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Amani Tre Niner’s Tattoo Muzik Hosted by DJ Holiday

Click the photo or the link below to catch the drop of Tattoo Muzik by Amani Tre Niner! But if you want a copy of it now, I have enough to pass around. But Amani, his crew, and myself would appreciate if you help us promote the mixtape, not just take a CD to look at. DJ Holiday hosted the mixtape so s/0 @Djholiday and @Hot963. Call/tweet Hot 96.3  to request “In Da Summa” by Amani Tre Niner… NOW!

http://www.datpiff.com/Amani-Tre-Niner-Tattoo-Muzik-mixtape.378149.html

The Trio Troubled Youth

@Zakk_lo @Piff_God @SpaidDaDon

Humble but confident about their abilities. Local but their music has a national appeal. Those two qualities in themselves will take them farther than most. That’s not even mentioning the representation they have backing them. Dre Wills is the owner of Immaculate 2020 which is a record label based in Atlanta, Georgia. Be on the lookout for the article about Wills himself sometime next week. You’d think Troubled Youth just started spittin’, but it’s the opposite actually.

“We’ve been rapping since our freshman year of high school, but we formed the group in 2009 after making the song “Naptown Music” over some random beat we found on the net. In 5 years, I plan to be making a steady income off of making music, whether underground or mainstream who knows,” said Zakk Lo.

Zakk Lo and Don Piff

Troubled Youth has a huge advantage over a lot of local talent because they are not even 21 yet, but straight killin’ it. Zakk Lo said,“We are trying to make a name for ourselves by not just making songs for Indianapolis but trying to make songs that will have national or global appeal.” As part of Team Spittage, they are coming up with a distinct sound.  Their complex but simple bars will have you stunned. “We aren’t trying to get stuck in the box of ‘wack’ Indianapolis rappers, we are trying to stand out as something different,” said Zakk Lo.

http://soundcloud.com/troubled_youth/give-me-something

Between the three of them, Dre Wills, and Ajene tha.God who you’ll hear on some tracks, these guys are blowin’ up. The beats they inherit along with their way of blessing the beat, the talent can’t be denied. These old souls won’t be local too long, though. Watch and see. Humble Don Piff said, “As long as one person likes what I put out and actually appreciates it for what it is, then I’m satisfied. In five years I hope to be alive, because tomorrow isn’t promised, but I wanna make a way with my music. 

http://soundcloud.com/troubled_youth

youtube.com/immaculate2020

youtube.com/troubledyouthtv

They capture the life of this generation of young people so well in the bars of every song. You can’t help but bob your head to the beat with them. “Sometimes we’ll be in the studio and Dre sends a beat and we come up with a concept and bless the beat,” Zakk Lo said. “Other times we might be just chillin listening to other music and an idea will spark and we’ll jot it down.”

According to Zakk Lo, “We decided to pursue this dream after hearing classic albums like Illmatic, It was Written, Ready to Die, Reasonable Doubt, the Infamous, etc. We wanted to make our own classics. Dre Wills provided us with a blueprint of how to record and write and we just ran with it.”

 

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

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

Tattoo Muzik

If anyone coins the motto I use, “pursue many interests,” it’s Amani Tre Niner. The guy is a guru at just about everything he does. He’s a car fanatic, tattoo artist, musician, and on top of all of that, a single father doing a damn good job at every aspect of his life.

This interview will give you some insight into not only the artist he is, but the genuinely good person that he is. He is humble but confident about his talent and is solely pursuing these interests because they make him happy and people like the results. He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met and the talents he possesses are multiple but plentiful. “Tattoo Muzik” doesn’t just go well together because Amani is a rapper and tattoo artist, but because his music will remain permanent like a tattoo because he’s genuine about who he is and what he does.

“I literally am on my own and am building this by myself.  So, others that want to do it know that they don’t have to run and join a team or label.”

“Being a tattoo artist or rapper, were never a “dream” for me. They were just things that I tried and came seemingly easy. Also I am my own ambition,” said Amani. “I chose to tattoo because my appreciation of art could never be completely understood or as widely spectated if only on canvas or paper. So, I chose to take it upon myself to research and learn the craft of tattoo and have been aiming to master it ever since , as for muzik, I LOVE certain aspects of every genre and aim to create music for everyone because of my respect for them.”

https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net/profile_images/2363352854/dk5zre7a8xn4kmzet1q5.jpeg

Being able to master two skills such as these is truly amazing. Sometimes it takes someone years just to figure out one thing that they’re good at or they only master the one thing they’re good at, but when you’re hungry, you’ll do it all! It takes persistence and commitment, really that’s it. Clearly Amani has his shit figured out. He’s the CEO of what he’s doing and because of that, he’s going to the top.

“Marketing and branding are two things I am working to master, but as for now, I am branding myself as a tattoo artist and promoting my muzik through it,” Amani said. “#TeamTreNiner is something that came by way of a few clients, friends and fans that genuinely enjoy my muzik, tattoos, and personality. So working on that and the mixtape set to release Aug. 1st and is titled “Tattoo Muzik.”

I began rappin’ in 04′ at some rap battles hosted by Dj Topspeed at small under 21 club called “J2.” Years later, with the advise of a good friend Don V, I began writing and working on the mixtape, Fast Forward. Here we are today working with DJ Holiday. In 5 years I don’t expect or aspire to do anything but whatever comes my way. Plans are made to be broken and expectation is a gate ways to disappointment so I just follow the guidance and play my position, that’s truthfully how I live my entire life.”