Friday, December 31, 2010

NC G.O.O.D MUSIC BLOGSITE

NC G.O.O.D MUSIC PROJECT MISSION: TO SHOWCASE THAT COLLABORATIONS AND TEAMWORK IS BEING MADE WITHIN NORTH CAROLINA IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND WE WILL NOT LET THE TITLES GIVEN TO OUR STATE FROM OTHER INDUSTRIES STOP THE RAW TALENT AND STRATEGIC MANEUVERS.


TRACKS RELEASE EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 3PM ON GOTHAZE.COM

**TO PREVIEW THE NC G.O.O.D MUSIC COLLECTION, PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE HERE. ALL SONG COLLABORATIONS ARE FINISHED FOR THIS FIRST SET, BUT YOU CAN SUBMIT MUSIC FOR REVIEW AND CONSULTATION THROUGH WET SET PRODUCTIONS AT MP3GRINDERS@GMAIL.COM **REQUIREMENTS FOR COLLABORATIONS INCLUDE FULL ARTIST DEVELOPMENT AND PACKAGING (I.E PRESS KIT/EPK, PROFESSIONAL PICS/BIO, ETC). IF YOU NEED ANY OF THESE ITEMS, SEND AN EMAIL TO WETSETPRODUCTIONS@YAHOO.COM FOR SERVICES AND/OR PROMOTION.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

SHELLY B x The 2011 Stop Frontin Cronicles (Entry 1)

SHELLY B IS NOW BLOGGING STRAIGHT OFF HER WEBSITE (WHERE YOU CAN ALSO COP THE FREE DOWNLOAD FOR THE "QUEEN" MIXTAPE)!!!


" RELATIONSHIPS! ...AND THE INDUSTRY "


If it's not the very first it's definitely one of the main questions as a Artist I seem to get pounded with in professional interviews - the all too famous “Are You Single?” The interviewer then proceeds in assurance that this is what the people are dying to know. Now, I’ve always wondered to myself what my relationship has to do with my line of work. I mean this is a professional interview. If I was on a regular J.O.B. my boss wouldn't be that concerned who I was with, but more concerned with the job I'm supposed to be doing. And yeah Interviewer why is it so important? Well hate it or love it, this has been a focal point for most career entertainment professionals and will be for years to come. So with that said I present to you my 1st entry of “The Stop Frontin Chronicles: 2011 Edition. Oh yeah I'm going Hollywood with this one!...

READ THE REST HERE NOW !!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

SHELLY B 3rd "QUEEN" MIXTAPE VIDEO RELEASE

"ALL HAIL THE QUEEN"





The Official Video for "All Hail The Queen" from the highly anticipated "Queen" Mixtape by the Queen of the South, Shelly B!!

FREE "QUEEN" MIXTAPE DL @ http://t.co/DfiqzA7

Visit - www.ShellyBThat.com for more exclusives, music, press & visuals.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

DEJA VU? R.I.P TEENA MARIA & MUSIC DOWNLOADS

UPDATE: The rumors went from saying she died in her sleep to others are saying she was "found dead". Now more sources are telling me she had a heart attack this morning.

So far only respected confirmation is from HUFFINGTON POST and CNN BLOG.

"According to Roland Martin, RandB singer Teena Marie has passed away at the age of 54. Martin cites Marie's manager, Mike Gardner."

They're still claiming it was from a heart attack and that her body was found by her daughter, who just had a birthday yesterday.


DOWNLOAD "IT MUST BE MAGIC" COLLECTION HERE


DOWNLOAD "STARCHILD" COLLECTION" HERE




DOWNLOAD "LADY T" COLLECTION HERE



*DOUBLE TEASER* DERTY DEN x NO PAIN, NO GAIN





SEE MORE PICS HERE



NETWORK VS. NUMBERS

We’ve all heard the quote “your network is your net worth” and “it’s not who you know, but who knows you”. So where does this all tie into the “numbers don’t lie” and “it’s in the numbers” hype?

This Industry was built and founded on a network and the team work within its circle. That was then. This is now. The Industrial Age of business was deeply rooted in those beliefs and was the key to many successfully opened doors. Now, we’re in the Information Age. Everything is about statistics and it’s very technical. You’re now no longer judged or looked on for who you know or what you know; from your experience record to the amount you’re worth, it’s all being looked at and they’re the numbers behind your name or brand.




