Let it Go

When God guides your life and removes people from your life we must learn to let it go. If you try to hold on you’ll usually find that you are only adding grief to your own life.

There is a reason that God leads people different ways. That reason is to meet the new people who will help you reach the next chapter in your life.

Don’t fight it….

Trust me!!!

Sound Bombing

I know I’ve been out of the blogosphere for quite a bit of time now….only posting here and there! What can I say…I’ve been busy.

Anyways, let me share a story with you!

Lately, I’ve been spinning music and practicing mixes. That’s all I’ve been doing!!! Not writing lyrics, not making beats, not recording…….just spinning music.

So I get the bright idea of wanting to spin music at my friends wife for her birthday. Bad move!!!!! I told him I’d do it for free on the strength that this is my man and his wife always welcomes me to their home.

Now I say bad move because I know the music my homeboy likes and that ain’t the music I groove to. However I was thinking more along the lines of…..playing music for the wife and her friends.

Now this is a classic example of not being prepared to go in any direction. I set myself up for this one.

It didn’t take long to size up the situation and see the guys wasn’t feeling the mix. There were two dudes who seemed to vibe to it. So much so, I’d occasionally look up and see one dude jamming and dancing while texting and the other guy stood there and bobbed back and forth.

The other fellows peeled out and left me to say uh oh….

I’m going downhill.

Now, all things considered…this is a cookout!!! Not one lady was outside. Nope, not one!!! They were all inside and all the guys were outside telling me to get it crunk!!!

Occasionally, one or two females would come out and listen to me mix a couple of songs and then head back in with the other women. All this time I’m thinking…..

Why ain’t you dudes talking to these women?

Why bother me when I’m mixing?

One of the guys comes up with the idea of playing his Pandora account after asking me to play some Rich Homie Quan. It’s at that moment I give in with the understanding that I really don’t listen to that kind of music. If I don’t listen to it….I definitely don’t play it.

Sounds selfish….right?

I know…..but I spin what I like.

Now, at this point I’ve got guys trying to see how to work my equipment to spin what they want to hear. So I’m getting in my mood because y’all are interrupting me and touching things that none of you paid for.

I head back to the crib to get a line so folks could play their phones through my system. I really could care less at this point because I’m ready to grab my plate and eat. I’m not getting paid for this….I’m doing this as a favor.

Long story short, they play the five or so songs they want to hear then they either get a call, make a call, or run out of songs they want to hear.

Here’s where it gets very funny!!!

I start socializing with the ladies…a lot are married so it wasn’t even a thing of trying to holler at any of them. I’m just chilling…being the anti-socialite that I am….minding my business when one by one they start coming over to me asking…..

“Weren’t you DJing?”

I say, “Yes!!!”

They say, “What happened?”

I say, “The guys didn’t like what I was playing so I let them play what they wanted to hear!!”

They say, “You were playing good music though!!!”

Bingo!!!

I’ve now bombed my first gig ever. Not a great feeling but I could care less because it happens. You take the good with the bad and learn something.

I learned two things….

1. Always have all types of music available. ( Which I won’t because I’m hard headed and focused on reaching the audience that appreciates the music I spin.)

2. Learn that it’s cool to turn down opportunities that won’t get you any closer to your goal.

It was cool to be given the opportunity but this event was one I should’ve passed on. Not because I couldn’t rock it because I could’ve, but simply because I don’t rock like that. I just don’t!!!

I’ve attended many cookouts, parties, and clubs and have had to stomach listening to music I don’t like. However, when you factor in women, food, and alcohol into the equation I really don’t focus on the music.

The DJ does his thing and I wait patiently until he plays something I like. When he does that I enjoy the moment until it’s over. The one thing I don’t do is bother the DJ out of respect.

This was a classic example of why you don’t bother the DJ thinking you can do a better job. If you don’t DJ you don’t understand you have got to play music for hours not just 15 minutes and that’s why a DJ is DJing and you aren’t.

If you don’t like the mix…you don’t have to listen but definitely don’t stop him from doing what he’s prepared to do to try to do something you aren’t capable of.

Your music is limited that’s why you don’t DJ my friend! Did I mention I did this for free!!!!

It’s all good though!!!

Less Talk..More Listening

This is coming from someone who communicates for a living, and yes, it is true. I am here to tell you that the most important strategy of business communication, in my opinion, is the finely honed sense of when to not talk. Especially as a communicator, I can tell you (humbly, even) that the greatest business lessons I’ve learned have occurred during the times that my own mouth was shut.

