Caesar Is Black

Dope Game in the Dope Game

Category: Cash

More Festival Digs

Continuing a few notes on the festival life because there seems to be a bit of confusion around, and it may make sense to answer some basic questions.

1. What kind of Stuff are all these folks on?

That’s going to change depending on the season and the event you’re posted at. At the very least you’re going to have all the typical floating around, which means some White and Green, mixed with some of your friend Molly. Then you’ve got designer stuff that some kid cooked up in a lab, tabs, every flavor of pill that is cut with something you probably don’t want to take, and stuff that is has more steps than the Tour Eiffel.

2. Where is the get down?

You probably shouldn’t roll to one of these if you don’t know answers to basic questions. But say you were to get air dropped in cold, cause you read the Bible and decide you’re out for a quick buck. Grab a copy of the schedule and figure out what kinds of acts will serve your serve best. Then book there, post up and make sure to chat up when you spark up. This is really simple stuff. Eventually you will have folks asking for the hookup cause they didn’t come prepared. Luckily you will have.

3. What’s good with the music scene?

If you’re in to 4 to the floor beats and drops then you will also be happy at the usual.

But here’s a funny thing. Cause festivals (with a few exceptions where you can catch your boy each and every year) cater to a upper-brow middle-class young White suburbanite kind of crowd, there are a lot of fire rap acts.

It’s one of those weird dichotomies in life. So you can catch acts like The 36 Chambers Crew themselves:

Is what it is. If you’re a fan of the music, you may be surprised to hear that the 18-year old white chick next to you might know the lyrics better than you and is throwing down all the explicatives.

That brings me to the final point.

4. What’s good with the fly chicks?

Here’s the deal. If you’re at a event with five figures, scaled down the age chain to accommodate at 18-25 crowd specifically, and throw in the unspoken activities, there’s not really any reason you shouldn’t be cleaning up. Toss this in with being a fine brother that has a height advantage and a smooth tongue. It’s only gotten easier, and I expect it to age like some Macallan.

What are the types. Once again depends on the specific crowd. But expect a lot on the fly side, most in minimal clothing, and an atmosphere tuned to pulling out emotion. Not to mention all the stimulus of a club environment, cranked to the 10th degree. It’s not really something to play around with.

Combine all that with handing out candy to strangers, which means a passive stream of good vibes that people are paying you to partake in. It’s almost not fair.

Straight from the Underground

While you’ll usually find me at the latest soft opening or hitting the lounge in a two-piece, one-button with a tie and a square, part of keeping on your toes and making sure you have Full Access to all that life has to offer is mixing it up and making sure to get your dose of the Other Side.

Occasionally that means taking a few days off the regular gig, loading up the truck with some of the crew, hitting the plug, coping a few stashes that will get you through the weekend, and then bouncing to a local festival.

We stumbled on these a while back, and have proven to be a ludicrous business that concentrates the demand in one area for a few days. Suitable for a captured audience, we jack the price and walk away with the bank to throw away on some other ventures.

The next level move here is not the festival itself. It’s the combination of professional and pleasure interests. These are kind of advanced moves because usually people feel the need to keep them separate. The pinnacle of combination that we’ve reached as society is Happy Hour, which is mostly wack and only useful for putting in time with the 9-5 crowd when you need to close some extra deals for the quarter or get an in at the company that is across the street.

Since we’ve moved past that in to a realm where most people don’t tread, there are some things that we’ve learned from long experience that may be useful to the entrepreneur working to make his mark at the local event space.

1 . Pick money

Figure out what you’re doing there and why. Since my first love is Green, and the second is Gold, followed by Fine Black Women, the main reason I’m ever at one of these things is to stack that cash. So of course that means the focus is business. Scope that and don’t loose sight of your reasons for being.

2.  Figure out your clientele

Ideally you have looked at the landscape or have a decent idea of where your customers are going to be kicking it. If not then you’re a few steps behind and probably want to get up on Game.

3. Make your pitch

Since we are Notorious like Biggie in the streets, we’ve got folks coming up to us to solicit, but when you are just starting out you’re going to have to make the First Step. A good way is with casual use and a quick intro to a “Connect” that is hanging around in the shadows.

4. Collect your earnings

The one con (and not the Big Shop that opened up down the street from my spot, no connection) to the festival deal is that there are too many opportunities to flash your cash and watch all the hard end scratch end up down the tubes. Get some discipline and bring your own drink cause that is a different kind of racket.

