In less than two minutes Mikel Miles Writer/Executive producer explains how it all started with Samurai Shin comic book project with artist Ivan. Be on the lookout September 23rd will be Samurai Shin’s official first issue release.
[BALTIMORE-BORN, COLLEGE PARK-raised] Making his return to NikkiSiixx.com, We have Rapper, Engineer, Writer Speed on the Beat with his latest single THE REVOLUTION’S COMING. Speed on the Beat’s flow is definitely different, from other artists I’ve heard recently. Speed decides to talk about what really matters and that’s the discrimination this nation does for people who are different in color.
Now in his late twenties, Speed is both willing to retire from music at any moment and able to go into any project with no regrets on how he’s done…but not before he shows why he’s The Sorest Loser. His writing can be found sites such as Boi-1da.com, EyesontheRing.com, a wrestling-centric site, DefineARevolution.com, the homepage for the Team DAR movement he represents, and his own site, SpeedontheBeat.com. I seriously don’t know how he finds the time to contribute to all of these outlets but I’m glad he does. Besides being a lyricist he knows how to portray he’s words in any format. Weither it’s from his lyrics, to the beat production, and by writing out the story for you to see visually. Make sure you follow the talented Speed on the beat!
My personal thoughts: We must all understand we’re not apart different races (Black, White, Hispanic, and Native American) but as one race and that is the human race! We must treat everyone as our equal and generate as much positive energy so the world can finally find peace.
[NC 336, ATL, LA] Making her debut on NikkiSiixx.com we have something different from the usual hip-hop videos, this is some R&B/Soul music. This time we have singer/lyricist PJ with her first single GANGSTER off her forthcoming RARE EP. PJ is an accomplished songwriter who has written hits for Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign and Meek Mill. PJ has been busy after her SXSW showcases and a National College Tour. GANGSTER was directed by Snow Beach and reminiscent of Alanis Morissette’s classic “Ironic” music video. PJ confronts her alter-ego and imagines what life would be like if she wasn’t so nice. Preorder her EP, Rare, on iTunes now! And stay in the loop with PJ by following her social media accounts below:
I would like to start this new segment here on NikkiSiixx.com, it’s called SUPER GIRL SPOTLIGHT. Here’s where I’m giving the true super girls a spotlight where they can let their true talents shine. Our first feature brings us AILAWISHES from AILAWISHES.COM. She’s a bright light when it comes to bringing her projects to life. Ailawishes tells us her super moves when it comes to being a songwriter, screenwriter, aspiring actress, and artist development/management. Being able to maintain it all, Ailawishes takes our Super Girl Spotlight and here’s her biography to get to know her story:
“I discovered my talent when I was 13 years of age. I used to compose hip-hop verses yet never imparted them to anybody in light of my timid emotional disposition. In the wake of graduating school, I appropriated a call, being a yearning model in Hollywood, California who educated herself and became an on-screen character by the name of Brandon Hammond, from Soul Food. I was intrigued by directing a short film that I had written three years back. Excited by the opportunity, I sent her initially my finished motion picture script, Ex-Boyfriend, to Hammond. Sending my work for review, motivated myself to take my writing to a much higher platform. Its no big surprise I had such capable genes as the late extraordinary Dizzy Gillespie is my great-uncle.
In 2001, I began working for a record label where I found myself in artist development. My roster included managing R&B and Hip-hop groups. This opportunity allowed me to gain experience in the marketing field through club promotions and learn the business at an early age. I was so serious about my position and my artist, that the radio stations gave me the nickname “Ms Shugg“.
In 2009, I chose to distribute Floetic Whispers and received great reviews. Some came from big names in the entertainment/music business. After the book release, I was contacted by A&R for Columbia Records. They approached me to compose for one of their R&B singers Adina Howard. Since, I have been writing on an upcoming album for an R&B artists signed to rapper THE GAME’s label.
I have written a children’s book, Heaven’s Library Journey, and began a Non-Profit Organization, A-Kidz Wishes, to push ability in low-wage neighborhoods. I happened to offer many books around the U.S., furthermore encompassing nations. Furthermore, I have several other books that are available now. In July 2013, iNote Publishing has started. –AilaWishes”
[MIAMI, FLORIDA] ToBy officially released his visual for his track I REMEMBER. This is actually his second music video off of his upcoming EP Seiteicos. ToBy has grown as an artist and has adapted his writing, directing, and even acting skills into his line of work. Obviously this visual I REMEMBER is a continuation of SAKURA. We were left off with ToBy who was dating someone who was already in a relationship. Little does ToBy know what her boyfriend is willing to do to keep them apart. One thing I really like about these music videos, is the fact it feels just like a movie.
