Archive for July, 2012


Dang, that’s going to be a good show! Still after all these years, Jay-Z is one of the artists with the most respect. Big ups to the man running the show.

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Richie P the Producer

Richie P the Producer

@ProducerRichieP

“To be honest, from the time I was a child I fell in love with rhythms and melodies.  I just always loved the way the music blended together to create harmony. I think initially, producing music began as a coping mechanism to deal with household/family/environmental issues, when I was about 13 years old. I had been competing in freestyle “cyphers” in my middle school and high school where groups of people would gather around the lunch tables & such, and I would tap out beats using whatever I could get my hands on: pens, pencils, coins, bottle caps, etc. A friend introduced me to a keyboard equipped with an 808 kit when I was about 14–that was all it took.”

I met Richie P through Ajene tha.God and his manager Cameron Nelson of Csquared Management. Richie produces a lot of Ajene’s magical spittage. He has a love for hip hop and a love for hustlin’ that cannot go ignored. He never stops. When I think about all that I’m doing and how hard it is sometimes, I just think about the people around me who are doing just as much. My hustle is significant but theirs sometimes blows mine out of the water. Someone who is multi-talented clearly intrigues me to death aka the reason I’m writing about Richie P.

Richie P the Producer

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that no one can push me like I can push myself. As with anything creative, being productive can’t be forced, it has to be inspired and flow naturally. At the same time, when I find myself facing a “creative block,” I reflect back on how much I have grown emotionally and musically/creatively over the years, and use that to remind myself that I have made significant progression from year to year.”

Richie P says it best–No one else can pursue a dream for him. You can’t be in this industry without putting your all into it. Music is not something you can do half-ass. Even when you have a part time or full time job on the side, your hip hop (music) passion must get as much attention as your paid work. That means it’s a full-time grind! Without God, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this. And Richie certainly addresses that himself.

“In addition to that, I rely on God and prayer, to keep me grounded and focused in the right direction. I think one of the most important things to remember when pursuing your dreams, is that, you do NOT need anyone else’s validation.”  

Richie P the Producer

“As far as hiphop goes: on the production side of the things….Warren G, he was so ahead of his time, Dr. Dre, Kanye, DJ Premier, Alchemist, 9thWonder. Then as far as artists: Twista, Bone-thugs-N-Harmony, Lupe, Fiasco, Nas , and Outkast. I was definitely inspired by the golden era, aside from the beats, I was always drawn to a lot of artists with substance. I try to put a lot of substance and texture into my beats as well.”

All of us who enjoy music have specific musical interests and influences. Mine would have to be Mariah Carey to start off with. I don’t want to be an artist and even if I did, I could never be her, but as a 3 year old I was listening to her. I got mad when my mom turned off the song “Vision of Love”. I guess I was also a Van Halen fan, so I was told. My sister danced around to AC/DC “Thunderstruck”. Our influences come from so many places and we then merge to be the promoters/producers/mangers of hip hop.

“Well, anybody close to me can vouch for me that I have ALWAYS had a side hustle(s) since I was a kid. I never put all my eggs in one basket. Right now, I keep a steady job to pay the bills, am a full-time graduate student, produce instrumentals, mix, master, record/engineer, DJ, do photography, and do video production as well…..(takes deep breath). I definitely get my work ethic from my mother.”

For inquires regarding instrumentals, mixing/mastering, DJing/Mixtape Hosting/Slowing & Chopping, photos, videos send email to:
richwpaul@gmail.com

Twitter: @ProducerRichieP
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richiep.theproducer
Instagram: ProducerRichieP

Richie P TheProducer Official Instrumental Page
http://soundcloud.com/producerrichiep

Production Credits:
“My B—H” and “Bond” from Riddles/Denzel Bond “Dangerous”
http://www.datpiff.com/ITSRIDDLESBABYDENZELBOND-DenzelbondCrue-Dangerous-mixtape.306990.html

“Dangerous” –Riddles/Denzel Bond, Slowed and Chopped by Richie P TheProducer.
http://www.datpiff.com/DenzelBond-Richie-P-TheProducer-Dangerous-slowed-Chopped-mixtape.307073.html

“Esoteric Rap Son”-Ajene tha God, mixed/mastered/chopped by Richie P TheProducer.
http://www.datpiff.com/Ajene-Tha-God-aka-Swoope-Esoteric-Rap-Son-mixtape.310444.html

“Boom Baby”-Ajene tha God, produced by Richie P TheProducer
http://soundcloud.com/teamspittage/boombaby-my-earth-prod-by

“Cristiano Ronaldo (Patience)”-Ajene tha God, produced by Richie P TheProducer
http://soundcloud.com/teamspittage/cristiano-ronaldo-patience-ft

No matter what kind of a scene Lupe makes, he’s speaking the truth– whether his truth is different than yours or not. I admire that he’s his own brand and always will be. Just like Jay-Z has built, Lupe empire will always reign. Good conversation here!

