Archive for April, 2006

:::D12 Rapper "PROOF" Slained at a night club in Michigan:::

April 12, 2006

:::D12 Rapper “PROOF” Slained at a night club in Michigan:::
His Web site was updated Tuesday with the words “RIP Proof,” a tribute to the 32-year-old rapper who was gunned down yesterday morning at a nightclub along Eight Mile, the road made famous by the 2002 movie that starred his mentor and close friend, Eminem.
Members of Proof’s family gathered at his home on Detroit’s northwest side upon hearing word of his death, reports AP. Vehicles lined the residential street in front of his two-story house as people hugged each other on the sidewalk.
“Memorial service arrangements are still being made, and his friends and family would appreciate privacy during this difficult time,” read a statement from Dennis Dennehy, the publicist for D12’s label, Interscope Records.
According to Detroit police spokesman James Tate, an argument at the C.C.C. nightclub escalated into gunfire inside the bar around 4:30 a.m. By the time police showed up, shooting victims Proof and a 35-year-old man were both taken from the bar in private vehicles. Proof was dead on arrival at St. John Conner Creek, an outpatient treatment facility. The other victim was listed in critical condition at St. John Health System.
Detectives and evidence technicians were still inside the bar Tuesday morning, as police marked shell casings in a parking lot across the street. Authorities are searching for the gunman and ask that anyone with any information on the shooting come forward.
The bar, which was operating outside of its licensed hours when the incident occurred, is a hot spot for criminal activity on the city’s east side, according to patrol cops. Tate said police have taken 18 incident reports there since 1996. The latest was a vice raid in December in which six tickets were issued, most involving minors possessing or drinking alcohol.
Proof, born Deshaun Holton, was the best man at Eminem’s wedding in January, and they have been close friends since before Eminem became famous. In an eerie bout of irony, Em’s video for “Like Toy Soldiers” shows the rapper pacing the hospital halls as doctors try to revive Proof – who had just been shot. Later in the clip, Em is shown at Proof’s funeral, as he raps about the escalation of violence among hip hop artists.

::::“Akeelah and the Bee, STARTS APRIL 28th::::

April 10, 2006

Akeelah and the Bee, NEW MOVIE
FROM LIONS GATE, SET FOR MARKETING CAMPAIGN WITH
CO-SPONSOR STARBUCKS

The upcoming film “Akeelah and the Bee,” starring Keke Palmer (Akeelah) as an inner-city kid who competes at the national spelling bee, will get a fresh cup of aggressive marketing from your local Starbucks employees beginning today.

The retail coffee chain is named as a co-presenter of “Akeelah” in the film’s opening credits along with Lionsgate and producer 2929 Entertainment, but is in fact a promotional partner in the film’s launch. Starbucks appears to be the first retail or brand promotional partner to get a cut of a movie’s profits, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Under the deal, Starbucks’ estimated 30 million customers will encounter promotional in-store signage, cup sleeves, coasters, flash cards, magnets, and on lanyards worn by Starbucks’ staff of baristas. The ads will contain more than 25 words featured in the film’s spelling bees, such as pulchritude and prestidigitation.

In addition, Starbucks customers can expect their baristas to try and slip “Akeelah and the Bee” talk into friendly conversation as you wait on your Mocha Frappuccino. The employees were either invited to advance screenings or were sent the trailer on DVD, and are expected to spark dialogue about the film with customers, said Starbucks Entertainment president Ken Lombard.

Through its T-Mobile HotSpot network, the Starbucks campaign for “Akeelah” also will offer customers access to the movie trailer, a clip from the film, links to the “Akeelah” Web site (http://www.akeelahandthebee.com) and links to music from the movie on the Starbucks Hear Music homepage. It will sell travel-size Scrabble as part of the promotion, and the DVD will be released in Starbucks locations simultaneously with its national release at traditional retail.

“We can provide the studios with a very unique opportunity to reach moviegoers in a way they currently don’t have and frankly is going to help with better box office performance for their films,” Lombard said.

“Akeelah” also stars Angela Bassett as Akeelah’s mother and Laurence Fishburne as her tutor. The film arrives in theaters on April 28.

Hip Hop Street Credentials DVD Gets Love from the #1 Hater on the #1 Radio Program in the #1 Market

April 10, 2006
Hip Hop Street Credentials DVD Gets Love from the #1 Hater on the #1 Radio Program in the #1 Market

Hip Hop Street Credentials Insomniac DVD Both Thought Provoking & Gritty.

