Trump Sacramento Rally, “Yea I Was There, But I Don’t Support Him For President”

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Trump Sacramento Rally “Yea I Was There, But I Don’t Support Him For President”

First Degree The D.E. explains his attendance at the Trump Sacramento rally and more

By Jimmy Frinks of The Fahrenheit Record

July 29, 2016

In the face of surrounding rumors and pressure about his alleged support of Donald Trump, First Degree The D.E. clears the air about his confirmed presence at the Trump Sacramento rally, his upcoming video, and the ‘Summer Of Fahrenheit’.

While traveling California, making his case to the American people, presidential hopeful Donald Trump held a rally in Sacramento on June 1st, 2016. The rally was held at The Sacramento Metro Airport with an intense police presence. This rally was preceded by a turbulent Chicago cancelation, and was followed by a bloody San
Jose Trump protest brawl. The Sacramento hangar in which this event was held, was secure, with the occational protests.

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Supporters and protesters occasionally clashed in the two hour line

The Trump Sacramento rally line was two hours long, consisted of mostly white males, and bared a few protestors and conflicts. The media was deep, there was 10,000+ rally goers in attendance, and both tension and fun were in the air. Although a few flirted with the imagery, there were no confederate symbols seen. Republicans had come from the surrounding regions to hear the official nominee fire up the crowd, trash the media, and explain that America was going to be great again under his presidential leadership.

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Trump arrives in Sacramento in dramatic fashion

On time, Donald Trump dramatically landed in his name-incrusted plane within eyeshot of the rally, to a frenzied crowd. The plane pulled up to the hangar, and ‘The Donald’ made his entrance. He literally began where he had left off the rally before, explaining how the media mistreated him during the veteran donation scandal, and trashing local Sacramento media as a result. The next 40 minutes was just what the supporters relished for, Trump’s random ideas on building a wall on the border, Hillary Clinton, China, our military, the economy; the full array of ‘Trump’. Once over, the rally goers appeared content with the performance, and left the hangar energized for a Trump presidency.

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Trump asks the crowd, “Who’s gunna pay for the wall?!”

Days after the rally, rumors spread in the Sacramento streets that one of the few African-Americans that attended the Trump was none other that local rapper First Degree The D.E.

A YouTube video of the full rally, posted by Right Side Broadcasting, clearly shows an African American man in the front, near Trump, during a post-rally meet and greet. His arms appear on the right of screen at the 50:30 mark of the video. At one point, it appears verbal and/or nonverbal communication is made between the presidential hopeful and the Black man. Once word spread that the Black man was wearing First Degree The D.E.’s signature red, black, and green wristbands, the video went semi viral and First Degree The D.E. says he felt the heat from fans and friends alike for “supporting a demagogue racist”. The Fahrenheit Record spoke to the Sacramento vet to set the record straight.


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“Yea I was there, but I don’t support him for president” First Degree clarifies. “He’s funny to me, he’s a simple, privileged man that speaks off the cuff, is addicted to power, an isolationist, a bully, a sexist, and knows how to stir fear. Its great!”  First Degree continues, pointing out that Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president, and feels Trump is too vindictive for the Oval Office. “Can you imagine Donald Trump with the nuclear codes? We’d be on the verge of war because of a Twitter feud! Trump would be great as a new and improved Rush Limbaugh, on the air everyday ranting, but not a Commander-In-Chief. He doesn’t have enough empathy.” First Degree The D.E. also notes that living to serve the people, “isn’t something you can turn on like a light switch, its a passion that burns one’s whole life.” The Sacramento rap legend also affirms that he and the presidential hopeful did communicate briefly.



Post rally, First Degree The D.E. and The Fahrenheit Record was allowed clearance to Donald Trump

When asked if he thought Donald Trump was a racist, First Degree The D.E. goes on to explain that he agrees with Seattle area activist and artist Thunderchief, with his view that Trump is an ethnocentric. According to Merrian-Webster, you are an ethnocentric if you have ‘the idea that your own group or culture is better or more important than others’. “As a Marcus Garvey Black Nationalism learner, its hard for me to hate on that,” First Degree admits.

While addressing Trump followers, First Degree The D.E. has observed that many of the them are White people that feel the benefits of white supremacy slowly seeping away. “A white person doesn’t have to be a racist to appreciate American white supremacy. To some whites, the thought of an equally diverse nation is exciting and stimulating. To others, the thought of true racial equality is threatening. To the latter whites, America was ‘theirs’, they are losing it, and it’s time to to ‘take it back’. Code words like ‘silent majority’ and ‘great again’, the quoting of negative minority statistics, are calls to white supremacy,” First Degree discloses. “The strong minded whites have an obligation to lift their small minded, white supremacy-clinging brothers out of the bounds of their fear”


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The Fahrenheit Record Video

In time, First Degree The D.E. leaked the true reason he was at the Trump Sacramento rally, it was to film a video. “For the last three months, I’ve been takin’ on the persona of a reporter. My next video, ‘The Fahrenheit Record’ is dedicated to the hottest, upcoming urban news site in the region by the same name. It’s a funny parady on the news and what goin’ on in the world.” The song is featured on First Degree’s latest album, ‘Black Bane, Misunderstood Hero, Part 1’. ‘The Fahrenheit Record’ song questions the motives of mainstream media and does something about it by creating its own news publication.

The Fahrenheit Record song was first leaked by Sacramento News & Review. It is produced by Sacramento legend Phonk Beta and the upcoming video is being directed by Fahrenheit genius, Sic Ill.

In addition to the Trump Sacramento rally, The D.E.’s three months as a reporter included exclusive stories and footage from many news makers. The list includes Bernie Sanders, The Sacramento Black Lives Matter Movement, Steph Curry, Justin Timberlake, Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer, Patrick Peterson, Jerome Bettis, Jerry Rice, Marshall Faulk, Blake Bortles, Andre Iguodala, Wes Welker, Tim Brown, Marcus Allen, The Fahrenheit Crew, the list goes on. When asked if all of these celebrities were in the upcoming ‘The Fahrenheit Record’ video, First Degree The D.E. confirmed by saying, “Like Mac Dre told me, they all in my moooovie!”

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Sacramento Black Lives Matter activists take to the state capitol

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Jerry Rice takes time off golf to give attention to The Fahrenheit Record

First Degree The D.E.’s ‘The Fahrenheit Record’ music video will air in August 2016.


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Summer Of Fahrenheit

The ‘Summer Of Fahrenheit’ is a term that has been floating around the internet as of late. For the record, we asked First Degree The D.E. what is was all about.

“The Summer Of Fahrenheit gave birth to the new talent we have for the Fahrenheit family and our worldwide fanbase,” First Degree informs, “providing shlappage for your speakers. First off, the Bay Area’s Oji & The Ascension Team came wit that ‘Technoetics’. Pure African instrumental, soulful vibe for you to meditate to. Greg Double came next, that Norf Wes party music happin’ wit that ‘From Tacoma With Love’. Den that AWALL aka 2Piece, the Tacoma O.G. came with that ‘Rock It Like This’, makin’ the game pop! Be on the lookout for the #RecognizeTacoma movement tho. The Summer Of Fahrenheit is taking Fahrenheit’s West Coast world-wide! Soupbone and Josh Rizeberg up next too, Fahrenheit’s on fire right now!”

In addition, First Degree The D.E. proudly boasts of the upcoming upgrades to their websites, including FirstDegreeTheDE.com, SacramentoRap.com, CaliforniaRap.com, USRapNews.com, and TacomaRap.com. The Summer Of Fahrenheit also included a First Degree video appearance on French rapper GhostDEST’s video, ‘Parania’.


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First Degree explains he’s voting for Hillary Clinton in November. He explains that he voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary knowing Hillary would win it in this TFR article about the Bernie Sacramento rally. He conceds that his vote was more of a “point vote” supporting Bernie and his ideas, and that Senator Sanders’ intentions are “pure”. First Degree informs us that he admires Hillary Clinton and her service record, as well.

“My dad’s family is from Arkansas. My uncle, Eddie D. Colen, had a personal relationship with the Clintons, and that’s good enough for me. She has the ‘service bug’. I’ve moved forward on my thoughts.” First Degree reveals.



*Note The Fahrenheit Record attended the Hillary Clinton Sacramento rally, but it was closed early to the public.

Visit The Fahrenheit Record at FahRecord.com. Listen to The Fahrenheit Record on Sacramento News & Review’s Soundcloud HERE.

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Bernie In Sacramento, Who Was There And Why

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Who Was There And Why

By The Fahrenheit Record’s Jimmy Blog

Sacramento, Ca, May 9th, 2016 –  Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders came to Sacramento and was greeted by an unprecedented, diverse crowd of 20,000+.  The Fahrenheit Record was at Bonnie Field to find out who was at the rally and why.

In a unique presidential season, there has been one voice that has resonated across party lines. That is the voice of Bernie Sanders. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have taken note of Senator Sanders’ message of income inequality, social justice, the plight of the poor, and corruption in the American campaign system. Both presidential front runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have praised Senator Sanders and have utilized Sanders’ perspectives in their rhetoric. Bernie Sanders’ purpose had lead to a massive grassroots following. On Monday May 9th, Sanders brought “the Bern” to Sacramento, and the crowd was one of Sacramento’s largest, most diverse, ever to attend a Sacramento event.

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Some showed up in the morning to head the line of the 5:00pm event

“The crowd’s diversity reminded my of an E-40 show on steroids!” Sacramento activist First Degree The D.E. observed. First Degree The D.E. is a local musician, teacher, recent Master’s degree graduate, and has brokered a truce between Sacramento Bloods and Crips gangs. He has recently pledged his support for Bernie Sanders in a Fahrenheit Record article about the Chicago Trump rally protest. He goes on to include that people from all walks of life attended the rally. “It (the diversity and crowd size) reflects Bernie’s passion for the people.”

While sifting through the quarter mile long line, one could not only find a wide range of people waiting up to three hours to get into the event, but also see them interacting with each other. Groups ranging from students, to retired professionals, and all in between, gathered to hear Bernie Sanders’ call for a political revolution. Although the Sacramento Bee states that the crowd was made up of “mostly white millennials” The Fahrenheit Record took time observing the whole event from start to finish and saw a different picture.

Blacks, Whites, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, Middle Easterners, straights, gays, women, men, young, middle aged, old, all exchanging ideas with strangers that became friends. “I spent a couple minutes eavesdropping on a hard core vato talking politics and ideas with a group of hippies and some goth girls. Where else you gunna find that than a Bernie rally?!” First Degree The D.E. ponders.

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Crowds continued to converge onto Bonnie Field well after 9:00pm for the 5:00pm Bernie In Sacramento event

With only four days public notice of this event, the reason these people attended this “political revolution” was just as important as the message itself. The Fahrenheit Record spoke to about 100 attendees, asking them one simple question, “Why are you here?”

While many attended to support Bernie the candidate, just as many were there to support his ideas. Many had appreciated Mr. Sanders’ unveiling of our political system’s secrets and corporate influence. They credit his empathy towards all and his collective nature for their support. Those surveyed stated they were at the Bernie in Sacramento rally because it just, “felt right” and they “wouldn’t miss it for the world” as a couple of attendees put it. Many appreciated his concern for future generations and selflessness as well.

A significant amount of people said they somewhat liked Hillary Clinton, and some said they would have a hard time voting for Hillary, but would. A vast majority of the Bernie Sanders rally mass thought that if Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination, she would be wise to put Senator Sanders on the ticket as vice president.

The most common answer given on why event goers supported Sanders was that they trusted his judgment. Answers praising his moral compass, clear purpose, past opposition to American political mistakes, and past support of civil rights, were sighted.

While being interviewed by The World Socialist Web Site, First Degree The D.E. was asked why he attended the Sanders event. He agreed with others, explaining, “The one thing everyone can agree about Bernie Sanders is that his intentions are pure.” He went on to explain that presidents get a lot of information and it is our job, as the voting public, to put a person in office that will, nine times out of ten, make the best choice for the country.

Comradery was high at this Cal Expo affair. Friends were made, connections were connected, and bonds were bonded. Amogst the crowd, people from all walks of life were getting involved in the political process, being a part of change, and being heard. Musicians played and people spoke, ramping up the massive, patient crowd for the Senator.

Although poll after poll shows Bernie Sanders beating Donald Trump by a bigger margin than his opponent Hillary Clinton, Sanders is trailing Clinton in the Democratic primary. Mr. Sanders would need 85% of the remaining delegates to catch her. The candidate’s underdog status makes the Bernie in Sacramento crowd that much more fascinating.

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Bernie Sanders takes the stage with progressive ideas, collective thinking, and calls for unity

Once most of the crowd made their way inside the venue, Bernie Sanders took to the stage. He hit on his progressive message of unity, responsibility, and idealism. Sanders’ take on American empathy touched the people. “When your family hurts, mine is there to help. When my family hurts, you’re there to help,” Bernie Sanders declares to a roaring crowd. Bernie Sanders’ points about college tuition debt, gender equality, and Donald Trump not being the next president resonated with the audience, too.

As well as hitting his common points, Bernie Sanders personalized his message to Sacramentans and Californians. Being at a Bernie Sanders rally, as opposed to watching clips of them on CNN, was a much more comprehensive, enriching experience. Not only did the people that attended get to hear a full version of Bernie Sanders’ vision for the future from the man himself, they got to be among people like themselves, people ready for a political revolution.

When Bernie’s speech was over, The Fahrenheit Record followed First Degree The D.E. to a gated off area on the right side of the stage. After given Secret Service clearance, First Degree The D.E. was seen in a designated area with approximately 75 other rally attendees and press. While in this area, Bernie Sanders and First Degree The D.E. was observed shanking hands and exchanged words.

When later asked what he and the presidential candidate talked about during their brief encounter, First Degree replied, “That’s a conversation between two activists.” He did include that some of it was caught on tape and will be featured in his upcoming ‘Say Serra’ music video, from his most recent album, ‘Black Bane, The MIsunderstood Hero’. “Like Mac Dre would say, ‘Bernie, you in my mooovie.'” The D.E. included.

Bernie in Sacramento was a 20.000+ diverse congregation of political dreamers. It was inspirational and good for Sacramento.

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Tech N9ne and Brotha Lynch

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By Jimmy Blog Of The Fahrenheit Record

During First Degree The D.E.’s visit on UGS Radio, Brotha Lynch claims Tech N9ne is after his wife.

On April 14th, 2016, First Degree The D.E. was on The Murder Master Music Show and delivered many surprises, including bringing Brotha Lynch into fray. During the hour and a half long interview, First Degree The D.E. discussed his new album “Black Bane, The Misunderstood Hero”, it’s purpose, it’s musical production, the racial epithets he occasionally uses in songs, being banned from Strange Music, his recently earned Master’s Degree, and much more.

It was near the end of the episode when things took a turn.

About twenty minutes into the episode, First Degree The D.E. surprised hosts Prez B, Mac, and the MMMS audience by having the one and only Brotha Lynch Hung call in. They talked about the two’s relationship, which seems to be mended now, Lynch’s new EP “Bullet Maker”, and to everyone’s surprise, the accusation that Tech N9ne is trying to steal Brotha Lynch’s wife. Lynch asserts on the show, “He won’t stop ’til he gets my wife!” He didn’t go into detail, instead went on detailing his appreciation for Strange Music.

During the interview, Brotha Lynch reflected on his time at Strange Music. Lynch’s latest release, “Bullet Maker”, was released on Lynch’s own label, Madesicc Music. It is unclear if Brotha Lynch’s next full album, “Kevlar”, will be released by Strange Music. Observers of Brotha Lynch and Tech N9ne have noted a unique bond between the two, filled with deep admiration and power riffs.

“During Brotha Lynch’s time with Strange Music, he and Tech N9ne had an interesting relationship. Tech grew up on Lynch, yet Tech owns the label Lynch is now on and has a vast audience of his own now. On the flip side, Lynch is a proud MC with a vast, devoted following, and past label troubles that haunt him to this day” First Degree explains to The Fahrenheit Record. First Degree served as Brotha Lynch’s manager during the Brotha Lynch/Strange Music merger. He includes, “there’s definitely a weird element between Lynch, his wife Lauren, and Tech goin on.” Could Tech N9ne be trying to steal Brotha Lynch’s wife for sport?

In one of Tech N9ne’s singles, “Mental Giant”, Tech N9ne raps that he’s, “narcissistic, dark and wicked”. Was the result of the mix of an MC with an ego, and a proud MC bringing it back, toxic, or historical? The debate will be waged for years, yet only time will tell.

In addition to Tech N9ne Brotha Lynch controversy, First Degree and Lynch gave the audience an inside look into the album making process.

When it came to defining the Black Bane concept, First Degree The D.E. explained that the Black Bane character is a hero for the people. He aimed to inspire and inform, with the type of music that changes the game. He has just completed his Master’s degree in global teaching strategies and was ready to get back into the studio. First Degree’s baritone rap and singing style is unique, truthful and remains cutting edge. He explains that for the music, he relied on Phonk Beta, with guest production by Oji El, Eric Otis, Sultan Mir. “Live piano, live guitar, and inspiration” The D.E. reveals. On the album’s first single, the title track “Black Bane”, First Degree challenges the listener to stand up and fight for somebody. Black Bane is very well put together and has a new, fresh vibe that spews of talent, musical innovation, and time. Prez B of UGS calls Black Bane First Degree’s best album to date. His review can be read HERE.

First Degree went on to address some of the controversy surrounding lyrics on his new “Black Bane” album. Some have taken offense to racial epithets used in his songs. For example, during the interview, host Scott Bejda played “Say Serra” from Black Bane. It included the lines, “(I) gots, the kind of Jews, you can’t refuse. The kind of Japs thats peel ‘yo caps. The kind of spooks, thats put up dukes. The kind of crackas, thats serious backas. The kind of Messicans, thats spill ‘yo ‘intesskins’. The kind of Mooslims, thats make ‘ya dooslims,. The kind of Flips thats flips they whips.” On The Murder Master Music Show, and later with The Fahrenheit Record, The D.E. provides insight into the use of these terms.tech n9ne is trying to steal brotha lynchs wife first degree

First Degree The D.E. uses words like “crackas” and “Moooslims” to bring attention to his message about race

“Ironically, the same people that are sensitive to my use of these words, are the same people that need to hear it,” First Degree The D.E. explains. He also discloses that he represents the underground people, he uses the racial epithets to get peoples attention on the topic, inform, and is sometimes joking. “I get tired on the N-word in songs, and folks repeatin it when they shouldn’t be,” includes The D.E.

The 20 year rap veteran also justifies his lyric, “Can’t give a white bum money, shoulda cashed in on ya privlege, ya dummy!”. This line appears on his latest video, “I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style”. First Degree points out that he has in fact given white homeless people money, and hints that the line’s purpose was shed light on white privilege. In the past, First Degree has stirred up racial controversy for his single, “Listen Up, Ya Honkey” from his Super Black album.

“I couldn’t believe he did that,” reveals Brotha Lynch during the interview.

Brotha Lynch Hung was very open during this rare interview he participated in as well. The 27 year rap veteran also updated us on rumors in the Sacramento rap game, including his health, legal troubles, and X Raided’s release. Lynch explained that he was in the hospital last year, and had recovered. He stated that he had gotten so sick that, “my wife said I was walking around with my pants down”. He also talked about recently getting off of probation for nine months and going sober during that time. Now off probation, on the show he proclaimed that he was “real high”. In regards to the rumors that X Raided had been released in prison, Lynch explained the X Raided did not get released, yet has a parole hearing in 120 days. Popular rap news website Sacramentorap.com is normally the first to have the scoop on these type issues. Brotha Lynch also frequently talked about his wife Lauren from her “beatin up every bitch in Sac”, to her cooking.

Brotha Lynch and First Degree had real good things to say about each other. They talked about stimulating each other, their friendship outside the studio, and finding it important to have each other’s input on projects. The two have been making music together for over 20 years, most famously on Lynch’s “Loaded” and First Degree’s “Planet Zero”. In addition, Brotha Lynch hinted at the making of a group album with First Degree, and Phonk Beta, and himself. “Im hopin’ that me and D.E. can put an album together. It’ll be epic because all the classic stuff we’ve done. Fans on my Instagram all day like ‘when you gunna work with D.E. again?'”

A key factor in First Degree and Brotha Lynch working again is his current ban from Strange Music. As a result of juggalo backlash, First Degree The D.E. had been banned from Strange Music’s website and location. On the MMMS, The D.E. stated that he and Strange Music are peers and they should go back to working together. “Strange Music, un-ban me from ya facilities!” proposes First Degree The D.E.

From the “historic” 258th episde of UGS’s Murder Master Music Show, it is obvious that good things are here and to come from Brotha Lynch Hung, First Degree The D.E., and Sacramento rap’s future.

