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CONTENTS FEATURES 4

DEPARTMENTS 10 NO CUT CARD 17 LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION… 18 SHORE SHOTS

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MIC CHECK

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VOL. 1 NO. 1 EDITORIAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Thomas “Supreme” Parsons CONTRIBUTING WRITER Shawn Tucker WEB DESIGNER www.blazonco.com ART COVER ART SKETCH Farid Nadim COVER ART GRAPHICS Stephanie Laurila DESIGN & PRODUCTION Picante Creative C I R C U L AT I O N SINGLE COPY SALES Kevin Parsons, Dante Hudson PUBLISHED BY TOUR: REAL PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS MAGAZINE, LLC OWNER Thomas E. Parsons III E-MAIL therealtourmagazine@gmail.com

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t’s 2014.And as is the case with all new years, we are presented with the opportunity of new possibilities. Here, at Tour Magazine, we aim to maximize our possibilities beginning with the official launch of our Hip-Hop publication. Tour Magazine, Volume 1, chronicles the underground Hip-Hop scene in unique regions throughout the nation. Hence, this year marks a phoenix-moment for Hip-Hop culture. It signals a return to Hip-Hop’s infancy—to a time in which the best of the genre permeated from the underground. Record Execs and A&R reps should not dictate what’s hot in Hip-Hop.That isn’t the Hip-Hop way, and it is a primary contributor to the stagnation of our music. Nowadays, artists have to make a certain type of record in order to be successful. But, when I was growing up, Public Enemy, NWA, and De La Soul were all platinum recording Hip-Hop artists. However, their music was considered revolutionary, gangster, and conscious respectively.Varying sounds, and each marketed successfully.Why don’t we have similar success stories today? What has happened to the originality, creativity, and diversity of our music? In short, nothing has happened to our culture’s genius. Hip-Hop is still brilliant, and Tour Magazine is intent on proving it.We are going to introduce you to underground movements that are dope, but lack the backing of the mainstream music industry juggernaut, or major support from corporate America. So, strap-up and enjoy the ride. It begins…”The City Tour.”

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he pantheon of great mixtape Djs is legion, counting amongst its ranks such greats as: Kid Capri, Ron G, DJ Clue, and DJ Screw to name a few. However, one of the stalwarts of the mixtape scene---who has been able to successfully transcend time and generations---is DJ Rob E Rob. The Bronx, New York native has worked with countless Hip-Hop stars from across the nation, as well as, several underground legends. DJ Rob E Rob, who has always been a hustler, continues his grind and gives us a little tip on how to rob the industry. Pay attention.

For those that don’t know much about you, tell us how long you’ve been a DJ and who are some of the artists that you have worked with? DJ Rob E Rob: I’ve been DJing for over 15 years. I worked with the biggest ones. I worked with Puffy. I worked with Jay---Biggie, Pac, 50 Cent, French Montana. I do a lot of work in the HipHop community. Jadakiss and I worked

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with Dipset. Just about everybody man---Kool Herc.

Do you feature unsigned artists on your mixtapes? DJ Rob E Rob: Yeah, all the time. If I hear something good, I’m definitely going to spin it.

What are some of the things that you look for in an unsigned artist before you decide to put one your mixtape? DJ Rob E Rob: Personality… Their approach when I meet an unsigned artist. You are starting to get a lot of arrogant ones. The first word out of their mouth is “Yo! I’m fire! I’m hot!” And it’s cool to be confident. But I wish it wasn’t what everybody says when they come to me. It’s a certain type of arrogance. THEREALTOURMAGA ZINE.COM


DJ Rob E Rob and Tho ma s Par son s And sometimes I won’t even listen to the material because of the approach. You know, it tells me a lot about the character. I look for humble hungry artists that carry great personality, because it’s a business at the end of the day. It’s not what you see on TV or hear on a song. It comes to a professional level sometimes when you have to deal with professional DJ’s, VJ’s, and other stuff. You know, so you want to be mindful of the job that you do. The approach is everything. It has to be appropriate.

We all know that New York is the birthplace of Hip-Hop. But the south has been running things over the past few years. However, New York has seen a resurgence with the day view of Troy Ave and others. What do you think about the current state of Hip-Hop in New York City? DJ Rob E Rob: In New York City, everybody is attacking. It’s competitive. They forgot about making good records and started going [at it] amongst each other. And as for the south, they came right in during the era. And while this one and that was talking about this and that, like you saying f*** this crew and that crew is saying f*** your crew, and nobody’s dancing to it. All we doing is listening, going oh! While we were doing that, the south artists came up with pretty entertaining music. It was good. And we basically had no say. And they’re unified. Well, most of them stick together. They’re not sitting there arguing and beefing on records, and if they are---it’s fun. It’s not that serious. And some of these dudes concentrate their whole album or mixtape on dissing another artist. You know?

So you think that the south is a little more unified than New York right now?

DJ Rob E Rob: Absolutely. New York, we don’t have any unity, not even with our radio station DJs. Some of them, I mean, I’ll say Kay Slay is a radio station DJ that does unifying things. He fucks with the underground. You know what I mean? He fucks with underground artists, models. He’s into listening and sharing opportunities. You know? As to other DJs--I won’t say names, you know who they are---you can’t even approach them with a New York record, because that might take your CD, but they won’t listen to it. They won’t do their job. They’ll wait until it goes into rotation and comes, most likely, from the record company. And they’ll stay with that. You know? There’s no unity man. If I came to the south, even though I’m from New York, they’ll give me an opportunity before New York will. New York is tough man. We don’t love you until you make it. French Montana is a perfect example. It was really hard to get French where he’s at now, because he wasn’t accepted. It was real hard to get him excepted because he wasn’t accepted. You know? But then as soon as he started sticking in the south… If you look at it---cause this is important---most New York artists that are being successful now, I can name them: Nicki Minaj, Waka Flocka, French Montana. Any artists that are being successful now from New York, are being represented by the south artists. So, the south is pulling the good talent from out of New York City. You know? That’s what’s happening. You see Busta Rhymes is at Cash Money. They’re turning around and showing their love. Like, look we can work with New York artists. You know? We are talking about the south. We are talking about multiple states. We are talking about the west coast, the mid-west. You can compare these to one state, which is New York, City. You know what I mean? How does New York get separated from that? Because we are the Mecca of Hip-Hop. We are the birthplace. You know? So for us to get compared says something. Will we wake-up, and will

we share opportunity and give our artists some light where we’re from? I don’t know. Man, the DJs got to get together. You know? We break the records man. You know what I’m saying?

Yeah, it all starts with the DJ. All right, what projects are you currently working on now? DJ Rob E Rob: Well, I did real well with this reality show that I filmed, edited, and directed with adult film star Brian Pumper. And 50 Cent shot an official pilot for TV for it maybe a year ago. So we’re trying to shop that. That was something real big. We did over 55 million views on Worldstar with it. It’s an interesting show, man. We are really trying to get it on TV. And it’s pretty tough because he’s an adult entertainer. We are always at the bottom and people are afraid of it, even though everybody who watch porn, they’re afraid to stand next to the adult entertainer. But reality shows are actually shifting into the adult world. You see they had the strippers up there. It’ll work. I do a lot of work with worldstarhiphop.com. I want to shoot some movies.

