YTube Vid of the Week: Louisa Wendorff’s Blank Space // Style (Taylor Swift Mash-Up)

I don’t know what’s been going on with me lately. But I’ve taken a liking to some of Taylor Swift’s songs. Maybe it’s because I’ve started working for Baltimore CBS Radio station Today’s 101.9 that I’ve suddenly taken on this liking. But all they seems to play is Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift singles every hour. They beat their catchy songs into my head. It’s like I have no choice but to listen.

I first came across this week’s YTube Vid of the Week on Fascinately.com, a website that’s nothing but viral videos. I was just surfing when I saw this duo did a mashup of two Taylor Swift songs and made it sound really good. I think they should do more. They actually make you WANT to listen to the songs.

Do you like Taylor Swift? Leave your favorite song below in the comments.

Did you catch our last YTube Vid of the Week? Watch Psycho Kid Torches Christmas Tree on Doc’s Castle Media.

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Baltimore @WarDrumz Artists Delay 2014 Anticipated Fall Projects

Three weeks ago, we received news of two prospective projects from War Drumz Audio Art artists FLuX and Tony Bonez Sinatra. Two masterly skillful lyricist released promotional art for more “audio gold,” expected to be delivered to their WDAA music lovers within the first week of December 2014.

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(Read New War Drumz Audio Art Promo Art Released Thanksgiving Week for more about the awaited WDAA projects on Doc’s Castle Media.)

So where is the audio gold?

According these two emcee’s social media sites, due to unforeseen circumstances, the releases have been pushed back until further notice.

FLuX posted to his Instagram last Wednesday the cover for his awaited project The Last Tape, along with a very lengthy message, updating his followers on the whereabouts of the mixtape.
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The last tape will not be dropping today. Due to unforseen circumstances, I am still waiting for features. With that in mind I would like to introduce this project to you all and tell you what it is about.

The Last Tape is a 2 disc composition that consist of Mortals the LP and High Drive the EP. I call this the Last Tape not because this is the last bit of music I will be making but because after this project I will be focusing my energy towards making albums where the artistic integrity isn’t compromised for the sale.

Mortals, the LP, is a mixtape veered more towards the women and children of the hiphop culture. With some R&B sounds mixed with some old school flows. Talks about the struggles I see them go through and me mostly trying to uplift them the best way I know how.

The High Drive EP is, simply put, fun. Its veered towards the fellas of the hiphop culture speaking on fun times and big dreams common struggles.

The project features @slum_money @QuinnShabaz@beta_ray_bonez @Leon_Dominick @dubrc@410Fonzi @jimmyapoet @iflexdick @heyblizz @trapselena @flaco_cc @phllythyboiiurg @sheiladyeah @hazmatremi @hazmatcaz@soiceytrap @gotdatflava @jae_knox@ogdutchmaster @willondenn @mikecool410 @route40shorty & @ehhwassupdoc_.

I chose this features specifically because these people are special to me in some way shape or form and have made an impact on my life.

So as soon as my features are finished I will be droppin the project a week later. And if its starts taking too long, I will release singles from the project.

Sounds like he’s cooking up something phenomenal in kitchen, ehh?

Tony Bonez Sinarta also left his listeners with the 411 as he briefed Facebook friends on the postponing of his single “Raise Hell,” set to release Friday, December 5, and posted new promo art for another single he later released that day.

“I was supposed to drop this single today but technical difficulties are stopping that. Let’s be honest, who really cares anyway. Is there anybody out there that really listens to me?”

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Both artist have left fans with favors for their recent blunders. FLuX released a new visual from his vault; a new music video from 2013 mixtape Year of the Serpent.

Tony Bonez Sinatra left fans with a newly discovered track; never stumbled upon, heard or seen before by listeners. He sent his apologies and regards for his delay, along with his post, saying, “Just because ‘Raise Hell’ didn’t get dropped, I chose to drop a track I wasn’t ever going to release, just as an apology to those who are waiting.”

