Archive for June, 2012


Hip Hop Isn’t Just a Genre of Music….

Culture brings people together. Music brings people together and music is culture. When we have art of any kind, we get through the monotony of life. Sometimes we need that escape. Anything else we can zone into besides the routine of our everyday lives, keeps up going and it keeps us positive about the future. We have to fulfill our lives in other ways besides work and relationships. Music, painting and poetry are just a few examples of the art that, in a sense, saves our lives when nothing else seems to be going right. 

Hip hop is so incorporated into our American culture, you cannot deny the impact it has on this generation, and not to mention the generations before us. From the clothes we wear, to the music we listen to, to the language we speak, hip hop is all around us. It’ become s so engraved in our sociey that most of us don’t even pay attention to it or even know it’s there. And maybe I’m going out on a limb here but I think that interracial relationships have become more common over the years because of the culture as well.

http://h2c2harlem.com/

H2C2–Read up on it yourself!

Real Hip Hop Culture

In Harlem,  the Hip Hop Culture Center provides a visual description of the importance of the hip hop culture in America. The exhibit was developed to educate the youth about the culture and how it came to be. There’s a lot more to the culture than the music. Hip hop began in the 70’s so there’s a built up history that we need to teach the newer generation. The hip hop some of you are thinking of shouldn’t include children, but I’m not talking about the words or ideas (curses or sexual references) you hear in hip hop music because I know there are narrow minds out there and I know what you’re thinking. It’s about creative expression, however, according to H2C2’s website, and I couldn’t say that any different myself. It’s about teaching the youth about how we got to be where we are today and where we are going with the culture.

Emotionally Contagious?

I Don’t Want Your Attitude!

Do you really want to be responsible for someone else’s bad mood? It’s hard enough to keep your own mood in check. But little do you know, some people really have emotionally contagious attitudes. It means that when they’re in a good mood, they can put everyone around them in a good mood too. Clearly when they’re in a bad mood, the bad mood rubs off. I work in an close-knit office where everyone feeds off of each other’s energy. If one person is frustrated, it trickles down to the rest of us. It’s part of business and it’s part of life, but how you deal with it says more about your character than anything.

Your Attitude is Contagious

 

Send Out Positivity

It’s easy to let bad moods or bad energy from other people get you down. It’s easier to frown, sometimes, than it is to smile. But you stand out much more if you stay uplifted and positive for the people around you. People and relationships are what keeps the world going and what keeps it happy. The next time someone tries to bring you down, pull them up with you! Bring ’em to your level!

 Loud Pack

Interview with Peter Haze and A.W. The Prezident

Anything that makes me nod my head is worth a listen to the lyrics. I listen to my music extra loud, always have. Shit, I’m actually about to get a system in the car so I can take my loudness with me. So I listened to these guys, chilled with them in the studio, and immediately got inspired by their grind. Needless to say, everything in that studio was loud. The sound in that mug can’t even be described–you just have to hear it.  And that’s not the only loud I’m talking about. That’s why they call ’em the Loud Pack.

Loud Pack

I took the time to get to know what inspired them to rap. They are in the early stages of making their brand known to the world, and their work ethic is phenomenal.  They don’t just sit around hoping to get a deal. They’re young and humble with big dreams. They believe in each other and themselves so they’ll make it. They work for a living too. That says a lot about their work ethic right there.

A.W. The Prezident

(@awtheprezident)

http://soundcloud.com/anthony-prezident-williams

“I AM THE PREZIDENT, that’s my brand. I’m branding myself like that because, one, I obviously look like him, and I’m just a young black man trying to make it where they say I can’t. Just like the real Obama did. I’m not super ghetto and I’m not covered in tattoos and I don’t adopt swag. That’s what the Prezident stands for.”

A.W. The Prezident

“When I was like 12, I didn’t have the most privileged life living in California and at one point lived in a church where I learned to play piano. I even started makin beats but then I stopped. Right before my father died he bought me a keyboard and after he died that’s when I said I was gonna make it in music.”

“Back when I lived in Cali I used to play the piano and make beats but all my homies rapped. Then one day they said I should start freestyling with them. I was about 15 then. In 5 years I hope to have a deal by then. I wanna be selling records and be on tours and doing shows and videos within five years. Shit, in five years I’ll be 30 so it’s crunch time!”

“I’m just promoting myself however I can whether it be online, in person or at clubs and stuff. I’ve even made t-shirts that have my twitter tag and logo on them. Right now I represent me cuz ain’t nobody gonna do it for me. Ya know?”

Peter Haze

(@Peter_Haze)

http://soundcloud.com/peter-haze1

“Really I’m just your average-everyday guy trying to make it doin’ what I love. I don’t know if I fit a ‘brand’ really. You might hear some lyrics that touch on social issues, you might hear some hood shit, you might hear some player shit. Just know that it’ll be brought to you in a way that will get your head nodding and your mind thinking.”

A.W. The Prezident and Peter Haze

“I first picked up a pen and put it to the paper about two years ago. In five years, I just want to be making a living making this music. I’ve always been a fan of hip hop/rap and I just didn’t like a lot of what was coming out and literally said ‘I can do better than this shit’ so I recorded four songs on my phone, played them for four or five people and they all said three out of the four songs were good. I figured was a good ratio so I kept  fuckin with it”

“Icon at City Dump Records (@citydumprecords) is a monster! It’s like he knows how I want it to sound without me telling him. I just let him do his thing and chime in on little tweaks. The first song I recorded with him was “Skitzo”. I almost shed a tear because it was the first time I actually heard what was in my head blastin’ through the studio. It was pretty much a milestone for me and I’ve been goin hard in the studio ever since.”

