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50 Cent Releases Slamming New Song “The Funeral”

February 22, 2014

50 Cent the funeral

On February 21, 50 Cent uploaded on YouTube his latest jam The Funeral.   Folks who love storytelling rhymes will definitely enjoy this.  The story even includes women pulling weaves during the funeral.  I hadn’t heard funny shit like since the 90’s.

According to Source magazine, 50 Cent left Shady/Interscope Records and headed to independent label Caroline.  His upcoming album Animal Ambition is set to released June 3.

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Digital Music Sales Dropped: 5 Reasons Black People Shouldn’t Give A Shit

February 2, 2014

If you hadn’t heard, digital music sales dropped in 2013.  Here’s five reasons why black people and  black artists shouldn’t give a shit.

Borrowed from Sodahead.com

1.Sales for r&b/hip-hop didn’t go down.   As everyone else is crying the blues, “black” music still sells. EDM was the only other music which made money.

2.Not one black artist had a number one pop single in 2013.  Black artists reached Billboard’s Number One as guest stars on a white artist’s song.  Seeing that black artists couldn’t reach number one on the pop charts, why should black people feel sorry for “white” music?  Especially when “black” music still sold.

3. YouTube is rigged. Billboard now counts YouTube views as means for chart rankings.  Yet, some folks have been caught rigging views on YouTube.  Sure, you’ll hear about black artists.  Yet, as you can see, they still didn’t gain Number One on the Singles Pop Chart.  So, guess who else might have been cheating too. Not to say rigging is right.  Still, if the rig wasn’t in the black artist’s favor, why should black people care about “white” music?

4.The media makes a big deal out of white artists.  You see it all the time on the cover of music magazines.  Always some music magazine tells you about so-called, important, white musicians you should pay attention to.  Plus teen magazines are always spotlighting cute white teens over black ones.  After all that hype, people still aren’t buying “white” music. So, whose fault is that?  Black music lovers?

5.As a white rapper took home most of the 2014 Grammy rap awards, black artists still either won or were nominated in other genres.  The group Alabama Shakes was nominated for Best Rock Performance.   The group’s lead singer, Brittany Howard, is biracial. Her mom is white and her dad is black.  Gary Clark Jr. was nominated for Best Rock Song.  Darius Rucker won Best Country Solo Performance.   As you can see, black artists still gain recognition, even in genres traditionally seen as white.

Something worth knowing about illegal downloads: Instead of blaming shitty music for sales dropping, music labels are blaming illegal downloads and streaming music. If illegal downloads and streaming music was such a problem, why didn’t sales go down for r&b/hip-hop?  Some racists might want to say that crowd don’t know how to steal music.  Well, if rock and pop fans want to pat themselves on the back for thieving knowledge, more power to them.

Another thing,it has been found AGAIN illegal downloading don’t hurt music sales. Actually, the ones who steal music also buy music. So, I guess hip-hop and EDM fans know more about music piracy than anyone else.

After my five reasons, why should black people and black artists worry about digital sales dropping?  As you can see, “black” music still benefits.   The music industry didn’t care about black consumers and black music.  They kept focusing on white entertainers and lost money big time. As Justin Timberlake is considered r&b, even he didn’t sell as many albums as he used to. In seventeen days, Beyonce’s album reached 1.3 million. In seventeen days, she already made it half-way near Timberlake’s 2.3 million albums.   So, why the fuck should “black”  music lovers and black people worry about other genres and white artists not selling?  If anything, some folks in the music industry need to be fired.

Penguin Gangsta Rap

April 21, 2013

Last Tuesday, I performed another DJ gig at The Peacock Room, an Orlando bar.  During my gig, a guy named The Shinobi MC was scheduled to perform.  Truth be known, I was expecting another MC with the name Shinobi.  Yet, this Shinobi’s performance did not disappoint.

white nerdcore rapper

 

The highlight of the evening was his performance with MC Shammers, an MC whose performance I witnessed before at a nerdcore event.

white nerdcore rapper

As the instrumental of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments” played, the two rhymed about being gangsta penguins.

How I Perform DJ Gigs

April 27, 2012

A reader told me he learns about DJing from reading my blogs, a big fuckin’ surprise to me.  Because of this, I shall inform people how I perform my DJ gigs.

First, I prepare playlists using iTunes.  Most of my music is set-up by decades and genres.  Therefore, I have 80s pop, 80s hip-hop, 90s rock, 00s hip-hop and so on.  Sometimes, I break the lists into specialties like Funky Lounge and Old School Drum-N-Bass.  At the gig itself, I use my playlists in Virtual DJ.

