for the gamer in you: Biz-En-Jaye [feat. B!Z & JA] x NAMELESS.
I’ve been gaming since the Nintendo use-one-game-cartridge-to-hold-the-one-you-want-to-play-down era. The Golden Age of Gaming if you will. 80s babies have the unique position of having grown up with the classics, but we’re still young enough to experience and appreciate every generation of console gaming since. Enter the era of the Xbox and PS2: where internet met gaming. Fast forward to when gaming meets twitter. A plethora of followers who all do what you do. Some better, some not so great, but they do it. Twitter is the land of the not-so-great-who -think-they-are-great (free win/loss ratio padding, you’re welcome), but that’s neither here nor there.
February 15, 2011. Valentine’s Day had been spent in my usual fashion (being lonely), so I really didn’t have anything else to do but scurry up to Gamestop for the midnight release of Marvel Versus Capcom 3: The Fate of Two Worlds. I’d never played any of the games in the MvC franchise, so why I even pre-ordered it, let alone decided to attend a midnight release (loneliness), who knows. I gathered my game and sent out the first of several tweets inviting anybody to come see me on PSN. I had a pretty solid following of gamers I could play with, but I started playing MvC3 with a few new dudes. They were all pretty good. I mean, when you’re in a lobby of 7 “internet gamers” you can imagine there’s a scrub mixed in there, but I’m not calling any names today. It was one guy though, I’d followed him for a while, but he just kind of blended in. 140 characters of garbled thoughts I would scroll past, until we became gaming buddies.
Boy, we did game often, and more of the things he talked about became relevant and interesting. He was kinda dope. New games dropped, new games copped, old ones filed away, and we stopped gaming together for a good while. None of the games we really played afforded us online play together, but as funny as it sounds I found myself attracted to him, like pining, damn near. Typing it out I sound crazy as hell, *shifty eyes*, but that’s how it was. So the day I cannonballed my ass into his DM, things just took off. We found out we had a lot of things in common; we bonded. Combos everywhere. Then came the proverbial boss battle that are the statements including the words “my girl”. Combo Breaker. Who told him to get a girlfriend? I’m hitting start trying to enter a match that’s already over. I pushed my feelings to the side and became a good friend. Knowing full well reciprocation isn’t an option, side-stepping the conversations he wanted to have about his girlfriend to avoid bias; you know how hard that is? And even that wasn’t enough. “Innocent” flirting was one thing, but in my heart ‘2P press start’ was flashing. We had to stop talking. Right back to round one, or so I thought. I really had the “Go Home, be a family man” face about it.
More time passed. While we weren’t speaking like we used to, we still checked on each other. It was always something lingering there I think we both knew to avoid, but then he wanted to play. He felt like I disrespected him on twitter by saying how badly I beat him. A new challenger appeared. So we played. And I dusted his ass. And we picked up right where we left off, only better. We talked, we gamed, he lost, I won*. I found myself more and more enamored with him. Combo chains got longer, boss-tier. I realized I loved him, and I just waited. In conversation, he’d let on that his relationship was over, and while I wanted badly, so very badly, to get the win, I couldn’t. I wasn’t an opportunist. I wanted him happy. Honestly. I wanted him to want me for me not because he was lonely. This was like beating the computer on easy. So I shut up. Super meter was at full capacity, glowing. Life is just like that, you know. Frame watching, waiting for the right time to execute a Level 3 that will either end up in victory or leave you wide open for a humiliating defeat. I spent a lot of time turtling through phone calls only to hear, “And I do love you, Robyn”. He’d won by Ultra Combo Finish.
Now I wake up each day to this love; a heart that swells with each beat and a man that I can’t live without. I never dreamed I could be loved like this, let alone love a man like this, with love so abundantly that when we speak, we speak in infinites and not absolutes. It’s more like “forever” not “until the end of time”. No matter what the difficulty, we will not be defeated. Wordy as it may be, this is my thank you to the developers, everyone who put their hands on the making of Marvel Versus Capcom 3, for the love that grew from Capcom, the fate of two worlds.
for the gamer in you: Biz-En-Jaye [feat. B!Z & JA] x NAMELESS.
Miss Teyana Taylor off her mixtape. blow. that. bitch. then.
.@_nameless x @clearsoulforces a bit of a throwback, just in time for #gamerseason: all the games coming out for the holidays. get ready for the next battle.
There Goes the Neighborhood: Jedi Jae x Don Cannon
Artist: Jedi Jae (Jae, Jae Swizz, Swizzy, @NewJackSwizzy on twitter)
First time I ever heard Jae, was on The Aftermath’s “4, 3, 2,1” where he penned a nice verse, laced it, and dropped the line “punchlines after punchlines like Sugar Ray” after which an ad-lib drops “Kaaaa-YO!” Accurate description for There Goes the Neighborhood, his latest tape to drop 6/15, a lyrical gift for all of 12 tracks (as there are three bonus cuts that have been leaked prior to Swizzy’s drop date). Sort of short for the mixtapes most of us are used to: 8-10 nice cuts among 10 or so more trash songs we could have done without. Even including the bonus tracks, Jedi Jae delivers an above average tape for the both the casual listener and the hip-hop purist, alienating neither group.
There Goes the Neighborhood starts off with a typical intro, then dives right into one of the better tracks on the tape “Viva La Familia”, which will probably be familiar to most listeners as “Final Hour” by Big Sean, but Swizzy does the beat something dirty.2:37 worth of verbal work that the original would have never seen. “Familia” sets the listener up for what they’ll find on songs like “No Breaks”, and the bonus “Nothing like the Radio” (Listen to “Nothin’ Like the Radio" here); full-tilt rap, zero filler. “Strictly 4 My Ninjas” is probably one of these as well; Jedi Jae delivers some good jabs like:
“Ninja assassin, assassin’s creed
Where we believe in higher learning so we pass the weed
Underground rap trying to set the masses free
At the same time getting paper like Master P”
“Smoke x Chill” is just what the name implies. Jae still offers us quality bars, but gives a little more than the harder lyrics for a song that’s easy to listen to when you want the mood mellow. Zeta is a great addition here on the hook, and on the song “Late Nights and Early Mornings”, where even Swizzy notes, “Can’t front, Jae Swizzy got the best team”. The truth of this shines through with the artists he invited to appear, as the features on There Goes the Neighborhood are good, and most of them hang with Swizzy for most of their verses but a few bars. None of them quite as good as Boogz on the bonus track “Nothing Like the Radio”, where it seems like both artists feed off each other WELL, so I’m hopeful about a rumor buzzing about regarding future projects.
Only gripe I find with the tape is the hooks of quite a few songs, which leaves them a bit incomplete. Takes nothing away from Jedi Jae’s true writing ability for each verse, just on certain songs the hooks fall flat. “Strictly 4 My Ninjas” is one of the offenders, where the song could have been FLAWLESS, it’s more or less just “better” than most of the other songs on the tape when the hook drops. Nevertheless, songs like “Ninjas” and “Champagne for Champions” still shine through.
Jedi Jae bounces out on “Condos”, giving head-nod inducing delivery on the mixtape’s official final cut, not letting off the gas just because the listener reached the end of the music. There Goes the Neighborhood is an exceptional work. Ratings System employed, this album-quality “mixtape” is probably an 8/10, better than most, room for improvement, but still leave you anticipating the next release.-r
Listen to “Nothin’ Like the Radio”
one of my favorite songs right now. waiting on more from @newjackswizzy soon…..