Artist Mixtape Review- Young Cash "The Vacation"


Young Cash
The Vacation
Rating: 9 out of 10

Any person with any level of musical knowledge will be infuriated when you listen to Joey Williams aka Joey Galaxy aka Young Cash…

He’ll manage to drive you insane because just when you fall in love with Cash’s swag and top notch flow (not to mention a very solid ability to sing WITHOUT AUTOTUNE) Cash will drop something that doesn’t hit like “X,” “Gotta Lotta Hoes,” “I Support Single Mothers,” etc. The reason you find yourself feeling this way about Young Cash is quite simple… he made himself known for producing consecutive hits, so PEOPLE EXPECT A HIT EVERYTIME FROM HIM!

Currently incarcerated we can only enjoy music that has already been release and what Cash’s team releases throughout his bid (Cash recorded an insane amount of music before going in to do his time). I found the most interesting collection of music coming from Cash’s mixtape “The Vacation,” a title I’m sure pays quasi-homage to the bid that Cash is currently enduring.
“The Vacation” gives you some of the best and not so great moments of Cash before he takes on his longest vacation…

The mixtape starts with Cash in rare form. Letting all those who question his ability to actually rap. Upon listening to the first track it becomes clear that both the skill to rap and sing are as good as they’ve ever been:


“I had to climb mountains
I had to jump fences
Grown man shit now
No more after school detention
See I’m relentless when it comes to the business
And I know it’s kill or be killed
Or you might just have to off the witness
And I often listen to the voices in my head
They be like ‘pull that stick out and get that bread’
The other voices in my head be shit my momma said
And momma said ‘go that route and you end up dead’”

Young Cash from “Greatness Around Me”

A lot of people have questioned Cash’s ability to rap because people have become so accustomed to his singing, so when the time comes for him to just SPIT they expect him to sound subpar, but he doesn’t fail the meet satisfactory expectations when it comes to his lyrical ability throughout “The Vacation.” The beats are top notch, as usual, and Cash takes the task of handling all of his own hooks and does so with a mastery that many few of his hip hop counterparts would ever have the ability to do. No need to hire a singer or another rapper for his hooks, he’s got it take care of.

The track “Live In The Moment” has a really cool “non-dope boy” feel, making you feel that Young Cash is much more than hang with the “Dope Boys” and  “Support Single Mothers” type of cat. I’d love to see “Live In The Moment” as a video; Cash thuggin’ it out with a sharp tux, live band behind him in a jazz bar sort of setting, cigar in one hand while holding one of the old school mics in the other and the club full of smoke and of course fine ass females… grayscale video… but that’s just me…

 “Gritz On My Plate,” “Swag Like Amber Rose” (Where Cash goes CRAZY with his flow on this record), and “Domestic Violence” (oh what a title! LOL…) all make you love Cash even more.

Itcan’t be all smiles and hallmark cards in this review, as the track “Tattoo” was a little questionable to me. But that may just be a preference thing and not a reflection on the records quality.

“Look At That” is a track that will grab your attention, but you’ll find yourself turning your head to the side trying to figure out if you really like it or if it’s too… futuristic for the mixtape.

Other than that, Cash leaves us with some really great music while his off on “Vacation,” but when you leave your fans with something like this before you go in for a bid, you’ll leave your fans sitting salivating for more. With that being said this mixtape is definitely worth a good listen. Oh and FREE MY NIGGA YOUNG CASH!!!!




Artist Mixtape Review- Flip Dice Camp "The Bench Warmers"


Flip Dice Camp
The Bench Warmers
Rating- 7.5 out of 10

Generally speaking, people like Travis Porter for a number of reasons, but mostly because they’re equally as talented as any other member of the group. No one member shines out beyond the rest of the crew.
That is NOT the case with the Flip Dice Camp, but that isn’t a knock on the other members of the group… because melody skill excluded, Travis Porter is not necessarily the most talented collection of rappers to ever form a group (and I think in a honest moment they would say the same thing).

Upon listening to the Flip Dice Camp’s mixtape “The Bench Warmers” you realize two things:

1.      1.  This group isn’t forced. These three cats (Yung Trap, Rude Boy Dirk, and Gebo) are friends who are committed to one another’s success. You do get the feeling that Dirk is trying to push through in every opportunity he has to shine… letting people know isn’t a slouch to Yung Trap’s shining personality and lyrical delivery.