To hear insight into the Brotha Lynch and First Degree, Fahrenheit Radio, and an open discussion on Tech N9ne and Strange Music, click the link for Episode 258 of the Murder Master Music Show HERE.

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Brotha Lynch Hung “Bullet Maker, and First Degree The D.E. “Black Bane” are available digitally and in retail stores now.

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Trump Chicago Protest, The 2016 Race, and Black Perspective

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Trump Chicago Protest

The 2016 Race, and Urban Perspective

By The Fahrenheit Record’s Jimmy Blog and First Degree The D.E.

On March 11th, 2016, the people of Chicago, Illinois took the Republican Primary Race into their own hands. While the Republican establishment failed to stop The Demagogue, the citizens of The Windy City infiltrated a Donald Trump rally at The UIC Pavilion and “showed how to deal with a bully” one protester declared on CNN. As a result, the 2016 Republican Race, and history, has taken a dramatic turn.

By showing up in numbers at this rally, these activists have reminded the nation, and the world, that the power is with the people.

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The Trump Chicago protest send the world a message rejecting hate

Trump has no chance of winning an American presidential election. After Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss to President Barack Obama, the Grand ‘Ol Party finally concluded that without a considerable amount of the Latino and African American vote, they will never win a general election. According to The Washington Post, 8 out of 10 Latinos nationwide have a highly-unfavorable view of Donald J Trump. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

WIthout respect and empathy, ideas are hollow. The Republican head honchos and major donors know this, yet the voters the Republicans have targeted over the years, are more focused on the message of Donald Trump. Bigotry, reaction to fear, and loss of economic opportunity rooted from the George Bush era and outsourcing, has “trumped” policies, substance, history, or chances of winning, in this race.

America is more divided than ever, blah, blah, blah. The reality is diversity is enriching and in order to move forward, those that resist will rise for a last, unsuccessful whohaa. That whohaa is The Donald Trump “Movement”. The victim are American morality, and the Republican Party.

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Trump Chicago protest activists took to the streets by the thousands

According to The New York Times, more “Americans” are killed and tormented by White supremacists that radical Muslim groups. The word American is in quotes because the experiences of these vicims, people of color, don’t count. While Muslim jihadist terrorism brings out passion in the American people, White supremacy is not considered. Chicago has shown, its time for the strong-minded Whites to check the small percentage of their people that stifles American progress due to unwarranted fear. By “check” I mean put them in their place, educate, inspire.

The “Silent Majority’s” Great White Hope will not stop at any costs. His people are fearful on the direction of this country, you know, Whites “losing control” of America. America is changing, the population is becoming more diverse, and there is a small portion of the White community, most with limited experiences, that is scared to death by this. While it can be said that Trump is single handedly leading the Republican party into destruction, it is also fair to say that years of extreme, fearful Republican propaganda has lead to this Trump movement.

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Chicago reminded the world the power is with the people

While members of the right have tried to categorize the protesters, they came in all shapes and sizes. The power is truly with the people.

As a result of the Trump Chicago protest, Donald Trump events have had more and more protesting incidents occurring. The following day after the Trump Chicago protest, a rally in Ohio had a protester rush the stage, causing a panicked Donald Trump to turn around and secret service to rush the stage. A later rally in Kansas City was constantly inturrupted by what Mr. Trump called “Bernie’s people“, another attempt to categorize.

On a recent episode of Fahrenheit Radio’s “Fahrenheit Hour 25”, Fahrenheit Historian Big J includes, “The people that are supporting Trump are too damn dumb to know that he doesn’t give a f*&% about them!”. The historian and native Chicagonian also goes on to connect Chicago with other acts of revolutionary protests and politics. The episode in its entirety can be heard HERE. Although critics of Trump’s momentum down play the intelligence of the people involved, it reminds that Trump’s rise isn’t about substance, its about making a point.

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Trump Republicans won’t vote Latino. Cruz, Rubio should drop out

Look at the people supporting Trump. Do you think the vast majority of Republicans are going to vote to put a Latino in office? They are trying to get of yall! Rubio and Cruz drop out now.

The only chance of the Republican Party saving face is to elect Governor John Kasich in a brokered convention. The Trump crowd will not vote for a Latino in a general election, and they have the numbers and excitement at the moment. They would stay at home on election day, or even worse for the GOP, vote Trump on a third or written in ticket. However, the “silent majority” would chose Kasich over Hillary.

When I lived alone in the mid 2000’s, I remember watching an infomercial including a Donald Trump interview peddling something. It featured a 40ish blonde woman asking Trump questions and blushing over him at the same time. I don’t remember what the infomercial was peddling, but because it came on practically every night for a period of time, and I didn’t have cable, I watched it a few times. It was interesting, and dare I say, inspiring. It’s hard to believe the Donald Trump of the 2000’s turned into the fear-exploiting demagogue before us today.

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Trump’s temperment makes him unfit for the United States Presidency

Some will say that Trump has a handle on the country’s foreign trade deficit needs. Fine, give him a role providing input on that. However, the message from the Trump Chicago protest activists is don’t vote to give him the role of president.

History will show that the activists from the Trump Chicago protest changed the direct of the 2016 Presidential Race and perhaps saved the country.


The Fahrenheit Record’s 2016 Presidential Endorsements Are As Follows…

Jimmy Blog  |  Bernie Sanders

First Degree The D.E.  |  Bernie Sanders

Big J  |  Hillary Clinton

A 40 minute interview with Fahrenheit Record’s First Degree The D.E. and Historian Big J can be heard on Fahrenheit Radio HERE when scheduled, and on demand on Youtube HERE!

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Trump & Chicago | A City’s History Of Protest


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Insight from Big J, Fahrenheit Record Historian

    I received a text message Friday evening from an old friend and classmate from college Michael Colen many of you know him as First Degree hip hop artist from Sacramento. The text simply read “God Bless Chitown.” I had just gotten home and had cracked a beer and had the tv locked in to the Bulls and the Heat. I’d heard about what was going on in my hometown the protests over a scheduled rally and appearance by Republican candidate for President Donald Trump. I turned from the game to CNN I watched what unfolded on the tv with great interest. I listened to the reporters commentary, the clashes between those that objected to Trump’s appearance and his “politics” and those that support his candidacy. As the evening continued to unfold I was struck with a feeling of great pride.

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Trump & Chicago can be explained by non-profits like “I Grow Chicago”

    Nationally the narrative about Chicago has been mostly negative, the gun violence in the black community, the deaths of unarmed African American citizens Laquan McDonald a 17 year old who was shot and killed by a police officer, a shooting that was captured on video. Recently another video was released depicting the shooting of Cedrick Chatman a teenager that was shot on January 7, 2013 after running from a stolen vehicle, the city had been trying to suppress the release of this video. A separate shooting in December 2015 in which Bettie Jones age 55 was shot “accidentally” by police. The mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel has been under fire due to the police shootings and many have called for him to step down as mayor.

Many Chicagoans were excited when filmmaker Spike Lee announced that he would be filming Chiraq and hoped that this movie would shed light on, engage conversation and hopefully change regarding the increasing gun violence in Chicago, which in my opinion is genocide. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case, the premise of the film was that a gang leader’s girlfriend encouraged other women to withhold sex until the violence stops. This was not a film that many took seriously and we felt that an opportunity had been missed. Chicago is not new to protest or police violence, see the 1968 Democratic Convention and the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton in 1969 after having been drugged as he lay in bed with his pregnant girlfriend.

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Trump & Chicago is not he first time the city protested a political event

    I think Trump’s popularity is due to Obama’s two terms as president a presidency which many have never accepted. Trump says that he wants to make America great again but has not laid out his plan in which to do so. His comments are often inflammatory he talks of building a wall to keep foreigners out of the country and protecting our borders. The increasing incidents at his rallies in which many African Americans that have been threatened and harmed physically. What has Trump done to condemn these actions? He says nothing which is basically encouraging his supporters to continue this behavior. This is only going to escalate…his supporters feel emboldened and I predict this is going to have dire consequences eventually.


Let’s remember premise of this country was for those from other countries to come to these shores to find acceptance and opportunity. The true native Americans are Indians and we see what happened to them. My ancestors built this country after having been kidnapped from Africa and brought here to work as slaves toiling in massa’s cotton fields. Not viewed as a human more along the lines of an animal to work and breed until you work yourself to death. You were subject to being sold away from your family at any moment but that’s a topic many don’t want to revisit.

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America is just getting over the eight year fiasco that was the Bush administration. If Trump is elected as the next leader of the free world long will it take for him to ostracize himself and us from the international community? How long will it take for him to refer to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a dumb bimbo or refer to another world leader’s penis size?

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The rise of Trump has been compared to Hitler

We can’t afford to elect Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States, the people in my hometown of Chicago showed Friday night. I’m proud of the statement that was made that evening, I’m proud that Trump was forced to cancel his rally, I hope that he never comes back to the city. I encourage everyone to stand up and be heard at this time in protest and also on election day. The stakes are too high and we have too much at steak as a country to still be divided by racism, bigotry and fear.

Quoting the late great Bob Marley from his song Revolution, “Never make a politician grant you a favor, they will always want to control you forever.” I typically don’t trust politicians but I engage in the process because of the sacrifices many before me have given to allow my voice to be heard and so I vote. Unfortunately oftentimes the process is like selecting between the lesser of two evils. In this case the evil wears a bad toupee, has orange hued skin and is loudmouth with no political experience, are we really seriously considering placing our collective fortunes in his hands for the next four years?

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Trump & Chicago protesters came in all shapes and sizes

Peace…Big J.

Listen to a 40 minute Fahrenheit Hour interview with Big J on Fahrenheit Radio when scheduled HERE, and on demand on Youtube HERE.


Brotha Lhynch Bullet Maker Reivew by First Degree The DE and Soupbone

Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker Brings Back The Sacramento Siccness


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Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker Brings Back The Sacramento Siccness

By Jimmy Blog For The Fahrenheit Record

    Brotha Lynch Hung is at it again, this time back on his Madesicc label with “Bullet Maker EP”. After 25+ years in the recording industry, the question is will this album further his legacy, or demoish it?

After a private screening of the album, Fahrenheit Records recording artists First Degree The D.E. and Soupbone seem to think that Brotha Lynch’s legacy will take a step forward with this latest release. To make public their feelings on Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker  and the role the albums plays in Lynch’s legacy, the two underground rap pioneers put together a creative review of the album, now availible on Youtube HERE.

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Fahrenheit Records’ recording artist “Soubone”

    In the beginning of the reivew, questions arise like, “Does Lynch die?” and “Is Lynch alive?”. First Degree The D.E. and Soupbone go on about the definition of being alive, debate if Brotha Lynch has a soul, and the purpose of Sacramento rap music.

Once discussing album specifics, The D.E. and Soup provide more detail about Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker and what makes Brotha Lynch Hung special. Soup explains, “He has an ability to sit there and just really just take you away from your current curcumstances and just be free, where you can just let all your anger and rage go with no consequecnces, no consequecnces.” Lynch’s appeal couldn’t be summed up any better.

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“Selfie” of First Dergee, Phonk Beta, and Brotha Lynch during a private screening of Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker

    The Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker review, posted on First Degree’s Youtube page, is unique because it comes from the perspective of two men that listen to his music, are part of the Sacramento rap legacy, and that know Lynch personally. The D.E. and Soup’s personal knowledge of Brotha Lynch brings this glowing endorsement to life. “My rilla done been through so much!” states First Degree in the review.

In this review, First Degree explains that the new Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker EP had the kind of sound that made him proud to be a Sacramentian. “The kind of slaps thats claps yo blaps”, he explains.

Brotha Lynch Bullet Maker is a digital only Madesicc Musicc release, scheduled for a Feb 19th street date. Check out the audio of the  review in its entirety on Youtube HERE.

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Black Bane Puts Eminem, Tech N9ne, and Brotha Lynch On Notice In New Video

Black Bane Puts Eminem, Tech N9ne, and Brotha Lynch On Notice With New Video


First Degree The D.E. takes on the Black Bane persona and looks to raise the thought, talent, and purpose in today’s rap music

By Fahrenheit Insight’s Jimmy Blog

   Just when America needs answers, The D.E. provides. In a quest to bolster hip hop consciousness, Sacramento rapper First Degree The D.E. calls out rap heavy weights Eminem, Tech N9ne, and Brotha Lynch in new video, “Black Bane”, which can be seen HERE.

   First Degree The D.E. is a world renowned entertainer/activist and pioneer of Sacramento rap, has performed over 100 shows across the USA, and  is responsible for 55 projects in all. In addition to his uplifting message in the recording booth, First Degree is an active participant in South Sacramento community. The label he owns, Fahrenheit Records, had sold over 80,000 units world-wide , consists of artists stretching the West Coast,  and enjoys a 20 years history of quality, thoughtful, diverse music. Fahrenheit Records operates an award winning, world-wide online radio station called Fahrenheit Radio, and owns and operates 14 websites, including FirstDegreeTheDE.com, Sacramentorap.com, Californiarap.com, and USrapnews.com.

    The Fahrenheit Insight caught up with First Degree during the “I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style” video shoot at the 49er’s stadium in Santa Clara, CA. It was a cloudy evening with thousands of raucous, optimistic fans tailgating in the Levi Stadium paring lot for Monday Night Football’s opening of the 2015 season. The D.E.  gave us insight into the history and purpose behind Black Bane, and what it means to be a street vigilante. Who is First Degree Black Bane?

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   Over his 20 year rap history, First Degree has put on many masks to deliver his message. This includes RoboDE, Blackulem, Shlumpulicious, and Super Black to name a few. Being Fahrenheit Records’ 55th project, the first thing The Fahrenheit Insight wanted to know about Black Bane was what the difference between it all the past First Degree characters.

   “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” First Degree explains. “Like the other recent characters I’ve portrayed on albums, I was told by the universe to take on this persona. I don’t just sit around and decide, ‘I’m gunna do this, or I’m gunna say that.’ God an His universe instructs me to do so, and I oblige.” He then went on to lay out the purpose of Black Bane.

   First Degree The D.E. went all out to detail the characteristics of Black Bane. He explained tat unlike the other characters he’s portrayed, Black Bane sees the world as a grey area, meaning there’s no definitive good or bad, just perspective. “Black Bane is a street vigilante. Once he’s locked onto a goal that’s just, he affiliates with the good and the bad in order to fulfill that purpose. He’s purpose is just, his means are questionable to some.”

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Long time Brotha Lynch producer Phonk Beta goes all the way live with his production on First Degree Black Bane

   When asked about Black Bane’s purpose and goals, First Degree related Black Bane’s vision of a fair society in which opportunities flow equally across all social and economic levels, the people are informed and inspired, and doing his part to help shed the effects of Jim Crow and return the people to the regalness that is within them. “This is what he calls fighting for the people. Black Bane just takes aggressive means and plays the role only he can play, in order to get the job did,” First Degree The D.E. asserts. He concludes, “To deliver this message, I relied on the Great Phonk Beta and challenged him to remind the people what makes him great, and he succeeded with an unbelievable array of superior, live shlumpage.”

When we got in the lab we asked ourselves how we can make this one bigger and better. We achieved that goal with thought, soul, effort, talent, time, patience, and purpose.

The Fahrenheit Record was given a copy of the First Degree Black Bane singles in preparation of this article. They include “Black Bane”, “I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style”, and “Say Serra”.

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First Degree Black Bane through the eyes of Oji

Black Bane

The first single is the title track, Black Bane. It starts with First Degree and The Celebration (his kids), telling the story of Black Bane to a dark, aggressive, piano driven, Phonk Beta beat. The first line, “The cost to be boss, atroc-it-ties, that most can’t handle, that’s that’s why you boss, that’s why you bump my blamble, that and rap scandal” provides immediate insight into the mind of Black Bane. The chorus is a daunting 8 bars of dark singing, thunder, and whipping. Black Bane’s lyrics are hard, political, and thoughtful, “Not affected by ISIS, that’s way far, the man’s cookin books here, that’s on our radar.”

The First Degree Black Bane video is another genius animation from Fahrenheit’s Oji, filled with good guys, bad guys, and all in between. The ultra creative video details the many faces and duties of Black Bane and his allies. In addition, the video includes Eminem, Tech N9ne, and Brotha Lynch. When asked why they were included in the video, First Degree explains, “Oji and I saw this video as an opportunity to remind rap’s division leaders to have purpose in their music, before its too late. I’m in cahoots with Lynch as we speak, collaborating on Strange Music’s ‘Kevlar’ album, and that ‘Black Bane Part 2, The Underestimated Villan'”. The D.E. asserts, “its time for the Brotha Lynchs, the Phonk Betas, and the First Degrees to get back together in unison and continue this legacy we’ve created.” He finishes his thought by including that Brotha Lynch was on his way back from Kansas City laying vocals for Strange Music’s Strangulation 2 album, and would will be back at work the Sactown vet as soon as he gets back.

In this single, First Degree raps, “(I’m) banned from Strange Music Inc.” When asked to elaborate, The D.E. declined, citing that it wasn’t the time and a desire to move forward. Why did he put the line in the song, The Fahrenheit Insight wonders.

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NFL Network films part of the First Degree The D.E. “I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style” video shoot, 49er Stadium with Empire Row

I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style

The second single from the Black Bane album is a dedication to West Coast 90’s rap pioneers and the influence it had on world-wide American culture. ‘I Wear Black Cuz Its Just My Style’ is a 90’s style Beta beat with live pianos and live guitar played by L.A.’s Eric Otis. The sound is a nice, unique mix between old school west coast sampling, a live Curtis funk band, and the Straight Outta Cmopton movie. The song’s title and theme came from a 90’s rap group consisting of The D.E.’s good friend Big Ron and Live Wire from the L.A. area.

The “Wear Black’ video was being shot at 49ers Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California the day of this interview. An official 49er’s tailgating pep rally, thrown by Arevalo Production’s Empire Row, served as the back drop. It was a nationally televised Monday Night Football game and the unveiling of the 49ers’ new black uniforms. It was a wild event, filled with Fahrenheit fans and 49er faithfuls alike. The scene is sure to jump off the camera as soon as the video is completed and released.

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Say Serra

The third Black Bane video is the most musical, lyrical, and entertaining of the bunch.” Say Serra” is a finely-crafted First Degree hit with its own sound and racially controversial lyrics that will have the streets buzzing for some time to come. This single has a hard, groovy, big production, live sound that has never and will never be duplicated. Once again, Phonk Beta is on the beat and live pianos, and Eric Otis is on the live Spanish guitar.

The Say Serra video is all D.E.. First Degree gets close up, entertains, dances, and delivers his unique brand of poetry, “That video’s gunna be up close and personal to leave no doubt what I’m sayin!” Oh boy.

When asked how one picks singles for the album, First Degree reiterates that he is a vessel of the universe and does what it instructs him to do. He also points out that local publication Sacramento News and Review leaked and reviewed one of the songs, ‘The Fahrenheit Record’, HERE. The article included reporter Raheem Hosseini’s funny individual experience with the informative song. The Fahrenheit Record mentions many Sacramento area reporters, and several of them, including the KCRA’s Edie Lambert, Kevin Riggs, and Sacramento Bee’s Chris Macias started the buzz by posting about the song on their Facebook pages.

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D’Angelo Black Messiah played a roll in developing First Degree Black Bane

   When asked about what, if any, outside musician provided influence for Black Bane, First Degree bared a big grin and explained that the D’Angelo Black Messiah album was the first album in ten years that stimulated his mind. “D’Angelo is the greatest singing and producing entity of all time. I have never heard such funky, sticky, risky, smooth, forward thinking, live music ever. Michael Jackson is the best dancer ever, Phonk Beta is the best rap producer ever, and D’Angelo is the greatest singer/producer of all time, fa sho. I’ve listened to that album 100 times already.” First Degree goes on to justify that D’Angelos latest album Black Messiah is “gleaming with purpose” and “stimulates those that understand”. The D.E. states that Black Messiah is the reason he reached out to Phonk Beta and Eric Otis for live instrumentation.

First Degree also sites the current urban struggle, and a second meeting with hip hop legend Rakim that had influence on his new direction.

If the people take to the Black Bane album like the listeners that this reporter has witnessed, the West Coast rap game will have a new bar to try to live to.

First Degree Black Bane hits stores world-wide October 20, 2015. Live First Degree Black Bane performances will take place in the Seattle and Denver areas in December of 2015, with more locations to be announced. The album is produced by Phonk Beta, with additional production by Oji and Sultan Mir. Fahrenheit Records is distributed by City Hall Records and The Orchard.

More information can be found at FirstDegreeTheDE.com

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Fahrenheit Records’ 55th album, First Degree The D.E. “Black Bane” brings purpose to the underground rap game and hits stores October 20, 2015

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E-40 Live In Sacramento, From The Eyes Of An O.G.

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E-40 Live In Sacramento, From The Eyes Of An O.G.

By Jimmy Blog For The Fahrenheit Insight

Photos by Fahrenheit Photography

“When I say E, you say 40!”

