Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chapter-X Problems: ' So I'm a Bum now? ' 2009-2015

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So I had to moved on..
I went on to the Dell card and and purchased items to make money.
Printer
Ink cartridges: black&white, color
Paper: various sizes [a] business cards [b] for promotional purposes
Video Recorder [UltraHD]
live audio devices [Yamaha Pocketrack CX] for live shows

Oct.-Nov.-2009
I put this together for my uncle Bruce
My uncle Bruce ' the Robin Hood of the hood, and my favorite uncle when I was growing up ' lived and worked in Olde Town Portsmouth. He was a Muslim. He was very well respected throughout the city. He had a variety of trades..  Here is a picture of Bruce . He was Mr. Fix it seen above in the picture. He worked for a Realtor in Olde Town, Portsmouth. He walked me in the office and introduced me to the people that he was working for, and it looked very nice. He did residential and commercial work. I worked with him a couple of times - one time in 2002' and another time in 2004'. The work I did above was done around  Oct, 2009. We stopped interacting because my mother felt she should be the middle-woman in our business relationship. She told me she didn't want him coming to the house. She wanted transaction to go through her. I didn't/don't want her in my business then now or in the future, especially after she messed up my last plan which involved me connecting with family and enormous risk.


I took it like she was too interested in my business. I'm the King over myself and my business. She was saying if you want to deal with family, you have to move through me. 

Nov.-Dec.-2009
I  offered Bruce a media show opportunity & photographical work but in exchange I wanted to use his apartment to record music project.
I offered him a talk [community-conscious] show with me producing it. I had the cameras and resources to get things going until Bruce did well enough to do it on his own. I told him there are better people out there but I could get him started for free. I told him just let me use your apartment to record artists. He had an excellent location. It couldn't be any better with a better person. I was thinking of starting off with poets and r&b artists..


He was close to the water I could take a ferry boat to Waterside where there are numerous festivals with live performances which would definitely strengthen our networks. There are malls: Waterside Mall, Mac Authur Mall; The Norva; Tidewater Community College and much more. Norfolk State University is about 15 minutes from Waterside and Old Dominion University is about 25 max.


I feel the main reason he refused was because my mother, his sister was uncomfortable with us relating. 

I explained to him the importance of me connecting with family and he went down stairs and said something like ' connect him with his people...' nothing else was said. Soon, Bruce and I stopped talking.

Dawn Kroboth did my taxes the last 2 years. When she did my taxes earlier around October-November, she told me to pay her back when I could. Early December, I asked her if I could pay her back by purchasing something, a [ Christmas] gift or something. She said yes. We check out the Dell catalogue and I purchased her a mp3 player. 
I also approached her with a photography special I was running. 5  photos for free. 

Nov.-Dec.-2009
5 Photos for free special
I decided to give 5 free photos away if the selected individuals put my business card/flyer on their desk. I just got the camera set: Camera [T1i- Rebel], 3 quality lens, Flash and I was ready to take things to next level. I figured they're getting it for free, how could I lose? Immediate arguments and drama. I took too many pictures, black, and not enough power..  That went horrible because I took too many pictures and it got too personal. But opportunities were offered to me and people like the work.  

Opportunities for photography work at events, business card inquiries, and so forth came through. The response creatively was better than I thought but the respect wasn't there. A powerful image is as important as heart. 

 Jan.-mar. 2010
Bucephalus Media: I had promotional devices
I had a variety of media running including an internet radio page - Bucephalus Media.

I had the resources to record live acts with quality sound Yamaha Pocket CX, and video Cannon T1i Rebel. I went to a club called Luxury Brown off of Baker Rd to record live poetry, but I immediately bumped into issues. My car broke down. I had to get picked up and the car problem only elevated. The tags were up, the inspection sticker was expired and there was no telling what was wrong with the vehicle.
By the time I started interacting with people, my vehicle became usable with a sticker on it reading ' Vehicle will be towed in 6 days '

I sold my vehicle between the first 
in the first quarter of 2010
We were at the apex of a global financial crisis; credit card companies were calling constantly; and the attitude of majority of the people were very nasty, because of foreclosures, bankruptcies and the likes.. 

To top everything off.. I got letters from the city about business licenses, property taxes, incorporation fees... I sold my vehicle sold my vehicle in the first quarter of 2010, I pawned precious studio equipment and ect.. I had to let it all go.


There was an attempt on my part to do a studio set up because an associate had a room for rent. I wanted to use his room for recording because I couldn't have company in my family's house.
I asked him the price for the room. I through up number and told him to challenge it, but he refuse to do so. We went absolutely no where due to different interests. He wanted to manage me like an artist when I owned an entertainment business and basically have all of the equipment. His propositions didn't make sense. I was only interested in that room. I needed decisions to be made without restrictions, especially now. It's like this, my business is my business, whether it's cutting grass or cutting records.  [a]I told him I could set up a myspace music page for him wit his music [b] I  told him I could record his music with Protool because he played bass. It could have been an instrumental CD. I had a quality camera that could also be use for video services. He said he had people that could do the same work for me, I offered him. Some people were probably upset I didn't add them on Myspace - I didn't want to add people until my project was complete.. that's how I was doing it and I have no regrets. Other people feel probably feel I'm doing too much on my own, that I should just be an artist..  

