Thursday, July 31, 2014

2001'
Started off at temp services but then soon I got hired on full time

* Protemp preffered because it paid the most - weekly pay

* Spherion Atlantic Enterprises [forgot the name on the sign]- Was ok paid daily sometimes/weekly others.. it was prefered over Labor Ready

* Labor Ready - paid the least but you were paid daily

* Westaff Inc. - was Plan D.2


Then came Larry Campbell

I got this job working at the temp service. He liked my work so he hired me.
It was me, Larry Campbell and his wife. 

* I cut Vinyl for car dealerships, small businesses, and individual business persons.

*I maintained the shop: unloaded truck and stocked material, did inventory, kept the shop clean inside and out amongst other things. 

I worked there from june 2001' until february 2002'. They were getting ready to give me the van that was used for delivery. It was a smaller van. I was about to get my license back. 
.   .   .

* 3 songs were recorded in 2001: ' Deep Lessons ' , ' Temptation[Notice My Roving Eye] ' & ' King Me '
These 3 pieces were downloaded from mp3.com site, recorded and mixed at ' The Dirty Lab Entertainment Group ' 
and 
uploaded into mp3.com by Carl [a musician] for $20.00. 
In order to get the studio time, I distributed about 20 CDs & passed out about 50 fliers. 
Carl would have uploaded the CDs for free and told me it was easy to do, but i didn't have the type of computer that could upload CDs and I respected his time by paying him for it [time is money].


An argument in the household screwed that - the van. 
During that time, I would occasionally go to an associates [Terry] house and jam out, with live instruments: guitar, drums, bass and a microphone. One of the times I went I met his cousin [Ron] everybody was jammin and I got his #. So when I lost the job I developed another plan and that consisted of me putting together a music project. So I needed music.

So I called him for a beat. He was like " Come out this way "
I thought about it for a few days, and said

"Cool!"

I had 2 credit cards: Bank of Marin and Cross Country Bank 
[cheap credit cards]

I 
hit my brother up [Jerry] to let him know I was heading that way [ he knew and associated with Ronnie back in the day ].

I
Used the last bit of my credit card to pay for my bus ticket to Frederick, MD.  I put my name on the lease and it was on!

March 2002
We moved things into storage from the apartment [a bedroom set] and moved  stuff into the apartment: computer for studio purposes, Dj equipment, electric drum set, and we went to Guitar Center to get accessories..
We were straight within a day. The same day I put apps in and started work the next day at Burlington Coat Factory. I was offered access to a vehicle but I refused because I'm a  bonafide loner/trailblazer.

Burlington Coat Factory in Frederick, MD
where I stocked items on the floor.




"2002' 
was my 2nd 
strongest year financially

But soon I got a job at US Carpet Market Inc.
Where I worked until the last day I was in Frederick, MD.

I stocked the store in the front and back, cut carpet for companies that placed orders [independent contractors], kept the shop in order and ect. Never missed a day.

I basically paid my half of the rent on my own $500.00 rent and bought my own food and stuff.

I went there with my credit cards on zero 3-2002

By the time I was leaving my credit cards limits were increased on my credit cards and I got an additional card.

I got a bank account there and had about $1,500.00-2000.00 in savings and about $1,000 in checkings.

I went out to a club one time and had a great time with friends of my room mate whom stayed in the same building but I basically just worked to save money. I'd go out to the a restaurant every blue moon but I was just working.


Not long after the equipment came in it went back out along with the phone connection which was the reason why I put all of my intentions on working, paying bills, and credit. 

There was an ' Alexander/Anderson Family Reunion ' scheduled for this particular year. One of the event pappers, [yellow in color] had a map of the United States on it. It showed the states where Alexander/Andersons  were living. 
I was extremely interested in attending the event. When I went to MD, I told my brother about it and invited him, and automatically he told my mother which screwed up my whole plan, because now she wanted to go, and bring her husband. 
Back then [ and now ], I wanted total separtion from her. I wanted something new, something true. 
My brother [Jerry] also knew Ron. When he [Jerry] came we were talking and it automatically went to a bad place. the worst thing was when he said right in front of Ronnie, 
" Mom said you can come back " 
I was thinking 
"Strike 2 nigga " I was thinking " Nigga you could have whisphered that in my ear "
After that I didn't see him anymore. We spoke once or twice on the phone, but his demeanor was unattractive. Ronnie seemed to connect with him. 

