Monday, December 31, 2007

New Album & Video

Krazykyle is now back with a brand new album titled Lifestory of Mark Gianan and new video Throw Your F's Up

Friday, December 21, 2007

To The Billboard: episode 2 "Bridging The Gap"

Welcome sneak peekers, admirers, haters, and supporters.
Thank you for reading my blogs, and thank you for dropping comments.
It kind of surprised me how much people are touched, whether in a good way or a bad way(mostly good), by the last blog. ("When I NEED HELP, I ALWAYS ASK----100 views a day is the most for me--) We have so much important people from different areas of life drop in with their honest thoughts. Suddenly it all made sense to me where I really stand. The position I have grown into. I decided to put it up for the public so everyone thats a fan of pinoy hip hop can get a sense of the type of turmoil that goes on behind the scenes that can affect the progress of everybody's movement. thank you SoulSonic TV
This will be my last piece I will write about this subject, then i will move on and push forward with my wishes, and my plan to reach the BILLBOARD,

Am I relevant to Pinoy Hip Hop? Yes I am..
Am i the more relevant than others in gettin awareness and attention for filipino hip hop to reach the world internationally? by looking at the response... YOU TELL ME!

So I will remain to play my part and move forward with what I know will win at the end.
I will continue to support other positive movements that call for my presence, i will fight for what is fair, and what is right.
I will continue to speak my mind. I will not be afraid of those who try to stone the greatness of this movement.
They will never bury me without a fight, my words are relevant, the people don't lie, They will never take me down alive.
I will continue to make the effort in bridging the gaps between, old school pioneers to up and coming younger talent, camps/organizations/families of hip hop in the Pi and throughout the world, Brooklyn NYC (The Mecca) and the Philippines, the streets and the corporate world.
I feel good, much better about a lot of things because of whats happening, and what i got out of the people who I've been talking to and left comments.
It is up to me and nobody else to lead the charge without complaint. (the Crab mentality will always be there, so i will learn to go around it, make sure it doesn't get a hold of me to pull me down) I know myself, and how sincere I am with everything, and whats great is many know me for the same way I know myself.
we are keepin it moving.

Before I touched ground in the Philippines with intent of making it in the rap game, i had a reputation in my community in Brooklyn as someone who were able to bring people together. I even put up my own barber shop where it became the neutral zone for everyone to come in peace and share information, ideas, friendships. I guess it is naturally in me to be someone who prefer to bridge the gap between people rather than having everyone divided and bickering. If you take a peek at my last blog I wrote, (the first episode for SoulSonic TV, titled "WHEN I NEED HELP, I ALWAYS ASK") and take a look at everyone who responded and left comments, you will see different types of people who care about my situation.

from Nasty Nes (rapattcklives.com), KC Montero, to P DOG (who runs PROOF of D12 R.I.P label), to Fernandoe Poe Jr's son Ron.. to Australian magazine people who had so much praise for my efforts, etc etc etc its just crazy how much and how many different types of people in the world besides pinoy hip hop fans are aware of my movement, and my efforts. I like name dropping as long as I have proof that its true. I don't get big headed, Ive always kept my level of confidence at even keel (which can be sometimes misinterpreted as arrogance "KAYABANGAN DAW")

Mostly everyone that responded and are bothered by what i wrote, If you study it carefully, you will see that It was just a miscommunication thing between a lot of people. Me and Sarah Meir, which she made clear to me, and put me on my spot which I respect tremendously. even though she is probably slightly upset with me for saying what I thought, I know it's not that much of a big deal where I cant patch it up (thats my Steak Fam and they still believe in me) Artstrong, Dash and B Roc. Dash and B Roc agreed to put a compilation together for "To The Billboard Movement" to surprise me, that required a little funding which had B Roc and Dash asking artists for a thousand each for its production. Apparently Artstrong who has seniority and been through the hardest struggles with in Hip Hop in the PI hip hop industry felt that B Roc' who is one of Philippines up and coming go to producer didn't approach him with the proper etiquette. So Artstrong decided to tell his team not to support my cause, which I could never be angry about, because its not mandatory for anyone to help me, specially if i don't have money to pay anyone for their services yet, As I had in the past when I was under E-Real( who became bankrupt tied down to real estate issues in San Diego, CA..E-Real is another long story....maybe in future episode i will explain) But Artstrong and B Roc have made attempt to iron out their difference. i hope they both swallow their PRIDE, (Word to J-NUR) stated by the Quaran. "Pride is a tool of Satan to divide us human beings", I hope they communicate better and keep it moving on a positive note.
But I could just imagine what if I didn't write that blog they wouldn't know that there was such issues, they would have continued on shaking each others hand and smiling in front of each other's faces forever without knowing. (di nagkaplastikan na naman at nagkataniman ng sama ng loob habang buhay kung hindi sila nagusap).
H Town responded, although I don't understand why he would later erase his comment on the blog ,but I'm glad to see that he reads my blog in my myspace as well. and i am happy that he at least made an effort sharing what he felt about it. I beleive that H has nothing but good intentions, I never accused him of making a lot of money off the Hip Hop Awards as others had accused him of, the fact is I believe he lost a lot of money trying to build up hip hop in the PI. I spent a lot of time with this dude. I still consider him a friend, and I hope I still am to him. I understand how we parted ways a little bit. With him starting up EMPIRE which was a record label that catered to Pikaso, KrazyKyle, Young Pic, three rappers who I had encounters with in the past ( all for different reasons), so do the Math. It's only logical that he has to help out his artist more.
And he would later admit that to me, that it's business. I cant hate on that. so I handled my business and continued to make a name for myself in a rapid pace . Then H would later on announce that EMPIRE is no longer a record label , it has changed to marketing, events, and a distribution company.
I've seen H Town change his mind about a lot of things, i heard promises of Redman Method Man coming to hip hop awards, Chad Hugo of Neptunes is visiting, He could get me on the cover of pulp for hip hop edition (which i later on found out that pulp mag didn't even know who I was until i went there on my own and spoke to the Editor myself, because deep inside i felt that I was being held back, i was being politicked out of my due props, I was still close to H town at that time, and I was pushy with asking him to bring me to PULP, sometimes I could get real pushy, so when I reached inside the office with H town,guess what? Joey were showing H town the layout of the articles that would be in the magazine, AIKEE had a big page, Hip hop girls washing cars, Gloc-9 was the cover, and as he kept talkin and showing H town, they were talkin bout the deadline was sneaking up, and i was wondering why i was nowhere to be found, i was not even mentioned. I was heated at the time, but i didn't show it on the spot, making a scene on the spot would have not been a good look for me, instead i kept calm and tried to figure out quickly how i can be in the magazine..My question within myself is, "How are you going to mention the possibility of having me on the cover and then consider not even giving me an article", and I knew I was one of the most buzzin rapper at the time, if not the most; So i kept my poise, I took Joey Dizon's number (which is not familiar with the hip hop movement for he is soaked in the rock world, so H Town is the responsible voice of Hip hop when it comes to presenting current Hip Hop news to Pulp magazine)I took Joey's info myself, made an appointment to see him on my own so I could present to him what I have done, and the accolades I have accumulated in my short stay in the PI, and why I deserved way more than not getting mentioned at all.. I even had the audacity to say I belong on the cover for all the shit I am doing for hip hop sa pinas (kinapalan ko na talaga ang mukha ko) Then Joey invited me in the office once more to get interviewed; funny thing is, as the editor was interviewing me H Town has called him at the same moment talking about maybe putting Mike Swift on the smaller sections .....As Joey spoke to H Town I can't help but to smirk deep inside, "Im with him right now, Im doing an interview on him with a four page layout", Joey stated over the phone. now Joey has no idea that something might be going on, I just hinted to him the concept of how an artist can be politicked out of a situation and he looked at my stuff and evaluated and judged fairly on how he would present it(thank you sir Joey for everything, I hold that article dearly close to my heart, because I had used it to further reach what i always been longing for, and it has helped me to where i stand now, and that is close to the ultimate goal of being a recognized filipino international artist). but at that point I realized that my suspicions were correct. because H Town was running EMPIRE it was smart of him to do what he did as a business man. it was never personal, it was business with H Town. I respect that. I remained friends with him, not as close, but we chilled, played ball, smoked a few blunts. I was even responsible for bringing back his old helper, and runner, Wilson G who has helped him with a few accounts for his company, to his stable of helpers. But business is business.

