No kidding. At the last Los Angeles Auto Show, robot drone cars designed to patrol the streets were on display. Nah... they won't be replacing human cops (not initially... you never know though, right?). And nah... no half-man, half-machine clunky cops in design either... yet. Peep the video though.
National Recording artist Tia Michelle will be introducing her album "Truth is" that's going to be released SEPTEMBER 24th. It's going to be at ISTANBLUE in ATLANTA, GA in conjunction with SENSATION STATION NETWORK.
Tia Michelle got her start in singing when she was 17 and a friend dared her to try out for a high school biggest talent show/pageant. When she was called up she got on stage and sang. "Once my song ended I looked out to a crowd of stunned onlookers who didn't know my name much less that I could sing." She won the pagent.
Tia Michelle graduated college to become a Scrub Technician. She begain thinking about her life and her passion of music, linked up with HamTrackz Productions, and everything exploded from then on.
Within a year, Tia Michelle has been nominated for the GEORGIA MUSIC AWARDS 2012, performed at PROJECT TAKE BACK (FORT VALLEY UNIVERSITY, GA), PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL (Macon, GA). She is also included in DUNIA MAGAZINE in NEW YORK. Her new single "QUESTIONS" which describes someone's personal growth. She performed that song for representatives at B.E.T and they really enjoyed it.
One thing she wants people to get out her music is "..to see me as a true artist that seeks nothing more than to be a positive influence in their life from now until forever. If you want music that's different but still speaks to your soul then keep an eye out for my upcoming album "Truth Is".
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First One Digital Publishing revives best-selling memoir for Black History Month
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2011
On February 1, 2011 First One Publishing will release the groundbreaking and thought provoking "Nigger: An Autobiography by Dick Gregory," written by renowned comedian and social activist, Dick Gregory in ebook format. The ebook will be available for purchase across all digital readers and distributor platforms including iTunes, Amazon and Sony as well as on the publisher’s website at http://www.FirstOnePublishing.com.
There will be a new introduction from Dick Gregory as well as several videos spanning his relationship with Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, John Lennon and others, to his views on health and nutrition. “A visionary like Dick Gregory only comes around once in a lifetime and it is an honor to bring his best-selling memoir to a whole new digital generation,” said First One President, Karen Hunter. “We are grateful that Mr. Gregory chose First One to be the home for this and future projects.”
Dick Gregory was one of the first activists to use comedy as a tool to wake people up to the social and political ills that plague our society. The book was originally released in 1962 during the Civil Rights Movement with critical acclaim and sold over one million copies. “I am happy to be participating in the 22nd, 23rd and 24th Centuries. In 1962 when "Nigger" was first published, ebooks did not exist. It is very important that we know that 50 percent of the people who are alive today in America were not alive when King was assassinated. The fact that the mainstream press only talks about civil rights issues during Black History Month gives even more reason why people are hungry for this kind of information. I am excited to see "Nigger" elevated to this level of publishing and that it is relevant today because of the factual history that it contains. It is about the truth and an era when the civil rights movement happened and I was an eye witness to this part of history,” states Dick Gregory.
Born in 1932, Dick Gregory details his first hand experiences of the thick color line in the South where he grew up. He had the choice to defeat or be defeated and in every situation he chose to defeat. From getting kicked in the mouth by a white man who didn’t want "no color boy shining his shoes" to being teased in school and chastised for his skin color, Dick Gregory always managed to turn a negative to a positive. To ease the pain Dick Gregory would make jokes about himself and his family before giving anyone else the satisfaction, before long he was getting paid to stand on stages across America and make people laugh. Dick Gregory is still one of the most celebrated African American activists in the country.
For further information or to request a digital review copy in advance, please contact Megan(at)A-ListCommunications(dot)com.
