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Both of J-Mar’s upcoming Off With They Heads mixtape...I wish the first one didn’t have all those producer tags on it...but I’m saying tho, where is “Pimp Shake” at?? - Rain Drop Hustla - Larry Mizell


J-Mar Da Sik is back with Du4Self Records to hit us with another mixtape, Off With Their Heads. The mixtape drops May 27 and will be available on datpiff.com and du4self.com.

Da Sik is celebrating the release of the mixtape with a ridiculously packed album-release show at the Gruv Lounge (also May 27), featuring Chris Crazy, Leezy Soprano, Second Family, Island Trybe and KNM. Naturally, there will be hard copies of the album available at the release show. Da Sik will also be opening for Naughty by Nature in Seattle at the Showbox May 23.

Off With Their Heads features Da Sik spicing up industry beats. The best songs on the mixtape are the original tracks produced by C-Note who hails from Seattle. Shuford from Atlanta adds some original touches as well. The only guest MCs on the album are Black Anger and the current king of the streets, Leezy Soprano.

Da Sik explains the title of the mixtape as having to do with "being the real heir to the throne." So what is he talking about?

Well, Da Sik is on Du4Self Records - a label started by Black Anger. Black Anger was the most revolutionary, progressive, street hip-hop this city has ever produced. No group has stepped up in their place to mix politricks with the streets like Black Anger did. They were like our city's version of Dead Prez, minus the annoying college-kid fan base.

Da Sik is the descendent of this movement, honing his skills under the guidance of E-Real, Kendu and DJ Sayeed. In fact, DJ Sayeed mixes and hosts the entire album; it's just as much his record as Da Sik's. Tacoma has a history of powerful street-based, black-revolutionary music - a result of the consciousness, creativity and struggles in neighborhoods like Hilltop. It started with Criminal Nation, moved to Black Anger and now J-Mar is claiming his spot. As a city we should be proud of the hardcore, yet politically-minded, hip-hop Tacoma has produced. - Weekly Volcano


I posted this earlier, but I thought I’d bump it since now you can stream it from Bandcamp. I fux with J-Mar, so should you; also, old folks like me should be stoked to see the name DJ Sayeed, he of NW legends (to me) Black Anger of course. - Rain Drop Hustler - Larry Mizell


As a listener your ideals on rap will change as you get older but to youngsters it is a fad that will live on and change like the seasons. What used to be easy to classify is now a smorgasbord of styles that go from hot to cold every few years. The divide between what classifies an artist to a certain style varies by the ever changing fan base but what never changes is relatable music. J-Mar Da Sik has been at it for some years now really building his Du4self Records label up with at least three releases since 2006. While J-Mar has to stay relevant at times his best attribute is a lost fundamental which is the art of storytelling. With the ease of putting words on beats artists have gotten lazy and simple rhymes with clever wordplay have taken over what used to be storybook tales any listener could envision. Building anticipation for his next solo album “Cognac Lounge” J-Mar releases a mixtape with a message called “Off Wit They Heads” with DJ Sayeed whom some might remember from Black Anger. Without much contest J-Mar is one of the better rappers locally when it comes to overall package and its easily seen on the mix as it ranges from mainstream jacks as well as a host of brand new original songs including a few leaks from the upcoming solo. Guest spots include Sharonda Shaw, Black Soul, Big Mark, Tishauna Crockett, and many more.

- Tha Northwest


As a listener your ideals on rap will change as you get older but to youngsters it is a fad that will live on and change like the seasons. What used to be easy to classify is now a smorgasbord of styles that go from hot to cold every few years. The divide between what classifies an artist to a certain style varies by the ever changing fan base but what never changes is relatable music. J-Mar Da Sik has been at it for some years now really building his Du4self Records label up with at least three releases since 2006. While J-Mar has to stay relevant at times his best attribute is a lost fundamental which is the art of storytelling. With the ease of putting words on beats artists have gotten lazy and simple rhymes with clever wordplay have taken over what used to be storybook tales any listener could envision. Building anticipation for his next solo album “Cognac Lounge” J-Mar releases a mixtape with a message called “Off Wit They Heads” with DJ Sayeed whom some might remember from Black Anger. Without much contest J-Mar is one of the better rappers locally when it comes to overall package and its easily seen on the mix as it ranges from mainstream jacks as well as a host of brand new original songs including a few leaks from the upcoming solo. Guest spots include Sharonda Shaw, Black Soul, Big Mark, Tishauna Crockett, and many more.

- Tha Northwest


Du4Self Records announces the release of Seattle MC J-Mar’s second solo album, “Be A “G” About It,” the follow up to his freshman release, “Go Get It.”
J-Mar, originally born in Spokane, moved to Seattle, Washington, where as a teenager, he developed a passion for hip-hop. Through his gift of story telling in rhymes, J-Mar, who with his cousin, Young’n formed the group the Northwest Heathens, eventually became one of the sickest MC’s in the Northwest, hence the name, J-Mar Da Silk. A graduate of Evergreen State College with a degree in Marketing Music, J-Mar eventually became the co-owner of Du4Self Records.