' Business had to come to a cease '

' The Fall '

2010-2011: I was in the 
Twilight Zone
The home environment was like ' The Twilight Zone '
She would ask why I wasn't doing anything and I'd say I can't my credit is so screwed I'll be working for free because of the creditors. And I'd mention how if she stayed out of my plan I wouldn't be in this sitituation. I also had this large lump on my rib and dental issues. The dental issue was crippling and the tumor started to feel uncomfortable. I didn't know if it was cancer and that effected my mind state. I had absolutely zero moves. I felt like I could die because of health issues. I thinking, know I aint going out like this. I caught the shivers one time, and an extremely large blood clot came out of my nasal. The dental issues was hell on earth. It took a toll on my body and mind.

Bankruptcy process from Jan 2012' 
until the Summer

Dental Work process from Jan 2012' 
through 2013'

Tumor process from July 2013 
to Oct 23rd 2013

I had the tumor since around 2000' . A friend [on my myspace friendlist, whom I never spoke to] posted how she had to get her chest cracked open because of heart issues that were rooted from dental issues. So I was thinking maybe my dental issue is the cause of the lump. I put so much of my efforts into getting the mission complete which was to have my business established that I put my health issues aside. Well it came back on me.

I already had a chipped gold tooth and while I was in the house I accidently hit my other front tooth with a bar, So I was looking crazy. A chipped gold and a chipped front tooth. I have no problem reimbursing these things. But I'm out before that.

 The Positive was I started writing blogs in 2012' and meeting people online
The main reason I started writing blogs was to somehow connect with someone in the industry so I could pay off the credit card debt. I felt if I connected with someone in the industry, I could pay off my debts and start a new. I wanted to connect with Russell Simmons or Bill Cosby.  I could be an A&R or some type of executive with a salary and from that salary I could pay off the debt, re-incorporate Shemariah Inc for music and movies while living in the NYC,  Atl or LA, then i would re-connect with family. It sounds far-fetched but the plan worked, to a degree.

I felt I had an impressive hand:
- I had music production: 3 songs on the internet which I produced, mixed, written ect.

- I had an internet radio show: Bucephalus Media

- I had written and recorded a couple of comedy skits: ' The Twins ' - 2 parts
both in which I recorded and edited; and I had recorded a Disc Frisbee video

- I started writing blogs in the first quarter of 2012' , and I met [online] a lot of industry people whom  were interested in doing some type of business. 

Opportunities came my way and I connected with valuable people from all levels, all over United States and the world. There were artists, musicians, music producers, publishers, movie makers, fashion designers... but my situation, financial debt and the lack of transportation stopped me from being able to make money. My health prevented me from relocating. I had dental issues, and a tumor or cancer, I didn't know at the time. I was in the process of getting a bankruptcy debating whether I should get it or not because I was getting great deals negotiating from creditors. I was in the bankruptcy office asking questions, but I eventually gave in.
I couldn't do anything.
I tried the idea of working with new artists, but their inexperience effected the opportunity of any work, they wanted things done free. I didn't have my business paperwork and the home environment wasn't stable enough to leap into anything correctly.

2010 - 2012'
No money, no way of making money.. 
mind - games[absolutely -10 trust]

Industry people came to me to promote for them, to partner up on projects with payment methods but I couldn't accept their money because of debt. I'm not going to slick the government and go to jail.
industry people wanted to meet me from Jersey, Georgia.. to do stuff but I'm broke.

I came to the conclusion I couldn't meet the likes of a Russell Simons if he wanted to because I didn't have a penny to buy a glass of water.

But the opportunities came and I have the letters to prove it. So if people would have stayed out of my business, I would have been set.

2013-14'
tried to leave but I met obstacles 
mind games [absolutely -10 trust]

I met all kinds of people. Quality opportunities were there world-wide. I connected with people that did music, theatre, film work but I couldn't do anything because of credit issues, health issues... I met people ahead of the people I dealt with in the past, but I couldn't accept offers because of credit issues.

At the end of 2014 opportunity finally came. I got a credit card, opportunity.. and I took.

Now I'm ready to [physically] move again



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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Chapter-IX Businessman Bandit or Bum Project [2009']

Executive Produced. Mixed.
Produced. Arranged. Composed. and Performed by D'Artis Known as ' Lord Ur-ros ' Alexander


I
Record Company Owner:
Shemariah Inc.
Licensed I have all of the paperwork, so I can sign an act.