They continued talking but I was out of the equation, out of their world. I wouldn't be surprise if Ronnie and I bumped into each other once a month. I came to Ronnie with a direction to build with his fam while I was building mines up equating 2 strong families.

One of the workers at US Carpet Market, infact the one that got me the job, seen me walking with applications [because I was trying to have 2 jobs at the time - one would've been Burlington Coat Factory but after I got hired at US Carpet I just left Burlington], knew one of the contractors, whom looked exactly like Jamie Fox, knowing I did music, he introduced us and dude said he was interested in me and whomever I was with, recording work for the choir at his church. So I went to Ronnie with that and a couple of artists were interested in doing something but he said it wasn't the time. I think it was, he was still in school learning how to use the stuff he had and I was moving too fast for him. I don't know.

The last time we rode in the car together was when we took stuff from storage which was the first day I moved there.

I was thinking the change came when my brother mentioned my mother saying I could move back.  I thought he felt it was time to put things back in storage because he probably felt uncomfortable, I don't know. Maybe he thought my brother Jerry was the one to link with or he probably didn't like that I wanted to do my own thing. 


We didn't do any music
We didn't connect artistically anyway.  We tried writing a song together one time and it went no where. We couldn't even watch a movie together with out somebody talking out of their neck or a disagreement.. 
Spooky!
We just was different. So I just focused on getting my credit right and told him when the lease was up, I was out. 

I didn't buy bedroom furniture - nothing because I was in ' soldier mode ' 

To be honest we didn't trust each other so I was ready to split at any giving time.. There was just a vibe in the air, or it could have been all of those 
" Twilight Zone "
 videos in the house.

Regardless I learned stuff from our connection.

You gotta train niggaz
[joking]
* He had a black credit card and I wanted one.
*He was incorporated and I want to be incoporated.

He said, " Some people lie so hard that they believe their own lies " 
He's right!
He said, " When it comes to women, it's all about money "
He's right!

I brought guests in once which were Ron's friends/associates, to let them throw dices for a bit, bust some freestyles and stuff. They took me to the studio and literally treated a nigga like ' long lost family '. They brought females to me - in the club, tried setting me up with honeys- on the street.Iin the club, at the job, on the streets, to their female family members and I said 
"No I'm good "

They were like ' find a section-8 chick and stick with her. " They thought I was crazy - literally!
I
 feel like Hell naw.. I aint going to do that. She wind up pregnant then my dreams won't come true. 

" I am the most devoted "


Again
when I left from there I had all of my credit cards paid up, credit limit was increased, and
 I got another credit  card. 

had $2000 in savings, about $1000 in checkings.. 
A Jamaican brother, that worked  in the furniture shop next to my employer worked there for about the same length of time I worked for my employer, gave me a cane, that his grandmother made for him, along with, a belt and Sizzla CDs. 
We never spoked or did lunch. He heard me freestyle one time when me and the brother that helped me get the job was out front chillin' and he seemed to like it. 
It was like he was wishing me luck!
The top sells person who looked and acted like Rodney Dangerfield, told me to go to San Diego and gave me a famous/up coming jazz artist CD. 
The accountant gave me small business pamphlets and papperwork to SCORE which is an organization that helps small business people get started.
The owner of the business who was I think Iranian told me I could come back anytime.
The 
brother that I worked with, who set me up with the job gave me the lessons he had when he was in jail. he was like my counselor the whole time. I told him everything I went through in the past, and asked him all kinds of questions and he had an answer for everyone of them. 
He was a NOI Muslim. Extremely sharp, Alpha type, and well respected. A Straight G! Definitely a leader! He would come to the house with flyers to shows [yelled up to the crib. He never came in]
He 
was the one that took me to the bus station. 
Honestly,

wish I stayed! 
I should have just gotten an apartment..