I don't want beef with people, I'm too grown for that now. i realized that the Philippine hip hop industry is too poor to be wastin time on beefing. My whole purpose was to bring people as close together as possible to be one giant voice to help bring positive attention (i know im sounding like a hypocrite to some for I was responsible for having altercations with 3 different rappers in my short stay, one thing I could say about that is at least I handled it like man, instead of beefing under my breath, and talking behind each others back, we came to a conclusion because of my aggressive approach, and now i can shake their hands look at them face to face with each others respect) instead of talking shit behind their backs , pag nakatalikod tapos pag nagkita plastikan o takot. Long story for each one of them, but thats the past, i keep it moving forward.


BRIDGING THE GAP:
From Bringing Jonan Aguilar's music to Sarah Meir who was power 108 DJ at the time, to bringing Buwang of Dongalo to THE COMMUNITY, to putting God's Will (a rookie who hasn't earn the name he has earned today yet in my legendary album on the same track on the tagalog side titled Alamat (featuring Syke, MC Dash, D-Coy, Gloc-9, Francis M., and myself produced by B-Roc.....sayang i almost had kuya Drew on the same song, but he had already given me a verse for ma way, plus i didn't tell him that I had all these people in it but I tried to sneak one pass him, But legendary album is not out yet (would never come out until i have money for BILLBOARD the Movie).) So kuya Drew .. baka gusto mong magbagsak ng isang verse..hehehe.. para classic talaga!!).. Linkin B Roc closer to kuya drew who is his neighbor, to taking Lil AwAW to my mall shows ( I remember KrazyKyle telling me "Why did you bring Lil AwAw to the show for ?, ain't he Dongalo?" in my head I was like huh? This is my motherfuckin show, ill bring who the fuck I want!!) then about ten months later When I came back to the Pi from Brooklyn once more, two days fresh off the plane Francis M. let me hear a song that said "I'm mayabang like Mike Swift" and there goes for that story.... taking PBA imports to Power 108, to bringing Jimmy Muna to Tuesday troop mansion, to even introducing Young Pic to his wife who's a very good friend of Tuesday Troop, etc. etc etc.. way too many to mention..
Point blank!! I like bringing people together and bridging the gap with all types of people to have better understanding of what I feel life should be. No bias, respect towards differences, togetherness, loyalty, power in numbers, and peacefulness.

I am no saint nor I am righteous, but I have my principles in tact and never stepped on anybody's shoes to get to where im at. I have respect for everyone but fear nobody, but God. I cant wait to show everyone how much appreciation I have for those that helped me get here, I have the utmost love, respect, and admiration for our Kings of Rap .. Andrew E. and Francis M. I cant wait to tell you my views of how i got close to these two, and how I earned their praise. Although I am not in touch with them heavy as I use to be, I know that they have never turned me down when I needed help, and even offered it without me asking in the past.

These people helped me, because I helped myself. They believed in me because I believed in myself, which is something i suggest for up and coming rappers in the PI to do. I probably feel more attached to Kuya Drew, Francis M., Sarah Meir, H Town, even Toni Toni (i use to go to Rockwell church with this fool), Who I'm so mad at (not in a bad way) he's my boy, he just be dissin the brother!! I do care for their affection (pause, no homo) more than others because of these testimonies they had given me. Because of it I became who I am, they left me no room to turn back and retreat. I use to watch these testimonies everyday for a year to get inspiration from. Till this day I carry all the pressure to make sure I don't fail them, and make them proud. I still watch it to get inspired off to work even harder. I probably feel closer to them as they do towards me because of it. Here's a message to them with all honest truth, which is the only way i know how anyway, thats to be truthful.
"I am still the same person, whatever got lost in translation through the changing times, I am still the same person, i am still on track to prove that all the words you have said about me hold true. Don't let anything else stop you from believing in me"
And as for SoulSonic TV, where i had doubts in the beginning about this site not being biased, with all the variety of information you are dishing out from the past to the present that covers a lot of pinoy hip hop in the world, i have nothing but praise and respect for you. I wish you guys lots of luck and success. please never erase the haters that post up their thoughts (at least if its hate towards me, because sometimes they really tell you what they feel the truth is to them) I always enjoy their perspective, and even welcome it. Specially the ones that threaten you physically, i cant wait for them to approach me face to face, they're probably the ones that want to take a picture with you and get your autograph. LOL heheheheh hahahahah bwahahahah .lol
To The motherfuckin Billboard!!! Hollar atcha BOY!!

P.S. KUYA DREW.. sayang sana najan ako sa DONGALO RAP AWARDS !! and I NEED ONE OF THEM SHIRTS WITH YOUR FACE ON IT, yung suot ni OMAN.. ILL WEAR IT WHEN I PERFORM HERE IN NYC.
INGAT MGA KAPATID , HANGGANG SA SUSUNOD..

-Mike Swift

Note: You can also checkout Mike Swift's Myspace Artist Page for other Comments.. http://www.myspace.com/mikesweezy

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Exclusive Interview & Live Performance: God's Will

One of the more notable new names in the local Hip Hop scene is Turbulence Production's God's Will, a rapper with Tupac's swagger but Berracah's message. All things looked at, God's Will is unique, spreading uplifting messages to the people, minus the preachiness. With verbose wordplay and unfaltering gritty realism, God's Will paints a portrait of contemporary urban life, both the bright and the dark sides. He has already collaborated with the likes of Nimbusnine and Mike Swift in the past. Previously only appearing in mixtapes and guest appearances, He recently released his E.P. Catch him at one of his gigs in the metro with his band Sinag and get a dose of God's Will. Here's the video interview.


Questions By: SOL
Interviewed By: Unit-o3
Cameraman: Ramire
Edited By: Bruno Frankelli

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dongalo Rap Awards Night !!!



Here are some of the Pics that i manage to take.. Last Sun. at Dongalo Rap Awards 2007... It was a fun Night.. Aryan theater was Jam Packed by Dongalo fans.. Thanks to Don-G for the warm welcome and hospitality... Congrats to Cuervo of Prime Suspect who also won an award... M16..Thnx for The info...Peace..

List Of Winners:

1. TAGALOG DEMO SONG OF THE YEAR 2007
"Kaibigan Lang" - N.Y.F.P. (New York)

2. BEST TAGALOG RAP GROUP
Calleza Cavitenyo (Cavirte)

3. BEST TAGALOG RAPPER (Solo)
MCM Dakilla (Toronto, Canada)

4. BEST TAGALOG "TWO-LINERS"
Valita Underground (Pateros)
Washi da MC
Indioz (Valenzuela)

5. BEST TAGALOG RAP CHORUS
MCM Dakilla (Canada)
Black Revel (Italy)

6. BEST TAGALOG COMEDY RAP
"Ang Aking Lola" - RP. Niggaz (Antipolo)

7. BEST TAGALOG HARDCORE RAP
Sawaku (Caloocan)
Calleza Cavitenyo (Cavite)

8. BEST TAGALOG RAP LOVE SONG
"Maria" - P.D.K. (Pampanga)

9. BEST TAGALOG GOSPEL RAP
One MIC
Target

10. BEST INTERNET RAP SONG
"Kaibigan Lang" - N.Y.F.P. (New York)
"Sa Homies" - HitHit Buga (Milan)

11. BEST TAGALOG INTERNET RAPPER (Group or Solo)
D.M.K. (San Francisco)
Pinoytality (L.B.C.)

12. BEST TAGALOG CLUB/DANCE RAP (Group or Solo)
Prime Suspect (Laguna)
Chiggy Boi (Muntinlupa)



2007 FREESTYLE BATTLE CHAMPION

Final Round
Thike (Antipolo) vs. Keng-Keng (Bulacan)

Winner
Keng-Keng of Rabis Agenda

Sunday, December 16, 2007

New Video: Sevenes "U Know I Got That"



New videp of Cali-based rapper Sevenes. This video just premiered on MYX today and you can request it.