Nas’ 10 solo album– he’s still doing it! and doing it well. Coming from the era of Biggie and Pac, Nas still is respected in the real hip hop ring and nothing is more real than that. Awesome post.

The Soulful Jay Jones

Presenting Jay Jones

@JacobEJonesNap

You’ve probably seen him out downtown most likely playing his favorite instrument, the piano, at Howl at the Moon. If you’ve been to Howl, you know just how much talent it takes to master singing and playing the piano at the same time.  Howl at the Moon is a piano bar that takes requests from the drunkards in the audience. Jay then has to play whatever song they choose. With the different requests he gets, he and the band can improvise any song at any given time. The requests can be anywhere from The Eagles to Tim McGraw to Micheal Jackson or even Lil’ John. You can only imagine the range of music he can play just based on that.

Jay Jones playing the piano

Born Into Music

“I got my influence from my brother, as a kid my family was full of musicians and athletes. My older brother Devon played drums and would practice for hours with head phones on in my grandmother’s basement. He has toured since he was 17, you name the state or country, he has been there. My uncle played keyboard at Notre Dame in the 80’s, and my other uncle played bass and lead guitar.”

He told me when he was 7 years old there were all kinds of musical instruments in the basement at his grandma’s. When the adults left, they told Jay not to touch a thing. Do you think he listened?

Jay now makes a living performing at places such at Howl at the Moon in Indianapolis, and most recently The Penguin in Lexington, Kentucky which is also a piano bar with the same set up as Howl. After going with him last weekend to KY as his manager, I learned a lot more about Jay that I hadn’t known. I knew he was talented and did this for money. I was even aware of how significant his fan base already is. The thing I wasn’t aware of was just how talented he truly is. He can play the guitar, drums, the piano, writes songs, makes beats and occasionally plays the organ! Who does that? Jay Jones! He has

also performed at the CMA Music Awards.. Do your research, yeah that’s country.

Jay Jones playing the drums

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/jay-jones-24
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/jayjonespiano
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JayJones808

Musical Influences–Besides the Fam

“Call me crazy, but I like to listen to Sly and the Family Stone, Jay-Z’s old stuff, The Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, that band that sang More than Words. I listen to all kinds of stuff. Tim McGraw got some good stuff, that Bar-B-Que stain song, John Mayer, Young lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Lenny Kravitz, Steely Dan..”

His musical influences are many which is why he makes different music– for different people and for different feelings. During an interview on Tuesday on eventlevel.com with Daniel Bradshaw and his crew, he told everyone he grew up with a wide range of music and mostly owes that to his older brother, Devon Jones. Because the family instilled such a desire for music in Jay, he takes on the sound of a soulful musician everytime he steps to the mic or the piano–Or both.

Jay Jones playing the guitar

“I would like to win an award like a BET, Grammy, MTV, CMA, and take one of those girls you see in the Drake and Trey Songs videos on a date.. lol or one of the nice young ladies off the Bad Girls Club. Lamon Brewster is a great friend of the family. His cousin Jo Jo and I are really good friends. Lamon is the former heavy weight champion of the world and also a great music producer. I wanted some of fans to be on the look out for the collaboration. Stay tuned to the tracks coming soon!

Azmyth Recording Studio and School?

If Azmyth Recording isn’t putting Nap on the map, then I don’t know who is. They have brought in talent and worked with names like Eminem, Mike Posner, Kirko Bangz and so many more. They are currently welcoming any student who is eager to learn about the behind-the-scenes magic and who wants to pursue a career in music. An engineer’s job is not an easy one and having Azmyth to consult and learn from is a great opportunity to build musical talent. They teach you every aspect of the job in order to prepare you for what really goes down in the studio.

Kold Kut

“Azmyth was started by Ryan Adkins after he became frustrated with high recording prices and the unfriendly corporate atmosphere, he decided to start his own business venture. In June of 1999, Azmyth Recording was born Azmyth School of Music Technology was started to feed the need of teaching the youth about our craft. We started in May of 2011. You can find more info on our website on www.azmythrecording.com.”

