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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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Hip-Hop Hates is back again after a relatively successful event several months back to raise money to help eradicate the world of Multiple Sclerosis.  This time the fight is against Breast Cancer.

The event is going down October 23rd at the Cactus Club, with doors open 9:30PM.  The event is asking for a $5 donation at the door and donations of more than $5 would be welcomed and thanked profusely.

The lineup for the evening is quite excellent as well.  DJ Bizzon is going to be on the 1’s and 2’s getting it right all night.  SPEAK Easy & Misen Lync, The Hollowz, and AUTOMatic will be throwing it down on stage with displays of fantastic energy to match their dope Hip-Hop.  Headlining the night will be none other than Milwaukee legend, Stricklin!

This is going to be a great event for a great cause.  Everybody in attendance is encouraged to wear pink in some way or fashion.  If you can’t make it out for the show, you can also stop by to drop off a donation if you wish.

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When a new artist management group pops up, it’s typically not newsworthy.  But, when that group snags one of the more recognizable names in Milwaukee Hip-Hop and several others that are not only known, but are respected by many people in the scene, it becomes something that should be highlighted.

IV Tin Soldiers is a limited liability company that was set up by Sally Schiera and Kyle Mayhugh to push forward their clothing brand Ugly, in addition to working on Hip-Hop artist’s careers.

I became aware of this new movement near the top of the year after I learned that Misen Lync was parting ways with the Umbrella Music Group…leaving to be without a label but instead picking up management.  This wasn’t due to any animosity, I believe, rather it was just a business move Maal and the others felt was necessary to become flagship caliber artists.  All in all, you have to try things to grow, and they are still very much friendly so no harm, no foul.

Next, through the relation that Maal has to SPEAK Easy from their working together on the now seemingly defunct Dead Poets Society project, it was a natural progression for him to join up.  SPEAK is a very talented guy that can spit circles around a lot of people.

Finally, and this is what might make them more notable, they took over the management duties for Frankie Flowers, a guy who has grown in popularity considerably over the past year/year and a half, through a catchy single, doing lots of shows both in Milwaukee and outside of it, and he has also gained critical acclaim from local media.

As with all management groups, it’s going to be interesting to see what they are actually able to do with the talent that they have in Frankie, SPEAK, Maal, and TKS.  Many people often grumble about Milwaukee having a lack of professional leadership to match the talent of the artists.  Who knows, maybe IV Tin Soldiers is the group that has been needed for the Lyrical/Backpacker side of the scene, and maybe in the future we’ll talk about them and their achievements like many talk about Geraud Blanks (former manager of Black Elephant, current manager of Element Everest).  Only time will tell, but if they are equally as motivated about their artist’s careers as the artists are about the music they’re doing, then they will find a way to succeed.

It’s a horse a piece at the local level where a myriad of labels, “labels”, managers/management groups, publicists, etc. often fail to get to the next level nationally, but manage to build a large local following allowing some money to be made and recognition to come their way.  Milwaukee is really a tiny place and so many like to say they are going to do it differently but so many burn out after finally realizing that the outside eyes aren’t going to turn to MKE even though they tried different things.  It is quite possible that IV Tin Soldiers could be the exception to the rule.  I mean, who really knows?

SPEAK Easy will be releasing a mixtape and an album this year, and the other artists are recording but I’m not sure what else they have on the horizon musically.  At the very least, I’m excited about the prospects for SPEAK because he is one of my favorite local artists and he deserves more exposure then he’s already achieved.

As far as the clothing line goes, there is some information about it that can be found on TheMilly.com.  I’m know nothing about the fashion industry locally, so I’ll have to defer to my blogosphere comrade’s article.

Here is a track called “Warning Shots” by TKS, SPEAK Easy, Maal Himself, and Frankie Flowers…that go by Same Difference when doing tracks together (recorded/engineered by Dave Derrilykt for Audiopilot Productions).

Same Difference (TKS, SPEAK Easy, Maal Himself, Frankie Flowers) – Warning Shots

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This weekend on your way to whatever party you plan on attending, I have a track for you from Misen Lync’s Both Sides of the Mirror that features Diva and the always dope SPEAK Easy…and a brand new track from Racine’s Money Making Mav which features Milwaukee’s Cheedah Boy, produced by none other than No Gimmicks…the man who mixed the Dylan Thomas tracks on my album Sleep Therapy.

Here’s a little Hip-Hop.

Misen Lync – Friendly Skies featuring SPEAK Easy and Diva

Here’s a little trill/trap muzik.  Follow the link yo! (I have to use a z and k when discussing trill and trap, right?)

Money Making Mav – In Da Way featuring Cheddah Boy

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