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. . . What’s Upper? . . . Nasty News . . . Issue #863 . . . April 22, 2019 . . . What’s Upper? . . .

April 21, 2016 (R.I.P.)

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Here's the latest:
with DJ Nasty-Nes & Mr. E.

It features the Top 3 joints charting in the latest RapAttackLives TOP 30 chart.
Mr. E has the latest "120 Sec" report & his latest look on the brand new Hip Hop releases!

On this episode's "WHO ARE YOU" RAPATTACKLIVES goes One on One with
Phil Jackson from Princeton University's WPRB "Side B Radio Show!"
B LEAFS, Louis Futon, Kooda B, Fetty Luciano & Casanova, Lil Nas X, NIPSEY HUSSLE & of course, MEOW MEOW!

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or Head to our Podcast page & Listen Up!

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RIP Nipsey Hussle

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by DJ 3rd Degree

When I heard the news that South Central L.A. rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle had been shot on March 31, 2019, my initial thoughts were shock and wonder as to who would shoot him. Waiting, just like everyone else to hear the updates, praying he would pull through. Unfortunately, as we all know by now, Nipsey did not pull through.

At the young age of 33, Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was shot and killed in front of his clothing store, The Marathon.

Nipsey came onto the scene back in 2005 when he released his first mix tape called “Slauson Boy Volume 1”. Nipsey repped for South Central, Crenshaw to be specific.

On the morning of March 31st, Nip tweeted, “Having enemies is a blessing”. It makes this writer wonder if Nipsey knew something was going on. Theories aside, this man is no longer with us and that is painful, not only to the Hip Hop community but also to the South L.A. area he was helping to improve.

Nipsey was well known for supporting his fellow neighbors in need with food, work or clothes. He bought the local Fatburger and gave jobs to the locals. He was also planning on meeting with L.A.’s chief of police and other community members in hopes they could formulate a plan to stop gang violence.
Now, it is all gone.

His music lives on and for those that knew him, his memory stays strong.
From all of the
Rap Attack DJs, we offer our condolences to his friends and family.

Stay strong people!
Love is stronger than all of this hate!

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Death is inevitable
but what you live for and how you live defines you more than anything.
Death should be the last page to your book of life but not the end of your story.

We've taken a major loss.
Malcolm and Martin advocated for the kinds of change that Nipsey achieved — opportunities within communities, helping end gang violence, education and economic revitalization and so forth.

There are many great artists but how many of them are great human beings? Nipsey was a great human being. We usually mourn celebrities for the talent they displayed in their field. Not many achieve notably out of their field. So many people say black excellence but only display black elegance. Nipsey was black excellence. His music will entertain us but his activism should motivate, inspire and remind us to elevate ourselves and aspire to exude true excellence.

Nipsey was planning on launching STEM programs in inner cities across America and spreading awareness on health and well being.
The greatest honor his people could do is carry on the pursuit of such excellence and remember as long as we reach the finish line,
we all win because it's not a sprint, it's a Marathon.


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DJ 3rd Degree’s
Fire Pick of the Week
Week of April 22, 2019

What is good my Hip Hop friends!!?
Hope the week has treated you well. Now, we are going to make sure the music treats us all well! This week I have a new song from a hot female artist you need to know about!

For many years now in the Hip Hop community, females have come in and out of the game, made some noise, but most never get the proper credit that they deserve for their skills. We are about to change that as we introduce you to a female artist out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, by way of Houston, Texas. She goes by the rapper name
Lizzo. She’s been in the rap game since 2010 and has released two albums independently plus one EP on Atlantic Records. In April 2019, she is prepared to release her third full album “Cuz I Love You”, her first on Atlantic.

“Tempo” is the first single released from the new album and it has a featured guest artist to help on the track. That featured artist is none other than
Missy Elliott who lends her vocal skills to the song.

The song kicks off with a
Prince-like guitar intro, and I am sure the Minneapolis star would have approved. Then the girls go at it, kicking lyrics nicely over the soft kick drum and snappy snare. Lizzo is a super confident girl, and she tells you all about it on the track. And then here comes Missy, doing what she does, as she is one of the best female MC’s of the rap world. The song is fun, light, and danceable.