Myspace Artist Of The Week: DsS

For this week we got DSS a Filipino-Swiss artist that is now residing here in P.I. and has been performing with Dongalo artist as of now he is still not a official artist from dongalo's roster.. But well never know.. perhaps in the near future he will be the 1st English MC on Andrew E.'s Dongalo Wreckords.. Listen to his Tracks on his Myspace Artist Page.. Peace

Friday, December 14, 2007

Old Skool Fridays: Christmas Rap '97


Only 11 days are left before christmas... and 2 days before Misa De Gallo (Simbang Gabi). So our Old Skool Fridays of the Week must be for Christmas.. that is why the album that we gonna feature is no other than the classic Christmas Compilation from Dongalo Wreckords..which is Christmas Rap '97 "The Philippines 1st Hardcore Christmas Rap Album" that was released through Viva Wreckords 10 years Ago... This album consists of 9 Tracks from Chill, El Latino, Madd Poets, Chinese mafia, BB Clan, Anak ni Bakuko, Ghetto Doggs & Pooch.. plus then the New Artist of Dongalo Ka2ga & Kruzzada... I can say that all of the tracks were good or classic but of course i got some of my personal favorites like Nabagansyha by Chinese Mafia, Salat sa Salape by BB Clan, Feliz Latino style by El Latino and the Ghetto Doggs Kill Thy Enemy version of Andrew E.'s classic hit Kagat Ng Aso... So checkout almost all the record bars and look for this album... This will still be avail... coz my friend just got his copy last christmas... Hurry Up and grab a copy of this... So see ya'll next year here at Old Skool Fridays... Advance Merry X-Mas & Happy New Year !!!

Hate Break !! Sumayaw muna kayo !!

Eto isa na namang cool na cool na pampalamig sa mga suki nating haters ng site. Actually ang tingin namin sa mga haters e sila yung nakikita namin lagi sa clubs na sobrang "OA" magpaka hardcore at hindi man lang sila makasabay sa music. Puro Hardlook, gangsta,gangsta. Humataw muna kayo bago ang dada. Check out this Big Daddy Kane tribute at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2007. Lupit ni Common !!

New Video !! Nimbus9 "So Deep"

Dope video from one of the scene's up & coming youngstars

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Best Ever Collabos in Pinoy Hip-Hop

Usong-uso ngayon ang mga guesting sa mga kanta. Andyan si Kanye na guest nya si T-pain, si JT at 50 cent, pati na rin Common at Lily Allen. Pero ang na-mimiss namin dito sa Soulsonic ay yung mga collabo ng ibat-ibang artist, na minsan ay classic ang kinalabasan (Mastaplann, Death Threat "Kickin Lyrics") at minsan naman ay sablay ( Gloc-9 at Kiko Machine "Torpedo"). Eto at ki-nompile namen ang para samen ay classic collabos sa pinoy hip-hop, unang-una ay:

*Chill and SVC


-Bagay ang chemistry nila, isang Hip-Hop group meets Hip-Hop Diva. Taken from the 2nd album album, nagkaroon din to ng konting airplay, honestly mas maganda pa cya sa mga foreign rap songs na lumabas kasabay nya. Pero dahil haters ng Opm hiphop ang mga radio stations sa pinas, di masyado nabigyan ng exposure ang collabong ito. but nevertheless, certified hip-hop classic to.













*Mastaplann with South Border "Way of the Plann"


-Marami ang nagulat ng lumabas ang track nato from the 2nd album of Mastaplann. Kumbaga "instant classic" kung tawagin.Di pa kilala ang South Border so masasabi nating malaking break din ang binigay ng MP sa South Border ng time na yun. Kabit na kabit ang falsetto ni Brix Ferraris sa mga ganja verses ni Type and Tracer. even up to now favorite pa rin cya sa parties.











*Proof Positive, DownEarf, Ill-J of SVC, Youngalaxy of PD, Pyro of 7Shots, Dash "Magnificent 7"



-Kung may dream team sa hip-hop nung late 90's ay eto na yun. Classic lahat ang verses ng mga MC's nato, na handpicked ni Dj Arbie Won para maging ultimate posse track sa Recognize album. Kung ang iba ay favorite ang "Loob at Labas" (isa pang posse track from the same album), ako naman ay ito na yun. Lahat ng MC's na kabilang dito ay maituturing na on top of their game, at good chemistry ang nangyari ng pinagsamasama ni Dj Arbie Won ang different Mc's from different camps.



Denmark,Francis M.,Michael V. "Baknthaday"
-Sayang nga lang wala dito si Andrew E., naging supa classic sana tong track na to. This track was taken from the comeback album ni Denmark released a few years back. Kabit na kabit ang beat ni Lowkey sa ol'skool verses ni Denmark and company.Sana ay maulit uli yung ganito, pero kasama na si Andrew E.

Other notable collabos worth mentioning are :
"Kaligtasan" Francis M & Andrew E.
"It's on" Mista Blaze,Gloc9,Slick n Sly kane,Gobas
"Kickin Lyrics" Death Threat, MaddPoets,Chinese Mafia,Oblaxz,IPK.
"Mary jane" Death Threat featuring Janno Gibbs
"Lyrical" Genezide feat. Ali

Sa mga pumalpak naman na collabos andyan ang kanta ng Legit Misfitz at the Dawn sa 1st album nila, na halatang sumakay lang sa kasikatan nun ng Judgment Night album. Pati rin ang D-Coy-Slapshock collabo sa Plastic age album , di rin maganda ang chemistry dahil halatang pilit yung song. Ang kantang "Slam dance" ng El Latino with John Ordonio and Johnny Krush di rin bumagay dahil parang commercial ng zesto ang dating.Pati yung "Bounce to my boogie" ni Mo'Twister and KC montero, katawatawa rin lumabas, pero di natin alam baka talagang sinadya nila na nursery rhmyes ang bagsakan nila.

DREAM COLLLABOS:In the future,we would like to see some more interesting collabos..How about D-Coy featuring Jay-r, or maybe another song from the super group of Mista Blaze, Gloc9, Gobas at Slick n Sly Kane. Bagsik di ba? Til my next segment, stay tuned for more commentaries on pinoy hiphop. DOnt 4get to leave comments and requests. Peace!

Graff Drop


Here is a Piece from CIS(Crime In Style) new member "REST". who just started his graff career in September... This graff session was taken in Quirino Highway, Bulacan last November

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Video Xclusive!!: Miscellaneous and Pamilia Dimagiba

This is taken from the "Rock the Riles" event that took place at MRT taft last week. featuring the groups Miscelleneous and Pamilia Dimagiba. other performers on the event are Ill-j, Monique & People's Future

Events This Week !!!

DONGALO RAP AWARDSDongalo Rap Awards Night on Dec. 16 (Sun.) @ Aryan Theater,Taft Ave. Manila Phils.

70 contestants...
174 rappers...

only 12 trophies...

No leak. Winners are calculated on the same day.

And one giant Dangerous Freestyle Battle...


with Performances By: Kruzzada, Don G, Khen Magat, Don Man, Roy & Pip, EHP, Damuho Squad, Thug Rhyme, JawTee, Aw-Aw & Lil Kix, Romy Diaz Crew, Fuzbuzlow, Dos Bulakenyos, Deadly, DJ Coki & Dj Bell



Playaz Club "Open Mic Party"

PLAYA'Z CLUB PRESENTS: OPEN MIC PARTY @ ARYAN THEATER CONCERT BAR (formerly Arts Venue) Remedios,Taft Ave. Manila this Dec. 13 Thurs. and EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT performers are: MC DJ Oman B.(E.H.P), MC DJ Jhunkie(Razzamanazz) , MC DJ Madkillah (Salbakuta) And Special guset performers by Dongalo Artists !!!


Locked Down @ World Trade BazaarIll-J & Monique will be performing @ World Trade Center (Roxas, Blvd.) this Dec. 14 (Fri.) Locked Down !!!


Diploma Album Tour
Gloc-9 Diploma Album Tour @ Robinsons Ermita, Manila Dec. 15 (Sat.) at 5:00 PM


RAP 2K7

C.A.S.H ENT.
presents...

RAP2K7 (Rap Competition & Concert Party)
December 15 2007 @ Tanza Cavite
(Arayata Sports Complex)

Ticket:P100
Time:7:00Pm

Performances By:

Slick N Sly Kane
046Southside
Likalento
FLIP
CMD(Cavite Most Dangerous)
KLUTCH-B(Chinese Mafia)
MISTA BLAZE
APOKALIPSIS
JPHILLY
RAPSKALLION
KONFLICK
WHATS D G'
DEATH THREAT
DENMARK


Now for those people who just want to drink and listen to Hip-Hop music.. Dj Mastershock will be on Barrakz Bar (Timog Q.C.) every Tuesday (9 PM-1 AM) and on Saturdays (12 AM-4 AM)... or you can also check out Rhyxodus (aka MC Bounce) of Apokalipsis together DJ ZALDY & DJ AL ? at Decades Bar (Roces, Q.C.) this coming Thurs. & Fri. Night

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

New Albums !!!










