Building Blocks EP

by Antwan Valentino

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This is the first and only project that I created entirely by myself. I made all of the beats (not impressive), wrote and recorded the lyrics, edited and mixed everything, and I even drew the artwork!

I know, a jack of all trades is a master of none. Well, that's why I called this project Building Blocks. It was a learning experience, and with these foundational tools, I forged ahead!

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released December 10, 2013

Lyrics, beats, and mixing done by Antwan.
Mastered by Neks.

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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: Bump Bum
Lyrics:
[Verse 1]
Wiggle to the waggle when I walk up in the room
Microphone in hand and I start to rock the tune
I'm an opportunitist and this moment's opportune
So I'm bellowing my lungs like I perform in opera rooms
Feel the crowd rock with me they followin my zone
Ever since I grabbed the mic I can't leave it alone
Adrenaline is pumpin and I'm jumpin out my bones
Cuz I feed off creativiy, know nothing bout the clones
All the fake artists want the mic now that I started
Riots all across the room, but soon they'll be departed
Dearly from this life so if it seems like it is haunted
Just remember that they took their own life cuz they felt daunted
When I say it's over then the show will end abrupt-
ly So I can rest my dome, lay down and get all tucked
Neat between the sheets when I wake up I start to suc-
ceed And if you think that you can topple me good luck

(Chorus)
Dope...dope, dope, dope
Too dope you'll never know
Dope...dope, dope, dope
Too dope forever flow

I've been rappin too long
Can you hear me?

[Verse 2]
My first run at hip hop I knocked on the door
Knew it wasn't locked, never walked in before
I pulled my tape out, straight dropped it on the floor
Knew it wouldn't pop, but they balked at it more
Got back on the horse, once again I sattled up
Put my game face on, told these bitches paddle up
Not me or my cousin, ain't no one gon' battle us
And come out on top, you get scrambled into dust
Took a chance, it didn't work, I redivised a plan
Make ya verses lean and only leave like five percent
Weeded out some words with a weed pipe in my hand
When I'm done I'll tell my bowl that, we will light again
But first I must lay down vocals that I've written
Flavor with no puncture wounds so no it wasn't bitten
I spend my time mixing, I ain't out chasin no kitten
That's the way I'll stay with fame cuz things won't be no different

(Chorus)
Dope...dope, dope, dope
Too dope you'll never know
Dope...dope, dope, dope
Too dope forever flow

I've been starvin too long
Can you feel me?

[Verse 3]
I'm like a dead goldfish floatin to the top
You're like a wooden boat that just rowed into a rock
If I have to break it down well it means ya flow stopped
After this encounter you won't have no job
One less competitor to stand in my way
From monopolizing hip hop and brand it in my name
Who's your favorite rapper keep him in ya mind frime
Now picture that rapper on the mic slain
Crazy if you think it can't happen to the best of em
Nobody's except maybe you should take a lesson from
The greats who pack weight in their words when they're professin em
Aim to knock his teeth out, go ahead and make a mess of em
We sound like animals we just do it for respect
To be the pack leader, ain't no need to protect
The throne when it's on you gon' bleed from yo neck
Wanna test ya meddle, get this settled, we are the best
Track Name: Brass Balls
Lyrics:
[Verse 1]
Gritty are the teeth of a man that chews
Through jazzy beats it's sad to see him damage blues
Musically illiterate, I understood a little bit
Now I make beats and rap and I don't play an instrument
Except the mic I rip it, record it then I mix it
Bring heat you can't contain with some flame retardant liquid
Ask around my town it's like a ghost appeared
They never woulda guessed that I live close to here
Cuz I rap with a passion, now they're just askin, if I'm doing shows
But I'm down to a Jackson, need to put gas in, my car and then I'll flow
Lay it down free of charge, tighter than some leotards
Paint a picture with the words I blurt cuz I got scenic bars
Watch the story of a young man unfold
Born and raised in SLO county, twenty one years old
Who appreciates the art but still raps stone cold
And takes a stand for the music till his backbones pulled

[Chorus]
Hip hop is in the house who wanna get a piece
Hop up on the mic, hold it tight and don't release
Unless your inner beast hungry, better let him feast
Better never be led by the scent of cheddar cheese

These rappers...
Always blinded by the truth
These rappers...
Never find em in a booth
These rappers...
Always picking up recruits
Think they're sick up in a group, but I'm stickin to my roots

