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. . . What’s Upper? . . . Nasty News . . . Issue #870 . . . June 10, 2019 . . . What’s Upper? . . .

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Outta Durham, NC, it's RAP ATTACK's
DJ Bro Rabb & Haas G. from The UMC's!

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Props to one of the hardest working men in the music business who's on the come up,

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T h a n k Y o u !
Phelo The Great & Valerie Denise Jones
for interviewing me on their dope show,
“The Big Exclusives!”


CLINTON continues to SPARK . . .

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. . . & he's Never Forgotten his roots!


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C o n g r a t s !

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RAP ATTACK's own & super producer, DJ 3rd Degree,
who scored a
NUMBER ONE produced & charting HIT by Pure Order!
3rd Degree is also climbing up the RAP ATTACK TOP 30
The High Children's “#Throwbacks” —
DJ 3rd Degree-produced banger!

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DJ 3rd Degree’s
Fire Pick of the Week
Week of June 10, 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 Hip Hop trio!

That grimey dope rap sound is still hot these days! Hard beats under hard rhymes are what that ‘street’ Hip Hop sound is all about. On deck for you this week we have a hot new cut from the crew called Griselda (Griselda Records). The crew is made up of dope MCs Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine and Benny The Butcher. Their brand new single is titled “Headlines” and the legendary DJ Premier produces it, so you know it’s gonna be a heater!

DJ Premier’s signature cuts on the chorus are on full display in this song. All three rappers do damage to the beat, which is a track laced with beautiful strings over our standard boom bap beats. They rhyme with a purpose so do yourselves a favor and go get it!!

Alright everyone, that’s the one for this week!
Keep plugged in to what’s dope by listening to the

Thank you to all of you who follow us here at
as we could not keep doing this without your support!

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

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Indiana's DJ Solo is still on the wheels -
not on the radio anymore but making DJ appearances here, there, everywhere!

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Former RuffRyder's Jin & China Mac are seen together for the first time
since China Mac shot Jin's friend back in 2003.

by DJ Iceman

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1. How many artists are signed to the independent label?
2. What is the duration of the recording contracts that you offer?
3. Do the artists on your indie label retain the rights to their music?
4. What is the royalty percentage you give to the artists signed to your label?
5. What is the most singles or albums you have sold thus far?
6. What is your average recording and promo budget per release?
7. Do you have a profit sharing program in regards to merchandise sales, etc?
8. Does the Label offer tour support?
9. How many people are part of the staff of the indie label?
10. How many singles or albums do you release per quarter?
11. Do you have any beefs with anyone in the music industry?


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. . . to Jason-D from KRBX in Boise, Idaho!
Celebrating their 8-year anniversary of “The Wreck” radio show.

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The Higher Brothers made a lot of noise at
House of Blues with a
LIVE & PACKED concert!
Hong Kong Hip Hop is making a big buzz
here in the United States.
Thank you to
Mr Get Down for reppin

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Check out the late
Nipsey Hussle's final appearance
DJ Khalid's “HIGHER” video at http://rapattacklives.com/vids/.

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Nasty-Nes and D-Tragic breaking bread in the 805
at 'Mestiza's Kitchen'


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Congrats! to artist Knowa Lazarus of www.q-york.com
who signed with
@abscbn & @starmusic for a single deal.


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COMING SOON to a streaming service near you!
E-Dawg, Nasty-Nes & The Maharaji discuss
the origins of Seattle Hip Hop.



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Here's to May 5th's API Heritage's successful “I Can Sing” contest/event held at the Seattle Center.

John Chen congratulates the 1st place winner, CeCe-T
Nasty-Nes & DJ's D'Lemma & Royboy
from Seattle's KUBE 93.3 radio.

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It's Rap Attack's own Brenboy from Portland's KBOO.
His NEW album is about to drop & we can't wait to hear it.

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

On this episode's "WHO ARE YOU" RAPATTACKLIVES goes One on One with
DJ KAZZEO from Northern Cali's KDHC "Wednesday Wreck Show!"
plus, of course, Meow Meow!

(please SHARE on your Social Media)
or Head to our Podcast page & Listen Up!

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Years ago Ahsan The Golden Child (WRSU-NJ) was ahead of his time as he got the late Nipsey Hussle on his mixtape back when heads were asking, "Nipsey who?"

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.


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?

(click to read more, click to get back)

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!

to Papa-D,
celebrating on Friday, June 14,
Co-Sign's own Jessica Weber,
celebrating on Sunday, June 16.

(God Bless & Isa Mahal)