 I went on to to Cincinnati, Ohio, in hopes to eventually making it to 
San Diego
But nope! I called the dude weeks in advance, we spoke before I left..

When I called from the bus station it was something else. I just got a hotel room for the night thinking " I'm going back to Virginia "
The next morning, I was about to walk to the bus station and over heard a sister in the lobby asking the desk clerk.
I
leaped 
Into the conversation like a super hero..
She introduced me to her man, whom was selling magazines [I did it before] showed him my I.D. and he let me roll to Richmond, Va and from there I  caught a bus to the Beach!
Thank You God!

I showed the tax pappers for 2001-2002' Campbell/CamCo from approx. mid 2001 to  at max 3-2002, because I moved to Frederick,MD on 3-02. It is on the credit report so.. The remaining of the year I worked for the temp service. 

My question is..

Who's Playing??

Monday, April 21, 2014

95- 2001 Independence
I'm 25 years old and sharp. No longer excessively out going and extremely cautious but I am still not quite there [mentally]. No more 40 ounces. I'd buy a 6 packs, or maybe a 22 ounce but that is it. And it wasn't malt liquor. Its Heineken, Guiness Stout, Corona or a Michelob and I'm kissing  the bottle until its warm, pouring the rest out. 

I always had a hooptie during this time [easier to fix]. I was consistently working/hustling. . but it was done aimlessly - without a goal that was connected to establishing a business.

Graduating from the hotels [effiencies], I eventually got an apartment, by myself, though the opposition says differ. They'll say momma got it for me, or she paid the rent, but they're haters/drug addicts.

The opportunity came after a car accident

I had a blue subaru, and thanks to the Lord I got into an accident in it, on Salem and Independence.. It was with a latin brother and at the accident, he said he was wrong to the police. I ended up with $2-3,000. Thank you Atty Land.

I got a couple of outfits paid first and last months rent, on a 1 year lease.

About a $1000 went to a new old car and some gear which came from the first check. [vehicle was totaled]

About $1000 went on the first and last month rent [chiropractor/medical damage]



My Apartment in Norfolk

- 4907 E. Princess Anne Rd. in 96' I got the apartment through GSH Real Estates off of Providence: 1bedroom with additional space connected to the bedroom. 
* in 95'  a lot of time, I was in the ' Breakers Hotel ' and later stayed with Chris, in Oceanview in Norfolk

It was about $400.00 a month. It didn't look good but it was in a decent area. close to downtown the interstate and host of warehouse businesses and the likes .

Jobs:
94-95' Marine deck and coating surfaces: Surface technologies
95-96' l 99-00 Demolition, Asbestos/Lead removal: A&B Abatement
95-96' Landscaping
96-97' Restaurant work [ Orapax ]
97' Commercial roofing
I had a route cleaning restrooms: daycare centers, gas stations, and other businesses.
Temp service employment if needed.

Music:
Studios: home and businesses.  " The World " 94-95, " Magnetic Pull " 95', "Lord Ur-ros " were recorded in 3rd Eye Studio.. *" First blood " was recorded in 3rd Eye Studios which relocated to a different location in 1999

Performances: Norfolk State 95-96, Virginia University 96-97. Clubs: The Cave 96-97.. and some other spots. 

Crews: I never liked groups because of the issues that came with them. All problems were based on individuals that were interested in control and or status that was too much like my household, which was the reason why I was hanging in the first place. I liked rapping but I wanted to sell and market my own product. My vision was way different from the people around me. 
I was raised in Virginia Beach, but I relocated to Norfolk because it was cheaper. I hunted the apartment down, checking the area out during the day and  night.. It was great! I met the best people. 

I moved back around the way because  after the 2nd lease was up because things was looking good music wise and I wanted invest money into studio time.