For Dongalo Mixxtapes Orders call or send a SMS @ +639069780180 or Check out their website www.dongalowreckords.com


Obsolete e.p. is Now out For Orders send a Message @ jayflava.multiply.com or www.myspace.com/jayflava


The Bacolod City Bandit Mixtape is Now Avail. For Orders: +639109139555 / aerowithadot@gmail.com

Monday, December 10, 2007

Video Break: Bituin Escalante feat. ILL-J "Last Tango In Manila"

Oops! Medyo controversial ang piece ni Mike Swift ah..Sangkatutak ang comments. Eto pampa cool down ulit, Bagong video kasama si ILL-J. Ok ang pagkatulak kay ILL-J dito sa ending. Halos sumubsob cya. More updates soon!!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

To The Billboard: episode 1 "The Introduction" by Mike Swift

When I need help, I always ask for it
My career is based on people trusting in me, and helping me. Ive never been shy to ask when i needed help, and not the type to not show gratitude to those who have helped me in the past. Just know that whatever I am going to express in this composition/letter is not meant to offend, or assassinate character.

prepare for the bombs of truth to explode in the scene,
while I am starting to hear new drama, from the new generation,
i cant help but visualize a hamster running in place inside a wheel.
drawing my own conclusion, from the stories that grazed my ear,
it is clear to myself that Ive been mostly right all along.

As my boy Xander Angeles made clear to me, that being in New York separates me from all the posers in the Philippines, similar to what is going on in his side of the industry (photography), that these people are not only fighting for chump change, but fooling themselves with what tactics they will use to win against what they think they are fighting for. As much as people have intentions to make changes happen, and break thru, the difference is I am here in the belly of the beast doing it, while others could only sit back and watch , and even criticize of the way i am representing the country..

So as I maneuver aggressively in NYC daily for a shot to make significant changes that are beyond corporate control, I feel better knowing how much of my history are being ignored by the ones who has the ability to understand and help.

I spoke to ArtStrong, I spoke to B Roc, I spoke to Dash, I spoke to Sunny, I spoke to Trap, I interact with many more like Gloc, and Tuesday troop, and other artists outside the genre of hip hop..

soaking up each ones perspective, listening to their worries, and cries.

I feel hope in their voices, I smell energy in their excitement. But the bottom line is, what change can we make happen, if there is no money in the business?

when the big chunk of the small pie from the hip hop world in the PI lands in the pockets of Andrew E. and Francis M.. only. And If the next big star under those two ( Gloc9 ) has to go to school for nursing for a brighter future for his kids, what does that say about the genre....WE are broke!!! there is no money in it!! We need to generate money, make money from outside the country.

the question is how can we help. Well I figured out my solution to how I can help, and fight it, live it daily to make sure that it happens.

From speaking to Artstrong a few hours ago, I come to realize how sensitive these new breed of leaders are. all caught up in competition, instead of uniting for the cause. I admit that i can carry a pretty annoying ego when i speak strongly of what i have done, what i have changed, who i have met, where i have performed, how i manage to get the write ups and deals on my own, how i got people to help me.... but the fact of the matter is, although i am boastful of these accomplishments, the difference with me and the others are, i am telling the truth with my actions..

So it disgusts me when I see people run away from helping me glorify of these accomplishments, and turn their back on the history i am making.

Because I understand the possibilities of why the leaders in my genre are downplaying what i am doing and capable of accomplishing, i have better assessment of what I need to do. The beautiful thing is I have facts in footages to prove the journey of my truth.

I have quams to settle with Sara, H town, and those who rest under their jurisdiction. The lack of support i get from them of recent bothers me. The lack of communication we have does not help, so i am going to make an attempt with speaking my peace here.

so when something as small as ignoring my suggestions to include the videos i create with all my heart, to push forward and inform some of Sara Meir's and steak prod. followers who may not have known about me. and the respond i got is.. if my format is clear, then they will see and look and if it fits into the categories of what they are pushing,then they will consider (fair enough) and then I see artists like Flo Rida talking bout bring that booty to the dance floor, and then a (Brooklyn MC, Talib Kweli video (whom i can relate to), and then a video of a person knocking over turntables to the ground that creates chuckles; I feel very small and unimportant, because i guess my footages of me talking to Russell Simmons, recording with Suge Knight, getting praised by an icon in hip hop such as Ralph Mcdaniels, getting a write up inside a magazine from NYC, performing the same night on the same stages with respected artists in the industry of Hip Hop in the world,having followers of all races that listens to me rap in Tagalog in a venue where the only Filipino is me (and get loud applause) my struggles,my efforts , and etc. etc., after knowing that i am making big progress, and still has to be screened to be promoted by my so called family STEAK, to see if I can fit their format..then I feel like my efforts , and knowing that they know how hard of the task i am accomplishing that i clearly illustrates in some of my videos that matches their purpose of combining manila with New York is not appreciated, is not as worthy as the videos they are promoting. ( a guy falling over knocking down a turntable held more weight than me getting praised from legendary Ralph Mcdaniels, handing DVD to Pharaoh Monch, talking to Russell simmons, etc etc, )

What I am saying is , it is obvious that they are fading away from me for reasons I just don't know because they don't express to me where they see me fit. And if the reason is because i seem to always have control of where i want to go, and i always have the ball in my hands, and don't listen to anyone, then its cool. But speak to me tell me that, if it is that, and the enthusiasm they voluntarily offered is no longer there, enthusiasm that i needed to bounce off and generate energy from to able to continue my journey to what i feel will lead to greatness. Its like a child looking for love, they raised me in this industry, then turned away to let me go...i mean take a little time to make me feel included or put me in my place to where you feel i belong, or how you think you can help , not disregard me, and down play my effort.

I am appreciative still till this day of all the help and attention they use to give me when i was nobody, and the big screen that they had in Jaipur where i used to promote myself heavily under their approval (but then again , i would have made it a point to why wouldn't they? why would they rather promote scribble jam DVD's rather than their own artist that helps represent STEAK, which i honestly still do) is something that i will never forget and never fail to thank till the day that i die.

H town, who I know is a good person, because he has helped me so much in the past, is someone who I haven't spoken to.. and I can tell you stories, thats plural, of how he has deprived me of my chances to shine when i deserved to in the past. but this would require pages of explanation. And I'm sure he will tell you different, and explain how he is disappointed in me...., But why would you be disappointed in someone who goes all out to being a force that can represent what he fights for himself. I could illustrate you facts of all the lane changes he made on his way to figuring out where he really want to stand in the community of hip hop, that we are all trying to uplift, and how many broken promises made in getting to where he is standing. I know he looked at me as competition, rather than a useful tool in this battle for respect in our struggling Genre. But I could name you hundreds who stated their assumptions of H Town's wrong doings, and sideway intentions. thats another long draining story. Leaders who are not in touch with the people they are leading, catering too much to the corporate world rather than feeling out the struggling artists needs, and cries, neglecting the fact that the artists are the reasons why they have a chance to be in position to live out their own dreams. I started to feel H town's obvious coldness towards my drive and strategies to change things for the better from when I returned from recording with Suge Knight, a notorious mogul responsible for changing hip hop period, where not more than 50 people in the world can say they share the same experience. An icon that even H town himself bombarded his walls in his office/apartment with posters of this man. And yet when I returned, I don't get not even a pat on the back, a simple congratulation, if anything his first reaction was " hey mike be careful with that man, he is no good, he will cheat you " were the only reaction i got from him as if the story was not a powerful enough story for him to celebrate as well, because him helping raise me to become somebody who might have a shot at something special for hip hop in the PI, is the reason i made it to that point to where everybody that studies and know of hip hops roots know how rare a situation is for any artist to sit with Suge Knight and even shake his hand, so for a Filipino raised by the industry in the PI to reach such heights is a story that should have been pushed by those who are responsible with representing us as journalist as H is (he is writer for hip hop section at pulp/ and so is Francis M).

Toni Toni, radio DJ for magic, a friend who i spent a lot of time around, who introduced me to numerous people that helped me lead to someone who most likely helped me, who i am still thankful for the testimonies he gave me for a documentary i was putting together, who i am not afraid to say is the biggest poser, who rejects comments that i post on his page every single time i try, has been one of my main detractor and naysayer. he will tell me that in my face that Im mayabang, too big headed, too much the opposite of humble. and me mentioning his name in here just makes him too relevant when he is not that important in my world, but i thought I'd give an example of his hate some shine. I have history with these people, Toni Toni tries sooooooooooooooo hard to be a Big Star, and he cant make it.. so he wants to make sure that I don't get to the point where i become one, if that is even my main reason to be in the forefront which is not. So his words that might mean a lot to other important people that like him taints the outlook of others towards me. I am not paranoid, it is what it is. I guess being under the same umbrella as H town, i can smell the conspiracy, but this man has trouble telling the truth when he looks at himself in the mirror, so I forgive him.


