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Drunk In LA

It’s Sunday July 1st and I’m chillin’ here in my Atlanta apartment. Haven’t been back home to NY for a little over 3 weeks now. Been back and forth between Atlanta and Los Angeles scouting talent, linking with producers, songwriters, publishers, lawyers, models, filmmakers, CEOs, interns, rappers, dancers, singers, talking heads and whoever else was available to meet. This whole summer is dedicated to traveling. Hot 97 Summer Jam? Check. 107.9 Birthday Bash? Check. BET Awards? Check. Gave Yankees vs Mets tickets to my dad for Father’s Day. Only thing I missed was the Brooklyn Festival. It’s been a slow day in the A, so I decided to write a blog about some of the things I’ve noticed during my travels over the past weeks:

-New York’s music scene is wack! Absolute trashness. No two rappers can get along anymore and the rest of the country is over it. Jim vs. Cam, Murder vs. Pap, Tru vs. The Dips, 50 vs. Cam, Saigon vs. Just Blaze, etc. Stack Bundles (R.I.P.) passed away over some dumbness. None of the aspiring artists can get into PM, Lotus or Marquee unless they have a collared shirt, 2 girls with them plus bottle service. And the clubs they can get into, no one wants to go! The only NYC songs I hear out of town are “Lip Gloss”, “This Is Why I’m Hot” and “Make Me Better”. The underground in the Big Apple is dead, you’re either on or you’re not. Mr. Chows or Puppy Chow.

-Atlanta’s scene isn’t much better; but at least there’s an underground. I’ll take T.I., Luda and Jeezy over any three RELEVANT New Yorkers you can think off right now. Shit, any three in the whole North East! Plus production wise, it’s crazy out here. Every producer has a studio. All you can ask for are hungry people and hope. If an artist is on a Big Mike mixtape in NY, he can’t go outside without being 20 deep and expects a deal. Atlanta you have a bunch of nightspots, restaurants, strip clubs plus a whole bunch of other functions you can go to get it poppin. It’s Black Hollywood for real.

-But Los Angeles has it worse then both cities combined. There’s NOTHING popping out there. Absolutely zippo. Nada. Finito. Unless you want to “Lean Like A Chulo”, there’s no hope for you. Get into Universal City and start your movie career. Start traveling and make like The Game, hook up with a out of towner with hustle and hit the scene. Case in point, Glasses Malone announced a deal with Young Money/Cash Money while I was out there. He’s not dumb. I would love for some to prove my theory wrong.

-Kanye is Neo in the Hip Hop matrix. “Stronger” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” are the best two singles on urban radio right now. “Bittersweet” was a little anti-climatic, but dope nonetheless. Graduation will be the first rap album I buy since Hip Hop Is Dead. Plus I love Cassie, I think I’ve mentioned that before. Didn’t I Janice?

-A-Rod will get us to the playoffs. Haters can hate all they want. And Zeke getting Zack is a great trade. Fyre was soft.

I’m going to keep my Brooklyn apartment, but stay in this Buckhead complex 3 weeks out the month. I’m not missing anything in New York: borough wide blackouts, Zab Judah knockouts, Carlos Beltran strikeouts, 30 degree October nights out, etc. I officially get back to Gotham July 9th. Going to make a quick stop in Louisville first (don’t ask). I’m open to suggestions on where I should stay next. Some options are Dallas, Chicago, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Baltimore and a few other places. Let me know.

  • http://www.southpointent.com K Gutta

    Yo Why Dont You Holla At The MIA. We Need Someone Like You To Help Us Out DJ Khlade, Cool & Dre Or Any Of Them Doing Anything 4 Us

  • T.I.M.

    You should stay in ATL, Sick – you’re a faggot. Talking about Stack Bundles got killed over some dumbness. You’re a faggot…

  • Cuban Link

    first maybe!!!

    good to see ya back Sickamore.

    shame you missed the Brooklyn Festival, that shit was awesome.9th Avenue fair was great this yar too out in Manhattan, but that was about a month ago

    LA’s underground rappers were amazing a little while ago, what happened?And if your in Florida, Orlando’s underground is the most popping in the whole country.I was there a month or two ago, and it was nuts.Check it out down there, some of em actually have talent too.One dude named Jon Young I saw was iight, but what was great was i thought his shit was done in a studio, but he made his own beats and lyrics, at home with FL Studio 6 and a pen.Thats impressive for these days, espcially for how great his quality was.