There are those that are adapting and growing and those that are decaying and dying. It may sound a bit harsh but it’s the truth. Those that are adapting and growing are those willing to get out there to network and invest. They know some of everybody and everybody knows a little something about them. Those in decay are those stuck in old ways, waiting around for the business to come to them. They refuse to adjust with the ever-changing market and rely simply on what they’re comfortable with. Now, let’s attach how numbers can affect those that adapt and those that decay. Those that adapt have higher chances at increasing their numbers and those that decay are at a leveled amount and risk a fast decrease in their numbers at the slightest dissatisfaction (customers or fan base).

The numbers are your financial gain, your fan base, your financial worth of the product or person represented. The numbers are any and every way your brand or name can absorb statistics. If you can’t make numbers you’re not progressing, right? It would mean something is wrong with your marketing strategy. Or better yet, maybe your network isn’t worth much.

You might be a hard worker but if you are not good at networking and making a few good friends outside your comfort zone, you will not be successful unless you have invented something extraordinary. An artist can sell 1000 mixtapes out his trunk and be able to buy the bar out, but does his financial situation means he’s the best artist? Just because he actually sold more mixtapes than the other artist with an actual album, that’s possibly supported and sponsored (his network), does that mean he’s the better artist? How do you decide which artist or DJ or Promoter is the “best”? Especially when in this new Information Age, we now not only base our decisions on the Network but also the Numbers.


That’s when the problem starts. Your Network and your Numbers are two key components to successfully progressing your brand. If you have leveled them both out, you’re doing a great job, but the problem comes with which one can you do without? Which one will allow you to progress faster? Some would say numbers would, but which one would allow you to last longer? Even more would say your network. I’ll let you figure that one out on your own. Good luck!

#branding101 for 2011

Yea, no thesaurus or dictionary needed. #GRAMMAR/PUNCTUATION SKILLZ... Just #bragging

Saturday, December 25, 2010

"12 DAYS OF AN ENTREPRENUER"

Twelve differences between those who dream and those who act:



1- Wanna-be's obsess about ideas.
Entrepreneurs obsess about 
implementation.

2- Wanna-be's want more web traffic.
Entrepreneurs focus on sales 
conversion.



3- Wanna-be's focus on positive thinking.
Entrepreneurs plan for 
multiple contingencies.

4- Wanna-be's want to get on TV and get famous.
Entrepreneurs
 build their list.

5- Wanna-be's seek a perfect plan.
Entrepreneurs execute and adjust 
the plan later.

6- Wanna-be's wait for their lucky break.
Entrepreneurs engineer 
four, five, six plans and execute them in tandem, wagering that at
 least one plan will get traction.



7- Wanna-be's fear looking stupid in front of their friends.
Entrepreneurs willingly risk making fools of themselves

.

8- Wanna-be's shield their precious ideas from harsh reality,
postponing the verdict of success or failure until 'someday'.

Entrepreneurs expose their ideas to cold reality as soon as
 reasonably possible.

9- Wanna-be's put off practicing basketball until they've got Air
 Jordans. Entrepreneurs practice barefoot behind the garage.

10- Wanna-be's believe what they're told, believe their own 
assumptions. Entrepreneurs do original research and determine what paths have 
been already tried.

11- Wanna-be's believe they can do anything.
Entrepreneurs do what 
they're gifted for and delegate the rest.

12- Wanna-be's think about the world in terms of COULD and SHOULD.
Entrepreneurs think in terms of IS and CAN BE.

So, what are you?

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

THIS IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU!

IM GIVING FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOADS FROM MY CLIENTS








DERTY DEN TONY SOPRANO MIXTAPE

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY KWANZAA!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

NC G.O.O.D MUSIC: "BOBBY KNIGHT" ON ALLHIPHOP

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!


CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON ALLHIPHOP.COM NOW!!

#BLACKCAK

David Banner & 9th Wonder (Feat. Ludacris & Marsha Ambrosius) - Be with you

VIDEO DEFINITELY REPRESENTS WOMEN FROM THE SOUTH!! LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! S/O TO CAROLINA'S OWN 9TH WONDER & THE COLLABORATION UP WITH 1 OF THE MOST VERSATILE SOUTHERN RAPPERS.


