By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It was a somewhat quiet 2006 for Mike Jones, but that’s because he’s been busy working for 2007. Jones has announced that he will release his new album, The American Dream in April on Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records. The first single from the album, “Mr. Jones”, was produced by Myke Diesel and is already making its way around the web. In addition, Jones will drop The American Dream the movie – straight to DVD – around the same time as the album. Jones not only stars in the film, but also produced it and co-directed it with director Derrick Dixon. The story is loosely based on Jones’ life growing up in Houston to becoming a rap star.
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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Starting this week your favorite music mogul, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, will begin auditions nationwide for the fourth season of ‘Making the Band.’ This season, Diddy will try to replicate Danity Kane’s success with an all-boy band. Even though auditions start today in Los Angeles, fans wanting a shot at getting on the show can upload a video of themselves doing their thing at www.makingtheband.mtv.com. From January 13 to January 27, Diddy is asking that fans record themselves singing “Can’t Stand The Rain,” “My Cherie Amour” and “Got to Be There” and upload it to the site. If you get the most votes from site visitors, then the better your chance to make the cut. Still, if doing your thing in front of Diddy is more comfortable to you, here’s the schedule for the nationwide auditions: LOS ANGELES: DATE: Wednesday 1/17 – Open Call TIME: Line forms at 6 am, Open call begins promptly at 8 am LOCATION: KNITTING FACTORY 7021 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028 HOUSTON DATE: Saturday 1/20 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: MERIDIAN 1503 Chartres St. Houston, TX 77003 ORLANDO DATE: Tuesday 1/23 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: CLUB PARIS 122 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 ATLANTA DATE: Saturday 1/27 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: VERVE LOUNGE 511 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308 CHICAGO DATE: Tuesday 1/30 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: CLUB 720 720 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60622 DETROIT DATE: Saturday 2/3 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: PLAN B 205 W. Congress Detroit, MI 48226 NEW YORK DATE: Tuesday 2/6 TIME: Line forms at 7 am, Open call begins promptly at 10 am LOCATION: BLVD 199 Bowery (at Spring St) New York, NY 10002
Brick Records Founded 1996 Members: Truth Elemental (Josh Gagne) Papa D! (Adam Defalco) KARMA (Trevor Gendron) Will C. (William Curley) Back Story/Mission Statement: SCIENCE Once translucent glass shattered into web-like shapes upon the impact of a simple brick thrown with angry defiance. This brick was stained with the blood of the downed officer who lay next to his vandalized vehicle. A black and white photo of this scene, brick lying next to the damaged windshield, appeared in the following day’s paper, with propaganda stating "police officer wounded in the line of duty." A news story that could only be justified if an officer’s duty includes the beating of a handcuffed 16 year old girl while breaking up a party, which is why the brick was utilized. This single brick, a mark of defiance, is the basic symbol of Brick Records, a Boston, MA based hip-hop label. Brick Records is a reaction not only to the oppressive social structure of America as a whole, but also to the current state and structure of the hip-hop industry. Many ideological and vinyl "bricks" are being launched. . . . The individual who velocitized that first brick in the above narrative passed away in a mysterious "accident" shortly thereafter. He was a personal friend of mine. Brick’s first release, the "Respect Due" 7" compilation was done in tribute to him. It was released in January, 1996 and is since out of print. This release was also the first brick laid in the construction of an underground empire. Brick Records is truly an independent operation, originally financed with student loan loot and run out of my bedroom in between work and classes. In a little over a year of operation, the label had significantly grown. So much so, that I could no longer bear the workload by myself. In 1997 Papa D signed on as a partner. Soon after, Karma signed on as art director, but also plays a more active role in the label as well. As a triad, Brick Records has been unstoppable, and has outlasted many of the other major independent labels throughout the years. This is because we are primarily fans first. The love of, and belief in, our artists and their music has kept us strong and allowed us to perservere through any trying times. In the early years, Brick Records was known as the home of the Rebel Alliance crew, and also as a cornerstone of Boston hip hop. The Rebel Alliance made mad noise in the