    -A-Rod will get us to the playoffs. Haters can hate all they want. And Zeke getting Zack is a great trade. Fyre was soft.

    ^Oh yeah, well Alou and Reyes would get us into the playoffs if it wasnt for our cotdamn pitching, I mean Perez fucking sucks and hes our best pitcher.Some dude replaced him last week in the 6th inning, and the whole stadium booed him.That must just ruin your self confidence, getting booed in your hometown every time.

  • http://www.myspace.com/thabestlicker Maggie

    damn…..are you officially giving up on NY??? what about making your way to FL…..

  • AJ

    Good Blog! It gives us the average reader the insight on the different markets. Being from New York I had no idea on how the other markets work. Keep us posted.. Next stop..hmmmm Dallas

  • 412 is the future!

    sickamore u should stay in pittsburgh 4 a few there’s alotta talented artists and producers out here

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Young Lip Gloss back in the building!

  • http://www.myspace.com/misland M. ISLAND

    Peace homie! I dig what you saying bout NY hip hop scene…but I think I have a solution!!! Simply put..M. ISLAND!!! Its only a matter of time before you miss the opportunity to break the next big thing..cause breakthru is near! I gave u a cd at the ROOTS concert in NYC..and still..”All I ask is a listen”. The feeling you get will do the rest! Peace and love..

  • http://myspace.com/rtw4life Joe

    BMORE homie…thankz for tha love on Darkroom project man….

  • realism

    welcome back sick. congrads on your financial success,but u tripping about how the new york rap scene is whack.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jimmyvalentime Jimmy Valentime

    Hey your Fav Rapper // Stalker

    I want to give you a copy of my new “Real Talk Ny ” dvd interview

    I want you to check out a song I am giving to Dj Smallz.

    Let me holla at you man….

  • cory sparks

    yep ny is wack right now..

  • realism

    i guess u not listening to the underground saviors in new york right now. like joell ortiz and the other cats trying to keep real hip hop alive. i guess u stick to the mainstream garbage that they feeding the young generation.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jimmyvalentime Jimmy Valentime

    I hit you on myspace ..Big Homie…Check it out..

  • http://www.myspace.com/jimmyvalentime Jimmy Valentime

    I hit you on myspace ..Big Homie…Check it out..

  • yung ceasa

    hit tha land (cleveland) up fam…….we need some type of publicity cause tha music scene is crazy up herre…..come down on tha clair we’ll show you love man

  • http://www.myspace.com/jimmyvalentime Jimmy Valentime

    I hit you on myspace …Big Homie.. holler back..

  • Purple Hulk

    YANKEES WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS

    EVER

  • Hannah Smith

    Um, who are you? (Other than someone with the most pathetic moustache a little kid could muster up?)

    I’m sure Bol needs a butler if you’re at a loss for something to do.

  • http://www.theprettybiz.com Ginna

    Thanks, its been awhile, and as usual, I got my giggles,& “hmmms” off. But, I have to ask is ATL really kickin’ like that still? Its not a tad overated? Granted, I havent been there in a while, but from what I remember its made up of mostly folks that have all relocated from up north to see more grass and trees?(smile). Its like ATL & MIA are both on the overkill now a theses days? Sorta exploited, and lacking the “hush hush” appeal. Dont get it twistted, Both are Beautiful places filled with beautiful people, doing beautiful things but…..well ya know. They’re like the run and, tell the folks back home, “Im here, and your not” hot spots. *I was more impressed with Savannah….(just left there mid june)and the Talent I stumbled upon …(caught a live show at Tantra Lounge) was refreshing and Impressive. Lots of talent, energy, effortless, original chic SWAG. Just wanted to give the whole city a big hug! They need help, maybe you should check em’ out since your not too far? As far as a random suggestion for where you should cool your heels next, my vote is Vegas. What does Vegas sound like musically anyway? lol…

  • beeyo

    This guy is digusting. Die, you pussy.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gotpaid PEOPLE$

    Good looks on comin’ back with another update. Ya need to hit Gem City aka Seattle, our summer’s can’t be beat and Dyme Def just got national distribution. Plus, DJ Supreme stays killin’ thangs. 1.