Written, directed, and produced by -ToBy-
Shot and edited by Upgrade Productions (@upgradeprods)
“I Remember” written by -ToBy-, mixed by Ruben Cardenas, and produced by Canis Major
Prop weaponry designed by Steven Joseph Lopez (@stevenlopezinc)
Makeup by Nicholas Alexander
Lately, it’s just getting out of control. Since I am a music blogger I receive a large amount of submissions on a daily basis. This is extremely overwhelming to read and listen to them all. But for some reason sites find it to be much easier to copy and paste these submissions, just to get the post in. This is called plagiarism:
Makes me wonder if they even listen to the content and if they even have their own set of opinions. This isn’t just sites that are unknown, but alarmingly its the major hip-hop sites as well.
The process for an artist to get the content to the masses, is trying to reach these outlets to get exposure from the music fans. Makes sense right? It should. But how would an artist or publicist feel that the site copy and paste (word for word) and didn’t contribute any opinion to the content.
Personally, I’ve been in the position in submitting content for an artist. I was in a hurry and I used what I had written on my site as the description and even provided the link to my article. When it got featured on 15 different sites and it was copy and paste. Word for word, even my personal opinion on the artist was used as if that’s what they felt about the artist.
What I could have done was put these sites on blasts for plagiarizing my work. But what will happen to the artist feature? Knowing how these sites work they could either delete the post entirely or they’ll just reference back to the original post from my site. How would the artist I’m working with feel about his post being removed because of my actions on defending my own words. The artist received Google Alerts and when he reads every feature, he couldn’t believe it was word for word.
This hasn’t happened just to me, I discovered on the Knights of The Turntables #44 discussion I was on via TheKoalition.com. Joe from Joehovasmf.com he brought up in our discussion that one time when he was submitting content for an artist, he wrote a beautiful write up, and noticed every single site he submitted the content was COPY & PASTE. He feels it must be that he’s write up was too good or the site was that lazy enough to not write their own opinion.
I had to research a bit more, and I was able to ask a few questions to @MattWhitlockPM who has been submitting artist content to me over the passed four years.
NIKKISIIXX: When it comes to submitting the artist content to sites, do you see sites copy & paste what you sent?
MATTWHITLOCKPM: Well when I email blast to the generic sites, like 80% copy/paste. But that’s just for blasts. If I’m doing full pr/marketing for the guys I manage, Notoriety – I’m personalizing each email before sending and also asking for original write ups. with those, I usually have great results but thats expected, to me at least. Generic blasts gets generic results. Its more of a booster, you have to have relationships and be personable when running an actual campaign.
NIKKISIIXX: How do you feel about the sites that copy & paste?
MATTWHITLOCKPM: It used to really irritate me because I was a writer myself for many years. I just didn’t get why you would become a “writer” and not want to write, lol. Then I started to realize that it’s the same with any other line of work, some people just want the title. I stopped caring about those sites/people and re-routed that attention to the sites that cared to write actual posts. Those are the ones you want relationships with. The copy/pasters are just for the email blast list. Which is also why email blasts are cheap and marketing packages are expensive – building relationships is expensive.
From what we got from @MattWhitLockPM is that in order to get organic features from blogs you either need to know someone or know someone who knows these people to reach out to these blogs and asked them personally to take the time to actually write their own posts. He has a whopping 80% of sites (by generic email blasts approach) that copy word for word. That is an alarming rate.
I personally think having an overwhelming amount of submissions shouldn’t excuse a site to just go to the copy and paste route. I see it as a lazy route. If you’re going to blog or promote an artist, it should be done with honesty and with your own damn opinion. If I can do authentic write ups I think the other bloggers/writers/journalist should be able to do the same.
What do you think? Leave a comment below or send me a tweet via @NikkiSiixx.
Check out the latest track from South Jersey Artist YoAstrum with MEGAMAN X. Front runner of Jersey based collective ZERO SAGA and a member of clique Organic Geniuses as well. YoAstrum is able to maintain his own lane with his music. Being able to produce, mix, engineer, and write… he is able to stand alone. ABJO killed this track with the Megaman infused beat. YoAstrum is a fan of art, anime, and anything that inspires him in his life in general. If you’re a MEGAMAN fan you’ll appreciated this track for it’s references and the amazing production. Don’t forget to press PLAY and follow YoAstrum on his social media links below:
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