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Music: Atmosphere

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The last time Slug felt as sick and contradictive as this was the last time he played a show in Cincy. He and the other half of Atmosphere, DJ/producer Ant, haven't played here since, save a Scribble Jam or two. But the last headlining show that Atmosphere played in Cincinnati was nearly seven years ago. If you’re an Atmosphere fan, then you've heard the various references to Top Cat's and that show.  

Atmosphere with Blueprint, Grieves & Budo and DJ Rare Groove

Sept. 11 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Friday, September 3, 2010
With over a million albums sold independently, Atmosphere's soaring popularity is well deserved. Slug and Ant, along with their labelmates on Rhymesayers Records, are the reasons I write my monthly Hip Hop column for CityBeat. The folks on this bill have been doing it right for years.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: Be Here Now

Dwelling on unmet expectations can be a roadblock to finding one’s true path

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The word dharma is a term used in Eastern Philosophy, primarily in the Hindu faith. Its most literal meaning is "to act in accordance with one’s duty." Over the years, I’ve learned to live by this ideal. The most successful people I meet involved with music, or any industry for that matter, are the ones who let their profession choose them.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: That's My DJ

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2010
This column is a sequel to one from last November in which I interviewed my homie Rare Groove, whom I consider to be one of the greatest DJs the city has ever witnessed, specifically in helping to build an artist's stage show into something more than five dudes rapping over vocal tracks, gunshots and tornado sirens. But that's not all a DJ does.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: I'm Burnt

Artists can use 'burn-out' phases to refuel and reflect

1 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I didn't like my last two columns. Straight up. What started out as lessons for independent artists felt like some holier-than-thou shit. And that's not cool. At all. So I'm sidestepping for a minute to write what will be the natural third arc in this column trilogy: the burn-out.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: Ego Trippin'

Boasting about false accomplishments is useless for an artist and the scene

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
When you're fresh into a scene, it's hard to know who's telling what truths and who's leading on. The older I get and the more I fully dive into a career in music head-on, it becomes more obvious who's on their game and who's, for lack of a better term, full of shit.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: Smells Like Scene Spirit

When artists don't reach outside their safety zones, music stagnates

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Why are local scenes so split? Not to say there aren't people who venture to other scenes in the city, but the majority stays put in their comfort zone. I could make this point for most music scenes in the city, but I'll stick to Hip Hop since that's what the column's title tells me this is about.  

Hip Hop (Un)scene: Online Etiquette

When on the 'Net, promote as you would in real life: Be coy, don't annoy

1 Comments · Tuesday, February 9, 2010
One thing I've learned to be careful of is killing an opportunity before you've even studied and realized exactly what it is. Social networking promotions and building is a chess game, not checkers: It's not about the immediate victory as much as it is the one three steps ahead.   

Hip Hop (Un)scene: The Future Is Unwritten

Dreams are great, but temper your excitement, be realistic and enjoy every moment

2 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I have a theory: Your dream is kind of like the moon — the further away you are from it, the more beautiful it looks. The closer you get to it, the more you see the reality of it: the craters, the flaws, the reality. If "me" from 2002 could see me now, I'm sure he would be so excited that he finally "made it."  

Hip Hop (Un)scene: What About Your Friends?

The delicate but necessary balance of business and friends

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2009
For anyone who’s been reading these columns, I hope you’re catching on to the natural progression of the format. We started at the earliest stages for a new artist and are leading up to the more advanced business and musical aspects of the industry.