My 2DopePals are presenting this joint. Cool beans! Sidebar: I envisioned the album cover to be sponge bob catching jellyfish but what do I know?
…But I still need to, why is that?”
If we’re Jerry & Elaine what’s it gonna take to cross the barrier? (Near) plane crash? Fuck it. Let’s get on a plane.
After getting cozy with the first 2 entries in the Avenue diary (A & B) I had some down time before C+D. so naturally I went back to listen to the projects. Work (June 2009) and The Manhattan Project (Sept 2010).
Work (June 2009) is inspired by Clerks, so say The Paxtons. I’m NOT gonna parallel the movie with the album. I don’t have Clerks right here in front me so I’m just gonna judge the music for the music and shit.
Opening credits is nice track to start the album off. I guess these Paxton boys always been smooth as shit. The album says it’s entirely self produced but Bread And Water sounds like that Q-Tip song. Let’s Ride, I think. But whatevs. The flow on this sound doesn’t sound tight on the beat. It’s not off beat. But it’s not the crisp tightness I’ve become accustomed to with these 2. Now the hook is on and they sayin “lets riiiiiiiiide” and BAM. I prefer the Tip joint. Rapperering on someone else beat was something I was totally all for 10 years ago. Today? It takes something special for me to listen if it’s not original. Just Tonight gets me back in the groove though. I don’t even hate RA The MC on the feature and I’m normally a hater on the female rapperers not named Jean Grae. Free My Mind is over Teddy P’s Close The Door. The verse is too loud over the beat. Mixing issue. Just takes away from the song cuz I can’t focus while I’m annoyed by these little things. Theme Music. I am NOT feeling the flow off this. You can see the trial and error it took for them to truly hit stride in the Avenue era. I am truly glad was intro’d to my best friends after this period. Radio interlude. Skip. Atlas is back to that Paxton magic that I crave. I should know this sample off top. I think Pac used the same one of some song. Whatevs. But again, this the shit I need from them. But they were still learning so I can’t expect a whole album (or series) of greatness at this point in their catalog. Instant Love because you Love it as soon as it starts. It’s a far cry from the Avenue sounds but that’s not a bad thing. Still smooth, just in a different way. LaLa got another 80’s feel to the beat. Digs it. Lyrics are in and out. Some hit. some miss.BUT THEN. Take You Home comes on and this is one of my favoritest song in their entire collection. This is how you flips some classic shit. Plus, Chris and Dave rapper about giving these broads the business very proper. Bravo, good sirs, bravo. Radio interlude #2. Skip. Interlude aren’t my thing unless they are musical. But Still Waiting makes up for the transgressions. Tight flows over a lovely beat that has beautiful synth keys playing in the backdrop. *SINGS* I’M STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO COME BACK HOME, SO WE CAN LIVE THIS LIFE WE BEEN DREAMING OF. That was for YOU (yeah, YOU). Smoke is such a good smoking song. Makes me want to light up right here at work and say fuck the world. Haha Work. The hook sets it off. Lowkey feels like a westcoastish song if they adjusted their flows accordingly. Yet, it’s just good smoke tunage. Closing Credits isn’t bad but it’s over junior MAFIA’s get money so NOPE!
Work is a nice first effort. You can see the aim and a real chemistry being built yet not quite perfected.
A year and some change later and we get The Manhattan Project (Sept 2010). They are rappering on a ton of other folks beats here. Sad faces, here we go
It starts with Caesar and this is a phenomenal start to the project. I can’t really say why this track stands out. Just that good ol Paxton charm. It’s just how they merry the flows beats and hook. It just all comes together pleasantly. What We Doin (Ballin). Flow so right on this! What are they doing you ask? BALLIN, BITCHES! Of course. DUH. Then Super Stupid comes on and I wanna lose my shit cuz this shit is so bouncy. “Super stupid shit well I get stupid super quick” yes, Chris, YES! Foreplay hits then I just wanna fingerbang her. Ummm Whom? Ummm. Anyway foreplay is NOICE! Fingerbang your girl or girls fingerbang yourself to this shit. For realsies. Hood Pass aka westcoastering in NY by way of the Go. It’s just a delightful ass song. Play it cruisin in the whip on a sunny day. Bang Wit Us has some guests. Dave flow nice. And he claims to have pretty boy Floyd money, so when I go to NY the drinks are on him. HERE HERE! Whoever is on third I’m skipping the rest of the track cuz you do not amuse me. Thanks for nothing. Living A Movie features young XO (of Diamond District fame) so of course I’m gonna listen! On the lowest of keys I was hoping this was over that old kanye beat where he rappers in movie titles. But low low lowest of keys. This song is nice and of course I enjoy mr XO’s appearance. Interlude SKIP. Money Right is up and it sounds like Dave doesn’t really have pretty boy Floyd money cuz he’s a liar. I feel so betrayed. Sad faces. I really like how Chris said “awesome”. I don’t know. It’s just neat. The emphasis. It was Kanye-esque. Next is Beamin. That Lupe song. I actually don’t hate what they did with it. It’d be cool if this was an official remix since they all Chicago-getters. Curtains tooks a while to grow on me. It’s the same sample off that Wiz “Spotlight” beat (off that classic Kush & Orange Juice). So for a while I just wouldn’t listen to it. If you just take it for what it is? Not bad guys. I’m still taking Wiz over this, but I no longer harbor a disdain for it. [chris relays via tweeter that Curtains was first and by waiting they look like biters when that's not the case] Champion is off that Clipse shit. I enjoy this version. Glad they kept the OG hook. The Paxtons sound like they belong here. There’s no clash. Dave’s verse could’ve been mixed down a little better. He’s too loud over the beat but he still belongs here, just at a lower volume.