Silence in the critical moments of a sales negotiations is a fairly widely known rule: He (or She) Who Speaks First, Loses. Fellow Forbes contributor Ken Krogue, of InsideSales, refers to this skill as The Paul Jarman Secret of Sales, in honor of a regional executive who uses the tactic exceptionally well.

Conversely, the inability to remain silent in negotiations can be deadly. For example, years ago, my partners and I were given 30 minutes to make our case in front of a senior executive. At the end of the presentation, my partner asked, “What would be your potential obstacles to hiring us?” We’ll never know what the CEO might have said, had he gotten a word in edgewise. The team member we’d brought along for experience filled the remaining air with praise for our company’s strengths. The prospective client was never given the opportunity to speak. Needless to say, we did not get the deal. (Nor did we ever take that associate into a sales discussion again.)

Good read!!! I often times need to remind myself of this!!! Click the link to finish reading!!!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2013/01/08/communications-biggest-secret-knowing-when-to-keep-your-mouth-shut/

Funny Hip Hop Story

I got this tidbit over at http://www.hiphopdx.com and I have to admit this story had me laughing for a minute!!!

DJ Whoo Kid has been working with 50 Cent for more than a decade. The two Queens, New Yorkers have gotten into several fights, even though most of them have happened out of the limelight.

“I’ve pissed 50 Cent off plenty of times and it’s always over some bullshit that the crowd doesn’t even know about,” DJ Whoo Kid says in an interview with BallerStatus. “He is such a perfectionist, so I can’t blame him. There was this one time — and it wasn’t even my fault because we had a production issue. The stage hand that operates the sound wasn’t muting the ‘Many Men’ volume from the video. While I would play the song, the audio from the video would be playing too. This idiot kept forgetting to hit mute, and after the third date, 50 starts getting pissed at me. I was sitting on top of the stage and there was this fire pole separating us, so he couldn’t punch me yet. Sometimes he’ll try to grab me or play fight, so after the show he grabbed me. The lights go out — and this is in Toronto by the way — I come down the pole, and my boy was like ’50 wants to see you.’ I go see 50 and he’s like, ‘Why you fucking everything up every show?’ Remember that rumor that 50 punched Lloyd Banks and he were leaving G-Unit? Well what really happened was 50 pushed me down, thinking that I fucked up the show. It was dark back there and I knocked into Banks and people thought 50 pushed Banks. Finally, 50 watched the show footage and saw that the sound guy was fucking up.”

DJ Whoo Kid says that he doesn’t know what happened to the sound guy, other than he got fired. The DJ never got an apologize from 50 Cent about the incident, though.

“The funny thing about 50 is that he will never say sorry, ever,” DJ Whoo Kid says. “50 knew I was so furious at him after all this shit. I was like, ‘Fuck you, nigga.’ That was in my head though (laughs), I didn’t say that to him. He knew I was mad, so this is how he says sorry: He puts his hand on my head and says, ‘I love you, man.’ 50 never says sorry, but we’ve been touring for like 10 years. So, we have this real relationship. That is just the perfectionist in him, but he’ll never say sorry. If I’m off by one beat, he’ll stop the show and call me an asshole even if I just did two hours perfect.”

DJ Whoo Kid doesn’t have the same history with Nas, but he crossed paths with Nas at SXSW last month. He wasn’t sure how Nas would react to seeing him.

“I haven’t seen him since forever,” he says. “I said some shit in the past, but we both from Queens and we worked together in the past. I wasn’t sure if we were cool now or not, so when I saw him I hid behind a bush. Nas saw me and he was like, ‘Man, come from outta those bushes.’ I guess we are all good now, we are about to work together on some shit.”

go support hiphopdx they have a lot of good posts!!!

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Aaron McGruder Releases Statement On Departure From “The Boondocks”

southeastwilson:

I didn’t report this tidbit until I knew something definite!!!!

Well here it is….!!!!

Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:

(AllHipHop News) Fans of the animated program The Boondocks were excited to find out the show was returning for a fourth season this year, but they were also puzzled when word got out that the series’ creator Aaron McGruder was not involved in the making of the latest installment.

[ALSO READ: Trailer For Season 4 Of “The Boondocks” Hits The Net]

McGruder addressed his departure from The Boondocks in a statement posted on the show’s Facebook page. He wrote:

As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.

I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much

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The Get Back

Ahhhhhhh man!!!!

I’ve been under the weather for the past week so I’ve done nothing except lay low and work on recovering.

Enough about that though!

Stay tuned because the releasing of music is about to go full steam ahead!!!

I played with the idea of packaging these releases but there is no structure to these songs so I won’t. I’ll just throw them out there and see what happens.

Sorry for such a vague post….but that’s all I have for the moment!!!

Stay up!!!!

Peace!!!!