rapidly growing indie/underground hip-hop scene starting with the release of the AOI/God Complex split 12" EP in early 1996 (God Complex, without Karma, have since changed their name to 7L & Esoteric). In the past, the label had concentrated primarily on releasing works by Rebel Alliance members (7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, etc), and helped get them recognized worldwide as some of hip-hop’s most innovative artists. Since then, the label has expanded and has put out many classic releases from artists nationwide. The hard, abrasive brick is not only used as a tool of destruction, it is also a basic building block. Urban monoliths rise from the laying of the first single brick. The brick is like knowledge, it can be used to build or to destroy. We use it for both, to build a new foundation, to pave the way for a new breed of hip-hop artists, and to take out those who suppress/oppress us. TRUTH ELEMENTAL Originally written September, 1997 Updated October 2004 Press Release 2007: In 1996, Brian Coleman (author of "Rakim Told Me" and noted Hip Hop journalist) wrote in CMJ magazine that the God Complex/AOI split 12" single was one of the most refreshing and important independent records that year (the 100 pressed on the green and orange marble wax are coveted). Ten years and eighty releases later, the same upstart label that brought you that split 12", Brick Records, presents "X: A Decade Of Independence." Surviving a decade in this fickle independent hip hop climate is next to impossible these days. Brick did it pre-internet, pre-international distribution and pre-pro tools. Sounds crazy, yet true. The imprint would lead a resurgence in the Boston hip hop scene and would establish artists to carry on the torch initially lit by legendary acts like Gangstarr Posse, Edo G., The Almighty R.S.O, Top Choice Clique and TDS Mob. Brick Records launched the careers of every notable "new school" act to come out of the commonwealth in the last ten years, most importantly The Rebel Alliance, 7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, Insight, Skitzofreniks, Beyonder, D-Tension and currently Raydar Ellis and Termanology. Not limited to ‘Murda’ Mass, Brick expanded it’s operation and it’s wings releasing projects worldwide with a pre-mask wearing MF DOOM, Ras Kass, Scratch (The Roots), 9th Wonder (Little Brother), brooklyn rhyme legend and Wu Tang affiliate Shabazz The Disciple, Mood frontman Main Flow, Louis Logic and super producer Chops (Mountain Brothers). The label would pair up it’s stable producers and artists with some of the best in the industry leading to collaborations with Slug (Atmosphere), Cormega, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Z-Trip, Boot Camp Click, A.G., Jedi Mind Tricks and more right up to the current hit single from Termanology "Watch How It Go Down (Remix),", produced by legendary producer DJ Premier and featuring Lil Fame from M.O.P. and recent Jive signee/Kay Slay protegé Papoose. "X: A Decade Of Independence" is a celebration of an accomplishment; of a respected history and brand. Seamlessly mixed and blended by the newest and very talented additions to the Brick family Raydar Ellis and Will C. and with precise cuts and scratches by DJ Rugged One, "X" takes the listener on an interesting journey over two discs and 27 of the best Brick has to boast, starting with the first future retro sonics of God Complex’s "Strontium 90" right up to the Term and Preemo current classic "Watch How It Goes Down." Thorough and historic stuff. Here’s to the next decade… Greatest Achievements: I think our greatest acheivement is being able to look back at the last ten years and say that we are proud of and stand behind every release that we have put out. We have been lucky enough to have had talented, motivated, hard working, influencial artists like 7L & Esoteric, Mr. Lif, Insight, Raydar Ellis and Termanology and have had the oppurtunity and garnered the respect to work with bigger more established artists and legends like Premier, DOOM, Mega & Ras Kass. Just surviving in this game from 96 on with all the changes is an achievement in itself. Current Projects: We are still promoting are full-lengths from: King Syze – "Syzemology" D-Tension – "Contacts & Contracts II" Raydar Ellis – "Late Pass" Main Flow and 7L – "Flow Season" Termanology – "Hood Politics IV: Show & Prove" On 2.13 we will release Brick Records – "X: A Decade Of Independence", our 2 Disc Compilation of the history of the label from ’96 to present. (See Press Release Above) in the Spring we will release Raheem Jamal (Of Project Move) – "Boom Box" produced entirely by Raydar Ellis…this is our promo tag for the album: "This is how rap albums used to be. This is how rap albums should be. One MC, one producer, and a couple of their boys. Songs about life, love, struggle and strength. Brick Records proudly presents Raheem Jamal, "Boom Box. " As far as goals and personality, we at Brick want the same thing we have always wanted, to put out good, quality music with talented people that we like ourselves and that we can be proud of. We aren’t re-inventing the wheel here. We are a small independent label that works hard, stays honest and releases quality records, plain and simple. We aren’t trying to own or beat our artists. We aren’t trying to "Save Hip Hop", or "Keep It Real" or find the "next" Pac or Biggie…we are trying to find Raydar Ellis, we are tying to find Termanology and find Raheem Jamal, and we are trying to get people to find them. We are not exploiting the culture, we are enhancing it. CLICK HERE TO READRAYDAR ELLISINTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READRAHEEM JAMALINTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READD-TENSIONINTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READMAIN FLOWINTERVIEW
