Young Guru is staking out his lane as a subject matter expert (more like a technical engineer than a music/sound engineer) in an impressive way. Here is video of Hip-Hop DJ/Producer/Engineer Young Guru on his weekend in San Francisco. Lectures at Pandora headquarters, AES Producer Panels, conversations with the creator of BitTorrent... Young Guru touches many points along the modern music productions and distribution spectrum, keeping in touch with those who continue to shape it. Great vid.
Brandy had a relatively good 2012 with her return back to the music & making a variety of promo runs & interviews. I was even surprised to see her on ESPN's First Take speaking on sports. Didn't seem like people on twitter cared about what she was saying because all they could talk about was how her ass looked on the show. She did indeed look amazing though. To celebrate her great year & the upcoming release of her new album "Two Eleven" next year, she let go of this previously unreleased mid-tempo track called "How High". I truly dig the song, but the only thing I wasn't too happy about is when Brandy starts rapping under her alter ego "Bran'Nu". In case you missed Brandy's appearance on ESPN First Take check out the video after the jump.....
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A blockbuster movie franchise will spend part of this summer in the Motor City.
"Transformers 3" plans to film in metro Detroit in August, according to Gabriela Gutentag, a spokeswoman for the movie.
Filming is expected to last two to three weeks.
Several locations â€” including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and overseas locales â€” will be employed in the latest edition of the popular action series from director Michael Bay.
The series starring Shia LaBeouf, which has given prominent screen time to GM vehicles, has been a hit with moviegoers. It debuted in 2007 with "Transformers," which earned $319 million at the domestic box office. The 2009 sequel, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," took in $402 million. The third installment is expected to open in 2011, according to IMDB.com.
Scenes for the first "Transformers" were filmed in Detroit, including at the Michigan Central Station. Bay also filmed scenes here for the 2005 movie "The Island."
"Transformers 3" has been approved for the state's tax incentives for filmmaking, according to the Michigan Film Office.
Bay area legend E-40 stopped by The All Out Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear, heard weekdays from 4-8pm EST on Eminem's Shade 45 (Sirius channel 45 / XM channel 66). He discussed his disagreement with Biggie back in 1996 and what happened when The Notorious B.I.G flew out to Sacramento and he had to give him a pass.
The "Boys" movies feature Smith and Lawrence as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, caught up in cases involving car chases and explosions.
The first "Boys," released in 1995, helped launch Bay as a director and Smith as an action star even though it was not a fire-stamped blockbuster -- it grossed $66 million domestically and $141 million worldwide.
The sequel, released in 2003 when Bay and Smith's stars had risen, grossed $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide.
All parties have expressed a willingness to return if a story can be hammered out. One potential hurdle, however, would be the costly deals with the players.
Craig, repped by CAA and Management 360, co-wrote "The Town," which...More Bad Boys
The Black Eyed Peas to Kick Off Adobe Youth Voices Live! Event on August 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Adobe Foundation and The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation will unveil two new state-of-the-art music and multi-media academies for youth in Oakland and Redwood City, Calif.
The collaboration focuses on giving youth access to multi-media production tools for video, dance, music and art. Through the creation of digital media, teens are given the opportunity to comment on critical issues and inspire social change in their communities.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 1, Grammy award-winning recording artists The Black Eyed Peas â€" will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie â€" will officially open the first integrated Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy located in Redwood City at the Mervin G. Morris Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. A second Academy will be housed in a new facility operated by Art In Action, a local non-profit youth leadership program in Oakland. Both academies will begin offering services starting in the fall for youth up to age 19. An estimated 200 Bay Area youth will participate in the academy programs annually.
"As a group, music has given us amazing opportunities. With the Peapod Foundation, we want to give back to inner-city kids so they can realize their potential through artistic and digital expression," says will.i.am, who grew up in the projects in Boyle Heights, Calif. "Together with the Adobe Foundation, we are giving more kids a chance at a better future."
The academies will incorporate a high-tech curriculum developed by Adobe Youth Voices with the latest professional-grade multi-media production software â€" including AdobeÂ® Creative SuiteÂ® 4 Master Collection Suite, donated by Adobe Systems Incorporated, and professional music studio tools for a state-of-the-art recording facility donated by the Peapod Foundation. In addition to mentoring in the performing arts, youth participants will receive structured multi-media training in video, audio, photography, design and art, enabling them to creatively express their points of view on vital issues and contribute to social change in their communities.
"The Adobe Foundation and the Peapod Foundation share a vision for empowering youth to address social issues that directly affect them," said Michelle Mann, executive director of the Adobe Foundation. "The launch of these two academy sites is just the beginning of our journey. It's exciting to make such a direct, tangible impact by inspiring youth to demonstrate their potential and take action in their communities."
Summit to Feature Bay Area Film Industry Luminaries
Following the Redwood City academy opening, The Black Eyed Peas will make a special appearance to kick off Adobe Youth Voices Live! The event is the closing session of the first annual Adobe Youth Voices Summit, a three-day digital immersion experience bringing together 100 international youth (ages 14-19) and educators from underserved communities around the world.
The Adobe Youth Voices Summit at Stanford University (July 30 â€" Aug. 1) will focus on all aspects of digital media, including filmmaking, photography, animation and design, with workshops designed to empower youth to create media for social change and cultivate a deeper sense of social and civic engagement.
