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GetAtMe-RealTalk-Man I really miss those record stores.....

GetAtMe-RealTalk-Man I really miss those record stores..... | GetAtMe |

Michael D. Jackson The record store was like the barbershop! A real live campfire experience like what you have been writing out tonight. Where people in the industry took the time to breakdown the music with you. I remember going in and telling the record store owner a record I wanted to sample and them putting me own to Count Basie, Coultrane and Duke Ellington. If you told them you were an artist they wanted to play your Demo real quick to "See what you were talking about". That's where you get a real live on the spot critique. It could be me, but I think we are missing that fabric of music which has also created a disconnect with the "Soul" in soul music. The DNA of music has been spliced, and left us with this mutated derivative of the heart, soul and heritage that our music once was. IMO


This statement that Mike D. Jackson made is so true, the record store were community country clubs.  At time online in certain FaceBook groups, now is where many of those conversations are. 

In the past few years our industry as a whole has been faced with extreme challenges.  The online presence has created an environment that literally has killed the functional use of the single.  What was that?  To make you familiar with an artist and allow you the chance to decide whether you wanted that album.  But the biggest thing the online presence stagnated, was people going to the record stores and discussing issues.  The record store was a place somewhat like the barbershop where customers could go and discuss music, trending topics and whatever was the caveat of the day.  Some say but they were supposed to be going there to buy records, well you say that because you probably never worked in a record store. 

It’s funny, the new record store environment is the stores called Foot Locker.  It’s the place in every mall across America where the youth consumer hangs out, buy and find out what they ‘re going to decide to be what’s hot.  This is now where guys go to buy shoes and wind up chatting with their favorite sales rep about shoes and culture.

You see Hip Hop wasn’t just a form of commerce in some cities.   The record store was where emerging entrepreneurs got their first taste of being in business.  Customers had a place to express their views to someone where they could get on the spot feedback.  Artist had a place where they could learn honestly whether they had product that mattered.  The community record store had a lot of functions.  It was an employer for young people who needed jobs. An educator for those who were trying to be in business.  A place where people who were real fans could mingle.  The online does have the ability to engage in discussion but there’s nothing like one on one live engagement with another person.

The record store was where Michael Jackson showed the world that he could out sell everyone.  The record store was where hip hop prove its commercial value.  The record store was where southern bass music was made available to college student and they found out that 2 Live Crew was as “Nasty As They Wanna Be”.  The record store was where Bobby Brown let us know it was his prerogative.  The record store also was where NWA let us know how they felt about the police “F*ck The Police” and the record store was where Salt N Peppa let us know “What a Man” they had.  The record store was the cultural and community watering hole for everyone.

Michael you’re statement rang so true to me.  I myself (and the record business to some extent), really miss those record stores.

I’m ReggieRedd and this has been #RealTalk.  

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GetAtMe:RealTalk-......"TurnDown4What" I agree

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GetAtMe #RealTalk “TurnDownForWhat”

Man todays hip hop is crazy.  Just a minute ago yall was telling us to turn up (yeah I’m getting old) and now It’s turn down for what (ain’t that the same thing as turn up #IJS).  These terms come and go in this day of twitter moments and IG moments.  Social media has created enough catch phrases that have defined a generation.  This generation wants it (or do they really just want to look like they want it hmmmmm.)

This new generation lives life like they’re in a indy race with their lifestyle changing with each lap (#Vroom Vroom).  I mean this new hip hop lives to change.  They have become a society morphers (is that a word? I don’t know but it sounded like it belonged there) and that’s what it is.  They like living life in the fast lane and like they say, why slow up?  Why not live your life to the fullest?  Why not party all weekend in Vegas?  Why not own the world.  And you know what, that’s sort of cool.

I love people who go for their dreams (I’m a dreamer), Steve Jobs was a dreamer.  Bill Gates was a Dreamer, Barack Obama was a dreamer.  Russell Simmons was a dreamer.  Lebron James was a dreamer.  Mark Cuban was a dreamer and Daymon Johns was a dreamer.  You know being a dreamer is not a bad thing to be and it’s really good company.  What all those dreamers had in common is that they “Turned Down” for no one.  They went for it.  They fought for it, worked for it and hustled for it.  At no moment did they see the option of turning down.  So maybe that’s a new success rule, “if you want to be successful turn down for no one”.  Make them be accountable for their pessimism and know that this is your journey and it up to you to Turn Up for your success and opportunities.  So like these folks are saying. “TurnDown4What” and I agree.

I’m ReggieRedd and this is RealTalk

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GetAtMe:RealTalk-"Live By The Sword"

GetAtMe:RealTalk-"Live By The Sword" | GetAtMe |

K Michelle is a talent.  K Michelle is passionate.  K Michelle is a lightening rod for people who don't like people who rock the boat.  Now let's be fair.  We only have bits and peices to the story but this is what we do have.  A picture of abuse, a budget that the money dissapeared and at some point the taxes might have to be accounted for.  And a young lady with an abundance of talent who people are really having a hard time understanding her angst (for the record I do).

Noone know what happen between K Michelle and that dude but K Michelle and that dude and karma seem to be in full force so let's let karma do it's thing.

