Archive for January, 2007

.::Behind the scenes of the : DJ Drama MixTape Raid

January 25, 2007

By: Big Tah of Strong Arm Management

The arrest of DJ Drama and Don Cannon is just a sign of something bigger that’s about to go down. Those of us in the music business know that the majority of the mixtapes that Drama and Cannon host are from major label artists. In fact the money that they’re paid to host the mixtapes are from the labels themselves. A “Gansta Grillz” mixtape is now a staple in the marketing plan of most major label hip hop artist. Doesn’t the RIAA know this?

Now I’m sure people who support them being arrested will say that the labels only pay them to host the mixtapes and not sell them. They’re suppose to be for promotional use only right? But how does the label expect the mixtapes to be manufactured and distributed? They’re not doing it. So its one of those things where the labels turn their heads and EXPECT the mixtape to be pushed by the DJ hosting it and even the bootleggers. This is money that they save when they don’t have to manufacture and distribute the product. Even more so from a marketing stand point people want to feel like they discovered the artist’s new music and it not being forced to them by the majors. So a mixtape DJ & the Bootlegger are the avenues in which new music is introduced to the “streets” to get the buzz going before the majors but their big marketing and promotions machine behind the project.

What we need to watch is how the music industry responds to the arrest of Drama and Cannon. If they support them then we know that the record companies and the RIAA aren’t on the same page. If they leave them hanging and out to dry then we know that its a CON spiracy and the game will never be the same. Well actually it will just mean that artist will either have to put out mixtapes with original music on it, (which some already do) they’re called Street Albums or Mixtape DJs will have to get releases from the labels licensing them to be able to manufacture and distribute these mixtapes for profit. Hmm maybe the labels just want in on some of that money. The news says that they confiscated 50k CDs. At $5 a pop that’s comes to $250,000. Maybe they want to be able to soundscan that too so sales won’t look so bad? Let’s see what happens.

Big Tah of Strong Arm Management

.:DREAMGIRLS’ GETS MOST OSCAR NODS: Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy, Djimon Hounsou, Will Smith and Forest Whitaker nominated.:.

January 24, 2007

The Oscar noms are out this morning and to no one’s surprise “Dreamgirls” garnered the most nods.

The Motown inspired production received a total of 8 nominations. But what’s shocking is that the film failed to earn a best picture nomination.

With “Dreamgirls” out of the running, Academy voters will choose between “Babel,” “The Departed,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Queen” for best picture.

As expected, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson were both nominated for best supporting actor and actress, respectively for their roles in “Dreamgirls.”

Murphy will face “Blood Diamond” star Djimon Hounsou in the supporting category, while Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” and Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness” received best actor nominations.

Whitaker and Hudson are the favorites to win their categories say Oscar watchers.

The 79th Academy Awards will be telecast live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb 25 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern on ABC-TV.

Here is the complete list of the 79th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Tuesday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif.:

1. Best Picture: “Babel,” “The Departed,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Queen.”

2. Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “Blood Diamond”; Ryan Gosling, “Half Nelson”; Peter O’Toole, “Venus”; Will Smith, “The Pursuit of Happyness”; Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland.”

3. Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Volver”; Judi Dench, “Notes on a Scandal”; Helen Mirren, “The Queen”; Meryl Streep, “The Devil Wears Prada”; Kate Winslet, “Little Children.”

4. Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, “Little Miss Sunshine”; Jackie Earle Haley, “Little Children”; Djimon Hounsou, “Blood Diamond”; Eddie Murphy, “Dreamgirls”; Mark Wahlberg, “The Departed.”

5. Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza, “Babel”; Cate Blanchett, “Notes on a Scandal”; Abigail Breslin, “Little Miss Sunshine”; Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”; Rinko Kikuchi, “Babel.”

6. Directing: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Babel”; Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”; Clint Eastwood, “Letters From Iwo Jima”; Stephen Frears, “The Queen”; Paul Greengrass, “United 93.”

7. Foreign Language Film: “After the Wedding,” Denmark; “Days of Glory (Indigenes),” Algeria; “The Lives of Others,” Germany; “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Mexico; “Water,” Canada.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines and Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, “Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”; Alfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, “Children of Men”; William Monahan, “The Departed”; Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, “Little Children”; Patrick Marber, “Notes on a Scandal.”