Ryan Adkins and Eminem at Azmyth

Two of Azmyth’s engineers are Ryan Adkins and Travis “Kold Kut” Moore. You can check out them and the other engineers on the staff page of the Azmyth website (http://www.azmythrecording.com/staff). Both of them have a representable resume along with Zig, Shecky,and Mike Lyons at Azmyth. Ryan is the studio owner/chief engineer and Mike Lyons is the studio manager/engineer. The other guys are producers/engineers and damn good at what they do. Their website is a great tool to find out more about  what Azmyth has done and what they will do

National Acts

According to Kut, Azmyth has worked with “local, regional, and national acts of all genres such as notable national acts: Eminem, Mike Posner, Kirko Bangz, Project Pat, and Aimee Allen. Just continuing to be the premier recording studio in the state of Indiana as well as building our school is our focus.”

Kold Kut and Mike Posner

According to Azmyth’s website, Ryan Adkins’ “work speaks for itself, working with many national acts such as, Eminem & D-12, Haste The Day, Young Buck, Emery, 8-Ball & MJG, Eboni Foster, Cappadonna (of the Wu-Tang Clan), Mike Epps, Aimee Allen, Lil Flip, David Chastain, Lamar Campbell, Brazil, Still Remains, Demiricous, Scott Russo (of Unwritten Law) and many more.”

Local Talent that Works with Azmyth

I’ve written about some of the acts these guys have produced– PI-C, Peter Haze, and John Overton. These links will take you straight to the article written about them.

John Overton–True to the Music

@John_Overton

“Being white and from suburban America, I never believed there was a place for me in the genre until I heard Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP. I remember ripping a copy of my best friend’s older sister’s CD on a cassette tape (I didn’t have a burner at the time) and just playing it constantly. From that point on, I just dove in as a fan. I knew every artist, every song. Then one day in middle school, I remember thinking to myself, “I could do this.”

John Overton with Rick Ross

“I started writing immediately. Here was this person who looked just like me and who came up right here in the Midwest just controlling the art form at that level. In today’s game, you’ve still got cats from the Midwest like Asher Roth, Mike Posner, Mac Miller, and Machine Gun Kelly, who still make it real to me…the idea of being able to pursue it to that point of success being who I am and where I’m from. Of course, I write hip hop because it is my means of self-expression…but pursuing it as an actual career has been inspired by those I’ve mentioned and many others.”

He sings, raps, and even does the business side of his music. It takes a versatile person to do all of those things while still carrying a day job. He knows that no one is going to do it for him and no one is going to discover him if he’s not putting in the work. The guy has a drive for the music industry and for his own passion that it’s hard to keep up with his next move. When he gets off work from his day job, he grinds til he goes to sleep on networking, researching and overall working on the bigger picture of his music–being mainstream. He said, “there are different mindsets in hip hop, but I am here to be mainstream. I am here to have my music heard by as many people as I can. Those are tall goals, but why reach for less than that?” He has the mentality that if he’s going to do it, he’s doing it big. One of the artists he looks up to the most is Eminem.

John Overton

A certain beat can change someone’s whole mood or emotion. Anytime I’m in a bad mood and a good hip hop song comes on, you’d think I was bi polar the way it turns my good mood switch on. The beat, the lyrics, and the artist is what ultimately sells the song. By making  it relatable and something to vibe to, people will flock to your music. The beat is one of the final touches to a song so an artist usually has to hear the beat first beforevthey write their verse, hook, or full song.

“My best songs usually come from just going with it. I will listen to a beat, it will bring out an emotion in me, and I will just write according to that emotion. There are definitely songs that I, or Kut and myself, will concept out before or during writing them though. I usually am always there with Kut during production, so it’s cool to be able to help craft that part of the experience for the listener too.”

http://soundcloud.com/joverton/sky-high-the-drop

Sky High Album Cover

John’s Brand

With no brand, you get no looks. Without you promoting and selling yourself, you as a so-called artist, don’t exist. You’re just another person trying to be a rapper. Some artists’ brands are very simple; some are extravagant. John Overton has nothing else to prove but his love for music and wants to share that with everyone. The guy is different than your average hip hop artist. He knows he has skills, but has no reason to be boastful or brag unless it’s necessary. Like he says….

