Hell Razah (Sunz of Man) teamed up with LexZyne Productions for an upcoming project, God Is My Pleasure. Section 8 is the first jewel off of it. He joined forces with the legendary Sadat X (Brand Nubian) to paint a dope picture.
Andre 3000 has never been known to spit a whack verse…
Andre3000 has never been known to spit a whack verse. Ever since Outkast’s debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Andre3000 a.k.a Dre or 3 Stacks has been spitting vicious flows, changing up his style over the years, but remaining one of the premier lyricists in the game. His storytelling prowess in particular is unique and unmatched. Check out his ten best verses below.
This is a track that everyone is familiar with: the “International Players Anthem.” Out of everyone on this track, I think Dre had the best verse–no disrespect to the late great PimpC. He spits this verse as if he were having a conversation with his homies, and they were trying to convince him to not get married. It all meshed well, and Dre did his thing with this one!
9.) Goodie Mob feat. – Thought Process
As Andre closes out the opening track of GoodieMob’s debut album SoulFood (1995), he speaks on the daily struggles and issues in this world. He goes on to explain that he was only living for the day, and not the future. Andre3000 did a great job of capturing this audience with this intriguing verse.
8.) Andre 3000 – A Life In The Day of Benjamin Andre
This is a verse that summarized his whole career. It was the outro of the only work that could be chalked up as a solo project– TheLoveBelow (2003). He discusses his relations with ErykahBadu, Outkast, cars, and everything else that he hadexperienced throughout his adult life. Although we never got the completed version of this track, it still remains as one of his best verses.
Here, Dre tells the story of a girl he knew named Sasha: He was close friends with her, but they ended up getting older and grew apart. He later found out that Sasha was with a man who was treating her wrong. Dre hoped that one day he would see Sasha again, but she was found dead, seven months pregnant. It’s not just the drama of the story, but the way that Andre phrases it that makes this one of the best story tracks of all time. “It’s like that now, you better gon get the hump up out ya back now. It’s bout 4, 5 cats off in my ‘Lac now.”
After taking the hiatus from weed and alcohol before ATLiens, Andre changed his style of dress, which led to people questioning his sexuality. With this verse, he addressed everything that was going on, as well as all that is buried in the word “gangster.”
People often forget this track when they refer to Andre’s greatest verses, but listen: the way he slaughtered this beat was just unfair! He came in with a tongue twisting flow and witty bars and didn’t stop:“D.E.E.P., you want to go D.E.E.P., I’ll take ya D.E.E.P., you know you f*cked up when you let my mind creep.”
In the first verse of this track, Andre3000 speaks on how his mother was on heavy drugs when she was pregnant with him. Although his first verse was only 40 seconds deep, he spoke about a lot in that short period of time. “I came into this world high as a bird, from second hand cocaine powder. I know it sounds absurd. I never tooted it, but its in my veins.”
This is Andre3000′s greatest lyrical performance of all time. The way he tells the story of seeing someone from high school was amazing. At the time, Outkast wasn’t as rich as everyone thought they were. They had a hit album, but they were still going through the same daily struggles as everyone else. “True, I got more fans than the average man, but not enough loot to last me ’til the end of the week. I live by the beat, like you live check to check.”
It wasn’t our parents who introduced us to Assata Shakur…
It wasn’t our parents who introduced us to Assata Shakur. It was Hip-Hop. Chuck D of Public Enemy broke the thick, cold ice when he bellowed, “supporter of Chesimard!” in the group’s seminal song “Rebel Without A Pause.”
However, Assata Shakur, known to her haters by her married name, JoAnne Chesimard, lived a graphic tale that began well before the 1987 classic song by PE. Shakur, 65, was accused of the 1973 murder of state trooper Werner Foerster during a traffic stop in New Jersey. A member of the Black Liberation Army, Shakur was convicted in 1977, even though her case was wrought with controversy (she has consistently denied killing Foerster and proclaimed her innocence.) And then she famously escaped, and fled to Cuba. Chuck D name-checked her, and sparked a lot of brain cells in the youth who were consuming rap music at a time when her name was not ringing many bells.
