Sunday, May 31, 2009

KRS 1 Big Jeff and DJ Kool Herc perform at Santos Party House NYC

These Bronx neighborhood legends came together at Santos Party House in New York City Saturday May 30.

KRS 1 with the B-Boys

Havoc from Mobb Deep and Infamous Crew perform Berlin Germany

Infamous crew invaded Berlin Germany's Dot Club taking their 'Free Prodigy' movement overseas May 31.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mos Def and Talib Kweli at the Nokia Theatre Times Square NYC performance posted

Together again for one of the year's most anticipated performances from these hip hop titans. Saturday May 30 at the Nokia Theatre NYC Times Square.

Black Star in full effect.

*update* Guest at this show included Jean Grae, Corey Smyth, DJ Honda, Damon Dash, Fonworth Bentley, DJ Spinna and Talib's new wife DJ Eque.

Young Jeezy shows us how he spent his 2009 Memorial Day weekend in Miami

Snoop goes international with Russian rap star Timati on German TV

"Groove On" ft. Snoop Dog

Filmed at the Koenig Pilsener Arena on May 29 in Cologne, Germany for the 2009 Comet Awards.

Abort TV speaks with DJ Muggs & Rahzel

DJ Muggs reveals his upcoming projects with Sick Jacken, Ill Bill, Cypress Hill and others.
Razel discusses the human beatbox and his upcoming projects with Mike Paton and others.

Black Eyed Peas: MTV Music Awards Japan 2009 footaged posted

Fresh from the show and after show party at the Saitama Arina, Japan Saturday May 30. Promoting their upcoming June 9th release 'The E.N.D..'
Show performance "Boom Boom Pow"

After show party

Damian Marley footage posted

Before the 'Rock the Bells' 2009 tour starts, Jr. Gong introduces Reggae on the Roof Top at Kress in Hollywood performing this exclusive song.

LL Cool J knocks them out at the Grammy Celebration NYC

Presented by T-Mobile at Terminal 5 New York City May 28.
"Flava In Your Ear" remix

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bishop Lamont and friends brings the West Coast movement back to the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd LA

On Saturday, May 30, 2009, The New West Movement returns to House of Blues bringing real west coast hip hop to the Sunset Strip. The "Bishop Lamont & Friends" Concert is returning for its second year and this year promises to be an even bigger and better show than before. Aftermath Recording artist Bishop Lamont will headline the show with special appearances by Mopreme Shakur of the legendary Thug Life/Outlawz, Warren G legendary G Funk Era artist, Planet Asia, Prime, Taje and DJ sets by MTV's Fantasy Factory's DJ Drama, Power 106's Eric Delux, Mr. Choc of the world famous Beat Junkies and Cali Untouchables' Julian Ramirez. With many surprise and special guests yet to be announced, this is a show that shouldn't be missed.

Diddy tells the Miami crowd what they like to hear

'Last Train To Paris' out September 22, 2009 on Bad Boy Records

Cool and Dre: Miami producers photo shoot in LA

Cool & Dre are one of Miami's hottest producer duos around. With a laundry list of artists that they've worked with including The Game, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and coutless others. Cool & Dre are currently working with The Game, Ace Hood, Wale & Queen Latifah and there is no stopping them.
They took some time out to up their media profile with the photographer Ace of LA some weeks ago.

Best of the Best Miami Memorial weekend more footage

I've posted some of this from this past week, but here's some better looking footage.Enjoy.
Best of the Best 09 - DJ Khaled, T-Pain & Rick Ross live - kewego
“Best of the Best” sets the stage every year as the ultimate showcase of the best acts in Caribbean music. With a solid Caribbean foundation spanning dancehall, reggae, lover's rock and soca, the festival also thrills fans with the top artists in hip-hop, rap and R&B. This year, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, and T-Pain (and many others) performed. Press Play! PS, wait until the end for their hit "I'm so HOOODDD"
Video from trace

Dr. Dre reaches the carbonated masses with Dr. Pepper

The promotional teaser for 'Detox' begins airing June 1st.
Will 'Detox' now see the light of day? Only Jimmy, Doug & Dr. Dre really know.

