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SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ HIP HOP PUBLICIST SANDRINE AKA DRINEEE “THE HOPE DEALER”

SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ HIP HOP PUBLICIST SANDRINE AKA DRINEEE “THE HOPE DEALER”

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It’s been a while since I last interviewed someone so its with great pleasure that I share this latest edition of Samurai Sitdown. I’ve always been about shining light on good people doing work that you may not be ever of or just good people in general. We need a lot more positive energy in these crazy times and this woman’s constant flow of hope filled, encouraging words in the midst of her steady Hip Hop representation are one of the things I look forward to while navigating these Internets. A jewel that’s been tucked away in the Dirty South, let me introduce you to Texas’s own Ms Sandrine.

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Can you please introduce yourself and tell us what you do? 

My name is Sandrine, also known as Drine, or Drineee on all social media platforms for all intents and purposes lol.  I’d like to say I wear many hats, or at least I try to anyway. Since 2011 I’ve transitioned from hip-hop journalist, to record label marketing rep to publicist. Oh, I’m also in finance as well.

It’s a pleasure to finally chop it up with you. Thank you for you time and lets hop right into things. Proper representation of culture and self are a big issue in many spaces right now. What does culture mean to you? In terms of Hip Hop, Nationality and Region?

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Hip Hop culture is one the most powerful forces in our society, period.  It started as a creative outlet and has turned into something way bigger than I think anyone could imagine.  When we saw politicians worrying about what 2Pac had to say, I think that’s when it really resonated that this was way deeper than rap. It’s more than music, it’s a way of life.  There are so many layers to it and I think that’s why we love it so much. 

True. That’s why we love it and why so many before us hate and fear it.

There’s a song for hustling, for your mama, for the come up, for love, for death and for everything else and the best part – it’s all genuine.  It’s easy to make a pop hit but it lasts a year, if that, and if they’re lucky, maybe some years because really, they aren’t talking about shit. When you make music with meaning it’s always going to outlast music for the moment.  

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SAMURAI SIT DOWN WITH TORONTO MEDIA/PR MAVEN ELLHAH PT 2

SAMURAI SIT DOWN WITH TORONTO MEDIA/PR MAVEN ELLHAH PT 2

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Welcome back as we pick up with Toronto’s own Ellhah and our conversation on the current state of affairs in her home town. We also get a little deeper with social matter both on and offline.

If you haven’t read part one yet visit this link then hit the jump for the 2nd half of the conversation.

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SAMURAI SIT DOWN WITH TORONTO MEDIA/PR MAVEN ELLHAH PT 1

SAMURAI SIT DOWN WITH TORONTO MEDIA/PR MAVEN ELLHAH PT 1

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In recent years I don’t know of any city that has seen it’s stock sky rocket like Toronto. From the diversity of it’s citizens to the art and musical explosion of mainstream heavyweights like Drake and the Weekend, Toronto has emerged on the radar of people that never gave the place a 2nd though before. Y’all many are now jumping on “The 6” bandwagon there’s more to the City then OVO and Caribana. For this final edition of Samurai Sit Down I have the pleasure of chatting with Ms Erin Ashley also known as Ellhah and Ellhah Media Group. We get into all things Toronto in this 2 part conversation. Enjoy.

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 Hey what’s good? Please introduce yourself to the people. Let them know who you are, where you’re from and what you do.

Where to start… I started my career in the music industry as a writer at KevinNottingham.com back in 2008, which at the time, was one of the best indie outlets on the Internet. From there, I worked my way into the publishing industry, and have worked with outlets from Canada’s Exclaim! to XXL, and of course, managing Boi-1da.net. In addition to those, I’ve worked with a few festivals like Atlanta’s A3C Festival and Toronto’s Manifesto Festival, and have also put on a few showcases highlighting talents like EarthGang, Devontee and Raz Fresco. A lot of different opportunities have crossed my path over the years, and I’ve been grateful for every one of them, So, because of this, I now have my own public relations company. It’s a been word of mouth business for the past year, but there are things in the works for 2016.

