The dangers of convenience by @queentheprophet

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You’re probably wondering how convenience can be dangerous if it’s convenient. When we think of convenience, we think of things that make life easier for us. If your new house is close to the highway, your child’s daycare is close to your job, the pizza place you like delivers to your area, grocery stores offer self check-out, the rental car place is at the airport, etc. all of these things are examples of the good kind of convenience. The danger lies in being dependent upon convenience.

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Have you ever been in a convenient relationship? (Some of you might be as we speak). This is the relationship that you both know needs to end but you become dependent upon the convenience of the relationship where it has now almost become a habit and the thought of having to make changes, move out, get a new place to live, find somebody else, or pay for bills all by yourself becomes so overwhelming and stressful that you stay exactly where you’re at, which most of the times is a miserable place.  How about have you ever not done something either for yourself or for someone else simply because it wasn’t the convenient thing to do?

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This happened to me recently actually. I was in a tough spot and I needed some help and I’m sure some of you can relate because the last thing I want to do is ask anybody for anything. The truth of the matter is though that we all need help sometimes. So I had a situation recently and I was telling one of my family members the news and before I could even express what I needed help with, the person quickly let me know that they couldn’t help. I spoke to another family member and got the same response. Reasonably I knew that what I needed help with was going to be inconvenient so I was determined to get it done on my own however, God had other plans. See sometimes there is a lesson for ourselves within even having to ask for something after being shut down or rejected because it keeps us humble. The situation I was trying to do on my own? Just was not even remotely possible for me to do on my own. I was talking to a friend about what was going on, not even thinking to ask them and they offered me a solution to my situation. Soon after, the first family member asked if I had found a solution and when I explained the solution I found their response was “Well why are you doing that? Why are you inconveniencing yourself? Isn’t doing it another way more convenient?” What I responded surprised even me! I said, “just because something is more convenient, doesn’t make it the right thing to do.”

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How many times do we pass by a blessing simply because we are unwilling to be inconvenienced or uncomfortable to get there? Have you ever stopped to think that the parts of a struggle, trial, or blessing that help you grow actually come from the parts of it that are uncomfortable? Convenience can lead to comfort and comfort can lead to complacency. Your comfort zone could very well be the exact thing that’s blocking your path of being a blessing to someone else or even your own break through. Don’t be afraid to be humble, “for the humble shall be exalted” (Matthew 23:12) and don’t be afraid of the inconvenient thing, especially when it’s the right thing.

Be blessed-

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‘The Coalition Volume 1′ Presented By Dr. G @DrGProductionz @ParkStreetPR @Trulove36 @Razah_Rubiez @Queentheprophet

Originally posted on The Underground Hip-Hop Blog:

New album from Manchester Producer features a whole heap of BIG RAP names including Agallah, Snyp Life (D Block), Edi Mean & Hussien Fatal (Outlawz), Saigon, KRS1, Fes Taylor, Inspectah Deck (Wu Tang Clan),Ty Nitty (Infamous Mobb), Big Noyd, Canibus, Hell Razah (Sunz Of Man), Tragedy Khadafi, Hostyle (Screwball), Bizzy Bone (Bone Thugs & Harmony) and many more.

Purchase links:

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DrG4

http://www.cdbaby.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?AlbumID=drg36

Or buy a hard copy from http://thecoalitionalbum.com/

‘The Coalition Volume 1′ Presented By Dr. G (Track-list):

01 – DJ Rolex – Going To War Intro
02 – Tom Jeefs – The Backlash Feat. Canibus
03 – Blazin – The Realness Feat. Chox Mak
04 – Hell Razah (Sunz Of Man) – Area 51 Feat. Lord Fury & DJ Rytmic
05 – Tha Artilerist & Tragedy Khadafi – My Aim
06 – Hostyle (Screwball) & Rap P – Anything Can Happen
07 – M Dot Baggz – Traumitizied
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@queentheprophet presents #DaughtersOfZion MXTP SLOTS NOW OPEN!

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I am very proud to present the 1st official “Daughters of Zion” project! This all female Mix Tape will feature music from myself and my sister the very talented Ashley Super (144,000 Chosen Few/ GGO PA).

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Music submission for this project is officially open and will end January 31, 2015. The project will drop in full, Spring 2015.

