Thursday, November 27, 2008
Check it out...
Check out this email from the one and only J-Zone:
To whom it may concern. I'll be damned, it's noon and already 10 texts deep. $1.50.
I don't like repeating myself. I really really don't. I only do that when a first attempt at sending a message doesn't go through…you know, like when you attempt to send a text message to somebody and it fails so you resend. While we're on the subject…let's stay there.
Last Christmas I informed everybody of my frustration with these %$%$!! mass text messages. They're like mass emails (like this one) but 9 times out of 10 they're trite, arbitrary, bland and cost money. OK, some of you have free text messaging on your phones. Well, I still have a cassette walkman and was evil the day auto makers stopped putting tape players in cars - I had to burn all my music on CD's which took over a year including that real nice Ice-T album that had bonus cuts only on the tape- so I obviously don't give a %^$* about the latest technology. Don't give me that Blackberry/Bluetooth sh*t either unless your name is in Forbes Magazine. I don't do none of that sh*t and those that know me know that I DON"T HAVE FREE TEXT MESSAGING ON MY CEL PHONE PLAN. EVERY TEXT MESSAGE COSTS ME 15 CENTS TO SEND AND RECEIVE. Don't get me wrong, if you want to wish me a happy holiday then say "Yo Jay, Happy Holidays" in the text. That's fine and I appreciate the thought. Or pick up the *%#!%! phone and call me. If you're so hi tech you must have a lotta minutes on your iphone or whatever that sh*t is. E-Mail me, it's free! But this mass text message sh*t gotta stop and I mean right mutha%#!*&% now. Especially in this economy. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, I get an average of 40 "Happy/Merry whatever the &%$#" text messages. And half of these jokers that send them are loose music biz affiliates that I never bothered to save their number but they apparently kept every number they ever got and mass text these one liner greetings and I have no idea who the %@!* they are (take me off your event list too, especially if I don't live in the same state as you). When I them call back to invoice them for my 15 cents, they don't pick up the $*!* phone! Lets do some arithmetic…
40 Text Messages @ $0.15 cents each = $6.00
Half of these texts are from people whose numbers aren't saved in my phone, so I have to call them back to see who it is and cuss them out. 90% go to robot voicemail. 90% of these texts are during peak hours, so I get charged for approximately 18 one minute calls before 9PM trying to get reimbursed my 15 cents. I have 600 anytime and free nights and weekends on my plan. I usually use about 587 minutes in the winter months (I like to leave a lil room so I don't get charged $1.25 per minute for going over 600). Therefore, I run a risk of going over my anytime minutes by about 5 minutes.
5 minutes @ $1.25 per minute = $6.25
Taxes and fees are about $0.75
$6.00 + $6.25 + $0.75 = $13.00
That's $13.00 pointlessly spent for no %*&!% reason at all. Simply for having a cel phone and being a victim of pointless text dreck. They just pile up like L blocks in a game of Tetris when Christmas rolls around. If I up my plan, that's another $10 a month…$120 for the year. $140 including taxes and surcharges. I can hear y'all talkin' sh*t about me right now. "Yo man J-Zone is mad cheap, he's pitchin a b**ch over $13." OK, I'm cheap, so what? Go head and talk that sh*t. But if you walked into White Castle and the cashier asked you for $13 but you didn't ask to buy food, would you just give it to him/her simply because you were in there? Let that marinate for a second…and in the meantime here is a list of things I can do with $13...
- Get a shape-up (or a full haircut if I see my man Jay-Mee) and have $3 left over for a new toothbrush…the good kind with the bristles that reach deep in the gums and massage them.
- Fill half my tank with Mobil 87 gas (since prices went back down).
- Buy 2 bags of Asian Style Chicken Breasts at Trader Joes (with some money left over if I get lighter bags).
- A 6 pack of Adidas Moisture Wicking Athletic Crew Socks at Marshalls.
- A sealed copy of Pimps Up, Hoes Down on DVD via amazon.com including shipping.
- 31 stamps and only having to come out of pocket $0.02.