Okay. Where can our supporters find some of your material, and what are your social network ID’s? DJ Rob E Rob: I have my own website which is www.djroerob.com. I have a whole community on there of maybe about 60 thousand people. So you know, I got a little crew. Or you can catch me on my Twitter, which is @DJROBEROB. And my Instagram is djroberob. Facebook is http://Facebook.com/djroberob. TOUR MAGA ZINE

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Baltimore, Maryland, or B-more,

as it is affectionately called, is known for its blue-collar mentality and toughness. These traits are epitomized by their two-time Super Bowl Championship team, the Ravens, and the critically-acclaimed TV series The Wire. There is a popular saying on the social network circuit, and that’s: “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” And considering the harsh economic and social times that this city continues to endure, it doesn’t get much tougher than B-more. But, sadly the passion and emotion that comes from the violence and pain of the struggle hasn’t been successfully expressed in B-more’s Hip-Hop music— until now. Now there’s Rico Reed. The West Baltimore native may be the answer to the city’s Hip-Hop quandary. However, this is merely my opinion. Listen to his music and then you can be the judge. In the meanwhile, here is a little of what the rapper had to say on his music and Hip-Hop culture in B-more.

Peace. You have the clubs on fire right now. How does it feel, and how are you capitalizing off of the buzz? Rico Reed: It feels wonderful to receive the love and support for this record. I’m currently just preparing to capitalize off of this record. I’m more so preparing for the next record, and it may be a remix coming with a nationally recognized artist.

Explain to us the concept behind “Like I Pose 2.” Rico Reed: The concept behind “Like I Pose 2” is simply: doing the things that you aspire to do, on the level that is comfortable for you.

Practically every other major city, with a significant black population, has produced a Hip-Hop star. Why do you think that that hasn’t happened for B-more yet? Rico Reed: In my opinion, it hasn’t happened for our city yet, because we weren’t ready to claim a rapper yet. The rapper concept was corny, at one time, now it’s a respectable hustle. That’s giving you the short answer. It’s more to it though!

Describe your music for those who haven’t heard it. Rico Reed: My music is from the streets, but with an inspirational undertone that the working person can appreciate. I rep for the underdogs!

How can your fans contact you, and where can they find your music? Rico Reed: Anyone that supports me can contact me via: www.trubillricoreed.com, http://Facebook.com/RICOREED01, and Twitter and Instagram@TRUBILLRICOREED.

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hat is the DMV? Well, it depends on whom you ask. To most, it’s DC, Maryland, and Virginia. But to a much smaller community, it has been known to stand for Delmarva, well before Wale coined the phrase in his lyrics. Delmarva is an acronym for Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia—The Other DMV. This is the birthplace of street legends such as Emory Jones, Ronald “Pee-Wee” Seldon, and Austin “Yella” Roberts. The place where Jay-Z made his bones before his rap career blossomed. You’ve heard the verses: No doubt they can vouch my life real as shit/ 95 south and poppy on the hill and shit/ And all the towns like Cambridge that I killed wit shit/ And all the thorough ass niggas that I hustle wit (Jay-Z. “Feelin It.” Reasonable Doubt. Def Jam, 1996. CD.) H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A/ Fo’ shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA/ was servin’ em in the home of the Terrapins/ Got it dirt cheap for them/ Plus if they was short wit’ cheese I would work wit’ them/ Brought in weed, got rid of that dirt for them/ Wasn’t born hustlers, I was birthing em (Jay-Z. “Izzo[H.O.V.A.].” The Blueprint. Def Jam, 2001).

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Ty rolled with a nigga, VA spot/ Tone, Mike ‘Zo and them niggas, VA’s locked (Jay-Z. “Blueprint [Momma Loves Me].” The Blueprint. Def Jam, 2001). (Jay-Z even made a reference to his life in Maryland in his book Decoded, in which he states: “Maryland ended badly, too—shootouts in clubs, major police investigations, whole crews arrested. I got out of there just in time.”) But this article isn’t about Jay-Z or any individual in particular—it’s about a community. And as a native of this community, it’s fitting that I share its story. The Delmarva community is one that has been ravaged by illicit drugs, poverty, and a weak job market; but, despite the adversity, signs of the American entrepreneurial and resilient spirit are beginning to show. Drugs… Ever since crack cocaine exploded onto the Delmarva peninsula in the mid 80’s, the regions illicit drug trade has seen steady growth. Consequently, drug busts, criminal investigations, and homicides and other violent crimes have become increasingly more frequent and significant. Here is a list of some of the more notable occurrences, in the region, over the past 15 years: • In 1998, six were arrested in a federal indictment that prosecutors “described in court papers as a ‘concerted undertaking’ to develop and maintain ‘a massive consumer market’ for crack on the Eastern Shore, primarily Cambridge, between 1989” and 1998.1 • May 28, 2003- Agencies break up drug ring on Shore. Forfeiting $3M in drug profits.2 • February 2, 2010 - Police in Wicomico Charge 3 Suspected Drug Kingpins.3 • August 5, 2011- DEA gives report on $50M Eastern Shore drug ring.4 • December 21, 2012- 71 Suspected Drug Dealers Indicted in Wicomico County. Netting $1M worth of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills, as well as, $600,000 in cash and property and numerous firearms.5 • February 19, 2003- Police Seize Large

Quantity of Drugs And Cash in Wicomico Co. (1 kilogram of cocaine, 7.5 pounds of marijuana, and $550,000).6 • September 4, 2013- Huge drug, money seizure leads to three Salisbury arrests. Seven kilograms of suspected cocaine were seized and over $140,000 in cash.7 However, despite law enforcement’s best efforts to quash the influx of illegal narcotics, into the region, drug abuse continues to foster antisocial behavior amongst a sizable portion of the populace. Money…or the lack of it, is also a contributing factor to the antisocial decent on the Delmarva Peninsula. In fact, most of the region’s 14 counties (9 in Maryland, 3 in Delaware, and 2 in Virginia) have unemployment rates that are above the national average of 7.8%. Here is some statistical data that was gathered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in June 20138: • Somerset County, MD 11.4% • Dorchester County, MD 10.5% • Wicomico County, MD 9.1% • Caroline County, MD 8.8% • Worcester County, MD 8.6% • Kent County, MD 8.1% • Cecil County, MD 8.1% • Kent County, DE 7.9% • New Castle County, DE 7.8% • Talbot County, MD 7.7% • Queen Anne’s County, MD 6.8% • Northampton County, VA 6.7% • Accomack County, VA 6.6% • Sussex County, DE 6.5% Thus, in a weak economy, this small community—with its limited opportunities—is struggling harder than most to provide jobs for its inhabitants. Which further inhibits the disenfranchised person’s ability to succeed. “Victory…is always possible for the

person who refuses to stop fighting” (Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970 [emphasis added]). American author, Napoleon Hill, wrote that over 40 years ago, and it appears that some residing in The Other DMV have unwittingly adopted this mantra. I have found that there is more to life on Delmarva than getting high and hustling, and that the community is full of individuals rife with the entrepreneurial spirit (see page 20 “Riding Dirty,” page 26 “Party People,” and page 30 “Street Sounds”). Also, there are youth programs like Safe Schools/PASS (Preventing Alternative School Students) that are a part of the first line of defense at curbing antisocial behavior. According to Jermichael Mitchell, E.L.O.G. Vice President and community activist, Safe Schools helps youths “with their social skills and also their job readiness skills, so that they are ready for the real world.” Indeed, education and awareness are critical to the success of generations to come. In conclusion, my synopsis is this: the resilience and strength of the Delmarva community, far exceed the feelings of despair from the bleak circumstances that dominate their present conditions. Siegel, Eric.“Judge acquits 3 in drug case tied to Shore.”The Baltimore Sun.Tribune newspaper, 27 November 1999.Web. 16 January 2014.

