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REP YO CITY- Blog Series Edition

 

Welcome Killeen!

In addition to “Cut The Check” I am now ready to launch “Rep Yo City” which will focus specifically on recording artists residing or serving Killeen, Texas as home. This is a semi-annual edition geared to showcase selected talent & hard working individuals from the area.  The series is designed to be of an additional support for your resume, serving as a one-time marketing free of cost.  Feature cannot be purchased or utilized thru relationships. RYC is an original concept in design & format with no goal to compete with existing blog/marketing services offered within the Central TX area. I hope to continue working towards overall positive results, garner more industry attention, and provide both current, effective music guidance.

For an example of published work, please access previous quarterly #cutthecheck articles. To qualify, post or share the article link and ask your supporters to complete the nomination form.  All genres welcomed.  The artist/group who receives the most volume will receive the feature. One entry per valid email.  Be sure to check back  bi-weekly during the submission cycle for any updated information.  The nomination period is open for the following:

Summer/Fall Edition- May 1st- June 1st (Published in July)

Winter/Spring Edition- Nov 1st- Dec 1st (Published in Jan)


(addresses are not being used to build contact lists)


***In addition to being selected for the edition, the “Rep Yo City” recipient will have an opportunity to receive a personalized artist consultation (1) , unlimited A&R of (2) records until finalized, FULL print page & web placement feature with Midwest based Twenty4Seven Magazine, professional studio recording session with The Golden Earz c/o Carlos Finklea, and X Squad DJs Coalition conference call.  Featured posts will not visually include violent gangs or brandished weapons, but is free to express the art of/or chronicle life in its form by said author.  All visual content is subject to approval prior to posting.  This series does not promise, include nor extend any management or pr contract terms, distribution, radio or club play, live performances, record label contracts, or continued blog placements.  Sponsors may rotate as needed for next entry.  Any additional incentives offered are not agreed to and for each featured recipient.  Winner can only receive selection once (per artist/group) with no exceptions, or transfer of service(s)/offer(s).

Nominations will not be received thru text, email, or via social media.  Thank you for your interest!

RYC is ongoing until further notice


Company Sponsors

Meet Young Mayne of IMG!

 

Special thanks to company sponsor The Golden Earz!

Above song featured was produced & recorded here.  Schedule your appointment today!

 

Printed & distributed within several regions, peep it online!

 

Meet the X Squad DJs!

 


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EXCLUSIVE: Don Jackson Announces Plans Of Gospel Network Stellar TV!

The 32nd Annual Stellar Awards Pre-Show Took Place At The Orleans Showroom Located In Las Vegas On Friday, March 24th 2017.  Founder, Chairman, And CEO Of The Prestigious Ceremony, Don Jackson, Announced Plans To Launch Stellar Television.  The Gospel Focused Network Will Air Twenty Four Hours Daily, And Provide A Platform To Showcase Gospel Music Throughout The Year.  The Network Will Be Equipped With An Unplugged Live Segment, Comedy Show, Performances, And Media Outlets. Don Went On To State It was Time To “Step Up,” And Looks Forward To The Potential Launch To Take Place At The Later Part Of 2017.  To Become Involved And Assist In The Petition Of The Network, Supporters Can Send Text, Stellar TV To 797979.  The Awards Will Take Place At The Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25th, And Air On April 9th.  Check Your Local Cable Listings For More Information.

 

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Onyx• Queen of Killeen| Songwriter | Music Professional | Executive Producer & Host of Jermaine Dupri’s Global 14 the Cut | 2014 SEA Internet Hustler of the Year

(C) Mar 2017
(P) Mar 2017

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BET Presents ABFF Honors Tonight At 8pm EST!

This Evening Marks Another Momentous Occasion In African American Culture & Entertainment.  B.E.T. Presents The American Black Film And Festival Honors Which Took Place On Friday, February 17th In Los Angeles.  Among Many Actors, Actresses, & Filmmakers In Attendance, The Ceremony Was Hosted By Regina King, With Special Appearances By Cecily Tyson, Jay Ellis, Kofi Siroboe, Nia Long, Larenz Tate, Alexandra Shipp, Luke James, Kylie Bunbury And More.

 

Director & Acclaimed Actor Denzel Washington Was Honored With The “Hollywood Legacy Award.”   

