Social Media Says Goodbye To One Of Montana’s Pioneers #WeLoveClint


With great sadness I am writing this blog. It took me a few days as it’s been tough to gather my thoughts around the event of a good friend and coworker of mine passing away Sunday, Dec. 11th after a tough battle with testicular cancer.

Clint Miller, a father, a friend, a visionary, community leader, and great role model, influenced my career thus far quite a bit actually. Clint was mostly known for his online presence in the realty world on Twitter (@TheRealClint), Active Rain, Facebook, and the blogs he wrote for Real Estate Pipeline. To me he was just a friend. A friend who believed in me, one who supported my career more than most. Always eager to show me the next big thing in Social Media, he taught me about how to gain a following on the online networks. I always admired and envied the fact that he had such a large following, always asking “how the hell are you doing that!?”.

Each morning when I’d arrive at my office for work around 8 AM, Clint was at his desk already an hour or more deep into work. Two monitors, and every social network I can think of open on both, a blog for the day already written, and agents ready to sign up for our service. I admired him. His kind heart, open mind, and extreme work ethic.

Clint left behind a great family who has supported him through every tough decision regarding his battle with cancer. It saddens me that they lost such a great father and husband. As a way to give back, I’ve recorded and released on iTunes a tribute song about Clint called “Thank You For The Memories”. If you care to give back to a family who has been through an extreme emotional roller coaster this year, every dollar earned from the song purchased on iTunes will be donated to his family. Click the below link to get the song.

God Bless #WeLoveClint

“Thank You For The Memories” On iTunes

NorthWest Hip Hop – What Has It Become?


I wasn’t going to address this in any way shape or form, but given some recent events that have caused an even deeper negative stigma against the hip hop scene in the NorthWest, I cannot continue to hold my tongue. I’m ashamed to be a part of something right now that is seemingly so negative its pushing away fans, investors, and supporters alike.

What happened to the “good day feel” that Cordell of Nine Side was once quoted in saying when referring to the NorthWest Hip Hop scene? When did it become cool to degrade other people for personal gain? At what point did being “gangster” or “hard” become a sought out way of life? I’m confused, maybe y’all can fill in the blanks for me. Long ago I decided I was going to make a positive difference in my community through my music, but you have no idea how hard that has become for me when hip hop venues in my own city won’t book me for a show in fear that there will be a fight, or worse, someone die.  Five years ago when I started my career, it was easier to find a venue with no records released than it is today with a record that’s available World Wide. Tell me there isn’t something wrong with that.

I feel like today my following is larger than it ever has been and continues to grow. However, the bigger I get, it seems the speed bumps I have to climb exponentially increase in size as well. I used to hop right on over them, now it’s like an all day hike! Maybe it comes with the territory, who knows, but I do know that if any of us artists want to succeed in our career that it’s going to be twice as hard as it already is if we continue to act like idiots. Stay positive, stand for something you can be proud of, help others overcome their struggles, do this music because it’s your passion, not for a popularity race.

So where do I stand? What’s my next move? Where do I see myself going as we creep into 2012? It’s simple, I will remain true to myself and my fans. Through my actions and my words I’ll remain positive and hopeful for a successful career in this music industry. In 2012 I plan on giving back to the community I live in as much as possible through community service, youth guidance, and participate in as many charitable events as I can. My ultimate goal, with the help of my sister who has a Masters in Non Profit Administration, is to start a foundation called Musicians For Youth America. The goal of the foundation will be to help kids take steps toward a positive future, keep them off the street, away from drugs, and in schools or studios where their minds have the opportunity to grow. The foundation will provide scholarships for kids who aim to have a career in music and would like to go to school for music, or would like to create in a studio where they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the fee’s associated with that.

I’ll be linking up with influential artists, DJ’s, promoters, investors, and businesses around the country who I believe will have a positive influence on today’s youth by giving them a role model we’d all like to have our kid’s look up to. Public speaking to schools, detention centers, churches, youth clubs, etc., will be a major part of the foundation.

So what do I make of the current state of hip hop music in the NorthWest? I think it needs a make over, someone to take the initiative to clean up the image, and a group effort by all of the aspiring artists in this region to make this happen. Will it? Who knows, but you have my word that I’ll do my part!

Illmaculate and Wapikiya Records Announce Skrill Talk


Things in the Wapikiya Camp have never been more exciting. Is this Montana record label ready for the eyes of the most critical genre in the industry? Illmaculate and Wapikiya Records are proud to announce the upcoming release of Illmaculate – Skrill Talk 1/24/2012. World rap battle legend Illmaculate is expected to stir up some serious attention through this release. It’s no secret that he has a much larger following in Europe than even his own hometown of Portland, OR, but will this album launch him into the U.S. spotlight as one of the premiere artists of our time? Wapikiya Records certainly hopes so.