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Gibson, Gail.“Agencies break up drug ring on Shore.”The Baltimore Sun.Tribune newspaper, 28 May 2003.Web. 16 January 2014.

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Parsons, Kye.“Police in Wicomico Charge 3 Suspected Drug Kingpins.”WBOC 16. LSN, Inc., 2 February 2010.Web. 16 January 2014.

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McGlone,Tim.“DEA gives report on $50M Eastern Shore drug ring.”The Virginian-Pilot. HamptonRoads.com, 5 August 2011.Web. 16 January 2014.

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Khan,Aisha and Parsons, Kye.“71 Suspected Drug Dealers Indicted in Wicomico County.”WBOC 16. LSN, Inc., 4 January 2013.Web. 16 January 2014. 6 Lee, Jemie.“Police Seize Large Quantity of Drugs And Cash In Wicomico Co.”WMDT 47. Worldnow, 19 February 2013.Web. 16 January 2014.

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Junkin,Vanessa.“Huge drug, money seizure leads to three Salisbury arrests.” Delmarvanow. Gannett Company, 4 September 2013.Web. 16 January 2014.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics.“Unemployment on the Delmarva Peninsula by County---June 2013.” Bureau of Labor Statistics. United States Department of Labor, 1 June 2013.Web. 16 January 2014.

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NO CUT CARD BY THOMAS “SUPREME” PARSONS

These days, it seems as though everyone has a

blog. The Internet blog is the soapbox of the new millennium. Covering a variety of topics ranging from fast food to world war. And Hip-Hop is no exception. The Hip-Hop blogger has become rather influential to the culture.

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or instance, Cherish Fountain, a 25-year-old Salisbury, Maryland native and mother of two, has set the Hip-Hop scene of the Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia a blaze. Her entertaining blogs are stinging, unabashed, and to the point. The opinionated Hip-Hop personality goes hard and speaks her mind. And she has no cut card when doing so. Which makes her quite the polarizing figure. Either you love her, or you hate her; but you don’t want to miss what she has to say. Consequently, thousands log onto her blog site. Recently, I got an opportunity to build with her, and I learned that there’s a method to her madness so to speak. She’s ambitious and sexy. And if you don’t believe me, here’s the proof. Peace. Your blog is fairly new, but it’s already quite popular. Why did you start blogging, and what do you attribute to your blogs success? Cherish Fountain: Yes, my blog is new. It debuted last year. I started blogging because I have always been an opinionated person and interested in the entertainment business on The Shore, and I felt as though some things

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needed to be addressed and said. So instead of continuing to write things in a Facebook status when I wanted to voice my opinions and concerns, I decided to start my own blog site and benefit from sharing my thoughts. My blog’s success is due to me always keeping it 100 and being controversial. People say that they don’t like drama, but that is what sells and keeps people interested and on their toes. It’s true; you do have a knack for generating controversy. Hence, the nickname “Wendy Williams of The Shore.” How do you keep the HipHop industry-drama separate from your personal life? Cherish Fountain: Well, I try to keep it separated as much as possible, but in all actuality, it’s harder than it seems. People are always going to refer to me as the “Wendy Williams of The Shore.” Some people tend to get really upset and want to have either a verbal or physical altercation because of some of the things that I say or do on my blog. It’s silly to me. Why get mad over someone else’s opinion? Especially to extent that you’d make threats and risk getting into trouble with the law over it. It’s not worth it. People are always going to talk regardless. I just believe in taking what they say and using it to my benefit. Opinions are like assholes—-everybody has one. So why get mad?

True. Your segment titled “Who’s Hot, or Who’s Not?” is hilarious. What are some of the factors that you consider when determining whether an artist is “hot” or “not?” Cherish Fountain: When doing my segment, I consider the artist as a whole. I look at their appearance, stage presence, performance, and whether or not they are lyrical. Basically, I look at the overall package.

And from there I sit down and decide whom I’m going to use in my next segment. Or who will interest my fans the most. But, this process doesn’t just pertain to artists. It applies to models, DJ’s, promoters—-anyone that I feel needs to be called upon, or that I think is in need of a little bit of my socalled “constructive criticism.” That seems fair. So what can we expect from Cherish in 2014? Cherish Fountain: What you can expect from Cherish in 2014 is that I have a sexy calendar coming out, with new exclusive photos for my male fans and supporters. Also, I’m working on expanding my brand to cover a greater area of the East Coast, instead of catering to one specific audience. And, I’m going to begin modeling as well. So stay tuned everyone, I have many more projects and ideas in the works. And just in case that you thought that you figured me out—you thought wrong. Cool. But before we end, tell our readers where they can find your work. Cherish Fountain: Well, everybody can go to my website at www.cherishword.blogspot.com. They can also check me out on Facebook, my name is Cherish R Fontaine, and Twitter @ Cherishtheword1, and Instagram @ Cherish_88. TOUR MAGA ZINE

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RON BROWZ Industry Underground… The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines industry as a group of businesses that provide a particular product or service and underground as in or into a place that is hidden or secret: out of the view of the public. And when applying this phrase to Hip-Hop culture, I define industry underground as individuals who contribute to the music business, but are not widely recognized by the mainstream public. This segment will feature artists and producers that meet this criterion. Beginning with Ron Browz.

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ne would be hard-pressed to name another producer/rapper with such a notable and extensive catalog, minus the fanfare, such as Ron Browz. However, that doesn’t stop people from trying. In fact, upon completion of my interview of Ron Browz, I posted a picture of us on Tour Magazine’s Facebook page (http://Facebook.com/therealtourmagazine) with the caption: “Supreme and the legendary Ron Browz.” Afterwards, one of the fans of our page posted in the comment section: “The fuck? Ron Browz ain’t legendary my G.” My reply was: “Without getting into the man’s full resume, his contribution to one of the dopest dis records ever, is enough to solidify his place in Hip-Hop history. Do your homework before you comment. #ether” And what followed--silence. But despite the adversity and naysayers, the Hip-Hop veteran continues to do what it is that he does best--make dope records. As was previously stated, I had the opportunity to interview Ron Browz. Checkout what he had to say; and if you’re a doubter, maybe it’ll change your opinion of the man.

