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Music 4 A Drunken Evening

by XL Middleton

Rap for everyday folks - Music for all the slackers around the world from a West Coast perspective.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: West Coast Rap
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1. Music 4 A Drunken Evening (feat. Big Saccs)
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2. Feel So West Coast
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3. Down
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4. If I Dont Get Paid (feat. Rev & Bigg Steele)
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5. Long As We Maintain (feat. S-Dee)
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6. Cadillac
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7. Cant Get Enough (feat. Foesum & E-White)
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8. If You Let Me (feat. Sharon Hall)
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9. Do It If It Feels Good (feat. Dr. Stank)
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10. Zoom Zoom
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11. Tuck You In (feat. Young Tremayne & N8e)
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12. From My Eyes
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13. Drunken Hooligans (feat. Non-Cents)
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14. Shotgun (feat. Rev & Bo-Rocc of The Doveshack)
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15. Are You High???
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16. Slacker Pad Fridays (feat. 1stBorn, K-Duece, Non-Cents, & Matix)
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17. All Three
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18. Gotta Get Up (feat. BQ)
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19. Blow It That Way
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20. One Or The Other (feat. Sic Sense)
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21. Throw Ya Cups Up
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22. This Must Be Heaven (feat. D'Zire)
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23. Last Call (feat. Tha Shock Doctor)
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24. Relive It All
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
XL Middleton is an artist who is best explained in three different ways - recording artist, producer, and CEO of his own label, Crown City Entertainment, which is home to himself as well as four other artists who all hail from Pasadena, California: Rev, Sic Sense, Black & Mild, 1stBorn, & Young Tremayne.

As a recording artist, XL, along with his Crown City family, is bringing "slacker hip hop" to the table, also variously known as "hooligan hip hop". His lyrics are directed at the regular everyday folks who have to work 9 to 5 jobs during the week, and like to unwind with a few drinks (or maybe several drinks) on the weekends. Just look at the title of his most recent effort, the double CD "Music 4 A Drunken Evening" and the title of his upcoming album "100 Proof Music - The Alcothology". XL goes deep with his intoxicated subject matter; he can talk about the fun you have while partying, the regret of waking up the next morning with a hangover, and every emotion inbetween. Though he's not fond of the cliche phrase "keeping it real", XL does not rap about things he doesn't take part in, such as selling drugs, owning fancy cars and chains, and busting guns just to look hard. He does it all through a very cynical point of view, meshing this seemingly superficial subject matter with sly social commentary and satire, on songs like "Do The Ignorant Dance" about using a night at the club to forget about today's important issues, "Beautiful People" about the detrimental obsession with physical appearance, or "Now That You Got Thin" about humble women whose egos inflate after shedding a few pounds. It is this outlook on life, unorthodox for hip hop music, which XL hopes will set him apart as a recording artist.

As a producer, XL uses a minimum of samples (though he will use them if he finds a nice one), and instead opts for complex keyboard melodies and bouncy basslines. Though his bread and butter is traditionally "West Coast", a la DJ Quik, Dre, or Battlecat, XL can pretty much bring any flavor to the table, since he was trained to play keys at a young age and brings this musical experience to the table when making beats. It's not uncommon to put on an XL production and hear solos from pianos, guitars, and synths that give the music a "live" feel that so much of today's hip hop music is sorely missing. XL, along with his production partner Sic Sense, run a website, www.crowncityproductions.com, where young MC's can listen to and purchase beats for reasonable prices to help put together demos or albums.

As a CEO, XL has a whole lot on his plate besides just being creative. He handles much of the business aspect of what he does, overseeing graphic designs for his album layouts, website maintenance, and even shipping orders. He has a hand in every aspect of musical creation, execution, and promotion. Aside from his own material, CCE has released an album from Rev, titled "Insufficient Funds", and an album from Sic Sense, "This Fool", which are now available on the internet from www.crowncityentertainment.com. XL is also actively working on several other projects, which include the forthcoming album from Black & Mild, titled "Bottled Up," 1stBorn's solo debut "The First Draft," and production and mixing efforts for affiliate label Herban Liquor Productions, also based out of Pasadena, California.

XL has collaborated, through production and guest appearance, with the following artists: Dr. Stank, Dirty Birdy, Bo-Rocc of The Doveshack, Foesum, Bad Azz, E-White, Big Wy of The Relativez, Techniec and Dynamic Certified, The Twinz, Scipio, Bigg Steele, Big Saccs, Shade Sheist, and several others.


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Trent

holy shit!!
you actually have your CD here!! I can't belive it! I'm not gonna buy it, but damn! You're the man!