First of all, Avenue C+D is the latest installment of the Avenue Series, released Sept 2012. Is it the last though? They said it was 4 parts. This is C+D, so is it 3 & 4 in one? Or does it count as just 3? I need to know! RIGHT NOW!
Track 1: Columbia Nights Intro: this is an intro instrumental. It’s delightful. It gives me a slightly 80’s vibe for some reason. Maybe the bass line reminds me of something else. But the thing about 80’s music is that it’s PERFECT, so the reminder (even if it’s something completely unrelated) is THE BEST
Track 2: Brown Skin Girl: My mans and them Chris is crushing on a long distance cutie pretty hard. You think he’s fallin but NOPE cuz he got another one round the way. He just wants one with some substance though. Good for you Chris, fuck these simple hoes, they aint bout nothing. Then Dave sees a broad at the spot and he on it. She on it too, but lowkey. They get drinks and Dave already know she gon be on that walk of shame life in the AM cuz he trill like that. 3rd verse Chris sets the record straight. He aint hiding shit and you best ta get with the program. The Paxtons some trill ass folk, ya heard? The hook? ”Brown skin girl if you wit it then let me know” simple, yet elegant. We all want them brown bunnies and we needs to know if yall down. There’s this refrain and then Chris once again proves he’s the perfect human being. HOL’ UP right quick, ima call HER and saing this on HER voicemail (yeah, HER). . .
Favorite bar(s): My time is very precious and space quickly filling up/ so add to the culture girl and make yourself a keeper, what – Chris
Track 3: Ready To Go (Feat Vanache): Dave is preparing for some late night fun cuz he know it’s finna be ON. Bitch already know what’s up, plus she gushin on Avenue B ALREADY! Then the best most perfect hook drops in and you just wanna lose your shit. Verse 2, Dave at the spot again and he workin on a double dipper. SCORE! Chris comes in with a 5 bar? Bridge? Mini refrain? I don’t know, but he bout to BANGBANG these 2 honeydips. SCORE! 2 Paxtons, 2 Triples. WOOOOOP! Thank the based god
Favorite bar(s): we can take a trip if you goin my way/ pull up to the crib and she beggin me to stay – Chris
Track 4: 044: sounds like a voicemail interlude of 2 hoes that want that Paxton C+D (no Avenues) saingin that Lil Bit Of Livin’ melody. SO I guess C+D give hoes the C+D. POW
Track 5: Want Me More: This here beat got a sped up sample of Donnell Jones “Where I Wanna Be”. Not bad. Dave was this broad wearing a jersey with her cootie cat out? Cuz that would be the most bonerific thing in ever! Fuck the game! It’s gon be a new game with me takin my balls to her hole. . . anywho, Dave beats it and just wants to chill but she callin cuz she want more and he aint sure he tryna give her more than that D. Chris saings the hook but he remains an angel. Then Chris tells this hoe that HEY BITCH we cut buddies and I’ll smoke wit you but that’s it. CHILL OUT! Cuz my nigga a trill ass G one time, ya heard?!
