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Video: Smack/URL [Rap Battle] MyVerse VS Bonnie Godiva

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SMACK/ URL is back with an action packed ONE OFF between two of the culture’s most talented MC’s BONNIE GODIVA & iMYVERSE. Watch as these two talented femcee’s stand toe to toe in an action packed match up.

FOLLOW THE MOVEMENT: @URLTV @SMACKWHITE @BEASLEYNYC @RAIN910 @THISISTWIZZ @STREETSTARNORBE @BELIKEIKE @WEGOHARDTV @NUNU_NELLZ

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Download: SaFE – Dead Duck

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SaFE Dead Duck[PATERSON, NJ] SaFE has started his solo musical endeavor, after being featured in M.O.B.Star five full-length projects. Download his debut project DEAD DUCK available in both standard and deluxe editions. Fifteen Tracks, DEAD DUCK‘s production was brought to you by Arkutec, Bravestarr, CJ Beatz, Superstar O and others to bring that 90’s organic hip-hop to the project. DEAD DUCK title comes from the American idiom. SaFE thinks that real hip-hop has been declared unsuccessful and useless. Each track expresses his strong feelings towards the culture. DEAD DUCK also a symbol in his brand, Duckhunters. The Duckhunter philosophy charges the participant to reclaim control over their adversities— both internal and external— and overcome them to realize their dreams. SaFE wears a duck mask to assume the role of Davey Duckhunter, as a tribute to all of the dead ducks— abandoned dreams, fruitless projects and failed goals.

[LINKS] TWITTER || INSTAGRAM || FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || WEBSITE ||

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Interview: JamalG

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[Baltimore City, MD] When creating music, JamalG often feels like he has a duty or an obligation to speak for those who may not know how to speak for themselves. Being a vessel for his community, God, and the culture. He keeps a constant state of awareness. Releasing his track THESE WINGS. First single off of To Whom It May Concern 2: Final Draft featuring DMV’s own Huskey Hazel. JamalG writes music to use as the initial point of recovery and then performs them as therapy. Not only does he do it for his supporters but he does it for himself. He truly cares for the culture… Because he is the culture. I was able to have a interview with the Baltimore City Native and here’s what he had to say.

jamalg on stage soundcheckNIKKISIIXX: Blizz to Jamal G. Why did you decide on the name change?

JAMALG: Blizz is my neighborhood name. People in my area know me as Biggz younger brother or Blizz. I felt like I’ve changed a lot since I was that kid who just jumped off the porch. So in embracing my middle name I feel like it can take me a little further and push me to those different markets.

NIKKISIIXX: From what I hear from your music I see that you’re just trying to inspire your listeners to be great. What inspire you to take this route with your music?

JAMALG: The people. We have so many odds stacked up against us that when we finally do hear/see that inspiration it becomes that breath of fresh air that’s needed to carry on.

NIKKISIIXX: Sometimes by asking what’s someone’s favorite color you’ll be able to find out a little bit on that person. So what’s your favorite color and why?

JAMALG: It would have to be Black because it’s a strong color. Calm but bold. If you don’t pay attention it could be off putting at first glance but when you give it time, you find out how powerful it can be. The most simple decision I’ve made in my life is having black as a favorite color.

jamalg on stage photo NIKKISIIXX: How do you feel about Baltimore City Underground Hip-Hop Culture?

JAMALG: I love it! My loved ones are continuously working and making great music to shift the energy in Baltimore City.

NIKKISIIXX: Are you working on any new projects or is anything new you’ll like to share?

JAMALG: My new album “To Whom It May Concern 2: Final Draft” is set to release later this summer. It came out to be a great body of work that just makes sense for not only my community but for the Y and Millennial generation groups. Also, I’m currently on tour in Wales right now, but I will be home in August. I’m putting together an unplugged show for the album release in Baltimore City. More details will be revealed at a later date.


NIKKISIIXX: What inspired your THESE WINGS single?

JAMALG: These Wings was just something inspired by the space I was in at the time. I didn’t have a real direction for the album but I knew I wanted to make a statement for my community. I sent it to Husky and he wrote the hook and it was just on from there.

NIKKISIIXX: What is your opinion on Mainstream Hip-Hop?

JAMALG: It is what its suppose to be I guess. I haven’t really gotten the chance to focus on the mainstream to much lately but I’m sure you can find some gems there.

NIKKISIIXX: Any Last Words?

JAMALG: Thank you for the opportunity, I truly appreciate it. I hope everyone follows me on all social media so they can get a chance to buy the album in all online stores when it comes out later this summer. Love!

This concludes my interview with JamalG! Don’t forget to follow him on his social media accounts below to stay in the loop for upcoming exclusives. LINKS: FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | SOUNDCLOUD | WEBSITE

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Upcoming Event: 7/18 @OfficialVCC & @PropsAndBonds Presents – Saturday Mic Live in Miami Springs

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SATURDAY MIC LIVE
Saturday July 18th | Doors Open 9PM
301 Westward Drive, Miami Springs FL 33166

This month we have a special edition Saturday Mic Live featuring touring Texas based artist Playdough . As always SML is a FREE event, hosted by Luni Lovin and Kosi Victor of SilenthandENT alongside veteran Vice City Cypher member Deejay Twin!

Hitting the stage this month we have some newcomers and returning performers:
Sekajipo
Nell B
FayBN

And a brand new cast of producers for our 4-Way Producer Battle:
Mystic Nature
Jay Vee
DJ Fielo
VLVT Jones

Closing out the show will be SML hosts Luni Lovin and Kosi Victor aka the Silenthand Fismits.

This July make sure that you’re rocking with the one team that does it for the people, Props and Bonds: The Currency of the Culture!