ABOUT DICK GREGORY: Dick Gregory, born October 12, 1932 in St. Louis, MO. is an African-American comedian, civil rights activist, and spokesman for health issues, who became nationally recognized in the 1960s for a biting brand of comedy that attacked racial prejudice. By addressing his hard-hitting satire to white audiences, he gave a comedic voice to the rising Civil Rights Movement. In his numerous television, nightclub, and concert comedy routines, he targeted poverty, segregation, and racial discrimination. Active in the Civil Rights Movement, he participated in numerous demonstrations including marching alongside Dr. King, and was arrested for civil disobedience several times; in 1963 he was jailed in Birmingham, Alabama. His activism spurred him to run for mayor of Chicago in 1966 and for Presiden
Official Book Signing for DJ Necterr To Be Held on January 8, 2011 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm CST.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) January 3, 2011
Renowned DJ, author, and hip-hop insider, DJ Necterr, will be in attendance at Katy Budget Books in Houston, TX to sign his jaw-dropping, "tell-all" autobiography that speaks on his life and the hip hop industry.
"His body shakes violently, and he realizes he is lying on the floor staring ahead into the darkness under his bed. He tries to clear the fog that is invading his mind and ignore the strange sensation (is it pain?) in his chest."
The extraordinary (sometimes violent) life of DJ Necterr is chronicled in his autobiography, The Perfect Gangster, a journey from the deadly streets of Chicago to the top of the hip hop industry. A tiny kid who witnessed the murder of his brother but went on to work with some of hip hop's greatest like Jay-Z, DipSet, Lil' Wayne, and Young Jeezy. Necterr's story is filled with blood, guts, drugs, and prison; but it's also filled with love, redemption, and success. Necterr holds nothing back in these pages, as he shares the secrets and inner-workings of the world's most dramatic music industry; including the betrayal he suffered at the hands of Lil' Wayne (who ended up in prison for something else.) Read tales of Juelz Santana, Memphis Bleek, Lloyd Banks, and the gritty world of drugs and the police. Find out what it takes to live the ups and downs of a 10-year-old break dancer, school DJ, runaway, and drug trafficker who finally turns his life around to become The Perfect Gangster,a hip hop artist who tours the country as a promoter, and a promising act in his own right.
DJ Necterr is scheduled for his signing to be held at Katy Budget Books at 2450 Fry Rd Houston, TX 77084.For directions or more information about the Jan. 8th event, please contact the store at Katy Books 281-578-7770.
Create Unique, Fun Holiday Greetings Featuring Your Own Voice Singing Christmas Carols with StarMaker Interactive’s New Release, Auto-Tune Christmas for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 7, 2010
StarMaker Interactive today announced the latest addition to their suite of recordable, shareable singing apps, Auto-Tune Christmas by StarMaker for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Auto-Tune Christmas by StarMaker is an intuitive app for creating and sharing personalized singing eGreetings via Facebook or email.
“Auto-Tune Christmas is a fun twist on the traditional holiday card or eGreeting,” said Nathan Sedlander, President and Co-Founder of StarMaker Interactive. “Whether you’re looking to inject some fun into the holiday season or send something more personal than just a card, we think you’ll have a lot of fun with the Auto-Tune Christmas app.”
Auto-Tune Christmas by StarMaker is free to download and comes with six classic Christmas carols to accompany your voice. Engaging genuine Auto-Tune from Antares will turn anyone into a veritable Christmas chanteuse. Select the Hip-Hop voice effect, and you’ll sound like Snoop Dogg crooning on a Silent Night-- Yuletide carols fo shizzle!
For $1.99 – discounted to $0.99 for a limited time – users unlock Unlimited Sharing, transforming their personal recordings into spirited eGreetings. Free downloads include classics like “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by artists such and Bing Crosby and hip-hop versions from hip-hop/electronica producer EO. Also available for $0.99 each are “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Frank Sinatra) and “Blue Christmas” (Elvis Presley) among others. Top off the eGreeting with a photo and seasonal clip art and you’ll be the toast of Facebook this season!
Auto-Tune Christmas by StarMaker is available now as a free download in the iTunes App Store.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – An autopsy finds that the Minnesota rapper known as Eyedea died of an accidental overdose.
The Ramsey County medical examiner's office says Michael Larsen died from opiate toxicity.
Larsen was found dead in his St. Paul apartment on Oct. 16. He was 28.