Submission guidelines are as follows: 

  • Only female artists will be considered for this project
  • Music that is heavy laden with profanities, violent content, or sexually provocative will not be considered 
  • All music must be professionally recorded & mixed
  • Submissions must be sent in MP3 format to officialdaughtersofzion@gmail.com (Submissions MUST include; Artist Name, Track Name, Producer, social media handles, and any other important identifying information if applicable (i.e. label, affiliations)
  • Slot Fee: $20 per song that is approved (The slot fee goes directly towards the production of the project including DJ, Graphics, & Promotion) If your track is selected for this project, you will receive an email and a Pay Pal invoice for $20.00 the invoice must be paid within 7-days. If slot fees are not received, there is no guarantee that your slot will still be available. 
  • It is preferred that all music is original music. If the music submitted is not an original instrumental, you run the risk that the track will be rejected by the mix tape sites at the time of upload (i.e. Dat Piff tends to reject music submitted on industry instrumentals) . If this occurs, slot fees will not be returned. 
  • PLEASE READ SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY! If your submission is missing any of the correct submission information, your track will not be considered. 

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“Interview with the Vampire” by @queentheprophet drops 10/31/14

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On 10/31/14 be on the look out for my new single “Interview with the Vampire” from the upcoming “League of Evil Exes” project. This track will be available for free download 10/31/14 digitally.

This track? Well… let’s just say I’m pretty sure it’s not what you’re expecting :) Stay tuned….

Queen the Prophet – “Rise of the Phoenix” (out 03/09/14) @Queentheprophet

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Can we Auto-Correct Humanity? by @princeea

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Meet Prince EA. I came across his You Tube video “Can we Auto-Correct Humanity?”  this morning and was so impressed I had to blog it Fam.

There is a distinct difference between rap and hip-hop. The category hip-hop indicates that there is knowledge within the content of the music. Personally, the message in the music is right on time. Hopefully, more people will listen and start to control their technology instead of their technology controlling them.

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Why I Refuse to Let Technology Control Me.
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Download This Spoken Word Now: https://princeea.bandcamp.com/track/c…

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Wu-Tang Clan / Sunz of Man HELL RAZAH @heavenrazah “INFERNO” MXTP drops hosted by @dj_fiyaa

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In celebration of his 38th Birthday, Wu-Tang Clan / Sunz of Man affiliate  drops “INFERNO” hosted by DJ FIYAA. Upcoming projects? Be on the look out for Hell Razah Music, Inc./ Ghetto Govt’s next MXTP “USA (Under Seraphim Authority) Volume 3 which will drop Election Day (11/5) alongside the Anonymous Million Mask March and the long awaited digital release of Dr. G’s “The Coalition” album (pre order via thecoalitionalbum.com) which features a healthy batch of new Hell Razah music. Raz will be releasing the “El Raziel” album in December 2014.

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“Inferno” can be downloaded FREE via Soundcloud, Dat Piff, and Audio Mack.

 

If you haven’t already, check out iapparelstore.com and see the new fall Hell Razah Music, Inc. apparel! Make sure you tag us on Instagram @officialghettogovt wearing your gear & we’ll re-post!

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#HipHop101 Don’t be deceived, #Digital #Distribution

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Now although the information I post under this category is really information you would have to pay for (by hiring a management or development person or paying for it in the way you spend all of your money before you learn it), I can’t stand to see people be stupid. I’m probably going to upset a few folks with this post because in the event aspiring recording artists actually read this, they may stop wasting money.

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First, let’s break a few things down. Major record labels are your Def Jam, Sony, Atlantic, Etc. Independent labels are smaller versions of majors, independently owned/ operated and they actually turn a profit. An “indie label” is NOT a company that you and a few friends started and didn’t even follow through with the proper business end to make it an actual business. I’m explaining this because a lot of UNDERGROUND artists refer to themselves as indies. The word indie actually refers to a professional recording artist that is signed to an independent label. The misunderstanding of terms causes things like ten thousand people thinking their You Tube videos are going to be taken down because the article said “artists signed to independent labels” and they were referring to mainstream independent artists (i.e. Tech N9ne, Frank Ocean) not underground artists.  Like with any career, it’s important that you know what you’re talking about for your own good and it’s extremely insulting to the folks who actually know what they’re doing. It’s like me showing up at the hospital to preform surgery because I can cut good with a butter knife.

