Description : Combo of trap and spoken word. I wanted to do something ridiculous and fun. No big theme. No politics. Just fun lyrics and a ridiculous story. And a deep bassified voice, because even though it's ridiculous, it sounds better. To me anyway. But what do I know?
The music is this amazing piece by BradoSanz:
It's a trap that's been looking for a rapper since 2015, and never found one. Brado says it was his first trap, which is incredible because to me the piece is flawless. A great trap beat gets my lyrical juices flowing anyway, but this goes way beyond that. It's a full-on song structure, with evolving repetition and booming returns. There's a lot of beautiful intricacy in the music (which is all orchestrated loops from looperman) that keeps it interesting from start to finish. The more I listened to it and worked with it, the more appreciation I had. The lyrics came very easily, as though they rose up right out of the music and I just had to catch them. I hope I didn't mess it up too much with my vocals. The only thing I changed was to lower the volume to fit the vocals in.
I hope you have fun listening to it!
Description : RnB? It's possible.
This is a simple, heartfelt song about the most important thing you can do as a parent, or what I think it is anyway. It needs a beautiful-voiced singer but I was the only one in my living room at the time so I did my best. Any volunteers?
Loops used are from mamagbeats, blackmansta10, thecosmiceffect, calibror, rasputin1963, and the chill-out sax loop from danke.
Comments always and very much appreciated!
Description : RnB?...maybe. This song is in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of my top two American heroes, the other being Abraham Lincoln. Both men of eloquence, of compassion, of peace, of justice, and of great strength. It's part spoken, part sung. I think perhaps my voice works ok on the verses but it would be much better for a beautiful-voiced singer to do the choruses; infinitely better. Maybe I can work that out with someone. From Australia.
The music is all loops. Opening piano by hbsamples, as well as the harp plucks in the chorus. Beat is take-it-slow by retrocrushlm. Whoa-yeah bg vocal by antranita. Reggae rhythm in 2nd part by franko75. "More than everything" loop from steklo's pella "stay-this-on." Guitar in 2nd part of verses by danke. Chorus piano by sushilbawa. Thank you all for your generosity!
This is a bit off the beaten path and I'm very much interested in what you might think about it.
Description : Time to give y'all a break from my vocals...
So, I was going through songs from years past on my laptop - there are hundreds - and came across this one that I'd nearly forgotten about, even though I love it.
There's a story that comes with it. Way back in MySpace days (yep, going back) I connected with a singer in the UK named Kymberley Kennedy, an amazing singer, just fantastic voice. She liked my tracks so we agreed to work on some tracks together. I sent her this song, and she and her boyfriend Mo, the producer, put a sample together, a minute and a half. I loved it. But then Kymmie got interest from a record company and dropped the project. So I was left with an incomplete song - only part of one of the verses and the chorus. What to do? I brought in a guitarist and extended the song to full length with a music bridge and some repetition. Had to. And this is the result.
So then last night I was checking Kym out on YouTube. She's got a bunch of videos up, with some modest success. I listened to some of them and yes, they're great, but at the same time they sound a lot like a lot of stuff out there. What attracted me to Kymmie's music in the first place was that it was raw and real, it expressed a real personality, it had a vital edge. The record-company songs don't, to me. I listened back to some of the songs - some are just samples - that Mo & Kym sent to me way back when - their stuff - and I like it much better. I googled and found some of the finished results - I like the first drafts better. So I started messing around with a couple, extending them, tweaking, just for my own personal delectation. To me, they sound freaking incredible. So I think that's an important lesson, to me anyway and maybe to all of us - watch the overproduction. Don't get too fancy. Keep it raw and real. Keep it human. Perfectly flawed is so much better than flawlessly perfect.
Description : I made this a few days ago. Wanted to write a song about the overwhelming feelings I experience when holding a little baby. I have a little granddaughter. I call it redneck hiphop bc I don't know what else to call it. Me doing my best with the voice I have.