9. Original Screenplay: Guillermo Arriaga, “Babel”; Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, “Letters From Iwo Jima”; Michael Arndt, “Little Miss Sunshine”; Guillermo del Toro, “Pan’s Labyrinth”; Peter Morgan, “The Queen.”

10. Animated Feature Film: “Cars,” “Happy Feet,” “Monster House.”

11. Art Direction: “Dreamgirls,” “The Good Shepherd,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “The Prestige.”

12. Cinematography: “The Black Dahlia,” “Children of Men,” “The Illusionist,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Prestige.”

13. Sound Mixing: “Apocalypto,” “Blood Diamond,” “Dreamgirls,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”

14. Sound Editing: “Apocalypto,” “Blood Diamond,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”

15. Original Score: “Babel,” Gustavo Santaolalla; “The Good German,” Thomas Newman; “Notes on a Scandal,” Philip Glass; “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Javier Navarrete; “The Queen,” Alexandre Desplat.

16. Original Song: “I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth,” Melissa Etheridge; “Listen” from “Dreamgirls,” Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler and Anne Preven; “Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls,” Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett; “Our Town” from “Cars,” Randy Newman; “Patience” from “Dreamgirls,” Henry Krieger and Willie Reale.

17. Costume: “Curse of the Golden Flower,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Dreamgirls,” “Marie Antoinette,” “The Queen.”

18. Documentary Feature: “Deliver Us From Evil,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Iraq in Fragments,” “Jesus Camp,” “My Country, My Country.”

19. Documentary (short subject): “The Blood of Yingzhou District,” “Recycled Life,” “Rehearsing a Dream,” “Two Hands.”

20. Film Editing: “Babel,” “Blood Diamond,” “Children of Men,” “The Departed,” “United 93.”

21. Makeup: “Apocalypto,” “Click,” “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

22. Animated Short Film: “The Danish Poet,” “Lifted,” “The Little Matchgirl,” “Maestro,” “No Time for Nuts.”

23. Live Action Short Film: “Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea),” “Eramos Pocos (One Too Many),” “Helmer & Son,” “The Saviour,” “West Bank Story.”

24. Visual Effects: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Poseidon,” “Superman Returns.”

Academy Award winners previously announced this year:

HONORARY AWARD (Oscar statuette): Ennio Morricone

JEAN HERSHOLT HUMANITARIAN AWARD (Oscar statuette): Sherry Lansing

::Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac in new movie "PRIDE"::

January 24, 2007

Based on the true story of inner city Philadelphia swim coach Jim Ellis. The story revolves around Ellis’ fight to build a swim team in one of Philly’s toughest neighborhoods in the 1970s. Ultimately, Ellis leads the swimmers to the state championships.

::Perfect Pose Modeling is now seeking new models…….::

January 24, 2007

We’re looking for you ….If you have what it takes
to host promotional events,serious about print

Email us with your photos,comp card,specs –

-Perfect Pose is a model consulting firm that gears
its consulting efforts to print,promotional modeling
and corporate branding.-

::Atlanta’s Premeire Resturant closes its doors and goes to " B.E.D"::

January 24, 2007

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A year after its much-ballyhooed opening, B.E.D., the trendy downtown restaurant that took eating in repose literally, has closed.

The restaurant, housed on two floors of the boutique Glenn Hotel at the corner of Marietta and Spring streets, made headlines in early 2006 by asking Atlanta diners to eat while in bed — a design that made it distinctive among the city’s hot spots.

It joined sister restaurants in Miami and Manhattan, giving Atlanta a certain cachet among those saying the city had become a sophisticated culinary destination.

However, reviews of the establishment’s food and service were not kind. And some said Atlantans never got comfortable with the idea of a restaurant where patrons dined in bed.

David Marvin, who owns the Glenn, said B.E.D. and the Glenn parted amicably.

“It’s an opportunity for both partners to retool,” he said. “We mutually decided to go in different directions.”

He said the restaurant space B.E.D. vacated remains in operation and will be run by Tecton Hospitality, which manages the hotel.

He is committed, however, to putting another concept restaurant in the hotel.

“B.E.D. may have been too esoteric for some visitors,” he said. “Some people had good experience, some did not. For us, we think something a little more mainstream might be better suited for the Glenn.”

