9th Anniversary of 206 Zulu – Celebration of Hip Hop culture
February 15-17, 2013
Hip Hop practitioners and enthusiasts gathered last President's Day weekend to celebrate Seattle's Hip Hop and community service organization, the 206 Zulu N
This Friday STG presents Mike Epps and Friends at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle with special guest performances by Scruncho, G Thang, and Nate Jackson. If you’ve never seen Mike Epps perform live this is your chance to see what you’ve been missing. Check out Mike Epps' shout out to Seattle below:
This is going to be a night no one wants to miss out on. Tickets are on sale at the Paramount Theatre box office or you can purchase them online at Tickets.com.
After all the defending she did for her relationship, now this comes out. According to Radar Online Fantasia’s baby daddy Antwuan Cook (who is still legally married) has been cheating on her, what a big surprise. According to their sources, he’s been cheating on Fantasia this whole time AND she had the baby just to keep him faithful:
"Antwaun has been cheating on Fantasia all along, just like he cheated on his wife with Fantasia. She was silly to think he’d remain faithful but it was wishful thinking, I guess. She purposely had this baby with him hoping he’d be a devoted father and boyfriend. He tries to get Paula to take him back all the time, but she wants nothing to do with him,” the source revealed. Fantasia knows that Antwaun cheats, but she just turns a blind eye hoping for some fairytale turnout."
If this is true, even though Antwuan was legally separated when they started dating, separated does not mean divorced. I can’t wait to see how this one plays out, I bet either tonight or tomorrow she will be on the phone with Wendy Williams trying to clear her name.
Last night was the M.L.K All Black Party at Volume night club in downtown Seattle, presented by Xcess with DJ Supreme on the ones and twos; so you already know I had to get it there. If you live in Seattle you already know we've had a little issue with snow these past two days, however that didn't stop everyone from coming out to have a good time.
Of course in the building we had Eighty4Fly (who pretty much hosted the event) Joe Jessie, Kun Luv, Floyd Wade, Ceddy Ced, the Seaspot team, 206 artist Juga Hill, and I even spotted Casey Carter and so many more. I was happy to see there were a few birthday parties that night because, people that come out for a birthday party always bring a different type of excitement since no matter if no one else is dancing they’re going to make sure they get it in no matter what.
*Eighty4fly & Kun Luv*
As the night went on more and more people arrived showing that Seattle is one city that will never let a little snow spoil their fun. By 1240 the club was packed! Which was a good thing because do to the snow it was extremely cold in the venue before every showed up.
As a whole, I would say this is a very nice venue. I think one of my favorite parts about Volume is the fact that everyone has somewhere to sit. Let's be honest ladies, as cute as our shoes might be from time to time resting our feet is a must do. I'm not sure about what goes on in the men's restroom, however the women's restroom had a nice lady (who's name I totally forgot to get) with a station full of fragrances and snacks. This is definitely something I have never seen in a Seattle club before (not saying others don't have it), so that was another plus for the venue. Also, staff here are very sweet. When I came to the venue seeing that it was snowing, the steps leading down into the club were a little on the slippery side. One of the workers was kind enough to hold my hand to make sure I made it down the stairs safely; how cute is that!
As you may or may not have noticed, Drake and Common have been taking some pretty nasty shots at each other, which has been really entertaining if you ask us. According to the blogging world, this beef is over famous tennis player Serena Williams who dated both Common and Drake at one point and time. Recent Drake threw shots at Common (along with others) on Rick Ross’ ‘Stay Schemin’
“It bothers me when the Gods get to acting like the broads
Guess every team doesn’t come complete with n*ggas like ours
That’s why I see no need to compete with n*ggas like y’all
I just ask that when you see me you speak up n*ggas that’s all
Don’t be ducking like you never wanted nothing
It’s feeling like rap changed
There was a time it was rugged
Back when, if a n*gga reached, it was for the weapon
Nowadays n*ggas reach, just to sell they record”
After that video hit the net, everyone went nuts wondering if Common would bite back with his own diss record and of course he didn’t disappoint:
My motto is, Chicago b*tch. Everybody know ya sweet. what the problem is?
