Look what my friend found!! In today’s age of file-sharing and YouTube it’s pretty hard for the independent artist to spread their name out and, more importantly, make money. However this DJ underdog has been able to find a way to market himself in way I have not yet seen before (and I’ve seen a few ways).
The real kicker about this is that there is a dollar hidden inside the case. The idea is that the dollar is spent but the person puts a dollar in and shares it with someone else, in turn having the fan invest in the promotion of the artist. I honestly find it genius, and I feel like it is creativity like this that will shape the new music business that is developing in this digital media based world.
As always thanks for reading nerds! 8)
DJ CollegeFest is THIS SUNDAY in NEW YORK!! Anyone who is in the Big Apple on Nov. 11th should definitely go out there and check it out. It is going to be a bunch of different DJs literally ROCKIN the place. My favorite of the line-up is DJ Choppa Dunks from Boston. For more info click here!!
LIGHTNING TOUR 2012
10/3 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
10/4 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
10/5 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/6 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
10/7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/9 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
10/13 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre
10/14 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/16 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon
10/17 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
10/18 – New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
10/19 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
10/20 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs
10/21 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
10/23 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/24 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
10/26 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
10/27 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/30 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
11/1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
11/2 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/3 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
11/4 – St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/6 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
11/7 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
11/8 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/10 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
11/11 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11/13 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
11/14 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/16 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
11/17 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater
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Hey Tumblr world so there is this group called Dragonette and they are releasing their third studio album TOMORROW!! As a musician and music lover, I beg of you to check it out. This bands deserves to be heard! Pre-order their album NOW here —-> http://dragonetteonline.com/
(Note: That Frank Ocean post I alluded to a week ago? Is not happening. Well, not right now anyway—who knows what the future holds?—because I am swamped with emotions and work. Mostly emotions. Hope you’re not too upset!)
A few days ago I flipped absentmindedly through this slideshow on Complex Magazine’s official site. My original intention was just to kill the time that I simultaneously had too much & not enough of, but I ended up learning a lot—mostly that there were fourteen other beefs in the hip-hop/rap world that I had no idea existed. To be honest, the only beef I had concrete details about was the one between femcees Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim, mostly because I was at an age to properly follow it and because it interested me on a level that my (budding) feminism was able to latch onto. Thankfully, I am now a little bit older and a little bit less obnoxious, so I reread through the slideshow and left with some questions about beefing, its influence on the hip-hop/rap community (and thus, the black community) and its importance.
When I wrote On Femcees & the Hip-Hop Highlander, I wanted to include a brief history of beefing, but I realized I didn’t know anything real about beefing. Much like many other facets of hip-hop & rap, I knew what it generally meant, and I’d heard of enough legendary beefs to put two and two together. What I didn’t understand was why beefs happened and the true effects it had on the hip-hop/rap world and the black community. In the case of the Minaj vs. Kim beef, it was easy to understand why two black female rappers in a majority black male space felt the need to claw at each other; that was survival and considerably necessary for their careers. With that in mind, beef between black male rappers—which arises far more often & with more media coverage—seems almost arbitrary and nothing more than unnecessary displays of arrogance and power.
I’m not going to frame beefs as such, however, because I am hesitant to characterize any facet of hip-hop/rap with an attitude that seems (uncomfortably) reminiscent of the anachronistic views of either genre. It would be dangerously easy to write off beefs as men flexing their muscles, especially when you consider how and why beefs were created. Additionally, we knowthat beefs have substantial influence on the black community, especially in the aftermath of the 1994-1997 Tupac vs. Notorious B.I.G. I refuse to label beefs as significant if they are able to rally an entire community into opposing sides.
As a witness to an argument about the (non-existent) Minaj vs. Banks “beef, I heard that “beef has always [been a part of] hip-hop.” It was a statement and an arguing point all at once; I thought “duh” in agreement even though I was on the opposing side. It’s not enough to say that beef has always been a part of hip-hop/rap; we should be questioning what kind of parts it has played. Has beef always been needed? How has it changed?
Audio Version Of My New Song - “Maniac”
Anonymous asked: Do you take submissions of music from independent artists
Yes I am always willing to listen submissions for posting. At the moment I have a couple that I’m juggling, but I still advise that you send it to me anyway.
Frank Ocean has released his album on Itunes a week early. Here’s a full listen posted via his Tumblr
On Grilling the Beef, Hip-Hop/Rap & Questioning a Legacy
A few days ago I flipped absentmindedly through this slideshow on Complex...