High School Hoops Spotlight: Santa Fe Raiders’ Junior Combo Guard Trey McCray (2016-2017 Highlights pt.1 |Filmed: Mr. Wigglesworth

Trey McCray attends Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Fl.  Equipped with a high IQ of the game, great vision, unselfishness and he is a legit scoring threat from anywhere on the court.  Recently named 2nd team All Area by The Gainesville Sun after another stellar season in which he shot 42% from 3pt Range, 89% from FT and over 50% on FGs Averaging 12.0pts, 4.0 assts, 3.5 rebs & 2.2 stls PPG. He helped lead his team to the Sweet 16 in the State Playoffs.  Also this season Trey was name MVP of the Hitchcock’s Basketball Xmas Tournament helping the Raiders to the Championship win.  Trey plays AAU with Upward Stars out of Gainesville Fl.  and has won several all tournament and MVPs during league play.

Stay tuned and be on the lookout for this standout guard, we are looking forward to Trey having another stellar year during his Senior Campaign.

IG: @TrillTrey

Twitter: @_TreyMcCray

credit: UpwardStarsGainesville & ZechWilson.Com

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Spoken Word: Young Smoke x “Bad Bitch”

This spoken word piece is from a poet Walter Kendrick “Smoke”.  The title sounds harsh but you will see that he is addressing the title that so many women in our society define themselves to be identified with and this poem holds back no punches.   I won’t spoil it for you but this is definitely one of these pieces that touch on the a deep rooted issue within the minds of our women.  I will be sharing this with all the women in my life and maybe it will challenge all women to reassess with identifying themselves as a “Bad Bitch” #SuntinLight

Contact:

INSTAGRAM: YOUNGSMOKE_2
TWITTER: THESMOKE4REAL
FACEBOOK: WALTER KENDRICK

BOOKING AND CONTACT INFO: ISMOKE4REA@GMAIL.COM

Music Business: The Hint of Blockchain

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One of the biggest problems the music industry faces today is knowing which labels and publishers, performers, songwriters and producers own the rights to songs and recordings, and what their split of the royalties might be. Many believe that record keeping with Blockchain technology can help. Advocates of Blockchain foresee a music industry where every time a song is sold or streamed, payments on royalty splits would be clearer and quicker.

A Blockchain is ultimately a database that maintains a continuously growing list of records secure from revision or tampering, and one that enables trading with a cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin. Participants would engage in a new and efficient protocol that promises more transparency in transactions and a tamper proof medium of exchange. Less middlemen would be involved all around, which is reassuring for an industry riddled with issues of trust over intermediation.

In a perfect world, the Blockchain would also become the single stop to publish all information about the making of a song. The suggestion too is that Blockchain would devolve control to the original parties in the exchange. For instance, notaries could be replaced, as every transaction would be time stamped automatically and given a unique ID. A cryptocurrency would also facilitate international settlements between collections societies by eliminating the exchange rate risk.

Constraints

Building the technology is a logical first step, but shopping for its acceptance is not far behind. The data transparency issue is thorny. Blockchain needs multiple participants sharing data in a single space avoiding third-party checks on the accuracy of the terms of trade therein. The Global Repertoire Database, supported by the EU countries, failed to materialize two years go because it could not overcome the skepticism of publishers, songwriters, and many national collection societies, including USA’s ASCAP and BMI. If successful, Blockchain would supersede the need for a GRD type solution, but the historical record so far is not encouraging.

Even if it were possible to reach a trusted consensus in the Blockchain without the need of a third-party organization or authority, the technology appears to have technical limitations as well. There is, in effect, a real trade-off between the performance of the system and the amount of data it can process in real time.

Currently, if Blockchain were powered with Bitcoin, Bitcoin transactions could not keep pace even with credit card clearances. A 2015 Lloyd’s report makes the point that in its current configuration Bitcoin is far from Visa’s peak volume of 47,000 clearances a second (the report puts Bitcoin at seven transactions per second). In fact, the computing power needed for the Blockchain with Bitcoin would delay transaction processing. In part this is because every participant must replicate all contents of the chain as it adds on the next link.

With music, a commodity bundled with many rights and so many potential licensing outcomes, the size of the metadata needed for a transaction would be large. In fact, a Bitcoin powered database would be useless if there was a time lag in a transaction display because it could lead to double spending. This would clearly be a disincentive for a trade that deals in a low value product of mass consumption.

