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w/ DJ Excel (Los Angeles) at Saucebox
214 SW Broadway / 21+ / No Cover / 9pm
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In This Edition:
You Gots To Grill Vol. 6 // Noticeworthy // Kickstarter Recap // Shirt Sale // Articles
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Chris Rock once said, “I love rap music but it’s getting harder to defend it as art”. I myself also love rap music and I agree that it’s constantly getting harder to defend it as art (or rather trying to defend the pieces that are art as such). Lately, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills when people talk to me about hip-hop producers that they think are making good beats / music. (Mike Will, Mustard, etc.) The possibility exists that the people big-upping these producers aren’t familiar with the catalogs of Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Kanye West, DJ Quik, The Bomb Squad, Diamond D, The Beatnuts, Pete Rock and pretty much anyone from the Native Tongues. (Trust me boo boo, I could make this list a lot longer but I have shit to do and I’m sure I just started an argument right there.)
Regardless of your level of hip-hop production knowledge, I invite you to go behind the scenes on Kid Ink’s “Show Me” as DJ Mustard explains how he masterfully crafted it’s complexities. For those unfamiliar, DJ Mustard is one of the most in-demand rap producers working today and has “produced” a handful of Top 10 hits. (flex that Google muscle) Watch the video, form your own conclusions.
I’ll sign off by saying that most rap I hear today sounds moronic from a content AND production standpoint. (Notice how I didn’t use the term “hip-hop”.) It’s really sad to me how far things have fallen.
(This video was shown to me by the homie Sat-One. I remember his name because he’s actually the homie and you should remember your homie’s name.)
Recently I was a feature for the launch of an exciting new site called Noticeworthy. If you’re the kind of person that gets inspiration from checking out how your peers are kicking ass, this site is perfect for you. Noticeworthy features articles about people making moves as well as venues, projects and ideas that should be on your radar. There’s plenty on here to motivate anyone.
Check out my full interview:
Photo: Laura Petrilla
Sometimes when you’re halfway home, your pager is STILL blowin’ up. Unfortunately, if you have BBQ sauce on your fingers, you don’t want to check it because you’ll ruin your freshly creased khakis. Please, be safe this holiday season and don’t Q and drive. Volume 6 of the You Gots To Grill mix series is giving you an overhand slap like you stole something. Don’t forget to cop 1-5 HERE.
Backup MIXCRATE Link HERE. (In case SoundCloud shits the bed.)
Speaking of Summer, have you copped a fly DJ Zimmie shirt for your girl yet? They’re on sale right now at www.WhiteFolksGetCrunk.com. Order today and you’ll get a shirt, sticker and a Wizard of AUS tour CD for only $20! It’s the best deal on Earth, we checked. Shipping’s on you, kiddo.
“Diamonds & Denim”
Fundraiser for the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital of UPMC.
6p-Midnight – Market Square – Pittsburgh, PA
w/ DJ Sat-One
Caesar’s Palace – Atlantic City, NJ
Disclaimer: This is a long post. I should have written this up months ago, but, as my mom would say, it’s better to be late and brutally honest than on time and skimp on details. (She never said that.)
In case you weren’t aware via an annoying email, call, text or social media message from me, earlier this year I ran an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign. The campaign would have fully funded Soundtrack: The Story of the DJ, a documentary about DJing that I’m currently filming. The campaign was not successful in terms of reaching it’s funding goal. It was however successful in spreading the word about the project and also in making me dislike crowd-source funding (for the most part). In the following article I will walk you through my Kickstarter experience and tell you how I feel about the whole thing.
Note: You can donate to my documentary project at www.TheDJDocumentary.com and every single donation goes towards making the film. Thanks in advance.
Hurry Up… And Wait
Once I decided that I was going to run a Kickstarter campaign, I sat down at the computer, cracked my knuckles, took a swig of coffee and thought that in no time, I’d have a campaign set up. I knew that I could get the campaign approved and then launch it when the time was right. It was November 2013. Boy was I wrong.
All your Kickstarter donations are processed through an Amazon Payments account you have to set up. (Don’t like Amazon? You’re SOL.) To set up this account you need an EIN (employee identification number) which means you need to set up a corporation. (hits brakes) So I spent the time and money figuring out what I’m calling my new company and then filed for a corporation. (Didn’t want a corporation? Too bad, dissolve it later I guess.) After the corporation was set up I had to wait for Amazon to verify my bank account. This whole process took at least a week if I remember correctly. Ok here we go again! (makes more coffee)
Once you set up your Kickstarter campaign with all your Amazon information, the campaign needs to be approved by Kickstarter. (hits brakes again) The Kickstarter staff checks out your campaign and reviews your rewards (things you give people who donate money) to make sure everything looks good. This involved a few back and forth emails to the staff, most of which made zero sense. I had several rewards that were very similar and they’d single out one, ask me to explain it (every reward had an explanation) and then not respond when I explained why I priced something a certain way or what a reward meant. I changed a few words and they approved the campaign. It’s now December 26th, 2013. I launched on January 13th, 2014
Pricing note: I’ll break down “Kickstarter math” as I call it later so you can see how much you really (don’t) pocket once you send out rewards. Muy importante.