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My Thoughts on the The Zimmerman Verdict


After the verdict this weekend I have heard many insensitive comments including the same ol’ same ol’ “get over it”. We don’t need to get over it we need to deal with it, deal with these racial issues in real substantive way, real discussions that means there will be some cussing some anger but it is well past time that people discuss the racial history of this country in diverse groups and in a brutally honest way. The unequal access to education and the unequally in the justice system that brought the feelings of this weekend to the surface. Because the reality is these feelings have been under the surface since the last highly publicized unjust verdict which was almost 21 years ago. The Rodney King verdict didn’t set the stage for this but was just a conformation of what went on before the height in the civil rights movement and during and sadly after. To sum my thoughts up on this whole thing is we keep hearing about how America is supposed to be a melting pot that has not fully come to fruition until we deal with each other in real way and realize that we as one nation can not make it without one another………………..

~Mistajay~

photo My Thoughts on the The Zimmerman Verdict

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Veterans Day


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WE would like to thank all the military men and women for their service

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Underground 121 V.2 Hosted by DJ ZAR


This is The 121 V.2 Mixtape Which Has 121 Of The Best Unsigned Hip-Hop/Rap/RnB Artist’s That Need A Real Break/Deal. WE ARE ON IT!!!!!
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UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE FEATURE 8-23-011


This month’s feature is with a hard working artist who aspires to be signed and bring his message to the world lets check out Ryan B.

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?
Ryan B: The story and concept behind my name is basically I chose my first name and the first letter of my last name as my emcee name.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? Ryan B: Fayetteville, NC Aka Fayettenam the 910

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you? Ryan B: I’m influenced by all types of music. I grew up listening to hip-hop since early in elementary school. I was listening to Public Enemy’s 9-1-1 on a cassette one day and liked it and that’s when I knew I loved hiphop. Then I began listening to Onyx, 2pac, Dre, Snoop, Outkast, Biggie and the list goes on and on. I’m also influenced by all types of other music like rock, soul music, blues, and country, basically I listen to all music that I feel is good.

Mistajay: What do you mean when do you describe your self as just another hard working underground artist trying to get signed while bringing a different style of music to the table rapping about real life situations? What would you call your style?
Ryan B: I’m a very hard working artist who aspires to be signed. I think that’s every artist dream, to be signed so that you can hopefully put our your album and your message to the world. I call my style just reality rap, it’s conscious. I’m not with all that glorifying negativity, it’s just not my style. I’d rather speak about things going on in the world and trying to awaken people that if we all change for the better the world can be a better place. There’s people out here beefing with each other over a bunch of nonsense. If people just concentrated on getting money the violence would be cut down, I know there’s always gonna be violence but if we as people learn to somehow control it maybe the crime rates will drop. I just try to make music with a positive message, but some times I might be pissed off or something and create some aggressive content also.

Mistajay: What is your best song recorded to date and why? Ryan B: I don’t know, I’d have to say this song called Pens Down me and my homeboy Squires did. A lot of people like to hate on you when you on the grind trying to rap, so we was just like nah fuck that we ain’t putting no pens down we gonna try to go harder every song.

Mistajay: You have opened up for Crime Mobb, Freewill Entertainment, Young Buck, Boosie and Webbie. If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring other than those you have already opened for, who would they be and why?
Ryan B:I would like to do a show with J.Cole, Saigon and Lupe Fiasco. Those are three artists who I listen to a lot right now. I got love for a lot more artists than that in hip-hop though.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2011? How do you see yourself fitting into that? Ryan B:I see hip-hop going into a positive direction with a lot of the new talent coming out.

Mistajay: What are your future plans? Ryan B:I just released a joint mixtape with a family friend who calls himself “Squires”, and the mixtape is called Perseverance. The mixtape speaks bout against world corruption while explaining life experiences we both went through after his pops was killed in a homicide and my grandmother died right when I was going through some tough times mentally and financially. We had to be strong and persevere, and through hard work we got the mixtape done and it’s a double cd with 37 tracks. I plan on promoting that while working on my solo project “Fighting the Odds” that I’ma try to finish up by winter 2011.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts? Ryan B:You can listen to my music online at www.reverbnation.com/ryanbandsquiresmusicpage and I’m on facebook at Ryan Bmusicpage. I appreciate the interview and shout outs to everyone in the Carolina’s on their grind.

