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Risen: The story of Chron “Hell Razah” Smith @heavenrazah NY premiere Sunday, June 3

The most anticipated hip-hop documentary of this decade.

BIG NEWS! ‘Risen’ stars Hell Razah, Queen the Prophet and 60 Second Assassin (Wu-Tang Clan’s Sunz of Man), as well as Director Frank Meyer and Executive Producer Robert Juster Will be attending the world premiere of our film in Harlem on Sunday, June 3. There will be a Q&A after the film as well.

The first public screening of our film “Risen: The Story of Chron ‘Hell Razah‘ Smith” will be at The 7th Annual People’s Film Festival Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM at The AMC Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem, NY (2309 Fredrick Douglas Blvd) as a part of their closing lineup.

Score your tickets at http://www.thepeoplesfilmfestival.com

In order to purchase tickets go to ticket bud, select date June 3 and scroll down. Tickets for this movie only are $14

https://the5thannualpeoplesfilmfestival.ticketbud.com/the-7th-annual-people-s-film-festival-may-31-june-3-2018-harlem-ny

#wutangclan #peoplesfilmfestival #sunzofman #risendocumentary #hellrazah

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#HipHop101 Mixtape Etiquette for the new artist

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted in the HipHop101 section, but what I’m going to talk about is really going to be able to help some people who listen. Although I am an artist, my first love in music has always been the business side as far as marketing, management, and promotion. One of my favorite things to do behind the scenes is organize collaborative Mixtape or Album projects which requires you to work with and organize a lot of different people that do a lot of different things. You have artists, producers, DJ’s, record labels, managers, graphic artists, bloggers, promoters, etc who can all be involved with this kind of project. It can be extremely difficult sometimes when you are dealing with so many different people and personalities but no matter how difficult it can be, I personally find that the finished project always ends up being worth it and whatever or whoever the difficulty was, you learn from it and move forward so that you can make each project better than the next.

With that being said, what I want to address is the Etiquette of Artists. I am very aware that we live in a day and age of social media and we are living in a generation of selfish people. Be that as it may, I am going to explain to you the honorable way to conduct yourself and you can choose to ignore it or pay attention. I am going to tell you the truth about somethings and it might hurt your feelings, but you will be alright if you can get out of your emotions and listen to the logic because this is after all business regardless of what you see portrayed on television or social media.

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  • YOU ARE NOT FAMOUS. Unless you are cashing million dollar checks, have hundreds of thousands of dollars in endorsements, have gold or platinum records, or have been recognized as one of the greats for your well seasoned and decorated music contributions? SIT DOWN. Relax. you don’t deserve to be disrespected, but you better stay humble. If you are unreasonably a jerk, nobody is going to want to work with you and eventually you will end up biting every hand that tried to help you get fed and burn down all the bridges extended to you. Unless you are an outstanding artist, producer, graphic artist, DJ, blogger, promoter, manager, and record label all in one? You will eventually need the help of other people so it’s best to conduct yourself as a professional. In my opinion I don’t understand how people can say they want music to be their full-time job so they don’t have to do anything else but they’ll behave like professionals for their job at the gas station and act like they have no manners or common sense when it comes to conducting themselves as an entrepreneur (which is technically what you are as an independent artist).
  • Value an invitation. There is a lot of work that goes into a collaborative project. Far too many times people undervalue the time and work that’s put in to a collaborative project especially if all they did was submit a song. This is no way means the creative process and recording is under valued, but the point I am trying to make is a collaborative release has many components to it and if you are invited onto a collaborative project (especially one being presented by an artist, group, or label that holds weight under their name or brand) there are a few things you can easily do that show you appreciate the opportunity of exposure and free promotion.  The LEAST you can do is share the project and support it especially if you were invited on. Even if you pay for a slot, what was the point of purchasing your exposure opportunity if you don’t even support it? If you are invited onto a project, turn in your music in a timely manner. Nobody should have to chase you down to give you an opportunity. If you want to be taken serious as an artist? Be professional. Nobody is going to keep calling, texting, inboxing, or emailing you in order to put your music on a project that’s overall cost isn’t coming out of your budget. What all of us as artists need to remember is that there are millions of us. Sometimes it’s not even natural talent that help people move forward in this very competitive business, it’s things like honoring your word, professionalism, and integrity.  For me personally? I will help a less talented artist who is a good person ten times over breaking my neck for someone who is super talented but a headache to work with.
  • Label your tracks properly.  When you are submitting a song, nine times out of ten whoever is collecting the music is slammed with emails. Make sure you do your part to cut down on the instance of error and costly mistakes. Your email should come with the MP3 of the song, Artist name, track name, and producer name. One thing that happens far too often is people do not label their tracks properly and then expect everyone to stop what they’re doing to correct spelling errors, add something or delete something. Once things like promotion is started or track lists have been designed and released it is far too time consuming and costly to make changes and frankly, unless the error was a track by a heavy hitter? Chances are you’re going to have to deal with the error and move on. It’s happened to all of us at one time or another and nobody died because of it.

