Monday, April 25, 2016
Grind Mode Cypher Connecticut Vol. 3
featuring: Kid Karma, FNX, Trey Tuck, Josh Blin & Ian Matthew
produced by: Alpine Static
filmed by Wiseguys Films, Corey Taylor Photography & Still Ill
edited by Wiseguys Films
Sponsored by http://BrawlersIncClothing.com
Mass Wired | Hip Hop Everything | BST Records | Eight-Sixty Live
filmed at The Performance Hub in Torrington, CT
Check out the Artists Pages!
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Shout out all the dope artists in CT and around the world that are celebrating 4/20 today. I wanted to share a bunch of "feel good" music from local and independent artists. If you would like to be featured hit me up @ facebook.com/sees09!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
"I'm from Hartford, Connecticut. Born and raised. It isn't the most exciting place to live, but it's home. I will never forget where I came from, no matter how far music takes me. At the end of the day, Hartford is a part of me.
I try to be as creative as I can when putting a song together. I wouldn't put myself in a box and say that I'm a rapper. I can do more than that and I show it in my music. All I want to do is create and put good product out to the people.
Nothing that I create is solely for money. I do it for the love of the art. I just want people to listen and hopefully feel my passion. That's what being an artist should be all about." - Arruba Danson
Monday, April 11, 2016
I would like to thank everyone who has supported this video. I appreciate all the support. Most artists feel unappreciated and most are. I wrote a song from the heart that addresses my haters and the people who continue to discourage me or take advantage of my support. I remain one of the most positive people and artists you will ever encounter, but sometimes you gotta GET UGLY!!
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Be sure to check out Scalez new project 10 Emotions! DROPPING SOON!!
(Bio: Courtesy of Scalez)
Devone (Scalezthegreat) Ford
Artist/Producer/Engineer/Song Writer Of Bandit Life Entertainment
(Scalezthegreat) born Devone Ford of Hartford Connecticut, has been at one with music since thee age of 9 he says as he recalls his first set of drums as a child. "I remember when my godmother opened the box and there it was" he says.
Growing up in Hartford Connecticuts north end was rough he says, so the only outlets he had to stay away from a lot of the street activities was his love for basketball and music. My best friend T. Spivey, kind of started me rapping actually. He would be in house parties starting cyphers freestyling and he was good, so i idolized him for it. I started playing around with my words noticing i had good vocab skills so i took it a little more serious. As years passed by though Scalezthegreat began to fall backwards into what he says was just plain street life.
I had a older cousin that was getting paid. The more cars, clothes, and jewlery I seen the more enticed i became. I slacked off school and basketball and fell into the drug game in the blink of an eye. I was comfortable but like they say, its only two outcomes of the street life jail or death. So when he was handed 10 years from the federal government on posessions charges it came as a reality check and a lesson well learned.
9 years and 6 months I lost of real life that i cant get back but at the same time it was a way to really fill my passion for music, I had all the time in the world on my hands to write and hone my craft as an artist. I dont have punch lines, I have real life bars its a difference. Facts of life is how i deliver my craft.
As if rapping wasnt enough upon his release, Scalezthegreat hooked up with his godbrother Brynt Cole, an independent Producer out of Hartford Connecticut that showed him how to produce beats using FL Studios which Scalezthegreat says started a blueprint to his music.
To this day I dont know how my godbrother is not signed to a label for his production. His music is great and everything hes taught me im greatful. As his student I got big shoes to fill but trying is worth it.
The two got together for Scalezthegreats album titled "The Great D Pression" which produced street bangers such as "Dedication", and "In My Zone" which showed the magic of Scalezthegreat's Dolomite type bars making him one of Connecticuts promising Artists on the rise.
As CEO of Bandit Life Entertainment Scalezthegreat has his own line up of certified artists with his "Green Meanie Bandits" brethrens including his blood relative Davon (Napalm Tha Don) Wright, Nardi Tha K.I.D, Guilty, and Krack Ko Kane. Together they are considered to be todays Mobb Deep, Wu Tang, and CNN all over again.
With music on almost every social media site including Youtube, Twitter, Reverbnation, Spotify, Tune Core, Facebook, Soundcloud, Coast 2 Coast, Spinnup, Datpiff, and many more Scalezthegreat quotes my music speaks for itself its great but it means nothing if no one knows me. Social media is a start, but now its time to make me and my brand a household name.
