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I dug up this little gem, from 2011, a few days ago... and laughed, and laughed, and then I winced a little, but mostly laughed. #tbt #ThrowBackThursdayP.S. DONT TRUST THE LINKS IN THE VIDEO.

Posted by The Legend of XERO on Friday, April 24, 2015
#TBT #ThrowBackThursday

CRS: The Outakes

Friday, April 24, 2015
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Now you can OWN all the SMASH GOODNESS by downloading the "Damsel Delux Kit" exclusively on Bandcamp!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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Hey Guys!

Now you can get some cool stuff on my music page like stems for songs and Music Video Downloads.  This week, I'm featuring the "DAMSEL Deluxe Kit" which features Stems for all the vocals of the song, and the Official Music Video. There are also some photos from the video shoot :-)
Check it out HERE!

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An interesting perspective from Murs about Christian Rappers, denying the name of "Christian Rap".  Here's the video from Rapzilla:

My response so far:

What Murs doesn't see is that the "Christian Music Industry" is NOT the Church. I want to be a part of a REAL Church, and if that means leaving behind all the "Christian Cliches" in this rap game in order to reach people, then so be it. Christian music isn't corny because of the name. There's a lot of Fake on these stages in order to impress a certain crowd. That's how you make money, by selling an image. But you reach people and change lives a different way, and that doesn't always sell.

The problem is that too many artist forget how to be relatable to PEOPLE in their art form. They write bars that are meant to impress other Christian Rappers instead of the audience that they say their trying to reach. I have been guilty of this myself.

Lecrae is Hot, not only because the music is excellent, but because his music speaks to PEOPLE, not other rappers, not the STREETS, but PEOPLE. Because of this, the people he influences, are people of influence!

Yes, represent Christ, Pronounce the name of God, but speak to PEOPLE. Stop trying to be HIP HOP, or your favorite rapper. Stop regurgitating theology so you can impress your colleagues, and talk to people. it's that simple folks.

Come out of the Closet??

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The way we Rap and the way we Talk are very different. Please watch the video and join the conversation. I think you'll be surprised with the thoughts that others may have on the subject.
Posted by The Legend of XERO on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rap Talk

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Believe it or not, I found inspiration for continuing on this path from one of the most unlikely people.  When I was in my early 20's, I was a part of a group called Serenade.  We were an R&B quartet who liked to sing love songs in Autotune (before it was cool).  Our lead singer wanted to be Sisqo, the lead singer of Dru Hill, and secretly, so did I.

We actually never got a chance to perform outside of his livingroom, but we would often frequent local clubs and dance in unison, like in the music videos.  We loved the attention of drawing a crowd of ladies as we tried to seduce them with our sexual dance moves, and comical antics.  Guys were mostly annoyed and jealous of us.  We'd just say, "Who comes to the club to stand around with other dudes?!"

Anyway,  back to Sisqo.  He was HUGE!  he was on the radio all the time, and on TV too.  He could dance okay, and that's what we liked about him.  Not a lot of guys promoted dance during the late 90's.  It was mostly gangsta rap.  He was one of my major inspirations in my early music career.  Then one day, he just disappeared, like he never existed.  The only time you would even hear about him was if someone was accusing him of being gay or making fun of his blonde hair (which is weird cuz that stuff would make you more popular these days).

 I recently decided to see what he was up to because I hadn't heard from him in such a long time.  It turns out that Sisqo has been playing sold out venues for the last 15 years!  Not only that, but he's also released 3 more albums since we last heard of him, back in 1999.  In an interview with The Breakfast Club, he talks about how he got a bad wrap in the industry because he was ignorant to the politics of that world,, which lead to him being blacklisted altogether! You can watch the video of the Sisqo's interview here:

I found the story to be very enlightening and inspirational because he's been thriving all this time, under the radar!  Think about it this way.  If he were an indie band who had never made it to mainstream, we'd say he was at the cusp of success!  We'd praise his efforts and ability to sell out venues without the support of the mainstream.  Today, what many people would see as a has-been, is infact a perfect example of a musician who can leverage his assets and resources.  Due to his prior exploits, he now carries a name that opens doors for him all over the world 15 years after his peak of success.

I think that if this kind of career success is possible OUTSIDE the mainstream, then this is the lifestyle that musicians need to be seeking in this crumbling music economy.  The way of the Record Label is long-past, and we need to find new ways to survive.  In the age of the internet, it is no longer necessary to conform to the image of what mainstream media tells us who to be.  It IS possible.  We just need to know WHERE to look and WHO to study.

So, what your thoughts are on the idea of living outside the mainstream, and the mindset that comes with it.  How do you set goals outside of Mainstream? What are some of the best ways to leverage your assets and resources? Please leave a comment in the space below, and help me to continue the conversation.

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