Blogging While Brown Weekend Returns And Hits The Internets Big Time#BWBNYC

Blogging While Brown Weekend Returns And Hits The Internets Big Time #BWBNYC

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This weekend the annual Business Conference Blogging while Brown took place in Harlem, NYC.
I was invited to help manage the social posting for the conference via Instagram which is @BWBConference. Check back here in the coming days as I’ll share with you from the collection of great speakers and the sea of knowledge that was shared with the crowd.

In the meantime take a moment to look at the real time activity behind the official Blogging While Brown hashtag.

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Hip Hop Makes It Mark at NXNE’s 20th Year Celebration

Hip Hop Makes it mark at NXNE’s 20th Year Celebration

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Celebrating 20 years of existence the North by North East festival in Toronto looked to bring more Hip Hop to the people than it ever has in previous years. Across the city headliners like A$AP Ferg, Killer Mike & EL -P along with Juicy J presented a dope mix of international known and established talent. Connecting with the indie spirit of the festival there were a number of shows highlighting emerging talents both U.S and Canadian based. The Best of Show NXNE showcase via A3C stood out as one of the best with DJ’s like Austin Millz of NY, artists like Earthgang of ATL and Immerze of Vancouver getting the crowd active later into the night.

Personally in terms of pure Hip Hop showmanship and energy the build up around Vice Island’s feature performance from Pusha T ranked at the top for me. Toronto island hosted the day long mini festival of music, food and fun presented by House of Vans and Vice. The Isle offered a solid array of quality musical performances throughout the day. Everything from the reggae tunes of Mikey Dangerous’ to the energized antics from Future Island set the people up for the main event. Pusha, working the stage solo, would deliver over an hour of street and mainstream hits for the hundreds in attendance. Many NXNE regulars spoke of Hip Hop not having that big a presence in years past. It seems that this may be a turning point for the festival.

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I remember the period when Hip Hop first moved into the SXSW scene. First it was a few secret events and performances and now it’s a total take over. With the Toronto Hip Hop evolution fully in motion I’m curious to see in upcoming years if that trend holds true up north.

 

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Zane Lowe Speaks with Rick Rubin at Shangri La Studios

Zane Lowe Speaks with Rick Rubin at Shangri La Studios

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As the Hip Hop landscape steadily gets populated with more artists who don’t represent the classic Hip Hop ideals, background or appearance it can be forgotten just how many white people were/are instrumental to the growth of this culture. After a 2013 that saw Zane Lowe chat with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Eminem we now get to hear the words of the legendary Rick Rubin. RR has worked with all 3 of these Hip Hop giants and shares some of those experiences along with his days at Def Jam and much more.

It’s some Hip Hop history for you guys tonight.

As a Bonus, after the Jump check out the panel at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity with Kanye West, Steve Stoute (Tanning of America, Translation) and Ben Horowitz (Entrepreneur, Author, Investor)

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NXNE Interactive & Music Kicks Off in Toronto

NXNE Interactive & Music Kicks Off in Toronto

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Most of us are familiar with SXSW, the annual media festival held in Austin Texas but how many of you knew that Canada had its own multimedia event? Celebrating its 20th year, North By North East (NXNE) 9 day celebration of comedy, arts, film, music and interactive advances. After a lengthy yet smooth bus ride I’m back up in one of my favorite cities. Toronto! The Interactive and Music portions of NXNE are just getting started and I’m looking forward to what the city has on deck to celebrate.

As always I’ll be working these Internets with on the scene Tweets, Facebook posts and IG pix. Along with that make sure you checkout that #SocialMediaSamurai hashtag.

If any of you are up here take a look at the image below for some must hit events you’ll want to check out. Feel free to reach out if you get word of something going down too. There are surprise events popping up everywhere.

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Is The Samurai A Fraud???

Is The Samurai A Fraud???

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The blogging world is a funny space. With the connective nature of social media you don’t operate in a bubble, on the contrary your success and overall progress relates directly to the relationship with your audience. I personally never aimed to take my personal ramblings to a more public professional level but as I’ve expressed before, that opportunity presented itself at a time it was very much needed and I’ve been pushing that opportunity ever since. I’m very non confrontational when folk express issues with things. These are my words, my thoughts and my views. Unless I’m being informed of factual info that I got wrong there is no requirement on me to agree or acknowledge others view points. Fortunately, I’m not antisocial and welcome feedback. I know that if you truly are serious about growth you take all view points into consideration as there may be a lesson hidden below the surface. So, here I am searching for a lesson.

This past weekend someone brought a few “grievances” to me. Apparently this one time supporter felt that my content was taking a turn for the worse. The delivery of these claims was scrambled, jumbled and very unclear so I had to pick out statements and assumptions within a collection of comments. Overlooking the low keys shots that were lobbed at my FB posting style it was brought to my attention that my event coverage which does include entertainment events at times didn’t sit well with them. In addition, the postings of my activities came across as bragging and this person feared that I was getting full of myself too soon. At this point let me share that I was in a legit state of surprise at this random communication but having completed a very productive business meeting earlier in the evening complete with flowing rum & coke my curiosity kept me engaged in the convo. While no real examples were given to the claims made it was also mentioned that I was perpetrating a fraudulent life to the good readers of my work. I know quite a few “fake it till you make it” individuals so to be accused as such was surprising. Even though the credibility of my accuser is shaky at best I figured “Hey maybe something is being seen that I’m missing.”

