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As of November 8th, 2010, Milwaukee UP has officially made the move to OnMilwaukee.com.  This WordPress account will stay active as an archive of everything written before November 8th.

Please visit the new (On)Milwaukee UP by following THIS LINK.

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Milwaukee UP is moving.  MOVING?!  Yes, moving (and it’s a good thing)!

Let me step back and explain what’s going on here.

I started this blog a little over 8 months ago after 3 things took place.

1.)  Dana Coppa talked about the lack of coverage Milwaukee Hip-Hop gets in his interview with Milwaukee’s AV Club.

2.)  Rapper SPEAK Easy told me that I have a lot of good thoughts about stuff and that I should take some of the stuff that I’ve learned from my limited success and share it with the public at large.

3.)  While he was in Austin, attending SXSW, Tarik Moody of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee threatened me with physical harm if I didn’t start a proper blog after I decided to rant about something on Twitter.

That, in addition to my deep love of Milwaukee Hip-Hop and the scene, was enough to get the ol’ wheels a turnin’ and Milwaukee UP was born.  At first, I didn’t honestly know what was going to happen with it.  I didn’t know if artists would take what I was doing seriously.  I didn’t know if people were honestly interested in reading about my thoughts on different topics.  I didn’t know if people, when it wasn’t time to be seen for popularity’s sake, were really interested in reading about Milwaukee Hip-Hop.

Well, even though there were so many questions floating around in my head, I began writing and quickly populated the blog with posts about how to not be racist, how to properly promote one’s music, how to book shows without counting on a promoter, and I started getting interviews from people within the scene.  Things kind of took off on me, and essentially I haven’t looked back since.

Within the first week or two, I found Milwaukee UP mentioned in articles by the Shepherd Express and Third Coast Digest, and I was asked by blogger Zillz of ZillaSays.com to join up with his website.  Within the first month or two, I received emails from the writers around the city of Milwaukee that I aspire to be like, complimenting the blog.  I even received emails from two people that I greatly respect that contained offers to write for their publications.  At this point, I was slightly overwhelmed with everything because I didn’t expect people to take what I had been doing, so seriously.  Sure, I was serious about it but I didn’t know that it would be looked upon as being something serious.  I turned one offer down and gave the other person enough reasons to rescind their offer.

Several months went by and post after post I saw a steady amount of traffic coming into the blog.  It wasn’t a ton, but it was enough to continually validate that there was a market for what I was doing.  It was just a matter of time for the word to get out more and more about the blog, and I had the patience to wait, to cultivate, to grow.  I by no means was/am perfect with Milwaukee UP and though I try to be unbiased, it was easy to tell what I really personally enjoyed and what I was posting about just to help pass around the information about its existence.  I know some people are probably upset with me about that, but as I always say, if you don’t think I’m doing a good enough job…please do better than me because I am not the end all, be all, answer to writing about Milwaukee Hip-Hop…not even in the slightest.  Through those several months I also tried to do my best to write for ZillaSays.com to gain more eyes from his national readers, but I was still trying to organize myself and I had to step away from the opportunity.

Bottom line, the main reason that I started Milwaukee UP was to get more eyes on what Milwaukee Hip-Hop was doing.  I wanted the eyes from both inside the city and outside of the city to have a place where they could go to whet their appetite so that they’d dig for more, and though the ZillaSays.com thing didn’t work out extraordinarily well, I know that it worked to some degree just as I know that there are people out there that found out about something going on in Milwaukee Hip-Hop solely through my blog.

That’s why when I was approached by OnMilwaukee.com a second time, after 8 months of doing the blog and finally understanding things much better than when I had begun, I had to jump at the opportunity being presented to me.  It’s nothing super-duper fancy…I’m not a staff writer, they didn’t give me the key to their business or anything like that.  But, what they did do is provide for Milwaukee UP a place that can potentially grab tens of thousands of eyes instead of hundreds of eyes, daily, in the market that YOU, the scene, primarily service and ask for support.  They provided a place for a steady Hip-Hop column that digs a little deeper and will hopefully fit in with their excellent writing about music, culture, and all that is Milwaukee.

So, effective as of this coming Monday, November 8th, OnMilwaukee.com will be featuring my writing and this Milwaukee UP WordPress account will become an accessible vault of all that was done previous to that date.  I hope that you transition over to OMC with me, and not only that, I hope you dig in to all of the Milwaukee publications that write about music and culture because there’s a lot of great stuff happening in Milwaukee no matter what statistics say about it.  For a scene to truly be a scene and a community to thrive, it’s crucial to be as involved as one possibly can be.

