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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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This Saturday AUTOMatic (A.P.R.I.M.E. and Trellmatic) is releasing the follow up to their beloved first album so I thought that it’d be important to try to get ahold of the recluse to ask him important questions about the most important things in the word.

The show is at bSide, Saturday, starting at 10PM, with special guests JDL, The Night Krawlers, Element, and Raze helping AUTOMatic out throughout the night.  Peep the poster for some info.

A.P.R.I.M.E., is there any truth to the rumor that you are an advocate for used popsicle sticks being recycled into artistic sculptures, or do you hate the environment?

That is a false statement! Please reveal your source…I’d love to smear honey on them and toss a hornet’s nest at them. But, to answer your question, I’m a fan of sculptures made of toothpicks and used sunflower seed shells.

When you sit down to write a song, how many cans of Lysol do you spray into the air to damage the ozone layer, if any at all?

I used to go through two with each songs until I was beaten nearly half to death by a gang of angry native americans…which was odd because I thought that they were more peaceful than that. I didn’t even get a warning…

What does being a Mutant have to do with your ability to spin in circles while chewing bubble gum?

Absolutely nothing. My mutant abilities allow me to do cartwheels while drinking a bottle of YooHoo.

Why do you like dirt?

I’m gonna tell you a secret…you and your readers have to put this in the vault…if you mix dirt and water…it makes dirt…shhh.

If you could be any animal in the world, would you ever consider being a panda bear? I’ve heard that they are endangered and could heavily benefit from people morphing into pandas.

I’d consider it…for like…a minute, but I’d never be one. Pandas are endangered, so clearly, they’re stupid little dumb dumbs. I’d be a wolf because I saw New Moon and I’d be able to go shirtless to show off my rockin’ new bod for a whole movie.

What color that doesn’t exist to known man is your personality?

Electric Willow…but check with the good folks at Crayola to make sure that it really doesn’t exist.

You speak words. That’s not a question, but I think it was important to bring up. React to it.

Tis’ true. I also speak numbers…and flip flurps which is gobben bleeps to jizzle womps.

When you and Trellmatic hang out, do you ever save people’s lives?

There was this one time that we were out and this guys car spontaneously combusted in front of us. We were totally gonna help, but these girls were checking us out and it’s not really sexy, smelling like charred Jetta…so that would be a no.

We know that the world isn’t flat, and that it is indeed round. However, wouldn’t it be fun if the world was a triangle?

I think it would be a blast if the world was a hexagon…that would totally rock!

What is the most dangerous thing you’ve ever experienced while sleeping in a bed on a space ship that happens to be orbiting Saturn?

Aliens attempted to kidnap me…not even the little green space kind…the one that can’t get green cards…it didn’t happen, though. Thank God for utility belts.

Are you real?

I’m actually a hologram, an awesome one, but a hologram nonetheless.

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This weekend is a busy one in Milwaukee with a lot of options that is sure to satisfy you if you choose to participate.

Unlooped is hosting a listening part for Lunversol9’s new EP with a funky jam and DJ’s to follow the listening at bSide this Friday, listening starting at 9PM.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

I already did a post about the new TRUE Skool gallery night going on this Friday from 5PM to 10PM…which would be a great first stop for your night before you go to check out the Unlooped event…or the next event I’m about to tell you about.  GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRUE SKOOL EVENT HERE.

Pep, aka the DJ for the Hip-Hop group Malicious, is putting on his 2nd edition of an event he created called Not Your Average.  The new edition features House of M producer/emcee Raze, who recently put out a fantastic album, and e’lectric Warbabyz…whom I’ve never heard of before but the name is pretty intriguing.  FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE.

That’s just Friday.  Saturday is busy as well.

Jonathan Frost is playing a concert with a live band on a boat!  Boat shows are a ton of fun and I know they have drink specials so go check out Frost with his new band, boat leaves at 9PM so you need to be there by 8:30PM.  THIS IS WHERE MORE INFORMATION IS FOUND.

Now for the event of the weekend, AUTOMatic’s album release party at bSide!  Mutants A.P.R.I.M.E. and Trellmatic are AUTOMatic and they do some fantastic classic feeling Hip-Hop and they have a new album coming out called Transistor.  The Night Krawlers will also be performing and Element and fellow Mutant Raze will be making special guest appearances.  GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT HERE AND MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND THIS ONE.

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Mutants A.P.R.I.M.E. and Trellmatic are the next ones up to bat in the line of House of M solo projects that will be released this year, and it’s an incredibly fantastic album by the name of Transistor.

I have had the privilege of being able to listen to the album for the past several days and it hasn’t come out of my CD player yet.  It’s a masterful throwback to the golden age of Hip-Hop, with smoothed out tracks and visceral lyrics.  I admit that my opinion could potentially be biased, but after you listen to it for yourself, I’m fairly certain that you won’t disagree with me.

Here is the first single from the album, a short but potent track that serves as a very nice teaser for what is to come.

“Once Again” –

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It seems that the summer brings with it quality events each weekend.  This weekend we have a Uni.Fi show at the Cactus Club with KingHellBastard and the House of M, with DJ JDL on the 1’s and 2’s.  On Saturday Raze of the House of M will be releasing his new solo album Living in Technocolor via a party at The Highbury.  He will be joined by Element, SPEAK Easy, The Hollowz, and many…many other guests.

Well, it looks like you have your weekend planned for you.  Enjoy!

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Memorial Day weekend is always a busy time.  This year is no exception to that rule.  There is a whole host of events for people to pick from over the weekend.  The gem being Friday night’s Miltown Beat Down finals at the Wherehouse.  If you have heard yet, Freeway is going to be performing, and Jake One and Vitamin D are going to be in the house as guest judges.  The very talented Frankie Flowers will also be performing.

The true stars of the night; 40 Mil, Zeekzilla, DJ Peru, and Lex Luther…are going to provide the true thunder of the evening hoping that they leave every neck broken.

A lot of people have been waiting for this Saturday night because of Fresh Cut Collective’s release party, but it’s not the only thing worth going to in the city that night.

I’m definitely going to stop by the FCC party to get my copy of their new self-titled album, one that if you’ve been keeping up with the snippets they’ve been dropping here and there, is certain to be worth your hard earned cash.

Travel a little south to the Cactus Club and you have APRIME and The Hollowz performing a show w/ DJ Optimist.  APRIME is a ton of fun to watch and the new music that he’s preparing for his upcoming solo album is FANTASTIC.

Lastly, come back to the middle between Mad Planet and Cactus Club, and you have a party going down at Moct.  Mash-up DJs Elechroic will be keeping things funny for you while some Chi-Town artists made the trip North to rock the microphone.

So, as you can see…your Friday is set, and you have some great options for Saturday.  Whatever the case, have fun and be safe!

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Just announced:  Raze, House of M producer/emcee/engineer, recently announced the release party for his new solo album Living in Technocolor.  The party will be at The Highbury on June 12th and features performances by Raze, Element, SPEAK Easy, and The Hollowz…hosted by APRIME and Dana Coppafeel, spun by DJ JDL.

Now that sounds like one hell of a party.

Also, KingHellBastard is putting the finishing touches on the Remember The Name EP.  Here’s a little art to stare at while you’re waiting.

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