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?
Ryan B: www.reverbnation.com/ryanbandsquiresmusicpage Twitter: RyanB84 and facebook: Ryan Bmusicpage

NEXT MONTHS INTERVIEW Joey Cutless!!!
Mistajay is doing a monthly interview feature the underground experience on the blog www.empiremusiq.com/blog and would like to interview you for this new post please contact nccceo2@yahoo.com to publicize any new projects that you have coming up thanks for your time. Donate or pay $50 dollar interview fee below!!
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THE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE FEATURE 7/20/011


This month’s feature is with someone who is ready to prove when it comes to Hip-Hop he is definitely first in flight Rain……

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Mistajay: What area are you reppin? RAIN: Fayetteville, North Carolina

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you? RAIN: My musical influences ranges from 2Pac all the way to Willie Hutch. I have a very wide range of musical influences. I am inspired by my drive to reach greatness. I don’t feel like I have reached my peak musically. Knowing that somewhere deep down I have classic material inside that can be released with practice and dedication keeps me inspired.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style? RAIN: Vivid. Very real and cinematic.

Mistajay: What is your best song recorded to date and why? RAIN: I have no clue. Its changes all the time. I really love “Lady in a Red Dress” from American Dreamin 2.

Mistajay: If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why? RAIN: Stevie Wonder, The Roots and Lauryn Hill.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2011? How do you see yourself fitting into that? What do you think the future of Fayetteville and NC Hip Hop is? RAIN: Hip Hop is so strange. It evolved so fast and extremely frequently. I’m not sure where it is going, I just hope I am around to enjoy the ride. Hopefully I will become a main figure in the culture. If I am there, Fayetteville will be there also.

Mistajay: Your Bio states that you are to release your first retail project through First in Flight/Hoopla/Universal there where reported rumours that you have been flying back and forth to LA and possibly in talks with Aftermath is there anything you would want to break here or clear up? RAIN: Time will tell. We will soon see how everything plays out.

Mistajay: 9th wonder recently had a write up about Hip Hop in NC and one of the main points where that the competition was outside the state and not within basically saying that we need to support are own as artists and develop your brand what are your thoughts about this as well as your own advice for indy artists and fans alike? RAIN: I don’t want to comment on the 9th Wonder statement because I didn’t see that for myself but I do feel like there is competition everywhere including inside of NC. Never sleep on anyone. You never know what they are cooking up. My advice is to stay focus, be original and give it all you have.

Mistajay: What are your future plans? RAIN: Releasing more music and introducing new talent.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts? RAIN: Thank you! First In Flight for life. Live free or die!

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music? RAIN:twitter.com/rain910 www.rain910.com

NEXT MONTH’S FEATURE Ryan B!!!!
Mistajay is doing a monthly interview feature the underground experience on the blog www.empiremusiq.com/blog and would like to interview you for this new post please contact nccceo2@yahoo.com to publicize any new projects that you have coming up thanks for your time. Donate or pay $50 dollar interview fee below!!
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The Underground Experience Feature 2/17/011


This month feature is an emcee versatile artist considered by some to be a favorite in the indy hip-hop community and one of the premier artist to watch let’s pick the brain of Mr.Backtwist Chaundon.

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?

Chaundon: The name Chaundon is basically a play of the Champagne. Women love champagne and the love me so it makes sense lol.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin?

Chaundon: I rep Hunts Point Avenue. Bronx, NY

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

Chaundon: My influences began with emcees out of Hunts Point. Mike Smooth (R.I.P) & Fred Black. They’re style, music and influence in the hood was incredible and it left an impression on me to make music. Shortly after, my influences ranged from Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Kool G Rap to Big L.

Mistajay: Your history here in NC starts with NCCU as well as some others in your collective you feel that that environment was fertile ground for your growth as a emcee?

Chaundon: Yes I do. My career began there.