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 4, 2006 — Israel Vasquetelle and Tony Samuel, the producers of the new DVD “Hip Hop Street Credentials,” were recently invited by New York’s #1 morning radio program, The Star and Buc Wild Show, to appear and speak about the upcoming Insomniac DVD Vol. 1 documentary. Star, who is known by many as “The Number One Hater” gave the film rave reviews after seeing an advance screener; stating, “this is very, very good!” Star continued to praise the film by emphatically stating that Street Credentials is “a great addition to the Hip Hop culture.” Coming from the “The Number One Hater,” this is a powerful endorsement from a New York’s #1 rated morning radio show that is syndicated to 14 markets every morning from 6am to 10am. Over five million listeners tune in every morning to hear the truth as Star sees it. The Star and Buc Wild Show is the only New York City morning show to have ever beaten Howard Stern in the ratings.

Recently “Street Credentials” had a very successful screening at Texas State University as part of their Hip Hop Celebration Week; which also featured a visit from Spike Lee the following day. Invited guest, Director/Co-Producer, Israel Vasquetelle (Iz-Real), conducted a lively Q&A discussion after the screening that lasted well over an hour.

Street Credentials continues to get great feedback and acclaim from those who have seen it including AllHipHop.com co-founder who states, “For the uninformed, it will serve as a punch to the gut…the education is there. To those that love Hip-Hop it will act as an affirmation of that love and also gives strength.”

“Street Credentials” delivers intellectual Hip Hop content and still maintains its street credebility. It’s an up-close and personal look into the underground Hip Hop scene directly from some of the most unique and diverse personalities in the industry today. From Hip Hop’s most outrageous icon, Kool Keith (Black Elvis, Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Mr. Nogatco); to the multifaceted and introspective recording artist, spoken word poet, and movie actor, Saul Williams (Slam, K-PAX); to underground superstar Aesop Rock, they’re here.

Street Credentials pulls no punches while serving up hard insight into the industry, culture and the careers of some of the most interesting people within the genre. Enter the world of Harlem’s Immortal Technique, Hip Hop’s most dangerous Emcee. Get insight into the history of New York City’s Mixtape game with veteran DJ Silva Sir-Fa. Check out the inside track on running an independent record label from KutMasta Kurt (producer of remixes for Linkin Park and The Beastie Boys). O.G., street basketball legend, and former MTV reality host, Pee Wee Kirkland breaks down his take on the state of the rap industry. While on the streets of Brooklyn, freestyle champ Poison Pen reveals the life of a battle emcee.

Featuring commentary from Hip Hop scholar and long time radio talk host, producer, college lecturer and publisher, Iz-Real, this is a look at Hip Hop from a purist, independent and entrepreneurial angle. This DVD release continues the decade-long Insomniac tradition of revealing the true and many times unheard ideologies about success, obstacles, and life within the Hip Hop music industry directly from personalities that have all earned their Hip Hop Street Credentials.

Loaded with over 3 1/2 hours of footage, including the Street Credentials documentary, feature-length artist interview, featurettes, a visit to youth detention center with director Iz-Real, and more. <!– D([“mb”,” \n \nFor further information and director interviews, contact Erin Burke. \n \n### Press Contact: Erin Burke\n Company Name: ERIN BURKE PR\n Email: email protected from spam bots\n Phone: 917-689-4975\n Website: http://www.insomniacMusic.com\n

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:::Sony Unveils New WALKMAN MP3 Players for 2006:::

April 8, 2006

Sony Unveils New WALKMAN MP3 Players for 2006

Sony announces new Flash based WALKMAN MP3 range with 3 capacities, optional FM tuner and six colour choices.

London, UK (PRWEB) April 4, 2006 — Combining cutting-edge style with unparalleled battery power, Sony today announces the latest addition to its popular family of Sony WALKMAN MP3 players. With quick-charge functionality giving three hours of battery life in just three minutes(1), the new Sony WALKMAN models offer one of the fastest battery recharges on the market. The Sony WALKMAN range also boasts an unrivalled playback facility, with 28(1) hours playback when using the ATRAC3 format and 27(1) hours with MP3, using the internal Lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

At a glance:

* Six eye-catching colour choices
* Compatible with MP3, ATRAC & unsecured WMA
* 3 capacities: 512MB, 1GB, 2GB
* Optional FM tuner for 512MB & 1GB
* Quick-charge gives three hours battery life from 3 minute charge
* Direct USB connection
* Bundled SonicStage 3.4 music management software