2.      2.  All members of the crew and the mixtape's host, DJ Phat Pat, are confident in their place in the Flip Dice/ Back Door Music movement and have no issues playing their part and doing it quite well.

As expected, the mixtape starts off with Trap and his group members making it clear they’re here to take Duval County by storm:

“You ain’t gotta like me
You ain’t even gotta love me
But you will respect the fact that yo’ ol’ lady wanna fuck me…
But I tryin’ to hit cuz lil baby kinda ugly
Her booty kinda lil
And her stomach kinda chubby.”

Yung Trap- “Put Me In Coach”

The entire Flip Dice Camp has this way of making the casual club thoughts come to life over solid beats, making you laugh because you can visualize yourself, in their shoes, in Aqua, doing the exact same thing you’re listening to. Now the Flip Dice Camp are not the most lyrical cast of characters, but what they do is make their music fun to listen to.

The mixtape comes with some very solid records and tracks like “Allen Boy” (my personal favorite on the mixtape),  “Like A Pornstar,” and “House 4 Love” are all the sorts of tracks that Flip Dice fan’s will play in heavy rotation .

Rude Boy Dirk as gets his time to shine on the mixtape as well:

“I be goin ham
But you niggas is still sleepin’
And yall niggas is wack
That’s the game that I been peepin
Yall set up for jumpers
While I’m in my zone defense
You hit bricks left and right
I make this shit look easy”

Rude Boy Dirk- Rude Boy Dirk Takeoff

Again, he’s not the next member Dead Prez, but with a solid flow and an abundance of confidence in it, Dirk can hold his own throughout the mixtape.

One of the biggest eye sores on the mixtape is the same thing that comes with youth at times… believing something you’ve recorded is hotter than it is and it ending up on your mixtape rather than going with a old fan favorite from a previous mixtape (for me “One Week” was unnecessary and I kept listening to “It’s Me” and “U Know Itz Me” trying to figure out if they were actually the same song, or a part one and part two that just happened to have different beats). But where there are weaknesses, Trap makes up for it with humor (just listen to his “Call To Teddy P” interlude… lol.

Other than that, “The Bench Warmers” is a solid effort to formally introduce all parties of the Flip Dice Entertainment Camp to the public. Phat Pat does a bang up job as the mixtapes DJ, but I would like to see some more effects that give the mixtape a signature “Phat Pat Sound” beyond him talking in an interlude and letting us know he was the DJ for the mixtape in a drop here and there. If these guys keep coming with tapes like this, they’ll never have to worry about going back to the bench again. 




Artist Mixtape Review- Balize The Infinite Mixtape

Balize
The Infinite Mixtape
Rating: 8.5 out of 10

As the clock chimed 1AM I found myself attempting to complete a paper while listening to some of the local artist on my I-Pod and as it had numerous times before, on came…

“I just watch her
Watch me…
Tell her, call her, call me
We can be friends on the weekend.
But the only reason she like me…
Cuz a nigga push!”

Balize, also known to many Jacksonville natives as Traffik, has CONSIDERABLE talent. What do I mean by considerable? He’s maybe the best pure pound for pound rapper (although Swordz, C.E.O. and Nephew may have something to say about that) in the Duval County city limits… when he’s in town that is. I had been bumping Traffik’s "the Red Pill" mixtape probably since 2010, but when the song started playing on my I-Pod last night, something made me want to go see if he had dropped anything new…. Problem was I found NOTHING under the name Traffik except for an old Myspace Page. So I went there and be still my beating heart! Traffik had changed his damn name! But I came across the next mixtape, “The Infinite Playlist,” and was pleased to find that things had not changed all too much with Traffik… er… I mean Balize… hell whatever! But even with being pleased I was mildly disappointed and it wasn’t because Traffik’s mixtape was bad…

I was disappointed because I didn’t feel like he was REACHING for anything. Oh I commend him on not putting down his singles (“Push,” “Hello/Goodbye,” and “Superstar”) from the last mixtape yet, because I know working a record can become tedious for an artist who wants to perform something other than the really great record he recorded two years ago, but for someone with his talent the expectations are higher. It’s just like in high school, if you were in the honors classes, you were given more work to do because you were better than the regular kids... since Balize doesn’t have a flow, delivery, or lyrical issue, the expectation for him is to experiment with other sounds in an attempt to see what others may want to hear from him… especially since he still so new.

