#WordToTheWise: “Quality Over Quantity”


A lot of artists have 100 plus songs under their belt and still wonder why they haven’t got “on” yet.

So until you know that you’ve found your sound as an artist, don’t try to knock out as many songs as you can in one studio session. Find one record (at a time) that you love, and perfect it. It only takes one hit. ?

#WordToTheWise is quality over quantity!

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#WordToTheWise: “Brand Yourself”


Brand yourself. Find ways to separate yourself from the rest. Have a personality that doesn’t distract from your music, but rather compliments it, and ultimately attracts more fans.

Ms. Cardi B is a prime example! People fell in love with Cardi’s unfiltered persona on TV and social media, and when people started to listen to her music, they were pleasantly surprised. Not only that, once Cardi started gaining some heavy clout, she NEVER changed — and people love her even more for that!

And what about Blac Youngsta?
His Instagram videos are beyond hilarious, and even if we don’t get what he’s talking about half the time, he makes us laugh, and we continue to go back to his Insta for more. Best believe, when he drops any posts about his music, that we’re here for that too!

#WordToTheWise is brand yourself as an ARTIST, your music and image goes hand and hand.

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The Attic LA Becomes LA’s Safe House for Musicians

Have you heard the news? The Attic LA is a new platform for all creatives to display their work to the public. The event is a safe haven that encourages and promotes positive vibes for artists from all over LA giving artists a chance to tell their story. We got a chance to chop it up with the founders of The Attic LA to see what the hype is about.

Can you break down what The Attic LA is?

At this moment in time, we are a group of Artist/Curators that are working to produce and develop unique events and shows that showcase artist that are diverse in their mediums, perspectives, and backgrounds. We love our city so we are pushing to make a show for LA, with LA talent, and most importantly in LA. At the same time we are focused on building a community where the artist expose themselves to that community and the community exposes themselves to the artist. A symbiotic relationship that keeps people wanting to come back and soak up those good vibes, and give all that love right back to the artist. Ultimately, inspiring them to keep creating beautiful works. We have our sights set pretty high as far as future and our goals.

What challenges did you face while building The Attic LA?

We are all different. We have diverse perspectives and strong personalities. When you have that all in one room, it can be challenging to agree on certain inputs and aspects. So we had to learn how to communicate better with one another, we had to be willing to put our egos aside so the event could thrive, and ultimately we grew to trust whomever had a hold of the wheel in certain aspects of creation. Conquering these obstacles only made us better as a team. Something that may get misconstrued to us is that having a lot of competitive people in the room is dysfunctional. We are all competitive, but growing up in sports gave us all a great foundation for team dynamics, collaborating, culture, and making sacrifices to accomplish a common goal.
You talk a lot about the culture. What does that mean to you?

We follow very closely the given definition. Culture – “The customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group”. We are starting out and establishing our culture as a social group. There are certain ideals we uphold steadfastly. We believe in an inclusive community.  We are accepting of all people and any way in which they choose to express, identify, or define themselves as individuals. We believe in “we before me” and the idea that collaboration and sacrifice can breed situations where everyone involved can win. We believe in maintaining and building solid relationships with the artist and patrons of our shows. We are laying the foundation for what we believe we’ll be able to build something truly special on. It is imperative that we establish and maintain a culture where artist can be vulnerable and express their message, people can connect, respect is given, relationships are valued, and a community can grow.

How would The Attic LA differentiate from other platforms that already exist?

We believe that the right people always set you a part. The way you carry yourself, conduct your business, and treat people. A great deal of that stems from your culture and the ideals you uphold. Only time will tell, but we believe we are standing on a solid foundation. As we build this community and continue to have our culture permeate it, we’ll be hard not to notice in our humble opinion. People gravitate towards genuine people; that’s what we are!

What direction do you see The Attic LA going in the next year if the first event is a success?

Success breeds opportunity! So we are excited to see what opportunities come to us after the show. Collaborations, connections, artist lining up to work with us, people buzzing about upcoming show, and other events because they want to get back to that initial feeling and experience that we were able to provide them. Success will be being able to reproduce that quality consistently. Taking that standard of excellence and quality to everything we produce in all areas of art, media, and entertainment.

How would you measure the success rate of The Attic LA?

