Lady Gaga, Pa pa pa what her face?

 

Why would a Rap blog have Lady Gaga as a subject matter, you may be asking. We’ll simply because I need to get something off my chest. Every time I hear ‘Poker Face’ by ‘Lady Gaga’ I hear what they call in ‘Neuro Linguistic Programming’ or NLP a ‘Weasel Phrase’. A Weasel Phrase is when a message with a hidden meaning is inserted into what appears to be innocent lyrics.

Now everyone knows how overtly sexual pop music is and has always been. Bands like Prince and Madonna in the 80’s to The Pussy Cat Dolls and Britney Spears in the New Millenium have pushed the boundaries between smut and entertainment. Sex is the central image in pop music and Lady Gaga uses this device very well in every level, even the subconscious.

Lady Gaga is no dummy. She wrote all of her lyrics, all of her melodies, and played most of the synth work on her album, ‘The Fame’ and she knows the value of sex in pop music. Now my hunch is that in the song ‘Poker Face’, she has sneakily inserted the phrase “fuck her face” where poker face should be.

Who needs back masking in this day and age. An artist can say anything they want straight out. Hell they could sing songs about smoking crack and worshiping Satan and no one would even blink an eye. Lady Gaga talks about her sneaky tricks in this quote I found on her myspace page.“I almost want to trick people into hanging with something that is really cool with a pop song. It’s almost like the spoonful of sugar and I’m the medicine.”

“The Fame is about how anyone can feel famous,” she explains. “Pop culture is art. It doesn’t make you cool to hate pop culture, so I embraced it and you hear it all over The Fame. But, it’s a sharable fame. I want to invite you all to the party. I want people to feel a part of this lifestyle.” ......Oh and we do Lady Gaga we do.

Anyway next time you hear the song listen out for it.

Pa pa pa poker face pa pa fuck her face.

I swear after I’ve told any of my friends they can hear it too and I’m betting you’ll have a huge smile on your face when you listen to it again with this in mind.

 

How can I get a music video?

 

 

