• Mr. Dope Chef – What’s The Word, Last Producer To Work With Nipsey Shot Dead In LA!!!

    Mr. Dope Chef – What’s The Word, Last Producer To Work With Nipsey Shot Dead In LA!!!

    Last producer to work with Nipsey shot dead in LA. Unfortunately, Andre Wakefield aka DJ Official was killed in a drive by on June 14. Wakefield was good friends with DJ Mustard who worked with Nipsey as well.

    Wakefield was a Grammy award winning producer

    Family and friends of Wakefield are baffled. Who would want to kill him?  Wakefield produced some of the hottest names in the music industry. Names like, Chris Brown, Cardi B, YG, City Girls and Rich The Kid. Also, Wakefield was one of the last producers to work with the late great Nipsey Hussle, according to Vibe. It is so ironic that Wakefield would meet the same fate as Nipsey. Wakefield’s grandfather told NBC Los Angeles, ” all he did was go to work and come home, “He didn’t belong to a gang or nothing like that.”  One of Wakefield’s best friends producer DJ Mustard posted and emotional message on IG:

    ” I’m beyond hurt. I’m devastated. I’m sick to my stomach,’ he wrote. “Love you lil bro forever @prodbyofficial… I got your son 4 life this ain’t how it was suppose to go.”

    And, Ty Dolla echoed what DJ Mustard said on his IG:

    “How the f**k they gon’ take @prodbyofficial? Who the f**k was mad at my bro? A father, a successful producer, a solid homie who meant a lot to all of us. U n**gas is some real life jealous a** b**ches out here. We has so much fun on this tour and every time I ran into u it was love and good vibes. LONG LIVE OFFICIAL.”

    The details of the shooting are not known at this time, however, witnesses saw a black sedan leaving the scene of the crime. What a tragedy. Another young brother cut down in his prime. When will these senseless killings end.

  • #MrDopeChef – After Breakup with Joe Budden, Cyn Santana is No Longer Interested in Marriage

    #MrDopeChef – After Breakup with Joe Budden, Cyn Santana is No Longer Interested in Marriage

    Weeks ago, Joe Budden and Cyn Santana’s breakup was revealed. Rumor has it Joe actually wasn’t faithful. With the relationship ending the way it did, Cyn may have been turned off by marriage completely. “Love And Hip Hop New York” stars Cyn and Joe have broken up. This was suspected after Cyn unfollowed Joe on social media. Not too long after, it was said Joe may have been unfaithful. He addressed the situation on his podcast. Joe stated that an official breakup didn’t happen. Instead, Cyn got angry with him. Then she proceeded to move out of their place. She stopped taking his calls and turned off her phone. Regardless, Cyn has moved on. But it’s clear that she’s still not over how things went down. In fact, after a follower tried to be flirty, she revealed where she stands on marriage now. And it seems as if she’s over it.

    Check out the screenshot below.

  • Mr. Dope Chef What’s The Word – Kanye West Took Pot-Shots At Drake On OG “What Would Meek Do?”

    Mr. Dope Chef What’s The Word – Kanye West Took Pot-Shots At Drake On OG “What Would Meek Do?”

    Kanye West was flinging poop with no scoop in sight.

    Kanye West has never been one to engage in lyrical warfare, having gone the majority of his career without a full-fledged hip-hop beef. Despite ruffling more than his fair share of feathers throughout the years, Yeezy has opted to play the pacifist, even after fielding shots from Drake, J. Cole, Daz Dillinger, Jay-Z, and more. Yet that’s not to say he hasn’t been tempted to clap back, as evidenced by a newly surfaced version of Pusha T’s “What Would Meek Do?”

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    A few weeks ago, a brief fragment of his original verse surfaced, in which Yeezy appeared to be delivering a message to J. Cole. “You heard Cole on that song He was tryna hate,” rapped Yeezy, alluding to Cole’s “False Prophets” single. Now, a full version of Ye’s OG verse has surfaced, which resolves the Cole cliffhanger (his presence lives and dies with that single line) while revealing yet another target – Drake. Consider that Kanye and Pusha likely recorded this one during the Surgical Summer sessions, which ultimately climaxed in a full-fledged war. Interestingly enough, Ye’s shots at Drake would have been prior to hearing “Duppy,” which reveals the extent of the behind-the-scenes animosity between both men.

