Cleaning out the Q&A box…

•March 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Peace.

I encourage people to leave me comments, ask questions,etc. However,I suck at getting back to them. Sooo I’ve gone through every single email I’ve gotten to answer them. Note: If you asked me a question or left a comment and you don’t see it here it was either inappropriate or I overlooked it. If it was the latter,just let me know and I’ll double check. Thanks

You’re a female and I’m not sexist or anything but what makes you think you know anything about music? You don’t even do music.

Ha. Honestly, my opinion doesn’t mean a damn thing. I listen to music more then I watch television. I’ve been a fan of music for over 25 years. I don’t just hear the music,I listen to it. I REALLY listen to it. I listen to every instrument, every melody, every beat, every lyric. I listen to almost every genre, even opera. Everyone has an opinion on something, I have one on music. Don’t like it? Don’t read my blog. Easy solution homeskillet. And wtf is “doing music”?

Can you address the rumors about you and Joe Budden please?

There’s nothing to address.

What’s your Twitter? Do you talk about music there too?

http://www.twitter.com/_ARROGANT I talk about everything. Music, movies, sex, relationships, random ramblings….

Top five rappers?

Ghostface,Joe Budden,Notorious B.I.G,Raekwon,Nas

Are you a lesbian or a dream come true?

I’ve no idea wtf that means lol but I’m not a lesbian.

Can you tell us a little bit about you as a person? Likes/dislikes…favs,etc?

This is not Myspace lol but uh…I love movies and cheesy reality tv shows,I love to cook,I hate salt,Cheerios are the best thing since sliced bread,I treat my younger siblings like their my children.

What’s your favorite non hip-hop song?

I have quite a few. I think Top 3 would be Prince – Adore,Nina Simone – Summertime,Eric Clapton – Layla.

If you could chose one rapper to stop rapping immediately who would it be?

Gucci Mane

Worst rapper in Milwaukee?

I think he moved but…Jaye Cane.

How do you feel about the Chris and Rhianna thing?

There’s three sides to every story. his, hers and the truth. They’re both leaving shit out.

If you had anything to say to aspiring rappers,what would you say?

If you want to be a rapper you have to accept criticism. People are cruel and they’re going to say whatever is on their mind. With everyone blogging and downloading shit as soon as it comes out the backlash will be much more harsh. Don’t assume that everyone REALLY likes your music just because they support you. If they’re someone you know, please believe they’re gonna support you STRICTLY off the strength of that. If you think your shit is the hottest out there, then heighten your standards. When someone tells you that you need work,they’re being honest. Respect that because for every 1 person that says you suck 2 people will lie and say you’re hot. It’s hard for me to tell someone they’re not that good so value that I’m even telling you.Lying is easy.

What’s most important in a song to you?

I’m assuming you mean in terms of lyrics,beat,etc….I think each element of a song is important,like the foundation of a bridge.But if each element isn’t used correctly it’ll ruin the song for me.Content is most important to me.I don’t wanna listen to someone blah blah blahing about rims and hos.

And that’s it. If you have a question or comment feel free to send it to thedarlingniki@gmail.com

Just Listen.

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Monsoon Season

•February 27, 2010 • 1 Comment

Peace.

YOOOOOO!!! I’ve been away for awhile workin on myself. I apologize but TRUST I’m back with good news.Milwaukee,WI is experiencing a monsoon by the name of Umbrella Music Group. These young men are taking the local hip-hop scene by storm.

Track 1: Prophetic

Proph’s been gettin it IN! In 2008,this quiet riot rocked the city with his album Mo Profit Mo Progress (available on iTunes). I’ll admit it’s STILL in heavy rotation over here. Then he dropped the Mo Progress Mo Problems webtape. His tales of working his ass of to get what he wants is inspiring as hell to say the least. After local rave reviews, quite a few radio plays,countless shows and features and a co-sign from none other then Pharell Williams, I’d say Proph (1/3 of Royal Fam) is doing “Aye Ok”.