  • chevy boy

    yo nice to see u back. stay consistent. xxlmag cant do it wit out u.

  • BlakSteel

    That’s fucked up shits happening in NYC and LA like that but that what’s left we dudes beefing over bullshit but the bottom stay fly with new shit check “tha bangem”(Jacksonville,FL) for them Young Banber Boyz.

  • hovain

    sick my nigga im happy for you and atl and all that but u need 2 hit my jack son 4real

  • http://www.worlwhydeenterainment.com TRUPAIN

    whats up sickamore?you should come out to DALLAS,TX.AND CHECKOUT THE SOUTH & HIP’S NEXT GREAT MC.TRUPAIN.I’LL HAVE NEW FIRE UP SOON.HIT ME WITH A EMAIL SO I CAN SEND MP3S.
    http://www.myspace.com/trupain1
    http://www.myspace.com/newdoublekmuzik

  • lookadeez

    Detroit! and I aint even from there, but my yde Black Milk has the hiphop album of the year in my opinion

  • Cuban Link

    oh and I forgot to mention check out the whole Sky Scrapping Entertainment team if you do decide to head out to Orlando, theyre prolly gonna blow up soon cuz theyre down with $hamrock from the White Rapper Show.

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

    whattup with the next signee?

    paidandpopular.blogspot.com

  • yes

    come to H-Town

  • http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/RAMONDDIGITAL RAMON DIGITAL

    WUDDUP,

    NEW ORLEANS- NOT TOO MANY OF THE PAST RESIDENTS RETURNED SINCE THE HURRICANES. PROPERTY VALUE IS LOW IF YOUR TRYING TO COME UP ON EQUITY. FRENCH QUARTER & MARDI GRAS IS ALWAYS POPPIN. THE WOMEN, SHOPPING, FOOD & HOSPITALITY IS NO JOKE!

    DALLAS- IS STILL UNTAPPED & THERE’S ALOT OF TALENT. RAPWISE IT’S STILL BUILDING DON’T SLEEP ON THE R&B OR REGGAETON CIRCUITS!

  • CHI-CITY420

    Sic, you know u need to come to the Chi. Nightlife,check,it is going to have the best two albums of the year in Finding Forever and Graduation. Bump J is hot as fuck in the streets. There is so much underground talent that you can imagine. Best city in the U.S.A.

  • industry insider

    Trying to stunt for the little people on the internet, and act like you’re some big exec? Enjoy it while it lasts you fucking loser. You’ll be out of a job just like the rest of those flunkies over at WMG pretty soon. A&R is a thing of the past. All artists need you for is to file paperwork, and any asshole can do that.

  • BWARE

    SHOULDVE WENT TO LONGBEACH..TOLD YOU TECHNIEC IS POPPIN..OPEN THEM EARS SIR
    ATL ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT THE NETWORK..HOW EASY IS IT TO RUN TO ATL LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE IS…BREAK SOMETHING NEW SOMEWHERE ELSE RINGTONE RAPPERS ARE DYING OUT..MAKE SOMEBODY FAMOUS!!!!

  • Chitown420

    Sic, you know u need to come to the Chi. Nightlife,check,it is going to have the best two albums of the year in Finding Forever and Graduation. Bump J is hot as fuck in the streets. There is so much underground talent that you can imagine. Best city in the U.S.A.

  • Eman

    ALl you muthafuckers in the “music industry” think yall know everything, Thats why hip hop record sales are down 60% from last year and last years hip hop sales sucked. Then Russel wants to clean up lyrics but to bad that has nothing to do with anything with songs like Lip Gloss, Lean like a chulo and White Girls being promoted hip hop wont sell. Its a invalid form of music. Its one big gimmick.

