Thursday, November 24, 2011

"For Those Who Do": My Entry to the Lenovo-Intel Blog U-Rap Contest

Last August of this year, Lenovo and Intel held the Lenovo-Intel Blog U-Rap Contest which was a rap making (lyrics, music and video) contest opened to bloggers and their theme was "For Those Who Do". When I first received an email invitation to join it I really did not give much attention to it because my first reaction was that the contest mechanics and requirements were too hard. It would entail a lot of work, I thought.




But as the registration deadline for Lenovo and Intel's Blog U Rap contest came closer I started to consider joining the contest. So, to make the long story short, I made my own lyrics using Lenovo's theme "For Those Who Do" and used it as the title of the rap I created. I cooked up some grooves and beats using the Garage Band app in my iPad and then went to the recording venue as scheduled.


There were actually three recordings of the video, one was before the contest where I used a slower tempo for the music I created. In that video, we wore head costumes; the back up did not wear a nurse uniform or some hip hop clothing. The second video was after I was notified that I won first place (the one embedded below) and the third was a live recording during Lenovo's celebration for being #2 globally.


So, enough of the introduction. Here are the lyrics and the video. Credits to Lenovo, Intel, the sweet ladies of Ardent Comm and my three back up vocalists (Tin Tin, Cla and Pochi).


For Those Who Do
By Jeffrey Aspacio for the Lenovo-Intel Blog U Rap Contest

Verse 1:
The world revolves, we’re all involved
In each other’s lives, that’s how we thrive and stay alive
But suffering is never ending
And all around, problems abound, the crying sounds
Poverty. Atrocity. Our apathy
Is no solution, cause of indignation
We have a choice to be a voice
Speak out for them, or just ignore ‘em.
Add to the problem


Pre-chorus:
Complainers, whiners, moaners or nit-pickers
You ain’t doin’ anything, so back off from the winners
For those who do, the catalyst and movers
Show ‘em what you’re made of and keep on bein’ doers

Chorus 1:
Lean over, lean over (pronounced as Lenovo)
This is what I’ve got to say
Don’t wait too long, this is your day

Lean over, lean over
Stop thinking that you don’t know how
Go make your move, the time is now

Verse 2:
Lend me your ears, volunteer, with your peers
Make a difference, don’t be indiff’rent
Realize, look with your heart, not just your eyes
It’s getting’ to ya’, this music moves ya’
As the sun gets higher, these words will catch fire
Our passion and desire to get up from the mire
We have hope, so look up and don’t mope
By loving and living and more than existing
The world that we live in, is gonna be changin’

Pre-chorus:
Complainers, whiners, moaners or nit-pickers
You ain’t doin’ anything, so back off from the winners
For those who do, the catalyst and movers
Show ‘em what you’re made of and keep on bein’ doers

Chorus 1:
(pronounced as Lenovo) Lean over, lean over
This is what I’ve got to say
Don’t wait too long, this is your day

Lean over, lean over
Stop thinking that you don’t know how
Go make your move, the time is now

Chorus 2:
Lean over, lean over
It’s your resolve to get involved
Your story’s yet to be told

Lean over, lean over
It’s not too late, to seal your fate
So get up now, and prove you’re great

Chorus 1:
Lean over, lean over
This is what I’ve got to say
Don’t wait too long, this is your day

Lean over, lean over
Stop thinking that you don’t know how
Go make your move, the time is now

By loving and living and more than existing
The world that we live in, is gonna be changin’
For those who do, the catalyst and movers
Show ‘em what you’re made of and keep on bein’ doers, Peace!


"For Those Who Do": Rap video - music and lyrics by Jeff Aspacio



Jeff