Don Gorrie, the medical examiner's chief investigator, says the death certificate was filed Wednesday. Gorrie tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press the specific drugs found in Larsen's system are not public information.
Larsen and childhood friend Max Keltgen recorded three albums as Eyedea and Abilities on Minneapolis hip-hop group Atmosphere's label, Rhymesayers Entertainment. Eyedea and Abilities performed with the group in the late 1990s.
The self-proclaimed "Mayor of Miami" Trick Daddy exploded onto America's pop culture landscape as one of the pioneers of Dirty South rap. His 2001 album, Thugs Are Us, established him, as one critic wrote, "alongside Ludacris and Mystikal as one of the few nationally championed Dirty South rappers, and … catapulted him onto the playlist of every urban radio station in America, not to mention MTV." Widely credited with infusing hip hop with new life, he has been one of the most prolific southern talents since his introduction on Uncle Luke's timeless 1996 dance floor staple, "Scarred".
Born and raised in poverty as one of twenty-seven children, Maurice Young aka Trick Daddy, is considered by many as a thoughtful thug. His unsparing portrayal of life in the southern ghetto has earned him a legion of fans. Over a twelve-year career, he's released two platinum selling albums and numerous Billboard chart toppers. The recent merger of Trick's label, Dunk Ryders, with the high profile Cash Money Records, the home of Li'l Wayne and other platinum-selling stars, along with the upcoming release of the debut Dunk Ryders group album, is currently causing quite a buzz in music circles.
Magic City: Trials of a Native Son, chronicles Trick Daddy's story against the backdrop of Miami, the Magic City. It is an extraordinary story, of a childhood marked by poverty, a crime-laden adolescence, an incarceration, a meteoric rise to fame, and a struggle with a potentially fatal medical condition. It's the story of a boy whose father was a pimp; who, left to his own devices, learned to hustle to survive and whose only role model was his brother, the drug dealer he watched plying his trade on the block. But while his story is remarkable, the most astonishing part is that he is not only still alive, but that he got out.
Magic City: Trials Of A Native Son is the story of how that potent mixture of extremes, the dazzling beauty and glittering wealth of the Magic City, and the crime, the corruption and the despair playing out in its shadows gave rise to what has now become the most dominant sound in hip hop, in the process revitalizing a stagnant art form. MAGIC CITY, told in Bailey's artful prose, is an ode to the city of Miami, a riveting tale of a paradise lost.
Wu-Tang Clan's GZA/Genius, a.k.a. Gary Grice, has a 7th studio album Liquid Swords II slated for release this fall. Given that this album's 15-year-old predecessor is one of my top 10 favorite LPs of all time, the surprisingly top-shelf execution of fellow Clan member Raekwon's Cuban Linx sequel last year and that the RZA is overseeing the entire project, I'm a bit excited to hear what GZA comes up with.
I'm guessing I'd be extremely hard-pressed to find anyone under the age of 20 who feels the same way. I could scour any one Chicago public high school full of rap fans and likely not find a single individual checking for an album from a 43-year-old dude named Gary.
Here at the beginning of the century's second decade, many of the rappers I enjoyed in my youth are either on the "wrong" side of 40 or fast approaching, and many are still recording albums. Method Man, the youngest member of the Wu, is 39. Jay-Z is 40. Dr. Dre is 45! Ice Cube, 41, still manages to s**t out a album here and there between writing, producing and starring in terrible, family-friendly movie fare; I don't know how he has the stones to release any gangsta material after gracing celluloid with his nauseating, forced ghetto bonhomie.
Loyal readers of this column know that I consider myself a crusty, out-of-touch old fart when it comes to contemporary hip-hop: I'm a loyal devotee to the art and culture, but largely from the perspective of the way things used to be.
When I listened to hip-hop as a teenager, I viewed it as music for the youth and assumed that reaching one's 30s would preclude them from appreciating the music in any capacity. While I can't conceive a force that would prevent me from abandoning an art and culture I've sworn devotion to by the ink on my right forearm in just a year (I write this column seven days outside of my 29th birthday), my tastes haven't exactly evolved much in the past decade. The collection of rap CDs in my truck is, more often than not, anachronistic and obscure; I enjoy lesser-known acts that evoke memories of what I was bumping in high-school, and little to no representation of the current Top 40 is ever in rotation.