A Blockchain could move forward perhaps with another cryptocurrency, a development that would be welcome. In the meantime, Blockchain could serve as a repository of the chronology of all metadata, i.e. a decentralized data store, with the ability to operate at low cost, something like the GRD but with a special new codec.

Nevertheless, for an industry increasingly preoccupied with the right input format of its metadata, the question arises as to when and where will the input of the data happen. A DIY band that is self-published might be disciplined enough to pay attention as they record what contribution is apportioned to this or that member of the group. But most musicians separate the act of creation from the record keeping of the business data, so it is unlikely that the messiness of the original data is going to magically disappear with Blockchain, (even with unique personal identifiers and an established cryptography).

Developments

There are several music business startups that have set out to build a Blockchain and capitalize on it. One of them is PeerTracks. It plans to use the technology to craft a type of artist equity trading system within a streaming and music retail platform that will generate fan engagement and peer-to-peer talent discovery too. It would pay streaming revenue directly to the artists on a per-user-share basis using so-called ‘artist tokens’. Every artist would have their own name and likeness circulating in tokens and each artist would decide on the number of tokens in circulation, thus creating a cryptocurrency of artist tokens to replace ordinary money. Valuations would be commensurate with the popularity of the artist in a closed echosystem. The question as to how this echosystem would interface with the rest of the monetary transactions in the economy is still unclear.

Another startup, Ujo, is building a system designed to address two major problems in global royalty distribution and licensing. Ujo proposed a new, shared infrastructure for the creative industries that aims to return more value to content creators and their customers. Built in collaboration with artist Imogen Heap, Ujo’s model is different as it focuses on creating an open-source rights database and payment infrastructure. Like Peertracks, Ujo wants to revolutionize how money is distributed to artists and rights holders, but does not seek to create an alternative medium of exchange such as the ‘artists tokens’ of PeerTracks. Presumably, it awaits establishment of new and more efficient cryptocurrency than Bitcoin.

Another talked about projects is the Dot Blockchain Music Project, or Dot BC project, founded by PledgeMusic founder Benji Rogers. According to Rogers, this project aims to “create a new music codec (.bc) containing a minimum viable data set that would create a globally distributed database of music rights to an open source architecture and user interface.” Once a .bc file is delivered to a digital service or player, it would be decoded in compliance to the .bc rules, authorizing or rejecting the playback of the content. A payment would then be made to the owner or rights holder for the usage of that music. The key is the act of creating the .bc files that would build and then add to a global decentralized database of rights.

Politics

Delays and non-payment of artist and songwriter royalties are a common refrain of artists and songwriters. Whether it is by design or not, is immaterial. The Dot BC project needs the cooperation of major corporations and collecting societies, for without that innovators would arguably stop in their tracks. The demand for music data is evident, but the incentive to supply it is less clear. A number of incumbents benefit from the status quo, but can we look to certain innovative music services as facilitators of change?

Companies like Kobalt, Stem, and Songtrust offer great tools to help musicians, managers, labels and publishers better manage their dataflow. They could take advantage of a shared metadata network by offering users the best in class tools to work with. Also, platforms like Spotify and Soundcloud have motivation to find a reliable and long-term solution to the transparency problem in order to avoid future lawsuits. Spotify seems to be leading the charge, having recently committed to “fix the global problem of bad publishing data once and for all”. They also have the scale and technical resources to ensure the availability and operation of the network.

Because the Blockchain does not possess cognitive empathy and does not understand nuance, it is unlikely that conflict resolution will obviate person-to-person dialogue. There will be need for trusted arbiters. Today this function is performed by PROs and other services that administer copyrights. It is likely that such organizations will continue doing data auditing and conflict resolution for their clients, rather than be superseded by new technologies.

Potential

Widespread adoption of Blockchain platforms within the music industry could prompt a new wave of change, yet remain compatible with contemporary models of digital music consumption and distribution. From the consumers’ perspective, very little would change except that a Blockchain would ensure that copyright theft and piracy would become almost impossible. However, the main advantage occurs in the way that artists are able to manage their intellectual property, ensuring that the way their content is used and paid for is controlled.

