Monthly Archives: June 2008

The Original "Mogul In The Making"

Making The Mogul / MTV & 50 Cent

A little while ago, I mentioned that I wrote a post on another site a while back, explaining my motivation for starting this blog and naming it makingthemogul.com.

Well, I found the post and am posting it here to share with you guys.

Dustin from Think2wice (Check it out. It’s one of my favourite spots to visit online.) asked “How Did You Come Up With The Name Of Your Blog?” to members of a Ning site called, The Urban Blogger.

This was my response:

I came up with the name of mine a few years back actually. When I started my first internship at a major label, Donald Trump and NBC had just launched the show, The Apprentice, and everybody used to joke around that I was “the real apprentice” due to my strong work ethic and never-lose attitude.

I always thought there should be a show that mixed The Apprentice with Making The Band. A show where people compete to make it in the business side of the music business.

We ended up getting one TV series that was almost amongst those lines, BET’s “Ultimate Hustler”. I say “almost” because the show didn’t seem to have a defined goal; if you win The Apprentice, you work for Donald Trump, if you win Making The Band, you get signed to Bad Boy, but if you won Ultimate Hustler, you won a car, a new wardrobe and I think some cash.

Didn’t make much sense to me.

We also had AOL’s web series, “Tha Biz”, which was more along the lines of what I wanted to see, but it was only aired online and didn’t receive much of an audience.

I figured if nobody else is giving me the content I want to see, then why not create it myself. I decided that a blog was the best format for me to deliver my story. I might incorporate video and other elements into the blog later on, but for now, the blog is my main platform.

So my blog is my version of the show/story that I always wanted to see – the journey of a young professional in the music business…..makingthemogul.com.

That’s what I posted on April 6, 2008.

Now, MTV & 50 Cent are launching the same concept with their new show, Mogul In The Making.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not hating. I’m actually looking forward to seeing the show. I’m sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of us who have thought of the exact same concept.

It seemed really ironic that we’d have so many reality show concepts and yet it took this long to launch this one. I’m happy they’re finally doing it though, although I just hope it’s executed up to the standards I always envisioned a show like this being.

Personally, I think it would’ve made more sense to have someone else rather than 50 do the show. Again, don’t get me wrong; 50’s definitely been doing his thing and has been making millions upon millions doing it; but we all know him firstly as a rapper, and as someone who’s name only became relevant within the past few years. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ came out in 2003. That’s only 5 years ago.

Like a true mogul, 50 is certainly proving to be successful in multiple avenues, however I would have like to see MTV partner up with someone whose history and success spans a longer timeframe. Somebody like Russell Simmons, Chris Lighty, Steve Rifkind, Jimmy Iovine, Steve Stoute, Lyor Cohen, L.A Reid, Jermaine Dupri, Jay Z or even expand the Making The Band franchise and have Diddy do it.

These are all people who’ve been breaking all kinds of records and making historic movements since before the new millennium.

As a fan and viewer, those are the people I’d like to see the show air with, but as a decision-maker, I agree that 50 Cent will achieve higher ratings than most of the people on my list; especially since most of them are not entertainers themselves and don’t have the massive fanbase as does an entertainer like 50.

Anyhow, like I said, I just hope the show ends up living up the expectations. (I also hope they end up helping my web traffic rankings rather than killing it!)

T.I Brings Out B.o.B To Perform "Haterz Everywhere"

Shout out to the homie B.o.B!

T.I brought him out during his set at the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash concert held in Atlanta last weekend to perform one of my favourite joints, “Haterz Everywhere”.

If you get the chance to see B.o.B perform, make sure you don’t lose out on the opportunity. He’s definitely one of the most entertaining and energetic performers out today. 

Check out the video below to watch B.o.B‘s set at the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash. (Sidenote: I can’t wait for the album to come out!)

LINKS TO VISIT:

B.o.B MySpace Page
B.o.B Facebook Group
B.o.B Canada Facebook Group

Tourist Video Of Wu-Tang Before They Came Out

This is crazy!

Check out this old school video I found of German music executive, Gerhard Augustin, taking home footage while on a trip to New York in 1992.