    While the illicit version currently making the rounds will not be posted here (you can check it out on Complex right here), some of the lyrics can be read as follows: “We got cribs on the block too, Drizzy wearing Yeezy on the low though / Only repping Nike for promo.” Given that this beef ultimately exploded in a bout of nastiness, Kanye’s shots feel tame by comparison. Yet the mere fact he decided to give Drake a few lines speaks to his mindset around that time, which is to say, uncharacteristically combative. It would appear the title “What Would Meek Do?” truly does operate on multiple levels.

  • Mr. Dope Chef What’s The Word – Cardi B’s “Press” Debuts In Top 10 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    Mr. Dope Chef What’s The Word – Cardi B’s “Press” Debuts In Top 10 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    Here are Cardi B’s major chart moves this week.

    Cardi B has earned her 11th top 10 song on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with her newest Press” track debuting at No. 6 on the latest iteration of the list. Originally arriving on May 31st, the track now becomes Cardi’s seventh top 10 debut on the chart.

    The track earned 22.2 million streams in the United States in the week ending with June 6th according to Nielsen Music, also pushing to a No. 8 debut on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs chart. In addition, it hits No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart with a registered number of 20,000 downloads.

     

    “Press” experiences a jump of 15 slots on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as well with a 45% increase attributed to an audience of 4.6 million. Along with “Press” making major moves, several other tracks are earning Cardi a few more wins.

    Her appearance on Offset’s “Clout” becomes her 13th top 20 track on the Airplay chart with an audience of 9.3 million while her Bruno Mars “Please Me” collab sits at No. 1 on the same list for the 11th straight week with 24.3 million in audience. “Please Me” now surpasses “Bodak Yellow” as Cardi B’s longest No. 1-ranking title on the chart while inching towards matching Bruno Mars’ own personal record of 12 weeks, currently held by “That’s What I Like.”

  • Mr. Dope Chef Wise Wisdom – Mastering Music Before CD Duplication.

    Mr. Dope Chef Wise Wisdom – Mastering Music Before CD Duplication.

    It’s known that the CD duplication process is the last step to a perfect CD. However, before you even consider bringing a CD into the duplication process, you want to make sure that everything fits together the correct way. Even with a home recording studio, you can find the right mix and balance to your CD. Knowing how your end sound should be and how to monitor everything correctly will help you to get the best quality sound out of your CD before the duplication process.

    Your first tip is to know that just recording your instruments is not the end to the process, even if you only plan on making a few duplicated CDs. Recording goes through several steps, specifically linked to mixing, pre-mastering and mastering. Once you get to the mastering stage, you will want to check to see if all of the instrumentation is equal and that it balances out the way that you want to. This not only includes balance, but also pertains to the volume level that you want to keep throughout the CD and consistency from one song to another. Each song should already have the right mix and balance. Now, you want to make sure that the overall volume and sound fits exactly right.

    The way to check mastering comes down to the technicalities of making sure that all of the instruments are normalized at the same frequency and balance out between highs and lows. This means that your bass part should be at a certain volume level which should match with the higher levels, such as the voice or guitar. By listening closely enough, you should be able to tell if it is too high or low. You can always find the math formulas that will help you to mix together everything correctly and sum up everything so that it blends nicely. This is not just with one song or one set of instrumentation. It is something that you want to check for with consistency throughout the entire CD.

    One of the parts of the process that you can use while mastering is to follow guidelines for the different types of music you have. Typically, mastering software will come with configurations that you can customize to get the right balance in each song. This will be dependent on the volume level that you want, combined with the levels used in the industry. For instance, rock music will have a slightly louder volume than classical music. Understanding the differences and how to adjust will help your music to sound better in the end process. This particular point is one that is consistent with industry standards as well as personal preferences which you will want to determine for your type of music.

    Once your monitors tell you how the sound is balancing out, make a dumby master. This is what will let you know what really happened in the studio. You will want to take this copy and play it everywhere that you can. Everything from your home stereo, car stereo or computer should be a test area to make sure that everything sounds right. Go through each track and make sure that your volume stays the same and that all of the instruments are balanced out correctly.

    Once you do this, you will be able to tell exactly what you did. This means that you can adjust the volume on some of the songs, change the volume or mix on all of the songs or clarify some of the sounds through compressing the mix that you are working with. The idea at this point is to have the entire CD at the same volume level and to make sure that everything blends. If you hear something that is off, adjust it.

    The end result is that you will have a CD that is balanced out, not only with one great song, but with the entire CD. Your music will gain a professional sound and you will be able to distinguish your mix to your fans. By the time you bring this into the duplication area, you will be able to duplicate something that has a mastered touch.