When I got the text on Mother’s Day from First Degree The D.E., telling us to meet him at E -40’s concert in an hour, I was a little taken back. However, when E-40 is in the buildin’, and First Degree The D.E. is on the move, it pays to keep up!


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E-40’s flow is a nice combination of flippin’ and conscious rap

E-40 live is always a rockin’ show. His history in the rap game, along with his all ages, multicultural fan base, makes for a good time. E-40 live celebrates West Coast hip hop culture at its best. His single “Choices” has been a hit in the clubs, the streets, and the radio. E-40 keeps buzz and stays relevant.


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Sacramento’s Ace Of Spades has established itself as Sactown’s hottest venue

When The Fahrenheit Insight met up with First Degree The D.E. outside of Ace Of Spades in downtown Sacramento, we asked about the purpose of our attendance at the show. With First Degree The D.E., things are never as simple as they seem. When we discovered the purpose of our trip to the E-40 live Choices Tour, things got interesting.

Before entering Ace Of Spades, our conversation when something like this…

“So D.E., why are we here?” asked the Fahrenheit Insight.
“I don’t know,” responded First Degree.
“Are we here to see E-40 perform his new songs?”                                           “No, it’s more than that.”                                                                                         “Are we here to get a picture with 40?”                                                       “No.”                                                                                                                                    “Are we here to try to get 40 on Black Bane?”

“No, he’d probably too expensive for me. Black Bane is a militant album, I’m not sure if 40 would get down like that. Truth is, I don’t know why we’re here. But when the universe lines up for something important to happen, and for you to be there, you gotta trust the wisdom of the universe, and just go.”

“Ok, Ok. Do you think we’re here so you can one day be on his album?”

“No, again its more than that.” After a long pause, First Degree then explained, “Its about recognition.” He further points out, “Respect. I want to make sure he remembers me and knows what we’re doing now.”


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First Degree The D.E. then describes his long time admiration for E-40. In the late 90’s, First Degree The D.E. and E-40 did a song together on Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Loaded” album. The D.E. went on to explain that E-40 is the most successful rapper/rap CEO in Northern California, and most Northern California rappers look up to him. “I somewhat based my business model after them (Sic Wit It Records).”

Ace Of Spades was packed. Sactown was in full force for E-40 and the Sic Wit It crew. We weren’t expected, but because we were rollin’ with First Degree, we got in free and got premiere seating. Feel me?! It literally pays to be down with Fahrenheit! It was probably the story in Sacramento’s News and Review about the Ace Of Spades Nightclub, First Degree The D.E.,  Ced Sing, and Sacramento rap.

The show started with Nassasary. She is a petite, energetic MC from Florida known for Youtube fame. The crowd showed appreciation to her, her original sound, and flow, by getting into her set and learning her choruses. After her was Strange Music’s Stevie Stone. He had a decent set, displaying a Tech N9ne-like synchronism with his stage partner, and flowing with a MidWest sound. The opening acts did a good job setting the stage for The Man. Once E-40 hit the stage, the crowd erupted!


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E-40 had the crowd rockin’, even in the “cheap seats”


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 E-40 live has still got it

During his set, E-40 did not disappoint. For the O.G.’s E-40 started with classics like .Sprinkle Me’ and ‘Captain-Save-A-Hoe’. “How many old school E-40 fans out there?!” The crowd rocked, sang along, and reminisced during the popular rap tunes. It was interesting to see the younger audience members sing along to tunes that were hot before their time, a true sign of longevity.

During the hour plus long set, the self-proclaimed Ambassador of the Bay performed his newer singles like “Tell Me When To Go”, his hit with Big Sean “I Don’t (expletive) Wit You”, and his latest hit, “Choices”. It was all to a raucous crowd. Both 40 and his audience left the function full of our hip hop culture, good times, and pride.

Local celebrities filled the venue. Along with First Degree The D.E., Big Roc and Loc2DaBrain was at the spot taking in the scene as well. Big Roc, T-Nutty’s manager, is now managing B-Legit, and doin’ it big like his name. Madesicc Musicc’s Loc2DaBrain crew was promoting their mini movie and EP entitled, “Asylum”. E-40 and Sacramento, brings out the hood stars, is a nice combination. E-40 live is the truth!


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Sacramento is a second home to E-40

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E-40 hears his chorus sung by 800 fans

After the show, we caught back up with First Degree The D.E. The D.E. had met with a few hundred fans, handing out free CDs, fliers, and Fahrenheit information. He said he had a good time, but was not done with his evening. “I need to talk to 40.” D.E. declared. OK, here we go.

Somehow, First Degree The D.E. got us past security and backstage after the event. That Fahrenheit gleam shines for rillas! Having performed with Too Short and Smoov-E a few years prior, The D.E. knew his way around the backstage area. We didn’t, and temporarily lost First Degree. The climax of the story was hanging in the balance! However, we eventually found him, outside the dressing room, talking to a group. As we approached First Degree, a couple securtity guards came out of the dressing room to make space, and out came E-40! I was frozen, but The D.E. was not.

E-40 was on a dash from the black SUV that had come to swoop him up. He had been swamped by fans all night, he was ready to go. He was being followed by fans hawking him for selfies. When he was about 10 feet from the SUV, First Degree The D.E. hollers out, “40, it’s First Degree The D.E.!” What E-40 did next, I’ll never forget.

Although E-40 had just rocked Sacramento, and been worn out by fans, when he heard The D.E.’s name he stopped in his tracks and stopped everything to talk to him. I saw it with my own eyes! “Awe, what’s up First Degree!” E-40 was heard greeting D.E. as the two shook hands and hugged. With a reminising, happy look, the two talked for a minute, shook hands again, and then E-40 was off. First Degree The D.E. was the last person E-40 talked to at the venue.

Later, when The Fahrenheit Insight inquired to First Degree about what he and E-40 talked about, he said, “That’s between MCs.”

So close, but so far.

“Did you get what you were looking for?” we asked.



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Sacramento News & Review “Sac’s Bad Rap”

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Sacramento News & Review

“Sac’s Bad Rap”

By Raheem Hosseini

     A recent shooting at a local gig resurrects negative attitudes about hip hop. Are they justified? Sacramento News & Review reporter Raheem Hosseini asks the question and does the research, with a little bit of help from The Fahrenheit Record writer First Degree The D.E.

Sacramento News and Review First Degree The D.E.Click HERE…


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I Hate Eminem, And Not Because He’s White | White Rap And The Transfer Of Power

I Hate Eminem, And Not Because He’s White  |  White Rap And The Transfer Of Power

By First Degree The D.E.

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I hate Eminem, and not because he’s White, so don’t go there.

Rap is purpose. When rap was started, it was the voice of the street. Although rap was created as Black art, there has always been artists of other races chiming in and contributing to its growth. Early pioneers like The Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass, and even Vanilla Ice brought diversity to the music. In the beginning, it wasn’t about race, it was about being a voice, uplifting, and entertaining the streets.

Fast forward 30 years, and rap is no longer owned by the streets, rap is owned by the suburbs. How did this happen? Rap’s transfer of power started with Bill Clinton’s Telecommunications Act of 1996, and a White household name rapper named Eminem. As a result, today’s version of rap is “rap lite”.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking down on about the growth of rap music. Once rap caught on, I didn’t expect to be a “Black genre” for long. Rap is like a beautiful bird, keeping it caged in our region and culture would be doing the world an injustice. Rap is one of many contributions Black people have made to the planet. MCs come in all shapes and sizes, races, and nationalities. However, there is a big difference between the suburbs enjoying rap and owning rap.

Being in the rap game for over 20 years, I have the right to speak on its path. When we were starting up in the 90’s, there was no Sacramento rap, or Bay rap, etc. We were inventing a new genre. That’s why its transfer of power to the suburbs especially hurt.

As a result of rap’s transfer, artists that rap about the people began to be shunned, and those rapping about nothingness were celebrated. A dark turn rap had taken. Now days, rappers like myself, that do not recognize rap’s transfer of power and cater to the suburbs, are hated.

The average rap fan will not be connected to the transfer of rap power, and will see it from a detached, consumer’s perspective. However, all can understand, when you have been part of building something, you care about its whereabouts.



The Telecommunications Act of 1996

     Over 90% of the 12 and up American population listens some form of radio in a week’s time. Millions are radio listeners, and rely on it for new music. Radio airwaves are supposed to be owned by the American public, but because the Federal government is the legal voice of the citizens, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enacts policies and decides for the people when it comes to the airwaves.

     In the beginning of rap music, the FCC’s control over the airwaves wasn’t too much a conflict of interest. In the 90’s, mainstream as well as underground artists, could get their song on the radio. Conscious rap was the norm on hip hop radio stations. Militant artists like Public Enemy and Paris could get on the radio consistently. It was great, uplifting, and reassuring.

     Then, in search of free competition for ownership of the airwaves and the up-and-coming internet, President Bill Clinton signed into law The Telecommunications Act in 1996. The Act was the initial blow to the ownership of rap, basically clearing the way for corporations like Clear Channel to take control of radio. As a result, the corporations had become the deciders, and their purpose was money.

     The money the corporations were seeking was corporate advertising dollars. The difference between the retail dollar and the corporate advertising dollar is the control factor. As a corporate advertising dollar seeker, you don’t want to do anything to upset your advertisers. Advertisers had become radio’s lifeline and purpose. Advertisers like their rap light, purposeless, and non-talented. In their search for money, corporations had given advertisers control of rap.

     The Telecommunications Act of 1996 has done a horrible service to the American public. It has lead to less competition, less diversity, fewer views, cut off musicians, and stripped rap of what made it special, its raw purpose.

     The advertisers had become the deciders. Thanks, Bill.

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     At its core, rap was about respect. When Eminem entered the game in the late 90’s his gimmick was talking real bad on his mom and abusing drugs. A high level of disrespect for rap was displayed by Eminem’s early work. Rap was being trampled on, and no one enjoyed this more than the suburbs. Ironically, N.W.A.’s Dr. Dre, was behind it all, earning him the nick-name “The Cracka Backa”. What once was a proud genre made by the street, for the street, was now becoming a suburbian toy in a suburbian toy box. The rap and the purpose of rap had diminished.

     Rap had officially changed hands. From that point on, when I heard Eminem’s voice, it was a symbol of defeat for something we built. This leads me to Tech N9ne and Strange Music.


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     I like Tech N9ne the person, I really do. However, the way Tech N9ne has been publically begging for Eminem’s attention makes me want to barf, it really does. Seeing rap’s top selling underground artist try to get more attention from the suburbs, and put value to the transfer of rap, literally makes me sick to my stomach. Tech is a cool dude, why this? Aren’t the juggalos enough? Is it Black seeking White acceptance? Seeing the constant begging made me reluctantly unlike him on Facebook.

     When Tech N9ne invited me to be on his “All 6’s and 7’s” album, with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Hopskin, and others, I was excited. I knew the following buzz would present a big stage. With a great stage, comes great responsibility. A lesson was in order. I came with Super Black’s “Listen Up, Ya Honkey”, and the world turned upside down!


white rap eminem first degreeFirst Degre The D.E.’s “Listen Up,Ya Honkey” Shocked The System

     “Listen Up, Ya Honkey” is not about all White people, it’s about racists! The song is often misunderstood. In response to the song, the juggalos started a “Ban First Degree” movement, which caught a little wave. Anti-First Degree sentiment was ramped up around the world, include occasional, random emails from Russia and other foreign lands. I was attacked from all over, it was great.
Before I got a chance to explain the song was just about racists, I was banned from the Strange Music message board. Why would Strange Music ban the very person that LITERALLY drove Brotha Lynch to their front door? Why would a contributing artist get shunned in favor of random, disrespectful, borderline racist consumers? Remember who owns rap, the suburbs.


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Grammy Winning Rap Artist Ziggy Azalea

The Future Of Multi-Cultural Rap

     Rap is a world-wide collaborative effort now, and the Fahrenheit Movement reflects that. Fahrenheit’s range is as Black as Oakland’s Oji and his African vibe to Young Stroke’s Caucasian Gastonia, North Carolina. It’s as European as France’s Ghost D.E.S.T., as Latin as Las Vegas overlord M Sane, and as Japanese as Saterbagg’s stomping grounds. Fahrenheit’s purpose is purpose, a universal concept.

     Fahrenheit Records has recently signed some multi-cultural groups. If you wonder how someone with my views could sign non-black MCs, you have not been listening. Rap has blossomed, yet it’s about respect, and Fahrenheit is a leader in the rap game, not behind. In addition, Fahrenheit is a world-wide phenomenon. It’s much bigger than me. I just do my part.

     Most of the country doesn‘t know the Seattle area like the West Coast does. They have their own thing going on up there, it’s a unique vibe. Seattle’s urban little brother, Tacoma, is raw and ready to be heard by the world. It’s now their time. Tacomarap.com, coming soon, will keep you up on everything.

white rap blue nose musicBlue Nose Music’s 5ive 3re and Greg Double payed dues

     Tacoma’s Blue Nose Music is a multi-racial Fahrenheit group creating a buzz. Their leader, Greg Double, is a White MC. When Greg Double stepped in the game, he treated it with respect, didn’t use the “N” word, and respected the process by paying dues. This included respecting the OGs (Awall etc), hitting the street, getting on stage, and performing for the people. They deserved a chance because they are fun, and what Greg Double, Thunderchief, 5ive 3re, Cameron Couch, and United Kingdom’s Wynter Brown are trying to do is contribute to the game. Their album, “Release The Hounds” hits stores everywhere 2.17.15.

white rap eminem josh rizebergIt’s Josh Rizeberg’s (Of Beanz N Rize) time to be heard

     Beanz N Rize, also from Tacoma, is one of the most conscious rap duos of our era. Their music makes you want to be like them and know what they know. Josh Rizeberg and Cool Beanz are poetic, thoughtful MCs with an Egyptian twist. Josh Rizeberg, known for activism on the street and political level, feels that it’s important for suburbian MCs to acknowledge White privilege and racism in their music. Rize explains, “(Suburbian rappers) need to understand that Hip hop is, and originally was, a mouth-piece for the disenfranchised.” I couldn’t agree more. When I hear Beanz N Rize, I don’t hear a Jewish and Black rap group, I hear consciousness, which ascends race. The Beanz N Rize debut album hits stores 2.17.15.

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     As well as rap being conscious, rap was made to be funny. Biz Markie, Flava Flav, Fresh Prince, 2 Live Crew, Bobby Jimmy, and many more, used to make us laugh. There’s nothing wrong with a good time! Fahrenheit has proudly launched Funnyrap.com dedicated to comedy rap that will have you rolling.

white rap eminem young strokeYoung Stroke isn’t a White rapper, he’s a funny rapper

     Fahrenheit only signs artists that have something wrong with them. Fahrenheit’s Sic Ill (Tacoma) and Young Stroke (San Diego/ North Carolina) are no exception. Once you get into Sic Ill and Young Stroke’s music, it won’t matter that one is a White rapper and one is Black, it will just matter that they make you laugh. I expect lots of controversy when those two’s albums drop this summer. I am looking forward to it.

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     In a recent Facebook rant, Sic Ill reveals he has to defend his “pop-rap” to White MCs that don’t consider him a “real rapper”. His tirade included, “I’m Black! Get it through your thick skulls, you’re White! Rap is my s—,… there’s some other p—— in Seattle trying to clump their whiteness together at top and then they wonder why hip hop thinks they’re bulls—. Straight jackin’ Black people’s SMH.” The fact that Sic Ill feels the need to defend his rap to suburbian rappers is a symbol of the suburbs feeling they own rap. Again, it’s about respect.


     There is a silver lining in all of this. The good to come out of the Telecommunications Act is it freed up the little-known internet and brought more numbers to the rap genre. Through the “Twittagrams” and the “Instachats”, musicians are now just a few clicks away from their fans. Rap artists can connect directly with the people that matter to them. Sites like iTunes allow musicians to sell directly to their fans as well. There are now channels that corporations do not control.

     Despite the limits of radio and because of the internet, and support from Fahrenheit’s distributors City Hall Records and Orchard Music, Fahrenheit doesn’t need Target, or any other corporation, to approve its messages. Take that, corporation advertisers! Fahrenheit has even created our own online radio station, Fahrenheit Radio.

     Fahrenheit’s Greg Double of Blue Nose Music feels he and other White rappers can contribute to the rap genre, too. He reveals, “(Being a voice for the people) is not a skin tone issue at all. It’s a human condition that knows no boundaries.”

     The point is, a White rapper can be a good thing and contribute to the rap genre just like anyone else, as longs as he (or she, Ziggy Azalea) respects the game, like everyone else.

     Hits from the entire Fahrenheit roster will be featured in the upcoming album, “Fahrenheit Roll Call” due out in April of 2015.

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Tacoma Rap Is The Next To Blow


Tacoma Rap Is The Next To Blow

Jimmy Blog For The Fahrenheit Insight

When Sacramento rap first hit the scene in the 90’s, it was known for its gritty, uncut, unique, raw, dark sound. As Sacramento rap grew, it developed a world-wide fan base. The Sacramento rap sound was street, controversial, innovative and pure.

The Fahrenheit Insight caught up with First Degree The D.E. on a mission to find out the direction Fahrenheit was headed for 2015. He was animate about the next town he saw to be the next medium size city top blow up on the national rap scene like Sacramento once did. “Tacoma, Washington,” First Degree The D.E. concedes with a sly grin.

“Tacoma reminds me so much of the town (Sacramento) when we was comin up!” First Degree The D.E. explains with excitement. “Its rappers thats so hungry with a purpose out there, they gunna bite each other’s heads off! Its time for them to have the stage.”

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Seattle Seahawks earn back to back Superbowl appearances, bring attention to the area

With the Seattle Seahawks earning a spot in the Superbowl two years in a row, the nation was already getting a glimpse into the crown of the Northwest. Tacoma, Seattle’s little brother city 30 miles south, is in a current political struggle, consisting of, amoung others, community government relations, the infamous Hilltop area’s gentrification wave, and minimum wage. Whenever you have the people in unrest, new expressions emerge to tell the story, enlighten us, and ease our minds, Tacoma rap.

First Degree vows that Fahrenheit will put their money where their mouth is and invest in the new sounds of the Tacoma streets. He says he’s secured the rights to TacomaRap.com and points out his team is currently working on the site, aimed at bringing attention to the music of the area.

“Tacoma rap reminds me of how rap started”, The D.E. discloses, “The peope of the streets feeling unheard, wanting to make you think. wanting to make you laugh and have fun. Some of its lyrical,  political, inpirational, and some of it is comical, just like the 90’s when rap was pure!”

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Tacoma’s Cool Beanz and Sic Ill have the Tacoma underground on fire

First Degree then describes a couple of Halloween shows he threw a few years ago in the Seattle area. He explains that while he was there to put on a show, he also went to the Northwest looking for new talent. He tells of a nice show at the perfect Seattle night club, 88 Keys, right next to the Seahawk stadium. However, The D.E. reveals when he rocked Harmon’s in Tacoma, it felt like home. “Seattle was great, I had been there before, that’s a cool spot. But the ‘Tactewt’ was a real special place, with a raw vibe, with a rap scene on the cusp to bubble,” First Degree reflects.

beanz n rize Fahrenheit’s Josh Rizeberg is a local voice as well as lyricist

Fahrenheit has signed two groups from Tacoma. The first was Beanz N Rize, political poets. The group is made of Tacoma area vets Josh Rizeberg and Cool Beanz. Their sound is thoughtful, poetical, hyroglifical, political, ancient, yet futuristic. The use soulful samples, gives them an advantage, and they spit lyrics that take years to unravel. Beanz rhymes are boastful and intelligent. In the community, Jewish born Josh Rizeberg has been fighting area gentrification for years. He has written several articles for The Fahrenheit Insight on the topic. By getting heard at city meetings, to poetry readings, to rap shows, Rizeberg has become a celebrated voice of reason in the Tacoma area. Beanz N Rize’s debut album drops nation-wide Feb 17, 2015.

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Tacoma’s Blue Nose Music bring you a unique, diverse, playful sound 

The second Tacoma group Fahrenheit has signed is Blue Nose Music. Bluse Nose has a layed back, 90’s sound about having fun and enjoying life. The mixture of racially diverse artists brings a textured sound on albums they collaborate on. Their sound is Northwest, kick back and woodsy mob, with an old school talk box spice . With over 30 local shows under their belt, the Blue Nose Music crew mainly consists of Greg Double, Thunderchief, (First Degree The D.E. declares, “There’s somethin’ wrong with that Thunderchief”), 5ive 3re, Cameron Couch,  Castroni, the United Kingdom’s Wynter Brown, and a few more. They are a factor on the Northwest show scene, ready to expand. Blue Nose Music’s “Release The Hounds” drops nation-wide Feb 17, 2015 as well.

