Archive for February, 2009

Brooklyn Bodega

Posted: February 27, 2009 in hip hop

Like most people, I do have a facebook page. Its a great way to keep in touch with people, especially if you’re not a phone person like myself. If any thing I have gained from facebook, is that the man or woman running Brooklyn Bodega’s page is a genius. The daily posts by this person are intuitive, creative and thought provoking. Pretty much the same idea behind The Wunderground. So if you have a minute read the below text. Its definitely a new way of thinking, working and approaching hip hop. Some many people and companies have stolen from the hip hop culture over the years. They’ve tried to rip the very soul out of it. When the fuck will people starting giving back and contributing towards a positive growth towards hip hop. It’s so easy to say “Hip Hop is Dead.” It never was. Its just become pop culture, a label, a mere brand so we can just label things. Lets move forward and promote a pro-active approach towards hip hop culture.

peace, love and dope beats.



I’ve been toying with an idea that I am deciding to launch after watching Big Bama tonight. We are working on an official announcement next week but I want to roll the idea out here and get some comments.

The idea is to form a Hip-Hop Advocacy Group. A venture designed for the single purpose of improving the Hip-Hop brand. Provide advice and counsel for artists, entrepreneurs and business owners. In looking around I see virtually no organizations dedicated to supporting Hip-Hop on a macro level. We have scores of amateur and professional journalists doing their part for the art. Bloggers and fans who support every shade of Hip-Hop. From Harlem champagne poppers to DC go-go babies. But what do you do after you get that ‘buzz.’ How do you monetize it? Maximize it? And prevent it from being exploited? How do you find a lawyer, manager, or booking agent?

Secondly, who is out there advocating for Hip-Hop in the face of negative publicity? Making sure the stories of arrests, domestic violence, and missed child support payments are balanced with stories of increased market share, voter registration drives and reinvestment in the community? We may be the only billion dollar industry that sends email blasts when one of our own gets arrested and bury the stories of nationwide tours on the back page.

It is my belief that Hip-Hop is the most powerful force on the planet. It leaves its fingerprints on politics, fashion, sports, art, music, and more. We must take care of it. I am a child of Hip-Hop. The first record I can ever remember is ‘Rapper’s Delight.’ ‘Jimbrowski’ was the soundtrack to my first love. Raiders and Kings hats were my wardrobe in high school. I have spent my life supporting Hip-Hop. From starting and running a record label (three and counting – Seven Heads, Uncle Junior and now Savannah Boogie), the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, and a marketing company (The Room Service Group) we are committed. I realize what is important to me is not the money. Year after year I have made decisions that put a focus on giving back to Hip-Hop rather than taking from it. And I like it.

So what we are planning on doing is something I wanted to do last year after I met incredibly talented up and coming artists like Homeboy Sandman. Brooklyn Bodega will offer free advice, counsel and support to anyone we can help. Especially to those who can’t afford it. Contracts, marketing plans, licensing agreements, digital distribution. The whole shebang. Whether you’re a backpacker, hipster or trap star we want to make sure the machine doesn’t gobble you up and spit you out.

I am not sure how we will fund it, and we will not be able to help everyone but that has never stopped me before. We’ll do what we can. After listening to our president last night I realize now is the time for service. It is time to help the youth, the next generation of professional and artistic stars.

This is not a review of the “nickztape.” Its just my perspective and my experience with T.R.A.C.  Hope you enjoy.

its the nickztape

its the nickztape

So,  I finally finished mastering T.R.A.C.’s mixtape. As I once wrote before, I’ve been a fan of his for a while. Now being able to work with him, is a dream come true. The one thing that makes this “nickztape” is that it makes the begining of great things to come in 2009 and marks the beginning of a series of “nickztapes.” But what makes it real special to me is that I played a role in helping someones love of music to come out. I’m not sure if you have ever have worked on something and but your blood, sweat and tears into, only to have it fail.  Wether it be a relationship(I know about this too), your job, or even just everyday life, it becomes  a frustrating situation and if it happens enough, it could break your spirit. For my man T.R.A.C., this isn’t the case. He strapped up and put in his work . He did whatever it would take to make it happened. T.RA.C., my friends,  has a serious work ethic and to be honest with you, it was inspirational to me. I had took take a look at myself and step my game up. I knew I had to be a part of the “nickztape.

While going through, eq’ing, level matching, I could hear the determination in his voice. One after another, conquering each track.  He definitely knows how to ride a beat and none the less pick a beat too. T.R.A.C. gives you insight into his life, his troubles, and vividly painting a picture of what its like growing up in Brooklyn. I know one thing is for sure , Mr. Nickz loves the ladies.

Now as far as production, he’s got some real fire beats from a shopping list of producers. Some old, some new. Marc Mac of  The Visionaries, Lewis Parker, Gregory B , Dj Wally aka Pish Posh, Kapo and Blanxx from Lost Info.,  and Sealy who produced my favorite track, delusional. Apparently delusional was for Raekwon. They all hit Mr.Nickz off properly.

Basically, I’m proud of Mr.Nickz, as cheesy as it might sound. I am truly grateful to be a part of his project and hopefully future ones as well. He’s a great example of the word “grind” and the definition of  a “real” M.C. Keep your eyes and ears open for the “nickztape” volume one.  And  if you ever get a chance to work with him or even just meet the season vet., you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.


peace, love, and dope beats

Pounds and Hugs, Love is Love Kid

Posted: February 5, 2009 in hip hop, Uncategorized

Its been a minute since I wrote something. Maybe because I’ve been uninspired or maybe I’m just been lazy. since Valentines day is around the corner, I thought I’d do a little something for it. As for me, yes I am a hopeless romantic and I am a sucker for a good love song. But shit, I’m no spring chicken. And as I grow older my chances of romance are becoming slim to none. well it just seems that way to me. Most of my friends are in relationships, married and starting families. Kudos to all of them, most of them seem relatively happy. But I’m not going to air their business out on here anyways. Its not like I am choosing to be single or I haven’t tried to meet anyone. I’ve done, that site is tough. Most of the girls I’m interested have a  six foot height requirement and a salary requirement of $100,000 a year. so it looks like I’m to short and broke. Then they match me with these South Jersey hags with blown out hair.  I don’t have strict requirements, I just atleast have to be attracted to you and we take it from there. Shit, I’ll date a girl that works at Burger King. I gaurntee she busts her ass there. Plus I love that flame broiled goodness.  If you got any suggestions for me or friends, get at me. Being gay seems like a lot of work too. Most gay man I come in contact with are in real good shape and have a real good fashion sense. I’d be in a lot of trouble. So to you all, Happy Valentines day. Here’s  The Wunderground’s official play list for Valentines Day.

1. Common – The Light

2. Jaylib – Starz

3. Jay Z – Anything

4. Pharaoh Monch – The Light

5. The Roots – Got Me

6. Jodeci feat. Wu-Tang – Freakin You

7. Da Ranjaz Feat Cee Lo – Aspire

8. Method Man feat. Mary J Blidge – All That I need

9. Ghostface Killah Feat Mary J. Blidge – All That I Got is You

10. D’angelo – Dreamy Eyes(Premier rmx)

11. DMX Feat. Aaliyah – Comeback in One Peace (nothing says love like DMX)

12. Common –  Come Close

Sometimes it just takes a good woman to get you by

Sometimes it just takes a good woman to get you by

I’m sure there are others. This is just what came to me. Send me your suggestions.