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

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 11344
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: 4178
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: 3432
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: 2797
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: 6160
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]
David Snyder Offline

Registered: 08/29/14
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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 Offline

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 3460
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: 3079
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 Offline

Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 1669
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: 3069
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: 4527
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: 1659
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
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#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: 1437
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


#368525 - 10/04/16 07:19 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
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Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 6103
This is what this forum is all about! Since coming on board 5 years ago we have listened to more of a variety of music than we would ever have sans this board.

Talk about busting genres -- sheesh guys, this is over the top different and fun to listen to. I could skip my coffee after this smile

Thanks for the demo on just how cool talented collaborators and Biab can be.

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#368652 - 10/05/16 01:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]
receder Offline

Registered: 11/13/14
Posts: 551
Loc: North Yorkshire, England
Wow! Super cool song Mario and Aleck.

Great vocal and I love your bass playing Mario.

Very enjoyable.


Edited by receder (10/05/16 03:12 PM)
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#368660 - 10/05/16 05:07 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: MarioD]

Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 81
Loc: OH - Ohio
Great production! The pacing, phrasing and vocal treatment, and indeed the whole sardonic vibe reminds me of Frank Zappa's "I Am The Slime". The fast bass,brass runs at the end reinforce a Zappa-esque feel...good stuff!

I'd very much like to see the lyrics presented but that's always my preference being hard of hearing.

Very fun!

Edited by DIOECHOOTO (10/05/16 09:40 AM)

#368715 - 10/05/16 11:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: Greg Johnson]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958

First I want to thank Super Mario for helping me beat the censors in this new place I'm staying. Weird fashion sense they got here: White seems to be the only available color and where did they come up with these shirts where the sleeves knot in the back? Makes it hard to play certain keyboard voicings.

Otherwise, everyone is very nice but only so long as they don't get wind of the rap tune me and Mario smuggled out. Greg, they tell me I'll be leaving soon. I've missed all of you guys and hope to bring along some new stuff soon.


#368717 - 10/05/16 11:25 AM [User Showcase] Re: Collaboration with Alex Rand [Re: tommyad]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958

It's great to be back. And, against all odds, even after a 4 month post-op appointment that showed not just failure to improve, but backwards motion (more muscle wasting, my little finger sticking out into left field like a flagpole that wouldn't move even with effort that might have caused a brain vessel to burst). Several weeks ago my little finger began moving for the first time. The spread between my middle three fingers began getting unmistakable larger. I watched all this in total disbelief because, earlier, two surgeons independently told me that this was the end of the road for me. The ulnar is a huge nerve that runs from the tips of your fingers to behind your neck. It can regenerate, but at the rate of 1 mm per day. Or it might not. I don't want to say more than this, but I'm beginning to play guitar again.


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