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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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[CONCERT] Review: Why I’m Legit Excited About King Combs Tho!

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Photo Courtesy of @KingCombs Instagram

Let me first say that I was completely floored when I learned that the Bad Boy Reunion Concert decided to launch as a tour. Huge S/O to everybody who was flexing and made us all feel left out when they attended the New York joints! Rightfully so you certainly earned to. This is simply just one of those concerts you’re not allowed to miss. Primarily located in the south|west, it was only right I’d fall thru to the Las Vegas tour stop. I actually did myself one better & attended as media. I appreciate that opportunity most definitely. Thank you to the team, you know who you are! Although I wasn’t able to scream & do my Diddy dance to each set (I was working), I enjoyed every moment & thrived off the crowd’s energy around me. The DJ was live, that countdown ticker was ingenious, and we were left with surprise… after surprise… after surprise. The Notorious BIG Records with Visual Clips? Bell Biv Devoe? Shyne? DMX? Black Rob? Literally like “WHOA!” The roster in itself is simply legendary filled with nothing but timeless music. Diddy for starters. Queen Bee looked amazing. Faith’s vocals had me in awe. 112 was too smooth. Mase was the Mase we’ve always loved and you already know French had it #lit. Nelly touched down with a cameo, and I was super hype for the LOX. You had Total, Carl Thomas, the amazement just didn’t end! Now who have I missed?

Ohhhh but then Diddy decided to bring out his son, Christian, better known as “King Combs.” After he was announced to the stage, Diddy proceeded to let his son know he’d have to earn our respect & admiration. There were several thousands of us, a complete sold out arena in attendance.  I’m proud to say that he did just that! Combs, of course, easily reminds you of a Puff in his much younger days. I’m literally referring to the wardrobe and all. His brother Justin accompanied him for an energetic performance that I don’t think any of us saw coming. I had a slight glimpse from the BET Red Carpet this year, but the kid turned it up a few notches! The record was catchy, his stage presence was phenomenal, and the dance set made the entire audience erupt in applause & praise. He actually hit us with the choreographed moves just like a true entertainer, all the while holding the microphone with ease. Not a missed bar or step in sight. Call me crazy but…I’m actually enjoying this young artist a lot more with each performance.  I can’t wait for the new music to drop!  I think we can all agree that we would willingly pay for a well put together set such as Combs on any given day. There is nothing more exciting and refreshing than an artist enjoying the stage, doing what their primarily in business to do…invoke the appropriate emotion and Entertain!

Major salute to the Bad Boy 2.0 (can I call it that lol?) & King Combs. I look forward to the new music and the greatness that is sure to follow. He’s got some big shoes to fill among that label both past & present. From what I’ve personally seen, I’m more than confident he can get the job done & more! #MajorMoves


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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) Oct 2016
(P) Oct 2016

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The Connect: Can I Stop People From Recycling My Ideas?

There’s a time and place for everything in all things blogging so I’ve come to the conclusion it’s time to address the jackaz of all trades. Coming from a huge advocate for entrepreneurial moves with all things considered, I’m starting to find it very disturbing that this generation is of the “Monkey See…Monkey Do.” For some reason we cannot wait for a creation to manifest only so we can borrow or steal, then recycle it as if it is our very own. There was a time when people took pride in being the first, the one, and the only. Now it’s kind of the cool thing to take all and run with it. Then we whole heartedly accept it. But wait–it’s not about who did it first, it’s about who did it better–there’s some but not all truth to this. There are always exceptions but blatancy doesn’t fall under this category. I remember getting in touch and hearing from, “Yung Onyx” back in the MySpace days. They had no problem with my name and actually said they loved it! For several reasons I can be led to believe it was because of the following: we had dialogue, I was R&B versus Hip Hop, and it became my nickname early on after its meaning as a rare gem; or black diamond. Not the infamous rap group (Not the strip clubs either). I’ve pretty much had everything from my radio broadcasts formats & show name, to lyrics, to t-shirts, to now even my own blogs taken right from underneath me. This week’s email I received that displayed one of my articles being “recreated” was kind of my final blow. So how do you stop people from recycling your ideas and making them their own? The bitter truth is you unfortunately can’t or at least not without a fight. None the less, take a moment to scan the following below to ensure you’re getting your just due.

