Friday, April 17, 2009

I Think Kim Kardashian's a Man... Eminem

Eminem recently rapped about model Kim Kardashian in his newest song “we made you” His song says:

“I think Kim Kardashian’s a man!

She stomped him just because he asked to put his hands.

On her massive glutius maximus again.

Squeeze it, squish it, then pass it to her friend.

Can he come back as nasty as he can?”

But while other celebs are offending and disgusted by being featured in eminem’s songs, Kardashian was honoured. She stated “I just saw Eminem’s new video for We Made You, and he totally spoofs me! It was a total surprise to me because I had no idea he was going to talk about me in the song,” “I think the video is so funny! I am a huge Eminem fan and find it flattering he would rap about me. He’s a bit harsh about some other celebrities, but you just have to let it go and have a sense of humour. Personally, I’m honoured,” she added.

It just goes to show though how some people, such as bill O’reilly, who was offended and disgusted by eminem’s song, are easily offended while others are able to see his music for what it is and take it for what it is meant to be, entertainment.

DJs Don't Fall for Unscrupulous Nightclub Tactics

DJ's please don't fall for these unscrupulous Nightclub Owner and Promoter Tactics.

We were perusing the internet looking for music news, concerts events and DJ news in general and we came across a Craig's list posting that really made us mad. It was basically one of the many ways Bar Owners and Promoters try and take advantage of up and coming DJs. The infamous "DJ Competition for a residency gig" The nightclub owner or promoter is simply looking for a way to try and jump start their new night by getting a ton of DJs to show up "with friends to cheer them on" without having to pay any of the DJs for the night. Then they will supposedly pic One DJ from the bunch to offer the residency position for that night as a continual gig. Hoping all the people that came that first night will continue to come and support the "CHUMP-PEON" who fell for this tactic and "Won" Often this shady tactic tends to backfire as the nightclub receives a bunch of weak DJs that cannot retain the crowd and often leads to an empty night in the long run. The One time success is quickly replaced by week after week of empty nights and empty promises to the new resident DJ. Lets face it if they were too cheap to pay DJs for their Audition time they will be too cheap to pay a good price for a good DJ.

This is one of the most unscrupulous tactics in the Nightclub business, and it wouldn't be so bad if it lead to a lucrative gig that paid $500+ per night but most of the owners or promoters that utilize these types of tactics are inherently cheap at heart. Lets face it most of these gigs will pay less than $300 and even go as low as $50-100. So as a professional DJ, is it really worth the time for any DJ to fall for such a shady tactic? NO!!!! Do Not Fall for the DJ Competition tactic!

DJ battles can help DJs gain recognition and also make DJs really work towards building their skills.
However, some DJ battles just aren't worth entering. If it lowers the quality of the DJ/Entertainment pay rate in your area, if it gives a club owner a free night of performances, if you have to "pay to enter" rather than be paid to perform, or if there is no set organizational skills involved like "15 minute performance" it's probably not worth your time as a respectable DJ. This also might show you as a desperate DJ, which means your ability to negotiate a reasonable rate will be diminished.

This tactic is also one that is utilized by lazy nightclub owners. They don't want to take the time to research local DJs and national acts, they aren't willing to evaluate and compare the various demo mixes dropped off by local DJs. I mean seriously, if you are going to own a nightclub at least be versed in the music you want played at your club. Find the best DJs you can afford, be willing to pay properly for your entertainment because that is who is ultimately going to retain your customers and draw even more customers to your venue. You simply cannot skimp on your entertainment if you are going to be a successful nightclub. Yet time and time again you see nightclub owners that don't know how to evaluate DJs other than by price. Lets face it some DJs are simply worth more than others. You cannot chose based on price tag alone. If you skimp on costs of important elements of success, you will not really be saving money but rather losing it instead. In the end your bottom line will be what really suffers. And your bottom line is ultimately what is most important. Keep that in mind for the future when you don't want to pay your DJs properly, it will be you that suffers the most.

Scenario 1: Hire DJ X - a second rate Local DJ that can hardly blend and lets songs play all the way through, has no crowd control and no excitement at a rate of $150 per night. Watch painfully as week after week he drives away your crowd and alienates your customers.

Scenario 2: hire DJ Y - A decent local DJ that knows her music fairly well, knows how to read and control the crowd and does a decent job of mixing and retaining most of your customers. This DJ may cost a few dollars more ($250-500 overall) but your nightclub sells more alcohol and cover charges and makes more money overall. You pay an extra $100-400 but your nightclub makes an extra $1,000-4,000 per night each week as time goes by.

