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TCOHH x Big Heff

   

TCOHH x Big Heff

Quincy Taylor, better known in the entertainment industry as Big Heff, has established himself as a leader in the world of touring and promoting. The vice president of Nerve Djs, Big Heff is also known for his role in the creation of the Ohio Hip Hop Awards & Music Conference as well as numerous other entertainment and hip hop affiliated businesses. In an exclusive interview with TCOHH the CEO of Beyond the Stars Entertainment opens up about how he got his start in the industry, his greatest accomplishments and future endeavors.
Can you explain how you got your start in the industry and what does your position in the industry entitle? 
I worked as an intern for Bone Thugs & Harmony and then started off doing promotions for Landspeed Records they were an underground distribution company and record label based out of Boston, MA big thanks to Mike Moves for giving me an opportunity really looking back and going thru the process of what I do now is Artist Development, Supporting and Development of talent thru traditional media resources radio, television, print media social media, and online placements. Regionally I do a lot of touring to help bring these things to life and create a support system for the artist to take an artist career to the next level. 
What was it like working for Shady Records?
I did a lot of things with Big Proof of D12 and Obie Trice early in their careers. I Still remember being a part of the D12 World Tour to help promote their second album and Obie Trice Cheers Album. This taught me a lot of structure and learning accountability in the music industry, making history each go around and creating a presence in the Midwest that we can hold our own and be elite in the industry.
What sparked the idea for Beyond Stars Entertainment?
After the success of seeing Machine Gun Kelly become a signed and receiving a Gold record on his first single "Wild Boy", I wanted to start something to help get more music out and offer opportunity for up and coming artist from the region. To make our music more available for fans and create more projects. I wanted to have a hub for all the things that I wanted to create from books, television, and music. 
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The greatest thing I enjoy is just working with music, I'm very passionate about it, and its satisfying to work hard, create superstars, and see the results of your music being loved by other people in different regions. Seeing it on television, movies, radio stations, streaming playlist. The partnership becoming the vice president that was created with Nerve Djs definitely created a support system for new music and building the relationship with the Djs and new artist.
What are some of your long-term goals?
Recently I'm a part of a tech startup company called Toyz Nation that specializes in App Development, creating wearable Tech, and creating school programs. Also, start a successful school called National Business & Entertainment Academy, teaching the next generation the business side of the music industry. One Day I can see myself running a healthy digital record label that can incorporate a lot of the things that can once again change the culture. Creating a book series about the music and entertainment industry. 
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Just becoming a man and growing, writing the "Making It in The Midwest" was really impactful for me to reflect on the things I have learned in the music business. Greatest accomplish is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 at the Ohio Hip Hop Awards for the things I helped create for the music community that I live in


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TCOHH x Lonzo Williams

   

TCOHH x Lonzo Williams

Today part one of the exclusive audio interview with the legendary Lonzo Williams of the World Class Wreckin' Crew (@reallonzonwa) and The College Of Hip Hop (@thecollegeofhiphop x @tcohhapp) is available for your listening pleasure in the seminar section.  Listen as he opens up about the NWA days, discovering Mechelle' and a lot of other interesting topics


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KC of Hood Illustrated x TCOHH

   

KC of Hood Illustrated x TCOHH

Hood Illustrated is undoubtedly the most notarized hip hop magazine representing the Midwest.  With more than ten years of longevity on the media side of the hip-hop game, founder KC, started the publication in response to the lack of media outlets who catered to independent artists. Independent and black owned Hood Illustrated is few of its kind. In a recent interview KC spoke with TCOHH about journalism, publishing and what it takes to make it as a black owned independent media outlet

What Attracted you to journalism?
I was attracted to journalism and publishing due to the lack of exposure for the Midwest hip hop scene.  There was (and still) is a void of hip hop representation for the "Lost Coast" as I would call it.  The Midwest is not known for our media outlet and exposure. Those hubs were primarily based in NY, Atlanta and Los Angeles.  I felt that we weren't represented like we should have and wanted to provide an opportunity for that voice to be heard globally in print and online.  Did you always know that you would one day own and operate your own publication?
The dots did not connect as it pertains to music and publishing but the path had been in the works as I look back on my path. I have always been a hip-hop junkie and am cut from the cloth of the Master P, MC Breed, Rap A Lot and the other brands that had pride in independent hustling out of the trunk.  I initially started in the music business as the Co-Owner of Just 1 Enemy Records with my artist and business partner. I basically ran the full operation independently which built the groundwork for where I am today by handling management, marketing, promotion, distribution, public relations and every other task necessary to run a successful independent record label.  

