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EP1-3 Switched On Bap starring Ski Beatz & The Glorious Bastard #TheBrooklynWord TV

We’re 3 episodes deep in Modbap sessions.  The journey continues with Ski & Ben as sounds rabbit hole expands around them.

Catch up on the modular happenings.  This is straight unfiltered raw shooting, so vibe up and get connected.

Ep1 The Rabbit Hole

Ski Beatz speaks on Modulars and the direction in which he see’s it going in rap/hip hop.  At this time, he’s pioneering the movement and we’ll be the first to say that he is the first to bring it to the rap/hip hop culture.

Yes, all before used it in dance/experimental genres that were avant garde.  His approach bridged the boom bap sensibility merging the worlds harmoniously.  As this genre expands, we take great pride in being apart of the inception this new sound.

Peep game and watch the 1st vid…

Ep2 “Finding the Perfect Rhythm & Lead”

Ski is in the moment, feeling the vibe.  The process is an intuitive journey, the loop happens.  Then you press on feel that shxt out.  This is a Master of the Craft, zoning.

Infinite possible sonic choices at his disposable, at his own time as it’s his personal journey.  Get connected and watch now.

Ep3 “Copying Modular Signals + Basics”

In Ep3 we are getting a lil more technical.  Ski & Ben go in with specs, still light wit it tho.

Each sound loop you hear is a possible sample.  Each change sounds dope, but saving each and every change would rack that memory up something awful.

A Master of the craft is searching for that special sound that get’s them to be like, “I want that, lemme record that”.

Ben also goes in on the power consumption which is super important.  Listen to what he’s saying and look into creating your own and experimenting with the genre.

and that’s #TheBrooklynWord!

 

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Gaining Your Independence back from Soundcloud to leverage Your Musical Brand Into The Future

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Had to do this write up because they make it so difficult to get help when there’s an issue.

Say “Hell No To Soundcloud’s Flow

Because their site leaves you in an endless clicking session just to get a support section.

Say “Hell No To Soundcloud’sFlow

Because our music is making them $$$ and creating wealth for their families, yet, their system is autonomous and inhumane.   The opposite of what a musician needs, yet you go on shelling it all out with a dream and a face that got creamed.  Cause they dicking you.

Damn…

I know, I know.

Yall still paying for premium accounts with the lackluster antiquated analytics monitoring thats rarely updated to the level of where it could, be if they shelled out just a lil more.

If you don’t know about software and didn’t test different analytic reporting programs over the years, what I’m saying goes over your head.  And that’s ok, to keep it simple, they are selling you bottom shelf watered down Henny, at top shelf prices.

You should feel aways and take stand that benefits ya career.

Peep what I did below and say “Hell No To Soundcloud’s Flow

..shit, gave that up a long time ago when they dicked me by having me pay for and account where they disabled the download button for all my uploads for like 6 or so months because of an infringement aka uploading a remix (which is what the platform is for).

But get this, after my yearly subscription ended, I renewed thinking I’d be able to upload and nope, they kept the restriction on.  I was like fuck that.  No use in getting dicked like that anymore.

And used the save money to start GiKuMusic.com with enough storage to upload more than 50 times the amount Soundcloud gave.  I then deleted a good 50 tracks (all were doing well a few thousand here and there) but I don’t care about the numbers like that.

I know they can be manipulated, manufactured and adjusted or made to become stagnant if need be *unofficially*…

Used the free service and put up only tracks that I’d want up there but also tracks that aren’t super important compared to a label release.

If anything important, i’m only putting short teasers and directed them to my site.

Full implementation is making 30-60sec teasers for all music and directing traffic to my own page where my site viewers don’t have to be influenced by all the new ad type shit that they incorporated and messages that don’t relate to them.

Soundcloud is really no longer a site for musicians to be carefree, it’s a business tool for musicians and a successful revenue online radio show lol.  It’s a big ass radio show that is making you pay to host ya show… FOH wit dat.

All hopeful musicians can just start their own SC site  on a page they own personally, that has their own friends and if it pops you can sell ad space on your page.  The investment is cheaper for you in the long run.  That’s what they are doing to you, only difference is instead of renting the apartment your a house with a lot of land where you can do whatever you can think of.  With a focused mind and determination of course.  But I’m sayin, like duh… fuck renting, gimme dat land.

But then you some still ask, well how am I gonna get all the people on Soundcloud and around the world to listen to the music on my site.

That’s why the teasers are up on SC, plus you’d need to put that promo grind in if ya believe in ya craft.

peep game, and that’s #thebrooklynword.