I’ve always believed that I’ve maintained a respectable level of transparency with my work. I share what I want but within those subjects I give full disclosure as to what I’m about and what my life is. I’m still getting feedback from people who connected to me sharing my struggles with unemployment and seeking financial stability while transitioning to the social media field. In the midst of chasing those goals have I lost my path? Does me sharing the events I’ve been fortunate enough to cover come across as bragging? Am I alienating people? Technically I’ve been dealing in entertainment events since I was in college. It’s not new to me but perhaps social media makes it seem new or “extra” to others?

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Am I fronting for the Internets????

Be clear. There were a number of things within this unexpected communication I had that I didn’t like. In looking back on it there were quite a few moments that warranted a “Go kick rocks!” reply but again morbid curiosity reigned.  I don’t feel sorry or apologetic for anything I’ve done, written or shared on this blog. I know the work I’ve put in and at this point in life validation for my actions lies with me. I have this viewpoint on life that often your deeds, while positively intended, aren’t always going to hit the mark with everyone. That’s not your fault. Everyone has their own issues, problems and perspectives that can make projecting aggression towards you a better option then looking in the mirror.

As I get ready to hop up north for NXNE I figure this random situation would be the perfect time to glance in the mirror and make sure I like what I see. Am I faking the funk? Am I full of myself? Is the integrity of my work in jeopardy? Feel free to let me know what you think. Good, Bad or Ugly.

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NahRight Celebrates Father’s Day with “Rap Dads”

NahRight Celebrates Father’s Day with “Rap Dads”

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It’s an unfortunate reality that fathers don’t always get the best attention in the media overall and especially in Hip Hop. Some of that is by folks own doing but still we could all use a more balanced depiction of good, hard working dads in the Rap world. I just checked out this great feature via Nah Right highlighting a few of the fathers in Hip Hop. Below you can check out the portion on #914 representative, 1/3 of the LOX Styles P  talking about his 2 kids. If you like it as I did you can link to the full feature at the end.

 

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Number of kids/ages: 2 kids, a daughter and a son. My daughter’s 19, my son’s 16.

Personal Rap Dad description: “You christen your kids, I let my son listen to B.I.G.”

First rap song my kids knew all the words to: With my son, I know his first artist that he really wanted their album was E-40, and Kanye. And my daughter, she loves Yelawolf. It’s hard to remember specific songs, because music is always playing in my household. We play a lot of everything, and I make music for a living. My kids practically listen to everything that I listen to in one way or another, from just riding around with your kids. And they play their own stuff, too. My son’s been playing a lot of old school hip-hop, too. Like, he loves Biggie, Nas, N.W.A, Wu. And these things, he just happened to gravitate to.

My kids favorite rappers: I know my son loves Flatbush Zombies. He rocks with Kendrick. He rocks with Joey Bada$$ a lot. He rocks with a lot of underground. My daughter actually likes a lot of South music and club songs. And Yelawolf. She likes the party kind of joints. She’ll be playing Kid Ink in the house. My daughter’s way more eclectic than everybody. She’ll be in her room listening to all types of music.

Where I listen to rap music at home: My sons rocks his music in his own room. My daughter rocks in her own room. Then my daughter and my wife, they’ll have the living room blasting with music. So I’m kind of the one who plays the least music in the house. I rock the car. The car is my world, and the house is more of everybody else’s world.

A classic rap album I recommend to other Rap Dads to play for their children: Kanye’s first two albums were pretty kid friendly. Common has a lot of music a kid can listen to. Talib Kweli of course. Black Thought. Nas got a bunch of songs kids can listen to. Even gangster rappers got a lot of good music. Everyone raises their kids differently in their own household. I let my kids listen to a lot of hardcore shit when they were with me, but you teach them different lessons, and why the music is like that.

I grew up way different than they grew up. Some of the choices I made were foolish. You have less opportunities when you’re in a less fortunate neighborhood. So when they do hear certain shit, you just try to give them knowledge with it, because you can’t really hide the world from your kids. If you hide that shit from them, they’re gonna go outside and get it anyway. And it’s not just hip-hop. When I was coming up, Prince said a lot of crazy shit. ‘80s white people music to me is the craziest shit ever! That’s one of my favorite genres of music ever, and they used to say a lot of crazy shit.

Favorite kids music/TV show/movie: Me and my kids to this day, we watch all kinds of movies together. That’s kind of a family thing in our house. From early X-Men, to early Batman, to early SpidermanThe IncrediblesToy Story, all that shit. That’s part of your life as a parent. Even though I’m a rapper, as a parent, you still do parent shit. It’s regular shit. I remember watching Miley Cyrus and Amanda Bynes when they were little girls. We would watch Degrassi. You just catch certain shit with your kids. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Certain shit bonds generations, too. My son loves Ninja Turtles, I love Ninja Turtles. He loves X-Men, I love X-Men. He loves Spidey, I love Spidey. It just passes down, and that’s a bond you can share.