HAVE A FUN & SAFE WEEKEND!! WRAP IT UP!

CLAP YOUR HANDS!! THIS DEFINITELY MADE THE 2010 WET SET GET DRUNK MIXTAPE!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

LIQUOR STORE BLUES x BRUNO MARS x DAMIEN MARLEY

The soulful sound of Bruno Mars and the extra soothing sound of Damien Marley... #PERFECT

JACK, JOHN, GIN & JOSE... MY SECRET LOVERS

10 Reasons The Holidays are Overrated

Hate to ruin your Holiday Spirit with my Top 10 list but the Holidays are really overrated. This is how my mind wonders:

10. Retailers spend like thousands on advertisement so that your already broke ass can become even more broke buying an abundance of Snuggies and Bath Sets. They, in return, profit like triple what they spent on the promo.

9. Thousands of puppies and kittens are brought for gifts then when Spring hit they all end up homeless roaming the street because either a couple broke up or they couldn't afford pet food.

8. We all gain another 10 lbs after only a month since Thanksgiving. Muthafuckas are cooking AGAIN just because they shitted out Thanksgiving food when it reality, it doesn't matter because the fat is already built up in your stomach lining.

7. This is the only time of the season guys actually act like men and show their emotions to a female because the cold brings out the bitch in them. They show their emotions also because they wont have to spend as much money on a gift because the girl is already satisfied with just getting time with him. Then Spring hits and guys hormones go insane.

6. Females go crazy buying boots. Some females end up only buying one pair and rock them shit hard body the whole damn 3 months. Bitch buy some more and stop spending you last on weave! Learn to manage your money between weave and boots.

5. Dry Skin. The Holidays bring fuckin dry skin and muthafuckas like me with excema have to drench ourselves in lotion with Oatmeal and shit just so we can survive.

4. Ex's pop up out the blue. #FACT


3. Everybody in the Entertainment Industry gets cranky because the whole year prior they didn't keep in touch with friends or family so they end up alone during the Holidays. *Toast to the workaholics* Ill be home for the Holidays playing online Poker drinking VSOP, inbox me if you wanna play.


2. Bad ass kids get gifts but not taught that Christmas was about the birth of Jesus. Once they get out of school, parents don't remind them what Christmas is. They end up thinking its only about gifts and then when they get older the parents wonder why they kids STILL bad. TEACH YOUR KIDS AT HOME- THEY DONT HAVE TO LEARN JUST AT SCHOOL #imjussayin

1. Everybody expects you to give them something. I got something for you- a damn TIP, "Its a recession bitch, u can pay 20% of my Utility Bill if you wanna give me something!"

Sunday, December 19, 2010

NC G.O.O.D MUSIC: "PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE" DERTY DEN x DRAMA SQUAD


5th RELEASE OFF THE NC G.O.O.D MUSIC PROJECT
(Premiered Dec. 15 on GOTHAZE.COM )

"PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE" DERTY x DRAMA SQUAD



DOWNLOAD HERE

THE 6TH RELEASE, "BOBBY KNIGHT" x DETLA FORCE, PREMIERS WED., DEC. 22 ON GOTHAZE.COM

CRIME BOSS LUCIANO & YOUNG JUICE PREMIERE ON GOTHAZE.COM MONDAY

MONDAY DECEMBER 20 2010 x CRIME MOB LUCIANO x YOUNG JUICE x VIDEO PREMIERE AT 9PM

Remember this phrase: "Got a mixtape? Got a video? Do you Got Haze?"


Got Haze is your source for discovering new music & showcasing the best of unsigned/underground music. The numbers don't lie, this website is steadily climbing the charts for its premieres and debuts of exclusive news and entertainment. From the latest industry news and controversial gossip to Mixtape premieres and Video releases!!

Bookmark Got Haze and make sure you visit us at least once a week!!

Artists, DJs, and Video Producers, make sure you hit us up to submit your videos or mixtapes for site features and also a chance for interviews or Mixtape Reviews!! (Great look on your press kits, EPKs and Reverb Nation pages).

MONDAY DECEMBER 20 2010 x CRIME MOB LUCIANO x YOUNG JUICE x VIDEO PREMIERE AT 9PM

DON'T MISS IT ON THE HD BIG SCREEN!!!