::DJ Drama, Don Cannon Comment On RIAA Raid::

January 24, 2007

DJ Drama and DJ Don Cannon are preparing to defend themselves against charges brought on by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) last week, after the duo’s Atlanta offices were raided by a Swat Team on Jan. 16. DJ Drama, born Tyree Simmons and DJ Don Cannon are the owners of Aphilliates LLC, the company that created and produces the popular Gangsta Grillz mixtape series, which has featured top artists like Sean “Diddy” Combs, T.I., Young Jeezy, Jim Jones and others. Aphilliates offices were raided by a 30-member Swat Team from Fulton County at the behest of the RIAA. Police seized over 50,000 CDs, as well as computers, recording equipment and cars. Officials charged DJ Drama and DJ Don Cannon with racketeering. DJ Drama, 28, has hired Atlanta defense attorney Ed Garland, of Garland, Samuel and Loeb Trial Attorneys. “This is an attempt by the government to paint an image of those involved in Hip-Hop as criminals,” DJ Drama told in a statement. Don Cannon, 27, has retained Janice Singer and Don Samuel of Thompson and Singer, P.A. “Our track record for success has made us some of the most sought after music producers and DJ’s in Hip-Hop,” DJ Don Cannon said. “We are looking forward to being exonerated of all charges and continuing to build our brand.”
By: All Hip Hop .com

Two Black Coaches(Soul Bowl)….What’s Next? -Obama as Preseident !

January 24, 2007

Now we have seen Britney Spears and Madonna kiss; we have seen Timberlake and Jackson bare it all but only in a million years would we have seen a triumphant experience come before us in this new millennium that two black coaches would be seen coaching in the Super Bowl in the NFL-National Football League.

Two black head coaches has now catapulted into the worlds most advertise, propagandized festivities known to man on this human earth-The XLI NFL Super Bowl.

Coach, Lovie Smith-Chicago Bears, and Tony Dungy-Indianapolis Colts has set forth history in this upcoming Super Bowl conquest. The two coaches have adamant respect for each; not to mention they’re best friends and talk very frequently-every Monday. We all know that the illustrious grid-iron game of football is not just football in the American traditions of the Super Bowl. You have millions dollar athletes playing in a highly publicized, heavily watched game.

As fans of the super bowl, after all of the smoke clears with the –black coaches monikers, the million dollar commercials we set forth to look forward to; we all hope that it turns out to be a good football game. That is what we really are gearing ourselves up to do on Feb. 4, 2007 –watch a football game.

Some may watch it in HD, some may watch it on their 12in screen working 3rd shift but we all know all eyes will be set on one of the most historic football games know to man.

In the heart of Miami, miles from the urban slums of Carroll City and minutes from the lavish posterior of South beach ones thing is for sure, there will be “Soul in the Bowl” this year.

Half time show is scheduled to be the legendary PRINCE.

::Model of the Month::

January 24, 2007

::Monica Singer-Celebrity Portrait Artist Featured in new Art Show::

January 23, 2007

.:Barak Obama Announces Presidential Bid!!

January 23, 2007

WASHINGTON — Sen. Barack Obama took an important formal step on Tuesday toward a Democratic presidential campaign that would make him the most formidable African-American candidate ever, offering a call to common purpose as a remedy to bitter partisan divisions and marking a potential turning point in the nation’s race relations.

By filing papers to form a presidential exploratory committee, the first-term Illinois senator signaled his intent to run for the presidency, a move that he has been publicly considering for months. Advisers said Obama and his family had made the personal commitment to a grueling, two-year presidential bid and the senator now would concentrate on assembling a campaign apparatus and testing support among financial backers and grass-roots activists.

The Democratic lawmaker will make a formal announcement on his candidacy Feb. 10 in Springfield, Ill., where barely two years ago he served as a mere state senator. He will return a cultural phenomenon, a best-selling author coveted as a guest by television talk show hosts and followed by celebrity photographers. He has come to embody the hopes and dreams of many Americans.

His candidacy would create a historic moment, as the American public contemplates a leader of mixed-race heritage, the son of an African father and white Kansan mother. Race would be a spoken and unspoken subtext to a campaign that also would raise grave policy issues on the war in Iraq, with Obama an early and consistent critic of the ongoing U.S. military mission there.

His efforts to reach toward the center with appeals to common ground is a reversal of the recently successful political formula of polarization to drive up turnout among base voters that won President Bush re-election in 2004.

Obama made the official announcement of his exploratory committee on his Web site, in a simple video that featured him seated, wearing a coat and no tie, telling viewers he wanted to be the first to tell them of the development. He sounded a theme of change, saying he was “struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics.”

