Pretty Ugly

Pretty Ugly

BandR&BFunk

The future of afro urban fusion music and progressive hip hop culture. Pretty Ugly combines Rap/Hip Hop, Punk Rock, Ska-Reggae, bee bop jazz, rythm and blues and soul/funk into a perfect simplistic power trio blend of gumbo soup.

Biography

Pretty Ugly, for the time being, is a three piece collective which consists of three very different individuals residing in Minneapolis, MN. The band comes together as a marriage of opposites of sorts. The lead singer/guitar player Aball Muse grew up in the Minneapolis metro area with a diverse musical background coming from a family of classically trained musicians and Minneapolis 70's/80's funk players. He also was influenced heavily by the early 90's hip hop sound and spent some time in NY working for BeBop Jazz legend Max Roach. More recently he lived in Seattle playling in several local bands which helped him develop his lead guitar styles and focus on fine tuning his song writting. The Bassist/vocalist Rod Glasper, originally of Houston Texas, comes from an eclectic background of music and family of soulful musicians. Influences ranging from Larry Graham, Rick James, Bootsy Collins, James Jamerson, to John Norwood Fisher; Glasper embodies the spirit of his instrument like many of the greats mentioned here. The drummer/vocalist Kasper, born in Newfoundland Canada, raised in Southern California and also the Minneapolis metro area; started off making a name for him self on the Midwest drum and bass scene as a junglest emcee/producer. Kasper, heavily influenced by hip hop, drum n bass, punk, funk and reggae has crafted his drumming into a fusion of flavor in it's own right. Kasper and Aball formerly played together in the group Propagandja. The Muse, Glasper and Kasper come together as Pretty Ugly to blend an original sound. This concoction is lead by hard lyrics, screaming guitars and soulful melodies driving the feel of this band which creates many moods. Welcome to the world of Pretty Ugly.

Lyrics

Tanka Toy 420

Written By: A. Jackson aka Aball Muse

The first time that I ever saw your face/ I wanted to make you my honey it wasn't about sex and money/ The type of love that could never be replaced/ My one and only wouldn't ever leave you lonely/
The history between me and you could never be erased/ We became like family my best friend understands me/ Tears in my eyes when your pushing me away/ Making me feel funny I just want you to be happy/ And when the drama's done baby it will be ok/ I never meant to get crazy as lovers we used to be happy/ No one to blaim I know I made a big mistake/ Thinking you wouldn't leave me so easy/ A part of me feels like I'm giving you away/ Heartless and empty if you don't want to hear it I'm sorry.

(chorus) But When I miss you would you miss me back/ and when I kiss you would you kiss me back/ and when I Love you would you love me back/ It's not an issue it's just a fact that I do.

(verse)
I got the feeling that we need a little time to grow/ No sad good byes I stopped by just to let you know/ that I can't keep giving you that special love/ because the way that you treat me/ everybody wins well beats me/ I sat by and watched them suitor studs come and go--courtship distractions self control/ your beautiful but your caught up in a spiral/ I all ready know sweet and low down style/ maybe you will settle down down down.

(chorus)

Nothing

Written By: A. Jackson aka Aball Muse

(chorus)
Won't catch me standin 'round/ hangin 'round doing nothing/
Won't see me around the town/ looking down saying nothing/ Nothing can hold me down/ Keep me down absolutely nothing/ This is how we stand our ground/ Hold it down I aint' bluffing.

(verse)
Right now it's do or die/ these hunger pains I will survive/ I'm taking my own piece of pie/ No nead to lie no aliby so/ Go on and have your fun/ I'm cleaning out this lonesome gun/ No turning back what's done is done/ You baught your ticket no refund.

(chorus)
Won't catch me standin 'round/ hangin 'round doing nothing/
Won't see me around the town/ looking down saying nothing/ Nothing can hold me down/ Keep me down absolutely nothing/ This is how we stand our ground/ Hold it down I aint' bluffing.

(verse)
I'm on the otherside/ the mansion where they never spy/ please don't ever cry/ cause this is not a suicide/ My choice to live to ride/ drink my blood won't suck me dry/ my heart and soul is big inside/ last chance to dance no other trys.

(chorus)
Won't catch me standin 'round/ hangin 'round doing nothing/
Won't see me around the town/ looking down saying nothing/ Nothing can hold me down/ Keep me down absolutely nothing/ This is how we stand our ground/ Hold it down I aint' bluffing.

(rap verse)
You just might wake up and find yourself dead/ If you don't let whats inside out of your head/ start your day get out of your bed/ make moves thats the path you tread/ don't let life pass you by/ spending all your time staying drunk and high/ Sleep walking those la la byes/ Is it the dream that you live or the reason why/ Some are rich but cold inside/ Some lost but refuse to cry/ Some poor but refuse to try/ to obtain the love that you can not buy/ Don't repeat yesterday unless yesterday took the pain away/ you work hard to make a better way/ to work to play to stay young for the day/ your happy then you sad/ it's all good it can make you mad/ be thankful for what you got/ cause life's an eye blink and then you rot/ your happy then your sad/ it's all good it can make you mad/ be thankful for what you got/ cause life's an eye blink and then you rot.

(chorus)

(refrain)
won't catch me standing 'round
won't catch me hanging 'round
won't see me around the town
won't see me won't see me
won't catch me standing 'round
won't catch me hanging 'round
won't see me around the town
won't see me
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Discography

Mixed Greens Compliation vol. 1- "I Can't Change"-Aball Muse

Set List

1.Match Stick Man 2.Alone with you 3.So Alone 4.Gutter Thug 5.Summer Song 6.Neeva 7.Piece by Piece 8.Going all in 9.Myspace 10.Big Bang Theory 11.Pills 12.Babylonian Whore 13.Platforms and Fishnets 14. Rebels of Babylon 15.Big Boss 16. Sand in my eyes 17.Rain 18.Social Decay 19.I Can't Change 20.Bad Reputation 21.Addicted 22.Kurt Cobain 23.La viva Le Sueno 24.Who don't want Who 25.Tanka Toy 420 26.Nothing 27.Run Away 28.Revenge 29.Why do I love you 30.Jimi Aberdeen 31. Why Hate 32.On and On 33.Hello Puppet 34.Lights go Dim 35.It can only get better 36.Ask yourself

These songs are all our original material and run generally between 3-4 minutes per song.. We usually do 45 minute sets or so.