Slaughterhouse announce release date

On July 7th 2009, E1 Music is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated debut album from Slaughterhouse -- the hip hop super-group featuring four of the most lyrical MCs in the game -- Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9", Joe Budden and Crooked I.

The group came together only 10 short months ago when Joe Budden was working on a song for his "Halfway House" album and enlisted the services of Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5'9" for a song called "Slaughterhouse." Inspired by the vibe of track and the immediate chemistry of the four rappers, a plan was immediately made to form the super-group. Several songs and a handful of viral videos later only created increased demand and curiosity from fans. Hip-hop heads demanded to hear more! And now they'll be able to.

The fearsome foursome is now in the studio recording songs for its official upcoming debut album. The album will feature production by The Alchemist, Streetrunner, DJ Khalil and Denaun Porter.

Among working track titles of songs set to be included on the album are "Not Tonight," "Microphone," "Number 1" and "Cuckoo."

Slaughterhouse member Royce Da 5'9" weighs in, "This group is really something special and this summer I'm excited to show the world what we have to offer! If you thought that we were just gonna release a few tracks to the net and then disappear you are in for a very rude awakening."

Joell Ortiz adds, "We did an entire album in 6 days! When you genuinely love what you're doing everything is effortless. It was like a long party. I can't wait for the fans to experience this album."

Alan Grunblatt, Executive VP/GM of E1 Music, offers, "Slaughterhouse is the most exciting new group to hit the hip hop scene in many years. I'm thrilled to be working with old friends Royce, Joell, Crooked and new friend Joe Budden."

Fashawn announces release date of debut 'Boy Meets World'

Fashawn unleashed a new digital-only single this week in preparation for his debut album, Boy Meets World, due September 1st on One Records. The West Coast up and comer has been turning the heads of major talent for a while now – including those of LA producer Exile, who lends his hand to all three tracks as well as the full length, and Dilated Peoples' Evidence, who guests on "Our Way". The single also includes a never before heard bonus track "The Outer City." Listen to "The Outer City" below and grab the single on iTunes.

check out the single:

Wale links up with Zune for a new promotion

In anticipation of his upcoming full-length album debut 'Attention Deficit,' Wale and Zune have joined forces to create a special "On The Road" series of up-close & personal video podcasts. A total of 10 episodes will be available for free download through the Zune Marketplace, with 1 episode released each week beginning May 26th. The first video podcast can be viewed in entirety below, check it out now:

To download the full series free as they go live:

Video podcasts are free and fans can subscribe to the podcast series for automatic downloads during syncs. In addition to the video podcasts, Zune has also produced a limited number of special Wale-etched Zune 8GB devices. These devices will not be available for sale, but will be available for Wale fans through a number of special promotions yet to be announced. Wale is also curating his own Guestlist on the Zune Marketplace, which features tracks hand-picked by Wale that include his own "Chillin" featuring Lady Gaga, as well as personal favorites from Jay Z, Pharrell, Kid Cudi, and long time friend and collaborator Mark Ronson.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

James Brown shows you his famous dance moves

Always fun to watch.

Lil Scrappy performs new song in Weinheim Germany

Newly signed Disturbing Tha Peace artist and current G's Up leader Lil Scrappy waste no time to perform some new material off his forthcoming release. The song is called 'Expensive' performed at the Club Downtown Weinheim Germany May 2009.

50 Cent supports Michael Jackson to the fullest

As Michael Jackson recently canceled some of the early dates of his upcoming tour engagement in London, Fifty had some words of encouragement for the 'King of Pop.'

Erykah Badu: Sasquatch! Music Festival Day 3 performance

A very different version of Erykah's 'Apple Tree.' Filmed at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Washington May 25. Sasquatch! Music Festival is mostly an alternative music fest. I'm glad to see Ms. Badu on such an eclectic bill along side acts like Grizzly Bear, Silver Sun Pickups, Gogol Bordello and Santo Gold.