Peace. You are one of the dopest producers in Hip-Hop, and you’ve worked with legends like Nas, Big L, and Busta Rhymes, and stars like Ludacris and DMX. You’re well known in industry circles, but why don’t you receive the same public acclaim as some of your peers?

Ron Browz: I think that my chapter--my journey is still going on. You know what I’m saying? Like, people who are in the business know about the greatness that I did and what I contributed

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to Hip-Hop. You know what I mean? It’s not publicized like that, but if you are in the industry, you know. You know what I’m saying? But I just look at it as my journey is still going on, and I still got a lot to prove. I produced “Ether” for Nas, but I ain’t going to be like: “Oh! That’s it! I’m the hottest dude in America---nobody can touch me!” It’s like nah; you still got to keep going. It’s just like Jordan winning a championship one year. He had to win it a couple of more years for them to be like, “yeah…” (Throws his hands up.)

kind of went a different way. I met Big L. From Big L, after that I did “Ether” for Nas. And then that’s how my whole production career took off. But, I started off---when I was like 12---rapping. You know what I’m saying? When I went to production, it was kind of cool because I always

For them to acknowledge his greatness. Ron Browz:

Yeah, there you go. That’s greatness right there. So, I don’t look at it as like not getting the recognition. It’s just that my journey is still going on.

In 2008, you came from behind the boards and introduced yourself to the world, as an artist, with the hit “Pop Champagne.” Was it always your plan to become a solo artist?

Ron Browz: Yeah, yeah. I got a story. I was trying to rap first. I was signed to a guy that currently runs Don Diva--Kevin Chiles---when I was young. You know what I’m saying? The Feds came. Locked him up. Some equipment was left behind. I took the equipment and started producing. Then my journey

could mimic artists in my mind. Like yo, Ludacris a sound hot doing this, or this is what type of beat Nas a rhyme onto, or something like that. So, it kind of helped. But yeah, I was actually trying to be an artist first. Pretty much.

Did you receive any backlash from Rocafella associated artists, and stuff like that, for producing “Ether?”

Ron Browz: Nah. Actually, me and Lenny S---shout out to Lenny S---me and Lenny S is mad cool. You know what I’m saying? Actually, the story goes like---shout out to Hip Hop.

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Just go with your heart…what you feel like putting out. You know what I’m saying? Be creative with it. Just that independent grind man. And the benefits are going to come sooner or later.

He was in my mother’s crib, and I had the “Ether” beat and another beat. And when you’re a producer, you’re always like these two joints, somebody going to like this joint, and “Ether” was one of them. And I’m like somebody’s going to like this joint. And he was actually there like, “Yo! I’mma take these to Jay.” But I guess it never got into Jay hands. And then, we just happened to get it to Nas travel agent. The travel agent gave it to Nas. Shout out to Fuzz who made that happen. And that’s when it just… it was just, you know, perfect timing. But backlash? Nah, no, no. I mean this is Hip-Hop. Like, Kanye West did “Takeover,” and he ended up working with Nas. So, to my knowledge, nah.

You were signed to Universal Motown. Why did you decide to start your own label and take the independent route?

Ron Browz: When I signed to Universal, Ether Boy Records was signed. I was signed to Ether Boy Records.

Oh, Okay. So it was more like a partnership? Ron Browz: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Kind of

sort of.

But you’ve severed ties with them now though, right?

Ron Browz: Now I’m straight Ether Boy Records right now. Shout out to Universal---Universal with Sylvia Rhone--for giving me the opportunity to put out Pop Champagne, Arab Money, Jumping Out The Window, and all of those dope records. You know what I’m saying?

So why did you sever the relationship?

Ron Browz: It was a creative…we kind of bumped heads creatively. You know what I’m saying? And they gave me the option like, if you want, just do what you do. You know? Whatever…so you know.

We’ve got a lot of unsigned artists trying to make it in Hip-Hop right now---all over the country. Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

Ron Browz: The industry change like every year. It just seem like, I’m looking at the now like more that independent grind. Like, people need to see your whole vision. You know what I mean? So just stay on your independent grind.

What are some of the things that you are currently working on, and what can we expect from you in the future?

Ron Browz: I’m about to put out a street mixtape called The Christening 2. And you can get that on Datpiff and on iTunes. And I got a single that I’m about to release with me and T-Pain. I know a lot of people thought me and T-Pain had beef once upon a time, but, you know, we came together and did a dope record. So I’m actually in the process of about to put that out. So shout out to T-Pain. Shout out to his #1 record that he got out right now called Up and Down. You know what I mean? We gonna keep it going!

Where can our supporters and your fans find your music?

Ron Browz: iTunes. Ron Browz on iTunes. You know what I mean? Type it in. It’s just a body of work. On YouTube, I put out videos often. You know what I mean? All of the major outlets. Follow me on Instagram @ronbrowz. Follow me on Twitter @RONBROWZ. Everything…you know what I mean?

Do you have a Facebook?

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The MC… Master of ceremonies, Microphone Checker, the one who can move the crowd. To do it—and do it well—is a gift. Sure, there are countless rappers; but every rapper is not a MC. Unfortunately, far too many of our dopest MCs never truly get heard. We are going to try and change that one region at a time. BY THOMAS “SUPREME” PARSONS irst up: The DMV. But I am talking about the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia incarnation though. (Shout out to DC’s lyrical assassins $hy Glizzy, Fat Trel, and Southeast aka Sace, who are killing the underground circuit. Three future stars on the horizon.) These states are as different and diverse as Hip-Hop itself. And the artists that represent this area are just as distinct as the many communities that comprise the area. C-Mack, Interstate Snake, Stizzy Stacckz, 410troub, Jaymo Realsh*t, and Feva Da General are six up-and-coming MCs. Each artist brings a little something different to the table. Which makes for an assortment of sounds that draw from influences across the nation, e.g., there’s a touch of New York word play, some southern trap-talk, and a hint of west coast gangsterism, combined with a hefty helping of realism. But, that’s just my synopsis. I’ll let them expound on their musical approach. Describe your music? C-Mack: My music is organized madness. The emotions seem all over the place, but a level of genuine passion and skill

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serves as a sort of fabric to hold the sounds together. Stizzy Stacckz: My music is real life past and present events that I either endured, or witnessed. I make music for myself, but I also make music that people can relate to and understand me. Interstate Snake: My music is quality street lyrics over trap beats. I take pride in lyrics and wordplay. So I take my influences like Nas and Jeezy and kind of blend that together. 410troub: My music is like a big pot of gumbo—a splash of everything flavoristic. My music is like dope. It gives you the ill head nod. Jaymo Realsh*t: I describe my music as real life NAME:

410troub

FROM: Salisbury, MD RELEASES: So Original Mixtape SOCIAL NETWORKS: Facebook - Tay Siggers; Twitter - Troub410; Instagram - 410troub “Original lingo is one of a kind.” (Troub’s music can be found on YouTube at CoreyCarterFilms and MrSpotlightpremier.)

