Disclaimers and FAQ

Disclaimer on Content (Images):
SpeedontheBeat.com is protected (hopefully, barring any additional change in their guidelines and terms of service) within the Google/Blogger guidelines and legal guidelines of what is considered "sexually explicit," acceptably "explicit"/"nude" imagery, and acceptable "adult content" that still falls within jurisdiction of not being "full-on" adult content. Any potentially "NSFW" image presented is done so in one of several ways:

1) Not as a titillating piece or to incite sexual arousal.
2) To make mention of a specific interviewee and their line of work (ex. models, photographers, adult film stars, etc).

3) In a way that is artistic as possible, when necessary.
4) In an effort to provide social commentary on a particular event/person (i.e., "The Reina Situation" posts, etc.)
5) In conjuction with text that is completely un-sexualized to the point that the photo/image is the last thing on anyone's mind, but still plays to the context of the entry in which it appears (i.e., the use of "The Stripper Shot" with reference to The Weeknd's musical journey, etc.)

Dislaimer on Content (Music):
With regards to music et al, all musical content that contains content that would warrant a "Parental Advisory" sticker upon "mainstream" release is mostly noted by either the artist themselves (via Soundcloud artwork, album artwork, or within the body of an interview) or the owner of SpeedontheBeat.com (herein referred to as "Speed on the Beat"). 

Disclaimer on Content (SpeedontheBeat.com Interviews):
SpeedontheBeat.com interviews are conducted in a manner that is akin to a "Q&A," usually through either email, instant message, or phone. When referring to an interview conducted by Speed on the Beat, interested parties may refer to it as either an interview or a "Q&A." With regards to questions for interviewees, please see each individual's interview for contact information. Speed on the Beat will not give out additional contact information to interviewees, unless authorized by interviewees. The content of interviews may not fully represent the views of Speed on the Beat, and should be treated as such. However, the content of interviews featured on SpeedontheBeat.com have been approved by Speed on the Beat. Speed on the Beat will not infringe on anyone's free speech rights.

Disclaimer on Content (Purpose of Usage of Names/Images, continued, and Fair Use):
Speed on the Beat and SpeedontheBeat.com do not intend to defame any one person, place, thing, or entity with the content of the entries and pages presented on this site. The content of SpeedontheBeat.com shall not be used to inflict bodily harm or mental anguish on any one person, place, thing, or entity. People who have been mentioned by name or image through SpeedontheBeat.com have been notified to the best of Speed on the Beat's abilities of their images, likeness, et al being used on SpeedontheBeat.com. SpeedontheBeat.com's use of images, names, music, etc. falls in line with Fair Use. For more information on Fair Use, please just open a book and look into it.

Speed on the Beat FAQ (in no particular order):
1) When did SpeedontheBeat.com start? SpeedontheBeat.com started in March 2012 as a blog. In May of 2013, Speed on the Beat purchased the domain name of SpeedontheBeat.com from GoDaddy, and has been using it to this day.

2) Where does the "SOTB!!!" moniker come from? The "SOTB!!!" moniker comes from an ad-lib done by Speed on the Beat, dating back to 2012's RAQUEL RELOADED/One Year Later. The use of the exclamation points was later added in 2014, following a recording session with Team DAR for the Genesis mixtape/album.

3) What does "D.A.R." stand for? DAR stands for many things. Officially, however, it stands for "Define a Revolution," thus the official Team DAR site being named as such, DefineARevolution.com. Speed still holds onto the "Dreams are Reality" meaning, as well as the official one.

4) When did Speed on the Beat start rapping? Speed on the Beat has been doing music for the latter part of twenty years, first singing and working with a few local labels out of Baltimore. Speed on the Beat first began rapping in 2002, during a middle school art class video compilation. Between 2004 and 2005, Speed, somewhat ironically, began recording off-kilter freestyles "dissing" Bow Wow and other artists in a manner that would be revisited years later as "no-fi." This unabashed approach to music led to Speed being signed to another now-defunct indie label which will never be named.

5) What is "no-fi" hip-hop? "No-Fi" hip-hop takes its roots from grunge and other alternative approaches to music. It also takes the J Dilla aesthetic and leaves even more of the flubs, mix-ups, etc. in the mix in an effort to create an overly realistic look into the recording process (spec. DIY recording) and the mental state of the artist (usually Speed on the Beat) at the time of recording.

