Old School

by Vadell Gabriel

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    This album was created in part to help fundraise money for the Halifax, Nova Scotia poetry slam team for the national YouthCanSlam competition in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Fifty percent of all sales made from this album will go towards the team's funding.
    And of course, like my first EP "The Swing City", instrumental bonus tracks are included for you freestyling pleasure.

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With smooth throwback tracks, and a casual flow that that's been compared to artists from the New Jack Swing and G-Funk eras, one of the nicknames I've been given from some of my peers is "Old School". So I decided, why not name my next album that?

Orignally under the working title "Centerline Sessions", This album contains several tracks I've recorded between the summer of 2013 and early-to-mid 2014. most beats are licensed form their original creators, while others were produced by the likes of Enze Yangsta and Jordan Metro.

This album was also created for a special cause as well: Me and four other poets are a part of a poetry slam team from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada that was selected to take part in YouthCanSlam, a national poetry slam competition in Ottawa, Ontario. However we are trying to get funding to take us there, and that's where this album comes in.

50% of the royalties made from this album will go towards our fundraising process to get to Ottawa for the competition this August. We really want to show our skills on the national stage, so buying this album will go a long way towards helping us get there. Plus, you'll get some pretty dope music in return. ;)

Cheers, and thanks for taking the time out to support us!

~Vadell Gabriel~


released May 30, 2014

Production: Vadell Gabriel, Teddy Riley, L.A. Reid, Enze Yangsta, & Jordan Metro

Lyrics & Vocals: Vadell Gabriel, Enze Yangsta, & Coco Rose

Album Art: Enze Yangsta



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Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, I'm likely the only New Jack Swing artist you'll find here in the Great North.

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Track Name: The King (Of New Jack Swing)
(Verse 1)

All you wack MC's, please step aside
'Cause Vadell is back again to claim his prize
Giving ya the flavor that's been missing from hip-hop
Blazin up on this track, straight up wrecking shop
I can't be stopped, putting suckas on the chopping block
'Cause they can't compete with the rhymes I concoct
the Alantic swing king of double R&B
Many try, but they can't get close to seeing me
'Cause I'm the Swinger, Canada's master of funk
Many copy me, but in the end, they just chumps
They try to step to me, but they can't swing it right
So instead, they always try to bite
Give it up, before I start to get ill
'Cause ya'll just as phony as a 3 dollar bill
None of ya'll can compete with the sound that I bring
So bow down to the king of the New Jack Swing!


Don't you know, that Vadell is the king
Of Double R&B, so get ready to get funky
So get on the dancefloor and do ya thing
And jam with the king of the New Jack Swing!

(Verse 2)

My kingdom spreads from Hali to Annapolis
And even Amherest, cause they can't get enough of this
They like my beats cause they groove and soothe
Just ask the Yangsta, Smauggy Dread, Threed, and they'll prove
That my swing is so consistent
You have to be a deaf man to miss this
Sko Town Swinging it up nonstop
With the Drop Mob, hip-hop let ya body pop!
Teddy Riley Jam & Lewis, Babyface, and L.A. Reid
They all paved the way for me
So I can show my generation how our parents used to Jam
Hip Hop & R&B today is a sham!
Here's something all ya'll can dance to
A smooth groove tried and true
So get up and Jam to the sound that I bring
Coming straight from the king of New Jack Swing!

(Chorus x2)

Don't you know, that Vadell is the king
Of Double R&B, so get ready to get funky
So get on the dancefloor and do ya thing
And jam with the king of the New Jack Swing!

(Verse 3)

MCJ and Cool G Hit paydirt in the early Nities
"So Listen" and "Smooth as Silk"
Is the foundation on what our New Jack Swing was built on in canada
And I can't forget Jane Child's "Don't Wanna Fall In Love With Ya"
If you don't know these, then your parents'll tell ya
About why the sound was so ahead of it's time before it hit ya
Check out "Groove Me" And "Wanna Get With Ya"
Troop, Bobby Brown, New Edition
Look up these guys and see what you're missing
Vadell is here continuing the legacy
Of the New Jack Swing minsistry
So get up and Jam to the sound that I bring
and Dance with the king of the New Jack Swing!