How did you come up with the concept for HOOD Illustrated?
I did a lot of market research and studied the industry. This was a time when technology begin to be more relevant.  Print publications were beginning to falter and go strictly digital.  I looked at it as an open opportunity to take advantage of this space and create a unique brand that could be recognized and respected by my target market which is Hip Hop Entrepreneurs.  I had tested the market initially with MPV (Midwest Point of View) and it was successful to the point where I had to expand the target market and focus on a global appeal. This was years in advance when I reserved the name and begin the process in protecting and trademarking the brand HOOD Illustrated. From the very beginning I knew it would have the opportunity to be a great starting point if I strategically placed the name accordingly. 

What are some big named artists that have been Featured in HOOD Illustrated?
I am blessed to have interviewed and published some of my favorite artist of all time. I take a lot of pride in being that media outlet that breaks artists and use the platform to let the world know about them. Some notable artist who got some of their early exposure in HOOD Illustrated are Kendrick Lamar and Machine Gun Kelly; breaking them in the Midwest was big. Some notable artist are Tech N9ne, DMX, Freeway Rick Ross, MC Breed, C-Bo, Scarface, Warren G, Tone Trump, Cap 1, Freeway, Nipsey Hussle, Starlito + many more. 

What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I enjoy discovering new talent, Picking the brains of stars and indie artist who are on their grind. HOOD Illustrated has grown a lot over the last 10+ years. I enjoy my position and am humbled with every new opportunity. 

What are your long-term goals (5-10 years)?
Personally; I'd like have the opportunity to set my family up for life off the strength of my brand. lol. Business wise; Getting some corporate contracts and having several streams of income that come from the HOOD Illustrated brand that tap into different industry fields such as Radio, Music, Movies, etc.... 10 years from now I want to have that check that will allow me the option to hang it up and live life stress free. 
As a publication, what is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is to still be active in 2017 via print; and being able to adapt the initial plan to the new wave of marketing by using media. 

What advice can you offer up-and-coming journalists and entrepreneurs? 
I would encourage entrepreneurs to do research on your trade; create a unique name and brand and have a presence online and network with as many blogs and websites as possible.  Protect that name and brand and come up with a way to generate income off that name.  Everybody is selling some type of merchandise. You can be your own boss and still work or go to school so it makes sense to not throw all your eggs in one basket. Be transparent and don't be afraid to think outside of the box and networking with those who are outside of your comfort zone.  The world is bigger than your neighborhood and city so don't limit your reach by focusing on the minor; be great and focus on being that big deal.  


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The College of Hip Hop x The FRM SCRTCH Podcast

   

The College of Hip Hop x The FRM SCRTCH Podcast

Listen to the new episode of the FRM SCRTCH podcast featuring an in depth interview with The College Of Hip Hop as they bring a special legendary guest with them as well. https://m.soundcloud.com/frmscrtch/get-your-business-in-order-f-tcohhapp


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Hood Illustrated x Mac x TCOHH pt 2

   

Hood Illustrated x Mac x TCOHH pt 2

HOOD: Please tell the HOOD Illustrated readers what happened that night as you recalled it? 
MAC:  I was a suspect simply because someone told investigators on the scene that they saw me with a gun in my hand...This was correct. I did indeed withdraw my weapon immediately after I heard a gunshot. That weapon along with the others found at my house, were turned over to investigators. It was concluded that none of them fired the bullet that killed the young man. Not to mention, 10 days after my arrest... the actual shooter confessed. 

HOOD: It's been 16 years since this life changing event occurred.  During this time, has your legal team made progress in getting you exonerated?MAC:  My legal team has made significant progress over the years. The things we've uncovered would've been grounds for a reversal anywhere else on planet earth! It's hard to change a culture however. This is not to suggest that all African-Americans are innocent nor that all whites are prejudice. It is to say however, that prison is a big business in our state and we (African-Americans) are the fuel that keeps the engine running. After all, not only does Louisiana have the highest incarceration rate per capita in the world, African-Americans make up the highest percentage of those incarcerated in Louisiana ... This is not by coincidence.