For music labels and licensing bodies, there is an opportunity to be on the leading edge of change by working with artists and distributors to establish new standards and ways of working that reach right across the industry. A Blockchain platform employing identity management and smart contracts could lock in rules for how revenue flows from consumer to artist every time a piece of content is played or streamed, thus reducing the costs associated with collecting and managing statistics, maintaining copyright databases and distributing royalty payments. It could also enable new business over micropayments being considered elsewhere in the media industry.

Also, the adoption of unique ID resolution could enable two or more parties to discover and share a common identifier for a song. The identifier can be random so long as it can also be discovered by alternate IDs such as ISRC or other internal fields or keywords. This stores songs in the Blockchain forever via a unique ID. So if even one note of a song were to be changed, a new ID would be created so remixes, dub plates, and flips would be instantly recognizable. Money won’t land in one big pot as a flat-charge to be paid out pro-rata, but distributed instantly and proportionately to each rights holder.

More Considerations

One of the key features inherent in Blockchain is the ability to put data into a public ledger that has a level of privacy. However, there are limits to the information that artists and businesses want to enter into any Blockchain. Some things best remain private and many transactions should never be made public. In some cases, there could be private sales of valuable assets where certain parties would not want that information entered into any public ledger.

Another concern that is often voiced is the uploading of incorrect and/or incomplete data especially as it pertains to publishing rights. According to some experts Shazam or Gracenote technology might help detect errors at the input stage, but it is difficult to imagine automatic correctives only.

Finally, Blockchain is not an authority unless given that recognition by humans. Yet Blockchain belongs to no one, and is only a public ledger or record of information pertaining to a transaction or asset. It can be polluted. It cannot be held accountable because it has no one to be accountable to, and no one is truly responsible for it. Since it is designed to exist in a decentralized format, the perceived value is that anyone can enter information into a Blockchain and by making it public, almost anyone can use it to validate a transaction.

Projection

 Still, Blockchain technology is slowly making its mark in general business. Examples include a payment system and digital currency, facilitating crowdsales, or implementing prediction markets and governance tools. It offers many captivating possibilities of eliminating the middleman in order to increase efficiency and transparency.

Worldwide, the financial services market is the largest sector of industry by market capitalization. If Blockchain technology could replace just a fraction of that by enabling these peer-to-peer transactions in other sectors then it clearly has the potential to create huge efficiencies. Many banks across the world are conducting research on how this technology could benefit them. These types of transactions are also very relevant to companies like Airbnb or Uber. One of the more popular ideas is the idea that the Blockchain could offer a decentralized Uber service, a way to have riders order and pay a driver over the Blockchain, all without using a middleman like Uber that takes a cut to connect rider and driver.

The music trade, like other industries, will likely make more use of the technology in time. An early adopter is Imogen Heap, who released her song Tiny Human on Ujo Music in October last year. Imogen Heap attached a smart contract to the song, a programmable agreement that a computer can read to facilitate, verify, and enforce terms, simplifying a trade. Heap also used Blockchain architecture to manage intellectual property rights and arrange payment splits. Although still in its foundational stage, her so-called Mycelia project is spearheading new ways of doing business. The Dot BC project, which released its Blockchain alpha test this August, may not be far behind.

By Alexander Stewart

source: Music Business Journal

Music Business: Just getting started as producer? #6ixxTips

Here are some points I felt would be helpful to those starting their music production career and to those who are considering to become a music producer.  If you have any other points to add feel free to leave a comment.

1.  Consult/Hire an Entertainment Lawyer to prepare the type of contracts you will need to legally protect yourself and your intellectual properties.  Form an official business for your production company.

2.  Put consistent time into maximizing your skills, learning new skills and continue to improve daily; music is a feeling, make what you feel, stay in tune with the art while increasing your fundamentals of your craft.  I encourage you to hire quality & reputable individuals or businesses to fill voids that you may not be skilled to do like graphic design, mixing or marketing; someone you trust with a proven track record of a specific skill that you need to elevate your career.

3.  Create a marketing strategy and plan for on & offline branding and promotions of your production.  Have a professional mix on your production that you are showcasing to help maximize your opportunities for placements.

4.  Build Site to showcase and sell your beats, this also offers the ability to showcase songs featuring your production.

5.  Every and I mean every artist in your immediate area should know you exist and have a place online to hear your work.  Here’s an idea, create a platform for yourself in your market by doing a project with local artists featuring your production and promote the project in the market, on/offline.  Speak to your lawyer on the legalities to make it an official release.