  • http://myhiphop.blogspot.com Krome Kid

    lol @ lean like a cholo. I just saw that vid a few days ago. I’ll rather live in a bubble

  • BIG ROB

    I think you should just stay away from the blog game. Just because you attend a few celeb. parties here in LA doesnt make u an expert on the music scene here. So just do us all a favor and Stay Away!!!

  • Pancho

    So you’re not gonna cop Pharoahe Monch new album?

    Desire…that shit alone is making the east worthwhile right now.

  • Pancho

    oh…I’m a mexican (as you could prolly tell by my surname).

    “Lean Like A Cholo”…complete and utter BULLSHIT.

    Makes me look bad…makes mexicanos as a whole look bad…embarassing.

  • T.R.E.Y.

    not copping T.I.’s new one? everyone seems to be down on it.

    “Stronger’s” cool but i can’t say i’m a big fan of “Can’t Tell,” the Jeezy reject verdict was pretty accurate.

  • Dr Flav

    Saigon gets shitted on by who I thought was his A&R, thats almost as ill as the acknowledgement of southern rappers and your realization the south is the place to be, my homie from Queens said he cant see himself going back, he got a Cashville wife, his own business, large house and a new seed, yall late cause he came here the year I did, 1989. Glasses is with Mack 10 and Hoo Bangin I heard, unless Mack still tied to Cash Money. Why you aint help you boy Sai (dude lost) with advice to keep his mouth closed is what I wanna know, you quit/get fired?

  • LOC

    Damn, come when you feel like it huh?

  • jacquez
  • Ninja

    Yo Sick,
    What you need to do is check out long island rappers when you get back on 7/9. Hempstead, Roosevelt etc. Some of the greatess is from there: Rakim, EPMD, P.E. etc. You want a guide hit me on myspace/blackninjamusic.

  • clarknova

    You gotta move out of Buckhead and see the real ATL man.

  • “she choosin”…me of course

    since you in the “A” come to my video shoot dawg! it’s at club prime time at 2 in decatur on the 14th of july homie it’s goin’ down in a major way ya’ dig!or catch me in the atrium on thursday’s doin’ the damn thang!!

  • Ron Lee

    YOU’RE NORMALLY THE ONLY ONE WORTH READING OVER HERE, BOL AND SUNGAY MAKE EVERYONE TIED TO THIS SITE LOOK BAD. BUT YOUR LAST COUPLE ENTRIES ARE JUST FLAT OUT HORRIBLE. AS YOU HAVE NO TROUBLE TELLING PEOPLE HOW BAD THEY ARE, SOMEONE HAS TO CHECK YOU AND LET YOU KNOW THAT YOUR WRITING’S JUST WACK NOW. YOU’RE THE EQUIVALENT OF THE NY RAPPERS YOU TALK SO BADLY ABOUT, LOTS OF EGO WITH NO CONTENT OR TALENT. SORRY SICK, AS MUCH AS YOU THINK YOU’RE STILL RELEVANT, I AIN’T HEARD A TAPE IN YEARS, SAIGON IS A DISASTER AND YOU REALLY LET HIM DOWN, AND YOU AIN’T GOT NOT ONE OTHER MC POPPIN SINCE YOU’VE BEEN AT YOUR “WHITEBOY” JOB. MAYBE ALL THE GOOD WRITERS ARE DOWN SOUTH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • http://www.myspace.com/donnygoines Donny Goines

    Sickamore quote

    “None of the aspiring artists can get into PM, Lotus or Marquee unless they have a collared shirt, 2 girls with them plus bottle service. And the clubs they can get into,”

    I’ll cosign that. China Club. Enough said.

    But I will also say this, There are ALOT of talented rappers in NY and Im defintley one of them. You dont have to make “hits” in order to be heard. In time tho….

