1. You’ve sold over 500,000 books over the years. What drives you to write and what would be a good solid number of books sold that would make you feel like you’ve hit the pinnacle?
DJ CASSIDY JOINS MTV’S VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP SUNDAY
Fresh off the “Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour” alongside Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, internationally revered DJ Cassidy has been tapped as the MTV Video Music Awards house DJ this Sunday, August 25.
DJ Cassidy will soon release his debut album via Columbia Records. With a mission of returning the greatest dance music of all time to the dance floor, Cassidy has united the most legendary musicians from the late 1970s and early 1980s with some of today’s recording superstars to write and record original songs for the collection. Further album details will be announced in the coming weeks. Read more…
WORLD RENOWNED DJ CASSIDY
SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
NEW YORK CITY-BASED DEEJAY AND PRODUCER JOINS
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND JAY Z ON TOUR
(Columbia Records; New York, NY – July 18, 2013) – Internationally revered DJ Cassidy has announced plans to release his debut album via Columbia Records. With a mission of returning the greatest dance music of all time to the dance floor, Cassidy has united the most legendary musicians from the late 1970s and early 1980s with some of today’s recording superstars to write and record original songs for the collection. Further album details will be announced in the coming weeks.
DJ Cassidy has joined Justin Timberlake and Jay Z on their “Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour”—which kicked off last night at Toronto’s Rogers Centre—where he is debuting songs from his new album. The tour, which hits New York City’s Yankee Stadium on July 19-20 and Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl on July 28, will continue through mid-August (see below for tour dates). Read more…
ATLANTIC RECORDS RELEASES DIGITAL MAGAZINE CELEBRATING WALE’S RELEASE
“The Gifted” will likely turn Skeptics into Lovers – Vibe Magazine
In the words of his mentor Jay Z, “Men lie, Women lie. Numbers don’t.” And, today, Wale’s number is 1. After over 150,000 units sold in its first week, this MMG superstar’s third studio album, “The Gifted,” is the number one album in the country.
Early on, the project showed signs of being a smash hit. With singles like “BAD,” maintaining its #1 position on the charts for 7 consecutive weeks and now resting comfortably at gold, “Clappers” featuring: Nicki Minaj and Juicy J being crowned the summer club anthem by the zealous blog world and the soulful “LoveHate Thing” featuring soul singer and new comer, Sam Dew, defining the era of an emerging “New Black Soul,” music aficionados have inspired both fans and critics alike to call Wale a “genius” for this latest offering. Read more…
Lil Kim’s artist Tiffany Foxx officially releases her mixtape G.O.A.L. DIGGERS
Artist plans to dominate female market with this domineering release
(HOLLYWOOD, CA) MAY 28, 2013 – Since Tiffany Foxx really hit the scene with Hip-Hop Icon and mentor Lil Kim at the start of 2013, the world hasn’t been able to get enough of this undeniably talented, beautiful artist from St. Louis Missouri. Tiffany Foxx has made headline after headline aligning herself with the likes of Disney star Miley Cyrus to creatively expressing herself in her latest visuals “Twisted” and “Jay-Z” both which featured her industry mentor Lil Kim. Fans on the internet and on the street can’t get enough of the St. Louis star. Read more…
AN EPIC NIGHT: THE STARS ALIGNED FOR SO SO DEF’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri perform “Money Ain’t a Thang” at So So Def’s 20th Anniversary Concert
(ATLANTA) – February 25, 2013 – Music history was made in Atlanta on Saturday, asJermaine Dupri pulled off an epic concert at the Fox Theatre to celebrateSo So Def’s 20th Anniversary. “Backstage looks like the Grammys!” exclaimed Jay-Z moments after he stormed the stage for the classic JD collabo “Money Ain’t A Thang.” The reunion concert was like a “who’s who” in chart-topping acts, as everyone from Jay-Z,Mariah Carey, Usher, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Nelly, Lil Jon, Monica, Kris Kross, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Xscape (Latocha and Tamika Scott), T-Pain, Lil Scrappy, Youngbloodz, Bonecrusher, Dem Franchize Boyz, J-Kwon, Dondria, andPastor Troy took the sold-out crowd on a musical trip down memory lane. The Fox Theatre was alive with the sounds of classic songs like “Jump” (Kris Kross), “Yeah” (Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon), “Who Can I Run To” (Xscape), “Lovers & Friends” (Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon), “Where the Party At” (Jagged Edge & Nelly), “Welcome to Atlanta” (JD, Ludacris), “Give It 2 U” (Da Brat), “I Think They Like Me” (Dem Franchize Boyz), “Coming From Where I’m From” (Anthony Hamilton) and so many more! Read more…
VIDEO MUSIC BOX KICKS OFF 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH AN EVENT AT THE SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HIP-HOP SUMMIT YOUTH COUNCIL
February 6, 2013, New York City—Video Music Box (VMB) founder and Hip-Hop Icon Uncle Ralph McDaniels held his kickoff event at the Schomburg to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Video Music Box. The event was coordinated and hosted by Martha Diaz (The Schomburg Center’s Resident Hip-Hop Scholar), Director Dr. Khalil Muhammad and Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box’s Creator). February 2013 is the 87th annual celebration of Black History Month, which has evolved over time to acknowledge the accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices of African-Americans and other African Diasporas. 2013 is also the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop’s birth. One of the priorities in developing VMB30’s year long schedule of activities, is to acknowledge, celebrate and honor this auspicious occasion.