Used loops from ternix, hbsamples, sushilbawa, rasputin1963 and jakatta033. The guitar in the bridge is from ferryterry but I reversed it.
I'm very curious what people think so please let know. Thanks!
Description : Another redneck hiphop piece from the ugly-voiced singer. My melodic talking thingie, but this is further along the sing-y side of the continuum. This song is about how kindness is infectious.
In the orchestration I used loops from blackafer, wally6, weazelbeats, 6sbeats, lankframpard, snobbymasta, joefunktastic, silencekills and josephfunk. The piece de resistance is lankframpard's yoshi soup vocals, the looped female vocal bit; I had some of the song written and then when I dropped that in it changed the melody and I added the "after all" part, which then became the heart of the song. Inspired, as always, by all the amazing creativity on offer here so generously.
Please let me know what you think! Thank you.
Description : Spoken word - melodic talking - redneck hiphop - dubpop - I dunno. This song is part of "The Love Offensive" where I'm writing a bunch of simple, direct songs around the theme of more love, less hate. Just going with the flow of my natural weirdness. Orchestration is 5 loops from rmce, thedarkflamemaster, bosni, rasputin1963 and blackmansta10. Please let me know what you think.
Description : I'm writing some simple, direct songs these days, mainly because I have a theme. I'm working on a project (which gives me an excuse to make a lot of songs) called "The Love Offensive." The theme is: less hate, more love. I've written like 30 songs for the project, but am trying to exercise discipline and whittle it down to the 8 or 9 best. Your input can help with that.
This song is unabashedly from the heart. I'm not much of a singer - not blessed with a beautiful voice that you would listen to no matter what it's singing just cuz it's so beautiful. My voice has to carry meaning and feeling to work. I do something I call "melodic talking" which is part talking, part singing, sometimes a little more one or the other, depending. The music consists of loops from philemonster, vis3ctrix, sushilbawa, travle7 and tmanpro - thank you; without your loops, I couldn't make songs. This is probably not trip hop, but there's no "redneck hiphop" category, so...
Description : The music here is Matthaus' "Bolivian Picasso - The Come Up," which is still posted on featured tracks. That's it. The music called out to me, and it was downloadable, so I got to work with some lyrics and this is what I came up with. OK now, a word or two about my voice: It's ugly. I'm an ugly-voiced singer. Kinda like wrangling a chainsaw. But as I'm presently unemployed, there's no money for studio time or session singers, just me, my living room, looperman (without which I wouldn't be able to make any music whatsoever), my excellent little Blue Snowball Ice mike, Audacity for mixing, and my determination to make something beautiful out of something ugly. No amount of pitch correction or production fanciness will turn my voice pretty, so I've decided to feature the ugly & the raw up front & center. Very interested to hear what y'all think, so please don't hold back. I can take it.
Description : "Funk"? I dunno, why not. Anyway, hey all, it's been a few months since I've posted anything. A few twists and turns in life and time goes by. I've been doing a lot of new music but first I have some unfinished business with the 55 tracks I made with Sunny War last year. As time has gone by, my faves have emerged from the pack, and this is one of them. Sunny's vocals are perfect, as usual, and I love the subtlety of her guitar work throughout. The song itself ain't so bad either.
I made a video for this song (I think it's my best video so far) which you can watch at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4vJfNmh1IE&t=20s
All of the songs from the Sunny sessions are available at thesunnysessions.com. Please enjoy - thanks!
Description : Probably not hip hop really but don't know what genre to call it. Recorded this and an album-ful of other songs last summer with Lisagaye Tomlinson on vocals, then sat on it til now. The music is all loops. When I first wrote the song, there was completely different music, and this was the music for another song. But that wasn't working, so I moved this music over to this song and it seemed to work so I kept it. Very interested in your take on this.