Estelle graces MoMA's 41st Annual Party in the Garden NYC performance posted

All of New York high society were there at the 41st Annual Party in the Garden held at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC on Tuesday May 26. Estelle entertained guest which included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, David Rockefeller, Dionne Warwick, Ashford & Simpson, DJ Cassidy, Warner Music Group Vice Chairman Lyor Cohen, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Kelis, Glen Close and many more.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rick Ross party in Miami Memorial Day weekend

Maybach Music Group takes over Miami's Take One Lounge Memorial Day weekend.

DJ Khaled Rick Ross & T-Pain Best of the Best in Miami performance posted

Best of the Best 2009 in Miami, FL May 24

Busta Rhymes & friends party at YRB 'How You Rock It 3' NYC

The night's festivites took place at the M2 Lounge in New York City May 19 for the street date release of Busta Rhymes's 'B.O.M.B.S.' or aka 'Back On My Bullsh*t.'
Guest included Missy Elliott, Soulja Boy, Raekwon, Miri Ben Ari, DJ Enuff, O'neal McKnight & DJ Cassidy.

LIVE From YRB's "How You Rock It" NYC Party! from the.LIFE Files on Vimeo.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Beyonce touches down in London 1st post

In London at the O2 Arena Monday May 25.

Beyonce: I Am World Tour first date in the UK

Some more upclose video from the I Am... World Tour
Birmingham England May 23 at NIA

Beyonce invades Denmark

About the closest video I've seen so far of the Beyonce I Am ...World Tour European leg. Shot May 10 at the MCH Arena.

Pharcyde performs Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" at Soundset 2009 Minnesota

Atmosphere plays Soundset 2009 Minnesota footage posted

De La Soul: UCLA JazzReggae festival performance posted

Erykah Badu: UCLA JazzReggae Festival performance posted

Erykah played Sunday May 24 with De La Soul, People Under The Stairs, Leela James and others on the bill.

Soulja Boy: performance posted KLUC SummerJam Las Vegas

Asher Roth: performance posted KLUC Summer Jam Las Vegas

Method Man & Redman: Las Vegas perfomance posted

Method Man & Redman at Pure Night Club in Caesar's Palace Saturday May 23 Memorial Day weekend promoting their latest release 'Blackout 2.'

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Busta Rhymes Santos Party House NYC performance video

From Monday night's May 18 performance playing some classic Busta and newer stuff

Sunglass Hut launches Social Sun with in store performance by Reggae star Sean Paul

May 19 at Sunglass Hut NYC

Sunglass Hut launched Social Sun, interactive system that enables customers to take multiple photographs of themselves in different glasses, and view them all at the same time to compare. The event also served as the launch of Claw Money's line of sunglasses made in collaboration with Sunglass Hut and Sean Paul performed at the launch.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Lil Jon brings 'Crunk Rock' to Marseille France

On Lil Jon's recent European tour stop May 10.

Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. talks hip hop and punk rock

This Summer catch P.O.S. on the 2009 Warped Tour coming to a town near you.

Shockhound interviews Kid Sister

Power Moves party in LA for new Def Jam Digital Marketing Director

On Wednesday May 20, several music industry friends came together at Club Sushi in Hollywood to give Jycorri Robinson a celebratory send off. Jycorri will be moving from LA to NYC to assume his new dutties as Def Jam's Digital Marketing Director.

LRG recent Spring 2009 NYC photo shoot

As Spring 2009 slowly comes to a close, it's time to review this season's great hip hop stylings from the Lifted Research Group. Alchemist, Wale, Derrick Ward, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Pete Rock and others show up for the shoot and sing the praises of LRG. LRG are celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year.

