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Look At Lil Chano From 79th: #Chance3

Three is the magic number for Mr. Chancelor Bennett a.k.a. Chi-Town’s very own, Chance The Rapper. Chano has had quite the year so far: not only did he make a Saturday Night Live appearance with Kanye West, but he got to perform with Kanye, side-by-side; someone who he’s idolized since The College Dropout era. Chano also spent majority of this year so far working with Kanye on his now infamous album, The Life of Pablo. Chance co-wrote Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1, Famous, Feedback, and Waves; a song that only made the album because Chance really wanted it to be on it. (Thank you Chance!) As mentioned on my previous post (see the post here!!!Chance spit some of the most memorable bars on Ultralight Beam; the first track off TLOP:

I made Sunday Candy, I’m never going to hell
I met Kanye West, I’m never going to fail
You said ‘Let’s do A Good Ass Job with Chance three,’
I heard you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy
Let’s make it so free and the bar so hard
That a day one, gosh darn, part you can’t tweet”

Since Chance The Rapper confirmed via his Twitter, that his third project will be entitled Chance 3, fans can expect it to be a mixtape because of the similarity the artwork has to his previous work Acid Rap, which was released in 2013. For those of you who’ve been living under the sun, here is the artwork for that particular mixtape:

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Now if you’ve paid any attention whatsoever, you can identify that the Chance 3 artwork is comparable to the Acid Rap mixtape cover based off the background of the skies and the way Chance is perceived as drawn out of pastels or of something of that creative nature. Another interesting thing to point out is that Chance is actually wearing the same long sleeve shirt that he wore when he performed on SNL with Kanye West, The-Dream, Kelly Price and Kirk Franklin on the Chance 3 artwork. I guess he must really dig that outfit.

Any who, here’s The EinsteinOfRap’s Top 3 Things To Expect On Chance 3 which at this point, could be released any day, out of the blue so to speak.

#1. Kanye West

I think it’s safe to say since Kanye received help from Chano for a good portion of The Life of Pablo, it’s only fair that ‘Ye returns the favour. Besides, Chance has a lot to live up to with the success of being apart of Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment‘s SURF and lets not forget about that random yet entertaining collaborative mixtape Chance did with Lil B The Based God. Needless to say, I can definitely see Kanye producing or lending some vocals for a verse or a hook or a combination of the three. Maybe Kanye will reform the Ultralight Beam team because how cool would a Ultralight Beam II sound? Maybe start that song for Chance 3, have Kirk Franklin speak and have Kanye end the song instead. These are just ideas though, don’t take my word too literally!

#2. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

It’s obvious that Chance The Rapper, Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment are in sync. You can’t really mention one without the others, and they have made some incredible works together. Some of my favourites in the past are Long Time II, Sunday Candy, Coast Is Clear and Warm Enough to name a few. It would not be a surprise to me if you hear Nico Segal a.k.a. Donnie Trumpet, toot away on his instrument when Chance 3 finally drops, and supporting Donnie, The Social Experiment. What would be a surprise however, is if Chicago native Vic Mensa is featured some how on Chance 3. Vic and Chance are indeed good friends and are apart of the SAVEMONEY collective, plus, we haven’t heard from Vic since No Chill dropped with Skrillex.

#3. Taylor Bennett

Many of Chance The Rapper’s fans don’t know that Lil Chano from 79th has a younger brother named Taylor Bennett. In fact, Taylor is an artist himself, following in the footsteps of older brother Chance. Just last year, Taylor released his debut album for FREE, entitled Broad Shoulders. For the first time in Taylor’s hip-hop career, he collaborated with Chance on the last song off his debut album, a track which is also called, Broad Shoulders. The song is reminiscent of the vibe fans felt from track number five Brain Cells off Chance’s first mixtape, #10Day. Here’s Broad Shoulders:

Again, since Chance was featured on Taylor’s album, I think it would only be fair to have Taylor spit some bars on Chance 3. It will introduce Chance fans to a new artist and it will help Taylor get more recognition as an artist, since he too is on the rise.