Track 2: Ka$h

Flying under the radar for way too long, Ka$h emerges from the shadows to give us Black Bauer – Season: 1 (click to download). Opening his verbal diary for his listeners, Ka$h shows young fathers that being a ‘hands-on” dad doesn’t make you less of a man…but MORE of one. The self-proclaimed “selfish dad” makes it clear that it’s okay to neglect music in order to take care of more important things..like his family. Sure he’s dedicated to his craft and apologetic for keeping us waiting for so long,but most rappers tend to ignore their financial situations, children, significant others, parents, etc just to “live the dream”. Kudos Ka$h.

Track 3: Yo-Dot

After several appearances on WSHH.com for battling Yo-Dot has FINALLY graced my iPod with his solo presence!”Dot Balistrerri” was released today (for FREE) and I’m hooked already. Yo-Dot is the grittier artist under the Umbrella. He gives us his ghetto fairytale in the form of RIDICULOUS beats and a dirty flow. I don’t know who did most of his production but got damn if they didn’t do a good job. Bar for bar, Yo-Dot goes so hard and if you didn’t know where he was from..then you’d guess wrong. Quotable: “I started small time/a lil broke nigga/but now the tables turned/and now I’m mo richer”. That proves he’s not afraid to work for what he’s got.

Track 4: Misen Lync

Misen Lync, one of UMG’s groups, is comprised of Toine Jay, Maal Himself and TKS. I like to think of them as the loverboys of UMG. But don’t get it twisted. They all have very distinctive flows that are pleasing to the ear. TKS’ obvious accent draws you into the beat so smoothly,Maal brings the straight foward imagery to the listener with his Elzhi-like flow…then strolls in Toine who reminds me of LL Cool J in a sense that his flow (to the ladies) is sexy as hell but you know better then to test him. Their new mixtape, Both Sides of The Mirror, dropped last week and I’m seeing a lot of progression compared to their last webtape, Bars-n-Beatz. There’s NOTHING wrong with improving…and most artists don’t think they need to. Both Sides gets very personal, it’s a must hear!

My Testimony: Sometimes y’all ain’t tryna hear me when I talk about UMG because I never have anything negative to say about them. I’m sorry but I give credit ONLY where it’s due. Every UMG project that comes out is put together so well. The beats are superb, the flow is always tight and consistent,the album art is always the shit (shout out to Whaz). Shit, most local artists don’t even HAVE album art. As I’ve gotten to know each member of UMG individually I’ve had nothing but positive things to say for several reason. First,they’ve gained a little notoriety but haven’t changed as people. They’re the same “cool ass niggas”. None of this has gone to their heads. They still go to work everyday (yes! they have JOBS!), they still fraternize with the extra regular ass niggas and they don’t act like people owe them (unless they actually do…Axtra I STILL owe you dinner lmao). They work EXTREMELY hard to get where they are and where they’ll be. They spend a lot of their free time in the studio, they’re well-read young men, they’re not JUST street smart but they’re book smart as well, they’re respectful and they don’t take what they’ve got for granted.  And most importantly (from my female standpoint) they’re EXCELLENT fathers (for the ones that have kids). Ka$h is a self-proclaimed “selfish dad”, Tay Butler’s entire tone changes when he mentions his children (I wonder if he’s ever noticed it), Maal Himself gets the proudest look on his face when he talks about his son,Adlib spends more time with his daughters then with anyone else,etc. I might sound like a STAN right now..but fuck it, I’ll be that. These niggas got what it takes to make it anywhere: Loyalty,respect,integrity,and resourcefulness (not to mention that their generally DECENT people – kudos to whoever raised them). I don’t know where UMG gets their work ethic but ALL of them work really hard to get where they are.

Umbrella Music Group is: Axtra,Royal Fam (Ka$h,Prophetic,Yo-Dot), Misen Lync (Toine Jay, Maal Himself,TKS),Adlib,D. Ellzey,Meccah Malloh and Tay Butler http://www.umbrellasup.com

Note: I apologize for the length…but I couldn’t contain myself.

