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Upcoming Event: 3/19 – Props And Bonds Presents Saturday Mic Live at The Bridge

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THERE HAVE BEEN SOME BIG CHANGES TO
Saturday Mic Live THIS MONTH!

On March 19th 2016, 55 cities around the world will be using HipHop Culture to raise money for Flint, Michigan and help out those in need of clean water. s/o to @hiphop4flint_miami for reaching out to us and including us in this endeavor!
$10 Online
$12 at the Door
All Proceeds Will Go Towards Helping the Families in Flint, Michigan

Help us raise enough money to help out as many families as possible in Flint. For more info, visit:
www.hiphop4flint.com
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Props and Bonds Presents: SATURDAY MIC LIVE
SATURDAY MARCH 19TH
9PM – 2AM @ “The Bridge”
4220 NW 7th Ave Miami, FL 33127
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PRESENTING:
@jredgram
@soflorod
@kooley4rmtheave
@primelegend_lmg
@hakimgreen
@thirstinhowlthe3rd
PRODUCER BATTLE:
@khai_genius
@xia_dawn
@hueyforbes

HOSTED BY:
@luni_lovin and @ksvctr
SOUNDS BY:
@vlvt_jones
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Upcoming Event: 9/4 – Free Lunch Open Mic at Nugbrand Clothing Co

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listen up.
Clear your calendar. WE’VE GOT PLANS.

The creators of Homeroom are thrilled to introduce Free Lunch, a pop-up showcase for creators and creatives alike.

We’re taking over NugBrand Clothing Co.’s Miami flagship location.

Poets, Emcees, Musicians, YOU.

Come one, come all. Pull up, kick the fly shit.

Note: We’re not your dim lit coffee house, incense burning, finger snapping meetup. What we ARE is a canvas for expression. All artforms and brushstrokes welcome.

For the complete rundown on how to sign-up to perform, visit our blog.
When: September 4th at 9:00pm
Where: Nugbrand Clothing Co 2324 North Miami Avenue , Miami, FL 33127

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HOT TOPIC: HOW MEEK MILL COULD’VE ETHER-ED DRAKE

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This is not B.I.G. vs. 2Pac. This is not Jay Z vs. Nas. Contrary to Meek Mill’s belief, this is certainly not 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule. This is not even beef, “Beef is when you need two gats to go to sleep.” This is a rap BATTLE. Whether you find it entertaining or not, you cannot deny that this current rap battle has sparked an energy and buzz around the music industry that we have not seen in many years. While all signs are pointing to Drake as the guy demolishing his opponent right now, what if I told you it could have very easily resulted another way. I’m about to tell you how Meek Mill could’ve ether-ed Drake.

5l4Gb0XaWhen Meek Mill gathered factual proof that Drake does not write all of his raps on his own, he should have never broke the news on Twitter. Today’s younger rap fans and Drake fans might say it does not matter, but guess what: IT DOES MATTER and people who live and breathe the culture knows this. This is one of, if not the biggest thing you can ever hold over a MC’s head in a battle. Instead of a Twitter post, he should have recorded a diss verse (preferably over a Drake beat) and release it on the Internet without any warning. In the verse he should have aimed a line or two at Drizzy like, “And don’t compare to me Drake, he don’t write all of his own raps!” Meek Mill would not even have to reveal knowledge of the reference tracks just yet because that one line alone would have been enough to get the rap world’s attention and leave people wondering where this is all coming from. By doing this he would have caught Drake’s camp totally off guard, which is a perfect war tactic. Blindside your opponent when it’s time to invade. He also would have established himself as the aggressor. So if you compare it to boxing, usually the more aggressive boxer gets the most cheers from the crowd (in this case, the fans.) Ultimately, the fans get a say in who won the battle or not. After the first shot, Meek should have stayed off of social media, no rants and Twitter fingers. Let Drake think he may not have something like the reference tracks to destroy him. Wait for a reply on record. Once Drake responds, which could have possibly sounded different, than what he has out now, that is when Meek Mill (without any warning from his team or famous DJ’s) should have came back immediately with the ether.

