Life Is But A Knick Chair

Knick Chair

March 1st marked 1 year in the system and I’m still not rehabilitated. This my first real “job” as some of you may already know. Not counting a small $6.18 an hour job I had in Prospect Park Alliance when I was 14. All I did back then was surf on SOHH anyway. In light of my newest achievement, I’ve decided to do a Esquire-ish “What I’ve Learned” blog for the past 365 plus 5 more days.

-Link To My Blog When I First Took The Job

-This is the best time ever to be independent. If you have a plan and 500 spins, you will be a millionaire in no time. Major label artist aren’t cracking 2 million records. Not Jay-Z, not Game, not Jeezy, not T.I.. If I was an up-coming-hot-shot-whippersnapper-rapper, I’d take my chances indie first. Between ringtones and low overhead, you might actually recoup.

-The flip side of that coin is you probably won’t be famous. You won’t get millions in cross sponsorship deals. No crazy marketing plans. No $30,000 per show just for having a video on 106 & Park. A lot of major label artists never recouped in their lives and aren’t complaining one bit. It’s an interesting argument.

-Watching the Knicks is way more fun in $1900 courtside seats. Only problem is Spike will talk your ear off.

-Most of the rappers I came up with no longer have deals. It’s like a lost generation that nobody wants to talks about. Only ones left are Saigon, Papoose, Tru-Life and Remy Ma. It’s hard out here for a NYC rapper. We’ve resorted to making southern records just to stay relevant.

-With that being said, I can tell you first hand that Saigon, Papoose and Tru-Life’s albums are all incredible.

-Blogging > A&Ring: It’s more fun and a lot easier to critique records then make them. I started XXL the same week I started at Atlantic. Both have their ups and downs. One pays significantly more than the other. The other allows me to take off the blazer, loosen up the tie and express how I really feel to the world. So maybe they balance out. But I wouldn’t trade either for the world.

-Ballllllllllllin’ is way more fun when they give you back the money in 2 weeks. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled is that he didn’t expense. “The Corporate Card Is Like Free Cash!”

-“…and you see that 80’s Baby shit right there…I started that”

-People always ask me why I stopped doing mixtapes. I always retort that I want to be respected and the music business doesn’t respect DJs. No matter how many artists you break, how many parties you do or how many CDs you press up for promotional use only, “they” don’t respect you. The game just looks at you as someone in the way of his or her success. An obstacle they “have” to deal with. Not the heart and soul of what keeps this hip hop shit alive. Nothing has proved my theory right more than the industry’s reaction to this DJ Drama and Don Cannon case.

-You’d be surprised who reads these blogs. I’ve gotten feedback up from execs, rappers, barbers, models, waitresses, strippers, lawyers, journalists, oreo sports writers…etc

-Speaking Of Ms. Hill, that conversation had about 3 more replies back and forth. One day when I have nothing to post, I’ll up them.

-There’s nothing more annoying than having to ask yourself “How would this sound on a ringtone?” when your in the studio.

-Back to Drama for a second. The Gangsta Grillz series since 2003 has arguably broken more rap
artists then any record label during the same time period. The same goes for Clue tapes between ’95 and ’99. Drama’s stamp of approval is in every signed artist’s market plan. Drama is the voice for the whole Southern movement. Cannon is one of the games most sought after up and coming producers. But if you listen to the RIAA representatives, they’re G Money and Nino Brown. But isn’t the RIAA same organization who were looking to arrest 13 year olds who download a couple years back? The witch-hunt continues

-DJ Drama’s first compilation album is being released by Grand Hustle/Atlantic this Summer. Go cop that.

-God bless Kanye West & Andre 3000

-Blogs > Magazines. Bol is more famous than any hip hop writer you can think of.

-In my heart of hearts I really do want to sign the next Nas. I would love to have the next incredibly super lyrical fly MC to takeover rap. The next B.I.G. The next whoever. The first whoever. But let’s just look at the state of the game right now.

