Read In Your Language

Happy 50th Birthday, Graffiti!

In 1967, some dude in Philly wrote his name on a wall to get a girl's attention. My how this culture has grown up since then.

Taggin Ass City

A historical look at the origins of the 1st element of hip hop in this new documentary. Culture kicks the facts.


A LEGEND amongst legends has passed away in Philadelphia. You should probably know this name if you SAY you love hip hop culture...

The Art Scene: The Fun Gallery

Street Art? New???? Our Big Brother Samo, aka Basquiate and the crew was doin that back in the day in NY, sun. Take peep into the start of a movement.

Da Buze Bruvaz: Hard Liquor

Our favorite rap group is back making that unmistakable hip hop music. Nothin but fire. see if I'm wrong...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stop Sign Ahead

I ain't gonna say I told you so, but I did though. I've been seeing the signs. The industry is broken. Broken to the point where the labels have decided to go against the websites that actually promote their artists. Basically all this action really means is that if you don't conform with the labels (push their artists) they will shut you down. The little sites have no chance because they will have to ask for permission to post anything, and you know if your site isn't a top tier site, you're getting denied access. Yes sykoticfiles is in peril too, because it is not sponsored by any major label. If you think this is just all about piracy, you're wrong. It's about control.

It's over people.

Sponsored rappers like Kreyshawn will be big because her label will push her on sites and the kids (the gullible demographic they target) will think the populous approves of her music because of the website access she will have. The rappers doing grass-root promotion will have no forum. Any type of control we had is gone. Many of us wasted this opportunity by commenting with ridiculous rhetoric and not purchasing albums. Remember I told y'all a while back that the labels would blame us for their misfortune of jumping on the MP3 bandwagon without providing a digital format for retail.

It was a fun ride while it lasted, but it's over. Don't think that if you post a mixtape with industry beats that you won't get a cease and desist, because that's next. No more people. And again, the people that could use the push to get maximum exposure on the internet will not get it, because the labels will have the popular websites in their pockets.

One can try to be optimistic, but I see the sign, and it says stop.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

$ykotic Quickstrike: Round Table

Has anyone else noticed that it's already June and the major rap releases are minimal? Have you also noticed that most of the pushed back albums of last year (Jeezy, Game, Wayne) are slated for late summer/early fall? What happened to the summer? You know, the time when most of the demographic (the youngins) are home with residual income to spend and have pretty much nothing else to do but go to free park performances and shows at dusk? Why is there nothing promoted to coincide with this yearly event? Summer Jam happened in the springtime.

Personally, I think that a lot of rappers have lost their jobs (see my rap recession blog down the page) and we don't know as of yet, as well as the labels are bleeding red because of rap and they're concentrating on other music genres to push during the summer season.

What do y'all think? Because even though there's a lot of rap music being dropped on the 'nets, there's hardly any being released on the retail shelves. And to me this is a sign that something ain't right.

Speak on it...

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