  • Mr. Dope Chef Wise Wisdom – Self Publishing Your Own Music

    Mr. Dope Chef Wise Wisdom – Self Publishing Your Own Music

    If you are trying to get into the music industry but nobody is hearing your music out, there self-publishing your own music would be a great idea. With self-publishing, you would be entitled to the full ownership of the song, plus its rights and income. Self-publishing could actually help you earn more revenues.

    Becoming a self-publisher in the music industry is not that easy though, you have to make sure that you have the right attitude, educational background and of course some contact persons that would help in giving you an edge. Self-publishing would need you develop certain personalities like tenacity, staying focused, efficient communication skills and ability to multi-task.

    Aside from having these key personalities, education will also play a major role. Going into self-publishing would mean you would have to do all aspects of making, distributing and marketing your songs. You can get somebody to do it for you, but you still have to oversee it. It would help a lot if you would have basic knowledge on marketing, business, advertising and accounting.

    Contact building, is not something that you get to do overnight. Good contacts are something you get to build over time, it would also entail you to have good business relationships with these contacts. These three key components are important whenever you are trying to decide into publishing your music.

    Self-publishing experts say that there are two stages or phases that a self-publisher undergoes: the period where the self-publisher produces the output and the period when the publisher markets the output.

    The production phase involves the recording, editing and designing the CDs. Aside from this you would also need to perform mastering, this is where duplicate copies would ome from. Another aspect that a self-publisher needs to prepare is the cover of the CD. Aside from the cover, the CD label, tray card and a booklet also needs to be prepared.

    In the production phase you would also need to prepare the copyright registration of your CD. There are websites that you could check to get help in copyright registrations. Before you duplicate and distribute your CD, you would also need to copyright your music and protect it. There are many companies that could handle CD duplication to about 250 copies or more. They could also handle reproduction of promotional materials that you would include with your CD. You would need to include a CD one-sheet on the press or release kit. This would contain the information about the CD. This could be handy when you distribute the CDs, especially for radio stations.

    The second stage would include the marketing and distributing phase. Marketing and promotional materials would not only include posters, catalogues, display items and other similar items. You could also promote your CDs over the internet, like creating a website and having shopping carts on the website so they could buy the CD online.

    The best promotional material is yourself. It is important to have a business card that would include your promotional website and at the same time your contact information. During gigs or any events, make sure to hand out your card and promote your CD. It would be even better if you can actually sell your CD’s during gigs.

    The biggest problem with having you song published is that producers may no like it beforehand, which is why they would refuse it. But once they have seen that it has built an initial following or have achieved certain level of popularity, even though small, it could help you get the big break that you are looking for. You can even revise your press kit from time to time whenever you get good reviews.

    Self-publishing can give you the edge you are looking for, but you would have to be prepared in making sacrifices along the way. Achieving your dreams is always like that.

  • Mr. Dope Chef – What’s The Word, Last Producer To Work With Nipsey Shot Dead In LA!!!

    Mr. Dope Chef – What’s The Word, Last Producer To Work With Nipsey Shot Dead In LA!!!

    Last producer to work with Nipsey shot dead in LA. Unfortunately, Andre Wakefield aka DJ Official was killed in a drive by on June 14. Wakefield was good friends with DJ Mustard who worked with Nipsey as well.

    Wakefield was a Grammy award winning producer

    Family and friends of Wakefield are baffled. Who would want to kill him?  Wakefield produced some of the hottest names in the music industry. Names like, Chris Brown, Cardi B, YG, City Girls and Rich The Kid. Also, Wakefield was one of the last producers to work with the late great Nipsey Hussle, according to Vibe. It is so ironic that Wakefield would meet the same fate as Nipsey. Wakefield’s grandfather told NBC Los Angeles, ” all he did was go to work and come home, “He didn’t belong to a gang or nothing like that.”  One of Wakefield’s best friends producer DJ Mustard posted and emotional message on IG:

    ” I’m beyond hurt. I’m devastated. I’m sick to my stomach,’ he wrote. “Love you lil bro forever @prodbyofficial… I got your son 4 life this ain’t how it was suppose to go.”

    And, Ty Dolla echoed what DJ Mustard said on his IG:

    “How the f**k they gon’ take @prodbyofficial? Who the f**k was mad at my bro? A father, a successful producer, a solid homie who meant a lot to all of us. U n**gas is some real life jealous a** b**ches out here. We has so much fun on this tour and every time I ran into u it was love and good vibes. LONG LIVE OFFICIAL.”

    The details of the shooting are not known at this time, however, witnesses saw a black sedan leaving the scene of the crime. What a tragedy. Another young brother cut down in his prime. When will these senseless killings end.

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