98' The reason I moved back was because I wanted to invest money into studio time because thing were looking great. I was relating with an array of people [which was partially the problem to- no loyalties]. I performed and participated at a couple colleges, a university, and recieved positive feed back from other artists and spectators, attending events. The thing was I wanted something that I could sell in my hands. A tape [back then].
These are older writings that I put together back in 95 to 97. They're mixed with tax folders that came in a later date but if you start the video 2:23 it will get directly into them.
Part - 1 of 2

The second half of some of my writings from 95 to 97
Part -2 of 2


In Part 2 I explained why I returned back to my mother's house in Virginia Beach, from Norfolk, Va. I also go into how I felt at that point. Everything was great in Norfolk. Opportunities were there but I felt I couldn't move the way I needed to accomplish the goals I was aiming for. It's hard paying bills and investing into projects at the same time.

My Goals:
*I wanted to put a project together as an artist.

*I wanted an entertainment/production company

*I wanted to get into film

Therefore
I needed money to do all of these things.

So
I needed to move back with family.

Why
Because I felt success was around the corner.

The Issues 
What my definition of success was and ' loyalty '. I didn't want to be a loyal servant/worker. I wanted to be ' free ' to do as I wish. I didn't even want to give orders because I felt [and still feel] whole heartedly, if you aren't paying people for their sevices you aren't the true master. Now, there are stipulations: volunteer workers [college students getting credit for school, street teams], collective or group policies [ groups like Wu-Tang, NWA or bands].. but if you are just a an associate, friend, family member that could be cut at anytime for any reason - pay up! And that was the problem. 

I'm not 

" follower "
or 
" sidekick " 
And I believe before you lead you should first have power, and have a firm understanding of it.

If I took the career test, self test, aptitude test or any type of personality test whether exoteric or esoteric, it would say ' Do your own thang '. I'm there to network.. and 99.9 percent of the time if I went out, people called me to go out there. Very rarely would I call anyone and say, " Pick me up ".  I try to stay out of people's way, because I don't want to hear anybody saying, " He used me "


Part - 1 of 2


Part - 2 of 2

The Problem:
The debt that came immediately; transportation:  car issues, poor bus lines [effecting payment of the debt]; the environment: situation [the home environment now had a brother that came home from penitentuary and my mother's husband whom worked out of states for several years before I moved out before it was just her and I], location [the mentality of the people in Norfolk and Virginia Beach are very different, especially on the side of town where I was at].

Excuse the lil rant [below - Part 1 of 3]. I can't keep editing and re-recordings. It's going to have to fly. I wasn't focus either, but here I explain how after I moved back to Virginia Beach and re-connected with the right people I did a lil something even though I took some hard blows economically.. 


Jobs:
98' - construction/restaurant - Protemp[temp service], National Abatement *again - [demolition work] & Pizza Hut - also I relocated[rented] twice with 2 different associates: one was suppose to have rented a room ended up on couch [video games being plauyed alll night; the other was with a young lady that was convinced I was crazy].. I stopped getting rides to the job[ after her new man moved in, which came from the other house] with National Abatement. From what I heard, I was only there because her car got shot up anyway. Moved back! Placed app into Pizza Hut delivery in the cut worked couple months put 2 weeks in went to Locco Streetwear with Rob.

* Also at this time I put together 2 songs and put them on mp3.com music sites.

' First Blood ' [produced  and mixed by PK for 3rd Eye Studio] and ' Lord Ur-ros ' [recorded in 3rd eye in 97' for the Spot Music project for 19th, I got it mixed at Woodhouse Av Inc., It was also remixed for " Pyschotic Philosix " which by far was the best version]

I wanted the experience putting pieces together in the big studio [paying money - feeling like I'm a business man]. I wasn't interested in selling the work because I knew there were uncleared samples. I just wanted to move forward. 
It would be on mp3.com for the world to see and respond to.

