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    May 27, 2006
    Beka Entertainment keeps it movin!!!

    I attended the BEKATAINMENT event at the 5 Seasons last night. The show featured a diverse line up of acts that represented spots all up and down 1-95. Harlem X, this PR MC from Jerz [HOT! HOT! HOT!] and femcee Butter B [f/ fleetwood...he was memorable] all took took the stage like seasoned pros. So full of youth and vitality...LOL! I got tired just watching them. In addition, Mr Whitfolks [yes!!! Thats his name - reppin for Chocolate City]....set it off with his crew, Dem Re Up Boyz [I think that is their name...LOL!], and shut it down. Ima keep it real...his name REALLY erked me at first, but now....Im kinda over it......I mean ...we all have to make our mark some kind of way. Our names preceed us....so with a name like that....folk are already gonna be curious about you before you even open your mouth. But what gets him a pass is that his verbal skills and swagger [even for a white boy...j/k] are undeniable. ....[I luv me some white folks....ah man...see how that sounds...LOL!] Once he gets your attention...if you are feelin him.....what he calls himself matters little.
    Other performers included XO [Mr. Cocked N Loaded] who peformed 3 BANGERS and left. That is how you do it!!!! All of your songs were on point!!! Too many people were up there FAR too long!!! Also on the card was Shellbe Raw....she did her thang as usual!!!! Whenever you see Shellbe Raw's name on the card expect some thing out of the usual. Your performance was worthy of the Headliner status. Keep it up!!!
    All in all...had fun!!!! Would def recommend this event. I felt safe...LOL! They give events all the time....so stay tuned! I ran into DJ Debonair Samir [Producer for Diry Hartz/Windsor Inn- Saturdays], Kelly Connelly [Music Monthly], Jen Jones [up in there getttin her grind on...Check her out with the new "RYDA GYRL" T shirts!!!!], Sirit [White Folks for Prez campaign manager], Ebony [Ms. "Her money ain't good enough"....LOL! Some folk are so lame!!!]....N/A [BEKA host]....Niige [ARS - Beat assasin]....the entire 5 Seasons staff!!!....the cooks!!! OMG! Get the fish platter.....the whiting was sooooo ghood!!!! DJs Dave Ill and NSI [I didnt get the chance to intro myself this go round ....SORRY!!!] Yall was killing it in between sets!!!! I will have to get with you.

    Harlem X

    Dem Re Up Boyz

    Dem Re Up Boyz "Crowd Shot"/XO

    Join the Jen Jones Fan Club TODAY!!!

    Don't take my word for it.................WHITE FOLKS!

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/27/2006 11:16:00 AM   1 comments
    May 26, 2006
    GHOSTFACE expresses regrets about the Wu
    GHOSTFACE expresses regrets about the Wu
    [source: Sam's blog]

    This is an excerpt from the article I wrote for Urb. I thought it was going to be a cover, but I guess that Urb feels that Dipset (sans Cam'ron) would be a more interesting and popular choice.

    Among swirling soft purple and yellow lighting, Ghostface lopes around the stage, occasionally breaking into a clumsy dance that bears a closer resemblance to the swiveling steps of a punch-drunk boxer than it does the highly choreographed moves of your usual hip-hop or R&B star.

    Unlike the South Florida Wu reunion show two months before - where every song, move and utterance seemed rehearsed to a tee - Ghostface's San Francisco show is loose and seemingly improvisational. He extols Bay Area legends Mac Dre, E-40 and Too $hort; he invites ten or so ladies onto the stage and dances with them as the DJ spins an unadorned version of the Dawn Penn's classic reggae number, "You Don't Love Me"; and he frequently stops the music to personally address the crowd. Some of it sounds rehearsed, but much of it is spontaneous.

    "I'm a 1970s cat," Ghost declares to the crowd, his enormous grin chewing up the scenery. "I'm the nigga that used to listen to Marvin Gaye and The Stylistics. My Mother and Father, before they had me, used to fuck to this music. I fuck to this music. This shit is like pussy to me."

    At this point, the DJ drops the first bars of "Holla," from Ghostface's 2004 album Pretty Toney. The entire song is a direct lift of the Delfonics' "La La Means I Love You," and is perhaps the most soulful hip-hop song recorded this millennium. The very term "soulful" is somewhat of a critical cliche, but to watch Ghost move across the stage -- his body hunched over and his right hand held up, seemingly orchestrating the song's descending harmonies -- it's difficult to think of any other word to describe the man.

    Later, he'll ask the lighting tech to turn down the lights and the crowd to observe ten seconds of silence for fallen Wu member ODB. Both oblige, and we stand in darkness and silence, remembering the charismatic emcee.

    Out of the silence, the DJ drops ODB's classic, "Shimmy Shimmy Y'all," and the crowd explodes. Ghost and Trife trade off lines before fading out and letting the crowd handle the rest. It's appropriate; the song is as much the publics as it is theirs.

    "What did the world lose when ODB passed?" I'd asked him earlier that evening.

    "The world lost a major chess piece in hip-hop. They lost the soul of it. He would do and say things that people have never done before. He had a lot of soul."