I don't know man.. i could be wrong but they don't give me reason to think otherwise with their actions, and i don't believe too much in he say, she say, but Ive been around Toni to know how much he bullshit his ownself..
I also understand we are human beings, and human nature sucks when you let it get in the way of having a godly aura. I know that people are aware of the stories and the concept, specially in the entertainment industry, of how they will put you up on a pedestal to be later knocked down. not saying that this is what I feel is happening, but no one can ever knockout the possibilities.

I know for a fact that these are great people who mean well, and made big impact in the scene, and even to why my career has taken it to where i stand now. I want to make it clear t hat I love them and I appreciate them...........

so, maybe, its just a clash of misunderstandings and different perspectives of how, and what measures to be taken to get to that next level. H-Towns'S INFATUATION OF SPINNERS ON A LONG SILVER CHAIN WHICH ARE IMAGES THAT ARE PORTRAYED BY MADE artists in America, and gangster rap, and low riders, and Grillz (which i once glorified coming from Brooklyn) until i got to soak myself into music scene , and poor areas in the Philippines, then understood how shallow it is inside the third world country to think and portray this image, it just didn't make sense, i know for sure how unoriginal it was, specially it they were wearing fake imitations, It will definitely spark the biggest laugh in your face when people out here in America look at the obvious jacking of the look .

And Compared to Sara's and Banjos passion for sneakers (which i use to have in me as well), I just feel that it doesn't help my cause to promote wearing 400 dollar sneakers in the Philippines. and I am not saying that their movement doesn't hold substance, or irrelevant, and that is all they are trying to promote. Because they are after the same things I am after (maybe that is why, I don't know!!)All I am saying is , its not what I want to see my self promoting.

It is in fact the opposite of what i want to get across, maybe it is because they are so much into being a New Yorker and a Filipino-American, and I happen bleed out more of New York than they do wherever i go, and swam heavily in the physical form in the era of hip hop that they glorify so much where i can tell true stories of my experiences by being there that intimidates their movement if i ever reach the status that i long for,I don't know if that is it, and I'm able to reach masa with my Tagalog messages and they are more English speaking, I don't know!! i don't think it is it, I hope not....so me reaching my victory might threaten what they stand for now. So maybe they ignore me because they are scared that i will succeed with what i always felt was the right way to approach it, and since I've asked them first, Steak were the first people I expressed my need of help from in developing what is currently growing to be one of the most original and inspiring story hip hop will ever see in this already rich culture of it's short history.


And instead of clinging on to the concept that probably sounded so absurd to them at that point in time, they steered away from it from the jump, Sara stating that it's going to take me 3 years to reach that point, which can be right, even though i thought i was going to get it in 3 months, but here i am a year later, standing strong. and even if it took 30 years i will die proving that i will do this till death until i make it to the "BILLBOARD "( i even took a whole day out of my life to make a DVD for them to watch a lil over a year ago ,which i still have my own copy of till this day expressing my need for help in developing this picture in collaboration with STEAK which i still think and still wish to be a part of, it did sound crazy if you saw it too, so I don't blame them not embracing it fully)because it is still crazy which is why i am so relentless with raising awareness for the concept of the movement "TO THE BILLBOARD".

from a concept that was triggered by a heavy drunk conversation over "Emperador",( which is one of the cheapest brandy you can buy in the Philippines,) in the ghetto area in where my boy Slick n Sly reside in the PI, where the sight of foot long Rats, and swarming mosquitoes lurk to get a bite of your blood is common within every hour; a conversation that focused on getting my face up on a billboard, how I will dedicate my energy into turning this story of us four (Slick n Sly Kane, Sunny Blaze, Mista Blaze, and me Mike Swift) whom were present at the time, into a true story, which i will turn to a movie titled BILLBOARD, a concept that only a few of us were aware of, where i revolved my whole being around, from the albums,and the books, and the poetry and music I write. My whole Legendary album is the soundtrack to that movie, it is the movie. So for me to conceptualized this movement in the middle of QC in the Philippines over cheap liquor to reach this point where people in the world of different race is screaming "To The Billboard!!!", and over 50 songs of dedication, songs of petition that carry the messages stating that they understand me, and are behind me,and videos of believers who came across me in my lifetime, or who are connected to me somehow, artists all the way from Liberia (Africa), London, Toronto, San Francisco, Boston, LA, Every borough in NYC, Columbia, etc etc, songs that carry a lot of respect for my actions and effort to uplift hip hop period!!once again I would never let go of words that im not able to prove to be true, so everything i am saying, i can validate for.

To be able to make all these people move, contribute, glorify, scream my right to reach BILLBOARD, my movie, my Billboard in Edsa, all the way to my plan of reaching a billboard in times square where it will hold images of everyone who has been a part of my struggles, which includes even the once who i felt turned their cheek away from me, images of heroes in their own right, from photographers, grafitti writers, dancers, drug dealers, rappers, singers, parents of people who helped feed me, and shelter me, celebrities that became good friends of mine, and many many many more who has helped mold me to become someone who might be a hero to many. To be able to do what im doing off energy and determination alone, because god knows i don't have anything in my pockets but lint.

Those who are intelligent enough to see and kind hearted enough will know to help me reach my dream, my destiny.

Even if you didn't like me, and it is not about me, it is about the position I hold and placed myself where the whole world would get to see a Filipino, watch and hear music that are the fruits of my experiences in the Philippines, an original story that is not copied from americans, which usually happens in the Philippine industry, a story that i am writing with my life that glorifies the capabalities of my fellow artists/ showcasin the talent of our directors, and actors , and actresses, THEN CRYING OUT LOUD, HELP ME!! HELP ME GET TO THAT POINT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. because the day will come that I will get there regardless, and you helping me just helps me get there faster.

If you only knew how hard it is to get respect as a filipino artist in New York, and to have the response that I get starting off with my DVD "GET JAYZ FOR mE" which shows so many faces of our talents, a story that contains so much strong messages hidden behind it's comedy, my gift to helping our country to be recognized, a DVD that I worked hard all my life to reach up to , a DVD that I got to place in stores across the world, a set up to what is to come....

A fucking DVD that caught the attention of SPIKE LEE, where I might have a chance to be backed financially by, If you only knew how many miles I traveled to this point of no return, maybe you would be if not supportive, at least a lot nicer and cheerful for what i am trying to accomplish.

What can I say inspired me to write this is a conversation with Artstrong who expressed to me why he hasn't been able to make his song for the "to the billboard", in which i felt should have been given to me a long time ago, for he is the type of talent and person, who can help carry out what I hope to happen. And because of the relationship i had with him in making music, and sharing the vision of how we can stretch towards our goals as individuals. He has plans of how he can help which is different in how I can help, but we are on the same page, or I thought we were until the conversation.

He then stated that he has gathered all important people in one room to join forces in representing and blowing up Hip-Hop in the Philippines in ASIa or the world. the sound of his excitement for the gathering is so obvious and contagious

so when i brought up how he saw me fit in, i felt that he wasn't fully aware of what i am trying to do as well, which was cool with me, so I explained.. there we are back on the same page really fast once more, for he was there from the beginning when i was putting this concept together, he knows me well enough that i would do whatever it takes, and believes in my capabilities in getting it done, because I proved to him by paying him for the work that he done for me once i landed a deal with E REAL RECORDS (long Story) that i keep my word. The problem he said that might have been the reason why some of these people are alienating me and pushing me out the picture is because of the misrepresentation of the project I sparked" BILLBOARD" by a trusted friend of mine who helped guide me more creatively with its direction more than anyone, the person who glorifies the movement along with SUNNY BLAZE (who you guys are sleeping on as a major star for our country, ill prove that shit to ya later, i know its far fetch, but watch!) my boy B Roc of Turbulence Productions.

Artstrong's story is that B Roc was going around collecting money for my movement BILLBOARD (which is your movement as well) for a video, or whatever it is, and it ticked off some of the artists who are offended by the thought of paying to somebody to be able to feature on something.. which i understood.

this again would trigger my imagination of a hamster inside a wheel running in place.

I told Artstrong I would never ask anyone for money, i would take it if they volunteered it, can't say no to grace, but i would never ask anyone for money to be a part of something, which is something that im guessing B Roc had put together, cause i don't really know about at at all.

