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B.Lloyd's Latest Cuts

Checked out B.Lloyd's latest demo tape driving to and from work the last few days, and it's pretty dope. He definitely has lyrical skills and an ability to change up his flow. His delivery sounds pretty effortless, which means it definitely takes work. The beats are catchy and there seems to be a lot of strings sampled on the tunes, which work well.

He dropped the five tracks on me before I could ask to hear them, and, while I hadn't been in the mood to listen to too much hip-hop lately - I'm on a sick Babyshambles bender - it was cool checking out the lyrics after getting to know a little bit of his story. A lot of the subject matter is pretty much standard fare for what's going on in rap these days - money, bling-bling, tire rims, club life, perils of fame - but, as he says himself, "So now every song's about da club/'Cause I ain't never heard a rapper go platinum off peace and love."

The fact that he did not leave San Francisco on the most amicable terms is clear enough. At the end of one song he says, "You crackers in San Fran act like you couldn't stand me/$29-mil later now you understand me." Ouch. There are some other references to football, like making one-and catches, cashing in on incentives, etc.

My favorite stanza, however, was a shoutout to the 80s icon who gave the world "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," which went, "I stick out like the black Cyndi Lauper/You (stuff) is hot, but mine is hotter." Brandon also found the way to work the word juxtaposition into a song, and, essentially rhymes it with Four Seasons, which I thought was much more impressive than me getting "penultimate" into a story over the weekend. He'll definitely be popular on this blog for dropping a juxtaposition bomb; that word got some serious luv on the blog yesterday. Good work my man.

B. Lloyd plans to work on more production after the season in February and start shopping the new demo in the offseason, looking for a deal.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 8, 2006; 9:00 AM ET
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He should team up with Ricky Watters and get Deion to do some backup. Just kidding. I don't ever want Deion near anybody that wears the burgandy and gold unless he's covering a Golden Gophers football game.

It's a natural tendency (for me at least) to think that there is no way he can be any good. I guess that's unfair, but it's hard to get past a guy rapping about scoring TDs. And if he's rapping about anything else, it sounds disingenuous because he shouldn't be doing anything other than football. That's his job. If I was getting paid 29 million dollars to do something, you better believe I wouldn't be doing anything else.

I try to remind myself that Darnerian McCants was a painter/artist, and I thought that was pretty cool. Maybe I should cut bLloyd some slack.

Tell him to get Gibbs to endorse it. Didn't cPort and Lavar get Gibbs to listen to some hip hop two years ago?

Jason, practice question: Did you see (or hear) anything in practice about Montgomery and Golston that explained why they were picked instead of Killings? I thought Cedric played well last year, and he wasn't eligible for the practice squad (but both of them were). Thoughts?

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | September 8, 2006 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Hi Jason (again)

thank you for this blog. We know it is on your own time and you are not being paid for it. You have won me over as a fan and I find myself looking for articles you write these days.

In a blog 2 days ago you said,
"...and Coach Joe has called me into his office a time or two..."

Then P Diddy says,
"Now you can't make a comment like that and just let it go! Details!"

I agree with P Diddy - what happened?

X.Hog (In virginia beach)

Posted by: X.HOG | September 8, 2006 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I love the way you represent the white boys like myself by using the words; dope, flow, and catchy all in the same paragraph. Keep up the great work. You are the man.

Posted by: calebt17 | September 8, 2006 11:13 AM | Report abuse

B. Lloyd is fast becoming my new Favorite Redskin. I think he's going to fill the hole that Smoot left. Is there anyway possible you can post an MP3? Just a SAMPLE? PLLLLEEEAAAAAAASSSSSSSSEEEEEEEE. Tell B. Lloyd that the FANS are begging you. Oh yeah, does he have a different Rap Name?

Posted by: rando in LA | September 8, 2006 11:15 AM | Report abuse

rando in LA, check it out:

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | September 8, 2006 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I adore Lloyd. This 'Skins team has some great, great personalities. Not showboaters, not me-first guys. But truly interesting, outgoing characters. It makes it fun to root for them, especially knowing St. Joe won't tolerate any of them outshining the team or smack talking an opponent.

Obviously, few of us know how any of these guys really are off stage, but at least they deliver as entertainers when they're both on stage and between the lines.

Now will someone please tell Brandon that he needs to update his site? :-)

Posted by: P Diddy | September 8, 2006 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey there.
Talked to B. about posting his stuff on our site. Whenever I am able to write this story on him we'll link to the music. He's got to get me a censored version of the CD, first, though, cause a lot of this would not fly. Letg's just saw the langauge is raw, which, hey, you have to expect from a lot of music these days. I've got to know problems with that.

Bucktown - I swear this stuff is not cheesy. he makes a few football references, but it's mostly about livin the good life, boasting about his skills, all that stuff. Can't write autobiographical song without touching on what you do, what you're going thru, your family life, etc.
Rando -B.Lloyd is his rap name.
Maybe I'll get a censored CD sooner and get it posted on the blog sooner rather than later. I'll remind him about the CD again.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | September 8, 2006 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd give it a listen. He just needs to make sure he includes Chris Cooley, AKA Johnny White Guy, in his first video.

Jason, you should get some of your WP photo buddies to get him some pictures in his Skins uniform. We need to get rid of all of the 49ers gear on his site ASAP.

Thanks for the info (and your blog in general). Any thoughts on the Montgomery/Golston vs. Killings decision?

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | September 8, 2006 1:41 PM | Report abuse

the D line thing was age and potential. They see mroe upside in the kids and think they can be groomed to fill in longterm, as there is some age on the D Line in general. Killings was a valuable backup and was solid in what he could do, but they felt like he kind of was what he was, while these kids could turn into something more. figured they would get claimed on waivers to at least be on someone's practice swaud, and they weren't willing to risk losing them.
Have a great weekend, everyone. Catch up with you Monday.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | September 8, 2006 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I finally saw it Jason, Intimate dating service... in Harrisoburg Virginia! I know for sure those ladies aren't anywhere near Hburg unless they're college hottie JMU drop outs... . JMU plays App St. tomorrow, the past two D1-AA champs going head to head. Hot business. Be nice if they put the game on espn the ocho.

OK, the BLloyd was alright, he's got potential but I'd rather have him catching TD passes and making first downs. Jason, did you ge to check out the ESPN page 2 madden article? Did you have anything to do with it?

Posted by: Dorf | September 8, 2006 3:32 PM | Report abuse

B.Lloyd is awesome...anyone who calls San Franciscans "crackers" gets an A+ in my book...classic! The music was surprisingly good as well.

Go 'Skins!

Posted by: Tip | September 8, 2006 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Pete Doherty raps with the Streets and it is as bad as Babyshambles.

Posted by: Pete Dockery | September 8, 2006 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Pete Dockery - are you being serious about the rap thing? Either way, Down in Albion is bleeping awesome. I love almost all of it (I have the 25 song exapnded version) , but even a non Pete/Libertines guy would love "F@#k Forever" "Albion" "Up The Morning" "Loyalty Song." Classic.
Will download Dirty Pretty Things tonight when the wife and baby go to sleep.

Dorf - I thought overall the proiduction was pretty tight. Some of the songs seem short and some of the lyrics could be worked on, but he definitely has talent and it's way better than that Shaq, AI, crap. if he worked on it full time I'm sure it would be better.

Not sure about the Page 2 thing. I'm not a big ESPN guy, so I'm not certain what you are talking about.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | September 8, 2006 7:11 PM | Report abuse

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