  1. WHO THE F*&$ IS OUT THERE WHO FITS THAT CRITERIA? Lyrically!
  2. Those artists signed for incredibly cheap deals. Nas’ advance was $17,000. CNN split $5,000. Deals on real talent have to be a lot cheaper. Now I’m not saying take 10 stacks as an advance, but let’s be responsible. The expectations are higher when you sign a million dollar deal. The check writers aren’t trying to hear “I just made the new Illmatic. The next Reasonable Doubt!” Sad but it’s true. Kanye has been the only new MC this MILLENIUM to walk that fine line of artistry and commercial appeal. If you know someone holla at me. I’m easy to find. Don’t tell me about your boy or your artist. Someone you actually feel, pause.
  3. The outlets aren’t there. Mixtapes are dying. Showcases sucks. No more Stretch & Bobbito on the radio. Myspace is a needle in a haystack. I’m going to build the new Lyricist Lounge in NYC, LA, Miami and Houston. I think that’s my next goal.

-Remind me to post up the New New New New New York blog up soon. I got 5.

-John Brown is a marketing genius. Lock him and Nas in a room together, I bet they’ll come with the greatest campaign Hip-Hop has ever scene. Not music, but an incredible campaign.

-The best part of this gig is showing DJs and 80’s Babies how far you can go if you work smart, not hard. If I fail as an executive, I feel like I’ll let a lot of people down (not anyone here in the comment section though). I personally believe Drama, Kay Slay, Whoo Kid, Mick Boogie, Clinton Sparks, Clue and all the great entrepreneurial DJs should have high up corporate jobs. A lot of them are making tons of money, even a couple millionaires, but it’s something to be said to have people who did it at the lowest level in the highest offices. When you make a mixtape you can’t have a bad ear. You just wont eat the next day. You’re your own sales, marketing, A&R, new media, promotions and finance department all by yourself. Compared to that, corporate life is a cake walk.

-My next stops are Miami, Atlanta and Philly on my talent searching world tour. Will be in all of those places in the next two weeks. Hallelujah hollaback when you see me.

  • yeyo

    the indie game keeps looking better and better. it’s tough, though, can’t front.

    work smart, not hard.

    keep doing your thing, homie.

    http://www.myspace.com/choosehiphop

  • http://www.myspace.com/haraguru_grl238 ~L7~

    That’s def what’s up yo…
    Keep movin’ man! ^_-
    Peace

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    …you lookin for someone to make money with…i’ll sell you my thoughts if the price is right…

  • http://DAHSHYT.BLOGSPOT.COM Belize

    Sic?
    Where is the Arizona love?
    (6th largest city in the USA baby!)

    and!

    we got one of the rawest underground scenes bubbling in the USA..no hot rod

  • Abe

    Sick, seriously as a fan and as a producer in my mind the hottest thing you ever did was that power 30, overnight celeb tape. Can we at least get something along those lines as a blog entry.

    Secondly Nipsey Hussle of the Slauson Boys is the next nigga out of the west, he is getting his beat game up. He gets as much as Plies does for a show and he will without a shadow of doubt be to West Coast rap what Nas is to New York, and what TI is to Atlanta.

    Did I mention he is the only unsigned rapper on the recent Pac’s Life Compilation.

    I sent you a beat tape a while ago so get at me.

  • Flip

    Wale – DC. I’m sure you know about him though. The kid spits. The only obstacle will be the go-go angle. But if you can get people to open up their minds…

  • Meka Soul

    and i suppose front row seats at the new york liberty games are part of the benefits.

    i kid, of course. much success to you.

  • Sweet Cooch Brown

    Your Brilliant, and I agree. Im learning more about rap and mixtapes bit by bit from my “Hubby”, so I really cant give too much feedback on that specifically. But,as an anaolgy, if it were in terms of great singers…hmmm, I think… Basically, your suggesting an “Ashanti” shouldnt go demanding Phyllis Hyman, or Whitney Houston money(the raw whitney that is) advances right? The business world is conjuring up “short cuts” to make the industry, stardom, and cash easily accessible for those that are less deserving and authentic, right? There is a difference between being taught or practicing talent and just flat out naturally being gifted in my opinion. Things arent Balanced. Balance is everything right? Kanye isnt balancing he’s juggling, lol. He’s Pro-black/Political, commercial, and a “risk taker” artistically. Anyone and Everyone cant be the star… the shits sickening. Even if Im wrong, I stand by everything I just typed. Your doing a hell of a job and putting yourself in places to take risks as well, adding Balance, & Diversity to the Coporate World. Your disciplined, intelligent, and sacarafice for the “bigger picture”. Your giving back. Its tough to label you. Perhaps, A Role Model, or simply a Voice? Whatever it is I think your admirable & The future of writing among other things. Your obviously a great spirit, that has true passion, and GUTS! I enjoyed reading this, and will be peeking at more of your stuff in the future…
    1 love
    Gin

