Artist Mixtape Review- Yung Trap "7.14.12 The Mixtape"


Yung Trap
7.14.12
Rating: 9 out of 10

What’s amazing about talent… and I’m not referring to the sort of talent that only a mother would love… but rather that 100% UNDENIABLE talent, that’s something that’s simply inescapable. When someone is truly gifted it reaches up and just grabs a hold on your thoughts…

In the case of the now, 21 yr old Duval native Yung Trap, he does exactly that. I’ve been a quiet fan of Trap since the 7-14-10 Mixtape; and the entire Back Door Music camp (shout out to Pretty Ricky and Grand Prix) has done an exceptional job of not just building their brand, but affording Trap the ability to grow as an artist. Starting out as a true club hitter in 2010, on the newest mixtape 7-14-12 , Trap is doing something that few artists in Jacksonville have been capable of doing…  he is serving the community an array of musical sounds and lyricism (yes, Trap is becoming a truly great conjurer of literary creativity on the mic) and the masses are accepting it. I can’t say for sure if it’s just that the market has evolved or if the growing popularity of acts like Kendrick Lamar, Diggy, and others  on a national level has made who Trap is in his entirety, more locally acceptable to everyone from the ladies, to the college kids, and the thugs. But whatever it is, it’s working.  So much so that even DJ Q45 has decided to join in this go round.

Starting off his newest offering with great pomp and circumstance with a track entitled “Best In The City 3,” Trap and his producer paint a visual that makes you feel that this isn’t just the guy who went to Terry Parker High a few years ago, but rather an artist of the highest order. I could close my eyes and visualize Trap on stage colorful and engaging, sitting on his thrown while a slew of women laid at his feet as he spit the following:

“What’s the odds of me being here
Ray Charles in the VIP I ain’t seeing clear
The love of my life, think I see in here
But if I hit tonight, I’mma leave her here
Damn I’m faded
Thank God we made it
Cuz a nigga just got rob
They fired me from my job
Damn, Mickey D’s racist
Now it’s back to the basics
Air Force one’s dirty laces
I was Martin Luther King
All I had was a dream
Till I decided to chase it”

Now before you Dead President, Slaughter House, Kanye West fans go H.A.M., let me explain what I see in Trap’s lyrics. No, Trap doesn’t engage you with a dense array of metaphorical lines… but he doesn’t need to. There’s a collection of things that makes a lyricist great. Dr. Dre wasn’t an amazing lyrical talent, but when he spit, he engaged us with tone and what he said was painting a clear picture in the mind of the listener. Trap has grown from 7-14-10 and now possesses an increased story telling ability. In this introduction, you can hear how Traps voice and life is evolving.

Trap also doesn’t cease to entertain the inner fan in me by having CEO (who I’m on record saying is one of the most talented MCs in Jacksonville ) bless the mixtape on the track “My Bad.” One thing that becomes very clear on this mixtape, which is different from the last two, is that Trap and his team have made a conscious decision to show an expansion in the track selection. This mixtape reaches a much broader audience with tracks like “Young & Dumb” which SCREAMS for a verse from Drake, but Trap does an exceptional job of commanding the song on his own. Making a balanced use of autotune, Trap creates what I view as a potential jewel (and cross over hit) to the mixtape.

For me, the culmination of the mixtape is the State Farm Commercial/Journey inspired track “All Night,” where Trap fuses who he is in with a track you simply wouldn’t expect.  “Come Around,” “Peach Circoc,” and “Beast Mode” are all very welcomed tracks that continue to showcase Trap’s voice and flow, which are his strongest assets.  “I Understand” will hit close home to Duval natives… male and female who know how life in Da Ville can make and break you… and Trap shows great maturity in his ability to paint that picture.

There’s so many things right about this mixtape, so much so tracks like “Victory Dance” and “Tally Girl” (which aren’t bad, but perhaps are a year late in making their way onto a Yung Trap mixtape) are tolerable despite the fact that you might wonder why they were necessary. You’ll laugh at the Bad Mouth Shawtyz and Teddy P, find yourself saying “DAMN RIGHT!” when Q45 and Pretty Ricky talk shit on the interludes and you listen to the tape over and over and find a new favorite track to listen to.

