by Antwan Valentino

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Blanco is the longest project that I've released since I started rapping under the name Antwan Valentino. There were a lot of things going on in my life that I wanted to talk about.

Since my last project, I had traveled to Europe, as well as across the United States. I lost a profound amount of hearing in my left ear. I began, and ended a relationship. I made and lost friends. I learned about myself and what it is that I truly want out of life.

Listening back, I realize that Blanco isn't the most entertaining project that I've put out, but it is definitely the most important! I hope somebody out there can relate.


released October 29, 2018


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Antwan Valentino California

My name is Anthony Blanco aka Antwan Valentino.

I'm from SLO County, CA.

I have previously, as well as currently, rap my ass off, and I will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

Your support ensures I win the never-ending battle with existential depression.

Thank you and have a good day!
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Track Name: Tao
Allen Watts: Confucius once wisely said:
The man who understands the tao in the morning
May die with content in the evening
Because when you understand
You don't put your hope in time
Time won't solve a thing

[Verse 1]
My life is not permanent, existence will fade
But I hope I find happiness a distance away
It's clear that the key is just beyond what I know
So I accumulate more knowledge while I wander the globe
My music been reflecting the desires I have
To achieve an understanding then retire and tra-
Vel to fill the hole in my heart and my soul
Pain embedded in my brain now it's a part of my skull
Lessons about my psyche that I may not have used
I'm never facing my fears, I always stay on the move
But it's hope, that I am searching for, a ray would suffice
But I am hard-headed, reluctant to take the advice
And I long to live a life that I'm not sure it exists
I imagine feeling happy, find the cure in my bliss
Whether backpacking, flying, or I'm driving around
I will never rest in peace if I die in this town

Allen Watts: Worrying

[Verse 2]
It turns into stress
And evolves into anxiety, my mind is a mess
So I reminisce on all the different places I been
Eating pasta out in Venice, wanna taste it again
In Belgium eating paschka with some fresh baked bread
40 pound bag on my back, I must stay fed
And I hike out in Florence, Michelangelo Point
When the fam in Amsterdam, pack a gram in a joint
In London, almost tripped walking over olden stones
The Catacombs of Paris, taking pictures holding bones
Graffiti on a wall, a city shattered within
I can't imagine the impact it had on Berlin
Or driving across the country hitting national parks
I'm inspired by the detail of the natural arts
A single world currency, what I spent is time
But still have yet to crack the code and silence my mind

Allen Watts: But until there is silence of the mind
It is almost impossible to understand
Eternal life, that is to say, eternal now
Track Name: Love & H*****
[Verse 1]
See I recall my attitude before I fell in love
But to tell the truth I didn't know what the hell it was
As a child I was scared cause of how it is depicted
On the television, hope I don't become inflicted
I'm scared to death that it won't be till death to we part
That's from the bottom, the top and the rest of me heart
Legend has it that the first love is gonna hurt a bit
Unless you know the remedy, but me, I never heard of it
They say that it may take some time before you can adapt
But once it hits you, that's for life, there ain't no turning back
Once you got it, might be thinking, “God kill me dead!”
Hate to break it to you, never gone the feelings spread
Sometimes you make mistakes and you live with regret
You learn when you live, forgive but never forget

Bump bump

You can take anti-depressants or sedative drugs
But you cannot kill a thing, you are just suppressing love

[Verse 2]
Get ready for a smooth smooth burn
Followed by a bumpy ride
Life just got a new, new turn
Now will you come inside
You welcomed love with your open arms
And now your heart is marked
Badly beaten, broke and scarred
Boy, you ain't that smart

[Verse 3]
As I sit and I reflect I know I'm the one to blame
I rolled the dice on anything I thought would numb the pain
Love is but a side effect of reckless intuition
I'm new to this, but knew the risk, but heck it is tradition
I finally accept it, I'm not running from facts
And I am not the mistakes that I've done in the past
I could never make the claim and say I don't remember
Cause I'm reminded that she gave me all her love forever

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