• Research. Yes, research. Take some time out to look around a bit. Before I generate anything I try to make sure to google with a fine tooth comb. I want to be sure that there is nothing like mine or that what I am preparing or creating isn’t already out, available to the masses. This includes perhaps the name of your single or your stage name. How annoying to have so many songs with the same title, under & within the same category.

• Business. Copyrights, Trademarks, & Patents. Depending upon what the product is or how it’s being presented one or all may be necessary. The paperwork can be quite extensive so I would recommend consulting with someone who is qualified, as well as having experience with such documents. Also, although you are on the right track, please note that saying you have a Tax ID isn’t enough. For some odd reason people are beginning to think this is the end all be all. There are certain permits, licenses, and certifications needed for you to legitimately be doing and remain in business.

• Have the conversation when it’s deemed necessary. Sometimes it does call for a healthy communicative dialogue. We can’t both throw a Southern Central Splash Summer Fest & call it just that. Especially when I’ve invested in flyers, radio advertisements & more. This could be considered a form of infringement hence it displays someone is using the marketing tools of one event, to push its own agenda of furthering sales for an entirely different event. Grab a dictionary and switch it up.

• Stop posting and talking to those not involved. If you didn’t list out your entire plan than people wouldn’t have an opportunity to swoop thru before you could execute it. I actually hate seeing people say, “Watch what’s about to happen,” or “I’m on the phone with so & so we just talked about getting this or that done.” No, no, and no. Just get it done first! You might have had the best non profit idea with a celebrity endorsement but because you spilled it all, someone with longer pockets and a bigger reach beat you to it. Special thanks to you because they didn’t even have to research for sellers. They took the person you screenshot you had a call with and had the press release the following week.

• Verbal & Written Agreements. These didn’t used to always hold up in court well but from what I can see lately, they seem to be doing just fine. If someone is rightfully entitled to a situation and you are trying to cookie cutter them out, you may want to make sure there’s no paper trail to follow. It’s enough to at least begin the preceding or worth an attorney looking into further.

• Work harder. This is my absolute favorite one of them all. You are not the only person who writes music, blogs, starting a clothing line, or any form of business. My only question these days is who isn’t? However…just because you are not the only one who uses certain words, doesn’t mean you didn’t coin the phrase so to speak. It may even have stemmed back further than when you made its intial use, so yes there are two things that can help you to solidify your point. Paperwork of course, and then ensuring your work stands above and aside the rest. With these factors you can increase your chances of at least being known as the Don Dada (s/o to AlpokoDon) of it all. This is quite flattering to say the least.

Moral. Haters gon’ hate. Nah…that’s not it. Cheaters never prosper? Nope, still not it. Let’s just say this much. You are the Alpha and Omega of your business endeavors. You are the King or Queen to this ish. You are the original and there’s none like you. You can do all things thru—look here, if you did it before, then my G, you can do it again! It is certainly okay for others to be inspired. We prove to ourselves daily thru social media that great minds think alike. But this is only cliche and given when each person has actually decided to use their mind. Imagine that. No matter how much money or great the individual is, they are only as exceptional as their next carbon copy. Sometimes that alone is enough and it can be very disappointing. If I could leave you with any advice or motivation as it relates to the “lurk & copy crew,” just know that you will always have the upper hand. Only now you just have to start acting like it. It’s time that you get up off your feet, get out here in these streets, and go get what’s yours!

#NowPutSomeRespekOnThat
(Birdman & Breakfast Club I love you for this lol)

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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) May 2016
(P) May 2016

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The Connect: Would You Cut The Check? [1]

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?

 

POL-B For The First Quarter
Buffalo, NY

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He Invested On His Own In Production By The J.u.s.t.i.c.e. League & Jaiden The Cure Lended His Vocals.  This Is Probably One Of My Favorite Songs Of All Time. It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This. Classic And Timeless.

Another Admirable Trait Is He Appears To Be Well Rounded & A Full Out Entertainer With A Passion For Acting & Comedy, Can You Tell?

Twitter: @polB IG: @juststeveallen

 

Would You Cut The Check?