“I’m just myself in terms of branding. What I like and think is dope is what my image consists of…from the music to how you see me in pictures. In terms of promotion, I personally am just hitting the Internet hard…a lot of persistent social networking, putting the music in front of people everyday…and a couple of other surprises!”

Tumblr: johnwoverton.tumblr.com

www.facebook.com/jofanpage

“Every Time” w/ Ever So Shy: http://youtu.be/DzJ3D_odi4w

Single By Single Releases

Be ready for the suspense when John releases his next project single by single. I don’t know anyone else who is doing this right now and it’s going to create quite a buzz, especially because every song is different than the next. Like I mentioned before, John is a versatile artist and can switch it up at the drop of a beat. Every song is a different emotion. When he releases them, just listen and you will see what I mean.

“At this point in my career, I’m not interested in making people wait for the music I’m creating. I want my core fans to hear my new songs as soon as possible. I record professionally, not in my own space, and to do that, it costs money at any level in this business. Because I am independently budgeting my releases, it is beneficial for me to release single-by-single at this time in my career. It’s also fun for me to gauge what the fans are digging on a track-by-track basis as I continue to evolve as an artist. So many people have helped inspire me to make this music though, and that’s who I want to focus on…just to make sure they know they have my credit for that and give them some quality shit to bump in return.”

“No matter how far I go in this industry, you can always count on quality product from myself and my team.” –John Overton

Hip Hop Saved My Life

The quote I’ve based this post off of doesn’t mean life isn’t about finding yourself because it sort of is. It obviously depends on the life you were born into sometimes but for the most part, we do search for ourselves as we grow. We must figure out what we want to do for a living, for example, and a lot of times we feel like our careers define who we are. I know the career I land in hip hop will be my life and hip hop already defines who I am, even if you don’t see it. But I’ve created the life I live now which is why “Life is about creating yourself.” I’ve always known I was meant to be a part of hip hop somehow but never knew in what way that was supposed to be. Instead, I just let it find me.

Create You

I came from a country little town in Indiana called Madison. I was wearing Jordans, fitted hats, and jersey dresses. Boy, did I stand out. I have always listened to hip hop or R&B because it spoke to me. I related to what it was saying because for young people, it’s a way for us to cope and relate with other people that are similar to us. Music being the way our society talks to us, we need to know what the real message is. Hip hop is not just a genre of music, it’s a movement and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. Every generation knows and will know hip hop. They will come to love it, like my followers and I do.  I wrote about the culture of hip hop here and how it’s impacting our lives now. Check it out and tell me what you think!  https://kaylaprosser.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/hip-hop-and-its-prominent-culture/

I owe my life to hip hop because it gave itself to me.

Hip Hop Saved My Life

The Ultimate Promoter

@DaTPrOmODuDe

I want to be like this guy when I grow up. Just starting off, Anthony is taking on a few different tasks at the same damn time. He is a host, an event planner and a promoter AKA The Ultimate Promoter, or at least that’s the nickname I gave him. It takes an extremely passionate person to promote someone else’s skills while promoting their own. Not to toot my own horn, but I should know. Not only is he good at what he does for and within hip hop, but he’s a good family man too and just a good person in general. His daughter and his girlfriend inspire him, above all.

  Overall he is a very talented and well-rounded human being just doing what makes him happy because he knows that it’ll pay off.  He’s hosted parties for Wiz Khalifa, 6 Tre G, DJ Unk, Sydney from Bad Girls Club, Webbie, Lil Wil, Lil Wyte, John Blu, Soulja’s singed artist Sodmg Goons, and many more. His story is fascinating and you better read it because you’ll know who he is soon.

http://www.facebook.com/DatPromoDude
https://twitter.com/DaTPrOmODuDe
Instagram: datpromodude

“When it comes to promoting, hosting, and planning events for me it hits the heart hard. Because I was raised where I really had no interaction with the world, so I felt as if the streets never knew me. But this one particular year in 2009, I was a tag-along just helping a DJ unload and pack up. As I went to these parties, something just hit me and after that I just sat back and watched how people handled their parties and events.”

“My first event that really got my feet in door was a 21 and up club called the Rhieles Brothers that had set up a meeting with me and gave me my first oppurtunity to prove myself. Their question to me was how many people do you think you can get here if we let you have the club for one night? Me being the confident person I am said anywhere from 50 to 150 people. So they gave me the building. Mind you, I only had 3 days to promote it.”

