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|Thurs, October 20, 2016 at 2:53 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The last 3-5 new artists that I've discovered were all from the Internet. Now imagine not being able to log on to your computer to listen a new artist but you actually had to get up, go outside and "find" new music, sounds crazy right. That s exactly what we had to do to find out about artists like Lil Flip, Yo Gotti, The Dayton Family, Jake the Flake and Master P. Now Master P made it easy to find him because he's a marketing genius but the others took some time and effort. Time and effort was great because when the artist looked up and seen they moved even one unit (album) in the small city of Inkster Michigan that must have made them feel great to know their music reached outside of their neighborhood. This time and effort that I spoke of is also the process the record labels use to use but today is much different. Youtube, Sound cloud, Datpiff.com etc. are the new A & R's because anyone can log-on and search for an artist. This is a good and bad thing, good because now all the music is so accessible and bad because well all the music is so accessible you now have to shift threw so much to find that Diamond in the rough. What you end up hearing is a new dope style and then all of the clones to follow. A great recent example of the new A & R process is the Migos', they created a style and flow they can claim as their own and what followed, a million clones. Now what do you do if you come across one of these clones 1st and don't know if they are really who you were looking for while online searching for that dope new music? You turn to what has always told the truth about music...THE STREETS www.thecollegeofhiphop.org
|Mon, October 10, 2016 at 12:16 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
"Did I really just pay 42.50$ of my hard earned dollars to see my favorite artist sing along to his/her music in the background? Was that a concert or Karaoke night at the bar?" If you're an artist and any supporter of yours has ever walked out of your "live show" and asked themselves these questions you're in TROUBLE! As an avid concert attender I have often asked myself is seeing one of my favorite artist "live" even worth it? The thing is if you've never seen a "good" live show then you may not know what a "bad" live show looks like. The two artist that opened my eyes to what a live show should look like are Tech N9ne and MGK until then most rap concerts I'd attended were ALL the same, and what actually made me over look the fact of what I had just paid for was trash was that I liked the artists music. But, this concert was different the energy in the building was different, the fan base was different. The crowd was full of eager fans waiting on their favorite artist to take the stage, not full of mean mugs and cold stairs, the stage was an actual "set" even the opening act who's music I wasn't familiar with gave it his all in an attempt to gain new fans. Leaving this show made me question how other artist approached their live show, did they practice? If so how often? Did they even take their live show serious? As a spectator I'd beg to differ if they answered yes. Can this impression that the artist are leaving on their supporters change? YES, the artist can just take the live show more SERIOUS by rehearsing their set/play list, taping the shows and seeing where they can improve, post footage online and ask for fans input and feedback, after all we are the ones who have to attend your concerts. http://www.thecollegeofhiphop.org
|Tue, September 20, 2016 at 6:28 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Berry Gordy: The Original HIT-MANDetermination. Motivation. Dedication. These are the things dreams are made of. Berry Gordy, who built an empire of musical royalty from $800 and the support of his family, is a prime example of the heights one can achieve if they dare pursue their dreams.Chances are if you were asked to name a song you like from the 1960s and '70s it would be a Motown hit. What started as a makeshift recording studio in a two-story Victorian home on Detroit's west side flourished into the most successfully ran black recoding label in the world. Gordy is responsible for launching the careers of many of the industry's heavy hitters of the time - including Marvin Gaye, the "Temptations", and the King of Pop himself, just to name a few.Born to Berry Sr. and Bertha Gordy on Nov. 28, 1929 in Detroit, MI, Berry Jr. was the 7th of eight children. His father was a man of many hats, who owned a carpentry business, a general store, and a printing stop. Hard work and the will to be the best they could be were values Berry Sr. instilled in all of his children. Gordy, a former Golden Glove boxer, Korean War vet, and assembly line worker got his start in music as a record store owner. Gordy's 3-D Record Mart was his first business venture. The record shop, which specialized in jazz music (at a time when soul and blues music were in demand) tanked after 2 years, but he wouldn't be defeated.Gordy got his big break into the music biz as a songwriter