Don't you know, that Vadell is the king
Of Double R&B, so get ready to get funky
So get on the dancefloor and do ya thing
And jam with the king of the New Jack Swing!

(Ad libs)

N-N-New Jack King
N-N-New Jack Swing
Track Name: I'm So Into You
Another year, another valentine's day
Where the hearts and candy are out on display
But love was the last thing on my mind
'Cause whenever I looked for love, I got spurned everytime
All I wanted to do was lay low and be chill
'Cause seeing all this lovey-dovey ish made me ill
But then there was this one girl that walked by
And almost instantly, I changed my mind
I don't know what it was that made me attracted to her
But I knew that I wanted to get to know her better
But when you're shy like me, that ain't no easy feat
But what do I got to lose? may as well bust a move
So I walked up to her and intoduced myself
And did my best to put my nerves on the shelf
Things went smooth, and we became friends
But of course, that's where the easy part ends.

Time went by, and we became pretty cool
But sometimes I couldn't help but act a fool
Cause I was trying to sort out my feelings for her
I was diggin' her, but I wasn't sure if I really loved her
Love's a crazy game, it drives ya insane
It was eating me, but I didn't wanna rush things
Cause I thought confessing so soon would push her away
Damn, if that happened, it'd be another sad day
So I played it safe, and we stayed friends
But my feelings were driving me crazy to no end
This girl got me sprung, and I didn't know how to deal with it
So for a while, I had to grin and bear it
But I knew i had to let it out one way or another
Or else she'd might fall for another brother
But I don't know what to say, let alone do
But I guess I could always start with...

Now here I am, flowing on this Jack Swing
I don't know what reaction this song will bring
But I've been holding in my feelings in for much too long
So now I gotta let em out the way I know how in song
Check 1,2, girl I'm so into you
You got me so confused, I dunno what to do
Now I'm here spittin super corny lines
Up here shouting to the world "baby be mine"
Now you might say yes and you might say no
But Either way, I had to let my feelings out in this flow
I wanna treat you the way you wanna be
And like Ralph T., I'll check for sensetivity
I really mean what I say, I wanna give you the best
All you have to do is say yes
Gimme a chance, I just wanna be your beau
cause as you clearly see, I'm so into you.
Track Name: Vadell Gabriel feat. Enze Yangsta - Kick It With Me
Enze: Ay yo Seth, see that fine ass chick over there.
You know what, Imma go holla.

Vadell: No man, you got it twisted, Imma go holla.

Enze: Say breh, what chu talking bout. I saw her first. Lemme do my thang. Um, excuse me miss, can I talk to you for a second?

So on a scale of 1 to 2, What's the chances that I'll get with you?
I'm just playing girl, I like to act a fool
My name's the Yangsta, how do you do?
I just wanna tell you how pretty you look
And your sense of style is off the hook
This took a lot of courage for me to say
But I can't let my homeboy sweep you away!
Forget my friend, he's a boring dude
But the Yangsta wrote a poem just for you
Roses are red, violets are blue
Can I get your name, and your number too?
Go to KFC, get a number two
Cause compared to me, he's a number two
I can't really say it's love at first sight
But I would really like it if we kicked it tonight!

(Bridge 1)
Enze: So, what do you say, come hang out with the Yangsta.
Last name ever, first name greatest.
And yes, for the record, I am hitting on you.
So what do you say?

Vadel; lNo, No, No, No. That is not how you talk to a woman man! Yo step back Enze, watch this!

madame, please forgive my homie Enze here
I'm not boring, it's just that my creativity's always soaring
I'm always writing stories and rhymes, ooh, they're so sublime
So lemme kick a song to you, since you're so fine

(Enze: Man, what're you talkin' 'bout?)

Roses are red
lilacs are purple
Don't let that clown trick you into thinking that I'm like Steve Urkle
I don't fumble, never blubber, I'm just a homegrown Nova Scotian lover
So give me your number, and I can show you sights that you've never seen before
Or if you're not into that, we can just hit the dancefloor
We can dine on the shores of Peggy's cove
or just chilax on the couch watching a movie at home
It's up to you, the sky's the limit, beau
and like the King of Pop, I believe that's really true.
Our future can stretch as far as the eye can see
If you give me a chance, So girl, come kick it with me

(Bridge 2)
Vadell: So girl, whassup? Forget that geeky Enze Yangsta, Asian rapper guy. Come hang out with me, what do you say? Come hang out with the Swing Mob leader, Vadell Gabriel. *kiss sound*

Enze: What chu doing man??? You’re scaring her. Look here baby, listen.