Scenario 3: Hire DJ Z - The dopest Local DJ you could find. He really knows how to put on a show, knows how to scratch, mix and add flair to any routine. Knows how to really move the crowd and keep them entertained the entire night. This DJ creates a real buzz with your crowd, has them coming back week after week and has them telling everyone they know that your nightclub is the place to be for the best music and the best time. Pay him more money to make sure you retain him, but at the same time your nightclub makes way more money than if you would have paid for a cheap low class DJ. You paid an extra $300-1,000 but your nightclub made $3,000-12,000 more per night over time by having him there exciting the crowd, instead of a chump DJ that drives them away.

To show all the DJs, promoters and Nightclubs what were talking about
Check out the weak Craigs List posting by Denver's Own Blue Ice Nightclub/Lounge below:

"DJ Competition,

• We're looking for New Genre Blends consisting of Disco-House /Trip-Hop / Euro-Dance, and Rock, Classic Rock, and hip-hop "Influenced Electronica” or similar genera combinations.

• Competition starts WED. April 1st. Battle for nightly prizes and a final Grand Prize, including residency at hosting venue.

• $20 Entry Fee- can be paid via check, cash, or money order. Must be paid on or before March 25th in order to compete.
All money will be put into the pot for the grand prize along side of a residency position at hosting venue.

• Bring a min. of 10 people to audition night to qualify- some exceptions apply. Email us for any questions on this.

DJ's can spin vinyl or cd or both

• Must have all registration information approved before audition night to qualify.

• $3 cover starts April 1st for Wed. nights only.

• RSVP list is free (No Cover) for each DJ and must be emailed the day before the audition or the day before competition night so we can create a door list. Any person not on the DJ RSVP list will have to pay cover after the competition starts. Remember (max 10 people on your RSVP list)

• Music must be in club format i.e. - Electronica based mix.

• The ability to spin original and energetic ele./rap, ele./rock, ele./jazz, ele./anything, etc. will be key in winning the competition.

• Must have valid ID and be 21+

• Audition Dates are as follows; Wednesday Feb 25th - Wednesday March 4th - Wednesday March 18th - Wednesday March 25th

• Audition blocks are 30 minutes long and will start each Wednesday night at 7:00. APPLY EARLY! SPOTS ARE ALREADY FILLING UP."

Come on now, not only are these DJs not going to be paid for their time, but they also need to pay a registration fee? So now they are paying the nightclub owner to play for the club. To add insult to injury, it's not like it's a One time deal, this competition goes on for weeks. So now the club gets 4 weeks worth of FREE DJS all battling it out over and over just for a mediocre residency position and some prizes.

It's One thing if the prizes are at least good ones and they are announced ahead of time like they do for the certain battles including the DMC Technics DJ battles. If it's known that the $20 fee will go into a pool of money to be paid to the winner plus tickets to Jamaica or Vegas or gift certificate for $500 to Guitar Center etc... But there is no mention of what these prizes might be. Could just be a shirt, a bag etc... The contest is too vague and really takes too much advantage of hungry and starving DJs that simply are trying to find a spot willing to give them a shot at a gig.

DJs I know times are sometimes tough, especially in today's economic slump, but events like these can really hurt the DJ community more than it will help it.

DJs need to boycott this type of behaviour or the entire DJ industry suffers. Club owners need to learn how to judge DJs for themselves. Take the time to listen to each one and really understand which ones stand out from the rest. Do some research online, go to other club nights and hear other DJs, listen to the demos they recieve, maybe try out a few DJs on a paid basis and finally once they find a good one do what they need to make sure they retain that DJ.

Another style to watch out for is the "This DJ vs That DJ week after week after week style competition." This style of DJ battle is more of an ongoing promotion of just alternating DJs rather than a real competition. Now there's nothing wrong with this format so long as each DJ is compensated properly for their time. If however it is simply another ploy for the nightclub to get "Free DJs" each week then by all means please boycott these style events at all costs!

We also found this event/competition invite on craigslist for an on going DJ competition at Bases Loaded sports bar in North Denver (Federal and Speer Blvd). We thought his was a decent flyer and we will be looking into this one to see if it is a legitimate weekly party that pays it's DJs or whether it is just another tactic.

Being that this one expects you to submit a mix, we suspect it might actually be a more legit competition for a guest spot style paid DJ gig. We will check on this and update you on future postings. The location is not as lucrative for real recognition as it is not a higher paying nightclub style location, but it is still worth looking into. As always make sure you are aware of the pay situations at any events that are listed as DJ Competitions and be aware that some are of benefit to the DJs and others only try and take advantage of the notoriously competitive nature of most DJs. So DJs, leave your ego's at home and find only the gigs that are worth while. Don't settle for $50-200 gigs make sure you are compensated real market value for your skills, time and efforts or your cities prices will continue to deteriorate until no DJ can eat off their own efforts.