Now running a $50 special for HD quality videos to air on the HD Big Screen and get interviewed for the site!
(THATS DOUBLE THE EXPOSURE AND PROMO!!!)
{May I sarcastically add that that's $450-$1450 cheaper than WorldStarr and they don't even interview or promote your feature}


CRIME MOB LUCIANO x YOUNG JUICE x VIDEO PREMIERE AT 9PM

SN: The 6th Release off the NC G.O.O.D Music Project releases this Wednesday, Dec. 22. "BOBBY KNIGHT" x DELTA FORCE (Derty Den, Forward Progress, Cloverdale Rell, & Hugg E. Bear) NC G.O.O.D MUSIC PREMIERES EVERY WEDNESDAY @ 3PM

Friday, December 17, 2010

STALL & DEAN x DERTY DEN | PHOTOSHOOT PART I

We all have a Stall and Dean story. Oh, you don't? Well, that's sad, you should. If you claim anything about style or "swag" you would know Stall and Dean is the foundation of many fashion trends. Lets go back to 2001-2003. I brought my first Stall and Dean for my brother. I always made sure my brother was fly. See, it was just 2 of us and we were still fresh in North Carolina so we had a reputation to up-keep since we were the "new kids". We represented each other and I was not gonna let him look bad in Middle School while I claimed my "cool as hell" title in high School.

One word: Throwback. While others worried about getting all the Jordan, Barkley, Bird or Ewing throwbacks, I brought him Dominique Wilkins and the Lebron High School Jersey. They got the NBA or New Era brands, I got him the Stall and Dean exclusives. See what they failed to realize was that it wasn't how many you had, it was how exclusive and rare the jersey on your back or the fitted on your head.

Another thing I love most about Stall and Dean is how damn sexy it can make a guy by just putting on a letterman jacket. Most women say "take it off", I say "Put on a letterman!" lol. My first Stall and Dean letterman was brought once upon a time when I went with this guy and he spoiled me rotten. So for his birthday I dropped a few big bucks on a Brown Bears Jacket and matching fitted. I aint never let him take his coat off... Ok, im lying, I did allow him to take it off but my point is if you respect original, classic and different, you gotta respect the Stall and Dean. Their brand really makes you stand out.


Founded in 1898, the Stall and Dean Company is one of the oldest sporting goods manufacturers in America. Their first catalog offered baseball and basketball uniforms, footballs, and football helmets. Soon they expanded into producing athletic shoes, baseball gear, boxing gloves, tennis and volleyball gear and protective equipment.

Here's a history lesson: They were the first American company to manufacture hockey jerseys and equipment, outfitting the original six member teams of the National Hockey League. Many Hall of Fame athletes from many sports wore Stall and Dean uniforms, including Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth, Bobby Orr and Ted Williams, Satchel Paige, Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig, to name a small few. They manufactured uniforms and equipment for high schools and colleges as well as for the professional athletes.

Now remember early how I said 2001-2003? Their press release states,
"Since 2000, Stall and Dean has been favored as a popular and trendy brand... Its an athletic brand, favored by the Urban community."
Thats a #CoSign! Lol.

Stall and Dean was one of the first brands to wardrobe 50 Cents and the Diplomats, as well as dressing countless celebrities from Jay Z, Kanye West, TI, Chamillionaire, DJ Drama, Ludacris, Styles P, Eminem, Tony Parker, Lil John, Diddy, Shaquille Oneal, Lebron James, Lil Scrappy, Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony, Derty Den, Young Jezzy and countless other in entertainment.






Did you notice a Carolina favorite in the mix? Boss Gates, Derty Den out of Eastern North Carolina has been sponsored and supported by Stall and Dean for a couple of years.

"It was important to work with an artist on the rise such as Derty Den when we agreed to a sponsorship. Carolina has always been rich with talent and an artist such as Derty Den understood his market and understand the importance of name recognition." -Rikers, Marketing Director of Stall and Dean

What better time, than now, then to do a photo shoot for the brand? If you haven't noticed, Stall and Dean has been dressing Dert for many of his major event appearances and video shoots. Recently he did a Photoshoot with newcomer, Carolina Photographer, "PhotoDrew" of Perfection Photography.

Behind the scenes video:


The pictures are available on his website www.dertyden.com and all other media outlets he is currently featured on.