Now I know this sudden, and your heart skipped a beat
But It'll be all good once you get to know me
I've done this before, come on, let's be honest
But I'm a real nice guy, girl I promise
I want nothing else but to get to know you better
And maybe when you get cold, I'll lend you my sweater
I'm Enze Yangsta, it's so nice to meet ya
So what chu say girl? Come kick it with me!

I know you're skeptical, but you won't regret hangin' with me
Let me tell you why:
Unlike that little shrimp hangin' over there
I guarantee, I'll blow your mind
Maybe I can't sing it like Michael J.
But I got enough love to treat you right
There ain't no fakin' here, it's all scincerity
So give me a chance girl, and come kick it with me

Vadell: Ay baby come kick it with Vadell Gabriel.

Enze: No, no, no, come kick it with Enze Yangsta.

Vadell? Enze man what chu talking about, you ain't got no time for no girl man!

Enze: What chu mean man?

Vadell: You got 2 jobs, you ain't got time for all that stuff!

Enze: Oh no, no, no, no, no, I think I can make time for this one. By the way man, where's YOUR job?

Vadell: Why you gotta bring that up?! Man, that's a low blow!

Enze: You’re a low blow, bro! What chu talkin' 'bout man?

Vadell: What the...? Where'd she go to?!

Enze: Aww man, I think she left when when we was too busy arguing!

Both: Nooooo!
Track Name: Vadell Gabriel feat. Coco Rose - Old School
One for the trebble, two for the bass
I think it's about time I set the record straight
It's really not the fact I hate modern rap
But it simply just don't appeal to me like that
I can't explain why, but the old school got that vibe
That makes me nod my head, and spit out these rhymes
It relaxes my soul, lets my instincts flow
throwing lyrical fireballs like Super Mario
Yeah, I'm called corny and goody two-shoes,
Cause I don't smoke, act crude, or drink booze
Don't talk about hoes, getting money or killing
Cause frankly, it's not the life I'm living
Student by day, Rapper at night
Mild-mannered, shy, and very polite
Sittin down playing Super Mario Bros. 2
That's my life, Livin' Old School

One for the trebble, two for the bass
The old school is ready to rock the place
From the Golden Age to the modern times
So let me bust out some old school rhymes

Naw, I don't wear kangols or a high-top fade,
Adidas jumpsuits, or big gold chains
I do own a few Nintendos...
I used to have a Dreamcast, but that bit the dust though
But I'm not dissin' the new school, there's a lot I love,
But the Old School wins, when push comes to shove
I love the New Jack sound, I'm it's biggest fan
When that groove comes on, it makes me wanna jam
Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis,
TurboGrafx-16, and Arcade Cabniets
Retro games all day, I like to play
Sonic the Hedgehog and Pac-man, hey
Galaga, Rally-X, and Dig-Dug
Tekken and Street Fighter get nuttin but love
Some call me a hipster, even a fool
But hey, that's my life, Livin' Old School

One for the trebble, two for the bass
The old school is ready to rock the place
From the Golden Age to the modern times
So let me bust out some old school rhymes

Riley, Jam, Lewis, Quik, Dilla
Premier, LA, yo these guys are killer
A streetwise sound, but with a soulful groove
Or a mix of rap, rhythm and blues
The jazzy sounds of a Tribe we request,
Or a Clan that ain't nuttin' to mess with
That's just a sampling of the Old School I like
The masters at work, doing it right
Don't get me wrong, we got some dope guys out too
Drake, Lupe, Kendrick, just to name a few
I dig their music, they got it on point
But it's the old school that gets me high like a joint
Like what you want, I'm not gonna force you
to conform to my personal point of veiw
But I had to go and set the record straight for you
Cause I'm far from corny, I'm just Livin' Old School

One for the trebble, two for the bass
The old school is ready to rock the place
From the Golden Age to the modern times
So let me bust out some old school rhymes