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Kelly B Himself

by Kelly B

Down To earth Rap music with Hard Hitting Beats and thought provoking lyrics Kelly B
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Rap
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1. KellyB Himself
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2. Caught up in the world
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3. I Cant Live
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4. When I Was Young (Down on the Ground)
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5. Back in the Daze
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6. Stay Out the Pinta
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7. Don't Let Me Down
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8. Things I Did
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9. Feel So Good
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10. When I Want You
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11. F***ing Ass
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12. The Lesson
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13. Dying Young
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14. Senseless Killings
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15. My Point
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Album Notes
Kelly Busby, the former drummer of The Fireants, recently released his long awaited debut CD entitled KELLY B HIMSELF!! The 15 track CD exemplifies Kelly B as a thought provoking lyricist by writing about his difficult childhood,suicide, denouncing gang violence, hate and racism, and even adds humor to love gone bad situations.

One example of his strong writing capabilities is with the poignant song "I Can't Live" (track 3). This track expresses the loss and anger felt by Kelly when his close friend, Armin Flores, was defeated by Schizophrenia and committed suicide. The feeling of hopelessness and isolation felt by his friend is culminated by uncontrollable hysteria, intense chords, concluding with a gun shot and a final breath.Kelly B and Armin (E Smoove) were on their way to develop an alternative and positive rap CD as opposed to the cliche rap currently heard on the radio encouraging gang violence. Unfortunately after just four tracks Armin ended his battle with Schizophrenia. Kelly continued on and three years after the tragic death of his friend, Kelly B released "Kelly B Himself" and dedicated it in the loving memory of his best friend Armin Romeo Flores.

Friday, March 5, 2004
Orange Pop
Kelly B, formerly of the Fireants, tackles serious subjects on his new rap CD.

THE TURNAROUND: Rapper Kelly B credits his discovery of music at age 16 with putting him on the right path.


Listen to "I Can't Live"

Special to the Register

It's not particularly unusual for a musical artist to embark on a solo career after leaving the band where he got his start. But for a musician to make the kind of radical shift that is displayed on Kelly Busby's new solo disc is especially dramatic.

"It has been a nine-year process," Busby said of the completion of his solo disc, "Kelly B Himself," released last month by Anaheim-based Tru-One Records.

Busby was a seminal part of the Fireants, a Fountain Valley-based performance-art rock trio, from the mid-1990s until last year, when founding members bassist-singer Skie Bender and her husband, guitarist Kevin Jacobs, decided to relocate to Washington state. Now, Busby - who goes by the moniker Kelly B - has released a rap disc that displays accessible hooks, as well as intelligent and socially minded storytelling.

The 15-song collection is dedicated to Armin Flores, who had been working with Kelly B on developing an alternative, positive rap sound when he died in 2000.

"'I Can't Live' is about a friend of mine who killed himself, and some of the stuff we talked about on the phone," he said. "More or less, it's him telling the story. At the end is a suicide note that I had Robert (producer-bassist Robert Trujillo of Wirebox fame) read.

"That song took me a long time to write. I wrote that one 20 different times; I knew when I (finally) got that one."

Kelly B fully captures the feeling of hopelessness and isolation Flores undoubtedly experienced leading up to his death. Flores' backing vocals are featured on four of the tracks on "Kelly B Himself."

Kelly B says there is no thriving urban-music scene in Orange County, and his tales rallying against urban violence ("Dying Young," "Senseless Killings") are at odds with the genre's most successful artists. He also tackles topics such as racism and a troubled childhood on his release.

"A long time ago, I hung out with the wrong people," said the South Gate native, who now lives in Anaheim. "I got into trouble and stuff like that; I knew I could have gone to jail."

However, at age 16, Kelly B took up playing drums, and music became the positive force that he credits with saving him from a possible negative path. He adds that his wife, Jenny Busby, has had an equally positive influence on his life and music.

"Since I've been playing drums, that kept me in focus a little bit," said Kelly B, noting his early percussion heroes were Kiss' Peter Criss and Echo & the Bunnymen's Pete de Freitas. "I always liked Run-D.M.C. and N.W.A and some of the stuff they wrote," he said of his rap-music influences.

Kelly B's blend of hard-core rap and heavy, bass-driven beats and his use of some heavy rock riffs draws comparisons with some of his mentors' musical goods, if not their celebrations of violence and a criminal lifestyle.

Many of the greatest recordings are built out of loss and authentic emotions, and "Kelly B Himself" has been forged out of that tradition.

"Armin and I were starting out to do something more positive. "He came down with schizophrenia, and he ended up losing the battle."

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Pastor Rick Wells

Not a Christian Cd
I heard the tracks and I was thrown off a little. I thought because of the CD cover that this was a religious CD. Even though this Is "Not a Christian Cd" the message was great!! I love that Kelly B can Be Positive with out throwing Religion in the mix. Don't Let The CD Cover Fool You!! Pic up this cd


aint shitgana to change
you can rap all day and night about PEACE but aint shit gana change!! I put dat on my long as they is a pen they going be more and more people locked the fuck up!! I give you a mutha fucking 3. Keep trying but aint shit gana change FUCK YOU NIGGA!!!

Frank G

this cd really hit me hard
this cd really hit me hard, I had a cousin who took his own life, I could only imagine what he was feeling when he finaly came to do it, song #3 I Can't Live gave me chills, Kelly B has made it a little easier to for give my cousin,


If you like Old School rap you'll love this
The tracks on this CD were great to listen to, there are serious songs and then some that were hilarious to listen to like F***ing Ass. The songs on the CD remind me of the old school rap I listened to in High School. If you like RunDMC, the Beastie Boys, NWA, or LL Cool J then you are going to like this CD. I can't wait to get mine in the mail.

ABstraXT Boys

Kelly B Knows how to put it down. Got the cd last week and been bumpin it ever since!!

big russ

I had the same shit happen to me
I had the same shit happen to me, my best friend fucked my gurl, thats my favorite song Fucking Ass...all the other songs are cool too but Fucking Ass is my favorite.....


They should be more artist for peace
My little brother died in a drive bye!!! he was riding his big wheel and then he was dead!!!! never saw it about senseless killings that mutha fucking song SPEAKS LOUD... BUT NOBODY HEARS IT... I UNDERSTAND!!
They should be More artist for peace!!!!! KELLY B KEEP DOING WHATCHEW DOING.JD


he says things on this Cd that should have been said along time ago
this Cd Kelly B Himself really does make you think,he says things on this Cd that should have been said and needed to be said a long time ago.the lyrics are great the beats are great and the message is great. more more more!!!!!

pop corn

I feel where you coming from homeboy
I got my copy in the mail and I have been listening none stop, they are some pretty heavy topics on this cd!!
I feel where you comin from homeboy on the real!!