SNEAK PEAK PICS

Each outfit showcases the variety and great vintage style of Stall and Dean. If you are interested in purchasing anything, you need to hurry and get to the Stall and Dean website fast. They're currently running a "BUY ONE JACKET GET A HAT FREE". Ladies, I promise, once you see your man in a Stall and Dean jacket you'll appreciate reading this article. They go great with Timb's or Nike ACGs. Its like a winter man makeover. Few more days til Christmas and there are plenty of Urban stores around the E-NC that carry the brand. I suggest getting any neutral color Ivy League brand.

Stall and Dean is in its 112th year and continues on as one of the oldest and highly respected clothing brands in the entire industry.

For Derty Den press, contact meettheconnect@yahoo.com
For Stall and Dean info, contact stallanddean@gmail.com
Follow them on Twitter @StallandDean

Thursday, December 16, 2010

SHELLY B SHOWS LOVE, DROPS "MONSTER", AND PRESENTS FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD!!

"...make sure you visit The Sarcastic Renegade's Blog. This is one of the official Carolina Blog sites making noise about the hottest on the entertainment scene. I appreciate the love and support from Sha'Linda Jeanine and Wet Set Productions."
-Shelly B

SHELLY B HAS FINALLY RELEASED THE LONG AWAITED VIDEO FOR "MONSTER", ONE OF HER SINGLES OFF THE 4 STAR AVERAGED MIXTAPE "QUEEN". IT WAS FIRST RELEASED ON YO! RAPS WEBSITE AND SINCE ITS PREMIERE, HAS OVER 14,000 WITHIN 2 DAYS!! SEE IT HERE

PREMIERED ON GOTHAZE.COM AT 9PM DEC. 14, 2010 AND IS CURRENTLY ON THE HD VIDEO BIG SCREEN CLICK HERE




CLICK HERE FOR FREE "QUEEN" MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

M.O. STACKS "BRAGG" PRODUCED BY MANIFEST



"BRAGG"

EXCLUSIVE M.O.
PRODUCED BY MANIFEST (M.E MUSIC WORKS/ LEGION OF MUZIK)

"BRAGG" (DIRTY)

DOWNLOAD: HERE


"BRAGG" (CLEAN)

DOWNLOAD: HERE

Friday, December 10, 2010

Build Ya Build Campaign Article



{DEFINITION} Brand: the identity of a specific product, service, or business. A brand can take many forms, including a name, sign, symbol, color combination or slogan.

10 years ago the market was entirely different from today. Personally, the ways I consulted with artists was hands on. There was no Facebook, there was no Twitter, just email and Soundclick. I would spend hours, sometimes days in studios with artists while using a pen and pad to organize and construct plans for mixtapes and my phone was an old Motorola used only for calling after 9pm. May I remind you I was a Sophomore in High School as well. I know. I was the shit. One thing that hasn’t changed is the way we see a BRAND and the ways they are built and used for consumer and value increase.

I decided to get a viewpoint or two from Hip Hop Journalist and my mentor, Sha’Linda Jeanine of K97.5 (Raleigh). She’s a part of the Radio One staff, a Journalist for HipHopDX, AllHipHop, Yo! Raps, & Hip Hop Weekly Magazine, just to name a few. I asked for her input. My first question, “What is your take on the term BRAND?”

“A BRAND isn't something that you can be; it's something that you already are. Now granted, a person can be a walking brand right now, and not even realize it because they never nurtured or cultivated those qualities enough to bring them to the surface. But once you do brand yourself you'll find it was in you all along.”

You have to clearly know your brand by having it well defined, no generic shit. You should shape and carve it out to your personal liking. After you define it than claim it, and wear it proudly every day damn. I think that the Carolina market is simply that, "a market." You can come here and shop around and select this type of artist or that type. Maybe you want a dash of perspective or a sprinkle of gangsta so this market has a variety and allows you a wide selection.”

#MUSIC101, create a business plan and blueprint your “visual”. If you can write out your thoughts onto paper into a step by step format, you should easily be able to see a goal and start taking steps to accomplish it while stamping your mark down the path.

