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Honoring Phife Dawg in NYC with Paul Marz, Tyrone Briggs & the Stereotype Fam


by Dave Noodlez

1 week ago in New York City I had the chance to host and perform at tribute concert for Phife Dawg at Karma Lounge, NY.

When the production company JRTM hit me up to perform I was surprised. I haven't publicly performed in years. I had no clue the event production staff even knew I used to write songs and perform around New York City.

Instead of turning down the opportunity because it's been awhile I thought of a way to make it an experience. I thought what better way to share my love for hip hop and honor the late Phife Dawg than to get Paul Marz to join me?  

Paul and I started making music together at age 13. We got that musical brotherhood that is unmatched. When I was getting Stereotype Co off the ground I slowed down with creating music. It hurt but I knew it was a decision I had to make at the time. I just let music be an inspiration to the brand and myself. Paul never stopped. Paul was the first artist I knew to just do his craft full time. He would lock himself in his apartment and just make music. He has since toured the country locally and internationally. It's crazy to see how far his dream has progressed. I was honored he agreed to join me on stage. 

As far as the night went the vibes were great. We had a lot of fun. I was real nervous about hosting but it was a motivational nervous. Paul had friends from Australia who were in town stop by the show. They said they had a great time. It was great seeing friends we knew growing up and new friends in the building with us. Shout out to Juz Roc the Mic, DJ Flykix, Pamela, John, Mike M, DJ Rellic, Angie, Christian Adam and of course Tyrone Briggs for making the special guest appearance. 

This wasn't my return to music full time but it was definitely an inspiration and a reminder to do the things you love regardless of the paycheck. #dontstopdreaming

Photography by Adam Smith @smithproductionsnyc

How to Deal With Haters by Mike Posner


Mike Posner writes some of the most inspiration e-mails we receive at our office. He recently sent us one with 'How To Deal with Haters' . Visit and sign up for his newsletter to get them sent to you once or twice a month. 

Written by Mike Posner

  1. Don’t DO ANYTHING….at least until the initial sting wears off. Doing nothing until you calm down is a powerful move until you can calm down. Let’s go through the time frame with my experience with Zara’s negative Tweet. 
    • 9:31pm Mike Reads Zara's Tweet.
    • 9:31pm Mike Feels Shitty, Insulted, and Hurt.
    • 9:32pm Mike Considers Firing Back, But Remembers a Quote from Oprah Winfrey: "Doubt Means Don't."
    • 9:40 Mike has considered some things he’s grateful for and cooled down a bit.
    • 9:56pm Mike Calls Tom Gates for Advice.
    • 9:59pm Mike decides to RT Zara and keeps it positive:
  2. Start a Hate Mail Page. I got this idea from listening to Amanda Palmer. On my website, there is a page solely devoted to the terrible things people say about me. …Instead of letting it fester in my mind, it helps me to process the hate. I know creating a Hate Mail page sounds counter-intuitive, but it works. By sharing the hate mail, my mind goes from viewing it as offensive to viewing it as hilarious. Once while going through the list with my mother, we both began laughing so hysterically that tears were pouring from out eyes. The Hate Mail Page helps me not take myself too seriously. 


  1. Be Grateful. Be mindful of your negativity bias and counter it by making a short list of things you are grateful for. Don't dismiss this as new-age nonsense; this is a brain exercise and it works. Tonight, mine looked like this:
    • I am so grateful I am in Hawaii with my family. I know most families don’t get to spend time here.
    • I am so grateful I am healthy. I am truly blessed to have a body in good condition.
    • I am so grateful I have a song on the radio right now. I know this is to be cherished and is rare.
    • I am so grateful for all of the food I got to eat today. I am so blessed to have food to keep me alive and nourish and energized.
  2. Do what feels right. Would engaging in a Twitter feud with Ms. Larrson make me more popular? Perhaps. But at what price? I don’t want to be popular for being mean to young women. I want my music to be popular. I also don’t want Zara to feel the shitty, insulted, hurt feeling back because of something I wrote. I’m sure she already has to deal with her own haters. I don’t want to be one of them. Listen to Auntie Oprah Winfrey: The trick is to learn to check your ego at the door and start checking your gut instead. Every right decision I've made—every right decision I've ever made—has come from my gut. And every wrong decision I've ever made was a result of me not listening to the greater voice of myself.