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno DJ Rob Swift left turntablist crew the X-Ecutioners shortly after the release of their 2004 album, Revolutions. The crew, who had already lost Mista Sinista a couple of years before, dwindle down to two and a couple of replacements but hardly heard from. Swift went onto release more solo projects, including War Games and several mixtapes. Now he’s releasing a DVD titled, As the Tables Turn, that not only documents he start as a DJ and his rise within the industry, but also the real story of what happened within the X-Ecutioners. “The complete story of the X-ecutioners is addressed in ‘As the Tables Turn,’” Swift told HipHopCrack.com. “There are exclusive interviews with Roc Raida and Mista Sinista candidly speaking about all of the events that affected the group. Will there be a reunion? Watch the movie and find out…” The DVD is set to hit stores on February 27 and also features performances and interviews from DJ Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike, Shortkut, The Large Professor & Neek the Exotic, and Bob James. Swift said that most DJ documentaries only focus on the technical side of DJing and hardly the career-side so he felt that this was a great angle to dive into. "As the Tables Turn’ revolves around all of the pivotal moments in my career,” Swift said. “From winning my first battle to hitting the mainstream with the X-ecutioners to ultimately leaving the group and pursuing my solo career. It’s an in depth look into the events (good and bad) that brought me to this point in my career.” Check out the trailer here:
By:Rizoh Times are hard for R&B siren Toni Braxton. Braxton has severed ties with Blackground/Universal, after releasing two discs–2005′s Libra and Un-Break My Heart: The Remix Collection–on the label. The 38-year old singer is also taking her former personal manager Barry Hankerson to court, claiming he owes her at least $10 million for deceptively convincing her to leave Arista and join Blackground, according to reports. The suit states: "Hankerson actively sought to destroy Braxton’s relationship with Arista through underhanded ‘double-talk,’ telling Braxton that Arista was not interested in working with her anymore, while telling Arista that Braxton no longer wanted to record for Arista." When her new label proved unproductive, Braxton claims she attempted to fire Hankerson but that he turned against her. Braxton released a good portion of her catalog on LaFace between 1993 and 2004. LaFace was later acquired by Arista via a merger in 1999.
By: Quibian Salazar-Moreno Ever since Three 6 Mafia won the Oscar for their song, “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” from the movie, Hustle and Flow, everybody has been wanting to get a piece of the Memphis crew, even though they’ve been doing the same thing for over a decade. It seems like MTV is the first ones to get a piece as they announced “Adventures in Hollyhood”, a reality show starring Three 6 Mafia. The show is set to premiere on March 14 and will follow Juicy J, DJ Paul and their crew as they leave Memphis and try to make their mark in Hollywood. There’s no word on what they’re actually trying to do in Cali, since the group are multi-platinum artists and have a deep southern following; and they have already experienced success. Fans will be able to follow their adventures on HOLLYWOODMTV
By: Rizoh Beyonce’s Oscar dream suffered another blow, as the singer was snubbed at last night’s Golden Globe Awards. "Dreamgirls" snatched up three prestigious awards for Best Musical or Comedy, Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson), and Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy). "I had always dreamed, but I never ever dreamed this big," Hudson said as she accepted her trophy. "This goes far beyond anything I could have ever imagined." "Wow," said Eddie Murphy during his own acceptance speech, "I’ll be damned." Based on a Broadway play, "Dreamgirls" chronicles the rise of a fictional trio of female singers resembling The Supremes during the early 1960s. Beyonce, who was also snubbed at this year’s Critics Choice Awards, will have to wait till January 23, when the Oscar nominations are unveiled, to find out if she’s among the event’s big nominees. The Oscar ceremony takes place on February 25. Here’s