Saturday, June 30, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Q&A Feat Markie Howard aka Props

Featured from Skope Magazine

So today we are so excited to have Markie Howard aka Props here on @skopemag. This young emcee from Michigan is gearing up to do big things as he releases new music, videos, and live dates. We have much to cover so lets jump right in!

@skopemag: Where are we talking from today?

MUSKEGON,MI – it was fine ,doing some traveling , ‘music foot work’).

@skopemag:Last night we heard XXXTentacion was killed in FL. What are your thoughts on hip hop beef and does it bother you how close the music and the streets reside?

Its unfortunate this had to come , this isn’t hip hop, an hip hop is the streets thats where it generated from , we just got more to talk about ,Evolution.

@skopemag: At what age did music become an hobby for you anymore of a career?

At age 23 – money money.

Rahiem EL Shabazz)’ show me how to turn my freestyle into songs, from then I’ve been serious.

@skopemag:How did you get the music alias Mark Howard”props”?

Walking threw Muskegon Heights with money money,he notice everyone we walked by gave me acknowledgement ,he was like dam everybody know you , your nickname PROPS.

@skopemag:When you are seeking a beat to rhyme to what do you need to hear to be inspired?

I love keys an horns , choppy hip hats, 808 nice thick kick, AN SAMPLES

@skopemag:When you are not making music do you also have school/work/family etc?

Mainly just live life day by day , I make the best out of my living , always doing music , family is number 1 My parents my sister niece an nephew, my family from Detroit an the SOUTH.

@skopemag:When you listen to music these days do you use Youtube,Amazon, Spotify, etc?

I mainly use Youtube. or Reverbnation when I listen to my music.) Spotify is cool as well.

@skopemag:Where would you like to see your career in the next two years and what is your strategy

Working my way into the Hip Hop community,puting my imprint on the culture), (I plan for bodies of work continuously , producing some tracks an doing SHOWS.

@skopemag:If you were to get a feature from another emcee from the past or the present who would it be and why?

NAS, His career is outstanding , form the beginning to the end,Good Brother.

@skopemag:For those that are new to your sound what do you offer that the industry is missing?

I bring words to life theirs no fancy way to it , I say what they don’t wanna hear , an do what they say can’t be done, ,proper procedure ,I play my lane an look good doing it.

@skopemag:What is coming up for Markie Howard aka Props and where you @ online?


Monday, June 25, 2018

Saturn Death Cults (From The Archive - Reissue)

Saturn Death Cults
Written by Jasen Keplinger

     Ever wonder what the next biggest conspiracy is? Ever yearn for a theory that could turn all that you know on its head? Well, yearn no longer because Saturn death cults, and the accompanying parts of the theory, are probably the most shocking views on Earth's history you've never heard of. We will explore the ten biggest and most shocking aspects of this theory.

1) Saturn the Brown Dwarf:
     This theory suggests that perhaps Saturn was originally a brown dwarf star and that Earth was locked in a polar orbit with Saturn. (Link 1) The gas giant is referred to as the original sun, the primordial sun, and the best sun.

     The conjunction between Saturn and Earth was a celestial polar configuration in which Saturn, as a brown dwarf, was locked at the northern pole with Earth. (Link 2) They moved in a spiraling nature upwards while traveling through space moving in and out of our current solar system. (Link 2) Eventually, Saturn would be pulled out of its conjunction and locked in its current position.

2.) The Electric Universe:
     Ever wonder if the universe is alive? Well, according to this theory the answer, in a sense, is yes. The idea is that plasma sheaths emanating from some celestial bodies, such as the brown dwarf Saturn, interact with solar heliospheres and electrical space currents. (Link 2) The result is discharged electrical activity that often strikes celestial bodies. Under this theory, the Earth's moon is pointed out as having been struck many times. The claim is that the craters we see there are from electrical strikes mostly instead of meteors.