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Feva Da General

FROM: Salisbury, MD RELEASES: Real Recognize ill, Call The Coroner SOCIAL NETWORKS: Facebook - Feva Da General; Twitter - FevaDaGeneral; Instagram fevadageneral “I’m an artist. I can paint a picture with my material.” (Feva’s music can be found on SoundCloud, Reverbnation, YouTube, and DatPiff under Feva Da General.)

RELEASES: L.I.E 2 Me (features include: Tone Trump, Project Pat, and Gorilla Zoe) SOCIAL NETWORKS: YouTube Interstate Snake; Twitter InterstateSnake; Instagram interstatesnake “…I know what it’s like to come from absolutely nothing.” (Snake’s music can be found on Datpiff and Livemixtapes.)

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FROM: Philadelphia, PA (reps Salisbury, MD) RELEASES: CCS Vol. 1 (The Mixtape), CCS Vol. 2 (Surviving a City Destroyed by Crack), Under Fire (EP) SOCIAL NETWORKS: Facebook Jaymo Realsht; Twitter - jaymo357; Instagram - jaymo357 “I did it. Done it. But I don’t glorify it…”

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C-Mack

FROM: Eastern Shore MD/DE RELEASES: Live From The Middle Of Nowhere (Hosted By DJ Khaled), #431002 (The Mixtape) SOCIAL NETWORKS: Facebook - Charlie Mack Mizzle; Twitter - Concrete_Mizzle; Instagram - concrete_mizzle “Other artists strive to be better than the rest, I strive to be better than the best.” (C-Mack’s music can be found on YouTube under cmack302 and SoundCloud under concrete mizzle.) music. I mean the situations that I rap about affect us all in one way or another. Feva Da General: One word to describe myself, or my music, is versatile/ versatility. I can go in any angle when it comes to my music. I can give you street. I can give you club bangers. I can give you music to relate to as far as relationship issues, or real life struggles. I can do music for the ladies to enjoy and vibe to. It just all depends on how the beat talks to me. That’s what makes me go in the direction that I take. What makes you different from other rappers? Feva Da General: My versatility is also the reason that I’m different from a lot of other rappers. I’m an artist. I can paint a picture with my material. Rappers and artists are in two different categories. Only way to compare them is that they both flow over a beat. But an artist puts

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in the necessary work that has to be done to make it in the industry. A rapper does just that—raps! When I think of a rapper, I think of a hobby—not a career. Also, what makes me different is that I don’t sound like anybody already in the industry, so it’s hard to compare me to anybody. Interstate Snake: The biggest difference from other rappers is my cultural background. I’m originally from Afghanistan. So I know what it’s like to come from absolutely nothing. Jaymo Realsh*t: What makes me different from other rappers is the fact that I did it. Done it. But I don’t glorify it because the kids are listening. I came at this

(Jaymo’s music can be found on iTunes under Jaymo Realsh*t and both Reverbnation and SoundCloud under Jaymo357.) game business first; so, when I finally perfect my craft—it’s on. 410troub: Original lingo is one of a kind word play. 410Troub is like Steve O. You never know what he is going to say. Stizzy Stacckz: What makes me different from other rappers is that most rappers nowadays all sound the same because they all using the same formula, or running with the next hot flow. And they’re all using the same producers, which will result in the same sounding records. I have my own producer— Scootie J. We are a team and we have our own sound. C-Mack: What makes me different from other rappers is my genuine love and appreciation for Hip-Hop culture. Other artists strive to be better than the rest; I strive to be better than the best. Enough said. Peace. NAME:

Stizzy Stacckz

FROM: Salisbury, MD RELEASES: Ten Toes Up (The Mixtape), Grownman ft Slim of 112 (single) SOCIAL NETWORKS: Facebook - Stizzy Stacckz; Twitter - StizzyStacckz; Instagram- stizzystacckz “My music is real life past and present events…” (Stacckz’s music can be found on both iTunes and YouTube under Stizzy Stacckz.)

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION…

In this age of social media, everyone is a star. Our news feeds are constantly being bombarded with amateur music videos, interviews, live performances, and comedy skits. However, the majority of these posts are terrible—or at best—mildly amusing. (I know that my assessment seems harsh, but I’m just being honest.) I attribute this trend to the over accessibility of production technology. Most phones double as a video camera that is fully equipped with a zoom lens and editing software. But everything spawned by this movement isn’t garbage.

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ccasionally, a diamond emerges from the rough. Every so often, there arises someone with the visual talent to convey a message through the camera lens. This message accurately depicts urban cultural ideas and trends. That’s dope. Cinematic dopeness… The talented Will Moore, of Pyrex TV, is one of those gems—and possibly— the next Hype Williams. Will Moore has a rather extensive production catalog that continues to improve. This kid is on the verge of taking the underground Hip-Hop and R&B videography scene by storm. Let’s take a moment to pick the brain of an artistic phenom.

Tell us a little about Pyrex TV. And what’s the science behind the name? Will Moore: Pyrex TV is a brand that creates a wide array of theatrical, raw, and creative media ranging from street DVDs to music videos, concert performances, interviews, BTS and much more. The name basically is based on the idea of my videos being like crack. If you watch it once, you’ll wanna see more. Cool. As for your creative process, what does that entail? Will Moore: It depends on the project. I look at each one separate. So I shoot, direct, and edit off of the vibe, music, artist, event, etc., and make the best

possible product with what I am provided with. I try to constantly think of new things to do while keeping in mind what people are looking for. You gotta adapt with the times. Videography is a budding industry. What is your take on mainstream videography, particularly in the realms of Hip-Hop and R&B? Will Moore: I really like the creativity and quality that I see in modern mainstream videography. I see directors and editors really pushing the limits. List a few of your projects that you are most proud of. Will Moore: The projects that I am most proud of are all videos: T’ambre “Best Time of Your Life” and Kaleb Brown featuring Karr “Dreamchaser.” Also, RMB “Some How,” which was shot in Puerto Rico. What are some of your plans for the future? Will Moore: I plan to make Pyrex TV a national brand, expanding beyond just rap and R&B. Where can we find examples of your work? Will Moore: You can google Pyrex TV, or go to http://www.youtube.com/THEPYREXTV or vimeo.com/pyrextv. You can also contact me at pyrextv2@gmail. com, and find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @pyrextv. TOUR MAGA ZINE

