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Blog #1 – Bize, ft Ali Brustofski – Walk With Me

So just this past friday I finally released the snippet to my first single on iTunes coming out the 22nd.  Well at least we hope iTunes doesnt mess around and not post it on its release day but its about 95 percent sure to go up that day.  So far so good the comments people have been leaving on Ali’s Youtube page are ridiculous.  I think i might have read one comment that was negative and said “this song sucks” lol but whatever i could care less because the rest of the comments is what counted.  We recieved nothing but love and even better we recieved 5 honor awards on youtube and here they are :

#9 – Most Discussed (Today)) – Music – United Kingdom
#60 – Most Discussed (This Week)) – Music – United Kingdom
#33 – Top Favorited (Today)) – Music – United Kingdom
#13 – Top Rated (Today)) – Music – United Kingdom
#87 – Top Rated (This Week)) – Music – United Kingdom

This made my weekend and I hope you all like the preview to my first record.

WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE!!! Sneak Preview of my 1st Single Coming Soon on iTunes and Rhapsody titled “Walk With Me” by myself Bize ft. Ali Brustofski ! Watch


Download the preview for free here >> http://omg.ly/aCsA

Filene, Benjamin, “’Our Singing Country’: John and Alan Lomax, Leadbelly, and the Construction of an American Past”

Benjamin Filene wrote about the Lomaxes  We could say from the reading is the Lomaxes  made music what it is today.  I would compare him to P Diddy.  This is because he took artists and evolved them.  He took people which had nothing and made something out of them.  Lomax did the same.  He took Leadbelly after Leadbelly served time in prison and turned him into a star.  Leadbelly was and is one of the most iconic artists of all time.


Lomax was also the mentor of many other artists which impacted the music industry.  As time went on everything evolves.  Subjects spoken about in music changed completely and the images of artists changed.  Lomax was a smart man he took an African American man and pushed his craft as an artist.  By doing this he wasn’t scared to be different.  It takes one person to take a chance and change the world.


He had leadbelly singing about the same topics and subjects as white folks.  His purpose was to show that everyone is equal.  He hoped others listening would see the same vision as he did.  Leadbelly was an anxious ambitious artist who was willing to do whatever it took to become known around America.  The lomaxes took leadbelly around the world and specifically over to New York to expand his career. 


He wanted the entire world to hear Leadbellys folk music.  The Lomaxes saw Leadbelly as the “voice of the people”.  However I don’t like the fact that they depicted him as a convict and an untamed animal.  He was seen as a murderer and a man who was all for sex and violence.  But other than that Lomax made Leadbelly a well known man and still is responsible for the way the music industry turned out today.

Song Analysis Project – Notorious B.I.G – Juicy

            In the 90’s Christopher Wallace born May 21, 1972, also known as The Notorious B.I.G, Biggie Smalls, or Frank White was an icon in the Hip Hop Community of the music industry.  He was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs record label Bad Boy Entertainment in 1992. Biggie grew up in Brooklyn, NY and was the definition of street hip hop.  Biggie Smalls was a person whom went from rags to riches or nothing to something.  I like to describe it as going from the block to the yatch”.  Biggie spoke about the hustle and the struggle and shed light on a subject which was never really spoken about. 

            He wrote and recorded a record called “Juicy” which was the record which really made Biggie well respected and prosperous.  The lyrics in the record Juicy give people struggling, hope.  It lets the listeners know that everyone dreams and even people who aren’t blessed like others can still make something of their lives.  The opening lines Biggie speaks he dedicates the song to everyone who ever doubted him and to the people who called the cops on him as he sold drugs to feed his daughter.  Immediately he calls out everyone which shows ambition.

            The first verse speaks about biggie having a dream as we all do.

“It was all a dream
I used to read Word Up magazine
Salt’n’Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin’ pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
I let my tape rock ’til my tape popped
Smokin’ weed and bamboo, sippin’ on private stock
Way back, when I had the red and black lumberjack
With the hat to match
Remember Rappin’ Duke, duh-ha, duh-ha
You never thought that hip hop would take it this far
Now I’m in the limelight ’cause I rhyme tight
Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade
Born sinner, the opposite of a winner
Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner
Peace to Ron G, Brucey B, Kid Capri
Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starsky
I’m blowin’ up like you thought I would
Call the crib, same number same hood
It’s all good”

                        Biggie expressed that he use to dream and hang pictures of other artists on his wall.  We can all relate to this because we all read magazines and listen to music and dream about living the type of life some of these people do.  We all look up to someone which is in the public eye.  Big was not afraid to let people know he smoked weed and drank private stock.  Private stock isn’t an expensive beer it was a malt liquor which everyone in the struggle could afford. If you can see Biggie uses a key word “remember” and when that word is used it symbolizes realness.  For someone as big of an artist as Biggie was to admit to dreaming, drinking cheap beer, smoking weed and eating sardines for dinner people respected him.  It shows he was representing for the less fortunate and he wasn’t ashamed of the way he came up. 