Soundcloud Pro Unlimited = $144 a year

  • advantages – already built and you just upload, has millions of real people, is a brand that a lot that don’t know better trust, full stats thats really shit stats, replace a track (like you should be able to do that anyway thanks for adding a feature and disabling and selling the enabled version for $144 instead of free), schedule when your track goes live (which is like scheduling a post, u can just add soundcloud to a media aggregator and do the same for free), quiet mode (to turn off comments GTFOH, i pay for that now), and their super special feature Spotlight (you get to pin 5 tracks at the top of your page and they add a slight sheen to it, a mist of glamour, a speck of magnificence so it catches peoples eye, till they get used to seeing 50 more pages like it and it’s nothing)
  • disadvantages – you get copyright notices quick which either freeze ya account, penalize you by disabling features like downloads if they are really mad, and there is no creative freedom when a hawk has you in it’s claws… unless you are water, then the hawk cannot grab you.  Be water my friend, be water.

Owning your own site w/better features = $96

  • WordPress.com (Site Host) with unlimited premium themes to choose from
  • storage ($96/13gb storage, $48/6gb, $0/3gb)  – we’ll use the $96 one equivalent for this example
  • a simply payment structure built in
  • monetize your site for ads
  • video support

Sure you have to add pictures and have an eye to put the site together where it flows like you’d like.  But the way the themes are these days, it mad easy.  Literally just cut and paste on a simple end, it’s never that easy for me.  I have to do everything different from everyone to be completely unique.  So I go for the more challenging things to do naturally.

There is also another option where you can literally start if all for between $30-$50) and have similar options to the above.

You learn this stuff by trying out for self instead of always taking the first opinion from so called experts.

Official #SwitchedOnBapChallenge presented by Ski Beatz

It’s now official, Ski Beatz is calling all singers/emcees/musicians to record yourselves singing, rhyming or playing an instrument to your favorite track off of “Switched On Bap” and post to instagram.

@ariasvoice did her thing to the track “When Spring Pull Up”.

So are you ready for the challenge?

Go on then…

Stop looking and buy the album here for your archives.

Now go hurry, record, post and tag us!

…and that’s #thebrooklynword.

There Is A Thin Line Between Sampling And Ownership

New producers and experienced provocateurs of sound, watch this flick to prevent treading in treacherous legal waters.

It’s dope video which repeatedly hammers in the importance of sampling the right way (by paying).  The video also reveals some hidden gems to achieve similar effects and other nuances that will be a valuable tool when in the studio or music area.

Rest In Love Clyde.

…and thats #thebrooklynword.

Grab Ya Keyboard and Try Playing In Between This Epic Battle of The Keys Between Family

 

We are unlocking training Gems from our private youtube playlist for your musical evolution.

These videos are designed to carry you through to an evolved state of rhythmic understanding.  How do I know, it’s what I use to tap into the matrix of sound.

If you get what I’m saying here cool, if not, its ok… that eye will open in the future.

Try anyway, even if you play one key at a time.  One key turns to two and so on…  before long, your sorta playing along in your own unique way.

The same principle goes for dancing.

If you dance with a better dancer, you progressive much quicker.  Less about the skill of the dancer doing the magic, but to me it’s about the energy of the dancer.

It can be absorbed and it can be given, said from experience.

Each of these players are dope within their own rights.

The brother in the white’s style has more jazz influence.  He’s creative and sporadic with phrasing.  Now peep his nod to classical music near the middle.  That different vibrational energy strengthens the understanding of his jazz influence and the other styles thrown into this dope freestyle session.

Now the other brother with the Jordan cap is more of a Gospel/R&B player.  Its more structured, not all over the place and sound in structure.  It vibrating differently plus he’s playing at a lower octave comfortably.  He also throws in Jazz but you can feel that, if this was college, he would major in Gospel/R&B and minor Jazz/Classical.

One is not better than the other, they are interpreting the music sphere differently yet similarly.  Also noting they are relatives plays apart because their own frequencies are in tune and connected.

It also tells a lot about their personalities.  The one in the white is more impetuous and likelier to not want to be held back when playing.  Jordan cap is more stable and would firmly stay in his lane when playing in a group dynamic.  Just our opinion.

Ok, this is getting deep so i’ll stop there.  Mentally ingest slowly…

All these little things and more are told by the sound, you can just hear and feel it.  If you can’t, just means you need more developing and embracing more sounds spectrums simple.

…and that’s #thebrooklynword.

This Man Has The Bronx Covered in Clean or Dirty Music C.O.D

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Cover (Head of C.O.D) to the Bronx to check out Clean or Dirty Music’s C.O.D studio.  It was the end of the night after Ski Beatz’s live listening session of Switched On Bap and all were showing nothing but love.

 

It’s been a minute since I been to the Boogie Down and I forgot how much of a journey it was.  The trip was well worth it as the artist met, were all unique with varied talents.  The generation gap of sound spanned 90’s to the current trap vibes.

Here Cover tells us about his journey which began with an eventful meeting of Ski, and then developed it’s own life, which pushed the Bronx culture in not only music, but art and film.

Some pretty dope shit.  The brother Cover has stories for days, all valuable lessons for navigating the music industry.

I mean, meeting Ski, Camp Lo, Dame, Jay Z and the early Rocafella crew off the jump is one dope ass thing.  What’s even more amazing, is that each energy present that day would shift the their surrounding culture in different ways.