I do my playlists at home before I come to the gig.

First thing I do at my gigs is observe the people.  During the early hours, usually older people attend bars and clubs.  Around this time, I play older and slower music.  I usually start with music around 80 BPM and slowly move up.  As the current song plays 85 BPM, the next song may be 86 or 89.

At this time, I never play the current hits unless asked.  Rock the house too early and things burn out quick.  Before you know it, after one drink, patrons are gone.

During my music selections, I use harmonic mixing.  Every song has one main note.  Some notes mix well with others and some clash.  People usually associate harmonic mixing with electronic dance music.  Yet, I use it with all genres of music.

Warning: harmonic mixing is a blue print.  You don’t have to follow it.  Also, it won’t transform  a shitty DJ into an awesome DJ.  Also, software sometimes gets the notes wrong.

As I observe people, I look for signs.  I look for toe tapping or heads grooving to the beat, indications folks  are enjoying the music. Also, I watch drink consumption.  If people are buying more than one drink, that definitely is a good sign.

When someone criticizes my music, I always point to the grooving heads and feet tapping, an effective way of showing the critic they don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about.

When it comes to requests, I rarely play the requested song next.  If people can’t wait, the hell with them.  Especially when they don’t tip.

What I try to do is find the appropriate spot for the requested song.  If it does fit next, I’ll play it.  If not, the person requesting the song is going to have to wait…especially a non-tipper.

Any DJ using YouTube should be slapped.

In past blogs, I’ve mentioned the next subject plenty of times.  STAY OFF THE FUCKIN’ INTERNET!!!  I do not play requests from YouTube or Grooveshark.  As the house is rocking, having my computer freeze is not a wonderful experience.  Also, folks run the internet requests in the ground.  Soon, I’ll be playing a bunch of shitty songs I hate with extreme passion.

When I bring up freezing, some folks tell me I should buy a Mac.  Mac or PC, I still am not playing requests from YouTube or Grooveshark. I’m a DJ not a goddamned jukebox. If someone personally buys me a Mac, my mind MIGHT change.  If not, suck my dick.

Current hits usually gets played after twelve, mainly because younger folks are the majority.  Still, don’t get it twisted.  Sometimes, the younger folks requests the classics, meaning older music.  I’ve had younger people ask for music dated two decades before their birth.

At the end of the night, I end with songs like Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend” and T-Pain’s “Buy U A Drank”.  Sometimes, I might even end it with Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”   The object is ending the night with a feel good song.

So, that’s how I usually operate.  I don’t always go this route.  Yet, I use it most nights.  If this helps someone, I’m thankful for it.  If not, so be it.

Laptop DJ: MP3 Thief

May 8, 2011

You think you’re slick, don’t you? I know your past and currents deeds concerning MP3s.

First, you used to download music from YouTube. At one of your gigs, a bar patron showed you how to do it. Sometimes the downloaded music sounded nice. Other times crappy noise passing as music blasted from your laptop speakers.

Next, you moved on to the public library. Librarians knew what you were doing too, as if they didn’t know why you always checked out so many compact discs. One librarian even hipped you to checking out the newly returned area, the spot containing the better selections. They knew you were copying copyrighted music. Yet, they were probably more concerned with people checking out items versus what people were doing with the items. The more people checked out items, the more proof government money is being well spent.

Also, after talking to other laptop deejays, you remembered a friend hooking you up with a torrent account. Like some folks with heroin, torrents became your addiction. You even downloaded music you didn’t even like. And you’re still doing it.

Do you not know torrents are bad news? Did you not get the memo? The recording industry can rip off musicians but you can’t rip off the recording industry. Yea, I know. File-sharing copyrighted music has not been proven to hurt music sales. You and I both know this. Yet, this won’t shut up the recording industry.

Another thing, remember the gangsta rapper who turned shrewd business man when it came to file-sharing?

Writer Leonard Pitts pointed it out. On the records, he’s a thug. Yet, off the records, he’s far from that. All of a sudden, he wasn’t a thug when he thought file-sharing was taking food out of his kids’ mouths, a studio gangsta badmouthing real gangstas. Recently, you downloaded one of Studio Gangsta’s albums… and didn’t pay a penny for it. Oh well, fuck him.

You’re a thief. I know this. How do I know this? That’s none of your damned business.