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Actress, Producer, And Musician Queen Latifah Was Presented With The “Entertainment Icon Award”

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Actor & Artist Terrence Howard Is Presented With The “Excellence in the Arts Award”
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Film Director & Producer F. Gary Gray Is Presented With The “Excellence in the Arts Award”
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Issa Rae, Producer, Writer, & Actress, Received The “Rising Star Award” 
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Maxwell, Dionne Farris & Other Graced The Stage Thru Performance.  Catch The ABFF Honors Tonight On B.E.T. February 22nd At 8:00pm Est.  Take A Look At Some Of The Video Highlights To See Just What’s In Store!

 

Issa Rae Receives The Rising Star Award At The American Black Film Festival Honors & Credits Social Media For Opportunities

 
Host Regina Hall Recalls Getting Over Heartbreak At The American Black Film Festival Honors

 
Cecily Tyson Speaks Highly Of Denzel & Shares How He Has Paved The Way For Many Generations To Come

Denzel Washington Receives “The Hollywood Legacy Award


 

Omari Hardwick Takes The Stage & Recites A Poetic Love Verse

 
Terrance Howard Receives “The Excellence In The Arts” Award At The American Black Film Festival And Speaks of Advice He Received From Denzel Washington & Sidney Poitier

New Edition Cast Takes The Audience Back With A Flawless Rendition of Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison”

 

Recording Artist Common Brings The Audience To Their Feet With An Impromptu Freestyle At The American Black Film Festival Honors 

 

 

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ON THIS DAY: CHINARA BUTLER & RICE UNIVERSITY – PIMP C: A TRILL LEGACY

Where were you when you heard your very first UGK record?  Just some of the dialogue exchanged among the attendees present as Dr. Pinn & Chinara Butler (Widow of Legendary Southern Pioneer Chad “Pimp C.” Butler) prepared for the nights’ event & panelists. When surfaced that there would be a Pimp C Collection at the Woodson Research Center, Hip Hop began to celebrate its excitement thru social media, hence the notable contributions of UGK for not only representation throughout the south, but in regards to the iconic moments within rap music in its entirety. Having had the opportunity to interview Mr. Boomtown back in 2011, I remember learning more about the Port Arthur team and those candid moments that you just can’t simply google. Last night’s event is considerably another one of those, “you had to be there.”

 

I was able to gain insight throughout the evening and looked forward to having an opportunity to visit the collection in Rice’s Fondren Library which includes lyrics handwritten, contracts, artwork from fans and more! Let’s recall from L. To R. the panelist who chimed in on the key moments that shaped their personal relationship with Pimp C

E.S.G., DJ Michael Watts, Mr. Lee, Lil Keke, David Banner, Chinara Butler, Bun B with moderation by Madd Hatta 

Bun B shares how fellow pioneer & legendary DJ Screw, had first test press of “Tell Me Something Good,” and framed it like a plaque.

He spoke on their record “Pocket Full of Stones” which was featured on the, Menace II Society soundtrack, and went on to mention how the ending we saw was actually the alternate version.  Originally, it was “O-Dog” who was supposed to meet his unfortunate fate in the ending!  What a classic movie and great film none the less to be apart of.

A member within the audience asked Bun b a question that he summarizes as one he often receives regarding conspiracies surrounding Pimp C’s death, and clarified it wasn’t due to an overdose of lean.  He did address as well as Chinara, that his existing health conditions contributed to what ultimately led to his passing.

A mini documentary was shown during the ceremony which highlighted how UGK influenced the new generation with featured speakers like Asap Rocky and Scotty ATL.

 

 

David Banner elaborated more that although his death was a result of health factors, the humble conscious rapper from Port Arthur, did knowingly receive death threats due to his new social status, and the leader he had become within the community.

Banner first interacted with Pimp C by way of mail when he wrote to the rapper while incarcerated. He recalled sending pictures of new drum machines which undoubtedly led to him introducing & teaching P C how to use production equipment.

Mad Hatta, E.S.G., Mr. Lee spoke of respect, music & more, while Lil Keke went on record to say he received confidence to pursue music from U.G.K.  Michael Watts said his experience came mostly thru the radio interaction when “Pimp” would call up to the 97.9 station.

It’s thru the continuous efforts and occasions such as these that Chinara vowed in sustaining the voice of Pimp C.  The event carried over to a separate location where Deleon sponsored an evening to remember and J Prince & Chinara would share their first photo together since her becoming a widow.