Description : I can't believe I never shared this track with this community. In the first half of last year, before I met Sunny War and started recording with her in December, I recorded an album called "Woman" with Lisagaye Tomlinson, an old friend from Florida days (we both live in L.A. now). All my songs, orchestrated entirely from loops from this site, with Lisagaye providing the vocals. When we finished last summer, for some reason I just sat on the album and did nothing. Then I met Sunny. Was just listening to these and really liking them. So I'd like to get some feedback from you guys! This particular song came out of an experience when I was driving up to San Francisco at 3 a.m., and the words "just let it go" welled up from inside of me three times and left me in tears. Yes, it's so classically spiritual it's almost funny. I think it came from my Mom's spirit. Or just from my own need to - after divorce, losing everything, and so on and so - just let it the f*ck go. I was so much more at peace after that experience, and so of course I had to turn it into a song. Still brings tears.
Description : This song started out years ago as the bridge to another song, but the bridge demanded to be expanded into its own song, and so here it is. With vocals and guitar by the great Sunny War on top of that powerful gospel piano (or slow rock ballad piano chords, as rasputin1963 calls his loop). The song is just 3 verses joined by musical interludes, no chorus or bridge. I think of this track, and the video I created for it - https://youtu.be/b6o59mjXep4 - as a peaceful moment amidst crazy times. I hope you like it.
Description : I wanted to write a song about walking down the street, which is something I do a fair amount of, and to capture the nonsense that runs through my head as I walk and how it tends toward the spiritual, as nonsense does, and to write a happy song for once. This is the result. It's the first song on the "Rising" album, vocals & guitar by the great Sunny War, on top of loops provided by this essential community. I made a music video of it yesterday which I couldn't wait to post this morning because I'm proud of it, I hope you check it out: https://youtu.be/Yr8s_MdWEnA
Description : Out of the 55 songs I recorded with Sunny War from December to May, well, they're all my favorites, frankly, but this is one of my favorite favorites. For some reason, the melody or the words of the chorus, don't know which, affect me deeply. I remember writing it in my head walking the streets of San Francisco weeping behind my black shades. Yeah I'm a fool like that. When I started working with Sunny, I finished the song and wrote the verse around her. That happened a lot in the songs I wrote during the Sunny Sessions - a melding of both our experience - as we learned more about each other over time. I had some more orchestration going in but trimmed it back and just let the guitar sing on top of the drum loop, she did such beautiful guitar work it makes me smile every time I hear it, smile with tears in my eyes. I really hope you like this one.
Description : Written & produced by moi, vocals & guitar by Sunny War. This is on our protest album, BURNING. One of the 55 songs we completed in the Sunny Sessions. You can check them all out at thesunnysessions.com which I just created this week. Made a video of this song on youtube, please check it out here: https://youtu.be/vTXDOYVJMO0
Description : This song is for my daughters. I wrote it about 10 years ago when I was living in Florida and they in LA. Now I'm living in LA near those two daughters but my youngest is teaching in South Korea. No matter where I am, or where they are, I think about them every day, throughout the day, imagine what they're doing, having conversations with them, cracking a few jokes, and that's really what this song is about. Finally after 10 years, I got an opportunity to record it right, with the great Sunny War. It's part of our album called RISING. (In one app I play it on there's a glitch at the start, but only in that app. I haven't been able to find what's causing it. I hope you don't hear it.)
Description : Hip-hop(?) meets blues guitar. Written and produced by Citizen Mofo, vocals and guitar by Sunny War. The Sunny Sessions Vol. 1 produced 3 albums, this song's on LONE. We're working on 2 more albums in the Sunny Sessions Vol. 2. Over 50 songs total in 5 months. Will be done in a couple weeks. Haven't posted anything anywhere except here. Comments very welcome!
Description : Recorded this about a week ago when I was in the midst of a move, ugh. But this made my week. Sunny War on vocals and guitar. Simiple simple simple orchestration. A few loops strung along and then just Sunny's pure songstress magic and truly beautiful guitar playing - the bridge is...well, it just is. The gossamer guitar-strung thoughts of Sunny War floating in the clear blue air. You gotta hear it.
