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NEWS | Cover Art for HUGO DA CAPO’s New Single

This is the Cover Art for Hugo Da Capo’s new single to be released in March. The video will be Produced by Troy Johnson, aka Toast 187. The Track was produced by newcomer Grizzly On Da Beat, SC. Mixed and Mastered by Paul Trahan, NOLA and Sound Lab Recordings, NYC for Biltmore Records Inc., NC and TCK & Associates LLC, NYC.

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Day 3 | Peaceful, Organized & On Message

Directly following the looting and rioting that occurred the first night, the City seemed to come together to peacefully protest the officer involved shooting and subsequent death of Keith Lamont Scott. Charlotte is a great City and I believe that everyone here was surprised by the violent protesters looting and destroying this City that we all love. This is the City where the Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers Play. The City where so many of us go on the weekends to blow off steam, either at the Epicenter or any of the other Bars or Venues about town. To see a curfew imposed and the National Guard called in was truly surprising to say the least. However, it is also inspiring to see peaceful protesters of all nationalities and backgrounds protesting the injustices that continuously occur by Police upon people of color. Ultimately we are living in a tumultuous time were political divisiveness and racial injustice and inequality have come to a head. However, the unity displayed on this third night by Atlanta protesting in unison was an outstanding testament to the commitment the public has to the continued fight for change. Salute to all of the peaceful protesters.

Day 3 - Peaceful, Organized & On Message

THE VERBAL GRAFFITI PODCAST EPISODE #003 DA HOOD BOOK KLUB

In this episode of the Verbal Graffiti Podcast we began to comment on the book titled The Power Of Broke,by Daymond John it’s the first book being reviewed by our Book Klub. Currently we are offering free Books to anyone who wants to join our gang of book reading hoodlums. Obviously, this is all in fun but one of the goals of this Podcast is to encourage our community to read at least one book a month, which equates to 20 or 30 minutes a day. We will select a new book every months and give a brief review of each book twice within a 30 day cycle. Anyone wishing to join can do so by sending us an email to [email protected] There will be a limited monthly supply so if interested you would want to be among our first responders. A future goal of the Podcast is to give out books selected by the Book Klub to local Schools in order to encourage kids to read suggested books and participate in the Book Klub!

Additionally, we discussed the Hood Morning America Wake up Challenge! That’s simply the creation of daily habits or routines initiated every morning aimed at increasing productivity and vitality throughout the day. The first challenge is to drink 16 ounces of water immediately after you wake up in the morning. Studies have shown that there are many Health Benefits to drinking water as soon as you wake up and we agree that doing this will not only provide a revitalization of energy, but it was also jumpstart your metabolism. Please keep in mind that drinking water is only the first challenge, we will add on new challenges with every episode to creating the optimal step by step morning routine.

In this podcast we also released a new song titled Again! The songs is about a healthy lifestyle and just may be the theme music for the show, who knows! It’s something that Rick Cruz had in his archives but you got to admit that beat is hot! Also, make sure to check out other news and updates from Biltmore Records!

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The Verbal Graffiti Podcast Episode #001 – THE INTRODUCTION

The first episode of the Verbal Graffiti Podcast is a short introduction to the show and content. The show will air on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each Month. In this episode we introduce the show, the host and reasons to listen in. We touched on a lot of subject matter that will be covered and expanded upon in future shows. If you were expecting commentary on music then you might be in for a surprise. Yes, music is an important part of the Verbal Graffiti lifestyle, but this podcast is more focused on inspiring the listeners to be a part of our “Gang of Hoodlems” who will read books and follow success formulas to better improve LIFE for everyone who participates. The idea is not that Rick Cruz is some sort of a GURU but rather that he is trying to stick to these life altering routines and he selfishly wants everyone to participate so that he can be held accountable for sticking to the path.

We Announced Da Hood Morning America Wake UP Challenge, Da Hood Book Klub and other Challenges or information that will make the listener think that this Podcast is nothing but a whole lot of work,. And THAT It Is. But, those who participate will experience some amazing, life altering benefits. THAT is a proven fact.