6ixx.  Travel to other markets with your production, maximize your personal network and create new connections at various entertainment industry events and events in general where potential clients will be networking.

These are just some tips that crossed my mind when thinking of those are just getting started or those considering to become a producer. Finally,  be authentic in all you do, in life and creating artistically.  If these tips were helpful please let me know.  Positive energy to all!!!

-INfamous 6ixx

 

Alachua Santa Fe High School’s Marquez Carter x Trey McCray named to Gainesville Sun’s 2017 All Area Basketball Team.

Marquez Carter, #2,  5-10, senior, Santa Fe, 11.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 3.0 apg., for 6A regional semifinalists.

Trey McCray, #10, 5-9, junior, Santa Fe, 12.0 ppg., 4.0 apg., 42 percent on 3-pointers

Gainesville Sun’s 2017 All Area Basketball Teams

#HighSchoolRecruit: Alachua Santa Fe’s Kenyatta “Peanut” Patterson (@_jermaineJr) C/O 2016 [Video]

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#21 RB | CB C/O 2016

Santa Fe High School | Alachua, FL.

Kenyatta Patterson Football Highlights

HEIGHT 5′-10″ | WEIGHT 175 LBS | 40yd: 4.5 | Bench: 225

Santa Fe All Academic Team 3 yrs in a row | G.P.A. 3.5

Ran for 1,002 yards for the Raiders, averaging 7.9 yards per carry, with 10 touchdowns and 1 TD catch; also had 2 interceptions and 9 pass breakups as defensive back.

Gainesville Sun 1st Team All Area Offense-5A

#FeltLikeSharingAlert: Now You Know You Got A Dream, You’re A Winner!!!

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… I am inspired when I see people pursuing their dreams by doing what they love for the betterment and happiness of their lives … I heard a quote that says:

“…funny thing is, we only have control over our reaction to the things we can not control … ”  -Unknown

…that quote encouraged me to share these thoughts I have… I say, pursue your dreams, be who you are meant to be and do what you are meant to do … so what you fall, get up … so what you know nothing about a topic right this moment, learn it … but people tell themselves, I got my job(s), I got my kid(s), I got a family, I got this, I got that

… guess what? So does everyone in whatever field that interests you in life.  Whether it be real estate, stocks, agriculture, sales, sports, the arts, aviation, entrepreneurship, education, fashion, manufacturing, health, consumer services, philanthropy, technology, etc…no matter what field, those people have that same 24 hrs you do.

Let me ask you, why do you know a lot about the stats, trends and the culture of the dream(s) you have? Know why?  You’re deeply invested from a sideline perspective. Get in the game.

Yet, people come up with the most elaborate things to tell themselves why they can’t purse their dream(s).  And all I’m saying is that, you owe it to yourself to put into motion a mentality that says: “consistency in pursuing my dream(s) is the common denominator” … And you have the capabilities to be consistent in the pursuit of your dream(s) because you have already been consistent in telling yourself why you can’t pursue your dreams and you have mastered that to the extreme!!! Now just reverse that thought process and start mentally, by telling yourself that you can pursue your dream(s) and do THAT consistently.

Start right from where you are today and do something everyday from here on out about your dream(s) and if there is a day that you don’t do anything, immediately forgive yourself, let it go and get back to the dream(s).

Keep a detailed record of what you are doing daily which will build momentum to the point that your dream(s) becomes a part of the fabric of who you are as a person.

I know and most importantly YOU know that there is a dream(s) inside of you that is pulling at you daily and it is eating you alive to pursue it, but you just never do it for factors only known to you. I say,  if it is something that you truly love, inspires you and you want to do, then go ahead and do it with everything inside of you!!! I mean, you spend so much energy, time plus resources on things and people that get you no closer to your dreams, yet your dedication level is unwavering. I just encourage you to be that same way towards your own dreams!!! Dedicated YOU to YOU!!!

I mean YOU are the ONLY thing stopping YOU!!! And that will ALWAYS be the case!!!

… And to those who are already pursuing and living their dream(s), thank you … please continue to inspire and shine your light … the world needs that energy …

#OneLove

#IfYouBleedRedThenYouKnowWhatIKnow

#TheLightThatsInsideYou

#LiveYourPassion

– #TheGalaxy

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