?
Believe me when I tell you (as a song writer), making something that sounds like something else is not at all difficult; just because you’ve heard something like it before. And although the argument can be made that that route may get you more listeners, I say it can be counter-productive. Let’s not beat around the bush: straight to the point means listener/radio friendly type songs. But those kinds of songs just make you “another guy with a song” in this context. In retrospect, that four minute verse could’ve been summed up in a punch-line; but then how would I standout?  
In this day in age I don’t think anybody really believes that the songs on the radio are really the songs that the majority favors. If that was the case Soulja Boy’s “Crank Dat” wouldn’t have charted. What happened was the radio got paid to play it and did so; so many times that it had to catch on and if you didn’t like it you had to deal with it (honestly, I refuse to believe that no self conscious respecting man took that song seriously). Soulja Boy successfully sold his song and dance and was able to stick around after the song; but off the top our heads, can we name the artists who made “Stanky Leg”, “Dougie”, and “Hit’em with the Flex”? No hate, but I couldn’t.
Maybe if these artists had songs that stood out (not formatted like others or filled with average Rap song content), then we’d be able to remember them. And whenever somebody would try to put them down, one of their fans could come back with, “go listen to “[insert song title here]”. But that’s the difference between Rappers and Hip-Hop Artists; we care about content, lyrics, and the all around art of what we do, Rappers don’t! They follow whatever “the new thing” is to stay afloat.
To furthermore differentiate rappers from Hip hop artists, let’s take Joe Budden and Yung Berg for example. While they were both introduced to most of us through “straight to the point” records, one strayed while the other stayed on that lane.  Aside from songs Yung Berg made in 2007, nobody can name one of his songs; as opposed Joe Budden who when his name is mentioned, you’ll hear “Dumb Out”, All Of Me”, and “In My Sleep” before you hear “Pump It Up”. Therefore if Joe wants to make a “Touch & Go” his audience is more forgiving due to him having more substance in his portforlio.
I hear radio friendly songs all the time that don’t chart; and the reason why is: those songs don’t work without the proper backing. It’s not to say that I’ll never make one of those types of songs (because that’ll be stupid and also limiting myself). I have in the past, and could most likely do a better job at it now. But my main focus at the moment is turning heads, and trying to make sure that I’m not just another voice in the cheer. So breaking away from the “norm” from time to time would be perfectly fine; art doesn’t have a norm. Picasso didn’t ONLY use red just because it might catch more people’s attention.
The time will come for me to make these kinds of songs more often… but it’s not today. At this point I feel like I still need to make stuff that ten years from now people will point to and say, “this stood out to me in 2011”. And at the same time I still need to challenge myself and try to bring something new to the table; like Slick Rick did with storytelling, or Big Daddy Kane did with compound syllable rhyming, and even Rakim with the calm, and subtle way of flowing. I still need something like that to be unarguably the greatest of all time. No matter how far it maybe, that’s what I’m gunning for; and I can only get there by going left.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hollywood MILFs (Dreams 2011)/ Biggie Smalls Tribute

I remade The Notorious B.I.G’s “Just Playing (Dreams)” as a tribute to him. If you know anything about my musical taste, then you how much I respect what he did.

I originally planned on releasing this song his death date. Then I got to thinking, why do we only celebrate death?  Think about it; the day before they announced that Michael Jackson died, nobody (with the exception of myself who religiously watched his youtube clips every chance got that June) seemed to care about him anymore. But the second that his death was confirmed, everybody (even people who made comedy sketches disrespecting the black off of him) “loved” him again!

That’s why I decided to not to release the audio until Biggie’s birthday. I’d rather celebrate, and remember him on the day when he graced us with his presence. Because after all, had it not been for birth, there’d be no death.

Friday, March 18, 2011

This Little Light of Mine

The fondest memories I have of my childhood (6-12; since most of the things before that are a blur) were made in Cameroon. I remember gathering around the TV with my older cousins, neighbors, and whoever else was around to watch American movies, sports (mostly soccer), or music videos (mostly Michael Jackson’s).  After whatever we were watching was over, one of us would always jokingly say: [[broken French to English translation [ACTIVATED]] “that was nice, but when are any us ever going to get there.”