I’ve had a personal warm spot for Toronto since the first time I visited about 4 yrs ago. How would you describe Tdot. What does it mean to you personally and in term of its overall culture and growth.

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It warms my heart that you still call it T-Dot… ‘The 6’ hasn’t grown on me yet (or many others, for that matter) yet. I grew up out the outskirts of the city, but have always loved the bright lights of the city. We’re a city of immigrants and first-generation youth, which has made Toronto such an incredible place to grow up. We’re proud of our cultures, and the city goes out of its way to highlight that. Every weekend in the summer there’s a festival that celebrates one group’s culture – whether it’s Caribana or Taste of Italy, everyone participates. The city is special in the sense that if you ask a Torontonian where they’re from, they will doubtfully say Canada – even if they were born here. It’ll always be where they’re parents were from, which sums up how they were raised and unites us as an immigrant community. I mean, it almost feels funny when you don’t hear 3-4 languages in your vicinity at any given time. You learn so much about the world simply by talking to people, which is probably why Toronto is so incredibly captivating.

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New Record Label Angels Like Rebels Add Nitty Scott To New Experimental Crowdfunding Platform

New Record Label Angels Like Rebels Add Nitty Scott To New Experimental Crowdfunding Platform

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Hip Hop continues to spread across the globe as the prominent expressive culture of the modern age as well as a massive economic force in a wide array of business fields. With that being said, the actual process of making money directly from the sale of music has been in flux from the moment Napster’s digital audio sharing concept became reality. Today, only a small percentage of artists can bank off the revenues that album sales generate. This issue effects artists both on major labels and in indie situations. Regarding the indie/unsigned music makers of the world, Angels Like Rebels is presenting a new option.

ALR is taking the idea of crowdfunding as a way to more directly put artists and fans in control of future success.  Starting with a select group of invite only talents, ALR is in the midst of an initial funding round where fans of these respective artists invest in the them  for a variety of perks and incentives. From actual album downloads to VIP one on one access, the more you put in the more you get, theoretically.

In short the people fund the artist. If funded to a high enough level the artist officially joins the label and they promise to put out at least X amount of albums, merchandise and live shows to fulfill what fans funded and of course to push the artist to greater heights.

As many of you know I’ve followed the happenings of New York MC Nitty Scott who recently announced her addition to the Angels Like Rebels campaign. At over 2000 supports and nearly $30K she appears on her way to another career advancement. 2 years ago she successfully crowd funded the video for her Kendrick Lamar assisted “Flower Child”. so she’s no stranger to this path. The Bae God has a very supportive following. This also reveals how strategic her recent release of new music and new visuals is now that we see what she’s doing with ALR.

Roughly a decade ago Koch Records emerged with a new label structure that prominently promoted that it’s artists saw at least $7 per album sale. This was unheard of by industry standards.  While that amount was a bit inflated not accounting for certain expenses, an artist with a well established indie base and grass-roots marketing could pull a nice profit. Jim Jones was one such artist that get in while things at Koch were lucrative vs dealing with a major label.

I guess the real question that remains is can Angels make good on its claims? The concept sounds great.They promise that artists retain their musical rights and creative control. In addition marketing and promotional support, as well as digital and physical distribution is promised. It’s an ongoing discussion what the true role of labels should be in this internet age. We know what Industry Rule #4080 says, so will ALR be able to deliver? Should one of their artists truly blow, it’ll send waves though the industry. It could be Ms Scott. At the very least Nitty has never been afraid to take a chance. We’ll just have to wait and see what this Angels x Lil Buddha collaboration results in.

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New Drake App Takes The 6 God To New Levels Of Hilarity

New Drake App Takes The 6 God To New Levels Of Hilarity

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The man reigns as one of the top artists on the planet yet somehow Drake continues to be a walking punchline for the general public. This time around digital designer Asthen Winger aka “Whoopi” presents an app that puts the emotions of the multi award winner in your hands. Titled “Drizzy Tears” it’s your job to calm down the emotional Singer/Rapper so his tears don’t cause a flood.