I hope Chance 3 drops soon, maybe some of my predictions will come true (really hoping for a Ultralight Beam II as an intro) and whether Chance 3 is free or not, I will definitely be getting my hands on it one way or another. Speaking of getting your hands on things, you can visit chanceraps.com right now and purchase some limited edition posters. Until then, stay zen and prosper as always!

73) “What’s On Your Mind? (Pt. II)”

The B.L.A.Z.E. Blog Post Series: The Rhyme Special

73) What’s On Your Mind? (Pt. II)
By: Johnny Blaze ft.Kanye West & Nate Dogg

[Verse 1: Johnny Blaze]
I converted into an Introvert
Used to love company, now I just kick ’em to the curb
Seen this chick who looks like a pornstar that I wank to
You know what that means right?
That makes her a skank too!
Life for me is just weed and brews, weed and brews, weed and brews
And I’m a backpacker
Pat on the back ’cause my rap is delicious like the snack in my bag and I’m the answer that Kanye was coming after
Get plastered by this force
Do I really mean that? Of course!
‘Cause I’m lit for your love baby, lit for your love
Loading the smith, pull the trig’ all you hear is the slug
I was built to be strong,
My lungs could be iron and I love the first hit from a bong
So why don’t you just stay with me,
‘Cause weed is all I need
No really, weed is my therapy,
The air I breathe,
Helps me blossom like a cherry tree
I used to have a cherry but she didn’t cherish me,
And I would try not to be with Mary
But she still wouldn’t marry me
I’m just merry as can be
Just copped that new Big Sean CD,
So I be like,
Walk into my house with a quarter O,
Half of me wants to smoke the other half doesn’t know
If I blow up will I really accept the globe?
Or would I go toe-to-toe-to-toe-to-toe with “The Man” who tries to put on a show-for-show, and for sho’ people would say “Woah!”
I speak from my brain,
I write from my heart
I see the loose change,
Then I remember who I was from the start
Feelings were mutual
The decisions I made were crucial,
I fell from the top, I dust myself off,
I’m coming for the title
Number one contender like Shawn Michaels
So sweet your chin will feel the music
Like Triple H with no hair; you lose kid
This the game, and how you play it,
It’s all about control and if you can take it,
It’s all about,
-Hol’ up, had to clean my mouth
Silence the writer? Never that, I silenced you from going south
And where’s my thank you?
If you was my child, I would spank you
Disrespecting my craft, I live for this!
You nothin’ but a girl getting tailored, so I’ll Kanye you real swift
Oh my God, I’m plottin’, I’m schemin’
Fuck boys don’t know why I’m undefeated
And bitchez ain’t shit but hoes and tricks
They can lick their lips but only want to taste the tip
Then they suck on deez nuts!
So yeah, I was Snoopin’, no lion (lyin’), I’m zilla
Makes me happy that I’m doing better than you Ms. Heart-Killa

[Bridge: Kanye West]
“You ain’t got the answers
You ain’t got the answers Sway
You ain’t been doing the education
I am Shakespeare in the flesh
Walt Disney, Nike, Google
Let me create more
Or do you want to marginalize me ’till I’m out of my moment?
I am the number 1 most impactful artist of our generation
You ain’t got the answers man…

[Verse 2: Johnny Blaze]
I wear shades in the Winter
I get shade from people, they tend to turn away, guess it’s ’cause I’m different
But when Summer comes, I’ll look just like the rest of them
I spit on these copycats; coughing up some phlegm
But it’s not he that isn’t original,
He’s just an individual and I’m the modern day Einstein
My poetic imaginative cleverness maneuvers through your cerebral cortex and your mental,
That’s not coincidental
Hard to rub off your temple
Yeah five days a week I attend a Community College,
‘Cause I needed to get my cerebrum polished
Because basically, I want all the haters abolished
I will not fail, I will succeed
Flourish, nourish and refurbish
-Myself, without becoming skirmish
When I said I will become a great writer I wasn’t kidding
If I work for XXL Magazine or REVOLT TV,
And I get there because of a Bachelor’s of Journalism Degree,
I would forever, sever the feeling of being proud
And when my first article is published,
Let it be known that I did it all without being corrupted
That’s why my entire blog is one long monologue
And why my words are maktub and my attitude is nice like my hair when it’s shampooed
I refuse to be boohooed
So I guess I’m blessed ’cause my hands were meant
-To do this forever, and to my future endeavours,
A salute is due to my next rendevous