How my opinion of rap music has changed since I had kids: As an artist, you have to be creative, and be the artist you are. You can’t change who you are for anybody but yourself. But you can do it for yourself because you’re trying to be better for them. But your kids know you for who you are. My kids don’t view me as Styles P, they view me as Daddy. They’re not letting our world revolve around who I am outside. I am who I am at home, and that’s it. Rap is my job.

My opinion of rap hasn’t changed as a parent, but just as a person. It always evolves. I’m glad it came back around and it’s sounding solid again. But as a person, your view’s gotta change on it. Hip-hop was fucking garbage for a while. But now hip-hop is healthy.

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Do You Know Your Hip Hop? Take The Rap Test!

Do You Know Your Hip Hop? Take The  Rap Test!

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Dropping off some Friday fun for you to lost track of time and productivity. LOL via 21 year old Danny Friday you can test your knowledge of some of the biggest names in Rap game. The game is simple. You select the artist you want to be challenged on and then you listen to songs from their respective resumes. The faster you identity the song the more points you get and the more levels you can access. I’ve already been hooked on the Eminem challenges. It starts off basic but picks up very quickly! Hip Hop heads enjoy!!

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The Ultimate Trunk Show Delivers Again For Indie Business

The Ultimate Trunk Show Delivers Again For Indie Business

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Last Saturday one of my favorite NY traditions took place at the Altman Building in Manhattan. The Ultimate Trunk Show Spring 2014 returned to showcase independent vendors in the realm of fashion, food, accessories and much more. The Ultimate Trunk Show was set up with 2 floors of activities with the fashion gear on the top floor and a number of spa services on the lower level including hair cuts and massages. Each floor had tunes flowing via DJ Tiff McFierce and DJ Unos & Dubs. Along with that, Open Hennessy bars on both floors kept the party atmosphere well maintained.

UTS staples like Heirport and Tekkies were in the building bringing their usual high quality products. There were also a number of new brands making their debut at UTS that I was really feeling like Warren Peace, Bmoye Collection and Kid Monarch. Take a look at the images below from the show and support these brands.

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Bad Rap – The Asian Push For Hip Hop Equality

Bad Rap – The Asian Push For Hip Hop Equality

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There’s no denying that as Hip Hop has grown Asians have been one of the biggest supporters of the art and the culture. On the flip side the struggle has been steady for Asians looking to get into the game and be received on a level playing field as the  other folk that look to advance within Hip Hop. While a few have gained mainstream success on the media side of things most notably Miss Info, this hasn’t been the case for most on the artist side. In what has to be an example of fates ill sense of humor Hot supports “Bad Rap”, not in the sense we usual think of but in regards to the Asian Hip Hop Doc of the same name. Bad Rap is coming to the end of a successful crowd funding campaign so the we should be hearing a lot more about this project.

Cipha Sounds sits down with the cast of Bad Rap to dive a little more in the Asian perspective of the Hip Hop game and the various obstacles they have had to overcome.

 

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Uber Samurai Time – Travel in Style

Uber Samurai Time – Travel in Style

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My travel is rarely a random act. I plan and plot where I intend to go and how I plan to get there. I factor time, cost and effort into what mode of transportation I utilize. Recently I’ve come to gain trust in a fairly new option which is Uber. Your on personal private car service. I remember hearing about it and saying to myself well this sounds interesting. It gave personal elements that elevated the pick up experience higher than you’re basic cab service. After using Uber in NYC, Austin and DC I think it’s time I share it with others. In addition let me highlight some facts many may not know as to why adding Uber to your App collection is a must.

Well let’s begin with what everyone cares about most, Money. Uber is a service available across the globe in most major cities and is CHEAPER then a cab in 99% of the locations. The lone exception is NYC where the difference is 10%-15%. Although when you consider the added benefits of Uber and the fact that tips is already included in your fare its a small price. Uber’s goal is to have a completely cashless mobile experience. From ride confirmation to drop off at your destination everything happens via your mobile device. You don’t deal with a dispatcher. Once you lock in a ride you can call or instant message the driver directly. I find the fact to you get to see your drivers profile before they arrive as a bonus especially when you out of town visiting an area you aren’t familiar with.

Personally, as a traveler it’s good to have a centralized service that applies in various locations that you can rely on for your transportation. It’s ideal for solo and group travel. Nothing worst then having to split up a group in various cabs. Uber just lets you call an SUV directly.

I personally have no plans on using cabs anymore. Here’s a bonus for the Manhattan users. Besides the travel efficiency Uber also has a messenger delivery service, UberRush for those times you need to get something delivered now. Truthfully speaking I was surprised at just how many services Uber has. It’s a tool if you ask me. There’s no membership fee, no annual charges. You use it as you like. What I notice is that folk are curious of it until they use it once then they love it. Try it out. You can sign up via the link below or the link along the side of this site. It’ll come with a $20 credit for your first ride so you can try it out and if you have any questions just hit me up.

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