  • Junior

    This cat out of Atlanta named “Stanza” is pretty hot. I first heard him on the radio on the Beats & Lyrics show a few months back. The Beats & Lyrics show is the Atlanta version of the Stretch & Bobbito show. It’s like what Stretch & Bobbito used to be but they’re on on Saturday nights here in the ATL. They showcase alot of talented artists that aren’t necessarily crunk or snap type of southern artists. Here’s a link to their webpages & the station.

    http://www.Beatzandlyrics.podomatic.com

    http://www.wrfg.org

  • http://www.myspace.com/baggzdacoach John Brown

    Its dis dude FLOYD MAYWEATHER is dealin wit named “BAGGZ LOMBARDI” . Hes from Atlantic City NJ. Kinda reminds me of a HOV/FAB/BIG L n a lil ESCO.He had a couple mixtapes wit DJ ENVY.I think hes da future CHECK EM OUT!!!!

  • pete

    great post

  • Cuban Link

    what about Jae Millz?I think hes up their with the next gen. of NY rappers.

  • HOVA

    This Fagget-Ass Part-Time Nigga…

  • Incilin

    What happened to the “ima blog five days a week thing?”

    “Speaking Of Ms. Hill, that conversation had about 3 more replies back and forth. One day when I have nothing to post, I’ll up them.”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Yeah right. She was kicking your ass, that’s why you aint post it. When you have nothing to blog?? You hardly ever have anything to blog, that’s why your posts are so rare.

  • John Cochran

    Dont come through realadelphia, pistolvania less you got a strap cannon! Nah, seriously though here in philly we got emcees 10x hotter than anyone else anywhere, including NY. These kids are hungry as hell. All it takes is for someone to come along and develope them. And I said develope, not steal our styles like Jay-z and lil wayne did. As for me, Imma young double threat prod/emcee outta northside. I’m good though cause these labels be jerkin’ brothas. We gone go head n thug it out on the streets. 1

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    u want comercial viability, but credible artistry???

    Check this:

    http://www.myspace.com/theanticorp

    watch this takeover within the next 2-3yrs!

    Now do ur job Sick!

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    Good post nice to see fellow 80′s babies taking this rap game over. Step up your baseball refrences though.I’ll be at your L.A lyricist lounge battling cats. Just name the address and time.

  • John Brown

    Yo, what up Sick? Great post man. This web site just aint the same without your blogs. On a real note I think you have said the most intelectual thing on this website in a while. I am talking bout “Thank God for Kanye and Andre 3000.” REAL recognize real. Anyways if you gonna be in miami, I know this dude who is has a independent label and he got some real artist. Check it out his website is http://www.idee4.com or http://www.myspace.com/idee4show. Check out his artist Shottie. Well nuff with the plugs. Hope you can post on a daily basis.

    HALLELUJAH…HOLLA BACK

  • Cuban Link

    John Cochran Says:

    March 5th, 2007 at 7:34 pm
    Dont come through realadelphia, pistolvania less you got a strap cannon! Nah, seriously though here in philly we got emcees 10x hotter than anyone else anywhere, including NY. These kids are hungry as hell. All it takes is for someone to come along and develope them. And I said develope, not steal our styles like Jay-z and lil wayne did. As for me, Imma young double threat prod/emcee outta northside. I’m good though cause these labels be jerkin’ brothas. We gone go head n thug it out on the streets. 1

    ^^as much as I build NY up, I gotta co-sign.Ive never heard a basd Philly rapper lyrically.They do got some crazy punchline cats over there.