Summit highlights will include: an opening keynote by David Nakabayashi, creative director of the Industrial Light and Magic Art Department, mentoring in creating collaborative media projects using AdobeÂ® After EffectsÂ® and AdobeÂ® PremiereÂ® Elements; a visit to Dreamworks Animation, makers of popular movies such as Shrek and Madagascar; and a keynote by Black Nature, a musician and aspiring filmmaker with the Refugee All Stars.
Youth participants will document their own travel and experiences at the summit through videos shot with Flip Video Ultra Camcorders donated through the Flip Video Spotligh
LOS ANGELES â€" Harmless comic characters or racist robots? The buzz over the summer blockbuster "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" only grew Wednesday as some said two jive-talking Chevy characters were racial caricatures. Skids and Mudflap, twin robots disguised as compact hatchbacks, constantly brawl and bicker in rap-inspired street slang. They're forced to acknowledge that they can't read. One has a gold tooth.
As good guys, they fight alongside the Autobots and are intended to provide comic relief. But their traits raise the specter of stereotypes most notably seen when Jar Jar Binks, the clumsy, broken-English speaking alien from "Star Wars: Episode I â€" The Phantom Menace," was criticized as a caricature.
One fan called the Transformers twins "Jar Jar Bots" in a blog post online.
Todd Herrold, who watched the movie in New York City, called the characters "outrageous."
"It's one thing when robot cars are racial stereotypes," he said, "but the movie also had a bucktoothed black guy who is briefly in one scene who's also a stereotype."
"They're like the fools," said 18-year-old Nicholas Govede, also of New York City. "The comic relief in a degrading way."
Not all fans were offended. Twin brothers Jason and William Garcia, 18, who saw the movie in Miami, said they related to the characters â€" not their illiteracy, but their bickering.
"They were hilarious," Jason said. "Every movie has their standout character, and I think they were the ones for this movie."
In Atlanta, Rico Lawson said people were reading too much into the characters. "It was actually funny," said Lawson, 25, who saw the movie with his girlfriend in Atlanta.
That was the aim, director Michael Bay said in an interview.
"It's done in fun," he said. "I don't know if it's stereotypes â€" they are robots, by the way. These are the voice actors. This is kind of the direction they were taking the characters and we went with it."
Bay said the twins' parts "were kind of written but not really written, so the voice actors is when we started to really kind of come up with their characters."
Actor Reno Wilson, who is black, voices Mudflap. Tom Kenny, the white actor behind SpongeBob SquarePants, voices Skids.
Wilson said Wednesday that he never imagined viewers might consider the twins to be racial caricatures. When he took the role, he was told that the alien robots learned about human culture through the Web and that the twins were "wannabe gangster types."
"It's an alien who uploaded information from the Internet and put together the conglomeration and formed this cadence, way of speaking and body language that was accumulated over X amount of years of information and that's what came out," the 40-year-old actor said. "If he had uploaded country music, he would have come out like that."
It's not fair to assume the characters are black, he said.
"It could easily be a Transformer that uploaded Kevin Federline data," Wilson said. "They were just like posers to me."
Kenny did not respond to an interview request Wednesday.
"I purely did it for kids," the director said. "Young kids love these robots, because it makes it more accessible to them."
Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman said they followed Bay's lead in creating the twins. Still, the characters aren't integral to the story, and when the action gets serious, they disappear entirely, notes Tasha Robinson, associate entertainment editor at The Onion.
"They don't really have any positive effect on the film," she said.
Clarity Music Group was founded by NFL first round draft pick and Pro Bowl selection, Nick Barnett. "After being introduced to Bee's talent I felt as a fan of great music, compelled to provide an outlet for the world to hear Bee, hence CMG was created."
Finally, St. Louis, Missouri hometown hero Bee High is set to debut the pre-cursor to his highly anticipated debut album on Clarity Music Group, "If This is the Mixtape, Imagine the Album" dropping June 2009.
"If this Is the Mixtape, Imagine the Album" is Bee's re-entry into Hip Hop following his critically acclaimed independent release, "Young World" while still a member of Young Boys, which sold over fifteen thousand copies. "If This is The Mixtape, Imagine the Album" features production by Grammy nominated musicians collectively known as, "Traxx Squad/ Da Band Camp". The twenty-two song mixtape features the hit single, "You ain't Got No Money" which is already receiving heavy spins in the mid-west and down south and will be released nationally this summer. The video hits MTV and other networks later this month directed by TAJ who has worked with Rihanna, Nas, Ne-Yo and Jadakiss.
Bee was initially discovered by legendary New York Hip Hop DJ/Producer Marley Marl who was instrumental in the careers of Eric B. & Rakim to Boogie Down Productions. Marley stated, "I've been in Hip Hop for 20+ years & Bee is one of the most talented artists to grace the mic". Bee was able to culminate lessons learned from Marley and his broad appreciation for music as a whole to cultivate his unique sound. The forthcoming album, "Stadium Music" is set to release January 2010 featuring guest appearances from Bobby Valentino and former B2K members, "Lil Fizz" and "Boog" and others.
Clarity Music Group was founded by NFL first round draft pick and Pro Bowl selection, Nick Barnett from the Green Bay Packers. Barnett a notable DJ/ producer and lifelong music aficionado stated "After being introduced to Bee's talent I felt as a fan of great music, compelled to provide an outlet for the world to hear Bee, hence Clarity Music Group was created."
The official release party for "If This is the Mixtape, Imagine the Album" will take place May 28th at Lure nightclub in St.Louis, co-hosted by Nick Barnett and Welterweight Champ Cory Spinks.
Log on to BentleyBee.com to download your copy of "If This is The Mixtape, Imagine the Album" and look out for Bee performing at K104's annual Summer Jam concert