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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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First Degree The D.E. at the Trump Sacramento rally

“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.

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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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Endorsement

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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First Degree The D.E. “Black Bane” OUT NOW! HERE!

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AWALL aka 2Piece ‘Rock It Like This’ OUT NOW! HERE!

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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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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

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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

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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.

“Yes.”

 

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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…

http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/sacramentos-bad-rap/content?oid=16642245

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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.

 

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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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Eminem

     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!

 

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     “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.

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     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.

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     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.

Conclusion

     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

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Tacoma Rap Is The Next To Blow

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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.

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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.

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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“.
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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.
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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

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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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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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