Hopefully sending this message out early in the holiday season thwarts some of this text message crap and I can save some money and save you the impending headache of me bossing up on you for my $0.15...because I swear on a stack of James Brown 45's I'm not even kidding, I'm dead a$$ serious. If you strike on all 3 holidays, that's $0.45. Learn to contact people directly when you think of them. Yeah it takes time, but it was never a problem before text messaging. E-mail me (it's free!!!!), get at me personally or remove me off your text list because your tab is running and ye$ I will be paid, I will be paid.
Feel free to paypal me $13 at this e-mail address tomorrow…or order a Chief Chinchilla: Live @ The Liqua Sto CD from me…it's the same price. That's black Friday for your mutha f%$#!* a$$…the day I get reimbursed for ya'll getting greedy with your phone features…
If this doesn't apply to you, enjoy your day...
Ho Ho Ho
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Records, records and more records!
Mark your calendars for this years WMUC record fair. Som Records will be there with a table full of fresh wax. There will also be lots of other vendors as well (over 50 tables worth). Cheap to rare and in between. The last was off the hook, this one should be even better!
Sunday, December 7, from 11 AM to 4 PM. On the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
5.29.08 Illmatic Remix Party from Inner Loop Records on Vimeo.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The review panel at www.hoodhype.com chose my track ('K-Beta State Of Mind') to spin on Episode #77 of the HoodHype show which drops this week!
The track was also played on our LIVE show via our syndication partner AOL Music's LARGEST hip-hop station SmoothBeats. All this and if I win the listener vote (announced two shows later), then I win an interview on the next LIVE show and podcast, a spot on the front page of the site and much more!
GET THOSE VOTES UP!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Mine isnt mixed and its straight out the MPC.
Fashawns is mixed but its got his whack lyrics drippin all over it!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
MMIM: Tell me about your start in the music business and the songs you have appeared on.
KB: The first actual release I was ever on came out in 2002 and was called “Pressure Points”. It was released by Guns and Butter who I am still very closely associated with today as part of InterLoop Records. Funny thing about that was I recorded a verse over the phone while I was in jail. It wound up making the last track on the album. K-Beta live rapping through the phone. I didn’t get out until 2004. Then on the proper side of things, the first actual CD release was with the Thundercats CD called, “In the Beginning.” We released it in 2004 and sold a couple thousand copies. It was a great time recording that. We did the entire recording in Chantilly, VA at Overock’s mother’s house. The whole ground work and grassroots process was great.....
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Katt Williams compares Tigers in a cage to Blacks in a America...did he just say "Blacks"? Hmmphmm. Sorry, African-Americans..What? I mean, uh, people of color. What? You callin me Persian? Ughh. What you got against uh Persian People? Nothin. Man. Nothin. Damn. Can everybody just have a mixed baby like me? This race shit gotta end...
Anyways, peep the funny fucking video
Sunday, November 9, 2008
EPIDEMIK - NATURE OF THE BEAST (HOSTED BY PETER ROSENBERG)
This is a project that really has been years in the making, but now the time is right. Some of you may have heard Ep before but this is a proper introduction to an emcee thats been quietly doing his thing in the DMV for some time now, he's also 1/2 of the group Rigamortiz. I can promise you that this is one of the hardest tapes, street albums, etc. to ever drop in the D.C. area or maybe even in hip-hop in general. Also a special shout out to our boy Peter Rosenberg from Hot 97/Juan Epstein for being part of this project.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY T.E.F.L.O.N. & M. HARTMAN
DOWNLOAD IT NOW!!!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I have actually tried a few times doing something similar but ain't nothing come out sounding like this!!! Hahahaha. I love the creativeness. Dude is from Detroit, I think he won Red Bull Big Tune in Detroit.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
K-Beta | The Max EP
Inner Loop Records presents: K-Beta | The Max EP, a collection of songs from the past 3 years. This street author laces beats by producers such as Overok, J-$crilla, Team Demo & Soundtraxx. These recordings are the prerequisite to the upcoming DJ Alizay & K-Beta mixtape. K-Beta is not only one of the DMV's most profound artists, he is also one of the best lyricists in the nation. Download this EP and bump it on the way to the polls!
