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And now, I present to you the newest A.P.T. mixtape…

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“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!”

FREE DOWNLOAD! Click HERE to get it!

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

-A.P.T.

E-mail: APTsongs@hotmail.com

MySpace: http://www.MySpace.com/NotoriousAPT

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Hey everybody!

Wow, what an awesome 24 hours it has been.  So many good things have happened, I can’t even tell you about all of it yet, lest I end up jinxing myself.

I will say this, though: my “Obama, Obama” video AND song has started to take off.  In the last week, the song has been downloaded from this site 360 times (and counting), and the video has been watched by over 35,390 people as of this typing.  And that’s just on YouTube – the video has been re-posted by other people on other sites, and THOSE sites have been getting views too.  I couldn’t be happier!

But for me, the better victory is the fact that my other non-parodied ORIGINAL songs are also getting quite a bit of views, too!  This past week’s song/video, “The Nigger Song,” has been seen by over 400 people since Sunday and downloaded 28 times.  Meanwhile, my other songs have also been getting decent downloads. 

All of this is great news because it means (a) I’m starting to grow a fan-base, and (b) I’m able to have actual data to show off to record companies should I decide to go out and look for one.  Of course, I’d rather them come to me, which may happen sooner than expected because….

Nah – I’ll save THAT for later!

One rather interesting thing has happened since the “Obama” video has taken off: people I used to know in college that I tried keeping in touch with afterward, yet couldn’t get them to write me, call me, or even post messages on my various walls (MySpace, Facebook, etc.)… have tried to contact me!  I had one girl (name withheld) write to congratulate me, and wanted to know where I was and what I was up to, while a guy who I tried asking for help to get on a while back hit me up to let me know he was thiiiiiis close to making it.

What a croc, right?!?  I tried keeping up with these people after college and they wouldn’t spend two minutes to write me back, and now they suddenly wanna be all like, “Hey A.P.T., what up??”  And I haven’t even made any money off this whole thing yet!  I can’t imagine the type of calls/messages I’ll be getting once the fame and fortune comes.  I can see it now…

“Hey, Aaron – I saw you on Jimmy Kimmel the other night, and just wanted to say: can I come by your hotel room and —- your —-?? I promise I’ll be gentle!”

(For those of you with gutter minds, the blanks are for the words “wash” and “feet.” You sicko, you.)

Even with all the excitement surrounding my current videos, I’m always thinking about my upcoming videos.  I have advanced ideas for future videos – like, 2 to 4 weeks from now – as well as this week’s upcoming video.  I’ve already plotted it out, and my brother (yes, I have a brother) and his girlfriend have agreed to help me via phone, much in the same way my friend Michelle did for the “Back to the Future” video.  Again, still can’t figure out why people in-state won’t help while out-of-towners are more than willing, but hey – I’ll get help wherever I can!

That’s all for me.  I have to go prepare for tomorrow’s next move… more on that later!

-A.P.T.

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