 Executive Producer:
I  invested in an artist: Myth-Ra Raised which could be the model for other artists.

Producer:
I have all of the recording equipment needed and after I complete the project I will be able to produce the type of work I truly want to produce.

Businessman Bandit or Bum is just a model to show the quality of work I have for family.

Artist:
I will be looking for artists to sign to the lable; to executive produce a CD; or to produce a song for them, but first I needed a CD ' Businessman, Bandit or Bum ' so they could hear the quality of my work which is why I needed great mixing and mastering. That's why I needed this project to hit. 
So If I was in a car driving with you down the strip, you could hear my work in the CD player, then we could smoke one while listening to beats, next I slide you my car with links to my sites - professionalism, sophistication.

Writer:
I wrote the music for the ' Businessman Bandit or Bum  ' project and others in the past.  I wanted to extend my range into other genres, and also take it into film to broaden my range professionally but I need to first do the music then the film or theatre rather.. then the film. To get in theatre I needed to record something creative like a music video but I can't create a music video without music. 
Do you get it?

Engineer:
I didn't want to engineer the project [Engineering is mixing and mastering ], but what I did want to do is upload the music from my equipment into the computer system to have some type of experience. I mixed the music anyway because I couldn't help myself, realized I sucked and paid the cost with my chest up. 
I sucked so bad I didnt know who was good, bad or ok at mixing, but after a year of intense effort I developed ' the ear ' for music..  by the end of 2007, I knew the procedures to find out if mixers and engineers were good and ect. I figured since I know how to mix, I just as well get the credit for mixing, so now I can mix for artists under my lable, under another lable and ect, and get paid that $150.00 for a song or higher. They would hear examples of my work from the ' Businessman, Bandit or Bum ' project. They will also hear my production and ect.
Do you feel me?

Lets Ride


I  mixed the music [Bucephalus Production] and I'm the executive producer of the ' Businessman, Bum or Bandit ' Project  ' for Shemariah Incorporation overseeing graphics and such. Around 2009, is when I start that phase of the plan - graphics though I paid for it at the end of 2007'.



So basically now I'm mixing music and working with Eric with the graphics. He had relocated to a different location; it was nice - more stylish: 2 floors with a high ceiling in the front, a reception desk, A very large office and 3 or four other rooms. Upstairs, was large itself; large rooms, with corners leading away into a maze [ when it was empty later, after businesses left]. There were A couple of other businesses, operating within the building with him, but eventually Eric operated in the building alone where he had the ground floor to himself while The upper floor was occupied by another crew that had it going on as well. I imagine Eric arranged something with them. They had internet radio media in a room with that looked professional, and music was in rotation. It was pre-recorded as well as live. It was super tight clean and professional [this is when I seen the dark maze; the other areas/rooms were empty]. Eric was like I could help you connect with them. Eric was cool! But I wasn't interested because I was only interested in the project then connecting with fam.. I didn't want to see nobody. My all was into the project and i didn't have the energy or the patience needed to work with people. I didn't want to be distracted.



 
[A]
I  took pictures in his office; I think 6 of them. The one in the background was with my hands on the desk, which was suggested by one of his colleagues. 
I
gave him the pictures of the castle and I gave him a horse or told him I wanted a horse racing forward
[B] 
I came weeks to a month later and he had 3  faces side by side like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, The castle, The pyramid, the sand, the horses, with the orange background.
[C] 
I told him to take 1  of the face out because I thought it was too animated, I was going for a calm sophisticated look, to magnify one pictures and to put the other face picture, that his colleague suggested, to the side of it. I requested the smoke, the sun, the bird flying, which he drew on the spot, the Bucephalus writng and the symbol above it, the shade on the horse back & head which reflected the sky, and the effects aroud the horse's body. 
[D]
later, by myself with my software, darkened, and added texture, to the whole picture. 


The picture below is another one of the pictures I did with Eric..  He felt it should have been more earth tone like the one above. I took the picture with the computer at home then took it to him. The red was for the heat which signified the pressure. It was very stressful  for me putting the project together.. I'm thinking, meditating in a dark place. I was there with this one throughout the creative process which took one day, but we quarrelled during this one. He felt the colors should have been more earthy like the one above. We did this one in a day.



I got business cards to match the project which was my idea. Eric was getting tired of me. That just meant I was doing my job. I'd pop up on him. I came for service a year after I paid him, and it was summer.
We didn't discuss a lot of the details. He was busy with a host of clients; I was busy mixing. We just faded away from each other. We both are headstrong so, it is what it is. 
This project introduced, and caused me to develop an interest for graphic design software, which is another skill.

This whole process took approximately 2 months and the heat was on. 




