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[SONG] Eminem - Symphony in H (freestyle)
HE'S ALIVE Y'ALL it's a minute and a half freestyle off of Tony Touch's new mixtape, The Piece Maker 3 lyrics: Don't ask me what's up with the hoes I'm still working the kinks out Love stinks, that explains all this anger that's spillin' out And I ain't chillin now I got an Oscar, but I'm still a grouch I use it as a doorstop, and the prop For the broken leg for the couch Yelawolf, Shady, Tony, touch Slaughterhouse Yeah the swat team bout to break them flyswatters out Go to hell in a drought, break ice waters out Nice try, shorty what? We can window shop The jewelry store But Christ, for that price coulda bought a house Besides only thing I ever had iced out was my heart since I started out It's F.Y.I if ya ain't knowing What go with you? Where? Nah ain't going. Oh wait, you want a date oh? Well in that case ho it's June 8 oh Kinda like Beethoven composin' a symphony of hate So much hate woved into these raps shit I'm beginning to hate clothing I hate overalls because they remind me of hoes For christ sake theyre shaped like a H woah, and you know what else starts with H, though? Hockey, shit thought I had the place flowing I hate to put you on ice but You already had 3 periods in 60 minutes, great going Plus you remind me of cocaine ho You always in the mirror with your face off I feel an urge to put you all in a line And chop you with a razor blade, yo wait I'm an a-hole, devil with a Halo Hell yeah I nailed J-Lo, to the railroad Say I won't, better hope you can stay afloat When I take the wind out your sail boat I ain't playing yo! Go for Shady don't kid yourself Bitch, you aint even a baby goat
Want To Write A Song? Here's How!
Musicians are strange creatures, cursed with melodies spinning around in their heads constantly. It's hard to recognize what words are brilliant lyrics, or just fleeting thoughts. The mind of a musician is a jumbled mess, with little bits and pieces of melodies and broken love songs constantly dragging behind them. My newest effort premieres at the end of this post! So stay tuned if you want to learn how to write music, and where these tips can get you. This card was inspired by @buddyesd and our conversations about music and songwriting over the past few days. 1. The first step is to know your music! Videos: Some of my favorites. I've been a musician my whole life. I started singing in my terrible two's and ended up getting a guitar at age 11 and starting my first rock band at 12. My life has always centered on what band I was obsessed with at the time. It all started with Green Day... Then the Ramones... Then My Chemical Romance... Thirty Seconds To Mars... The Sex Pistols... The Libertines... Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pete Doherty and on and on. And so on and so fourth. The point I'm trying to make here, is that you have to go through a lot of music to gain the inspiration and the fortitude to start making your own. Influences are a huge part of songwriting. They help you form what kind of identity you want as an artist. 2. Know that the perfect song won't come overnight. Your development takes time! (Video 1: One of the first songs I ever wrote (2009) "The Way You Talk" / tried and true pop-punk) (Video 2: A later rock song, 2014 "Tourist" a little more sophisticated, deeper lyrics, more passion, messy garage-rock feel) I didn't wake up and just know how to play the guitar and write songs, it took time. I sat in my room for hours on end, plucking away, humming, writing down and recording things and ultimately a lot of the stuff I wrote early on was complete shit. It just now, feels like I'm writing really meaningful stuff. So, just give yourself some time, and know that every musician goes through an evolution at every level. I started out writing simple, three chord punk songs in the vein of Green Day, my favorite band. That slowly evolved into more anthemic and stadium-like tunes when I started getting into bands like The Rolling Stones, U2 and so fourth... Now I've evolved into this heart-wrenching raw, indie influenced folk-y sound that is directly linked to my love for Pete Doherty's solo album Grace / Wastelands, a collection of melancholy tracks dedicated to love and confusion. My new song, Counselor (heard here), is a haunting acoustic ballad influenced by more singer / songwriter acts since I'm solo right now. So things have to evolve with the times. 