Joie Kathos Talks The Creative Process Of Her Latest Video “Faded”

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I got to sit down with Philly’s own Joie Kathos and discuss her new song/video “Faded,” who she is currently listening to and where is the best place to get a cheese-steak in the city of brotherly love.

From appearing on Oxygen Network’s, ‘The Glee Project,’ where she made top 15 female finalists out of 45,000, to being sponsored by Red Bull, winning ‘Best New Artist’ at the 2013 Philly Hip Hop Awards, and now being the only artist to make the Mayor of Philadelphia dance, Joie Kathos is proving that she deserves her spot every chance she gets. Her EP entitled “Floaters” is out now.” –  Via JoieKathos.com
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Sean Price Took Over My Job For A Day & It Was Amazing!

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Back in late October 2012, I got the word that Sean Price would be taking over my job for the day. I was told he would be taking over our (HipHopDX) Twitter account for an entire day, and I was to oversee the operation.

Now, what would you do if someone came into your job today and told you Sean Price was filling in for you? Personally, I was excited, but also scared to death [Laughs]. This was the same guy who had just recently reported during Hurricane Sandy with swimming goggles on [Laughs].

I knew we were in for something good, and I was hype for November 1 (2012) to arrive.

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Sean Prices’ Top 12 Most Hilarious Moments (RIP)

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“Duck Down are some of the nicest and most genuine people in the business and I feel for them right now.”Mike Trampe

Donate To Sean Price’s Fund: https://www.crowdrise.com/seanp

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the Duck Down Records staff for many years, and was a fan of the music before the personal relationships. I’ve played fantasy football with them for years, and interacted with them on a monthly basis while I was at HipHopDX (07-15).

Hip Hop took a shot today and I’m not sure the wound will ever heal. In my opinion, Sean Price was an incredible guy, a unique personality, an amazing emcee and a hip-hop legend.

Rest in Peace Sean, we’ll miss you P.

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Philly Is The Real Loser In The Meek Mill & Drake Beef

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Before you cuss me out based off of the title, please hear me out. I am a life-long Philly resident, sports fan & Hip-Hop fan, I also have worked in the music industry professionally for 10+ years.

As most people in Philly know, we have some of the most passionate fans in the country. That goes for sports, music, food and culture. We are a hard-nosed, blue-collar city that takes pride in everything we do Philly related.

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Vada Clarifies His Tyga, Chris Brown & Gunplay Lines On “Peroxide”

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California artist Vada has a long history in the music industry, but it was mainly for working with major labels and on the PR side of things. Also an emcee, Vada recently took to the mic to address the state of Hip-Hop via his new single, “Peroxide.”

Vada had some interesting bars in his song regarding Tyga, Chris Brown and Gunplay. I wanted to find out what the intentions were while making the song and what he thinks about the current state of Hip-Hop.

OH, and what he would do for one night with Amber Rose :)

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Suicide, Mental Illness & Hip-Hop

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For a person that has struggled with Depression and Anxiety most of my life, I found it very important to write this article. My grandmother (RIP) struggled with severe depression most of her life, and I do believe it is hereditary.

Now, I don’t think my Depression and Anxiety is as bad as some people, but it is something I deal with on a daily basis. My personal issues come more on the Anxiety side; worrying, over-thinking and stressing out easy. People always ask me what it feels like to have anxiety, but it’s not something that can be explained really. If you experience it on a daily basis, you know the feeling and how awkward it can make certain situations.

To be honest, I have never thought about killing myself.  I have never thought about actually doing it or have I ever attempted it. I am not here to say that someone who has attempted or committed suicide is any less of a person than me, or anyone for that matter. People deal with trials and tribulations differently and you really never know what is going on in someone’s head. It’s scary.  Continue reading

Majisty Says “Eminem Changed My Life”

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Mike Trampe: What’s up Majisty? For those new to the name, let everyone know where you are from and what you do.

Majisty: What’s up everybody? I go by Majisty The Mastermind, Majisty for short because It’s easier to remember. I am from Boston Mass, born and raised and I am a Hip Hop/Rap artist on the rise.

Mike Trampe: When did you know you wanted to become an artist and make this your lifelong career?

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J.Tek Talks Tupac, Nas & Outkast Influence, Wanting To Collaborate With Nas & J. Cole

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I had the chance to sit down with Runaway Records artist J.Tek to talk about what it’s like to be a younger emcee in today’s music industry, as well as where he sees himself in 5 years.

We discuss his musical influences, dream collaboration and how Shawn M. has impacted his career.

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Horseshoe Gang Says “Any Rapper Who Pretends To Be A Dope Writer Is Lame”

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Exclusive: Horseshoe Gang addresses ghost writers in Hip Hop, who they would add to the group, collaborating with Eminem and who would win in a battle between them and Slaughterhouse.

The discussion on the net the last few days has been about the Meek Mill vs Drake feud, and if Drake uses “Ghostwriters.” The majority of the industry utilizes co-writers and depend on the belief that “Team work makes the dream work,” so what’s the big deal? Well, for hard-working lyricists and emcees, it can rub them the wrong way if you don’t write your own bars.

I had the pleasure to sit down and talk to Long Beach natives, Horseshoe Gang about this topic, plus about their new EP Knocking On Raps Door, which drops tomorrow. Not familiar? Well, do yourself a favor and check these guys out! Incredible lyricists, artists and cool guys overall.

I told you years ago about K-Dot a.k.a. Kendrick Lamar when I had the pleasure to work with him and TDE and you know the rest. I was an avid supporter of Mr. Probz and told you about him for the last 6 years, now he has one of the biggest remixed records of the last year, “Waves.” I will say this one time, don’t sleep on Horseshoe Gang and remember I told you first, these guys will blow up :)

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The Top 7 MC Sway & King Tech Songs

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Some of you may not know this, but Sway and King Tech of the Wake Up Show used to make music together. And they were DOPE!

Yes, this is the same Sway from Shade 45 and MTV. The man who Interviewed President Obama and was told by Kanye West that he “didn’t have the answers.” The same King Tech that helped break some of the biggest artists EVER! I respected these guys tremendously, and that was before I was blessed with the opportunity to work with them.

BUT….I’m not gonna front, I wasn’t too familiar with their music in the past, but after doing my research, I was blown away.

Over the years, but especially lately, I have been carefully watching how they interact with artists and it’s clear they genuinely care for them and the future of Hip Hop. After visiting Shade 45 for Sway In The Morning with South Philly emcee’s Blessa + Nico The Beast, it all made sense. Sway and King Tech are artists at heart, and want to extend the love and passion for Hip Hop that they have had their whole lives. They are a rare gem in a game and industry that is dark as coal.

So with that said, take a listen to 7 of their cuts that I personally dig. Peace!

*Not that these guys need validation from Mike Trampe, but I wanted to big em’ up anyway! 

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