War With Me is the Business

War With Me is the Business

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War With Me is the Business

War With Me is the Business
War With Me is the Business. With almost 1 million original Youtube and 2 million Sound Cloud plays the single is showing rappers one way to make it in todays rap game.

San Diego, California-  A little over a year  ago and KT Foreign was probably not a name you were familiar with. Flash forward to today and you may not recognize the name, but you probably have heard his music once or twice. You might have not even known it was his music that you were listening to, but when you hear the tracks below you probably will have a flashback to having heard one of his tracks over the past few months. His most popular single “War With Me” is about to move into some pretty rare air for an indie rapper. The track is about to click the odomoter on 2 million Sound Cloud spins and 1 million Youtube plays, even more importantly it is racing towards a half million on iTunes and 2o0,000 on Spotify.

KT Foreign is all business with his career rising like a well managed stock.
KT Foreign is all business with his career rising like a well managed stock.

What’s crazy is KT thought he would have been here even earlier because he had a single “Gettin Famous”, which features rap sensation Mozzy and Oakland’s D-Lo, drop last year. That single, was expected to help him make the leap, by some people close to KT. Unfortunately, KT learned what many artist learn as they work to gain some exposure, that even if you have the right feature, you also need to have the right timing. Now, you probably are sitting there going “How much better timing can you need, Mozzy is as hot as they come?”, and the Gods would answer “Correct”. The problem was at the TIME, Mozzy has released a ton of his own music and also about 20 songs he was featured on. In addition, KT also didnt plug his music into the same marketing machines as he did this time around. The point of the article is not to point out KT Foreign’s struggles, (and “Gettin Famous” has still done Good numbers for KT). Rather, the point of the article is to show artists just how many things are factored into making a song move in the industry. “War With Me” the single still has a long long way to go to crack the main stream, the song is also taking a different path then most singles that gain popularity via radio and marketing prior to their digital release.

KT Foreign is all business with his career rising like a well managed stock.
KT Foreign is all business with his career rising like a well managed stock.

But, you can learn a lot as a label, artist or manager by taking a look at KT’s two singles and how they were released and how they did numbers wise. “Getting Famous” was released prior to KT joining Empire. Then when he signed an agreement there he had to have the record taken down by Tune Core and then released via Empire. For part of the time there were two singles up and two differnt covers. Also the song was picked up by Thizzler and other web sites, but after the digital  release. The track “Getting Famous”  did OK as it was widely overlooked with so many brand new Mozzy records available to his fans.  “War With Me” was released very differently.

Repping San Diego, KT is hoping to match the rise to fame of Lemon Grove's Rob Stone.
Repping San Diego, KT is hoping to match the rise to fame of Lemon Grove’s Rob Stone.

First, it was given directly to  Thizzler for upload to their YouTube and the producer’s Sound Cloud. But this time unlike “Gettin Famous”,  before the song  was given to Thizzler, it was  uploaded to Empire. Thus, the single was”Encoded”, or protected for monetization of all spins on any major site, whether the consumer is paying or not i.e. Youtube and Sound Cloud. Basically, it meant that even if the song spun a bunch on a service that is Free like YouTube, KT would still be compensated for the spins. Many of the distribution companies do not offer this encoding or if they do it is not a  good version of the service. A very easy way to check your distributor’s “Encoding” technology is to upload a song you are currently distributing to your own YouTube channel. If it works good you should get an email within 48 hours from  Youtube letting you know you have uploaded copy written material and you can either leave it up and let someone else collect or take it down or dispute the validity of the copy right. So just getting the song to Thizzler first, before it was available in a  ton of digital stores and also encoding the song before it amassed a whole bunch of “Free” spins really set KT up for success.

Living up to his name sake Foreign is always pushing something he imported from over seas.
Living up to his name sake Foreign is always pushing something he imported from over seas.

The next thing KT did this time around was to diversify the feature. Basically instead of putting all his eggs in one basket with Mozzy, he split it  up with Nef and Yhung TO. Even if the costs were thrown out or equal, using two artists instead of one gives the record a better chance of being “It” because you are not relying on that one feature to get the record  spun. Again, Mozzy is a great feature, the problem at the time was he had a whole bunch of his own music coming out. As an artist it is tough to make  call of whether  to drop your record with a big feature around the time of that artists release. In other cases you may not even be meaning to and it just so happens the artist drops on his own out of nowhere. That is more the scenario with KT, Mozzy was just dropping tons of music and it unfortunately led to KT’s record being overlooked. This time around neither artist had tons of music coming out, instead fans were hungry for some of their music. Nef and Yhung TO are both in very high demand and fans were eager to hear their new collab.

While there are a ton of other factors that lead to the success of KT’s “War With Me”, the bottom line is the emcee has set himself up to make a nice  pay day. Aspiring artists can learn a lot by following the model KT used when releasing “War With Me”. The features and beat were surely a cost to the rapper, but  KT is clearly all business when it comes to his rap career. 