After Chuck D came others in rap who acknowledged Shakur in their lyrics; like revolutionary rapper Paris, the jazzy Digable Planets, militant crew X-Clan, and Common, a more palatable purveyor of conscious rap. Assata’s name came up in 2011 when Common was invited to the White House to perform, as many on the Right took exception to his early lyrical content. They were also offended at his outright, unapologetic support for Shakur on “A Song for Assata,” who is now widely known only as a “convicted cop killer” as if injustice didn’t exist in America.
But Hip-Hop also embraces Assata for a reason deeper than any name-check.
Her godson, Tupac Shakur, was probably the biggest name ever in rap music. Many have fantasized that Pac is in Cuba right now chillin’ with his step aunt. Although most people gravitate to the thug in Pac, he had revolutionary blood in his veins. He’s mother was a Black Panther and his stepfather Mutulu Shakur, also an activist, is considered a political prisoner by his supporters. Mutulu is in jail right now for helping his sister, Assata, in her escape from prison on November 2, 1979. These are the ones Tupac considered “real n***as.” We absorbed that in his songs as he name checked them.
The wormhole goes deeper.
The Rebel…With A Cause
Shakur holds a major distinction that probably contributes to the ire of her detractors. Simply put, she got away. Davey D, A hip-hop activist and historian, says her supporters can relate to her success at bucking the system.
“Of course she was a rebel,” Davey says. “She’s been a rebel – not in some sort of nostalgic way – but in a real way that people can relate to.” And he says Shakur’s supporters in the world of hip-hop “don’t see her as some crazed cop killer, the way the popular narrative would have you believe. She was somebody who was about defending our community. She comes on the scene [as a] response to our community be attacked” by racist forces.
More than anything, Assata Shakur’s story feels to her supporters like she was at one with hip-hop’s sense of rebellion. At the core, hip-hop is music has balked at convention in all its forms. The culture itself was bred out of a particularly dark period in the Bronx the late 70′s and early 80′s, when the young black and brown society that would eventually give birth to hip-hop culture felt marginalized and dismissed by the entire nation. Some in the community accused the government of overtly conspiring against young people of color with everything from crack cocaine to “Reaganomics.” Through it all, hip-hop was born, survived and, in some ways, escaped those conditions, something that feels familiar in Assata Shakur’s story.
Rosa Clemente, the fiery grassroots organizer, hip-hop activist and journalist, lets it be known exactly why she and others gravitate to Assata.
“Hip-hop culture inherently speaks truth to power and tries to act against power,” Clemente says. “Assata Shakur, through her life and her freedom, not only speaks against power, she escaped from the most powerful military empire in the world. That is why they want her [so badly]. She comes out of a time in history — the late 60′s, early 70′s — when this country was on the cusp of a revolution. The Black Panther Party was named the biggest internal security threat to the USA. The state used all its power through the COINTELPRO program to stop this.”
Rob “Biko” Baker, who helms the League of Young Voters, agrees, stating that urban youth are in a similar fight every day, albeit not as dramatic.
“Hip-hop is attracted to Assata Shakur because her story represents the oppression, pain and hopefulness of the hip-hop generation,” Baker says. “While her life’s work may anger some politicians, the harsh reality of racism and exclusion in the 60s and 70s forced many to adopt a more militant brand of protest politics. Those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s know that racism and exclusion continued and was reinforced by the War on Drugs. Assata’s story shows the hip-hop generation that it is possible to survive.”
Hip-hop at a tipping point
Its a fact that people of color have been victimized in America in ways that continue to this day, from systemic racism to environmental racism to inequalities in nearly every facet of life. Every statistic imaginable supports this notion. Still, people forge ahead with conviction. Detractors may not agree, but hip-hop’s adoration of Assata Shakur is not blind. It’s complicated. It’s rooted in history: past, present, and and probably future. Assata is not OJ Simpson. She too is complex to be bound by linear, elementary terms like “cop killer” and “domestic terrorist.”