Shout outs to Bobby and OnMilwaukee.com; Steve and AV Club Milwaukee; Evan and the Shepherd Express; DJ of Fan-Belt and Third Coast Digest; Seizure Chicken and all it’s great writers; Tarik, Jordan, Marcus, Adam, and the entire staff of 88Nine; Erin, Ryan, Dori, Kid Cut Up, DJ Bizzon of WMSE and the whole crew there; Geraud; Mr. Potter; and all of the other great writers or personalities that inspire me to get better at putting words together to form sentences.

However the BIGGEST shout out goes to anybody and everybody who has ever read Milwaukee UP once, twice, or repeatedly…I sincerely appreciate all of you!  Let’s continue to work on supporting a scene that is honestly worth supporting.

(On)Milwaukee UP!

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As the title of the article states, the event known as Hip-Hop Hates Breast Cancer was a great success this last Saturday night at Milwaukee’s Cactus Club.

What exactly is success you may be asking?  To me, success for the event started well before the night actually happened.  When I began organizing the event a couple of months ago, the artists that would be found on the bill fell into place with relative ease.  People weren’t just taking the attitude of “yeah, I’ll do it” but rather “YEAH!! I’ll do it!”  Going into an event with the artists as pumped about doing it as I was turned out to be a great blessing because it led to easy communication exchanges.  There were a few changes that had to be made to the lineup for the night, but that’s bound to happen as people remember other obligations…but all in all it was smooth sailing.

With that said, I have to acknowledge and thank the following:

Stricklin, AUTOMatic (and JDL), DJ Bizzon, The Hollowz, SPEAK Easy, Misen Lync, and Diva.

Another thing that you need to make an event successful is a venue that is supportive of what you are trying to do and the Cactus Club was exactly that.  When I struggled to find sponsorship to cover the facility and sound fee, the Cactus Club stepped up and said that they would take care of it themselves.  Now that is a great thing because it allowed 100% of the door money to go towards the benefit, thus maximizing the effort.  Some people may ask, “why did you pick the Cactus Club?”  It’s simple…they have GREAT sound, a great set up for shows, and hardworking bartenders. 

When you put all of that together, that makes for a great live music experience in my opinion.  I have to thank the Cactus Club and it’s people (including Alex the awesome sound guy) for all their hard work and for allowing us to rock another great show at their venue.

Yet another thing that led to the event being a success before the night took off was the willingness of the press and those interested in attending the event to talk about it so that buzz could surround the event and maybe catch the eye of some people who typically may not think about going to a Hip-Hop show, a Hip-Hop show in Bay View, etc.  It really creates awareness that there was an event going on in the first place, and that’s all an event organizer can hope for…people knowing that the event exists so that it can be placed on the brains of people and readily accessible to them when they flip through their mind’s Rolodex for stuff to do.

I have to thank to following media for their coverage:

Jordan Lee and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee; Dori, Kid Cut Up, DJ Bizzon, and WMSE; Geraud Blanks and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; Bobby Tanzillo and OnMilwaukee.com; Steve Hyden and Milwaukee’s AV Club/The Onion; Evan Rytlewski and the Shepherd Express; and ALL of the blogs like Run-MKE, etc.

Lastly, but certainly the MOST important group to thank, all of the people that showed up to the event.  All 138 of you that came and paid the $5 in exchange for some good music, and all the people that maybe weren’t able to make it but STILL told people about the event so they could go in their place…thank you!  Never in a million years would I have thought we’d double PLUS some what we did with the Hip-Hop Hates Multiple Sclerosis event in April.  We had 65 paying customers then, and I was hoping for 75 this time…and holy crap the Cactus Club got SLAMMED! 

With a few extra donations, we raised $700 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure…and that is a gift that’s going to be given to them in the name of the Milwaukee Hip-Hop community…artists and fans, regardless of what artists or fans didn’t show up to the event…it was a success for you, for us.

At the end of the night and in the hours after the event had finished, I was asked by several people “when’s the next one going to be?” and “what is Hip-Hop going to hate next?”  At this time, “I don’t know” is my answer to both questions.  The one thing that I do know is that I am not going to try to make the next one bigger and better and more, more, more.  Somehow, if that becomes the focus for me, the essence of the event is lost because it’s no longer about the music and community coming together with me and other to do something good…it becomes about ME, and that is NOT what I want.