  • che

    PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE STOP WITH THE MOTHERFUCKING JAY-Z REFERENCED NAMING OF POSTS, IT’S SUCH AN OBVIOUS PLOY.

  • BigDogra

    How come the one time one of Jacquez’s myspace post would be relevant to the blog (somewhat), he ain’t even on here??

  • Sweet Cooch Brown

    i retract that first comment!! I read this for a second time, and it came across totally diff! You pulled my mind a few diff places I missed the first go around, lol. Nice.

    ps- The blog on when you first took the job was hilarious.

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    Nice blog, Sick. A lot of stuff you said was on point…except:

    Bol may be more famous than the 50 most well respected hip hop writers in the world, but do you think ANYONE will ask Byron Crawford to write a book or regular articles/editorials for them? Hell No. No one takes him seriously or respects his opinion…that’s all you have in the end.

    Secondly, lyrically and creatively there are about 10-15 emcees that could be the next GREAT emcee…problem is that the music at the mainstream level has been so watered down and dumbed down over the last 10 years that they would never sell or be appreciated like they should be (i.e. Lupe Fiasco). Imagine if Vakill or Elzhi (who?) got their videos played on 106 & Park…the audience would just stand there stupified like Terrance and Rocsi asked them all a complex math question.

    Case in point, niggas ain’t gonna read all of this^

    One.

  • john street

    2 words Troy AVe

    if u build it they will come (pause)

  • http://myspace.com/djmainevent DJ Main Event

    lyrical and fly… you’ve met a few of them already.

    Spot
    Esso
    The Replacementz (myspace.com/thereplacementz)
    Black Milk (myspace.com/blackmk)
    Drake (myspace.com/thisisdrake)
    Mickey Factz (myspace.com/itzmickey)
    Soul Rebel (myspace.com/soulrebel)
    Jesse Boykins III: myspace.com/jesseboykinsiii

    that’s who i’m bumping these days on the unsigned side.

  • northern califoria

    go to tha bay area, all these dudes are runnin shit by themsleves, doin good indie numbers…

  • sweetdickdaddy

    past 8 years has been: shit a&r, lack of artist development, djs that are paid to play garbage and an audience that equates quaility music with soundscan numbers. High School kids are talking about first week sales! Remember when niggas was talking about QUALITY? The entire culture is fucked. Thank God Its correcting itself. Has to happen. Happened to Rock and it happened to Soul music. Hopefully it wont be as bad as what happened to Jazz. Sick, your a good kid so ill give you some advice….Go Kickback crazy and sock that dough away. If you got some credit buy yourself an apt. When shit goes down you can refinance to keep you afloat until things pick back up. Go to Koch and offer up a compilation and pocket that dough. Do an official MAKE YOU FAMOUS with semi knowns so you can pocket more money. TRUST ME baby. Been where you at. Its bout to get ugly up there. TRUST ME FAM.

  • Sign

    How can you find talent if they don’t know where you be at (ATL is a big place)… cats that already got loot don’t really need you…it’s the cats without a dime in his pocket with the deepest stories and the best flow. You can’t find them in VIP

  • http://www.dcutent.com St. James

    DAMN SICK!!! Can Indianapolis, IN get a trip!!!?? Maybe the industry all sounds the SAME because you go to the SAME places to get it!!!!!! ATL, NY, PHILLY, LA etc. Can the MIDWEST get a voice in this piece outside of ST. LOUIS OR CHICAGO??????

  • jacquez
  • thatdukeSuave

    Check out http://www.breaklanta.com. Its comin up this spring and consists of 6 man B-Boy dance, emcee freestyle contests, turntable battles, and graffiti competitions. Basically a celebration of all things hip-hop. I just heard about it, but its been goin on for a while down here and I’m goin for sho. Never know what kinda hungry cats you can find at this type of event

  • EReal

    @ Sic
    Penut Butter Wolf, Beef Wellington, Locksmif, Solilyquists of Sound, Ect. Ect. Ect. Orlando has tons of great hiphop talent. Stop in tha 407 and check out The Social.