Hip-Hop has seen how mainstream groupthink helped reduced Tupac to a common thug. Hip-hop has also seen how police troll rap music websites and maintain dockets on artists, tracking them like future crooks. And we’ve seen hip-hop launch as the most revolutionary art form to originate on American soil, and with all that potential, turn into what today seems to be a tool to keep people brain dead — drugged up students of a New Game who go on to major in Party and minor in Bullsh*t.
In a 2000 interview with Christian Parenti, Assata Shakur spoke about the power and potential downfall of hip-hop.
”For Colored Boys” tell stories about seven Black men who are faced with redemption, truth…
“For Colored Boys” is soul-stirring dramatic web series written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. Seven seasons of “For Colored Boys” tell stories about seven Black men who are faced with redemption, truth, love, fear, hope, endings, and new beginnings. The web series is inspired by the critically-acclaimed 1975 choreopoem ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf’ by Ntozake Shange.
The first season of “For Colored Boys,” entitled REDEMPTION, follows the life of Benjamin Boyd, Sr. Upon release from prison, Benjamin seeks to reunite with his family by rekindling his relationship with his wife Lisa and reassuming his role as father to their teenage daughter Sidney, and 20 year old son, E. Benjamin’s life begins to spiral out of control as he suffers from Post Incarceration Syndrome (PIC) and struggles to find his place in the world again.
The first episode of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION is COMPLETE and has screened at film festivals nationwide!
We’ve secured a STELLAR cast of incredible actors in front of the camera and an amazingly talented crew of professionals behind the camera and will be shooting another EIGHT episodes of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION May 16th – 23rd, in NYC.
Episode 1 has been used as a teaching module and has been screened at high schools and youth centers.
Episode 1 has been shared far and wide on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and in the press. There has been a tremendous amount of support for this project!
We’ve recently partnered with a number of organizations that address the needs of children of incarcerated parents and the issue of mass incarceration.
We successfully raised 13k on Indiegogo to assist us with production costs for the first season of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION.
We still need to raise AT LEAST another 8k before we shoot!
Where your contributions go!
Another EIGHT (8) episodes of the dramatic web series For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION!
We’re not cutting corners on quality! The technology and production value for this web series is TOP NOTCH! Unrivaled cinema capability with the RED EPIC.
Your contriibutions will assist us with:
Cast Salaries (Many of our actors are union (SAG / AFRTRA) & must be compensated accordingly.
Craft Services & Catering (EXTREMELY important on any production!)
Crew Salaries (Director of Photographer, Assistant Camerman, Gaffers, Sound Recordist & Boom Operator, Set Designer, Art Director, Hair, Makeup and Wardrobe)
Travel and Loding Accomodations
Lighting and Lens Rentals
Post Production Services such as Editing, Sound Mixing, GFX Titling, DVD authoring & Packaging, Marketing
Cast of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION, Season 1.
Additional cast members: Kai Muhammad, Tekomin Williams, Roudy St. Fleur, Ryan Stephenson and others.
Your contributions will also “Help a child visit their incarcerated parent”
We’ve identified a wonderful NYC based non profit organization that provides much needed services to children of incarcerated parents including after school programs (academic support as well as arts and recreation), mentoring, family services, connections to incarcerated parents through letter writing and weekend visits to facitlties to see their incarcerated parents.
Every $100. we’re able to donate to this organization will pay for a Round Trip ticket for a child to visit an imprisoned parent.
The statistics are alarming! People of color continue to be disproportionately incarcerated, policed, and sentenced. Racial disparities in the criminal-justice system threaten communities of color; disenfranchising countless men, women, and children. These racial disparities have deprived people of color of their most basic human rights, making criminal justice reform the civil rights issue of our time.
Families separated by crime and the criminal justice system are often overlooked.
