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[Artist Advice] 5 TEDTalk Seminars to Benefit You And Your Career

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If you haven’t heard about TEDTalk here’s some homework for you. TedTalk is a company that brings speakers to seminars all over. Giving life lessons, upcoming technology, research, and social interactions. I felt I came across a couple of TEDTalk’s that can relate to a hip-hop musician/entrepreneur. Why not generate a list of my five picks for TEDTalk videos that can benefit you and your career.

Hip-Hop’s Seat At The Table || Brad Franklin


Hip-hop may be the most influential genre in popular music but its artists are not always seen as community leaders in other contexts. Brad Franklin explains his idea that the creators of hip-hop are vital representatives of the culture they reflect, which has become mainstream.

Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin is a Hip Hop artist, entrepreneur, writer and activist. Kaz’s extensive career spans several mediums, including music, TV, and radio. He is one-half of the critically acclaimed hip-hop duo Crooked Lettaz with David Banner. He’s also garnered much success as a solo artist with 5 releases though his own company, OurGlass Media Group. Those albums sold nearly 20,000 copies independently and led to extensive tours of both the Czech Republic and Ghana, West Africa. OurGlass is a full service Public Relations/Marketing/Entertainment Consulting Firm with a recording label, management company, film production company, concert promotions, and property management arms. Currently, Kaz is the marketing specialist for the City of Jackson, Department of Human & Cultural Services. He also writes columns for both the Clarion Ledger & Jackson Free Press. But his greatest achievement is being a loving husband and proud father of 3.

Keep Your Goals To Yourself || Derek Sivers


After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone — but Derek Sivers says its better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

Why Videos Go Viral || Kevin Allocca


Kevin Allocca is YouTube’s trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral. (This is the first talk posted from an amazing TEDYouth event. Many others will come on line next month as part of our TED-Ed launch. We can’t wait …)

How Winning in Hip-Hop Led To Winning in Business & Life || Glenn Bolton


In this short but entertaining talk, Glenn Bolton, aka Professor Daddy-O, shares the secret to his success in the highly competitive music industry that is relevant to anyone from any industry.

Glenn “Daddy-O” Bolton is one of the most influential voices in hip-hop. Hailed by the industry as the “Quincy Jones of rap,” Bolton founded groundbreaking hip-hop group Stetsasonic, whose success inspired the alternative hip-hop genre. He later joined the executive ranks at Universal Records, where he was charged with talent discovery and development.

Bolton has worked with heavyweights Mary J. Blige, B52s, Queen Latifah, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. Other notable projects include the And 1 mixtape, MTV’s Rip The Runway and the movies Dangerous Minds, CB4, Lean On Me, and Straight Outta Brooklyn, where he served as talent and Music Supervisor. His career has been chronicled Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture, and Rhythm and Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop.

Bolton lives in Atlanta and most recently served as a curator for the official Smithsonian Hip-Hop Anthology. He has an album out currently on iTunes entitled #everybodybutkrs. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

The Transformative Power of Hip-Hop || Professor Lyrical


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized

This concludes my five top Hip-Hop related TedTalk seminar segments I feel that any upcoming hip-hop artist or entrepreneur can learn a thing or two from it. I find these seminars to be very insightful. If you come across any other TedTalk’s you’ll like to add to this list, by all means contact me via Twitter @NikkiSiixx. Would love to share those videos!

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Audio: Jack Vance – Growing Pains featuring Macahl Jett and Mecca

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[HOUSTON, TEXAS] Jack Vance makes his return to the site with his latest single GROWING PAINS featuring Macahl Jett and Mecca. Staying on this consistency of very conscious lyrics, after the success of his last track $300. GROWING PAINS shows us the difficulties of living life, trying to go after your dreams or get a job and get that money.

Jack Vance always find a way to recite his story. He even touches base on depression and the negativity that can come around due to not finding where you want to be. If you feel like you’re stuck in a corner, open your mind with GROWING PAINS. One thing I really like about this is the cover art, you shows while you grow things around you probably won’t still be there. Just gotta get through it. Make sure you follow Jack Vance on his Twitter to get updated on that new, new.

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Music Video: Modern Day Soulja – Transcendence

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Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 5.13.36 PM[LA PUENTE, CALIFORNIA] Life can end unexpectedly, but the emotional rollercoaster dealing with this grief of loosing someone you loved. Modern Day Soulja releases this inspiring music video for his single TRANSCENDENCE, of how to cope with the emptiness that comes to loosing someone to death. Referencing who he’s lost which are his uncle, his brother, and even his friends. You can sense his frustrations and figuring out how to keep them alive with this tribute to the ones he’s lost. TRANSCENDENCE is one of the singles off of his debut album Spiritual Warefare, which doesn’t have a release date just yet. Modern Day Soulja gives the listener some uplifting, motivating, and enlightenment with this track. Stay tune for more releases from Modern Day Soulja.

Produced: Big E.G.O
Filmed & Directed: @LAEyekon
Mixed & Mastered: Trak Slasha
Featuring The Vocals of: Tasha Maggz

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Audio: Jaae Kash – Every Season

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Screen Shot 2015-09-05 at 1.54.58 PM[SANTA MONICA, CA] EVERY SEASON is a re-introduction to the artist/engineer/producer Jaae Kash who has now converted into Christian Rap and Hip-Hop. EVERY SEASON is the first single off his unreleased album God’s Will. Jay Kash knows his calling is to encourage the masses that God always has a plan for us even if we don’t see it at times. Pretty dope that Jaae Kash was able to deliver a really dope song without having to use any profanity. This will allow kids to listen in too. Here’s what Jaae Kash had to say what EVERY SEASON represents:

“Every 3 months, I grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally, etc. No matter if it’s Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, I continue to rise above the obstacles in life. I continue to grow strong in God. I continue to set new goals that require faith to reach. Every season, I am fighting to be a new person, allowing God to shed off all of my old fears, doubts, mistakes, etc. I know this is my season to win”.

The production alone really stands out and surprising powerful lyrics praising God. With the positive motivation that God has given Jaae Kash he just wants to pursue his career by spreading the light through his music. Currently EVERY SEASON is available for free download via his Soundcloud Account. However, you can still extend your support, by purchasing it via iTunes or Google Play: SUPPORT HERE.

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Audio: Joe Sauseda – ADRIAN

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Joe-SausedaADRIAN is an inspiring track from up and coming artist JOE SAUSEDA from Waco, Texas. This track definitely has that old school feel that just vibes out. Produced by Fabrice “F Breezy” Bernard & Moises “Moe” Ramirez. I really like how Sauseda started the narration in his first verse, you can visually see what he’s talking about. Starting off “I tell them My name is Joe and they call me Jose. Tell them I’m a Citizen they save No Way.” I can say that Joe Sauseda is hispanic and trying to break through. This music is my Adrian, No Matter What They Say To Him, They Never Going To Break Him.

So It Begins!” is Sauseda’s debut EP. He discusses his trials and tribulations that many face and turns them into verses that are meant to encourage and motivate his listeners into being their best self. “It became an obsession and I started writing about anything that was moving and motivating, whether it was something that I went through, or something I witnessed” -Sauseda.

Adrian not only speaks on the problem with stereotypes for Sauseda, but also for what you’re willing to go through for what you want. For Joe Sauseda that means music, his movement, and what people assume would come from him. “This music is my Adrian”, means he will fight through anything to persevere and be triumphant.

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