“With the WALKMAN, we are offering owners a winning combination of style, ease of use and functionality. With pioneering Sony quick-charge technology, music lovers can charge their <!– D([“mb”,”WALKMAN MP3 player for three hours continuous playback in the time it takes to play just one track. This MP3 player is the must-have for music-lovers on the go." – Jeffry Van Ede (Vice-President, Sony Europe)
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\nThe new Sony WALKMAN has built-in flash memory, with models ranging in capacity from 512MB to 1GB and 2GB. This series enhances the existing range of Sony WALKMAN MP3 players providing unsurpassed sound quality in an easy-to-use, stylish device.
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\nThe Sony WALKMAN is compatible with most commonly used digital music formats like MP3, ATRAC and unsecured WMA files. It offers easy download capabilities by direct connection through the USB port. Each player comes with the latest SonicStage 3.4 software version for easy music management and transfer of listeners’ favourite tracks.
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\nThe new Sony WALKMAN range offers high-speed transfer capability via the direct USB plug, and thanks to Sony ATRAC compression technology, the player offers maximum storage of up to 90 CDs for the 2GB model, 45 CDs for the 1GB and 22 CDs for the 512MB at 48kbps. With the 1GB and 512MB players, an FM Tuner is also optionally available giving users a wide variety of listening options. “,1] ); //–>WALKMAN MP3 player for three hours continuous playback in the time it takes to play just one track. This MP3 player is the must-have for music-lovers on the go.” – Jeffry Van Ede (Vice-President, Sony Europe)

The new Sony WALKMAN has built-in flash memory, with models ranging in capacity from 512MB to 1GB and 2GB. This series enhances the existing range of Sony WALKMAN MP3 players providing unsurpassed sound quality in an easy-to-use, stylish device.

The Sony WALKMAN is compatible with most commonly used digital music formats like MP3, ATRAC and unsecured WMA files. It offers easy download capabilities by direct connection through the USB port. Each player comes with the latest SonicStage 3.4 software version for easy music management and transfer of listeners’ favourite tracks.

The new Sony WALKMAN range offers high-speed transfer capability via the direct USB plug, and thanks to Sony ATRAC compression technology, the player offers maximum storage of up to 90 CDs for the 2GB model, 45 CDs for the 1GB and 22 CDs for the 512MB at 48kbps. With the 1GB and 512MB players, an FM Tuner is also optionally available giving users a wide variety of listening options. <!– D([“mb”,” \n \nThe slimline WALKMAN builds on the design success of its predecessors by providing a compact polycarbonate “stick” in a range of vibrant colours (pink, blue, silver, violet, black, and lime green). \n \nThe WALKMAN launches with a new range of stylish accessories including neck strap headphones, protective case, and an armband case for listeners on-the-go; all available from the end of this month across Europe. \n \nKey feature review: \n \n* Ultra slim and compact body – measures just approx 79mm and weighs approx 25g \n* Rechargeable battery with stamina of 28 hours during continuous playback in ATRAC @ 132kbps at Super power save mode \n* Quick-charge feature: 3 hours battery life in just 3 minutes charging during continuous playback in ATRAC @ 132kbps at Super power save mode \n* Direct USB with fast transfer speed \n* Bright and clear 1 line dot matrix organic LED \n* ATRAC, MP3 and WMA (non DRM) compatible \n* FM Tuner with MHz range from 87.5 – 108.0 (optional on 1GB and 512MB players) \n* Attractive range of casing colours (pink, violet, blue, silver, black and lime green) \n \nThe WALKMAN will be available from the end of April 2006 across Europe. \n \n(1)During continuous playback in ATRAC at 132Kbps, super power save mode when equaliser is not in use. \n \nFor more information, please contact: \nSilke Schild \nSony UK Limited \n44 1932 816488 \n \n### Press Contact: Silke Schild\n Company Name: Sony UK Limited\n Email: email protected from spam bots\n Phone: 44 1932 816488\n Website: http://www.sony.co.uk\n

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The slimline WALKMAN builds on the design success of its predecessors by providing a compact polycarbonate “stick” in a range of vibrant colours (pink, blue, silver, violet, black, and lime green).

:::IS ALICIA KEYS IS LEAVING J RECORDS ??:::

April 7, 2006

:::IS JRECORDS A CRAP LABEL OR IS ALICIA KEYS UNHAPPY WITH J RECORDS?:::

Alicia Keys is on the verge of leaving longtime record label J Records. J Records is home to the man credited as discovering Keys, Clive Davis. According to reports, Keys is looking to sidestep the label and release her music through her own label, KrucialKeys.

KrucialKeys distributes music directly to the public via the internet. Keys claims that distributing over the internet is “the wave of the future.” Alicia Keys would not be the first artist to leave J Records. Last year, superstar rapper Busta Rhymes left the label. When Busta was asked why he left J Records, he summed up his feelings for the label saying, “J Records is trash.”