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he Eastern Shore is an extension of the State of Maryland that quietly rests on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay. With representation covering nine counties, land is at a premium on the lower shore. It’s population is roughly around 500,000 folks, which accounts for just under a mere 8% of the state’s population. The term “Eastern Shore,” is not only used to denote the eastern peninsula of Maryland, but it also distinguishes a people and a way of life. For instance, upon arriving on “The Shore,” one quickly becomes familiar with the cracking sound of people eagerly consuming Maryland’s world renown crabs, the pitching of horse shoes, the cock-o-doodling of a rooster, or the poignant smell of recently sprayed manure on one of the many farms. Welcome to good ole Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With the charm and appeal of a simpler time, you’ve got to love it! If one was to travel to “DC,” or Deep Country as it is commonly referred to, it would be for the salty BY SHAWN taste of the famous Boardwalk Thrasher’s fries, or a cool dip in TUCKER one of the Nation’s most frequented beaches, and not to see the world’s next Lebron James or Tiger Woods. However, if you listen very closely to the distant background, you can hear the swooshing of crisp new nets, clanging of over used cleats, stumbling of exhausted sprinters, or the ear piercing screech of freshly worn Nike’s trying to make the timed sprints. Yes, some Eastern Shore kid is working tirelessly on his or her game. (Only to be over shadowed by the thirty second prideful omission of a geeked up mother as she scrambles to find the words to tell her boss that she will not be at work on Friday, because her son, the latest local Wicomico High School Indian’s hoops stand out, just hit the game winning shot, in the Regional finals, over Bayside North powerhouse, Cambridge South-Dorchester, to send the team to state finals at Maryland’s Comcast Center or “across the bridge,” as most locals refer to the short trip across the Cheasapeake Bay Bridge. But that’s a story for another time.)

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would beg to differ. (Colnational stage, I would lins, a former University wager that lack of expoof Maryland transfer, also sure would be their main happens to be Loyola response. It is said that University basketball staif you are talented, the tistical scoring and threeright people will find you. point percentage leader.) But I believe that there When asked to explain must also be someone what it is like to be an listening for the buzz. It Sherron Mills athlete from Maryland’s took former Snow Hill Eastern Shore, Collins states, “growing High School’s all-purpose running up on the shore made me have a go back, and current member of the get it mind set. I knew if I wanted to Houston Texans, Ben Tate, to rush for realize my dream of playing profesover 5000 yards before high profile sional basketball I had to out work Division I recruiters took notice. Aneveryone.” Collins would later go on other shining example of the Shore’s to say, “Growing up there doesn’t athletic success is Kevin Trader, who allow your physical talents to be recwas picked 39th by MLB’s Boston Red ognized as much as someone growing Sox, in the 2013 draft. And then there up in a big city. So, I think that where are athletes such as former Wicomico I’m from contributes in this way for High School basketball standout, Craig me. It gave me a great work ethic.” Winder, who has had some success on Lack of talent has never been an issue the semi-pro level, but haven’t quite for Eastern Shore athletes. If one were made it. Herb Brooks (coach of the to poll a group of Shore athletes with U.S.’s 1980 Olympic hockey team) said, regard to the primary reason that “hard work beats talent any day when they are not better recognized on a talent doesn’t work hard.” But to truly understand the work ethic of a Shore athlete, one would have to visit this small “diamond in the rough.” Nestled less than two hours away from three major cities (Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia), the Eastern Shore of Maryland is slowly becoming somewhat of a hotbed of talented sports athletes. In closing, whether it’s in football, basketball, or baseball, Shore athletes have proven that they can compete at an elite level. We all love the underdog—-it is a symbol of the American spirit. And until the Shore produces a constant pool of successful professional athletes, it will continue to be an underdog. Forged by those sweat drenching two-a-day practices, countless hours of weight lifting, and dozens of down-and-back suicides, these athletes have shown the world that if given a shot, they can make the jump to the professional rankings. The Eastern Shore of Maryland athlete, the epitome of the blue-collar work ethic, lives by the mantra: work hard and success will follow. Church. ACB PHOTO

With a “Ball is Life” attitude, Eastern Shore, or what is commonly referred to as the “Shore” sports to the locals, is like when the lights come on at the famous doughnut spot Krispy Kreme—you got to have it! This is a legacy that hails from the time of Salisbury, Maryland’s two sport standout Tom Brown. Brown, the founder of the “Tom Brown Rookie League,” put the Shore’s sports on the map. And with his successful run all the way to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, he created a blueprint that local sports athletes such as former Minnesota Timberwolves’ NBA center and Worcester County graduate, Sherron Mills, would be equipped to follow. Yet, labeled the “red-head stepchild” of Maryland Athletics, the Shore’s athletes are looked at as a step slower, pounds lighter, or a product of being born in the wrong place at the right time. But the starting point guard for Italy’s professional basketball club, Sigma Barcellona, and Eastern Shore native, 5’9, 140 pound Andre Collins,

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The famous Mason-Dixon Line. That invisible divide that is commonly recognized as the former boundary that separated the northeast from the south of our nation. However, this boundary wasn’t an accurate geographical divide per se, but rather a distinction in cultures, ideologies, and beliefs. So even though the civil war ended nearly 150 years ago, and the boundary that the Mason-Dixon Line established has faded from memory, there are still stark distinctions between the north and south of our country.

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otably, a glaring example of these differences is in the treatment of our pride and joy—our vehicles. The Dirty South is renown for its oversized rims, custom interiors, and candy paint jobs. Whereas, car enthusiast up north, on the other hand, tend to strive for the clean look, which is a more subtle form of stylization, when customizing their automobiles. Although, Maryland is the South’s northern most state, Exotic Sound and Tint can trick out a ride with the best of

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them in the Dirty. Exotic Sound and Tint, located in Salisbury, Maryland, is owned and operated by Kerry Thomas. And their field of expertise includes, but is not limited to: custom wheels/tires, premium audio and video systems, and window tint. I stopped by the shop in order to chop it up with the guys and view their craftsmanship firsthand. How long have you been in business?

Kerry Thomas: Since 2004—ten years total. We’ve been at our current location for six years, and are still going strong. What attracted you to this industry? Kerry Thomas: My attraction to this industry began with my first car. After working everyday to pay a shop for my first ”custom install,” realizing later that I could have probably done it myself. So that’s what I did, and then for a friend— then lots of friends. It was a hobby that took on a life of its own. Do you serve customers outside of the DMV area? Kerry Thomas:While the majority of our customers are in this tri-state area, we have customers up and down the east coast and some hailing from as far out as Cali. What has been your biggest project to date, and what did it entail? Kerry Thomas: In 2012, we converted an International 50-passenger transit bus into a luxury limo bus. I know of people that cop oversized rims and a premium sound system for their rides before the temp tags expire. Why do you think that people are driven to customize their vehicles? Kerry Thomas: Like with everything else in life, people don’t like to be the same. You don’t want to wear the same THEREALTOURMAGA ZINE.COM


outfit that someone else has on. Well, the same logic applies to your vehicle. People like to be unique. Now some people want uniquely colored vehicles, unique rims, or a unique sound system. But everyone wants to be different. Can you imagine this desire waning in the near future? Kerry Thomas: No, not all.

I see a lot of people in the south riding big—“24s or better.” What’s hot right now with car enthusiasts? Kerry Thomas: Every trend is a fad. But I think what’s hot right now is the clean or “Presidential-look.” Subtle modifications—no super-oversized chrome rims, loud colors, and so on. Keep it clean; just rims with a chrome lip and a colored face that matches the car’s body. TOUR MAGA ZINE

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Who said that New York Hip-Hop is dead? That couldn’t be further from the truth. No, it isn’t dead. It is evolving and recreating itself into something new.

