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Talking With Rock City

Rock City

Calling brothers, Theron & Timothy (aka Rock City), just rappers or singers, would be to barely scratch the surface.

They are artists – in every sense of the word.

I spoke with Theron aka Da Spokesman about Rock City’s entry into the music business, writing for the biggest artists on the planet, and of course, their movement – PTFAO.

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Konvict Muzik's Bu Shows You The Life Of A Young Music Exec

Last year, I featured the big homie, Bu; co-CEO of Konvict Muzik.

Not only did that feature get some attention, but a lot of people started asking for more information about him, his ventures and his everyday life.

Well, Bu decided it was time, and so he recently joined Twitter & launched his own YouTube channel.

Make sure to subscribe to his updates on both sites, as he’s going to be offering some insight into his life as a young music executive.

Bu on Twitter
Bu on YouTube

I see you homie!

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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Jimmy Iovine Discusses The Future Of The Music Business

Here’s an interesting video I found of Jimmy Iovine discussing his views on today’s music industry and his vision on the direction it’s taking. (Note: The video is about a year old)

He offers advice for new artists as well as talking about possible distribution models, what makes a great producer and the future of Interscope and the traditional record label.

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Marketing Gone Wrong – Don't Go The Ignorant Racist Route

I was sent this video that I want to share with you guys.

When you set out to create a viral video using controversial content, you have to be careful with how controversial your content is and how you approach it. You might want to push a few buttons, but don’t blatantly offend people; especially not with racist content.

The guy in this video has a company that produces “controversial” video skits for the web and mobile devices. Funny thing is, in the Press section of his website, he has a cartoon depicting a suited exec-type asking him how to get bloggers to talk about their company, and his reply being “Easy. Create something that doesn’t suck so bad it doesn’t make people want to kill themselves.”

Well buddy, you definitely kept to your word with this video. I don’t think anybody wants to kill themselves after watching this video – but they probably want to kill you.

“But Moe.. controversy sells, plus he got you talking about him, and that’s the whole point of controversial marketing isn’t it?”.

Yeah, controversy sells; for sure. Some people make a career of it including Howard Stern, Wendy Williams and even that other one there.. what’s her name… Ann Coulter.

These people know that by sparking controversy, they will generate a reaction from a mass audience. And when you have the attention of a mass audience – any mass audience – there will be companies kicking down your door to give you money; usually for access to that audience in the form of advertising (gossip, tabloids, etc).

These shock jocks and controversial personalities generally have some sort of plan before they open their mouths. (Well, maybe not Ann Coulter.)

I don’t know about this guy though; he doesn’t seem to quite “get it”. I watched some of his other videos and his “controversial content” is not really what I’d call controversial; it’s more sarcastic criticism than anything else. Seems like he stepped out of his element on this video and wanted to try something that would “take it to the next level”, but unfortunately failed miserably.

Apparently, there are petitions circulating calling on Verizon Wireless to terminate their relationship with this guy and his company.

Seems like he might’ve just Don Imus’ed/Kramer’ed his reputation and career.

Oh yeah.. the Verizon thing? Turns out he recently struck a deal with Verizon Wireless to distribute his “controversial videos” through their VCast & Fios services.

Seems like just yesterday that Verizon cut their ties with Akon for controversy surrounding one of his performances. Let’s see how/if they handle this.

Here’s the video. Let me know what you think in the comments.

UPDATE: Turns out this video/issue is bigger than I thought. The video is actually almost a year old and stirred up quite a controversy when it was first released, but stayed within the tech circles. It’s only recently gained wind due to the contract he signed with Verizon.

Asher Roth – Roth Boys video

The video is here.

Ash Roth decided to do a video for the mixtape joint, Roth Boys, and you’ll never guess who showed up

Check it out below and make sure to grab the embed code to post it on your site/blog/myspace.

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.

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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Kardinal Offishall ft. Akon – Dangerous (Video)

When I spoke with Bu the other day, he mentioned an upcoming video for Kardi‘s new single, “Dangerous” featuring Akon.

Well, here it is!

The video just dropped and it looks dope! I gotta give it up to Kardi, he’s been doing his thing for a minute and has been breaking barriers for Canadian artists for a long time now. It’s a real good look to see him with a team that can do him justice and hopefully bring him the attention that he deserves.

The video is packed with guest appearances. From first glance I notice DJ Khaled, Ray L, Solitair, Clinton Sparks, DJ Benny D, Bu, Supa Dups, Lindo P, DJ DOC, a noticeable placement by Married To The Mob and of course the gorgeous leading lady, who we’ll just call “Maxine” for now.

It’s 3am so I might be missing a few people, but if you notice someone else in the video, leave a comment below and I’ll add them in.

Enjoy!