The spouses, friends, children, and community of incarcerated individuals are the voices we don’t hear. Oftentimes when a parent is removed from a home as a result of incarceration, children or young adults must assume a level of responsibility they are often ill-equipped to handle. “For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION” is a story that gives a voice to the voiceless by exploring the lives of everyone effected by incarceration.
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Fine Print and other details:
Travel, lodging and transportation to events and set visits not included in any reward bundle.
Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend events (premiere, set visit)
Some rewards may require additional paperwork (to protect us and you)
Sad to hear the loss of my lil homie, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly…
“It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose,” said Cpl. Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police.
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Chris Kelly, of the 90′s Hip-Hop group, Kriss Kross, has died, according to legendary Atlanta radio host DJ Greg Street, music producer Bryan-Michael Cox and others in the music business who have taken to Twitter to offer condolences.
Street released the following statement:
Sad to hear the loss of my lil homie, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly. I met him and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith in ’93. Their song “Jump” had been #1 on the billboard charts for eight weeks. Everyone knows Kriss Kross for their music and the crazy way they used to dress, but once they started working with So So Def, they became family.
Kriss Kross just performed at the 20th anniversary of So So Def.
Around 7:45 I received a phone call from his cousin saying they had found Kelly at the house just 20 minutes earlier and he was unresponsive.
He drops joints that give you that “real” feeling and keep it…
Although we don’t always update our blog, we still keep our ear to the train tracks. Since separating himself from M*******, he has been buzzing heavy! He drops joints that give you that “real” feeling and keep it hip hop for real sans “image”. It’s hard to no feel that he’s being honest. That being said, he put out a video for “Radio Rap Is Not Ill”. We want to know what you think.
If you know how to contact him, let him know that LexZyne Productions wants to get some work in!!
Born and raised in Brooklyn’s own Sumner Housing Projects (aka Sumnerville, aka Outta Bounds NYC), ILLA made the transition from street Pharmacist to rising MC stardom. As Brooklyn’s fastest upcoming MC in the late nineties and early 2000s he was recognized as the next Biggie Smalls by many seasoned vets in the rap game. After making a memorable appearance on Mobb Deep’s Hell On Earth LP (“Can’t Get Enough Of It”), ILLA had the misfortune of falling victim to the streets.
As a result of this encounter with the law, ILLA had to do a 6-year bid in VA, and postpone his spot as BK’s next boss. Upon his release in 2002, ILLA picked up right where he left off before his incarceration. He recorded at a break neck pace and, found himself being placed in DJ Kay Slay’s “Best of Freestyles” top ten for his “3 Million Freestyle”. Soon after, Ghee recorded “Medicine Rap” featuring Prodigy of Mobb Deep. The song made it’s way onto DJ Kay Slay’s Street Sweepers Vol. 5 edition mixtape. After the Street Sweepers mixtape flooded the streets, ILLA GHEE appeared on Mobb Deep’s LandSpeed released “Free Agents” Mixtape, which sold over 650,000 copies.
Still unsigned but working at a feverish pace, ILLA GHEE managed to appear on DJ Big Mike’s West Coast Mixtape, Mobb Deep’s Murda Muzik Soundtrack, DJ Mello’s Chemical Files Mixtape, P-Cutta’s Street Wars 12 Mixtape, DJ Premier’s Step Ya Game Up Mixtape, DJ Onpoint’s Exclusive Radio Mixtape Vol. 1, DJ Kay Slay’s Street Sweepers Protect Ya Neck Mixtape, and the Payola Bros. Street Beef Vol. 8.
During this time Mobb Deep began to experience bad publicity within industry circles. Although ILLA remained loyal to his long time Mobb Deep fam, he was unfazed by the industry politics that began to follow him because of his Mobb Deep affiliation. ILLA kept working and his hard work finally paid off. World famous hip hop producer The Alchemist, tapped Illa Ghee to appear alongside himself, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Nina Sky on the street anthem “Hold U Down”. Armed with just his lyrical talent and veteran work ethic, ILLA produced one of the hottest verses of the year like the famed:
“For all da niggaz I war for,,, blow the 44 for”
and, made a name for himself by holding his own with the other heavyweights on the song.