Back Door Music has a true talent of immense proportions on their hands and I commend their ability to keep their hits from previous tapes by Trap relevant and fresh (a remastered version of “She Thick” and “Top Of The Line”) while introducing new music (because a old record isn’t old when only one region is familiar with it). Trap has grown into the pinnacle artist that other artists in Jacksonville will certainly be looking to model themselves after… but until someone else shows up to challenge him in all facets, I expect (and look forward to) hearing more mixtapes telling the tales of the young man who is quite frankly, “the Best In The City.”

Help Me... We're Lost... By Request...

I was told to blog this morning after a collection of events led to a pointless argument today....
Well maybe it wasn't completely pointless, because for me I felt it was necessary because I just got fucking tired...
Let me say it quite simply, I've cheated and lied to women...
One woman in particular...
And it doesn't matter if it was simply emotional infidelity or physical, I've done my dirt...
I'm not going to speak on what has or hasn't been done that led me to do what I've done, but as I've said, the things I've done to hurt women... and one woman in particular isn't something I'm very proud of...
It's just a part of the things that lead me to be exactly who I am at this moment in this place at this time.
She gets a lot of what she considered to be useless e-mails, text messages, and written correspondence from me...
It's because I'm bad at having a face to face confrontation with her because I don't like to, I don't feel like I'm getting my point across, she constantly accuses me based on old shit (be it recent old shit or really old ass old shit) and I feel like that for as much as her opinions and hurt feelings deserved to be put into consideration that the same isn't done for me...
And I've been hurt too...
So today to her I was petty...
To me, I just had gotten to the point where I had enough...
Because I show up everyday, I put in work, I try, I spend money I don't have, travel places I don't have to go for my own personal gain, do things that I don't particularly want to do... FOR HER...
Because I love her and always want her to do well and be well...
I want to see her succeed, with or without me...
But when someone is constantly nagging you...
Questioning your motives...
Where you are...
What you're doing...
And so on...
Even if the initial reasoning for them being that way is legitimate, after a while you just want them to decide if they're not going to forgive you enough not to bash you over the head with it every time they get angry, use it to justify talking to you rudely, etc then they should just let you go...


You should never be with someone just because you like what you like...
You better damn well know...
And you better damn well tell them from time to time to give them hope for the future...
And a complete change in personality and behavior contrary to the historical takes time...
Your man better damn well want you...
If not someone else will...
And if you're not meeting your man's needs...
If you're refusing any sense of emotional compromise because you feel like it's deserved based on poor decisions he's made and your aspirations to be a better you as an individual then maybe you need to leave him alone until you're ready to be there...
No one has the right to be part time in a relationship with full time rules...
And that's what I feel like today...
I'm supposed to not talk to anyone else...
No look at anyone else...
Not have a questionable joke on my social mediums...
And so on....
But I don't feel any kind of anything that resembles love or appreciate for me and what I do...
AND THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SEX!!!
I think any man worth his weight wants to pleasure and be pleasured by a woman...
But if you can't stop and acknowledge when your significant other does something FOR YOU...
If you can't sometimes bow out (not down) to avoid a conflict and look at somethings and say, "it's not that deep. He doesn't mean me any harm. Let me not blow this dumb shit out of proportion"...
If you're determined to be disagreeable right down to a simple mistake like some keys being left on the table...
Why would your man want to be around you?
Even if he has done wrong...
Because if you're gonna let him continue to be there, you have to make the decision to be there yourself...
And if you can't... then don't...
But if you can't see it...
If it's not yet clear...
I'm asking for your help...