Don’t play dumb, I’m the one that acknowledged it,
Son of a b*tch, I imagine what ya father is
She said “how you make yo opponent, the rapper of the moment”
His style, he don’t own it. Acting all hard, when he hardly like that
You gon mess around and make me catch a body like that “AWWW”
…Don’t do it, cause every song you make joe, is really hoe music
I heard you said you wasn’t a b*tch cause you sing
you a b*tch cause you cling like a b*tch that’s 18
Can’t say my name, but rap about a n*gga’s wife
You so black and white, tryna live a n*ggas life
I’m taking too long with this amateur guy
You aint wetting nobody n*gga, you Canada Dry
So what sparked this whole beef you might ask? Back when Common dropped his song ‘Sweet’ he threw some shots at Drake that apparently didn’t sit well with him:
Y’all soft motherf–kers, singing all around me man, la la la/ You ain’t motherf–kin’ Frank Sinatra/Uh, lil’ b*tch…Sweet Ass Muthaf*cker
With all that being said, we at Seaspot would like for you to tell us who you think won this battle, and if you think its over. Let us know your thoughts below, or via Twitter & Facebook.
On Christmas Eve I met up with Fresh Coast artist Fame Rilla. Originally from Huston Texas, Fame moved up to Seattle back in 1999 due to him not doing well in school. Since then, he’s been hitting to NW music scene so hard that recently, Fame Rilla’s music video ‘Make It Bang’ was the 9th shared video on MTV.com. For those of you that don’t realize why this is such a big deal, it’s a big deal because that means he was beating out videos from Beyonce, Nicki, Wayne, Drake and so many others.
When I asked Fame if he ever thought the song would be this big he said:
"I knew the song was big, but I didn’t think it would happen this fast! We’ve only been pushing it for a few months, so for it to actually take off like that and be where it is now is definitely a really big complement."
Get to know a little more about Fame Rilla, and find out about his up and coming projects.
Check out Fame Rilla's music video 'Make It Bang' below:
The Good Sin & 10.4 dropped a visual for ‘All For You’, which is the final video off their collaborative album “Late”:
"Checkout my new video. The last to be released off my album Late w/ producer 10.4 Rog. "All For You". Also my new album is coming February 14th (Valentines Day) The Story of Love & Hate. Be on the lookout for music from that soon." – Good Sin [Via Facebook]
The video is Sin’s way of saying thank you to everyone that’s been supportive of their music. If you already haven’t downloaded ‘Late’, preview and download it here!
Back in September I interviewed the amazingly talented KimberlyNichole. When I asked the Seattle native “What’s next” she said:
“I’m still working on new music, and I plan to release a Rock EP, which will be a free download of my favorite rock covers.”
Since our interview KimberlyNichole has released “the Rock Ballerina” EP where she shows us her Rocker, and Soul side:
KimNicky rocks all the way out on "Lithium" and adds a whole lotta soul to "What's Up?." If you're into this kind of music (or couldn't escape it in the '90s whether you liked it or not), then you've no doubt heard these tracks numerous times before but never like this. Her treatments of the songs stay true to originals, but she puts her own stank on 'em. Can't wait to see what else she has in her bag of tricks with the remaining songs yet to come from “the Rock Ballerina” . (Via Soulbounce.com)
While the Ciroc Boy Nick Storm was here in Seattle for the ‘Official Ciroc Peach Launch Party,’ I had the opportunity to sit down with him and get to know how he got where he is today. Find out how Nick Storm hooked up with Diddy, became the Night Life Guru, and where the Ciroc Boys name came from.
Nick Storms gives advice to those that want to join his industry:
“Work hard, always keep dreaming, and never stop. When the door is closed don’t stop there, just keep counting your way, and never get too greedy.”
Later that night, we all hit up the ‘Official Peach Ciroc Launch Party,’ and lets just say, when you have Nick Storm and DJ Kun Luv in the same building your destined to have a good time. Check out some of the photos below from the party.
Kun recived an official Ciroc Boy watch that night.
On Thursday, December 29th, Team Ciroc NW Presents the “Official Ciroc Peach Launch Party” hosted by the number 1 Ciroc boy Nick Storm with DJ Kun Luv and DJ Super Sam on the ones and twos. This event will be at Trago and is INVITE ONLY. To RSVP for this event please e-mail
and hit up Joe for bottle and both reservations at
Seaspot will be in the building that night along with other special guest. Come join us and get your complimentary taste of Ciroc’s newest flavor Peach on us. But remember...no RSVP, no ENTRY!
