New Music: NAVARRO – Maybe (produced by THEMpeople)

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Navarro, formerly known as Scheme*, releases new music produced by THEMpeople. Maybe, is a spoken word piece; an audio interpretation from a piece Navarro wrote and released a few weeks ago, which was shared by major Latino websites, as well as NBC Latino news analyst and more. He considered restructuring it into a “rap song format,” but this wasn’t that. This had to stay the way he wrote it; every word.

The painting for the artwork is by artist Chantala Kommanivanh (www.chantalism-art.com).

Written by NAVARRO and THEMpeople

Produced by THEMpeople

Twitter: @SchemeNavarro | @THEMpeoplemusic

Sites: NavarroMusic773.com | Soundcloud.com/THEMpeoplemusic

*The reason for the name change is due to the refocusing of music in both Spanish and English for Navarro. Scheme wasn’t the easiest name to translate into Spanish for new fans and editorials, so Navarro chose to use his last name as his artist alias starting now. This is his 1st release under Navarro. Same music, only difference is the message is now worldwide. Same rebel, new cause.

Maybe

Maybe – Stream of thought ….

Maybe I grew up in a mostly Latino and African American neighborhood because that was where my parents could pay rent. Maybe they could only pay rent there because my parents immigrated into this country with only a bag of clothes. Maybe they worked 16 hrs a day 7 days a week in ranches cutting cabbage. Maybe they worked 2 or 3 jobs, and yet it was barely enough to get by. Maybe there was a crack house on the corner that not only served the junkies within the blocks, but the people who came in from surrounding suburbs to get their fix. Maybe the cops harassed the lady selling tamales and elotes outside the grocery store to feed her family, but never once pulled over the white gentleman who came to pick up his drugs in his Cadillac. Maybe that made me question the police and their morals. Maybe my father would get pulled over walking home after work at night because he looked suspicious. Maybe there was gangs in the blocks I lived in. Maybe I had to throw gang signs every time I walked past the corner, as I walked to my cousins house down the block, just to make sure I was clear to pass. Maybe I had to choose one of the gangs in my block, because I felt the need to feel safe when I walked my neighborhood. Maybe that was a bad decision. Maybe that wasn’t true. Maybe when my friend got shot and killed while he played basketball, the police never came. Maybe when my father was mugged at gun point, the police never came. Maybe when the gentleman who worked the grocery store night shift came out to throw garbage out and got shot in the head, the police never came. Maybe this made me feel like we weren’t worth their time. Maybe this made me feel worthless. Maybe this made me question the police. Maybe at 18 I smoked a joint. Maybe I had been asked to smoke hundreds of times before, and I had always turned it away. Maybe I finally made a decision as an 18 year old that I wanted to try it. Maybe that isn’t true. Maybe I have photos of me smoking a joint with a friend. Maybe I have a picture of me and my friend throwing a gang sign. Maybe that isn’t true. Maybe that was the reality I lived in. Maybe I knew there was more to the world, but at this moment I had to live in this environment. Maybe we did get out of this neighborhood eventually. Maybe my dad had a better job. Maybe I graduated high school. Maybe I graduated college with a BA and planned to go back for my masters.

Maybe a police talked down on me as I walked down the street with a friend. Maybe after all of the years of seeing the injustice going on in my neighborhood, I talked back to the cop. Maybe he didn’t like me talking back to him. Maybe there was an altercation. Maybe he shot me once. Maybe I ran. Maybe he kept shooting. Maybe I turned around and ran back because I figured this cop doesn’t stop shooting me, and from most of my experiences I’ve had, I’m really not worth much to him. Maybe let me fight with every thing I have at least. Maybe this isn’t true. Maybe he shot me once, I ran away, then when he continued shooting, I turned around, fell to my knees with my hands up. Maybe this isn’t true. Maybe I died on the street. This is true. Maybe the cop hasn’t been questioned or detained. Maybe I didn’t ask for people to protest my death. Maybe you’ll call me a thug. Maybe you’ll forget I was human.

Maybe we shook hands before. Maybe we talked and laughed before. Maybe you thought I was a good person. Maybe you didn’t know much about my past. Maybe I was left dead on the street. Maybe you’ll base all of your opinions on the pictures you saw of my past on TV. Maybe you’ll forget I was human.

The one thing I know for sure, is what side you will be on before a trial is even underway. You will be on your computer, calling me a gang banger, a thug and using every racist undertone that exists in your mind, but are too scared to let out on a daily basis. Thanks for letting me know where you will stand, if I were ever killed, shot 6 times in the middle of the street. Maybe.

