Thoughtsarizen aka Thoughtsone

 
 

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Born in 1981, Thoughts comes from a family of civil servants and hard workers. His father is a world renowned teacher and writer, and his mother is a hardworking nursing supervisor in one of the best hospitals in California. His sister is also accomplished as an ivy league graduate, dog lover, Bass player, and computer programming master. These people along with the love of his life, Angela, his constant companion, and his friends, have formed the man known as Thoughtsarizen. Gaining strength from his cultural heritage and his hard working grandparents who worked as farmers in the Black Hills, as restaurateurs in the North, entertainers in California, and as honest people world wide, he strives to make the world a better place, and brings values from generations passed to generations present.

Always a bright student, Thoughtsarizen took his love of poetry, philosophy, and literature and blended it with his love of music. His first foray was as a poet published in the Malibu Times at the age of 13. His second foray was as a song writer and drummer in the punk bad Government Asphyxiation when he was 16. At 17 he and his classmate and friend Robert Kegal picked up a microphone and recorded freestyles with beats ripped from Napster and played in an old Karaoke Machine. That started it all....

After a few years of this he moved to Huntington beach with his best friend and now wifey Angela, and met up with many people that also shared a love of hip-hop. OC was the start of him being very serious with his music the true beginning of his musical career. The time was 2001.

His first trip to an actual vocal booth, was with OC originators Jah Sun, and Zero One, and graf and visual artist Note One. He recorded a few songs including a collab with Jah Sun that was released bootleg style with 2 other songs on a CD-R entitled.."Just the beginning".

He then meet upwith Ad Ross, famed DJ and producer for such greats as Jimmy Roach, Killah Priest and more. Ad believed in Thoughts and recorded and produced for him for the cause for many years, and to this day they still work together. He later formed a group with 2 of his friends MC Ponder and Simple One, and later DJ MOTOMONK called Simple Thoughts. They played all over California and with artists such as U-God, Percee P, KRS-ONE, LAUSD and more. Simple Thoughts released 2 albums, the official S/T EP and the unofficial "Sampler" both sold relatively well and included the Divine Forces Radio pick of the week "Spirit of Pride". The group split up when Simple One went back to the Chi, DJ MOTOMONK went back to Japan, and Ponder and Thoughts felt it was time to call it quits after a few years of trying to recoup after the loss of two key members.

It was then that Thoughts decided to go it alone, and strive ahead. For even if no one was listening he still woke up everyday and wrote music, he still bumped hip-hop in his ride, he still looked through beat libraries, and he still couldn't put down the microphone. Since that day Thoughtsone has worked with such greats as Akil, Awol One, Josh Martinez, Freestyle, Pumpkin Head, Ominous Words, C-Rayz Walz, LMNO, LD and Ariano and more.

Thoughtsarizens style is a blend of hip-hop with poetic lyrics with a dash of punk rock mannerism, such as the D.I.Y attitude that was so prevalent in the 90's. He maintains the walk the edge of deepness and message, of light and darkness and of dope and just plain sickly ridiculous. Always trying new styles and always keeping up the flow, Thoughtsarizens releases vary from one to the next but are always quality and are always something new, and at all times something unique and amazing.

Currently working with LD on a trilogy of EP's, Ariano on a collab LP, and Josh Martinez on a collab EP, he hopes to do big things in 2011, or at the very least release consistent, solid, music for everyone, even hip-hop haters.

When everything else is gone, and all that remains is your words and your deeds, Thoughts hopes to, at least in a few people eyes, remain a name on the lips, a voice in the ears, and an unforgettable image to the eyes.

 

Happy V-day!

 
Hope everyone is having a great v-day. Good wishes to all, hopefully you are with or are soon to be with someone you love. Even though its a hallmark holiday the sentiment is nice, so I can't trash it to hard :)
 

Wanted: DJ's, Producers, and PR people

 
Hey everyone. I am currently looking for a show DJ, and a few new producers. If you are a producer you can be anywhere, if you are a DJ please be local to OC or IE and willing to meet up to practice and rock some shows. Hit me up @ thoughts@thoughtsone.com thanks!
 

Bought a new STUDIO computer!

 
Hey everyone, I went over to eRacks.com and bought a new studio computer. It arrived about 2 weeks later (thats when they said it would arrive and thats when it did). I booted it up and man its awesome! It has firewire, esata, usb, an Maudio card for XLR, RCA and mini-jack inputs, its whisper quiet and its FAST. It looks awesome as well, so its safe to say I should be getting a ton more music done with this bad boy. It had Ubuntu STUDIO installed, but I had it dual booted with XP, so just I can use Sonar while playing with the Linux studio stuff. I am VERY impressed with the price and value adds with this unit! Anyway going to mess around with it some more, but right now I am giving it the thumbs up! check out eracks.com, they have i3, i5, i7 versions (latest Intel CPU, DDR3, Nvidia graphics, and rack mountable!) as well as a legacy Core 2 Duo version. They also carry a bunch of other computers, so check it out if you can. PEACE!
 

New B-sides Vol 1, New website, more crap...