We have lofty ambitions! Success is accomplishing those goals we have set. Each one being a stepping stone to the others. So first and foremost is establishing the culture and developing shows that meet and exceed our standard of excellence. We have array of projects in our sights and we want to make sure they are executed well. We hope each time you leave an Attic LA event your filled with joy and sorrow, happy to have come, sad to see it go. We hope to leave you sick with longing and eager to get back and have that experience, soak up the vibe, and be amongst the community again. We want people to not only follow us (@theatticla) but feel like they’re home whenever they are with us.

In order to be in attendance at the next event, you’ll have to follow The Attic LA at @theatticla. Catch you next time!

JAYDEE TALKS ABOUT HER ALBUM AND FEARS THAT SHE HAS HAD TO OVERCOME

Jaydee Dailey is a true talented artist. She’s a free spirit, creative and is an artistic Nusoul artist with several different talents. She’s the full package. Creativity is life for Jaydee. Spiritual growth, positive energy and healing through music is inspiring for Jaydee and plays a huge role in growing her career.

“Why try to find yourself, when you can create yourself?” – JD

We had a chance to sit down with Jaydee to talk about her recently released album and the obstacles she faced along the way.

Tell us about your latest project?

Fxded, also known as BrokenClocksofTime, is currently available on SoundCloud.

Music saved my life, literally. Before I started my most recent project, FxDED (BrokenClocksofTime), I was anti-sober, self-destructing, not to mention I was doing so at a devastatingly self-deteriorating pace. My latest project is exciting because it is my first project. I wrote a song about grieving for my brother who passed away in 2016 of December. After a rough year of drinking liquor by the bottle, breakdowns, pushing everyone away, and destroying every ounce of life in myself, I was resurrected. I visited my brothers grave for the first time, and it inspired me to write Broken Clocks of Time, which is how I got inspiration for the project. I felt that fire spark again. I had completely stopped living life and checked out when he passed away. When I found passion and life through music for the first time since he passed away, I knew that I would create myself again. It was a miracle because, I felt hope and faith, which had felt so far way moments before. I may not be the same person I was before all of this happened, but I have found to love the person I am. My supporters have really helped me realized how much music can give a person power and healing.

“No more locked door singing”

What was the most difficult thing you faced while making your album?

I would have to say my biggest challenge was finding a balance. A balance which would give my music career progression and success without depleting my character in the process. I needed to constantly remind myself to not move as fast as my brain works. I have diversity and talent with being new in the music industry, which people will take advantage of if I allow them to. It’s hard to turn down opportunities that are dope and could be beneficial for my music exposure, especially when they involve promising rewards. I often remind myself that not all opportunities available, even the ones that are dope and legit are wise choices for my future. I learned with time I had to be diligent, patient, positive, and encouraged through times that may feel discouraging. I don’t want to look back wishing I had done things differently, signed to a label with a terrible deal, or worse even, just because I didn’t have enough patience to remember my intelligence. I love music, I love myself, and I love my supporters too much to not be wise enough to make it up the top of every chart in the right way.

How would you describe your music?

I sing about experiences, things people can relate to, and I always try to keep my voice and lyrics raw and vulnerable so it has that authenticity. It gives a sense of nostalgia, euphoric almost, while it still portrays sensual and soft vibes, but yet has an edginess to it. I love that my music can portray a soulful chill vibe for people to feel soothed simply by my voice, it’s a rewarding feeling for me when many people say they find my music healing.

Who are some people you’re influenced by?

I would have to say my biggest influence is a dope artist, 7 a.m., who released Sober, around the time I started my project. He ended up becoming my producer, engineer, and best friend throughout the project and helped me gain confidence, knowledge, dope beats, and we collaborated on a lot of tracks that I still listen to every day. He is one of my biggest influences because of how much effort and time he put into believing in me and pushing me to be my best version of myself as an artist and person.

Tell us a success story about a time you feared something but you’ve overcame it?

I feared not being able to reach all the high expectations that I set for myself. That I would put myself out there, being honest about all I went through, because it’s so personal, and no one would understand. I am glad that I don’t let fear run my life, because people have shown me support, understanding, and love ever since I dropped, FxDED. I got to heal through music, and I now see that my music gives other people a similar chance in a different way.

