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Welcome to the re-invented JPLimeProductions.com!
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Well not so much re-invented as reinvigorated, re-launched, re-envisioned and refined, all in the aim of bringing you new, interesting and informative content.
We’ve morphed what was an under-used blog into a mini-magazine and every two weeks will bring a new issue, fresh with content of various flavors but always with a crunchy hip-hop center.
We’ll be bringing you reviews of the newest album releases, monthly editions of Scholar’s popular “Rap Flashback”, lyric analysis and much more.
2014 holds a lot to look forward to on the music front including some awesome festivals, the Return of Outkast, planned releases from Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, and the Wu-Tang Clan (wow, right?). We’ll get into Beantown sports with a Celtics draft preview in June and a Pats camp review in August. We’ll talk politics, both on the local Boston front and on a national level with the midterms in the Fall. Music, movies, games, politics, sports… it’s all on the table here at the new JPLimeProductions.com so come join the conversation.

Now I hear you all eagerly asking,
“What does this mean for new music from JP Lime? What, y’all are writers now? Too good for rapping?” To that I say, Whoa, take it easy, theoretical over-aggressive fan. Our desire to make new music has never been stronger and all year long we’ll be bringing you the brand of hot, new Lime-flavored hip-hop you’ve grown to love, albeit in smaller bites. We are looking at putting together some surprises on the music front in the second half of the year so keep your ears peeled, and to make sure you never miss out on new Lime news, go right now and sign up for our Mailing List.  As always, stay tuned to JPLimeProductions.com, your one-stop shop for all things Lime, to hear all about our live performances and other creative collaborations, as well as giving you a look at new tracks as we make them and other next-level insights into the way we and our industry work.

We at JP Lime Productions are committed to our vision of providing a new and different type of hip-hop experience.  We thank you all for coming along for this next phase in our voyage.  Lime On.

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Update: Browser issues

We thank you all for visiting the new JPLimeProductions.com and we especially appreciate the feedback from those of you reporting issues with particular browsers.  The techs at JP Lime are working to correct these problems and we ask that you continue to let us know about your experience by emailing us at JPLime@gmail.com.
Internet Explorer is reportedly having some display problems, particularly versions 8-10.  We will working on a replacement player but until then we ask that you try to visiting JPLimeProductions.com on a different browser.
On certain versions of Android (4.0.1, to be precise), some folks have reported the blog displaying incorrectly.  Our techs are also hard at work on this.  We thank you for your patience.  Lime On.

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Drake At The ESPYs – Give Him A Chance

With the announcement this past week that Drake will be hosting the ESPYs, ESPN’s award ceremony for the top sports performances of the past year (airing July 16th at 9:00pm), we at JP Lime Productions got to thinking about how Drake, in his own way has become a polarizing figure within the Hip Hop community and across pop culture as well. Drake the rapper is loved by many and not-so-loved by many others. But whether you love him or hate him as an emcee, if you’re a sports fan you should check out the ESPYs.
Read on…

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Lyric Analysis – Outkast, ‘Rosa Parks’

I met a gypsy and she hipped me to some life game
To stimulate then activate the left and right brain
Said baby boy you only funky as your last cut
You focus on the past your ass’ll be a has what
That’s one to live by or either that’s one to die to
I try to just throw it at you determine your own adventure
Andre, got to her station here’s my destination
She got off the bus, the conversation lingered in my head for hours
Took a shower kinda sour cause my favorite group ain’t comin with it
But I’m witcha cause you probably goin through it anyway
But anyhow when in doubt went on out and bought it
Cause I thought it would be jammin but examine all the flawsky-wawsky
Awfully, it’s sad and it’s costly, but that’s all she wrote
And I hope I never have to float in that boat
Up shit’s creek it’s weak is the last quote
That I want to hear when I’m goin down when all’s said and done
And we got a new joe in town
When the record player get to skippin and slowin down
All y’all can say is them niggas earned their crown but until then…
-Andre 3000, ‘Rosa Parks’

From ‘Aquemini’, the third album for ATL’s best duo, the work that moved them from one of the best in the South to one of the best in hip-hop and introduced them to a much wider audience (myself included), the song Rosa Parks has been back in the news recently as lawyers continue to push the legal battle of the civil rights figure herself – long past any necessary point and without real understanding of the song.  But that is a topic for another today.  For today’s lyric analysis I’ve chosen the song’s second verse.  I originally tried to pick a few lines to keep this article concise but Dre’s flow makes that nearly impossible at times.  Within this verse we see the lyrical prowess, the dreamer’s vision and some of the TheloniousMonk-type-off-but-on style that make Andre3000 one of the game’s most unique artists.  Let’s get into it.
Deep lyrical analysis ahead, read on…

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