    “You’d be surprised who reads these blogs. I’ve gotten feedback up from execs, rappers, barbers, models, waitresses, strippers, lawyers, journalists, oreo sports writers…etc”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I wouldnt be surprised if 50 had Yayo reading XXLmag to make sure you guys are suckin enough G-unit dick. (No Bol) LOL

    1 hunned.

  • http://myspace.com/poetikindustry beejay

    let me know when you come down south i’ll put you on some real talent

  • derfla the hus’la

    lol @ ereal

    and yo sick check out jacquez’s music

  • INDUSTRY GUY

    Urban is screwed, big drop in ’06 has labels scared to invest, rap is history at the majors, go sell indie and then talk to us…and then maybe, A&R is as always musical chairs w/ no inking power, Hip-Hop is dead? Who cares, we sell rap albums…rap not selling cause fanbase has become jaded wannabes looking for ‘deals’…producers, DJs will still make good $, artist not so much….smaller deals will be the norm if any…Radio is a whore bizness w/o morals…Labels are done with rap for atleast 18 months only putting out established artist and their protege’s…HAVE A GOOD DAY!

  • mannyworld33

    GOOD POST SICK!
    LOL @ EREAL!

    SICK, IF YOU IN PHILLY CHECK FOR JOEY JIHAD(GO GETTAS) AND KRE FORCH.
    ALSO N.H AND REED DOLLARS. THEY ALL SPIT THAT FIRE.

    S.P STAND UP!

  • EReal

    lmao @ Derf

    Ya Sick, GO LISTEN.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Pifferachi

    oh yeah and i can only imagine that Sai, Pap’s and Tru’s albums are phenomenal, not due to the current dickridin/trendy move to support underdogs, but just for the time it has taken them to actually release their Debut’s, i’m more of a Quality vs. Quantity dude myself, so the wait i’m sure is well worth it.

  • TheGeneral

    Hell yeah I’ve been waiting for a long time for my nigga Saigon to come out I hope he does come through this year….Papoose is good too I want to his album and Tru Life is sick too I think people are overlooking him I can’t wait for those albums

  • Boner Jams 03

    skyzoo is the truth..i dont know why more heads aint hip to his shit

  • John Cochran

    mannyworld33 Says:
    “IF YOU IN PHILLY CHECK FOR JOEY JIHAD(GO GETTAS) AND KRE FORCH.
    ALSO N.H AND REED DOLLARS. THEY ALL SPIT THAT FIRE”.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Get them corny ass dvd rappers outta here homie. If you gone single somebody out to rep my city at least pick niggas that are real. C’mon.

  • Cuban Link

    to all my philly dudes hows my boys Kaboom and NH doing?Lyrically u cant fuck with them, but they wont make it mainstream.Kabooms voice just isnt right, NH sounds a bit somether.(No homo)

  • John Cochran

    You said it link, they wont make it mainstream. Alot of these mixtape cats in philly just focuse on that without sitting down to learn to write REAL SONGS. NH and Kaboom both spit that shoot em up, I got a key in my drunk type rap. That shit aint real one bit. Personally, all of em suck to me, but thats cause I’m from Philly so my standards are higher. They’d still crush outta towners though. I’m not gone use this to promote myself, but I got some shit hitting the streets early summer. Look out for John Cochran-Broad street deli in a bootleg man’s duffel bag near you. 1

  • ??????

    Sick, u need to come to seattle and put cred in my city, cause we don’t have no popular atrist here(cept legend jimmy hendrix), put us in da map.

  • Native Son

    Sick you already helped the next Nas get his deal! Asylum/AMG firt artist Willie the Kid! Shout out Drama and Cannon for putting a lyrical artist on despite being based in the heart of the south! Gun Rule, All Day Every Day! Pay Attention!