  • Matt

    Yo Sick this is your old intern. What up man. Two CD’s that were worth my 10 bones this year were Sean P’s “Jesus Price”, and Prodigy’s “Return Of The Mac”. I wasn’t sure if you listened to either of em’, but those are two good CD’s. I know you always called me the “underground head”, but 50 is the only mainstream dude I can fuck with right now. Kanye is good but he goes a lil too far left sometimes. Different isn’t always a good thing, and being gay definitely isn’t a good thing (referring to the “Number 1′s” video). And as far as T.I, Jeezy, and Luda are concerned, they each lack something that the other possesses, and none of em’ have the ability to make a classic album. And ya man Weezy is getting fucking annoying. He needs to channel his talent and energy into making a classic album instead of doing all of this mixtape bullshit. It’s a waste.

    The next CD I’m purchasing is the Common joint. I suggest that any real hip hop fan does the same. Anyway, be safe out there homie, and if you see Dre 3000, beg this mothafucka to do a rap album. Hip Hop needs that shit.

    P.S. – Fuck wit Sean P’s next mixtape Master P. This nigga spits harder than all of these punk-ass rappers, and epitomizes the art of being underground without being underground, ya dig!

  • http://get-a-bar.blogspot.com West Coast

    Ha… yeah Im on your bumper Sikamore… see what u dont know about LA or the west coast is we arent Hollywood N*ggaz… so unless you really get down in the streets you wont find anything poppin. I bet your stayed north of wilshire your whole trip.

    If its music your looking for, you should get your A&R bars up, for real! I agree with you on the other ocast tho, but the underground scene in LA is poppin! One thing we dont do out here is “make it rain” (who made trickin’ so popular)?? or “party like rock stars” out in west hollywood. What we have been doin out here is grinding tryin gto bring the west coast music back to fruition…

    Next time, get out of hollywood and Get A Bar! Hook up with some real dudes and make the rounds… and not those corny west coast label cohorts thats are out here doin the same thing as you… NOTHIN’!!!!!

  • Tyler

    U told the truth sayin’ dat new York is wack but U didn’t give enough love 2 the South & how we doin’ it so ‘dat means ‘dat your hate is showing.
    SolutionsGlobalMedia.com aka SGM7.com
    Rollling Stone mag. says, “It’s Great Friction Dancing music and proven 2 help everyone lose weight.” U know U want it.

  • Cinsere

    “I’ll take T.I., Luda and Jeezy over any three RELEVANT New Yorkers you can think off right now.”

    Joell Ortiz, my dude! Don’t sleep!

  • smog

    kayne + common + lupe dropping this 2nd quarter equals most important time in chicago rap ever

  • FrstLadey

    Well I lived in ATL as an A&R for about a year and you are deff right about the whole music thing out there.

    As for where you should go next……..Id tell you to come to New Orleans. You shoulda planned to come out here for the Essence Fest this week!

  • Calibud

    I cant tell you what happend to LA’s underground scene, all I know is that nobodies crying about it. Too busy enjoying whatever music we happen to enjoy at the moment. Other regions get no hate from us and thats part of the reason why I beleive are time will come back and the West Coast movement will be even stronger than before.

  • The Dynasty

    DC son… I know youve heard about our women

  • http://www.myspace.com/larrybrite Larry Brite

    “Paid Due’s” – August 5th 2007 – Bill Gram Civic, SAN FRANCISCO – CA (tHE YaY aREA) dISTORtION2sTATIC.com

  • t.r.b

    my *second favorite 80′s baby decides to blog….nice! i was having this same conversation over the weekend with a homeboy of mine…ny i love you but the degree of your sucky-ness is at an all time high(i’ll skip that weak homophobic phrase;i’m a girl i can speak like this!)yes, everybody is seeming crazy hollywood right now, and Kon the Don’s album will be the next hip-hop i buy since i rebought jay’s vol.3…had to throw that shit away again (he’s heartbreaking..on his honeymoon and shit) but its whatever…down bottom in the Crecent City would rock i’m sure but you should come to the midwest next…the Chi would probably be nicest…but i’ll suggest Cleveland just to see what pops out at you kid! (maybe i’m biased cause that’s close to where i rest but anywho) *i was the dream realized (12/27) before lights out in 84*

  • owe

    STL?

