Label name: Babygrande Records, Inc. Founded (Date): October 2002 Founder: Chuck Wilson Backstory (What’s the story behind the launch of the label? How was it launched? Why was it launched?): Babygrande was launched out of frustration with major labels and their out dated way of approaching the industry. The goal was to create a small label with high standards. I think we are doing quite well so far. Greatest Achievements (What are the label’s proudest moments? Going platinum? Releasing a classic? Signing a legend?): To have the opportunity to work with so many talented artists. Current and Future projects (What current projects are you pushing and what’s planned for the next year?): Right now we are focused on The Snowgoons and Bronze Nazareth’s group The Wisemen. We have a lot of great material coming out this year. Goals and Purpose (What kind of impact are you hoping to make on the industry? What goals do you have for the label?): We want to make great records that don’t feel corporatized in any way. Within the Game (How does the label fit within the current climate of hip-hop? Or does it even fit in at all? What’s the label’s personality in relation to the rest of hip-hop?): We feel we are the most forward thinking indie label in the business. We constantly strive to be innovative with everything we do. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SNOWGOONS INTERVIEW
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By: Rizoh Three weeks after reports of Tyrese Gibson’s nasty altercation with his pregnant girlfriend set the internet ablaze, the singer has finally spoken out on the issue. Predictably, Black Ty denies allegations that she punched his girlfriend. “I am a very private person but as untrue information is still circulating, I feel I owe it to my fans and supporters to finally address the rumors and put them to rest once and for all,” said Tyrese. “Please be assured that accusations of an alleged physical altercation between my girlfriend and me are absolutely false. No charges were filed. I am grateful for the prayers and support I have received over the last several weeks from my fans and supporters and I want to thank them. God Bless.”
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Chamillionaire had a hugely successful 2006 and he’s hoping the same happens in 2007. The Houston emcee announced that his new single will be “Not a Criminal” featuring Kelis from his upcoming album, Ultimate Victory. Produced by Styalz Fuego, Cham says the song was inspired by the recent success he’s been experiencing and the spotlight it puts on you for your lyrics. “People treat you like you committed a crime when you speak the truth about what’s really on your mind,” Cham said. “People act like its wrong to have an opinion about things especially when your views are different than theirs. I feel like setting the goal to be a successful entrepreneur should be looked at as a good thing and should not come with all the unnecessary hate and resistance. The business world can be a cruel place and even though I work hard at being successful and staying on top of my business, some people will look at me like I’m a criminal because of it, when I’m actually just working hard so my company can grow and I can remain successful. Even though one may have money through hard work, you still get judged and have to deal with prejudices and problems. I plan on doing what I feel is right for me and not worrying about anyone that feels otherwise.” The new album, set to drop this Spring will feature appearances from Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Pimp C, Slick Rick, Devin the Dude, with production from Three Six Mafia, JR Rotem, Rick Rock and others. Cham hopes that people will heed his lyrics more than what he’s wearing this time out. “I need people to pay attention to what I have to say, instead of just staring at my mouth,” he said. “I speak with a purpose and definitely want people to know that I’m not just some rapper with diamonds in his mouth. As soon as they get past the materialistic stuff and listen to the message on my album then I will feel like I have won.