He raised the bar for other up and coming unsigned artists by appearing on a Top 40 radio hit, receiving over 200 BDS Spins per week, and having a video aired on BET’ and MTV. With the help of Mixtape Merchants Ent., ILLA completed 6 highly acclaimed street mixtapes.
Born and raised in New York where he resides with his mother, Astro…
Fast forward past x-Factor and jump straight to Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics, which can be downloaded here, and you will find who I believe is an ill lyricist. Period. Then add the fact that he is younger than your little brother (in most cases) and able to be played in the whip with your fam (kids included)… and Astro will not disappoint you. A lot of people scream about how the youth have no heart and soul when it comes to hip hop. If thats truly your frame of mind then this may completely change that, or at least start to point your opinion in a different direction.
Catchin Wrek definitely makes it hot!! Check the video and let us know what you think. I believe this is the second joint off the mixtape Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics, which can be downloaded here.
Born and raised in New York where he resides with his mother, Astro attends Junior high school in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn, which is where he developed and cultivated his skills as an emcee. What sets Astro apart from other rappers is his ability to conceptualize and convey his thoughts over any track, in such a way that evokes nostalgia in the hearts of old school hip-hop followers, all the while providing a fresh new sound that is sure to get the heads’ of the new hip-hop generation bopping. A contradiction in and of himself, Astro is a diehard old school rap fanatic. He spends much of his time studying the lyrical styles of artist in the likes of Rakim, KRS 1, and Run DMC, just to name a few. Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls and Nas have also served as sources of influence for Astro. His greatest musical influence however, is Jay-Z, to whom he is often compared.
Astro has developed into a force to be reckoned with, ensuring that anyone who attends his show will leave feeling thoroughly entertained. Never a disappointment, Astro continues to wow audiences along the east coast, performing a medley of his hits at events such as; The City of Wilmington, DE’s Stop The Violence Rally, The NYC Board of Education’s Light Night ceremony, The Cakeman Raven’s Annual Block Party in Brooklyn, NY, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and the BK Fashion Weekend. Yes, Astro puts it down at any venue; he commands the attention of everyone within earshot of his microphone. With a single titled “Stop Looking at My Moms,” it’s almost impossible for anyone not to stand at attention when The Astronomical Kid takes the stage. With each performance Astro takes one step closer to becoming the artist he was born to be. His rapidly growing fan base reflects just how true to the game he is. In an era where getting up on a stage and just spitting a hot sixteen bars isn’t enough anymore, Astro gives a show that no one will soon forget. With backup dancers and a hype-girl, it is an experience that cannot be explained, only felt. Even before he hit his teens, Astro mastered the art of entertaining, making many so called “established artist” look like amateurs. The kid is dope!!! Dubbed “The Hip-hop Resurrector”, “The Lyric Perfector” Astro is in two words… The Truth!!!
C-Rays Walz decides to pick on LexZyne Productions…
C-Rayz Walz has been a stable, solid force in hip hop for quite some time. If you don’t know who he is click here to begin your journey.
So, lets fast forward. We had the pleasure of meeting him via some friends, which led to us working on a track with him (see Blvck Glory on All Blvck Everything)! He has come back around to team up with the fam at LexZyne Productions to work on a full project. Yes… there is already a title, but we will wait a bit before dropping it. We just wanted to let you know about it ahead of time so you can get your ears ready! Boom Bap and Raw Raps!!
Hell Razah teams up with LexZyne Productions for a full length project…
Peace, good people!
We at LexZyne Productions have been blessed with many opportunities to work with some real great Hip Hop artists. There has been some great music made! Recently, we were contacted by Hell Razah aka Heaven Razah aka Razah Rubiez (Sunz of Man) to work on a full length project. Of course, “Yes”… we are definitely working on it.
We will keep you updated on it. Thank you for rocking with us thus far. We hope to keep your head nodding! Salute!