[Bridge: Johnny Blaze]
When it comes to being true, at least true to me,
One thing I found, one thing I found
I will never let me down
Down,
Down,
Down,
Down,
Down,
Down

[Verse 3: Johnny Blaze]
Something extravagant has happened here
In front of me sits an old married couple and I guess they can’t hear…
See, they’re using sign language to communicate with each other, like a conversation
Got my shades on, blind to what’s around me, just can’t circle the circulation
The dude has white hair in a ponytail; groovy
The woman seems younger than him, they look like the kind to name their child Stewie
Crazy, this was all in front of me while on the bus
Don’t take your senses for granted,
You won’t regret it, trust
A wise girl once told me Thoughts and Thots will kill you,”
And what they will do is ’cause hell, la-di-da-di-da-di-do
Six whips, sadistic twist-the-nip shit,
50 Shades of “Would you like another one,” kink-tips
I’m SO Baked!
I feel great,
Mind in another world,
Soul seeking for sea lake,
Right mate?
Or Right Guy?
Then I proceed to pat “guy” on the back repeatedly,
My voice sounds like a mini-me,
And it’s a hard knock life, for Dave,
He smokes dope, every day,
He can’t seem to get away,
He can’t seem to get away,
It’s a hardknock,
-Woah, got in my Jay Z zone, fuck you FryHyde,
HOVA’s the man, he bangin’ Beyoncé in his Range Rover,
“Oh don’t do it,” Yah!
“Oh my God,”
Worldstar meets Vine,
Talking with a serious voice,
Wearing shades ’cause they’re blinds,
i,
Must confess, these days I stress, like in the dayz of Mr. Ngu-yen,
Please, please oh no, don’t you try,
DLP and Johnny Blaze are both the same guys?
i…

[Bridge: Nate Dogg & Johnny Blaze]

[Nate Dogg:]
Hold up! Ayyyy,

[Johnny Blaze:]
-Johnny Blaze is the man to be king,

[Outro: Johnny Blaze]
Fuck DLP, he like a low-life Eazy-E
Oh now I’m dissin’ Eazy b,
Writing on fleek to this dizzy beat
-By Dre, and okay,
You say I got to wait
But,
In this city I don’t play,
Uh,
Ms. Misleading doesn’t phase
Me,
What’s On Your Mind DLP? Please say!”
Fuck you, see me on “DLP Vs. Johnny Blaze”

*drops pen*

Sober Living: Day 5

Hey guys, just thought I’d keep you updated on what’s going on in my life right now. Last weekend, some friends and I celebrated 4/20; the annual gathering of marijuana activists who consume marijuana in whatever way they please. This was my second year celebrating the event in Downtown, Toronto. I noticed there were more people who attended the Dundas Square rally this year compared to last year. I guess the revolution truly is growing. However, after 4/20 was over and done with, I had the urge to take a break from consuming marijuana.

I haven’t taken a break from using cannabis in well over a year, which means I am indeed a frequent marijuana user. The longest I’ve gone without using marijuana is one hundred and thirty days (four months). Take it how you want it, but in my opinion, a break was needed after 4/20. Naturally, I shared my idea of taking a break with my homies at school and they agreed; a break should occur.

So it began, and the rules were simple: no drinking, no smoking, no affiliation with drugs, period. The first couple of days were odd, especially during school hours where my friends and I use marijuana the most (refer to my March 17th-21st: The Universe Made Me Do It post). Lunch time seemed boring; you could see it in the eyes of my peers as well. The only thing on our minds was “So what do we do now?”

