Tag Archives: hip-hop

I Think I Suffer From Rick Rubinism

Rick Rubinism:
A hip-hop head who tends to stray away from most (but not all) current hip-hop, in fear of stagnation.

Never question the knowledge of someone afflicted with Rick Rubinism, though. Crooked caps don’t represent knowledge.

Kill The Record Labels

A new documentary was just released by directors, Charles Rand & T.Thomas, titled “Kill The Record Labels”.

For decades hip hop has been controlled by the record companies. They invest millions and profit billions from global cassette, cd, and now ringtone sales. Music moguls afford a lifestyle comparable to what we see on mtv cribs. Eventually hip hop artist would adapt the record company formula, and start to strategically promote and market there own music. This has created a conflict inside the industry. The Record companies, in conjunction with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), have declared war. Offices have been raided, Mom and Pop stores have been closed, and many have been arrested. Hip Hop Artists, Djs, and producers have decided that the only way to survive in the music business is to “Kill The Record Labels”.

Watch the video trailer below:

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Talking With Dru Ha

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CEO of DuckDown Records, Dru Ha

As CEO and co-founder of DuckDown Records, Dru Ha is one of the most influential entrepreneurs in hip-hop. He’s helped influence a flood of independent record labels that continue to develop their own empires and hold weight against the majors.

I caught up with Dru recently and had a great conversation with him in which he discussed today’s music business, getting Bootcamp on Twitter, and President Barack Obama.

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Hit Music Producers Sound Off

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As Producers Week comes to a close, I wanted to present you guys with something big.

I gathered some popular questions that many aspiring producers have, and sent them to a group of producers: some who are currently on their way up & others whose work you’re all very familiar with.

If you’ve ever wondered how producers’ answers differed when asked the same questions; now you’ll know.

These producers have too many hits to list, so for more information on each, I’ve included a link to each of their websites below each of their names.

Enjoy!

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Who's Your A&R?

Who's Your A&R?

"Who's Your A&R? A mountain climber who plays an electric guitar?" - GZA

In the video below, producer, Isaac “Ike Dirty” Hayes III, discusses the current state of A&Rs and the need for record labels to recruit A&Rs with a musical background.

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Who The F#*k Is B.o.B?!

B.o.B & DJ Scream Present: Who The F#*k Is B.o.B mixtape

B.o.B & DJ Scream Present: Who The F#*k Is B.o.B mixtape

Most people expect to receive gifts from others on their birthday.

Bobby Ray isn’t most people though. And that’s apparent on any one of his songs.

Instead of accepting gifts for his birthday, Bobby Ray a.k.a B.o.B wants to give you a gift.

B.o.B teamed up with DJ Scream to present the Who The F#*k Is B.o.B? mixtape which is available as a free download below.

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Social Networking & Blogging In Today’s Music Business

Ariel Publicity has just launched their Cyber PR Urban blog, as a service to aspiring artists & musicians in the urban music genre.

Cyber PR Urban’s Christina Duren, was kind enough to reach out to me for an interview for the launch.

Below is the transcript of the interview, in which we discussed social media, and how artists today can use social networks to their benefit:

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