Instead of diversity we hear Balize do what he does best… lyrically murder the competition with his ability to make use of ICE COLD flow on “Motivation,” “Black and White Freestlye” (over the Black & Yellow beat), and “Bet It Up.” With the exception of the unnecessary features from artist that are not on Balize's level and detract from the records, the mixtape is beyond solid. 

Balize should be signed… PERIOD. He should’ve been signed three years ago. Any reasons that he’s not have to be beyond musical rational, because when it comes to that armor, there aren’t many chinks. If Gucci Mane has a deal, this young man shouldn’t still be unsigned… and that’s not a knock on Gucci Mane. The mixtape is enjoyable throughout with the only flaw being a overabundance of dark themes that cause the mixtape the get redundant, but Balize still does a bang up job of keeping the listeners attention. SWORDZ AND BALIZE NEED TO DO A SONG TOGETHER AND GO AT EACH OTHER. They do that I think it’ll cause both men to take a lyrical step forward… as they are both talents I admire…and both full of enough music to make my I-Pod's playlist... infinite.

New Blood Entertainment & the Art of the Street Team… May They Rest In Piece





New Blood Entertainment & the Art of the Street Team… May They Rest In Peace
By: Brandon Kolby Jacobs

When it was good it was great. That was the unequivocal perception of us a company. And with the good came the bad and the bad was… well bad. The bad was so bad that inevitably, New Blood Entertainment, its t-shirts, its famed Street Team and notable personalities parted ways with many becoming a faded memory.  With growth of digital marketing, street teams like ours have become a dead art and the few that remain stand on the edge of extinction, with many so called street teams being nothing more than flier distributors and when asked what a street team is, they lack the understanding to define the term. This is an ode to us… the former conglomerate known as New Blood Entertainment and an evaluation of what is to become of the art of the street team…



I suppose in order to get to the ends of how a street team falls apart you’d have to start at our humble beginnings. Rodger Reiter (then Co-Founder), Jeralyn Eckhoff (V.P. of Operations &the founder of the New Blood Beauties), and myself (Co-Founder) are the originators of what became New Blood Entertainment. We started a street team with no titles, no real long term aspirations, no corporate structure at all… hell, what was the point, we were just kids trying to make a name for ourselves in Tallahassee. That structure made us friends and it worked. We helped each other be accountable and we learned the first rule of being a street team… “you’re ALWAYS available to work. There’s no such thing as a day off…



And we were good at what we did… we covered so much ground despite the fact that I pitted myself in open arguments with people like TJ Chapman (head of TJs DJs and B.O.B.’s manager), Skip-A-Chuck… a good friend of the team and supporter of our cause passed away, and my drinking became more than a habit. We became the largest street team by the numbers, presence, radio connections, and club accounts in Tallahassee. We had a lot to be proud of…




(Starting from top left, original New Blood Entertainment Street Team Members- April Anderson, Brandi Chaney, Farrah Romero, Shelondia Williams, Sheena Dixon, Katherine Orphanidys, James Casseus, Tamaa Davis)



We learned the first rule and the second was quite simple…be CONSISTENT and we were. In street team promotions you must provide more than simply the art of passing out fliers. You have to know what you’re promoting and have more to say about it than, “come to this party it’s going to be live!” Some fliers say all that needs to be said and others need to be explained. Our group of characters were sociable. James was a favorite at FAMU among the ladies. The beautiful April Anderson was stunning in her own right, captivating men with her charming good looks. Farrah kept us all organized, maintaining the scheduling of events we were promoting and where we needed to be on a weekly basis (mind you I said I was drinking a lot…lol). Shelondia (my then girlfriend) was the one that would hold us down at TCC along with Sheena. And Tamma, Katherine, and Brandi handled business at FSU. We creatively controlled the city and were damn proud of it!

Even after all these years, out impact on the city of Tallahassee rings through companies like Ice Ent. Promotions (Marquita Tyson is one of our original members) and the success of DJ’s like DJ KD, DJ Lil Boy, Sean-D of the School Boyz, and DJ Nasty from Miami (not Orlando) is something we can say we were a part of, even if in a small capacity. In this we learned the other rule of a great street team… “leave your options open to evolve.”