PS- You asked me to blog cynically because you thought I was gonna present some cultivated thought process where I'd make the world believe I'm innocent... well I'm not.... I'm not without fault... I'm flawed... I've lied (REPEATEDLY), I've been emotionally absent, told inappropriate jokes when I was with you and the list can go on. But I'm trying... you're not making this easy... and I'm not the only one with an issue here...
I'm not going to prod you, harass you, antagonize you... I left you today not just because I'm childish... I know myself... and if you call me taking you back where I found you childish then so be it, but I'm not going to lose my cool and harm you, do something irresponsible myself, etc and not be able to take it back. I'm not all talk... I've been involved in actions I'm not proud of and just because you're angry, I'm angry, you've never seen me do it, you've listened to some fool who led you to believe I won't, and you're not old enough to have lived when I did it doesn't mean that doesn't exist in me... So I did what was best. Childish is a constant behavior, you'll have it in you until your 40... doesn't make you any less of an adult... same applies to me. We can only hope to be better today than we were yesterday... And I'm trying... today my patience just wore thin...


Baby Jesus… Hazing… And Such…



As I sit back and ponder who is to blame for the current status of the greek affairs I can’t find one person to blame… because the blame isn’t mutually exclusive… everyone has blood on their hands…
INCLUDING THE ILLUMINATI LETTING ALL THEIR EX-MEMBERS VOICE THEIR OPINIONS ON YOUTUBE!!! (Shout out to Rihanna and Nicki Minaj for probating at the Grammy’s!)


But in all seriousness, it is my deepest sympathies that go out to the family of Robert Champion…
I never knew him personally, but I had seen him around when I was up on the hill…
But for me, there’s a bigger problem than what’s being reported…
The actual problem is the inability of parents, mentors, inspiring adults to instill two things in young people before they send them out into the world to fend for themselves:

1.       You have the choice to say NO… that more often than not when you say no because you feel something is wrong and you mean it with a true sincerity, it is reflected in a way that instill a level of respect in those you say no to. So many people have been hurt or injured because they didn’t say no… because they’ve lost the ability to control themselves… but we want to continue to hold others exclusively accountable. They should still be held accountable... but as I’ve said, even in a person’s injuries, often times there’s a degree of control that they had that they chose to give up. And it had nothing to do with trust, or searching for respect… it was because they were emotionally inept at just saying NO… I’M NOT DOING THAT…

2.       We have to teach our children that being a leader, valuing people, the concept of a person “proving their loyalty” does NOT extend itself to exclusive non-rational abuse of another human being… it’s a twisted concept that comes from making statements like, “don’t come back in this house till you whipped that nigga ass!” to our little boys. Psychological complexes are being instilled and its creating problems we won’t be able to recover from if we’re not careful.

It's NOT a BGLO thing... trust me...

I don’t get why I’m looking at TV and seeing all these Greeks throwing their hands up like we are the ones to blame… this shit is deeper than any organization and I’m tired of the BGLO’s being depicted as the perpetrators when I know many of the PWGLO’s are known for far more horrendous acts than any of us could ever conceive. There’s a lack of human respect going on… AND NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU KEEP FAMU’S BAND OFF THE FIELD… NO MATTER HOW LONG THE FAMU KAPPA’S REMAIN OFF THE YARD… NO MATTER HOW LONG CHAPTERS OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA HAVE TO SIT UNDER INVESTIGATION AND SUSPENSION what the public is referring to as “hazing” won’t end until there’s a fundamental reevaluation on how we approach the determination of one’s commitment to their organization within the confines of what is morally and ethically right as it relates to the approach to achieving an authentic understanding of the aforementioned.

Life was so much different when everything was above ground… at least that’s what I’ve been told…

So is that the answer? Feel free to give your thoughts…

10 Years Later...Still No Need For Any Ivory Replacements





The magnanimous force that is Ivory Orr is a spectacle to watch… even 10+ years in he still manages to harness some sort of whimsical awe inspiring interest from the Jacksonville masses… and people think I hate Ivory. I could give you a million reason why I don’t, but as soon you hear me come with the proverbial… well… “BUT” I’m so known for in explaining my perspective on anything, one is certain that there are still some ill feelings there on my end… but there’s really not… I just try to see things from both sides…