Anytime you can make shoes apart of your outfit other than your feet it is always a good look. So what does Van's do? They make there one of a kind waffle bottom into a phone case. Don't get to pumped yet this case was first spotted on a Van's forum as a promo thing, but now the rumors are that the iPhone case will be hitting their online store in the next few weeks. Kind of makes me wish I had a iPhone.
I had the opportunity to pick the brain of the amazing singer/rapper Dice. Originally from Ventura CA, Dice now resides in Seattle Wa, and has been making a big impact on the music scene here in "The Town". During the interview I asked Dice things from when she started singing to her goals for 2012. I was even able to get Dice to tell me if there will ever be a music video for her song ‘Prisoner Of Love’ a track from Miss Casey Carter Radio Vol. 1
Naybesa: Have you alway sang and rapped?
Dice: No, I’ve sang for as long as I can remember. I’ve sang in the church choir, I’ve sang in the school choir, sang in any choir I could get into really. My mom sang in Sweet Adeline which is like a women’s barbershop chores, so that was always an inspiration in the house. I would say in 2003 I decided that I wanted to really start trying to Rap. By 2004 I jotted down my first notebook full of rhymes, and then fast forward 5 years, in 2009 I dropped my first mixtape. It was a lot of growing and learning because certainly it was laughable when I first started learning to rap. Not only laughable because I sucked but, also because I started trying to rap when Eminem was just coming out. It was like the super cliché “White girl wanna rap like Eminem, you wanna be the White Eminem girl?” Noooo… No I do not actually.
Naybesa: Name two Northwest artist you haven’t worked with but would like to.
Dice: Anami Bell, I did a show with her at Neuomos a long while back, this woman is incredible. She plays so many instruments, composes the music for her multi-instrument band, and writes really incredible lyrics. She’s also a really impressive vocalist. I would love to work with her. I would also love to work with the Physics; that would be really dope.
Naybesa: If you didn’t live in Seattle where would you live?
Dice: I would automatically want to say Hawaii, maybe now after being there a second time I could live there because I’m a little more acclimated with what’s really going on. I feel a very deep connection spiritually with that place, which I also feel with the Northwest. I’m really connected with nature so it's just important to me. Honestly, I would say it would be the Islands or here.
Naybesa: What was going on in your life when you wrote “Things I Couldn’t Say”?
Dice: What wasn’t going on in my life? It’s all still going on, ‘Things I Couldn’t Say’ is just…. I don’t think it's ever going to not be relevant. It’s just… I’m at this time in my life where I find it really important as a person to start finding a proper channel to elevate myself from internalizing the problems in my life. ‘Things I Couldn’t Say’ is very much about very broadly verbalizing the things that I deal with on a daily basics. I feel that there are so many things that people would love to say but, its not socially correct.
Naybesa: Do you have advice for artists who don’t have a manager but want to know how to find one?
Dice: Be careful (laughs). Honestly, I don’t think that an artist needs a manager personally. There are guys around “The Town” that do this solo or have got themselves to a huge space by themselves. It's totally possible to do it by yourself in this industry, I’m just not one of those people. I need a little managing. When it comes to finding a manager, I had actually been approached by some very higher up representatives in the game about managing me and after deliberation and going over paper work with lawyers, I decided I don’t want to work with those people. They had a lot to offer but I didn’t have a lot to offer back in the beginning, and I didn’t want to put myself in one of those "I.O.U" holes that you never get out of.
So my advice to anybody, by all means if you got it on your own, get it baby. If you don’t, make sure that person has more then your business interest at heart. If you focus solely on business, s**t aint gonna go well… bottom line. I mean business is business but artists are emotionally fragile people, and the better they are the more f**ked up in the head they are, and you need all the damn help you can get. So if you're going to get a manager I would say make sure that person is a good person, a trust worthy person and they have their own stuff together and that they care about you as an individual. Basically trust your gut, don’t just go with what looks good or who looks good on paper. Because that “who” can have a great resume and be a total piece of s**t.
Naybesa: How did you meet Kendra Adele?
