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    7/11

    by  • November 22, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Do you hear that? The Beyhive is buzzing pretty loud, maybe it’s because Mrs. 99 Problems But My Ass Ain’t One just dropped a new video for her track, “7/11″. Forget Kim Kardashian breaking the internet, Bey did it, and with a vengence. I’m curious to see the other female artist replies. Stay tuned,...

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    Rotation Adds on 11/21/14

    by  • November 21, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    You might have not noticed it, but hip hop took a time machine to 1994 this week. Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang bats double time with his “The Battlefield” being our latest heavy rotation add featuring Kool G Rap, AZ & Tre Williams for his December 9th album 36 Seasons and as part of the...

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    Juice Radio party December 20th~ Showing our listeners and future listeners Juice Luv

    by  • November 20, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Juice-Logo-for-iTunesJuice Radio will be having a live radio feed party December 20th @ 9pm ladies and gents! We will have the best cuts, the best specials and the best dancing in town that night everybody! Our Blogger Ace will be tending bar and  we will have the juice radio team showing you all luv as well as a live radio feed broadcasting. This is the party of the year you don’t want to miss!!! It will be held at the newly remodeled the newly owned Acme Tavern on 1310 Tacoma Ave in Tacoma, WA! They have a full bar and drink specials created just for us.  So save this date ya’ll!

    A Philosopher Explains Jaden and Willow Smith Interview

    by  • November 19, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    We Asked a Philosopher to Explain That Jaden and Willow Smith Interview November 18, 2014 by Arielle Pardes Editorial Assistant Nobody knows what the fuck was going on in that ​interview with Jaden and Willow Smith in T Magazine yesterday. Time travel? Babies breathing? Quantum physics?Vulture called it “Zen gibberish.” The Guardian called it “utter nonsense.” Lacking...

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    Battling Unbelief Interview

    by  • November 19, 2014 • 0 Comments

    BelievinStephen_BattlingUnbelief_Front1_540x540 How are you doing today Stephen, before we dive into talking about your new album, tell me a bit about your life growing up.