after being introduced to Jackie Wilson, who he would go on to pen songs like, "Reet Petite" and "Lonely Teardrops" for. Shortly after beginning to work with Wilson, he was introduced to a 17-year-old William "Smokey" Robinson, who was then a member of the "Matadors", which Gordy would later rename the "Miracles".At the time Gordy was working solely as a songwriter, however, after taking on the "Miracles", he soon found himself wearing the hats of producer and manager as well. It was then that he realized that he was ready to take the next big step, founding his own record label.At the time of its inception in 1959, Motown was known as Tamla, named after a popular song entitled "Tammy" by Debbie Reynolds. Gordy, who by this time had been involved in the music industry for a while, knew from experience that it was best to own your own royalties and erected Jobete Publishing to accompany his new record label.In an interview on WCI TV in 2015 Gordy likened Motown to the automotive plant, saying, "I'm trying to make an artist come in one door and out another door a brand new star". Many of the labels early acts were teens and young adults from Detroit - Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Smokey Robinson are all natives of the Motor City. Gordy almost immediately had success with the record label. By 1962 Motown was on top of the world... almost. In that year alone Motown had 11 songs go to the Top 10 on the R&B charts, but that wasn't good enough. Gordy wanted to crossover."I want the Jews, Gentiles, blacks, whites, cops, and the robbers to listen to my music", Gordy said.Gordy knew that if he really wanted to take Motown to greater heights he would have to appeal to the pop audience, which meant appealing to whites. In '62 only four Motown hits made it to the Top 10 on the Pop charts. The following year ('63) Motown had 10 songs in the Top 10 on the Pop charts. He had arrived.In 1973 Motown was named the top black-owned business in America by Black Enterprise magazine. By this time Gordy had relocated most of his operations to Los Angeles, CA, which accompanied by the changing musical climate, resulted in the inevitable decline of Motown. Nearly four decades after its birth Gordy would sell Motown to MCA Records.In January 1988 Gordy took his rightful place among the greats when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The story of Berry Gordy is bittersweet, but one to learn from nonetheless. While Motown Records, as it was known in its hey-day is all but a memory now, the legacy lives on and will continue to live on through its many timeless classics. To learn more about Berry Gordy and Motown's legacy visit: https://www.motownmuseum.org.
By Lisa Early
|Tue, September 6, 2016 at 8:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Social is an adjective that refers to society or relating to organizations. Media is a noun that is defined as such; the main means of mass communication (especially television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet) regarded collectively. Network is a verb, and it is defined as such; interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one's career. Now let's explore the difference in the two terms, Social Media, and Social Networks.At one point platforms like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Black Planet etc. were all referred to as social networks, then one day we were introduced to the term social media. The reason this is a problem is due to the fact that media and networks are nowhere near the same thing. So therefore, it may cause confusion with why now these same platforms are thrown into the social media category.Whatever line of business you are in, you need to build your network, so events are held; people are introduced to you with the mindset of networking. Media plays no part in the actual networking; media is an outlet for news and information. So now with that in mind, are you on these platforms to network or to be given a point of view from a media standpoint?Let's say a new independent artist is looking to connect with DJ's to help push the new hot record they just finished up, they are not looking to "media" with the dj's they are looking to network with them. However that same artist will also be looking to use media to help spread the word about that new song. But the networking is the most important phase of the social media networking.Here is why these platforms are not "media" outlets. Facebook, Instagram, MySpace, Twitter etc. Don't conduct interviews with people, nor do they ever give you an actual point of view. For instance Fox News and CNN both have different agendas so they will give you the same stories from each of their main investor's point of view. Now with the platforms that are called "social media" those points of views can only be given to you in the form of a link, which is linked back to the story from a real media platform.So for entrepreneurs looking to advance in the field they are in, are you using "social media" or "social networks"? Once you know what you are using, ask yourself are you understanding why you are getting the results you are getting?