Caught up in the Mix


How Long Does It Take To Record An Album
 Click link above

I was in the room recording, editing, mixing focused like J.Dilla




Finally, I am finished Mixing
The mixing is done now all I have to do is master it. I called Disc Makers
to get it mastered because earlier they said I could master it through them - again. Twice, before it didn't come out right due to my mistake mixing. But Disc Makers was under new management now and the new Project Manager [ The old manger was Jason Sladinski] had an issue with me coming back almost a year and a half later. He said he would re-master my work, but it had to be the same material I sent before. The problem was I rewrote the lyrics, and the music. He said he didn't have my older music but I  didn't want any problems because of greed. He offered me a good deal to master my work, so I called my brother Jerry to see if I could get the money back from him  since he never mixed it. He said he didn't have it but he could master my music for me. I agreed and sent the music over the internet. He complained about the mix then asked me to send individual tracks so he could mix it. I said ' forget it ', and asked him to put the graphics Eric and I created onto my myspace [ background ] page and we'll call it even with the $100.00 I gave him to mix my work. He agreed. 

The Music was Never Mastered

The money ran out so I couldn't master the project but I'm not worried because.. 

If

you want Pro Tool services... they charged me $75 and hour

you want me to mix a song... they charged me $150

music production services... starts at $1,000

beats [music] starts at $300

management.. 10-20%

counseling fees.. I paid $30

And a host of other options like  featured artist prices, writer, executive production and ect.


I asked for the number to the Alexanders [ my paternal family ] and that is when the problems started.
My brother and I had a disagreement; My mother got word of it from her husband, so she expressed her issue with me without properly sizing up the whole situation. It wasn't a bad argument between us. I completed my mission. 

If you look at my history, you'll see, it's extremely obvious - I'm on a mission. 

I completed the final phase in my mission. I wanted it finished by 2008 for the ' 2008 Alexander-Anderson Family Reunion ' but I couldn't even finish it for the ' 2009 Alexander-Anderson Family Reunion ' 

I was going to connect with people in the family outside of the Reunion with a failed mission, but also a valiant effort. So the argument, and my approaching her for every Alexander number, was coincidental

Aug.-sept.- 2009
Give me the numbers to all of the Alexanders " 
was my next move.. P-e-r-i-o-d 
 The words instinctly melted out of my mouth. There was no malice in my speech. There was no emotion or ill-will.

Click link below to get the facts: 
Problem: ' So I'm a Bum now? '

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chapter-VIII Businessman Bum or Bandit Project - The Recession [2008']


I - January 2008: I was finished with a project, 14 songs, to be mastered in East Wing Recording & Entertainment now known as King Music Vision, LLC

I met a young musician at a ASCAP event in Virginia Beach The receipts read 01/15/07 & 01/17/07 but the actual dates weren't written correctly on the receipts. The true dates were 01/15/08 and 01/17/08. It was a simple mistake.

* It took 2-3 sessions to mix and master the project. I paid before I recieved service as I usually did. 

We worked out a deal where he would re-mix and master my work, because my mix was horrible. I put effects on the tracks in a manner that couldn't be adjusted.


King Music Vision, LLC:
http://www.reverbnation.com/robbinking

 " Originally, I went there to get my music mastered but the mix was irreparable. So he suggested I mix it first, before mastering it. He said he'd give me a deal on the price and I took it."

The Result: 
 The music came out terrible. I'd give it a 0 minus below void. It was about a D, in the studio, but in a car system... it sounded like straight garbage. I played it in a couple of cars, a truck, a stereo system, boom box, same result.

The problem was my original mix:
- I used Audio Suite effects on tracks rather than auxillary effects
- Too much effects, over satuated with effects
- Location: recorded next to a room with Parakeets and a Lovebird
- I bit off more than I could chew: instead of doing a full CD, I should have did an EP [4 songs]

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II - March 05 2008: So I tried mixing it and sent it to Disc Makers maybe 2 times... 

I'm going to all of the music stores:  ALM, Guitar Center.. and another one Off of Virginia Beach Blvd that may have went out of business, asking for advice. I met a few people. I set a meeting up with an engineer, rented a motel room, brought my equipment and he gave me some good advice.

1. On how to use a certain plug-in, microphones and utilities.
2. We spoke on where the music sound in the industry was going.. 
*He travels to New York frequently and assist in engineering Hip Hop studio sessions.
3. He told me ' never let the person mixing your work master it. '

*I met this good brother at Pizza Hut. His partner Darius drew the artwork to my ' First Blood  ' CD. I didn't pay him yet but I will because hewas the coolest over everybody.


Disc Makers:
www.DiscMakers.com

 I sent the music [minus 2 songs] to Disc Makers 3-05-2008.. got the music back and got the same results.

" I'm talking to Eric Moor, owner of Martian Lab Media, at the same time about the design for my projects.. "

While this is going on I'm chatting with Eric - lightly, but most of the time I'm alone mixing, researching, paying bills with the credit cards [like a Hip Hop artist with a deal]: rent, storage, phone, food ect. confident the project will be finished soon.