6) Is SOTB!!! really bipolar? While Speed goes with the philosophy of "I am not my diagnosis," Speed on the Beat has been diagnosed as bipolar.

7) Does being bipolar effect his work output? Usually no. However, there are times where Speed, in a depressive state, will withdraw and "sort things out."

8) Has Speed performed under any other names? SOTB!!! has performed under several monikers, including his real name. Since 2011, however, he has exclusively performed as Speed on the Beat/SOTB!!!

9) What is the "27 Club?" The "27 Club" refers to celebrities and artistic visionaries who have died in their 27th year. "Members" include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Amy Winehouse. Speed on the Beat will be 27 in 2015. Therefore, in order to keep himself from heading down the path of soo many great minds, he plans to step away from solo efforts during his 27th year on this earth (August 17th, 2015 through August 16th, 2016). Plus, Speed just doesn't want to be 30, still "tryna get on."

10) Who is Dezeray? A young woman who Speed had feelings for in 2011.

11) Favorite food? Pizza and cheeseburgers, because 'Murrica.

12) If Speed wasn't doing this whole music/writer thing, what would he do? Teach, as he does, but still not in the traditional sense.

13) Who is Maranda and why is she so important to Speed's musical journey? Maranda Hunter was a young woman SOTB!!! went to school with between 2002 and 2006. She was one of the first people who actually pushed Speed into taking his written lyrics and turning them into raps. She was also his first high school crush, but that's not important. Ms. Hunter was, quite possibly, one of the kindest people to enter into Speed's life. Sadly, in 2011, Ms. Hunter passed on due to cancer. It can be argued that no woman, aside from his fiance Raquel, has had as much of an influence on Speed's career musically equal to Maranda's. Without that chance encounter with Maranda in 2003, it's quite possible that Speed would have never continued with hip-hop and some of the things that've happened because of Speed on the Beat would not have happened.

14) Was SOTB!!! really homeless/a stick-up kid/getting into all sorts of craziness in his younger days? SOTB!!! prides himself on never lying in his songs. Yes, years ago, SOTB!!! and his mother couch-surfed, even ending up in a shelter. With regards to the stick-up aspect, yes. It was a short-lived experience, as after the incident detailed in "Come and Get It," he realized that it was something he couldn't do with a clear conscience or a clear head clear of fears about, y'know, getting killed over it. Speed, like pretty much every child in Baltimore in the 1990s, at one point, had to hustle to try and get the things he really needed. It was kind of a covert thing, since his family tried to keep a somewhat watchful eye on him. However, he does not dwell on these memories, as he does not want to glorify them.

15) What's the deal with "DJ Baltimore Supplier?" "DJ Baltimore Supplier" is a moniker SOTB!!! adopted during his high school days. It was due to this moniker that SOTB!!! appeared in the Baltimore Sun alongside DJ Rod Lee and others in the mid-2000s, detailing the growth of Baltimore Club and the "spongebob" dance phenomenon. Whenever Speed gets the urge to crank out some B'more Club, he goes back to this place.

16) Who's Ms. Pink Jacket? The question that Speed can't seem to shake, even as he gets older. Ms. Pink Jacket was a young woman Speed went to school with, just like Maranda. The failed romantic pursuits of MPJ pushed Speed to not become so "stuck on" any one woman, unless he was sure that he would have a romantic relationship with. Because of his miscues with MPJ, Speed was able to learn from them and is able to have meaningful relationships. And no, he won't post photos of her (mainly because he's been asked not to).

17) Why does Speed use so many "son/sun" puns? His kid is his life. Plain and simple. There are few things in this world that can get to Speed full-out for a long period of time. His kid is one of them. His kid is one of the reasons why Speed on the Beat wants to leave solo projects behind during the 27th year. In addition, his son is one of the main reasons why Speed was able to regain control of his mental state in 2012 and 2013.

18) What does "PA" stand for? "PA" stands for "Profound Assholes." This diatribe-based series features Speed on the Beat and cohort Drizzle Sez speaking on issues ranging from pop culture beef to political strife to relationship drama. After recently reaching 50 "volumes," and because of other obligations, the series is currently less frequent as it once was. However, the series is still a vital part of SpeedontheBeat.com.

19) What does "SOTBMusic" mean? SOTBMusic is the "stamp of approval" that Speed on the Beat gives to music. If you see a post saying "SOTBMusic," know that Speed has gone through, listened to the project, and has formulated some semblance of an actual review (versus just copying and pasting the press release).

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