Introduction


Following off of Prince Imperial’s intro post, allow me to introduce myself….. the name is 5th Letter… the reason for the name is because the 1st letter of my 1st name is E…. that’s kinda lazy I know, but I just stuck with it…. I come from Fayetteville, NC which is where I got my start in hip hop circa ‘93… but right now I’m in Eglin AFB, FL… I had dabbled in writing before that, but around then was the first time i really tried to put it to music… been hooked ever since… I’ve worked with a ton of different artists & producers… first & foremost my Empire fam (Prince Imperial, Mista Jay, & Speak No Evil), QB (CO), Mic Will (VA), Ground Zero (Shamrocc & DOS)(Fayetteville, NC), Vintage (Hampton VA), Rik Marvel (Fayetteville, NC), Lil’ D of F.It Entertainment (FL), Soulstarr (Fayetteville, NC), William Munny (Vallejo, CA), and there’s probably more… my album “A Long Time Coming” is currently in work… it was originally slated for release on December 15th, 2008, but now it’s lookin more like December 29th, 2008 or January 5th, 2009… the recording process is crazy… but it’s comin, I promise… Alright, that’s all I got… *takes off mic & walks off set*

Peace.

E

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Backlash


When I observe what’s popular & what’s not in the music industry right now, I kinda wonder if the type of album I’m working on will cost me in the long run.  I mean, as far as hip-hop goes, popularity seems to rest with those either making dance songs, lovey-dovey rap tunes, singing in autotune, or just the typical “gangsta” shit. My album doesn’t fall into any of those categories.  Now, of course, there are exceptions who become known just off the strength of good music.  But there’s not alot of them.  So, I’m anxious to see if my approach to my album will hinder my ability to move units.  Time will tell, I guess.  

Peace.

E

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Hip-Hop in the BET and MTV Video Era and The New transition


Fact: MTV and BET had a corporate stranglehold on music ad programming, which trained the public at large not to put importance on lyrics. Their more enthralled with image and beats than lyrical quality.  This also helped usher in the download era, in which songs are downloaded and then erased or deleted with out a second thought.  There was a time when people where really into lyrics, a time in hip-hop when real emcees outnumbered the pop-rappers. During this time artists had what I liked to call “the ooh factor”, it was basically this—“ooh did you hear what they just said?”  The action that followed that statement was someone rewinding the tape.   Lyrics that either made you smile or think, words, phrases and punch lines complex enough for the listener to get something from it but simple enough so that when time was taken to study you didn’t miss a thing.   At one point that’s what friendly competition was based on:  to challenge  another emcee, no matter what the subject was, to turn certain portions of a verse or the whole sixteen into an “ooh moment”.   The turning of wordplay, the spinning of words, phrases, puns, similes, and metaphors into a verbal tapestry is for me the height of emceeing. Now people use a lot of sing-songy hooks and jingle style lyrics just to get over.   There is little to no real lyrical competition so there is nothing current on the mainstream or commercial level to compare different emcees to, which is why you have such a reliance on sales figures and radio air play by listeners and artists themselves as proof of top dog status. The current state of affairs is that hype equal’s substance.  At least that’s the perception, so a few people can create a real substantive buzz, or those who have been around can skate by with a few “jingle raps” and then claim to be more than what they are. Now that the game has changed some what with the decreased play of videos on BET and MTV, which offers up new challenges for mainstream artists and a new playing field for independents I will discuss this in a part 2 of this topic.

TO BE CONTINUED………………

Mistajay

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Are You what your Music says You Are?


Though the Lord is supreme, he takes care of those who are humble, but he stays away from the proud.

Psalm 138 verse 6

I have dedicated 13 years of my life to writing and creating Hip Hop music.  While I obviously love Hip Hop, I do get very tired of hearing artists talk about how much power, money and women they have.  Those artists quite frankly have become my enemies in music for the most part.  Following this train of thought, the above statement resounded with me.

For more great quotes visit Greg’s Blog.

~SpeaK no E.~

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Big Shots


Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.

~Christopher Morley

If you are a music artist like us, or for that matter any kind of artist looking to be heard or acknowledged, you can appreciate the value of the above quote.

For more great quotes check out Greg’s Blog.

~SpeaK no E.~

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Dream As If You’ll Live Forever


Dream As If You’ll Live Forever, live as if you’ll die today.

~James Dean~

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My hope that this 08 race as tought all of us…..(my speech)


Let not our bitterness and the wrongs of the past weaken your hope, let it strengthen your resolve. We must understand that our citizenship is active and not passive. One now must recognize that it is we the people and not we the president, the senate or the congress. We as a people can recapture the sprit that got us the fog of two world wars and through the turbulent sixties. We now open our eyes to awaken to a more hopeful morn, those who seek to divide will be marginalized those live only to hate will die by it. It is only through hope, faith, and love that we see progress and it is symbolized in these three words used by……. President-elect Barack Hussien Obama …….YES WE CAN !!!

 My hope that this 08 race as tought all of us.....(my speech)

Mistajay

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McCain vs. Obama Election 2008!


Even though it’s a little late, The Empire would like to encourage everyone who is registered to get out there and vote.  It’s fast.  The longest part is waiting in line.  I voted already this morning.  I also knew a good lawyer one time that said something like “if you don’t know which judges to support, vote them out just to get some fresh blood in there.”  So, good luck with that.  Today is going to be in the history books for decades to come.  So wether you favor McCain or Obama, support your candidate and be a part of it.  This could be the single most important thing you do this year.  America needs you!  VOTE

~SpeaK no E.~ a.k.a. Travis Dunaway

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