Among many others in attendance were Hip Hop Recording Artist & Houston Veteran Killa Kyleon and  Billboard Charting Artist Snooti Wild.

*Event Photos & source courtesy of @gavingeorgemusic


This historical hip hop occasion may be over, but his LEGACY lives on. Be sure to stay posted to alltrillthings.com and follow @chinarabutler on social media for further updates and more #LongLivePimpC events, music, and memorabilia to be announced.

 

Purchase Pimp C posthumous album, Long Live The Pimp

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/long-live-the-pimp/id1055415200

You can also utilize the streaming service below to take a listen

 

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Onyx• Queen of Killeen| Songwriter | Music Professional | Executive Producer & Host of Jermaine Dupri’s Global 14 the Cut | 2014 SEA Internet Hustler of the Year

(C) Jan 2017
(P) Jan 2017

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[MIXTAPE] REVIEW: J-RENA – If The Shoe Fits

Haven’t been this excited about a full R&B female project since Candice Boyd. J-Rena has set the bar pretty high for 2017.  The mix is just simply put, amazing! I was thoroughly impressed by the compilation.  “If The Shoe Fits” is dope from start to finish, which to be honest, should be every artist’s goal when completing their project.  “J” adopts the popular model of using familiar records, then recreates them as if the instrumentation was her very own.  The perfect balance of slow, upbeat, and mellow records makes for an amazing playlist.  This just became my official car ride, cardio run, and get ready mix!  The lyrics are quite clear & concise presenting a message throughout each listed track.  Completely fitting for it’s title, and its accompanied by host Ferrari Simmons, and mixed by The Core DJs CEO Tony Neal.  You can ask me which is my favorite, but after multiple playbacks I can’t really pinpoint just one.  No one outside my circle gets this much play aside from Jeezy.  She “did that” and I’m excited about what’s next.  No further breakdown is needed.  With the vocals and the unique appropriate arrangements, it sounds like RnB is back!  Take a listen for yourself.  Straight 🔥!!

J Rena – If The Shoe Fits – Ferrari Simmons, T. Neal – Free Mixtape Download And Stream

Source: J Rena – If The Shoe Fits – Ferrari Simmons, T. Neal
Peep J-Rene’s most recent visual below!

We had an opportunity to hop on the wave before it takes off! Listen to our exclusive one on one interview with R&B’s new songstress!

Twitter: @jrenamusic

IG: @jrenamusic

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The Connect: Would You Cut The Check? [4]

Something I’ve Wanted To Share For Quite Some Time Is About Maybe Once or Twice A Year I Come Across An Unknown, Unsigned or Independent Artist Who Is By Far Incredibly Talented & Pretty Much Ready To Go! Often I Have Asked To Either Interview Or Feature Their Projects And Most Of These Same Artists Have Now Progressed Into Some Of Your Favorite Entertainers. All That Studio Time…All That Grinding..But When It All Boils Down, You Either Have It…Or You Don’t! Still Working On The Commas Needed To Activate Mission: Mogul 😉 However, Within These Upcoming Series Are Artists Whom I’d Definitely Sign A Check Towards…Would You?

 

D-Mac For The Fourth Quarter
Miami, FL

Having First Started As A Battle Rapper, D-mac Learned How To Structure His Music Properly In Order To Create Records That Showcase His Craft. Before Tory Lanez “Say It” Came About, He Released His 2014 Dear Destiny Compilation With 90s Samples. Among The Tracklist Is One Of My Favorites “The Code.”  Pay Attention To The Lyrics.

His Industry Relationships Came About Due To The Genuine Friendships That Were Established First.  He Successfully Sold Nearly A Thousand Care Packages To Fans Who Purchased His Most Recent Project “Destiny.” Seeing How This Was Accomplished Without A Promotional, I Can Only Imagine The Opportunities That Lie Ahead.  One Listen To This Artist Simply Leaves You Wanting To Hear More.

Twitter: @imdmac  IG: @dmac2r

 

Would You Cut The Check?

Yes
I Need To See A Little More
No


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@bladefromdade @dmac2r “Pray For Me” Visual Coming Soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*Please Note None Of The Above Mentioned Artists Are Paid Advertisements & Have No Prior Knowledge They Are Being Featured. Check Back Quarterly To See Who’s Been Added To The Series!*

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