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DJ Superstar Jay, “Mixtape King of New York”

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DJ Superstar Jay
Mixtape King of New York

One of the more interesting aspects of modern music has to be the rise of the mixtape. So many artists from so many genres make their bones these days by crafting a killer mixtape, distributing it and finding the right audience. It’s really an unbelievable concept, and it’s been around forever. DJ Superstar Jay, who has an album coming out called Why Not? knows the mixtape game all-too-well.
“My grandmother bought me my first deck, my first turntables, when I was 12,” Jay said. “That’s what got me started. For a while I was playing basketball, and I had a promising ball career ahead of me. Then I went to college, and it didn’t pan out like I wanted.”
Indulging his other passion, music, Jay began spinning for different radio stations, venues, and more. When he came to New York, he knew he had to make a splash, because the level of talent and the amount of people looking to do what he was doing was incredibly high.
“It’s funny because, I get asked that question all the time, how I got started and all that,” Jay said. “It was just a hobby at first, local stuff, parties, mixtapes. DJ-ing was always the love of my life. RUN DMC were my idols. I wanted to be Jam-master Jay. I didn’t want to be the rapper, you know? The DJ controls the crowd.”
Jay was spinning when he was in college and was met with some doubters, but he showed them that not only could he spin, he could spin great. “People used to call me basketball Jay,” he said. “People started calling me Superstar Jay, which was good and it’s stuck with me. I came home from college after graduation and I was on the radio. When I came to New York City I had to find a way to stick out from the crowd, and mixtapes was it. I haven’t stopped since.”
The landscape of mixtapes has changed over the years. Back in the day it was literally a cassette tape handed out, person to person, generations of tape being copied and distributed until finally, an artist finds their audience or a producer who elevates them to another level.
With the advent of the internet, the mixtape game has changed forever. With sites like SoundCloud and others, it’s much easier for an artist to distribute their mixtape amongst a wide group of people. Jay has approached the Internet possibly the best way possible, by dominating it and turning it into an avenue to get his work out there.
“I feel mixtapes are always going to be the most important thing for an artist,” Jay said. “Whether you’re getting into the game or getting back into the game, it’s a free art, you know what I mean? Youre giving it out for free. Hit records come from the people, and they come from the streets. When I was in college, I never denied technology. The Internet was blowing up. In 2004, friends were downloading music, and I knew this was the future. I was getting the hottest music from my friends, and from these sites. MP3’s began replacing tape, you know? It’s easier for a guy in Hawaii to download a song in one minute, than it is for him to seek out your material. Whatever gets my music out to the public faster.”
One of the characteristics of a great mixtape is collaboration. Whether it’s with an unknown artist or with someone well-known like Tony Yayo, DJ Superstar Jay knows the value in a great collaboration. “I just recently got off the phone with some of my collaborators in G-Unit, they were some of the first to give me my break,” Jay said. “It meant a lot to me then, and still does. They’re still big, and I remember how big they were at the time, and they really embraced me. Dealing with artists and anything I put out, I want it to be a classic. Everyone I’ve worked with, many are perfectionists, and I’m very hands-on. So whatever advice or guidance I can provide, I do it, because I had it from when I was starting out. It’s good to know what records are hot, and what records are not. DJ’s can give rappers an idea of what’s hot or not, and really give them an idea of what’s going on. The bond between artists and DJ’s is real good.”
Reaching an audience is what every artists strives to do, and DJ Superstar Jay does just that, not only by using the internet to reach his audience, but also by touring quite a bit. “Right now, I’m working on an album called Why Not? I feel that when I was putting my album out originally, there was so much to go through but now, you put it out on iTunes, and it’s much easier,” Jay said. “People will gravitate to it and purchase it, or listen to it. Why not? I figure, why not cut an album, you know? Also, I got a website that I partnered with, that I’ve been working on for a while with a friend, it’s similar to WorldStar. It’s called GlobalHipHopTV. It caters to a global audience, and the music game worldwide is so big, it’s important to bring more talent together from the global community.”
That passion for bringing the global hip hop community together is something that really sets Superstar Jay apart from his contemporaries. You never know where the next big thing is going to come from. Jay is on the cutting edge of that with his website and his concepts, it’s really an exciting idea.
“It’s good to shine a light on talented artists from other places, so those in the United States can see what music is like in other parts of the globe,” Jay said.
Jay’s toured all over the place, but his favorite country he’s visited and performed in is Canada, Toronto to be exact. Not only one of the world’s cleanest cities, Jay highlights the fact that the city is really in-tune with the music scene. “Toronto is very good, as far as knowing what’s going on,” Jay said. “Puerto Rico is pretty great, too. I’m just, you know, very into Toronto. It’s not my favorite country to get into, but it’s my favorite country to party in. It’s very difficult to get into Canada these days!”
Jay started talking a bit about his connection to the bully breed and what drew him to check out Bully Girl Magazine. “I’ve always been in love with dogs, but when I did my research into the magazine, I had no idea the bully breed was one of the top breeds, and that there are breeders all over the country who focus solely on this particular breed,” Jay said.“ I just did my research and looked into kennels and breeding. I felt like the magazine brings what’s going on now to the public. It’s what’s going on right now, you know? The magazine brings a nice collaboration between pretty girls, beautiful dogs, hip hop, sports and the culture together in a way that’s a lot like a mixtape.”
“You can put different things in this magazine, the love of dogs, pretty girls, I think it’s a dope idea. I’m really happy to be a part of it,” Jay said. “Bully love is a great thing and it’s a great thing to see in a magazine. Bringing people’s love of the breed together is a great thing. You read other magazines and get everything from the cover. With this magazine, you can read about dogs, the proper care, different breeds, kennels, breeders themselves. It’s interesting.”
Of all the praise I’ve heard of Bully Girl, I think the mixtape analogy is the best. You blend different aspects of culture, life and the love of a great breed of dogs into one magazine. On one page, you’re looking at a gorgeous young lady, on the next, you’re reading an interview with a talented artist or athlete. You’re holding something pretty fascinating in your hands right now, and DJ Superstar Jay is the one who put it all in perspective.

