Monthly Archives: October 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Usher ft. Barack Obama – Hush

Whether you’re Democrat, Republican or Independent, you cannot deny the inspiration that is Barack Obama.

Moreso than just being a politician, he is living proof of an idea.

An idea that represents progression and the belief that ANYTHING is possible. An idea that “if you believe, then you can achieve”.

Many of us have faith in the idea of forward movement and progression, but for most, this is merely blind faith.

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Akon, Steve Rifkind & Devyne Stephens Goofing Around

LOL! Wooooooooowww. I can’t stop laughing at this video. Here’s a little behind-the-scenes footage for y’all.

Akon, Devyne Stephens, Steve Rifkind and others were goofing around and dancing to Akon’s “Right Now” in Steve Rifkind’s office at SRC Records. Devyne starts it all off with a goofy little dance, then some friends jump in and join in on the fun.

The best though, is when Akon’s bodyguard starts dancing at 2:45 into the clip. He gets into a funky groove and then busts into the funniest dance you’ve ever seen.

Quick heads up in case you’re watching this at work: you WILL fall to the floor laughing when the bodyguard catches his groove at 3 minutes in. Guaranteed!

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Can Asher Roth Survive With Eminem Still In The Game?

Is Asher Roth's Career Over Now That Eminem Is Back?

Eminem Is Back. What Does That Mean For Asher Roth's Career?

The past few days have been interesting.

Last week, Eminem had a release party for his new book, “The Way I Am”. During the event, Shade 45 (Eminem’s radio station on Sirius Satellite Radio) played a new song from Em called “I’m Having A Relapse”.

Ever since the song spread throughout the net, I’ve been noticing a lot of people talking about the effect it will have on Asher Roth‘s career.

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50 Cent & MTV Are Scared Of Me

Well, no. Not really.

If you recall, a few months ago I posted about 50 Cent‘s upcoming TV show, “Mogul In The Making”. Seeing that my blog is called Making The Mogul, it kinda… caught me… off guard.

I later posted about my intentions behind launching this blog and naming it Making The Mogul, and figured I’ll just see how it goes and if the similarity in names actually helps my site traffic.

It did for a while, especially during the casting calls, and my blog stayed at the top of any Google searches for “mogul in the making” and other varieties searching for the show. That was a welcome side-effect, but it got extremely annoying when my inbox would be continuously FLOODED with requests to be on the show (which confused the hell outta me before I even knew about the show).

Well, I just peeped the new trailer for 50’s show on Miss Info‘s blog, and it seems like they changed the name from Mogul In The Making to The Money & The Power.

Looks like SOMEONE thought twice after peeping this site right here lol.

Unlike previously rumored, the grand prize is not a scholarship, but rather a $100,000 investment towards the business idea of the winner. Makes more sense.

Here’s the trailer for 50 Cent’s upcoming reality show with MTV, “The Money & The Power”.

I’m looking forward to the show.

What's Your Favourite Microphone Marriage?

One thing I’ve always enjoyed as a music fan is the concept of microphone marriages.

What’s a mic marriage?

A mic marriage is a song with one male artist and one female artist. Not only does it offer 2 different voices, but it also offers 2 different perspectives of the same story. It doesn’t have to be a love song (although it almost always is), it could be any type of record.

From a business perspective, this can prove to be a great method of combining 2 separate fanbases with similar tastes and traits, that can easily crossover to each other, as well as create a new market for the collaboration of the 2 artists together (in other words; 1 massive pool of fans & 3 different streams of products to sell them).

On a personal, music fan tip though, I love the combination of 2 great artists offering 2 separate voices to the same story.

One example of a mic marriage is Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore. They recorded an entire album together called, “Things That Lovers Do”. (This album is a must for your mood music collection). These two are actually married, but a mic marriage doesn’t have to be two people tied to each other in any other way other than on the song itself.

As a music fan, if you could pick one mic marriage pair-up to record an entire album together, which one would it be?

I asked this question on Twitter a few days ago and I was overwhelmed with how many people replied with the same answer – Method Man & Mary J. Blige.

That’s probably one of the best examples there is.

Others answers included Ginuwine & Aaliyah, Nas & Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z & Beyonce and Avant & Keke Wyatt.

I like all of those pair ups, but truth be told, if I could pick only one, there’s another pair-up that I could only pray to the music gods to have them record an album together. They’re both well known artists, but their collaboration together is not as well-known.

Before you click on the play button, in order to really enjoy this song, you need to be in your personal zone. If you’re at home; shut off the TV for a few minutes, close your eyes and listen. If you’re at work or school; just put on your headphones, zone out and just… listen.

Ladies and gentleman… This. Is. Music:

Lauryn Hill ft. D’Angelo – Nothing Even Matters
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That’s my favourite mic marriage. What’s yours?

Blog Goals, Sideblogs & Microblogging

As you are well aware, makingthemogul.com focuses on the business side of the music business; getting into the business, issues surrounding it, lessons learned, etc – and it’s offered through my personal perspective as I continue in my journey.

Thing is, I don’t update as much as I should.

I acknowledge that.

I’ve actually been speaking to a few fellow bloggers recently about that and have requested their own personal tips and suggestions on updating regularly. It’s not easy when you have a 24/7 work schedule. A REAL 24/7 work schedule, not a pretend schedule that’s primarily spent doing nothing (read: sh*t talkers).

Anyhow, I have a new goal I want to share with you: next week (October 13th -17th), I am committed to posting at least one new post per day. And yes, I said “at least”, so I may post more than once a day, but I might not. One post per day seems like a good goal for me. (I’m going to attempt to post often this week as well)

This might not seem like a big deal to some, but remember that this isn’t a news or gossip blog, so I don’t have to update daily. (I’m going to get a few phone calls and messages about that last comment, guaranteed)

I admit, I take advantage of that leniency though. I figure I’ll treat this like an exercise or diet plan -let others know about my plan and then stick to it so that I don’t break my word.

So there; I told you.

On that note, there’s certain things that I feel like sharing online, but they don’t really fit with the theme of MakingTheMogul. For that reason, I also have a “sidebar” blog, called moe’s art, where I just post up random things I find funny or post-worthy.

And as always, you can find me on Twitter.