But can one ever really get too old to appreciate rap music? (lyrically anyway - a good beat knows no generational boundaries) Moreover, is it appropriate that many of these older rappers are still churning out new material? A good R&B artist can put out records about lovemaking and heartache until he starts farting dust (see: Ronald Isley). But I think that a rapper's hubris - a veritable mainstay of the genre - doesn't hold up well as he/she continues to age.
When I was younger, I embraced the bang-bang, my-d**k-is-bigger-than-yours aesthetic of hip-hop. But as I witness all these rappers get older, sire children and sprout gray hairs - and as I get some age under my own belt - I think of a popular nugget from Shawn Carter: "We don't believe you, you need more people." In fact, Jay is a perfect example of someone who rapped at his finest with something to prove 15 years ago, yet can't rap about s**t in 2010 that's believable to me outside of yacht vacations in Cabo San Lucas, using Benjamins as fireplace kindling and coconut oil-massaging Beyonce's ever-vacillating booty.
A riot after a Yo Gotti show in a Baltimore club could result in the venue's closing.
Popular Baltimore club Velvet Rope hosted Yo Gotti on February 25th, but the show spiraled into chaos, after fans stormed the doors in an attempt to get inside of the venue.
According to the Baltimore Sun, fans threw chairs and signs and more than 50 police officers and a helicopter were called to the club to restore order.
Early Thursday morning (March 4) two men became involved in a brawl inside the Velvet Rope were shot and wounded just blocks away from the city's popular Inner Harbor, a tourist attraction.
The incident was caught on surveillance cameras posted throughout the downtown area and shortly after the shooting, police stopped a van and retrieved a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun.
Matthew Craighead, 26, has been charged with attempted murder in relation to the shooting, which took place just two blocks away from the Velvet Rope.
The Velvet Rope's is represented by attorney Paul. H. Gardner, a popular Baltimore-based lawyer who once represented the infamous party crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi Gardner claimed the shooting incident happened off the club's premises.
OK, we get it: T-Pain really has no problem with Jay-Z.
The Auto-Tune star took aim at the legendary MC earlier this month while DJ'ing in Las Vegas, rebelling against the rapper's hit "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" in an explicit tirade. A day later, though, he backed away from his comments during a radio interview, claiming he'd just been trying to get clarification from Jay-Z about whether the song was about him or not.
Now, T-Pain has taken to song to apologize to Jay-Z publicly, saying, "My bad."
In a freestyle set to Drake and Trey Songz's "Successful" called "More Careful," the dreadlocked singer makes amends for his lack of discretion.
"I got the money, the money and the cars, the cars and the clothes, and unless I wanna let it all go, I just gotta be, I just gotta be more careful," he croons on the chorus.
"Aight, so let's talk about the Jay sh--," he raps in the third verse. "Some days I wish that I ain't never say sh--/ And Diddy said ain't no excuse for what I did/ But I felt like he was knocking the same sh-- that feeds my kids/ I do music 'cause I need it to make my world spin/ So when you get down to it, it's like you dissing my girlfriend."
T-Pain said in the past he was unclear of Jay-Z's motives behind his anti-Auto-Tune anthem. In his interviews, T-Pain pointed out, the rapper would defend Kanye West's and Lil Wayne's use of computer-aided vocals while simply saying he wasn't targeting Pain on the track. The vague responses, T-Pain said, felt like subtle indictments since he's the most acclaimed and accomplished artist associated with the program.
T-Pain also said Jay-Z snubbed him at Hot 97's annual concert, Summer Jam, when the rapper joked to radio personality Angie Martinez that he thought it was a fan who joined him on stage when Pain joined the Brooklyn wordsmith for his performance of "D.O.A."
But after T-Pain lashed out, when pressed about the burgeoning issue, Jay-Z said he thought the singer/producer was talented enough not to have to rely on the device. The response relieved T-Pain, he said at the time. But in rhyme he admitted it surprised...More T-PAIN