With high expectations waiting for his new album "Deception" to drop this January 2016, Scalezthegreat says he feels great about the release and ends with his catchy slogan,
Short Bio (Courtesy of Shaheen)
Shaheen (December 16th, 1993) is an Iranian-American Hip-Hop artist residing in South Windsor, Connecticut. Influenced by Lupe Fiasco, Nas, T.I, Notorious B.I.G, Public Enemy, and other Hip-Hop figures, Shaheen began writing lyrics in 2009 during a car ride, which developed into an after-school hobby soon after. Beginning in 2010, friends would encourage Shaheen to continue writing lyrics and start making music because of his ability to move people through poetry. Being picked on for making music, Shaheen ignored his critics and continued to pursue music and grow as an artist. In 2012, he performed for the first time at a charity event, making many former critics to take back what they have said before. In 2013, he released “Friend-Zone”, and performed the song throughout his college campus. Within months, he released “Leviathan”, the music video for “Rise” which helped him gain recognition in his community. Shaheen continues to release music with a socio-political theme ranging from Marxism to anarchism, his Iranian roots, his path to self-realization, and his struggle with self-love.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Check out the latest track I produced and featured on with Johnny Haze and Gambit. We made this song for all those gold diggers and unfaithful women to let them know only fools fall for you. - CTHipHopBlog
ONLY FOOLS - SeeS x Johnny Haze x Gambit
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!You would be a fool not to check out this track "ONLY FOOLS"To all the gold diggers out there...ONLY FOOLS FALL FOR YOU! Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/sees09/only-fools FREE DOWNLOADSeeS x Johnny Haze x Gambit
Posted by SeeS Music on Friday, April 1, 2016
Shout Out Grind Mode and BST Records for putting together this event. There are some amazing artists on this show and we will be recording several Grind Mode Cyphers Live!! This is an event you do not want to miss. Going down April 9th at The Performance Hub in Torrington CT!
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
This industry is hard to navigate, but as I would caution someone telling you to pay for every opportunity; It is also disingenuous to convince up and coming artists that major artists and their teams, on their rise to fame, never paid for performances, publicity, radio promotion, and more. Its just simply not true. Often the artist isn't even aware how much the label is paying to keep that artists relevant, so its discouraging to see people telling independent artists not to invest in themselves and that they should believe in their craft enough to have others pay them and invest in them at all times and at all levels. Even at high levels of fame, money and investing in an artist keeps them relevant.
2 simple examples:
If you pay a $200 for blog promo, and are then able to use platforms such as your own blog or social media to share those posts and then have a organic non-paid buzz around the paid posts, then the reach can be magnified and multiplied and give you credibility. Often if an established blog site sees comments and interaction based on your social media following in the future they will post your music for free. It also opens to door to reach out and call these editors and say they have posted your music in the past, which increases the chance of getting posted free. If all you do is pay and sit back with no following, its a waste of money. But to use $200 to get the ball rolling and use organic means to create a snowball effect is not a bad idea at early development stages. Please learn more before you judge everyone investing in themselves, that's what labels do, they pay to develop relationships, then leverage things other then money when possible, move like a major.
If you pay $200 to open for Jadakiss, and you get 5 VIP tickets, those 5 tickets plus you(6) to a $25 dollar show is already a value of 150, so your paying for your camera man and hype man and crew more then your paying to perform. Then you sell $150 bucks worth of Merch and gain exposure. If you had those 5 VIPS pay you the $25 like everyone else in the club, you would actually make money on the $200 you spent, plus their backstage, on stage, and get to meet other artists. Most networking goes on backstage, get there anything happen!! During that show you record it, and begin shopping that video to venues which leads to more shows, and your telling me I'm dumb for spending the $200. If people are telling you there are absolutes in this industry they are wrong, if they say never pay for something chances are they paid for it in the beginning it worked for them and now they want to limit their competition.
Major artists have major budgets, yet industry people want independents starting out with minimal buzz in comparison to expect their talent to pave the way. Its a combination of both. My fans shouldn't feel lied to if I pay to perform, they should see confidence in my willingness to invest in myself and pay my way to entertain them knowing if done right I will see a return on my INVESTMENT, keyword...INVESTMENT!
Stop lying to independents and up and coming artists, with that said, every time you pay for something figure out how to maximize that opportunity, build that connection, have it lead to better less expensive opportunities, and give your brand credibility. Obviously the cost is the major factor something worth $200 is simply not worth $500, but there is way too many factors unique to each artist to determine to who what is worth what. Believe in yourself, don't feel quilty smartly investing in yourself. Remember your favorite artists with all their buzz still spends promotional money...or their label does.
If you just pay and sit back, you are wasting money and not understanding the industry. If you limit your chances by not investing when appropriate you are also wasting you talents and time and not understanding the industry. Take it for what its worth!
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Short Bio: (Courtesy of DiCipher)
My name is Michael “DiCipher” Anderson. I’m 26 years old and I’ve been wring music since I was 13. On February 2nd, released my album Procrastination, my first all original project. My singles “-3 Below” and “Word” have been featured on a bunch of blogs so far and I would love to get your opinion on my project. Procrastination can be found on the majority of all digital outlets including, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal and more. Procrastination was an idea I created back in 2013. Every song written was created in 2013 to 2014. The only exception is “Mellow Out” which was written in 2012. When I started understanding the music industry more, I realized I would be forced to procrastinate in order to release this project with the quality needed in order to be respected has a hip hop artist. I was mixing my own music for so long before I realized I needed to have better quality, so I shopped around. After wasting money with the wrong engineers, I finally linked up with an engineer that could actually see my vision. Jamal “Malmagik” Johnson, is the guy that allows me to get my musical vision out there. With my creative ideas and his ability to manifest the ideas, my sound quality got taken to the next level. Together we made a bedroom album sound like a studio album that could potentially compete with other artist in the industry.