Favorite bar(s): this pimp baby, she aint seen those/ honor that I keep those – Dave
Track 6: Nudes: n00dz!!!! Chris feelin this broad and her head game. It she lived closer he’d prolly wife this one. But since she not, bitch besta send them NUDES out! Hook is basically “n00dz n00dz n00dz n00dz now bitch!” Chris gives a detailed explanation of how he bangs the broad out in verse 2. Bang her out good he does. I’ll add this to my LIST. *waves* @ HER. *runs away*
Favorite bar(s): this shit can be awesome right? Mood set, turn off the lights/ maybe dim it a little so when I get up in the middle, I can see the awesome sight – Chris
Track 7: Raw Papers & Rossi: This that smooth ass player shit! Rappering starts on the beat’s intro then the hook drops in when the beat really gets poppin and it’s just that smooth ass player shit! Life is cool but Dave envisions more. Prosper, family. PROSPER! 3rd verse is Dave literally being a smooth ass player and shit. That’s crazy.
Favorite bar(s): Summer nights cool, but my heart getting colder, it was all good til we started getting colder – Dave
Track 8: Tonight: Chris gets high and rides his bike. We are totally best friends! He hollers at a shorty tells her he gon DO THAT on the Avenues of C+D. Everything’s not all good for Dave. He needs to time to chill out. This broad need to leave him alone while he get his mind right too. Or else. Dave out the door and he might be fuckin wit a another broad, sorry boo.
Favorite bar(s): Life’s decent besides all the fuck shit/ I’m just grateful that a scholar got to function – Chris
EDIT: sample issues caused this to be pulled so if you don’t have it too bad. Sad faces. But I do so happy faces on that ass!
Track 9: Got Away: Dave got the woman problems. Don’t we all? Worse yet he got a girl that got a man. Sad faces. Verse 2 Dave acknowledges that they were in Love with lust and that’s always a recipe for disaster. More sad faces. Friends. Lovers. More? Ehhh. Saddest of faces. Then Chris has the most random 4 bar at the end of the song. I mean it fits but where you been the whole god damn song? Geezus
Favorite bar(s): I only judges em by they actions never words/ reenacting in my mind that’s exactly what you deserved – Dave
Track 10: She Never: The Paxtons puttin this broad on. She aint been bout that life so they choosin up and givin this broad a new experience. Chris gots a lots of hoes. But he’s wlling to give this broad a spot on the roster and teach her how to play her part. That’s generous, Chris.
Favorite bar(s): She honoring my ambition and patronizing my church/ patiently I been paying attention not saying much/ I’m measuring her play making potential to play in clutch – Chris
Track 11: Pretty Girl Problems: I think this my favorite cut off C+D. it’s just damn good. Refrain. Hook. Beat. Flow. It just all comes together. Again. I mean, come on! This The Paxtons. They’re gold, Jerry! GOLD! Chris talkin bout a bad bitch with no self-awareness. She need to get her mind right cuz beauty and problems more than skin deep. The “junky room” she has is her fucked up mind state. Dave got the same problems. His broad seems to be so insecure. I mean c’mon hoe. A Paxton done chose you. Get it together. Too late. Then there’s a beat switch and shit gets kinda groovy. This feels like it coulda been a 5 minute outro and I’m mad they didn’t keep it going but whatevs!
Favorite bar(s): None of the rest you, and you aint in-ter-es-ted in hearing that truthfully you was a nigga best – Dave
Track 12: 050: this is another voicemail interlude. I know it’s in the wrong spot on my track list but that’s literally The Paxtons fault as a song is missing from the bandcamp page so =P but for realsies it’s a foreign hoe that’s gonna holler via whatsapp. Nice.
Damn, it’s over. Or is it? Well, it’s over for now. *cries* Avenue C+D might be the most complete in the Avenue Series. Chris and Dave found who they are and where they’re going. Musically, at least. The flows flowed more flowingly. The beats were all cohesive. The subject matter was a bit more concise. They had a specific aim with this story. You done good, buddies. I thank you, my best friends, The Paxtons. Now release more shit soon. Fuck.
Track 1: Lil Bit Of Livin’: NOW THIS is how you start an album. Beat so smooth and infectious. The ad-libs really bring this jazzy little ditty to life. Then Chris starts the party. On some real smooth shit. Opening bar sets off my entire LIFE “with the right light we can make poor look decadent”. That’s what everything is about right? From the rappering game to the 9-5 game. Anywho his verse is basically about this broad he picks up, smokes out, then bangs out. And that’s just life. Chorus is pretty perfect “it’s just a lil bit of livin’”. DUH! Remember this the everyman rapperer group! Dave comes out on some smoothed out braggart rapperer bravado and that’s just fine with me. He is better than you and his weed smoke is of a higher potency, again, DUH! They just livin, a lil bit at a time.
