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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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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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The Faces Of Hip-Hop 2.0?

Who's Got Next In Hip-Hop? Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton & Mickey Factz

The internet and the streets alike have been buzzing for months about 3 artists: Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton & Mickey Factz. Could they be the new faces of Hip-Hop?

What are your thoughts?

Monday Music – Screw Genres

Okay, so it’s Monday now, which means it’s the beginning of the week for most people. I work throughout the weekends however, so the only difference to me is that there will be a few more phone calls and emails today.

Anyways, I’m finishing up a project for a major client of mine, so I’m going to be pretty tied up with that today; but I didn’t want to leave you high and dry without a fresh post, so I decided I’d share some music with you.

I’m not sure if many of you know this, but when it comes to music – I listen to many different genres. The “urban” genres are definitely my core preference, but I still listen to anything that sounds good – regardless of what radio format the song is serviced to. But even when it comes to urban, most people assume I’m a strict rap/hip-hop head.

Truth be told, I grew up listening to R&B, Dancehall and Soca just as much as I did listening to Rap. Actually, I’m just as much, if not more, of an R&B cat than I am a hip-hop head. Whenever I find the state of music to be a little stale, I can always find an R&B song to keep my ears and mind satisfied.

By the way, I really don’t like using genres to classify music. I could care less about what radio format a song is serviced to or what clothing brands or lifestyle is associated to it. To me, good music is good music.

I mention genres mainly for the simplicity of living a sane life. I’m not going to be that guy who stops you 5 times during a sentence and asks you to clarify what you mean when you say certain words. I hate that guy. That guy doesn’t live life; he argues with it.

Anyways, I really don’t know where I’m going with this. The whole purpose of this post was just to share 2 songs with you that have been on repeat on my player for the past week…… fine – 3 weeks; but you see what I’m saying? (I know they’re not necessarily “new” new, but I guarantee they’re new to most of you)

The first one’s a little more mid-tempo, while the second one is a little slower; but they’re both real serious joints in my opinion. Check them out and let me know what you think.

EDIT: I switched the order of the songs since it’s easier to go from slow-tempo up, as opposed to the opposite. Thanks to Rachel for pointing it out.

Drake – Brand New
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Shoutout to dj lissamonet the.go.to.girl

Taio Cruz – She’s Like A Star
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Shoutout to Cipha Sounds


Black Chiney Vol 8.9 – Free Download

Black Chiney Vol 8.9

Finally! For all the dancehall fiends, Black Chiney finally blessed us with another mixtape after nearly 4 years.

But don’t think they’ve been sleeping. I was talking with my man Supa Dups (Black Chiney’s founding member/producer) last night and the list of production credits he’s building is incredible: Nina Sky, Kardinal Offishall, Collie Buddz, Akon, Pussycat Dolls, John Legend… the list goes on.

If you’re not familiar with Black Chiney mixtapes, they are an incredible blend of dancehall and hip-hop featuring members Supa Dups, Bobby Chin, Willy Chin and Walshy Killa.

Black Chiney Vol 8.9 features Buju Banton, Kardinal Offishall, Shawty Lo, Elephant Man, Kanye West, Swizz Beats, Mavado, Jay-Z , Munga, Busy Signal, Leftside and Snoop Dogg.

Pay attention to the names Supa Dups and Black Chiney; as you’ll continue to see more and more from this crew.

Click here to download the new Black Chiney vol 8.9