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. . . What’s Upper? . . . Nasty News . . . Issue #823 . . . June 16, 2018 . . . What’s Upper? . . .

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Everyone in this pic has contributed their time to record drops (messages) for my upcoming anniversary show. Thank you! to all for your time helping me with this project.
In addition to those who were tagged, the following artists have also recorded messages for the show:
MC Craig G, DJ Doo Wop, DJ Toast, DMC, Dondi, Dres, Emily Perry, Guilty Simpson,
Kutmasta Kurt, Mad Skillz, MC Brainpower, MC Whiteowl, Percee P, Raaka
Masa4TheRaza Podcast, Rock Mecca, Slug, Verbal Kent,
& Zion I.
So who's next? If you're an artist (Hip Hop or Freestyle) or a model that has appeared on my show, or maybe just a regular listener, you're welcome to call & record a congratulation message that will be played on air during the anniversary shows in September. (831-783-5817)

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DJ 3rd Degree’s
Fire Pick of the Week
Week of June 18, 2018

Thanks for continuing to support indie rap music and
Rap Attack DJ’s.
We here at RapAttackLives.com take pride in bringing you the best in rap music and the Hip-Hop culture.
This week’s fire pick brings you a collab of epic proportions!

This past week brought us a new release that's been highly anticipated due to the level of the artists who make up the project. The collaboration of Kanye West’s production with the lyrical skills of Nas had rap music fans chomping at the bit, waiting for the music to be released. Well, this week we got our chance to hear what they could do together.
Titled “Nasir” (G.O.O.D. Music), the EP consists of 7 songs, just like Kanye’s release “Ye” and Pusha T’s release “Daytona”. Some listeners may think that the tracks don’t fit Nas’ skill level on the mic. Obviously, music is subjective and we all have the right to our own opinion. This writer believes that the EP would garner a 7 out of 10 simply based on Nas’ presentation.
Two songs stand out the most to me — “Adam & Eve” and “Cops”. They really are the best songs, in my opinion. “Adam & Eve” has this great piano sample, which ‘Ye is really good at chopping up. On “Cops”, Mr. West chops a line from Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” as the base of the song. “Cops shot the kid” looped over some snappy drums and a tight 808 gives Nas a wonderful base over which to drop his vocals. This track is the winner out of the group.
Overall, this is a good release for all Nas fans. It is always nice to hear Nasir Jones drop skills.

Go grab it if you can.
If you need it, DJ’s, let us know! We got ya!!!

Til next week . . . Peace!!
DJ 3rd Degree

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Props to DJ Abel aka James Mitchell from Evergreen State College for putting together a great documentary,"The State of Hip Hop - Exploration of NW Hip Hop."

This doc features interviews with: Nasty-Nes, Wojack (emcee), DJ Shmix (DJ), King Khazm (206 Zulu), DNAK (graffiti artist) and J-Spoon (b-boy).

Watch on our vid page,


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RAP ATTACK DJ's reunite! NY's DJ G-Brown & DJ Yoshi

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(l-r) DJ Jason-D, Nick Huff, DJ Addition, DJ Kazzeo,
Nasty-Nes & DJ Kristyles

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Coming soon from Portland's KBOO radio, it's DJ & MC Brenboy aka Brendon Reyes droppin' his debut track called,
“Keep It Home Grown.”
RAP ATTACK DJ's will get the Xclusive in one week!

“Soul Side of Tower” ON JUNE 1,

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Artistry Music, a Mack Avenue Records label, will release Soul Side of Town, Tower of Power’s 25th album – a cranial-crushing funk amalgamation of soul, vintage R&B, groove, pop and rock. It’s the centerpiece for a celebratory 50th Anniversary campaign that includes the re-release of four hard to find independent productions:The East Bay Archive Vol. 1 (a 1973 live recording from Boston), Oakland Zone (a 2008 release celebrated for the return of drummer David Garibaldi after several years away), Great American Soulbook (an all-star affair of soul classics featuring guests such as Joss Stone, Tom Jones, Sam Moore and Huey Lewis) and 40th Anniversary: Live At The Fillmore in San Francisco (a deluxe multi-disc CD/DVD collector’s item loaded with great new live renditions of hits plus interviews with alumni past and present).
Soul Side of Town has 14 filler-free songs that delve into the golden canon of classics with a fresh approach to new material that pick up the torch in all of the time-tested styles fans respect and love. It’s the perfect backdrop for a hair-raising audio experience!

Comprised of funky vibrant and intricately woven songs, the album exhibits a wide range in musicality that’s both modern and electrifying. From soon-to-be-classics like “Hangin’ With My Baby,” “Butter Fried” and “After Hours” to the funky “Stop” plus love songs “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” “Love Must Be Patient and Kind,” “Let It Go” (a heart-throbber) and “Do It With Soul” for the people, the songs will provide the soundtrack for generations to come.

Founding member, composer and saxophonist Emilio Castillo reflects:
”Celebrating 50 years together is a surreal experience. Recording with Producer
Joe Vannelli and finishing 28 all new, original songs has been a huge project and probably might be the best work of our career. Touring at the same time while planning the filming of our 50 Year Anniversary Concert is like being in a whirlwind. People everywhere congratulating us and planning to fly to the concert from all over the world — it’s just amazing. It's all one big blur right now.
God, what a wonder!!!"