Dice: Kendra Adele and I came together on another tip musically. She's what connected Willie Joe and I together, -- and we just hit it off. We’d gone out one night and the next morning we were drinking coffee in her kitchen and I kind of just randomly asked, “You wanna be my manager?” We were both kind of surprised that I asked that, and right after I said it I was like, “Wow, I never asked anyone that before!” She’s like, “Oh well I’ve never been asked that before.” We decided to give it a go and it's been over a year and a half now; time flies when you're making moves. I could not be more thankful for her.
When I asked Dice if she believes in New Years resolutions she said “absolutely” so of course I asked her to name me two of them:
Dice: I think the main ones that I’m focusing on right now are, listening more, and really focusing on the professionality of the music. Tie up any lose ends on a business side that we don’t have going yet, and really just take promotion to another level. A New Years resolution is for this album to drop and for us to be nation wide with it.
When it comes to Dice’s new album she doesn’t have a release date set however she does have a title. The album will be entitledReflections of Broken Glass. As far as why Dice doesn’t have a specific date for us she says:
"A little bird named Vitamin D once told me “you don’t create the date and rush the album. You let the album create itself, and when it's done you worry about releasing a masterpiece and not releasing something because you have a date to do it by. My focus right now is creating the truest declaration of me for the world right now. When it will drop… It’s gonna drop when it's ready, and you know… Sometime in 2012, hopefully sooner than later. It will be as close to perfect that I can personally put out and me be happy with. Not perfect technically perfect from a viewing aspect."
Naybesa: What are we going to get from you with this album?:
Dice: A million different pieces. It's really gonna be that, it's gonna be very diverse; there’s not one feeling to this album. There are songs that are very upbeat, and songs that are not upbeat. There are deep songs about sex, there are songs about love, there are songs about politics, there are songs about everything which is all of my projects so far. But this is going to be my first album so you can expect more from me than you’ve ever gotten before, and a lot of heart .
Lastly I asked Dice the magic question I’ve been wondering since i made this particular song my ringtone. Will we ever get a video for ‘Prisoner Of Love’ her response:
Dice: Well here’s the thing with ‘Prisoner of Love.’ The original ‘Prisoner of Love’ was obviously a mixtape track for the lovely Casey Carter. Now I don’t know if you're hip but we have a remix contest and my boy Elan Wright, who is also doing a lot of engineering for the album, created a beautiful remix. It's super upbeat pop like, and it's got this great electric slide 70's thing going on through out it. As for a video, I would love to make one, but I would love to make one to the original music not to a mixtape track. I would love to get Elan, and Saba, the homie that plays the drums from Dyno Jamz, on the remix I would love to shoot a video for that with the guys I think that would be fabulous. As for the original, we might have to do the live footage version.
In case you didn’t know Dice is nominated for the MCC Best Singer award, so if you haven’t voted yet please do so HERE.
In the mean time, check out Dice’s video for ‘Things I Couldn’t Say’ off her ‘Only One Dice’ mixtape which can be downloaded HERE.
Rapper Meek Mill teamed up with Reebok for a for charity event at the Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia. The charity event was a benefit for the boys and girls basketball team at Meek Mills High School. Since the budget cuts the schools athletic department has taken some huge set backs, but thanks to Reebok and Meek the school now has basketball gear (duffels, tees, socks, shorts, sleeves, snapbacks and footwear) for both teams, as well as the new Blast sneaker (for guys) and the new Classic Chi-Kaze sneaker (for girls) to give them something a little flashy when their off the court.
Calling all my sneaker heads… one of the biggest and most anticipated retro’s will be released this Friday December 23rd 2011. The Jordan 11’s has always been one of the most noticeable, fashionable and anticipated pair of Jordan kicks since its original release in 1996. Blogs twitter and more have been buzzing about this release all year. So what is all of the hype about? The Jordan brand/sneaker is a cultural phenomenon. Any true sneaker head can tell you that the Jordan shoe tradition is something that has been passed down for many generations. For example, this particular release is now on its third retro. The originals came out in 1996, the 1st retro dropped in 2000, and now the re-retro’s are here in 2011. As for me being one of the biggest Jordan shoe collectors ever… this release will be added to the collection. The only downsides to it are the long lines, and crazy sneaker fans that will do any and everything to get a pair. The going price this time around is retailed at $179. Are these kicks worth theticket? YES. Jordan kicks are not only a shoe, they are a lifestyle. You cannot purchase 2-3 pair of J’s and hop on the bandwagon… J-Walking is for life not for the moment! As you can see I have already copped mine pair…. Happy Holidays.