99' - Apple Bee's [waiting tables]; Cavalier [waiting tables and room service].. *  [summer] This is when I got in the fender bender[foot slid off of the brakes at a red light]; ' Obstruction of justice ' [we were doing music, someone  knocked on the door and all I seen was 2 arms pulling someone out of the house, it just so happened to be the cops]; DUI [Went out on 2pacs birthday/.108 3.5- 4 beers]- All during the summer.

*old Fine [restitution] came in 3-99 $ 7-800


Negatives:
* 1998 returned home to bill from the courts
* 98' $700-800 from a 1990 court case
* 1999 fender bender sued for $2-3000
* 1999 DUI fines[court], classes, no insurance fine from DMV.. forgot but it was high!
* 1999 Obstruction of justice $160 plus
Positives: 
* 2000 Locco clothing store
* 2ooo Locco Compilation
Late 1998-99' got in touch with paternal family

I feel I was dealing with the BEST on all levels BUT.. I have a vision. 
I'm a natural trailblazer/entrepreneur.
Rob of Self Pro was working on another CD compilation called ' Versatility ' and asked me if I wanted to be on that and I was like ' I'm ok . Let the other brothers rock it. '  
I really didn't want to be on the first one " Psychotic Philosix " because we did the song I had up there about 2 years back. I wasn't feeling the song because there were clicks in it [in the violin  sample] and it was  monotone.  I felt It could've been edited better and also I was getting on the business tip. 
wanted to be PAID for songs. People felt since they had most of the connections, and resources and I was getting free promotion that should be good enough, but if I am dependent on them, if i was to step in my own direction ' I'm used them '. Even though, I was treated extremely well on all levels, free shows, access to important people, respect due to association.  I still wanted papper and to me seen as an entrepreneur not an artist.  I felt the extra was just that. It's kind of like a job having cook outs and parties every weekend then saying ' I'm taking it out of your check '. Bump the cook out. I don't care if Prince was there every weekend, I'd rather have the check.  

needed my own identity: Lord Ur-ros as an artist and  my own entertainment company for starters.. I desired my own alliances, people that dealt with me firsthand.  They had plenty high caliber artists in their midst, hungry for the opportunity to show their skills and a lot of them were fresh talent, willing to do things for free, which decreased my value - as they grew. So I stepped out of their way while they were still moving up [fasst].

These
 dudes were extremely tight! 
And the time period I associated with them was extremely profitable even if a lot of money wasn't made:
Rob of Self Pro Productions worked with me at Locco Streetwear [set me up with the job at Locco/side jobs], through the years[94 to that point]. He was the one that did most of  the production.  He was the President or Vice President for Frequency Magazine [Eric being the CEO/Owner whom was a graphic designer]  which business office was in 12 Monkeys Studio. They were partners with the person that had 12 Monkeys and were well connected.
Eric was the graphic designer for Locco Streetwear and for the frequency magazine
Blount  who introduced me to the circle] 'aka Shinzu ' was the people's champ, had heavy street influence with the people and artists. He had 'Word of mouth ',  Hosted events and stuff. He was an artist himself. His work was loaded with substance.  We butted heads a lot because we both had strong personalities but ' Iron sharpens iron. ' 
He grew/expanded as quickly as Rob and Eric.
Though in the end Eric was the most impressive business wise, the others dealt directly with artists on an entertainment level which is harder to reap rewards in my opinion. By far they had the most impressive network I've seen to date.  

Word of Mouth Location - A

Word of Mouth Location -B
Part - 1 of 2

Late 99'  Plot
I had the charges [ DUI, The fender Bender, obstruction of justice, which was really an interference with arrest but nobody was arrested so it becames an ' Obstruction of justice ' charge ]..  the year started off good but turned into a nightmare.
my older brother Jerry some how cames into the picture. I get his #, call him and ask him prices for beats and or production. He says we could work something out with copryrights or something. So I don't have to pay him any money. 
I still had the vehicle at the time but I knew  soon I wasn't going to be driving. Rob had the magazine going. I figured, I could sell the car and use the money to produce a project,  and put it in his magazine, and I  could in exchange  take his magazine to the DC area where Jerry was at. Rob wasn't interested. He was having problems getting people to circulate locally. He was like if I was under his managementitwould be a different story.
That sounded damn good because he had the best connections locally but I didn't want to be an artist really. I wanted the entertaiment company andhe had a lot of people interested in him.
So I had to go without him, but that was a damn go idea [And that's what I wanted to do, get paid from ideas.]
So I sold the car for $750 and bought a ticket to DC.

