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Makin Plays 


As the title may indicate the new UNCUT VILLAGE RECORDS artist Refr $hort is making plays with a new single titled Making Plays. Partnering with fellow Inland Empire artist mbf_ak on an upbeat banger Refr continues to show his ability to ink hot lyrics over a range of topics. If you haven't heard this song yet click the link and download it now. Download Making Plays


Be on the watch for more from the young lyricist as it has been confirmed that an album and mixtape is on the way before summer. 

Problem S2 

For those of us that can appreciate and enjoy good music some artists appear to take forever to follow up on dope projects. One reason, obviously, is that it can be quite the challenge to one up your own greatness. Well last week one of those artists we can really appreciate finally ended the wait for us. Diamond Lane artist Problem finally dropped the long awaited Separation 2 project and I must say that it was well worth the wait. 

This album starts with a blistering banger "About That Time" that wakes the S2 listeners right up and prepares them for the joyous listening experience ahead of them. Prob then takes right into it with fellow Watts native 03 Greedo on "Put It Down" and "Fuck Me Too" featuring Cassanova, 1takejay and Saviii 3rd, which was the premiere video for the project. Following that is "So Disrespectful" featuring the King of New York himself Diddy. There is so much to say for this project from DLG that it would take all day to read and write. 

While the projects does boast a host of features a lot of them are emerging artists from undergound fame. I give this project from Chachi high marks and suggest you all go download it from you favorite platform. 

Spotify: S2 by Problem 


Riot Over XXX Tentacion's Death 

With all that appears to be going on with events surrounding the early demise of the 20 year old Florida rapper XXX Tentacion's fans took to the streets to mourn the artist's death yesterday and caused city streets to be shut down in the midst of a huge celebration. You can see more of the story at Fans riot on Los Angeles streets in celebration of XXX's life.

While it is still unclear as to whom the killer(s) are at the moment social media has taken matters into their own hands by launching their own investigations into the unfortunate events. At the front of the p[ack of suspects are a couple local Florida rappers that appeared to have beef with X and can be seen on Instagram photos with vehicles and other items that were said to be used by the suspects in the crime. Law enforcement officials have yet to name any suspects in the alleged robbery gone bad. We will have more on the story as it develops. RIP XXTentacion.

XXX Tentacion Dies 

It is always very sad to see someone die at the hands of anyone else. It is much harder to see a 20 year old be killed in the streets in an act of senseless violence. Yesterday XXX Tentacion had his life cut short for unknown reasons in his home state of Florida and today the the hip hop world is mourning the loss of a talented young man that spent lots of time being a motivating factor to kids around the world. You can see in many videos across social media in which X frequently delivered positive messages to the youth always encouraging them to love themselves, believe in themselves and go for their dreams. I will refrain from reporting the story with alleged details and simply add a link to TMZ, where you can get that portion of the news. Rest well young man. GO TO TMZ FOR MORE

Watts Rapper Gets 20 Years in Prison 


We have just learned that Watts rapper 03 Greedo was sentenced to 20 years in prison as a result of a run in with the law in 2016. In 2016, 03 Greedo was driving a car in Texas when he was pulled over by Sheriff deputies where they claimed to smell the aroma of marijuana. This led the officers to search 03s vehicle when they forced open his trunk and allegedly found four pounds of meth and two stolen hand guns. Read more here

Been Here Before- Youngdre West 

Youngdre West has done it again! Killing Soundcloud with the new single "Been Here Before" released today with the video coming right behind the song release. If you haven't heard this track you need to click the link right now and get a full appreciation for this young Watts Los Angeles native. He refuse to stop and keeps dropping bangers on us.


Listen to Been Here Before


Attention producers, promoters, bloggers and internet magazine folks: Stop dissing your potential client base by saying shit like "You artists are never going to make it because you don't take your craft seriously" and other things that people spew out of emotion. This tend to have several different effects: 1) It kind of gives a signal that you may be struggling in your own efforts (since you're ranting emotionally, which is generally caused by mental discomfort); 2) It turn potential clients away from you and sometimes even against you. Now if you enjoy creating enemies then more power to you, but if you're conducting business your negative comments and anecdotes can drive people away, and your business will not survive without people patronizing it. True, some people don't take their craft seriously. But you bashing them as opposed to trying to lift them up and help them to become better or even find a different path is counterproductive and not conducive to either of your growth. 


We have gotten so comfortable putting people down for their inability to afford things, like your services for instance, that we forget that it takes love to motivate someone. Because someone rap or sing or whatever doesn't mean that they have cash coming out of their asses to fork over to you. Most artists have, in addition to normal life responsibilities, a family and home to take care of before they have the luxury of spending their bill money on your services/products. So what we often have is a situation in which someone may be interested in patronizing your business but have to work you into their life budget. How many artists do you know that start off wealthy? Not many. One of the greatest ways to turn people away from and against you is to antagonize them for their financial situation. These people may work their fingers to the bone to care for their families and also love creating music or whatever but fall short on the amount of your fees/prices. Does this mean they shouldn't do what they love? Absolutely not. You never know a person's situation and downing them for it doesn't create potential clients/customers. 


Additionally, maybe your services aren't what you think they are. When we start a business we have a sense of pride about it and often times we try to subconsciously force others to feel the same about our endeavors. This isn't to say that you have a poor business model (unless of course disrespecting consumers is your model), but only that you must understand that you'll rarely find a lot of people that are as excited about your ventures as you are. Maybe you should consider doing a survey to learn more about your target market as opposed to ranting on social media. Maybe have private communications with artists in your target market to see how you may be able to find an amicable solution for all parties involved. There are a ton of positive ways to engage your audience that will create a better end result than negativity. 


At the end of the day you can run your business any way you see fit, but if you are trying to grow and maximize your potential positive communications will win over negative. As an artist/content creator, husband and father I can assure that I will not patronize a business that is constantly throwing shots about artists being broke. Do I feel that they are addressing me? No, since I have paramount responsibilities that take precedence over funneling money into their families. If a person is taking care of their home life and responsibilities and that render them cashless for a time that person is not broke. They have secured what counts most. Personally, I have spent tons of cash on my passion (built my studio, copyright fees, websites, etc.) but not before taking care of home first, which is why I still have a home to enjoy comforts in. This writing is not intended to be return fire at any group, but to open some eyes to a mindset that is likely costing you business. Thank you for reading, share it with friend or anyone that may benefit from the information.

Written by Darren Todd for