So I haven't got to the bottom of this story, but I was able to tell Artstrong is that nobody has a monopoly on any MIKE SWIFT project,I represent Myself first, and those who choose to represent me is welcome to as long as its leads towards the positive direction of the main goal, BILLBOARD the MOVIE!!, I mentioned to him how B-roc has been very supportive and a trusted friend who knows the strength and purpose of why and how I put it together.

Then i also I cried towards Artstrong to represent me and the movement heavy in the way that B-Roc is doing, and Sunny, and J HEEZ, and LONDON bABY, and Dash, and Jae Spillz, and F DUB( who got a tattoo for the cause, its Crazy!! )and many more who clinged on to the concept.

What comes to my mind? battle of camps, and Artstrong telling me the story of B-Roc holding on to the movement with my name in the forefront asking for money ticked off the other artists and pushed them outside of the purpose that i am trying to preach which is power in numbers towards one direction, Unity.

I didn't erase the fact that it is possible that some of these artists, maybe even artstrong himself views me as competition, i let art know that, i don't count any possibilities out. People are people, we are haters, envious, selfish, we are crabs, I know that deep inside some of these artists who will find any excuse to go against someone to not be left outdone, or beat. scared to be left behind, scared for the next man's success. We are fucked up. And I am lucky enough to have made so much effort in bringing people together, and making money for some for their own cause, that i can go on for days talking bout how I brought H town to andrew e so kuya drew can be part of the second annual hip hop awards which happened, I had Sunny (Urban Flow)record with Jawtee (Dongalo), i had a Dongalo artist who hated Syke so much when he didn't know even know him as person and went by what Andrew was sayin bout him, him shake his hand, I made Tuesday troop a brand in hip hop to be reckon with by bringing, people from Texas, London, Australia, singers, tattoo artists blah blah blah blah all in one place... look at all my footages and see what kind of energy and unity i bring, and i still can prove that i still do that with artists here in Brooklyn, all race, different languages, nationalities in one movement that was birthed by the Philippines through me.

I don't need to explain so much about the fucking changes I brought to the table, the attitude, and energy i contaminated the scene with. I am a leader by action, not by title.

Artstrong explained with positive vibes how he gathered MALAYA, (tol, kahit anong sabihin nila sa yo tungkol sa akin, kung hindi maganda, wag kang makikinig at maniniwala, ako pa rin ito, kapatid mong si posporo, salamat sa lahat!!) Sara Meir, H Town, Jerry Garcia, Richard Gutierrez, in one room to plan for next years awards.

He was telling me how he put H Town in his place, that there must be unity, that H TOWN made a lot of money on an event (HIP HOP AWARDS, a ceremony that i swear to god, i made a promise not to support until it is in order to help unite, not separate everyone) that suppose to bring and help the genre rise up to a level where it will help develop artists to be recognized by the world. Artstrong said that they suggested for H town or H suggested himself to handle just the marketing side of things, and make it a collaborative effort to make sure that the next one is more successful to reach out further and cater to the artists that make it possible rather than the corporate monsters that taint its main purpose.

and Artstrong mentioned how Sara wants to focus on promoting hip hop in the night clubs, that they will make attempt to play OPM (hate this term) as long as its not baduy. Which I then reiterated will never change until rap artists in the PI start making serious money. Too long to explain the mechanics of why rappers must have money to change that whole shit around, but I know for sure , besides good music, its going to take truck load of money to change things around. but still have to make that effort nomatter what just for good moral for some artist who get to hear their music that they made from the heart on the dancefloor.like how I felt when i use to hear my song Thump in Jaipur.( and still hear the song and watch the video produced and directed by Arbie 1 inside the most known strip club in the world where major celebrities and professional athletes hang out in, SCORES..and i have footages in youtube to prove it)

"Where does Richard Gutierrez stand? ", i asked artstrong." he has the power to promote it on television,and get major companies to invest money into the drowning market of hip hop in the PI.." artstrong stated. And I know how broke that scene is , I speak from experience, the damage i made with how i came up from the bottom as a newcomer and able to land the biggest gigs a hip hop artist can make is quite legendary (they will say so as well), and still catch me in Glorietta selling DVD's and Mixtapes hand to hand (ask owner of MTV Francis Lumin, Direk Dom of Captain Barbell ,Toti who runs the independent label that put out Up Dharma Down, they bought one from me) , so i can pay my rent,is one of the reason, and example how I got to calculate the necessary steps on how I personally can improve every aspect of the game in hip hop sa pinas. because i studied every angle..... So any attention that Richard can give towards hip hop can certainly help specially if it is constant, and consistent.

"How about Jerry Garcia (next level management)? "Artstrong mentioned how he can help put our music online, this is definitely healthy because the internet is where the money is for recordings nowadays, nobody sells cds in the PI, the record company business is dying , its comatose. so this will definitely help. its all about making and generating money, which means everyone has to work in one cylinder, as a team as a whole, everybody, including Francis M. , and Andrew E, who has to be the most competitive motherfuckers I have ever seen in this world, I love them and idolize them for it.. over 20 years of monopoly, legend fuckin Dary!! but they run away from the responsibilities of fully using their power to help reach the next level, because they know the headaches thats attached to the negative and ignorant ways of some people in this genre. plus they are family men with different agendas, so I understand why these pioneers rather it stay the way it has been for them. Francis has 8 kids and feel unappreciated when he looks at how much money he should have in the bank account for everything he has done for Pinoy Hip Hop, he is our king and will fight to remain that is only natural, and same goes for Andrew E.

Kids need a new hero though, the next generation needs more voices who they can relate to and can feel, we need to find the right artists and groom them, and inspire more to become those who are making chage, artists with character and strong principles who is open minded to the possibilities of what the future can bring if we made them believe.

However, because of all the broken promises I have heard in the past, my defense mechanism reacts differently to how I should accept the potential of this organization's purpose. These are all leaders in their own right, A lot of egos, and I didn't elaborate on how Arbie One, and his Camp would react, Lock Down, Dongalo, Ampon, Rappublic, 6000 Goonz lead by (DICE of Dice and K9), and B Roc/turbulence, who seem to be making strides of their own by traveling outside the Philippines and meeting and collaborating with international artists. They will feel like they have a say so and belong to be pushed. Im just putting as much as I can out there, and there is much more variables that comes into play that will be hard to shift if there is no money to be shared. The focus needs to be getting money in the circle where everyone can afford the resources needed to compete, instead of igniting petty beef that will never end if no one is getting paid

ALL I can say is I have something special, that will definitely point all eyes on us in due time, and i plan to bring a lot of cash into our system. I am making history, I do try my best to represent filipinos in a genre where it is mandatory to be able to handle dirty laundry, a genre that is so tied heavily into getting street credentials, swagger, ability, courage, and to be able to be recognized here in brooklyn, where i have a few magazine write ups, and accolades coming my way, which will help me reach the Billboard faster, it is something that needs to be celebrated.. this is our shit!!!

Im in a position where i already earned the hearts of many in the Philippines where its too late to throw dirt in my name, i gave too much love to many, and physically fought when i needed to show how fearless i am when i fight for the majority who knew I was right. (at tagalog , tagalog to chong!! batangueno chong, wag kayong matakot tulungan ako chong!! and youll see .)

you are not going to find many artist in the Philippines who can compete and in the position im in. what can you lose by helping me out? what would the problem be if i asked to be on a cover of a magazine, or my face on a billboard, is it such a sin, when i demand for my right to belong? Have I ever stepped on anyones shoes to get to where i am now? tell me if I have, communication is key. Who worked harder and still stay without sleep in order to reach the possibilities of the far fetch for many?

and as much as we dwell on gathering everyone to be in tuned so we can reap benefits from the corporate world, One thing that I know a lot of us forget is that its all about the people. We cant forget the artists that are making attempts from the squatter areas in tondo who manage to save everything from their winnings in rap contests to be able to assemble a small studio and express themselves through their music, regardless of how behind they sound to what is current, the little kids rapping in the corner about being mistreated by the system, you cant forget the movements in Baguio, Bacolod, Pampanga, Batangas city, these are places that i went to and spent time understanding, not just Manila.

These are the kids who buy and support the music, the poor people, they appreciate it a lot more. they are our foundation, and I think that when you focus on catching up with what is going on outside of our own country is when we forget what we are suppose to be glorifying,loving, grooming, drawing inspiration from everywhere but more so from our own .

we negate ourselves of our chances to unite and rise when we start looking at each other as competition.

whether you believe me or not, it isn't going to change what I believe I know.

I know I will get this one million dollars eventually. Because I will work hard to find someone who I can convince with the blueprint i put together.