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What is an Exotic Bully? | Opinions from Breeders in the Bully Community

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First, let us start off by stating that Bully Girl Magazine loves all breeds. With that said, there has been a lot of controversy over the past few years about a new breed of dog. The Exotic Bully. Those who brought this breed about and the many who have followed, love the Exotic Bully Breed. However, there are also many who despise this new breed, and feel that it is an unhealthy representation. Once more, there are a great deal of people who don’t even know what an Exotic Bully is.

Bully Girl Magazine looks to shed some light on this new Exotic Bully Movement. We have decided to get opinions from bully dog breeders, as well other bully community members around the world. We simply asked all these people the same two questions:

In your own words, what is an Exotic Bully?
What is your opinion on the new Exotic Bully Breed Movement?

The responses we received were interesting. The Exotic Bully is definitely a controversial topic on a global scale. Read the responses below and let us know what you think about the Exotic Bully Breed and Movement in our comments section.

Jacobi Guyton – The Bully Kingdom (Texas)

“Hmmmm, to me an exotic bully is exactly like the name exotic! Something special that you don’t see too often. My perfect exotic bull would be short and clean, with a slight bow on the front. It would have a full tail, and be very functional.”
“Since there is no standard for the exotic class. I feel that there are too many experiments out there. However, I have also seen some dope ass exotics bulls out there too. D1 Kennels does a great job in that class!”

Tim Levi – Elite Bully Kennels (Florida)

“Exotics in our opinion are Bullies that have been bred to the extreme by pushing the envelope of the breed standard.”
“Although we prefer pockets and standard American Bullies, we have friends that own everything from exotics to XL’s. To each his own. Who are we to judge? After all, this breed was founded on pushing the limits, since it’s inception.”

Orlando Ortiz – Hammerhead Bullies (Texas)

“An exotic bully is a smaller compact Bully with bulldog features.”
“The exotic bully breed movement is nice if it’s bred right. If you scatter too much blood around it can get messy.”

Jessica Wade – Unleashed Kennels (Georgia)

“You know, I have a few friends that breed Exotics and to each their own. They aren’t my preferred style of dog. But I have to say, I have seen some clean correct ones lately. If I had to describe it, I would say it’s an over-exaggerated style of features on a smaller, more compact dog.”
“I have no problem with it when done correctly. A functional dog should be the result. When the quality of life for these dogs gets compromised,  I get upset. Dogs should not die at an early age due to health related issues.”

Carlos Hernandez – Pound4Pound Bullys (Connecticut)

“In my opinion an Exotic Bully is simply the look of the dog. Certain features in the dog make it exotic, not just the bloodlines.”
“I have no problems with the exotic breed as that is what I am currently breeding. I definitely enjoy having exotics. The designer looks they carry as well as their temperaments is something I love.”

Brandon Johnson – Triple J Bullies (Louisiana)

“An exotic bully is a man’s best friend!”
“I love it. I can see things changing. A lot of folks are becoming aware of the breed, and we’re here to make a mark.”

Haile Selassie – H.D. Bullyz (Pennsylvania)

“An exotic to me is something that is not ordinary, or is different than the usual.”
“I feel there is room for all likings. Hopefully, with more time we will see more improvement in the breed.”

From what we can gather, the Exotic Bully Breed is a new designer breed. When bred right you will have an exotic looking bully that will still be functional. When bred wrong, it can lead to various health issues, which can shorten the life span of the dog. Everyone has different opinions when asked about the exotic bully. What are your opinions on the Exotic Bully Breed movement? Leave a comment below and share opinion on this topic.

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Triple J Bullies: American and Exotic Bully Breeder | Louisiana

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Who is Triple J Bullies?