" I'm talking to Eric Moor, owner of Martian Lab Media, at the same time about the designs for my project.. "


 I sent the music [minus 2 songs] to Disc Makers 3-05-2008.. got the music back and got the same results.

Credit Card limits were being reduced 

The 2008 financial Crisis was in effect. Because of the financial crisis the bank reduced the credit lines drastically.


The Reason Behind the 2008 Recession
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III - [ Summer ] of 2008: I went to Suitland, MD/DC to see if my brother Jerry could mix it.

I asked him on the phone, " How much do you charge to mix a song? " He said, " I usually charge $100.00, but I will charge you $50.00. " I said, " I will pay you $100.00. "
I got a rental car because the Lebaron I had broke down on me  around the summer of 2007, so I immediately purchased a car from a very  small car lot for $1,000.00, because I didn't have the time for an auction. It was simply a work car. I tried not to drive it on the interstate.


 This car died, but it served its purpose.
My car looked exactly like this one.

This looks exactly like the car I had at the time.
Including the dent on the door, rims, paint color..


* When I handled serious business I paid for a rental. The car had issues. It was solely a work  car.


I arrived around 5:00 PM
I paid him the $100.00 as soon as I seen him, while no one was looking because I didn't know his situation. I brought my computer and external hard drive and such out there to his lady's house and while we were there, artists were there, so I was like.. " you guys can do yal thing, we can work later. "  

We got started about 12 or 1 AM
It was just like the last time I tried to do something with him - absolutely no results. It was almost as if it was intentional. I could be wrong but damn man! We started work at 12 or 1 AM.. and immediately started arguing about head phone volume. I never had issues with anyone - e v e r in mylife inthe recording process. Nothing happened that night.

The next day 
I paid for breakfast for all us, rode the backseat, so him and his lady sat together  - we argued, because of his driving - speeding. We argued when we got back.. squashed it. I wrote together with him, for him and his people, because his lady requested it.. and during the process we argued again because I asked him about what he was writing to tighten the song, instead of everyone creating different worlds.. The dude covered his papper up like someone was trying to bite...  Earlier when I was trying to do my project, I was producing, now since it was his work, he was considered the producer, he said something like " See this is how you produce. " Nothing happened that day.

That afternoon
I left without my hard drive, and I had to drive all the way back the same day.

We simply can't work together... 

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IV - July 31, 2008 I went at it again with an engineer with a name that is too difficult to read, from Norfolk.

I was charged $150.00 to mix a song, not record but mix.
The problem was he re-edited the vocals, changing the way they were arranged. I wanted the overlays to be offbeat.

He didn't see my vision.. I paid and took the loss. 

* note: His price for mixing was $150.00; my brother was $100.00.

This time I just came with the external hard drive. I've been mixing for sometime because in between me going to the people, I was mixing, going to sites, groups, studying information.. reading on levels with each instrument or track. I got much better, so after a while I started liking my work better than other people's work. I developed an ear. 

I wrote new songs, kept uploading everything, kept re-mixing everything.. searched on the internet for information. 

From this brother I learned the importance of grouping vocals, and instruments. I asked him if he was interested in doing a unified project and he refused the offer and I accepted and respected his refusal.

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VI - August 1st, 2008 - I decided to mix my music myself like I originally did near the beginning of the year and get someone else to master it.


From the beginning I mixed my music, but originally I was just going to upload the music into Pro Tools, and pay someone else to mix it for me. I ended up employing Robbin King [East Wing Recording and Entertainment], and I took a loss. Next I went to CD maker to get my music mastered twice with no success. Then I went to DC to see what my brother could do, and again nothing was done. Last I went to a Hip Hop Vocalist editor specialist from Norfolk, an engineer, at a reputable studio where he was responsible for mixing vocals exclusively, and he did a good job, but he did it drastically different from what I instructed, so I had to can that mix, So I decided to do the mixing myself.


The Conclusion 
At this point I figured I was ' close ' to being qualified to mix music compared to what I was seeing. I figured, I just as well put another notch on my belt by mixing the music as well.  I'm not paying anyone, anymore money for mixing. 




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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chapter-VII Solar Bird - From the Ashes: Scales [2005-2007']

Now this is 2005
2005' was an excellent year in all ways. the quality of credit cards went up. I had the Triton Korg Le, and my credit score elevated to the point where I had personal and business credit lines. I had added American Express, Chase, Sam's Club and Capital One Business to my repertoire. I have cards for computer issues: CompUSA, Best Buy; Chevron [gas card].. and the only clothes I'm buying is work clothes and I'm making my own lunch for work. I'm going to work then going directly home which is my mother's house in the office space, sleeping on the floor.