Yes
I Need To See A Little More
No

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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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The Connect: 6 Reasons Why You Didn’t Go Viral

As much as some of us may want to admit that the social media platforms have tarnished certain aspects of “the grind,” we cannot negate the fact that it has done wonders for many people who were either unknown, or simply looking to go about their reintroductions. I don’t believe it was anything your average joe was so much prepared for initially, but as the industry begin to shift to digital downloads, anyone who was paying attention to the trends started to notice the campaigns & mergers taking place. Gone were the days of needing the street team when with one instant share you could reach hundreds of thousands, who would then share with their thousands. It was and has been absolutely amazing. If it all seems so simple, then why would we rather make it hard?—Lauryn Hill.

Here are 6 reasons why you didn’t go viral…when you wanted to.

1. Your followers. I know I know. I can’t stand the instant need for the follows and gratification for likes. But it doesn’t hurt to at least have more than 50 friends on Facebook, especially when within those 50 are your family and close friends only. Not to say they won’t and don’t support you, but you’d be amazed at what networking and be-friending those of your target demographic can do for your brand. Notice that word demographic. If you are just an artist, you should be trying to find your fans. It is possible that you may have too many artists who like your fan page that are doing the exact same thing you are, versus not enough people who can simply enjoy the music. It’s all about having a good balance.  I’m always working towards bettering mine.

2. Your page is private. All of it! Now I’ll be the first to say that I keep a locked Instagram & FB but to be brutally honest, I haven’t been able to find away around it still not being visible. You’ll always have a lurker or two—yes even you with the 50 followers, but there are also some functions I actually enjoy now that allow me to share certain posts. I make use of these often and I highly suggest you do the same.

3. Your product lacks. Quality or presentation if not both. Whether you are sharing weight loss tips, how to crochet marley weave, your looks, or your hit single…something is off. People watch, read, share and enjoy things they gravitate towards. If it is not appealing to my eyes, ears, or serving a purpose, then simply put- it gets no love.

4. You’re inconsistent. One day you’re sharing your company and how you are so organized with life and all its glory, then the next day you’re exchanging in online drama, beefs, or worse…posting that you forgot to pay your bills. The drama part as you all like to say is “just you sharing who you are with the world,” and by all means that’s your prerogative. But when I’m ready to purchase my home, you better believe I know what realtor I WON’T be utilizing. Missing important bills can imply lack of dependability & an assumption you might miss deadlines. Keep that to yourself. No one is perfect, and I’m not endorsing a fake facade, however being mindful with your business posts equals you cant go wrong.

5. Your marketing is off. There is nothing worse than seeing someone releasing their album on Mother’s Day in celebration of Mothers everywhere. We totally cannot take you serious. We are most likely out having brunch or perhaps relaxing for once. You are selecting horrible times to promote or share your product that is non-related to the day’s events.  Please believe we know what you were aiming towards with the #mothersdaymix hashtag. This could be opportunity for an easy L (loss). Easter is coming up and I can assure you someone will be promoting to “buy their beats.” I highly doubt it will be the Jesus Has Risen or Easter Edition at that.

6. You’re a spammer. The minute I see I have been tagged with 99+ others is the moment I deflect completely away from the post all together. This is different however if you know the individuals and its welcomed. But 9 times out of 10, it isn’t. Some of you don’t even build up a brief repoire or greeting before you drop a bare link of spam in an inbox or on someone’s page. It’s highly annoying and some people will just delete or unfollow you. 15% of the spam I personally receive has been decent but not amazing. Clearly there’s a problem. Next time you want to go down your friends list to promote, try posting a status that reads, “New material, like If I can share it with you.” The support & real response might be much better. No one wants to look like they won’t at least try to hear you out when you’re nice about it.

In a nutshell, the secret to going Viral is there is no secret…and when I say “viral” I don’t necessarily mean Antoine Dodson or Daaaaammmnnn Daniel style. Most who went viral weren’t trying to initially.  When our sound bite from our radio broadcast made it all the way to TMZ we were quite shocked.  It happened organically.  The minute we actually tried a hand at it, is when it didn’t go as far as it could.  Not to mention that you can actually pay for your posts to be sponsored as you have always been able to. It’s the new wave of commercials.  Advertising 101.  Going viral is a post, or a share of material that people gravitate to, and feel a personal connection with the content being presented. When you go out shopping, you don’t mind purchasing an item that interest you. The same goes for social media. So whether it be for laughs & memes, the next chart topping single, or to land a business meeting with a multi-million dollar company, think supply & demand. Simply just post and watch your business grow and the magic happen.

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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 2016
(P) Mar 2016

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