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E-40 and the Salvation Army 2016

E-40 Captain Save A Christmas @E40 #E40 #SalvationArmy

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E-40 Captain Save A Christmas

 

E-40 Captain Sav A Christmas
E-40 Captain Sav A Christmas

 

Vallejo, California- Vallejo and Northern California Rap Legend Earl Stevens aka E-40 has been all over the entertainment industry the last few years. After having a storied rap career the man has evolved into a brand that transcends rap music. E-40 literally has his hands or face on everything from wine and beer to clothing, and now apparently Pop Culture in a whole new way. In the last few days, a video of “Asian E-40” has surfaced and playing off E-40’s “Captain Save-A-Hoe”, the hilarious video has gained worldwide attention as it goes viral. Quietly though, E-40 made some other news yesterday. The man presented the Salvation Army with a check for $20,000. If you live in the Solano County area and read the Daily Republic at all you have come across recent stories of just how far behind the Salvation Army was in the area. In fact, they have a huge void still and have seen a large drop off in the number of bell ringers as well. Good thing Solano County has Captain Save-A-Christmas aka E-40 to help make the holidays a little better for those in needs. While the story you may hear is the one about the funny Asian E-40 this Christmas the one that really matters is his gesture yesterday. And lets not forget his new LP “The D-Boy Diary” is killing the game. All the links are below. Shout Out to E-40 for doing the most. 

E-40's new LP "The D Boy Diary"
E-40’s new LP “The D Boy Diary”

E-40 Captain Save A Christmas

Story from Daily Republic. Part About E-40 is at the end.

SUISUN CITY — Sandra Reynolds didn’t mind the morning cold as she waited with her sister Wednesday to collect two bags of food for her family and a bag of toys for her young daughter.

“It is a wonderful act of kindness and we are very grateful,” Reynolds said of The Salvation Army’s Christmas food and toy distribution.

Volunteers checked Reynolds’ family in and she pulled her car forward to collect bags that held rice, potatoes, canned vegetables and gravy from waiting volunteers. The volunteers also loaded in a jug of milk and chicken before Reynolds was directed around the Suisun City Kroc Center to a back entrance, where more volunteers brought out the toys.

“This is the first time that we have done this,” Reynolds said. “Things have been tough this year and this helps us out a lot.”

The Salvation Army of Solano County closed down its center Wednesday to give volunteers and staff the room needed in the parking lot and in the basketball court to do the distribution.

“This has been great,” Maj. Randy Hartt of The Salvation Army said of the turnout by volunteers to help needy residents get their food and toys.

The Salvation Army started at 8 a.m. and continued throughout the day, handing out food to about 800 families from all across the county.

While some volunteers bagged produce at the front of the Kroc Center, others continued sorting, bagging and tagging toys by age and gender in the basketball court area in back.

It was volunteer Sarah Anderson’s first year pitching in. She called the experience “amazing.”

“We are here to make sure that these kids get what they have asked for,” Anderson said.

Hartt was concerned earlier this season when the nonprofit’s Red Kettle campaign was seeing lower-than-expected donations and fewer-that-expected volunteer bell ringers. A big boost came this week when The Salvation Army announced that hip-hop artist and Vallejo native E-40 would donate $20,000. The donation will happen Thursday.

“It was very cool,” Hartt said.

Hartt said he looks forward to working with E-40, who had volunteered at The Salvation Army before and donated $10,000 in 2013.

E-40 and the Salvation Army 2016
E-40 and the Salvation Army 2016

 You Have To Watch The “Asian E-40” Cook “Captain Save-A-Rolls” For Christmas [VIDEO] – 

Asian E-40 

You Have To Watch The “Asian E-40” Cook “Captain Save-A-Rolls” For Christmas [VIDEO]

 via HipHopwired:

If you need a laugh today, this video of a man calling himself the “Asian E-40” hosting a cooking show is guaranteed to give you one.

E-40 is one of Hip-Hop’s most unique rappers and personalities. His flow and lingo are instantly recognizable and his style is so hard to mimic that no one has even bothered to bite him. Unless you want to count Snoop Dogg‘s “fashizzle my nizzles” and Jazze Pha’s “productshizzles.”

However, one superfan has managed to copy 40’s entire swag from the way he wears his hat and glasses down to his mannerisms. Online comedian T-Saki has been doing E-40 impersonation videos since 2011, but his latest performance is an instant classic.

In the latest clip from his “Asian E-40 Cooking Show” series, T-Saki gets in the Christmas spirit by wearing a huge reindeer medallion paying homage to 40’s infamous Sic-Wid-It hog piece. He then proceeds to instruct viewers on how to cook what he calls “Captain Save-A-Rolls.” The nickname is borrowed from 40’s hit “Captain Save-A-Hoe.”

For 90 seconds the “Asian E-40” does a perfect impression of the Bay Area legend every “uuh” and “mayne” properly placed. He reworks classic 40 lines like the one where he says he knows Santa Claus to where he said he isn’t talking too fast, people just listen too slow.

 

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