[Verse 2]
I'mma get it in so I don't procrastinate
Sharp enough to cut through beats, believe I lacerate
You wanna see the future you don't need a magic 8
Ball to shake, you all are fake, exposed that is ya fate
So give my elbow room, you got the plague so keep ya distance
Made the beat, rapped and mixed it, I don't need assistance
Pack the track with so much flavor that it bleeds delicious
If you wanna bite it, try it, but I leave it vicious
So it might attack you back, leave you with regrets
Laced it with some battle rap, it's feedin off ya threats
Ya answer back was wack, in fact it's feeble at its best
I inject adrenaline like needles in ya chest
I keep emotions bottled up like energy within
Till I blow the booth up, messy with the pen
Smearin lyrics on the walls aggressively again
In a fit of rage, I fill the page, my recipe to win

[Chorus]
Hip hop is in the house who wanna get a piece
Hop up on the mic, hold it tight and don't release
Unless your inner beast hungry, better let him feast
Better never be led by the scent of cheddar cheese

These rappers...
Always blinded by the truth
These rappers...
Never find em in a booth
These rappers...
Always picking up recruits
Think they're sick up in a group, but I'm stickin to my roots
Track Name: Curb Stomp
Lyrics:
[Verse 1]
Rearranging feng shui is how I do my business
Your energy was shifted like your jaw, go see a dentist
I focus my attention on what's movin like kinetics
Then I give your teeth the boot like I'm movin out some tenants
You don't wanna see me cruise, boomin with the ten inch
Black car, dark skin, oooh is he a menace?
The only way to get me off your case is with incentives
Green backs don't mean jack, I'mma get inventive
I'm sorta like the Jigsaw, so often maniacle
Put you through the torture test, give you somethin to die for
No easy outs, handguns, or silly rifles
No knives, or, dynamite, we goin tribal
We ain't afraid of death, so life is what we strive for
Bittersweet rivals, probably contrived for
The sake of entertainment and claim that it's for survival
But once ya eyes roll, back in ya skull there's no revival

[Chorus]
Damn!
Goddamn!
Antwan is the man
But he's hard to understand
Damn!
Goddamn!
Antwan is the man
But he's hard to comprehend

[Verse 2]
Dangerous schematically, my brain is workin graphically
Similar to Ghost Hunters, draw it out happily
Give me more soul to feast on before I rest
Where's my pencil a beast songs inside my chest
Cuz in my heart I know it's true, I may never live on
Past my dying day, so may I deliver these songs
And leave it up to fans ears, even if they can't hear
They can still feel it like I'm holdin up my hand near
Light receptors, like professors trying to help you grow
Mic ingestors, like the peasants always with the flow
Going with the grain so the pain you'll never know
What it's like to have to hold ya head up at ya show
Cuz they booin you, fans misconstruin you in fact
What they do to you? Timid, but you usually attack
And it's true that I have never been accused of bein wack
Cuz I said it from the jump I will abuse you with my craft

[Chorus]
Damn!
Goddamn!
Antwan is the man
This song it is the jam
Damn!
Goddamn!
Antwan is the man
And I think that he can dance

[Bridge]
You caaaan't do what I do
Maaaan I challenge you
To staaaand up here and
Sing. a. song. verse
Rules, caaan't control my views
I smaaaash and batter fools
Not aaaaskin put your
Teeth. on. the. curb

[Verse 3]
It's hard to be dynamic when your thoughts are always dope
I'm the kidney killer, my fans livers cannot cope
Go up in your system with intoxicating rhythm
Here's my vision, your decision is to seek an antidote
Fortunately for the fools who are not intelligent
It's easy to escape my rap style is not prevelant
But please understand if we're speakin man to man
Where I stand, your whole life is regarded as irreverant
Disrespect is so contagious, just the proof we go through phases
Maybe one day they'll show love for these tons of notes and pages
I won't hold my breath, no not even for a sec
I take steps to progress, on my quest I'm going places

[Chorus]
Damn!
Goddamn!
Antwan is the man
Now he got another fan
Damn!
Goddamn!
Antwan is the man
Could you please give him a hand
Track Name: Feelin' Ill
Lyrics:
[Verse 1]
Ain't nothin harmin me, especially not a pharmacy
I come equipped with killa kush, that's what I call an armory
Pills sayin swallow me, I'll turn this day to Halloween
Goblin, ghouls, and ghosts gonna get ya while ya wandering
Through the forest, through the streets
Through the chorus, through the beats
Zonin while ya scopin all the dope up in my new release
Fantasies and true beliefs, Anthony just drew a piece
Of art, scribble a part, of my thoughts and then I grew a crease
In ya brain for acquisition, knowledge got you acid trippin
Easy flowin, easy goin, showin you a slackers vision
Deep within the ag division, came a little bad emission
Puffin on smoke, lovin to quote, the lyrics from the raps I listen
Slowly leak the antidote, I got the upperhand and wrote
A humble little hymn to hold me down so I don't stand and gloat
Returnin back to manic mode, don't need for you to panic though
Luscious lyrics linger round ya lobes, so intangible