These Fahrenheit artists, along with other Tacoma rap vets like Awall AKA 2Piece, Koomaniacs, DJ Luvva J, Tac Army Radio, and the hilarious Sic Ill,  are hungry for the rap game as a pit! They’ll have something to say when they get the national underground rap stage they’ve earned after years of pain’ dues.

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First Degree The D.E. the day after his infamous 2013 Seattle show with the Seahawks’ stadium in the background

Fahrenheit Records now has artists expanding up and down the West Coast. The Fahrenheit Movement (The Truth Seekers) now has a world-wide fan base. For the second month in a row, Fahrenheit Radio has been ranked the #2 online rap station in the world by Windows Media. There are now thousands around the world that call themselves Fahrenheit, searching for the truth, which makes one wonder whats’s next for First Degree The D.E., the artist.

At the conclusion of the interview, First Degree hinted at a secret project he was working on. He smiles and says we’ll be hearing about “when we’re ready”.

For 20 years, Fahrenheit has been a step ahead of the game, revealing the future, when we’re ready.

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Beanz N Rize and Blue Nose Music hit the national scene 2.17.15

You can hear these artists’ singles and more on Fahrenheit Radio (FahRadio.com, WindowsRadio.com, iTunes Radio, and TuneIn App)

and on the MrTheDE Youtube page.


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First Degree The D.E. & Fahrenheit Influence French Rap

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First Degree The D.E. And The Fahrenheit Movement Influence French Rap

The Fahrenheit Insight interviews France’s Ghost D.E.S.T. about First Degree The D.E. and Fahrenheit’s influence on the region

As a result of his 20+ years in rap music, First Degree The D.E. has influenced rap music on a global scale.

As an artist, Sacramento rap veteran First Degree The D.E. has reached a world-wide audience. His 40+  albums and his work with Brotha Lynch Hung, Andre Nickatina, and Tech N9ne, has exposed his unique talents to the world. The Fahrenheit Movement has touched the world as well.

France has one of the worlds fastest growing hip hop scenes. For the past 15 years or so, French musicians have taken American rap, inserted their culture, and created a new sound. The French hip hop sound is gritty, reminiscent of late 90’s American rap music. As a result of being around since the mid 90’s, First Degree The D.E. and The Fahrenheit Movement are influential in French rap, and French rappers.

One of the early French rap organizations was Dez Jakk’s War N Peace crew.  Dez Jakk and the gang have been putting out music since the early 2000’s and have had First Degree The D.E., and Sacramento’s E-Moe, featured on a past album called “The French Connection”.  After War N Peace’s 2010 “Inhale The Peace”,
Dez Jakk stopped making music because of his own religion convictions. The War N Peace crew was then on their own.

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French Rapper Ghost D.E.S.T.

A standout member of the War N Peace corps is Ghost D.E.S.T. Ghost D.E.S.T. is 29, and was born in Roubaix “the poorest city in France”. He and his family have since moved to Switzerland. His lyrics are based on political corruption, geopolitical problems, wars, poverty in the world, the state of hip hop, the fact that weed is not legalize in France.  Ghost’s “I Am Hip Hop” drops in 2015.

Ghost D.E.S.T. proclaims First Degree The D.E. to be his favorite rapper. Ghost has all 40+ First Degree albums and has followed the Fahrenheit Shlangz for over a decade. He states, “We represent the Fahrenheit Movement here in France and Switzerland. We’re waiting for a First Degree The D.E. ‘s European Tour. French people need it!”

First Degree The D.E. hit the French rap scene hard with appearances on Brotha Lynch Hung’s 1997 “Loaded” album. The French hip hop community then experienced “The Big Black Bat” and “Planet Zero”. It was then that many  of the French underground, including Ghost D.E.S.T.,  officially became true First Degree fans.

D.E.S.T. explains he and his community loves Fahrenheit music because of it’s uniqueness. He further justifies, “Nobody does music like First Degree The D.E. How many artist can rap, sing, and make dope instrumentals? It’s much more than music to me, D.E.‘s lyrics are food for thoughts and Fahrenheit music taught me how to be a SUPER ME! My dad and my uncles are true Fahrenheit Shlangaz too! Much respect to artists like Be Gee, Soupbone, E-Moe, D-Dubb and Phonk Beta. R.I.P. P-Folks!”

When asked what makes Fahrenheit and Sacramento rap stand out, he reveals, “I like Sacramento artists like First Degree The D.E. because the music is much more different than all the other West Coast artist. I think that Sac Town artists, especially Fahrenheit music, has a special vibe. The lyric contents are so different. They are deeper and contain a lots of concepts, stories and characters (The Big Black Bat, Shlumpulicious The Jester, Robo D.E.) . This is a unique kind of rap and the mission is to bring back real rap music to hip hop addicts’ ears.

Ghost later includes, “The fact that The Fahrenheit Movement is an underground and urban movement is important to my eyes because that makes me feel like it’s all about the message and not about all the rap cliché. The purpose is to open your mind to another way of thinking, a higher level, another way to live your life, to interact with people. We all can be a part of the solution, but we need to have true leaders, and D.E. his one of mine.”

For those new to The Fahrenheit Movement, Ghost D.E.S.T. recommends First Degree The D.E. classic songs like “Link In The Chain”, “Open Wide”,  “Watchin’ My Life Go”, “You’ve Gone And Did It”,  “You Ain’t F*&# Wit My Time”, and “Bang!”. The Fahrenheit music and purpose can be sampled on Fahrenheit Radio, available at FahRadio.com, iTunes Radio, Windows Radio, and Tune In. Many First Degree videos are on Youtube as well.

With a mix of consistency, good music, purpose, and conscious lyrics, First Degree The D.E. and The Fahrenheit Movement has become a major factor in French rap and global rap music.

An Interview by Jimmy Blog of The Fahrenheit Insight


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Brotha Lynch Hung & First Degree The D.E.

“Fahrenheit Collectibles”


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The Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree Beef Is Over

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The Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree Beef Is Over

SacramentoRap.com interviews First Degree The D.E.  about the feud, the healing process, and moving forward

After two years of rap beef, Sacramento rap veterans Brotha Lynch Hung and First Degree The D.E have reunited for the good of Sacramento rap. The Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree beef is no more.

It is well known that in 2009, First Degree managed Lynch at the time he signed with Strange Music. In addition to working with Strange on the business side, First Degree continued to create in the studio with the newly formed Strange crew, appearing on “It Happens” from Brotha Lynch’s 2011 release “Coathanga Strangla”, and Tech N9ne’s “Boogyman” from his 2011 release, “All 6’s and 7’s”. First Degree continued to keep it raw with his own solo, “Super Black”. It seemed as if First Degree had an ally in the Brotha Lynch, Strange movement.

However, soon after this time period, First Degree The D.E. and Brotha Lynch mysteriously went their separate ways.

Through social media, at shows, and other outlets, the people wondered what was up with the Sac rap duo, especially after First Degree’s no-show on the first Brotha Lynch  “Mannibalector” conclusion album. In January of 2012, the people found the answer they were looking for.

The first sign of trouble was First Degree The D.E.’s single, “Ahhh” from his FU4 album. The line goes, “Sorry Juggalos, there’ll be no feature from Brotha Lynch, or any other fake rapper that caters to your existence,” After 20 years of hits, and millions of albums sold worldwide, the line was like taking an ax to a century old redwood. It was the match that lit a two year fire.

Brotha Lynch hit back with a “A Fucc U To First Degree” series that went semi viral. In it, Lynch explains that no one would know who First Degree was if it wasn’t for him, and shot down his beat making abilities. Some Brotha Lynch fans started to see First Degree as the enemy.

First Degree responded with the now infamous “Lynch Roast”,  also on FU4. In it, First Degree explains that Lynch owes him and has a comical roast about him, inspired by The Flava Flav Roast. Lynch Roast was the peak of the Brotha Lynch First Degree feud. “Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree beef” became a popular Google search, it couldn’t get much worse.

At it’s core, the beef appeared to be about First Degree’s compensation as Lynch’s manager, and Brotha Lynch’s view that his efforts invested into First Degree’s career weren’t appreciated. The two spent two years cutting down the redwood of their relationship.

 “I’m not happy with the way the whole managing Lynch ended, but us working together could iron things out and bring the attention back to Sac like the town deserves,” First Degree hopes.

To some extent, the feud between Brotha Lynch and First Degree has caused a rap war between labels Madesicc Musicc, and Fahrenheit Records. This includes artists and fans of the two labels. First Degree states that that is now over, and admits fans of the two labels may have a hard time re-adjusting to the days when Madesicc and Fahrenheit went hand-in-hand.

“This news is going to surprise some people, and it may be hard to swallow at first. Thousands of Lynch fans have hit me up with their anti-D.E. views. On the flip side, many people disappointed with Lynch came to Fahrenheit with anti-Lynch perspectives. At first it was funny, but after a while, I didn’t want it to be that way. In the end, I had been working with Lynch for 20 years, and he was still my friend. I enjoy hate from D.E. haters, reminds me I’m doing something right, but it ended up hurting me having people hatin’ on Lynch so hard, feeling empowered by me.”

First Degree further explains, “There will be Lynch fans that don’t want me back, and First Degree fans that do want me to reconnect with the Madesicc, but in the end, we are all the underground rap family, and we’ve got to find a way to tolerate and accept each other.”

First Degree feels most of the people want to see he, Brotha Lynch, and the rest of the Sacramento rap community, reunite. He predicts this feud will just be remembered a small bump in the road on a path of making Sacramento rap the hottest rap in the world, giving all the MCs in the area a chance to shine and bring value to their words.

“A lot of thing have been said, but for the sake of the people, we will find a way, forgive each other, and move forward. Together, we are The Siccness. Keeping anger inside will kill you, life is too short as it is.”

When asked about how the two reunited, First Degree explains that Madesicc and Fahrenheit artist Phonk Beta had a big part. First Degree also told of an anonymous Madesicc member he ran into at an Andre Nickatina Sacramento concert. He said they spoke of the past, present, future, and what was good for the legend of Sacramento rap music. The unnamed source explained to First Degree that this conflict was having a negative effect on the entire Sacramento rap movement, the very thing they had spent their lives building.

During this part of the discussion, First Degree was the most emotional I saw him during this interview. He had the look of a man that had started something, lost control of it, then played a part in it’s destruction. By the time he gathered himself and was ready to continue the interview, he had the look of a man that was ready to rebuild.

“While interviewing and listening to Sac rap vets for the ‘History Of Sacramento Rap’ article, I realized Sac was at it’s peak when everyone was working together for the sake of the town and making history. Even Black Market head Cedric Singleton and AWOL owner Bobby T. were in the game like brothers.”

First Degree reveals that in addition with working with Lynch again, he’s working with Cedric Singleton on his “California Livin” movie project. What if SacramentoRap.com could get Brotha Lynch and Ced Sing in a room and hash out their differences? SacramentoRap.com speculates on what these forces reuniting would do for Sacramento, and would bring more attention to Sacramento rap as a result.

When asked if he had talked face to face with Lynch, First Degree replied that they had not. He said he was busy overhauling Fahrenheit Radio and Lynch was on the road and taking care of some additional business. He includes that they been communicating through Phonk Beta. Phonk Beta is a people-person and the glue of the Sacramento rap scene. It turns out that Phonk Beta’s “Symplex 2″ hip hop jazz album, coming out November 25th, was the spark that reunited Sacramento rap, starting the discussion on a possible Brotha Lynch First Degree reunion.

First Degree rationalizes, “Now that Lynch is doing shows with Cuzzalo, and I’m reppin’ the town with SacramentoRap.com, it’s time to get Sacramento on top again! We are getting back to becoming the official voice of Sacramento, west coast urban life, and making it matter. Google ‘Sacramento rap’, what do you see? You see SacramentoRap.com #1, worldwide! We have several other sites as well. Fahrenheit’s in bed with Google, and the world is watching! I can see a day where Lynch and I reunite, with everything we’ve been doing, and create a powerful voice that’s heard around the world! I see what Lynch has been doing. Like myself, he is ready to take this Sactown rap game to the next level.”

First Degree sites Locc2DaBrain’s Asylum video as Lynch proving to be ready to take his visions to the next level. First D.E. looks forward to including Brotha Lynch on The Fahrenheit Hour talk show on Fahrenheit Radio. The D.E. goes on to explain that working with Lynch in radio could increase  Sacramento’s influence worldwide.

“Because we’ve (Fahrenheit Radio) been doing it so long, bringing real consistency with superior slap and urban talk shows, we’re steadily gaining listeners around the world. Every three months or so, Windows Media ranks us the #1 rap station in the world! When they do, our listeners skyrocket. If they like what they hear, they stick around a while. With Lynch getting his two cents on Fahrenheit Radio, the people can get an in depth look on not only our music, but also how we feel about current events.”

In addition to Windows Media, First Degree adds that one can listen to Fahrenheit Radio on iTunes Radio, Tune In, or at FahRadio.com.

“Lynch has asked me to narrate his next project, and I’ve accepted. I see it as an opportunity to reconnect with him. It is true that I’ve been disappointed in the direction he took his lyrics with Strange, but I see narrating a Lynch album as a chance to redirect Sacramento’s greatest MC to his roots, real life gangsta shit seen through the sicc. I want the same thing the people want from Lynch, that perfect flippin’ and a window into the real life of a South Sac OG. Q-Baaaalll! Lynch is a story. I believe that working together, we can bring the best out of Lynch. Which will, in turn, bring the best out of Team Sacramento.”

He goes on to explain that he drove Lynch to Kansas City to Strange for the good of Sacramento, and is reuniting with him for the same cause. In the late 90’s, Sacramento rap was at the forefront of West Coast rap music. According to the Fahrenheit Insight’s “The History Of Sacramento Rap” article, during Sacramento rap’s peak, area record labels were working together. The article states that Sacramento rap’s fall came from labels trying to do everything on their own, separating.

Even though the Brotha Lynch Hung First Degree beef got nasty, the two are, and always will be, friends. He then reflects, wondering if the Strange regiment was good for him. “Maybe he can use some of that Strange learnin’, get connected again, and turn the town into a factor. Sacramento rap’s future looks bright.”

Brotha Lynch and First Degree have an album coming out November 25th called “Fahrenheit Collectibles”. It is 15 of the hottest Brotha Lynch and First Degree tracks the two have put together. Fahrenheit Collectibles is a celebration of 20 years of Lynch & D.E. music, and a foundation moving forward, bringing Sacramento music back to the forefront.


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Brotha Lynch Hung & First Degree The D.E.

“Fahrenheit Collectibles”

In Stores November 25th

Fahrenheit Records, FahRecords.com


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“Symplex 2”

In Stores November 25th

Fahrenheit Records, FahRecords.com


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Bay Area Rapper Abducted By Aliens Explains Abduction

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The “Abduction”
The Fahrenheit Insight Interviews Oji, The Bay Area Rapper Abducted By Aliens, On His Alien Abduction
So, when asked to speak about my u.f.o. abduction, which took place 7 yrs ago while camping at night in Russian River. I was told not to speak about it by those same beings which abducted me. I sometimes see them in dreams and they channel through me speaking in visions. So they asked me to share with you what you need to see. Here is a message too you from them:
“Our wireless neural network is online, as one mind no cell can confine.
Our hallucinogenic skin crystallizes. Symbolizing psychedelic melanin and psilocybins.
Binaural vocabulary of alpha, beta, theta, gamma, delta rays of the sun.
In stereo, hemi sync, adjust your frequency. Get a signal through your nervous system when you tune into us.
Our holographic brains are like an interactive game.
Challenging magnetic attraction to balance yin yang.
Mathematics unravel theories of everything as waves.
Dna climaxes is orgasmic as the big bang.
Whats large as a galaxy though small as an atom?
You might think its magic if you just imagine how reality is miraculously, accurately crafted from the one.
Connecting from one singularity, branching to complexity.
Whether or not you believe, you will see the webs we weave unseparately.”
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You see that my mind has been abducted.
I was notified in a dream with further instructions for this mystery.
If you follow, I am not me. This solidity is watery.
Through your screen I could possibly teleport into your body.
Because, this is interactive.
When you come into contact with it see what happens.
As you analyse, try this exercise:
Stare into the sky until you see a sign. Not to hypnotize, but to re-align the mind.
Demystifying with applied physics to shift the paradigm.
Now harmonize your voice with mines: Ah-oh-mm“.
Oji & The Ascension Team
“Speak N Tones” OUT NOW!
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Check out the Oji’s single, “A Maze In The Brain” HERE!
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Fahrenheit Insight’s Jimmy Blog Interviews
West Coast Rap News | Bay Area Rap News
Q: As an emerging artist how will you make an impact in this industry?
A: Hobbies become a jobs like athletic sports. But I would rather answer the question how can I impact my reality with what I create because I work for God, the creator, the almighty, Jehovah, YHWH.
This is way more than just entertainment. I architect my songs like cathedrals so even an angel could enjoy it.
You two will see that we are one from Our quantum suns crown corona.
Though what have we become in the event horizon?
There’s no substitute for the truth the only proof is love .
So from my point of view the solution is too use this as a gun.
Q: Right on, that’s the spirit. Though how well do you think you will be received?
A: Aiming at my audience in this market? The question could be, how can I not become a target being just an artist.
Q: Do you practice any religion?
A: Yes. Every religion at once. The laws of Ma’at and OjI’ology.
Q: What is its meaning?
A: It means that I do yoga to control emotions. Focusing on the moment, opening up to get too know God!
With the motion of the kundalini cobra. Omnipotent energy is why my name is Oji.
Coming together in numbers and letters. Electromagnetic intelligence of morphogenetic resonance.
Landed on your planet via quantum mechanics of dance, tantric breath and calisthenic stretches.
In an unbothered upright posture. Compacting wind in my abdomen, to discipline the dragon, is orgasmic!
I saw phenomena. Bio Geometric cymatic patterns involving sun and waters intergalactic syntax.
Meditate and marvel at particles accelerate, beyond what we see, touch, hear, smell, taste.
When we interface? Light can’t weight. Make a figure 8 take shape at the vibrational rates of a stargate.
Q: Well said. But do you think people will take you serious?
A: Whomever takes self awareness and enlightenment serious will gravitate too we do.
And if we where too keep digging deeper. We would discover other creatures, who would make them believers
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Q: So, what things are you working on now?
A: I am collaborating with lots of new artist around the globe, I’m working on beats for Supa Nova Slom’s new album, I’m doing producing songs on First Degree the D.E.’s next album, I’m working on a new album that is produced by some one new from Germany, I’m also working on the next album called “Xenolinguistics”.
Q: O.k. What type of album is “Speak N’ Tones”?
A: Years ago, while camping in the mountains one night under the stars. I was abducted by tall black extraterrestrials while sleeping. An orgasm being the only thing you could bring back from a dream. The idea for the concept for “Speak N’Tones” was envisioned in me and this is my disclosure. The children’s vocals where also inspired by Zap Mama and Bobby Mcferrin and Afrofuturism.
As in transmuting detrimental energies into beneficial ones via nadi yoga.
Nadis are channels/ circulation for the flow of life force, chi, prana, the holy ghost, consciousness. Also nada yoga which is the science of sound. So this album is made for those who have interests in learning how too identify what vowel sounds effect which chakra.
So if your ever in an argument with someone all you have to do too enhance the mood is too start toning. Its like a healing weapon. It takes your mind off of lower vibrations and you will feel your higher vibrations amplify. It also promotes non violence.
Since we are made of sound, we become what we say, etc.
Q: Do you ever listen too Sun Ra?
A: Yes sir! He is a guru. He is still alive in many ways.
Q: What instruments did you use to produce this album?
A: Speak N’ Tones is produced with a live synth keyboard, virtual instruments, samples, and vocals.
Q: Describe your fondest musical memories?
A: My fondest memory so far has to be when I was invited to perform on stage with SomeOthaShip’s Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins at the New Parrish in Oakland, Ca a couple yrs ago.
I did an acapella medley of songs.
Q: What other performances have you done? Concerts, radio, TV?
A: We did one recently in San Francisco at Mutiny Radio Station, on the Bughouse Square show. Other than that just practicing at home.
Q: Do you get nervous before a performance?
A: Yes. But that’s where experience and breathing techniques always work at killing fears.
Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations?
A: It feels as though music balances me. Hip hop birthed me so that is what I live everyday. The best service to my family and humanity is too stay focused on what I do best. I feel an artists job is too blow minds in a good way.
Q: From where does your family originate?
A: We came here planted on a meteorite that seeded earth with life. So ancestrally I am extra terrestrial.
My ancestors live through me. They are invisible friends/ family who teach me to speak their own language. Even Michael Jackson’s spirit assist me in writing lyrics.
Q: Is there growth in this field? How do things generally look for new musicians entering this field?
A: There is definitely growth in this field. I can say that with more years and more experience, people will begin to ascribe more value to your name. Bigger opportunities will open up to you – things that you never would have had an opportunity to do at the 1 and 2 year mark.
It’s truly a progression. As for artists who are just entering the game, there is a lot of work to be done. You will feel like you are working your hardest and getting nothing in return. But eventually, if you are working hard and consistent, you will begin to see payoff. Just hang in there. It’s a looong road.
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Q: For our last question, how do you feel about the reality of the world today and how does it effect you?
A: I feel as though in reality we allowed a lot of black holes to open up spiritually. Those black holes distract us and feed off of our good energy. I learned in order to stop this is too look at it metaphysically and bio geometrically.
We are attracted too things magnetically. If we focus on converting this toxic energy into alkaline energy. Those miniature black holes will become stargates. That allow use to fully be present in the moment of now and communicate with life holistically.
One great exercise for this is too stare at yourself in the mirror and see what appears and see what silence only hears.
If we can see on a cellular level. The nucleus is the stargate, the center and transcendental gateways beyond time and space. Proper nutrition, sunlight and exercise will help keep these portals open. Alot of times people are at odds because of the difference in diets and imbalances in nutrition. It gets better the more we listen too the earth and the sun. The sun is speaking, are we listening?
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Rakim Sacramento Concert

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Rakim Sacramento Concert (And Why It Mattered)

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Rakim on the mic in Sacramento

The greatest MC of all time came to Sacramento the summer of 2014. Yea, I said it, Rakim Allah is the greatest of all time. It was a packed house at Harlows, filled with Sactown OGs, and OGettes. The Fahrenheit Insight was in the building and was granted exclusive access to the Microphone Fiend after the show.