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Hood Illustrated x Mac x TCOHH

   

Hood Illustrated x Mac x TCOHH

HOOD Illustrated Magazine prides ourselves on covering independent artist and stories that matter to the HOOD.  MAC's truth has yet to be published. After serving 16 years behind bars for a murder conviction, Mac is still fighting to this very day. Being on the outside looking in, it appears that the truth wasn't being accurately told by the media, besides what eventually found its way to social media sites from the supporters of McKinley Phipps. In no way do we want to disrespect the young man who lost his life that night, but many questions have arose. There was an admitted confession disclosed that was never pursued by the prosecutor. At the time of sentencing, MAC's girlfriend was 5 months pregnant and he wasn't awarded the opportunity to be with his family and raise his son. We hope by publishing this exclusive interview, it will create awareness for Mac and many others who have been wrongly convicted. Our primary goal is creating awareness of the system and to be the voice behind the brothers and sisters stuck in this trap. Please share your thoughts and opinions on social media @HOODIllustrated  

HOOD: What was your thought process when  you  were making "Slow Ya Roll" ?
MAC:  "Slow Ya Roll" was the product of a very interesting conversation I had with a 16-year-old gang banger while in Columbus. We met him while I and fellow label mate Big Ed (RIP) were judging a talent show at a high school. His plight was that of so many young black men at the time...the song was my attempt at acknowledging to him, that I felt his pain.

HOOD:  Did No Limit represent for you during your Trial?
MAC:  C-murder was always there. It really crushed me to see him eventually go through a very similar situation. As for P or No Limit, they were supportive in the beginning... Things changed however, and I had no hard feelings...after all, this is my journey.

HOOD:  Please tell us about your HOOD story, prior to your affiliation with No Limit Records?
MAC:  My story is relatively simple. My parents have been married for nearly 40 years.  I'm the eldest of their six offspring. We moved around the city a lot, but for the most part, I was raised in the Uptown section. My neighborhood, while oftentimes dangerous, was so much fun! We were kids back then and in some twisted way, I believe the threat of death made us feel more alive! Juvenile's "400 Degrees" and BG's "Chopper City" pretty much sum up those times.

HOOD:  Do you have any new music coming / projects or is all your energy focused on getting free
MAC:   Fighting for my freedom is definitely #1 on my list of priorities. As for music, coming soon is "The Best of Mac" hosted by DJ Hektik. It's the official collection of hits from both "Shell Shocked" and "World War III" along with some bonus tracks.

HOOD: The reality of what you're dealing with right now is a never ending cycle for our young black youth. Please tell us how the system works in Louisiana as it pertains to your story. Is it possible to receive a fair trial where you are at?
MAC: Unfortunately, Louisiana's Criminal Justice System has a long history of unfairly dealing with African-American offenders. For example, far too often, we find ourselves tried by an all or predominantly white jury... as was in my case. Not only were the jurors all white, but many of them were from rural areas... totally disconnected from the inner-city. I do not believe these people simply hated me because I'm African-American...that would make them racist. I don't believe that most people are racist. Prejudice however is a different story. Most people pre-judge and if our white brothers and sisters already perceive us to be thoughtless and aggressive, the trial was lost before deliberation began.

HOOD: The prosecutor charged you with 1st degree murder. Was there a smoking gun or any evidence submitted that made it without a reasonable doubt, that they were charging the right individual?
MAC:  My stage persona was put on trial because there was no substantial evidence nor did I have a criminal history. It was literally the only thing they connected me to that they could attack. Besides, I think it was the perfect strategy for them, considering the jurors. Many of them probably viewed both rap and rappers as absolute filth. To add to that, they already preconceived the views of African-Americans from the inner-city...for me, you have a lose-lose situation. As for a smoking gun, there were no credible witnesses, nor did they ever find a weapon linked to the shooting.