    "What did you lose personally?"

    "I lost a brother. I lost a loved one. I lost a piece of my heart."

    When I'd first met Ghostface nearly two months before at the Wu Tang reunion show, he'd seemed more upbeat and energetic, more optimistic not only about his own album but about the Wu's future and its past.

    "Yo, (being here with the Wu) is like fucking with your crimeys again," he'd exclaimed to me. "You ever seen Usual Suspects? It's like niggas don't be doing those things for a minute, but then it's like you're back on. Wu will come back in due time. We're going take it to the next level. Niggas still love each other. It may be outta sight for a second, but it's never out of mind."

    Tonight, he reveals a little more complex view of the band's past and future. His allegiance is unwavering and unquestionable, that much is clear, but that doesn’t mean it's not bittersweet.

    "Do you think that a lot of troubles and turmoil that individual members of the Wu Tang Clan went through hurt you guys from a career perspective?" I ask.

    "It did. A lot of the stuff we were doing then did set us back," he comments. "At Hot 97 's Summer Jam, we fucked around and cursed (the organizers) out. And on the (1997) Rage Against the Machine tour, we didn't stick with that. We made the wrong decisions -- we fucked up."

    "I never thought the Wu reached its full commercial potential," I comment.

    "Nah, we really didn't."

    If anyone wants, I can transcribe the entire interview. You can read the entire article in the May edition of Urb.

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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/26/2006 02:37:00 PM   0 comments
    NEW School vs OLD school
    ADISA vs KRS 1
    @ Stanford U. (ROUND 1)
    2 people I admire tremendously!

    powered by ODEO

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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/26/2006 02:27:00 PM   0 comments
    Koch wants in!
    Koch Distribution Signs Three Hip Hop Labels
    Koch Distribution, already a force in independent hip hop, announced the addition of three hip hop labels yesterday: Damon Dash Music Group, Kedar Entertainment and Big Oomp.

    Two of the labels are run by names well known within hip hop circles.
    Damon Dash Music Group is headed by Damon Dash, who along with Jay-Z co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records in 1996.
    Kedar Entertainment, a business group founded by former CEO of Motown/Uniersal, Kedar Massenburg, has a label as well as artist management, publishing, consulting and film & television. The three artists currently on the label roster are Algebra, Lil Rok Playaz and Samson.
    Big Oomp is an Atlanta-based label with a roster that features Baby D, Intoxicated, Loko and DJ Jelly.

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove
    [source: coolfer]
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/26/2006 01:08:00 PM   4 comments
    It is with deep regret and sorrow that I have to inform the faithful and the wider national community that Rev, an original member of the group G.E.M. (formally known as The Plague) passed away unexpectedly earlier this week.
    I really do not have the proper words to offer to my friends....what can be said that would make any sense? Symph, Roxi and Larceny.....I am here for all of you and if you need me in anyway....just call. I will just listen.
    The senseless violence that is a regular occurance in Baltimore must STOP!!! Let this serve as a reminder....life is so precious. Cherish everyday because you never know when it may be your last. Everyday should be the BEST day of your life. Swallow your pride.....If you LOVE someone...LET THEM KNOW!!!

    Please watch over us all!!! We all are gonna miss you soldier!!!

    Bone Bone Bone Bone.. Bone.. Bone.. Bone.. Bone.. Bone
    Now tell me whatcha gonna do
    when there ain't no where to run (tell me what)
    (When judgment comes for you, when judgment comes for you)
    And whatcha gonna do
    when there aint no where to hide (tell me what)
    When judgment comes for you (Cause it's gonna come for you)

    Head south let's all bring it in for Wally, Eazy sees uncle Charlie
    Little Boo, God's got him and I'm gonna miss everybody
    I only roll with Bone my gang look to where they lay
    When playing with destiny, plays too deep for me to say
    Lil' Layzie came to me, told me if he should decease well then please
    Bury me by my grand-grand and when you can, come follow me

    God bless you working on a plan to Heaven
    Follow the Lord all 24/7 days, GOD is who we praise
    even though the devil's all up in my face
    But he keeping me safe and in my place, say grace
    For the case to race with a chance to face the judge
    And I'm guessing my soul won't budge
    Grudge because there's no mercy for thugs
    Oh what can I do it's all about our family and how we roll
    Can I get a witness let it unfold
    We living our lives to eternal our soul aye-oh-aye-oh

    Prayyyyyyy, and we pray and we pray, and we pray, and we pray
    Everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday
    and we pray, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray
    Still we laced, now follow me roll stroll
    Whether is tell of his Heaven
    Come let's go take a visit of people that's long gone
    Darris, Wally, Eazy, Terry, Boo
    It's steadily creeping up on the family
    Exactly how many days we got lasting
    While you laughin we're passing, passing away
    So y'all go rest y'all souls
    Cause I know I'ma meet you up at the crossroads
    Y'all know y'all forever got love from them Bone Thugs baby