Everybody would crack up; and in the back of their minds, probably believing that statement to be true. Hell, truthfully speaking, I know I did! It wasn’t necessarily that we weren’t ambitious or optimistic. It was merely the simple realities that we were faced with. Believe me when I tell you, I was like “Richie Rich” in comparison to the vast majority of my peers. So if I DID NOT believe that to be a possibility at the time, why would they?

I thought of that because, although we saw anything inside of that box-set as unattainable because of where we lived, we also saw it as such because we felt like you needed a reason to be there…  A Talent! Sadly enough, now that these “pipe dreams” that we had as children are in my reach, I’m beginning to wonder if grabbing for them is even worth it!

After a conversation I had with Phella last weekend, I spent the whole week wondering what I’d write about in an ACTUALL blog. I feel like I speak so much through my art & poetry (you’ll understand why after you hear “Foreign Exchange”) that I don’t feel the need to say any more beyond that. Coming to think of it, when I’m being Karl (not Karl Anthony, or “The Karlster”) I’m just a naturally quite person. In fact, I often tend to feel stupid when I’m alone after I say too much around people. It’s like I said in “Smile”, “I tend to dumb down just to be more relatable”. If I may have a “Charlie Sheen moment”, I don’t think the average human can even begin to process my train of thought when I’m being my REAL SELF.

Now, after a week of blasphemy via youtube (i.e. the ignorant white girls joking about Japan amongst other things), and any other sort of media outlet in general, I find myself asking: What is the higher purpose? I mean, what does fame and fortune REALLY mean in today’s world? What do we consider entertainment?

Take somebody like Kim Kardashian for instance. She maybe one of the biggest names in the media; and although her spotlight was bright enough to make her family members shine, let’s not forget that  her claim to fame is a sex tape… is that really all it takes nowadays? Because if you rewind time to just a couple of decades ago, you needed a reason to be here. You either had to stand for something, or be EXCEPTIONALLY good at what you did to matter! Now I feel like you only have to get a "reality tv star" drunk, video tape it, and you’re set! And not to sound cliché, but the reason why I have not taken this route is simple: I don’t want to be famous.

I honestly, just want to let the world hear the story of the Cameroonian kid who came to America with his family, struggled to fit in, didn’t fit in, decided to stop trying, and shared his experiences with whoever would listen; in hopes that the next kid would learn from his mistakes and gain from his experience. Obviously, I'm sure those things (fame and fortune) will be inevitable after I’ve accomplished what I have planned. However, it’s not why I do it. I often tell people when asked, that if there was a way for the world to hear my music without them knowing me at all, then that’s the route I would take!

I remember not being able to stop grinning at Da Fam’s last photo shoot (Da Fam 2011). After I thought about it though, I realized it was the concept of “looking cool” to appeal to the public that I found amusing. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the experience, because I did. Like I do everything else that music has allowed me to be a part of so far. It’s just that I find that “look at me” concept to be very childish in a sense. So it brings that childish side out of me.

At times I find myself wondering if a Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali and the Marilyn Monroe’s of the world would have had twitter accounts, or even the facebook “like me” pages. The conclusion that I come to is negative. They didn’t need to chase the “cool”. They were already shinning so bright that the crowd had to take notice. (Hence Uncle Charlie being able to pull 2,000,000 twitter followers in a day. #WINNING!)

So “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”! That’s the approach that I’m taking towards everything for now on. I’m going to do my part by delivering my best effort everytime, and you’ll either love it, or hate it. I’d never want for anybody to feel obligated to listen to music. That’s supposed to be one of, if not the most therapeutic activity in the world!

I had more to say but I forgot, so there might be a “part 2” to this.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

AlBe Back - Mira, Mira (ft/ Karl Anthony & Fabolous)... Better late than never!

I added my part to this back in April/May of last year. And as time went on I forgot about it. I remember feeling like I "HAD" to do a verse to it because the hook had been stuck in my head for sooooo long [pause]!