This Month the Hood Book Klub will be reading The Power of Broke by Daymond John, co/written by Daniel Paisner. The books subtitle is equally as interesting as the title stating “How empty pockets, a tight budget and a hunger for success can become your greatest competitive advantage”. The book is $26 at Barnes & Nobel but we found it for $15 on Amazon.com THE POWER OF BROKE on amazon.com We will begin discussing the book on our next episode, but you don’t have to finish the book in that time frame.

We also asked for anyone looking to actively follow along, and become a part of our “Gang of Hoodlems” to grab a yearly planner and a journal to plan out goals and track progress. Here are links to two that we really like:
DAILY/MONTHLY PLANNER on amazon.com
JOURNAL on amazon.com

Lastly please leave a comment here, or contact us via email at [email protected] with any suggestions or comments. Also you can follow us on Facebook Twitter Instagram & YouTube. Until next time friends remember “you are a combination of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. So,..choose your “Gang” wisely.

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HAN-AN | BEAST 2015 REMIX

“Only IF Rudyard Kipling knew one thing” – That line explains the theme of this track. Beast is a dedication to those who made it through the struggle; and the ones who did not. Check out the re-mix of HAN-AN’s 2007 track titled BEAST. It was originally produced by Paul Trahan and now he has remixed it for 2015 to prelude the new music that’s on the way. Are you already; Ready 11.11.15.

Music | The More Things Change 2015

This track was produced by T. Acosta, Rick Cruz and Paul Trahan for Biltmore Records Inc. The record has now been brought back with a new mix and fully remastered by Paul Trahan. Originally a statement mocking the redundant content in rap music the songs true texture lies in the social, political and ecological ideas that continue to become even more transparent today.

Survey | Charlotte vs. Atlanta, Who has the better city?

Ever wonder why Charlotte is the most popular up and coming city on the east coast? Take at look at this. It’s a short film explaining how for years, Charlotte and Atlanta have been long time rivalries in the competition for new companies, jobs and young residents. However, the Queen City’s uptown success started with a vision nearly 50 years old. What do you think? Leave a comment let us know your thoughts!

Blog Submissions | BILTMORE RECORDS .COM

Last year 2013 – 2014 our site had over 1 million hits and 150K regularly returning IP addresses in 70 countries worldwide. There was no SEO in place and we did not hit the radio to promote as we did in years past. Those numbers do not always translate across the board onto other social sites, but from our analysis we can see that there is a legitimate following here. So firstly we would like to thank everyone that has been rocking with us thus far.
This year our goal is to increase our market presence through continuous brand building campaigns. We have also picked up a SEO (search engine optimization) company with some social marketing strategies. There are some new potential projects for 2015 to be announced along with the existing, so it will be an interesting year. With the new promotions we would like to get back to doing events. To me this is what hip-hop looks like in 2015.
We would also like to share our audience with other artist and brands. When you’re an independent company you can do that. We know we have a strong presence in NC especially Charlotte so if anyone would like to submit their video or product advertisement for us to help promote we would consider it. You can send submissions to [email protected] I say all that to say this, don’t get discouraged because you may not get a million views on YouTube or a bunch of likes on Facebook etc., that does not mean that you don’t have an audience so keep grinding. #1

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VIDEO PROMOTION|TROY JOHNSON TOAST187 PRODUCTIONS ON YOUTUBE

TROY JOHNSON of TOAST187 Productions is a producer specializing in Music Videos, Short Films and Music. This YouTube channel hosts a list of Music Videos in which he was the chief writer, producer and director. The company itself has worked with allot of well-established artist not listed on the channel, and over the years he and his team has made some long standing contributions to the culture of hip-hop. Click the here to [Subscribe]

MUSIC VIDEO | HAN-AN MADE IT OUT THE HOOD 1080 3

BILTMORE RECORDS PROUDLY PRESENTS THE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR HAN-AN titled MADE IT OUT THE HOOD! Produced and edited by Troy Johnson for Toast 187 Films, the track was produced by T. Acosta and Rick Cruz exclusively for BILTMORE RECORDS INC.

HAN-AN MADE IT OUT THE HOOD 1080 3 from BILTMORE RECORDS INC on Vimeo.

NEWS | The Biggest News Stories of 2014

“The past 12 months featured a number of major news events that captivated the world — from the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner to the spread of the Ebola virus — from all corners of the globe. Unrest in Ukraine and Israel also reached a climax as well as the threat from ISIS.” – ABC NEWS


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