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Thank you!
Thank you so much for downloading my music. Even if you don't like it, it's still much appreciated that you went to the trouble of downloading it and listening to it. This past year and a half, I've pretty much learned hip-hop from the ground up. I've learned what to do, and what not to do. I've learned what beats work for rapping to, and what beats don't work. I really appreciate those people who have helped me to improve (especially Z from Hipster Please!, and also my brother and close friend, MC ::1 (that's IPv6 for, or in other words "localhost")). I've been making music long enough to know some basic songwriting concepts, but nothing could prepare me for learning how to rap. It's been a difficult journey, but one that I look back on with no regrets.

The Story
Antisocial was started as a concept project by myself and Joe Dunn (the roommate, not the webcomic artist).

Here is a picture of Joe getting pumped.

Joseph is a great guy who has a good background in BSD and other Posix based OSes, and general computer guru. After hearing YTCracker, Frontalot, Beefy, Optimus Rhyme, Lars, and MC Chris, we decided to try our collective hand at nerdcore. We partially wrote a song called "Caffiene Trip". 6 months later, I began writing music as a solo artist under the same name (roughly the time that Beefy's Nerd EP came out). I later realized that there are several artists going by the name Antisocial already, including a punk band. I changed the name to a weird symbol that means "inability to adapt to social structure". Unfortunately, this symbol is unpronounceable, and "The Artist Formerly Known As Antisocial" is too long to type or say. Thus the name Antisoc was decided upon as a legal alternative.

The Concept
The concept of this album is taking samples from Depeche Mode and crafting them into beats that can be rapped over. This, of course, is easier said than done. This has challenged me to think outside the box even more than usual. I usually spend hours picking out a riff that will work in a song. I have a few more Depeche Mode riffs that I want to try, but this pretty much exhausts the good ones. I also came across several other good songs when sorting through my mp3 library. And by several, I mean three. One of which is the infamous beat to Dirty Pop, by N*Sync. While you may have qualms with the group, the beat was crafted by none other than the legendary BT, and I have nothing but respect for that guy. The other two are I Love Rock and Roll as performed by Joan Jett, and Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship. The latter was insanely hard to beat match the original loop and create a beat that would not have issues with it's rhythm. I was kind of inspired by Beefy and his song David's Sister. My song is really about how I used to act, but pushed to the point of absurdity so that it wouldn't be too dark for your average listener. Yes, I'll admit, I have been known to be just a *tad* bit too persistant in pursuing romance. I really like to think that I've learned from my past ways, and I'm really a lot more comfortable about romance now (rare as it may be).

Regarding Intellectual Property
I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all those people whose intellectual property I infringed upon. Namely, Depeche Mode, Joan Jett, Starship, YTCracker, Weird Al (and Coolio, respectively), BT, Linkin Park, Nintendo, and who knows what else. I would also like to thank the people who made the Depeche Mode album covers I stole... er... parodied. Just for the record, I will justify the fair use of samples and property:

1. The purpose and character of the work: nonprofit - songs will always be offered for free.
2. The nature of the copyrighted work: music.
3. The amount and substantiality: very little from the original songs was used, and in the case of Pocket Calculator, it does not contain the original vocals, and is enough different to not discourage purchasers of the original work.
4. The effect of the use upon the potential market: works were modified highly enough that they bear little similarity to the original recordings.

I am releasing these under a Creative Commons Share Alike license. Basically, I don't care what you do with them so long as you a) don't sell them and b) send me the link.

Work in Progress...
These songs are probably not the best that they will ever be. I'm already coming up with ideas to improve my work. I will probably be releasing a "rerecorded and remastered" version at some point. I don't feel as if I'm releasing an unfinished work, because I will always continue to find new things about my music that I don't like. Let me know if there is something in particular that troubles you. Also, let me know if you can sing better than me and are willing to do vocals on Nothings Gonna Stop Me Now. Ok, so half of it was just me being goofy, but still, the offer stands.

Make Antisoc Rich
Don't forget that I have a paypal account. I will probably give you special treatment if you donate.

Additional Special Thanks

MC Eric B
Dave from
Jay Barnes - tiger claw (or hand, rather, but I thought claw sounds better) variation - Rock, Paper, Saddam!
the crew

These are people that:
  1. I forgot to include on the tracklist page
  2. Sent me praise mail
  3. Sent me a donation