    Doing good man. Just settling in after work. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My parents met in a church but when I was only 5 years old they divorced mainly due to disagreements about the church. My mom got custody of me and my 3 brothers and was real hurt by how that particular church disowned her after she left. There was a lot of conflict between my parents about how to raise the kids. I found solace in sports and then in hip-hop. The divorce was really  hard on me but I adapted to being with my mom most days and then seeing my dad a few times per week. However, that all changed when my dad remarried. He then was persuaded by his church to move with her to Hawaii to start up a new church plant when I was 10. This crushed me and left me scarred. I enjoyed all the time I spent with my dad and then just like that he was gone. To his credit he always would call to make sure we were ok and he always told us to keep seeking the Lord. I fell into a deep depression in 6th grade after he moved away. I felt abandoned, forsaken, and like my dad didn’t want me. If he wanted me he wouldn’t have moved thousands of miles away. I struggled with depressive episodes during my high school years. To ease the pain I started giving in to peer pressure and wildin out. I felt like God had abandoned me by not answering my prayers to bring my dad back. I started smoking trees on the weekend and getting drunk at parties and living promiscuous on a regular basis. Me and my crew would vandalize for fun. All the while I maintained good grades in school and was a good basketball player for my high school. But the party lifestyle ended up not fulfilling me like I thought it would. I had some encounters with the police with vandalism and underage drinking; got into a physical fight with one of my best friends on a drunken night; and would sometimes wake up and forget where I was. Thank God that He intervened.
    • What is it that brought you to this point that you’re at, today?
    It’s all God man. It really is. Just the way everything has been orchestrated. I sit back and see His sovereignty over it all. I went to the University of a2592463857_10Delaware in 2001 to try to get my partying on some more. But God had other plans. Right around the time of 9/11 my brother Timothy had a radical conversion experience and submitted to Christ. He told me of the good news on the phone and I was real happy for him. I knew how deep in sin he was and how off the wall things were going on in his life so I was happy for the positive change. At that point I was a “nominal Christian”‘. Meaning I called myself a Christian but if you looked at my life you wouldn’t see much fruit. I didn’t have a cell phone back then but I remember every time I would talk to my brother Timothy he would be hype about the Bible and would encourage me to really read it and see what it really had to say. So for the first time ever I read the Bible every single day and read the entire Bible in a little over a year between 2001-2002. What blew me away was that salvation was not by works! It was clear to me now from reading the Bible that salvation was by grace through faith in Christ. I saw the depth of my sin and how it offended a holy God and how sweet it was that Christ came to pay the penalty for my sin. It’s crazy because up until that point the only Christian rap I had ever heard of was from D.C Talk. The guy who lived next door to be in the dorm used to pump different Christian rap every single day. That’s how I first found out about the Cross Movement, 4th Avenue Jones, the Tunnel Rats, Mars Ill, etc. Then Timothy was being discipled by Shai Linne and eventually they started having an event called First Fridays in West Philly which featured different artists each session. I met dudes like J-Silas, Redeemed Thought, R-Swift, Everyday Process, E-Pistle, Young Joshua, etc. I was like, “Wow, these dudes are nice! on the mic!! And they dress and talk like me and they’re Christian?!!.. This is dope!!” I realized I didn’t have to change my exterior in order to walk with Christ; just my interior.  So I would go up to Philly on a frequent basis to kick it with these dudes. The fellowship was so rich. I miss those days. I always used to freestyle at parties back in the day and used to go to all of Timothy’s shows. I used to write rhymes somewhat regularly but didn’t start taking it seriously until 2004. That’s when I spit live for the first time and the response I got was incredible so I kept at it! Since then I’ve put out 5 projects and I  love writing rhymes. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
    • Why Hip-Hop? You occupy a thriving culture that would be considered more… lyrically radical about their faith than say, Lecrae. What are some challenges that you’ve encountered with the approach you’re taking.
    a1083803422_10I started listening to hip-hop when I was 8 years old. In a sense after my dad left hip-hop helped raise me. Everyday after school I use to watch Rap City on BET. I used to listen to the top 8 at 8 every night on the local radio station in Pittsburgh. I could identify with the struggle and pain that the MCs spoke about and I developed a love for the way they told stories and made words connect. Before I started recording songs I remember that what I noticed about Christian rap is that there were a lot of people that honored God in their music but I thought two things were missing. Those two things were transparency and creativity. It seemed to me that these dudes had everything together and here I was dealing with emotional wounds, pain, loneliness, etc. So one of my aims since I started putting out music has been to be genuine and authentic about what I go through and speak about it in a creative way. I try to do this while offering a solution as well and that solution is found in Jesus. I aim to stay Christ centered in my lyrics because only through faith in Him can anyone be saved. So if I say I reach people through my music but don’t point them to Christ what am I really reaching them with?
     
    The approach that I’ve taken has provided some challenges. Sometimes people recommend changing the approach to reach a wider audience. Sometimes I get discouraged because I don’t have a label backing me or a machine behind me to spread the word about my music. I’ve learned to accept that though and fight against the self-pity.  It can be tough sometimes because even amongst other Christians I feel like there’s this huge pressure to become more popular. I’ve noticed that there is less filter now too. Like it’s cool nowadays to just boast about your skills or have all the focus be on you. It’s widely accepted now and if you say anything about it people will tell you that you are hating when really you are just trying to help people stick to biblical standards.
    • Tell us about the project, how did the steps to put that together happen?
    I started writing about some stuff that was going on in my life before I came up with the title. I noticed I was battling with some rejection, lack of contentment,broken relationships,struggles with singleness, lust and just overall unbelief. After I wrote a few songs I came up with the title Battling Unbelief. There is a purposeful irony in the title since my name is Believin Stephen yet on a daily basis I battle unbelief. Just like the Christian life. We are new creatures in Christ and have new hearts yet we must wrestle against the flesh every single day. The whole process took a little over a year. I started writing for it in the spring of 2013 and finished the album up in late spring/early summer of 2014. The whole project is self-funded. As an independent artist I use money I make off shows and previous projects to help pay for it.
    • Who are some of the producers that you worked with on this project? I hear one of our PNW greats, Theory Hazit, produced a joint for you?
    Grammy award winner Big Juice produced the most amount of tracks on the Battling Unbelief project with 5 of the beats coming from him. My man Copywrite who I grew up listening to laced me with an ill track on here. Average Joe has a few, Tony Stone, Eshon Burgundy, PHL Beatz and Profound from London. And oh yea I can’t forget Theory Hazit who produced the lead single off the album “Don’t Be Afraid“.
    • What’s your favorite track, and why is it special?