I then decided to ask one of my bosses and another mentor, Marketing Guru and Marketing Director with Stall & Dean and Rucker Apparel, Rikers, what common mistake does he see in branding within the Music Industry and what advice does he have. His response, 

“The biggest problem is that the Artist (commonly) doesn't understand that "they are the brand". So they resist the task at hand destroying the whole process. My advice is to listen to the professionals... Don't allow broke people tell you how to be successful. There's a reason why they are broke... Pay attention.” (http://stallanddean.com Follow @stallanddean)

Branding seems easy but it will not and cannot happen in the snap of a finger or the twist of your hip. In fact, many often find ease in creating a visual icon and attracting large groups of people. The problem comes with consistency and the key fundamentals to keeping that same attraction.  If you get it correct from the very beginning you decrease your chances for failure and even the chance of juggling various solutions in time.
What other effects are predicted within the Carolina Industry? I’ll let Sha’Linda take the mic on this one,

“Make no mistake there is no Carolina Music Industry. Why?? Because there is no consistent production that can produce sales here. There are so many talented acts here, but the system that we surround ourselves with is no good. You may say that there is no real system here for an artist and that, my friend, is within itself- "a system." It's a system that is deprived and lacking. We pretend to ignore the fact that we as a whole unit are each responsible for the poorly structured entertainment business in our state. Yet it engulfs each of us as we cling to survive in this (so-called) movement.”

“The Carolina Entertainment Industry already has a "brand". That brand is "Coffin Music;" either the music is bad or it's good but will never make it to a substantial A&R and receive an advance. I see so many people wanting to further & push their own brand yet disguise this as being a part of the collective rat race to put Carolina on.”
 
Did you get what she just said? Carolina is full of so many people disguising their own brands as the “we gonna put on NC” brand. No one is really trying to put on NC or else we would see more unity within this state. You would be able to link up with another label or so-called “movement” and combine your projects together without someone thinking, “Ours is better. We don’t need their little project.” Anyone gotten angry at what I’ve said yet? #SENSITVE

Back to you Sha’Linda,  
“Yes you can have an individual brand, but be compelled to tie it into something greater than self. There are few key leaders within the state that tirelessly do play their parts. I salute you, and have no problem admitting that you are my true role models. If you do not wake up each day and live making real substantial moves to advance your own musical careers that will also aid in the movement, I’m clearly not talking to you.”
 
Which brings me to someone else I decided to bring into the conversation tying in the main factor of having to LIVE YOUR BRAND. Publicist and Management for Glass Kandii Models, Kay Harris, has been branding her role as a Publicist and brought plenty of attention to the title. I share a common duty with the term and although our roles are often overlooked, publicists, PRs, press agents and media consultants are key components to successful branding. I asked Kay, "What is the most important advice you would give to someone wanting to start branding a name, company or tagline"?

Personally one of the things I think are most important is that personal branding is a lifestyle, not an adjective- you must have a set of values and organized principles.” (http://publicistkayharris.com)

Allow me to elaborate; your brand is your lifestyle. It represents you. You must treat it like you treat- your lifestyle. Your brand is like the name your parents gave you, for a loss of better examples. You can’t just put it out there to fend for itself. Like Sha’Linda said earlier, “If you do not wake up each day and live making real substantial moves to advance your own musical careers that will also aid in the movement, I’m clearly not talking to you.” We’re clearly not talking to you. Clearly. Totally not talking to you.

Here comes the Sarcasm (read at your own risk)

After some months of observation and researching on this subject, I’ve pinpointed 5 main factors that I personally recommend. You may not agree but this is my article and not yours. 

-First, make sure you “deliver the message clearly”. Don’t confuse your consumers/audience. If you say you’re a rapper AND a business man, people should be able to conduct business with you and you should be able to distinguish yourself from your “rapper” image and your “business” image. 

-Be able to “confirm your credibility”. I’ve written plenty of times about how you can’t just TAKE credit. Credit is given within any industry, even politics. If you take credit from something, be able to have some referrals with their own credibility to back up what you’re taking credit for. From your resume to your customers, your credit has to be the majority rule.

-Don’t just exposure the “brand” to your audience, “connect your targets emotionally”.  How do you think companies like Coca Cola and McDonalds succeeded all those years back against all the other competition? They didn’t just make an attractive, eye catching logo and a cool catch phrase, they established and built a relationship with their consumers. Relationships are built on emotion. A business relationship is like any another relationship in a human beings life and you have emotional attachments with them. You just have to learn to control and balance them. 

