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STRICTLY FIRST 22 (5-22-15)

The first 22 minutes of last night’s show! Stream, Download, Enjoy! Check out Strictly Hip-Hop every Friday at Midnight Est via weaa.org and itsstrictly.com

* Camp Lo “Black Jesus”

* STS & RJD2 “Doin It Right”

* Tyler The Creator ft. Kanye & Lil Wayne “Smuckers”

* 50 Cent “Ghetto Qu’ran” – Classic

* Corey Porter “Nobody’s Nigga”

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#SessionSunday #TheSession w/@AyePlusAutumn ft. @Rapsody

This weeks session features The Queen of Jamla Records @Rapsody, she sat down with @AyeplusAutumn to discuss the recent release of Beauty and The Beast The Deluxe Edition, Her Feature on Kendrick Lamar’s #Complexion and Community Issues including Police Brutality, Catch us Live! Each and Every Friday on WEAA 88.9fm #ItsStrictly #HipHop

STRICTLY FIRST 22 (5-15-15)

The first 22 minutes of last night’s show! Stream, Download, Enjoy! Check out Strictly Hip-Hop every Friday at Midnight Est via weaa.org and itsstrictly.com

  • Dizzy Wright “Train Your Mind”
  • Raekwon “Heated Nights”
  • Dirt Platoon “Garbage”
  • Slum Village feat. Phife Dawg “Push It Along”
  • Team D.A.R. “Green Light”
  • UMC’s “Blue Cheese”   -Classic

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STRICTLY FIRST 22 (4-24-15)

The first 22 minutes of last night’s show! Stream, Download, Enjoy! Check out Strictly Hip-Hop every Friday at Midnight Est via weaa.org and itsstrictly.com

* Moss ft. Az,Dj Premier, Joe Budden “Started”
* Curren$y “Rhymes Like Weight”
* De La Soul ft. Nas “God It”
* Audio Push “Peace Pipe”
* eMC feat, Pearl Gates “Fly Thoughts”
* Beanie Sigel “The Truth”

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STRICTLY FIRST 22 (4-17-15)

The first 22 minutes of last night’s show! Stream, Download, Enjoy! Check out Strictly Hip-Hop every Friday at Midnight Est via weaa.org and itsstrictly.com

  • Raekwon ft. Snoop Dogg “1,2,1,2”
  • Fashawn ft. Busta Rhymes “Out The Trunk” 
  • DoomTree “Final Boss”
  • Clear Soul Forces “Bpswr”
  • Rapsody “Hard to Choose”

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Mos Def & Talib Kweli Freestyle 90s

Big Shout to Ambrosiaforheads.com and Ruff Radio for digging up this rare freestyle from Strictly Hip-Hop’s past.  It’s a Black Star radio takeover with Dj Lil Mic. This, along with other gems, are a testament to how impactful B-More’s own Strictly Hip-Hop (WEAA 88.9FM)  has been on hip-hop culture over the years.  Just check Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album and you will hear the shout outs.  Strictly Hip-Hop still airs every Friday from Midnight to 5am eastern standard time.  You can listen by streaming via WEAA.org or on apps like Tune in available on iOS and Android devices.

Check out the Freestyle with Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli:


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STRICTLY FIRST 22 (4-3-15)

The first 22 minutes of last night’s show! Stream, Download, Enjoy! Check out Strictly Hip-Hop every Friday at Midnight Est via weaa.org and itsstrictly.com

  • Willie Da Kid “Shake Dice”
  • Open Mike Eagle “Ziggy Starfish”
  • Great Scott “Black Denali”
  • Cozz N Effect “Knock the Hustle” Remix feat. J. Cole
  • Kane Mayfield “Car Jewels”
  • Diamond D “I Went For Mine” (Classic)

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Ladies First Interview Series: Wendy Day

In honor of Women’s History Month Strictly Hip-Hop interviewed various Industry Professionals who have created their own brand and are influential within the music industry. They are also very active within the Entertainment industry ranging from Studio owners, Communication Consultants and Record Label Executives.