  • chris cash

    dallas has the most versitile hip-hop scene of any city

  • dee barnes

    How are you in Atlanta looking for talent, but only going to the mainstream clubs. You have to go to more of the underground spots too. MJQ, Djangos, & listen to the non-commercial radio stations that support the local talent like 88.5, 89.3, & 91.1 FM

  • FLIP

    What is it exactly, that you do again? Like, seriously?

  • Cuban Link

    Pancho Says:

    July 2nd, 2007 at 1:52 am
    oh…I’m a mexican (as you could prolly tell by my surname).

    “Lean Like A Cholo”…complete and utter BULLSHIT.

    Makes me look bad…makes mexicanos as a whole look bad…embarassing

    ^You know what a cholo is chico?A pig that dont fly straight

  • Jay

    Bmore is the place to be Sick…. Bmore

  • rap is for kids

    thanks for the post, dude. your’s are always the best giving us some actual insight into the state of affairs.

  • http://www.myspace.com/ Really

    U jive swift playa but ya feelin’ ya self a bit much!! U lucked into a situation or should I say u were blessed !!! Whomever was ya right hand and helped u get where u at is probably still in the hood!! I really feel like u dont know talent only two dudes that can flow down south (young guys) is T.I. and Lil’ Wayne, Plies maybe but that’s yet to be confirmed!! … Luda and Jeezy or Jadakiss and Beanie Siegal? Get real … maybe their producers but the lyrics.. pssss… not!!! As for A-Rod getting u to the playoffs … wont happen unless he can pitch like Roger Clemens … I call it the curse of Johnny Damon and Pedro Martinez … The Red Sox are the best team in baseball undeniably …. The Zach trade could be good but not enough balls on the court w/ Starbury and Crawfish on the same team come on !!! Neither can play point guard unselfishly enough to know when to give the ball up !!! REMEMBER U ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YA LAST ARTICLE OR IN YOUR CASE YOUR LAST SIGNING !!!! FIND SOMEONE HOT FOR REAL UNTIL THEN YOUR JUST A LUCKY FAKE DJ!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA… JUST F’ING W/ U PLAYA KEEP DOIN’ YA THING!!!!

  • Jerzey

    Fuck Sickamore every fucking blog this faggot stays on ATL’s dick. And like someone mentioned before this nigga is going to mainstream clubs and listening to mainstream radio to look for talent. As for NY or LA underground sucking last I checked Joell Ortiz, Sean Price, Poison Pen, shit even KRS all dropped dope albums on that real hiphop shit. In LA u got Crooked I, Sly Boogy, Chino XL and other niggaz doing there thing and would shit on Lil Wayne, TI and Jeezy on the mic but your he’s too much of a dickrider to see it.

    Fuck Sickamore.

  • Ryan

    People need to stop saying “we’re going to make the playoffs” or when one armchair quarterback/first baseman says “we can beat you”. Unless you suit up, coach, or own part of the team, you should not be allowed to say “we” if all you do is wear their jerseys and scream at the tv when they play.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jumz JUMZ

    SIGN ME HOMIE.. Im the real deal..

    http://www.myspace.com/jumz

  • Rizzop2003

    T.I., Luda and Jeezy? I feel like slap somebody today? I do it, do it, do it (and slap your partner) And keepin the white girl

  • http://www.myspace.com/shoduction sam

    The Rockies swept the yanks. 303!

  • MIAMI NIGGA

    Sick you gotta come to Miami. So many artists are hungry here. Seriously the best have not been discovered yet. Check out this dude called PM out of Liberty City, he’s serious.

  • Hurzahn

    You need to hit up Miami.

  • madein…u already know

    u can’t leave sickYC…THE CITY NEEDS YOU!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/blog JawZ

    Hit up the N.O….Essence Fest Homey!

  • http://xxlmag.com 2ru redd nigga

    Hit up Memphis. Its the birthplace of the entire southern sound; and the reason ATL is on top.

  • Ya dig

    BALTIMORE….NUFF SAID

  • Rafromqueens

    When NY is on top again you don’t get to claim it faggot

  • Cuban Link

    Sick, u gonna regret this hating on NY shit soon enough.Excuse me, but, um last time I checked the division, Mets were #1.What up now playboy?!?!

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