Audio Session: Kidz in the Hall – The Land of Make Believe

 

Straight out the Chi its Kidz in the Hall. We featured there second album The In Crowd almost a year ago. It seems like they keep changing labels with the release of every album.  Last time out they were down with a restarted Rawkus Records and now they’ve aligned themselves with Duckdown Records home of Black Moon, Helter Skelter, and Sean Price.

Don’t forget, these are not the complete songs—just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, go out and buy the CD.  Quality hip hop grows when we support the artists.


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Hip Hop Affirmations: What’s Your Vision?

“Lack of vision makes division, product no ambition”
Black Sheep – Black with N.V.

Are you without vision? We all start off with tunnel vision. Some get ride of the tunnel and are left with vision. To increase vision, you must increase your exposure to things that you are not familiar with. If we stay in our box, then all we will know is our box. In other words, you can’t, “Think outside the box” even if you wanted to.

Affirmation of the Day:
Box, What box? I have no boundaries!

Question of the Day:
What’s your vision?

Action Step of the Day:
Make a list of 3 people who you consider “outside of the box” thinkers and take 1 of them out for coffee to brainstorm a “crazy” idea you’ve had.
Run the Point; from where you are, with what you have!

Your Ambassador,

Mike Bruny

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Mike Bruny is a certified professional life coach, working with ambitious professionals across the country.  He helps them to rediscover their values, gain clarity for life/career decisions and live more fulfilling lives. If you want to know more, reach him at: bruny@hiphopaffirmations.com,

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Taxes On The Precious

How the Tax Code Perpetuates Hip Hop Blingdom

by David Downs for plenti.com

That crazy new Lil Wayne video you just on Youtube: yeah, that’s a write-off.

The culture of hip hop blingdom – with its diamond-studded videos, spectacular tours, and pimped out cribs – is perpetuated by the whitest homie on the block: Uncle Sam.

According to certified professional accountants, the tax code itself perpetuates hip hop blingdom and may be responsible for its rise. The reason is simple: businesses are allowed to deduct certain business expenses from the amount they owe to the government every year. Since hip hop has made bling part of its business, they can write off the blingdom as a cost of doing work.

According to CPA Jerry Catalano [http://www.themusiccpa.com/] – who has spent decades representing recording artists – musicians can deduct business expenses so long as they are “ordinary and necessary.” But if you’re 50 Cent, define “ordinary and necessary”? That Rolex on 50’s wrist could well be considered an expense of maintaining his “brand,” especially if he only wears that watch on-stage.

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Grownheadz Convo: Is Common the Scottie Pippen Of Rap?

Since Common’s new movie with Queen Latifah is opening today we figured the time was right to drop this gem.  We discuss ya boy who’s been putting it down since “Can I Borrow a Dollar” and has a certified hip hop classic with “I Used To Love H.E.R.” but just never seemed to break into that upper echelon of emcees. What’s keeping Comm from that next level? By the way, we’ve got LOTS of love for the self-professed MC with a temper. We just sayin’…

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Awwww Hell!! We Give Up!

How the Major Record Labels Have Given Up on Selling Hip Hop in 2010

by Ty The Great for thecorner.net

It is 2010. People do not buy albums anymore. This is an established fact. This does not bode well for all the Drakes, J Coles, and B.o.B’s of the new generation. These guys are not just rappers, but artists. They are expected to become profitable cultural phenomena without the luxury of collecting significant profit royalties from their hard work in the recording studio (or mic hooked up to a Mac in a hotel room, these days).

One would think this is a two-way road for the major labels who sign them. However, in the age of the 360 deal, the labels are comfortable with a focus on singles, collecting publishing royalties from number #1 jams and sharing profits from tour duties. It has saved the major label system. But what does this mean for the Hip Hop album, and the new breed of young rappers who are recording them?

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Somebody Needs To Tell…


Somebody Needs to Tell…BP

In the movie Payback, Mel Gibson’s character drops a nugget of wisdom that is as true in business as it is in life: No matter how big the company may be, if you go high enough you’ll find one person who controls it all and has the final say.

So what’s my point? Somebody needs to tell that man at British Petroleum (BP) that they are being prepared a very spacious, deluxe, all-accommodation suite IN HELL. It’s bad enough about the big oil spill (you might have missed this, it’s top secret). The spill itself was a horrific, excruciating accident. But it’s the run-up: By spending big money on lobbyists and buying off senators, BP made damn sure regulations never got too tough and the few weak rules were never enforced.

Then after the tragedy occurred (and we ain’t seen the worst of it yet), BP squeezes the fishermen who volunteered to help clean up, you know, the ones whose livelihood might be destroyed, THOSE fishermen. BP had them sign a contract that holds the company harmless if the men are hurt during clean up. Furthermore, the contract holds the fishermen responsible for any damage to their ships AND BP won’t provide any HAZMAT training for the guys. Just get out there and git’er done, fellas.
Mr. and Mrs BP Overseer, your room is almost ready.

Somebody Needs to Tell…George Rekers

Somebody needs to tell George Rekers and every other far right, gay-bashing, cock-hungry bigot that Rentboy.com isn’t the best place to find someone to “carry your luggage,” unless by carry your luggage you mean tickle your nether regions with an eight-inch meat monster. It seems that every conservative gay panic loudmouth is busy stuffing their faces behind closed doors, and I’m not talking about the buffet.

Maybe they should chill out on the “God Hates Fags” rallies and make an appointment with a nice therapist to work out their self-loathing issues. Realize that if Jesus himself was not actually gay, it’s highly likely that he hung out with a couple of queens—the VIPs of Biblical outcasts—and I think he made it into heaven. Then, stop by their local Lambda bookstore and make a few friends—for free. And doesn’t Craigslist have a section for unloading your baggage?

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Audio Session: MURS – Fornever

Once again there back. After the release of his major label bebut Mr. Murs is back with 9th Wonder for their 3rd collaboration. You might think we’re Murs fans (we are) we have featured Murs more than once. Like one time, two time, three times. So apperently we have a little love for the man.

Just a reminder: these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. If we want good hip hop to flourish, we’ve gotta support the artists.


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Hip Hop Affirmations: Who Believed In You

“While I’m here I’d like to thank, mom and dad, they knew the time.”
Audio Two – Top Billin’

What’s life like without a little encouragement?
The high school season was winding down and I was sure my life as a football player was over. I sat on the table getting my ankle taped by one of the assistant coaches. I was asked a strange question, “Where are you going to play football next?”
I responded, “Since, I’m not good enough to play Division I football, I guess this is it for me, coach.”
He quickly let me know that Division I was just one option. There was Division IA, IAA, II, III, etc. Most importantly, he saw that I had the ability to play at the next level. Those words were enough to encourage me to go on and play Division III football, become the starting Free Safety by my Sophomore year, become one of the top 5 in tackles every year and become a captain my Senior year. He believed in me before I believed in myself.
Thanks Coach Jacques, wherever you are! Just one of the countless examples in my life. What’s your story? We’d like to know.

Question of the Day:
Who believed in you?

Affirmation of the Day:
I know people believe in me and I use it as fuel to make things happen.

Action of the Day:
Find 2 people in your life who could use some encouragement and let them know you believe in them.

Run the Point; from where you are, with what you have.

Your Ambassador,
Mike Bruny

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Mike Bruny is a certified professional life coach, working with ambitious professionals across the country. He helps them to rediscover their values, gain clarity for life/career decisions and live more fulfilling lives. If you want to know more, reach him at: bruny@hiphopaffirmations.com

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