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The Clipse recently announced their participation on the Seagram’s Live 2007 tour launching in April, but first they’re going to hit up some cities on their own. The Hell Hath No Fury Tour launches on February 25 in Baltimore at Club Sonar and will run until March 29 where they will also end in Baltimore. Pusha T and Malice will get a small break before they head out on the Seagram’s Live Tour starting on April 7 in Memphis and running until April 29 ending in Miami. The proceeds from this tour will go towards the rebuilding of New Orleans from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. 2/25 BALTIMORE, DC @ SONAR 2/26 NEW YORK, NY @ BB KINGS 2/27 CAMBRIDGE, MA @ MIDDLE EAST 2/28 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ TROCADERO 3/1 OHIO (TBA) 3/2 CHICAGO, IL @ PARK WEST 3/3 MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ MYTH 3/5 BOLDER, CO @ GOTHIC 3/6 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO @ FOX 3/7 JACKSON HOLE @ MANGY MOOSE 3/8 SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ SUDES 3/10 TACOMA, WA @ TACOMA CENTER 3/11 VANCOUVER, BC @ NIGHTLIGHT LOUNGE 3/12 PORTLAND, OR @ BERBAITIS PAN 3/14 SAN JOSE, CA @ VINGOS 3/15 SAN FRANSCISCO, CA @ MEZZANIE 3/16 LOS ANEGLES, CA @ KEY CLUB 3/17 SAN DIEGO @ BELLY UP 3/18 PHOENIX, AZ @ CLUB HOUSE 3/19 ALBERQUERQUE, NM @ SUNSHINE THEATER 3/21 AUSTIN, TX @ EMO 3/23 MIAMI, FL @ I/0 3/24 ORLANDO, FL @ SOCIAL 3/25 ATLANTA, GA @ THE LOFT 3/26 ASHVILLE, NC @ ORANGE PEEL 3/27 CARBORO, NC @ CATS CRADLE 3/28 RICHMOND, VA (TBA) 3/29 BALTIMORE, MD (TBA) SEAGRAM’S LIVE 2007 TOUR SCHEDULE (Dates and Venues Subject to Change) 4/7Memphis (Plush) 4/8 New Orleans(House of Blues) 4/12 Atlanta (Earthlink Live) 4/13Birmingham (Platinum Nightclub) 4/14Jackson )Free Lons Groove) 4/20Detroit (Club Visions) 4/21Washington D.C. (930 Club) 4/26NYC (BB King’s) 4/27Fort (Bragg Sports USA) 4/28Tampa(Club Skye) 4/29Miami (TBD)
By: Rizoh The Game a.k.a. the West Coast King of Controversy recounted a sexual encounter with video vixen Vida Guerra recently. While speaking to Funkmaster Flex on New York radio Hot 97, Game was asked about his decision to lash out at video models on his new single “Wouldn’t Get Far.” He explained that the negative influence models have on his 16-year old sister inspired him to write the song. He later disclosed that he met Vida Guerra, one of the subjects of “Wouldn’t Get Far,” at a Jamie Foxx house party. “I go over there and she’s sitting down on a couch. I sit down next to her,” Game recalls. The rest, as they say, is history. Click here to listen to the audio to find out more about Game’s finger-poppin’ encounter with Vida.
By: Rizoh Brandy, who was involved in a fatal car crash last December, may face charges for vehicular manslaughter. The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail in addition to a $1,000 fine. "The office is currently reviewing the case and determining whether the evidence warrants the filing of a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter," said California Highway Patrol spokesperson Nick Velasquez. He added that prosecutors couldn’t put a date on when they would make a definitive decision on the case. As we reported earlier, Brandy was driving her 2007 Land Rover when she accidentally struck a 2005 Honda in front of her, which in turn crashed into a 1989 Toyota. The 2005 Honda, driven by 38-year old Awatef Aboudihaj, then spun sideways and struck the center divider. As Aboudihaj’s Honda came to a halt, it was pummeled by an oncoming 1988 Acura. Aboudihaj was taken to a hospital, where she died of injuries. Brandy has publicly expressed condolences to the victim’s family. Her publicist said Brandy wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the crash occurred. On a related note, the singer’s fans recently filed an online petition demanding that she be prosecuted for “taking an innocent life.” The petitioners go on to say that Brandy should Brandy should not be treated fairly on the strength of her celebrity status.” She should serve time for it or at least pay a fine. It’s wrong on so many levels and something should be done about it.”