While walking around the streets, he just so happens to run into Prince Rakeem (RZA) and other members of Wu-Tang, 8 days before their debut single “Protect Ya Neck” released on RCA Records.

They speak for a while and even discuss possible ventures in Germany; which if I’m not mistaken, they ended up executing.

Check it out below:

Asher Roth, Don Cannon & DJ Drama Present: The Greenhouse Effect

After an interesting night of dealing with last minute fixes to get the download page working properly; “The Greenhouse Effect” is HERE!

Most of you already know that I’ve been eagerly awaiting to share the music of Asher Roth with y’all for a minute. Well, the mixtape is finally here and it’s bananas!

Make sure so check out “Roth Boys”… and “Sun God Freestyle”… and “The Lounge”… and “Dey Know”… and “Cartoon Chick”… and… man, just check the whole damn thing out!

Click on the image below or go to http://www.thedailykush.com to download the mixtape for free.

Asher Roth Mixtape Preview

Aight, so tomorrow is Friday the 13th… and y’all know what that means. Asher Roth‘s mixtape “The Greenhouse Effect” is finally dropping!

You can download the mixtape for free by heading on over to http://TheDailyKUSH.com.

If you can’t wait until then, check out a sneak peek in the player below. You can also click the Menu button at the bottom of the player and click on Embed, to copy and paste the embed code to your site, blog or MySpace page.

Enjoy!

MTV & 50 Cent Are Stalking Me And Other Updates

I just wanted to drop you guys a quick line to update you on a few things and fill you in on this MTV & 50 Cent situation:

MTV & 50 Cent Are Stalking Me!

Finally all those random emails and messages I’ve been getting about casting calls makes sense.

Turns out, MTV and 50 Cent are doing a new show called “Mogul In The Making”. But a lot of people seem to be confused, so let me officially say, I am in no way involved with MTV and 50 Cent’s “Mogul In The Making” show.

The concept of their show is pretty much the same as the original concept for MakingTheMogul.com. When launching this site, I decided to launch as a blog since it’s a more feasible approach than video for me to share my journey.

I actually wrote a quick explanation about what motivated me to launch this blog on another site a little while back. I’ll find the exact post and paste it here soon.

It just vexes me that I almost registered that domain also (just for safekeeping), but decided against it. I even have a category on here titled, “Mogul In The Making”.

Ah well… gotta keep it moving!

Pssst… 50… Judy. Scrap the auditions. Holler at me and we’ll do it up EdTV style.

Free Kush on Friday the 13th

I’m hyped up for next Friday, June 13th, 2008. That day marks a very important day in the history of hip-hop. It marks the release of…

Asher Roth‘s new mixtape, The Greenhouse Effect, with DJ Drama & Don Cannon.

This mixtape is going to be bananas! And it’s true what they say, the best things in life are free.

To get the free download of Asher Roth‘s “The Greenhouse Effect” on June 13th, make sure to check out http://thedailykush.com.

On The Hunt For A Rebound

I’ve finally had it with my computer. If it freezes, automatically reboots or overheats once more (which it does for no reason and comes with a LOUD siren noise), I will send this useless thing flying out the window to be ran over by a city bus.

This computer acts like my ex-girlfriend; it’s always heated, very unpredictable in its actions, never stops yelling, and rarely acts right when I need it to most.

After 3 years of trying to make it work, I’m done.

A lot of people have been suggesting a MacBook but I’ve also been getting a ton of suggestions about a few PC laptops like the IBM Thinkpad series and the Toshiba Satellite series.

What do you suggest?

I need a solution fast, before I break my foot kicking my current tower… again.

I Will Reply Soon!

Thank you to everyone who emailed me in response to the “Mogul’s Network” post. Things have been really crazy recently (I’ll fill you in soon enough), but I promise to reply to everyone who’s contacted me.

That’s it for now.

Bless.

What Does A Rapper Look Like?

Asher Roth

Imagine you’re back in grade school, and your teacher asks you to draw a picture of a cat. What would you draw?

You’d probably draw a round head, two triangle ears, a small rounded nose with whiskers, an ovalish body, four legs with little paws and a long tail.

That’s a cat.

But what if your teacher asked you to draw a picture of a rapper? Not a particular rapper, but just… “a rapper”.

What would you draw?

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