     The intense invisible electrical plasma currents spanning between two bodies is known as the "Birkeland Effect". (Link 4) Under the electrical plasma interactions of a Saturn-Earth conjunction, the gravity would have been different and lesser than today's gravity. This may be why animals and plants in Earth's history were so large and flew easily. (Link 2)

3.) The Early Ages:
     The planetary history of Earth has experienced and documented the fossil records with several extinctions. This theory takes this into account and divides Earth's history into several ages. (Link 1) The "Purple Dawn" is the original age in which large dinosaurs roamed our planet. We were still in our original conjunction with Saturn which emitted radiation frequencies that would have given the sky a lowly lit purplish hue. This was before our modern sun graced our skies.

    The "Golden Age" saw the rise of mankind on Earth and this was after our modern sun began to shine in our skies. (Link 7) This was the age of civilizations such as Atlantis and Mu which are alleged lost continents in our modern culture. The nasty interactions between Saturn's plasma sheath and the sun's heliosphere would cause worldwide natural disasters which would result in the great deluge or great flood that would end this golden age. (Link 8) The "Silver Age" would follow when the survivors would pull humanity together again. This age saw the rise of priests and priest-kings who would eventually become the churches and blue-bloods respectively. (Link 9) A fascination with monitoring the astronomical movements of bodies became mainstream, as they hoped to foresee any future cataclysms like the great deluge had brought.

4.) The Later Ages:
      The modern ages of mankind are called the "Bronze Age" and the "Iron Age". These shouldn't be confused with the historical eras we refer to today. The bronze age of mankind centered on heroic mythology, global commerce, and war. The introduction of money had occurred during the end of the silver age by the priests and priest-kings. (Link 10) The fable of the "Tower of Babel" resulted near the end of the "Bronze Age" with global commerce and war bringing us near destruction. (Link 9)

     The "Iron Age" encompasses today and modern society. The rise of industry and technology marks the iron age. The leftover aspects of the silver age's priestly era and the bronze age's war/global commerce era both permeate the iron age's industry/technology era.

5.) The All-Seeing Eye:
     Throughout history, the all-seeing eye has been prominent in many cultures, particularly the Egyptian civilization. (Link 2) The origin and source of this eye are addressed under this theory. The "Saturnian" system was originally comprised of three bodies which included: Saturn, Earth, and Mars. (Link 6) These three planets were always in an alignment in which Saturn appeared as a purple-hued sun and Mars appeared in the center of Saturn. This conjunction would have appeared as an eye in the northern skies on Earth.

     At this time, the southern hemisphere of Earth was devoid of light and celestial references. The addition of Venus to the Saturnian system, at a later time, would complete the eye by adding what appeared to be the pupil of the all-seeing eye. The newly formed Saturnian system would now include a northern alignment of Saturn as the eye, with Mars aligned as a small iris on the eye, and completed with the small body of Venus as the pupil. This alignment as an all-seeing eye would deeply influence mankind and the memory would become myth and legend, as the "Eye of Horus". The eye even appears on our currency in America. (Link 2)

6.) Plasma-Heliosphere Collisions:
     As the Saturnian system moved in and out of our solar system, the plasma sheath that emanated from the brown dwarf Saturn would collide against the heliosphere emanating from our yellow dwarf star we know as the sun. (Link 2) The plasma sheath from Saturn wrapped Earth in an egg-like cocoon and the collisions with the heliosphere of the sun would result in the flaring of Saturn's atmosphere resulting in increased radiation frequencies. These electrical reactions and radiation would scorch Mars atmosphere turning it into today's red planet. (Link 3)

        The destructive reactions of these collisions would result in the ripping apart of Saturn and the torn pieces would become Venus (Link 2) and the rings that now surround Saturn. (Link 5) These celestial reactions and results would result in several extinction events on Earth, as well as the great deluge or flood. (Link 8) The reactions of Mars and Venus now orbiting closer to one another would result in a pillar-like stream of light stretching from Mars to Venus and appearing as a bright cross in the skies. (Link 10) This celestial event would be remembered and incorporated into religions, such as Christianity. (Link 9)