 
Hey everyone. Welcome to the site, hope you digging it. New stuff is going to be popping up all the time so be sure to check it out. I hope you find what you need, and if you don't then ask away! Now I have (with this website) a million more things to take care of, and while it will be a challenge, I believe it will be worth it. I will be uploading some new pictures, and some video content soon. Also I will be posting the B-Sides Vol 1 digital download link, which will get you a FREE 17 song album or tracks that I worked on that never quite made it out of the studio. We just mixed it last night and we are going to finalize a few minor things and post it up! If you want a physical copy you can get it from CDbaby, directly through me, or at a show or through some of your local record stores. Again if you have any questions just give me a holla....
 

Whats in a name, and how it started.

 
So when I was 1st rapping in the basement (or actually my friend Roberts bedroom on a karaoke machine) I used to always wonder have Emcees got their names. At first I was known only as Max, but then when I found out there is like 10 emcees, producers or similar names Max I decided I need to EARN a name. Since, I needed to earn it I started writing a lot and seeing what would happen and how far I could get with it. I kept it up and started writing very abstract, almost poetry like pieces and some people dug it, others said it wasn't hip-hop enough. Eventually filling bars and bars, and page after page with random musings, and rhyming prose. It was after about 3 years of rapping and emceeing that I met my friend (and still to this day) and producer/engineer AD Ro$$. How I met AD is a random, there was a crazy emcee in our complex, that just loved to freestyle and his name, believe it or not, was Big Ching$. He was like a cross between a really twacked out bank employee, and a good hearted thief....oh the stories on that guy. Chings, was looking for a place to record for himself, and I just happened to hear him talk about how this guy at the corner of the block had a home studio. Apparently the chingster had freestyled for AD and AD was some what impressed with his tenacity of bugging him to record that they worked out a session schedule. Hearing this I had a mission. You see its EVERY emcees dream, when they are first starting to find themselves a legit producer that they have access to and they can stop searching for random instrumentals online, and downloading already used beats (mixtapes excluded of course) to write to since they had nothing else. So as you can imagine I heard there was someone within arms reach and I was going to be damned sure I went over there and impressed the guy. The next day I got dressed and went into the general direction of the house I was looking for and kinda froze. I forgot what unit he was in, and I also forgot his name....I was screwed but I didn't give up. I sat on a picnic bench and waited for a few minutes to collect my thoughts and try to remember it, when one of Chings friends rolls up, and being the typical college kid this cat was he yelled out a casual..HEY AD WHAT IT IS!!!!>!>!>! at the window of a house nearby, and kept walking after every bird in the vicinity fled from his audio apocalypse of a yell. I knew I had the house in sights. I calmly walked up and gave the door a knock. Waited and turned around ready to flea, since I was a bit nervous but just as I turned around a young, short, lurch looking kid stuck his head out. "Yah?" he said, so this was security I thought to myself. "Adrian here?" I asked, doing my best I'm tough voice. "AD? yah...up stairs". And this non important conversation had opened the doors the property of what will forever be know as SoundDaddy Studios. I walked up stairs, Adrian was screwing around on his keyboard making some Death Metal strings over his Band Sanctus's records and being jolly. He looked up and said..."Hey man, whats happening?", not at all the Wizard of Oz I was expecting. I replied a gruff "I heard you record hip-hop and make beats." He nodded "what you got?" I sat down then and told him to put on a beat, he did, I think it was an alchemist beat but it was 10 friggin years ago..and I started rhyming, about what? I have no idea, but I do remember seeing a black light wizard poster and an old bong and rapping about those. In some cases someone might say, I don't know what I rapped but it was the best I ever did, and I was struck by a light from the heavens, and horns played in the background and the floor opened up and 100 virgins came to greet me. No. That didn't happen, and my freestyle was not the best but it was enough. He dug it. We setup a schedule and went to work..... Now fast forward 1 year, still in the same block, but different units now. Adrian was sitting by his keyboard (as usual) and I walked in, he asked me to name two groups I like, I said Cypress Hill and Mobb Deep, he said ok. Went on his computer and played a couple Cypress Hill songs and a Mobb Deep track. I listened enjoying the tunes, but wondering what this mad scientist had in mind. He opened up Fruity Loops (which we still use to this day) and copied to an extent the beat pattern of the 3 songs combine. He then layered some samples and began going to town, in a whirlwind of fingers on keys a beat was made. It was like the oven timer rang, for he simply lifted his head from his playing and said "Done.". He burnt the beat to a CD and I went home to write. I wrote about 5 drafts (I used to always over write, I have learned since its the impulse and vibe, you want to capture and that can die quickly). I repeated them none stop and called him up and walked over to his house. I busted it down in the booth and it sounded GREAT to me at the time. When we finished he played it back. The 1st two words of the song where "thoughts arisen", I said what do you think of that name? He replayed the track, "Sounds good". Thats all it took. I had earned my name, not by battling or getting a mentor, but by finding myself in music and fighting for my place at the starting line. To this day I think the name made my style more then I myself did, or maybe I became my alter ego more so then anything. If you want to know what it means to me now: Thoughtsarizen means your Thoughts rising above and looking down and speaking direct. Thats what I try to do in my rhymes. Anyway that was probably way to long and fairly boring but hopefully we will get something more legible next time eh?