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REVERB AND THE VERSE

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01. SON OF A GUN

02. NOW U NO

03. COME AND GET ME (written by David Blalock)

04. DOWN (ft. Tisha Paradis)

05. FREEFALL (ft. D-Trust and Tisha Paradis)

06. BUSINESS

07. GATHER (written by David Blalock, ft. D-Trust, Tisha Paradis)

08. SECRETS (ft. D-Trust)

09. JESUS (ft. Tisha Paradis)

10. LAST LAUGH

11. DANCE

12. Y.O.U.

13.               AFTERTHOUGHT

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PROVIDENCE "THE VERSE" THANKS: the Grandest Creator, MM:MM (for access, creativity, sustenance), AVEY (for love & adventure), Momma Simbai & Dad (for life), Coco Devon, Brothers of Muntu, Vasquez Padres, Hobday Clan, Coach Mo, Mines fam (esp. Dr. Boyd & the Grad Office), them men (Keenan, Trick, Alan, Jason T, Big James, B. Mickens, Javier, J.Tooley) them women (Queen Bobbi, Dr. LH, Farah, Cassie, Lainie, E/O Mendoza, Grace), La Onda, E/D Lara - RIP Joel Lara (love & miss you), all the greats that laid the ground upon which we walk, and all I missed...ain't no me without Y.O.U.

SHANE THANKS: Owen for letting me listen to these on repeat too loudly while to/from, KK for her brutal honesty and unfathomable support, Alvina Vasquez, Krista Kaufman, Talya Parker-Dash, and Kim Paradis for lending me your spouses one night a week for this silly misadventure, You-know-who for inspiring U-no-what, "the struggle" for making V// mean more, Yamaha for their black+whites which changed the sound of this record, any and every set of ears that heard this while it was being born LIVE, and mostly to The Verse for never pulling a punch, being a constant loyal friend, an inspired and inspiring poet, a safety latch to my trigger, and pouring some sense into the nonsensical music, for without that, it does not exist and would stay 1's and 0's.

REVERB AND THE VERSE WOULD LIKE TO THANK: T. Paradis / D. Parker / D. Blalock. Amanda Ray for filling in the cracks, Bonacquisti Wine and family, Hood Rat Productions, John MC @MegaFauna for supporting the local arts in DNVR, Stuart Hamby for Album cover photography

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REVERB AND THE VERSE: V//

People love to tell us what we're not. We hear it time and time again. And throughout the years, we've heard it all, hundreds of times now.

"You aren't hiphop enough"

              "You aren't dangerous"

                            "You aren't street"

                                          "You aren't bragging"

              ...to which we love to reply

                            we ain't stopping

              "...it ain't bragging if you can do it" (credit: Dizzy Dean, 1934)

When you make something and call it art, you're setting yourself up for disappointment and failure out of the gates. You pour your heart out on tape, empty your guts while capturing delicate moments as best you can, smashed into an edible size capsule of a song. Then you listen back. 70% of that music gets rejected outright. Sometimes they are garbage and disposable, yet they are still SOMETHING. Sometimes there are shiny bits, spectacular from the rest somehow. When you spot them, they stand out and you love them greatly. They don't need much shining, because they stand out on their own. 10% or less survives this process. The rest is aborted swiftly by a jury of our peers. When you hear a joke that's particularly funny, you try your hardest to remember it so that you can tell it to others. When you see great comedy with someone, you look in their eyes as you're laughing to ensure that they heard it too, and you SHARE that for a slight moment. It's much the same if you taste a new food with a unique or outstanding taste. If we're honest, we only really want to share that feeling out with others. It seems selfish to keep only to ourselves. In fact, we want to exclaim it to the masses everywhere we go

             HAVE YOU FUCKING HEARD THIS BECAUSE IT'S WORTH YOUR TIME

R&TV have done it all on a small scale, and did it all ourselves. We study, read, absorb. And we write write write write write. Sometimes we re-write. Occasionally we cross-write. Sometimes we backspace delete and un-write. This time, we put that out via our live show almost out of the gates. The first time Prov and Shane played most of the songs on this album to the rest of the players and performers in the band, it was without the comfort and forgiveness of headphones; it was demoed to them in a live environment. They caught on quickly. We actively chose to play these songs hundreds of times before finalizing what you now hear on V// and that sets these songs apart from previous efforts. They have the dust and molecules from the air still on them.

             SURE, YOU HAVE SONGS...CAN THEY BE SEEN & NOT JUST HEARD?

We scrutinized these under an intense microscopic inspection for 2 1/2 years before they seemed ready. Hundreds and thousands of listens yielded answers.

"X needs more bounce and boogie"

"Y needs to be smarter"

"Z needs some peace among the violence of its message"

If you can't get angry with it, sing along to it, or fuck to it later, why bother? Why do any of this at all, really? This highly focused lens could also concentrate beams of light and burn up what was there, if we aimed just right. Most of the time, this scalding was necessary. That bitter burn is, after all, a large part of the unique taste of Crème Brulee. It's not fun criticizing your band partners' choices in art. And this wasn't a fun process all the time, but it was worth it to get to the center of the songs. It's the mature and no-bullshit way through to the vulgar and profane.

             YOU AREN'T HIPHOP ENOUGH

...good. Exactly our intention

             YOU AREN'T DANGEROUS

...we haven't written a 'happy' song yet, so maybe you're not listening hard enough

             YOU AREN'T STREET

...every 'street' art we've ever seen has been by black culture, for black culture, or a rip-off of black culture. Do we really need more mainstream pilfering and plagiary of black culture to get it to Main Street? We hope not, and don't support that. We are a unique taste, emanating from within. Even if we only get to be a fulcrum, at least we're something causing the machines to read TILT.

             YOU AREN'T BRAGGING

             "...it ain't bragging if you can do it."

We're just declaring a statement of intent.

Planting our flag.

Minting our own coin.

Mastering our own language.

////////// NOW U NO

99. ACCIDNTS

 
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