7.) Brown Dwarf to Yellow Dwarf: 
     As the Saturnian system was slowly absorbed into our solar system, the Earth would cycle through having two suns and then just one. (Link 4) We slowly merged from having a brown dwarf star to having a singular yellow dwarf star. During the rise of mankind in the "Golden Age" the Earth was absorbed in light from both suns and thus had two suns. (Link 7)

     During the brown dwarf dominance, the Earth was covered in red vegetation and had a much denser atmosphere. The oceans would have been at a much lower level which resulted in more land being available to settle. (Link 2) The flares from Saturn would have initiated several extinction events particularly the dinosaurs. During the yellow dwarf dominance, mammals began to come above ground and evolve, which would lead to the rise of human beings. The vegetation began to turn green and the blue skies we know today began to emerge.

8.) Creation of Venus: 
    The ancient cultures speak of a "chaos monster" in the skies and the perpetual destruction of parts of Saturn, amongst the creation of Venus, would certainly qualify as a chaos monster in the skies. (Link 2) The Greeks called Saturn, which is the Latin, by the name Kronos, who after being castrated by his son Zeus, would be responsible for the creation of Aphrodite or Venus. This knowledge has passed down to us through legend and folklore. (Link 10)

     The creation of Venus would have resulted in many "Birkeland Currents" and much electrical plasma activity. (Link 4) This resulted in the pillar of light emanating from Venus and Saturn, as well as between Venus and Mars. This formed the familiar cross shape in the heavens. The remaining pieces of Saturn would later form the Earth's moon and the rings of Saturn. (Link 9)

9.) Religion and Mythology:
     The Saturnian system's metamorphosis from the "Golden Age" into the "Silver Age" deeply impacted mankind, particularly the great deluge that divides the two ages. The post-apocalyptic society of the silver age saw the rise of priests and religion. The Saturn death cult arose during this era with the main purposes of preserving the golden age's knowledge and monitoring the skies for hints of any new disaster. (Link 9) They did both of these through the building of large construction sites such as the pyramids of the world and even Stonehenge.

     Religious symbols also arose from the events of the Earth's early history. The eight-pointed star and Jacob's ladder are prime examples.(Link 9) The eight-pointed star emanated from the newly formed Venus in the original Saturnian system. The star would have been seen high in the early skies. This star has made its way into virtually every religion on Earth today. Jacob's ladder could have easily been the pillar of light that connected the electrical fields of Venus, Saturn, and Mars. The cross also came from these light streams and Jacob's ladder was this interaction of lights.

10.) Solar, Lunar, and Stellar Cults:
     Early mankind began to form various types of cults centered around various celestial bodies. The creation of the moon and subsequent absorption into Earth's gravitational field inspired the creation of lunar cults where the moon was the center of worship. Goddess based fertility magic was practiced. Solar cults were based around the new yellow dwarf sun and were typically God based and many practiced bloodletting or even sacrifice of humans and animals. (Link 9) The slow takeover of today's sun deeply impacted these cults and the addition of priest-kings and currency pushed the solar cults into the forefront. (Link 9)

     Stellar cults were based around the stars in the sky and were typically God and Goddess based. The movement of the stars in the sky deeply drove the stellar cult development. Priests and the earliest astronomers came out of the silver age. During the "Purple Dawn" and "Golden Age" much of the sky was dark and the stars were hidden behind the dense, dark, and purplish atmosphere of Earth. (Link 1) As today's sun took dominance, and Saturn pulled away, the skies were brightened and the night skies were filled with stars. This change impacted human society and stellar cults. The Saturn death cult arose during this era and was later absorbed and imitated into and by other varying cults.

     The Saturn death cult theory is a revolutionary way of looking at Earth's history. There are many components to this complex theory and this list is just ten of the most fascinating aspects of the theory. I will go further into this theory and its aspects in subsequent articles. For more interesting theories and blogs check out

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How Original is Your Music?

