“Unsolved Mysteries: A Misnomer” by You Monster’s Are People, introduced a relatable connection and new perspectives towards murder mystery shows. The show “Unsolved Mysteries” is infamously known for running on television throughout the late 80’s and ending in the mid 2000’s exposing unsolved murder tales to millions watching television. You Monster’s Are People writes in his article his sensational fear towards “Unsolved Mysteries” and being terrified after watching an episode as a child knowing that there was some knife-welding psycho path rapist on the loose in the town over or so along the lines like that. As a child though, who wouldn’t!?
As being into the whole hip-hop and music scene in general, we grew up with R. Kelly’s R&B music in the 90’s and early 2000’s; but also Arsenio Hall is famously known for having some of the hottest and dopest rap/hip-hop/R&B singers on his show especially back in the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s. Arsenio Hall has recently returned back to late night television and it’s great to see an old face still being able to make a bit of a come back. This is also a very honorable clip because R. Kelly is singing in honor and memory of Nelson Mandela in which back in the day R. Kelly wrote his song “Soldier’s Heart” and performed for Nelson Mandela in Mandela’s house. Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela.
Well it’s that time of year again. The season is jolly but the weather is brutal and P-Rice is running to the closest Southwest airlines flight to head down South for the winter. The fall season is beautiful in New England but when comes the Wicked winds of the east coast wintertime; the fun in the sun is all up and now it is survival of the fittest through the never-ending winter months.
Not if America doesn’t already have a big enough drug problem with prescription pain killers and the drug war happening South of the boarder. If you thought the drugs we had in our country were bad enough- and were not talking about smoking a little bit of ganja- imagine if you woke up feeling scaly and green and you had your friends screaming “cranky” like they were Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter? Well let me introduce you to Krokodil– a flesh eating drug that will tear you apart from the inside out. Originating out of areas like Russia and Ukraine, the drug Krokodil has made its way into the U.S. but the DEA doesn’t know how prevalent the use of the drug is in the states but according to Joliet Hospital in Illinois, “five people brought in who may have used Krokodil said they thought they were buying heroin”. So for the ones reading our blogpost, do you think Krokodil could be the new heroin in America? Do you think Krokodil, though with its potential dangers and harm and fatalities it can cause, will Krokodil ever become a drug problem in America? Also as a side note- for those into the entertainment/media industry- do you believe that shows like Breaking Bad expose the potential idea to audiences to experiment with hard amphetamines and or sell it? As it seems drugs in America are a popular topic in which we are exposed daily to drug content through music, movies and television. Feel free to leave comments and opinions along with checking out the Krokodil link for more information.
Very interesting interview with indie writer and author Michael Wallace, hosted by David Gaughran, about Wallace’s success as an independent author who has released several novels through the Amazon e-book services. This is an inspiring interview because it exposes the truth in being an independent writer- it takes a lot of work to maintain a well-structured fan base but the hard work does pay off if you do it correctly with a little bit of luck. This interview along with others with Michael Wallace are full of knowledgeable information about being an independent writer, the marketing and industry behind it. If you are a striving artist like myself who is open minded to being involved with many genre’s of writing (like Michael Wallace) or even if your a writer in general- you may find this interview influential, knowledgeable and interesting.
Michael patiently took the time over several days to answer my questions about writing, marketing, the craft, and the business. Given the length of the interview, and because I didn’t want to cut any of the great answers he gave, I’m posting this over two days.
The second part will go live at the same time tomorrow: 5pm GMT/Noon Eastern.
When I started self-publishing a couple of years ago, you were one of those guys already doing well that everyone was watching closely.
I think you uploaded your first in January of that year, and, if memory serves me right, The Righteous – your thriller set in a polygamist compound in the Utah desert – launched straight into the Top 100 of the Kindle Store and has…
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If you missed our show 3 weeks ago, no fear we have a video of P-Rice’s intense freestyle live on air, right off the top of the head- legit. P-Rice’s posse came through with anticipation to see a “Live on Air Rap Battle” but P-Rice’s opponent entitled “No Show Smo Jo” obviously by the name you can tell…became a no show..but the posse wasn’t going to have P-Rice do a show without a freestyle or two.
Now the rap and hip-hop game is infamous for setting trends that come and go like with dances and clothes and the hollers and “ohhhs!” You never quite know what the next big “sensation” is going to be in the game; who remembers and expected that when Soulja Boy’s “Crank That” came out it would become the number one hit 6 years ago? Can’t believe “Crank That” came out 6 years ago and let me tell you for a real hip-hop head like myself it has been 6 years forgotten.
Some trendsetter’s though in the rap and hip-hop world, whether alive or not, still have influence with style, slang in the game. One of the main men in rap behind this would have to be the Godfather of Gangster Rap- the Hip-Hop Thugsta- Eazy “Eric Wright” E. Since N.W.A exploded out of Southern California in the late 80’s with Straight Outta Compton; it is like the rap industry decided that what N.W.A did in the game, which made the group extremely successful, was the route that every other rap artist should go. That is when the album shelves became polluted with a bunch of spin off groups, duplicate copy cats wearing black locs and hats; many just came and went which always reminds me of the “adult industry”. When some of these players in the game can’t keep up the same stamina as before- the industry doesn’t want them anymore. Maybe the whole entertainment industry is like that- it is all about numbers and the right looks, right? As an artist this can be difficult, as we’ve dabbled in and out of the music scene for a bit, but success comes in many shades and also at different times in life.
One westcoast legend that Still Spittin’ Game, Jerry B. Long AKA Kokane, has been in the game since the late 80’s and made some noise in the early and mid 90’s with Above the Law. After the prime days of Ruthless it seemed as the Westcoast legends were just left to do for self and some even, you could say with no disrespect, fell off in the game as the times kept changing. The South came up in the rap/hip-hop scene in the late 90’s and dominated throughout the new millennium. Yet, Kokane still remains strong throughout the years and representing the Ruthless legacy more than ever. In my opinion, Kokane has even elevated his game from what it use to be and still hits bullseye with classy westcoast production- though we would enjoy some of Cold 187’s G-Funk production once in awhile- it’s all good though cause Kokane “Stay(s) Winning” and never left his “Black Mafia” roots- remaining his spot to be still “Above the Law”.
Very interesting article due to I am a music fan myself and have a decent sized old school 90’s rap/hip-hop album collection; reminds me of the time I went into a full out ebay bidding war and ended up having to pay $30 bucks for an out of print album..which I could of downloaded for free on google search and or it was just recently put on iTunes. I guess us record collectors are singled out & are there any records out there that could truly cost money? Would it be because of the artist legacy/status or would it be because of how rare and worthy the record is?
If you’re looking for a sign that we live in a digital world that cares not for the physical manifestations of our analog past, you need only look at Paul Mawhinney’s record collection. At over 3 million records, it’s the largest in the world. He’s trying to sell it due to his advancing age and health problems. Unfortunately, as he puts it, “no one gives a damn.”
Paul’s been building his collection for most of his life. He used to run a record store, and while running it he never sold the last copy of any album or single, instead keeping it for his archives. Over the years, those really added up. Now, at an advancing age, stricken with diabetes and legally blind, Paul wants to sell the collection. It’s been appraised at about $50 million, but Paul is asking a mere $3 million. He’s had no serious offers, and…
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