“Our leaders in Washington seem incapable of working together in a practical, common-sense way,” Obama said. “Politics has become so bitter and partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can’t tackle the big problems that demand solutions.”

Right after the spot was placed on the Web, Obama got on the telephone and spoke to dozens and dozens of people throughout the day, including a morning telephone conference call with more than 100 people. He spent the day at the offices of his exploratory committee in Washington

Interviewed on the way to a vote on the Senate floor early in the evening, Obama said the response had been “very positive.” American voters, he added, “want honesty and they want bold approaches to some of the problems we’re facing.”

In a campaign, he would faces challenges to his lack of experience in high government office. He has only two years in the U.S. Senate and no major accomplishments in that body, although his limited time in office is counted as a virtue by some who seek a break with the political past.

Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster and political strategist, said, “He is a political phenomenon. But being a political phenomenon does not make you a credible candidate to be commander in chief of the armed forces and leader of the free world in a time of war. Normally, qualifications are the first consideration when you’re thinking about a candidate for president in a time of war.”

But Obama brings to a presidential bid eloquence, the political power of celebrity, a hopeful vision and a sense that his candidacy would be a clear break with the established order.

Geoffrey Garin, a Democratic pollster and strategist for the 2004 Wesley Clark campaign, said, “In the next year, Democrats will be weighing those assets against his experience and what it takes in their view to become a capable president. I think we’re at a special moment in America where there’s a real yearning for change and a different kind of leadership that rises above it all. It’s that yearning that is such an asset to his campaign.”

Obama’s path to victory would be a gauntlet of relentless fundraising, laser-like scrutiny and an exhausting grind of campaigning. Mounting a presidential campaign would present a huge organizational and financial undertaking for a candidate who is relatively new to the national political scene and did not even face a serious Republican opponent in his only prior high-level campaign, for the U.S. Senate in 2004.

In both the Democratic primary and the general election, he would face opponents who have been laying the groundwork for their bids for years. Political opponents and the voting public will watching to see how he stands up to the rigorous testing of a national campaign.

Likely Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) can rely on a political organization that she and her husband have nurtured for years. And former vice presidential nominee John Edwards, who already has announced his candidacy, began cultivating supporters in early primary states almost immediately after the 2004 election.

Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for Clinton, said, “The field is shaping up as a strong field. It’s an exciting time to be a Democrat. We obviously wish Sen. Obama well.”

Edwards’ camp sounded a similar note. “The country’s going to face some tremendous challenges in 2009 and we need the very best candidates to run,” said Edwards adviser Jennifer Palmieri. “He thinks that anyone who has good ideas on how we tackle these problems should get into the race.”

In the 2008 campaign, presidential candidates face an unusually compressed schedule of early contests. The Iowa caucuses and primaries in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada unfold over four weeks about a year from now, allowing candidates little margin for error and little time to raise additional money in between those critical contests. In the early contests Obama must do well—probably first or second—to prove his appeal matches the hype.

An adviser to Obama said fundraising proceeds of $50 million “is a kind of ante to this process.” Since most political operatives believe that a serious candidate must be collect at least that much by Dec. 31, that translates in to donations of more than $1 million per week, which must by law come in increments of no more than $2,100 per person. Others believe a successful campaign may require more money.

An Obama adviser said the exploratory committee hopes to raise $7 million by the end of March. Under federal election law, an exploratory committee can transfer its assets directly to a presidential campaign.

Most political professionals involved in presidential politics believe that Obama’s celebrity and his ability to reach small donors through the Internet position him well to meet the financial challenges ahead. His advisers also expressed optimism that he will be financially competitive.

“I am highly confident,” said John Rogers, a friend of Obama and a prodigious Democratic fundraiser for many years. “People around the country who know that I’m engaged in this process have been calling me, people from coast to coast, Republicans and Democrats. They’re experienced fundraisers and people wanting to get involved for the first time. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Despite his renown, Obama’s public persona also is an unfinished canvas and he must work to fill that in before his opponents do. The campaign will force him to take more detailed positions on complex issues.

He already is being pressed in uncomfortable ways on his approach to Iraq. While Obama has opposed Bush’s increase in troop levels in Iraq, he has not joined those calling for a congressional cut-off of funding for the “surge,” while Edwards has demanded just that.