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chloewilson on 04/12/2016 at 11:31AM
Var Francis isn’t your typical MC, and the better for it. The Queens native, now based upstate in Albany, the rapper recently put out his white-collar-gangsta EP “Pay To The Order Of” on his PaeDae Entertainment imprint. The six tracks on the EP span six styles of hip hop genres, with lyrical content pinpointed on specific themes the MC finds true to heart. Frustration and anger, lust, celebrity media satire, Pay To The Order Of covers immense lyrical and stylistic ground within a relatively small footprint.
“I love mixing genres!” acclaims Var when prompted to discuss the diversity of his EP, “I put a lot of thought into the order of all six tracks. No one's mood stays the same all day and the same should apply for listening to a record. I like to switch up the mood from track to track.”
One stand out track on Var’s EP is “Less Of A Woman.” An ode to female empowerment, Var’s verses are critical of the double standard between male/female sexual expectations in modern society. “A person is a person, plain and simple,” he explains. “A woman shouldn’t be chastised because she wants to enjoy herself as much as it’s accepted for a man to. I rap about real life and this is an issue that not enough rappers address in their tracks.”
Throughout Pay To The Order Of, there is one consistent lyrical theme in Var’s verses. A former street hustler growing up in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, Var is proud to now run a legitimate operation, without fear of being arrested or getting shot. “I mean, when you grow up in a certain environment you gotta do what you need to in order to survive,” says Var, “but that shouldn’t be your entire goal in life, and you shouldn’t be proud of that. I was ashamed of a lot of what I was doing in the ghetto, and now I’ve gone to college, have a legal business operation, and that is what rappers should admire to achieve.”
Even though Var lives his life on the right side of the law, his verses are still as hardcore as anything from The Lox or Wu-Tang, especially as heard on “Why You Talking To Me?” which leads the EP. “You can be white collar and still be a gangsta,” Var details, “Being ‘gangsta’ is doing you, doing whatever you need to do to get paid and provide for you and yours. That is a real ‘gangsta’.”
Pay To The Order Of is out now on SoundCloud
ToussaintMorrison on 01/14/2016 at 07:24PM
Right now, I am absolutely stumped at what to write in explanation of uploading my label’s entire music catalogue to the Free Music Archive. I’ve sat here for at least 20 minutes in a Minneapolis coffee shop, damn bewildered at where to start, or even the intonation to take with this piece.
When I booked my first tour with The Blend, back in 2005, I bought as many blank CDs as possible to mail out to each city we planned to hit. Each CD had a flier stapled to its case, and was distributed by a coffee shop or friend willing to prop them up in a visible spot, or hand out. With that maneuver, we were able to pull a fan-base that had never seen us before, but had heard our sound. The simplicity of giving our music out for free, created an invaluable ripple effect across the country. Soon, as myspace, facebook and other social media sites arose to prominence, we were able to stream our music to anyone that happened to cross our site. Now, I know how way, way, way back this is. I mean, I just referenced myspace. Not the Justin-Timberlake-owned-newly-revamped myspace, but the original myspace with the user experience of a Neanderthal, and fonts worse than “Papyrus” or “Impact”.
Over the past decade, The Blend, and several other bands I’ve managed, have produced amazing music and then moved on to other projects. However, in an effort to preserve the integrity of these projects (or albums), I’ve sought to keep as much of the music alive online, as possible.
BeastRobot on 10/22/2015 at 06:20PM
♫ Artist: staRpauSe
♫ Track: Hooky Hicky
♫ Album: staRpauSe singLes
♫ Genre: Electronic, Soundtrack, Funk, Hip-Hop Beats, Instrumental
BeastRobot on 10/11/2015 at 09:35AM
♫ Artist: J.O
♫ Track: Fortitude
♫ Album: netBloc Vol. 46: #returnofthenetbloc
♫ Genre: Hip Hop, Electronic
jayhandly on 08/30/2015 at 04:58AM
We took the drive in my car. While we drove, the trees pained the windows. The world changed color, and brushed her face with auburn. She said, "These candy pink clouds make us feel like we're young again." https://soundcloud.com/jaykendrick/and-it-was-beautiful