 

Check out the Q&A Session with: Wendy Day, Author and Founder of Rap Coalition

 

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Strictly:  Please give a brief description of what you do.

Wendy: I help artists make money with their music by helping them set up their independent labels, release their music, and organize their companies.  Most artists are good at getting attention and building fame, but very few can monetize their efforts as they build a buzz.  That’s where we come in: we help structure and organize artists’ companies and teach them how to make money via music sales, streams, and downloads, merchandising, touring and shows, sponsorships, etc.  We do this by working along side of the artist and their team, and showing them how to do it so they can keep repeating it for themselves or even for artists that they sign under them.  The best analogy I can make is: We teach folks how to fish rather than feed them.

 

 

Strictly:  How long have you been active within the industry?

Wendy: I’ve been in the music industry since 1992, so 23 years.  I’ve seen a lot of changes, and I’ve seen a ton of people come and go.

 

Strictly:  What inspired you to establish your own brand/company?

Wendy: I loved rap music and decided this was what I wanted to do for a living.  It’s my way of giving back to artists since they have given me so much happiness with the music over the years.  But I wanted to start my own company because I suck at working for other people.  I also didn’t like how many fuck boys I saw in the industry screwing folks out of money and selling them a dream–so I brought morals and ethics to the business, which is one reason I stand out.  I under promise and over deliver.

 

Strictly:  Can you describe the foundation of your brand?

Wendy: I started my company helping artists get out of bad deals and into good deals.  I have played a role in Master P’s original deal at Priority, helped Eminem get signed and helped negotiate his deal at Interscope, shopped and negotiated the Cash Money deal at Universal, shopped the Trill deal for Boosie and Webbie back in ’05 ( I didn’t negotiate their deal at Asylum/Warner, however, because I felt they could do better), and negotiated David Banner’s deal at SRC/Universal.  With the influx of 360 Deals in 2005, I began teaching artists how to make money without a major label.  I believe independence and “do it yourself” is key and certainly more profitable.  Signed to a major, an artist is lucky to get 15% of sales (after they pay back the majority of expenses) and 70% of their own show money.  Independently, they control how much they make–anywhere from 50% of sales to 100% of income depending whether they have an investor or not.  Truth is, it’s easier to find an investor than a record deal.

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Strictly:  When did you feel as though you made an impact within the music community?

Wendy: I knew right away I was making an impact because I saw how many artists were attending the “how to” panels I was orchestrating monthly in New York back in the early 90s.  Then I saw the contracts getting better and artists began seeking me out to help them.  Still today, I have a waiting list of artists vying for my help.  I’ve been able to change with the times, change with the industry and stay relevant–that’s a feat that most folks can’t seem to accomplish.

 

 

Strictly:  You have a long history within the industry involving artists, management and labels; was there a time when you thought there was a positive change of how record/management deals were being created?

Wendy: Up until 360 Deals, the contracts had been improving annually.  Additionally, the labels were getting better at artist development and working the artists’ projects in rap.  Once Napster hit and music became basically free, the labels panicked, cut budgets, and began grabbing an even bigger share of the pie.  Artists suffered.  Sales declined.  And the indie scene flourished.  All of my clients are making money or are about to make money.  That’s just awesome.  Most artists can’t say that.

 

Strictly: If there was someone who wanted to pursue a career in your field what advice would you give them?

Wendy: The number one thing is to learn how the industry works.  Intern, learn, read everything, work for free.  I didn’t make money for the first 6 years that I was in the industry. Then it took another 4 years until I could really support myself.  This is an industry that takes connections, knowledge, and experience to succeed.  Luck plays a bit of a role, too.

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Strictly: Was there any other information you would like to share with our readers?

Wendy: Check out my websites and blogs for free how-to information about this industry at www.WendyDay.com.  Talk to me on Twitter or Instagram @RapCoalition.  This is an awesome industry once you understand how to win and succeed.  I can’t imagine doing anything else!

 

 

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Ladies First Interview Series: Amotion

 

In honor of Women’s History Month Strictly Hip-Hop interviewed various Industry Professionals who have created their own brand and are influential within the music industry. They are also very active within the Entertainment industry ranging from Studio owners, Communication Consultants and Record Label Executives.