3. Do some research. You have to know where you came from in order to know where you can go. This being said, every musician's routine is different. I just like to pick up my guitar, start strumming a few chords and a melody or lyric will come, and I'll go from there. Some people sit at a keyboard and bang out a melody, Others just jam and find a chord progression they like, to start with and build a melody on top of it. If you're not that experienced, you have to do some research. Look up the greats: Lennon and McCartney, Richards and Jagger. The classics are a great way to look at song structure. Then, look up your favorite artist's songwriting routines and experiment with them, mix and match styles until you feel like you can get somewhere. Like the lead singer of Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong writes his melodies first, lyrics later. Both come at once for me, melody and lyric, almost always. So it just depends on how your brain works, and you won't know until you try. 4. JUST GO FOR IT!!! Music isn't perfect and most of the time it isn't beautiful or polished. So if you want to start creating your own, just start doing it. Hum melodies, listen to your favorite artists, pick up an instrument and do it! If you have the passion and you want to learn, anything is possible. I'm here to help too, if you have any questions or thoughts. Do not be afraid, because you could write the next number one single in your bedroom...you never know ;)! My newest song, written and recorded on August 12th, 2015 is up on Sound Cloud now, here's the link if you're interested. See! Songwriting isn't hard! ;) "Lying To The Wind" By: Tess Stevens
16 Things All Former Emo Kids Remember
Yeah, we wore a lot of black, but we weren't goth! Being an emo kid wasn't easy. Constantly made fun of, ostracized and branded as "cultish" or "goth", we towed the line that generation X left behind. Hot off the heels of a new wave punk explosion, emo kids ruled the scene. 1. That feeling when a new My Chemical Romance album came out. Honestly, they're still one of my favorite bands, and I don't consider them emo, but they were Gods to us. I can't imagine living out middle and high school without this band. 2. Jelly bracelets. We didn't know what they meant and we didn't care. All we knew was that they looked hella cool with our band T's. 3. Collecting band T shirts. If you went to a concert your shirt was your medal. If you didn't buy a shirt, you didn't go. It's like "Insta, or it didn't happen" but for cooler people. 4. Dying the shit out of your hair. My hair is fried to all hell because of some of my early mistakes. I dyed my hair green for God's sake. Enjoy this photo of 16 year old me with William Beckett and Adam Siska of The Academy Is...yeah. My hair was messed up. 5. Buying every edition of your favorite band's albums. OKAY I NEED THE US, UK AND JAPANESE versions because there's different bonus tracks. 6. Wearing out your favorite pair of skinny jeans. It's not a good pair of skinny jeans without the worn out knees and holes everywhere. It's tough being an emo kid. 7. Rocking that thick, Billie Joe Armstrong eyeliner. Hey! I still do sometimes. Nothing was better than showing up to school with your fierce raccoon eyes. 8. Buying every issue of Alternative Press because some small photo of your favorite band could be hiding within its pages. Seriously, Gerard Way could be in there. I can't miss it! 9. Screaming the lyrics to Make Damn Sure by Taking Back Sunday every chance you could get. Because there's nothing better than a bunch of angry, spiteful, pissed-off teenagers. 10. All black everything with little pops of neon. I wasn't this brand of emo, but I knew of it. Kind of the pastel goth style of 11. Converse tennies were the ultimate shoe. If you didn't have a couple pairs of these, you weren't shit. 12. Defending your "scene". I wasn't technically an "emo" kid, more of a punk kid, but I still had to defend my favorite bands. God forbid someone try to shit on Fall Out Boy, Green Day or MCR. I was out swinging. 13. Saving up all your money to buy merch. Asking for a new band T shirt for Christmas every year was pretty annoying to everyone, so you just had to start buying things yourself. 14. Taking pictures with your favorite rock stars. Whether it's at the Merch tent at warped or their table at the House of Blues, you tracked them down and got that memory. Here's a picture of me with Gabe Saporta from Cobra Starship. I was 14. Thanks, bye. 15. Skipping school to go to concerts. Here's me as a 15 year old. We were front row for the Believers Never Die Part II tour, the last FOB tour before the hiatus. Thank God they're back. 16. Starting your own bands. The bands we listened to inspired us to make music ourselves. Whether we were good or not didn't matter, just the idea of being similar to our heroes was enough.