music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a pop or rock music song with lyrics. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. Although the origins of music videos go back much further, they came into their own in the 1980s, when the U.S chanel&nbsp;MTV based their format around the medium, and later with the launch of VH1. &nbsp;The term "music video" first came into popular usage in the early 1980s. Prior to that time, these works were described by various terms including "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional (promo) clip" or "film clip". In Chinese entertainment, music videos are simply known as MTVs because the network was responsible for bringing music videos to its popularity.<br />Music videos use a wide range of styles of filmmaking techniques, including animation, live action filming, documentaries, and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film. Some music videos blend different styles, such as animation and live action and the use of stock footage.<br />
<p>Music videos are a very important medium because TV in this day and age is the new Radio. People watch music TV more then ever and probably more then they listen to Radio. In my opinion with the advent of I pods and the increased ability for people to make their own playlists, Radio is becoming obsolete.<br />So how does a musician get a music video?<br />Firstly you need to make music, but for arguments sake I will presume we can all take that as an obvious conclusion. Anyway&nbsp;I've had direct experience in three methods of obtaining music videos and I will share what I have learned over the years of being a songwriter and performer.&nbsp;<br />In the traditional sense an artist or band will be signed to a record label. A record&nbsp;label will organise a production company to make the music video for the artist or band. But here's the catch. Every penny that a record label spends on an artist has to be recouped through album sales before the artist or band gets a penny.<br />In New Zealand we have a funding department called&nbsp;New Zealand On Air. NZ On Air's mission is to reflect and foster the development of New Zealand culture and identity through broadcasting.&nbsp;An artist can apply to New Zealand On Air for funding to record a single and also to make a music video.&nbsp;<br />This is the main way a New Zealand band is able to find the resources to make a music video. However the amount received of 5K, although a huge help, is only a drop in the bucket towards the price of a good music video.<br />Check out Freak In The Club. <br />
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.. <br /><br />Freak in the club is an example of the traditional way of obtaining a music video. My group&nbsp;JCK were successful in receiving NZ on air funding for a song of ours called Truly Mine, we were given 5k to record the song and also a further 5K to make the video. We recorded the song but fell into the trap of trying too hard to make it better and in the process&nbsp;lost the magic we had captured in the original demo recording. So we decided to go with another song we were working on called Freak in the club.<br />So we had 5k to spend on a video. Great we thought. Well not so great&nbsp;because after approaching several production companies we couldn't find one who could work with such a small budget. They wanted at least 8k just to even consider talking to us. Small problem. We don't have 5 bucks let alone an additional 3k. But fortunately at the time we were signed to a small independent label called Pagan/Antenna recordings. The director coincidently met a producer one night through a mutual friend and mentioned they had an act that needed a music video. Hey presto we have the hook ups.<br />A couple months later we flew down to Wellington to shoot the video for Freak in the club.&nbsp; Being our first video we had no Idea what to expect.&nbsp;The director had a vision of what&nbsp;he wanted and we had absolutely no say. So we were dressed in the clothes prepared and told where to stand and what to do.&nbsp;A cast of extras were there and we pretty much felt like we were extras as well. So after 15 hours on the set shooting footage and about 4 months of editing we had our first music video. The whole process took just under a year.&nbsp;<br />The video was received well by the music stations, but completely misrepresented who we were as a group. Oh well we were lucky to have anything so we will chalk that one up to experience.<br />Now our second music video was just as frustrating and took even longer. But these things are like a woman carrying to full term and giving birth. They seem to take for ever, they&nbsp;are painful, stressful&nbsp;and they make you sick. But when they finally arrive they are a bundle of joy.<br />See Spirit X<br /><br /><br />
