Dilemma

Dilemma & team stops by Temple University

Temple

#Repost @timothywelbeck
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Many thanks again to @officialdilemma,@beanofrench@iamanniemiller, and@jessi_j25 for dropping by my first section of #HipHopandBlackCulture at@templeuniv this past Thursday. Dilemma discussed his decade-plus career in music, his creative process, some of the artists with whom he has worked (@blackthought@meekmill,@jsullivanmusic@migos@bizzle, et al), how he defines success, and he premiered new music. Beano and Annie discussed their process in creating Beano’s beloved new ep #JustBeano. Beano also gave away two tickets to his sold out show (which I heard was one to remember).
#HipHopEd (📸@iambrandondonte)

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"Don’t allow social media, outside noise, and even those close to you to define your success. Define your own success and what that looks like for you! Don’t be afraid to be flexible with the path and process. The “perfect situation” never looks perfect at 1st."

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If you don’t like it, change it, if you don’t know how, YouTube it and figure it out, if it’s not on YouTube, kill your ego, humble yourself and ask ($$) someone who does it better to teach you, then shut up, take notes, listen, apply it, get better at it, then flip it and make it your own" #helloworld

My Top 3 records I've produced for Bizzle (God Over Money)

I was introduced to Bizzle's music in 2010. I was riding around with my homie who was playing one of his mixtapes. I heard this one punchline about God saying you can reset your life like a nintendo wifi set and I was like "ayo?! who is that!?!" lol. 7 years later, I've been blessed and forever grateful to have worked on almost every single one of his album since then. With so many good records to choose from, I had to pick my top 3 songs I've produced for Bizzle. 

                          Honorable Mention: Bizzle "God Over Money" 

#3 Bizzle Feat. No Malice

Soldier  

#2 Bizzle Feat. Jonathan McReynolds

Knock Off Love

#1 Bizzle - ft. Lavoisier & Datin

Love We Share

(Official Video) Dilemma - I Ain't Sh*t feat. Modesty Lycan & Shawn Smith

#helloworld || What I love most about this record outside of the way it was created is that it's relatable. It’s something that we think, but would never normally say. With such a strong female perspective, I thought a male viewpoint would give a nice balance to both sides of the topic.  Shawn Smith is such an amazing lyricist I knew he could bring the right dynamic to the record. I’m very excited that the song is being well received. It’s funny to see how many people are really being honest with themselves. Cause you know sometimes, no matter how hard we try to be good, we have our moments were we ain’t shit.;)

DILEMMA INRGI || Austin, Tx SXSW 2016

Hello World || now look at God, like I said before, I'm excited for what the future holds for my INRGI sets. This is what hard work, investing in your craft and over coming fears looks like! After attending my 1st show in Philly, Dave of Rec Philly reached out and invited me to do my INRGI set at SXSW on the Amplify Philly stage. I can't even explain all of the hard work that went into putting this together. Thanks for everyone that had a hand in this! Since I was in TX, I flew to Dallas to pick up some AMAZING horn players then drove to Austin for the show. During every INRGI set I always like to bring out a surprise guest/talent so last night my homie D woods came out to help rock the crowd! The INRGI was  dope. Overall I had a great time, I learned ALOT, and happy we were able to put this thing together! Looking forward to working with Rec Philly again! 

Product Review || Lenovo Moto360 x MotoX

The good people at Lenovo x Moto were kind enough to send me their new Moto 360 smart watch and Moto X smart phone. For the past 10 days, I’ve used both products and here is my product review: 

Moto 360 (smart watch), Starting at $299.99

This is the first smart watch I’ve ever owned so I can’t really compare it to the Apple Watch. I was really impressed by how user-friendly the watch is. It didn’t take me long to get the hang of it. It was simple to sync with the phone, but it did take a few minutes for it to connect. Ultimately, I was impressed with the communication between the watch and phone. It has a good size display screen, especially when I receive calls and the vibrant pictures from my contacts pop up. The battery life is great. The design of the watch is also one that turns heads. The voice capture system is incredible and very accurate. Even more so than the iPhone.

There were a few cons still with the watch. The first being the band. It felt a little cheap and like it may break easily. Also, the notifications keep reoccurring even after you clear them, they don’t go away. There was also a moment when the watch restarted itself randomly. Lastly, it’s hard to keep the screen clean and clear because you are touching it so much.

Top 3 Pros and Cons

Pros

·       User friendly

·       Lightweight

·       Battery life

Cons

·       Watch band

·       Notifications won’t clear

·       Random restarts

Moto X Smartphone, Starting at $399.99

I’ve been an iPhone user since they came out. This is my first smartphone that wasn’t made by Apple. The first three days of dealing with the phone were an adjustment. It wasn’t as user-friendly. But after a few days, I got the hang of it. Beautiful display on the large screen, great for watching videos. The phone speakers sounded great. I also like that the headphone jack is at the top of the phone. The camera and video were excellent no matter the time of day. The turbo charge was amazing and quickly brought the phone back to life. Nice shape and design including the handcrafted leather backing.

I’m not a huge fan of the phone size because though I like the large display screen, it’s not as practical for everyday use, like fitting in a jean pocket, etc. I can’t use the phone with one hand. Since there isn’t a case made for the phone yet, I had a bit of anxiety of dropping the phone because the phone is a bit slippery. The auto correct and formatting for text messaging doesn’t seem as accurate so I find myself spending more time to send a detailed text. Lastly, I received notifications of “Bug Reports” sent to my email from being in social apps. This makes me skeptical of putting my personal information on the phone.

Top 3 Pros and Cons

Pros

·       Great sound

·       Great screen display

·       Great design

Cons

·       No case

·       Not as user friendly

·       Phone size

Overall, 8 out of 10.  I am still happy that I now own a Moto X because I was tired and over the whole iPhone craze. The longer I am with the phone, the easier it becomes to navigate. #helloworld  #dilemma #musicproducer #dj 

 

Movie Placement || Boiling Pot

🎥|| last night I got a chance to check out @boilingpotmovie . S/O to my brother & music supervisor yufizewdu for including two of my records in the movie. (I won't say which records, you'll have to support movie and hear for yourself) It's is a dope movie with a powerful message! Great job @daniellefishel @davettasherwood@russellcurry and everyone else involved with the movie. 

Talk with Ty Dolla $ign about songwriting

Question: "It seems like a lot of artist on the west coast have no problem collaborating with each other, how did yall get to that point and how do you keep that together without it being destroyed with egos?"
Answer: "we pretty much just followed the blueprint from Atlanta. When its really about making the best music you can make, working with others artist isn't a problem, but when you make it about the money 1st, that's when people get funny & greedy. #HelloWorld #BetweenTheLines

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