No one can deny the syntropic force that is C.E.O…. Ivory Orr… or whatever name he may be using these days. He is the prime example of what hip hop has always been… the entrepreneurial spirit.  So who is Ivory Orr? The studious sort that excelled while whisking his way around Ribault Senior High School? Perhaps he’s the young man in the yellow Honda who started Point Blank Entertainment from the depths of nothingness into the most recognizable promotion/entertainment company in north eastern Florida? Or better yet, is he the man behind what has now become the brand for the urban adult contemporary scene, Crown Capital? Ivory is a hodgepodge of all of these things and figure who transcends the commonalities of what is the Jacksonville entertainment scene…

Many people might be surprised to hear me say it, but for better or worse Ivory came along at the right time… at a declining moment in Cool Runnings history he came with a fresh perspective, an innovative team of people like DJ D-Money, Roger For Mayor, Sean Don, DJ 151, Vernon K. Johnson II, Chris Francisco, and others. Many of whom were laying the foundation for what the UNF/JU/EWC party scenes would be today. The definition of trendsetters is what they were and with a decline in interest in Cool Runnings, Point Blank filled that void and did so well… after taking their bumps and bruises along the way…

What made Ivory similar, but different from Billy was a savvy of a different sort… Billy (for those who don’t know, we’re talking about Bigga Rankin) knew entertainment, but not necessarily the differing entertainment that those on the college scene wanted. They didn’t want to hide in building 15 at UNF… NO! They wanted to come to the clubs… just not Kartouche….


So being… we’ll say… thrifty, came in handy for Ivory… he understood the value of a dollar, branding, and investment sharing… and use translated that into the Roxy with unconventional, but semi-professional management from the top down… it’s like the nigga took the Six Sigma concept and translated it into the clubs…

10+ years later, he’s survived changes in the market, the oncoming threat of companies like mine, River City Entertainment, D.I.M.E. (which helped bring Point Blank to prominence through mutual intermingling), the return of Cool Runnings to prominence, and an assortment of newcomers. He's remained, even in the mist of promoting numerous nights a formidable MC... one who I still list as top 5 in the city and a respected member of the Jacksonville community. So I do I hate Ivory? No. I just had to go my own way… and for better or worse I’m happy with how my life turned out as I’m sure he is with his…


The king of his thrown… capsuled in the halls of his Ivory tower…

Yung Trap ft. Ivory Orr- Point Blank Shit

I Wrote This Back In 2007... Enjoy...



Point Blank Entertainment- Deadly Range

By: B. Jacobs

Two years ago if said the name Point Blank to someone they’d stare with confused look on their face and end up saying what is now said about everyone’s favorite rapper Mike Jones, “who?”

My how quickly things change…

Since 2003 this collective of promoters, DJ’s, artists, and businessmen have managed to turn two major clubs, the Roxy and Rain, into hip hop holy ground in Duval County.

“A lot of people don’t understand that we started off as an artist union over at UNF,” said Ivory Orr, owner of Point Blank Entertainment. “Friday January 30, 200? we started our first actual club night at the Roxy and we’ve been blessed to have maintained success ever since.”

Along with bolstering the two major club nights in the city. Point Blank has aided the careers of many local DJ’s. DJ 151, who two years ago would never have dreamed to have accomplished as much as he has, recently celebrated his birthday with a string of weekend long club nights dedicated to him, his birthday, and his accomplishments up to this point.

DJ D Money aka “the Cognac Kid” recently released his newest mixtape “Put Ya Money Where Your Mouf Is.”

From an artist stand Point Blank works with regionally successful acts such as Ty Stick, Jack Gunz & the Few, and the mastermind behind those green D.I.M.E. stickers you’ll see up and down I-95 and I-10, the Dime High.  

“I graduated from the University of North Florida with two degrees, marketing and business management, so this is what I’ve wanted to do my whole life. I want to do Point Blank shows in the Bahamas. I’d like to do tours with our artist internationally. I just want to take this thing as far as God will allow me to go with it.”

Whether you’re in their sights from a distance or at… point blank range Ivory Orr (the Commander & Chief) and his crew of entrepreneurs are not to be played with and pose a serious threat to anyone even thinking of moving into Duval without stepping to them first. Point Blank Entertainment is a group to keep an eye on for years to come.