-Neumos, Xcess Entertainment, and Msa Entertainment Present: ‘The Hard Hustle Tour starring Ace Hood’-
Ace hood may have kicked off his ‘Hustle Hard Tour’ in Panama city, FL but come January 6, 2012 Ace Hood will be live at Neumos to shut the whole city of Seattle down on the first Friday of the year. This event will be hosted by KUBE 93’s Eddie Francis and DJ Supa Sam, with guest performances by Young Meez, Koon Kapone, Sunny Red, and Rasap Fam.
-Msa, We The Best, Xcess, Royal Events, First Class, and Good Life Present: ’‘Hustle Hard Official After Party ’ -
In case your wondering if there’s an after party, I’m happy to tell you after everyone leaves the concert it’s going down at Republiq. Did I mention Ace Hood will also be performing live at Republiq? There’s no better way to end your first Friday of the year then ending it at the ‘Hustle Hard Official After Party ’ with a live performance by Ace Hood himself.
Hosting this event is KUBE 93’s Eddie Francis, DJ’s for the night are KUBE’s Supa Sam and the famous DJ Charma; 21+ to enter, general admission $15, VIP $25. Make sure you get your tickets early because there’s a limited amount of per-sale tickets. You can also check out DJ Supa Sam’s morning show to win tickets.
In case you have never seen Ace Hood live, the video below will give you a little taste of what’s coming to Seattle come January 6, 2012. Get your after party tickets here!
If you never had a pair of J's then you don't get why these are some of the most sought after pair you could get. The patent leather Space Jams will always be famous cause of the movie, but these set it off. The "Concord" Retro 11's original debut was back in 1996, but with the patent leather greys that dropped last year this time sneakerheards are ready for these to drop.
These will drop on Dec.23 for the $180........More pictures (HERE)
While most artist are rocking “bling” that can cost the same amount as what the average person makes a year. Jay-Z (who was recently in Tacoma, Wa for WTT) decides to be a little more discrete when it comes to being flashy. The photo above was taken by the Watch The Throne official tour DJ, Million Dollar Mano who while back stage during the Vancouver WTT concert Tweeted “Jay let me try on this Cartier ring that I’ve been waiting 2 try on 4ever”
Jay-Z’s “Cartier Panther” ring can run you from $10k to $24k. The 18K yellow gold ring is set with the option of tsavorite garnet or peridot eyes, onyx nose, and black lacquer spot detailing.
Check out a few photos of the ring below and tell us what you think.
Grammy nominated Northwest artist/producer Q Dot gives us a visual for his song ’24 Hours’ off his ‘Underground Railroad’ album. This Brian Tolliver directed video starts out with Q Dot in a downtown Seattle alley were he raps about what its like being a rapper here in the NW.
When I first heard the song it almost felt timeless to me and like anyone that’s in Northwest entertainment would be able to relate. I asked Q Dot “When was this song made and what does it mean to you now” and this is what he had to say:
“24 Hours was written in 2008. And it means a lot to me now because I can make a song in 08, release it on a CD in 09 make a video at the end of '11 and it still get received well. It's humbling. Means that what was said is still relevant or dare I say timeless. Every rapper just coming up can relate to that first verse. I wrote it for them.”
Rising international hip-hop star A-Lo is blazing a path of his own. With his unique flow and ability to take a well-equipped track and make it his own A-Lo is the type of artist that will be in the game for a long time. With his latest single ‘More Than Friends’ climbing the charts in the U.S any true fan of artistry can see that 2012 will be the year we will be seeing a lot of A-lo. Originally from Windsor, Ontario A-lo has already proven to the world that he is here to stay. With several underground releases under his belt, he is now signed with Prodigy Music Group. His sound is very unique and refreshing, mixed with that international flare which is defiantly something missing in today’s music. Along with his huge you-tube following and support of his hometown; A-Lo is ready to release his debut album ‘My Addiction’ 1st quarter of 2012. Check out A-Lo’s latest single on Youtube and it is also available on I-Tunes.