That’s priceless, salute to all involved.

Cover touched on art only a bit.  At another time, I really want to hear more about C.O.D and its graffiti movement.

That strikes a chord because my older brother was the original SKAM of the KWK crew in Brooklyn.   So that stuff has always been dope visually.

Hopefully we can make that happen and share that with you in the future.

Another thing that isn’t really seen in the videos, is the respect that he gets from his team and artist.  They were like a family unit moving as one creatively.  The younger artist gave nothing but praise and admiration for the label head’s assistance in developing their sound and brand.

That was dope and definitely a Bronx/Uptown thing.

Every city has their quirks and all, but NYC is a funny city when it comes to working together and pushing their own.

Out of all the boroughs, most would agree Brooklyn is the worse at supporting it’s own entertainers compared to other boroughs like Strong Island, the Boogie Down, Uptown and Downtown.

Queens comes after Brooklyn.  It’s all love, but they shady like us, Bk that is.

Strength comes in numbers, and the day we all realize that, is the day we conquer.

Good shit, C.O.D

C.O.D Artist

Broc was the cool no nonsense brother that was about his business.  Sounds like Harlem right, yup.

We had a lengthy discussion that ate up most of my memory card, but worth it.  He shared his early times with Bad Boy and how important it is to be aware of contracts with labels.

His journey was deep, followed by the coolest flow stacked with entendres.

This is my type of flow.

Insightful thought out bars that’s straight street.  I wanted to hear more without the beat in the back tho.

Outside the lyrics, his energy had it’s own story that made him even more interesting.

Will add that later, when time to edit…

 

Next is Provalone P.  He reminds me of Rocky from Bugs Bunny.

Dead ass!

In place of Rocky’s big white fedora is a fitted and in place of a cigar is blunt.  Then you add the voice and boom…

His words come off mad slick, the grime of it is so New York.  Plus he’s a story teller that brings you in.

Peep the quick off the top freestyles that dropped effortlessly throughout our conversation.

I like to catch heads off guard to see how they react and I watch.

Though short, he went off the top easy.  Which means he’s a product of the old New York.  Makes sense that he’d work with Torch and Gunplay (MMG).

P also talked a bit about the happenings in todays music and his latest project Black Whodini dropping in July.

Here is a lil something to get you through till then…

This is what New York sounds like.  No mumbling…

 

Next up is the millennial Dot Dollaz.

This young Brother is developing around a solid team that will guide him through the art of being an emcee.  He was eager and cool, with a quicker pace flow.

In time, I see it developing into a slightly slower, controlled dagger.  Right now he is still sharpening that dagger.  But I could tell there was more so I vetted him out and found these joints which give a listener a better idea of where he is lyrically…

This is what I’m talking about.  This slightly slower pace gives the lyrics more and personality of his flow a brighter shine.  Nothing wrong with the faster pace, it’s just that you have to control that pace with 100% energy or else it could come off different than intended.

This is the energy and control I wanted in the interview Dollaz, damn fam.  You hit multiple levels here.  Took it past monotone, raised the voice pitch and other lyrical personalities started coming out.

That every time.  Every time meaning the commitment to the words and power of the song.  Keep an eye out for Dollaz, he got heat.

 

Next was Aharri.

They represented the sound of today and all the mannerisms of it.  I gotta laugh because they had the most energy and personality.  They were the first I interviewed (coming later when time to edit) and the only duo there that night.

The chemistry between them makes sense when their together.  Chevy Le Flair is confident with his lyrical flow and understand it’s character.  Rowdy is the Busta Rhymes of the pair, with mad energy.   When he comes out it like ‘Oh Shit’, it’s time to turn up.

Crazy that I said turn up, my 90’s frame of mind slipped, normally I would have said wilding out smh.  I guess that’s some old 90’s head shit, aight, whatever.

Check em out here…

Totally off topic, that mic shadow is killing me lol.  Damn overhead light… aight back on topic.

See what I’m sayin, they work perfectly together.  We talked music, influences and the music game.  Was good to hear their foundation was rooted in oldschool hip hop.

Lets check out some other sounds that they had going on, oh and visuals…

Ok, some smooth shit by Le Flare.

This is a dope video for an indie artist to do for dolo.  It’s telling a story, it’s clear and has texture to it with the coney island backdrop.  I’m looking at this from the perspective of seeing an artist that can execute an idea without relying on some expensive team.

Dope job with the video..  Whats next.

Damn I feel a ways about liking this video and track but it’s too late.  Their infectious when it’s playing over and over while I write this.

Hey, I’m an parent now and certain messages don’t work well for my personal ear.  But I’m not basing my review on that, it’s off the artist as a growing artist and with that I salute them.

That’s not the only thing, I wanted to show that they have a their own fan base that supports them and the love of the track looks legit from the people.

These dudes are making the right moves and with cover watching their backs, they’re bound to be a name that represents the Bronx streets.

and thats #theBrooklynWord.