At least they gave us a little something, something.

What’s your favorite Tony Bonez Sinatra and FLuX song? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Have you heard “No Role Models, No Rules?” Read Pharaoh Slumzyniah Produces Fire With Release of 2nd Underground Album “No Role Models, No Rules” on Doc’s Castle Media.

VOTE NOW for the Baltimore Music Awards Nominees

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The polls are now OPEN.

I want you guys to know that your participation in this voting process truly matters!

There are many folks like me who want to reward talented people who strive to get recognition for their artwork. Diamond K has put a lot of effort in creating an annual celebration in the Baltimore hip-hop scene. This year is the 4th Annual Baltimore Music Awards, here to honor all those hardworking and very talented artists and entrepreneurs for their great contributions to hip-hop culture.

If you take the time to cast your ballot and spread the word about any of the music awards ceremonies I’ve shared to Doc’s Castle Media, you are making the conscious decision to improve the way people view the DMV. We can make a difference with the attention and participation of the masses. So take your time voting for who you believe deserves each award. Research who you see. Listen to some of their work. Be active, not idle, in the decision to put this region on the map.

Vote NOW!

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VOTE vote VOTE!

Doc Talks About Supporting Artists In Baltimore With @BaltimoreFlavaRadio

What did you do this past Friday? Did you tune into Baltimore Flava Radio, syndicated on Baltimore Internet radio station WPB Radio?

Last Friday, I was on Baltimore Flava Radio’s as a guest speakers to talk about the infamous topic that’s been stirring up quite a controversy; what’s wrong with these Baltimore artist’s that have this crabs-in-a-barrel mentality and why is it a lack for support for other artists here?

Antwon, one of the show’s hosts, came across my article, “#NewBaltimore or #OldBaltimore, We’re All Crabs,” while surfing the web, one day, and apparently loved it. I’m flattered, haha. But really, I’m glad he enjoyed reading it and offered the opportunity to come talk about it on his show.

I thought about all of you and made sure to have it recorded so I could share it with some of my readers who were out partying Friday night, instead of doing what my article says. It’s okay and I forgive you for missing it, haha. You may still have a listen, here.

Thanks for watching. I can’t tell you how much it means to have such a wonderful group of supporters supporting me talk about supporting one another.

This is a start to changing this city’s reputation. You choosing to do this is showing that you’re defying my theories of being crabs. This is exactly what I want you to do, show the rest of the world that we aren’t crabs. We care about our city’s talent reaching new levels of success. We want to see them do better. We want to show the rest of the world what we’re capable of. Let’s keep it up!

Let’s start by supporting Baltimore Flava Radio! Follow them on Twitter at @BatimoreFlavaRadio and Instagram at @BaltimoreFlavaRadio. Join their group on Facebook and get active. Share the love!

What resources do you think Baltimore needs to help artist here progress to the next level of success? Leave your comments below.

Do you think this city’s hip-hop scene is too worried about supporting who they know and not the art itself? Read Baltimore is Too “Cliqued” Up To Have Supporters on Doc’s Castle Media.

Beet Trip Is The New Wave

I felt like I traveled back in time for a few hours to the 1980s yesterday, except there was a slight millennial twist in my Back To The Future moment. I attended for the first time Beet Trip, a beat and rap cypher event held at The Living Well, just few block north of Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Last night’s event was Beet Trips 15th episode.

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I wish I could have had the opportunity to grow up in the 80s to hear MCs battle it out in cyphers to human beat boxers. But the closest I could get to that was last night when I experience young Baltimore MCs form a circle while taking turns passing the mic to exchange freestyles to new age beats created by 3 star Bmore producers. I regret to have not grab such talented producers names or information. But I’m sure to be spotted at this event again. I definitely won’t make the same mistake. If you recognize anyone in any of these photographs, let them know that they’re now Doc’s Castle Media’s anonymous stars!

