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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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Very often you can tell apart those who actually work hard for what they’re accomplishing from those who benefit from luck.  DJ Bizzon is one of those people who is hard at work to build up his reputation as not only a dope DJ, but as somebody who authentically loves Milwaukee and it’s Hip-Hop scene.

If you pay attention to fliers and Facebook, it’s possible that you’ve come across DJ Bizzon’s name quite frequently because I honestly don’t think this guy ever turns down an offer to DJ anything.  It’s that work ethic, and willingness to put in time, that got him an opportunity to step in as the co-host of the MadKids radio show that holds down the traditional Hip-Hop spot every Tuesday night on 91.7FM WMSE with the growing legend, Kid Cut Up.

I didn’t have a chance to chop it up with Bizzon until very recently and with tons of people telling me how dope he is and seeing his name everywhere, I knew it was time to hit him up for an interview so we could all get to know DJ Bizzon a little bit better.

Everybody loves going to a party where the DJ actually knows what he/she is doing on the wheels of steel.  On the other hand, a place can clear out pretty quickly if the DJ isn’t connecting with the crowd.  Have you ever had to get on the tables after somebody has completely stunk it up?  How did you bring the party back?

Well luckily I haven’t had to clean up a mess but I have had to do multiple different types of parties in one night.  Working at Brooklyn’s, they’d throw birthday parties for 50 year-olds and then start up the club night right after.  So, I’d see all the young people come in when the party was wrapping up with a “WTF?” look on their face ready to go home.  But, once the party ended I just had to bring it and transition from an old school set into newer stuff.  I’d usually drop a sample/break and then drop the new song that sampled it, and that let people know what was up.  Or, I’d show up and they’d surprise me with whatever random event was going on, i.e. Fashion Show, 70’s/80’s/90’s party, kids party…even baby showers!

Every DJ has some tricks up their sleeve in the form of certain songs they employ when wanting a certain reaction.  What is your “chill” song, “party” song, “end of the night” song, and “let’s get the ladies into it” song?

Hmmm, it’s so much.  I like to chill it out pre-party with “Selfish” from Slum Village, or any SV for that matter.  My party song is the Nick Catchdubs remix to “Champions” by Kanye West.  It has the “Mama Said Knock You Out” beat with some hype extra vocals.  I love it.  The end of the night song depends on where I’m at but maybe something like “Umi Says” from Mos Def.  It’s still uptempo but people can just vibe and relax, sing to it (we all do), and ease out.  Although, one night I played “Dear Mama” from Tupac and the entire club was singing it.  I’ll never forget that.  It’s one of my favorite songs and to see so many people knowing all the lyrics was cool.

If a person pays attention to what’s going on out there, they’d see your name all over the place.  You are on the MadKids show now as well.  How did you go about getting a lot of these gigs?

Really?  People know my crazy name?  Literally, just by asking.  The dominoes fell pretty cool for me.  I hit up DJ Madhatter about doing the Saturday Session on 88.9FM.  That led me to do a fund drive party and I met DJ Erich and Kid Cut Up which led to some gigs.  I asked Kid Cut Up about the show and just sitting in to learn radio and after some weeks, he asked me to do the show with him.  All the while I was DJing poetry open mics, just because I asked to do it, which led to my spot at Brooklyn’s.  I’m guessing people thought I was alright at DJing too, so the practice I put in definitely helped.

You are very vocal about Milwaukee Hip-Hop needing to grow and get back to a certain level of authenticity.  Please, if you would, break down for the reader how you could see Milwaukee Hip-Hop reach a greater amount of success while maintaining integrity.

Just by being open to different styles of rap and not getting caught up in boxes created by the media and themselves.  We all know about the segregation in the scene here but I feel it’s because people either don’t know, or choose to ignore, all that’s going on.  I’ve learned so much from talking with and listening to other DJs and I wish other artists would too.  Also knowing the history of the music and where it comes from so you don’t make the same mistakes.  People just try to do what they hear instead of what they really feel.  I love checking out a DJ or rapper and after the set learning more about them as a person.  If all artists would just tell their story, and not regurgitate what they hear, the success would come without sacrificing integrity.  Money does not equal success.

Serato has been revolutionary in the world of DJing.  Some people argue that it’s allowed a lot of people to DJ that shouldn’t be doing so while others champion the technology for what it can do for the seasoned veteran.  How do you feel about the DJ moving further and further away from vinyl?

