Performing: The Do’s and Don’ts (Video)

Performing Do's and Don'ts

The Do’s and Don’ts of Performing

So you want to be an MC? Not just a rapper, but you want to master the ceremony? Some of the worlds best performers are Hip Hop artists, but it’s not as easy as they may make it look. Alot goes into a succesful and moving performance, from preparation to interacting with your fans after the curtain’s closed.

We have put together a list of Do’s and Don’ts of performing, based on years of experience in booking, promoting and simply being frequent concert goers. We collaborated with our friend DJ Chuck from Honor Flow Productions in LA, to add the perspective of the one person who will make sure your music is on point while you perform.

This is the second part to our last video “The Do’s and Don’ts of Booking Shows”, which you can find here.

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JoeIsJova – Don’t Fall For The Bait (Video)


Brooklyn MC JoeIsJova releases visuals for “Don’t Fall For The Bait”

JoeIsJova, rapper and producer from Middletown, OH and relocated to Brooklyn, NY  is hot off of the release of his two part album, Bait. The self produced project is a sonic tale of chasing the “Big Fish” without falling for the bait. The for “Don’t Fall For The Bait” video shot in Times Square shows Jova rapping in front of an enormous lit version of the American Flag between shots of a pixelated fantasy land.

Follow JoeIsJova here: Twitter

Ron Beatty – King In A Crown (Part 3 of 3) (Video)

Ron Beatty


Ron Beatty releases final video of his “Love Triangle” trilogy

Ron Beatty embarks on a visual journey in Love Triangle, a trilogy of music videos that flow together to create a suspense filled story about the possibilities of love, friendship, and hatred.

This is the third and final part of the trilogy entitled “King In A Crown”.
After a fatal shooting of Ron Beatty and his newly found friend, it’s clear that he’s become victim of a malicious attack in the midst of a lover’s quarrel. He awakens in the afterlife, which appears to be a vivid dream involving his younger brother and friend. They ride in his Crown Victoria through a creative space within his mind; depicted to be heaven or dreamland. The choice is up to the viewer.

Follow Ron Beatty here: @ronbeattync

Sinitus Tempo – Funimation (Free Beat Tape)

Sinitus Tempo - Funimation

HiPNOTT Records producer Sinitus Tempo releases free Beat Tape

Sinitus Tempo presents his latest free beat tape today, entitled Funimation.  With this new project, the Maryland producer pays homage to the company Funimation who has localized anime and dubbed it in English for years. Download the project for free now and zone out to the vibes.

“Once a man is taught to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.” This quote, with its insight on learning how to prosper, was principle in the roots of Sinitus Tempo; who at an early age saw the intellectual fruit of underground hip-hop in his older brother. Now with 10 years of crafted production in his strongbox, the self-professed “King of Inflected Pitch” is taking antique sounds and sculpting them into jewels for future hits.

Announced as Nathan Peters on March 1st, 1989, the youth of this producer was cultivated by the sounds of Madlib, Oh No, MF Doom, DJ Premier, Just Blaze and Pete Rock. The adoration of his older brother’s skill of writing music pushed the much-younger Sinitus Tempo to match the words with a touch of sound. Under the technique of “looping and adding” which allowed him to sample a record and use it repetitiously with added drum effects, was the manner in which Tempo enhanced his style—until he heard production by 9th Wonder and Khrysis of the Justus League squad. Another gem was added to his toolbox of knowledge and from there, he set forth on a journey of mastering the art of reinventing classics. Through this understanding of manipulating the pitch of old tunes, an intrigued Sinitus Tempo developed a style of his own, building a more pronounced sound that have many awaiting his signet of ability to stamp their music.

Loyal, but tight-nit is the persona of Sinitus Tempo. Working alongside childhood friend and producer Doc Battle, Tempo also manages a green, yet dynamic artist named Obii Say, making him both dually active in the business and artistic side of his production. His confidence is encouraged by a strong history of collaborations with artists such as Azizi Gibson (BrainFeeder), UptownXo (Diamond District), Add-2 (seen on MTV, Jamla Records) and MED (Stones Throw) as well as a long list of production work for hip-hop acts from all over the world, ranging from names like Substantial to legendary composer Jun Chikuma (who resides in Japan).

The seeker of vintage vinyl keeps his future motives in front of him, making plans to collaborate with the likes of Flying Lotus, Alice Russell, Common, Kendrick Lamar, and many other artists. In just a year, Sinitus has made a serious name in the anime community with the release of four highly-praised tributes to Claymore, Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop, and Soul Eater. He has since put out more anime tribute most notably Kill la Kill EP. Just from looking at the determination of Sinitus Tempo’s aim at being one of the top producers of the hip-hop/nujazz/electronic realm makes the status of his upcoming projects look like an imminent win from the start.

Follow Sinitus Tempo here:  Twitter

DeuceZ – The County Crown (Free Mp3)


Maryland Rapper DeuceZ releases free single “The County Crown”

DeuceZ releases “The County Crown” produced by The Jake Music. The rapper from Anne Arundel County, Maryland expresses his commitment to loving life and relying on that love to bring forth satisfaction and travel to a predetermined destination. This is the very first leak off of Heavenly Earth which is slated to drop Winter/2015.

Follow DeuceZ here: @DeuceZ

DJ Racha – Frank Sir Racha featuring The Kings Of New York (Remix Album)

DJ Racha

Bay Area turntablist Dj Racha mixes Frank Sinatra with NY Hip Hop legends

Frank Sir Racha featuring The Kings Of New York is a remix album created by DJ Racha. Over a year in the making, DJ Racha sampled the legendary Frank Sinatra’s catalog and built a remix album that includes some of New York’s finest MC’s, including Jay-Z, Nas, Wu Tang, and many more!

Racha, born and raised in the Bay Area, shows off his talent as a dynamic Hip Hop Producer and DJ. Influenced by artists as DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Etc. DJ Racha emphasizes music that gives the artist a story to tell with an old school Hip Hop vibe.

Check out the mixes below and follow Racha here: @DJRacha

Vic Mensa – All That Shines (Listen)

Vic Mensa - All That Shines


Vic Mensa kicks off the weekend with “All That Shines”

Roc Nation’s own Vic Mensa presents us with “All That Shines”, a drop top, sunroof banger. The Chicago MC lend a hand in the production of the track as well.

Follow Vic Mensa’s Soundcloud here: vicsavemoney

royceBIRTH – #1SoulBrother (Free EP)

royceBIRTH - #1SoulBrother


Canadian Beat Smith/MC royceBIRTH releases new EP

Continuing the soulful vibes, royceBIRTH releases the EP, “#1SoulBrother”(title track taken from the full length album Caesar Is Home). On the title cut, Royce gets busy over a dusty break beat that will give you visions of hip hop in the park. On another level of soul, Royce delivers 2 new joints. The Dilla-esque love song “Wait a Minute”, and the reggae tinged “Momma Prayin”. Enjoy the listening experience.


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