Would you collaborate with another female MC? If so, who would you want to collaborate with?

I would collaborate with Queen Latifah. She has multiple talents like I do. Since I sing, act, model, paint, etc., I feel she has a lot of wisdom and a free spirit. She always sends a message through her music, and keeps things with class. I respect her career and how she carries herself. She has a good sense of humor as well. I feel if her and I collaborated, it would be epic, for the simplicity of how different and yet alike we are.

 

 

CARTIER – “ONE UP”

Bakersfield, CA. hasn’t made too much noise, especially around the music scene. It’s literally tumbleweeds, dry cactus, Joshua trees and sand in that city. Cartier decided to shake up some things in that area by releasing his latest track, “One Up”. Better yet, lets call it the high desert Summer get down, that everybody can dance to.

Cartier wants the streets to know that he’s one up.

Young Niyah – “Hit Em” [Video]

Young Niyah goes hard in the video for her newly released first single “Hit Em”, which she wrote and co-produced with the talented producer Fydo Young. Niyah enlist famous Mother, Tamika Scott of Xscape, and music mogul, Johnnie Cabbell in the video, giving her thast official ATL stamp of approval every new artist dreams of.

Niyah hops out of her helicopter and is escorted across the field by her bodyguards. “I hate braggin’ but you can when you got it.” Throughout the video, Young Niyah is flexing on everybody. Watch out for her because she’s bossing up.

Peep the video!

 

SpitFireHipHop.com Launches New Apparel Line

SpitFireHipHop.com announces the launch of a new apparel line. We as a company, pride ourselves on providing a platform to independent artists who may not have the machine behind them. SpitFireHipHop is a platform unlike many others out there does not require a payment from artist to be featured. We believe we have found a way to continue provide a service to artists, absolutely free.

“We are thrilled to announce that we have launched SpitFireHipHop Apparel. The line initially will include t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, caps and beanies, says Founder and CEO of SpitFireHipHop LLC, Jimy Lincoln. “Our passion is to provide a vehicle to indie artists and newcomers to Hip Hop. Our apparel line will allow us to be seen not just on blog posts but on the backs of Hip Hop artists and fans of Hip Hop around the world.”

“The line comes with an array of designs – and we look forward to adding more products in the near future.”

SpitFireHipHop.com has been providing indie and newcomers to Hip Hop a platform to showcase their talents since 2011. The brand is growing stronger and becoming one of the more popular in Hip Hop. To learn more about the new apparel line visit the website at shop.spitfirehiphop.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For the month of December enter code “December25” for 25% off your order.

Be sure to tune in to the KSFR-DB radio broadcast at http://bit.ly/2i51mK6.

KSFR-DB is an ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange Licensed Broadcast.

Please see the link below for information on the radio campaigns.

http://www.spitfirehiphop.com/ksfr-radio-campaign

Trillion SBC (Str8Ballin Cartel) “Light It Up” [AUDIO]

https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1282527474?ls=1&app=itunes

https://www.spinrilla.com/songs/1372333-trillion-light-it-up

Listen to Trillion’s new single, “Light It Up” below which was mix and mastered by Patchwerk Studios own, Luther Banks.

Trillion is an artist from Decatur, Georgia whose music is a reflection of real-life experiences. His sound is a combination of southern slang and punctual lyricism. Trillion credits the likes of Outkast, Ludacris, and Playa Fly as some of his influences.

Trillion released his debut project, The Transition earlier this year hosted by DJ Swamp Izzo and featured appearances from Jose Guapo on his previous single, “Rarri” and the late Yung Mazi on “Holding”. The project was executive produced by Street Empire.

The Transition is a combination of emotions such as betrayal, love, disappointment, money, injustices, and family which represent chapters of Trillion’s life.

Trillion hopes to use his voice and position as a leader to deliver positive messages to his community.

“My ultimate goal is to be a living testimony to all the people who strive to take control over their lives when it seems as if nothing is going right and to show people that any negative situation can be turned into a positive situation when you get focused and create a plan, you will then achieve your dreams and gain your hearts desires”. (Trillion)

IG: @trillionstr8ballin

Facebook: @str8ballincartel

Twitter: @trillsbc

Soundcloud: @trillion-1 

YouTube: Trillion Str8ballincartel

Website: http://heistrill.com/

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