All I know is that in the future, some time in the first or second quarter of next year, there will be another Hip-Hop Hates event.  It will be at the Cactus Club.  It was feature performers that put on a helluva show.  It will be fun.  It will go to benefit a good cause.

Again, I want to sincerely thank everybody that was involved in the night as a performer, worker, volunteer (shout out to LaShonda and Chris Hill, as well as Marquis and Resa Norris for holding down the door when I was running around “organizing” stuff), and ALL of you that came to the event or thought positive thoughts about it throughout the night!  If I missed anybody, please forgive me but know that I thank you too!

Warmest Regards,

JC Poppe

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Creative instrumentals are something that every person that’s into Hip-Hop digs for, to quench their thirst for something fresh and new.  Well, I have something here for you that’s fresh and new and will satisfy your ears (hopefully) on some level, one level, several levels, or all levels.

Nicholas Sanborn, also known as Made of Oak, is a member of many Milwaukee rock bands (including Decibully) and is the co-owner of Listening Party Records (the label that put out Lunaversol9’s newest project as well as the new Def Harmonic album), and he felt the need for speed (dated Top Gun reference) so he decided to start doing groove based instrumentals as well as remixes.

You can go to his Soundcloud page by clicking RIGHT HERE to check out a little bit of what he brings to the table and to enjoy the fringe of Hip-Hop and how many have woven into their music some of the aspects brought about by Hip-Hop.  Below I have one of the tracks that you can check out in advance.

Vacuum Life –

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Running this blog is a great way to learn about music and the people behind the music and culture, I think.  I do my best here at Milwaukee UP to make sure that I’m covering what’s going on in Milwaukee Hip-Hop music, but occasionally some artists fall through the cracks.  If, and this is based on whether or not they are willing to participate in giving me music or an interview, you had a say in who I wrote about…what artist would you have me cover or cover more?

Let me know…and if you are an artist reading this saying something like “why has this guy never covered me/us?”  I can clear this up for you.

I dedicate time to digging for new music as much as I can but as my time has become more precious, I just can’t dedicate hours of my day to monitoring Facebook and Twitter for new music.  Therefore stuff will just get missed.  The best way to make sure that I don’t miss what you put out is by emailing me at grownmancollective {at} g m a i l {dot} c o m.

Next, I want music music…not clips of you rapping about stuff on YouTube or anything like that.  Completed projects, singles, EPs…hell even cleverly done project samplers will get me more interested in posting what you’ve given me.  I mean, get familiar with what I do here, and then go from there.

Lastly, the tab that says “ABOUT & CONTACT For Milwaukee UP” is there for you, to help you to understand what I’m doing Milwaukee UP for and to give you a few suggestions.  Look, I know that many people like to write music about sex and illicit drug use and stuff like that, but that doesn’t mean that I have to put it up and I’m most likely not going to.  Your bedroom habits (or what you wish to do in the bedroom, bathroom, back of a car, etc.) are not interesting to me in the slightest.

Bonus reason…I may just flat out dislike your music.  I know this is hard for some people to accept, the rejecting of one’s art, but it’s not that serious…it really isn’t.  I will always and have always encouraged people to start their own platforms because I am not perfect in what I do, so you could do it better…and kudos to you if you do decide to start up something.

Now, with all that being said…please, let me know who I’ve missed or who you’d like to see more of.  Thanks in advance, and as always, thank you for your views of this blog.

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Earlier this week DAMMM (Da.Milwaukee.Music.Movement) did an interview with the illustrious Stricklin on their radio show.  Now, when I say interview, I’m not saying 10 minutes of radio hosts talking over the person they’re supposed to be interviewing…nope, I mean a whole hour and really letting Strick talk about his past and present, sparked off by two hosts that actually know what they’re doing when conducting an interview.  (Shouts to Track Lacer, one half of the duo who let me know about their show)

**Side Note** I hate people who do “interviews” with artists and they don’t hardly even let the artist speak.  That’s not professional.

OK, that being said, enjoy what Stricklin has to say.

STRICKLIN INTERVIEW ON DAMMM RADIO RIGHT HERE

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Adlib sent this over to me like two weeks ago and it’s pretty damn good.  Tonye has a good flow and The ILLManShip Memoirs is worth checking out.

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