Events will be taking place throughout the year in New York and the Tri-State area. Uncle Ralph has been in the game for over 30 years and has been an important part of Hip-Hop Culture. Back in the days, when there was no MTV or BET, Video Music Box was the only vehicle available to promote Hip-Hop music and culture. The biggest stars in Hip-Hop and R&B have benefited from the success of VMB. Mr. McDaniels has also produced over 400 music videos, is an on-air personality for Hot 97 Radio, and has been involved with several feature films. His commitment to the community, addressing such issues as poverty, education, voter registration, obesity, and gun and gang violence has always been a part of what VMB is all about. Read more…
By BIG CED
Legendary is one of those words that is thrown around too often and it has, somehow, cheapened the meaning since it’s been used too many times to describe many people who haven’t earned that description. In the case of Lana Moorer, well, you may know her as MC Lyte, it is a title well-earned. She has enough accolades and has done so much in 25 years, that it would be an injustice if that word wasn’t used when speaking of her.
From the heart of Brooklyn, Lyte The Emcee, who ‘Crammed to Understand’ Sam’s crack addiction on her debut album, Lyte as a Rock. Then needed a ‘Ruffneck’ on her fourth album, Act Like You Know, to earn her first gold album; Lyte rose to become an artist in every sense of the word as she is also an actress, author, record executive, speaker, philanthropist and at the rate she is going, will be adding other titles to her name.
She has shown through her longevity in this industry that you have to know what you’re doing in order to thrive and still be taken serious. Who knew 25 years ago that her talent would lead to her being the entrepreneur she has become?
As one of her Brooklyn brethren, Jay-Z, once said, ‘I’m a business man.’ MC Lyte has proven that she is a business and just like her book of the same title, she is ‘Unstoppable.’
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Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Made a Smash Perfrmance at Jay-Z’s Made In America Music Festival During the Labor Day Weekend
Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Were the Only Gospel Artists Scheduled for the Two-day Festival
(Chicago, IL – September 3, 2012) – During the Labor Day Weekend, Inspired People/EMI Gospel recording artists Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago made a smash performance at Jay-Z’s Made In America Music Festival in downtown Philadelphia on Sunday, September 2. At the outdoor venue, Park Stage, on a rainy Sunday afternoon, in front of a devoted and committed audience, Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago opened the festival with an hour concert—bringing the spirit and singing gospel songs from their current album, The Best of Both Worlds, currently #5 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. One of the highlights of the concert was their performance of their #1 praise and worship anthem “Awesome,” currently #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 12 weeks. The single is also #1 in listening audience at gospel radio. Read more…
1. What do you feel are the most important qualities and/or qualifications to be a successful producer and/or engineer?
Well,talent helps, but the things beyond that which will help you become successful are drive, focus, work ethic, business ethic, trustworthiness, personality. Rarely do I meet a successful person in the music industry without all of these traits, at least most of them.
2. You’ve worked and work with some heavyweights in the industry (Kanye West, Heavy D, Aaron Hall, Eminem, Rick Ross, Drake, Jay-Z, etc.), how is your approach to work when working with such esteemed artists as opposed to, maybe, lesser known artists? Are there any specific techniques some are required to be done in order to satisfy the overall production of the record and/or project? Read more…