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…
INDIANAPOLIS’s OWN HIP HOP RECORDING ARTIST $AUCE LANDS HIS FIRST TOP 40 SONG WITH THE SMASH SINGLE “BACK IT UP”
New York, NY – October 23, 2012 – Indianapolis own, Hip hop recording artist $AUCE lands his first TOP 40 song with the smash single, “BACK IT UP“. According to this week’s Mediabase report, “Back It Up” lands as the #39 song in the country. “Back It Up” was written and produced by $AUCE.
Last week, a remix version of “BACK IT UP” featuring Travis Porter was released abroad and radio stations across the country continued adding the certified Top 40 smash to their playlist. “BACK IT UP” will also appear on the upcoming mixtape, “A.D.I.D.A.$” (All Day I Dream About $AUCE) to be released later this fall. Read more…
1. Describe the Montreal Hip-Hop scene and how your contribution will make it even bigger than it is.
The Montreal Hip Hop scene is in the process of growth. I can see a huge difference between its current state, and its past. Unfortunately, Hip Hop shows are constantly being banned which makes it harder for people like to me work, however no one said this would be easy. I somewhat prefer it that way. My contribution will not be denied. “All roads lead to home” at the end of the day, it’s just about finding that ulterior route, and hitting them when they least expect it.
2. In this current age of music, it’s now a given to ‘give away’ an album or ‘mixtape’ to the fans when, in the past, artists tried in vain, to stop leaks of their music. Why do you think that has changed and how does it benefit the artists’ bottom line? Read more…
CHRISTIAN HIP HOP NEWCOMER J. LONG MAKES IMPACT DURING BET AWARDS WEEK
|Los Angeles, CA (Monday, July 2, 2012): Wrapping up a very busy but beneficial BET Awards week, Christian Hip Hop artist J. Long seemed to arrive early and leave late. Landing in Los Angeles on Monday June 25, 2012 J. Long prepared for a week of interviews and exposure which was all too familiar but swiftly became unfamiliar territory as former Hip-Hopper of a platinum selling Hip Hop/R&B Group entered Los Angeles as a new coming Christian Hip Hop artist! Read more…|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
GMA HOLY HIP HOP HONOREE SHAMEL SHILOH
RELEASES NEW SINGLE”4EVER” ON JUNE 19
|Sterling, VA, May 14, 2012– With over 1 million viral hits and 35,000 fans around the world wide web, Christian Hip Hop Artist Shamel Shiloh is still making a buzz in 2012. Delivering extraordinary truths while at the same time maintaining a heavy street sense his realistic verbal communication cuts deep to the core. Shamel Shiloh, based in Northern Virginia/Washington DC area (DMV), is an artist who communicates the truth through Christian hip hop music. Read more…|
1. You did something that is very rare. You did a show in New York City, you’re from North Carolina, and you ROCKED it at Webster Hall, you had the crowd with you! How was that possible, being that you are a new artist AND from out of town and with NY being a very finicky crowd, they eat their own. What did you do to get the response you got? How did it make you feel?
I love New York. I love the fact that New York fans are a tough crowd, and you’ve really got to give them something to get them going. I give credit to my band Untitled, my MD, Gav Beats, and my right hand man, Vocalist Brandon Pierre for helping me put together an experience for the crowd. We put a lot of time and effort into our show, and I believe that is why we have gotten the response we get from audiences across the country, and I think the NYC crowd, that wasn’t familiar with me or my music, could appreciate the effort, the energy, and most importantly, the quality of the music that we play. And the feeling is amazing…I love to perform, and to get that kind of response from doing something you love ,from the toughest place to perform in America!! Man. What could be better than that? Read more…
by Brother Jesse Muhammad
“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay our last respects to a ‘friend’ that has been dear to many musical artists, fans and readers….that ‘friend’ is HIP-HOP BEEF.”
What forward-moving purpose does Hip-Hop beef serve? Can someone please educate me? I was a little thrown aback by the recent beef that spread quickly throughout the Internet and radio shows involving Common and Drake. Frankly, I found it pretty weak for Common, an artist I respect, to engage in such nonsense. Read more…
S&H Public Relations, who has been hard at work since this past summer representing some of the best up-and-coming Hip Hop artists, has partnered with one of the nation’s premier urban entertainment website, Hip Hop Wired, to kick off the 2012 National MC Search. Judged by Rapper Big Pooh from Little Brother fame, underground heavyweight Torae, and film producer Kareem Fort from “Demos”, this online talent search, beginning January 9, 2012, will give aspiring rap artists across the nation an opportunity to compete for a chance to win exciting prizes including international publicity.