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..&nbsp;<br />The second method of getting a music video is to find a film maker who needs a show real or who wants to enter a competition or wants to be&nbsp;associated with your music because they like it and believe in it.<br />That's how Spirit X happened for us. One of the guys&nbsp;who worked on Freak in the club had some Ideas for music videos that he was gagging to try out. So one day he messaged us on Bebo about it. We were over the moon with excitement. We sent him songs we were considering for the album and he chose Spirit X as the song he would like to make a video for. So about 4 months later we flew to Wellington and shot footage for 2 days. This time we had a say and managed to get most of our&nbsp;ideas implemented in the video. About 6 months later we received the first edit. Straight away we could see some very obvious flaws and that was fine since this was just the first edit. <br />So we asked for what we wanted changed and we waited for the next edit. We waited and waited and waited. What's going on we thought? We got in contact with them and they promised us they would get on to it ASAP. This went on&nbsp;like this for a whole frustrating soul destroying year. We were&nbsp;very angry and pissed off after being mucked around lead on and told lies to&nbsp;for so long. But we still had a reasonable video and all it cost us was huge emotional&nbsp;anguish, 2 years of our lives&nbsp;and the price of&nbsp;three return flights to Wellington.&nbsp; <br />But there is a happy ending to this story. Spirit X will be playing on Juice TV from February the 6th 2009 and C4, MTV and Alt TV will soon follow. So watch out for it.<br />Method&nbsp;three&nbsp;and by far the easiest and most fun is shooting the video yourself. Or collaborating with someone who shoots their own videos. In this case I am very fortunate to be friends with The Robba a prolific song writer and low budget&nbsp;music video producer.<br />See Once you went to the Moon<br /><br /><br /><br />
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..&nbsp;<br />This was actually fun to make. A couple of weeks ago&nbsp;we took a handy cam and filmed for the day. The Robba took the footage home and edited it on his PC. So much fun and no stress at all to make. But because of the low fi nature of the videos they are pretty much doomed to being relocated to Youtube and maybe if your really lucky&nbsp;a one off play on C4 homegrown and Alt TV. But they can still be a very useful marketing tool for your myspace and youtube profiles. It's very important for an artist or band to have at least one video so people have an Idea who you are and what you're about.<br />Here's another video called like a virus.<br /><br />
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..&nbsp;<br />This video was mainly shot on our The Odd Get Even tour back in 2006. It got a couple plays on C4 Homegrown as well as Alt TV and has had a couple thousand views. It cost us nothing to make and was a lot of fun.<br /><br />So from very expensive to totally free. A music video can absolutely be achieved if you want it bad enough. So fly my prettys and go get you one.<br />Peace.</p>
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<h1><strong>So how does a musician get a music video?</strong></h1>
<br />Posted 6 minutes ago by James Castady in <a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vdXMubHJkLnlhaG9vLmNvbS9feWx0PUFoWER3TklrTWtXMWhxeUJfR3Vaa1BqV0lTY3YvU0lHPTExY3ZtZ29kOC5ye30qaHR0cCUzQS8vbnoubXVzaWMueWFob28uY29tL2Jsb2dzL3JhcGl0dXA=">Rap It Up</a> <br /><br />A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a pop or rock music song with lyrics. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. Although the origins of music videos go back much further, they came into their own in the 1980s, when the U.S chanel&nbsp;MTV based their format around the medium, and later with the launch of VH1. &nbsp;The term "music video" first came into popular usage in the early 1980s. Prior to that time, these works were described by various terms including "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional (promo) clip" or "film clip". In Chinese entertainment, music videos are simply known as MTVs because the network was responsible for bringing music videos to its popularity.<br />Music videos use a wide range of styles of filmmaking techniques, including animation, live action filming, documentaries, and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film. Some music videos blend different styles, such as animation and live action and the use of stock footage.<br />
<p>Music videos are a very important medium because TV in this day and age is the new Radio. People watch music TV more then ever and probably more then they listen to Radio. In my opinion with the advent of I pods and the increased ability for people to make their own playlists, Radio is becoming obsolete.<br />So how does a musician get a music video?<br />Firstly you need to make music, but for arguments sake I will presume we can all take that as an obvious conclusion. Anyway&nbsp;I've had direct experience in three methods of obtaining music videos and I will share what I have learned over the years of being a songwriter and performer.&nbsp;<br />In the traditional sense an artist or band will be signed to a record label. A record&nbsp;label will organise a production company to make the music video for the artist or band. But here's the catch. Every penny that a record label spends on an artist has to be recouped through album sales before the artist or band gets a penny.<br />In New Zealand we have a funding department called&nbsp;New Zealand On Air. NZ On Air's mission is to reflect and foster the development of New Zealand culture and identity through broadcasting.&nbsp;An artist can apply to New Zealand On Air for funding to record a single and also to make a music video.&nbsp;<br />This is the main way a New Zealand band is able to find the resources to make a music video. However the amount received of 5K, although a huge help, is only a drop in the bucket towards the price of a good music video.<br />Check out Freak In The Club. <br />