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Upcoming Event: 01.25 The HomeRoom Open Mic Showcase at Propaganda

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The Homeroom welcomes all spoken word poets, wordsmiths, vocalists, emcees, performing artists and lovers & students of the culture! Expressionists, come one come all.

Join us in celebration of our community.

Funk provided by resident DJ duo STKMUP
Hosted by Aura Jones

8pm. 18+ for entry. $10 ($15 for ages 18-20)
List sign-up between 8-10PM.
*Slots are limited & first come, first serve.

Details on how to sign up on CLICK HERE!

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Event Recap: 2014 Boston Sneaker Jam Documentary by Dante Luna

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IMG_2830-0.JPGCheck out the exclusive recap Dante Luna captured for The 2014 Boston Sneaker Jam. If you’re not familiar with this event it’s meant to bring sneaker enthusiast from all over New England to celebrate Hip Hop & Fashion. From musicians, to skateboarders, to people who look at a pair of Jordan’s and makes a lamp with it, the sneaker culture in America has had an impact on contemporary style and attitudes. If you love the way Dante Luna brings things to life with his visual you should definitely take a look at his YOUTUBE CHANNEL, for so much more!

Directed by Dante Luna
Filmed by Dante Luna, Rompe and Johnny Fresh
Brought to you by 777 Entertainment & Laced Boston
Music by Dutch ReBelle, REKS, Choppa the Beatboxa, V.Knuckles, Ea$y Money
THUMBNAIL photo: ‘Art and Sole’

Upcoming Event: 09.10 HOMEROOM at LMNT (Open Mic)

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Calling everyone to attend HOMEROOM!! Welcoming all spoken word poets, wordsmiths, vocalists, emcees, performing artists and lovers & students of the culture! Expressionists, come one come all.

Join us in the celebrating of our community.

Funk provided by STKMUP
Hosted by Aura Jones

7pm. 21+ for entry. $10.
List sign-up between 7-9.

Details on how to sign up on HERE.

Upcoming Event: 03/26 – Homeroom (Open Mic) at Propaganda

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Welcoming all spoken word poets, vocalists, emcees, performing artists and lovers & students of Hip Hop culture and a passion for cultivating our area’s art/independent culture. Ready your rhyme books and join us, for the our open mic showcase/networking event & creative community assembly.

Funks provided by Miccheckz.

We’re hard at work to combat the idea that Spoken Word, though we love dim-lit coffee houses, berets, and incense burning, is solely defined by them. We’re expressionists, and our sole mission is to unify the community of expressionists in Palm Beach and South Florida.

+ Doors open at 8pm, performances promptly starting at 9:30.

+ Half-off cover, list-sign up, and Happy Hour before 10pm.

+ + Here’s how to sign-up to perform: HERE

+ + + Visit us at TUMBLR / twitter: @thehomeroom / Like us: FACEBOOK

Video: The Next Science Genius THNKR

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I found this video in my inbox recently and I just wanted to share with you, all. I think it’s pretty dope that Dr. Christopher Emdin & Wu-Tang Clan member GZA are using the hip hop culture to adapt in secondary schools with science topics. Dr. Emdin discusses how he feels about hip-hop battles and how he’s working on a Science Genius Rap Battle Competition which are from selective schools in New York. The concept of the battles is to study science text, learn science through rhymes. Merging Science with Hip-Hop. I respect what they’re doing, and I can imagine how interesting the battles will be with those specific topics.

OVER THE COURSE OF A SEMESTER, 10 NYC HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES WRITE RAPS ON CORE SCIENCE CONCEPTS TO DEMONSTRATE AN IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF THE TOPICS. -EPIPHANY

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Nothing But The Truth: Meet The Press Edition by Fawn•Nicole

The worlds of blogging and talent discovery have certainly changed with the boom of social media, thus affecting the music industry as we know it. But, rather than complain about the current state of affairs, I’m here to offer some sound advice. It’s time to meet the press. I am Fawn•Nicole, I write for NikkiSiixx.com and I am an artist manager. Currently, I manage three artists, and everything I am about to write about are things that I have already done and they have worked.

Now, we’ve seen a few articles on how to “properly” reach out to online media for press coverage, and they’re jam packed with the political jargon to toot the horn of the blogger. I am writing this article for the artists, and this one is catered to hip-hop artists because helpful articles seldom cater to us. There are a few things that absolutely have to happen when you decide your music is ready to be shared with anyone that isn’t a friend or relative.

High Quality Mix/Mastering: This is simply non-negotiable. You are sending your music to people who listen to music all the time! These people have the potential to share your music with their readers, and your ultimate goal is to gain a fan from what they listen to. Regardless of whether or not the music is good, sound quality is important. The best way to look at it is this, the second you decide to share your music with the world, you’re an aspiring music professional. Your music needs to sound as such.

Be Brief: Trust me, when you’re reaching out for the first time you’ll want to include as much information as possible. It’s only natural. You’re trying to intrigue the blogger with interest so they’ll actually press play then decide to post YOUR music. I learned the hard way. While I learned to be creative within a few paragraphs, once I narrowed down the information to a few sentences, things started to look up. Simply put, you’re one out of a few hundred, if not thousands of aspiring artists bombarding these inboxes on a regular basis. They want to know who you are, where you’re from and what your music is all about. It really is that simple. If the music is dope, they will know when they hear it.

Keep In Mind, This Is A PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION: Yes, this is a business transaction. As much as folks wants to abandon this principle (one reason why the genre is a mess), this is a requirement!  Use proper grammar. Spellcheck, I mean seriously… most of our machines do this for us today, do it! While slang isn’t banned, do not be profane.

In an attempt to let this sink in, and to answer any questions up to this point, I’ll save the rest for a part two to be published soon.

Tweet me, @FawnNicole with your questions, and use the #NothingButTheTruth hashtag.