“Finally the night came and I had over 250 people in thebuilding. After that I was part owner of a teen club in the same building beside the 21 and club that I ran. It lasted for about 8 months because of some legal trouble with the whole club. As time went on though I was going to different cities setting up camp, throwing events, and even hosting events for multiple famous acts. Now I’m known in different cities and states, and I’m also in the process of starting my own entertainment group labeled: R.E.A.R (Recognize Everyone Aint Real) Entertainment.”

HYFR Flyer by Dat Promo Dude A.L

“I joined an entertainment group called Marvel-Us Ent where I tried learning how to DJ which I never got the hang of. While in the group I realized I was really passionate about it and at times felt like I was the only one putting in work. I was also told a trillion times from different people ‘we can tell this is what you love to do’. It took me too long to get where I am now so why give  up.”

“The most rewarding part of this would have to be me sticking to it as long as I have. When I first started I had difficulties but as time went on I had to adapt and learn from my mistakes. I always try to follow the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’. Not only that but after joining my entertainment group I ended up moving to Lafayette, Indiana and wanted to focus on letting people know who I was. So I ended up searching for different clubs to be able to promote, host, and plan events for. And by suprise everything was looking me up.”

Bone Crusher Flyer by Dat Promo Dude A.L


I write about a lot of people on here and this guy has been my favorite to write about so far because I want to do exactly what he’s doing: Be the ultimate promoter. Taking on these different  facets of promoting aren’t an easy job. The right person must be attached to the assignment. Since hip hop isn’t dead, or so I say, we have people like A.L who are showing us that hip hop is still very much alive.

Along with JA, @ThatBoiJA1988 (the artist I wrote about before A.L), we are being shown what real music is. If you took just a couple minutes to look over this stuff and follow what A.L does, you’ll get more followers so you can use his network and you’ll see what a real grind is all about. It’s not just about the artists in this game, the people behind the scenes are the ones that make it all come alive.

Without the help of a promoter, your music means nothing.

“Shots” The Mixtape

@ThatBoiJA1988

“I decided to do this particular theme for my mixtape because alcohol is so strong in today’s society, JA said. ” Not only that but I am calling it that because people drink for many different reasons.  I believe that this mixtape  is so strong and based off of feelings and what goes on in my life, which is why I’m giving it to you”

The first time I heard JA, I couldn’t help but be in shock. He gave me cold chills as he put a beat on and spit a song from his phone. Just to give you a snap shot that this guy is different —His father is a pastor so God is his number 1. He writes like no other artist I’ve written about so far. He is a full time artist and student. He is often inspired to be different than everyone and that he is. He most definitely has that competitive edge/advantage. Check out the release of the mixtape on July 24! A new single drops tomorrow at 6 p.m. to give you all a lil’ taste! Also check out the guy who promotes JA so well: @DaTPrOmODuDe

He doesn’t write just one genre of music– he eats, breathes and sleeps music, not just hip hop or R&B. If you are expecting to hear from him what everyone else is saying, then you better not listen to it but if you do, you’re going to like it. The best music has messages and you’re going to get plenty of them from JA!

“My brother brought hip-hop into my life at an early age.  The first rapper that I ever heard was Notorious B.I.G.  The way he told his story and his message touched my heart from the beginning.  I wanted to tell my story just like he did.  No matter what anyone said or how they felt.”

“I have been rapping ever since I can remember. Maybe 6.  I love real hip-hop and music that has a message in it.  In five years I plan on being known all over the world,” said JA. “I want my music to inspire listeners and let them know  that everyone is special in their own way.  I want to be the face of the new generation and bring truth to hip-hop.  I want people to know that there is some positive rap and that everything doesn’t have to be negative.”

Everyone goes in and out of certain feelings. Sometimes it’s hard for us to capture how we feel because if we say it out loud, someone might look at us like we’re stupid. But that’s why music is so important to our culture. It captures feelings we relate to and we don’t have to say a word. That is why JA wrote these songs for his mixtape. Everyone of them is a different feeling and he is honestly inspired so often so you can expect the good music to keep on comin’.

http://ja.bandzoogle.com/ja.cfm

“When I write my music,  its usually based off of a particular feeling.  Because I am dedicated to making honest and real music, I put everything that deals with me into my music.  Everything has to have a message,” JA said. ” I think if I was to just write whatever came to my head it wouldn’t be good and it wouldn’t have any substance.  I am blessed to be able to write fast, so once I have a topic and know what I want to write, the process goes by very fast.”