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Check out the Q&A session with:  Deep Flow Entertainment Owner Amotion

 

 

Strictly: Please give a Brief Description of what you do

Amotion:  Own and operate Deep Flow Entertainment. Recording studio, rehearsal space, video production, TV show, internet radio station and music publishing company. DeepFlowStudios.com. I also flip houses and agent deals for buyers and sellers in real estate.

 

Strictly: What inspired you to establish your own brand?

Amotion:  Inspiration to start rapping was Tupac. From rapping became producing my own music which grew into everything it is today

 

Strictly: Who are your role models in the music/entertainment industry

Amotion: Role models are Oprah, Russell Simmons, Tupac and Ani Difranco

 

Strictly: When did you feel as though you made an impact within the community?

Amotion: I began feeling I made an impact on the community when people started telling me! From teaching the writing, recording and promotion process, to hooking up artists with deals with record companies, to making artists money placing their songs in TV and movies, etc. A lot of people got their start with me and my company and grew their own brands from there

 

Strictly: If there was someone who wanted to pursue a career in your field what advice would give them?

Amotion:  My advice is to always realize it’s going to be a lot more work, money and time than you think. You have to find out what makes you stand out, capitalize on that, make the right connections and never stop pursuing. The day you take a break is the day you lose relevancy and have to start the work all over. You need to have the right team/company/people behind you as advisors and supporters

 

Strictly: Was there any other information you wanted to share with our readers?

Amotion:  If you’re interested in starting your career, growing your brand, or just need top quality production and promotion, come see us!

Thanks!

Ladies First Interview Series: Natasha T. Brown

In honor of Women’s History Month Strictly Hip-Hop interviewed various Industry Professionals who have created their own brand and are influential within the music industry. They are also very active within the Entertainment industry ranging from Studio owners, Communication Consultants and Record Label Executives.


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Check out the Q&A Session with: Natasha T. Brown, Author, Activist, Communications Consultant, and Founder of Think Brown INK.

 

Strictly:  Please give a brief description of what you do.

Natasha: ​I’m an author, activist and communications/branding consultant. I am the founder of Think Brown INK, a social responsibility branding agency that helps non-profits, artists and entrepreneurs brand their stories and also the co-founder of SmileNATIONWIDE #12MonthsOfService, a cause communications community. Most recently, I published a non-fiction, spiritual self-help book – 10 Blessings of Betrayal on Valentine’s Day. ​

 

 

Strictly:What inspired you to establish your own brand/ company?

Natasha: ​I initially wanted to help people tell their stories and create an impact in society, using the storytelling skills that I had acquired in previous positions as a journalist, development communications associate, marketing and public relations specialist. The foundation of Think Brown INK is rooted in building communities. Our mission is to mobilize people, empower organizations and build communities for impact. ​

 

Strictly: Who are your role models?

Natasha: ​The women in my family, such as my mom and aunts inspire me. As far as public role models, definitely Oprah, Maya Angelou, Cathy Hughes, fellow writers and activists Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni, musicians/writers and business women, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Beyonce,  and in the PR field, I’ve always admired Echo Hattix who is a trailblazer in entertainment media.

 

Strictly: When did you feel as though you made an impact within the community?

Natasha: ​Prior to starting TBI, one of my positions was at a credit union, where one of my roles was a community outreach specialist. I first realized my ability to create programs that make an impact and unite people while in that role. I had to run United Way campaigns​, and raise between $30,000 and $60,000, and help develop statewide financial education programs. I also created and pitched executives to begin a scholarship program, that’s still running to this day – almost a decade later. That’s when I knew I could inspire wide-reaching community impact.

 

Strictly:  If there was someone who wanted to pursue a career in Public Relations what advice would you give them?

​Natasha: I would tell them not to pursue this professional, for superficial reasons, such as working with celebrities or red carpet events. The four skills that will make them successful are 1) writing, 2) a go-getter attitude, 3) follow-up and 4) creativity. If they have those skills they can learn the rest – relationship building, campaign development, media pitching and event-planning. Intuition and research skills are also very important. The latter list of skills can be developed over time, but in the beginning what will set them apart are those first four skills.

