Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Air Jordan 11 Low Columbia Returns In 2017

I had these when they came out originally back in the day, 10th or 11th grade. They came out this color and the low top cherry on the same day. I showed up to school mid-day wearing one color on each foot and a brand new Air Jordan Sweatsuit that was FIRE!

What is the Best Digital Distribution Company for my Music?

This video is over two years old, but it's one I think I saw about that long ago and just recently came across it again. It gives you a side by side breakdown of each of the most popular distribution companies, One Rpm, CDBaby, TuneCore and DistroKid based on the categories of Price, % of Royalties they keep from your sales, ISRC and UPC code costs, Payout methods, general reputation and the extra services they each offer included in their membership.

For a long time, I have been preparing myself in a lot of different ways to progressively make my way into the music industry as an independent artist. It's always been something I've wanted to do on my own terms which inevitably leads to digital distribution. Obviously, everybody knows that the internet era has changed the landscape of the music industry and what it means to be an independent artist, and I want to go about releasing my new music in the smartest way possible.

I'm sure some things have changed about these services, but for the most part, I find this video to be extremely helpful. Obviously, the narrator really likes One RMP, and I agree. The only thing I know One RMP doesn't do, that CD baby does do, is ship physical copies of the CDs with packaging, art work and barcodes. And they will actually design it for you too, which is pretty cool. Over the years I have gathered a lot of info about all these and other distribution companies with the exception of DistroKid, so I understand why he leans towards One RMP.

I think the direct to fan sales option that One RMP gives you caters to new artists that are just getting started. It's huge that they don't charge to add your music to internet radio stations and streaming services because it makes you look really professional as an artist and is great for your brand.

I don't have an account with One RMP yet, but I believe they are the direction I will be going in soon. I hope this info is helpful for some of you that are looking into this type of stuff and thank you for reading.


Super Fuckin Groovy!! Shout out to miss Sada James from Cincy. I smell a write up coming soon!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Running = Hustler Motivation

Since my Bball practice days, I have always enjoyed running. As I have gotten older it's become more of a therapeutic type of activity. If you follow my Instagram account, then you know and are maybe a lil bit annoyed by my constant mile time posts, but for me it has been one of the most motivating things I have done to start this year. When I start my day off with a nice run, it seems to make the rest of the day easier. I feel accomplished early on in the day, I have more energy, I'm more alert and more focused. Overall, it just sets the stage for the positive energy to flow.

From a healthy lifestyle perspective, running has become a place where I can really push myself and set the bar, preparing me for my whole workout. After a couple weeks of consistency, when I get to a place that I'm happy with as far as speed and distance, I build in the rest of my workout (lifting, push-ups, yoga). Seeing my progress from day to day as my time gets faster and faster is so motivating!

On top of that, I love maximizing the benefits of my run by also using the time to listen to new music. The music in combination with not looking down at the clock until at least 4-5 songs have passed makes it seem easier and faster. It's a hustler's mind game, but it works for me! Check out my 2 mile times below...from 23.50 down to 14:30 !!

Running provides the perfect base for everything else that I do, including the Hustle. To me, running on the treadmill is almost exactly the same thing as selling my mixtape on The Boulevard, because when you're out there, you have to go through so many "No's" until you get a "Yes!" and it can be very challenging. When I'm running, my body starts to tell me "No!", it says to stop, that's enough, but when I push through and find myself still running, it's all "Yes!" Every "No" is one step closer to a "Yes", and every mile is one step closer to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Boom! Let's Get it!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Air Jordan 1 All Blue Suede

I don't even know if these are out already, I suspect that they might be by now, but I actually can't find the official release dates online. I didn't even know about them when I walked into one of my favorite stores in Hollywood, Drip LA and they just happened to be sitting on the shelf! The sales homie told me that they hadn't been released yet but Drip was letting them go early and I knew I had to have them! Not to mention according to the articles I did see, if they were released, they were only supposed to be in GS sizing. Looks like I got lucky!

In my opinion, Air Jordan brand has really done it again with this all blue on blue premium suede midcut AJ 1. Right off the bat the shoe stands out in your hands. If you're a sneaker head and you love Jordan's then you know that the quality can sometimes be a hit or miss type of thing, but on these you can clearly see that they are on the level. The blue is a bright royal blue and I'm giving them the nickname of the "All Money In" one's because they that Crenshaw Blue and they remind me of some shit that Nipsey might rock.

Supposedly the suede 1's come out in a set of three, which is this blue, the fire red and a cool grey. I'm not sure about the grey but I can imagine that if I come across a red pair, I'll probably have to add them to my collection. Check them all out here and here and here.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

"ili" - The Wearable Translator is Fire

A lot of ya'll might know this, some of ya'll that are new might not, but I have been pushing my mixtape on Hollywood Boulevard for the last few years. I have been fortunate to meet people from all over the world that speak all different languages and the language barrier can be a challenge when it comes to getting my message across to the customers. Over the years I have learned certain words and key phrases that allow me to relate to foreign language speakers but I recently discovered this new piece of technology that could take my hustle game to a whole new level.

The "ili" is a wearable translator. It's about the size of a candy bar and translates on the spot. It does not need Wifi or any internet connection. Initially it supports English, Chinese and Japanese but you'll be able to update as more languages are added according to demand. It's not yet on the market but you can sign up to be on the waitlist. Rumored to be available for purchase Summer 2017. Check out the video below. This is super dope.