Credit Cards 
Jan-2005 American Express...for business
June-2005 Chase Bank....for business
July-2005 Capital One...for business
Aug-2005 American Express... for business
Sep-2005 Sam's Club..... for shopping/bulk 
Nov-2005 American Express.... for business
Nov 2005 Best Buy....for computer product/services & equipment
Dec-2005 Chevron[Gas card]...... for travel
Dec-2005 CompUSA.... for computer product/ sevices & equipment

- I added the Dell Inspiron l 9300 [entertainment model] laptop computer to the situation.

- I'm making beats [for later] 

- I'm making more money painting [licensed/classified] with a few companies: Krull Painting, Custom painting, and a few others contractors. I'm mostly painting new residential construction [750, 000 homes, condos] but there are some commercial /business jobs.

Music 
I recorded a song with Larry Cox


2006
Credit Cards 
March-2006 DFS/Webbank
May-2006 Chase Bank
June-2006 Discover Financial[recieved at Sam's Cub]
Aug-2006 Citi Card
Nov -2006 Chase Bank

- Mac OS X Tiger 10.4 [Apple computer] 
- I purchased Protools MBox2
- Bought studio monitors, microphone and accessories
- Gym[Kempsville Recreation Center] - GNC [General Nutritional Center]
Went in at 120-122 Gained 25 lbs first year... 150-155 lbs. 

Gym/weights
The gym changed my diet, attitude and confidence. It sharpened my logic. I stayed on the scale. I watched every pound increase and decrease. I always asked questions in the gym, GNC, or wherever, regardless how simple or complex the question was. I seeked diverse views to broaden my perception. I stopped drinking sodas, and consumed a lot of water. I paid close attention to my diet, and I started seeing results. I became more goal-oriented, and discipline. I became more systematic, and less impulsive.

Music 
I'm getting better with music.  I think I recorded one song with Rob9 ' Luv Sick '. We haven't seen each other in a few years so we banged something out. After that, we didn't see each other again until late 2007. It's work and then the gym. I had to work hard and fast. All business and no play.

Work
I was working hard painting
* I also did food delivery drivingfor a short period

Credit
I wouldn't be surprise if my credit line was 50,000 and every penny was availble, and It's diverse: [quality] credit card - personal and business, gas cards, store cards - not fashion. The loan is paid off, bank account at the credit union: savings $1000 - 2,000, checking $500.


2007
2007 was a rich year. I did a lot of planning and readjusting this year. It was about advancing the intelligence in the system I created. I had been painting consistently for years now. I'm familiar with a lot of things I wasn't a few years back.  I was confident. On a personal level, I knew who to listen to, and who not to listen to. I was very particular with who I associated with or did business with, and I was very attentive to details. I'm creating complex plans like football plays to attack present and future goals.  An extremely rough example of how the plan looked click here [ not the original].
The Ultimate Plan
I had about 5-6 columns/rows on the back of a large calender: First row was banking: savings & checkings; the second row was the painting business; the thirds row was music business; the fourth row was music equipment/resources; fifth row was investments, ex. Edward Jones; the sixth row was alliances/partners... Each row had like four options or directions.. ex. the first row [A] $1000 savings and $500 in checkings [B]$2000 in savings $1000 in checkings all the way down to [E] which would probably be $5,000 in savings and $3000 in checking
Now if I have [E] 5,000 in savings and $3000 in checkings,I could go in the second row, and do a let's say [C] option, which could say purchase a work truck or I could go to the sixth and invest it into a business venture with alliances/business partners or I could also mix  it up. 

I came into a few great options with painters for partnerships and I have the information supporting that option.


I was plotting hard and deep producing signs and symbols. I used my creative side in a business manner. I put my all into it.


Credit Cards 
March-2007'  Bank of America

Gym
I reached the weight desired which was 175 lbs even though people said it was impossible. It took 2 years but I reached it  

Bank 
Opened Bank of America Checking acct
Opened Capital One Checking

Business 
Incorporation pappers: Shemariah Inc.; Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Taxation

Music 
I purchased: Reason Le 4.0

Work 
I painted all the way to the end of sept-oct 2007 . I experienced a lot of crazy situations. [1] The contractor felt we weren't putting enough effort into our work or we didn't do the job correctly speed-wise and or technically. People sometimes simply wouldn't show up, causing the contractors to come to the job yelling at people like kids in front of everybody: professionals and homeowners. It got old. A few times, I snapped or paced in circles, or left for a bit and returned, but soon I learned the way of the wiser. I told the contractor I needed to work by myself. I told him to separate me  from others in houses we were working in or put me on a job by myself so he could see my quanity and quality of work. He did and I was in heaven. We were basically independent sub-contractors anyway.
One time people stole equipment then left early while I was still in the house working. They waved bye all natural had their girlfriends with them and everything. They knew I would get the blame, and they denied what they did to the end. But the truth came out on the day of the polygraph test. I came to work with the cane, dress cloths.. and was going to use the opportunity to take pictures for my new cd album ;)! The culprits admitted their wrong, were called idiots and remained employed. I thought to myself, if it was my black ass, I would have been fired but no complaints, words or the likes came from me - I'm focused!  But I did grow tired of the environment. For years and I had worked at a extremely fast pace. Literally running on the job site. I was sick of walking on eggshells, but I had to do it, and I wouldn't change a thing. I knew I had to build a strong & solid foundation for the next phase and I did. I had enough tools and resources to make my transition into a respected business man.... 