 

Business as Usual

Every so often, because you’ve got a full social card, you will get asked out to a dinner that is more about Moving Numbers than Crunching Numbers.

You want to make sure to make room for these kinds of events. Luckily, they get booked early enough that you can pencil them in a few weeks in advance. It’s an advanced move here to make sure you’re booked for the upcoming weeks with these so that you have some convenient outs to dodge a dinner with a fly model chick and her wack friend that homegirl has been trying to set up.

Once you’ve got the something on the calendar, you’re going to want to put in a full day of deal making and capping ahead of your dinner so you are Peaking at the right time. This will involve scheduling some In-Persons, catching a Red Eye and going on No Sleep to a 8am Board Meeting to lock down a big contract. Then you could roll to serve up the Dominicana down the block from the spot you’re crashing who has been looking for the work. Then posting up since “you’ve got a bit of time on your hands” for a session. Then getting in some minor One on One action and crossing her up a few times before taking it to the Rack.

You’ll roll to your pad to check in and get Pieced Out. Drop in a custom fitted Dark Charcoal and Deep Purple tie and throw on some AEs. Knock back a few of the 12-year at the lounge down the street from your spot and put in some face time with another client who is a Regular there.

Don’t loose time talking business. Leave enough so that you can show up to the Event once it’s full. This is so you can hit the place with maximum effects. Get some intros to all the movers and shakers, make sure to drop seeds for later but have too many new people to meet.

Put everyone on ice for now as you make your way around. Get a drink in your hand. Preferably a Tempranillo. Make the rest of the rounds and get back to thank the host for the invite. Spend some time solidifying that relationship and making sure everything is good with the Account.

Roll back to some of the cards you dropped early and pick up anything you’ve got. Get in with a few Private Equity folk and some others that are looking in to Alternative Investments. Drop some knowledge about those topics and set up some other follow up meetings based on needs that one or two of the group have.

In a sense, events like these are compounding. You get the initial dividends of putting in face time with your group, but should also get some extra returns from any connections you make with friends of friends of friends. The benefit is that almost everyone is a Heavy in their own way, so you don’t have to waste time. The atmosphere is meant for Talking Shop, so come correct and expand the business is the MO.

After you make a few rounds, they’ll bring out the main courses, and you’ll cop your assigned seat. People take special care to mix up the tables, so you’ll likely end up next to even more business connects. This is on purpose to make sure the conversation keeps going. Extract the basic data from everyone about what they do, then start making connections.

The rest of the night should go in to a haze of wine and good conversation. At the end of the night, make sure to dap up your hosts and thank them for the good party. This will get you on the list for the next one. Do any last follow ups that you need to with the stragglers. If there happens to be a fly girl or two left then of course you will offer to bounce to the bar you’ve got on lock down the street. That is another story, for another day.

Moving In Silence

Particularly effective way to carry out any of your extracurricular activity is to not put it in the headlines. Couple reasons for this.

1. If you don’t say anything, no one can know anything.

The less you talk about things, the less she can know and verify as fact. What goes down with you stays with you, so she can only ever hear rumors about what you’ve been on. Rumors are shaky and you can always spin things how you want. It also means that she will start to blow things up in her head.

2. You can catch snitches

When things are leaking, there’s only so many people that can know specific things. If you hear about some stuff that you didn’t let slip, then you have a pretty good idea of where that came from and can take appropriate action.

3. Chicks value discretion

A little know side effect is that girls will understand that you keep things on the low and appreciate that as a “feature” of your interactions. She doesn’t want her exploits to get back to her group of friends cause they will judge her. If she’s got another guy around somewhere, boyfriend, husband or otherwise, it makes more trouble for her if she has to worry about other people finding out.

Aside: A con of this is that chicks will often try to Iso you so that they can take it one-on-one. When it’s just you two then she takes it to the hole. This can fuck up your time and your cash, but I always Swat that stuff and get on with business.

 

The real key is that the less you let get out there, the less you can have coming back around on your head later on.

 

Soul Soothing

Sometimes you’re going to have to talk someone off the ledge. That could be a client that is making some noise, or it could be that girl that thinks y’all are further along than you actually are.

Best way to do this. Start by agreeing with everything. All of the things they are saying make sense. Doesn’t matter how off the wall, agree first, leave anything else for later. Once you’ve agreed then you can add back in whatever it is you want to say. It helps if you throw in a few things that link your next words to the issues the person raised.