I, personally feel, just rock the party.  Technology makes people lazy in all forms of life.  With that said, you just have to make sure to stay ahead of the lazy people and be more creative.  If somebody can kill a party with Serato or wax, or a mixture…in the end they killed the party.  I do feel a DJ needs to learn the basics too.  Like I said before, in whatever you do, know and respect the history while you take it to the next level.  But, it’s very easy to tell when someone is wack and not using it right, the same way you can tell the difference between real oven baked mac and cheese versus Easy Mac.  The microwave is good for some stuff, but you know what tastes better.

What made you get into DJing?

Two things:  First, I would be out at a club and think of so many combinations of songs that sounded cool.  Second, I felt I could do better than most DJ’s out there.

I was always into music and DJing from an early age thanks to my Mom and Dad. Then, once I was able to go out and check out different spots, I wanted to be in control and get the place going…or just bring something different than what people usually heard.

DJs often find themselves with lots of different music in their repertoire, and not all of it is flattering.  I have a few friends that DJ and it’s always funny to hear them mention some of the stuff they have in their collection.  What are some records or artists that people would be surprised to know that you have, and listen to?  Do you have a crazy obsession with Conway Twitty or anything like that?

Naw, not that crazy.  I do like David Bowie and the Doors a lot though.  Datarock is DOPE!  Funny story though, I remember the first rap song I really got into was “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio.  In middle school I told this guy and he whispered to his friend, “man, this fool’s favorite rapper is Coolio”.  You live and you learn.

Let’s talk a little shop for the DJs that are going to read this interview.  What equipment did you start out on, what are you rocking now, and what is the perfect set up in your mind that you hope to have one day?

I started out on Numark HDXs.  They were CD turntables with hard drives on them.  It was perfect for me because when I started most of my music was digital.  Also, it was built like a regular vinyl table so it had a real feel to them.   I had a very basic numark mixer as well.  Now I have Technic 1200’s for turntables with Shure M44 needles along with a Rane TTM57 mixer.  It has great faders and Serato built in.  I’m very happy with my set up now but I wouldn’t mind a Rane 68, which is a 4 channel mixer with Serato built in to have 4 turntables at once.  An EFX-1000 would add some nice effects.  Any MIDI control with multiple banks would be cool for easy access, and 2 1000 watt subs wouldn’t hurt.

Are that any artists in Milwaukee or beyond that you want people to listen to or check out?

Yes tons:  Raze, A.P.R.I.M.E., Trellmatic, Frankie Flowers, SPEAK Eazy, One Self, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Ali Ra, Sypher Squad, Ole P, Def Harmonic, Fresh Cut Collective, Black Milk, Blu & Exile, Madcon, Murs, and many others.  Sorry if I left anyone out but just keep your ears open for good stuff so y’all can tell me who to check out.

If somebody wants to get ahold of you to DJ one of their events, how can they do so?

My number is 414-899-5359.  Hit me up directly.  My email is djbizzon@hotmail.com.  Or just come talk to me on Mondays at Timbuktu for Sucka Free Mondays. On Facebook, look up “djbizzon miller” or “true hip hop takeover of Milwaukee”.  That group is for everyone to post events and information about Hip-Hop in Milwaukee.  I just want to provide people with a place to find events they would be interested in and something else besides Top 40’s.  I need all y’all help.

Any shout outs?

DJ Madhatter, Kid Cut Up, DJ E.Rich, DJ Webspinna, Him and Her, my uncle from yo mama’s uncle DJ JDL, DJ DMT, Why B, THOR, DJ D-Wood, Steve Marx, Cover Girl, Blackberry, Diva G, Papa Pro, K-W, Tre, G-Nana, Marcus Doucette, DJ Avets, Chalice in the Palice, One Self, WMSE, Radio Milwaukee, Ali Ra, Nigel Wade, Bobby Drake, Ecko…thanks for all y’all help.

Bizzon sent along a mix that he recent did that you can check out by downloading it RIGHT HERE.

DJ Bizzon is also the DJ for the Hip-Hop Hates Breast Cancer event happening this Saturday at the Cactus Club.  If you have $5, hate Breast Cancer, love Hip-Hop, and have a free moment or two, stop on by!

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