Jadakiss drops a visual to the street anthem “Realest In The Game” off his Top 5, Dead or Alive album. Producers Arkatech Beatz laced him with a hard street banger that will have your face mean muggin. We do wish Young Buck and Sheek Louch were on this video version because they delivered some of the hardest featured bars on the album. But we’ll take this for now. Maybe something will be in the works for later.
Today marks the birthday of one of Hip Hop’s legends Big Pun. Yeah I said legends. You see there is no other artist that encompass such a variety of characteristics in an artist like Pun. Yeah sure there are other artist that can spit a hot 16 or (12 these days) but none that can combine lyrical content, flow, delivery, wittiness, charisma, charm, confidence, sex appeal (for some), and still “187 on an undercover cooooooooop” like Pun. Even some of your favorite rappers lack in at least one of those areas. Ok with the exception of B.I.G I’ll give you that but that’s about it.
Because of who he was and his great contribution to Hip Hop tons of fans, artist, and producers send up a mention every year on his birthday or anniversary of his death. Today is no different, but it is always a pleasure to see the ol staff of Loud Records come together and give it up for their artist who is arguable mentioned in the category of Top 5 Dead or Alive. Check out some of the heartwarming posts below courtesy of Instagram. Happy Birthday Pun.
Happy B Day Pun thank you @fatjoe for you guys making history
-Steve Rifkind (@steverifkind)
Celebrating the life of #BigPun today 11/10/15, one of kind, noted as the first platinum, latino solo MC, a bunch of us consider ourselves blessed to have shared in a small piece of his legacy. A real comedian, most of the time, his humor will always stand out to those who had the honor of knowing him personally. #PackingTheMacInBackOfTheAc #Twincito #TheCrusher #LOUDsounders for life
-Schott Free & Matty C (@FrozenFiles)
I was fortunate enough to work with Pun as an A&R and producer(100%). I remember meeting him with Matty C and schott free in a Mobb Deep session for the first time. He had us laughing a lot at all times…. I remember being in the Capital Punishment sessions and watching him take a deep breath a spit “Dead in the middle of Little italy…” This dude changed my life. I was blessed to be involved. Crazy thing is i have no pics with him. This is him with my son in my old office at #LoudRecords. Happy Birthday #BigPun Thank you.
-Sean C (@itsSeanC)
Happy Birthday to the homie Big Punisher. I will never forget your contribution to Hip Hop or the impact you had on my life. We had many memorable moments, conversations, and of course jokes about various topics within and outside of music. It still saddens me to this day that you are no longer physically around. I could only imagine the quality of music you would be producing today. I just want to say today on your birthday that I truly appreciate you believing in me and giving me the opportunity to showcase my musical talents next to yours. It was clear that you knew your destiny was for greatness, and it’s a joy knowing that you saw something in me that was able to contribute to it. Unfortunately some people are just now realizing your talents and appreciating your legacy. I guess it’s better late than never. I’m going to end this simply with the memorable quotable I said on your first albums skit “Thanks Pun”.
#Salute #BigPun #ChrisRivers #OffTheBooks #Rip #Bx #Ts #NYC #HBD
-Chef Lowe (@Cheflowe)
We’ll miss one of the best to touch the mic
Legendary lyricist, Jadakiss – is the latest artist to become part of platinum producers Arkatech Beatz long list of production credits. Jadakiss collaborates with Arkatech Beatz on his new album Top 5 Dead Or Alive on the song entitled “Realest In The Game”. Jadakiss enlists G-Unit’s own Young Buck and the Lox’s Sheek Louch on the track.
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Independent artists have never had access to so many customers. A single distributor can get an artist’s music into digital services around the world. U.S. artists were getting Spotify royalties before the service was available stateside. Now they’re getting royalties from Deezer, Bloom.fm and other services not yet available in the States. Since distributors have added their catalogs to YouTube, independent artists can reach listeners through the world’s most popular video service.
As of now, most of us throughout the music industry have heard about the decision handed down by a Los Angeles jury ordering artist/songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay a hefty 7.3 million dollars to the Marvin Gaye family for copyright infringement. While the verdict will most like be appealed, the question lies for many artist and producers: Can we be sued for infringement for creating records/songs inspired by our favorite artist/producers/songwriters?
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I have a lot of associates that offer email blasts services. For the most part it is a good way to get your music out as long as the ones blasting it have relationships with who they are blasting it to or it can end up being as useful as a drop in a bucket. To be totally honest, I hate being added to an MP3 email blast list from some random person I don’t know. I usually delete it right away without listening to the record (I don’t like my inbox cluttered). The worst part about some of those emails are the generic lines like “the biggest record in the city” or “has a huge buzz”. 9 out of 10 times if you check it out it’s false. Besides, the hottest record usually doesn’t have to be announced. So refrain from using the generic wording when using email blasts or have some sort of proof.
It’s 2015 and I’m still getting emails and tweets from people asking me to check out their demo. It’s pretty much a useless request, because even if I do take the time out of my day (which is a job people normally get paid for) to listen and hear something I like (which usually never happens), the artist still has to prove themselves. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t matter what I think about your demo or what anybody else thinks initially. What matters is if you have proven yourself. It’s that saying we all heard “numbers don’t lie” (even though they can, but that’s another topic).