Currently, Du4Self is promoting “Be A “G About It,” a slang phrase that J-Mar and his camp use which means to stop hating and tripping over trivial matters. “It also means handle your business according to whichever way you see fit. Don’t let nobody dictate how you should act,” explains J-Mar. “Be smart and think before you react in any situation.”

“The single, ‘I’m On The Grind (Hustlin’),’ represents exactly who we are as Du4Self Records Bonnifide Hustlers. That’s just what we are known for up here,” says J-Mar. “We on every block, at every popping spot/event doing us. We up early and late, no sleep!” The accompanying video, which can be seen on Youtube.com, was shot in the Eastside and Hilltop Tacoma neighborhoods, and participants included Du4Self artists as well as residents of the community. Good Fellas Barbershop sponsored the realistic barbershop scene in the video which is attracting attention on a regional and national level.

Music listeners who are ready for a change will gravitate toward J-Mar’s style. “I feel that the NW (Northwest) style of music is diversified because the NW is a diverse place. This is a place where you go out to a club and every race of people may be there jamming to hip-hop. So musically, you have your conscious rappers, political, hardcore, street, laid back, hyped up, etc. All styles sometimes are pulled together as one. The NW music is a movement. Everyone is waiting on a representative to be in the spotlight to tell their story of what really goes on in the NW. The NW wants to be heard,” J-Mar concludes. J-Mar is staying on his grind and being a “G” about it. For more information about the Northwest’s sickest MC, visit www.myspace.com/du4self.

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- Fast Pitch



The Year — she’s up
Ahhh, The final installment of The 25360 for 2009. I’ve been at it since August 2008, hopefully providing some news, info, philosophy and insight about our Tacoma/Olympia hip-hop scene as it grows at a patient pace.

The 25360 Awards 2009 — vote now!
A flash in the pan ain’t what it is. Last year’s awards sparked some conversation and some controversy — it’s your thang. Below are the categories up for the awards. If dropped a few suggestions, although it’s your call. Take a look at the list below:

MC of The Year — Jay Barz, XP and J-Mar Da Sik
DJ of The Year — DJ Drastic and DJ Dragonfish Killswitch
Man of The Year — Eddie Sumlin
Woman of The Year — Stella Haioulani
Promoter of The Year — Homeland Security, Crowd Control and Gerzee
Album of The Year — Be A G About It (J-Mar), Where In The World Is Taylor Jones (Junkyard Gang) and Truth & Medizine Muzik (Savage Family)
Song of The Year — “’80s Baby” — LA Swagga
Video of The Year — ?
Producer of The Year — Big Squigg
Best Come Up — ?
Best New Artist — LA Swagga
Hustla of The Year — Jay Barz (Can’t stop… Won’t stop!)
Nightclub of The Year — The Royal and Masa
Organization of The Year — Hip-Hop for The Homeless, Hip-Hop Congress (Evergreen Chapter)
Best Radio Show/Host — DJ Kalambre (KAOS), DJ Luvva J (KAOS) and DJ La Pointe (KAOS)
Model of The Year — Miss Lady
Best Athlete — Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers)
Best Music/Vinyl Shop — Rainy Day Records (Olympia)
Best Eatery — ?

Please submit additional nominees for The 25360 Awards at Hiphop@weeklyvolcano.com. The award recipients will be announced at The 2010 Hip-Hop for The Homeless Benefit on Saturday Jan. 30 at The Cherry Loft from 4-10 p.m. The benefit recommends a $5 donation for entry or canned foods and/or clothing items to benefit those in need.

Happy New Year!
Oh, yeah … Happy New Year! Hopefully, you can reset yourself and go hard for the things you aspire to achieve in 2010. It will be what you make it! Rest in peace to all of the law enforcement officers recently murdered in the line of duty and also to DJ Omega Supreme of Organized Konfusion.

Winners Train, Losers Complain… Do Yo’ Thang!!!

Peace & Love

Jose S. Gutierrez Jr. aka DJ LUVVA J is an award-winning editor, writer, producer, educator, music director and consultant. A graduate of Washington State University and student at The Evergreen State College, he writes and edits the Pacific Northwest section of Ozone Magazine and hosts and produces Live From I-5 Radio (since ’89) every Friday at 3 p.m. on KAOS 89.3 FM (www.kaosradio.org / Comcast Ch. 982 / TCTV Ch. 22) in Olympia.
- Weekly Volcano


Local rapper J Mar Da Sik has a new album, tour dates lined up and big plans for the future.

J Mar lived in Spokane until he was about 13, then moved to Seattle. As a teenager he was in a rap group called Northwest Heathens with a cousin. J Mar has played keyboard and made up beats since he was young.

He went on to play basketball at Evergreen State College and a college in St. Louis. He earned a degree in marketing and spent several years living in Atlanta.

He eventually returned to this area. He decided to live in Tacoma because of friends here he met through music and basketball.

Two longtime friends, E-Real and Mark Matthews, have a label called DU4Self Records.

About three years ago they asked him to become one of their business partners. J Mar finds his education quite useful. “It helps a lot in making good decisions,” he said, noting he still breaks out his college textbooks to review.