Why I'm writing today is because I have never seen this amount of disdain for someone who said she was abused.  I've even heard some say that she's deserved it with all that mouth (really?).  Is it possible that some folkes don't like this girl because she doesn't define herself as the quiet good black.  I mean I really haven't seen cause for everyone disdain.

The music business is tough.  It's full of Gangsters, con artist and dreamers all vying for power and acces to a honey pot when an artist is successful.  The almighty budget sometimes might be a better score than if the artist had really sold product.  

Some feel that K Michelle lives by the sword so there fore she deserves the blunt of the sword it swing back in her direction .  Most of the people who complain about K Michelle would stomp out someone who they felt had abused their sibling (even if it was an accusation.  I know I did that when someone who was close to me was was attacked by some clown.  I didn't care why he did it, he did it so he had to face the sword.

so let's be fair to K Michelle and let's try to stay focused on her talent and what she has to offer as an entertainer,  because I know, If I felt someone had skipped of fwith about $500,000.00 of the budget  (alledgedly)money that was supposed to fund my dream and beat me up also, We all probably wouldn't have taken that well either.

I'm ReggieRedd and that's RealTalk


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GetAtMe-RealTalk- GetUpGetOutAndDoSomething........

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GetAtMe RealTalk: “You gotta get up get out  and do something”


When Outkast first dropped this cut, this became a street anthem in Atlanta.  You know Atlanta parents have always been different (to me) than other parents from other cities.  Don’t get me wrong you had the parents that told you to go get a job, but in Atlanta, it felt sort of different.  I mean for some reason Atlanta and entrepreneurship in the urban community have always walked hand in hand.  Parents in Atlanta didn’t just tell you to get out and get a job.  They said do something with yourself (some of this was because they were tired of looking at you). 

To do something mean’s get something together.  If you have a dream make it tangible.  If you’re a photographer, take pictures.  If you do hair, then go get client.  These parents didn’t care if you babysat, now you have a daycare.  Atlantans (for some reason) always had a hustle.  Maybe it was because a lot of folks relocated to Atlanta to recreate themselves.  Many wanted to be music mougals, top chefs, dancers and performers.  Some would leave their jobs at the Post Office and go to Uptown Comedy Corner and try to do standup (Chris Tucker).  Some kept rapping in the streets and clubs until they were heard (OutKast).  My point is they all got out and did something.

So if you ever feel stagnant, look around at what you have to work with and see who needs what you have (be honest with yourself).  People will only pay you for what they don’t want to do (remember this) or what they can’t do (really remember this).  Make sure when you go out in the world, the world knows you as that person that got them thangz or them moves.  Don’t get mad at takers for trying to get your goods for free, that’s their job (you’re job is to recognize them and disarm them) because usually they lack the talent or work receipts to get their own bread.  So they have to feed off others (their first giveaway is that “Man I’m just out here getting this paper”  always listen for that phrase.  Only takers say things like that.  People who make money say “how are you doing and what’s up with you?”  Why, because they already have made money, they’re not pressed. They didn’t get so far in the hole that when they got money it was on it’s way somewhere else.  Takers have to take because they owe everyone because usually they’re renting their lifestyle.  That’s another blog though.)

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GetAtMe:RealTalk-"Words can't express my confusion"

GetAtMe:RealTalk-"Words can't express my confusion" | GetAtMe |

Man it was really hard for me to put these words down today because I had so many mixed emotions about yesterday’s events (I really had to pray on this).

Yesterday’s verdict was stunning.  But what’s more stunning is the polarization of our citizen on this topic and the lack of real empathy for this mother and father.  That we turned this foolish killing into this media circus entitled “I’m Right and You’re Wrong” is crazy.  I mean there is a mother today who has no answers as to why her son is dead and there seems to be people in the media (on both sides of this issue) that have lost focus that a mother has lost her fucking son with no answers.  How dare you shit on her son’s legacy in this senseless madness and turn around and say “I’m sorry for your loss, but I gotta get these ratings.” 

In your zest to cover this story (and to be right), somewhere along the way we really set aside the human aspect of this story.  A mother lost her fucking child over foolishness.

To make Zimmerman out to be more than what he is, an idiot with a gun out of control and a coward, is stupid.  So Zimmerman a grown ass man couldn’t take an ass whooping from a teenager.  “Oh I have to protect myself from a teenager with a bag of skittles. Oh I know what I’ll do, I’ll use deadly force because it now seems I might get my ass whooped for stalking this young man”  Do you realize how stupid and cowardly that sounds?  To people who justify this madness cloaked in legal madness, I shake my head.  You’re cowards to support this guy in any sense and you’re more cowards to patronize this mother with your apologies.  She lost her son.

In film and television there are points in a show where the characters in the show have a turning point.  This madness may be hip hop’s turning point.  Hip hop has to now try to understand that it cannot be a motivator for cowardly fools to say “I saw this image and now I will use this image to justify my bias and bigoted prejudgments of a culture’s youth.   Hip Hop has to understand with growth comes maturity and responsibility to make sure that we give a “Fair and Balance” perception of our culture through our music and media.

My heart goes out to Mr & Ms. Martin for the loss of their child.  For real.  My words cannot express my true feelings in that you had to participate in this madness.  I know no words can return your child to you. I’m sorry and  my heart truly goes out to you.

Hip Hop, we got work to do…… and that’s #RealTalk 

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