Nap Town’s Own City Dump Records
http://citydumprecords.com/

“It depends on the beat. I’ve found that I write songs depending on the mood the beat puts me in. That’s how you get songs like “Ridin”. I put the beat on repeat, light a blunt, close my eyes and picture myself ridin through the city at night, then I get songs like the track title, ‘Behind the Smoke Screen’ where I just had some real shit to get off my chest and it came spilling through the pen.”

Loud Pack Life

Hip Hop Is Actually Not Dead

Hip Hop–Alive and Rebirthing

From generation to generation, we’re seeing drastic changes come to the hip hop game. When some of us say hip hop is dead we really mean that it’s not the same as it used to be or not the same as we think it should be. The whole reason behind it is that times have changed. Point, blank, period.  That doesn’t mean hip hop is dead. Get real with yourself if you think that you hip hop hater.

Generation to Generation

Don’t Just Take my Word for It, Do Yo’ Research!

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_rap-timeline1.html

Of course, when the art of hip hop was first being created, it was at its best. It started in 1970.  Look how long ago that was and how much our world has changed since then! So, hip hop’s dead because times have changed? I think not. Not only has it changed significantly from then ’til now, but think about what it will be in 42 more years. Shit, you already know this world is getting worse as it is. The shock factor of hip hop lyrics will only get more shocking. Plus, politics have tightened up since the 1970’s so that will always cause a generational change.

Some people believe that after Biggie and 2Pac died, that hip hop was dead. And a little bit of it did die. I mean really, where would hip hop be today had they not passed? It WOULD be different, but to dwell on that gets us and hip hop nowhere. Any artist we lose, we lose a little bit of hip hop, but that’s why the new artists are adding a little bit of their own flavor to the game.

Run DMC

Pac and Biggie

 Hip hop, at the beginning of its creation, was at it’s best because the lyrics were more intricate, those artists were more skillful with language and playing with words and metaphors. Not saying there aren’t artists doing the same today because they definitely are, but they’re harder to find. You still have people like Common, Nas, Kanye, J. Cole, Wale, B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco who are lyrically killin’ some of these others rappers out here.

In early hip hop, artists didn’t have to talk about p***y and h**s to the extreme we talk about it today but again that’s a generational change. They were able to do it in a more classy way, if they did. Watch out for more changes to the game. They’re coming but it doesn’t mean hip hop isn’t alive!!!

Lil Wayne

A local artist I know in Indy is killin’ all of the newest rappers! Ajene tha. God. I wrote about him on here as well. He sounds like he came straight out of the 90’s. His wit, play with language and words, and his brand is impeccable. He hasn’t been doing it long either and is still killin’ everyone in the game right now. He may think I’m giving him too much credit, but it’s no joke.

Here, listen for yourself http://ajenethagod.bandcamp.com/.

Confidence Will Take You a Long Way

It honestly depends on what your parents instilled in you as a child. I’m the first of my family to leave the nest and get a four-year degree. I was my biggest doubter until I realized I was getting to college all by myself. However, it affected my confidence. I felt like I was alone in this world because only I really knew what I was doing. Confidence was also a problem because of occurences in my childhood, but we won’t go there. I had no financial help or any other assistance/support except for the love of my family and that’s all I needed.

That made me a little more confident to know I could do it all on my own. Applied to colleges, set up campus visits, filled out my own FAFSA every year, bought my books. You name it, I did it all by myself.  But you have no idea how shy and unaware of what I was capable of as a woman even just a year ago. I now live under my own motto of, “I don’t know what I’m capable of until I prove it to myself.”

Shy to Sure

I never thought in a million years that I would ever have the balls to actually be a server. As I said earlier, I was always a very shy girl. But only if you didn’t know me. When I became a good server, I put one more accomplishment on my list. Small victories to you, but huge hurdles to me.

My Small Victories

I’ve been working with a financial institution for four months now and since the day I started I’ve been studying for one mortgage test or another. Definitely no prior experience so I failed the first national mortgage exam because I wasn’t prepared enough. But I kept pushing, kept studying. The second time I was supposed to take it, I had lost my license the weekend before it.  No way I was getting in there without an ID because it’s a national testing site. Second time I took the test I passed! The blood, sweat and tears I put into that studying finally paid off and you better believe that was one of my small victories. The words I put on this blog can’t explain the hard work I put in nor can they explain the weight that came off my shoulders when I passed it. Literally. Besides graduating, this had been the next big accomplishment to prove to myself because it was the hardest test I ever took.

I am currently studying for the Indiana State Mortgage test so that I can sell mortgages in Indiana. When I pass that one, I’m on my way to testing for Michigan. Needless to say not much of a social life  for me.  But I sucked it up and put the time in and FREAKIN’ DID IT! And it was all worth it. I will soon be a loan officer– and since I was never good with numbers, this is a big step in a different direction for me and I WILL be good with these numbers.

Pursue many interests is another motto I live by! As you can see. If one door closes, another one gives you the confidence to keep going after your dream! Whatever that dream may be.

Hip Hop

I’m also working with some local artists by writing about them on this website, visiting them in the studio, and listening to their music so that I can help promote them and their music. I would eventually like to be a manager and boy do I have plans for Peter Haze and AW ThePrezident, who are great local talent that currently have no one managing them. You’ll know who they are soon. I’m in the middle of writing a post on them right now actually. Also another person has reached out to me as well about managing another group of artists here as well. I wish I had the money to manage these people how I’d like. But for now, I’m going to help them get where they need to be by using my knowledge, vision, and resources of the game.

Bottom Line is You Can Do Whatever You Put Your Mind To, And That’s Real! Put Your Hater Shades On and Show Everyone You CAN Do It!