First of all, this would have negated any chance of there being a record called “Back to Back” and would have killed any of the self proclaimed 6 God’s momentum. This is when Meek should have let everything out without holding back anything. I’m talking about three verses mentioning everything from having a co-writer to the alleged incident inside of the “Takers” movie screening in 2010. This is when he goes back to his battle rap days and use that approach. That means rapping some facts, jokes, personal attacks, and great delivery to humiliate the biggest guy in Hip-Hop. This would have made Drizzy vulnerable and his back would have been against the ropes. It would have sent rap fans, bloggers, radio, and social media into a frenzy. It would not have knocked out Drake the singer and entertainer but it would have ether-ed Drake the lyricist and MC. Meek Mill, the flashy and energetic kid from the streets of Philadelphia, would have been victorious. Battle over.

Unless you’ve been living on Mars the past few weeks, you know that it did not play out that way at all. Unfortunately, Meek Mill underestimated his foe and Drake was almost flawless with his counter attack. Instead of being strategic, Meek was in his feelings and “jump[ed] out the face.” I’m not going to say this battle is over, but I will say that Mr. Dream Chaser has a lot of catching up to do.

P.S. My sister, Jasmine Turner, is responsible for the line “jump[ed] out the face” in this article. She got her credit now I’m gone.

SM is an Author and Artist from NYC currently residing in Atlanta, GA. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ClassicSmalls

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Upcoming Event: 05/20 – The Homeroom Presents Open Mic

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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 TUMBLR!

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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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Upcoming Event: 11/26 – OPEN MIC – The Homeroom at Propaganda

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THE 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 celebration of our community.

Funk provided by STKMUP + iLL77!
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 TUMBLR and don’t forget to follow them on twitter!

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: 07.16 – The Homeroom – Open Mic Showcase (Miami Edition) at LMNT

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Welcoming all spoken word poets, wordsmiths, 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.

Live painting & display by Asif Hoque
Funks provided by STKMUP
Special guest co-host and songstress, Gaby Duran.

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 South Florida.

+ Doors open at 7pm, performances promptly starting at 9pm.
+ Half-off cover, list-sign up, and Happy Hour before 9pm.
+ + Here’s how to sign-up to perform: HERE

Get connected with us!
TUMBLR / TWITTER /
INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK

Upcoming Event: 06/25 – Homeroom – Open Mic Showcase at Propaganda

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Welcoming all to the HOMEROOM!! 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 STKMUP

Live painting + display by Asif Hoque

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: CLICK HERE

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

Like us: FACEBOOK

Music Video: Neak – The Kids

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With all that’s going on in the world today, some of our emcees have decided to speak out on things in their lyrics. First Kanye West with his Yeezus album, and now a fellow Chicago emcee, Neak. The colorful and vivid visual depictions of Neak’s lyrics come to life courtesy of Aaron Perkins Jr of APJ Films. Rocking with his main main/partner/producer Slot-A, Neak spits that real about how impressionable our youth remain. Popping molly while busting it wide open and making it rain might be what you do, but…

What about the kids, now that they want to try it? Welcome to social awareness in 2013.

The Kids is featured on RA NYC’s  latest mixtape, BRTH A N8TH. You can download the mixtape for free here: http://ra-nyc.bandcamp.com/album/brth-a-n8tn.

Neak (@neak_undefined) – The Kids

Produced by: Slot-A (@iamslota)

Video directed by: Aaron Perkins Jr. of APJ Films (@APJFilms)

Upcoming Event: 05/29 Homeroom Open Mic Showcase at Propaganda

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HOMEROOM

Mr. Compliment joins our house sound selector The Anthology this month as our open mic showcase/networking event & creative community/assembly reconvenes, May 29th.

This is an open invitation to all spoken word poets, vocalists, emcees, performing artists and lovers & students of Hip Hop culture. Ready your rhyme books and join us!

And we’re celebrating the Anthology’s birthday! Because TURNDOWNFORWHAT?

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.

+ Live art by Asif Hoque

+ The Anthology & Mr Compliment on the decks

+ + Here’s how to sign-up to perform: SIGN-UP DETAILS

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

Like us: FACEBOOK

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.