Original article by Christopher Knab

If you’ve ever attended a music business conference like the SXSW event in Austin, Texas every year, or the New Music Seminar and walked into a Demo Listening Session, you may have encountered this: a panel of A&R Reps from major and independent labels evaluate a demo recording that’s been submitted to them. The first song is played, and after about ten seconds the Reps are holding their hands over their ears, or waving for the sound technician to “Turn it off!” Another song is cued up, and after twenty seconds the music is stopped and the Reps are muttering. “That really sucks,” “I’ve heard that before,” “That sounds like an ’90's band,” or “Please, Nine Inch Nails already did over twenty years ago!”

Rude but honest comments like these are made by industry reps all the time at such conferences, as well as in the privacy of their own offices, homes, and cars.

Remember this. Just because you can record your own music, doesn’t mean you should!

It may sound good to your ears, but may be just crap to the gatekeepers who are paid to evaluate, critique, and sign new talent to their record labels and publishing companies.

When any label puts up the money to record and market any artist, guess what? They want to get that money back and make a profit. It’s really that simple. Record labels and music publishers are looking for music that will make money for them.

Your music must inspire their business creativity. They must be able to hear your music in the context of the marketplace they’re familiar with. Any good promotion or marketing minded person will tell you that when they hear music that turns them on, they begin to think of marketing strategies and tactics to help get that music noticed.

When I’m inspired by a demo CD or CDR that has been sent to me, I find myself thinking, “Oh, this would be perfect for such and such radio station,” or “I have to play this for the music reviewer at my local music magazine,” or “What a cool song; why don’t we do a contest around the title of it?”

Music that inspires that kind of response is truly music that is compelling music.

Your music must excite the gatekeepers. When that happens, the wheels of the music business begin to turn.

When A&R Reps are asked what they’re looking for, they often say, “We don’t know what we’re looking for, but we’ll recognize it when we hear it.” Your music must truly stand out in some significant, original, dynamic, and creative way.

Ninety-five percent of the demos out there contain regurgitated ideas that were ripped-off from more gifted musicians.

So,challenge yourself! Talent scouts hear hundreds of wannabees every week and complain about “indistinguishable groups who all sound alike.”

How does your music stand out from the rest?

Since the late 1970s, the cost of making a recording has gone down each year. Each year, more wannabes have inflicted their unoriginal music on an industry that has grown cynical and jaded about finding new music. Let’s face it, there will always be entry-level bands and artists who try to get their music to the ears of an industry they know little about, but expect so much from.

A&R Reps, for example, are looking for, but rarely find what one Rep at a music conference called “What the f**k was that music!” There’s a real clue to what your job is. Your job is to create great music, not just good music, but great music.

Great music is a lot easier to get people excited about and to market.

Who decides if your music is great? For mass market commercial music, it’s the employees of record labels and music publishers who must try to find truly original and outstanding music. And you know what? It’s very hard to find. So hard, in fact, that you won’t believe this... a Rep who finds as few as three truly great artists (in a lifetime of listening to new music), signs them to his or her company, and jumps over all the bureaucratic hurdles to get the company to commit to developing the artist—that Rep will probably be recognized as one of the great A&R people of all time. (Assuming those artists actually become commercially successful!)

So, you may be thinking, if such a high standard is required for getting signed, why is so much crap released these days?

Good question. Reps have had to lower their standards because there isn’t that much great talent out there. There’s huge competition to find the next big thing. I can assure you that there’s a sense of desperation among highly pressured Reps to keep their jobs and discover something that might make millions of dollars for their company.

But even though lower standards of originality are accepted these days, many qualities still take precedence when music is being evaluated for its commercial potential.

Songwriting skills: Writing a song that many people like isn’t an easy task. Do you really know the basic components of songwriting? If not, challenge yourself to learn the craft of songwriting.

Vocal Abilities: A dynamic, charismatic, individual singing style that is uniquely your own is as close as a musician can get to having a brand. Are the vocal stylings of your singer up to that definition?

Musicianship: Any music business professional can tell instantly if the musicianship in your group is ready for prime time. Amateurism is not acceptable.