J Mar has opened for Method Man and toured with Devin the Dude and E-40. “We have been moving pretty steadily, but there is still a long way to go,” he remarked.

J Mar just released his second album, “Be A G About It.” He spent more than two years working on it. “It is a blessing to see it come out,” he said. A few songs are getting radio airplay in Seattle and Atlanta.

Many of his lyrics are inspired by real life. Some reflect the financial situation he is in at a particular time.

“Super Dave” is about living lavish when one is doing well, while “I Need Money” is about barely scraping by.

“The album is a storybook tale,” he said. “Listening to it takes you through my life. Writing songs is an outlet for me.”

He has done a number of gigs in clubs around the Puget Sound recently to promote the new album. He plans to do some shows in Portland later this month and also in Oakland, where he will shoot a music video. A tour of colleges in Alabama is coming up later this year.

He realizes he has to take his show on the road to move his career to the next level.

“Tacoma is a hard place to break out of,” Mathews observed. There are not many venues that will book rappers and there is minimal support from local radio. In cities like Atlanta, a local rapper may get a song played right after a tune from a major artist like Jay-Z during morning or afternoon drive time, J Mar noted.

“It makes it tough. No one has really come out of this scene since Sir Mix-A-Lot.”

J Mar is also working on a jazz/hip-hop album. “I think it is a nice blend,” he said of combining the two styles. For that album he will have musicians playing bass, drums and other instruments.

“I am at my best with music played on instruments,” he said. “My writing and creativity come out better. It is a very promising project.”

When not busy with music, J Mar enjoys spending time with his 8-year-old son. “He keeps me on my toes.”

For more information visit du4self.com.

- Tacoma Weekly


Check out universal NW soldier J-Mar Da Sik, born in Spokane, lived in the South End (peep the overpass in front of Franklin High on the cover), the Eastside, Atlanta, and more, soaking game. J-Mar just dropped Be a G About It, the full-time grinding MC's definitive statement that he and Du4Self (what up E-Real!) are a movement to be reckoned with. You gotta listen to this album's whole stylistic arc, front-loaded with buck chants and blippy space bangers ("Get Low" is crazy), courtesy of producer Young Native. But B-side wins again—the second half is part cold-ass rider music, part soulful, full-disclosure melancholy ("Dead Wrong," produced by AJ, and the DJ Sayeed–laced swing low of "Hustler's Anthem") that completes the album's portrait with depth, breadth, and heart. The CD release for Be a G is at Nectar on Wednesday, August 26. Judging from what I heard him do at the Corner a while back (D'Angelo instrumentals, the prerequisite signature-drank ditty "Pimp Shake" off his upcoming jazz-hop project The Cognac Lounge), there's more good to come. I tried to told you! This shit is too cracking right now.

- Stranger


Discography

Go Get It Released in 2006
Free Streaming at Du4Self.com

I'm On the Grind (Hustlin) Mixtape Released in 2008

Be a 'G' About It Released in 2009
Free Streaming at Du4Self.com

Off Wit They Heads Mixtape in May 2011
Free Streaming and Download at
http://djsayeed.bandcamp.com/album/du4self-presents-off-wit-they-heads-mixtape

Singles that are in rotation on the radio now are:
MInd On My Money - Be a 'G' About It
Super Dave - Be a 'G' About It
I Need Money - Be a 'G' About It
Be Cool - Be a 'G' About It
Wait A Minute - Off Wit They Heads
Independent Dope Music - Off Wit They Heads
Next Morning - Off Wit They Heads
Also you can create a Station for J-Mar Da Sik on Pandora

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J-Mar Da Sik is one of the Best rappers in the Northwest. He brings you inspirational stories, hooks, metaphoric lyrics, and an array of different styles. With tenacious lyrics J-Mar defines the art of storytelling at its finest. His stories will draw listeners in and paint vivid pictures of what is being depicted as if you are actually watching it with your own eyes. His latest album entitled “Be A ‘G’ About It” is available now on itunes and other digital distributed outlets. It has guest features from West Coast Legends C-Bo & Marvelous. J-Mar Da Sik's single "Go Get IT" from his freshman album was in the Top 30 of the playlist for 5 weeks peaking at Number 3, and "I'm On the Grind (Hustlin)" peaked at Number 6 from the "Be a "G' About It" album on KMIH-X104 in Seattle, WA. J-Mar Da Sik draws in crowds of 250 or more in cities such as Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia, WA. His style and sounds are similar to Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Drake, TI, Ludacris, and the Game. He has shared the stage with Naughty by Nature, Wale, Young Buck, Mike Jones, Method Man, Clipse, Devin the Dude, and E-40 to name a few. His latest project was released May 2011 entitled "Off Wit They Heads". It's available for Free Download and Streaming at datpiff.com and du4self.com. For more info on J-Mar Da Sik Please visit Du4Self.com. For Booking contact 253-273- 5164 or email du4selfrecords@gmail.com.

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J-Mar Da Sik

Contact Information:
du4selfrecords@gmail.com