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Hard Working Americans Announce Release of "The First Waltz"
Posted on Monday September 08, 2014 By Jessica Brasher
Photo by Jay Blakesberg
CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival October 3-5
Posted on Saturday August 30, 2014 By Jessica Brasher
Rap Gov Ent Vol 4: Manifest Destiny
Posted on Thursday August 28, 2014 By Poor Frisco
What is it that makes one move from their hometown? Emcees frequently mention their hometown in their rhymes. It’s safe to say that most rappers have a sense of pride in where they were brought up, but what makes musicians migrate from small cities like Jackson, MS and Birmingham, AL to large cities like Los Angeles and New York? Is it the flashing lights and allure of Hollywood? Or maybe it is the same reason settlers migrated to the West in the 1840s: Opportunity. Our hometown will always have a special place reserved in our heart, but we desire to venture into the great unknown to discover if the grass is truly greener. Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis once said that, “One of the ways we forge against mortality is to head west. It’s to do with catching the sun before it slips behind the horizon.” Maybe there is truth to that. Los Angeles has always been the epicenter of entertainment and is ripe with artists of every stripe looking to make a career of what they love. The air is almost palpable with passion and aspiration.
My older brother Bill and I moved to Los Angeles, CA a few years ago. Once, when I first moved to here, I had a conversation with a man I met at a train station. He was homeless and had apparently moved their 20-plus years earlier. I asked him how LA is different from any other city. He said, “It’s the same as any other city. It just has more of everything.” Shortly after that, we parted ways but I what he said stuck with me. A few months later, I went to Griffith Park with some friends. I looked over the city and I saw the massive buildings and small houses, the mountains and parks, the traffic jams and helicopters; “It’s the same as any other city. It just has more of everything.” I didn’t understand it when he told me, but standing there, I understood. It truly is a city of peaks and valleys. More wealth, more poverty, more crime, more opportunities, more highs, and more lows. I had lived in the city for months, but hadn’t really wrapped my mind around the fact that I lived there until then. It was as if everything – good and bad – was tangible.
Don’t be mistaken: Moving to a big city isn’t the end. We’ve all heard success stories of celebrities and musicians we admire, but they did not get there without struggle. No one gets to write in “And then I moved to big city” at the end of the book of their life, close it, and assume you’ll get a happily ever after. A humble mumble in a crowded jungle is seldom heard. Simply put: Making noise is sometimes easier talked than walked. There are more twice as many opportunities, but that means working twice as hard on your dreams to bring them to fruition. That isn’t to say that moving away is a mistake. You can’t allow fear and complacency to trump your ambition. In the words of Oscar winning actor Alan Alda “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.”
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Rap Gov Ent. Presents: PlugOfTheMonth with VULCANITE RADIO
Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014 By Mic Milita
VULCANITE RADIO ~ ”Hip hop internet radio station brought to you by The Green Seed. Changing the rules of radio”
If you are like me, then you probably get annoyed listening to FM radio now-a-days. You probably get tired of the same ole’ artists cloning each others styles and sounds, even the names are similar. It got so bad that I eventually stopped listening to the radio and just relied on my good old faithful CD collection… Until I stumbled across Vulcanite Radio. I was instantly hooked with throw back classic songs like "Luchini" by Camp Lo, or just hearing from classic groups you haven’t heard on the radio in ages like De La Soul or Tribe Called Quest.
I think it was all over for me when I heard the word ”Birmingham” in one of the songs. But I couldn’t rewind to see if my ears were playing tricks on me. I am now curious to know more about this station with Birmingham’s city symbol, The Vulcan as it’s logo. Could it be a Birmingham based Internet Hip Hop station? how cool is that? Not only was my assumptions right, but this new radio station also plays local, up and coming artists from Birmingham and not just for one hour like some radio stations have started, but it’s a common thing to hear the local cats at any given time of the day. YES, they are in regular rotation with the mainstream artists and their music is just as good as the heavy hitters. I had no idea Alabama had so many talented artists. I also came to find out that it was not hard to get played on Vulcanite Radio. For an artist to get spins on this radio station is quite simple. All they would have to do is have good music and send it in.
Some of the other highlights of Vulcanite Radio are the interviews with artists and their responses to the “Rapid Fire” questions. the audio clips from movies that are really funny. once you hear them you’ll be trying to figure out what movie did that line come from. My favorites are the Tyler Perry’s Madea and Arnold Schwarzenegger's lines from some of those classic movies. The audio drops from various artist around Birmingham are cool too in which they all use that signature catch phrase “Get You Some” ~ that phrase has been my motto since stumbling across Vulcanite Radio and ties in perfectly with our brand FRESHPLUG because you have to stick the plug in to "Get You Some" #IPlugWitcha ~ DJClassic
For artists trying to get your music to Vulcanite Radio, send tracks to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RapGovEnt's Mic Militia sent in "Dreams Of An R&B Chic" and it has been in regular rotation ever since. here's the link to the video if you haven't heard it already~~> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc-dzso4G1c
You can show your support by following, sharing, liking and checking out their pages on various social media sites
Twitter ~~> http://www.twitter.com/VulcaniteRadio
Facebook ~~> https://www.facebook.com/VulcaniteRadio
Listen live by using this link ~~> http://www.dewya.com/# or with your TuneIn app
CBDB with The LaGoons at Zydeco Saturday August 16, 2014
Posted on Tuesday August 12, 2014 By Jessica Brasher
On stage, CBDB parades tight, ambitious compositions that seamlessly gives way to loose, adventurous musical improvisation. It pushes and pulls in different technical and creative directions but for them, it comes down to having fun playing music with their friends. "When you're having a good time, that comes across," says lead singer Cy Simonton. "There's that back and forth between the crowd and the band...when everybody's into it and dancing and completely in the moment...that's Joyfunk. That's what we bring."
Dream pop/indie rock from Birmingham, AL. We wish to play loud ethereal music in your basement. Check out our EP "Smile Until It Hurts" on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, or Soundcloud!
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