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History On Rakim

Rakim was born on January 28, 1968 in New York. He was the lead half of the 80’s & 90’s influential hip hop group, Eric B & Rakim. He is one of hip hop’s early pioneers, and a smooth, intelligent rhymer. The beats he raps to are street, heavy on the drums , and perfectly old school.

During rap’s beginnings, Rakim was seen as the model MC. His ground-breakin, free-rhythm style ignored traditional bar lines, and created its own path. He is called by some “the Thelonious Monk of rap”. His New York-state-of-mind lyrics were intelligent, poetic, calm, yet strong. Rakim was often imitated, but never duplicated. His first few albums, Paid In Full and Follow The Leader, has rhymes that no MCs has or can match. He is highly respected by MTV, BET, Billboard, and has been induced into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Most important of all, he is loved by the hip hop community, world-wide.

Rakim has had eight solid releases, including “Don’t Sweat The Technique”, however these albums never reached the success of Rakim’s earlier albums.

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Rakim In Sacramento

Rakim’s show was thumping. As soon as he hit the stage, grown OGs flocked to the stage like they were teenagers. He performed some old school hits, some mid school hits, and a few new ones. “Microphone Fiend”, and “Juice, Know The Ledge”, had the crowd reciting lyrics, reminiscing on their younger years, and having a good time. Rakim rapped all his lyrics, with no background vocals, without a flaw.

In person it is confirmed, Rakim is a great MC. It was important Sacramento’s hip hop community supported this event, and that they did.

Here in Sacramento, like everywhere else, Rakim had many fans. Rakim’s number one Sacramento fan was super-producer Ace Mak. In addition to being Rakim’s number one fan, Ace Mak looks like Rakim. Ace Mak, like the rest of Sacramento’s hip hop community, was at the Rakim Sacramento concert, and had a good time. “It’s Rakim,” states Ace Mak on why he had to make the show.

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Sacramento packed the house for the Rakim Sacramento concert

“Sacramento!” Rakim chanted, getting the crowd hype.

The show was a hit. The the crowd was diverse. Good times were had. It really mattered that Rakim came to Sacramento. “Why is Rakim in Sac?” wondered Ace.

“I’m glad he is!” replied First Degree The D.E.

On stage, Rakim mentioned that he isn’t cool with Eric B. anymore. Gone are the days of Rakim being backed up by a DJ and turntables. These days, Rakim is backed up by his daughter.

“Follow The Leader felt like home,” explains First Degree The D.E. “I listened to that album over and over for three years. I can remember pulling a out a few years later and bumping it a couple more years! Before coming to this show, I pulled it out again, he can’t be matched!” declares First Degree.

“Old friends are here, lots of Blacks, Whites and all in-between, OGs, and even one of my old students are here. Its a good night for Sacramento,” declares First Degree The D.E. at the Rakim Sacramento concert.

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Local hip hop celebreties Don Blanco and Ace Mak meet with fans at the Rakim Sacramento concert

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Sacramento OGs were in the house at the Rakim Sacramento concert

There are certain people that you put everything down for and go see when they come near. Rakim is one of those beings.

After the show, Rakim sat down with First Degree The D.E. and Fahrenheit Insight. During the discussion, First Degree explained to Rakim the impact he had on the city. He also thanked him for the pioneering he had done for hip hop, and told Rakim about hs Fahrenheit projects. In response Rakim stated, “Its always good to be able to come out to these cities and see the impact we had.” Rakim proved to be very personable and humble during the interview.

“I appreciate being able to be here, be a part of your legacy,” admired First Degree The D.E. to Rakim. “We love you Rakim!” First Degree The D.E. then gave Rakim his SuperBlack CD. “This is about being a super you,” he later explained to Rakim. Perhaps a connection was made.

“Thanks, I’ll check this out no doubt.” Rakim concluded. Rakim then left the building, with left over fans cheering his name.

When rap was new in the late 80’s, early 90’s, it was about informing the world on what was going on in the streets, uplifting the urban community, and informing the people. Rakim was in the middle of this information firestorm. Known as the first established Muslim MC, he rapped with a calm power, or “quiet storm”, that had a major part in raising the hip hop community. This is why the Rakim Sacramento concert was a must see.

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OGs hit the dance floor at the Rakim Sacramento Concert

It was a night for all the Sactown OGs to get together and be Sactown OGs. The power of good hip hop is a binding force. Real hip hop brings people together.

That’s why the Sacramento streets (and beyond) are buzzing about the United Nations debut, self-titled album. Word on the street is that United Nations is going to save Sacramento hip hop. Real hip hop connects people. Many in Sacramento, including many in the hip hop community, want Sacramento’s second chance on top of the rap underground again. The Sacramento rap underground will thrive again, however,  it starts with lyrics that matter. United Nations has a heavy burden to bare. Are they up to it?

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United Nations

In Stores August 19th!

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Oji & The Ascension Team 9.16.14

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First Degree & Brotha Lynch 11.18.14

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Emoe TVee The Come Up Short Film

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Emoe TVee The Come Up

By Ricardo X For Fahrenheit Insight

The come-up was a completely random movie with plenty to offer. It has no computer animation, just a few friends that end up in the woods looking for Twenty Pounds of Marijuana. The whole movie was shot by one man (Emmanuel “E-MOE” Avery) who was simply out testing his new Video Camera Stabilizer for the day. Each character go by their real names in the movie so you really have to wonder if the production happens to real or fake the whole time.

The movie was a low-budget film in the style of an accidental documentary. In the introduction of the movie you learn that the tape was found after these three had gone missing in the forest. At first, you cant tell if its a commercial for a BBQ place or a movie but that quickly starts to change when one of the friends gets a phone call that changes their whole night. They end up in a stolen vehicle in the middle of the woods with nothing but a couple cellphone flashlights and pistols. Except in the end, they soon learn that even weapons didn’t help so much.

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It all started from an idea originated from E-Moe of EMOETVEE who had contacted Brian at StinkyTuna Films about creating a movie. “The Come Up” was written and ready in just four hours with talk of making it an Improv movie that just needed to hit the bases of the script. June 7th 2014, The three met and set off on an adventure like no other. Before they knew it, it was midnight in the middle of the woods and they were searching for a come-up.

Only 46 minutes in length, but full of laughter and suspense. This movie is well worth the watch. So if you’re sitting online doing nothing like most Americans, go by Youtube and check out, “THE COME-UP”.

Link to the movie. http://youtu.be/9SSGn6VMzcM

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New Edition Sacramento Concert


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New Edition Sacramento Concert

By NE Heartbreak Fan For Fahrenheit Insight

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Why I will always love New Edition…

The multi-platinum pop and R&B group New Edition wrapped up their summer tour with a West coast swing. The All Six Tour began in April 2014 in New York City and worked its way across the country over summer. I patiently waited for my concert date to arrive. I secretly burned with jealousy as friends in Atlanta, Philly and Phoenix posted their pictures online and how much fun they had. Then finally my concert date arrived. Everybody I knew had tickets: work friends, Sorors, friends from church, friends from high school, just everybody.

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Tayla Love and friend take a “selfie”at the New Edition Sacramento Concert

That morning with great anticipation I carefully planned my outfit and accessories. My girlfriends and I strategically synchronized our watches to carpool, find parking and locate our seats early. While in the stands waiting for New Edition to take the stage, the DJ got the crowd hyped by spinning on the ones and twos. Despite the 100+ degree temperature, it was already perfect. Then it happened, the DJ stopped, the lights began to flash and Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny took the stage. They were dressed in all white with black vests and ballcaps.

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Ms. Nicole, Fahrenheit’s Miss Tiza, and Lenette enjoy premier seating at the New Edition Sacramento Concert

Their show was culmination of New Edition songs, solo hits by Bobby Brown, Ralph T and Johnny Gill and the off-shoot trio of Bell-Biv-Devoe. With each song they performed, the original music video played on a giant screen behind them. With one eye on the video and one eye on them, I noticed their choreography was still flawless. After thirty-years in the music industry, they hadn’t lost a step. Seeing their dance moves and singing all the lyrics to their songs, I realized why I will always love New Edition. The answer was simple. They make me feel young.


Forever yours,

NE Heartbreak Fan

(Reviewing The New Edition Sacramento Concert 2014)

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Umoja Festival 2014

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Seattle’s Umoja Festival 2014

Reviewed by Greg Double Of Fahrenheit Insight

I’m told Umoja Fest has been a reoccurring event for 30+ years in Seattle’s Central District, but somehow I hadn’t heard about it until this year.

Umoja = Unity, and this is exactly what this festival is about. Located in the heart of the CD along 23rd ave (Between Jackson & Judson) in Seattle, this weekend saw the ave lined with people sitting in lawn chairs and on blankets awaiting the annual Parade. You saw parents strapping elbow pads on their 7 year olds, and filming as their kids whizzed around the skatepark at Judkins Park. You saw hundreds of people filing in to watch young men playing hoop on the tandem bball courts. With multiple music stages and food trucks, people wandered through the festival with their families and absorbed their surroundings. I noticed a few people sitting around the outskirts of the park, just enjoying the sun, people watching, and the rare opportunity to relax and do nothing for a while.

The main reason I was attending the festival, is a few of my good friends had been invited to perform on Umoja Fest’s’ Hip Hop stage, so I went out to show support (and seize the opportunity to hand out flyers, and shoot some music video footage as well.)

When I arrived I found the Hip Hop stage, which had been setup in a fenced area that looked like it would have been used as tennis courts if not otherwise occupied; located just past the hoop courts. Fresh looking graffiti on the wall on my left read “Free Palestine” along with some famous quotes from the likes of Albert Einstein and an ex President regarding War, Peace and civilian casualties.

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Welcomed by the host; Veteran Hip Hop Poet/ Writer Josh Rizeberg of Tacoma, we gathered in front of the stage to hear the opening act (and i apologize at the moment I can only recall his name was Gregory) speak about Peace and Freedom, freeing Palestine, ending corrupt wars and occupations, and Power to the People.. Only briefly summarizing his complex political messages.

The next act, Skrilla, is a well known Hip Hop artist/ promoter from Tacoma who brought with him his young twin sons for their first ever opportunity to watch their father perform. His strong rhymes and catchy choruses echoed the message of the Struggle, life’s ups & downs, and maintaining a positive outlook throughout life’s hardships. After he thanked the crowd and went to relax with his family under protection of the shade, Rizeberg took to the Mic to introduce the next act; Influential Minds.

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 Seattle rap vet Awall & Fahrenheit’s Josh Rizeberg entertain at Umoja

Accompanied by a guest performer, a young lady who sounded amazing as she sang live (and did not hide behind pre recorded vocals), IM did their thing under the blazing sun and the shadow of the Blue Angel Jets flying over head; from the ever popular Seattle Seafair event which was taking place at nearby Lake Washington.


Next up was my good friend and label mate, Thunderchief, accompanied by 5ive 3re; who joined in to perform their song “Up Late”. Thunderchief, who can at times be a bit “wild” or “unconventional”; Delivered a more mature and positive message for the festival goers. With slow, serious instrumentals and clearly spoken lyrics, he spoke to the soul of the people. He even performed a well executed song which (he openly admits to the crowd), was completely freestyled and recorded “in his mommas shed”. When his time was up, he told the crowd he loved them all, thanked them for their undivided attention – then descended the stage in search of water on this still muggy Saturday afternoon.

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Fahrenheit /Blue Nose’s Thunderchief rocks the Umoja Festival 2014

Veteran Tacoma Rapper, Awall aka 2piece was next to take the stage. Sporting a camo bucket hat that matched his shorts, a Squashington Music Tee, and Seahawk colored Ken Griffey’s, he proceeded to rock the crowd in his typical impressive fashion. Speaking about positivity in the face of hardships similar to the others before him, he danced and entertained the crowd while the chorus sang “I am fearless, and I’m coming’ for that #1 spot”. After a few songs he was joined by the host of the stage, and standing alongside Josh Rizeberg, performed the last song of his set; speaking about everything from old school hip hop and how it inspired them, to political corruption, while delivering the uplifting “Power To The People” message that Rizeberg is known to live by (as well as stand up and fight for.)


The last act I saw perform was a Seattle artist known as The Sav, who was enjoying the buzz from his newly released album, handfuls of CDs at his side.

Then we slowly made our way out of the Hip Hop stage area, stopping to hand out flyers and chat with people, watch the kids getting down in the Skatepark, and relax in the grass for a bit before we headed home to BBQ and enjoy the (rare) Northwest sunshine. As I was walking to the truck people were still pouring into the park, seemingly centered around the basketball tournament still underway.

Overall it was an excellent event to be apart of, the entire area riding the good vibes of unity, neighbors bonding through similar interests and a sense of community. I left the festival with a positive feeling about our Northwest Hip Hop community, and our society in general. I will be a much more informed Umoja Festival attendee when i go next year.

Lead Photo By Tacoma’s Sic Ill

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Seattle’s Umoja Festival, “The Mardi Gras Of The West”


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Seattle’s Umoja Festival, “The Mardi Gras Of The West”

By Josh Rizeberg For Fahrenheit Insight

Seattle’s Umoja (Unity) Fest is the largest African-American Cultural Heritage celebration in the Pacific Northwest. Umoja Fest has been going on in Seattle, WA since the 1940’s! The festival and parade have grown so big and lively that the festival has been nicknamed the “Mardi Gras of the West”.

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Umoja Fest is full of delicious food, a skate-board competition, a basketball tournament, 2 stages of musical entertainment, venders, a parade, and children’s activities. There are nationally recognized artists selling their work and many booths full of hard to find books that will quest your thirst to know thy Self! Many families choose to have their annual family-reunions at Judkins Park during Umoja Fest – that’s how intertwined this event and the community are! The event is held at Judkins Park, in the heart of the Central District of Seattle, the Central District is historically home to the rich-history of Seattle’s African-American community.
It’s a full weekend of family-friendly fun, Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, Aug. 3rd! The weather is scheduled to be in the 80’s for both days of the event!

Fahrenheit Records’ Josh Rizeberg & Thunderchief will be participating in Seatle’s Umoja Festival. In addition, Greg Double will be filming a video at the Umoja Festival as well.

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Josh Rizeberg’s Beanz & Rize

Early 2015

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Fahrenheit Radio, Wisdom Over The Airwaves From A World Away

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Fahrenheit Radio, Wisdom On The Airwaves From A World Away

By Harry Isaacs, South African Music Critic

Having been a fan of rap/hip hop coming out of Sacramento, California, I was excited, thrilled and pleasantly surprised when I came across First Degree The D.E. and his social network presence on Facebook.
What was even more surprising was that he actually interacted on a personal level with his fan base. My inquiry to purchase the Fahrenheit Records catalogue was greeted by no other than the man himself, and that to me was unbelievable. It took me some time to make the purchase but what happened in the meantime while I was saving up to make the planned purchase led to me discovering a movement that made me nostalgic for the golden era of Hip hop being the early to mid nineties. This discovery was Fahrenheit Radio.

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B-Legit & First Degree The D.E. on Fahrenheit Radio

First Degree The D.E. turned me onto Fahrenheit Radio, online rap radio, and his blogs, after having followed him on social networks. At first, it was a challenge tuning in. It took a while because in South Africa we do not have the proper infrastructure to stream online in a real way. However, I was finally able to tune in. I was even more amazed at the depth of the conversations that I listened to while tune into The Fahrenheit Hour Urban Talk Show. Wisdom was passed down to us from the likes of Unc Imo, whom I did not know about until tuning in. I was also interested in The Urban Watch Series as well as the songs in the Fahrenheit catalogue that I did not even know.

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First Degree The D.E. of The Fahrenheit Hour

In South Africa, radio is programmed and stale. The music sucks, the discussions always borders on being racist, and they hardly keep one entertained. So I was pleased to be able to tune out to the garbage and tune into a more universal discussion. One that MATTERS. An online rap radio station with Purpose that addresses the social issues not only in Sac but in many parts of the world. I felt proud again to be listening to a station that united, instead of divided people according to whatever the status quo is currently.

For a time, I felt alone in feeling like the rap game had gone to the dogs so to say. Skinny jeans, dress wearing, and whack beat hip hop dominated the airwaves and still does. I am glad there is still a haven for real hip hop heads to have some real discussions, to be able to interact with their artists, and to support a movement that will always enlighten.

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Unc Imo of The Fahrenheit Hour

As we all take this journey along with First Degree The D.E., Unc Imo, BeGee and the rest of the Sacramento rap pioneers, we will be enlightened. Online rap radio station, Fahrenheit Radio has provided insight, vision, conversation, music, loyalty and a search for the truth that is universal to all of us making our way through this crazy messed up spinning rock.

Thanks D.E. for keeping it real, truthful and on point. Shots out to the Fahrenheit family and The Shlangz. I will be visiting in 2016 if all goes well.


Fahrenheit Radio is an online rap radio station based out of Sacramento, California in the United States. You can listen to Fahrenheit Radio on by clicking the Fahrenheit Radio link on FahRadio.com. Fahrenheit Radio is also available on Windows Media, iTunes Radio, and the TuneIn mobile app.


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Harry Isaacs is a music critic based out of Western Cape, South Africa


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The History Of Sacramento Rap (Part Three, The Fall)

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The History Of Sacramento Rap (Part Three, The Fall)

Written By First Degree The D.E. & Jimmy Blog For Fahrenheit Insight


Note: To prepare for part three of this series, First Degree The D.E. and Fahrenheit Insight’s Jimmy Blog sat down with Black Market’s Cedric Singleton and Fahrenheit affiliate Unc Imo. The purpose was to learn more about the fall of Sacramento rap, and what we can do to get back on top.


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Sacramento Rap History, Part Twelve 

What goes up, must come down.

During Sacramento’s rap peak in the 90’s, people were working together. Artists were on labels, labels and artists worked together pioneering a genre, and crews were hitting the road, spreading the word. After the dust had settled, Brotha Lynch Hung emerged as the new King of Sacramento rap music.

It was then that a plague rolled into Sacramento. That plague was ego. The ego plague would lead to the fall of Sacramento rap music as we knew it. In the 90’s, Sacramento’s big dog record label was still Black Market Records.

Although Black Market was selling thousands of units partnered with Priority Records, the Black Market/Priority relationship had gone sour. Fortunately for Ced Sing and Black Market, another major record label, Tommy Boy Records, had interest in distributing Black Market music. Tommy Boy Records wanted to go all out for Brotha Lynch and Black Market Records.

“Tommy Boy was ready to go, radio, they were prepared to do a movie, they were ready to do all of these things to promote Brotha Lynch. During that crucial time, he decided he doesn’t want to do the deal, cuz other people are spittin in his ear, saying we can do better for you,” Black Market’s Cedric Singleton reflects in anguish on The Fahrenheit Hour Urban Talk Show. Ced also accuses Priority of putting distrust of Black Market in Lynch’s ear.

Brotha Lynch Hung thought he was ready to run a record label. Boy, was he wrong.

“Now, this is where the third part of the series, The Fall Of Sacramento Rap, will start, with this very moment.” painfully cries First Degree The D.E. on The Fahrenheit Hour.

Brotha Lynch began thinking Black Market was taking advantage of him. A year after signing a 5 year deal with Black Market for big money (wanna find out how much, Fahrenheit Hour with Ced Sing), Lynch wanted out.