For the most part, many can agree finding a new hobby can cure the boredom that we were experiencing. With that being said, I am pleased to say I am five days sober, which is the longest I’ve gone sober in over a year. I currently keep busy by reading, writing, listening to new music, working out more often like I used to, and I hereby vow to put more of an effort in my school studies.

I may be a stoner, but don’t ever question my work ethic. I might be taking a break from smoking weed now, but I know one day I’ll return to this habit. Surely when I’m older though, I’ll use it less frequently. My Papa would say “Boy, you’re young and wild,” and though I took that as a poor excuse to smoke a lot of weed, I enjoyed using it. It influenced me to be happy, appreciate life and that’s what mattered to me at the time. However, using it to the point where I have zero motivation to do anything and overall affecting my life negatively is not good, naturally. This break will be good for my friends and I. We will stick to this break until we cannot no more. This concludes Day 5 of sober living.

Is There No Love Lost Between The EinsteinOfRap and Joe Budden?

On October 11, 2011 the world was introduced to the hip-hop super group Shady 2.0. at the BET Hip-Hop Awards live from the Atlantic Civic Center. The roster incorporates Yelawolf, Eminem and Slaughterhouse; Royce Da 5’9″, Crooked I, Joel Ortiz, and leader Joe Budden.

At 1:19, you will hear Joe Budden spit his unfuckwitable bars. This was the first time I, the EinsteinOfRap, listened and watched Joe Budden perform. In addition, this was the first time Joe Budden was on television.

Watching Eminem joke around with Joe was great. I recall watching this in my living room and it caught my attention immediately. Because lets face it, when do you ever see Eminem on TV? When Joe spit “I’m grown, I ain’t watching the throne, I’m sabotagin’ it,” I remember jumping around like a madman because of the observation I made; Joe doesn’t want to see Jay Z and Kanye West rule hip-hop, he wants to sabotage their success by being more dominant. Joe goes, “But I got this chick from uptown, she my summer bunny. Both parents broke, but she come from money.”

Catch that wordplay? This girl’s parents are broke so she fucks Joe for money which naturally makes her a prostitute. He concludes his verse with, “I know hip-hop’s alive and well. If it died, you other crews wouldn’t survive the smell.” Perhaps he was taking shots at the competition that year which was Maybach Music Group (MMG), Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) and Getting Out Our Dreams (G.O.O.D.) Music. As you can tell, Joe Budden is bold, brave, and impressively witty with his wordplay.

No Love Lost, But Love Was Found

Fast forward to February 5, 2013. Joe Budden releases his third album No Love Lost.

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Although it received mixed reviews, I consider it to be a compelling album full of emotions and great guest features such as Lil Wayne, Lloyd Banks, Slaughterhouse, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, and Twista to name a few. Personally, the song I related to the most was track number fourteen, Runaway:

The thing I love most about this song is how he goes on a “tired of” rant. I think everyone reaches a breaking point in their life, where they confess what they are tired of. While Joe claims no love was lost, my appreciation and love for his music was found.

The Twitter Interactions

After watching a battle rap video where battle rapper Conceited disses Joe Budden, I wondered if the two had beef. Of course me being curious, I thought the only way to find out is to ask Mr. Budden himself. But how would I, the EinsteinOfRap, do it? Through Twitter naturally:

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Budden set the bar higher for how much I appreciate him and his music. Pretty cool that he took the time to read what I wrote, and replied to one of his fans. Way to go Joe.

However, recently I noticed I haven’t read a tweet from Joe Budden in a while. I took the initiative to investigate. Turns out he blocked me from Twitter!

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Yes, it was quite the head scratching moment. Why take the time to block a fan who actually appreciates his music when most people don’t? Has Joe Budden let the fame get to him? Is he developing a douche bag persona? No one really knows. What I do know is, the struggle to see when Joe Budden drops a new project continues. In conclusion, there is some love lost between the EinsteinOfRap and leader of the hip-hop super group Slaughterhouse, Joe Budden.