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My Name Is Brandon Johnson, founder of Triple J Bullies. You can find me in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
Triple J Bullies breeds American And Exotic Bullies. I was inspired in 2015 by a family member. I then started looking online at different things and came across a tri-colored American Bully. Once I took the time and learned about the breed, I was able to find a kennel to start from. (Kjbsk) Abbeville, Louisiana.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
My dogs are on a grain free diet, and have scheduled meal hours.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I have a few favorite lines, but Haze Blood is at the top of the list. I’ve seen some nice dogs produced by Haze Line.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
No, we are not currently showing any of our dogs. However, with the upcoming litter’s, I think 2018 is looking very promising.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
If you have passion and love for the breed, go for it. Nothing can happen overnight. Just don’t give up, and never have too much pride to have a listening ear. There is always help inside the Bully Community.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
I think experiencing new lines is one of the things that’s kind of hard to overcome.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
It’s okay to change the taste buds or just create your own.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
There are several kennels that I look up to in the bully game. They all are doing big things and making or have made their mark in the game. Respect!

Tell us about one of Triple J Bullies most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
Experiencing how much my family has engaged themselves with the breed itself.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
Extravagant, going every breeders way if possible. I would like to see everyone make progress and bring new things to the bully community.

What separates Triple J Bullies from the competition?
No competition. We’re just in our own land, creating a wave.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I enjoy drawing and photography in my free time. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as horse riding, trail rides, fishing etc,.

What motto do you live by?
“Not chasing the hype, just in our own zone creating it.”

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is the place to be. It’s great for the Bully Community, as it keeps us informed on the latest events.

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TP-Kennels: XL American Bully Breeder | New Jersey

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Who is TP-Kennels?

Tell our readers a little about yourself.
My name is Alexander Rosario III. I am the owner and founder of TP-Kennels. You can find us in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. However, I always shout out my home town Hoboken, New Jersey.

What type of dogs do you breed? Also, what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
My current preference of breed is the American Bully, more specifically the XL American Bully. The thing that inspired me the most about the breed was how badly they were misinterpreted and stereotyped. I believed, and continue to believe that I have the ability to change that perception into a positive one. I own a rescue. I’ve seen firsthand how loyal and loving they are. I’d have to say that also played a huge role as to why I got involved so in-depth.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I keep it simple. Thus, I do stay away from foods that contain processed meats, corn, by-products, and low level brands that are a lot cheaper to buy. I like to use kibble grain free foods, such as Nature’s Domain. I try to stay within having the first three ingredients of the label consisting of meats, fish, or any other source of quality protein. Also, there needs to be a beneficial ratio of carbs to equal a well balanced meal.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
At this point in time, I do not currently show my dogs. However, in 2018 I will be making my way back into the show ring to compete for titles. I look forward to meeting more great people. My most recent production, as well as, other TPK productions have earned their titles ( “C.G.C” and advanced “C.G.C.”) under multiple registries. I look forward to 2018.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Trust is a two way street. Trust the upmost in yourself and never be afraid to ask questions. The only dumb question is the one that you do not ask. Be able to handle criticism. Make a note to never depend on your dogs as a source of income. Your dogs depend on you. If you’re serious about your craft, trust yourself and God.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
In my opinion, ego’s. As the old saying goes, a lot of people will go out of their way and help. However once you become, what’s considered “competition”, those who support you tend to slide out and disappear.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Continue to support one another, especially in their absence. The community and our youth look to us for guidance and direction. We must do a better job at leading by example. Become educated followers so that people can see that with unity comes strength.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I respect and look up to all those who are out their putting that dedication, work, practice, and love into this breed. In reality, the ingredients are right there.

Tell us about one of TP-Kennels most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
I do a lot of community work with my XL American Bullys. I would have to say first would be getting their temperament titles (C.G.C. & C.G.C.A.). This is something I truly take pride in. The second would be having the ability to bring joy, love, and laughter to those who need it most. I have two XL Bully’s that are also certified therapy dogs. On the regular, I bring them to rehabilitation centers and senior citizen homes. They are always greeted with love and affection. We were able to make a major impact in our community this year.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I truly expect it to blossom and continue on the path of greatness. I expect more people to temperament test their Bully’s and set the bar higher than it already is.

What separates TP-Kennels from the competition?
What separates me from the competition is that I don’t just say that I breed for temperament. I back it up with facts and certifications. My first and second generation productions have all obtained their temperament titles and are solidifying their soundness. With that being said, I feel I can back all of my statements up when I say  that I breed well balanced, well structured, temperament dogs.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Mainly spending time with my family. I also love photography, flying drones, working out, playing all sports, and traveling as much as I can.

What motto do you live by?
My motto is simple. “Respect is earned, not taken”.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is a great outlet of productive information that is shared globally. I’ve been a fan since our last interview. I strongly believe that you and your entire team are doing an outstanding job representing the breed. Bully Girl Magazine is helping to bridge the gap between communities and representatives.

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