The Ultimate Plan 
But the worst thing in the world happened ' The Causes and Effect of the 2008 Financial Crisis ' 



The 2007-08' financial crisis hit like a thief in the night. I did construction work. Construction workers felt the 2008 financial crisis first. We are the frontline. No more houses were being built. I overheard a lot of crazy stories, that  hinted something crazy  was about to happen with the economy. Somebody, a higher up, commited suicide.  I was reassigned to jobs out of the city and commercial jobs because of the lack of residential work. The last day I worked for the company, the person I worked for called me after the day was over and said something like ' I got to let you go because somebody said you were talking about me '. I didn't even challenge it. I was over it. I had enough. People stole equipment on the job, and they still had their jobs. He just called them idiots and kept them.  If it was my black ass, I would have been fired, minimum.. I had enough. But all in all, I believe the economy played a serious role in his decision.

I was ready to leave.. so I left between sep-oct 2007 and I decided to put the ' Businessman, Bandit or Bum ' project down.

- I had close to $80-$100,000 in credit and all of it was available
- at least 750 credit score
- about $1,000 in bank
- I had Pro Tools le Mbox2
- I had  the Triton Korg Le
- I had Reason Le
- I had a decent microphone CAD GXL 2200 and quickly replaced it with  Studio Projects B3
- Behringer Amp/Furman Power Conditioner stands and accessories
- Beats/music
- ASCAP Papper work arrive in Oct-2007

* The Ultimate Plan  was to record a cd with the loan or the credit cards and promote it: the cd, my production  services, and beats/music and ect, at the talent show held at The Alexander/Anderson Family Reunion. After the event I then would connect with A-likes at the reunion and expand from there. Either through them or their associates or both. Then after a solid bond has been produced personally and professionally: a couple of projects have been completed, with blood and their associates I would return with fam and associates to the indivduals and associations I delt with in the past or ones I have came in contact with during the creation of the ' Businessman Bum or Bandit ', then expand further . 

Between sept-oct 07 I start the project
I had the funds, the equipment.. and music. In 2004, I paid $75.00 an hour recording with Pro Tools; it is now 2008'.  I have Pro Tools now.  I make music and other services like write, I'm an artist and other things. Imagine what I could charge. The only problem was I didn't know how to use Pro Tools, but what I decided to do was upload the music from the Triton into the Pro Tools, and lay my vocals, then hire someone to mix the music with their Pro Tools for me, that way I could save money and learn something at the same time. I wanted to get a little work with the Protool software to experience it myself then watch them mix it while asking question so next time I could co-mix, pre-mix. Below is a video of my set in 2007. The camera, camera lens, Yamaha Pocketrak CX, printer.... I got them later



Approximately 3 months prior to me leaving the paint company I worked, between sept- oct 07 [making it around june], I bumped into Eric Moore who did graphic designs for Locco Streetwear - a locally respected clothing company [00']; and Frequency Magazine - another respected entity [99'], while I was purchasing food from a local fish market, window shopping. I bumped into Eric's business, Martian Lab Media. I wasn't surprised, but I was glad to see him doing his thing. Everything looked very professional artistic inside and out. He was doing well. We spoke and in a week or so I paid him up front for graphical design work.


Above explains the beginning of my project art design: 
graphics and technical services
. . .

Shemariah Inc. Reciepts for Tax Purposes 
2006-2009' P-I


Shemariah Inc. Reciepts for Tax Purposes
2006-2009' P-II


Shemariah Inc Papperwork


Behringer Amp; Microphones: CAD GXL2200
Studio Projects..


Tax Papers for 2005-2009; Shemariah 
Incorporated Papers; Triton Le Book


Again.....I was extremely ready to leave the job so I left between sep and oct 2007', and I decided to put the ' Businessman, Bandit or Bum ' project down.

- I had close to $80-$100,000 in credit and all of it was available
- at least 750 credit score
- about $1,000 in bank
- I had Pro Tools le Mbox2
- I had  the Triton Korg le
- I had Reason
- I had a decent microphone CAD GXL 2200 but quickly replaced it with  Studio Projects B3
- Behringer Amp/Furman Power Conditioner stands and accessories
Beats/music
- ASCAP Papper work arrive in Oct-2007

And if you watch the video you will see incorporation papers, state issued retail tax sales slips, up-to-date technology computers: Dell Inspiron and Mac OS X Tiger, storage unit receipts. The artistry is complemented with material, realistic elements acquire through hard work and extreme discipline - showed and proved.  