    Lil Eazy's long gone
    Really wish he would come home
    But when it's time to die
    Gotta go bye bye
    All a thug could do is cry, cry
    Why they kill my dog and man
    I miss my uncle Charles y'all
    and he shoudn't be gone, in front of his home
    What they did to Boo was wrong
    Oh so wrong, oh so wrong
    Gotta hold on gotta stay strong
    When the day comes
    Better believe Bone got a shoulder you can lean on (lean on)

    Hey and we pray, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray
    everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday
    and we pray, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray
    everday, everyday, everyday, everyday

    [Chorus - Layzie and Krayzie]
    See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads
    So you won't be lonely
    See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads
    So you won't be lonely
    See you at the crossroads, crossroads
    So you won't be lonely
    See you at the crossroads, crossroads

    And I'm gonna miss everybody
    And I'm gonna miss everybody when I'm gone
    And I'm gonna miss everybody
    And I'm gonna miss everybody
    And I'm gonna miss everybody

    Living in a hateful world sending me straight to Heaven
    That's how we roll
    Living in a hateful world sending me straight to Heaven
    That's how we roll
    Living in a hateful world sending me straight to Heaven
    That's how we roll
    And I'm asking the good LORD "Why?" and sigh
    It's I he told me we live to die

    What's up with murder y'all, see my little cousin was hung
    Somebody was really wrong, everybody want to test us dawg
    Then Miss Sleazy set up Eazy to fall, you know why we sinnin
    And Krayzie intended on ending it when it ends
    Wanna come again, again and again
    Now tell me whatcha gonna do

    Can somebody anybody tell me why?
    Hey, can somebody anybody tell me why we die, we die?
    I dont wanna die

    Ohhh so wrong
    Ohhhhh wrong
    Ohhh so wrong
    Ohhhhh wrong

    [Chorus - repeat gradually fading away]

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/26/2006 12:26:00 AM   0 comments
    Dwell of Third Kind with a very important message
    Dwell of Third Kind with a very important message:
    Name the top 5 cities known for creating good Hip Hop....Now if you're being honest with yourself, Baltimore wasn't one of those 5 cities you just listed. Is it because there is a lack of talent here?...not really. Is it because the promotors are making more dough than the artists?...hmmm...Is it because no one is checking for Charm city?....maybe. Or is it because no one is willing to support the next man?...that might be it. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not the most visible artist in the Baltimore Hip Hop scene. I don't make it to many shows and I don't get involved in a lot of the discussions that take place on this board. But when it comes down to fellow artists I respect, making dope music, I'm sure to let everyone know that, "dude is nice" or "these cats are doing their thing".
    Support doesn't have to mean being front row at every show, or co-signing every post a person makes on a message board. For some of us, writing rhymes or making dope beats takes up the majority of our time. Maybe that's another reason Baltimore isn't in that top five list. Too many people spend their time feuding online rather than putting a strong effort into making a good song, let alone a decent album. To me its seems like a lot of folks become rock stars before they have even done their third show. Getting gassed off of the local scene, like the 60+ friends you brought to the show were gonna boo you off of the stage...Come on man.
    Artists need to be more objective when critiquing themselves. Think outside of yourself, observe your craft as listener rather than creator. Put out a product that everyone can get behind. We all make different types of Hip Hop, you might not enjoy certain forms of Hip Hop as much as you do others and that's fine. But no one can deny, an honest record. You may not bump it in your car, on the way to the club, but no one can deny an honest record.
    I respect the local artists who put pride and effort into the music they make. I respect the local artists who strive to support their fellow local artists, however it is that they can. What I can't stand is seeing this stagnation of the Baltimore Hip Hop scene. Support each other. If you respect another artist, SUPPORT THEM! Tell your boys, "so and so is a monster", "this dude is a beast"....spread the word. That's all it takes, just SPREAD THE WORD. Let's make some noise, Baltimore. Stay focused on perfecting your craft instead of dismantling the next man's grind. Lets open doors and stop slamming them on one another. This is it. We are either going to stand together or were gonna fall apart

    If you feel him...holla!!!

    Third Kind Disaster Relief in stores now!!!!

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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/26/2006 12:10:00 AM   2 comments
    May 25, 2006
    Brooke V iz back!!!!
    All that girl fighting musta paid off...LOOK AT HER LEGS!!!! OMG! I want my legs to look like those again....sheesh! whaad I gots to do??? I am off to Bermuda and Florida this year....so you know ole gurl is tryna get it together. 2-piece ...HERE I COME!!! WORLD ARE YOU READY???? This pic is my new source of inspiration. [source: CL]
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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/25/2006 01:48:00 PM   0 comments
    OGUN speaks!
    I've already briefly spoken on the issue, but I wanted to share with you the first official statement to be released by either of the parties actually involved. Feel free to comment, repost, e-mail and/or link this message:

    Spritual Warfare
    Just a thought....do u believe in this concept? I personally have made this concept a part of my life since the day I was shot for being a bully. I could have died that day but it just wasn't meant. Right b4 I was shot I was in my mother's house in the bathroom mirror and I heard a voice say ur going to get hurt! I tried to act as if I didn't hear the voice..... so much that I immediately left the mirror and went outside as fast as I could. Within ten minutes I was shot and was in the back of an ambulance. Either way the act that got me shot was fueled by the devil. My point.....eventually every man has to make a conscious decision to either stand on a foundation of God or the Devil.....its really no in between....
    Now lets get to the real issue @ hand...
    Many of u know Mrs. P Funk aka Deborah F. Hinton and P Funk aka Cameron Peter Lynch falsely accused me of assualt all because I told P Funk he was wrong 4 stealing Style Wars.....Now no one has to agree with me on that issue; that is really a matter of ur opinion....Either way they lied and even went to court and testi-lied against me....
    Now here the twist.....imagine this!
    Pfunk has a open restraining order against Deborah aka Mrs PFunk 4 both stalking and threatening him, slashing all his baby mother's tires and crazy gluing all the locks on her car.....wow "crazy" glue....But the most distrubing part of the order was that on 5/18/05 Deborah Hinton aka Mrs. Pfunk threatened the life of P Punk's child, B, who was 3 and half @ the time.....Now all this was taken from P Funk aka Peter and his ex-girl, N.P.'s [baby mother] statements in their own hand writing from both their peace orders filed on 5/23/05.
    ..........So PFunk has personally witnessed Deborah Hinton @ her worst! Then Mrs. Hinton aka Mrs. Pfunk chose to fabricate this whole assualt charge against me, Pfunk aka Cameron chose to stand with the same person that threatened his own daughter's life. Now its clear who Pfunk aka Mr. Lynch is standing with! I'm standing with God! WHO ARE YOU STANDING WITH?
    All this information no matter how disturbing is all factual from beginning to ending......
    "Scracth a lie find a thief"
    too bad most of us won't scracth!
    NOT GUILTY!!!!!!!!!
    This message was posted in its entireity [with the exception 2 names]. I saw no problem with providing names and dates [wish I had pictures] because the parties involved have already proven that puttin all the bidnis out there is the best way to handle these types of situations. Anybody that has a problem with this.....ask yourself, "WHY?" I wish I had a recording of the proceeding...man o man!
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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/25/2006 01:19:00 PM   8 comments
    In the NEWS
    From Ashy to Classy....folk really need to step their game up!!!!
    Payola Probe Settled For $12 Million
    "Consumers have a right not to be misled about the way in which the music they hear on the radio is selected. Pay-for-play makes a mockery of claims that only the 'best' or 'most popular' music is broadcast."
    [According to AllHipHop.com]: Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel was shot this morning (May 25) on a South Philadelphia street. LET US ALL PRAY FOR HIS SPEEDY RECOVERY!!!
    MAN!!! His troubles just keep gettin worse.
    CONGRATS!!! They have come such a long way!!!
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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/25/2006 10:41:00 AM   0 comments
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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/25/2006 09:13:00 AM   0 comments
    May 24, 2006
    You can't keep a ghood man down!!!

    At the request of OGUN:

    "Many of u know that some false accusations have been brought against me! I go to court on next wednesday May 24th. All character witnesses are needed. If u can get off work or don't work please come and fill the court room in support of myself. 700 E. Patapsco ave.....1:30 pm in room 1..... This is serious business! Anyone that can come is greatly ppreciated! What up P funk....hope u thought about what I said.... See u next week!"

    I attended today's hearing along with numerous other supporters. [I am only refraining from saying their names because I do not want to offend anyone]. BUT BIG UPS TO ALL YALL FOR REAL!!! I had absolutely no problem with going to the courthouse and saying and doing whatever was demanded of me in support of this very man who was involved in this whole fiasco.... in large part because he was being a good friend to me.


    The first part of this story starts with the accusers coming into the court room to further discuss their desire to NOT move forward with the case because as the female accuser put it..."the situation is dilluted" or maybe she said "dissolved". [I'm flexin my brain to figure out their whole names... so I won't put them down. I want to make sure I get it right when I finally do put these people on blast] ????? What does that mean??? I really didn't matter anyway.... I took that to say that the "assult" had evaporated into thin air from their perspective.
    So the State's attorney offered to put Ogun's on STET as if he was doing him a favor. He and I had talked about this before hand and had agreed that STET was not the way to go. That was comparable to admitting guilt [in our eyes] and the motto has been since day one...RIGHT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IS WRONG. Plus...this court case was all about distracting everyone from the real danger that is in our midst ...not about gaining justice because a wrong has been commited.
    I assumed that he would get a postponement because he didn't have an attorney, but he suprised us all when he declared that he was moving forward and was going to defend himself. WOW! That took a lot of courage. He cross examined and everything. He really gambled big with his decision, but it payed off. His judge was definitely a man of integrity and/or has seen cases of assult where witnesses and accuser obviously witnessed the same occurance and/or cases where people actually got hurt. Respect was given and respect was shown...I can honestly say some of my faith in the criminal justice system was restored today - for real. Not only did the judge find him NOT GUILTY but he didn't even add any stipulations. The case was bullsh*t from the beginning. Now a court of law has said it too!!!!
    I have GOT to tell yall what he was charged with.....