 

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For those of you who may be very new, there is a difference between a Mixtape and Collaborative Album.  A Mixtape can be done by an individual (normally a collection of their music they are putting out for free in order to generate a buzz before an album comes out, a free project an individual releases in order to start building a fan base, a free collaborative project from a group/label/ DJ that showcases a collection of artists / producers. The key word though is FREE. The only time there is ever a charge for a Mixtape is if hard copies are pressed up then you are paying for the actual hard disk and shipping, not the actual music. Artists can be invited on by a DJ/Group/ Label or slots are sometimes available for a fee. Purchasing a slot would be something you charge to your promotional budget and you should only purchase slots on Mixtapes that target the fan base you want, and or are hosted/produced by a reputable organization/DJ/Label/Group. I say that because I can’t even count the number of times a no-name brand or group has slid in my inbox trying to sell me a Mixtape slot for hundreds of dollars. No thanks. If you are debating on purchasing a slot, google the other Mixtapes they’ve done. Combine all the numbers from all of the sites you see it posted on and decide if the slot fee is worth that investment for the level of exposure you find. ( Side note: Any slot fee over $100-$150 you should look for downloads and plays of ten thousand or more but BE CAREFUL…. some of those “downloads” aren’t organic, meaning they could have been purchased. So the best way to make sure it’s legit is see if the project comes up on multiple sites and check all of the stats before making your decision.

A Collaborative Album is actually for sale. Normally a collab album will have one producer and feature many artists on their beats, or put out by a label/group and showcasing their artists and producers. On this kind of album purchase you can expect all original tracks.

I hope some if not all of this was helpful or enlightening. One more helpful tip until the next time… if you are an artist and consider the music industry your ideal profession? Do some research about the “business” you say you’re in. There’s a lot of “artists” that don’t even own the name they’re making beats or recording songs with, and there’s a lot of producers selling beats they don’t technically own although they made them.

That’s all for now! Be blessed –

Q

Wu-Tang Affiliate @heavenrazah launches new label @heavenrazahmusi 


*** Heaven Razah Music, Inc PSA***
Heaven Razah Music, Inc. Is a premier record label founded by legendary Wu-Tang Clan/ Sunz of Man member Chron “Hell Razah” Smith who formally adopted the alternate name Heaven Razah in 2009. 
In 2004, Chron’s record label Hell Razah Music, Inc was established and by 2013 his label and G.H.E.T.T.O. G.O.V.T (Go Hear Emmanuel Teach the Others God’s Only Victorious Truth) movement established chapters, community service projects, & music all over the globe. 
In 2017, Heaven Razah Music, Inc. was established in order to provide a Christ centered outlet for spiritually conscious musicians also referred to as “Street Prophets”. It is the vision of Heaven Razah Music, Inc. to shed the light of the Lord in darkest corners of the world through hip-hop music. (John 3:17) 

Chairman/Founder : 

Chron “Heaven Razah” Smith

Heaven Razah Music, Inc. President: 

Rachel “Queen the Prophet” Lombardozzi 

Twitter: @queentheprophet 

Heaven Razah Music, Inc. Vice President:

Aaron “Messenger/ Sneak Vandel” Warner

Twitter: @raiderzemcee 

Contact Information: 

ARTIST & BEAT SUBMISSION: 

heavenrazahmusicinc@gmail.com 

-Artists: Please send formal EPK or music links as well as social media handles. Mp3 files will not be considered. 