Description : Another apocalyptic epic. Ho hum. This sat there a couple months before we recorded it - with Sunny War on vocals and guitar - because we've already done several apocalyptic epics, in, appropriately, our album APOCALYPSE. But I'm really glad we finally got it done. This will be the 10th and final song on our album called TRIBEZ. I think. Subject to second-guessing. Anyway... I put extra time into the loop orchestration and the lyrics before we recorded, and then Sunny deftly wove her guitar ministrations into the existing music. When I listened to it at home afterwards, over and over until 2 a.m., I was ecstatic. And obsessed. You can just listen to her guitar work forever, it's that good (to me anyway; I hope you agree). There are too many loops in the mix to name them all, but thanks once again to looperman for a song that otherwise wouldn't exist. This is the first draft so I'm sure it could be improved. Please let us know what you think. Thanks.
Description : This song made its own path, inspired by the loop groove I was building, and I just went along for the ride with its weird structure. Vocals and guitar by Sunny War, will be on our album TRIBEZ. Sunny plays the guitar but the licks were inspired by the guitar loops we replaced from the scratch build, in many cases she played the same note pattern but with a different timbre. Thanks to MrFunktastic for the opening riff, and to the great Danke for the 2nd guitar riff that comes in later. Thanks to zipbass for the funky guitar in the break - that ain't Sunny - and another thanks to MrFunktastic for the big band break. There are other loops in the mix with Sunny, thank you all - another song that would not exist without looperman. Please let me know your thoughts on this one.
Description : This song started out as a guitar and piano loop instrumental where I was experimenting with themes and variations. Then it called forth lyrics and I wrote the song and recorded the vocals with Sunny War over the instrumental. But the music clouded the purity of the vocals and so we stripped it all away and Sunny just played guitar. I think her vocals sound particularly beautiful and vulnerable in this piece, and her guitar work as always just seems perfect to me. Very interested in your thoughts on the stripped-down approach to the music and the sentiments expressed in the song. Thank you.
Description : Jail ain't fun but writing songs about it is. I recently watched a movie on Netflix - "Imperial Dreams," I believe it was called - a great film about the odds stacked against ex-cons trying to live right. The system doesn't want you to succeed because prisoners are commodities that can be exploited for profit. That's why there's so many of them in America, land of the free - more than any other country on earth, including China, a totalitarian state with 4x our population. And yet we sit meekly by and applaud the disastrous war on drugs as it continues to destroy the lives of millions to no good purpose whatsoever. OK, jesus sorry, there I go again. Sunny War on vocals and guitar. Nice funky guitar and an old-school rock-out break. I'm proud of this song. It will be on the TRIBEZ album, which we look good to finish this week. Please comment - it's always encouraging and helpful.
Description : This is another protest song - literally - happens during a protest. Teargas, police violence, mayhem. In this time of national insanity, how should one respond? I've been pondering that and this song is part of the answer for me. We live in a divided house and everybody's packing. If we focus on hating each other, we're doomed and damned. If we focus on helping each other, maybe we can climb back into the land of the sane. At least that's what I'm trying to believe. Features Sunny War on vocals and guitar, together with a lot of loops, including a backwards guitar in the chorus. Also did an evolving melody chorus to chorus. The bridge - I guess that sort of sums up my present philosophy. Little too much guitar noise (including my dumbass voice) at the very end which I'll have to clean up. Comments welcome!
Description : Weird little protest song featuring Lisagaye Tomlinson rapping and Sunny War singing and playing guitar and a little snippet of MLK (I've used him a lot in songs in the past - very rhythmical and musical speaker). Had more loops but then replaced with Sunny's guitar. It's just one of those songs that did its own thing and I went with it. I like it but I'm weird, really wondering what other people think. Thanks.