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“The Record Deal”- Please. This hardly happens at all since the game turned digital. NOBODY is “signing” any artist for a significant amount of money unless that artist is already making the kind of money that is worthy of that investment, The deal that some of you would be willing to sell your first born for tomorrow isn’t even what you think it is. A standard major label contract is 80/20 or 70/30. Meaning you get 20% or 30% the label gets the rest because they put up the money for your videos, hotel rooms, studio time, clothes, shows, rented cars, etc. They OWN YOU with these contracts. They own your stage name, social media, and dictate your sound, style, lyrics, and to top it all off if you refuse? They “shelf” you. That means they own you as the artist and they wait out your contract and you release no music until you fulfill what they are requiring or whoever you are as an artist is silent until that contract is over. Good luck being a new artist and not having anything in rotation for five years. The only time an artist can be the wealthy that most people dream about is when that person invests their money in other things or has major sponsors like Pepsi.

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We could go in deeper but today I want to pull the curtains back on specifically the “Digital Distribution Deal”. In case you didn’t know ( and you SHOULD KNOW if you consider yourself an artist), the digital world is very underground /indie artist friendly. For under $200 you can get your music copy written, and distributed to all of the major electronic stores like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, iHeartRadio, etc. There are plenty of sites (Tune Core, CD Baby, Band Camp) you can get your music out for very little money. What good does that do you? Absolutely nothing if you don’t have a fan base or to buy your music and a budget for promotion period point blank, end of story. Making music is not cheap and being successful in music costs lots of money. The digital world may make it look easy, but if it was? Don’t you think everybody would be driving around in a Mercedes?

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There are different levels to the “Digital distribution Deal”. In most cases, you end up paying a record label to use their distribution account. They have the same exact “digital distribution” that you can get yourself. Most companies that offer this have an actual record label attached to it and you are paying to use their digital name. Meaning, I am a Hell Razah Music, Inc. artist. We could make Hell Razah Music Digital, charge you $1000 for our distribution through Hell Razah Music Digital (watch the word play, it looks the same but being signed to “digital” indicates you are not an actual label artist) and you are paying for our name so you can tell people you’re signed to Hell Razah Music Digital and whatever weight the name carries is what you’re paying for and we may even throw in logo use so you can deceive who is willing to be fooled that your deal is more then using our Tune Core account. Then, we also collect a percentage of your music sales as well as count the numbers of whatever units you moved towards our overall units moved for the year, then we as the actual label look much better to our investors because of the total number of units we moved. If we offered this deal to 50 people, we make $50k and if each person sells 100 units, we can add 5k units moved to our overall numbers as a label. Let that sink in and some of you may have to read it twice. Most “digital deals” are exactly this, a hustle and you my dear are the one being hustled because it’s cheaper to pay the fee and hope you are also buying  buzz and fan base then to spend thousands of your own money the right way.

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This is not all digital distributors just the majority. Most of these digital distributors do not offer any promotion or anything else with the “deal”. Some may actually include some type of promotion and that is an important thing you need to find out (NEVER sign anything without an Entertainment Attorney present, and yes that costs money too). In some cases you would be better off spending that thousand on your own digital distribution account and pouring the rest of the money into promotion. If you’ve ever seen a label and scratched your head when you saw their “artists” this is probably why. Just because someone has signed a digital distribution deal, does not in anyway, shape, or form mean they are “signed” to a label in the traditional sense you’re used to and a good deal of them? ARE PAYING TO WEAR THE LOGO.

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The average person would have no idea that the logo above isn’t actually Def Jam. Def Jam Digital actually partnered with Tune Core for awhile a few years back, made Def Jam Island Digital and a few lucky folks got to pretend they were signed to Def Jam and made a few bucks. I’m familiar with this because a former mainstream artist tried to “help me” a few years back and told me that all I had to do was add Def Jam Island Digital to Battlegrownd Entertainment and I would be able to charge people for distribution. Too bad I’m not a person who robs people, I probably could have made a nice chunk of change ;)

Introducing @houseofestherct by @realceliroldan

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House of Esther CT:

“Queen Esther’s story is one of boldness, great humility and discernment.  She trusted God to accomplish HIS purpose in and through her.Our prayer is that every time our apparel is worn YOU will wear it in BOLDNESS – Taking a stand for JESUS!” – Celina Roldan 

God has given me a vision for the House of Esther

A vision where God’s people proclaim BOLDLY he and only he is the KING of Kings!

I take pleasure in showcasing to you 

#FearfullyMade 

#GracefullySaved 

Apparel.

My hearts desire is that you will ROCK these inspirations with great style and most importantly, PRIDE.

You can visit House of Esther CT via houseofestherct.com and visit HE’s founder Celina Roldan at http://celinaroldan.blogspot.com/

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