Just listen.


#tilasbox

•December 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Peace.

I just need to get a few things off my chest. First of all…everyone’s seen the BET Cipher video featuring Joe Budden and other unmentionables. He basically punches Tila Tequila in the face by saying “Leave you wit deep regrets like Tila Tequilas neck”…the Joe/Tila “beef” was born. Joe created an interesting trending topic on Twitter….#tilasbox. You’ve gotta admit the shit is funny. Then Joe’s “friend” Somaya Reece chimed in. She even wrote a song about her called “Tramp”.

Ever since then Tila’s been on a rampage. She’s taken to her website and Twitter to try and embarrass herself as much as humanly possible. She got drunk, high and naked on ustream and acted a complete ass. (At one moment she bent over and made her tampon string FULLY visible. Yuck.) And just the other day she wrote the longest blog ever about Rihanna and how she supposedly has herpes and gave it to Chris Brown. And that this was the reason for the famous beat-down.

Well here’s my take. Tila is the type of person that is SO insecure and emotionally unstable that she does outlandish shit just to get “positive” attention. But what she fails to understand is that the people cheering her on are just looking for entertainment. She’s doing JUST that. So it’s not really positive attention. She’s making a mockery of herself. And she purposely releases racy photos and videos of herself so that no one else can do it before she does. That way..when there’s negative feedback she can say “Well I release it myself so…there!”

WOMP. Bitch try again.

The things people do for a little attention.

Just Listen.

The Prophecy

•November 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Peace.

I knew from the moment I FIRST heard Proph spit…that he would be big.

I still believe that.

Russian Roulette

•November 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Peace.

Ya’ll know how I feel about Joe Budden.

He ripped a hole in this beat. Now maybe WSHH will stop making him out to be the bad guy.

Joe Budden – Russian Roulette (AB Remix)

The House of M: The Alternate Reality of…

•November 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Peace.

Okay so it’s taken me a very long time to write this. I’m trying to be as unbias as possible since there’s some tension between a couple HoM members and myself but I digress.

Last night was their album release at Mad Planet that featured Fresh Cut Collective and Kid Millions. Now I walked in feeling a little snotty ust because of my personal feelings. A few drinks later I let it subside just to hear what they had to say. I have quite a bit of past music by HoM and it’s retained decent rotation.

Let me say that they KNOW how to put on a show. They energy on stage is ridiculous. They know how to move with teh crowd’s reaction and they know how to keep the crowd wanting more. Most of the time local acts tend to be boring. They just stand there with the mic. HoM utilizes the ENTIRE stage no matter how large or small it is.

 

Buy the album.

Milwaukee Hip-Hop: The Come Up

•November 1, 2009 • 2 Comments

Peace. It’s been awhile. But honestly, I haven’t had a reason to write.

Hip hop is described as being a way for artists to express themselves. I don’t feel that most rappers are doing that. Instead of expressing THEMSELVES, they’re talking about the things they have/want. Well (as usual) the Umbrella Music Group is changing the game, for the better. Following Prophetic’s amazing album and mixtape comes Ka$h. This little nigga popped out the shadows on me. I honestly expected his solo effort to be mediocre. I feel kind of bad about it now. I underestimated him. Ka$h is the sort of private person that you have to move into a certain zone with to get to know on THAT level. So when he announced that his solo album was coming out I expected it to be just as private. I was wrong. I should have known though. UMG ALWAYS puts out quality. From the production, to the content to the packaging.

Ka$h gets very honest on this album. I view this album as a diary. He introduces himself to you and lets you talk a walk through his feelings from Track 1 all the way to 16. He speaks about his role as a father, how he feels about his “competition” and his “jar”. He discusses his love for the grind and how hard he’s willing to work to get it.

Connect with Ka$h-

Twitter: @ktarantino

Website: http://www.umbrellasup.com

QUOTABLE: “Blog me, swallow my knowledge ho I’m awesome.”