a complete list of winners: MOTION PICTURES -Picture, Drama: "Babel" -Actress, Drama: Helen Mirren, "The Queen" -Actor, Drama: Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland" -Picture, Musical or Comedy: "Dreamgirls" -Actress, Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada" -Actor, Musical or Comedy: Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" -Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls" -Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls" -Director: Martin Scorsese, "The Departed" -Movie Screenplay: Peter Morgan, "The Queen" -Foreign Language: "Letters From Iwo Jima," USA/Japan -Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, "The Painted Veil" -Original Song: "The Song of the Heart" from "Happy Feet" -Animated Film: "Cars" TELEVISION -Series, Drama: "Grey’s Anatomy," ABC -Actress, Drama: Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" -Actor, Drama: Hugh Laurie, "House" -Series, Musical or Comedy: "Ugly Betty," ABC -Actress, Musical or Comedy: America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty" -Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" -Miniseries or movie: "Elizabeth I," HBO -Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Helen Mirren, "Elizabeth I" -Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Bill Nighy, "Gideon’s Daughter" -Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Emily Blunt, "Gideon’s Daughter" -Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jeremy Irons, "Elizabeth I" -Cecil B. DeMille Award: Warren Beatty
Independent Label Profile Label name: Nature Sounds Founded (Date): 2003 Founders: Devin Horwitz Backstory (What’s the story behind the launch of the label? How was it launched? Why was it launched?): The label started almost by accident as the label founder (aka Dev 1) released a couple 12” and a compilation with tracks he produced with various underground artists. Many established artists quickly came to the label in search of a new artist friendly home. Greatest Achievements (What are the label’s proudest moments? Going platinum? Releasing a classic? Signing a legend?): Releasing Masta Killa’s debut solo album (after 10 years of anticipation) & signing Havoc of Mobb Deep. Current and Future projects (What current projects are you pushing and what’s planned for the next year?): Currently pushing Beat Kings DVD, Hell Razah “Renaissance Child”…coming up debut from Strong Arm Steady, new album from Pete Rock called “NY’s Finest”, debut album from Havoc of Mobb Deep, GhostDOOM collaboration album. Goals and Purpose (What kind of impact are you hoping to make on the industry? What goals do you have for the label?): Prove that the indie model can be successful and just to continue to put out great music with the integrity hip-hop had in its golden era. 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 are a healthy balance between the streets & the underground, between mainstream and independent. We work with artists who make competitive songs but don’t have to follow anyone’s formula to do it. CLICK HERE TO READ HELL RAZAH INTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO HELL RAZAH
By: Ari Goldstein On air during his Shade 45 Sirius Streetsweeper Radio Show, DJ Kay Slay expressed extreme anger at Koch Records for not paying him his monies due under contract. The infamous Street Sweeper stated, "I’m about to roll a steamroller over their fucking heads…they’re trying to pull fucking scams when it comes to paying…back end money. Alan Grunblatt [Koch Records GM] is playing dirty pool. I’m going to make their life miserable. I’m gonna use every fucking outlet I’ve got to bury your fucking ass." Kay Slay then called Dipset’s Cam’ron who made the anti-Koch campaign formal stating, "We’re about to make a real public statement against Koch." Cam’ron said. "At the end of the day they gotta really give up what they owe to people." LISTEN HERE
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Over the summer VH1 took rappers Paul Wall, Raekwon and Tego Calderon to Sierra Leone, West Africa to explore the effects of the blood diamond trade for the documentary, “Bling’d: Blood, Diamonds and Hip Hop”. Blood diamonds, sometimes called conflict diamonds, were mined and sold by African militia rebels and revolutionary military groups to support their cause and bring terror to different communities throughout Africa. They sold the diamonds in exchange for weapons, food and drugs. Civilians were forced by these rebel groups to mine for the diamonds or risk losing their life or losing a limb if they didn’t meet a quota or worked too slow. Even though hip-hop’s interest in blood diamonds are about 10 years too late (there are hardly any blood diamonds on market nowadays), the documentary captures the hip-hop nation’s glorification of diamonds and jewelry and how it could have contributed to the civil wars of the 90’s. The documentary also features interviews with Kanye West, Big Daddy Kane, Jadakiss, Juelz Santana, Chris Aire and Mr. T. Look for the documentary to air on February 22 on VH1.