– Navarro

Navarro on Univision

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Last week, Navarro was featured on Univision’s website. The story written by Angelica Lasala focuses on Navarro’s name change from Scheme, as well as his upcoming projects. You can read the entire article by CLICKING HERE, and watch the accompanying video below.

It’s Been One Helluva Year … 2012

2012 was personally one of my toughest years in life. I went through a lot, but thankfully learned a great deal. I am grateful for the lessons which have prepared me for what’s ahead. I appreciate those who have helped me mentally and spiritually; you all have made a big change in who I am becoming. My art is created by what I live, and this year I lived a lot. The very good and the very bad. Regardless, I am grateful for it all and plan on executing these teachings, not only in 2013, but from here on out.

For the past couple of years I do a quick recap of what my year was like musically and share it with all my people.

This year we continue tradition.

This is just an overview, there’s a lot of details and moments I can’t capture, but I’ll try my best to go through what went down in 2012.

We started off the year where we left off 2011, which was a video recap of my 2011 release part for Life That I Chose.

1. We released Life That I Chose at the end of 2011 and had a great release party at Akin which was captured by my homie Sense Hernandez.

2. DJ Scend, Slot-A and I had a dope interview over at Chicago’s very own The Hip-Hop Project radio show in regards to the Life That I Chose EP.

You can catch the interview interview by CLICKING HERE.

3. We also started off the year with a very dope show at Double Door as we opened up for Pharoah Monch. Below you can catch some footage of us doing what we do.

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New Music: Scheme – The Change (Glory) Remake

Scheme continues releasing remakes while working on his upcoming LP Pesos Turns to Dollars. This time around he creates The Change (Glory), which embodies everything the artist has experienced within the last 4 months, and also serves as a proclamation of what’s to come, both personally and musically.

 With this remake there’s a catch though; and it involves Scheme & DJ Scend‘s next Two Turntables and a Mic Series. The duo usually releases the name of the producer shortly before releasing a new series, but this time they are taking a different approach. The next producer for the TT&AM Series actually has co-production credits on the original beat for The Change (Glory). For Scheme & DJ Scend part of the fun in coming up with the TT&AM Series is the digging aspect of it. Having to go through beats of producers they respect and finding those gems; well known and underappreciated. This time they leave the homework up to you; listen to The Change (Glory) and figure out which producer has co-production credits on it, and then you’ll know who the next TT&AM Series producer will be.

 Expect a mixtape from Scheme & DJ Scend before the upcoming Pesos Turns to Dollars LP, and expect the next TT&AM Series even sooner.

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD The Change (Glory) via AudioMack

Video: Heaven Show Recap

A couple of weeks ago we performed at Heaven, a show put together by BBU at The Shrine in Chicago.

The show was a benefit for those who have lost a loved one due to the violence occurring in our city.

Below you can check out a recap of the show, as well as a very touching piece on the mother who received the money ($1,000) which was collected from the show; her son had been killed just days after the Heaven benefit show.

Situations like these are what really make what I do special. Being able to help someone, even if it’s just in a small way, truly means a lot to me. Knowing that my team and I did our part to help a mother in need is very special. We understand the issue at hand is much bigger than this, and I wish we could help stop the problem before it even occurs, but at this point we are doing what we can with what we have.

God bless that family, and all of those who have lost a loved one to these streets.

– Scheme

NEW MUSIC: Los Rakas x Scheme – Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero | Remix

Aqui les va algo nuevo. Hice un Remix de la cancion “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero” de los Rakas.

Hesto es algo nuevo para mi, escuchalo y dejame saber que piensas. Gracias.

Abajo encuentras la letra de mi verso y el link en donde puedes bajar la cancion.

OPRIME AQUI PARA BAJAR – Los Rakas x Scheme – “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero | Remix”

Aqui me encuentro tras las rejas del olvido…
Y tu nadando el oceano como nadien te lo dijo….
Amor ingrato…vivido en lo pasado de lo escrito…
tu no escuchas los gritos de heste corazon undido….
Fue reprimido a memorias del pasado…
Amores caros, fingidos, ya no restas en el nido…
Tu te volaste, es lo cinico de amar…
Tu vuelas por los cielos, y yo me encuentro en este mar…
Andar buscando amores en lugares muy extraños…
Y yo me encuentro recordando te y te extraño…
Y han pasado meses, ya vamos pal año….
Y no cambiado mucho…tu me has hecho daño…
Yo se la culpa es de los dos…yo no me niego…
Pero ponte al fin del mundo, y ya por ahi yo llego…
Amor es dado, sin pensar en consequencias…
Fui amor de vida, y en mi vida menos piensas…
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Buscando amores en lugares muy extraños…
Y yo me encuentro recordando te y te extraño…
Y an pasados meses, ya vamos pal año….
Y no cambiado mucho…tu me as hecho daño…
Fue reprimido a memorias del pasado…
Amores caros, fingidos, ya no restas en el nido…
Tu te volaste, es lo cinico de amar…
Tu vuelas por los cielos, y yo me encuentro en este mar…Undido.

