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#368201 - 10/01/16 05:35 PM [User Showcase] Collaboration with Alex Rand
MarioD Online   content

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 10699
Loc: Hamlin NY
Alex Rand has lost his mind and become a rapper. I have lost mine also as I played on a rap song. Alex has asked me to post this collaboration.

There is a strange story about this song. Alex asked me to add some guitar and bass to this. Well as luck would have it I got a deep paper cut on the index finger of my fretting hand. Thus I couldn't play any lead guitar parts but I thought that I could play the bass. After the first verse I looked down and my bass fret board had a lot of blood on it. So clean off the bass and finger, put on a Band-Aid and continued. I looked down at my fret board after the second verse and repeated the above clean up process. This time I put two Band-Aids on and finished the bass line. So some blood, sweat, and tears went into this one. Due to this Alex got another friend to add some guitar and a few additional bass parts.

Alex sends you his best and hopes to have some more of his material posted at a later date.

We hope you like this.

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#368204 - 10/01/16 07:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
Greg Johnson Offline

Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 3796
Loc: Davis, CA
WOW!! I have to admit I have never been a rap and hip-hop fan, UNTIL NOW!! Leave it to our forum virtuosos to turn me around. This is COOL!! I have to admit, I need to listen several more times to take it all in, but that will be a pleasure!! Wonderful job guys!! Take care. Greg

#368212 - 10/02/16 12:48 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
dani48 Offline

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 3229
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
Hi, Mario and Dean !:))

This is absolutely superbly great !
This must be one of the best collabs
I´ve experienced on this forum !

One just can´t do anything but
love this....and it is really
so professionally done as it
could be !

Great to hear that you are still
kickin´and kickin´hard, brother Dean !


#368229 - 10/02/16 06:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
tommyad Offline

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 2648
Loc: Florida
The Mathematician meets Mad Mario. Great collab. Soldiers as numbers and war as madness. Pretty cool rant. Good job guys. Dean. I hope you've healed up well and Mario take care of that paper cut. Tom

#368267 - 10/02/16 11:03 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
floyd jane Offline

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 5606
Loc: Florida
A good listen, guys. A fun collaboration... hope you are both
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#368274 - 10/02/16 11:40 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
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Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 3281
Loc: North Carolina
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#368281 - 10/02/16 12:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
Scott C Online   content

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 2904
Loc: Edmonton, Ab, Canada
Very cool Dean and Mario. Loved it
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#368293 - 10/02/16 12:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
RnAM Offline

Registered: 05/02/14
Posts: 2938
Loc: The Netherlands
Very cool and definitely unique on this forum!
Perfect rap in a very interesting story indeed Alex.
Nice work on the bass Mario.

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#368330 - 10/02/16 07:18 PM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
Robertkc Online   content

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1298
You guys are a shoo-in for the BiaB rapsong contest..very well done!
I usually tune out this genre but you kept me listening & trying to decipher the very clever lyrics (I`m worried I have a number on my back!). The " mind over matter" instrumental breaks are really cool too and those deep vocals reminded me of Captain Beefheart.


#368361 - 10/02/16 11:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
gibson Offline

Registered: 08/25/03
Posts: 3025
Loc: wales
Mario and Dean,

RAP, hmm. Not today's style of rap, thankfully, but this leans towards "Gangstas Paradise" by Coolio from '95 or even "Stan" by Eminem and I liked those 2 a lot.

The words also highlight Dean's intelligence cool

Interesting listen, tho. My room had an eerie silence after that track ended, in a good way grin

send my regards to Dean


ps paper-cuts hmmm! They certainly cause chaos for something so seemingly minor
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#368404 - 10/03/16 08:05 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
Charlie Fogle Offline

Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 4231
Loc: South Carolina
Top notch production. Good to see Alex is back too.

Enjoyed this.

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#368413 - 10/03/16 09:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
Will B - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 09/15/16
Posts: 408
This is awesome! Super catchy. What an energetic tune to wake up the office with on a Monday morning smile smile
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#368415 - 10/03/16 09:09 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
Anthony - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 08/02/16
Posts: 33
I have to agree with Will, this is awesome and made my Monday morning great! I love the vocals, the delivery on them reminds me of an old Blowfly song or a George Clinton rap vocal! Great song! Keep it Up!

Edited by Anthony-PG Music (10/03/16 09:09 AM)

#368448 - 10/03/16 02:08 PM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
Steve Young Offline

Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 1598
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
Very cool, guys! Very well produced, and performed. One of most creative collabs I have seen here. Hope both of you are doing well!

Steve Young
"In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of." - Robert Schumann

#368524 - 10/04/16 07:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
Callie - PG Music Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 1298
Loc: Victoria, BC
Well - this sure is a change from what we usually hear posted to our User Showcase Forum! I listened to this song yesterday morning with Will and Anthony - we all really enjoyed it!

It's gotta be our "Hot Forum Topic" for today... smile


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