  • Port_o_Prince

    THAT NIGGA ON POE BOY FLO RIDA HE GOT A BANGIN JOINT

  • Breeze

    Signed & Unsigned Artists to Check out
    Jon Hope (Providence, RI)
    Crooked I (LBC)
    Wiz Khalifa (Pittsburg)
    Bossman (B-more)
    Jay Rock (Watts)
    Quan (VA)
    Saigon (NY)
    Ya Boy (the Bay)
    The Young Hustlers (B-More)
    Trife Da God (NY)
    Termanology (Mass)
    Q Holla (B-more)
    Jody Breeze (ATL)
    Young Hootie (Compton)
    Allstar (Cashville)
    Mullyman (B-more)

  • http://myspace.com/shawnlawrencejames Shawn Lawrence James

    SOMEBODY HERE PUT TROY AVE? WHAT THE????

    YO LISTEN TO ME FAM HIT ME UP

    This is what I been trying to tell you

    Shakes (Modern Day Shakespere)

    Bed Stuy by way of Red Hook

    Son dont dress in none of that wack shit neither Polo cardigans all day son is 21

    email me…

    Believe In Shakes

  • E

    HELL YEAH!!!!!

    I know that nigga. He got that shit that make your face screw up AKA screw-face music.

    BELIEVE IN SHAKES

  • Cuban Link

    ey yo Sick…Is is true what Saigon said to prodigy at the club?At hiphopgame.com, he said that he and Prodigys crew got into a mix up of words, and yall got thrown out.He said u and gotti were there.Word?If so, then Im convinced Saigons the realest rapper ever.

    http://www.hiphopgame.com/index2.php3?page=saigon0207

  • Cuban Link

    John Cochran Says:

    March 6th, 2007 at 10:11 pm
    You said it link, they wont make it mainstream. Alot of these mixtape cats in philly just focuse on that without sitting down to learn to write REAL SONGS. NH and Kaboom both spit that shoot em up, I got a key in my drunk type rap. That shit aint real one bit. Personally, all of em suck to me, but thats cause I’m from Philly so my standards are higher. They’d still crush outta towners though. I’m not gone use this to promote myself, but I got some shit hitting the streets early summer. Look out for John Cochran-Broad street deli in a bootleg man’s duffel bag near you. 1

    ^Word, I dig their lyrics thou.Not some shit Id bang on a regular basis, but im still digging their punches.Watch your girl Buzz off my Woody its a story how I toy with your wife.Aha, that one had me laughing.

    Also, @ Breeze, Termanologys the sickest cat u named.

    Anyone know by boy QP from B-More?Dude kinda sound like Celph Titled.HE aint bad, but prolly wont be mainstream either.he writes some real shit thou, not bad neither.

  • Cuban Link

    and for my Florida dudes what up with my boy Jon Young?”Sky Scrappin’ so I cant even see the street.”If his voice didnt sound so fucked up from that computer shit he thinks is cool, hed make it mainstream prolly.Makes his own beats too, which are pretty hot.

  • Cuban Link

    ?????? Says:

    March 7th, 2007 at 12:58 am
    Sick, u need to come to seattle and put cred in my city, cause we don’t have no popular atrist here(cept legend jimmy hendrix), put us in da map.

    ^^^^If u fucking with rock yall got Nirvana too and they def.

  • self hating NIgga aka bol

    this for bol and all who heed bol I read your blog because i know your going to say something crazy but sometimes you say the things that people are afraid to say but most of the time your doing the samething these rappers posioning our community with lies mixed with truth everybody knows in america if you have One drop of black your black in fact do you think people of multicultural back grounds like obama would have been treated any diffrently pre civil war yes he would have been what the african american would have call a “House Nigga” But a nigga none the less Its funny that the one time in history a Black Man Has a chance to become president you smear his name your pathetic excuse for a black hip hop blogger and its sad cause these kids are so addicted to shock value that they will be entertained and mesmerized by B.S. such as the slander you are spewing out of your mouth the truth is you probaly hate your self for being black

  • http://www.myspace.com/jasi Gimmie My Publishing

    LOL @ Mr. SLJ

    *Believe in Shakes*

  • ??????

    Cuban Link Says:

    March 7th, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    ^^^^If u fucking with rock yall got Nirvana too and they def.

    true true, but we need some1 in da hip-hop world

  • NUNIGGS

    WHO’S THE HOTTEST NIGGAS COMING UP IN FLORIDA?