    1. Assult 2nd Degree [this is the shoulder slam she told everyone he gave her]
    2. Assult with a deadly weapon [the judges exact words were, "so the bar stool is the deadly weapon?"...I could have died!!!!!]

    Lemme tell ALL YALL something!!!
    If my man allowed another man to hit me OR another man assulted me in any way....both my p*ssy of a husband and I BOTH better be taking our tore up asses to the police station together. And that punk better at least one time act like he is going to look for him....LOL! There is no way.....no way a woman is going to be able to sleep with a man every night who allowed another man to put his hands on you in a manner that you didn't request. Yeah ....I know some of us are different. You don't even have to write me with that comment. But.....How your man gonna look ova at you and be like,

    "Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!!! You got knocked the f*ck out!"

    "I got your back.....waaaay back....I'ma be up here on the porch!"


    If you are facing a legal preceeding...by all means get an attorney but also educate your self on the charge against you and the penalty for being found guilty. If you have a case on the Stet Docket....you MUST get that off your record as soon as the law allows in your situation.

    Stet Docket(Stet) for those of you that don't know:
    The Stet Docket is an inactive docket maintained by the State's Attorney's office. If a case is placed on the Stet Docket, the Defendant must waive his/her right to a speedy trial in the original case. The case remains on the Stet Docket for a period of one year, during that time, either the Defendant or the State (very unlikely) can ask the Court to place the case back on the active docket for trial. There may be conditions of placing the case on the Stet Docket, a common example of such a condition is no contact between the Defendant and the victim/complainant.

    If you are found not guilty...you still have a record of being involved in a criminal proceeding until you take the steps to have the charge expunged from your record. Here are some tips on how you can change your criminal record.

    Hollaaaaaaaaa at cha peeps on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove

    Leave it to Ray Charles' Mama to tell me a thing or two about life:
    "Scratch a lie find a thief...remember that!!!! You hear me!!!!"

    Nooooow....we can move on for real!!!!

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/24/2006 07:25:00 PM   1 comments
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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/24/2006 10:14:00 AM   0 comments
    Top honors for the kid 50 cent

    "Oh" co-writers Vidal Davis, Ciara and Andre Harris. Photo by Wireimage. Ain't she pretty!
    50's in the news again!!!! But this time....its for a GREAT THING!!!!
    "NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - May 23, 2006) -- 50 Cent was named Songwriter of the Year at the 23rd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards celebration held May 22, 2006 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California....."
    ".....50 Cent was named Songwriter of the Year for his contributions to five award-winning songs: "Candy Shop," "Disco Inferno," "Hate It Or Love it," "How We Do" and "Just A Lil Bit." This is the second time that 50 Cent has received ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year honors. Addressing the audience of songwriters via a video message, the multi-platinum selling artist said: "I want to tell you that I use you for energy. I listen to the material that you create...it helps me move to the next level...it inspires me to write even more exciting material." aahhhhhhhh!
    I really need to find out the judging criteria because I thought "Disco Inferno" sucked really bad. I think a lot of songs suck, but alot of the time they eventually grow on me.....NOT "Disco Inferno".
    If it was the collection of song and the numbers each did...I get it. This was another great year for him. 50 is one of the only rap acts that actually sells any more.
    All that aside......Congrats Fiddy!!!
    Ciara was another BIG winner!!!

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/24/2006 09:47:00 AM   2 comments
    May 23, 2006
    BALTIMORE............ Get In On It!

    New Slogan For Baltimore City

    Ron Matz Reporting
    Baltimore, which has struggled for decades to craft a catchy, appropriate city slogan, will soon try a new one: "Get In On It."
    The slogan will be announced next week as the city gears up to lure tourists and visitors in the summer months.
    City officials refused to confirm selection of the phrase, but The (Baltimore) Sun reported in Saturday's editions that the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association has submitted four trademark applications to secure its use.
    Early reviews for the new slogan were mixed, at best. "Get in on what?" asked Baltimore City Councilwoman Rochelle Spector.
    "I've seen some dumb ones in the past, but this is the dumbest," Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, a former governor and Baltimore mayor, said through his spokesman.
    The city has endured plenty of mockery for its previous attempts at a slogan: "Charm City," "The City that Reads" and "The Greatest City in America."
    Branding expert Eric Swartz, founder of TaglineGuru.com, said "Get In On It" was a vast improvement. "'Get In On It' sounds provocative, inviting, sounds like there's something to discover," Swartz said. "It's vague enough to have an appeal to people who are not familiar with Baltimore. It's an invitation."
    City officials paid a consultant, Landor Associates, $500,000 over the last nine months to come up with the slogan. Citing people familiar with the selection process who requested anonymity because of its secrecy, The Sun reported that the phrase was judged to be better than several other finalists. Among those, The Sun reported: "The City You Savor," "Breeze Into Baltimore," "All City, No Hurry" and the cryptic "Enjoy The Pace."
    Nancy Hinds, a BAVCA spokeswoman, said the new slogan will be unveiled at a ceremony Wednesday and said it was just one element of a new branding strategy. "Whatever the tagline is, it's only half the story," Hinds said. "It's far more than just a slogan."
    Swartz said Las Vegas' slogan, "What Happens Here, Stays Here," provided a model for other cities to follow. Earlier attempts to promote Sin City as a family-friendly destination led to a drop-off in business.
    San Francisco-based Landor has come up with slogans for such locations as Madrid, Spain; Florida; and Hong Kong, as well as brands including Gatorade, Altoids and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
    Landor's director of brand strategy, Susan Palombo, told Mayor Martin O'Malley in November that many people have a poor perception of Baltimore, fueled largely by TV dramas like "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "The Wire," which focus on the city's crime and drug problems.
    Palombo said the city should build on its unique character and not try to "out-monument" Washington or "out-Disney" Orlando, Fla.
    But some questioned whether "Get In On It" was unique enough.
    Filmmaker and Baltimore native John Waters -- who has pitched "Come to Baltimore and Be Shocked" as a slogan --said the new phrase wasn't exactly memorable. "It's not catchy. I keep having to ask what it is again because I forget," Waters said. "That's OK. I don't hate it."
    "Get in on it", hunh???
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/23/2006 03:53:00 PM   0 comments
    He can do NOE wrong!!!