Behind the scenes at DJ Drama release party in Harlem

On May 19 at Goliath clothing store in Harlem NY for the DJ Drama 'Gangsta Grillz 2' release party.
Check out the video

GLC in flight with Chicago perfomance

G.O.O.D Music artist GLC returns home for an official Memorial Day 2009 Kickoff Concert "Live In Flight School."

Check out the performance video below taken May 21 at Wild Hare in Chicago.
track with Bump J

track with Twista

With his recent debut video "Big Screen" featuring Kanye West on BET's 106th & Park, his debut album release Love, Life & Loyalty and new single "Clockin' Lotsa Dollarz" featuring famous UGK Bun B, GLC's first major release is grabbing the media's attention quickly.

He was also recently featured in Chicago Tribune's Red Eye coined as one of Chicago's Rap Renegades and continues to grab the media online community with various interviews including UrbanWire and named the artist of the week (May 11, 2009). He is also the most prominent artist featured on, considered one of the top rap blogs according to While finishing the album, GLC is also in the works of releasing his new single "Clockin' Lotsa Dollarz" featuring Bun B and is currently working on the video to be released soon! His A-list roster of artist featured on Love, Life & Loyalty extends beyond Chicago including Twista, T-Pain, Kanye West and Rich Boy to name a few.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ja Rule performs at Pure Night Club Las Vegas (video)

Ja Rule in Vegas with his Mpire gang Saturday May 16.

U-N-I release exclusive new single "Land of the Kings"

Green Label Sound announces the release of the new single "Land of the Kings" from Inglewood rap duo U-N-I, Thurzday (Yannick Doffi) and YO (Yonas Michael).

The single is available now exclusively at

The two MC's have loaded up on accolades over the past 2 years, being named "Best Breakout LA Artist" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The Source Magazine's praise led to features in XXL, LA Times, VIBE and many more.
"Green Label Sound is giving us a stepping stool into the next league with an official team behind us", remarked Thurzday of U-N-I. "Until now we have been doing everything independently and we can only expect greater things with this opportunity and the support of Green Label Sound."

Gamble & Huff honored at the 57th Annual BMI Pop Awards

On May 19, the leading music rights organization Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) held its 57th Annual Pop Awards, honoring Gamble & Huff as BMI Icons.

Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, the invitation-only ceremony was hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Vice President/General Manager, Los Angeles, Barbara Cane and also recognized the writers and publishers of the past year's 50 most-performed pop songs.

The evening's capstone was a musical tribute to Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. Gavin DeGraw sang "If You Don't Know Me By Now," Estelle performed "Don't Leave Me This Way," and Michael Bublé delivered his rendition of "Me and Mrs. Jones." Named BMI Icons in recognition of their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers," Gamble & Huff join an elite list of previous BMI Icons that includes the Jacksons, Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana, Dolly Parton, and Hall & Oates.

Inglourius Basterds press conference in Cannes (video)

Quentin Tarentino and company talk to the French press at the Cannes Film Festival May 20.

Inglourius Basterds will be in theatres August 21, 2009.

Sean Paul Imperial Blaze release news

Grammy- winning superstar Sean Paul is set to unveil his highly anticipated fourth album “Imperial Blaze”. It took him over three years to complete this new album, but now it’s finally there. The single “So Fine” gives us a foretaste about what we can look forward to. A real summer hit, but we couldn’t expect less of Sean Paul. Although… his style, still dancehall, has "grown" since the release of his previous platinum- certified album “The Trinity”.

On the new album, the lyrics evolved from “disco- party and women” to more deep and personal subjects. Such as “Hold My Hand”, “Pepperpot”and “Straight To My Heart”, which is a tribute to his mother. This new flow is not only noticeable in the lyrics but in the tempo of the songs too. Of course the most successful Jamaican artist of all times in the U.S charts, still produces dancehall like no other. But on this album the up- tempo songs are alternate with more reggae and dancehall-ballad.

Since the release of his latest album, Sean Paul travelled and toured all around the world. His trip to Africa was a true inspiration on personal and professional level. His Jamaican roots conferred the identification with the African music and style.