What happened next, I have to take the blame for. For my company specifically, I did not handle our first struggles well. As we grew and my name became the one on most people’s lips, I grew increasingly more arrogant. Not to mention I DID NOT listen to the next rule “DON’T FUCK OR FUCK WITH ANY OF THE GIRLS IN YOUR STREET TEAM.” That’s a hard rule not to break seeing as how you’re with them all the time. Nonetheless, it’s a good and IMPORTANT rule one I should have held on to, but because I didn’t, things happened and I was forced to leave Tallahassee for personal reasons. Some people still haven’t forgiven me for them. But I still had Rodger on my side…

Rodger and I before Homecoming Edition of TJs DJs 2005

When you’re looking for your way through the tough times go back to what you do best…” I was lucky to slip and fall on Toya at the end of 2005 because if we had never met, New Blood would’ve ended when I left Tallahassee and returned to Jacksonville, but I was blessed to meet someone who was equally as passionate as I USED to be about promoting. She taught me something I didn’t really learn until about a year ago… “sometimes you have to go along to get along.” But I wasn’t the go along to get along type back then and I fought EVERYONE for EVERYTHING and even in my continued arrogance and stubbornness, we grew to the largest street team in Jacksonville and everything lost in Tallahassee was gained here in Jacksonville (even with Bigga Rankin throwing bottles at my head and me and Ivory being “frienemies”). But you can’t battle the world and sometimes the enemy of your enemies isn’t the best person to make friends with… it just makes you even more hated by your enemies…

 How did things start by brandonkolbyjacobs 







“Never forget what you came here for. Because when the money starts coming in, it’ll be easy to forget what the mission originally was…” I’m proud say that by 2006 we were the sole street team for Tom Fisher and the Plush Entertainment Complex (the most notable club in Jacksonville) and by 2007 we were promoting for them, Club Paris (Jamie Siem TOTALLY over paid us with $2000 a week…lol), SOL-US Tanning, and other events around the city. In 2007 New Blood Entertainment made $72,000. Now we spent tons of cash on parties, liquor, women (well I spend tons of money on my women of interest), Bluetooth’s (that would be me again) and I stopped studying the market, completing marketing analysis to determine how people were receiving their information (didn’t take digital mediums like Myspace and Facebook seriously then). I started throwing out fliers if we had a few left over (something that wasn’t common in the early days because we never took days off so we never had any fliers left ove)r. I stopped checking on the team to make sure they were working and eventually… well… all our extracurricular activities did us in. “You have to know how what you’re doing is changing! You have to be the first to bring an idea to the market in street team work. Being a day late will always make you a dollar short!”



New Blood Entertainment Spring 2007



 Discussing why we couldnt deal with each other by brandonkolbyjacobs

And as I said previously, with great success comes some great failures. By January of 2008 I had done my two most successful parties to date, the street team was making tons of money, we had more work than we knew what to do with and had won “Street Team of the Year” at the Duval Awards (we got jipped at the Diamond Awards… me thinks someone was still mad at me…lol). But with the success Toya began to like me less (I can see why now) and Damon (my right hand homie) began to feel like he wasn’t appreciated and then I made the worst decision for the company that I could possibly make… I went into business with D. Wash on a club in the middle of nowhere with no sound liquor license! I guess I just KNEW I was hot shit… And so I went into a deal with Pulse Lounge thinking I could run a recurring night, do street team promotions, manage a DJ, manage artist and beat Ivory’s Friday night at De Real Ting (I told you I was arrogant). Well like I said before you have to leave yourself open to evolve, but you have to have the manpower and maturity to deal with your evolution when it comes. I guess I didn’t understand that part….

"It's been so long, that I really don't know what to say. What I will say is at the time, we did a great job with street team marketing. In retrospect, we could have embraced some other markets and social mediums better. Some other mediums would have proved more profitable, for example e-blasts, newsletters social networking sites. You know, "sit on (your) butt" work. But it was fun while it lasted. Love ya B!"- Toya Goodman


The Biggest Month Long Mistake…

And the quick rise to prominence came to a resounding halt with the “April Massacre” and the success we had achieved over the years in all that time meant nothing and New Blood Entertainment was disbanded in May 2008. We would go on to start another company (W.A.T.S., LLC.) but the greatness we achieved as New Blood Entertainment would not be recaptured.