Alright everyone, that’s the one for this week!
Keep plugged in to what’s dope by listening to the
RAPATTACKLIVES PODCAST and also The Coast-to-Coast Hip Hop Mixshow Podcast (airing on KEWR D-B www.ewaterradio.net) every Friday at 7pm Pacific!
Thank you to all of you who follow us here at RapAttackLives.com,
as we could not keep doing this without your support!

Til next time . . . Peace!!
DJ 3rd Degree

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Get ready 4 "RUSH HOUR 4"

Steady B and Cool C

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Steady B and Cool C

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(from Voyage LA)

Born in the San Franciso Bay Area. Grew up in a town east of Oakland called Pittsburg (NOT Pittsburgh, PA!). I’ve always been in or around music. My Dad was a Dj and Promoter. He was also part of a record pool called “The Pros” which was a staple in the Bay Area music scene. My mom has always been a lover of music and partying so she brought the joy and excitement music brings. From there I would continue my music path through different outlets outside the house. My friends and I would write songs and record ourselves rapping into an MTV karaoke machine. That’s where my love for the process was born. Fast forward to years later and in sense, I’m still doing the same things. Instead of a Karaoke machine, now it’s a professional studio. Instead of just for fun, now I’m establishing a career doing the things I love.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work? The cliche LA question, “What do you do?” LOL. It’s always been hard for me to answer this because I feel what I do is more than what I sum it up as. I do/make music and I am currently kreating/building a vehicle around it (Kreative Minds Inspire/KMI), hopefully to inspire and empower people. Music to me is a powerful tool that unites people both outside and in. What’s life without music? I still don’t quite know what I want people to take away from my music. For me, it’s something therapeutic. My songs have my life intertwined in them so it’s personal. My overall goal is to inspire the listener. My lyrics touch on a few different subjects that can relate to different types of people in different ways. I like that about me because I’ve had many experiences in my life that allowed me to be a part of different worlds. I can relate to a listener that may be experiencing similar things or encourage a listener that may be on the fence about moving forward in their journey. It’s all about forward movement and growth. The life process is about living and learning.

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One thing you should know about my music . . . it will always be truthful.

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What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist? Success is subjective. What it means to me may not mean the same to someone else.
For me, I have a layered answer.
There’s Material Success: Money, Lifestyle, etc.
There’s Life Success: Health, Family, Love, Friends, etc.
There’s Career Success: Achieving your dreams, Excelling in your career, impactfulness, etc.
I think finding the balance between the different layers and being happy is true success. The characteristics that are essential for that are strength, love and courage. Being strong enough to become who you have to be to achieve what you want and then endure what comes with it. Having a love so strong that it keeps you gassed up for the journey and having the courage to see it through.
Again that’s subjective but balance can be applied at any level.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork? You can find my work anywhere you discover new music.
I’m on all the music outlets: Apple Music, Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, Youtube, Deeze. Also, if your ears start to tingle and you hear some of this magic and happen to shazam it, I’ll pop up there too!
I perform throughout California and various places. If you’re familiar with Hollywood, my last show was at Dirty Laundry. If you haven’t been there, I recommend you slide through on a Wednesday. It’s a good place to discover a new artist. It’s not Hollywood-tainted and is housing some good talent. I’m there quite often.
People can support my work by simply sharing it with someone else, such as a video they might like or a song that fits in their playlist. You can always keep up through socials but word of mouth is the best way to spread a message.
You can also check for me on the 16 of every month by watching my YouTube video series, 16 on the 16th. It’s a hip hop series I kreated. On the 16th of each month, I put out a video rapping only 16 bars!
TheKrittaFiles.com FACEBOOK Facebook.com/Official Kritta
EMAIL kmireports@gmail.com
INSTAGRAM Instagram.com/Kr1tta TWITTER Twitter.com/Kritta
OTHER Youtube.com/Kritta

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DJ Stage One

It's crazy when I think of De La Soul's musical and idealogical contributions to Hip Hop. They taught me that it was ok to think outside the box when it came to fashion, attitude and sound.