The final album will be released on August 18, 2009 and contains 17 tracks. Sean and his team will shoot the video of the album's first single in Miami during the week of the Memorial Day.

Here is a partial track list:

Now That I Got Your Love
Birthday Suit
Press it Up
Hold My Hands
She Wants Me
Bruk Out
Straight From My Heart
So Fine

No word if previous leaked tracks 'Girls', 'One Life' & 'So Fine' are on the final version.

(source Trace TV)

One Stop Shop Producers Conference Beat Battle Winner

Last weekend over five hundred aspiring and established producers from the UK, the Caribbean, Australia, Canada and America, congregated in Phoenix, AZ for the ANNUAL ONE STOP SHOP PRODUCER CONFERENCE. For the third consecutive year Sha Money XL and his team went above and beyond in presenting to the next generation of music's producers, execs, managers and artists a weekend filled with informative panels and networking opportunities.

Panels moderated by MTV on-air personality Sway, Angela Yee of Shade 45, Chuck Creekmur of and more were both educational and featured the best of the best in the Hip-Hop business, discussing all aspects of the industry. This year One Stop Shop also played host to artists such as B.o.B, Q-Tip, Reflection Eternal and more allowing attendees the opportunity to see these entertainers perform live.

The highlight of the weekend was, as in previous years, the Beat Battle which was won this year by Montreal native Mathieu 'Billboard' Jomphe. The 20 year old who had quit his job to migrate south for the weekend blew the audience away with his production. "The thing that amazed me the most about winning was the fact that my beats are more R&B," Billboard said after winning the coveted title. "You see those huge names in Hip-Hop on that stage and you can't help but be a little bit nervous."

Impressing the likes of Just Blaze, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Don Cannon and 9th Wonder with his versatile, polished and cohesive tracks, Billboard made a huge impact on all those at ONE STOP SHOP."The crazy thing with Billboard was his music got included for an on air beat battle I was doing with a radio station, but then he let me know he wasn't in Arizona and couldn't take part but was coming to the conference," Sha Money XL explains. "His music felt like what I would be vibing to in a club, big sounds and club rocking drums and everyone there was feeling it too."

Each year the winner of the notorious Beat Battle has hailed from a different country which proves that this conference is an attraction that reaches . With plans to take the ONE STOP SHOP on the road in the next year Sha Money XL is keen for this networking opportunity to benefit countries where there is a void in the market. "We are open to taking this concept to other countries and with that being said we might explore making the conference international. Perhaps even Toronto, Canada next.'

"Hands down, this conference has got to be the best and most influential conference for both up & coming and established music producers and tech heads. Blessed to be apart of this. See you at the 4th Annual if you missed out!! "- Hi-Tek

check out Billboard the Producer's Myspace page:

R.I.P. Dolla

From the staff at Hooked On That, our prayers and condolences go out to family and friends who knew Dolla.

Eminem on track to sell in the mid 500,000 *update*

According to Hits Daily Double based on first day sales, 'Relapse' is projected to sell somewhere in the mid 500k range for the first week and is on track to be next week's number #1 album in the country.

*update* According to as of May 20, Em is now projected to sell up to 650K first week sales on 'Relapse'. Not bad.

(sources Hits Magazine Daily Double &

Busta Rhymes at Santos Party House Myspace Addias release show (photos)

Busta Rhymes at Santos Party House May 18

Busta Rhymes & Spliff Starr at Santos Party House May 18

Spliff, M.O.P. & Busta Rhymes at Santos Party House May 18

Spliff, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes at Santos Party House May 18

Spliff Starr, Ron Browz & Busta Rhymes performing a crowd favorite "Arab Money" at Santos Party House May 18

(photos courtesy of MetroMix NY)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Paul Cain on the set of Fabolous Loso's Way (video)

Shot presumably on the set of Loso's Way May 18 in the streets of Manhattan. Also spotted on the set where DJ Envy, Adrienne Bailon, Swizz Beats, Ryan Leslie, Juelz Santana, DJ Khaled and Fabolous himself.
'Loso's Way' coming soon on Island/Def Jam.