 Why people started getting annoyed with me by brandonkolbyjacobs

 On Toya leaving newblood by brandonkolbyjacobs

"For me, I just got fed up. You spent so much time focused on yourself that you forgot about the team. So much of what you said was "I/me/my" related when what New Blood Entertainment was, included so many people outside of you. Yes, you were the founder, but there were so many other people who made things work. I felt like you forgot that and eventually, it was time for me to move on."- Toya Goodman



Toya would move on to focus more on her spirituality, Damon would go on to focus more on his studio recording, Marcus and I would fall out, and the majority of the girls went on to become mothers, wives, or took up regular jobs. Grand Prix has essentially been the only mainstay out of all us from the final group.

There were many street teams before us and several who would like to say that they were locally more recognizable then us… but in all honesty who can say that with any degree of honesty? New Blood brought Marcus to the forefront as a promoter, helped aid the Woodz Boys (who have come and gone) in their rise to prominence, made many models, helped push DJ D-Money forward, and is responsible for many of the last minute promotions for numerous club grand opening. When it was down to the wire and you needed the team that was going to break into a complex to get fliers in it at 5AM, if you needed promotional material snuck onto the green at the Players Championship, etc you didn’t call the Glamour Girls (and that’s not a diss) and Prestige evolved into a collection of full blown models and entertainers in their own right. When pressed for time and needing results, New Blood Entertainment was who was called, but New Blood Entertainment… no… that’s’ wrong… my arrogance separated us.

 Discussing memorable moments with newblood by brandonkolbyjacobs

 Best Promotional Event by brandonkolbyjacobs 

R.I.P. to New Blood Entertainment, may you live on in the memories of those who experienced your greatness… January 2005- May 2008


Young Trap- Is He Just The Flavor Of The Moment Or A Growing Hip Hop Icon?






Young Trap- Is He Just The Flavor Of The Moment Or A Growing Hip Hop Icon?




Young Trap is a character…
I don’t know him well…
Hell I don’t think I’ve had a conversation any longer than “Yo Trap, what’s up bruh?”
But his staff, namely DJ Pretty Ricky and I have a long standing history of business with one another…

My girl introduced me to Trap last year when I was coming out of retirement (for the second time… or was it the third… anyway…).


So I’m in the car, I plug in her I-Pod and here, this teenager with grown man swag says, “she a five star bitch like Gotti say…”

 03 - Top Of Tha Line by brandonkolbyjacobs 



Now CLEARLY this isn’t the most prolific bar of lyrics I’ve ever heard in my life, but the kid had courage…
He was confident in himself which is really half the battle in our business…
Not to mention he had a hook from Young Cash…


I listened to “Top of The Line“ all the way through only to have her tell me that he was going to be dropping a mixtape “7-14-10” later in the year and something inside me said, “this kid isn’t regular.” And that sort of passion for the game I had when I was his age came rushing back into me… Not because I had found the next Talib Kweli, because I think even Trap wouldn’t say he’s lyrically prolific…


But because the kid had…the kid HAS style…


“4 Loko…”
“Point Blank Shyt…”
“Itz In My Back…”
“Heyy…”
“Got Fye (Remix)…”
All these records came down the pipeline… AND THEY WERE GOOD!


 Yung Trap Tracks by brandonkolbyjacobs 





“7-14-10” would drop and it would make Trap a local celebrity… and it would do quite a bit for Pretty Ricky’s name as a DJ.
June last year I was privileged to have Yung Trap grace the stage at one of my parties and I can honestly say that the young man has presence that extends itself beyond the typical “grab your dick and walk around the stage.”


Yung Trap has presence and is engaging while on stage with quality music that connects to his generation.
No he isn’t the next Nas and I don’t think it’s his aspiration to be, but he is what equates to a quality artist with an abundance of charisma, a sound team behind him, and quite a selection of club records.


What can slow him down?


Probably the same sorts of things that can slow any up and coming artist down…
Complacentcy…
Drugs…
Listening to people who don’t have your best interest at heart…
And most of all arrogance…


But I don’t find those qualities to be present in the homie Yung Trap and I think his choice to align himself with Pretty Ricky, who is regionally becoming one of the top DJ’s because of his sound work ethic and willingness to work with up and coming artists, was the best decision he could have made. With a new mixtape “Year of the Beckham” (damn I wanna know what kinda weed they were smoking when they came up with that title…lol) there’s no question that Trap is making a legitimate attempt to obtain the interest of not only his market but the state of Florida and the entire southern region.

Check out www.datpiff.com for more music from the homie Yung Trap!









