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2017 - How to Use This Year

The future of music…

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FACT Contributors Choose Their Favorite Albums And Tracks Of 2016

But we’ve got one more special selection for you before we wave goodbye to 2016. For your digging pleasure, FACT staff and contributors have compiled their personal favorite albums, tracks, sets and, um, pro wrestling matches from the worst year ever.

Don’t miss the rest  FACT’s end—year lists, from the best albums to the most outrageous news stories to the greatest UK rap and grime tracks.

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Azealia Banks Blasts Nicki Minaj: Stop Calling Yourself The Queen Of Rap

Azealia Banks is back at it again attacking other artists on social media. The Harlem-raised entertainer had some choice words for fellow New Yorker Nicki Minaj via Facebook. Banks wrote: Banks removed the message and explained why she took it down in follow-up FB posts. “Deleting posts as I am not the same person I was two hours ago. LOL,” stated Banks. “Hope you Lot got your screenshots. It’s all jokes guys. Calm down and enjoy the holiday.”

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Rock The Boat: 9 People Who Beefed With Lil Yachty

A lot of people want it with Lil Boat.

It’s been a huge year for Lil Yachty. The red-beaded rapper has been everywhere and back by the ripe age of 19, securing himself the “King of the Youth” title Ian Connor has been forced to leave behind. Unfortunately, not everyone has been happy with the sudden rise of Lil Boat. Rappers (Soulja BoyAb-Soul) have made dissing Yachty a habit this past year, and even some non-rappers have followed suit (sorry Shia).

Flip through the gallery to take a look at all the people who have been taking shots at the world’s most nautical rapper this past year. We don’t see them sinking the boat anytime soon.


MC Till Newsletter

I read this very thought provoking newsletter from rapper MC Till last month about how hip hop needs to grow up, or better said, capitalism needs to grow up. I love what Till had to say, and felt compelled to add to it.

Anyway, here’s MC Till’s excellent newsletter editorial, followed below by my response based on what I’ve seen and experienced in the urban music industry.

Ladies and Gentlemen, MC Till:

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Garage Band: 5 Unique Places to Have Band Practice

Almost every band, whether famous or just starting out, understands the struggle of finding and maintaining adequate rehearsal space. When the money and relationships necessary for a band to thrive are all but non-existent, a little creativity may help the band stay afloat.

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What Makes A Great Electro-Acoustic Guitar

The acoustic guitar is the ideal song-writer’s tool and is often purchased as a first introduction to the amazing world of music. We’ll need to look at how guitars work to understand the differences in the huge variety of guitars. 

There are two popular primary types; acoustic and electric, and then you get something called the Acoustic-Electric. What are the differences? It is not quite a hybrid, as the name would indicate.

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First Date Jitters? Take Her to a Concert 

First dates can be exciting, but a little overwhelming. What will you wear? What will you talk about? Will he or she like you? Before long, a laundry list of questions has taken over your brain until you eventually develop a case of the first date jitters. But don’t let the anxiety of your first date ruin the night before it even starts. Here’s five ways to make sure your first date goes smoothly.

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A Pocket Revolution For Musicians Seeking Musicians

The future of a million unknown bands begins today with the launch of
VAMPR, a new iOS app designed to connect musicians of all genres with like-minded collaborators in any city around the world.

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The Beginner's Burning Man Checklist

Get ready for the scorch of the sun, radiant heat, smells of ganja and late nights and sun rise of Burning Man. For this trip, you need food and lots and lots of water for life in Black Rock Desert. Here is a checklist for first-time Burning Man partygoers:

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Email Marketing: Do's And Dont's For Musician Bands

Who ever said that music and business do not mix? 

Sure, you might think that being an artist means you are above such mundane things as paying the bills, but if you are really an artist, the only way you can continue to be an artist is to take care of business.

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Facebook Live: A New Social Media Tool For Musicians On The Rise

Getting your music and message to reach the ears of new listeners — potential new fans — has never been more possible than it is today. Social media sites like YouTube, Soundcloud, Twitter and Facebook have revolutionized the music industry by sharing and promoting new content and giving fans insights into the artists behind the music.

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Is Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Really A Work Of A Genius?

In pop music, the word “genius,” is often only associated with the likes of John Lennon, Elvis Presley, or Janis Joplin—dead, but not forgotten because their works continue to resonate with the living. We’ve heard people delegate such a lofty praise to Michael Jackson, Prince, or Amy Winehouse when they were still alive, and we still constantly see it being juxtaposed with living legends Elton John, Morrissey, and Lenny Kravitz; therefore, to give it to a not-even-forty-years-old pop diva with saccharine monikers—Beysus, Queen Bey—is a case that will always make it a subject of debate.

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Setting Yourself Up For A Successful Show And After-Party

One of the first things you’ll need to think about when planning your show is budget planning. When setting your ticket prices, be sure to factor venue costs into the price to ensure your overhead is covered. Encourage people to purchase tickets in advance by advertising higher prices at the door. As you search for the perfect location, have a mental image and projected head count in mind. The style and layout will depend heavily on your audience and the type of event you are hosting.

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