Currently available via iTunes you can play a story mode or link up with a friend for competitive play.

Drizzy is pouring his Tearz into the rap game and you must stop him before it’s TOO LATE! Tap the Tearz to stop him from crying and don’t let them reach the bottom of the screen! Don’t be the worst, beat your best score and your friend’s! Use headphones to amplify the experience, the soundtrack is awesome! For best performance Drizzy recommends iPhone 5 or later.

If that wasn’t a crazy enough there’s already been a mock soundtrack created called Tears From the 6 from L.A producer Tristen Winger. I guess folk are getting the most out of this. Check out the “music” below.

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Curtis Jackson Bka 50 Cents Shares Honest Words To His Younger Self

Curtis Jackson Bka 50 Cents Shares Honest Words To His Younger Self

50-Cent-in-Jamaica-photoTime breeds honesty, reflection and introspection. 50 cents sat down with Big Issue and took a look back at the formative years of his life and his musical career. He really lets the people in as he addresses his feelings around his mother and grandmother’s deaths. While his platinum selling days may be well behind him Curtis remains one of my favorite interview subjects to listen to.

Check out some cuts from the full interview below.

I think shock is the best way to describe how I felt when my mother died. I didn’t understand it. To have a single parent as your guardian – they’re your whole life. I was eight. I was just like, what do you mean? She had spent a lot of time away from me, she was always hustling. She had to be very tough, to be around a lot of men… she had to adapt. At that time they didn’t have teen programs helping teen mothers [his mother was 15 when she had him] and my mother wanted to give me what I needed, so she couldn’t rely on welfare.

It scared me half to death when my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. My aunt would call me with updates all the time and she always said, don’t worry, she’s fine. I’ve never told anyone this but two years ago, the day she called to tell me… It was early in the morning and I was on a treadmill in the gym. I got to the hospital and the whole family was there. My aunt told me the doctor said she’d had a stroke and there was nothing they could do. They took me to her and she was the smallest I ever saw her. I said ‘Hello?’ I saw her eyes jump when she heard my voice, like she was trying to see where I was at. Everyone else left and I talked to her for a little bit. Then they all came back in and her heart rate started to drop. My aunt said, shit, she was waiting for you. I’ve seen a lot of people pass in the neighborhood I’ve lost them to motorcycles or altercations or drugs. But none of them impacted like when my grandmother died. She was the love of my life.

If I could talk to my teenage self, I’d tell him to focus on music with a stronger intensity. He could still have this career without going through all the things I went through. And thinking about relationships – I think back to when I was with someone and that person could have been the person I was going to be with for the rest of my life but I didn’t have the references yet to know there was something special there. It’s like the clarity I got about my grandmother after she was gone. Some people have been better at that than me. If I look at Jay Z, I’d point out he capitalized on people better than I did.

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Nomadness Launches Ticket Sales For 1st Annual #NMDN Conference!

Nomadness Launches Ticket Sales For 1st Annual #NMDN Conference!

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Travel is something that has been a part of life for many for years. Yet for the most part the media depiction of Urban travel(ers) has been a mix of tropical getaways and domestic parties in locales like Miami & Las Vegas. You would never know they people like us were in Asia, Europe or Australia just like everyone else. This misrepresentation is core to what birthed Nomadness. 4 years later there is a massive growth in the urban travel community.

Just as media is still in need of more diverse travel content the live conference space that connects and networks with the people and brands in the travel community is suffering from the same issue. If Nomadness shows the world anything, let be that when a space is nonexistent we will create it.  From that same spark that formed the Nomadness Travel Tribe we give you NMDN.

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On Sept 26th Nomadness presents a full day of travel workshops and panel discussions. NMDN is ideal for the modern traveler, the travel business person and more. We will be touching on all elements of travel culture the Nomadness.

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That means more fun, creativity and style then your usual hotel conference room convention gathering. Get a peek at some of our panelists here on the NMDN IG page.  Make sure you follow that and the NMDN Twitter page to stay up on all the needed updates.

Early bird tickets sales started today so don’t miss out on this event. It’s the beginning of a new day.