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The atmosphere was, like I said, “old school with a new age twist” and the crowd was extremely exceptional for it to be held in an art gala like The Living Well. I assume Beet Trip was the absolute place to be if you’re big on attending Baltimore Hip-Hop events because I spotted plenty of familiar faces in the Baltimore Hip-Hop Scene. To name a few people:

Butch Dawson
Kaseo
Leon Dominick
FluX
Jimmy Apoet
Flaco
OG Dutch Master
Kemet Dank (aka Dank God)
Lor Bluntz
Neish of 23rd Sense
and so many more…

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Beet Trip is held every first and third Thursday of the month and it’s only $3 to attend. The next episode will be June 5, 2014. Will you be there?

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Maryland Live Contestant Shows Us Her Pipes

The Maryland Live Casino’s Rising Star Live contest for best vocalist ended March 31st. Contestants entered in this singing competition for a chance to win $10,000 and studio time with Wright Way Studios in Baltimore. Though the chance to enter has surpassed us, Maryland Live is still in the mists of narrowing down their contestant pool. As for Doc’s Castle Media, we’ve continued to accept submission from contestants until April 10th.

One of Maryland Live Casino Rising Star contestants is below…

My name is Alaina Delucia, I am a newly 21 year old and this is me singing Hurt by Christina Aguilera!
Thanks for this opportunity 🙂
Beautiful voice! You’re very welcome. Thank you for showing Doc’s Castle Media support by submitting your contest video to us. I wish you the best of luck in the competition. I’ll be rooting for you!

March 10th Monumental Mondays with The Alumni Marketing Group

I’m want to start by saying I’m proud of the turn out this past Monday at The Depot for the hip-hop open mic event, Monumental Mondays, hosted by the Alumni Marketing Group. The event started at 6pm and lasted until the venue closed. I arrived at the peak of the show and was at awe because of the turnout.

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If you guys don’t already know, I wrote a piece about the lack of support in Baltimore for artists. (Read here to catch up.) The turnout of this event proves the beginning of change for artists. It’s definitely something to be proud of though there are some concerns I want to discuss later in this post. At previous hip-hop shows I’ve attended in Baltimore, crowds were extremely dry. This was my first time being at Monumental Mondays and it was fun. I enjoyed that atmosphere mostly because it felt more like a party. People were dancing and singing along to performers’ music. I’d say it was a great experience for many artists and supporters. If you’re a diehard hip-hop fan who’s seeking new music to add to your collection, this is the event for you.

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One of Doc’s Castle Media’s featured artist Kaseo, who’s latest mixtape is MoBetta Hip-hop, along with Park Heights natives, SMG, and numerous other rap artist performed at Monday’s show. I didn’t have too much of an opportunity to network with new artists, though I wish I had. So I’m announcing I’ll be at future Monumental Mondays as a heads up. Look out for me.

Here’s my little snippet of the show:

Though many performers had a fair opportunity to perform on at Monday’s event, others expressed frustration. Artists, whom claimed to be on the events’ list to perform but didn’t, talked of disappointment towards waiting for their time. Those who’ve performed later in the evening complained about the lack of support from peers, for once an artist performed their song; they’d leave the venue, leaving the building scarce of support of their music. To tend those concerns, Cortez, the promoter of Monumental Mondays, already proposed they’ll be addressed for future events. He wants everyone to feel they’re being heard, as they should for this is an open mic show. I look forward to the coming changes. I believe it’ll bring an even better turnout.

If you missed out on Monday’s show, you’ll have another opportunity to attend next week on Monday, March 24. Held at The Depot on 1728 N. Charles Street, come out to see another round of artists perform their best selections from their musical stash. Whether you’re an artist or an onlooker, you’ll have a good time here. If you’re an artist looking for some exposure in the Baltimore music scene, the Alumni Marketing Group accepts new artists for performances at their events. Just submit to their email, amnpage@gmail.com, for the next available opportunity.