    "Im like coffee cause I did good off my last drop"
    he he! I really liked that line.....
    Aiiiiight.......so yall know I am putting together a mixtape. I am sooooo excited!!!! I'm gonna offer you a ONE STOP SHOP FOR REAL!!!!
    One person in particular who not only stood out because of the prompt response I received when I requested material, but also because I really was feelin the music. Al of govt names wrote about him a few months back, but I am just now taking the time to really smell the roses.

    NOE is the name....

    Some of you may also know him as NOE MONEY

    Now let me get this out the way......
    If you were to close you eyes and just listen....you would swear he sounds like Jigga. I mean......SERIOUSLY.....its uncanny!!! There really is no getting around that so......
    all that aside.....
    I pray that folk give him a chance. I can't really give a full review because I've only heard a few of his songs. But of what I have heard...... Dude can really spit. He is on that "yeah I'm cocky, but don't knock me" ish. I love it. We got a hell a lot of "crack slingers" and "pack movers" round here....that catch hacks ....& people thinking its slick to talk about how dusty their azz is.....is gettin a little played out. We need more artists from Bmore that have a lil "slickness" about them. Erebody ain't poor and poverty is an un desireable condition everywhere, but Baltimore, apparently ...LOL! I like my men "CLEAN" aka no one that brags about wearing the same clothes for 3 days straight. A guy will tell you in a second that a female emcee, "needs to have lil boys at home with greasy palms in order to be successful"...well I want to counter that!!!!......guys need to know that we like a lil eye candy too. We like to do a lil fantasizing from time to time too!!! LOL! I love the guys who from the time they enter the venue ..til the time they leave the venue...you are clocking their moves because they have an aura about them that demands attention. He and D.O.G. are two artists that give me that kinda of feeling.
    I currently have his song, "Murda Murda Money", playing in my MYSPACE player. The feedback has been really good. This is some mixtape ish fo sho! I believe that he is rockin ova a Jigga beat. Yeah Yeah Yeah...go awn and ask.....why??? I think he knows that ...it is what it is...so why fake like erebody ain't gonna already say he tryna sound or be like Jay. I would imagine that its a gift and a curse to sound like someon that is so beloved. But if you think about it Jay Z didn't always sound the way he sounds now. sooooo, I guess we would have to listen to old NOE to truly NOE the difference...LOL! Maybe.....just maybe that is the way his voice sounds. If we can just get past the comparisons...maybe folk will find that he really puts some effort into his bars. This track was a great introduction ....his flow fit the track perfectly. The violins in the back were constantly revving me up! I was totally into it. .......& anybody that knows me....knows...I am NOT into mixtapes like that. I am a HUGE supporter of original concepts.
    I mentioned to NOE that he needs to start coming out to events and things more. He doens't live in Bmore at this time, but he has assured me that he will become more visible. I told him that as a whole the scene is becoming much more reponsive to local talent. Not that he has to be here per se...cause if you check his page or google him...you will find that he truly does rep Bmore all day long!!! I just had to add this.... he has impeccable manners!!! OMG! this guy can really do NOE wrong in my book LOL! Oh yeah....& did I mention that he is signed to the Dipset????
    Message from NOE:
    A few folks hit me up wondering how they can get some of his music. I am going to find out what he has coming out in the near future, but in the meantime..... NOE has music on his MYSPACE page as well as a mixtape for sale on ebay called the "Brix Tape". Also, DJ J-Spin (Patapsco Flea Market - Sat. & Sun) has a few CDS of some of his older material at his stand. Speaking of J Spin, definitely stop in and let him know that you are interested in some Balimore Hip Hop. knowing J...they way I know him...him not selling a wide selection of local music has more to do with people not asking for it than him not being down for the cause!!!
    Also in my player ......
    Silo - Betty Boo Getto (FIYAH!!!!)
    The Boy Blesst ("We ridin 2 miles an hours...& erebody" ...for those that be on that lean)
    E the Poet Emcee ("Life's Story"....he is spittin that real ish!)
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/23/2006 03:31:00 PM   2 comments
    Happy Birthday, Bosslady!!! eeee
    I hope you have a great day!!!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/23/2006 01:16:00 PM   1 comments

    Snap Yo Finger
    By Lil Jon

    Something to help you get through your day. Just 2.5 more work days til Fridaaaaaaaay!!!