Label name: Duck Down Records Founded (Date): 1995 Founders: Dru Ha & Buckshot Backstory (What’s the story behind the launch of the label? How was it launched? Why was it launched?): Founded by Buckshot and DruHa, Duck Down Records was conceptualized as an outlet for how they envisioned music to be created, managed and distributed. At the time, it was founded to give us an outlet for our music, without having to seek out deals or be salesmen for projects that we wanted to introduce, It was also the beginning of an era, where producers and hot artists were getting label deals that allowed them total control over their products and visions. Buckshot and Dru Ha formed Duck Down for that very reason. To date, Duck Down Records is the home to: Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price, Black Moon, Heltah Skeltah, O.G.C., Ruste Juxx and BOOT CAMP CLIK. Greatest Achievements (What are the label’s proudest moments? Going platinum? Releasing a classic? Signing a legend?): Duck Down’s proudest moment has to be the fact that we’ve been able to maintain our label now for over 10 years in a very tough market. We’ve seen extreme highs and also the lows, but through it all our artists have remained true to the Duck Down formula. Of course some of the other things we’re proud of is the over 4 million records sold in our 12-year history; the opportunity to work with hip hop heavyweights such as: Tupac (who we recorded an album with, entitled One Nation before his untimely death); Talib Kweli, Aaliyah, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, KRS One, M.O.P., Q-Tip, Raekwon and our current collaborations with the Justus League. Duck Down’s most notable releases are: Black Moon’s, “Enta Da Stage,” Smif N Wessun’s “ Da Shinin,” O.G.C.’s, “Da Storm,” Heltah Skeltah’s. “Nocturnal,” 9th Wonder and Buckshot’s, “Chemistry,” Sean Price’s, “Monkey Barz,” and Boot Camp Clik’s, “The Last Stand,” albums. One other amazing feat was just over a year ago in 2005, when we released Duck Down Record’s Triple Threat Summer. It Has 3 releases, Sean Price, “Monkey Barz” (May, 2005), 9th Wonder and Buckshot, “Chemistry” (July, 2005) and then Smif N Wessun, “Reloaded” (September, 2005). For an INDIE label or any label for that matter having 3 Full Length albums out in such a short period of time is a tough task, but it ended up being very successful for us and we earned the title of Top 5 Comebacks of the Year from HipHopSite.com. Current and Future projects (What current projects are you pushing and what’s planned for the next year?): Duck Down Record’s most current release is from our signature group, Boot Camp Clik (Great which consists of Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price, O.G.C. and Heltah Skeltah. The new album, LAST STAND, was released this past summer (July 18th, 2006). The album features production from Pete Rock, Large Professor, Da Beatminerz, 9th Wonder, G-Unit’s, Ill Mind, Coptic and more. Our main priority, aside from continuing to promote BCC’s newest release, is Sean Price’s second solo effort, JESUS PRICE SUPASTAR, slated for a January 30th, 2007 release. Sean P!’s second album was produced mainly by 9th Wonder, and Khrysis, but also has production from MoSS, G-Unit’s Ill Mind, PF Cuttin and more. The album features Buckshot, of Black Moon, Rock, of Heltah Skeltah, Sadat X, Ruste Juxx, Steele (Of Smif N Wessun), Loud Mouf Choir, Skyzoo, and Phonte (Of Little Brother). There is a good amount of anticipation surrounding Sean Price’s second release, especially following his MONKEY BARZ LP, where Sean garnered Indie Artist of the Year honors from SOURCE Magazine and ALLHIPHOP.COM. The Savior Will Be Recognized January 30th. Goals and Purpose (What kind of impact are you hoping to make on the industry? What goals do you have for the label?): For Duck Down it’s about continuing to make good music and music that we believe in. In terms of an impact for us, it’s always trying to stay true to our core group of fans, and hopefully make enough noise to make some new ones along the way. In 2007 we’re looking to release at least 3 to 4 albums, which should keep Duck Down’s name in the mix. (Sean Price, “Jesus Price Supastar,” Heltah Skeltah, “D.I.R.T.,” Ruste Juxx, “Indestructable,” 9th Wonder and Buckshot, “The Formula.”) We are also looking to sign some new talent, and have had some discussions with members of the Justus League, and even KRS One. Within the Game (How does the label fit within the current climate of hip-hop? Or does it even fit in at all? What’s the label’s personality in relation to the rest of hip-hop?): Well for starters, I guess we get classified as being an INDIE Label, meaning we don’t have the same MACHINE that a Def Jam, or J-Records may have. The good thing about being an independent record label is that we don’t have to rely on an individual or company to create, approve, or execute a plan. We have always taken pride in our ability to come up with creative and original marketing tactics, something that we are proud of and that we feel has always created a separation from our competition. At times we have had to cut corners in order to fund plans properly. However, continuing with grassroots tactics and a heavy presence, to this day we remain proud of how we run our Label. Our Personality in this game is like that smaller dog that actually thinks he’s the size of a rottweiler. We’re not going to be afraid of any challenge/obstacle or fear a major release that may coincide with one of our Indie releases. We have to just find ways to break through the clutter and make ourselves noticeable. So that means taking over the Web, hitting the streets with posterboard and finding new ways to publicize our artists and advertise their respective albums. CLICK HERE TO VIEW SEAN PRICES’ INTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO VIEW BUCKSHOTS’ INTERVIEW