2011 (Highlights)

2011 was a great year. I had a lot of highlights throughout the year; from doing 7 shows in Austin, TX for SXSW to getting respect from DJ Muggs for the Two Turntables and a Mic Series, DJ Scend and I did as a tribute to him. This was definitely another helluva year.

Below are some of my best memories of 2011.

1.) Dropping the Billion Dollar Dream (Video) off of SRNC (Deluxe Edition) – the video was Directed by Roger Tino Morales for AyKid Shots. This was a great all around experience. Thanks to everyone who made it happen.

2.) Going to Austin, TX for SXSW and performing at 7 Shows with everyone from Yelawolf, DJ Babu and Rakaa, Alchemist and many more. Great times kicking it with the RubyHornet family through out the entire week. Thanks to Rafa for also letting us stay at his spot. This was Scend’s and I first time performing together out of town. Most memorable show had to be the RubyHornet release party for Closed Sessions. We had that place going from the Go!

3.) Opening Up for The Beatnuts in Chicago was definitely another great moment in 2011. Right before we left out to Austin, TX for SXSW, we got the chance to open up for the Beatnuts at the Double Door in Chicago. It was a sold out crowd and it was the first time DJ Scend and I were doing our brand new set that we had been working on for a while. The set came out real dope and we had an incredible time performing. It definitely set the tone for the upcoming trip to SXSW.

4.) The release of Closed Sessions on Decon, which I had two tracks on, was also a great moment. I was able to work with DJ Babu, Fashawn, Buff1, ESSO, and Tony Baines on two separate songs that made the Closed Sessions project. Making those records was a great time and the records were well received. You can check out the DJ Babu produced record with Fashawn, Buff1 and myself below.

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5.) Scend and I coming up with the concept to start recording the Two Turntables and a Mic Series, and Panik suggestion we film each one. This series made a huge impact for us this year. I wanted to find a way to bring Scend in to the forefront of the music. I wanted to show that he wasn’t just my DJ at shows, but that we were also creating together and that the DJ/MC combo was back in full effect. We started with this idea in early 2011 and put it into motion soon after. We started off with the L.E.S. series, followed it with NO I.D. and then DJ Muggs. The concept was really well received and has definitely played a huge role for us through out 2011. Thanks to Stefan Klapko and Tony Shane for seeing the vision and filming the first 3 series with us. We really appreciate it. Definitely looking forward to dropping the next one in early 2012. You can check out the 3 series we’ve done this year at the links below.

CLICK to Check Out the TTandAM L.E.S. Series

CLICK to Check Out the TTandAM NO I.D. Series

CLICK to Check Out the TTandAM DJ Muggs Series

6.) Getting Props from DJ Muggs on the TTandAM DJ Muggs Series. This was a highlight of 2011 for me without a doubt. Scend and I had put a lot of work into the DJ Muggs series and we couldn’t have asked for anything more than to have DJ Muggs co-sign it via Twitter and have him hit both of us up to tell us we killed it. That shit was awesome. Getting respect from those you are paying homage to; nothing like it. Thanks to Muggs for taking the time to check it out. Glad you liked it brotha. Check the pic below of the tweets.

7.) The Shoebox. Maaaaaaaaaaan 2011 was the year of the Shoebox lol. For those that don’t know, the Shoebox is Scend’s place, and in 2011 it became the spot where we created a lot of music, had a lot of writing sessions, planning sessions, practice sessions, SRNC meetings, video shoots, and so much more. We had some great times this year at the Shoebox. Nothing like stoop action during the summer time to take a break away from the music. Thanks to Scend for opening the doors to his spot for us and letting us create a home studio set up and for giving us a spot to work out of as a team. The Shoebox lives on ….

8.) Life That I Chose EP. What can I say? Very proud of my team and I for pulling this one off. We created an EP, did promo for it, shot the video for the lead single, got some radio spins, debuted the video on HipHopDX, planned a release party, and released a t-shirt in collaboration with Akin in under 2 months. Shout out to my brotha Slot-A. Thanks for not thinking twice about it when I said we needed to knock out a project in a month. Thanks to Scend and Astonish for helping out as much as ya’ll did with the project. The sessions we had for this project were some of the best I’ve had. The way we wrote and recorded this project was real dope to me. Definitely a major highlight for me in 2011.

