Hip-Hop

PICS OF THE DAY: VIBE MAGAZINE 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The Vibe Magazine 15th Anniversary Celebration took place last night (August 12th) in New York. Rapper T.I and Swizz Beatz Vibe Editor-In-Chief Danyel Smith and Swizz Beatz Estelle with The Retro Kids Estelle Sandy “Pepa” Denton and Kevin Liles Tracee Ellis Ross and Heavy D Angie Martinez, Danyel Smith, Sandy ‘Pepa’ Denton and T.I Brand Nubian Rapper Grand Puba Lil Vicious Vin Rock and Treach (Naughty By Nature) Photographs: WireImage

QUOTE OF THE DAY: KANYE WEST

“Open your f**king minds. Open your minds. Be accepting of different people and let people be who they are. You know how many people came to me calling me gay cause I wear my jeans the fresh way? Or because I said hey, dude, how you gonna say ‘fag’ right in front of a gay dude’s face and act like that’s ok. That s**t is disrespectful. Coming from Chicago, where if you saw somebody that was gay you were supposed to stay []

UK MUSIC INDUSTRY MOVERS & SHAKERS: DS MUSIC PR

DS MUSIC PR – TAKING HIP HOP & R&B PROMOTION TO THE NEXT LEVEL After gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience from within the dynamic world of entertainment, burgeoning entrepreneurs Kent Daobry (Kaydee) and Paul Savvides (DJ Funksy) decided to join forces in early 2007, and went on to co-found DS Music PR (a subsidiary of the DS Music Group), specializing in radio, digital, and online promotions. North London based DS Music PR, offers innovative marketing and promotional strategies to its []

US MUSIC INDUSTRY MOVERS & SHAKERS: KANDIS KNIGHT

Kandis Knight Armed with a degree in Journalism and Marketing, publicist, music journalist, columnist, talent agent, and booking agent Kandis Knight, is fast becoming a major force within the world of entertainment. Hailing from Minneapolis Knight’s dynamic organisational skills and strong work ethic led to a coveted position with The Rae Mackenzie Group, an upscale marketing boutique in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis’s historic Warehouse District. Knight’s mentor Sharon Smith (Akinsanya), was instrumental in teaching Knight about the music business. Smith was also the Vice President of Marketing for Prince and Paisley []

OBAMA CAMPAIGN CONDEMNS LUDACRIS DEDICATION SONG

Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama has condemned an endorsement song from Ludacris, in which the Atlanta MC criticizes rivals Hillary Clinton and John McCain. The song “Politics: Obama Is Here” contains celebratory bars on Obama’s success, but turns venomous when Obama’s rivals are addressed. Ludacris references the bitter Democratic primary battle by stating “Hillary hated on you/So that b**ch is irrelevant.” Regarding Republican nominee John McCain, the rapper rhymes: “McCain don’t belong in ANY chair unless he’s paralyzed/ Yeah I said []

UK NEWS: WILEY SIGNS ALBUM DEAL WITH ASYLUM RECORDS

Grime emcee/rapper Wiley has announced via the Rwdmag.com forum, that he has just signed an album deal with Asylum Records (part of the Warner Music Group). Wiley  wrote: “I signed an album deal at midnight last night, I’ve got one thing to say, I won my race against time goodbye everybody cos I’m gone don’t even chat to me… I am grime it flows thru my veins more than any1 else’s… I’m gone I ain’t comin’ back about no way back I am the way []

QUOTE OF THE DAY: ICE CUBE

“Today’s artists are caught up in Soundscans and stuff that record companies should be caught up in. So, now, if Akon or T-Pain is hitting, they trying to roll the f**kin talk box in the studios. Artists are under a lot of pressure, cause they just got two, three, four hundred thousand dollars to do a record. This is more money than anybody ever handed them. So they feel obligated to let people in the studio that they would never let in []