            The Chorus is what I consider to be very inspirational.

“You know very well who you are
Don’t let em hold you down, reach for the stars
You had a goal, but not that many
’cause you’re the only one I’ll give you good and plenty”

            The chorus is self explanatory.  It is biggie writing to everyone with dreams letting them know they can succeed if they try.  Always try no matter who says you can’t do it and no matter who tries to shut down your dreams.  If you have a goal, work to reach it.  These are wise words of encouragement to everyone listening.

            The second verse speaks of the changes he made in his life after reaching his goal.

“I made the change from a common thief
To up close and personal with Robin Leach
And I’m far from cheap, I smoke skunk with my peeps all day
Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way
The Moet and Alize keep me pissy
Girls used to diss me
Now they write letters ’cause they miss me
I never thought it could happen, this rappin’ stuff
I was too used to packin’ gats and stuff
Now honies play me close like butter played toast
From the Mississippi down to the east coast
Condos in Queens, indo for weeks
Sold out seats to hear Biggie Smalls speak
Livin’ life without fear
Puttin’ 5 karats in my baby girl’s ears
Lunches, brunches, interviews by the pool
Considered a fool ’cause I dropped out of high school
Stereotypes of a black male misunderstood
And it’s still all good”           

            Immediately biggie tells us his first change in his life.  He went from being a thief to sitting with a man like Robin Leach which was probably something Biggie only imagined in his mind.  He spoke of the type of alcohol he drinks and the love he gets from females who use to show him no attention.  He speaks on traveling to completely different areas of the States, to living in Condos instead of projects and having the luxury of putting expensive diamonds in his daughters ears.  He speaks on the life he dreamt of having which all came into reality to show everyone that anything can happen no matter what other people think. No matter if you’re a drop out or you have been to school and graduated everyone has dreams and can turn those dreams into reality.  Stereotypes mean nothing at all. 

             The third verse is by far personally my favorite verse of the song.  Biggie raps

“Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis
When I was dead broke, man I couldn’t picture this
50 inch screen, money green leather sofa
Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur
Phone bill about two G’s flat
No need to worry, my accountant handles that
And my whole crew is loungin’
Celebratin’ every day, no more public housin’
Thinkin’ back on my one-room shack
Now my mom pimps a Ac’ with minks on her back
And she loves to show me off, of course
Smiles every time my face is up in The Source
We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us
No heat, wonder why Christmas missed us
Birthdays was the worst days
Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay
Uh, damn right I like the life I live
‘Cause I went from negative to positive
And it’s all…”

            By Biggie mentioning Super Nintendo and Sega genesis not only did it make people who didn’t have it dream about having it but also people whom had both game systems related to this line.  This is the reason why I like this verse the most because when the song came out I didn’t have either system but a few months later I eventually got both systems and I felt like I was Biggie.  He proceeds to speaking about what he has again due to his success which is smart because we all like to look in the mirror and recite lines and close our eyes and picture us living out every single line an artist might be reciting.   Biggie speaks about buying his mother an Acura and dressing her in mink coats which is something a lot of people promise their mothers.  We don’t necessarily say we will buy them an Acura and a mink but we all would one day love to repay our mothers with something as a thank you to see a smile on their faces.  Everyone would like to be able to provide for their mothers after all of the years they provided for us.  All of the lines in the verse speak of going from rags to riches, nothing to something, the block to the yatch and from “negative to positive”. 

             Overall biggie represented the streets, the hustle, the struggle, the ones who never sleep.  Biggie was the voice of every urban person wit dreams.  He was living proof of someone who made something out of himself when everyone else doubted him.  When people speak and keep it one hundred percent real is when people respect you.  People want to be able to relate to an artist and a song and people related to Big. 

R.I.P. Christopher “Notorious B.I.G” Wallace.

Brandon Mah/ Bize (biz-ee) – Intro

My name is Brandon Mah to family and friends and Bize (Biz-ee) to everyone else.  3 days of the week im a full time Senior  here at Queens College as a media studies major.  However 7 days a week I am a songwriter/hip hop artist/entertainer.  When im not in school this is something that I do full time as well………… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr-FK8k-3EI


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