And If you guys can cater to and help my cause , and all you have to do is be assertive and ask me how you can help me reach this goal. Together we will get to inspire many,We will get to help many, its in my blood, and in my actions to show how much im willing to die for the chance to prove I am right. I have touched many lives already without putting out an album, (without having significant amount of money to live comfortable, I still sleep if not on the floor, but on the couch of my friend J HEEZ in Brooklyn),

so if your imagination can take me as far as i do for myself, and see the big picture that lies ahead, then you can help me create magic for others as all of you had done for me.

Please believe that i have nothing but good intentions for everything that I do, and if you read some of the letters that i get from Filipinos all over the world who gets to watch my efforts on the internet. you too will see why i know i have the power that i have to make people believe. They are my reason to persevere.

Help me make this as special as it can be.

Thank you.

I love all of you (pause, no homo ),and I don't care if you believe me or not. Regardless ,nobody is going to stop me from reaching what I promised for myself and others.

TO THE BILLBOARD, its just a matter of time

Monday, December 3, 2007

Events This Week !!!

Dongalo @ Cagayan De Oro Andrew E. & Oman B will be performing at Initao, Cagayan De Oro Fiesta Show on Dec. 3, 2007

Threads PilipinasThreads Pilipinas is The 1st Philippines T-Shirt Convention that's gonna be held at Industria, Feron Bldg. Kamagong cor Bagtikan St. on...Dec 6, 2007

Death Threat @ Padis Point LagunaDeath Threat will be at Padis Point BiƱan, Laguna this Dec. 7 (Fri.)

6000 Goonz @ DavaoGloc-9 w/ Dice & K9/Mobbstarr, Ron of Stick Figgas, Jay Flava and J-tech will be performing at 2pm on Gaisano, and 9pm at Kai's BaR ....December 8,2007

Pamilia Dimagiba @ Saguijo
Pamilia Dimagiba will be performing at Saguijo Bar, Makati on Dec. 8 (Sat./10 pm)

Locked Down Ent. "Rock The Riles"
Locked Down Hip-Hop Acts (Ill-j, Monique, People's Future) will be @ Mrt-Taft station on Dec. 9(Sun/2 pm) for Rocked's Rock The Riles. other acts are Pamilia Dimagiba, Miscellaneous & Tribu Rappers.
Bagetsafonik will be @ Mrt-Boni station on Dec. 9 (Sun/4 pm) other acts are the Ronnies, Analog & Happy Happy Joy Joy.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Old Skool Fridays: "5:30" Ghetto Doggs


Just like what we said Old Skool Fridays is here to stay..But not on weekly basis. Now for this week's installment..We Got Ghetto Doggs (Born to Kill The Devil) which is one of the greatest album of all time.. And the most anticipated and awaited album in 1996... That became multi-platinum even without an airplay.. But a classic TV performance in Eat Bulaga was done by the Ghetto Doggs...where they perform with stocking mask on their face...Ghetto Doggs 1 tackles on different types of criminal acts.. But concentrates on the Sta. Rosa Laguna Massacre as the subject matter..which was delivered by Dongalo's 1st Batch of Artist and of course POOCH !!! Listen to the two versions of 5:30 as we reminisce on early 90's local rap music... Enjoy !!!

Myspace Artist of the Week: Heavenly Host

http://www.myspace.com/heavenlyhostcrew
For this week we picked a homegrown hardcore Rap Group. who's tracks/lyrics are politically conscious which matches on whats happening to our country especially on the metro last evening..where Curfew was declared that runs from 12 mn to 5 am...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST: "Larangan"- Pamilia D.

Check out this banging track from the Lords of Hardcore Rap, Pamilia D! We only got our copy yesterday and we immediately asked permission to share this track with you all...So here it is, the lead off single from "The Resistance album" entitled "LARANGAN"..You can join the resistance this Thurs(Nov.29) at Zayteenya Bar Timog for their album launch.YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

SoulSonic Shoutout !!!


After 3 "BUSY" weeks have passed... SoulSonic Force staff is back... Thanks to SOL for the Interview... and J for our Myspace Artist of the week... But on the other hand there's gonna be some changes here in SoulSonic.. First Old Skool Fridays is no longer gonna be weekly (twice or once a month would be fine?)... Second is we gonna put up new segments like the "Born Agen Lovers" and more... So just send us your suggestions and requests... Now if you guys still think that were too lazy... think again.. SoulSonic Force staff is now in the works of Mike Swift's "To The Billboard/SoulSonic TV exclusive"... More Interviews are already lined up... Plus the Shhhh(Hahaha)... is now in the Lab... SoulSonic Staff wanna say thanks to all the people who keeps on sending us messages/shoutouts... Peace

Dice (6000 Goonz) Interview

In 2006, Nas claimed that Hip-Hop was dead. However, in recent months, we've seen a resurfacing in quality rap albums to hit the market, not only in the states, but also locally. It seemed, at least for awhile, in the P.I., rap was back on the incline. And although there are always a plethora of hidden rap "diamonds in the rough," albums and mixtapes put out by underground and unsigned artists, there have not been many albums to reach mainstream audiences since the golden age of Filipino Hip-Hop. But lately, with such hits as "Itsumo," "Lando" and the rap remix of "Itaktak Mo," the 'Masa' has once more been getting a taste of rap... and liking it.

6000 Goonz is a crew/label that was spearheaded by DiCE that originated in Cebu City in the late 90s. Albums such as Gloc-9's "Diploma," Mobbstarr's "The Journey" and Stick Figgas "Critical Condition" have all come out under the 6k Goonz roster... and that's all been in the last few months! We kick it with DiCE to see his take on the local scene, the "Mainstream," Japan, new music for '08, that Beatmonx album, the Hip-Hop Awards Voting Controversy, and... a clothing line?

SOL: We're here with DiCE of the 6000 Goonz, kicking it about all that is good in the scene right now. In the last year, we've seen the 6k Goonz crew grow from an underground cult movement in Cebu to nationwide hit-makers. There hasn't been such a large expansion in terms of artists and released CDs since Dongalo Wreckords' First-Batch in the '90s. Why is it do you think that you guys are thriving while others aren't?

DiCE: The 6g motto: Hang out with the right people.

SOL: Okay, so how'd you come up with the name? Is 6000 a lucky number?

DiCE: 6000 is Cebu City 's area code. 6g was founded in Cebu back in the days of the "Gangsta Era". The word 6000 Goonz just seemed to stick to people so we kept that name.

SOL: I think the first ripple in the 6k Goonz success were massive hits such as "Itsumo" and "Shake." The Dice & K9/Mobbstarr albums were such a massive departure from the raw, underground style of Anthill Mobb. What drove you guys to go in such a different direction?

DiCE: We never really changed styles from Anthill Mobb to Mobbstarr. Nothing like that, Mobbstarr is a different project and Anthill Mobb is just on a hiatus. Anthill Mobb is and will always be underground and the current projects that Mobbstarr does are totally on a different direction cause we're past the days of "Fuck the Mainstream". We realized, why not do both? We don't have anything to prove to other people but ourselves. We make the music we love and we share it to everyone.

SOL: The catchy chorus in those party tracks that shot you guys mainstream were mainly sung by the gorgeous Hi-C. How was she discovered? Are there plans for a solo album in the future?

DiCE: I met Hi-C back in 1997. She was also into music and loved singing and the original plan was a solo album for her but after me and K9 finished a bunch of songs with her on them. We realized that we had that chemistry and decided to have her as a member of Dice & K9. Right now, her solo album's finished entitled "Fountain Of Youth". It will be released next year and most tracks in the album is produced by the Beatmonx.

SOL: I heard you guys are big in Japan . That's pretty major. Is that true? Like, do you guys break bread with Nigo, Verbal or Big O?

DiCE: Well, we have a lot of friends in Japan . I actually have an autographed Teriyaki Boyz CD given to me by a Japanese Yakuza/Event Producer who has close ties with Nigo. We know some people in high places from there ever since our last Japan tour. The Japanese people really love to pamper you and they love to eat, smoke and drink a lot.

SOL: Ah, cool cool. By the way, who's the Japanese rapper who flows on Hi-C's "Get Down" track?

DiCE: That was DJ Mack, an old school Japanese B-boy we met when we first went to Japan .

SOL: What's going on with the Beatmonx project? We've heard about it since last year and the production is phenomenal in Gloc-9's "Limangkantalang" EP & Nimbusnine's "So Deep." We're all really wondering if the project is still gonna be released, and if so, when and to what extent? (Underground or Nationwide?)