When Wapikiya Records label Exec Roger Harmon was presented the idea for the project by Terrance “Cool Nutz” Scott, it almost seemed like a no brainer. Here’s a brand new record label based in Montana with the opportunity to release an album for one of the most influential rap battle champions of our time. In the words of Illmac “Cha Ching”. With the help of NorthWest legend Cool Nutz, and Sand People Music, Illmaculate and Wapikiya Records are holding nothing back on this one.

In effort to support Skrill Talk, Illmaculate is releasing an EP called Skrill Walton for free download on 11/8/11. In addition to that a regional tour which starts in San Francisco, CA on 11/7/11 and ends in Spokane, WA on 11/16/2011. #NorthWestStandUp cuz #irapbetter #SkrillWaltonEP #SkrillTalk

For more information visit www.irapbetter.com and www.wapikiyarecords.com.

Why am I so determined to make it in the industry?


Have you ever been or known a person who always did whatever they were told they couldn’t? You do now. That’s me, from a youngster walking into the house with muddy shoes, to throwing a curve ball with a 3 and 0 count, to emerging as a rap artist hailing from Missoula, MT, I’ve always walked with my shoes tied together.

One might think I do this for the attention, or the money, but to them I say “You don’t know me”! The formula is simple to me and science to others. I was raised with high expectations of being successful in my life which is what I credit my resilience to. I truly believe that what I’m attempting to do may be one of the hardest things any person could do. Hey, if it was easy we’d all be doing it right? Living in Missoula, MT and being a rapper makes things even more difficult. Especially when everybody who is trying to accomplish the same thing seems to be going against each other. Sure we’re all “friends” and are willing to help each other out when we can, but when it comes down to it, I’ve noticed that we all have our own well being in sight. And rightfully so, I don’t know any of us that has had someone truly looking out for us this whole time so it comes down to the fact that we’ve adapted to what we know.

All ego’s aside, I’ve decided within myself that I want to help others achieve their dreams and goals. This becomes very difficult when I myself am trying to grow as an artist. I’ve studied the art of mixing music to allow myself to not only create a better sound, but to make a living from it as well. I’ve opened my studio to the public and have invited anyone to come record who’s willing to take it as serious as I have. Where the problem lies is most people expect things to come for free. Do you think the studio was free when I bought it? Or the time and effort I’ve put into mastering the art? That is why I said I’ve invited anyone who’s WILLING TO TAKE IT AS SERIOUS AS I HAVE. I know that if someone is willing to pay for their art, they are worth investing my time into. It’s not my goal to steer anyone away from the art that’s ultimately saved my life, it’s really my goal to give people an avenue to achieve. To me achievement is satisfaction you get from something you’ve not only worked hard for, but been open to learning about and investing in.

If or when I reach the pinnacle of my career and can afford to do so, my goal is to give back to not only the community I live in, but the hip hop culture as a whole. I’d like to open studio’s around the country and offer discounted rates so people have a place to create. To me, if I can save someones life by putting them into a studio and off of the street, God’s purpose for me has been fulfilled. Likewise if I can create music and exploit a positive message that others can relate to I’ve given them an outlet in which they may never have had. It seems like nobody every wants to listen. We always want to talk. I’ve noticed that in conversations a lot of people just “wait their turn” to speak. If I can capture a listener and touch on topics they can relate to then hopefully they’ll be able to reflect within themselves (their best listener) and better their life. This of course isn’t going to be the case all the time, but again, if I can help even one person through a problem they may have through my music, then ultimately God’s purpose for me has been fulfilled.

You’ll notice I talk about God sometimes in my posts on Facebook and Twitter but don’t let it confuse you for me trying to push Him onto you. It’s simply a matter of me expressing my own personal belief. Believe what you want, that is of course our right.  That said, having the gift of words and voice wasn’t discovered within myself for the first 18 years of my life, but now that I’ve found it, it makes perfect sense that this is what God wants me to do. Now, I could waste the talent and talk about negative stuff all the time, or I can go a more positive route. You all know what I picked. Hopefully one day it’ll start catching traction and we’ll all look back and say “I remember when the blogs started, I remember the first music video, I remember the first concert.” Well guys, I’ll always remember why I’m doing this.

A Montana Rapper?


If only you knew. Life begins simple and gradually becomes intense. Never in a million years did I think I’d grow to become a musician, yes that is what I am despite what some may believe of the art, named OverTime. I guess I should probably start by telling you how I started.