About Tower of Power
Since its formation in Oakland, California in 1968, Tower of Power has forged a reputation as a crack band of high achieving musicians fluent in all realms of Soul, Rock and Pop music with a sophistication and punch like that of a Jazz big band.
Veteran members Emilio Castillo, Stephen “Doc” Kupka, David Garibaldi and Francis Rocco Prestia are joined by guitarist Jerry Cortez, Hammond B3 organist/keyboardist Roger Smith, 1st tenor saxophonist Tom Politzer and trumpeters Adolfo Acosta and Sal Cracchiolo. Soul Side of Town is also blessed with not one but two lead singers: outgoing Ray Greene (now in Santana) and incoming Marcus Scott (boldly introduced on several selections, including “Hangin’ With My Baby”).
The 10-piece Tower of Power band is prepared to throw down next year
with a celebratory tour that will include sweet spots around the globe.

Tower of Power will be performing at the Fox Theatre in Oakland for two nights, June 1 & 2, serving as the release celebration. On June 10 they’ll be at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
Many other tour dates follow, including Tucson, Atlanta, Chicago,
Seattle, DC, Annapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City and NY. (TBA)

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Proud of my Bay Area homegirl and mare',
I've watched her come up from San Jose's
KSJS as a RAP ATTACK DJ reporter and now blessing the entire Yay area on 106 KMEL — that's BIG! PinayPride4Life

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Row (KMEL) and Nasty-Nes

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ORIGINAL KMEL Posse now at SF's Q102
(L-R): Mind Motion, Nasty-Nes, Billy Vidal, Trace Dog,
Chuy Gomez & DJ MidiMack

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Nasty-Nes with Oakland's Icon Davey-D

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KRS-One & DJ Chill Will (WCBN-MI)

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At Seattle's Studio 110 Live launch party (l-r):
Jayson Binary (The High Children), Nasty-Nes, Wanzly (Macklemore's Thriftshop), Tootsie & Dirty Harry (Studio110.Live).

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Arman, Jayson (The High Children), Nasty-Nes, Robbie Rob (The High Children), Dirty Harry (Studio 110.live & The High Children), D-Tragic (KCSB-CA), DJ 3rd Degree (Coast2Coast Hip Hop show & The High Children), Peter (The High Children), Danny Dohrmann (The High Children) & Jamal (The High Children)

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I made a decision to stop smoking & stop doing drugs on April 14, 2004 — that was 14 years ago.
I can never forget that day.
Huge thanks to
Suspens who drove me to the hospital as I was having a mild heart attack. Cigarettes, smoking meth, snorting — it will all catch up to you.
I'm blessed to have survived and if you can relate, I hope you will survive too.
I hope you get my message. Make your decision. No matter what your situation,
help is available.
I’m living proof.

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It's the OFFICIAL RapAttackLives.com Anthem and I encourage all you DJ's to show me love & play it on your show & mixtapes! It's by GUTTA SLIM, called “#GoLive (RAPATTACK)” anthem.
Here's the exclusive DownLoad link:

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by DJ Addition

Here are some tips and suggestions when looking for the right kind of promoter for you.
What are the key, definable attributes that matter most?

Networking skills
One of the most impressive elements of a good radio promoter is how well they can network.
Experience is a key factor.

Check their reputation
Look around online at what other artists make of them. Search their name on social media and Google. Look for reviews on places like Linkedin. Having no reputation is often as bad as having a bad reputation.

You should hire the one that comes across from more than one source as a good, stand-up person. You don’t want to hire a promoter who lacks moral fiber.

Project updates
Do they give you analysis on feedback, actual playlists and charts, listening details, etc? If not, why not? It’s a major factor in your business. 

One of the most annoying attributes of a radio promoter is when they don’t pick up the phone. Try and call a few promoters. See how fast they respond. Do they respond at all? Are they are slow getting back to you when you are paying them? That’s a definite warning sign that you might want to look elsewhere.

A good promoter will latch on like a piranha when you give them the chance to work. If they are slowly taking the work on with the promise of payment, think how slow they will be when they have your money.

Don’t put yourself in this awkward position. Instead, look for a radio promoter that you know can be trusted.

The above points are major factors, but the last one is something
you should think of when making any new connection.
How well do you get on? Is there a rapport and a general connection?
And most important — is there trust?

Behind the Scenes : Video Shoot : The High Children : "Get Money"

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Men/Women Skullies
now $18:
Sale! The High Children

Women’s Beanies, Dresses and Hoodies available:
The High Children

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Hit the RapAttackLives.com VIDEO PAGE
and watch these 2018 video debuts:

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The High Children
“Promo Reel 2018"

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Arash aka Shammy Dee

The HEAT is ON for 2018!

and check these out!
(click here)

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Happy Birthday!

to DJ Lucky Lou, celebrating on Wednesday, June 20th;

DJ Creativity, celebrating on Thursday, June 21st;

to NY's
DJ G-Brown, celebrating on Saturday, June 23rd;


to my Dad,
Vincente L. Roldan (R.I.P.),
on Friday, June 22nd

(God Bless & Isa Mahal)