For those that haven’t heard the project, please do so. Check the links below.

Purchase Life That I Chose on iTunes – CLICK HERE

9.) Filming the Hello (What Up?) VIDEO with Sense Hernandez and the SRNC team. Incredible time shooting this video. We filmed this video in 4 days with about 4 days to prepare for the first days of shooting. We came up with the treatment, found the locations, found the models, my girlfriend got her team together to do the makeup and hair styling, rented equipment, and who knows what else we got done with a couple of days notice. It was crazy, but man was it worth it. The homie Sense did an incredible job on the video. He came through for me in the clutch, and that will forever be appreciated. Thanks to my whole team for helping me pull this one off.

Hello…………….

10.) Life That I Chose Release Party at Akin. This night made up for all the days you push through the struggle to make your dreams come true. Thank you to every single person that came out and supported us on Nov. 25th at Akin. We had a packed house all night. Thanks to Scend, RTC, Slot-A, Astonish, Jamal Science for performing. Thanks to Akin for supporting us on the night and for letting us have it at their location. Thanks to the SRNC team for helping organize it and for making sure the night went without a problem. The fact that we had a full house really made me realize the support I have. Thank you for that. You can check some pics of the night by CLICKING HERE, the video of the night will be up soon.

Below are some random pics of 2011.

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Helluva Year (2010) – Rewind

What’s good? Hope everyone is having a great day? Last week as 2010 ended I did a round up of some of the great experiences I had throughout the year on my FB & Twitter page. I figured I should recap it here for you all to check out.

1. #2010Memories – Releasing the “Respect the Art” Video in January of 2010 – CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

2. #2010Memories Shooting the “Same Rebel, New Cause” video – CLICK HERE to SEE THE VIDEO

3. #2010Memories – Driving out to NIU for a show with the homies DJ Scend, Gus, and Astonish –CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

4. #2010Memories Opening up for the Joell Ortiz show at The Bassment – CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

5. #2010Memories – Performing at Sneaker Pimps and opening up for Raekwon – CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

(Below are the rest of my top moments of 2010)

6. #2010Memories – Kicking it at The Shoebox with the homies – CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

7. #2010Memories – Releasing the video for “Maintain” – Thanks to Tony Shane and Virgil Solis – CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

8. #2010Memories – Releasing SRNC (The Mixtape) with DJ Muggs doing the Intro, PNS mixing the entire project, and it was presented by Molemen Records, Ruby Hornet, Soul Assassins, and 2dopeboyz – LISTEN/DL the MIXTAPE HERE

9. ‎#2010Memories – Launching my official site – Thanks to my family at Ruby Hornet and my manager Virgil Solis

10. #2010Memories – Releasing SRNC (Deluxe Edition) – LISTEN/DL the ALBUM HERE

11. #2010Memories – Having my first official album release party. Thanks to my SRNC family for making that one happen – SEE VIDEO HERE

12. #2010Memories – Kicking it with DJ Babu and GLC for this whole session – CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

13. #2010Memories – Working on “The Storm” with the homie Add 2 – CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

14. #2010Memories – Going to SXSW and having some of the best experiences I’ve had in my career so far. This trip was sooooooo dope!!!! Shout out to the Ruby Hornet team  – CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

15. #2010 Memories – Writing and recording the song “Helluva Year” with Emilio Rojas and Astonish –CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

16. #2010Memories – The homie Mikkey Halsted introducing me as one of his favorite MC’s at his release party. And then getting off stage and having Juice tell me I was the best performer that night –CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

17. #2010Memories – Sharing the stage with the homies Donnis, Mic Terror, Big Homie Doe, and YP at Donnis’ show in Chicago. (See the 4:32 mark) – CLICK HERE to SEE the VIDEO

18. #2010Memories – Getting a call from my manager Virgil telling me DJ Muggs was playing my record on his XM Radio show. We didn’t ask him to do it, he did it because he was digging what I was doing. It was one of my lowest points personally as far as questioning my next steps music wise, but that call sparked a fire in me.

19. ‎#2010Memories having a dope full page piece on the RedEye – CHECK it OUT HERE

20. #2010Memories – Releasing “Helluva Year – The Mixtape” with DJ Scend and Stefan Ponce with SRNC and Ruby Hornet presenting it; as a year-end wrap up for the incredible year I had. It had it’s rough moments where I questioned my personal choices, especially in the beginning of the year, but everything has worked out gre at. 2011 and beyond I will make my mark; mark my words (Scheme). –DOWNLOAD the MIXTAPE HERE