The question is why was I stock piling?
A
Because I needed chessboard pieces for my plan. The plan was to get the resources needed to build a project: first a cd: ' Businessman, Bum, or Bandit ', then go to the ' Alexander Anderson Family Reunion ' where I will get answers: on my father whom I never seen or spoke to since I was 8 years old and meet family, perform at the family talent show, and from there I was going to build the national connections needed before I associate in any group ventures, because I felt it was the best direction for me professionally. Strength is in good numbers. People play you for your weaknesses and that is cool. Because of that fact, I'm going to do things the same way everyone else is doing things - strategically. I'm not going to play people for their weakness, but I will play not refuse to be the fool. Locally, I was sick of ' back pats ', pay me! I was interested in seeing superior results, and to get that I needed superiors in my circle whether domestic or foreign. In 1998-00' I was introduced to a couple of family members on my father's side through phone [ I wasn't raised with faily on my mother's side ]. One of them, Terry  [ who was writing a book on the family ] and she told me I was possibly related to people in the music industry: JayZ, Puff, Chi Ali, Shyheim; 
film: actress/model Karen Alexander [ The sister that was killed at the beginning of the ' Bad Boyz I ' movie ]; sports: [ I think someone on the Seahawks, <football>]; Radio Djs [ in Philly ]; House of Representatives . She explained that there is 2 sides: Anderson and Alexander. She said the Alexanders were more loose: fighting at the family reunion in the hotel rooms] and ect, and the other side was into education or something like that. That's when, I decided to head in that direction at fool speed, with money. She kindly said ' don't expect anything from anyone '  celebrities or the likes, and I was cool with that, totally. I said ' me and my mother don't get along ' and she went on to say, ' the woman has been through a lot ' and from there I knew we wouldn't hit it off.  The conversation ended quick. I believe, We didn't speak again until 2014.. I spoke to someone that said come/go to Atlanta we can set you up with a job, and someone said that I could ride with them to the family reunion, I could stay in the hotel room with them. But I denied the offer because I didn't want to be introduced in that fashion - struggling. But I was still going in that direction. I recieved family reunion mail with my name on the envelope from then, all of the way to 2009' . I figured there had to be a whole lot of people/dreamers in the family trying to do their own ' independent ' thing like me. Those are the ones I was interested in meeting at the right time. So I focused on getting my thing straight.

B
I lost interest in being an industry artist way back... too much hating. I'm interested in being  a great entrepreneur, respected as a businessman, recognized for my talents, properly credited, and compensated for my ideas. Locally, I tried networking but nothing came from it, because it's all about power: resources/connections. So after efforts were exhausted between 1998-2000, I took things to the extreme.  For years, It was all work with no play literally. There may have been an occasional fling  [say 10 times between 1998 to now] but that was it. I slept on the floor for years, ate boloney sandwiches for lunch with a $10,000 credit limit, rode in hoopties to gather the resources needed to materialize my goals, I sacrificed
I structure a plan and made it happen. I told everybody what I was doing, for good reasons. It's family then associates, period. What's the problem? What's wrong with that? Absolutely nothing.  

I crossed the board like a checker, ' King Me '. God Blessed me with the ' will 'to acquire the resources. I desired to  push castles, knights, bishops, pawns... which I should've been automatically granted, due to the fact I'm from a very large family on both sides; authority over all of those things from the very beginning. But '  the Lord of All ' works in mysterious ways. He wanted me to experience certain people and things to heighten my awareness and my will. 
in 2007' I came out of seclusion and I started working my magic.. interacting with people I haven't seen in years, decades even.. No drinkies, smoking or playing while I was putting my music together. I had some issues with it music:beat[bass drum] wasn't deep enough; Pro tools [technology], editing, effects aux usage, audiosuite... ; Mac OS X Tiger issues; Mac OS X Tiger and Pro Tools Issue
*Chip introduced me to an engineer named Fern I paid him $30.00 just for his time. I was asking questions about Pro tools. It was my idea to pay. He didn't even ask but I felt time was money. I paid him even though he knew less than I did on Pro toool systems, at the time. I try to be fair.

I almost always paid people, and was the one to offer payment for their time and efforts, even if others I was only getting advice.

I felt 2008 was the best time to make my move. I figured I could finish something in a month or so. I was attending an ASCAP event [after I got the AsCAP Card] in 2007  at the Virginia Beach strip. It was in a hotel restaurant, about 10 groups performed, and I connected with a young engineer. We exchanged numbers, I called him because he said he was going to school to be an engineer. I asked him did he know a good engineer and he gave me Robbin King's number. I called Robbin and we set something up.  


This video is the summary:




Now lets go into my project which was my investment.


Businessman Bandit or Bum



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