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Since dropping his critically acclaimed debut album, Dead Ringer, in 2002 producer RJD2 went on to drop a couple of more albums and produce joints for Aceyalone, Soul Position and score a variety of video games and movies. Now he’s preparing to drop his new album, The Third Hand, on March 6. In an effort to curtail any bootlegging of the album, RJD2 said he will offer a bonus digital only EP for the fans who buy songs from independent records stores and iTunes. “All of these are going to be high quality mp3′s, as will be the iTunes album version of course,” RJD2 posted on his blog. “So why listen to an 8-bit low-res garbage-sounding ripped copy off some kid’s blog? In 2007, exclusive bonus cuts+good sound quality=the way to live. I truly think its worth your hard earned 10-15 bucks at the end of the day. sheeeeit, 9.99 for an album on itunes? You know you cant beat that!” Shortly after the album drops, RJD2 will head out on tour with a live band and DJ to give you a live version of his production. Here’s the current tour itinerary: 3.9.07 Wexner Center – Columbus OH 3.10.07 The Dame – Lexington KY 3.11.07 Exit In – Nashville TN 3.12.07 Revolution Music Room – Little Rock AR 3.13.07 Bricktown Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 3.14.07 Haileys – Denton TX 3.16.07 Emo’s – Austin, TX 3.17.07 Warehouse Live – Houston TX 3.19.07 House of Blues – New Orleans LA 3.20.07 Variety Playhouse – Atlanta GA 3.21.07 Cats Cradle – Carrboro NC 3.22.07 Satellite Ballroom – Charlottesville VA 3.23.07 9:30 Club – Washington DC 3.24.07 Sonar – Baltimore MD 4.11.07 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia PA 4.12.07 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale NY 4.13.07 Webster Hall – New York NY 4.14.07 Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge MA 4.15.07 Pearl Street Nightclub – Northampton MA 4.16.07 La TuLipe – Montreal QC 4.17.07 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto ON 4.18.07 Magic Stick – Detroit MI 4.19.07 Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights OH 4.20.07 Metro – Chicago IL 4.21.07 First Avenue – Minneapolis MN 4.22.07 The Picador (formerly Gabes Oasis) – Iowa City IA 4.23.07 Birdys – Indianapolis IN 5.10.07 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO 5.11.07 Abbey Theatre, Durango, CO 5.12.07 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ 5.13.07 Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA 5.14.07 Henry Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA 5.15.07 Mezannine – San Francisco, CA 5.17.07 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR 5.18.07 Neumos – Seattle, WA 5.19.07 The Nightlight Lounge – Bellingham, WA
By: Rizoh An unidentified man was injured at a recent Bone Thugs-N-Harmony concert. Fight broke out at the show, drawing the attention of law enforcement. The victim was hit in the head with a barstool and beaten unconscious, according to reports. The concert came to an abrupt halt, as authorities dispersed the crowd of about 1,500 people Friday night at the Warner Grand Theatre. The injured concertgoer was later treated at a hospital, but he wasn’t the only one having a unfavorable night. Another man who allegedly threw a punch at a police officer was cuffed for resisting arrest.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Last year, director Spike Lee got behind the camera to direct the pilot episode for the James Woods lead TV drama, “Shark” on CBS. It looks like he’ll be doing it again for an upcoming NBC pilot. Lee and his production company signed a deal with NBC last summer with hopes of putting together a TV drama based on New Orleans residents putting their lives back together after Hurricane Katrina. Ultimately, the idea was scrapped but NBC still wanted to work with Lee. Lee will direct the pilot for “M.O.N.Y. (Mayor of New York)”, a show about an average joe becoming the mayor of New York. The show was written my Tom Fontana (“Oz”, “Homicide: Life on the Street”) and director Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”, “Good Morning, Vietnam”). As far as movies for Lee, he recently signed on to direct the biopic of the life of James Brown. There’s no word on when production will start.
By: Rizoh G-Unit rapper Young Buck, known to his parents as David Darnell Brown, can’t seem to stay out of trouble these days. The 25-year old rapper was arrested over the weekend on an outstanding warrant for missing a court date. According to the Associated Press, a police officer noticed that Buck was weaving and bobbing in his Cadillac Escalade in Nashville and pulled him over for riding dirty. The arrest stemmed from a July 2006 incident, when he was caught driving on a suspended license. Although 50 Cent finally gave Buck some money to secure a valid license, his record reflected an outstanding warrant for last year’s citation. He was later released on $1,000 bond and is slated for a court appearance on February 27, 2007. Young Buck was in town to promote his upcoming sophomore album, Buck the World. “Get Buck,” the lead single from that album, is now available for your listening pleasure on our Audio page.