HOOD: Please tell the HOOD Illustrated readers what happened that night as you recalled it?
MAC:  I was a suspect simply because someone told investigators on the scene that they saw me with a gun in my hand...This was correct. I did indeed withdraw my weapon immediately after I heard a gunshot. That weapon along with the others found at my house, were turned over to investigators. It was concluded that none of them fired the bullet that killed the young man. Not to mention, 10 days after my arrest... th


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Music News YOU should know about

   

Music News YOU should know about

As we all know the music industry moves at a very fast pace, here is some music new that may have slipped past you this week via our friends at Mi2n.Com

http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=197377


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Talent Release Contract

   

Talent Release Contract


Did you know when doing business with another artist or talent you'd need a Release Form to use their "likeness" head over to the Resource Guide and view the release form that can be printed and copied for your personal use. 


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1=10 Artist YOU are a Business

   

1=10 Artist YOU are a Business

Did you know that the success of one artist can provide 10 or more paying jobs making that one artist a real business? Listed below are a few of the jobs that can be created: 

Manager - Works on behalf of an artist or group to promote their business affairs. A manager''s duties include, but aren''t limited to:

  • Negotiate contracts and fees
  • Find and book events and venues that match the artists career strategy
  • Advise artist on career decisions
  • Manage media relations surrounding artist

    Personal Assistant - Helps artists execute and accomplish their work in various ways, both practically and theoretically. The functions of a personal assistant include, but aren''t limited to:
  • Make and screen phone calls
  • Attend social events 
  • Make travel arraignments
  • Run errands
  • Correspond on behalf of the artist

    Accountant - Advise and work with artists and the music industry companies on financial matters. Responsibilities of an account include:
  • Create budgets
  • Verify expenses
  • Ensure collection of all income
  • Make sure artists stay on top of their taxes
  • Review royalty statements
  • Help with applications for financing 

    Bodyguard/Security - Assess and deter possible threats from stalkers, paparazzi and crazy ex''s while also ensuring the artist is relaxed and receives a high standard of service. A bodyguard''s primary duties are:
  • Escort artists to events and social functions
  • Prepare an area for the artists arrival by making an initial sweep of the area

    Booking Agent - Work to book artists for concerts, gigs and other live music performances. Booking agents maybe be employed in -house or wok independently. A booking agent''s duties include:
  • Schedule performances including concerts, gigs, tours and radio and TV performances for artists, bands, DJs, choirs, orchestras and other musical ensembles.
  • Assist in the development of the artists'' career regarding their live performance.
  • Typically work on tour with the artist or band.
  • Negotiates and issues contracts, collect deposits and send out promotional material.

    Stylist(s)/Barber - Personal stylists are image consultants who assist artists in making decisions about their image. Barber/hair stylists primarily perform hair cutting and styling, though they may perform other beauty services for the artist. The duties of a stylist include:
  • Personal stylists help their clients put together outfits and make fashion choices.
  • Personal stylists are responsible for identifying an artist''s tastes, activities, body type and desired image to tailor a look to the artists needs.
  • Typical duties of a stylist or barber include shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, though they may also provide hair treatments, including deep conditioning, permanents, hair coloring, and weaving.
  • Other services offered include, but aren''t limited to manicures, pedicures, waxing, message, facials and makeup application.

    Videographer - The videographer is part director, part sound man and part editor. This individual is responsible for creating visual products. The primary responsibilities of a videographer include, but aren''t limited to:
  • Usually works as a part of an audio-visual team that creates visual content for the artist.
  • Utilizes audio mixing equipment to prepare secondary footage for an artist live performances.

    Backup Dancers/Band - A backup dancer is a performer who dances with or behind the lead performers in live musical act or in a music video. The band, or musical ensemble, is a group of people who perform instrumental music to go with the artist''s vocals. Both backup dancers and the band travel with the artist for live performances. The professional duties of backup dancers and the band are:
  • Backup dancers are responsible for rehearsing and exercising to get (and stay ready) for performances and music videos.
  • Bands often make or participate in recording in the music studio with the artist.

    DJ - A disc jockey or deejay is a person who mixes different sources of pre-existing recorded music as it is playing. The DJs duties include:
  • Create beats, using percussion breaks, bass lines and other musical content sampled from pre-existing records.
  • Create mixes, remixes and tracks that are recorded for later sale and distribution. 


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    The College of Hip Hop x Lead and Be Legendary Podcast

    Be sure to listen to the latest episode of The Lead and Be Legendary Podcast featuring an exclusive interview with The College Of Hip Hop
    https://m.soundcloud.com/lablmusic/labl-podcast-the-college-of-hip-hop-ep-


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