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one are the days of the ultra-sleek New York MC. You know, the pretty-boy gangsters of the platinum jewelry sporting, Maybach driving, designer clothes wearing ilk, and giving rise to the trill New York MC. An MC that possesses all of the lyrical skills of the former, but none of the negative stereotypes that tend to foster a disconnect with Hip-Hop fans in these economically trying times. (Fans want to relate to their rapper stars, not watch them flaunt their unattainable wealth. Particularly, wealth that has no connection to the struggle.) The New York MCs that are emerging on to the scene exude confidence, artistic expression, and raw creativity. Very few, if any of them, exhibit more these traits than Tray Pizzy. Tray Pizzy is the epitome of the trill MC. After you read what the brother has to say, in this interview, about his music and Hip-Hop culture, go to the links listed at the end and checkout his music. The shit is hot!

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Peace. Where are you from?

Tray Pizzy: Peace. I’m from the Bronx, New York—80 side to be exact.

How did your Hip-Hop career begin, and how long have you been making music?

Tray Pizzy: I’ve been making music for about 10 years. I only started taking it seriously, or as a career, for about a year. With pressure from my peers and just this little map I follow in my heart, I thought that now is the time. How it began? I don’t know. I don’t even know if it has begun. Has it? I ain’t get no checks yet. [Laughs]

You have a rather unique sound. Who are some of your influences?

Tray Pizzy: Honestly, I’m only influenced by my life. I grew up on Biggie, Jay, X, The Lox, etc., but I can’t say they influenced my style or sound. They influenced me to rap in a way, but I couldn’t tell you where the influence of my sound comes from. I just convey it the way I feel it.

Your latest release, “Life II Trill” is dope. What’s your take on mainstream HipHop and where would you like to take the culture?

Tray Pizzy: Thank you. Um mainstream Hip-Hop is just that—mainstream Hip-Hop. It’s just money put behind people that has to be recouped, so the people backing them are going to make sure that you hear them. That’s all it is. I wanna take the culture back to creativity. I wanna take it to wear the people dictate what’s hot. I wanna give the culture back to the people—period, because it’s not ours anymore, if you can’t tell.

What’s your next move?

Tray Pizzy: I don’t know what my next move is. I’m just gonna continue to build momentum for my team and myself. I’m gonna continue working and putting out great music and videos. I’m just gon work my ass off until I can’t be denied that clean water anymore.

Where can your music be found?

Tray Pizzy: You can find my music at: Traypizzy. com, Datpiff.com, YouTube.com/Traypizzy, Soundcloud.com/Traypizzy.

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Regional Spotlight

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roove City, or what is more com-

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Maryland. This is the birthplace of luminaries such as the legend-

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county that produced the great activist Harriet Tubman. It’s a city rich with history. (Most notably, the racial riot of 1967, which left the town in ashes.) However, as of late, the small city is blossoming into a hub for underground Hip-Hop culture on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With an ill DJ, dope MCs, sexy models, creative producers and a cool graphic artist to its credit. Not to mention, a fan base that genuinely loves and supports its artists. Here’s a glimpse of Groove City’s Hip-Hop culture elite: DJ Ill Kid, Nase Felon, Semore Buckz, Fatal Da Cannon, and Chambers Maryland. Get to know them. Go to their social media IDs and checkout their movements. You won’t be

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ost cities have prominent nightclubs that are the focal point of its nightlife. For instance, DC’s Ibiza, Miami Beach’s LIV, and Atlanta’s Magic City just to name a few. But here on DelMarVa (Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia), things are a little different. Sure, there are nightclubs here, and some of them are—decent. However, the vast majority resemble little more than a “hole-in-the-wall.” Which at a glance seems strange, considering that the people really know how to party. (One would assume that a forward-thinking entrepreneur would have invested into a reputable establishment by now.) Like I said, “things are a little different.” On The Shore (as DelMarVa is affectionately called), it isn’t about where you party; but rather, whose party it is. It’s about the promoter. And there are quite a few of these promoters, each with his/her own shtick. Still, some of DelMarVa’s promoters provide quality original entertainment that features some of Hip-Hop and R&B’s top artists, as well as, an occasional star-in-the-making. I had the opportunity to interview two of DelMarVa’s top promoters: Durran “Influence-Peddler” Whaley and Shareef “Rico Reef” Harris. These guys have totally different approaches to mastering their craft, but share the same ultimate goal—-to be on top. I found the interview to be both informative and inspiring. I trust that you will as well.

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Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and how did you get started in this industry? DURRAN: I’m a local kid, from Berlin/Ocean City, Maryland. Before anything, I’m a father. I came on the scene in 2001 as an independent clothing designer. Since then, I have worn many hats. I have managed independent musicians, and I have booked and routed national rap tours. Through it all, I have become one of the premiere party promoters in the DC/Maryland region. Marketing and branding are essential to any business, and I feel like I have the perfect formula. I’ve travelled all over and met a ton of people. I’ve learned so much from being open-minded and acceptable to all cultures and lifestyles. I’ve tried to take at least one concept or idea from every place I’ve touched. I feel it keeps me in the loop of the world and it doesn’t put limitations on my creativity. I put together my first event in 2010. It was an event structured to promote my clothing label. I incorporated a fashion show into the party.The function received such an overwhelming response, that I decided to try it a few more times to see if I really had it.Time would prove my formula [for success] to be pretty accurate. SHAREEF: I’m 31 years old. [I] was born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. I moved to Seaford, Delaware around the age of 16, and have been here [ever] since. I’m pretty laid back. I enjoy life to the fullest. I like to have


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fun, but I’m also about my work.As for getting started in the industry, promotion wise, that all began when I started going out to party. I would go out—-chill, and then I started throwing parties. I realized [that] I liked doing that, so I continued doing it.As for videos, I started out making them on my own, with a little Kodak camera in 2008. It was just a small, cheap little camera with a built in camcorder. I still have that camera as a matter of fact. It’s like a keepsake. I started randomly recording people around town, just messing around at first. [I] had some people rapping and acting up. I was working at Allen’s chicken plant back then, and I even started doing a little bit of recording there.And that’s when I linked up with DJ Ruckus.Working together there we got a lot closer and we started talking

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for real. Everyone works together.We keep it professional and do what we need to do to get to the next level. [I am] always thinking of the next best move.