    My favorite track has to be Battle for Contentment. I got the beat from Copywrite in the spring of 2013 and fell in love with the beat immediately. I felt like I was able to flow to it real naturally and the beat brought a lot out of me as far as transparency goes.  I also really like “God’s Promises”. That was the last song I recorded and the content is real rich and encourages me a whole lot when I’m feeling distant from God.

     

    • At the end of the day, what is it that you’d like people to come away with? When dealing with “Religious” media of any form, people are insanely scared of being judged, what is it that you’re aiming for?
    I want people to come away with the realization that as believers we are in a battle. Everyday we must choose who we will listen to. The flesh or the believin-stephen-001Spirit. The devil or Christ. The world or the Bible. I want people to realize that the way to fight against unbelief in their hearts is to cast your cares on the Lord in prayer, read His Word and trust His promises, and get around other like minded believers.I want unbelievers to realize that trying to do stuff their own way will never satisfy. Only Christ satisfies. I also know that pain is universal. It’s something that everyone can identify with. So if you’re an unbeliever listening you will be able to identify with the pain I’ve gone through.  I also want people to be able to appreciate the music, the passion, the heartfeltness, and the lyrical creativity, rhyme schemes, and wordplay that go into the writing process. My aim is not to tell people that I am better than them. My aim is to tell people that I’m a sick person who knows where to go and who to go to in order to get healed. And that person is Jesus.
    • Are there any closing words or special shout-outs that you’d like to give us?

    Thank you for this opportunity to be interviewed! Make sure you show love and support and get the Battling Unbelief album. It’s available on iTunes, Amazon, Googleplay, Spotify,etc. Want to send a special shout out to everyone who helped make this album possible; all the featured artists, producers, engineers, graphic artists, etc. Want to send a special shout out to my main Datin who helped serve as A & R for this project, ThaKiddJopp, Phanatik, E-Pistle, Raja Leon,Timothy Brindle, Christcentric and all the other artists who are in my corner. I also want to thank all of my supporters who listen to my music and encourage me to keep putting out more. I’m grateful for all of you!

    Twitter and Instagram @BelievinStephen
    • Thanks a lot Stephen! We wish you the best! Check out Stephen’s official HD Video for his album, below!

    Kirko Bangs is performing at The Cultura Event Center December 20th, 2014~

    by  • November 18, 2014 • 0 Comments

    PLATINUM ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS Kirko Bangz is set to perform with Lil Ripp December 20th,2014 at The Cultura in Tacoma, WA on 56th and S. Tacoma way ladies and gents. This event is 18+ with valid ID. For presale tickets you can contact Menace at  253 617 5119. Tickets are $25 presale, $60 VIP and $100 for meet and greet. Doors open at 9pm show starts at 10pm~150733_722182204540307_3698672638790370643_n

    See Me

    by  • November 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    Hold up Coach! Y’all better let her in the game!

    Rhema Soul’s Butta P just dropped a remix to “Chris Brown’s Don’t Judge Me” called, “See Me”, and it’s an open cry to men and women on the other side of Hip-Hop.

    “See Me”

    This is what Butta had to say about the new track,

    I get asked all the time about my thoughts on females in the industry. The lack of support we receive. What role I feel I play in it? Do I feel I have a responsibility to lead the way? After having numerous conversations throughout the year with other artists, both male and female, I decided instead of getting frustrated with the topic, why not answer the question for myself and others the best way I know how to… from my heart.

    We have an amazing assortment of female talent, some known and unknown. I believe that we have just as much of a voice as the men do. There are things that we can speak into lives of a female that men can’t, and vice versa. We also can shed light on topics from a female’s perspective, that men may have always wanted to know but have been afraid to ask. So our role in the movement is very necessary!”

    What do you think about the track? Make sure you check it out and leave some feedback.

    Follow Butta P: http://twitter.com/buttap

    Fresh Juice #230 – Rapillactica

    by  • November 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Fresh Juice 2014

    We were very excited to have hosted Fresh Juice this week for the first time from our new home at Freighthouse Square. Its been a couple of hectic weeks for us here at Juice where we were without a home frantically searching for our next spot. But now that we have we’re gearing up...

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