Mistajay: Being  a member of HOJ and them having a critical buzz at one time how do you feel that has affected or helped your career or has it?

Chaundon: It has helped to propel my name to where it is now. The buzz gave me the opportunity to make a living solely off of music. You gotta love it.

Mistajay: You have recorded several projects the most recent being Baby making music and No Excuses. What is your best song recorded to date and why?

Chaundon: I don’t have a “best song”. I leave that up to the fans of my music to decide.

Mistajay: If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Chaundon: The 1st artist I’d choose would be Black Thought because he’s dope and his stage presence is commanding. The 2nd artist would be Stevie Wonder because his music is incredible. It would be an honor and a learning experience to share the stage with such a genius. The 3rd artist would be DJ Kid Capri. Do I need a reason?? He rocks a party like none other! To have Kid Capri on the ones and twos will make the cipher complete.

Mistajay: As a indy artist what do you think some of the the benefits are, if any and some of the difficulties of being Independent?

Chaundon: The difficulty is the not having that machine behind you to get the music in places you can’t do with out the influence on the major. The benefits are building relationships to maintain your career. Also, having total control on your image and the sound of the music.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2011?

Chaundon: I have no clue. We’ll see how it turns out when it happens. Its hard to predict what people gravitate to.

Mistajay: How do you see yourself fitting into that?

Chaundon: I’m not worried about fitting into anything.

Mistajay: Some artists have put a age limit on how long they see themselves performing and recording do you have a limit?

Chaundon: I don’t have a limit. I’ll leave when I feel its time.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Chaundon: I’m working on a cook book and a cooking show. It should be completed later this year.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?
Chaundon: Buy my music! And join www.chaundon.com

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

Chaundon: They can follow me on twitter @chaundon
They can purchase all my music from http://chaundon.bandcamp.com

NEXT MONTHS INTERVIEW AFP’S YOUNG HUNT!!!!

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The Underground Experience Feature 1/25/010


We start this first Underground Experience Feature with and emcee that reps NC with a throwback vibe so come with me as I chop it up with Ronnie Run.- Mistajay

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Mistajay:What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?

Ronnie Run:By me being a true hip hop fan I love Run DMC and I grew up on RunDMC ,LL Cool J ,Rakim, BDP(KRS-One) and more. So I took Run’s name and add it to my name which is Ronnie and came up with Ronnie Run.

Mistajay:What area are you reppin?

Ronnie Run:I am reppin Winterville,NC 252 all day everyday!

Mistajay:What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

Ronnie Run:My influences are my everyday surroundings and what I do in a day’s time. I am not a gangsta or a thug but I do knows some gangstas and some thugs. So why would I say stuff which I dont do you feel me??. So God is my influences and music wise is Ice Cube,Ludacris,Jay-Z ,Rakim,LL,Rick Ross 2Pac,Biggie,amd the list goes on. My daughter really inspires me to do what I do because she has to eat and so do I but its more focus on her then me.

Mistajay:How do you describe your style?

Ronnie Run: I would say my style is Retro kinda of a throwback style.

Mistajay:What is your best song recorded to date and why?

Ronnie Run: I Remember” is one of my favorite songs because I am remembering everything that I use to do when I was growing up. Everybody can relate to this song from any hood and any ghetto you feel me. This song is starting to really catch a huge buzz online and on alot of actual radio stations.

Mistajay:If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Ronnie Run:I would say Drake, Ice Cube,and Ludacris. These 3 people can sell out a concert real quick!

Mistajay:Where do you see the hip hop going in 2011? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

Ronnie Run:I see hip hop going in a different direction that everybody is waiting to see it go and that’s a good thing as long as everybody supports each other. I see myself fitting in very well because everybody is stuck on what’s hot and not looking at talent and skills. But the industry has got alot people heads twisted right now. All I can say is stay focused and be smooth and everything will be alright.

Mistajay:What are your future plans?

Ronnie Run:My future plans is to work on another album and drop another single for the radio. Also drop my first mixtape called”Local Hood Star”.

Mistajay:Any last thoughts?