Artist Mixtape Review- Grand Prix "Juice- the Mixtape"



Grand Prix
Juice- the Mixtape
Rating: 6.5 out of 10

So, I was asked to review the mixtape from Jacksonville native, Jonathan Johnson aka Grand Prix aka 2 mics… and I must be honest (as I was to his face), I was a bit concerned because I’ve heard some of the older records from Grand Prix… and despite Grand Prix being a friend to me and my New Blood/ W.A.T.S. family, I haven’t generally been a fan of his music. There was always a… vocal inconsistency in his records.

Could Prix write raps? Yes. Could he present the raps in a way that would be appealing to the masses? That is what had yet to be seen. The thing about Prix is he annunciates and in truth, when you speak PROPER English you can often times find it difficult to carry words to the end of a bar. The raps will rhyme, but they’ll lack fluidity and you’ll sound… off.

But then I put in Juice and was presently surprised…

Starting off with the traditional Backdoor Music samples and then drifiting me back to the late 80’s/ early 90’s to the fresh and gritty sounds of the rebellious age of hip hop and hearing Rakim (a hero of my youth) do his thing. I found myself nodding my head. So when Prix comes in on track to proclaiming, “Throw your sign that’s from your side! (Let em’ Let em’ Fly!),” I was somewhat in a state of shock… and not because I didn’t like what I was hearing, but because the Grand Prix from the days of “Strangest Places” had EVOLVED!!!! What was written on paper was beginning to become something that was appealing to listen to when he put it on wax.

With a clear upgrade to the flow, sound competition (the likes of Yung Trap and Young Cash being featured on the mixtape), and the swag of DJ Pretty Ricky apparent all on this mixtape, you find yourself moving from one track to the next wondering, “who the fuck this nigga think he is?” But in a very good way….

Of course Prix immediately puts his foot on the gas and whisking you through his lead singles, “Down” with the help of Yung Trap and his summer hit from last year “Bam It Girl” and you begin to think that Prix may just be able to finally, after years of hitting and missing with records, get the break he’s been looking for…

Unfortunately, Prix slips with records like “This My Song,” “Let Us In” and “I Don’t Know” all of which show that although Prix has evolved significantly, poor beat selection and a lack of focus to the flow can lead back into some bad habits and make him sound sluggish behind the mic. But these slips really are minor (as some of the tracks listed as misses on the mixtape like “Let Us In” are pre-Back Door Music) and Prix also shows you that he isn’t just turned into a “Club Rapper,” he’s also managed to maintain his lyrical skill and evolving showmanship on records like “Feet On The Ground.”

“1 Prix, 2 Mics, 1 bottle vodka…
I drink the pain away everytime I take a swallow
I tell my momma it’s nothin, it’s just to ease the pain
I ain’t tell her, I’m easing the pain everyday…”

Prix engages you with a solid beat selection, a stunning presentation behind the mic and the lyrical skills which could never been questioned. He continues to engage listeners in the final lap with Ricky’s shit talking, (surprisingly) Prix shit talking for the first time on a mixtape, and his freestyles to some known records…

AKA (Freestyle Takeoff)-

“I’m black! I’m ashy! I’m ugly, but gifted!
I do my thing on beats!
AKA the Duval Biggie!
I think I run the city!
Bitch I think I’m Bigga Rankin!
I think I’m Bigga Rankin!
Ain’t no aka I REALLY think I’m Bigga Rankin!”

Pretty confident talk from Prix, which is something he’d historically shied away from, but I’m fully supportive of.

Prix also makes sure to show love to his fraternity (Kappa Alpha Psi) and Greeks in general with the Stroll Snippet, something that will sure to make its way to a college party or two…

Focus-

“I’m bigger than I ever been
Stronger than I ever been
Smarter than I ever been
I’m focused…
Power up…”

Concluding with Focus and some shit talking by the homie King Pin one thing is abundantly clear, Prix is ready to fight for the Duval crown. Is there still some work to do on the flow? Absolutely. But there is NO question that where Prix is now allows for him to compete and be put in the conversation after years of grinding… If you’re not a Grand Prix fan now, I encourage you to check out everything that Grand Prix has going on as Juice- the Mixtape is a VERY solid reintroduction to “Mr. Bam It Girl.”


Artist of the Week Article From 3/12/11

Letter To The Homie Young Cash...