- V. Vanguard - The Great Hip Hop Blog

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Internet Real or Fake?

We found this great article about The internet and all the Fake MCs and DJs that try and manipulate it to look better than they are.

The article was written by Big Chew at

Find the actual article at:

It was written by: Big Chew on April 5, 2009 9:12 PM for
Which we are avid fans of here at the Great Hip Hop Blogspot

Article By Big Chew follows:

Really Real?

Where to begin.

Well this is gonna start with the internet and end with the internet...literally since you're reading it on the internet.
I love the Internet. Where else can you get all the free music you've ever wanted? As a mixtape fan, where can you find all those lost classic tapes that made you a mixtape fan? Shit used to be scarce a few years ago, but with cats like Tapemasta and DJ Mars and a nice number of bloggers, shit is like Christmas every week. My Ipod touch stays stocked.

You also have on demand videos and new tracks. I mean who doesn't hit up Onsmash daily to see new videos and check what Legend has up for new music. Shit is like getting half a new Clue tape every other day. You know you're gonna find a couple tracks you fuck with and it's NEW.

You can also connect with like-minded people from all over the world. You can send beats to MCs you never would have had contact with. You can chat with DJs you never would have access to in1995. I love the Internet for that...seriously.

My beef with the Internet is, it's not REAL. Half these bitches aren't doing shit that they're talking about. In real life if you hit the block and say you got a new mixtape and it's running the streets people will know if you REALLY are. Online you produce a cover and a link to DatPiff and people take that as you are REALLY doing something when in fact you REALLY aren't. You have people touting the number of downloads for a project when in fact you don't even have to download to make the numbers go up, just click the link. To me that's like having a physical CD for sale, having 2000 people pick up the CD to look at it, but not buy it and then you claim you're changing the game. What the fuck is that? Then you got dudes claiming to be signing deals, running the clubs and if you go to their state, no one has heard of these fucking lames.

I know people have been doing "fake it till you make it" forever. The Internet just made it easier. There are no checks and balances with the Internet. Be it downloads, web hits, voting for awards or people just running their mouth on twitter or a message board telling tall tales of what there doing, while REALLY looking for spare change to cop a burrito. You never REALLY know and that right there has allowed mixtapes and hip hop to be infiltrated by lames that, if it was 10 years earlier, wouldn't even be able to make it to the gates of "the game" let alone get through the gates and be mentioned amongst those who have rightfully earned their spot!

One could argue that not having those gates is a good thing for music etc. In a few respects maybe, but those gates were part of keeping the music at a certain level of quality. With no gates you get the fiasco that happened with the last Mixtape Awards. With no gates, Datpiff is able to claim that they've helped make stars. With no gates, cornballs that wouldn't be hot with a 3rd degree case of the "bullhead clap" are winning awards. With no gates, Souljah Boy continues to make hits, while Jadakiss can't get on the "selling a hot single bus". The Internet has given every wanna-be a shot. Let that wanna-be catch a retard mistake on the Internet and next thing you know they have some credibility and cats are checking for them or biggin' up a website. It's gotten out of hand and it's gonna get worse with no checks and balances. Please, the next time you claim to be getting' checks, make sure your bullshit balances!

Perception is reality on the Internet and I'm here to tell you that THAT reality is false!

Here Was My Personal Comment Response to the article:

Your picture analogy is hilariously accurate. I love it. With myspace it's always... check out my music this and peep out our new video that... If you were real I'd have already checked out your music or video cause someone else, or really a ton of people, sites and media would have already force fed me your hot music.

If you are real you would at the very least be on or other digital distribution lists to get yourself in front of Real Nightclub and mixtape DJs. Those are the people that need your music. Most of them don't have all the time in the world to listen to every song profile on myspace. Serious people will go through a serious digital distribution source or record pool to get their music to all the DJs at once. If the music is good DJs will add it to their sets and try it out, break it and push it to their crowds, if it's wack you'll at least get feedback on why it's wack. Maybe you can improve and become better than you are. Fake people get weeded out and the real stays real and possibly blows up.

"Fake it til you make it" is sometimes a worth while path to make it, but it only works if you actually have the skills to make it. If you have the skills and just lack the opportunity, sometimes the right fake attention gets you the attention you need to make headway. If however you really are fake in all aspects, well lets just say everyone will know and after that "one break"... you break!

It's better to get your skills up and continuously find smaller publications and websites that might do an article or review while at the same time submitting to all the larger media as well. The smaller ones may give you a few small stories you can build your portfolio with. Then you are not faking your way up but rather making your way up the ladder. Occasionally you get that one jet pack article, TV show appearance or interview that boosts you straight to the top, but only if you do things right and have the right skills and appeal.

V. Vanguard Contributing Journalist for