Originality: Back to this again. It’s a delicate subject, but basically what the labels and publishers are looking for is just one thing about your music that makes it stand out.

Remember that the word “origin” is in the word originality. It's OK for your influences to show, but no one is looking for a carbon copy of what’s already out there. They look for a sound that is different, but not so dramatically different that it alienates the listener. It could be a band’s sound, a vocalist’s style, a mix of instrumentation, or simply an attitude your music has that is truly unique.

One last tip about making great music: study the history of popular music.  If you were brought up listening mostly to commercial radio, or watching MTV, you missed out on most of the great music that is our national heritage. Dive in to it. Get immersed in the history of rock, rap, R&B, soul, jazz, folk, blues, country—anything and everything. If that incredible adventure doesn’t inspire you, nothing will. There’s a world of great music out there. Absorb it. Make it your own.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Introducing Nox Parr

1.       Where are we talking from today?

a.       I’ve been under the weather all week so I’m in my bedroom right now recuperating out in South Florida. I’m originally from The Bronx, NY though.

2.       How is 2018 treating you so far?

a.       For my music career it’s been great. A lot of opportunities have opened up and people have been starting to take notice to and recognize my sound. In my personal life there’s been a lot of turmoil but hey that makes for good material.

3.       How did you get involved in music?

a.       I was a quiet kid living in a crazy environment. I was real observant and introverted until my older cousin who I was very close to was killed.  After that I didn’t speak for like a year then when I did start speaking again rap was how I chose to express myself.

4.       When did you make music a priority?

a.       I’ve always been dedicated to the craft however I really started making the necessary moves to take it to a professional level about 6 months ago.

5.       What inspires you daily to write & record music?

a.       Life. I think it’s important that art imitates life. I try to make music with original content that people can relate to.

6.       Name 1-2 highly influential musicians that you listen to and respect?

a.       JAY Z is probably my biggest influence not only as a rapper but just overall business man and how he conducts himself. I have a lot of respect for dude. Michael Jackson is probably my second most influential for the same reason plus he’s Michael Jackson...need I say more?

7.       When it comes to how the music enthusiast listens to your album do you prefer they buy or stream and why?

a.       I’d say buy because there’s layers to my music.  You can listen to it once and get certain things but may not get all of the nuances. I also feel like my music is best in motion either in a car or jogging. You can sit down and just listen but I think motion adds to the experience.

 8.       Do you have an album/EP out now that readers should check out or are you about releasing singles?

a.       “The Fallen” EP should be released by the end of June 2018. I have a few singles in rotation currently on iTunes and Spotify.

9.       Music wise, what are you working on?

a.       Building my catalog. The most important thing I want to do with this music is speak my truth. Contribute as much as I can because music has helped me so much in life. I just want to pass the torch. I got mixtapes and other EP’s in the works. I actually am working on completing the project after my next already.  I’m just trying to produce as much as I can while I still can.

10.   Do you have any plans to tour?

a.       I’m doing shows typically 2 – 3 times a month locals no immediate tour plans but we’re working on that.

11.   When you are not making music what else do you enjoy to do?

a.       I’m running my other companies or looking for other business opportunities. When I’m not doing that I’m spending time with my kids and just enjoying life.

12.   Where you @ online?

a.       I’m everywhere online. Here are a few of my links:







Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Introducing Markie Howard "Props."

1. Where are we talking from today?
Muskegon, Michigan

2. How did you get involved in music?
I was always into music as an child, I hooked up with Rahiem EL Shabazz formerly known as Ramone (money mone) Anderson. He showed me how to turn my freestyle into songs.

3. Can you describe your music?
My lyrics are complex but realistic. If you've been threw something you would most defiantly understand my verbiage.

4. Music wise, what are you working on?
I'm working on a E.P and putting my imprint on hip hop.

5. What would you like to say to your fans and the world?
Words to all my people, "stand for something and don't fall easy, life is what you make it we live once endure every minute. Most importantly never NEVER LET'em PLAY you."