1. Max Intro (Produced by J-$crilla)
2. I'm Bleeding (Produced by Team Demo)
3. Live Illegal (Produced by Chop-La-Rok & J-$crilla)
4. Self Control (Produced by Overok)
5. Superman 2 ft. J-$crilla (Produced by J-$crilla)
6. Simply (Produced by Overok)
Click the cover to download.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
anyways, the countdown to arma-fuckin-geddon looms and i guess everybody with some sense has to know that if barack hussein obama doesnt win then theres gonna be a fuckin riot. me- im goin grocery shoppin. holla at the God. fuck gettin caught up in a race war. my world would be fucked up! lol. no for real LOL! If obama does win then the fuckin christainteers will be out burning abortion clinics, spray painting swastikas and burning crosses! yea! kill whitey! kill blacky! kill what yer not!
for real, i like barack. i dont like the near socialistic plans- i mean yo, the emergency room sucks balls now. imagine that shit on govt health care! ha! fuck that. and, being a part time govt contractor i see the trickle down bureacratic bullshit on the regular. that shit would take 5 years minimum to install. then, all the fuckin taxes! boooo.
and mccain? well, c'mon. i wouldnt vote for a dude i cant high five. u gotta be shittin me. now this guy seems like he is running to be president cuz his wife got him by the balls. he doesnt act or seem presidential and for real, hes prolly a decent dude. he aint one of those down south republicans. he is moderate. his campaign blows balls. they went negative etc. i mean he never had a chance especially after he gotta hold of that GILFer from alaska. i mean mccain will die in office while president. so, u know, fuck the bullshit.
bottom line- govt sucks. old skool republicans had it right- let the states govern not the feds. fuck the feds!. people like reagan n the bushers fucked it up bad. democrats are good but they fuck up small business owners like a lot of us hip-hopreneurs. i mean, im all for people with less gettin some programs, getting some kickback, etc. i dont like hungry poor people roaming my streets. why? cuz hungry people are the most dangerous people. republican nazis dont realize that.
anyways, im rambling. i got something else.. what if barack is put in office by the all mighty (if u dont like conspiracies then stop reading, im full of em.) i mean dude is a 32nd or 33rd degree mason. he has ties. no fuckin way anybody gets to run for president w/o the right friends. he may not be on strings (like bush) but he has a lot to own up to. first off, hes black! news flash right?! but, for real- old, white, rich people dont like black people telling them what tghe fuck to do. its the american way. so, how does a black (half white, too) man get to run for the head executive office of the worlds premiere powerhouse?
now remember this is just a conspiracy, and i hope to God im so incorrect. and i know people have said, "what if he gets in office and he gets assasinated?" well, my brothers and my sisters- thats only skin deep
what if he has been put in position to be elected president because THEY ultimately wanna create marshall law, then a world economy then finally put in to effect a new world order?!
u see.. the thinking goes...... i put obama in position to run in primaries after we set him up 4 yrs ago to deliver ridiculously charming speech at democratic convention. people under 40 have much more open minds- they were born during the summer of love or later. we can get an influx of young voters because they wanna be a part of history, vote for a black president. throw a slogan of CHANGE up until it brainwashes most moderates, liberals, democrats and general bush haters. we sink a fuckin fortune into tv ads, infomercials, pamphlets, etc to spread the message. we have record numbers of volunteers. booom. baaaam.
now we have a peer pressure type of thing going on among smart, educated people that trickles down to family and friends. now u vote for obama. ok. he wins. BAM. he gets inagurated. then- BOOM. a "terrorist" attacks. the people turn on barack hussein obama. some knucklehead shoots obama. kills obama. now- u gotta lotta pissed off smart people. the smart, liberal, educated, open mined people are fighting the dumb, stuck-in-their ways, bible thumping ignoramuses. the blacks are fighting the whites. the latinos are fighting blacks. everybodys killing middle easterners and asians. now we have an all out civil fuckin war.
but, this aint yer old fashion 1863 civil war. no no no. this aint a african civil war. this aint a palestine vs the jews thing. this is America. the home of mega-weapons, all walks of life, the most powerful, the rich stupid people! this is the land that would have a juducial body rule marshall law (thanks bush) and rebellion would be swift.
the current economic scene plays perfectly in their created plan as the "world" economy is in full swing. soon, the g7 will run it all.
basically, i hope obama wins smoothly. i hope he helps out poor people (he ONLY speaks about middle class) and i hope he doesnt get assassinated.
Good luck and get groceries!