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.. <br /><br />Freak in the club is an example of the traditional way of obtaining a music video. My group&nbsp;JCK were successful in receiving NZ on air funding for a song of ours called Truly Mine, we were given 5k to record the song and also a further 5K to make the video. We recorded the song but fell into the trap of trying too hard to make it better and in the process&nbsp;lost the magic we had captured in the original demo recording. So we decided to go with another song we were working on called Freak in the club.<br />So we had 5k to spend on a video. Great we thought. Well not so great&nbsp;because after approaching several production companies we couldn't find one who could work with such a small budget. They wanted at least 8k just to even consider talking to us. Small problem. We don't have 5 bucks let alone an additional 3k. But fortunately at the time we were signed to a small independent label called Pagan/Antenna recordings. The director coincidently met a producer one night through a mutual friend and mentioned they had an act that needed a music video. Hey presto we have the hook ups.<br />A couple months later we flew down to Wellington to shoot the video for Freak in the club.&nbsp; Being our first video we had no Idea what to expect.&nbsp;The director had a vision of what&nbsp;he wanted and we had absolutely no say. So we were dressed in the clothes prepared and told where to stand and what to do.&nbsp;A cast of extras were there and we pretty much felt like we were extras as well. So after 15 hours on the set shooting footage and about 4 months of editing we had our first music video. The whole process took just under a year.&nbsp;<br />The video was received well by the music stations, but completely misrepresented who we were as a group. Oh well we were lucky to have anything so we will chalk that one up to experience.<br />Now our second music video was just as frustrating and took even longer. But these things are like a woman carrying to full term and giving birth. They seem to take for ever, they&nbsp;are painful, stressful&nbsp;and they make you sick. But when they finally arrive they are a bundle of joy.<br />See Spirit X<br /><br /><br />
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..&nbsp;<br />The second method of getting a music video is to find a film maker who needs a show real or who wants to enter a competition or wants to be&nbsp;associated with your music because they like it and believe in it.<br />That's how Spirit X happened for us. One of the guys&nbsp;who worked on Freak in the club had some Ideas for music videos that he was gagging to try out. So one day he messaged us on Bebo about it. We were over the moon with excitement. We sent him songs we were considering for the album and he chose Spirit X as the song he would like to make a video for. So about 4 months later we flew to Wellington and shot footage for 2 days. This time we had a say and managed to get most of our&nbsp;ideas implemented in the video. About 6 months later we received the first edit. Straight away we could see some very obvious flaws and that was fine since this was just the first edit. <br />So we asked for what we wanted changed and we waited for the next edit. We waited and waited and waited. What's going on we thought? We got in contact with them and they promised us they would get on to it ASAP. This went on&nbsp;like this for a whole frustrating soul destroying year. We were&nbsp;very angry and pissed off after being mucked around lead on and told lies to&nbsp;for so long. But we still had a reasonable video and all it cost us was huge emotional&nbsp;anguish, 2 years of our lives&nbsp;and the price of&nbsp;three return flights to Wellington.&nbsp; <br />But there is a happy ending to this story. Spirit X will be playing on Juice TV from February the 6th 2009 and C4, MTV and Alt TV will soon follow. So watch out for it.<br />Method&nbsp;three&nbsp;and by far the easiest and most fun is shooting the video yourself. Or collaborating with someone who shoots their own videos. In this case I am very fortunate to be friends with The Robba a prolific song writer and low budget&nbsp;music video producer.<br />See Once you went to the Moon<br /><br /><br /><br />
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..&nbsp;<br />This was actually fun to make. A couple of weeks ago&nbsp;we took a handy cam and filmed for the day. The Robba took the footage home and edited it on his PC. So much fun and no stress at all to make. But because of the low fi nature of the videos they are pretty much doomed to being relocated to Youtube and maybe if your really lucky&nbsp;a one off play on C4 homegrown and Alt TV. But they can still be a very useful marketing tool for your myspace and youtube profiles. It's very important for an artist or band to have at least one video so people have an Idea who you are and what you're about.<br />Here's another video called like a virus.<br /><br />
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..&nbsp;<br />This video was mainly shot on our The Odd Get Even tour back in 2006. It got a couple plays on C4 Homegrown as well as Alt TV and has had a couple thousand views. It cost us nothing to make and was a lot of fun.<br /><br />So from very expensive to totally free. A music video can absolutely be achieved if you want it bad enough. So fly my prettys and go get you one.<br />Peace.</p>
 