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SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ RISING HIP HOP ARTIST NITTY SCOTT MC PT 2

SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ RISING HIP HOP ARTIST NITTY SCOTT MC PT 2

 

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Welcome to part 2 of this special Samurai Sit Down with Nitty Scott MC. From personal insecurities and her relationship status we dive into some personal matters with the affectionately nicknamed #BaeGod so get comfy and enjoy.

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I saw you do your thing last year at the SOURCE360 lady’s night event at BAM. You seem very comfortable on the stage and on camera. Has that always been the case?

Thank you! I definitely think so. I practically grew up on stages: beauty pageants, talent shows, this game show on ABC Family, public speaking & poetry jams … I’ve done cheerleading and dance competitions, worked at Disney as a character performer … I’m just one of those people that loves to entertain and relate to people, say profound things, provoke feelings. It’s my calling.

Do you have any mentors in this game? Who do you turn that to to help direct your path?

Sort of! I’m a very independent little trailblazer at heart, so I rely on my own wisdom & instincts more than anything. But there are people here to help guide me when I need it, & others have dropped amazing gems on me along the way. I’d say 6th Sense, 88-Keys, Ski Beatz, Rah Digga and my boy Ace are always on call when I need some direction.

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SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ RISING HIP HOP ARTIST NITTY SCOTT MC PT 1

 SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ RISING HIP HOP ARTIST NITTY SCOTT MC PT 1

 

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This has been a long time coming but the stars finally aligned for me to bring you a deeper look into the artist known as Nitty Scott MC. From back pack rocking underground phenom to emerging break out sensation Nitty has been both a wonder and a mystery as she’s openly transitioned into a new phase of her life. After her self imposed hiatus to clean house she’s now back, in a better place and ready to deliver. Will the potential that many have seen in her come to fruition? Your friendly Social Media Samurai got the chance to chop it up with Nitty on a wide range of topics so check it out.

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We’re half way into 2015. What has the year taught/showed you thus far both personally and professionally?

I guess I’ve learned to be extremely tolerant. You know, when you ask the universe for patience, I don’t think some patience just drops into your soul, but instead you get put into a situation where you have to practice an acceptance of your reality. I’ve had a turbulent past 12 months; relocating at least 4 times, employing a new team of advisers, reinventing my entire brand. It’s been quite the process trying to restructure my world & execute the vision I have for myself. But I’m still rocking these shows, shooting videos & recording new material. I’m rolling with the frustrations, staying connected to my fans and preparing for my season every day. And once that time comes, it’ll be well worth the wait.

Connection is a major thing. I think in today’s era of social media it’s what separates a mere product or personality from a true brand. How do you connect with your fans?

I totally agree. The dope thing is, your fans just have to really like YOU. The person, the personality, the demeanor. The music is the soundtrack to your brand, but I think who you are is what keeps people interested. I haven’t been able to release a new project in about a year, but with social media, I can maintain visibility & still touch fans while I work on my master plan. What are my personal hobbies? What current events do I find important, or funny, or upsetting? What friends, family or teachers occupy my world? What am I working on in the studio?

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Tribeca Film Festival – As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM

Tribeca Film Festival – As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM

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Among the films I viewed in during the Tribeca Film Fest one that really stuck with me was the introspective look into the life of a groundbreaking individual within music, media and entertainment . Considering the destructive elements of his up bringing, Adam Goldstein, who would come to be better known as DJ AM would beat the odds to reach remarkable heights. This documentary details his battles with depression and substance abuse from his youth up to his untimely demise.

Yet, what really grabbed me about this documentary is that it gives equal insight into just how pivotal DJ AM was in the establishment of so many of the current day Industry staples. He was the original “Celebrity DJ”, he introduced the Mash-Up style that allowed him to cross over into all genres but still stay true to the Hip Hop roots that birthed his career.

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You cant help but truly feel the loss when this film ends after getting a real front row seat to the demons this man was battling and at times overcame. I hope that when this hits mainstream circulation you all get a chance to check this out.

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