John Legend speaks at the University of Penn Commencement (video)

Grammy-Winning Soul Musician John Legend at the University of Penn Commencement: "A Commitment To Truth Requires A Commitment To Social Justice" May 17.

Melanie Fiona unplugged in the staircase (video)

Part 2

In case you missed it, here's part 1

'The Bridge' coming soon on Motown/Universal/SRC.

Damon Hall gives us the low down on Guy (video)

From the Hazel-E party at Smash Hollywood on May 14.

Twista 'Category 5' new street date

'Category 5' coming July 14 on Get Money Gang/EMI

Queen Latifah Birthday Party at SIR Studios LA (video)

Ladies of Hip Hop/Queen Latifah's Bday Party/Show

As this happened March 28, the Queen had quite the guest list in the house that included MC Lyte, Vivica A. Fox, Lil Kim, Lisa Raye, BJ Coleman, Tracy Morgan, Kim Kardashian and many other of Hollywood's A-list. This is a special bird's eye view.

Diddy at the Wet Republic Pool Party MGM Grand Las Vegas (video)

Felix Da House Cat was also in the house on May 16.

Busta Rhymes Myspace release party at Santos NYC (video)

From the Busta showcase at Santos Night Club in NYC May 18.
Busta Rhymes 'Back On My Bullsh*t' out now on Universal/Motown Records

DJ Drama stops by Chicago's WGCI (video)

On WGCI's DJ Timbuck 2 Rush Hour Mix show.
DJ Drama 'Gangsta Grillz 2' out today on Atlantic Records.

Red Cafe at the Harlem Lanes (video)

Red Cafe spotted at Harlem Lanes May 16.
'The Shakedown' coming soon on Bad Boy/Konvict.

Sacramento's Brotha Lynch Hung signs with Strange Music

When Dave Weiner, Vice President of Strange Music West, first heard BROTHA LYNCH HUNG's certified Gold classic Season of da Siccness (1995), he was blown away. The man responsible for signing Master P to Priority Records in the mid-'90s, as well as orchestrating the joint venture that Tech N9ne and Strange Music entered into with JCOR, now has the honor of bringing BROTHA LYNCH to the Strange Music family.

Strange Music is already one of the most successful independent music labels in the world - in 2008, its flagship artist, Tech N9ne, SoundScanned over one million units, making him one of the most successful independent Hip-Hop artists in history.

LYNCH and Tech N9ne are far from strangers. LYNCH is familiar to Tech fans due to his standout verse on "My World" from Tech's Everready album (2006); Tech appeared on "187 on a Hook" from LYNCH's Blocc Movement (2001).

"There's an incredible synergy," states Weiner. "Every Tech fan knows that verse ["My World"] and is wondering what's going on with LYNCH." Fans need wonder no more, as Brotha Lynch Hung emerges as the newest Strange Music artist.

Like each member of the Strange Music label, LYNCH lives by a similarly intense, do-or-die, work ethic. Almost every year since his 1993 debut, 24 Deep, the Sacramento native has released a CD. An impressive feat considering he has never been affiliated with a major label.

Hailed by Monterey County's The Herald as "one of the most original and influential Northern Cali rap artists out there," LYNCH has maintained a loyal fan base over the years. He entertains with twisted humor, grim tales and a delivery that rides the beat with both a rapid-fire intensity and smooth soulful flow. He's seen hard times – the death of his mother, label deals gone wrong, drugs, despair – yet his lyrics are infused with a will to survive and a passion for life that override the dark corners of his mind.

Since releasing Lynch by Inch in 2003, LYNCH has maintained his visibility through mixtapes, yet fans have been waiting for a full-length album. You've been warned: LYNCH is currently working on Dinner and a Movie, his latest CD, slated to be released later this year.

