"First of all, who's your A&R? A mountain climber who plays an electric guitar?" - Rap lyrics that reference the music biz

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[eric b]: yo rakim, what’s up?
[rakim]: yo, I’m doing the knowledge, e., I’m trying to get paid in full
[e]: well, check this out, since nobry walters is our agency, right?
[r]: true
[e]: kara lewis is our agent
[r]: word up
[e]: zakia/4th & broadway is our record company
[r]: indeed
[e]: okay, so who we rollin with?
[r]: we rollin with rush
[e]: of rushtown management. check this out, since we talking over
This def beat that I put together, I wanna hear some of them
Def rhymes, know what I’m sayin? and together, we can get
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pithfork (Hurting 2), Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:36 (ten years ago) link

GZA has all the best ones

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:37 (ten years ago) link

wu is too slamming for these cold killin labels
some ain't had hits since I seen aunt mabel
be doing artists in like cain did abel
now they money's gettin stuck to the gum under the table

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:39 (ten years ago) link

ya gotta read the labels

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:40 (ten years ago) link

Went in the backroom, things was luvy duvy
Met ron resnick, and his partner juggy
Things was cool, as I remembered
We signed the dotted line, now we fresh record members
Had dreams of fancy cars and limos
And all I wanted was somebody to listen to my demo

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:51 (ten years ago) link


鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:51 (ten years ago) link

weird i was just noticing that protect ya neck lyric like 30 minutes ago thinking "i wonder if that's an actual reference"

bnw, Thursday, 28 January 2010 20:24 (ten years ago) link

apparently quasi-homosexuals be runnin this rap game...

m0stlyClean, Friday, 29 January 2010 03:55 (ten years ago) link

If you're really dope, why ain't ya signed yet?
But I get
My loot from Jive/Zomba
I'ma bomb ya

(Souls of Mischief)

tube socks and a box of krispy kreme (los blue jeans), Friday, 29 January 2010 04:01 (ten years ago) link

Yo, check it, exit the old style
Enters the new
But nothing's new 'bout being hawked by a crew
Or should I say flock cause around every block
There's Harry, Dick, and Tom, with a demo in his palm
Now I'm with helping those who want to help themselves
And flaunt a nut that's doggy as in dope
But it's not the mood to hear
The tales of limousines and pails
Of money they'll make like a pro
I be like, "Yo black, just play me the tape"
But at the show the time to spare I just make
But the songs created in they shacks
Are so wick-wick-wack, situations like this
And now I hate they give me smiles Kool-Aid wide and ask,
"Was it def?"
And with the straighest face I be like, "Hell yes."
I slip them the digits to Papa Prince Paul...

Fitzcarraldo, Friday, 29 January 2010 04:17 (ten years ago) link

Industry rule #4080...

President Keyes, Friday, 29 January 2010 10:15 (ten years ago) link

You gotta get a label that's willin' and able
To market and promote, and you better hope
(For what?) That the product is dope
Take it from Diamond, it's like mountain climbin'
When it comes to rhymin' you gotta put your time in
Get a good lawyer so problems won't pile
You don't wanna make a Pitch that's Wild.

President Keyes, Friday, 29 January 2010 10:19 (ten years ago) link

Diamond D?

pithfork (Hurting 2), Friday, 29 January 2010 15:12 (ten years ago) link

"[r]: we rollin with rush"

i always wanted this to mean that lee, lifeson, and peart were part of their entourage

uptown churl, Friday, 29 January 2010 19:13 (ten years ago) link


some dude, Friday, 29 January 2010 19:15 (ten years ago) link

an xls would be much more efficient

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 29 January 2010 19:18 (ten years ago) link

Industry rule #4080...

record company people are shaaaaady

lukevalentine, Saturday, 30 January 2010 16:59 (ten years ago) link

more Tribe:

so jet to the store & buy our LP
on Jive RCA cassettes & CDs
produced & arranged buy the four man crew
& OH SHIT skip anslem he gets props too!

lukevalentine, Saturday, 30 January 2010 17:00 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

ah i knew there was a thread for this ... well not exactly lyrics, but nasally white a&r's who wander onto the track to
do voice overs or skits

i was asking d40 if they still do this shtick anymore and he wasn't sure if they still did but confirmed my suspicion it's maybe not as common but we weren't sure why or why not


see @ 2:05 and 3:45

the late great, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 06:12 (one week ago) link

"invite all your friends ... everybody from the projects can come down"

the late great, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 06:13 (one week ago) link



the late great, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 06:14 (one week ago) link

speaking of nasaly white execs and :/

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 18:48 (one week ago) link

ah yeah a true exemplar of the form

the late great, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:43 (one week ago) link

thought this pharaohe monch line was the most brilliant lyric ever when i was 18:

"still get it poppin without artists and repertoire / cause monch is a monarch only minus the A&R"

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:16 (one week ago) link

I still think that's a dope line tbh

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:33 (one week ago) link

I live large, caviar and limos
Spent most of my time refusing bullshit demos
Can you understand, do you understand
Well let me explain I'm the A and R man
Dave Gossett. Yes I rock it
I rip the mike and I stuff pockets

Black Sheep - 'Pass The 40' has a pretty decent freestyle from their A&R man Dave Gossett (above) and a dodgier one from Chris Lighty who ended up managing most of the big NYC acts in the 00's

(the one with 3 L's) (Willl), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:54 (six days ago) link

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