 

Strictly: Finally, tell our readers about your two new books?

Natasha: ​Sure thing. I wrote and published The Build Up Branding BluePRint: 7 Step Guide to Launch and Sustain Impact Brands,via my company Think Brown INK in January.The Build Up Book Cover (1)

My current passion project, is 10 Blessings of Betrayal: A Spiritual Journey of Rebuilding Through Tragedy, which I self-published on February 14th. The success of 10 Blessings has really caught me off guard. It’s reached three Amazon Best Seller lists, been featured by Black Enterprise and I’ve been invited to work with various communities, on the lessons of 10 Blessings. ​This book uses my personal experience of being wrongfully accused of a very serious crime, and how God rebuilt me following that experience, as a way to inspire people to a place of healing and restoration.

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Connect with Natasha on Twitter and Instagram @NatashaTBrown, and visit natashatbrown.com to learn about her work and get copies of 10 Blessings or The Build Up.

 

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Ladies First Interview Series: Candice Nicole

 

Candice Nicole  In honor of Women’s History Month, Strictly Hip-Hop interviewed various Industry Professionals who have created their own brand and are influential within the music industry. They are also very active within the Entertainment industry ranging from Studio owners, Communication Consultants and Record Label Executives.

Check Out the Q&A Session with:

Candice Nicole Owner of Candice Nicole Public Relations

Strictly: Please give a brief description of what you do

Candice: My name is Candice Nicole and I am the owner of Candice Nicole Public Relations which is a PR & Events Boutique Firm based in the Washington, DC area. I have worked with numerous A-Listers throughout the eight years of operating my company such as Spike Lee, Marsha Ambrosius, Wale, TI, Big Boi, Jacob Latimore, Musiq Soulchild, Howard Hewett + more. In addition I have handled movie screenings, TV premieres, product launches and Festivals in the DC/Baltimore region.

 

Strictly:  What inspired you to establish your own brand/ company?

Candice: When I graduated from Morgan State in 07′ there wasn’t an entertainment based PR company in DC I could find so I said I would start my own and my good friend was my first client. I actually had always known that I wanted to operate my own business, I just didn’t know in what capacity and what my focus would be. Once I graduated from Morgan State, I of course knew what that would be. So, Candice Nicole Public Relations was born!

 

Strictly:  Who are your role models in the public relations industry?

Candice: I absolutely love BJ Coleman, Marvet Britto and Lizzie Grubman. There are other amazing talented PR professionals but they have truly made a name for themselves in the PR industry and I admire that because that is a goal of mine.

 

Strictly:  When did you feel as though you made an impact within the community?

Candice: The time I was on the team who organized DMV Helps Haiti. I was 1/5 of the team and I also handled all of the Press and we sold out the 930 Club, headliner was Wale and raised $37,000 in ONE night! That is still a highlight in my career and I believe it will always will always be the top one because I love giving back to the community and that night we were giving to another country and it felt exhilarating!

 

Strictly: If there was someone who wanted to pursue a career in Public Relations what advice would you give them?

Candice: THICK SKIN!! It doesn’t matter what industry you decide to pursue your PR career in, you will hear the word no a lot. Never take it personal, it’s just business. If you do in fact know it is personal just leave that situation a lot. Always remain a student as well. You should never have the mindset that you know everything about PR because to this day I am learning. Look to attend PR conferences, join you local PR Chapter and definitely network with other PR professionals in your market. Always, always remain professional.  Professionalism will always take you further then you putting on an “act” just to get a new client. Also, understand the essence of PR. Just don’t “do it”, become it. You’re your brand and know that people are always watching you.

 

Strictly:  Was there any other information you wanted to share with our readers?

Candice: Always believe in yourself. If you can’t be your own #1 fan then why should you expect anyone else to be? I can be contacted @CandiceNicolePR on Twitter/IG and my Facebook is www.facebook.com/candicenicolepublicrelations.