Hosted on HipHopWired.com and SNHPR.com, the 2012 National MC Search is sponsored by some of the most respected names in the world of Hip Hop and entertainment: Read more…
By Davey D
With 2012 upon us, we wanna encourage folks to seriously take some time to invest and make room in the cypher and at the proverbial Hip Hop roundtable table for our sistas who hold it down on the mic. There have been far too many discussions about where are the female emcees and why don’t we see and hear more of them, when in reality they are all around us..
Its up to each of us within Hip Hop to insist that promoters make sure that women are included in their line up.. We’re not talking about a token opening act, but a fair amount woven in the main line up.. Its up to us to insist that radio deejays including myself are consistently playing women emcees in our offerings. Male emcess…How about inviting more females to spit a hot 16 on an epic song? Read more…
Platinum Selling Producer Dame Grease To Executive Produce DMX Next LP
|Dame Grease recently revealed that he will be acting as executive producer for DMX next LP
New York, NY, December 28, 2011 – Vacant Lot Records is proud to announce that Multi-Platinum Selling Producer Dame Grease will be executive producing DMX next LP. Read more…
Real music and real artists always stand the test of time. Brownsville, Brooklyn’s Mash Out Posse is no exception. After penetrating pop culture with their smash hit “Ante Up” more than 10 years ago, the duo of Billy Danze and Lil Fame is still putting out quality music with a new album, Sparta, produced entirely by The Snowgoons, dropping later this month. M.O.P. sat down with TWV to discuss the album, their views on the current state of hip hop and what they’re doing to give back to up and coming unsigned artists.
The Well Versed: Let’s get right into the new album. How did you guys hook up with (production team) The Snowgoons?
Billy Danze: That happened through the label. The Snowgoons have some type of deal with Babygrande Records. The owner of the label called and asked if we would be willing to possibly do a project with them. They sent over a massive amount of beats that were all hot, literally like 100 hundred beats. So we were like “Fuck it.” They’re great producers so it was easy to put this thing together.
TWV: Fame, did you do any producing on this album?
Fame: Nah, The Snowgoons handled everything on this one. But I’m still doing my thing and after this album I’ll be back in the studio. Read more…
By Davey D
Needless to say this has been a tough week.. I don’t care what anyone says or how hard they act death takes a toll especially when its unexpected..That’s been the case all this week as we lost 3 iconic figures.. and while I understand that commentator Andy Rooney, boxing great Joe Frazier and golden era rap star Heavy D weren’t family members or folks in our immediate circles, they were important backdrops to our world.. For many they help define it. Their deaths can’t easily be shook, nor should they be.
Heavy D was a big part of Hip Hop. He helped shape it… Prior to Heavy D overweight men both in Hip Hop and the world in general for the most part were depicted as cartoonish..I think back to the days of the Fat Boys and recall when they first came out in the mid 80s it was all about them being comedic. Read more…
It’s DJ Chill Will of the University of Michigan’s WCBN 88.3 FM. Home of the longest running Hip Hop show in the Mid-West and maybe the country. Check our Top 40 chart for November 2. And be sure to tune into the show weekly on 88.3 FM in the Ann Arbor/Metro Detroit area or at www.wcbn.org Saturday night’s from 9pm until 12 am est.
Peoples “What Up Doe”? Another great weekend besides being still under the weather. But had a blast at the Ultimate Sports Bar on Friday with all the costumes. Then rocked at a standing room only crowd at Babs Underground Lounge. Shout to everyone who banged from the being to the end, cause I never seen a empty spot in the place. Then if that wasn’t enough hit The Blind Pig on Sunday with Talib Kweli and Idle Worship. Also got to rock with legendary Ann Arbor/Detroit MC Invincible during her set. And shout to Greg Burke because Kadence was in the building and he ripped the stage during his set. Catch me after The Prop Shop from 1 to 2am on www.987ampradio.com Killing the club music. For more information about me DJ Chill Will got to www.twitter.com/chillwill734 or www.facebook.com/djchillwill734
Transform America is hosting a benefit concert for the social justice community of New York City featuring Lupe Fiasco on Monday, November 7th at Terminal 5 located on 610 W 56th Street in Manhattan. The Transform America Moving Minds Benefit Concert will raise awareness and funds for the organization’s Moving Minds Mentorship and Youth Council programs. Transform America is a registered tax-exempt 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance human rights by building synergy between student, non-profit, for-profit and community organizations. Transform America’s goal is to empower communities to create and sustain a social justice movement for positive and innovative change.