  • unseeen

    en—producer, music mogul, visionary, director, and entrepreneur–began his production career with 120-minute cassette tapes and a Casio Sk-5 in East Harlem, NY. Four-year-old Unseen taped Mr. Magic and Red Alert and listened to his father’s jazz collection. By two-years-old he was humming entire Jazz tunes. He was destined to live a life of music. Purvis ‘Unseen All City “White III was born on March 22, 1979 to an African American father and Trinidadian mother in Denver. After is parent’s divorce, he moved with his father to East Harlem in 1982. His father, a big jazz fan, exposed him to Bob James, Mile Davis, Rick James, Quincy Jones, James Brown, and other influences. His uncle, Earl, ran a numbers joint on Lenox, had a candy store, a limo service, and taught young Unseen and his cousins the hustle of Harlem . In 1992, Unseen, moved to New Jersey. He began Djing local parties with his partner C-lo. Throwing basement parties and doing mixtapes. Later on he joined the 54th Regiment, a Jersey super group who came after the Fugees and the Outsiderz. They showed Unseen that a group of talented people could make a impact in the music game. During his senior year in high school he started a label with his cousin Deshawn Green called True Essence Records. The first release was in 1999 with a group called Crawlin Linx . Soon after, Unseen hooked up with Just from the Black Sopranos, and created ties with Kay Slay. Kay Slay showed Unseen how to take over the market with the mixtape game and brand your name. Unseen’s Production has been placed on many mixed tapes Dj Premier, Dj Kay Slay, Dj Smallz, Scram Jones, Big Mike, Dj Diggz & Rated R , DJ Vlad ,Dj Watts, Dj Mello, Dj absoult,www.HipHopGame.com, Dj Lust & Dj Lazy K Since then He started a on line radio station called http://WWW.ALLCITYRADIO.NET. Unseen has worked with Half-A-Mil, Jim Jones, Bun B, Nucci Reyo, Smith-N-Wesson, Sam Scarfo, Joel Ortiz, Ma Barker, Tom Gist, Nyce, the Black Sopranos, Crawlin Linx and Crawlin Linx. He has been featured in The Source Magazine’s Independent’s Day column and AllHipHop.com. His discography includes the albums “Civil War,” “The Connect,” and “The Connect Pt. 2.” Unseen is presently posed to become the next big thing. He has said, “Hip Hop is a tool that, if used correctly, can bring people together on a next level

  • http://www.myspace.com/worldfamousdjwats dj wats

    Nice shit! I Got a shout out in the comments , ha!

  • EReal

    @ Breeze

    Allstar but no D-Tay?

    @ Cuban – Link

    What part of florida, cause there is a huge movement right now in Orlando. Everytime we head to the club I got 4 or 5 cats tryna hand me tapes and whatnot. The Social throws down with the underground stuff as I named above, but theres some Gangsta Rap cats with Commercial Viability out here. I came out TABU drunk as heyll and this one cat hit me up, I gave him 10 bucks for the cause and he gave me a couple CD’s BOTH dope as fukk, but they disappeared. U know how it is with Bob Marley, you be leavin shite everywhere.
    We need a 407 Rapper man, these cats around here are gully. IT IS NOT A GAME PEOPLE!!! (No Serch)-LOL.
    Forreal Tho. 407 Stand Up.

    1 hunned.

  • Kiya618

    BELIEVE IN SHAKES!!! The next chapter on great lyricism!

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  • Cuban Link

    @ Ereal aha lmao yea the dudes from Orlando.He doesnt have a gangster vibe to him thou.Check him out on myspace or whatever.And word, theres a lot of hot dudes coming out of O-town right now.