“My problem with Lynch is you signed a deal. and if you didn’t want deal, you should just turn in your records (4 more) and you’d be free to go, like X-Raided did,” Ced Sing rationalizes. Ced explains he’s given Lynch hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, later in the Fahrenheit Hour episode, Ced admits mistakes.

“I was there when he (Lynch) signed and got a check for (find out on Ced Sing’s feature on The Fahrenheit Hour).” First Degree reports.

Many people don’t understand that during this time, Ced Sing was in his 20’s, early 30’s, and was still wet behind the ears. “A lot people thought I knew about the music business like I know now, I didn’t know then, a lot of thing I had to learn.” Ced admits on The Fahrenheit Hour. “A lot of information I got from my attorney was actually bad information.” However, the damage, or perception of damage, was already done.

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 “If Brotha Lynch’s career had a turning point, that was his turning point,” reflects Cedric Singleton about Lynch’s refusal to participate in the Tommy Boy deal

Sacramento Rap History, Part Thirteen

Brotha Lynch was ready to move on from Black Market Records. Lynch Hung had decided he didn’t need Black Market and wanted to start his own label with manager, Art B. They did and called it Siccmade Musicc. Lynch and Art were co-owners. Based on Broth Lynch’s name, they got nation-wide distribution by Ground Level. With all that was going on in Sacramento’s music scene, Siccmade Musicc was a serious factor. However, things weren’t the same as they were.

During Sac rap’s peak, there was unity and deals were getting made for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yes, it was a more profitable, pre-download era in the music industry, however, the money was coming from the people and the new, world-wide interest of Sacramento rap. Around this time, C-Bo left AWOL, X-Raided left Black Market, Hollow Tip left High Side, and Fahrenheit was doing it alone. It was a local disease of division. However, there was a new rap family in Sacramento, the Siccmade family.

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 The Siccmade Family


The Siccmade crew included Brotha Lynch, Art B, Phonk Beta, Zigg Zagg, C.O.S., Sicx, P-Folks, Loki, Big Reg, Tall Can G, D-Dubb, E Moe, and more. They ended up releasing 15 albums with both Ground Level and IDN, based out of New York. They enjoyed success, but it was a fraction of the income Black Market was achieving in it’s heyday. Siccmade was bringing in tens of thousands of dollars, selling cds, and occasionally, doing shows. With Phonk Beta still on the beats, the Siccmade sound was still in tact, with albums like Head Drama and Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Lynch By Inch”. Lynch’s transition from Black Market to Siccmade appeared somewhat smooth, at first.

In 2001, Siccmade artist Triple Sicx, was  charged and convicted of child molestation. Sicx’s actions were an embarrassment to Siccmade and caused division. However, the Siccmade machine rolled on.


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 Brotha Lynch’s “Lynch By Inch” was Siccmade’s most successful album

After burning bridges with Art B and IDN, Brotha Lynch started Madesicc Musicc. He had to change the name of his label because Art B was 50% owner of Siccmade. Current day, Madesicc is Lynch’s label. Their main artists include a reboot of Loc To Da Brain, with members G-Macc, 8 Ball, Da KAT, and Hyst. Other artists include Calico 101, Devious, Loco Ricc, Vamp Loc, Nicci Blacc, and Tanqueray Loc. The label has released a G-Macc’s “Opera/Angels & Demons”, however, Madesicc Musicc has released only a fraction of the albums Siccmade Musicc released.

Every Brotha Lynch label project has gotten worse and worse. The Madesicc/Siccmade brand is popular, yet has become watered down. Now-a-days, several entities from near and far, “claim” the Madesicc brand, even if their music isn’t own by Madesicc Musicc. Part of this is due in part to Lynch’s hard time saying no to people.

During Be Gee’s recent #Be40 event in Elk Grove, Ca, an impromptu round table of Sacramento rap history was formed. This round table included Cedric Singleton, First Degree The D.E., Death Trap’s Dalvin Pipkins, and the Fahrenheit Insight. As you can imagine, may topics were discussed, including Sacramento’s glorious rap history. Brotha Lynch was also brought up. At one point in the discussion, round table  members discussed the shady things Brotha Lynch had done to each of them. It was a very eventful, funny conversation.


Sacramento Rap History, Part Fourteen

As the writer of his own destiny, and no longer under the protection of the Black Market machine, Brotha Lynch gained a reputation of being difficult to deal with. In the Sacramento streets, Brotha Lynch was becoming known for being soft and started to get dissed on songs. Some of the artists dissing Lynch in songs were T-Nutty, Smigg Dirty,  M Sane, and Chill Bola. Lynch’s business partners also found it hard to work with him. However, many fascinated local  “artists” came around Lynch, just to do so. There was always a lot of people wanting to be around Lynch. Lynch was still the king. However, he was a difficult one.

First Degree The D.E. remembers Lynch’s ex-wife Zigg Zagg saying during a San Diego show, “Brotha Lynch can be your greatest asset, and your greatest crutch,”

“Tryin to throw him shows and what not, he’d act like a child, riddled with anxiety. The dumbest things happened on the road, because of Lynch” First Degree The D.E. states. “It was that point that the secret was out. The king of Sacramento was an idiot.” First Degree declares to Fahrenheit Insight. “Having the king of Sac be an idiot was bad for business.”

For those that knew, Brotha Lynch Hung was exposed. For those that didn’t, everything was the same. Despite the rumors, Lynch fans were still fanatic.

“It got the point were we’d all be together, on the road, meeting or whatever, and as soon as Kev (Brotha Lynch) left the room, everyone would talk bout how dumb he was,” First Degree reminisces. “I can remember driving to a Strange Music video shoot for Lynch. We were already late, in a new city, Strange Music’s Travis O’Guin whining on the phone, and Lynch suddenly needs Spiderman Band Aids. Travis O’Guin in panic mode, threatening to cancel the video and Lynch’s deal, and Lynch is demanding we make a stop for some damn Spiderman Band Aids at a strip mall. It was one of those many times where I had to wake him out of his stupidity, for the sake of the city.”

First Degree goes on, stating that Brotha Lynch always complained about people using him. Maybe he’s right, maybe he’s wrong. Perhaps Brotha Lynch is trying to help everyone. Perhaps he is the one using his friends.

“He was so afraid of everything. I remember being at a show with Lynch and members of the Madesicc crew. A Black fan with a quirky scar on his eye, came up to us and said, ‘are you Brotha Lynch and First Degree?’ He then pulled out a Planet Zero CD. I said yes, and we chatted a minute. He then turned to Lynch and Lynch pretended not to be himself. Lynch was hiding behind his friend, giving a fake name, practically shivering. It was very odd. If this had been a juggalo, Lynch would have embraced him. But Lynch is afraid of everything,” First Degree The D.E. adds.

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Black Market’s non-Lynch, Lynch album EBK4 debuted at #4 on Billboard, even thought Lynch didn’t directly participate in it’s creation

Although Brotha Lynch had left Black Market, Black Market continued releasing Lynch albums. Prior to Loaded in ’97, Brotha Lynch signed a 5 year deal with Black Market, and Ced intended to follow through, with or without Lynch. The first of the non-Lynch, Lynch albums was EBK4. Despite being pieced together by Black Market, it debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts! Black Market went to make 5 or so more Brotha Lynch albums this way, including greatest hits albums, achieving mild success compared to the past.

On Fahrenheit Hour, Cedric Singleton explains that he got the songs for the post-Lynch, Lynch albums by buying songs Lynch had done for other people.

Brotha Lynch has always suspected Black Market got songs by taking them in an armed home invasion that occurred at Lynch’s house. According to witnesses, five or six armed, masked men entered Brotha Lynch’s house. Lynch jumped out of the window, leaving everyone behind. The men tied everyone up and stole all the reel-to-reels and ADATS (tapes used for recording) they could find. Lynch has stated that he’s heard songs taken in that robbery on Black Market non-Lynch, Lynch albums.  Brotha Lynch’s ex-wife Zigg Zagg has since released a song about the incident, scolding Lynch for jumping out of the window and leaving them behind.

After setting off on a mission to own his music, Brotha Lynch ended up owning very little. His label Madesicc, has released only released a few albums in several years of existence. Even with Art B. and E Moe’s resurrection of Siccmade Musicc, Brotha Lynch is not involved, recently tweeting on Twitter, “This nigga emoe3000 a foo! Naw he not talkin to me he talkin to First Degree the DE”


Sacramento Rap History, Part Fifteen

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 In C-Bo’s second act of his career, he looked to expand his horizons in L.A.

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As with Brotha Lynch, in the late 90’s, C-Bo broke away from his label, AWOL, and formed his own, West Coast Mafia Records. West Coast Mafia successfully released 25+ albums, including releases from C-Bo, Mob Figaz, Ms. Marvaless, Yukmouth, and more. Managed by Nuchie from Meadowview in Sacramento, C-Bo was constantly on the road, promoting, doing shows, and making big money. C-Bo enjoyed a successful transition from AWOL to his own label, until the trials.

During this time. C-Bo went to jail for a parole violation, stemming from anti-police lyrics. On rap site HipHopDX, C-Bo said, “I went through that. It’s already in the book. It’s already written. That can never be an issue, it’s a First Amendment right. They already tried me. They can’t try nobody else, ’cause it’s already been done.”

In 2012, C-Bo went to jail again, this time in Kansas, stemming from a marijuana sales conviction. Although West Coast Mafia Records had success releasing many albums, running the business, dealing with cases, and jail trips took its toll on C-Bo and West Coast Mafia Records. However to this day, C-Bo boasts of being part of 2.5 million record sales. That is a lot. West Coast Mafia Records has been a bigger success than Brotha Lynch’s, post-Black Market, labels.


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In 2001, David Weiner, working at JCOR Records, pulled off one of the greatest Sacramento rap feats of all time, a Brotha Lynch, C-Bo album. The two weren’t in the studio together when the album was made. It reached #79 on Billboard charts. It featured a young, hungry Tech N9ne


 Sacramento Rap History, Part Sixteen

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Strange Music’s first Brotha Lynch Hung album “Dinner And A Movie” enjoyed a somewhat successful release. It was a chance to bring national attention to the Sacramento sound again. Instead, Brotha Lynch went with Strange Music’s sound. Brotha Lynch was managed by First Degree The D.E. at the time, as stated in the inside cover of the album

Next came what many call the official end of Sacramento rap. “I feel bad because I had a part in it,” First Degree The D.E. admits. “I helped for the city of Sacramento, though.” Brotha Lynch signed with Strange Music.

In 2009, Brotha Lynch reconnected with David Weiner, now Vice President of Strange Music. Strange Music is a record label based out of Kansas City, Mo, owned by Travis O’Guin and Tech N9ne. Strange Music got its start by tapping into ICP’s fan base, called juggalos. Juggalos are known to be grudge, rowdy Caucasians, not your typical rap audience. On many occasions, Tech N9ne has mentioned that he grew up idolizing Brotha Lynch’s music. After unsuccessfully trying to sign Lynch for many years, Strange was able to sign him in 2009. It was the beginning of the end for Sac.

By this time, Brotha Lynch’s work ethic was really bad, and Strange Music’s demands were high. After being signed to Strange Music for six months, Brotha Lynch still hadn’t submitted any songs to them, despite several attempts from Strange. In addition, Loaded and Season Of The Siccness were involved in bankruptcy (which Ced Sing later regrets) and had been taken off the shelves.

This lead to Brotha Lynch, Loki (Lynch’s manager at the time, one of many of Lynch’s career), Dave Weiner of Strange, and the Davis bankruptcy lawyer asking First Degree The D.E. to manage Brotha Lynch to help get things going. First Degree accepted the challenge, the two agreed on 20%, and D.E. got the ball rolling. He drove Brotha Lynch to Kansas City several times and did what had to be done to get Dinner and a Movie out. He also frequently met with the bankruptcy lawyer and successfully got Loaded and Season back on the shelf, with both Lynch and Ced Sing getting a piece. Although Dinner And A Movie didn’t enjoy the success prior Lynch albums did, it still did rather well.

The First Degree/Brotha Lynch relationship became rocky due to, what First Degree claims, a breach of the managing agreement. Many have chimed in. As a result, ‘First Degree Brotha Lynch beef’ is a popular search on Google. “He asked me to manage him, he was supposed to pay me 20%, I got him paid, he disappeared. That’s the root of the problem, that’s Brotha Lynch,” declares First Degree The D.E. to Fahrenheit Insight. This lead to the release of FU4’s comical single, Lynch Roast. “You won’t pay me my money, but your fans will!” sings First Degree The D.E. in Lynch Roast.

“Stop tellin’ people I owe you,” Brotha Lynch demands of First Degree The D.E. through social media.

Brotha Lynch went on to release three albums with Strange Music, all pretending to be a serial killer. To the juggalos, the albums were great. The traditional Lynch fans were left behind claiming the album sounded too fake, and lost the Sacramento sound. These traditional Lynch fans were disappointed because the new sound was not consistent with his career. Smooth, hard-hitting, soulful Phonk Beta beats were replaced by rocky, loud Strange Music beats. Lynch’s flow was precise, but even more fake. The Brotha Lynch we all knew was lost in the name of “progress”. Sacramento had officially lost its identity.


Sacramento Rap History, Part Seventeen

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First Degree The D.E. and Pooman Dre worked magic together on “The Big Black Bat” album

Fahrenheit Records fought to keep the tradition of Sacramento music alive. Their members included First Degree The D.E., Be Gee, Soupbone, Crucial Point, Pooman Dre, and M Sane. As of now, they have released over 40 albums world-wide, more than any other label in Sacramento’s enriched history. After Planet Zero, Damn That D.E., FU1, and The Big Black Bat, First Degree The D.E. left long time Bay Area producer Pooman Dre behind, once again following the Sacramento mistake of thinking he could do it himself. Many say The D.E.’s music got too weird, lost quality, and became hard to follow after that. Also, M Sane abruptly retired after just a few albums. However, Fahrenheit Records was still on the rise. First Degree and Fahrenheit’s success in the 2000’s can be attributed to the 100+ shows First Degree performed nation-wide with Bay Area legends Andre Nickatina, Equipto, and Smoov-E.

Although Fahrenheit Records has rebounded nicely in recent years, First Degree has gotten more controversial and racially charged. First Degree The D.E.’s last solo album “Super Black, The Voice Of The Voiceless” has a song named, “Listen Up, Ya Honkey!” He calls it a guide to racial respect. “Believe it or not, its about folks showin’ respect and getting’ along,” First Degree explains. Fahrenheit has since gotten into producing urban news, online radio, and continues to release albums. However,  Fahrenheit Records has never caught up to the success and notoriety of First Degree The D.E., the artist.

“A lot of people believe that they could be their own record label, and with that lead to the decline of music in Sacramento. You look at the artists that were able to achieve the greatest level of success, those were artists that were on record labels.” Black Market’s Ced Sing summarizes.


Sacramento Rap History, Part Eighteen

Oh, what could have been.

On Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour, First Degree The D.E. sums up the Sacramento music roller coaster experience. “Everybody started going in their own directions (the fall), and when the rise happened, everyone was working together, and thats what I’ve learned in this process.”

On his appearance on the Fahrenheit Hour, Ced Sing wonders out loud why Brotha Lynch left his home label to go to other labels, “and eventually become Tech N9ne’s fuck boy.” declares First Degree The D.E. on the the episode. Ced then suggests that he could understand if Lynch was trying to own his own music, but he wasn’t. Had the Tommy Boy, Black Market, Brotha Lynch connection come together, the possibilities in the region would have been endless. To this day, Brotha Lynch has little to show from all the albums he created since leaving Black Market.

Why do we fall, so we can get back up.

Although Sacramento music is not in the lime light anymore, there is still hope. Fahrenheit affiliate Unc Imo suggests the movers and shakers in Sacramento get on the same page together. He also asserts to, “help in your community because thats your village.”

“Im ready to get it going again,” Ced Sing declares. After doing humanitarian work in 60 countries, Ced is ready to get back into the music saddle. He states that experiences in Africa changed him. “I love Sacramento, (and) even though I have beef with Brotha Lynch. Its hard for me to say something bad about him, because without him there would be no Black Market . At the end of the day, Brotha Lynch’s life’s better, and so is mine.”

Black Market’s Cedric Singleton thinks Sactown rap is on the come-up again. First Degree The D.E. also predicts Sacramento rap will bubble once again in the near future, if the nerve centers start working together again. “It goes back to what I was saying’, people working together and it being true and it being real. Lynch catering to juggalos or what ever they call themselves, that is not real. That is not true.” First Degree manifests on The Fahrenheit Hour.

A good start to the re-rise of Sacramento music would be a new Phonk Beta produced Brotha Lynch Hung song. That’s were it all began, talented Sacramento artists, working with Sacramento producers, giving birth to that Sacramento sound.

However, to truly resurrect Sacramento’s musical legacy, new trails must be paved, like the pioneers did before them.

Does the make of the man (or woman) behind the music matter?

Sacramento rap history has too many missed opportunities. Don’t miss opportunities over ego.

As individuals, Sacramento rap will fail. Let the tales of Sacramento rap music serve as a lesson to the world. Working together breeds success. Like birds flocking.

Sacramento rap history is valued world-wide. Just about every hip hop lover in the world has discovered Sacramento rap at some point. Let’s keep it that way.

For this article, Fahrenheit Insight documented Brotha Lynch Hung’s career and labels, C-Bo’s career and labels, Black Market Records, and First Degree The D.E.’s Fahrenheit  Records because they are Sacramento’s longest lasting, most consistent artists and labels in the history on Sacramento rap music. However, there are many others that had their hand the history of Sacramento rap music, which leads us to ask…

Who will be the next king of Sac?

Other contributors to Sacramento rap history include…

T-Poe, Cris Crump, Brent Stafford, Jeff Dixon, Waynee Wayne, Thick And Thin Studios, Paradise Studios, Daniel Hubbard, Marky Mark & Livewire Studios, Walter & City Hall Records, Pooman Studios, J Dubb, Teabone, Debonair, Nick Peace, St Nick, Lavish D, W.I.L.L., Jackie Moore & Sactown Raps, Curbside, United Nations, G Idez, Foe Loco, Young Meek, Who Put Sac On The Map and Black Armor Records, Twamp Dog, Shagzilla, Polo, Smigg Dirty, Blackjack, Young Bop, Bread, GP The Beast, Thomas & Robin Gonzales, Push, Big O, C-Dubb, Bueno, Brown Hustlas, Mozzy, Lavish D, Tony Endz, Liq Sto, Flossalini, Skanless, Lil Pig, Young Jayda, Young Ridah, PCP, Dub Sac, Big Ron, Crisis, D-Dubb, CRISIS, Royal Mixxers, Nasty Train, Big Ron D, Beat Boyz The CUF, DJ Eddie Edul, DJ Brain Tedlos, Don Blanco, The Sactown Blood and Crips, and more.


Fahrenheit Insight’s “The History Of Sacramento Rap” thrives to be the most accurate account of Sacramento rap music ever. Thank you for being a part.



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The History Of Sacramento Rap (Part Two, The Rise)

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The History Of Sacramento Rap (Part Two, The Rise)

Written by First Degree The D.E. and Jimmy Blog For Fahrenheit Insight

Note: Sacramento rap history. Before writing part two of this series, The Fahrenheit Insight sat down with Black Market Records’ owner Cedric Singleton after his appearance on Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour Urban Talk Show. This was to discover the truth about the peak of the Sacramento Rap Game.

Sacramento Rap History, Part Five

Picture it, its 1992, and Northern California rap music was on the rise. Sacramento had it’s underground hip-hop king, DC Ray, but who would be prince?

Cedric Singleton, a young producer from Ohio, had come to Sacramento State University to play basketball. He ended up staying in Sac and setting up shop as a music manager and producer. He was hungry for the rap game, and had help. He started Black Market Records, put out Oak Park’s Homicide, and his vision was official. Through parties and the music scene, he met a young Brotha Lynch Hung and X-Raided. He heard their talent and decided to go all in. Little did he know the crazy stories he’d be a part of. Little did he know the impact he and his Black Market Records crew would have on our region, and the world.

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Homicide’s “Knockin’ Off All Weak MCs” was Black Market’s first album

By this time, Sactown rap crews, with their own sound and serious heat, carved up rap battles all throughout the region. Bloods and Crip gangs were infiltrating Sacramento streets as well. Northern California rap had become the hottest underground rap hub in the world. Northern rap pioneers E-40 and The Click, produced by Mike Mosely and Sam Bostic, had the nation appreciating the unique, Northern California hip hop culture. Street crews like The Garden Blocc’s Brotha Lynch Hung and C-Bo, Meadowview’s Be Gee, Rup Dog, and AK47, Greenhaven’s First Degree The D.E., Crucial Point and DJ Urban Thesis (MC King at the time), and Freeport’s Ace Mak (Ace Of Spades at the time) and Ms. Marvaless ran the underground through the battle rap circuit.