The Moving Minds Benefit Concert will be an engaging experience featuring internationally renowned Grammy award winning hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco and independent acts including Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Maya Azucena and Brooklyn-bred singer, poet and lyricist Shanelle Gabriel who will also be hosting the event. In exciting news, Transform America is proud to announce that critically acclaimed hip hop group, Dead Prez, has been added to the dynamic lineup. Read more…
It’s DJ Chill Will of the University of Michigan’s WCBN 88.3 FM. Home of the longest running Hip Hop show in the Mid-West and maybe the country. Check our Top 40 chart for October 27. And be sure to tune into the show weekly on 88.3 FM in the Ann Arbor/Metro Detroit area or at www.wcbn.org Saturday night’s from 9pm until 12 am est.
What’s happening folks? Had another great weekend and then I started feeling sick. So hopefully I’ll be well by my Friday and Saturday gigs. Rocked at The Blind Pig with a sold out crowd for the Yela Wolf, Rittz, and DJ Craze show. I couldn’t believe people were at sound check in lawn chairs waiting for doors to open 4 and a half hours early. But it was great to see Craze do his thing and the crowd was feeling it. I had rocked with Yela Wolf at a Slaughterhouse show a while ago and I’ve seen him put it down. And he killed it again and big shout to KP and the Ghetto Vision staff that was in the building. But Rittz if your not up on him, dude is dope kills it lyrically and is cool as hell. Craze told me dude was dope, but Rittz made sure there was no question when his set was over. Hopefully I’m feeling better but either way I’ll be rocking Friday and Saturday night for Halloween. Read more…
- Jedi Mind Tricks Return With “Violence Begets Violence” (theindustrycosign.wordpress.com)
It’s DJ Chill Will of the University of Michigan’s WCBN 88.3 FM. Home of the longest running Hip Hop show in the Mid-West and maybe the country. Check our Top 40 chart for September 21. And be sure to tune into the show weekly on 88.3 FM in the Ann Arbor/Metro Detroit area or at www.wcbn.org Saturday night’s from 9pm until 12 am est.
What’s good people? Well gotta keep it quick because of the Pot Luck show tonight with Glasses Malone. And trying to pack for LA, San Diego, and Las Vegas. Gonna get it in with family and friends and all the Dj’s who well be in Vegas next week. Shout out to Friday’s at The Ultimate Sports Bar that I’m gonna miss for a few weeks. And Dj Artistic in San Diego who I’ll be rocking with Thursday night in San Diego at U31. Gonna be a good time!!!!! For more information about me DJ Chill Will got to www.twitter.com/chillwill734 or www.myspace.com/djchillwill734
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In late July of 2011, it was announced that James Mark, Founder/CEO of James Mark Entertainment and JM Magazine would present The 1st Annual James Mark Hip Hop Golf Classic, the first of its kind in Las Vegas.
James Mark has raised the bar of elegance as the Golf Classic and festivities will now take place in luxurious Lake Las Vegas. Hip Hop Elite, actors, actresses, musical artists and sports figures will tee off on Monday, December 5th, 2011 at the very exclusive and private Jack Nicklaus signature Golf Club at SouthShore to raise funds and awareness to health conditions that affect some of the entertainment industries’ hottest celebrities. Read more…
I love hip-hop. I want to support it. I try to understand those who are a few years behind me and support their efforts to become empowered and thoughtful individuals. But after hearing the lyrics from a Lil Wayne song (an artist who’d already pushed me to the edge), I had to take a moment of pause and make a quick comment regarding how he has firmly positioned himself as an enemy of the black community. In the song, “We Be Steady Mobbin,” Lil Wayne says this: Read more…