|Tue, September 6, 2016 at 6:40 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Meezey Da Slimm reppin' Lansing, Mi with his submission titled "The Lan" our industry judges rated each of the submissions that made it to the finals and rated each artist on "The Song", "The Quality" and "The Marketability" of each song / video recorded. When the final ratings were tallied; Meezey Da Slimm was the winner with tight competition from top to bottom. The breakdown of the scoring in each category and impact of the social media voting will be available on www.HOODILLUSTRATED.com. Make sure you contact Meezey Da Slim on social media and congratulate him and his song for winning the HOOD Illustrated x 2Drumatik #BESTHOODAnthem.@blackflagg on FB @blackflagg_meeze IGVideo : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXN58diGsRoThank you to the Industry Judges: 2Drumatik, TCOHH, H3Ent, DetroitHipHop.com, Mitten Mayhem Radio, UGF Ent, HipHopPeriod.com, EMag Films
|Mon, August 29, 2016 at 7:59 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Age ain't nothing but a number...unless you're a hip-hop fan then you believed it's a such thing as an "old washed up" rapper (usually mentioned when an artist is over 30). Are there "washed up rappers"? YESDoes it have to do with their age? NO I hear a lot of fans say rapping after 30 is lame, desperate, reaching and shows signs that an artist is "broke" or has "fallen off". This statement can't be further from the truth but why? Because the average age of your current favorite artist is 37.6 years old (Jay-Z, Em, TI, Gucci, Wayne, Drake and Nikki included) should they ALL have stopped after the "30 year old" cut off point? NO, because if they had done so, some of our favorite albums/singles may not exist. Does Hip-hop need an age requirement? Not at all, because as we grow into adult hood, we need artists whose music should reflect our growth as supporters. Dee 1 is a great example of a growing artist; his song "Sallie Mae back" is a reflection of the reality that most adults are facing which is paying back their student loan debts. I've never once seen an "Old School" Rock 'n' Roll or Country concert being promoted and why, because Rock 'n' Roll and Country allows their artists to grow old and they still support them. They don't shun them for doing something that happens to most of us...Growing Old Ask a hip-hop fan, what do you think is "too old" to still be an artist? www.thecollegeofhiphop.org *** Artist included for age average***Jay-Z, Ice Cube, E-40, Too Short, TI, Soulja Boy, Gucci Mane, Young Jezzy, 2 Chainz, Nas, Em, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nikki, Big Sean and J. Col
|Mon, August 22, 2016 at 10:32 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
"I'm tired of people saying what's real hip-hop" Nelly
What is real Hip-Hop? By definition Hip-Hop has five elements Mc'ing (rapping), DJ'ing, Break-dancing, Graffiti and Fashion. When it is mentioned, people are mostly speaking of the Rap music element. Long gone is the "Golden Era" of the 90's if that's what you would like to refer to it as but why was the 90's considered the "Golden Era"? Many people would argue that some of the best artists made music during this period. However, most fans refer to this period as the "Golden Era" because this was the time that the east coast was running the game. Now that the Mid-West and our country cousins from the south dominate the charts, sells, streams, downloads and sounds that are blasting from every speaker and Ipad rap isn't considered "Real Hip-Hop". As a fan of business and Hip-Hop I would beg to differ to the 90's being the "Golden Era" and would consider this present time as such. Take a look at the emergence of great businessmen that exist in Hip-Hop present day. From Master P, Tech n9ne, Baby, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Snoop Dog to young hustlers such as Wiz, Gucci, Nelly and others. These men have all evolved and learned from the past to make this era of Hip-Hop the best grossing era of all time. Has the music suffered? Some would say yes but the parents of those same people once agreed about Rap music evolving from the music they listened to. It may be more of a generational thing as far as the music is concerned but the business is at an all time high and the money is rolling in and that makes it all REAL HIP-HOP
|Sat, August 20, 2016 at 9:50 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
What if I told you that this entertainment industry is very hard work? What if I told you that being the "BOSS" means you''re responsible for providing health insurance for your employees. What if I told you that being in the industry means you''re not working a 9-5, five days a week but that you are working 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the rest of your life. Would you still be interested in becoming a Music mogul? Entrepreneurship is not a "get rich quick scheme", its actually more hard work and dedication than anything else. Late nights, and earlier mornings are things you''d have to get use to in this business. Oh, did someone forget to tell you that this is an actual business? Did anyone tell you that you are a walking business? Did you know to do business you would need an EIN (Employee Identification Number)?Have you ever asked yourself, "What do I want out of being in the entertainment industry?" And if so, what was the answer to that question? Have you ever asked yourself, "What will it take to achieve the goals I have set and are they realistic goals?" These are things that anyone looking to enter into the entertainment field should ask his or herself. Is it worth the sacrifice? Ask yourself "Am I in this for the glitz and glamour"? Always remember, everything that glitters is not gold, so if you are going to be in the entertainment field, the best thing you can do is educate yourself. Take the time out to learn about the actual business and not focus on what you see on TV. Always remember this is show BUSINESS become a part of the business and the SHOW will follow.