And now, I present to you the newest A.P.T. mixtape…
“Welcome 2 Cali: The Mixtape!”
Featuring the Asher Roth parody, “I Hate Grad School!” Includes unreleased A.P.T. tracks as well as freestyles and newer songs like “I’m The Realest” feat. Jay-Z and “Y’all Haters Should Know!”
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INSIGHT INTO A MIXTAPE:
The last mixtape I released was “The Next Black President (a.k.a. Back on My Grind)” back in November. 2 months after it was released, I released my second “official” album, “The Great Black Hope.” Prior to those two albums, I released “The O-bama Mixtape” as well as “The A.P.T. LP,” and I re-released the album I made back in college, “The A.P.T. EP (This is ONLY a Demo).”
The only reason I released these albums was because I figured they’d give me enough material to satisfy the needs of my “One-Song-a-Week” year-long project. And it did – technically, with the combined amount of songs on all the albums I could have easily pulled from them to make the 52 videos I needed to make.
But… after the release of video 43 (“The Great Black Hope,”) I started coming up with new songs. Actually, it started before then – when I settled in to my apartment in Van Nuys, CA, I was listening to beats on line, and came across a Paul Wall beat that I used to make “Y’all Haters Should Know.” It was in this song that I first shouted out, “I made it out to Caliiiiii!”
Then, I sold my mic because I was low on rent money, and couldn’t record anything for a while. Which was fine because I was starting to focus energy on things outside music that would be financially beneficial to me in the future. However, as I approached video 43 and started thinking about what other songs I would use for videos, I realized that, although I had songs to choose from, I couldn’t think of videos to necessarily go with them.
Then, I finally got a brand NEW mic – one that sounds 3 times better than my old one – and I got in the mood to record again. It was around this same time that the whole “Rihanna getting ‘allegedly’ beat up by Chris Brown'” incident happened – just in time for me to make a parody song about it for video 44, “Hey There Rihanna.” (Which, BTW, is NOT on the mixtape since Rihanna seems to have finally gotten enough sense to leave him. At least the song was timely!)
Then, I started writing songs for my other project (which I still can’t talk about quite yet). In the course of finding beats, I would occasionally find one that I couldn’t use on said project, but that I DID think of lyrics for that I could use as my rap persona. An example would be the beat used for video 46, “Fairytale or Nightmare?” It’s a beat that remixes the Fairy music from “Legend of Zelda” – clearly I couldn’t make a song to it and sell it w/o Nintendo’s permission, but I COULD make a song and give it away for free!
And since I was nearing the end of the project, I figured that any songs I made from then on out could just be given away for free, one at a time, without me having to put together a new compilation of material….
…but then, because I was putting out new songs, people started asking me: “So…. are you going to put out any more mixtapes soon?”
Dang… why did someone have to ask that question!
Truthfully, I didn’t think anyone would want another mixtape from me. I mean, dang, I’ve already put out 5 albums in the course of less than a year, and didn’t want to over-saturate people with more music. At the same time, though, it wasn’t like I didn’t have material I couldn’t put together. In the span of 5 years I’ve recorded freestyles, songs, and other stuff that I haven’t released. Plus, it’s nice to know that people still want to hear new stuff from me – I’m still amazed to this day that, even with the “Obama Milli” song finally dying down a bit in hype, people still check for my music!
So, I decided to make a new mixtape called “Welcome 2 Cali!”
This mixtape contains newly written songs released as videos within the past few weeks, as well as one song (“Back 2 The Future”) I released as video 6 yet never put on any album or mixtape. Also included are my “paperstyles” (freestyles that are written down and recorded right away) I released right after “The O-bama Mixtape” came out, and 2 “freestyles” I recorded (one of them last year, and the other was recorded when I still lived at my Mom’s house back in 2005).
And of course, I also have new songs I recorded, including my newest parody, “I Hate Grad School,” a take on Asher Roth’s “I Love College,” and “Welcome 2 Cali,” which takes Lil’ Wayne’s “Prom Queen” beat to make a totally original song (i.e. no parodying him THIS time!).
So, check it out! It’s a GREAT mixtape, and a wonderful way for me to end this project on a GREAT note!
Track Listing for “Welcome 2 Cali: The Mixtape” (Highlighted links have videos for the song!):
01. Welcome 2 Cali Intro
02. Welcome 2 Cali
03. Y’all Haters Should Know
04. I Hate Grad School (Asher Roth “I Love College” Parody)
05. Fairytale… or Nightmare?
06. California Sunshine
07. Ahead of the Rest
08. Back to the Future
09. Interlude – Songs Between Albums
10. Super Mario Paperstyle
11. She Didn’t Want Me (“Here I Am” Paperstyle)
12. Interlude – Freestyling
13. Moonlight Freestyle
14. I Need a Job (Mobb Deep Beat Freetyle)
15. I Get Honeys (50 Cent “I Get Money” Parody)
16. I’m The Realest (feat. Jay-Z) Produced by King Kut