"BROTHA LYNCH fits in with Strange, ideally, it couldn't be better," states Weiner. "It makes all the sense in the world. His talent and abilities are incredible."
(from press release)

Gino Green Global Co-Sponsors Brooklyn Ink's rolling RV!!

YES YALL we don't stop! We have partnered with Brooklyn INK, a favorite spot of Gino Green. Brooklyn INK is located in Brooklyn, NY at 1626 Bedford Ave. and it houses a really talented artist by the simple name of "AL" – he has gotten creative on Prince's face as seen on (check that out!).

Outside of just having the parlor, there is a rolling RV available for on the spot tattoos and private "tattoo" parties! All summer long keep your eyes open for the truck; you never know who's going to be hoppin' on or off. There will be some of the flyest DJ'S spinning the hottest tunes as we move about the city on the RV, FRESH giveaways will be provided by Gino Green Global- we'll be all over NYC and poppin' up at numerous events!

So much in store for us and such little time to keep you all posted so keep following us -Twitter, Facebook, Myspace - you know the deal!

We have a special giveaway for our 250th follower, just an F.Y.I!

Oh yeah! We loved Miami so much our past visit, that we are heading back down with the RV for MEMORIAL WEEKEND its gonna be so "Green" down there! Catch us if you can!
(from press release)

Jagged Edge signs with Slip n Slide

Slip N Slide Records, one of the top independent labels in the industry founded by Ted Lucas, is gearing up for another ground-breaking and exciting year with the signing of Grammy nominated and chart-topping R&B super group Jagged Edge. The group is in the studio now working on new material for their upcoming album scheduled for release on Slip N Slide Records in 2010.

Says Ted Lucas, "I'm excited to welcome Jagged Edge to the Slip-N-Slide Records family. They are one of the preeminent R&B groups of our time. They are going to pick up right where they left off and bring their fans some great new hit songs."

Says Brian and Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge, "We are happy to embark on our collaboration between 581 Muzik Group and Slip N Slide Records. They have been a dominating force in rap music and we have been a driving force in R&B Music. Together Ted Lucas and Jagged Edge will make for a groundbreaking 2010! Look out for our new album in 2010."

(from press release)

Drake first California show scheduled for San Bernardino

As one of hip hops hottest prospects, young actor-turned-rapper, Drake will be performing live at the ASU Fox Theatre in San Bernardino, CA. Fans anxiously await Drake's first solo performance in California after he concludes a highly successful, sold-out tour with Grammy Award winning artist Lil Wayne. Drake, this Toronto bred rapper, who originally gained his fame by playing the role of basketball star Jimmy Brooks on the teen TV show Degrassi, has built an incredible buzz for himself. Now billed as hip hops "Next Fresh Prince", Drake recently released his most popular mix tape to date, "So Far So Gone", featuring his own mentor, Lil Wayne, and including his first single 'Best I Ever Had' which has rapidly incurred over 30 million plays on Myspace. The concert is expected to sell out to over 2000 people, and, the buzz over the nations most demanded up and coming artist is on the verge catapulting to an entirely different level.

Who: Drake

What: Performing Live

Where: ASU Fox Theatre

399 North D Street.

San Bernardino Ca. 92401

When: Friday May 22, 2009


(from press release)

Devin The Dude drops some Chronic in Germany (video)

On Devin's most recent and first tour of Germany May 1 in Kaiserslautern, Germany

Xzibit wraps up his European tour

This footage is from some of the last dates of Xzibit's 2009 European tour.
Amsterdam, Holland

Barcelona, Spain

Friday, May 15, 2009

B.O.B. partners with Reebok behind the scenes video

B.O.B. Reebok Classic Remix 30 Sec. Video Spot from reebokclassicremix on Vimeo.

In celebration of the Reebok Classic Remix collection, Reebok is partnering with today's top emerging hip-hop artists to re-interpret an original, influential 80s or 90s song to be distributed exclusively with the purchase of styles from the Reebok Classic Remix collection.