Growing up in Missoula, MT, hip hop was not on the menu of choices to order. Country music, rock, alternative, and the occasional punk were the “cool” genre’s. If you were caught listening to rap music at my school you were a “wigger” or a “wannabe”. I remember getting in a fist fight when I was a freshman because I wore my hat cocked to the side like I had seen my favorite rappers do on T.V. and in the magazines. Growing up the youngest of 5, an occasional “scrap” wasn’t anything new to me so I took my licks, got back up, and put my hat on crooked once again. I got a lot of shit for that over the next couple of years but I never paid any attention to it. Master P, Dr. Dre, and Eminem were always coming out of my speakers when I rolled up to school. One year I caught someone spray painting “wigger” on the hood of my truck, yes I still rocked a hill billy truck, and at that point I think I first acknowledged negative response for what would eventually become my career.

Senior year some buddies of mine chose for their senior project to make a rap demo as a joke. The started practicing at parties with some ridiculously dumb rhymes just joking around. I remember being at this one party where a group of us stood in a circle and had a “cypher”. This was the first time I ever rapped in front of anyone. Not saying it was good or anything because seriously it wasn’t, but it sure was fun. Guess what, I got in a fight that night lol. Ironic? I think not. It just wasn’t accepted where I grew up.

The summer after I graduated I began getting high on speed a lot and found myself free styling with a guy named Skyler who was like the “Dude” in Missoula that could flow. He even got on stage at a Nelly concert and spit to the crowd when Nelly asked if anyone in Missoula could rap. I found myself doing this pretty much everyday at this point. Driving around in my truck bumping beats I’d downloaded from the internet and rappin like nobody was watching. After a while it started to catch some attention. Chics wanted to hear me, dudes started getting jealous, and people started talking. I moved to my Dad’s house after my first semester in College to attend Montana Tech in Butte, MT and let me tell you, I was bored. That’s when I picked up the meth pipe and all hell broke lose. It seemed like when I was high I couldn’t stop rapping, I’d get all gacked out and seriously rhyme everything I said…It was annoying. I couldn’t stop!

Next came lock up…that was fun. With nothing to do all day, I wrote, I wrote so much my hands would hurt. I wrote rhymes to the chics I wrote in there and they’d always make me feel good telling me they were good….Believe me they weren’t. When I got out I was a little confused on the direction my life would take. I picked up a couple jobs to get by but it wasn’t enough to keep my mind straight. I’d heard about a guy named B Mune’ who had a recording studio in his house so I looked him up on Myspace to chop it up with him. Dude was cool, told me to come out and record something. I put it off until a buddy named Philly G and I went to an actual studio and paid $150 to record 1 song. I was like fuck that, can’t afford it. Shortly after I called up B Mune and asked to stop by. Right away I started writing on a beat he had. The song was called Champion, which did actually make it onto my first project O.T. And Young Jay – Just Released.

Through B Mune I met a cat named Young Jay. Him and I had the same vision. He was the street hustle, I was the business. We started working on some things but never recorded until one day he stopped by and said we were going over to this cat named Frodie’s house to record. Once there we met up with a couple other rappers and automatically I felt a little in over my head. These dudes were obviously serious. They had the whole set up! We sat and went through beats until all of us decided on one we would eventually call Beat Gon Bang. From there I was hooked. Couldn’t stop, and nothing in the world could stop me either.

I began networking with people like RBiz, JaeO, Frodie, Pookie, Mac Moore, Filth And Foul, and Holy Fam to name a few. I bought my first Pro Tools set up, which the MBox is still the one I use to this day, and started mixing my own music. It wasn’t until Cordell of Nine Side taught me the basics on how to mix until I started coming out with some decent quality music.

Over the years I got better and better at mixing through the help of Blaq Santa of Nine Side Music, LLC and began to catch some attention for the music I’ve been doing. Then, the REAL birth of Wapikiya Records. Frodie’s Dad, Roger Harmon established the label and took things to the next level. I signed my first contract and gave way to the next wave of my career. In And Out Of The Game which was produced by Blaq Santa and Squintz of Revive Records. In this day in age it’s all about the internet and what better way to capture an audience than music videos right? I shot my first one for In And Out Of The Game, the title track, with Young Jay and from there I was hooked. Now with a budget I could do a little bit more with the music. Wapikiya paid to have another video made for the first single off of the album Hold Me Down. In terms of local, it blew up with 18,000 views in less than 11 months.

Now, something I’ve been very familiar with since back in the day, haters. I’m just now realizing that no matter what I do, there will always be someone hating on it. I think that goes with anything that anyone does. At this point in my career it’s really hard not to respond to it, and I do sometimes respond but kick myself for doing so every time. I remind myself daily that the bigger I get, the more there will be.

Can you imagine what it’s like when I’m networking with other artists outside of Montana and they ask where I’m out of and I say Montana what they think? Lmfao, I know what I’d think. I personally believe I have the sound, the quality, and the attention to continue taking things upward so I’m always confident in saying “Hey, check it out first”. So far so good. People take me serious, and I take myself serious, so with that I’ma end with this, no matter what anyone tells you, you hold your own limits.

 

OverTime In And Out Of The Game is available EVERYWHERE you can buy music online so go search for it!!