Very simple stuff when you get down to it.

The biggest thing is that people want to be heard. Big human need that doesn’t get fulfilled very often. So as long as you make someone feel like you’re hearing them, they’ll listen to whatever it is you have to say.

A lot of the time, they’ll go along with you after even if you agree and then offer a solution that goes against everything they just said. They don’t care about the content, it’s just that they want to feel heard.

Another good way to do that is by saying back whatever the person said with a “So what you’re saying is…”

Mad straightforward.

Try this and watch people come around to your side of things.

South Africa Abalone Battles

According to sources who asked not to be identified, the major upheaval started on January 20, when suspected perlemoen kingpin and minstrel boss Russel Jacobs, 38, was gunned down in Blue Downs.

They say the upheaval has included shootings, reshuffling of positions within a suspected syndicate, and a string of perlemoen busts.

In the three weeks after Jacobs was killed, six massive raids, involving more than R51m worth of perlemoen, were carried out in the province.

Striking after chaos is a strong move. Read more here.

Don’t get any ideas.

Interceptions

THE Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Lagos in the months of January and February through its anti-smuggling operations, have realised about N1.3 billion, even as it intercepted various contraband and other goods with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N713 million. The unit through its interventions recovered N650.3 million from duty payments and demand notices on general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airport and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment. These yielded N1.4 billion into the federation account in the two months under review.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Unit, Jerry Attah, and made available to Vanguard showed that 197 different seizures were recorded comprising foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp, arms, fake pharmaceutical/medicaments and various general merchandise.

Nigerian customs is turning over some product.

Don’t get any ideas.

Sales Takeaway

If you didn’t know, Dope Game is universal. It’s for women, for business and for life.

One little move that you might have used at the club, is actually even more gold when you’re using it to stack cash.

The takeaway.

Easy stuff really. Girl not feeling you in that moment at the spot? Turn your back, say some words, freeze her out. Now she’s got to try and get back in your good graces. She’ll come around. Chase is back on and you’re on the right side of the equation.

In business, basically the same deal.

Today, was pushing for a sale on some six figure work that we’ve got in pipeline. Maybe a bit too expensive for what this client is trying to do, but really they need it. They know it. I know it.

So they say “not sure about the price, how can we bring that down?”

Typically you’d work with them to come somewhere in the middle.

But I’m a fucking closer. So instead, I takeaway.

“That’s alright, we can give you this other package that’s less with less. This one is probably too expensive for you all anyway.”

Of course, everyone wants what they can’t have.

Cashed out, deal signed, no other issues after that.

Not closing out six-figure deals on the regular? Get out there.

Takeover

So let’s say you’re in your gig. Doing well for yourself. Got a bit of leverage, got a few folks working the block.

But there’s that one cat. He’s got it a bit better. Say you’re running three stacks a week, he’s running five.

Real answer from the street is to work him over. Cut off the supply, bust on his minions a bit, make life difficult.

Eventually the dude will throw in the cards. Or he’ll hit back.

That’s in the streets.

If you’re working with him at the 9 to 5, maybe you give him a little big project. Something he just can’t quite chew. Throw that down and make sure things blow up big in front of the decision makers.

Same principles.

Situation comes up when you’re out running the block. Sometimes the honey that you’re working towards at the spot is already posted with this dude or that due.

Running different styles there, but a lot of cats are going to chop it up and try to make nice.

Really it’s about gauging the situation. Maybe he will throw you a bone. This chick is his and that chick is yours.

But if you need to get him off the set. Come in swinging, just disregard any of that social shit. Drop a bomb here bomb there and then bust out with the chick in the middle of the flames.

Common denominator is that you’ve got to come in hot. No half stepping.

So all that said, story time.

Posted at the spot a while back. Swirling a Spanish Red, half the bottle gone. There’s folk milling around, little birthday jam going on at the bar across the way. Step over there, make some small talk. Figure out the host and the birthday girl.

One chick stands out. She’s dressed up, the vibe that it’s a bit nicer than she usually rocks. Rocking this silver dress. Hugging the right places. Light skinned but from out the country. Something a bit more exotic.

So of course I roll. Line up smooth, chat this and that, she’s feeling your boy.

Guy to the side, was in the convo before apparently starts to pop off cause I had stepped in his stuff.

A word or two. Digits and no more talk from the herb.

Let them talk, just make moves and hit hard.

by Black Caesar