DiCE: The Beatmonx Album is definitely gonna be released next year and we will be aiming for a nationwide release and promotion. The blueprints have been laid out and we're very much psyched to release it.

SOL: How much money is there really to be made in the music business in the Philippines ? Is a career as a Hip-Hop artist really "profitable?" Is piracy really that rampant? What tips or advice would you guys give to not only rap artists, but future entrepeneurs who might be wanting to go into music?

DiCE: There is money. You just need to know how to market your stuff and realize what your worth is in the music industry. Know how to make money by doing what you love doing. You don't have always to be defiant of the mainstream. Know how to compromise if you really want to make it. Unless you already have a truckload of money to spend on radio and video payolas.

SOL: Why do you think that Hip-Hop is such a massive force in the States but so miniscule in the Philippines ? What is it missing and do you guys think 6k Goonz has the ability to get P.I. rap to the U.S. 's level of popularity?

DiCE: Just to state the obvious, of course hip-hop was born in the States.

SOL: Yeah, but there was a Hip-Hop scene here at the time when Hip-Hop was still young in the States, right? We're not far behind in terms of history.

DiCE:
True, but the mentality is different there. They have embraced the culture through time and just like the industry's status quo in the P.I., I'm sure they have gone through the same stages the scene is experiencing right now. Hip-Hop in the Philippines is still young and only time can tell if the mainstream crowd can fully accept Hip-Hop as a serious business rather than just fillers for comedy movies or noontime shows. On the other hand, we as artists must try not to be too uptight about our being "Hip-Hop" as it alienates most of the mainstream market who haven't completely understood the ways of the culture yet. Some purists even argue that English rap is not Pinoy rap. While it's true that we have only borrowed this culture, then what about PBA? Rock music? Technology? These were not originally from us either. Basketball is the pambansang laro nowadays, Rock music is the only genre we ever see on TV and radio and we are the texting capital of the world. So to put it concisely, what the artists need to do is be less serious so they can be taken seriously. Support is the key word as the talent is already overflowing. While sad but true, we might even have more rappers than fans. 6000 Goonz vision is to blur the lines that divide hip-hop from other genres in the Philippines and hopefully the rest of the world will follow.

SOL: You guys have such a diverse pool of artists. I mean, you guys have the lyrical cats like Loonie & Xplizit, then you have gangsta rappers like The Untouchables and party tracks with Mobbstarr. Do you guys go out and scout or can people send demos your way? Do you guys offer to other artists or do they come to you? For example, how did Gloc-9 end up in the 6k Goonz roster?

DiCE: We do not really scout for artists to sign since that is a very tedious and pointless way of discovering talent. 6000 Goonz is more of like a fellowship who learned, unlearned and relearned the hip-hop game and each proved to be formidable in their own fields. For example, Gloc 9 is already signed to SONY-BMG. He was Gloc 9 even before he learned about 6g. Stick Figgas also earned their rep from the underground before they jumped in the 6g bandwagon. So it's more of like a group of established artists or you can compare it to Team USA in the FIBAs. We don't recruit the best, this is the place where they meet and make music.

SOL: What about Apokalipsis? The rumor-mill is abuzz that they're in your camp now. Does that mean that they're no longer affiliated with Real Deal? When can we expect "The Storya?"

DiCE: Apokalipsis is already a member of 6000 Goonz but that doesn't necessarily mean they are not affiliated anymore with Real Deal. Stick Figgas is 6000 Goonz but at the same time they're under FrancisM's Red Egg Management.

SOL: Oh, alright alright. So the crew's more like a crew of the illest artists out from other labels? So it's not like, you have to be exclusive to 6k Goonz?

DiCE: Nah well... Think of it like... Lebron James is on Team USA yet he's still a Cavalier. "The Storya" album will definitely be out next year but the details are still sketchy as of press time.

SOL: Cool, cool. Alright, time to get to the controversial stuff. Let's talk about the Hip-Hop awards. You guys made a clean sweep last year. Congrats.

DiCE: Thanks man, we so expected it!!!

SOL: Now many naysayers are talking about people in your camp themselves buying the voting cards and voting for the artists. What do you have to say to all of those people? If there was ever the chance to clarify anything, now's that chance.

DiCE: Just like my previous answer and my "remark" last hip-hop awards, it's still clear that most Pinoys still can't tell sarcasm from truth. What do you expect from a flawed system and an overcrowded hip-hop scene? They were showing the vote results in real-time and 70% of the results come from text votes. Now who in their right state of mind wouldn't hold a text brigade especially if they can afford it. Do the rules show that the artists can't buy vote cards? Do you honestly believe that fans will spend money to vote for their favorite rapper and not get anything in return? We have a fanbase that stretches out to Mindanao so obviously we had more people to convince to vote for us and we have managers in the background who handle that. All we do is make music and reap the rewards.

SOL: With 6000 Goonz, we've seen album after album after album in only a few months time frame. Konigs, Mobbstarr, Gloc & Stick Figgas have all released albums this/last year. How are you guys able to stay so consistent with material?

DiCE: Because that's all we do. Everbody had resigned from his and her day job and concentrated on music. We really pour out our minds, hearts, and souls to our music and we make sure that we're always a step ahead of everybody. We literally live the hip-hop life, the food we eat come from hip-hop so we have no choice but to be consistent.

SOL: Even before The Beatmonx, Dice had the rep of being the "Midi King." Listening to beats on Mobbstarr's albums alone, it's quite evident how far filipino producers have gone from the days of repetative, looped breakbeats. Along with cats like B-Roc and Lowkey, you guys are bringing filipino production to the next level. Any advice to newbie producers?

DiCE: No advice for you guys, sorry. It's all worth it in the end after you've taken the long way.

SOL: Ok, that's cool. One thing I always wondered was whatever happened to K9? He just vanished. Is he still affiliated with the group?

DiCE: Yes he still is. He has a band based in Cebu called Pointblank. He still produces tracks for 6000 Goonz and he will be back soon.

SOL: What happened to the Untouchables album?

DiCE: It's gonna come out next year along with the other releases. Probably the second quarter of 2008.

SOL: Before Dice & K9 came out, cats in the P.I. rocked jerseys, 3XL shirts and pants and drooping long chains. Hey, most still do. Why'd you guys decide to go so left and rock stuff like BBC & Bape? It paid off, but it must've been weird being the only ones at the time to wear, you know, anything that actually fit. I think you guys set a trend without knowing it.

DiCE: Back in Cebu , nobody rocked jerseys and oversized shirts since all of our friends from the music scene were all bands. It wasn't really a conscious effort to set a trend, it just happened.

SOL: Is it true you guys are starting a clothing line? What can we expect from that?

DiCE: 6G Swagger for men and 6G Tramp for women. I don't wanna go into details yet but it's definitely gonna be hot.

SOL: When's the line coming out? How much are we talking and will this be mass produced or are you gonna do the exclusive/limited streetwear thing ala Nigo or Pharrell?

DiCE: You're just gonna have to wait for the ads. We've been working on it for quite a while now and it's gonna be limited. That's all I can say for now.

SOL: Is Dice & K9/Mobbstarr ever gonna release a new album?

DiCE: Yessir. Next year, we will be unveiling our fourth album entitled Time, Space, Rhythm, Starrs.

SOL: There are two veteran artists that not many people know are in your camp but everyone's been waiting to hear from. When can we expect something new from Syke or Jayflava?

DiCE: Syke's album is currently in pre-production and Jayflava has finished his EP which will be out this December entitled Obsolete The Ep.

SOL: The long-running debate in the scene is that if it even exists. Do you guys personally believe that there is Hip-Hop in the Philippines ?

DiCE: We don't care for the most part. Why make it an issue when nobody from the non-hip-hop world really cares. It's a waste of time debating about pointless issues. It's like an atheist arguing that there is no God. What makes him different from a conservative Catholic who argues there is God? And if there is or there isn't, will everything change for the better? I'm guessing your answer is not so there you go.

SOL: Deep, pare. Last but not least, anything up your sleeve for 2008? What can we expect from the 6000 Goonz camp?

DiCE: Album after album after album of pure unadulterated hip-hop muzack!
Dice N K9 /Mobbstarr – “Time, Space, Rhythm, Starrs”
The Beatmonx Album
Loonie – “I Am Normal ”
Hi-C – “Fountain Of Youth”
Apokalipsis – “Da Istorya”
The still unnamed 6G compilation
and of course
The Untouchables debut album.


SOL: Thanks for your time and more power to you guys.

DiCE: No problem. There, now you guys can breathe.

SOL: Haha. [deep breath]