You have to hear The Mank!

 

Moving To Australias Sunshine coast from Auckland New Zealand Jonny Bundellu who is the main man behind the 5 piece crew The Mank has gone from strength to strength in a long and fruitful music career.

Setting up Mank Industries a production suit and Record Label with a stunning recording studio in the middle of nature, Jonny aka Mr Boinkin has been going to town with music collaborations and projects incorporating Funky downbeat Jazz/Dub/Soul/Electronic/Hip-hop that hits their crowds with filthy beats, cutting grooves and a truly unique sound that appeals to lovers of a variety of genres.

As long as I´ve known Jonny he´s been searching for originality and the highest sound quality in his music and I do believe he´s struck pay dirt.

So please take my highest and sincerest recommendation and check out the latest music from The Mank on this very sexy looking website

http://mankindustries.com.au/mank/music#

 

And if per chance you happen to be in the Sunshine Coast check out The Mank performing live.

 

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The brilliance of The Robba

 

Imagine an artist who writes the songs plays all the instruments, records and produces the recordings then shoots and edits the music videos to the songs. Not to mention staring in the music videos as well. Its almost inconcievable that such an artist could exist. But he does and his name is The Robba.

New Zealand musician The Robba born Robert Harris creates what he describes as open minded multi genre music. He has Two full length albums that he´s released independently and of course designed cover art work for. Available here. 

Clever internet marketing and a slew of fantastic music videos has seen The Robba sporn a legion of internet fans. The Robbas youtube channel has had well over one million views with one music video alone recieving over 200,000 hits and his pages filled with approving messages from his adoring fans.

Long hair, electric guitars, synths and electronic beats are some of the elements that make up The Robba's sound and image as well as a colourful and distinctly New Zealand rapping style.

 

The Robba is deap underground music for the descerning. Soooooo............

 

Check out "The More"

 

'The Home Brew Crew' Should Be Famous!

 

Has, Lui and Tom make up 'The Home Brew Crew' straight out of Avondale Auckland New Zealand. Their music is made up of classic Jazz samples topped with witty sarcasm and cynical but comedic lyrics.

I’m stoked I found them. I can’t believe I didn’t find them earlier. The reason why I like them is simple. They sound good and they made me pay attention. I downloaded their ‘Taste Test’ EP sampler off of their website for $1. I would have paid more but I don’t have a job and I’ve got no money. But hey you can buy it too if you heed my most earnest recommendation…..right here http://homebrewcrew.co.nz/#/music

I’m listening to the 'Taste Test' sampler now. My favourite songs are ‘Blah Blah Blah’ and ‘Bad Bad Whiskey’. It’s easy breezy music with references to things that I relate to all the way through every song. They have a genuine down to earth no bullshit no frills approach to Hip Hop which gives them a refreshing realness.

They once played at ´The Big Day Out’ and opened for ‘RZA’ and were also nominated for the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards Critics Choice. They also have a slew of albums and releases available on their extremely entertaining website.

Check it out here www.homebrewcrew.com

Also check out their NZ On Air funded video for 'Underneath The Shade' produced by the prodigious Chris Graham.

 

To sum it up these guys are the Shit and should be famous.

 

Yellawolf

 

Poor angry white trash relating to ghetto life and making it in Hip Hop is still a rare story but one that is becoming more and more familiar as the influence of Hip Hop spreads through the white population. The latest of this rare bread is Michael Wayne Atha (born December 30, 1979), better known by his stage name Yelawolf.

Currently signed to Shady Records, Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment and Interscope Records. Atha was born in Gadsden, Alabama, and is of mixed Caucasian and Cherokee descent. Changing many schools, he was heavily influenced by the culture in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Antioch, Tennessee; Gainesville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. "When I lived in Antioch, they’d bus us down to the projects in Nashville to go to school and everything just started clicking with me with rap music and in life"..."I felt the connection, these kids had the same problems that I had at home," Atha stated.

He also states that his inspiration to break into hip-hop was OutKast’s André 3000.

His music is dirty south influenced and his image is rather unique. A Punk Rock white boy with Hip Hop swagger. A self described skater and drinker with a body covered in tattoos.