Favorite bar(s): “pardon the garden I swear I’m hard in own mind, beard James Harden” – Dave
Oh man if that bar was rewritten today?!? He’d say “Beard game James Harden” and life would be grand!
Track 2: She Know: Dave is on first and this is about a broad. I mean it’s called “She Know” so what else do I expect? He tells her he’s from the Go but lives in Brooklyn. This is relevant because reasons. The verse ends incomplete. Dave, did you hit it raw or not?!? I need to know. Chris saingin on the hook again cuz he’s the best. And when his verse starts he straight to it! Said he aint even talkin about sex cuz he already knows she gonna take that D. Just gotta figure out where. SHE KNOW! Also, Chris only crushes bad bitches and they best not tweeter about the fuck they make. Oh yeah, The Paxtons have a skill that most rapperers seem unable to master: THEY ALWAYS PICK BEATS THAT ARE GOOD AND THAT THEY SOUND GOOD ON!
Favorite bar(s): Numbers exchanged, she already know ima know her frame – Dave
Track 3: F**K Friends: THIS IS (most likely) MY FAVORITEST SONG IN THEIR ENTIRE CATALOG! This is the first song that SHE (yeah, HER) sent me and it was like BOOM!! This entire song is perfect. There’s like 3 phases to it. The intro is awesome in its’ own right. Chris’ chant is infectious and ever so relevant. Then the beat switches and Dave goes in. Dave talks about a one night stand that turns to more but it shouldn’t be more but the fuck game vicious so he keeps going even though he knows he shouldn’t. Then Chris begins to spit the most glorious most perfect rapper in the history of rappering. I mean that’s all there is to it. His flow, word play, his refrain, his entire being is perfect in this verse. Then there’s another verse with a slight change to the beat and Dave drops a trill ass verse to close the joint out. It’s an amazing song about sex and friendships and being more and being less. It’s everything!
Favorite bar(s): so that I don’t write out the ENTIRE song (which I WILL do, don’t tempt me) cuz various not so subliminals will be sent to HER . . .
I took your best and you got mine too, but we was our best when the shit felt new – Dave
Track 4: Stay In Love (Feat Ohboi! Niyre): This is another absolutely amazing song. The 2nd verse is literally EVERYTHING to me. Or it was (still is). SHE know (is this OUR song? That’s a whole nother write-up for another time). . . This is just one song I say you HAVE to hear to FEEL it. It means a lot to me for various reasons. It’s Love. All Love. Dave & Chris show Love in several aspects, Love life, love another, your town etc. The guest singing is also just spot on. It’s the proper compliment to the entire vibe of the tune.
Favorite bar(s): Chris’ entire verse but for the review’s sake: long as I got you what matters? Not a damn thing else, my life is Love itself – Chris
Track 5: Again: Track starts with Chris and his verse is basically about smoking. It’s not that corny rapperer smoking shit that we have heard endlessly though. Far from it. Hook is simple. Super simple. But it just works so perfectly! Crazy. Doing more with less. THE PAXTONS! Dave chooses a bitch in his verse. Then he proceeds to pipe her down, again and again. Trill G shit.
Favorite bar(s): Penchant for the prose, aint no pension for them flows/ keep my penmanship prolific but I’m pensive round these hoes. – Dave
Track 6: Hayling’s Interlude: this is literally just a beat interlude. It’s not bad. I actually enjoy it. Who’s responsible for producing it?!? But since there’s nothing to analyze I’m gonna eat these strawberries before the next song. Yummy
Track 7: Curb Service: Before I start, “curb service” should be the new terminology for getting head in the car. Man or woman. Think about it “I got me some curb service last night”. That’s killer. Anyway . . . Chris is tired of all these folk just talkin and not movin shit. Aren’t we all?! Geezus. I mean basically he tryna give us the game and be bout that business. I feel you, Chris, play on my brotha. Dave playin wit a hoe but he drop that hoe off cuz he got trill life shit to take care of. And he know he can pick her up later if a nigga feel like it, curb service, WHAT?!?! He a G like that.
Favorite bar(s): the sky, your eyes, your thighs, your hair, and hell I’m beautiful right?/ ok that last one was for you, take in your beautiful sights – Chris
And so ends the venture into Avenue B. It was a fun ride. I learned a lot about myself and all that kind of shit. Got a couple more blocks to stroll though. Avenue C+D .
Thurz drops by Truth Studios to perform a live cut of Third Eye produced by KHAN, from the recently released Cornerstone mixtape available here