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The Making of Series (34th edition) "Still Laughin"

In 2003, Champain aka New Jack was released from Jacksonville County Jail.
Grandfathered in to the S.O.A.z, he was known to Omega Redd and Va'Les through letters while incarcerated. He and Kwin kept in touch from day one, till his release.

All 3 Common Ground Members made many trips to Virginia and other places as often as possible. The day that Tampa Bay played the Eagles in Lincoln Financial Field's first ever regular season game (L.J. Smith's debute game, he dropped the TD pass), these 3 guys (Kwin, REDD, & Va'Les) were headed to Florida to visit Pain (and most likely record & promote down there).

JAX town bound, for some reason, Kwin & Redd were headed to pick up Va'Les in G-Town.
That's right, Va'Les didn't decide he was going until late. Kwin took I-95 from Chester, then got off in South Philly on Broad and was heading for a LONG RIDE ON BROAD TO OLNEY....

A Long ride to JAX Town next (estimated 20 hours).

Never made it past Broad & Snyder. The old Hooptie (1994 Subaru Legacy) aka: The "Shaggin' Wagon" died for the first of a series of deaths which ended in a final never come back in 2004...

This car was in Kwin's Freestyle on the song "Germantown" track #14 of "Golden Land" album.

Kwin & Redd called Va'Les & Pain and told them about the car breakin down in South Philly and how the trip was canceled. Redd's car was parked at Kwin's Grandmother's crib in Glenolden. So after finding a good place to leave the car, these 2 walked from Broad & Snyder to Glenolden.

Not a long ride, a long walk. Pacing ourselves for the energy needed to drive 20 hours, this long walk was okay.

The whole thing with the plans totally collapsing and taking a long walk through Philly to the burbs was the process of inspiration to this song: "Still Laughin".

Common Ground never made the trip to Florida.

The next week, they recorded this song at Va'Les crib on Walnut Lane in G-Town.
The instramentals used were from a Eastsiders & Snoop & The original Dogg Pound album. All three verses were Freestyles onto the Roland 880 EX. The song was mixed at APG Studios.

This song has appeared on many S.O.A.z Mix Tapes that were in circulation on the streets from VA to Philly from '03 to present...

This song will be track # 12 on the upcoming Omega Redd album "Yall done Fucked Up Now"...

The Nascar sound effect was Va'Les idea it came from the TV turned up loud on a Nascar race & The Roland 880 EX recorded the sound through the mike...

Other effects were added to Va'Les vocals in hook were his idea as well, used the effects to mix them in CAKEWALK....

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