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MP3 Crazy8 - Handle Mine

Crazy8''s Handle Mine cd is Ghetto Street Music representing the everyday struggle.

14 MP3 Songs
HIP HOP/RAP: Rap, HIP HOP/RAP: Hardcore Rap

"At age twelve listening to the likes of LL Cool J., Run-Dmc, NWA, and Ice T. lead me to write my first rap, it was a four bar verse. To this day, I could spit that little verse and my homeboys will laugh with remembrance." Proclaims Crazy8, an Omaha native whose goal is to get notoriety for himself and his music in the rap world, and to also open doors for the rest of his crew the Unstable Citizens. When you think of Omaha, Nebraska you might think of country living and cornfields, however, if you ask Paul James aka Crazy8 about his hometown he will tell you facts to make you think differently about the Midwest. "I''m from the North Side of Omaha and it''s just like any other city I''ve been to. Omaha has a real street atmosphere equipped with its hustlers, killers, pimps, gang members, and thugs just like everywhere else, but on a smaller scale.

With his music he expresses life through his eyes, while representing all aspects of the streets, from drug dealing to working a 9 to 5. "I just spit about what I''ve seen and what I''ve been through while I ride on life''s roller coaster, dealing with the daily struggle. Rap music is all about representing and I want to be a major player in putting my city on the hip hop map."

Crazy8 moved away from Omaha in 1994 after the death of a close friend. As life spiraled down hill for him, he was in need of a change. He made that change by joining the Navy. "I was doing pretty bad. I was temporarily living with my sister and the police were looking for me, I had two choices, and they were, end up dead, or in jail, I was contemplating on robbin'' a bank. So I just made the most positive move I could have made."

He headed to the Northwest where he lived outside of Seattle. He performed in a few shows after being put on the local music scene by an up and coming artist. He received rave reviews and praise from fans, but he didn''t think the Northwest was the place for him. In 1997, he relocated to Southern California, where he got more shows under his belt, while paying dues trying to accomplish his dream of owning his own record company. "I was living in Oxnard, Ca and met some cats who dug my style and we formed a group called the Horde. They really made me step my game up, cuz they were serious." Motivated to complete a solo project, he purchased some production equipment, to have a more original music to fit his style of rap.

He started writing and producing for his debut album and extremely hot single both entitled Handle Mine. This self-taught producer created 90% of this 14-track masterpiece. The Handle Mine disc is a well-rounded, solid as concrete, positive piece of work. "I just write about what I''m going through and how I''m feeling at the time. I''m mainly trying to please myself. I have to be happy with my work first before I can share it with the world." Sharing with the world is exactly what he does on songs like: "World thru my eyes," "U can''t get out the game," "Evolution," "Which way iz up," and "It''s hard to understand." These tracks speak about different aspects of life from a street point-of-view.

"I am growing daily and becoming more comfortable with sharing my heart and my mind through my music. Most of my music is a bit gangsterous but I try to put a twist on the gangster and the gentleman that both try to escape when I write while speaking on every day life, wait till my next album!" Crazy8 relinquishes his thoughts using his unpredictable unique flow fueled by agony, adversity, and life altering experiences that are sure to please the masses of rap fans and stay in cd decks everywhere.

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