Albe Back is one of those guys who I feel doesn't get his props musically; so if my opinion counts for anything, I think he/ this song definitly deserved more shine than it got. And I don't feel like it's "too late"... Good music doesn't age.

The "Official Video" for the song (without my royal input) is posted below:

Listening to these remixes I've made has inspired me. As soon as something hot drops for now on, expect to hear my verse on it!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Karl Anthony ft/ Phella - 2 Infinity And Beyond (Prod. By J. Rob)

Directed by Lawrencia Taylor

As you watch this video, I want you to know I was very cold. And I changed my mind... I'm throwing this up on "Foreign Exchange". It's too ill!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Family Business 2011 with Lawrencia Taylor

Over here at Da Fam we are in full swing for the 2011 business campaign. Tobi ‘Phella’ Alli (Founder), Joshua ‘Zoe’ Johnson (Pro Athlete/Da Fam Sports Group), and Karl Anthony (Artist/Da Fam Music) recently had the 2011 vision for the company captured by outstanding photographer Lawrencia Taylor.
The photo shoot served two purposes: Illustrating the “three headed monster” that is Da Fam Inc Branding & Marketing, Da Fam Sports Group, and Da Fam Music — and also showcasing the latest gear from F.A.M. University.
Enjoy the full set of photos and be sure to ‘Like’ Da Fam Inc on Facebook for more updates as well as info on how you can get your own F.A.M. clothing.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Karl Anthony's "Music Makes Da World Go 'Round" Sweatshirt... Available Now!!!

If you've paid any attention to myself, Phella, Da Fam Inc., and/or anybody else we've been affiliated with, then this would be a highly appreciated way for you to show your support for our movement! We're all working very hard on our end, making sure that you don't regret it. This would a great item to have framed on your wall in the long run. I can already guarantee, this will be a collector's item!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Foreign Exchange" Preview!!!

Brought to you by good folks at Da Fam Music.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Back in the studio for 2011!!!

After almost a two months hiatus, Phelly Phel and I hit the booth up for the first in 2011. He rapped over Kanye West's "Power" (bodied it), and then we laid some vocals over J. Cole and Drake's "In the Morning"; in which I took a friendly jab at him "Hip-Hopping" that I didn't think he would catch until later. Our session went pretty well. My new alterego "Karl Thomas" made both his studio and youtube debut. All in all, I think that you'll enjoy these joints!

Sidebar: Although I did do my thing, I wasn't aiming to body anyone on "In the Morning". Just trying to make something that I thought you folks might enjoy.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Celebrate My Return: "Light Up" x "Always Made It"

Soooo... picking up where we left off, I was gone for a bit but I'm back... more or less.

"Light Up" (as well as "Always Made It") were both recorded the same day as "BMF". The story behind "Light Up" is me getting that anxiety and pressure I feel everytime the year ends. While most people celebrate, I almost go into "depression mode" stressing about how I'm not getting any younger and am still not where I feel I should be; in more than one way.

If you listen close, I'm reflecting on the grind and work I put in 2010. I remember telling my younger cousin Idriss at the time that I'd probably stop rapping if I didn't make any progress on the business side of things. And then I ran into Phella ( Now that I have a team behind me, I feel like it's "2 Infinty & Beyond" from here. (Pun intended).

"Always Made It" might be my all time favorite "50 Bar or more" verse I've done so far. The flow, punchlines, and metaphores are crazy on this one. Not to sound arogant, but now I can really say that "I can hang with the best". You can check out everyone else who rapped on this beat, "I bet they never said a better rhyme". 

dl link:

Although, I remember J. Rob pointing out that I said "plenty fishes in the sea" line twice ("BMF" & this). But I really didn't.

"There's plenty fishes in the sea if Nemo can't be found"
                                                                   _Karl Anthony "BMF"

"There's plenty fishes in the sea, before I die I'll try the ocean"
                                                                                  _Karl Anthony "Always Made it"

Both clever ways of saying girls are like buses.