Sacramento’s rap sound was hard, dark, and reality based. Music producers like Phonk Beta, Mike Mosely, Sam Bostic, Ace Mak, Brotha Lynch, and First Degree The D.E. created the musical sound. It was a quality, rich sound that many had a part of. It was a sound that made Sacramento stand out.

Black Market Records owner Cedric Singleton explains on a recent episode of The Fahrenheit Hour that although everyone ended up in different crews, on different labels, everyone felt connected. In the beginning, all of the pioneers participating in the Sacramento music game were a family, working together.


Sacramento Rap History, Part Six

After meeting X-Raided at a DJ party and hearing his “Psycho Active”, Cedric knew he had a hit on his hands. On Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour, “Ced Sing” as Cedric Singleton is called, remembers just finishing the X-Raided when, “I had heard about something that happened about a mile and a half away form my house.” It was the murder of Patricia Harris.

Ced then states that X-Raided came to his house and said, “Im gunna have to get outta town, something happened.” They officially signed contracts, then he was gone.

A few days later on the news, Ced heard that police in Arizona had caught someone wanted for murder in Sacramento. That’s where X-Raided had told him he was going. When Ced Sing put two and two together, he was shocked. The artist he had just signed was arrested for murder. It wasn’t the last time Ced Sing would be shocked by one of his artists.

“The media took off with it, connecting some of X’s lyrics to the killing,” summons Mr. Singleton. Although Ced owned the album, he still had reservations about putting it out. “I was conflicted about it, so I went to the house were she (Patricia Harris) got killed and I went to see Mr. Harris (husband of Patricia Harris). He told me to put out the record, siting that freedom of speech was more important than anything I can tell you.” Strong words, from a strong man, at a trying time.

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X-Raided’s “Psycho Active” was a controversial album due to the artist’s alleged participation of Meadowview’s Patricia Harris

“After that, there was nuthin’ anyone could say to me about puttin’ the record out!” exclaimed Cedric Singleton on Fahrenheit Hour. The sound of his voice had stress and experience in it. It was obvious that there was a lot of controversy he experienced with putting out the X-Raided albums. However, getting the blessing from the victim’s husband put his mind somewhat at peace.

Black Market continued to drop X-Raided albums from prison. X-Raided would get a recording device smuggled inside prison, the inmates would keep voices down, and they made hits.

Outside of Sacramento’s borders, X-Raided is a jailed hero. “Free X-Raided”, fans say. However often, the public only hears one side of a story. Within Sacramento’s borders, it is much different story. X-Raided is a controversial figure. Some love him because of his flow, Sacramento rap pioneering, and hard core reputation. Some hate him because of the woman he and his friends were convicted of killing. The woman killed in the home invasion was Patricia Harris, a kind, innocent, Meadowview grandmother.

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With Black Market’s push, and a cutting edge flow, Brotha Lynch Hung’s “24 Deep” shocked the country

Sacramento Rap History, Part Seven

“He came to me with 24 Deep before we even had a contract,” Cedric Singleton reflects on Brotha Lynch on Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour.

By this time, it was 1993. Black Market was a well oiled machine. Ced remembers the promotion trail, hitting 22 cities, promoting the Black Market/Sacramento rap movement. “It wasn’t work, it was fun,” describes Ced. Ced Sing and the Black Market crew were traveling the country, getting people on what was going on in Sacramento. Black Market had a serious presence on the road because of the road work they did. First Degree recalls Andre Nickatina once saying, “It was like 94, I was in Pennsylvania. I went to the record store and there was a giant display of Brotha Lynch right in the front!”

“I can remember being at Dr.Dre’s ‘Up In Smoke Tour’ in San Jose. While promoting, I noticed Black Market had 30 people in the front, picketing Brotha Lynch!” reflects First Degree The D.E. on Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour. Ced then goes on to say they hit the whole tour, all 44 dates across the country. Wow.

All of the grass roots leg work paid off. Black Market dropped Brotha Lynch’s “24 Deep”. It was the first Sacramento rap album to hit the Billboard charts. It debuted at #87. This was a big deal. The combination of Brotha Lynch’s raw talent, sampled beats, and an album cover with him in a casket, made it easy for Ced Sing to promote. “Its all about the artists’ talent, a label can only lead you to the water,” Ced clarifies.

“I can remember going into Black Market back in the day, and everybody was working!” exclaims First Degree The D.E. on Fahrenheit Hour.

The success of Black Market inspired others. It let them know they could do it, too. Black Market’s success lead to the creation of other Sacramento rap labels. The main two labels spawned by Black Market’s success were AWOL Records and Death Trap Records.

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C-Bo’s “Gas Chamber” was AWOL’s first big release

Sacramento Rap History, Part Eight

AWOL Records was owned by Freddie T Smith. Freddy and Cedric Singleton were friends. “To this day, Freddie is like a little brother,” reveals Ced Sing. Their artists included C-Bo, Ms. Marvaless, Pizzo, and Lunisicc. Freddie and AWOL Records followed the same blue print as Black Market; grass roots, taking it to the people in their city. Bobby Grey was also a big part of AWOL’s success. He died at a young age from a heart attack. Despite the loss, AWOL was a very successful record label.

“AWOL was able to put out three, four, five C-Bo albums, it was a consistent machinery that was building both the artist and the label.” Ced explains. When speaking on Freddy Smith, Mr. Singleton elaborates, “There was never any animosity, jealously or anything like that. A couple times Freddy went to jail he would call me, and I would do what I could to help him in whatever the situation that he needed.” Black Market and AWOL weren’t competitors, they were an alliance. An alliance with the purpose to nationally represent the Northern California region, and make money doing it. C-Bo’s peak was an appearance on 2Pac’s “All Eyes On Me”, released by Death Row Records. AWOL’s baby brother in the Sactown music game was Death Trap Records.

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Death Trap Records’ Be Gee, First Degree The D.E., and owner Dalvin Pipkins at #Be40

Death Trap Records was owned by youngster Dalvin Pipkins. During Be Gee’s recent “Be40” event, Dalvin explained to Fahrenheit Insight that City Hall Records’ Walter Zelnick once called Dalvin, “the youngest in the game.” Dalvin started Death Trap Records at age 22. The Death Trap stable included Be Gee, First Degree The D.E., Phonk Beta, Young Joker, and many more. “Being part of the Death Trap crew, making hits in Davlin’s garage, was a good, pivotal period in time,” comments First Degree The D.E.

“I remember Dalvin and Death Trap. Dalvin was just a cool guy. I never looked at him as competition.” analyzes Ced Sing. This goes back to the mood that all the labels were working together for the sake of their own label, and the city. “My thinking was more like that, if we are able to elevate this region, its better for everybody,” wisely explained Ced Sing. “We were doing interviews with The Source, why?! Because people were curious on what was going on in Sacramento.”


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Be Gee’s “Ya Gotta Be Gee”, released by Death Trap Records in 1993, is arguably the best rap album to drop out of Sacramento 

However, “Of the labels, Black Market was the most organized. top to bottom,” Ced Sing admits.

Ced sites that the unity was one of the main reasons it was all working. “Following the same stream, you know who your fans are. Theres a familiarity with that old school machinery.”

Sacramento Rap History, Part Nine

Eventually, all of the street buzz Black Market created got the attention of major labels, including Priority Records. Other Sacramento artists, like R&B artists D.R.S. (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and hip hop’s Funky Socialistics had made a name for themselves as well. Black Market had been distributing many successful albums, including Master P’s first group album, “TRU”. “Master P wouldn’t sleep for three, four, five days,” remembers Ced Sing, siting Master P’s motor and mind.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars were flying around by this time. The majors, particularly Priority Records, desperately wanted in.

Once the Northern California rap game blew up, the majors wanted a piece of the action. Priority had a strategy, sign all of these Northern California labels to label deals, taking over the competitors. Current Strange Music Vice President David Weiner was working at Priority Records at the time. He is the one responsible for bringing Black Market to Priority Records. It was a game changing event. Sacramento music had hit the national scale. Their first album together was Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Season Of The Siccness”, a raw, horrorcore, gang-banging tour through the streets of South Sacramento. It had a mild sales start, however, it was extremely consistent, selling 5,000 copies a week for several years! Once again, the combination of Lynch’s shocking, real life, meticulous, sick flow, combined with Black Market’s work, was making history. This time on a national level. “Season” hit #26 on the Billboard charts. Season Of The Siccness has since gone platinum, one million units sold.

David Weiner and Priority Records then went to sign J.T. The Bigga Figga of Get Low Records, and Master P of No Limit Records to lucrative label deals, ranging from (tune in to Fahrenheit Hour for numbers!). These deals paved the way by Black Market’s more humble deal.

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Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Season Of The Siccness” has gone platinum

During this time, C-Bo and AWOL Records had also reached a national audience. The AWOL sound was hard core , produced by E-40 producer, Mike Mosely. C-Bo, Ms. Marvaless, and Lunisicc were doing the rap game big, 100%. It was fun to watch both Black Market and AWOL Records try to out do each other. It was more like brotherly encouragement, then competition.

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First Degree The D.E.’s “Southbound” (cassette version) continued the Death Trap history of hits

Death Trap Records was in full swing as well. Although Death Trap didn’t have the notoriety on Black Market and AWOL, they were gaining ground in the West coast underground. The first Death Trap release was Be Gee’s “Ya Gotta Be Gee (1993)”. Be Gee was one of the champion of the Kennedy rap battle circuit. With Phonk Beta playing live keys, the sound was classic, and the album was a serious hit. It was arguably the best album to come out of Sacramento. The next album was Young Joker “Who’s Laughin At Cha (1994)”, and next was First Degree The D.E.’s “Southbound (1995)”. The combination of live keys, live bass, and a hard-core edge made Death Trap unique, but still Sacramento. A Latin rap pioneer named M Sane was also hitting the scene. It was the best of times.

It is important to mention that there were other labels and artists putting in work in Sacramento at this time. Marv Mitch and Lemay and Out Tha Drout Recordz were putting’ it down. Big Rock and T Nutty were getting themselves situated for their campaign, and from the north side of Sacramento, Hollow Tip, Dangerous Dame and High Side Records were also gaining attention. Gangsta Dre and Big Hollis were making Sacramento rap history as well. There are other house hold rap names that got their start in Sacramento as well.


Sacramento Rap History, Part Ten


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Mac Dre, once released from prison, started Thizz Entertainment in Sacramento

Although Mac Dre is from Vallejo, once he got out of prison for bank robbery, he started Thizz Entertainment in Sacramento. “Mac Dre is not from Sacramento, but he was based here in Sacramento. Got got started about the same time we got started. He was in Vallejo when all that stuff happens, but when he was Thizz Entertainment, all that stuff was Sacramento based.” Ced informs. As mentioned, Master P had Sacramento roots as well.

“I remember seeing Mac Dre at my local liquor store, and him tellin’ me I was in his movie (Treal TV)!” First Degree proudly reflects.

Big Lurch, was another Black Market artists that sold a lot of units. He is serving a life sentence for murdering 21-year-old female roommate Tynisha Ysais and eating parts of her body while under the influence of PCP in April 2002. Many Black Market artists have crazy stories.  Amazingly, Brotha Lynch Hung would end up being one of Black Market’s most normal stories. Which leads us to Mr. Doctor from the Garden Blocc.

Mr. Doctor was a half Black, half White, young OG from South Sacramento’s Crip lead Garden Blocc. “When we were making the album, Mr. Doctor got shot,” Ed Sing recalls. “We were in the middle of finishing that album up, he ended up surviving, and we went on to finish the album, and that album was an incredible album.” Ced reflects on Mr. Doc. on The Fahrenheit Hour. First Degree The D.E. proclaims that Mr. Doctor’s first solo, released in 1995, was his favorite Black Market album. He asks Ced to give more details.


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 Garden Blocc’s Mr. Doctor was all about that gangsta life

“What happened with Mr. Doctor, after ‘Setrippin Bloccstyle’ came out, Mr. Doctor was one of those cats that was in these streets bout it bout it, there was no playin’, no fakin’ with that cat.” Ced reflects. “Someone shot his house up. Some guys came out from his neighborhood and shot those guys up, and somebody ended up getting killed. Everybody went to jail, Mr. Doctor was the last one to get arrested,” Ced offers. “People sayin’ that he was a snitch and all that, I don’t know the true about that.” Mr. Doctor ended up  spending two years in jail while Black Market Records took care of his family. Once out, Mr. Doctor continued to release albums, “but had lost that edge because he matured in jail,” Cedric Singleton rationalized. Also Brotha Lynch had stopped making his beats. “I think he was scared,” offers Ced Sing.

By this time, deals were being made for hundreds of thousands of dollars. To hear actual amounts, listen to The Fahrenheit Hour #26, coming in August on YouTube.

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Ms Marvaless’ first solo “Ghetto Blues”, released by AWOL Records, established her as the Queen of Sacramento rap

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Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Loaded” turned the rap game upside down

Sacramento Rap History, Part Eleven

In 1996, the Sacramento sound was played and admired in every ‘hood in America, from L.A. to New York. It was time for a new Brotha Lynch album. Things were on the up, and Brotha Lynch and Black Market signed a lucrative contract for five years. Want to know for how much? Tune into Fahrenheit Hour’s Ced Sing appearances.

By this time, Brotha Lynch had reconnected with producer genius, Phonk Beta. In turn, Phonk Beta brought his long time Death Trap running mate, First Degree The D.E. into the picture. The scene was set for excellence, and excellence happened. With a professional, dark, cutting edge, lyrical, live keyboard, rubber bass sound, Loaded was enjoyed by underground rap lovers world-wide. Some were expecting the more street gang-banging style Lynch displayed in Season, but most were ready for the maturation of their favorite underground artist. Loaded was Sacramento’s rap momentum peak. Many argue it is the greatest piece of art the region has ever produced.

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C-Bo’s “The Autopsy” kept the AWOL hits coming

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First Degree The D.E.’s “Planet Zero” was Fahrenheit Records’ first official release

After Loaded, it was time for First Degree The D.E. to release an album, “Planet Zero”, which is his most popular to date. Once completed, with help from Phonk Beta and Brotha Lynch, First Degree The D.E. went to long time label partner, Dalvin Pipkins to put the album out. Once Dalvin met with City Hall Records’ Walter Zelnick, it was on, and Planet Zero hit the shelves. However, as soon as Planet Zero was released, Dalvin allegedly got high on drugs and rammed a cop car. Once released, he did it again a few weeks later! He was destined to be locked up a long time after that.

Davlin’s mishaps prompted the birth of Fahrenheit Records. First Degree visited the Sacramento jail of several occasions dealing with contract issues, but eventually got full rights to Planet Zero and has gone on to release over 40 more albums, including D.E.’s next album “Damn That D.E.” and “FU1”. Mr. Pipkins remembers, “Walter said Planet Zero had the most buzz of anything he had at the time!” The Fahrenheit crew included First Degree The D.E., Soupbone, an OG rilla from Freeport rap circles, and M Sane, a terror smashing pimp from the streets of L.A. Like Black Market, Death Trap, and AWOL, Fahrenheit Records had its own, world-wide, cult-like following.

“Does Brotha Lynch real eat scabs” First Degree recalls The Click’s B-Legit once asking him. “And yes, he was serious.” At this time, stars and the streets alike were fascinated with Sacramento music. This was also the time Siccness.net, an underground community based around Sacramento rap started by Roloc, was born.

With all of the success, wonderful music, money, fame, and unity in the Sacramento rap game, what could possibly go wrong? Find out! The History Of Sacramento Rap Part Three, The FALL coming soon to Fahrenheit Insight!

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A Jewish Voice For Peace


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A Jewish Voice For Peace

By Josh Rizeberg For Fahrenheit Insight

I am Jewish. I have only been to Israel/Palestine twice in my life. There I learned that the African/Ethiopian darker-skinned Jews suffered from the same white-supremacy that there is in AmeriKKKa. The Ethiopian Jews were mistreated, oppressed, kept in poverty, and demonized with unfair stereotypes. The middle-eastern Jews & Sephardic Jews who look Arab, were also treated lower than the Ashkenazi or European-White looking Jews. The Sephardim & Middle-Eastern Jews have less power in the Israeli government & in society in general. The lighter-skinned, white-looking Jews of European/Ashkenazi descent are on top of the food-chain. They control the government & are the higher-income Jews of Israel.

The Palestinians are Arab/Middle-Eastern descent & are darker-skinned than the Ashkenazi/European Jews. So basically, white/Ahskenazi-Jews from Europe have colonized the land and the people. They are imperialists. They are the minority but they control the resources of the region. I ask my fellow Jews, how do ya’ll fucking ignore that! How can ya convince yourselves that Zionism is not part of global White-Supremacy! Wake the fuck-up my Jewish Brotha’s & Sista’s. The proof is in the pudding. White-looking Jews are capitalizing off the poverty of darker-skinned people. Not to mention only a dozen + Israeli Jews have died in the last “conflict” compared to hundreds of Palestinians. It is an unfair fight.


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Josh Rizeberg’s “Beanz N Rize” coming February 2015 on Fahrenheit Records


The History Of Sacramento Rap (Part One, The Beginning)

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The History Of Sacramento Rap

Written By First Degree The D.E. & Jimmy Blog For Fahrenheit Insight

Note: Sacramento rap history. After talking with Sacramento’s real rap pioneers, First Degree The D.E. and Fahrenheit columnist Jimmy Blog document the truth about the history of the Sacramento rap game for Fahrenheit Insight in this three part series. For the people!


Sacramento Rap History, Part One


Break dancing was the first Sacramento urban hip hop expression


First there was dance, then there was rap.

In the late 70’s, early 80’s, when hip hop as being created at block parties in Brooklyn, New York, Sacramento had break dancers. This was a time that created funky-fresh clothing, break dancing, electric keyboards, boom boxes, heavy drum tracks, and other roots of the hip hop culture. This era gave eventually gave birth to the “Breakin’” movie series, “Krush Groove”, and many more. To be the king of Sacramento in those days, you had to not only know how to pop, but survive and control a dance battle. The main DJ in town was DJ Darryl Dennis, pumping up local events. DJ Darryl was the local star, that was until The Triple Threat Three, which was DC Ray, Mike C and Captain K hit the scene. They were rappin’.



DJ Darryl Dennis & Captain K’s dance single “Sweat”. Check it out here


For the record, DC Ray was the first Sacramento rapper, and The Triple Threat Three was the first Sacramento rap group.

Around 1980ish, East Coast pioneers like The Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and Run DMC were creating a genre, defining a culture. Their messages were about fun, respect, and what was going on in the hood. DC Ray and The Triple Threat Three started around this time. As there was high school dance battles, South Sacramento became known for intense rap battles as well. “Burbank was the main battle spot, then MCs from everywhere started comin down,” reflects DC Ray on Fahrenheit Radio’s Fahrenheit Hour Urban Talk Show. Eventually, Sacramento’s unique hip hop style was on display in alleys, house parties, DJ parties, high schools, and dance clubs in the form of freestyle rap. It was pure, urban expression. It was the stuff that created what Sacramento is now known for; hard edged, in your face reality. When the dust settled, DC Ray and the Triple Threat Three became our Sactown representatives. They were 16.



Fahrenheit graphic artist E-Moe getting down with DC Ray in Sacramento


During DC Ray’s recent appearance on Fahrenheit Radio’s “Fahrenheit Hour”, First Degree The D.E. mentioned the Rakim show and story they were writing for Fahrenheit Insight. “I was before Rakim!” includes DC Ray. Wow. “Back then, you had to sell your music out the trunk like Too Short,” remembers DC Ray.


Sacramento Rap History, Part Two

Once DC Ray became the King Of Urban Sac, the buzz exploded past our Sacramento borders and reached the Bay area and eventually, Los Angeles and New York. It was at this time that Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Records and new rap group Run DMC were blowing up on the East Coast. Run DMC decided to take their block party on the road. That road lead to Sacramento, and in 1983, The Triple Threat Three, Whodini, and Run DMC did a show at The 2nd Level in Sacramento. It was Sacramento’s first big rap show. A 13-year-old Kevin Mann (Brotha Lynch Hung) was front row, and all the local up-and-coming MCs were in the building. The Triple Threat Three turned the party out, getting the attention of Russell Simmons. After the show, Russell Simmons told The Triple Threat Three crew about their new label, Def Jam Records. Russell Simmons offered them a contract with one catch, they had to move to New York. Two of the Triple Threat Three were in, one was out, citing the mystery of Def Jam Records. At the time, Def Jam was still an up-coming label from a coast far away. Since the members of the Triple Threat Three were a group, they stuck together and declined Def Jam’s offer. On the Fahrenheit Hour, First Degree and DC Ray reflect on how the Sacramento rap game could have been much more had they gone to New York.