  • dj K-Nyce

    hey sic, i dont even know that you are able to read all of these posts. but with the recent decline in rap sales i have taken a look at what made rap hot at the height of it all, lets say 95-98 and the big thing thats missing is artist development. labels no longer want to take the time to develop and artist, so you have a real microwave approach to the music and it shows in the quality, which reflects in the sales. and i think the labels take for granted that the masses have tastes distinguishing enough to notice. sure, people are dancing to it but thats about it. they dont feel compelled to buy because they can tell not a whole lot was put into it. unfortunately this effect trickles down to artists who really did put their all into the music (lupe) because we are flooded with so much trash. i think if labels get back to putting money into developing their artists they will see a nice return on that investment, and in 1-2yrs we will have a nice flood of quality music. i dont know a whole lot about the inner workings of the industry, so thats just my take on it.

    and also everyone knows someone who is “hot” im sure you knew you were gonna get an influx of reccomendations on our next signee! lol

  • frankwhite45

    Thats the whole problem with the game the emphasis on finding the next big,pac, nas it wont happen. But people are quick to say sumthin is wack after one listen forgettin an artist needs to progress, when gunit blew up banks and yayo didnt sound what they sound like now or even game. No nba scout said they lookin for the next Micheal Jordan shit just happened Lebron came thru. Thats why so many emerging artist are so diluted now.

  • Cuban Link

    @ K-Nyce, co-sign about artist development, but you cant look at the past and try to base the present on it.U gotta move on and find something new.The only problem with hip hop is tht we’re moving in the wrong direction.

    R.I.P. Biggie, Yo sick pleaz do a brother a favor and answer my Q or someone do it for him, the one about Saigon VS Prodigy at the club.

  • mighty

    It makes me laugh how ‘producing mixtapes’ makes you a ‘grand master’ at knowing what the streets want. Just because people bought your tapes, and you helped 2 artists get deals does not mean fuck all. If most of these rappers out here were to have the ‘contacts’ that you have built up most would generate interest – that would most probably turn into a deal of some sort. To say that you are an a&r, marketing, financial exec is crazy. Your just a guy who got lucky. Your rode the coat tails of talented artists and made your way to the office. Now, you need to produce something on your own, find an artist without looking them up on Soundscan and develop them, then a&r the project, come up with a marketing strat, and see if they go plat….when you do that shit call yourself an A&R!

    For now call your self ‘Aladin’ riding that magic, lucky carpet!!

  • mannyworld33

    John Cochran Says:

    March 6th, 2007 at 9:35 pm
    mannyworld33 Says:
    “IF YOU IN PHILLY CHECK FOR JOEY JIHAD(GO GETTAS) AND KRE FORCH.
    ALSO N.H AND REED DOLLARS. THEY ALL SPIT THAT FIRE”.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Get them corny ass dvd rappers outta here homie. If you gone single somebody out to rep my city at least pick niggas that are real. C’mon.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    first off you on here promoting urself so of course you gon’ say they corny. all i did was throw a couple names out there that I thought was hot
    IMO their no different from cassidy or cyssero. if they get down with the right team somebody that can groom them the way swizz did cass then they might just make it mainstream. i ain’t hatin’ i hope you and all the rest of those mentioned make it and rep for philly!

    PHILLY STAND UP!!!!!!!

  • Cuban Link

    Joey Jihad is a fucking beast.

  • papoosefan.

    is saigon coming out before 2009?

  • vercel

    i actually heard of a guy named CLASS THE KING from new york thats pretty good…he has a myspace page and already has u as a top friend

  • jon 2x

    yeah i have heard of Class…that nicca is pretty hot…he gonna get scooped up pretty soon…he got new stuff that ain t even on his myspace page thats hot..Sickamore if u read this u need the holla at that dude class the king

    http://www.myspace.com/mrclasstheking…im def one of his fans

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  • EVE

    # NUNIGGS Says:
    March 8th, 2007 at 12:14 am

    WHO’S THE HOTTEST NIGGAS COMING UP IN FLORIDA?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    http://www.myspace.com/floridastopartists

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  • Alex Hatchett

    Hey Mr. A&R aka Sickamore
    What are your thoughts on some these artist who had a strong underground rep. Pretty Ugly (the guy from Stretch Armstrong), Thirstin Howl III, Trife da God. p.s. Im sick of waiting for this SAIGON album, I think Joe Budden might beat him to the punch. (My hair is turning gray). P.

  • http://www.myspace.com/missfifth MZJONES

    nice. looking forward to the BOOK ;)