    I am lovin this song!

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/23/2006 10:37:00 AM   0 comments
    May 22, 2006
    A cautionary tale for the ladies.....

    Tyra Banks at Oprah's Legends Ball...she looks marvelous! Until you get up close? What the hell is up with her 5 head? Looks like she may have had an alergic reaction to the bonding glue or something. sheesh! Everything else...FLAWLESS!!!

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove
    [photo source: hmc]
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/22/2006 10:06:00 PM   1 comments
    How to make them care!!!

    [source: ISM Sound]
    Industry 101 - Speed Date / Marketing / PR
    What is the best way to get media coverage to boost a band's profile?
    Firstly you should have your own web site for people to visit; secondly you should look at other web sites for advice. The BBC 1 music site has a lot of information on how to get exposure for your music. Radio 1 will also play demos sometimes as part of their unsigned playlist, as will Ras Kwame on 1Xtra.
    Other outlets for unsigned artists you should consider are Internet radio stations, and community stations like Resonance fm and even pirate radio stations.
    If you want to get reviewed in a specific magazine you should look through it before you send a demo and see what the different journalists like before you send anything. If you play live, look through Time Out and try and find venues that have live music at club nights, promoters often like to start the night with a live act. The Telegraph in Brixton is a good example of this.
    How do we build up our fanbase?
    Always collect the contact details of anyone who is interested in your music, and anyone you meet who would be able to help you. Remember to make notes about all of your contacts as you add them to your database. When you meet people you should make the effort to build a rapport with them and not just take their details, that way they will remember who you are if they get an e-mail from you.
    Put your contacts into three categories:
    • A fans contact list
    • A press contacts list
    • An industry contacts list

    Then whenever you do anything you can let these people know what you are doing. Don't send any e-mails out on a Monday, or Friday/Thursday evening, always send them out mid-week and they are less likely to be ignored.

    PR people are very good people to have as contacts because if they like you they will be very good at promoting you; it's their job to know lots of people in the industry, often at record labels. They sometimes run their own small labels as well.
    Another very good way to promote yourself is to spend a lot of time contributing to online forums, but not chat rooms as they are ineffective. I spent a lot of time doing that when I worked for Ninja Tune, and quite a few of their artists very successfully promoted themselves that way.
    What other sources of information would you recommend?
    There is a book called "Succeeding In The Music Industry" that is very useful. It runs through all the different aspects of working in music from a business perspective. It also has a CD- Rom with many of the forms you might need to fill out at different times, if, for example, you want to start your own business. It also has advice on contracts and a section on music publishing.
    You can find a lot of information and contacts in the Music Week directory (a lot of these people are ex-directory), unfortunately it costs about $100. However Music Week magazine also contains some of this information. There is also the Guardian Media Guide, which is much cheaper than the Music Week directory, and has a lot of useful contacts for promoting a band, such as local press as well as the national publications.
    As a musician it is a very good idea to join the Musicians' Union, not only for the information they can give you, but also because they will provide you with free legal advice.
    How would you promote a live event on a budget, and grab journalists' attention?
    The Internet is the best place if you are trying to do it on a budget. E-mail newsletters are also good.
    When contacting journalists, be different, make things personal for each journalist and have telephone contact first before you send anything through - it shows that you have put in an effort. Be very clear about what it is you are offering. When you do speak to them make sure you mention your name and company name as much as possible.
    If you are sending out e-mails you could design an e-flyer to make the e-mail stand out. If you have a web site you should always include as much information as possible on it as search engines will hit it more often.
    How do you get included in listings?
    PA Listings (part of PA Newswire) are the normal way to go about it, but it can be difficult to gain inclusion. If you don't use PA Listings, contact publications directly. To do this it's a good idea to set up a database of all the people that you contact.
    How do you get sponsorship?
    You need to offer them access to their customers by a new route, which can be difficult. It depends on what you are looking for from a sponsor. Trying to get money from them is hard; promotion is somewhat easier. I remember an example of a club that was in a very small venue, but they used to do a live web cast of the night that built up a large following, so they were able to get a lot of sponsorship.
    I will add:
    If at first you don't get a response.....send send again!!! Its sometimes takes a while before they rocognize that you are legit. I am not saying flood someone's mailbox every day with every little happening, but follow up once you've sent your material or press release.
    Also...the e-mail blasts that you send out to your friends are generally informal. When contacting the press or any of your industry contacts.....be as formal as possible at least until you have formed a relationship with the recipient. You can't bullshit a bullshitter..LOL! so true! If you don't know someone....act like it.
    I hate to be the one to tell you.....but, email [alone] as a marketing is no longer viable....I NEVER open e-mails from strangers!!! NEVER!!! Start thinking out side the box!!!
    If you have any PR or Marketing question, feel free to check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove or start a thread in the forum [YES!!! It works!!!]
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/22/2006 05:38:00 PM   0 comments
    May 21, 2006
    Laughter is the best medicine!