Label name: Fat Beats Records Founded (Date): Fat Beats launched a retail store in July 1994, in June of 2002 Fat Beats launched a record label with the release of Atmosphere’s God Loves Ugly. Founders: Joseph Abajian Backstory Fat Beats expanded their operations from 3 retails stores, an e-commerce site and independent distribution company with the launch of a record label through Sony/BMG distribution. Fred Feldman, a veteran in the music industry who ran Profile Records, later launched his own rock label Triple Crown Records and currently resides as the Vice President of East West/Warner Brothers was hired to oversee the start of the label and to hit the ground running. Fat Beats opted to start a label because we were working with at least a dozen artists who got signed to majors and consulting for some of the top independent labels, we felt like there was a lot of unappreciated talent out there that needed to be heard. Greatest Achievements We are proud of every record we release, but naturally it’s gratifying when you see a record really resonate with the fans. Some of our highlights include releasing Atmosphere’s first official album, Soul Position’s debut album, signing One Be Lo and releasing his debut solo album, signing Black Milk, and working with Timberland to create their first co-branded limited edition boot. Current and Future projects Black Milk – Popular Demand hits stores on 3.13.2007 – DON’T SLEEP!!! One Be Lo follows up on the critically acclaimed S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. with his sophomore release L.I.F.E. Akrobatik is back hot off his collaboration with Mr. Lif as the Perceptionists with a new album called Absolute Value set for a second quarter release. Last but not least Buffalo. NY natives Psuedo Slang come heavy with the jazz with their debut album We’ll Keep Looking. Goals and Purpose Our goal is to release good music that has a long shelf life. So many records come out, get purchased and quickly forgotten – we try to release records that are timeless. Within the Game (How does the label fit within the current climate of hip-hop? Or does it even fit in at all? What’s the label’s personality in relation to the rest of hip-hop?): Fat Beats has a unique position due to our history in the independent hip-hop scene. We try to use our credibility and our reputation for doing good business to attract the most talented artist in the scene and to get their music to as many ears as possible. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BLACK MILK INTERVIEW
By: Rizoh Timz, an American-born rapper of Iraqi heritage, has unleashed a music video that’s sure to land him in some hot soup. The politically charged clip, titled “Dear Mr. George Bush,” rails against the U.S. government’s highly criticized involvement in the Iraq war. In the controversial video, Timz rhymes: “Look what they give us: blood from the world to fill up our rivers.” And “You killed my family, and I should say ‘thank you’? No thanks, you got your tanks, I got my gun…bring it on!” Elsewhere on the second verse, he raps: “Why do you insist to make a fool of us? For over 200 years… we stood for what’s good, now we despised by our peers; And what do you…but add fuel to the fire and send in more troops. Oh the troops God save the troops; it wasn’t their war their lies their fault. America the beautiful what did they do to you, they used you its so indisputable!” “Dear Mr. George Bush” is taken from Timz’s debut CD, Iraq. Watch Timz’s “Dear Mr. George Bush” video below:
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Hip-Hop has always worn its manhood on its sleeve. From proving how hard or gully you are to its sometimes misogynistic overtones along with its detestation of homosexuality. On February 20, PBS will air “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” a documentary directed by Byron Hurt looking at the gender roles within the hip-hop community. "In the past 20 years, hip-hop has become a critically acclaimed, billion-dollar industry," Hurt said. "How do black men feel about the representations of manhood in hip-hop? How do black women and men feel about the pervasive images of scantily clad and sexually objectified women in rap music and videos? What do today’s rap lyrics tell us about the collective consciousness of black men and women from the hip-hop generation? What does homoeroticism in hip-hop media look like? These are the types of questions I set out to explore in this film and to provide thoughtful dialogue from intelligent, divergent voices of rap artists, industry executives, rap fans and social critics from inside and outside the hip-hop generation." The film features exclusive interviews with Mos Def, Chuck D, Dead Prez, Busta Rhymes, Russell Simmons, Jadakiss, Michael Eric Dyson, KRS-One Sarah Jones and a host of others. Hip-Hop fans can have a chance to see the film before it airs on PBS in various free screenings in cities across the U.S. To see if there’s a free screening in your area, check this link: ITVS.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Late last year, Def Jux Records announced its partnership with mtvU to search for the best unsigned emcees, producers and bands to sign to its label and release an EP and record a song with Mr. Lif. For two months college kids around the world voted for their favorite unsigned college act on BestMusicOnCampus.com and Danny Swain also known as Danny!, had the most votes. Swain, hailing from the Savannah College of Art & Design, will now join up with the Def Jux heads and record an EP for release as well as collaboration with Mr. Lif. To check out what joints got Danny! the most votes, check out his profile at bestmusiconcampus.com. There’s no word on when his project will
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