It was nice out there. The people was cool but I'm all about business. I'm thinking -  in & out.
I think I was there 4 days. I wanted to leave in 2. My brother was waiting for a beat machine but the already had some equipment. He showed be the area and all types of people.
We got finally recorded something, got into an argument and I left with nothing.

All we had to do was find an instrumental I was comfortable with put it down on a track, then I record my vocals on a separate track to the instrumental, then he delete the instrumental, then he build another beat over the vocal track while I'm there or gone [with the little money I had left], then he mix it, then send it to me in the mailbox.

When I went to DC, the dumb shh tried to follow
One of my brother's associates wanted some weed  and he was like ride with me. I said ' ok.. '
[prior to this incident, I went out with them and we got into some play time - they had strippers giving lap dancing and such. I grab the mic one night and rocked it with a few of his people. It was fun] 
I was beginning to feel comfortable out there. So as we were riding. He was pointing things out, schooling me to how they hussle out there. Pointing at people you'd think were everyday citizen/construction workers saying ' hustlers! ' I was like they fronting that hard ?
" ANYWAY..
We got to where he was trying to go.. and from no where. The Army National Guard jumped out on us and got his ass. Took him away! The main dude, a brother asked me for my ID, seen I wasn't from the area, asked me my story [ I told him I was in it back in the day ].. Looked at my ID and seen I had the  same birthday as his and told me " I'ma let you go because we got the same birthdate.  " Finally some good luck. I was sitting in the car and the people in the hood were very upset - shooting with their hands. I guess they thought we were informants. Dude I road with was yelling back at them saying " We aint narks "
The National Guard soldier, told me to leave [I guess they were setting up for the next bust and I drove off and some how found my way back  to their crib, called my brother so he could get him out. Dude was mad that I left.. and my brother and the other room mate was upset, he took me out there.. It  cooled down. The next day I left back to the beach - Virginia Beach

Part - 2 of 2


The Problem I was facing was if a person produces they automatically see themselves superior in position. If they like Dre they want you to play Snoop. If they liked Rza, they want you to play Meth. What I'm trying to do is go into the studio and record. 


At the time technology wasn't in the picture. When technology came into the picture, everything changed because you could get a beat right off of the computer. There was a saying by producers, 
" There's a Million rappers out there ". 
Well after the computer came into the picture artists would just say, 
" There's a Million beatmakers/producers out there. "

The competition heightened for everybody.

When I returned, I was more focused then ever. I figured bump it, I'm going to have to get my own equipment.
2000'
99' - Locco Streetwear - Store Shipping;
The year 2000 was my 7th strongest year financially between the years of 1995 and 2005'. And it was without a drivers license! beating every year prior to it besides 96 and 97' which were the years I had my own apartment with a car. And it was all Temp services on a raggedy bus line.

2001 is when I decided to get a credit card because if I am going to be succesful i am going to need credit.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Genesis 1:1 "The Fall"


Space holds measurements; engulfs movements..


Points connect; rhythms collide with what was..


Big Bang, new beginnings, vibes

lowered..


Matters spiral downward toward a new

genesis..

Enter Phaze VI, authoring scripts, learning  burning

within concerns, conflict.


No time to be careless, memories blurry..

Intoxicants good wine, sweet soma..


Aroma key, I remember well, rebel
remember me, mutual.

I see, all seeing..and I always will believe,
in He.

Though out all eternity.



Written By Myth-Ra Raised aka Lord Ur-ros