A Real Slacker


Dude this cd is straight booty!!! I want to hear a "Real Rapper" spit some real talk, not some internet rapper posing as a rapper. Sike! BUY THIS CD FOLKS IT'S A STRAIGHT BANGER FRONT TO BACK!!! KEEP IT WEST...

Westified

A classic party album by an artist with even more to offer
It's obvious that Pasadena, CA, native XL Middleton wanted his third album, "Music 4 A Drunken Evening", to be as big and epic of a record as possible. That's quite a tall order when you lack major-label backing. But when you take an underground classic of a first single like "Feel So West Coast", pack it on there with two discs (thats right, two!!!) discs worth of other songs, and package it with hellishly dark, gothic, yet somehow humorous artwork, you may have to concede that XL is at least somewhere on the way to achieving his apparent goal. The question is, once you rip past the classical sheet music on the front and back covers (complete with a picture of the artist himself with a caption below it that reads "Sir Middleton Hollawell"), will you find that this "Drunken Evening" is one worth indulging in? Let me spoil it now by giving you an emphatic YES.

The intro, which features a sonic smorgasbord of crashing glasses (of alcohol I presume?), thunder claps, and eerie classical music, clearly demonstrates that XL was trying to go somewhat beyond the album's artwork alone with his demented drunkery. But we all have to remember that Middleton "feels so west coast" and that his bread his butter lies in his uniquely updated version of the jazzy R&B fusion sound perfected by Warren G. & DJ Quik in the mid-90's. It's clear that his strength is mainly on the keys, and he doesn't hesitate to lay it on thick, whether it's the shimmering rhodes arrangements on "Long As We Maintain", the staccato piano stabs of "If You Let Me", or when it seems like he's just plain showing off on songs like "Relive It All". Lay down rich analog basslines underneath and smooth synth melodies on top and you've got a recipe for classic West Coast hip hop. The important thing to remember is that his style is something new - it's not "G-Funk" or anything of the sort, but the influence is clear. In all fairness, you can hear the influence of more modern producers like Battlecat and Dr. Dre in the mix as well, lending itself to a sound that is far less outdated than critics of West Coast hip hop would care to imagine. Nor does XL hesitate to come out of his comfort zone at times; the album's title track features a dark organ loop topped off with a distortion guitar solo at the end. On the politically-charged "Are You High???", He takes his traditional keys-and-bass arrangement and flips it into a spooky backdrop while replaying the same "Diamonds Are Forever" sample that Kanye used on his "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" song. Speaking of which, the Nas-esque "From My Eyes" has XL taking things in a whole other direction, pulling one of those sped-up vocal samples and looping it over a grill-shattering bassline.

Now, let's not forget that XL Middleton is a recording artist as well as producer. With the high caliber of production that he offers, it seems par for the course that his lyrical side be forgotten, but he doesn't slack in that department either. While his voice and delivery can be a bit inconsistent at times, he delivers song after song with cynical, clever lyrical content that proves, while a bit rough around the edges, that XL has the complete package as an artist. He brings his storytelling abilities to the table on the tragic love-lost tale of "All Three". On the extra-funky, Sic Sense produced "Blow It That Way", XL simply airs out irritating people, from old high school acquaintances trying to sign with him all the way down to rude pedestrians: "When I'm drivin why you cross the street so slow?/ Fuck is he trying to prove that we don't know/ I might not hit the brakes if he don't go/ He'd show me respect if I was the PD though." He demonstrates that he can take life's smaller quirks and put them into song form. The high point of the album, "Shotgun" featuring Rev & Bo-Rocc of The Doveshack, carries this exact type of advanced incisiveness. The concept is XL and his partner-in-rhyme, Rev, riding down the street and taking notice of all the different situations they pass. XL: "I'm seeing every human through my scope/ The pigs put some dude in a choke/ Cause they thought he was moving dope/ Kids hitting the store for Now And Laters/ While dad's at home drunk, watching TV, shouting at The Lakers". He ends his second verse with a beautifully orchestrated reference to the first verse that ties in the song's concept as a whole and makes it feel utterly complete.

However, at the end of the day, "Music 4 A Drunken Evening" is a party record with a strong slant towards those who indulge in the type of beverages that are only served to people at least 21 years of age. Tracks like "Drunken Hooligans" and "Last Call" give you a clear idea, even before you hear them, of what to expect. XL and the Crown City family are still, after all, the self-proclaimed "hooligan slackers" who reside at "The Slacker Pad" and XL does a great job bringing that aspect to life. "Drunken Evening" is truly a perfect soundtrack for a laidback Friday night, at the pad drinking with the homies. But it's also great music for your supercharged backyard house party. Or you may just want to live vicariously by listening to XL Middleton's "Drunken Evening" and desperately wishing you were there.