-Producers: Please write “beats” in the subject line 

New Music by @itselwoodmusic “Story of My Life”

 

#SoGoneChallenge

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So.. apparently the new “challenge” is doing a remix of Monica’s track “So Gone” from her “After the Storm” album (which by the way was originally released on my Birthday June 17th in 2003). Absolutely one of those timeless albums that if you played it today 13 years later it would still be good.

So what I’m sharing is in my opinion one of the best (if not thee best) #SoGoneChallenge attempts I’ve seen by Elwood (Elwood Music).

You can check Elwood out on Facebook & Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/Elwoodandmusic/?fref=ts

Production Contest!

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Now taking project submissions!

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This is a new project I’m personally putting together, so any submissions for this project must fall under the guidelines of spiritually conscious and be free from sexually explicit lyrics & profanity (college radio friendly) Project submissions are open to any artist/song that meets this criteria. Send submissions to queentheprophet@gmail.com include artist name, track title, & producer name. (Hosting DJ TBA)

Artist Feature: “Afro” @afro_allflows

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Meet 18 year-old Afro (All Flows Reach Out). Afro has been referred to as “the future of hip-hop”, and if you haven’t heard him rhyme? I’m sure after you do, you’d be inclined to agree with that statement. Mentored by hip-hop veteran RA the Rugged Man, R.A. became aware of the young emcee when A-F-R-O entered a freestyle contest on YouTube hosted by R.A. “This kid won the contest before it was even ended.”-RA (http://uproxx.com/music/2015/09/afro-ra-the-rugged-man-uncharted)

I had the pleasure of meeting both of them back in October of this year, while filming scenes from Hell Razah’s upcoming documentary “Risen, the story of Chron Hell Razah Smith”(directed by Frank Meyer). Although it’s probably not a secret to Afro that he is extremely talented,  he is one of the most humble young men I’ve ever met and that just makes me even more excited to share his music with you. I’d also like to go on record for being the first person to refer to him as a “Supernova”. I haven’t seen that in print yet, so I’m saying it and printing it.

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Over this past week, the official music video “Code #829” was released (11/18/15) and can be found on his new mix tape “Tales from the Basement”. “This is just a mixtape joint A-F-R-O recorded at his mothers house. Just having fun murdering flows and spitting lyrical codes for fans to decipher.. this is super ill but wait till you hear the official music and what we got in store for you all.”-RA 


California-bred lyrical titan A-F-R-O aka All Flows Reach Out debuts his first official music video, “Code #829”. Taken from A-F-R-O’s new mixtape “Tales From The Basement”, the track finds R.A. The Rugged Man’s protege going in over some vintage RZA production.

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You can Stream + Download “Tales From The Basement” absolutely free here: http://allflowsreachout.com/basement/

If you happen to be in Europe this month, you can catch him on his 2015 European tour with RA & Mr. Green.

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Booking A-F-R-O, or R.A. the Rugged Man contact: Howopbookings@gmail.com

#New #Music @methodman #WuTangClan drops “The Meth Lab”

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The anticipated album from Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man was released today and is his first solo record in approximately nine years. This project features 36 tracks and some of the features you’ll hear are from Redman, Handz On, Raekwon, and Inspectah Deck.

I sat here for a few thinking what else could I possibly write to make this article more interesting, then I realized I don’t have to say anything else really. This man is in a class all by himself and needs no introduction or clever word play as an attempt to lore you in and get you to go support his project… he’s Method Man, nuff said.

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Founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Grammy award winner. Platinum selling artist. Actor. Flower.
“I don’t rap I flow” – Mef

You can download “The Meth Lab” via iTunes: 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-meth-lab/id1015467559

Or via Band Camp (where you can also purchase official Meth gear & hard copy CD’s) 

https://methodman.bandcamp.com/album/the-meth-lab

(There’s also plenty of other locations on the web available for streaming and download if neither one of these sites is compatible with your devices)

What if #Heaven was a mile away? “Get Away” by @_joseph_sd

What if heaven was only a mile away?

Check out this awesome new track written and produced by Joseph SD, “Get Away”

If you’re going to be in the Connecticut area August 22nd, come out and see Joseph SD perform live at Washington Park in Bridgeport CT! The Christian Community Body of Christ (CCBOC- Pastors Elwood & Zenaida Collazo) will be hosting their first annual Hip-Hop / Reggaeton out reach event. The event will include free food, free music & more! The event will be held from 10am-4pm.

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