By: Rizoh The Game, who recently released an entire album dedicated to Dr. Dre, has unleashed a new track supposedly dissing his former mentor. On the new track titled "Breathe Eazy," the erstwhile Aftermath signee raps, "Ask Dre who the next ni**a/ If he don’t say the west coast Don/ I’ma have to DMX ni**as/ Bark on him, let the .38 spark on him/ Let him take his last breath, then put the chalk on him." Sounds like a cry for attention from a man whose Doctor’s Advocate LP is permeated with a gazillion Dr. Dre shoutouts? You be the judge: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
By: Quibian Salazar-Moreno No matter what you may think about Dipset’s Jim Jones, you can’t hate the dude for doing his part in encouraging kids to stay in school. In a partnership with the Entertainers 4 Education Alliance, Jones will be judging and participating at the “Achieve Your Dreams” Poetry Contest Grand Finale on Wednesday, January 24 at the Magic Johnson Theatre in Harlem. For the contest, students were asked to write a poem about how they will achieve their dreams they way Jones is now achieving his. “I am very excited about this event; we received hundreds of poem submissions from students from around the city and narrowed it down to the finalist,” Jones said. “I just want students to know that they can be anything they want to be if they believe they can. I am happy that I can make a difference.” The grand prize winner of the contest will be awarded a book stipend to pay for all books for the first year of college and summer internship working directly with Jim Jones and Diplomat Records. Five runner-ups will meet and greet Jim Jones at the event and receive a personal autographed poster.
Shaman Work Recordings Label name: Shaman Work Recordings, Inc. Founded (Date): August 2003 Founders: Chris Craft and Lamar Gilliam Backstory (What’s the story behind the launch of the label? How was it launched? Why was it launched?): Shaman Work Recordings started as the brainchild of Divine Mind’s Chris “Rictor” Craft in the fall of 1999 while working towards a general science degree at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Shaman Work is one of several companies under the Crafted, LLC. umbrella, the direct result of a determined and restless entrepreneur attempting to make his mark in the music industry. The company began as one of several record labels under the Divine Mind network, a group that Craft founded with like-minded people he met during his studies at Morehouse College, including Lamar Gilliam who would later become co-owner of Crafted, LLC. Since then, the Divine Mind idea has expanded to incorporate different aspects of the music industry. Crafted, LLC. sub-companies include Shaman Work Recordings, I.M.A.D.U. Music – a music production company, and Alpha-n-Omega Magazine – an on-line magazine geared towards music production. Shaman Work Recordings resurfaced with the release of AlphaBeats.com’s ‘The Alpha Project Vol. 1’ in the spring of 2002. This compilation featured such rising artists as B.I. and the Divine Mind crew. It was an important step in the process that shaped Shaman Work’s identity. Through word of mouth and internet buzz, the ‘Vol. 1’ compilation gained enough underground recognition and energy which resulted in the making of ‘The Alpha Projects Vol. 2,’ released in the spring of 2003. This album not only included Shaman Work artists as the previously mentioned B.I. and Divine Mind, but also featured the Neptunes, Clipse, and underground heroes Little Brother and Science Fiction aka Wale Oyejide. The conclusion was simple and audible; the artists of Shaman Work were able to hold their own against music’s finest. There was no turning back. That spring, Craft and his partner Gilliam decided to rebuild and strengthen their Shaman Work roster, adding musicians and artists with not only hip-hop aspirations, but other musical interests as well. They made it a point to add individuals with visions and aspirations to not only make good music, but also to innovate and elevate their musicality to higher levels. Likewise, the results can be seen in the variety of musical genres the label represents, including hip-hop, soul, jazz, and dance. Shaman Work’s diverse roster includes such artists as C.L. Smooth, Sol Uprising, Wale Oyejide aka Science Fiction, Emanon, Metal Fingers aka MF DOOM, Scienz of Life, Lacks aka Ta’Raach, Finale, Divine Mind, B.I., Bandwidth and Misters. The artists of Shaman Work Recordings are not afraid to push the boundaries of creativity and music. Their goal is to not only fill a void in hip-hop, but also a music world lacking in originality. Through future recordings, they will innovate and break down the existing barriers that suffocate other musicians. Company execs Chris Craft and Lamar Gilliam have put together a team that will lay the foundation for Shaman