:::Marion "Suge" Knight has file for protection under federal bankruptcy :::

April 7, 2006



:::Marion “Suge” Knight has file for protection under federal bankruptcy :::


Marion
“Suge” Knight has come forward to speak about his recent decision to file for protection under federal bankruptcy laws. Knight’s new counsel, Larry Nagelberg and Laurence Strick, said Knight and Death Row Records sought protection because of a $107 million dollar default judgment awarded to Lydia Harris, ex-wife of imprisoned drug boss Michael “Harry-O” Harris.


“For the last few years there’s been a stigma attached to Death Row,” Knight told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “People like the Harris’ have been coming out of the woodwork and it’s been like a dark cloud hanging over me. I’ve decided that I’m serving Death Row its last meal. I’m setting a new table.” Knight didn’t reveal what future plans he had for the label or its lucrative catalog.

:::MORE PHOTOS FROM THE JAZZ MIXER:::

April 7, 2006


:::MORE PHOTOS FROM THE JAZZ MIXER:::

:::JAZZ MIXER PHOTOS:::

April 7, 2006

:::MORE PHOTOS FROM THE JAZZ MIXER:::

"Setting The Record Straight: Women in Hip-Hop"

April 7, 2006


“Setting The Record Straight: Women in Hip-Hop”

By: PJ Jackson Jr.

Break out the card board boxes and set the stage, because the battle is set to begin. Coming to Atlanta from all across the world is the B*Gilz. B*Girlz are considered to be the fabulous women of the break dancing movement. Women in Hip Hop are very significant and instrumental with the evolution of the sound. There are dj’s, producers engineers and even B*Girlz that keep the true essence of hip hop going forward.

On Friday 3.31.06 in The Loft’s “VIP” Room (1374 W. Peachtree, ATL 30309) there was a Panel Discussion/Martha Cooper Book Signing 5-7PM as well as featured guest B-Girl Exhibition to follow discussion including break dancing,
popping, locking, graffiti, emceeing, and spoken word.

Here is a list of the B*Girlz that we all know and there contact information!
(for bios, visit www.a3c2006.com and click on We B*Girlz)
Martha Cooper (www.nycitysnapz.com, www.kodakgirl.com)
Nika Kramer (www.hiphopfiles.de)
DJ Shortee (www.djshortee.com, www.faustandshortee.com, www.hot2dj.com)
B-Girl Rokafella (http://www.fullcirclesoul.com)
B-Girl Vendetta
B-Girl Severe
MCs Caustic Dames (www.causticdames.com)
DiviBaby aka MC Divinity (www.divibaby.com/)
B-Girl Meda (http://naturalhabitz.homestead.com/)
B-Girl Katastrophe (http://www.myspace.com/bgirlkatastrophe,
http://www.myspace.com/thebreak1)
B-Girl J-Blaze
DJ Vera (www.myspace.com/deejayvera)
Stahhr Tha F.E.M.C.E.E. (www.stahhrthafemcee.net,
www.myspace.com/stahhrthafemceemusic)
Janay Everett (www.janayeverett.com)
Dee Dee Cocheta-Williams (http://www.ablackclan.com/)
Moya Bailey (http://www.alternet.org/authors/4934/)
Moderated by Kecia Ellick (www.redreignstudios.com,
www.myspace.com/redreign, www.myspace.com/mseize,
www.myspace.com/thehouseofhiphop, www.myspace.com/brewatlanta)
AND MORE
A3C Independent Hip-Hop Festival 8PM – (ages 18+only) (www.a3C2006.com)

There’s talk about the days of break dancing and graffiti are said to long gone. Not to mention, fat-laced adidas, card board stages and B-Boy standing around in their B*Boy stance. Break dancing has become the past-time of the progressive hip-hop movement.

While pop lockin to the bass beats of the early Run DMC, and Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five, the dances remain the same but the players have changed.

The BGirlz want to present strong, smart, independent B-Girlz and other Hip Hop females as role models for upcoming generations to show everyone that there is a significant place for women in this worldwide culture. In addition, BGirlz want to preserve the history of women in Hip Hop by encouraging everyone to collect and archive materials from back in the days and to document the scene as it exists now. Not to be confused with B-Boys, BGirlz are no slacker when it comes to holding their own in the dance cipher across the world. The BGirlz have created a world wide Phenomenon and you can witness it yourself by visiting the website and understanding the movement.

Be sure to take a look at what has continued the fundamental nature of prolonging the hip hop generation. BGirlz are here to stay!

CHECK OUT (www.bgirlz.com) for more details.

"Setting The Record Straight: Women in Hip-Hop"

April 7, 2006