[Chorus]
Feel, so ill, that drugs will never stop
Whether man concoct-ed it or it is pot
Still, a will, can overcome a lot
That is if it not, diseased or worse distraught

Feel, so ill, that drugs will never stop
Whether man concoct-ed it or it is pot
Still, a will, can overcome a lot
That is if it not, diseased or worse distraught

[Verse 2]
Workin for a petty fortune, not just heated, steady scorchin
They want for me to smile bigger, problems I'm already forcin
They don't know behaviors origin, brain is where it stays important
Don't care what's coursin through mine, as long as I just stay the course and
Don't talk to mo-bile personnel, you know I'll
Only get distracted and I'll end up gettin thrown out
My temperament is so mild, sometimes I wanna go wild
Fulfill all of my fantasies and rhymes that I have wrote out
They're on my case, "Improve or leave, and I don't care what you believe"
I seen it for myself, a scene where the soul had grew diseased
Sell you somethin you don't need, I'm against it true indeed
Humans helpin humans, that's a language I speak fluent-ly
Guess they need Rosetta Stone, we're only guests we're never home
An individual with intellect and I was never cloned
They're tryin to pick my clever dome, but act like you have read a poem
With words of wisdom, birth a mission, shout it on the megaphone
[Chorus]
Feel, so ill, that drugs will never stop
Whether man concoct-ed it or it is pot
Still, a will, can overcome a lot
That is if it not, diseased or worse distraught

Feel, so ill, that drugs will never stop
Whether man concoct-ed it or it is pot
Still, a will, can overcome a lot
That is if it not, diseased or worse distraught
Track Name: Speedy Gonzalez
[Verse 1]
Wiggle to the waggle when I walk up in the room
Microphone in hand and I start to rock the tune
I'm an opportunitist and this moment's opportune
So I'm bellowing my lungs like I perform in opera rooms
Feel the crowd rock with me they followin my zone
Ever since I grabbed the mic I can't leave it alone
Adrenaline is pumpin and I'm jumpin out my bones
Cuz I feed off creativiy, know nothing bout the clones
All the fake artists want the mic now that I started
Riots all across the room, but soon they'll be departed
Dearly from this life so if it seems like it is haunted
Just remember that they took their own life cuz they felt daunted
When I say it's over then the show will end abrupt-
ly So I can rest my dome, lay down and get all tucked
Neat between the sheets when I wake up I start to suc-
ceed And if you think that you can topple me good luck

(Chorus)
Dope...dope, dope, dope
Too dope you'll never know
Dope...dope, dope, dope
Too dope forever flow

I've been rappin too long
Can you hear me?

[Verse 2]
My first run at hip hop I knocked on the door
Knew it wasn't locked, never walked in before
I pulled my tape out, straight dropped it on the floor
Knew it wouldn't pop, but they balked at it more
Got back on the horse, once again I sattled up
Put my game face on, told these bitches paddle up
Not me or my cousin, ain't no one gon' battle us
And come out on top, you get scrambled into dust
Took a chance, it didn't work, I redivised a plan
Make ya verses lean and only leave like five percent
Weeded out some words with a weed pipe in my hand
When I'm done I'll tell my bowl that, we will light again
But first I must lay down vocals that I've written
Flavor with no puncture wounds so no it wasn't bitten
I spend my time mixing, I ain't out chasin no kitten
That's the way I'll stay with fame cuz things won't be no different

(Chorus)
Dope...dope, dope, dope
Too dope you'll never know
Dope...dope, dope, dope
Too dope forever flow

I've been starvin too long
Can you feel me?

[Verse 3]
I'm like a dead goldfish floatin to the top
You're like a wooden boat that just rowed into a rock
If I have to break it down well it means ya flow stopped
After this encounter you won't have no job
One less competitor to stand in my way
From monopolizing hip hop and brand it in my name
Who's your favorite rapper keep him in ya mind frime
Now picture that rapper on the mic slain
Crazy if you think it can't happen to the best of em
Nobody's except maybe you should take a lesson from
The greats who pack weight in their words when they're professin em
Aim to knock his teeth out, go ahead and make a mess of em
We sound like animals we just do it for respect
To be the pack leader, ain't no need to protect
The throne when it's on you gon' bleed from yo neck
Wanna test ya meddle, get this settled, we are the best

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