-My favorite tip, be able to “motivate the consumer” or motivate your audience. Your brand feeds off the motivation you use to magnetize the consumer. Let them know “why”, “how”, and “what”. Your brand is at the top of the rope in gym class and you have to motivate your consumer to climb.

-Lastly, “concrete your users with loyalty”. Oh yea. I went there. You got to be loyal to your consumers, audience and clients. You have to be loyal to the people you do business with and remember business is personal but should never be taken personal. We all want our publicity and exposure but we have to also remember all publicity is NOT good publicity because our brands are linked to our business affiliates and consumers. If you’re brand is about Shampoo that strengthening long hair, don’t hire a woman with a low cut for your ads. You need a team and your team needs to be loyal and all on the same page. This is not high school, this is business.  

"I think a lot of people misunderstand BRANDING from the stuff they read on the internet. If your angle is to make money through entertainmen,t you should be focused on building a good PRODUCT and then getting endorsements through people who really have BRANDS instead of pretending like YOU are a brand. Create a PRODUCT which you can BRAND. “–DJ Supreme Kiss 101.9 (New Bern Follow @djsupreme)

And now, my Christmas present to you: The Build Ya Brand Mixtape; Released in the end of September with a host of artists from across Carolina. Some known for having the leadership and motivation to build strong brands and some new, paving their way to brand their names and images. Hosted by DJ Dellmatic, Carolina Blew and co-hosted by Nikki Nicole.

"You shouldn't just invest in your brand because the internet allows you to do more stuff free. One must still invest in them self to prove that they are equal, if not better than the competition." -Travis Timmons, CEO/Founder of GotHaze.com

YOU MUST BE WILLING TO RISK EVERYTHING!!!!” –Carolina Blew http://carolinablew.blogspot.com Follow @carolinablew1)

"First thing is to be visible... people need to be able to see what you are doing! They need to see you out at shows, they need to see your music (mixtapes etc...), and they need to see how you present yourself along with the product you are pushing. You gotta be active and really stand behind what you are doing or nobody will notice you!" –Dj Dellmatic (Follow him @DJDellmatic)

FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rg3en4

Thursday, December 9, 2010

NC G.O.O.D MUSIC: "MONSTER"


4th RELEASE OFF THE NC G.O.O.D MUSIC PROJECT POWERED BY BLACK CAK

"MONSTER" HUGG E BEAR x SHELLY B x DERTY DEN


DOWNLOAD HERE FREE FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

NC G.O.O.D MUSIC: "I SEE PAPER" REMIX


3RD RELEASE OFF THE NC G.O.O.D MUSIC PROJECT

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


G-MIX F/ MARC LAW, RICKY RUCKUS, SHELLY B, BRANDON D, CLOVERDALE RELL & BLACKSTORM

FIRST EXCLUSIVE RELEASE ON GOT HAZE RELEASED DEC. 1

EXCLUSIVE NXT DAY RELEASE ON ALL HIP HOP DEC. 2

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEND EMAIL TO MEETTHECONNECT@YAHOO.COM

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"My Lover Told Me Too Many Lies"

His Strong hands gently caressing my thighs

Lay in his bed looking in his eyes

Feeling Tremendous Pleasure as he slowly enters inside

Draining all of my power so mesmerized

That night was magnificent take time to visualize

It all went away when I came to realize

My lover told me too may lies

Made me feel stupid not very wise

Nurse telling me three letters all capitalized

Doctors taking my blood which they now have to analyze

Sickness flowing through my veins like some kind of pesticide

Keep giving me medicine for my cells to stabilize

My friends never come around not even to socialize

He has taken everything I've been deprived

That man I hate do greatly despise

To take his life that I will authorize

Whatever he touch it soon dies

Will not stand at all no longer organized

I fell for his game, something he devised

My Soul now weeps do not patronize

My lover told me too many lies

Can't get out of bed at least I tried

Please listen while I try to advise

You look for this disease but it comes in disguise

Those who know me have begun to ostracize

Take heed of my sayings information otherwise

You too my friend will soon pulverize

Sitting with your family trying to rationalize

Like me a bed of sickness is where you'll reside

And he don't care has lost no pride

While I go day by day trying to survive

My sisters help me do their best to provide

Can't do anything soon became paralyzed

My mother helps me she's there to subsidize

My father stepped in the room he began to sympathize

As the months go by I loose Size after size

And hating that lover who told me too many lies


-by Denthia Wright

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