It was difficult for me to really write anything about the Cash situation at all for a number of reasons…
Primarily, I haven’t been around in any capacity in quite some time…
Additionally, you view the situation and its circumstance in such a way that you don’t want to look like how many others are viewed, as “showing up now that he’s locked up”


I met Joey when I was 20 years old…
A sophomore in college at TCC…
Joey was in TJ Chapman’s office and was talking to him about “Give Me A Bottle”…
Show’s what kinds of music person I was back then; I didn’t know Young Cash was from my hometown…lol.
But I would come across Cash at a party with DJ KD and T. Pain (Before he got his dreads redone and TJ started helping with the “I’m In Luv Wit A Stripper” record).
Cash seemed to be the type to stay to himself and kinda do his own thing…
I wouldn’t see Joey again until I was 21 and returned to Jacksonville…

I got an internship with Universal through Corporate Ken and Kato Cash and was told to work with the artist signed to Universal SRC that were in the Florida area…
That would be Grandaddy Souf and Cash…

Obviously, Cash wouldn’t remember me…
When I came in he was in the studio with M-Geezy and I met with Vic and told him I was there to pick work on any promo for Cash they needed me to do…
I always though Cash didn’t think I was serious about working for him, but I really did appreciate his music and found it to be some of the better quality records in the city.
I think for maybe Billy and Bodie…
I have the most Young Cash/ 904 Click/ M-Geezy “Flip Dat” remixes of anyone in the city…
His first mixtape with Billy is probably one of the most legendary mixtapes ever produced because you could hear Cash was HUNGRY!

My relationship with Cash for the most part has been professional, but there were times I walked into the studio and heard him humming a gospel song (that boys doesn't need the auto-tune yall!)…
Would hear him say to one of his homies, something profound about trying to do something to better for yourself…
The dayI got jump at Christopher's here in Jacksonville,  he called me just to see if I was alright…
And from what little I know about the interworking of his family life… I’ve always heard Joey was a great father, son, and sibiling.
I’m going to miss him while he’s gone because having to go away is something I don’t think anyone desires to do…
I think if anyone will learn from the experience and come out more driven and won’t delve into some sort of arrogance about “being locked up and not scared to go back,” it’s Cash…
Because I didn’t think hewas scared to go in and I don’t think he’ll be arrogant about having been there when he comes out…
I do think he’ll recognize it simply isn’t the place to be.
Joey Williams, like when the homie Q had to go away for a while, you are in my prayers.
May God continue to bless you and your family…
Thank you for the contributions you made to my career and this city.
I may not be here when you get out, but I’ll always think of you as one of the most stand up people I’ve ever had the privilege to come across…

“Out of the night that covers me…
Black as the pit form pole to pole.
I thank whatever gods may be…
For my unconquerable soul…”

Indeed Joey…
Indeed my brother…
God bless you…

-Brandon Kolby Jacobs

Fancy... Sex Drive...

Oh so bitch you fancy?
A permeated thought…
Spreading across the minds of men like your vagina spreads inside foreign men’s beds…
And you want me to bed you tonight?
Guess your name is Katt Stacks…
Mixed with a lil’ Superhead…
They say you got super head…
Among other things that is…
A Facebook model fresh off the Myspace boat…
Bet you think them niggas following you on Twitter for more than that posterior that follows you…
But you Fancy, huh?
So let’s get it on tonight…
And I’ll let you get on it tonight…
Masturbating waiting on me to get out of the shower…
Draped in black panties and black bra listening to Fancy as you cum…
Here I come…
Everything big…
Including me…

-Brandon Kolby Jacobs

I never got a chance to say goodby to Vic because as the years went on I went my way and in not seeing Cash much anymore I definitely didn't get to see Vic too much. Vic did a lot for me in the early years when I first got back from Tallahassee, so I couldn't ever bring myself to say a bad thing about him. So as many have already said, R.I.P. to the homie Vic... here's Cash's track, "In My Chevy"...

In some sections of the world, we are the livest fraternity on the yard... at the University of Florida we RUN THE YARD. Enjoy a couple of vids from FISS 2011 and see if you can find me in the midst of these videos...


Iota strolling at the cookout...


Centaur Walk


The frat the SHOULD have won first place overall, but because we didn't throw a nigga off the stage... well let me not get in my feelings again... check out the video...


The NPHC of UF stepping at the beginning of FISS 2011