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about teaming up.We both had interest in the entertainment industry, so it was a go. [In] 2009, we formed a team [consisting] of eight people—-and went from there—-and [it] became known as Tyreef Entertainment—-a combination of his name and mine.The KBL (Krush Battle League) was put together in May of 2012, when I linked up with Piffboy Plat, who was also in the entertainment industry. I ran the idea by him and he was on board, so we formulated the battle league two weeks later. Growing up, I had always watched other battle leagues— -[I] loved rap and music. I realized there was no opportunity for that in Delaware. Battle rap gives those who may be good at dissing and things like that, but not so good at putting together songs, the opportunity to express [themselves]. So it gives everyone who is passionate about rap, the opportunity to be heard. People were interested in the things I was trying to do, and everything kind of just fell into place. [It] has been going ever since. Explain to the readers what distinguishes your events from those that are offered by other promoters in this region. DURRAN: I honestly cannot answer that question. I just do what I feel. I’m pretty good at predicting what will draw my followers in. It also doesn’t hurt to have to have a direct line to every current rapper/R&B act or record executive in the game. I have such great friends in the industry, and I keep all of my relationships 100. They will never have a reason to question my integrity. That motto is the same for my followers, supports, and business partners. I always do what I say I’m going to do…big or small. SHAREEF: I don’t know… I guess we are hot. [laughs] Sike. No, seriously, I believe we are different because we think outside of the box.We do things others are afraid to do.We started out with local music performances. No one was really doing that, and we were not scared to play local music at our parties.We try to include everybody. Our team is like a family

What are some of the obstacles that you’ve faced as a result of working in a small market? DURRAN: I don’t really have many problems. My relationships are so strong, and I’m so confident in what I do that my proposal and presentation comes off very well. But… if I had to pick two things, it would be: #1 there aren’t many venues to choose from.A venue’s ambiance can set the tone; #2 everyone is a promoter all of a sudden. 90% of them lack the knowledge, resources, and budget to pull off a great event. At the end of the day, the consumer, venue owner, and city officials place us all in the same category and that kills it. SHAREEF: [I] had to learn patience and to be humble. In a small market, you have a lot of people hating on everything [that] you try to accomplish—-taking your ideas and running with them. Sometimes you get things that change up at the last minute, cancellations, etc.Trying to get Delaware on the map is a challenge in itself, but there is a lot going on here for real. If we pull together, there’s nothing we can’t do. [We] have to stop trying to pull each other down and uplift instead. What are your business goals for the future? DURRAN: For the most part, I have more Durran Whaley life goals than—-right now—-business goals. My goals have been set for years. I feel like I’m currently just enjoying all the experiences along the journey. I’ve co-founded a lifestyleclothing brand entitled “Frnds of Ours” and that is where the majority of my focus is at the moment. I book a few artists here and there and do a couple of parties, but my heart and passion is in the fashion industry. SHAREEF: I want to build on my team, expand, and create more opportunities for everyone on the team. [I want to] do some more networking for sure. I want to go global with the Krush Battle League. I also definitely want to do things for and with the kids in the community, to keep them off the streets.They are the future. And now, the question that our readers are most curious about [chuckles]. What are some of the things that the ladies are willing to do for tickets to your shows? DURRAN: I’m going to plead the 5th on that one… You guys have a great day. Enjoy life and dream above average. GOD put you on this earth to be great, but it all comes down to decision-making. SHAREEF: Oh man! [laughs] I plead the 5th on that.We have some crazy things come to us sometimes, but it’s all love though.We appreciate the supporters.

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Indie radio Shawn “Bigg Shizz” Jones Sr. on the left, Rakim on the right

STREET SOUNDS As the editor of TOUR MAGAZINE, I travel a lot. I love

America. I love the uniqueness of our cities. But one of the

things that I find irritating, when I’m on the road, is radio. It seems as though radio stations, from coast to coast, share the same playlist. And satellite radio doesn’t deviate much BY THOMAS “SUPREME” PARSONS

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from that script. (The only true addition is the ability to use profanity.)

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ortunately, I am not the only one to share this sentiment, and there are actually creative individuals doing something to counter the status quo. Case in point, Virginia Beach, Virginia based Boycott Radio. Shawn “Bigg Shizz” Jones Sr., the owner and host of DMV’s Boycott Radio Show, provides his listeners with relevant content and cuttingedge underground Hip-Hop.

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This brother is intense and quite knowledgeable of the ins-and-outs of the entertainment industry. Pay close attention. Here is some of what he has to say: Who is “Bigg Shizz,” and how did you get started in independent radio? Bigg Shizz: Bigg Shizz is one of the biggest pro DMV advocates within the lower DMV’s independent music scene, whose soul ambition is to help artists, DJ’s, models, comedians, etc., in the DMV demographic area, gain exposure of their crafts to the world, by way of DMV’s Boycott Radio Shows. I actually got started in the radio world after meeting several national terrestrial radio personalities, while out on my grind, which took a liking to my voice and personality. We began to build strong relationships over a period of time, and next thing you know—I was doing my own radio show. Whom or what are some of your influences and/or peers? Bigg Shizz: Some of my influences within the radio scene are DJ Kay Slay, Big Kap, Russ Parr, Michael Baisdon, and Funk Master Flex. I followed these guys for years, watching and learning how they supported the artists within their grasp—that had talent that was being overlooked. But took it upon

themselves and put their reputations and careers on the line to let the world see that there is more to music and entertainment than the usual suspects of corporate America’s vision of the entertainment field. My cousin Rayz—founder of StreetSlang—who has preceded me in death, was one of my biggest influences with keeping me balanced at times and encouraging me to not give up on something that I loved to do in the Hip-Hop scene. Also, DJ Jack Of Spades, of 103 Jamz in VA’s 757, Chubb Love, from the Eastern Shore of Maryland’s OC 104, my nephew Jermichael aka Young Langston, for his drive and ambition as a young entrepreneur, and many more that would take forever to name. Where do you envision taking Boycott Radio? Bigg Shizz: My vision for Boycott Radio is to eventually land a major broadcasting deal of some sort with XM/Sirius Radio and become the 1st all Indie Music radio show/station nationally. If that doesn’t happen, I want to get syndication through as many major internet/terrestrial radio stations as possible—giving upcoming artists a voice and a chance to be actually heard, by a broader audience, within simple media based organizations. What are some of the challenges that you’ve been forced to overcome in an effort to reach your listeners? Bigg Shizz: Wow! I would have to say Raheem Devaughn on the left, Shawn “Bigg Shizz” Jones Sr. on the right

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people feeling as though I was a threat to what they were trying to accomplish in the same field as me, but don’t want to build with me. Instead, [they] want to shut me down or try their best to endanger what I am trying to accomplish. Where can new subscribers find your show? Bigg Shizz: As of right now, folks can find my shows on our website at http:// www.dmv-s-boycottradioshow.com/ every Tuesday at 5PM and Friday 8PM EST. We are also syndicated through www.GroundUpRadio.com and www. Live365.com streaming Internet Radio stations. Another site to check shows is http://www.speaker.com/user/boycottradioshow. Do you have any advice for unsigned Hip-Hop artists that are trying to break into the music industry? Bigg Shizz: The same advice that I give to everyone: never give up on your dreams, no matter how long you have been doing it. Keep GOD 1st in all you do, and you will prevail. Make sure that you have your music protected, as well as, your brand that you’re trying to manifest to the world. Invest in yourself and stop looking for handouts. Place yourself in positions, no matter what the outcome. Because good or bad, it’s experience that you need to have when encountering some situations that may discourage you in the long run. Stop worrying about your fellow artists, surroundings, local music beefs or hang-ups, and concentrate on presenting your image to the world— and not just your local communities. And make sure [that] your paperwork is straight in all aspects! Well, that pretty much sums it up.

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