Work to become a mainstay in the entertainment industry. Greatest Achievements (What are the label’s proudest moments? Going platinum? Releasing a classic? Signing a legend?): *Making hip-hop history by releasing CL Smooth’s solo album ‘American Me’ after his 10 year hiatus from hip-hop. *Putting instrumental music in the forefront of the independent industry with releases like MF DOOM ‘Special Herbs’ and our famous ‘Beatology’ series. *Putting out the promotional release “Shaman Work Tribute: A Brief Education on the Musical Genius of Jay Dee” in order to help raise awareness of this great hip hop pioneer and to raise money for the jdilla.org foundation. Current and Future projects (What current projects are you pushing and what’s planned for the next year?): Currently pushing: CL Smooth ‘American Me’, John Robinson’s ‘The Leak Edition Vol. 2’, Wale Oyejide’s “Africahot!” & Scienz of Life’s “The Blaxploitation Sessions” Planned for 2007 (to name a few): *E.A. Floe – ‘The Streetwise’ LP *’Beatology Vol. 3 & 4’ LP *Wise Intelligent – Untitled LP *Trump – Untitled LP *Scienz of Life – Untitled LP *Tiffany Paige – Untitled LP Goals and Purpose (What kind of impact are you hoping to make on the industry? What goals do you have for the label?): Our main goal and purpose is to truly let our ideas manifest and keep originality in the forefront of our mission. The success of Shaman Work does not revolve around any one artist or company exec. Saying that, another important goal of our collective is to show the industry and the world that promoting family and synergy is the key to true success as a collective. 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 have created our own world. Our fans get their passports stamped when they come to our realm. Our goal is to be truly independent and not have our music and business operations be effected by any trends that come and go in the industry. CLICK HERE TO READEDGAR ALLEN FLOEINTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READ JOHN ROBISON INTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READ SCIENZOF LIFE INTERVIEW CLICK HERE TO READWALE OYEJIDEINTERVIEW
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though the Ying Yang Twins aren’t getting as big of a response from their news album, Chemically Imbalanced and their new single “Dangerous” that their last album, USA: United States of Atlanta and single “Wait (The Whisper Song)” got in 2005, they’ll still be touring in support of it. They’ll be heading out his week along with Da Musicianz. “We have been in the business for almost a decade and we really wanted to go to where our fans are,” D-Roc said. “This tour allows us to do just that and added the bonus is I get to bring along my little brothers [Da Muzicianz] so they can grow their fanbase too.” Check out the Twins at these following dates: January 11th Atlanta, Ga Fever January 12th Miami, Fl Manison January 13th Tampa, Fl Empire January 18th Tallahasse, Fl Moon January 21th Mobile, Al Soul Kitchen January 24th Shreveport, La Club Ice January 25th N. Iberia, La Longhorn January 26th Austin, Tx Paradox January 28th Dallas, Tx Blue February 1st Oklahoma City, Ok Déjà Vu February 2nd Lawrence, Ks Grenada Theater February 4th Hastings, Ne Osborne Family Complex February 5th Iowa City, Ia Univ. Of Iowa February 8th Jackson, Mi Rocket February 9th Mokena, Il Pearl Room February 10th Detroit, Mi State Theatre February 11th Traverse City,Mi Streeter’S February 12th Toledo, Oh Tba February 15th Columbus, Oh Co Co’S February 16th Louisville, Ky Headliners Music Hall February 17th Huntington, Wv Monkey Bar February 19th Norfolk, Va The Norva February 20th Winston-Salem, Nc Ziggy’S February 21st Sayreville, Nj Colosseum February 24th Washington, D.C. Tba
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Snoop Dogg recently announced his partnership with Limbo 41414 and Media Cartel, a mobile entertainment company, to hold daily and weekly auctions to give away signed CDs, Snoop’s line of dog gear and toys, and a chance to kick it with him at his Snooper Bowl event in Miami. All fans have to do is to bid daily and weekly on the prizes within a “Limbo Auction”. It’s a cell phone-driven text messaging game that integrates the components of both a sweepstakes and an auction. A Limbo Auction is distinct from other sweepstakes in that it’s truly an interactive game where the winner makes the lowest bid that no other player makes, not the highest bid. It encourages players to develop and employ bidding strategies and to stay highly engaged during each round as they receive comments and tips regarding their bids ( e.g., "you’re the lowest unique bid," "your bid is unique but not the lowest," etc.). For more information, check outLIMBO41414 By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
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