The newest shoe to drop at retail is the Classic Leather Wet Patent -- one of the marquee classic sneakers updated to continue its iconic look and feel. The Classic Leather Wet Patent sneaker retails for $70, exclusively at Foot Locker.

The Reebok Classic Remix collection launched in March 2009 with Kidz In The Hall re-interpreting "I Got It Made" by Special Ed followed by Kid Sister's remake of "I'll House You" by the Jungle Brothers. Following the success of collaborating with emerging artists, Reebok announces their next artist in the series, Bobby Ray aka B.o.B.

On May 21st, Bobby Ray (Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records) will be the third artist in the series to re-interpret a classic song, which will be announced on May 21st. The new track will be available for download exclusively to customers who purchase styles from the Reebok Classic Remix collection, at Foot Locker stores nationwide.

Reebok will offer new styles and color ways from the Collection throughout the year, each featuring a new artist and re-interpreted track.
(from press release)

Akon shoots "We Don't Care" video in Soweto South Africa

Shot in the township of Soweto, South Africa May 13 with Director Gil Green at the helm.

Vaughn Anthony at the Home School Records party (video)

I present to you Atlantic/Home School Records recording artist Vaughn Anthony. Recently out on the road with his older brother John Legend. Now striking out on his own and giving his older sibling a run for his money.
Performing at S.O.B.'s in NYC May 14 in front of a very hyped music industry crowd which included Rick Ross, Ryan Leslie, Erica Goodman, Devo Springsteen & Estelle.

John Legend Estelle & Rick Ross perform at the Home School Records party in NYC (video)

Recorded at S.O.B.'s in NYC May 14.

Common promotes Diesel's "Only the Brave" fragrance (video)

Recorded at Diesel on Melrose Blvd in West Hollywood May 9th.

Ghostface asks the audience for an MC (video)

At Scala in London May 6.
Ghostface stops the track to find an MC from the audience to come up to the mic.

Performance footage

A&R Power Summit Urban Artist and Repertoire 2009

Our final installment of the A&R Power Summit panel on A&R recently held in NYC May 2nd & 3rd.
These are the guys who find talent and sign artists to their respective labels.

part 1

part 2

part 3

part 4

part 5

A&R Power Summit Urban Marketing Panel 2009

More footage from the A&R Power Summit May 2nd & 3rd 2009. Some valuable music industry information dispensed right here.

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A&R Power Summit Urban Producers Panel 2009

Attention R&B and Hip Hop artists, musicians and producers, check out the recent A & R Power Summit hosted on by Urban Threshold in NYC May 2nd & 3rd.

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Asher Roth BBC Live Lounge Boom Boom Pow performance

On Asher's recent trip to the UK.

'Asleep In The Bread Aisle' out now.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chrisette Michele Album Release party (video)

At Club Mansion aka M2 Ultra Lounge in New York City. Besides the honored host Chrisette, Ginuwine, DJ Envy, Day26 and Dawn Richard were also in attendance.

Congrats to Chrisette this week on her number #1 album 'Epiphany.'

Ginuwine Listening Party at Taj NYC (video)

Ginuwine runs through the songs to be played at the listening party May 12.
Tracks include "Show Off" "Trouble" ft. Bun B & "Last Chance."

You can't see him, but you can hear him in the video.

14 tracks all together. 'A Man's Thoughts' out June 23.

T.I. And The K.I.N.G. Foundation Anti-Gun Rally And Press Conference (video)

At Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters in Harlem May 11.

Ja Rule & T.I.

Kevin Liles

Al Shapton speaks about 2pac

Drake at sound check & concert footage in Toronto (video)

Drake performed to a packed house in his hometown of Toronto at the Sound Academy May 13.

Sound Check & Interview.

Sadat X & Diamond D performing in London (video)

Sadat & Diamond D plays in front of a very receptive audience at the Jazz Cafe in London. Sadat X 'Brand New Bein''out now.

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