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The Power of Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is native to tropical regions such as Africa, Australia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania and India. It is from the Poaceae family of grasses, which has therapeutic, dietary and cosmetic purposes. It has been noted in history for its ability to boost immunity and eliminate harmful bacteria. Lemongrass is becoming more prevalent in conventional uses as holistic medicine is on the rise.

In tropical native regions Lemongrass is used for numerous purposes. It was widely used for dietary purposes as the herb have fibrous stalks. The flavoring agent can be found in beverages and desserts for its ability to aide in digestion. Some natives make teas and soups from Lemongrass to treat fevers and infections. Lemongrass properties boost circulation, reduce body aches and detoxify the body of inflammation, fungus, viruses and microbial diseases.lemon grass

Lemongrass essential oils alleviate stress and tension making them very useful for aromatherapy. Lemongrass is known for its neural abilities as an anti-depressant. It is known to boost energy and increase alertness. It can be used in lotions to treat acne and fungal infections as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite. Lemongrass can also be used to make soaps, deodorants, shampoos and even insect repellant.

lemongrass oilHolistic medicine is on the rise and Lemongrass is on the bill for general health. Its healing properties are abundant ranging from dietary to medicinal to cosmetic. Some have called it “fever grass” and “fever tea” for its ability to reduce fevers. Even still true to today, Lemongrass is among the most popular essential oils in use today. It is highlighted here on Keedie’s Corner for its health benefits and effectiveness.

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By: Keidra Ponder

 

 

Views From Da Booth: Small Wins, Big Rewards

Seems like last year we witnessed the sprouting of many new businesses and break out artists. Almost as if it was an explosion in creativity and testing the boundaries. For all of those watching, these ideas came out of nowhere, fully developed – but for those that know, understand the polished product went through many ups and downs until it was finally delivered to the public.

The first quarter of 2017, I want you to gather as many small wins as you can. First win should come from meeting and working with the best producer you can afford. Make a connection, decide on a single, and get it mixed and mastered. Seems simple enough, right? Let’s move to the next win.

The second win comes after you created the best song possible with the budget you have. Now you must find at least 5 DJs that will put your music on their mixtapes and play your song in the club. Meet these DJs in person, if possible and develop a real working relationship. Support the record by reposting their posts and showing up to the venues. Do all you can to support these DJs. It may seem small but it’s traction in the right direction.

The last win is to get your neighborhood or city behind you. You got the hot record, you can show your team you got at least 5 DJs rocking with you, now it’s time to get your numbers up. Start with 3 people, grow to 5, and then reach 10 people that will show up when you have an event.

Now let’s put all the steps together, you have a hot song that you can get buzzing in the streets, you got at least 5 DJs that’s spinning the record and putting it on their mixtapes and you have ten fans showing up supporting you at your shows. Sounds like a movement to me, sounds like you’re making waves in your city. Sounds like you’re one more small step from taking off and getting these paid shows. See you on the other side! #3000

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#ViewsFromDaBooth is an informative article for artist from the south’s newest record breaker, DJ 3000. DJ 3000 is creator of mixtape series Off Da Brick, Finesse Game Strong, Private Party Kush, and DJ or Die Tryin’. He currently DJs at various night clubs in the Atlanta area. Follow him on Instagram @3000_da_DJ.

 

#ViewsFromDaBooth: All Tree of Ya’ll!!!

I’m talking to artists directly on this one, all tree of ya’ll. (I been waiting to use that!) I’m talking about the artist with talent, the artist with hustle, and the artist with money- but none of the former attributes. Basically this game breaks down into these types of artists. Early in the game, artists (especially rappers!!!) always fall into one of these three categories. If you identify with any of them, recognize what industry people think about you and how to sharpen ya game up. Let’s get into it.

The artist with talent. I almost hate these type of artists. I really do. I mean, I love the music that is produced, the talk game will make ya believe they packing out events, but these artists ain’t worth $h!^. These artists will make the best music you have ever heard, club ready, radio ready, get booked right now ready, but these artists think everything is supposed to come to them just because they breathing. GTFOH. They think the DJs’ work for them, promoters owe them, and the industry knows them. Though you may sound industry ready, you disrespect those that can propel you into the industry…wait for it… and you’re cheap! I don’t work for free and I damn sure don’t work for you. Me playing your music, adding you to rotation, promoting you in the streets and online will not help me one bit. Please explain how me running your campaign benefits my career, and you want me to do it for free? Worst of all, most of ya’ll artists with talent can’t keep a working relationship long enough for both parties to capitalize. These types of artist, I generally stay away from, because not only do they think they know it all, they think the world owes them something. Artists with talent are cheap and are always trying to get over on those that really can help their career.

The artist with hustle. You can’t take away how hard this artist is willing to work. He will show up at events, spend $35-200 on his career per month, and even listen when a DJ gives advice. The bad part is that these artists are long shots because they generally don’t have enough money to make the necessary moves it takes to make an impact in their career. Typically a promoter or DJ will have to invest more time (money) and energy (I really mean money on this one) into these artist than they are initially worth. They are good for grabbing a mixtape slot, showing support at the club, or even reposting what others got going on. But no money will be generated from these artists anytime soon. It’s not that they don’t make good music, they just don’t understand how the industry works. This ultimately is the sad part. They have what DJs need, they just don’t have the money or patience for the music industry. They want it right now, but that’s not how this game works. You can’t break the music industry down to an exact science. It’s more like an abstract painting. Their hustle and heart is there, it’s the money or knowledge that tends to be missing.

The artist with money. You already know who I’m talking about. They’re the dope boys, street cats, or artists with unlimited funds “only if the move makes sense”. These artists think that everything is for sale. Which in the music industry, this is generally true, but often backfires after several months. These artists will pay for mixtape hosting, big parties, or club rotation from the hottest DJs in the city. That’s cool, but when the money stops, the relationship stops. These artists will buy their love from industry cats, instead of earning it the same way they earn their money: from the grind. I have often seen these types of artists produce horrible music, but since they paid the DJ, their music is on blast in the club. And it sounds terrible. Actually, DJs, please stop taking their music and instead send them to a real producer. That will do more for their career than you taking their money just to pay your rent. But I digress, the artist with money will also bypass the lesser known DJs instead of interacting with them. Four or five smaller DJs playing your music around the city is better than one big DJ that sees you just as a check. Believe me.

So, artists. If you have talent, be humble and please stop being cheap. Talent will get a DJ to listen but it won’t get them to work for free. If you have hustle, stop what you are doing right now and make a budget. Make you a budget that will have you making real moves for the next 6-8 months. Read some books on contracts and how to make money from music. Artist with money, understand that no one respects you, they put their respect on the money. If any of these types of artists defines you, now you know what to do to better your chances at moving to the next level. I think that’s about it. Are we finished or are we done?

DJ 3000

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#ViewsFromDaBooth is a biweekly article from the south’s newest record breaker, DJ 3000. DJ 3000 is creator of mixtape series Off Da Brick, Finesse Game Strong, Private Party Kush, and DJ or Die Tryin’. He currently DJs at various night clubs in the Atlanta area, and you can catch him live every Thursday at 8 pm on Nu Radio. Follow him on Instagram @3000_da_DJ.