    Big Ups to SECURITY, China and the whole staff at the 5 Season!!! Saturday's event proved to be a Great FUN!! I promise to attend more. Plus, the $5 cover (with Myspace RSVP...of course!) was a great incentive! All of the comedians were a hoot!!!...especially that Denny Live. I am going to definitely keep my eye on him!!! He is like 5'5 with boots on...LOL! He was tryna scoup me at the bar...Hollaring out...."I bet short guys hit on you all the time"...LOL! Maaaaaaaaaan...I was tryna watch the show. Ghost Host's Ray Charles impersonation should be punishable by law.....HE IS SOOOOOO WRONG FOR THAT ONE!!!


    I grew up thinking DJ Boobie was the best and most famous DJ in Baltimore. His mixtapes still have a legendary ring about them. He was there ..as an added bonus....holding it down between sets....sharing with us his wit as well. He was an act himself. One's relationship with the music biz is definitely one of love and hate. One second you feel at top of your game...then the next you can't believe you wasted so much of your time and energy on it. But as soon as you walk away...the quiet and solitude become boring and the next thing you know....you inch your way back in the game slowly but surly. LOL! It has to be in your blood, like they say! As is the case of DJ Boobie, obviously!!!! He retired like 2 years ago. I mean went out like a KING!!! Well now he is back on the scene, better than ever....Watch OUT all you young upstarts!!!! Gonna have to wait a lil while longer!!! Big Ups to Darnell, Solomon, Biggie, Kelly- Con & all the other fine folk up in the spot.

    Finally got the chance to meet the KWEEN (& she wears a crown pendant around her neck in case you forget)!!! Hi Ms. Lady!!! It's crazy because people come up to me all the time like, "you're C Love"....I'm like "yeah". Wondering where I know these peoples from...they're like "oh...hey I thought that was you...LOL!" They are sitting there with a confident grin.....I'm standing there confused. Then I realized that when you start putting you face on flyers and the net...folk gonna start being able to recognize you. LOL! She was so sweet about it tho! She didnt give me the screw face...yall know how women can be. Check out her new blog design....she got skills! Not only is she a great blogger (she has an opinion on a lot of stuff, plus she gives out awards...LOL!)....she is also a poet, actress (make sure yall check out Grasshopper Philms', "Passers By"), photographer, designer and soooooo much more. Thanks for being such a cool person....I look forward to seeing [and/or reading about..he he!] you succeed....I know its gonna be a hell of a show.

    Big Ups to the ghood folk at M.I.B. Entertainment! I finally got a copy of the B.O.M.B'.S latest CD! "KING OF DA STREETS" VOL.1, Hosted by JIMMYBEAMZ. It includes tracks with LiL WAYNE, MANNIE FRESH, AZ and 106 & park hall of famer BACKLAND. I'ma check it out and get back to yall fo sho!

    Geddat me! www.myspace.com/clove

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/21/2006 10:58:00 PM   2 comments
    Tips for sharpening your sword

    Lyrical Swords by Adisa Banjoko aka "The Bishop"

    I've metioned this book and it's author before. I respect and admire this man's work tremendously! Holla at a scholar!!!
    FREE MP3: Lyrical Swords Westside Rebellion Mix by DJ Relm cutting up Adisa Banjoko's Speech at Harvard with Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise" plus Balance, the Bay Area Mixtape King
    An excerpt from Adisa's lecture for the Harvard Islamic Society: Islam, Hip Hop and Black America
    MAY 19, 2006 - MALCOLM X
    Regardless of what you may think of his methods, mission or ideology, you cannot deny that this man died before his time. He was one of the last TRUE American civil rights leaders. I cannot help but wonder how things would be if he would have been allowed to fully evolve. I'm a few days late, but I wanted to take the time out to recognize an African American figure who's ultimate message must NEVER be fogotten. The saying...."By any means necessary" has become such the cliche', but the essence of the message has not!
    So many rappers have adopted that message as a slogan, but how many of them really believe what they are saying? Let's get it together! We must be responsible for everything that we put out in the universe. Like malcom said, we love our masters more than we love ourselves. Let's stop talkin about killin more niggas. The slavery were are currently in is mental. As Dead Prez put it, "Let's Get Free", by any means necessary!
    Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. If not for the murder of Malcolm X, the 81st birthday of this civil rights leader would be on Friday, May 19th 2006. Malcolm X was killed February 21, 1965 in Harlem, at the Audubon Ballroom in New York.

    R.I.P - Malcolm X aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz X
    Additional videos

    As ALWAYS, Davey D is always on the job!
    Listen to the Malcolm X tribute mix!!!
    Breakdown FM w/ Davey D

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 5/21/2006 11:35:00 AM   0 comments
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