    If it doesn't feel right, don't do it. That's the lesson.
    ~Oprah Winfrey (Stanford Commencement Speech 2008) 


DISCLAIMER: Doing the right thing is scary. It’s lonely. I’ve written about this before in my post “Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup.” Sometimes the only one to congratulate you is your own heart. In fact, that’s part of the reason I am writing this article RIGHT NOW. I want someone to tell me “good job,” and I know someof the comments that will flow in from writing this piece will read, “Great piece Mike,” “You’re so mature Mike,” or “bla bla bla bla” Am I writing from a place of ego? Partially. I enjoy getting compliments like anyone else. But I also genuinely hopes this will help you deal with the hate you will inevitably encounter while chasing your chasing. God speed.

When in doubt, you can never go wrong listening to Oprah :): (this link starts with the passage I quoted above, but it’s worth listening to the whole thing if you have time).

Remember, you are exactly where you are supposed to be right now. Don’t forget it. Let me know if this helps at all. All my love,


Listen to one of our favorite songs by Mike below. Don't stop

Dream Reps by Justin Manning


"If you don't use it, you lose it".

And it's easy to "lose it" in the Winter.

Because of this, winter weather is god's gift and curse to the gym rats. 

Gym rats view the gym as a sanctuary; a testament to  better ourselves. No matter the weather condition; the gym is home to enhancing muscles, perserverance , steel, and of course, bigger dreams. 

The gym is ours.

But, now it's 2016. And the New Year begins....

"New Years" people flock to the gym in droves. And each year, "New Years" people come with their amateur habits. They often fail to re-stack their weights, skip set rotations, and forget to wipe their sweat off the bench. 

It's a catastrophe!

And it's entertaining to watch them curl in a squat rack. No seriously, go to YouTube and search "Gym Fails". I dare you not to laugh. 

Personally, I go early in the morning(5am) at least 3 times a week to avoid that gym crowd. Why? Because It is quiet. Us gym rats are left to a conversation with our barbells and treadmills. 

If I'm between sets, I don't mind assisting "New Years" people who struggle with chest extensions or a squat rack. Sometimes I'll offer advice for free. And that's what I love about the gym most: Coaching. 

In a weird way, the "New Years" people have made me into a better coach. I've grown more patient, improved my technique, and I have built great relationships.

But not everyone is coach-able. And without proper training, people eventually quit.

Everyone has dreams, but achieving these dreams require physical and mental consistency for the changes we desire. We simply must practice our dreams daily.

I call this process, "Dream Reps".

In the gym, our muscles must be used to grow! Every rep counts. Different angles, grips, and exercises ensure that we exceed our plateaus. On the contrary, once we lose that muscle both laziness and complacency make a return to the gym undesirable. And worse, you've lost gains.

I believe the same applies to our dreams.

Try to workout and seek assistance to stay focused on that weight management goal. Without proper assistance the dream becomes derailed. And a dream without action becomes little more than a wish....

In the beginning, I hadn't had any training. I learned by watching and overhearing conversation from the gym rats. And these guys were intimidating! But these "guys-with-no-lives" knew what they were doing. The fact is: they earned their results. So, I asked questions, I watched, I learned. And I wasn't afraid to make mistakes. But I was hardheaded and learned humility the hard way.

I started with Tri-cep extensions at fifty (50) pounds. Couldn't do it. Dream deferred.

Let's try back extensions at 100 pounds. 1 rep. Dream discouraged.

Let's try the treadmill. Stopped the treadmill at 5 minutes. Dream destroyed.

But every-time when I wanted to give up, something told me to keep at it. Maybe I was motivated when I started seeing muscle growth, or maybe because I knew I was cheating myself. So I kept going.... Dream reps.

3 years later, my dream reps have begun to payoff. My muscle size has grown. I am inspiring others to pursue a healthy lifestyle. I have led classes. And in hindsight I am glad that I continued to "dream rep".

Tri-cep extensions have exceeded 100 pounds(on a good day).

My Back extension weight has doubled.

And the treadmill? Let's just say that I completed my first half-marathon in 2:02:18. 

Never stop dreaming. Build your dream reps.




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