Ronnie Run:Stay true to yourself and not be a copy cat because it will get you nowhere. Shouts out to Deka Records ,all my NC Music heads :Flawless,Ben Harrell,Big Hop,Hookz,Young Fres and Hoodleague Records,Derty Den,Shelly B, Sallah D and the whole Hydr Records,Manifest,Timeless Beats,LQ,DJ B-Ski,Brice Reese, Hugg E. Bear,Mica Swain,Barry-Bee,Skee Monee(KISS 102),C-Dub(92.1),Big Abe(Foxy 99),Rain, D-Train& Paul Andre(Power 95.5) SkiBeats,and more. If I forgot you dont take it personal. Winterville 4 life!!!!!!!!!!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/soulful-rush/id384854127 they can follow me on twitter at ronnierun252 on Myspace at www.myspace.com/ronnierun252nc on Facebook

I support Ronnie run

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NEXT MONTHS INTERVIEW HOJ’S CHAUNDON!!!!!!

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The Underground Experience


The Underground Experience is looking indie artists who want a chance to take their careers to the next level entering this showcase/compettion gives your chance to have:

  1. A spot on a nationally distributed an reviewed mixtape
  2. A video of your performance
  3. Online radio play
  4. Bill listing in ads pushing the event

FOR THE WINNING ARTISTS OR GROUP

  1. Professional Press kit
  2. Studio Time
  3. Single Deal & Nationwide push
  4. Radio & Magazine Interviews

Contact James”Mistajay” Genwright II

NCCCEO2@ YAHOO.COM with contact info for other entrance fee payment options or send $400 thru paypal to NCCCEO@YAHOO.COM deadline is September 3rd 2010

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For all the independent MC’s……….


I am an independent. We are not, and never have been, owned by a publishing house or had a budget provided to us by some corporate giant. Every single contact, every single dollar, every event, magazine, and everything else we have got was as a result of HARD work, networking, and calculated risk. No one ever gave us anything for free. I completely empathize with the independent which is why I am especially hard on them.

So you are an independent rapper. You believe that you are the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel, but no one else has confirmed that for you as of yet. You have a mixtape hosted by your cousin with tracks that are produced by another guy who is the greatest thing since the invention of the zipper (also confirmed by no one else but himself). You pressed up 50 cd’s and proceeded to try and sell them, but became frustrated and angry when no one would buy them. From there you approach every magazine and website and insist that they put you on because your hot. To your surprise, no one does…………

Being an independent artist is not only “the same” as owing your own business, it IS owning your own business. Like any other business you need capital in order to operate. Whether that capital is raised through an initial investor, or from your own pocket is inconsequential, you just need to have it. Now you may be asking yourself “What do I need money for, shouldn’t I be getting paid?” The answer to that is no, you should not. The reason you need money is because when you own a new business you need to be marketing, promoting, pressing up posters, flyers, cd’s, you need your own website, and you need to be out at every industry event you can find. All this costs money people. You can not expect it to be done for you for free. Take show cases for instance. Show cases give you an opportunity to show case your talent to taste makers and trend setters within the music industry. While I agree, sometimes the prizes are not great, but you are out there branding your name, your look, and your music. Brand positioning is about being in the faces and ears of those who can help take your career to the next level.

It takes truly a perfect mixture of marketing, promotion, brand positioning, a strong team, great live performance, and TALENT in order to make a successful living as an MC. I have ranted and raved about Lil Wayne and many other artists I believe to be over rated, but at the end of the day they are talented. They have figured out how to tap into millions of people and created fans out of them. So:

1) Check your team. Are “your” people as excited about your career as you are?

2) Do you have mixtapes you are giving to everybody and their mother for free? Do you have posters & fliers hanging in every inch of your city?

3) Do you have a viral marketing person? Someone to update all the blogs, twitter, facebook, and send email blasts?

4) Do you know how to “operate” a microphone? Do you practice performing and breath control? Are you entertaining on stage?

4) Most importantly, are you a talented MC? To answer this question, click any of the 3 links below and HONESTLY ask your self if you are even in the same league. Im not saying you need to be AS good, but you need to be in the same league. If your not, find another career.

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