Tommy Boy records owes them due respect monetarily and as artists for keeping the label’s name ringing when labels were dissolving all around them in the 80's & 90's. Consumers and DJs put a lot of money into Tommy Boy's pockets thanks to top artists like De La Soul. It's a shame that they are ripping De La Soul off due to the climate of the record industry today. Streaming sales weren't created during the time their first five records were put out so numbers couldn’t be negotiated that would make both parties happy. Instead, Tommy Boy chose to make a grimy move that betrays their own grassroots as well.

I used to respect
Tom Silverman and his partner early on for believing in the growth of Hip Hop culture and where it could go but today, not so much!

DJ Stage One

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Over 40 years ago, I remember taking the bus
to NYC's Times Square at 42
nd Street just to spend the entire afternoon watching three Bruce Lee movies for $2.25!

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MN's own
DJ StageOne is about to drop his NEW book,
“The Bridge Is Over”

Are you down with
Slammin Sam? I am . . .

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Do You OWN your name?
Is your stage name COPYRIGHTED?

Do you have a logo"
Is your logo TRADEMARKED

Do you own your likeness?

Is your music COPYRIGHTED?
Do you OWN your masters?
Is your music REGISTERED?

If you have videos,who owns the rights?

Do you have YOUR OWN platform?
If not, what the fuck are you doing???




If you do not know what Sound Exchange is, please — do your homework. They are basically a master-side collection society
for all the internet radio stations.
What if you, as an artist, send a song to an online radio station without an
ISRC code? Then the routing of the money earned on those plays is very, very unlikely to ever get back to you. Factor in publishing plus lack of knowledge about publishing and there are probably close to 100’s of Millions of dollars NOT distributed correctly.

Truly sad and disheartening,
as this is mostly for independent artists and songwriters.

Do your Research. Do your Homework.

Signs Of A Great Publicist
Echo Hattix

1. Easily Identified As Your #1 Fan

2. Answers Your Phone Calls & Texts

3. Plans Your Next Big Steps

4. Gets Upset With You When U Miss An Interview,
Event And/Or An Opportunity

5. Tells Your Story Like A Manager &
Stands Up For You Like A Lawyer

6. Celebrates Your Wins As Their Own

7. Believes In You & Let’s You Know

8. Pushes You To Do Things You Would Not Normally Do

9. Is Lowkey Your #1 Instagram Stalker

10. Seen Above)))

Rule No. 1 Trust Your Publicist


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by DJ Addition

Here are some tips and suggestions when looking
for the right kind of promoter for you.
What are the key, definable attributes that matter most?

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Networking skills
One of the most impressive elements of a good radio promoter is how well they can network.
Experience is a key factor.

Check their reputation
Look around online at what other artists make of them. Search their name on social media and Google. Look for reviews on places like Linkedin. Having no reputation is often as bad as having a bad reputation.

You should hire the one that comes across from more than one source as a good, stand-up person. You don’t want to hire a promoter who lacks moral fiber.

Project updates
Do they give you analysis on feedback, actual playlists and charts, listening details, etc? If not, why not? It’s a major factor in your business. 

One of the most annoying attributes of a radio promoter is when they don’t pick up the phone. Try and call a few promoters. See how fast they respond. Do they respond at all? Are they are slow getting back to you when you are paying them? That’s a definite warning sign that you might want to look elsewhere.

A good promoter will latch on like a piranha when you give them the chance to work. If they are slowly taking the work on with the promise of payment, think how slow they will be when they have your money.

Don’t put yourself in this awkward position. Instead, look for a radio promoter that you know can be trusted.

The above points are major factors, but the last one is something
you should think of when making any new connection.
How well do you get on? Is there a rapport and a general connection?
And most important — is there trust?

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Happy Birthday!

this week to Walt Liquor,
celebrating this Saturday, April 27,


Wildman Steve, celebrating Sunday, April 28.

(God Bless & Isa Mahal)