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Russell Simmons brought his Def Jam crew to Sacramento in 1983 in rap’s beginnings, also offering Sactown’s Triple Threat Three a contract

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Run DMC, Whodini, and The Triple Threat Three set the Sactown rap scene ablaze with Sacramento’s first big rap show.


In time, DC Ray and The Triple Threat Three’s battle-proven style, grit, and lyrical emphasis had made its way to Cletus Anderson and Saturn Records in Los Angeles. Saturn Records signed The Triple Threat Three and released “Scratch Motion”. Scratch Motion was Sacramento’s first official single in stores! It was 1984. An up-and-coming DJ named Dr. Dre was on the scratch! Yes, THE Dr. Dre scratches on Sacramento’s first rap record, Scratch Motion. There were records, and they were in stores. Sacramento had a hero, much earlier in the rap game than many are aware of.


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Sacramento’s first rap song, Triple Threat Three’s “Scratch Motion” You can hear it on Youtube here

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 Dr. Dre of the World Class Wreckin Crew scratched on Sacramento’s first single, “Scratch Motion”


On the Fahrenheit Hour episode with DC Ray, First Degree offers, “If you ever get Brotha Lynch real drunk, he’ll tell you the story about how the Triple Threat Three/Run DMC show got him in the rap game for real! Haha. He was in the front row, yada yada yada, he fell in love with the rap game”

“I remember when he was Kevin Ice Cold, what he was going by at the time. C-Bo was just comin up, he’s always been reppin’ that name.” DC Ray recognizes. “I like Brotha Lynch cuz he always gives props bout where it all came from. Its good that there are people like yourself, D.E., to document our history.”


Sacramento Rap History, Part Three

After rocking Scratch Motion for a couple years in clubs in town and on the road, the Triple Threat Three crew needed another single. They hit the studio and created a tribute to Marvin Gaye called “We Love You Martin”. It was 1985, and The Triple Threat Three was traveling the coast, turning out shows. Other Sacramento MCs, like Oak Park’s Homicide, The Godfather, Bad Mouth C, and Young Dre D were making names for themselves as well. By this time, the hip hop culture had taken over the city. The hero of the city was on records in stores. DC Ray also had a TV show on Public Access, interviewing stars.

While DC Ray was expanding expectations with his TV show, the next generation of rappers was chiseling their rap skills at the local high schools and street corners. This time, the young generation was mainly battling at Kennedy High in South Sacramento, aka The K-House. As with the generation before it, this next breed of rap battlers would engage after school and the best from other schools would come to test their skills in the arena. Familiar names like Brotha Lynch Hung, C-Bo, Triple Sicx, Luni, Marvaless, First Degree The D.E., Be Gee, AK47, and many more were free-styling their way into Sacramento notoriety.



Sacramento’s Luni Coleone pays respect to DC Ray at a local event

The main hoods contributing to the new underground rap movement was Meadowview, The Garden Blocc (Florin Road), Greenhaven, Oak Park, Del Paso Heights, and Freeport. The Freeport area became a serious rap proving ground. Sac pioneer Ace Mak (Ace Of Spades at the time) was a producer and influenced many of the household names you know of today. “Ace Mak taught me to make beats,” First Degree exclaims. Freeport groups like Black Rage (Ace, AK, and Marvaless) and The Wicked lead the new generation rap underground. The town had something special on the bubble, their own sound, their own buzz, their own chip.


Sacramento Rap History, Part Four

In the late 80’s, DC Ray was introduced to Cedric Singleton, a young strategist from Ohio, equally hungry for the game. “Ced Sing” was starting a new label with Robert Foster called Black Market Records. DC Ray and Black Market Records came together and released Black Market’s first single, DC Ray’s “What’s The Matter With Your Life?”. At this time, DC Ray was still the only Sac rapper in stores. Black Market and DC Ray’s relationship eventually got complicated and the two moved on. To this day, there are a few things DC Ray would like to hear Ced Sing say.


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Black Market’s first single was DC Ray’s “What’s The Matter With Your Life?”

During the recording of The Fahrenheit Hour, DC Ray states that he would like Ced to clean up the mess he made, admit some of his wrongs, and move forward. “I can see he is trying to make everything right now,” DC Ray defends. “But I could have signed with Atlantic Records!” He then goes on stating that Atlantic Records was interested in him. Atlantic was told DC Ray wasn’t interested. DC Ray suspects someone at Black Market told Atlantic that he wasn’t interested. “We could have done a better job with ‘What’s The Matter With Your Life’,” DC Ray also realizes out loud.


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By the early 1990’s, Black Market Records was preparing a take over, They released Homicide and was building their brand. It was then that a young Dalvin Pipkins (eventual owner of Death Trap Records) walked newbies X-Raided and Brotha Lynch Hung into the Black Market office. Also during this time, Bobby T and C-Bo, affiliates with Vallejo underground up-comers E-40 and The Click, were getting their situation together and had big plans of their own. Dalvin, Be Gee, First Degree The D.E., Young Joker, and Phonk Beta were on the verge of making history as well. Colossal things were on the horizon for these rap pioneers and the city of Sacramento.

The actions of these young trailblazers later started the Sacramento rap era you think you know. Do you really know? Find out on part two of “The History Of Sactown Rap”, here on Fahrenheit Insight!

You can hear this interview with DC Ray in its entirety soon on Fahrenheit Radio and Youtube.


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Introducing Mathmatix Of United Nations

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By Jimmy Blog For Fahrenheit Insight


Q – We all know you been rhyming for a while, but why is that people are just now catching up to you?

A – Well probably because of how i went about making music. Even from the beginning hiphop has been theroputic and I never made a single track with intent of getting noticed or getting a record deal or any of that. I just loved the culture and wanted to express myself and my thoughts. But I guess with time more people got their hands on my stuff so you know. Things grow.
Q – You don’t sound at all like most mcees that come from Sac, how would explain that?

A – I’ve always taking the “Thelonious Monk” approach. Either you get it or you don’t, I’ve never made music for anyone but myself, even now. So that has allowed me the freedom to not feel forced into rapping about money, guns, drugs and all the other commercial directions rappers take to get noticed. I’ve done tracks about Burger King and stuff that only makes sense to me, and maybe the people that know me.
Q – Tell us about this collaboration with Crucial Point that’s got heads turning the volume up again.

A – Well long story short, my boy Crucial was going in for a while, but more publicly, and the whole time I was doing my underground thing. I was always wanting to get down with him and do a group project. He’s done stuff on my projects before as a feature but I honestly just think I wasn’t seasoned enough back then. But you know, beats got way better, rhymes got nicer and I think he just started taking notice. I always thought he was nice, but one day he was like, I’ll come down and well spend a weekend making beats, and that turned into a full album. Without question the best work I’ve done to date.
Q – You seem to be more of a conscious rapper. So is it safe to say that you keep up with current and world events?

A – I try to be very informed. I don’t watch the news or read as much as you would think, but I had a network of very worldly people around me. Different cultures and view points so that by default keeps me drowning in conspiracy theories, world politics and things like that. I do my research, but I’m not fanatical about things. I’m just smart enough to know that I don’t everything and just because things my seems unbelievable doesn’t mean is not happening.
Q – How do you feel about the state of hiphop today?

A – I’ll be honest, I don’t hate it like most people. All things have to change, if it doesn’t change it dies out. And it’s been hiphop’s ability to grow and change with the generations that keeps it relevant. So even though I can’t say I think it’s changed for the better or that I even like most of it for that matter, I will say I’m not against it. Like my man Sadat X said, I you aren’t out there making that good music or contributing in some way, you got not say in the matter. Don’t sit on the sidelines hating and complaining, get up and do something. Give the people options. Otherwise, shut the “F” up.
Q – Sacramento has a lot of talented mcees, how come we don’t see more collaborations?

A – Well, Sac has a strong gang history so a lot of the music/artists are separated by neighborhoods. Sometimes they see passed it and get down and make music but most times it’s just people running with their homies or the people they know. I’ve never really tripped off it but I think once cats get passed the old ways, they will start linking up to get this money. Instead of beef’n, just attack the game together. Their’s strength in numbers right?
Q – How do you play into this Sacramento movement to push the music forward?

A – Hahahh, the only movement I know about is the Fahrenheit movement, so if you not talking about that I don’t know what to tell you. We trying to make people think again, ask questions again you know? We’ve all done that “i’m tight and better than you” rap. I’m passed that now and the people around me are too. It’s about balance and options. I’m not the one to beat you over the head with non-sense and formula. My music should take you on a trip through the mind and soul, a lot like good jazz does. Mathmatix is like the knuckleball of rap. The rest of these dudes are still throwing you fastballs and the occasional curve. Get at me.


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Meet Oji

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By Jimmy Blog For Fahrenheit Insight

Q: So, where do we start Oji “The Gift Bearer”?

A: It all started for me with a self empowering initiation of what many call a “kundalini awakening”. When I was around 20yrs old, one day in my studio, while making a beat for a drug dealer from the old neighborhood. I was spontaneously rocking back and forth in the chair, breathing deeply. Suddenly, I felt the energy building up and I started shining. I could feel my cells opening in that moment. So then I asked the creator, what to do with all this energy within me. The answer it seems is too focus it like a laser beam into the future.
This experience allowed me too know another dimension of life. Which is very paranormal and “reality” altering without any drugs. Though it also alienated me because its hard to explain to folks if they have not experienced it. Its a freedom you reward yourself with. This supernatural energy is like an extra and inner terrestrial force.

Q: I see, very interesting. How did this experience effect the people around you?

A: Well as far as I could see sometimes people only love the fruit of a tree. Or they need more proof to take it serious. Though its the same yet different from the holy ghost. The rush of enlightenment could also be like a drug. Though I am addicted to God and that is where I found it. It strengthened my relationship too music as well.

Q: How long have you been making music?

A: I started back in 1987. With just a karaoke machine and then graduated to a four track to a digital recorder, then to computer. I wrote and recorded my first rap at my uncles studio when I was 12yrs old. His name is Mark Elliott. He also inspired me to be a producer because he’s a great r&b and funk hip hop producer, writer and dancer. He had a strutting dance group in the late 70’s called The “Close Encounters of The Funkiest Kind”.

Q: Alright, what other artist inspired you growing up?

A: The first record I bought was Run DMC Raising Hell, which helped mold my sound. Then I got into Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, the early Mac Dre, Too Short, N.W.A., J.T. The Bigga Figga and San Quin, R.B.L., E-40, Supa Nova Slom, C- Bo, Marveless, Dre Dog, Bone, Lynch, Sicx and Raided, The D.E., Bjork, Badu, Zap Mama, Tricky, Declaime, Georgia Anne Muldrow, D’Angelo, Marilyn Manson, Timbaland, etc.

Q: Wow, that is a primordial soup of influence.

A: That’s also including the music my mom introduced me too. Like Anita Baker,etc. I was also negatively influenced by music growing up. I was a huge fan of Lynch until I became a father. I grew up in Bayview Hunters Point in S.F. Where I was surrounded by violence and ignorance. Though I did get awarded artist in residence in a studio in an artist colony at the naval shipyard. That helped me learn that the art that I make, draw, paint, and sculpt have value to other people and made me take it more serious..

Q: Wow, you also do graphic arts?

A: Yes. I started drawing at a really young age. Now I consider myself a color and sound alchemist. I do it first to inspire others like other artist inspired me. I recently learned how to animate, so now I see how color and sound work together for the better.

Q: What would you do if you where not an artist?

A: If I where not an artist, I would be either a martial artist or quantum physicist.

Q: Quantum Physicist?

A: Yes. Although I feel I already am. Rhythm and tone are two simple places to start. Are bodies are advanced spiritual technology. Heart beat and voice was used by our ancestors to communicate too the Earth and universe. Especially the shamans who’s job is too see and feel the oneness. I am working on a documentary about my personal paranormal experiences with sound and color. Its called “Rhythmic Cognition Theory”.

Q: You also have an album coming out next October right?

A: Yessir! Its titled “Speak N’Tones” Which is about teaching children self empowering tones and vowels of the chakras, or healing overtones in an experimental and unconventional way. It features different artist that I collaborated with including my children, Mzee Divine, Luziluu from Germany, Royal Immortal from Brooklyn, and Amun Ra from Atlanta,etc. I did all of the production and mastering. Since our voice can be used as a weapon, it should also be used to heal and build with. There will also be a video game of the same name.

Q: Astounding! Do you sample too?

A: Yes, I started making beats by sampling. I’m very much a scientist when it comes too anything creative. So what ever I can get my hands on too record, I do. I have played and recorded live violin, piano, synth, tabla, finger harp, guitar, etc. H

Q: Where do you see yourself in the near future?

A: Healthy and wealthy! Hopefully in the near future I will be doing a whole lot more live performances, lots more production, lots more writing, art, animation, healing and building. Though I do feel like a time traveler. My future self is “converting black holes into stargates”. Quantumly speaking turning the negative in positive. Our cells become black holes that feed on negative energy if we are too stressed out. In a healthy state we shine and our cells are like stargates that keep an open communication to the creator.

Q: I see… What genre would you say categorized your sound?

A: Genre bending psychedelic hip hop. For fun I write in my own language. It feels like abstract painting. I would like to invent my own genre.

Q: Do you freestyle?

A: No. I grew up in freestyle cyphers, though whenever I try I speak in another language that feels ancestral. Its like an alter ego that was birthed out of anger, pain and self discovery. I know the most high comprehends and know I have the best intentions.

Q: Wow. What would be your dream collaboration?

A: It would be a dream come true for me too produce a song with Georgia Anne Muldrow and the D.E. on it together. Another goal I have is to produce a song with Bjork.

Q: That is something else. Is there anything else you would like too say?

A: I would like to thank you D.E. for this opportunity to show what I am artistically capable of.
I am on a mental treasure hunt, on the map of the brains maze…


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First Degree The D.E. and Cold 187 Talk Dr. Dre, Religion, And More

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By Jimmy Blog For Fahrenheit Insight

Any true fan of rap music knows about the notorious rap group, Above The Law. Starting in 1989, Above The Law’s (Cold 187um, KMG, Go Mack, and DJ Total K-oss) were pioneers of West Coast rap and invented the G Funk rap era, which was later copied by Dr. Dre’s for “The Chronic”. Backed by Eazy E’s Ruthless Records, Above The Law released hit after hit, creating a world-wide fan base with their real, rap-funk sound. Their most popular albums, “Livin Like Hustlers”, “Black Mafia Life”, and “Uncle Sam’s Curse” carved the West Coast rap scene from within. Above The Law worked with rap legends 2Pac, N.W.A, Kokane, Suge Knight, and many other pioneers. Hits like “Black Superman”, “The Last Song”, and “Murder Rap”, to name just a few, communicated what was going on in Los Angeles at the time. Though his music, Cold 187um because a voice for the inner city Black, West Coast community. As a group, Above The Law released eight albums.

In 1999, Above The Law’s main vocalist, Cold 187um went solo. Know for his aggressive style and stylish, high pitched voice, Cold 187um, aka Big Hutch continued his career with eight more independent albums, including an ill-fated stint with Insane Clown Posse. Cold 187um has continued to be a voice of reason for the West Coast rap game.

On Saturday, May 10th, Cold 187um aka Big Hutch sat down with First Degree The D.E. on The Fahrenheit Hour Urban Talk Show on Fahrenheit Radio. Cold 187um shared his thoughts on racism, current events, major labels, and the state of the rap game.

Cold 187um started the discussion on race and Clippers owner Donald Sterling. He started by explaining that slavery wasn’t that long ago, and that we’re all slaves to something. “I remember being called nigger, by White folk”, he remembers. He goes on to explain that slavery wasn’t that long ago, and the people that were around when the Jim Crow laws were active, are still alive today. He then moves on to Donald Sterling. Sterling is the Clippers own caught on tape making racist comments to his girlfriend. Big Hutch explains that Sterling is just a simple man that is a slave to his environment, adding that if you listen to the whole tape, Sterling is answering to his racists peers, “You’re part of something that’s racist!”. “We’re all slaves to something.” he reiterates. Hutch explains that we need to look towards each other for healing. “We’re the first people that never look at the man in the mirror”.

The Above The Law head man then gets to sharing his experiences with major labels. He has been on Ruthless Records, Tommy Boy Records, Death Row Records, and more. When First Degree The D.E. askes him if good or bad Jews own the major labels, Cold 187um explains that there are both. “Everyone wants to get caught up with calling them devils”. He clarifies that the people that own the major lables (and the fame) are opportunists selling a product. “They lookin at you like you a bag of Doritios! They not lookin at you like you put your heart and soul into somethin!” Cold 187um has hasd many experiences with the majors, but now likes it just where he is, independent with Big Shot Records.

Big Hutch also had something to say about Dr. Dre. Dr Dre is in the mists of becoming hip hop’s first billionaire by teaming up with Apple for his Beats headphones and streaming service. However, Dr Dre got famous from his music, some of which (the g funk) was stolen from Above The Law and Cold 187. “Someone hears that you got a great theory, it’s very innovative, and they know they can go to the next level with it, they take that, and done give credit to the person that created it.” Its all about money Hutch explains. In the end, he and the Above The Law members (RIP KMG) just want the recognition they deserve. Considering Dr Dre is making billions off his legacy now, asking for credit is a reasonable request.

Cold 187 chose not to get into the Illuminati talk, “…because its just that, talk!” Big Hutch would like our urban communities to get real and help each other. “I’m not anit-anything, I just pro doin me!”

Why I’m In The Rap Game

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By Shawn Thunderchief For Fahrenheit Insight

To tell my reason for doing music and more particularly rap I’ll have to borrow a quote from one of my dear friends and fellow musician Jasia One-O “There’s music in my message” meaning I have a message to get out and it’s going to get out one way or another. It just so happens to be that music is the mode in which I use to get that message out. Why music? Music itself is a universal language and play huge role in various cultures around the world which in effect makes music one of the most effective methods for communicating and conveying a/your message. In short I use music as a tool to share information, teach others, express personal thoughts, views, beliefs and ideas, to inspire, empathize, and spread the message of love and oneness. Though it seems that many others who share that same message, people like Bob Marley, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Mac Dre, Bradley Noell, Layne Stayley, Ol Dirty Bastard, and 2pac to name a few, ultimately have their life’s cut short from some unforseen and unfortunate “accident” or “tragic event” that I simply call murder, I’ll still will continue carrying that same torch with that same message no matter how little or big of a role I play in it.



A Letter From A Hiltop Resident



A Letter From A Hilltop Resident

By Josh Rizeberg For Fahrenheit Insight


I am a resident of the hilltop area that is deeply concerned with the current development of this area. My biggest concern is that housing will no longer be affordable for me and quickly displace my family. The city has adopted a view that “affordable housing” is based on a person/family making 80% of the county-wide median income, specifically $40,150 for a single person and $57,350 for a family of four. The number of people who currently live in this area that meet that income level is extremely low. Additionally, the city is choosing to adopt the very minimum goal of 25% allocation of new units to meet this idea of “affordable” as set forth by the Pierce County Regional Council, which seems to be in direct conflict to what I understand as Tacoma’s goals and image. This approach to “affordable housing” is very unacceptable to me. The hilltop area has always been culturally diverse and vibrant with minorities, and the current development plans undertaken by the city will ultimately push all of these people out, only to make way for more affluent individuals. As new units are built they will be at market rate prices, intended only for those that exceed the “affordable housing” income levels. This will quickly increase the rental- rates of the current units, and I believe the goal of 25% of “total housing units in Hilltop shall be affordable to households earning up to 80 percent of the countywide median income” (Hilltop Subarea Plan) will be reached and surpassed relatively fast.
The Hilltop Subarea Plan suggests establishing an “affordable housing monitoring system for the Hilltop Mixed-Use Center,” and exploring the “creation of a system that activates policies and regulations designed to promote the production of new affordable housing when affordability trends project a future shortfall,” which I believe to be of extremely high importance as the city is increasing its development activities within this neighborhood. It is also important who leads these projects and the representation of a diverse selection of current residents within the organization itself, not the business interests or outside entities.
The Hilltop Subarea Plan contains directives for establishing “effective public information and feedback materials and conduct frequent town halls, public open houses, and other events at locations in the Hilltop Subarea to encourage public access and facilitate dialogue on Hilltop Subarea Plan implementation priorities, policies, programs, projects, and budgets” and I believe it is important to make this happen immediately. The outreach conducted in preparation of the Hilltop Subarea Plan was noted to “reflect more of the ideas of people who live outside of the area that the plan is trying to attract rather than current residents” (Tom Beckwith, MLK Subarea Plan and EIS Working Group Meeting – November 8, 2012) so I have very deep concerns about whether the city is genuine in addressing the concerns of the current residents.
The groups such as Hilltop Business District Association, Central Neighborhood Council, and Hilltop Action Coalition that the city currently works with represent the needs of a very small selection of residents in the community with interests other than affordable housing, and I think the planning commission needs to do much better at getting more fruitful input from the actual residents of Hilltop.