 Yelawolf has announced that he will release his upcoming full-length studio album, Radioactive, on October 25th, 2011, via Ghet-O-Vision/Shady Records/DGC/Interscope.

"Radioactive is the fall out of my life's inspirations, a testament to my ability to survive it all and to tell the story," said Yelawolf. "Sometimes I want to party, sometimes I want to fight and sometimes I want to cry. I'm human and this album is as honest as it gets."

Check out The first single from Radioactive, "Hard White (Up In The Club)," featuring Lil Jon and produced by Hydrox below.

 

Asher Roth The new Eminem?

 

New Kid on the block Asher Roth is a name that hasn´t made it to the far stretches of the globe just yet. But since I´m writing about him now maybe his influence is beginning to stretch further through the Hip-Hop cosmos.

Asher Roth is a white rapper from the suburbs of Morrisville a small town close to Philadelphia. Often compared to Eminem Roths differences are more polarising than his similarities to the American rapper and Hip Hop Moguel. Roth has a refreshing approach to Hip Hop. He is happy to be himself and hasn´t addopted stereo typical Hip Hop posturing. Instead Roth appears as he is. A white middle class college student from white suburbia.

Asher has stated that:

"I was always from the outside looking in," says Roth. "Hip-hop has always been very influential in the ‘burbs, [but] it’s just a matter of where we could relate to it. You find a lot of kids that are really confused. You look at them and they’re dressed out of character. They don’t look right. I figured out, I don’t have to dress this way, but I can still love hip-hop." 

Upon graduation, Roth entered West Chester University and became an Elementary Education major, while continuing to record verses over other peoples’ beats. During sophomore year, Roth posted some of his verses on his MySpace page and sent a Friend Request to Scooter Braun, an Atlanta-based promoter and former VP of Marketing for Jermaine Dupri's So So Def. One week after speaking to Braun, Roth flew down to Atlanta and was immediately signed by Braun, who subsequently became his manager.

Asher Roth cites Jay-Z and Eminem among his influences in hip hop, mostly by Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life".

Roth's lyrics characteristically center around what have been called "middle-class minutiae, some also consider them to be a joke."Roth's song "I Love College" is about partying with alcohol and marijuana, but includes fatuous lyrics such as "I can get pizza a dollar a slice"that have been identified as "far from threatening".

 

Although undeniably refreshing in approach. I think Asher Roths rap style is very basic and centered around a catchy hook rather than linguistic acrobatics like Eminem. He is definitely listenable but as far as being lyrical ear candy I think he has a lot to be desired. In short is he the new Eminem?......MMmmmmmmmmmmmm Nah!

 

Check out Asher Roths video for "I Love College"

 

Nate Dogg Passes Away At Age Of 41

 

Legendary R&B singer and former Death Row recording artist Nathaniel D. Hale a.k.a. Nate Dogg passed away last night at the age of 41, according to his family. The news was broken by the Long Beach, California, publication the Press-Telegram and as of right now the cause of death is still unknown.

Nate Dogg battled health problems in the past including strokes in 2007 and 2008, but news of NATE’S death still took the music community by storm. Dave Chapelle wrote, “Moment of silence for a hip-hop legend; RIP Nate Dogg. You will be missed, G Funk Era forever.”

Nate’s friend Snoop Dogg seemed to take the news especially hard writing, “We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met....

 

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    Smashproof Brother.


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    Acclaimed South Auckland Hip-Hop stars Tyree, Young Sid and Deach burst on the scene in 2005 as Smashproof when they featured in the explosive Juse debut single Ride Til' I Die.
    Smashproof have re-united after a hiatus while Tyree and Young Sid pushed their solo careers to put together their debut album, which is ready to drop in the next couple of days.
    Their first single Brother, featuring New Zealand songstress Gin Wigmore has been at the top of the charts for 5 weeks, proving that Smashproof are the new Kings of NZ Hip Hop.
    Smashproof have hit on a winning formula...