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8 Pennies 1 Dime 1 Nickel Music Video -Raju ft. DJ BRICKROCK

8 Pennies 1 Dime 1 Nickel

Raju ft. DJ BRICKROCK – 8 Pennies 1 Dime 1 Nickel Music Video

A song for the city” – Rockford, IL “The 8-1-5.” We shot the video in several Rockford centric scenes – The goal is that when you see the video, you see Rockford. S/o to DJ Brickrock, for the production; Rachel Bohlin, the videographer; James Purifoy, owner of 15th&Chris; Zina, owner of Zammutos; Gabe Gizz; the BMO/Davis Park security guards and the entire city of Rockford. This video is a love child!

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Gone Album

Gone Album

The GONE album is about relationship gaps, primarily inspired by intimate relationships but the content spans across several relationship types: friends, family and society as a whole. The project has a classic boom-bap lyrical consciousness with a modern sonic sound.

The gone album is my first studio recorded album. My journey as an artist has coincided with my on-going process of self discovery. The GONE album is a reflection of who I am as an artist and where I have been at different points in my personal life. In western culture, so much of our identity is lost being politically correct it feels like we live in the matrix and music is my only indigenous outlet.

The order of the songs tells the story of the life cycle of a relationship that went from love to loneliness

Track List:
1. Intro (Snippet from Happy Birthday)
2. Serena
3. Think You Know
4. Between
5. Pressin’ Rewind
6. Not Over You
7. Pick One
8. Down
9. The Return
10. Happy Birthday (Poem)

Track Explanation:
1. Intro – Boy meets girl
o Written by: Raju (A. Joshua Patterson) Produced, engineered, mixed & Mastered by: Tijo (THISISJAKEORTIZ)
1. Serena – A relationship begins
o Written by: Raju (A. Joshua Patterson) Produced by: Joe Salvador; Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by: Tijo (THISISJAKEORTIZ)
2. Think You Know – They begin to learning one another
o Written by: Raju (A. Joshua Patterson) Produced by: Jan Branicki (Dreamlife); Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by: Tijo (THISISJAKEORTIZ)
3. Between – They experience growing pains
o Written by: Raju (A. Joshua Patterson) Produced by: Free Diesel (Darius Pearson); Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by: Tijo (THISISJAKEORTIZ)
4. Pressin Rewind – Girl decides to move on
o Written by: Raju (A. Joshua Patterson) Produced by: Free Diesel (Darius Pearson); Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by: Tijo (THISISJAKEORTIZ)
5. Not Over – Boy is lonely
o Written by: Raju (A. Joshua Patterson) Produced by: Free Diesel (Darius Pearson); Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by: Tijo (THISISJAKEORTIZ)
6. Pick One – Boy realizes relationships can be a distraction
o Written by: Raju (A. Joshua Patterson) Produced by: Free Diesel (Darius Pearson); Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by: Tijo (THISISJAKEORTIZ)
7. Down – Boy wonders if girl ever truly loved boy
o Written by: Raju (A. Joshua Patterson) Produced by: Jan Branicki (Dreamlife); Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by: Tijo (THISISJAKEORTIZ)
8. The Return – Boy is over girl and back on the market
o Written by: Raju (A. Joshua Patterson) Produced by: Free Diesel (Darius Pearson); Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by: Tijo (THISISJAKEORTIZ)
9. Happy Birthday – Boy meets a beautiful girl
o Written by: Raju (A. Joshua Patterson) Produced, engineered, mixed & Mastered by: Tijo (THISISJAKEORTIZ)

There are an endless amount of people I have to thank for keeping me sane not only throughout the process of manufacturing this project, but on a daily basis. All the names will be in my first book. For now, I would like to thank:
•The Great Architect Of The Universe – You made me this way
•James H. Patterson, III “Legendary The Poet” – My professional professor. I do listen to you bro.
•Matthew J. Simpson “The Man Of Culture” – BEHOLD
•Justin Saichek “The Last Word Bender” – My music mentor
•DJ BrickRock – You show me so much love, you are on my “FIRST MILL LIST”
•Jake Ortiz “Tijo” – Bro, you are the best in the business – You brought this project to life!
•James Patterson, jr. – He told me, “If you’re the only one doing it, you’re blazing a trail.”
•Michelle Pillow – Without you I cease to exist
•Alan J. Patterson, jr. – My motivation
•Yazmin Y. Jones – My co-pilot
•Technology
•Paul Robeson – The ancestor. You showed us it is possible.

If you are reading this and or have purchased the album, I am humbled that you would take the time. Thank you.

I love you,

Raju

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How I got the name Raju

Raju

I was in Chicago and it was raining. Me and my brother (T-MAC) were walking and looking for a cab. When we found one it was an UBER cab, and the cab driver asked us what our names where. Then he refused to escort us because he was looking for someone named Roger. My brother and I found another cab, and when he asked what my name was I told him, “Roger,” he said, “Get in.” 5 minutes into the ride, the cab driver disclosed to us that he was born and raised in Timbuktu and he proceeded to educate us on what my name meant in his native tongue. He said, “Where I am from your name, RAJU, means a KING WITH NO KINGDOM.” Even though I said Roger, RAJU, spoke to my experience as an African born in America; and the rest is history.

My birth name is Alan Joshua Patterson, but most people call me Josh. My title at my W-2 job is Business Attraction Coordinator, I work for an economic development organization. I grew up in Zion, IL, a town of 25K, 45 minutes north of Chicago. I went to college at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Then moved to Rockford, IL; where I currently reside and grind. I love Rockford, and if you ever come this way you have to let me know, I guarantee you will have the best pizza you have ever tasted.

I wrote my first poem as a senior in high school for a project in my senior government class. Every since then writing has been therapeutic. I played football in college (Cornerback) and did not make much time for writing. My first job out of college was with a tobacco company, and I worked there for three years. In 2014 I quite without a job and decided to pursue my passion and purpose in life, to CHANGE THE WORLD. I realized that time is the most prized possession because you don’t know how much of it you have, so whatever you do with your time you are dedicating your life to it. For three months all I did was personal train and write. When I would write I could feel when a piece was a poem and when it was a song.

I write about everything, but mostly social justice and love.

I like to cook, and my play any instrument I can get my hands on.

I model and act as well.

I love to learn.

I admit my flaws because it allows me to see the greatness in others.

Thank you for sharing my journey with me. I pray that we continue to be constructive and productive assets to one another.