Acapella Dilemma

from by Jugghead



This is a true story about why i chose not to provide instrumentals for a certain major rapper's mixtape. Bonus points if you can guess who the rapper was.


Acapella Dilemma

if you turned off the beat and listened to him acapella,
would he still be the best lyricist you've ever heard?
or is it just the beat that he chose to rap over
that has you all hanging on his every single word?

Yo, the other day they had this beatmaking contest
for this one rapper's next mixtape, and I guess
he was supposed to be the next great big deal,
did some cameos with high profile guys with mass appeal,
in fact, he headlined a show in Kalamazoo
that had my man Baby T...or was it Saginaw U?
either way this dude was supposed to be the next hotness,t
and now I had the opportunity to make some progress
by laying some of my beats on this dude's acapellas.
So I entered it, downloaded them and peeped them with my fellas.
and did we find this dude to be lyrically blessed?
not exactly...let's just say we wasn't impressed.
I didn't hear anything on his 13 songs
i couldn't hear from my nephew freestyling for fun. (whattup, TDye?)
disssapointed is an understatement for how I viewed bruh man,
now I'm doubting if I want his voice on my productions...

See, the thing that bothers me the most about the fellow
is that when i heard him, he was really nothing special.
he wasn't wack, he just wasn't that spectacular.
I'm used to hearing rappers that attack with that vernacular.
I like guys with complex, thought provoking lyrics
that speak to deeper things, with wordplay where I can feel it.
this dude was saying stuff I would have said in junior high,
but he's supposed to be the next breakthrough rapping guy?
I don't see it. I even asked my nephew what he thought of him,
kinda shocked me when he said "that dude? man he goes hard." but then
I took into account my nephew liked them thug rappers
with the simple rhymes, cuz the simple minds is what they're after.
I ain't trying to knock nobody's hustle.
If dude is making moves, then who am I to knock his struggle?
oh that's right...I'm the dude making beats for him.
I wanna take a pass. I think my tracks are too elite for him.

Baby T tried to get me to stay in the game,
He said “Yo, even if you think this dude sounds lame,
You still oughta do his mixtape, cuz you never know,
Who might want to get with you from all of that added exposure.
It’s good for business.” And he was right, but I still hesitated.
I really didn’t want this dude to be associated
With any production from me. It’s the principle.
That’d be like a Winans on a song that isn’t spiritual.
In the end I decided not to do it.
My time is too precious to waste on mediocre music.
But I still got the accapella rhymes on my computer.
Maybe I’ll change my mind one day and make a new one
I might take some beats that I don’t wanna rip,
Throw my man’s raps over em and give it as a gift
For my nephew, and if he thinks the songs he hears are perfect,
Than I guess in the end it will make everything worth it.


from The Third One, released August 29, 2014
Written, produced and recorded by Jugghead




Jugghead Flint, Michigan

Jugghead Green is Quan's musical alter-ego. He is Quan's unrestrained psyche, speaking out on whatever is on his mind whenever he feels like it, without the restraint or tact Quan would normally use. Jugghead can say the things Quan only wishes he could say, and can talk about the things Quan only wishes he could talk about. ... more

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