Monthly Archives: August 2011

Mobb Deep Discusses ‘The Infamous’ presented by Rock The Bells & Reebok Classics

Mobb Deep‘s Prodigy speaks from the studio about the origins of Havoc‘s haunting, wobbly hooks, sampling jazz records inherited from the legendary Budd Johnson, and finessing the MC skills that made The Infamous a classic.

View video here.

Snoop Dogg Receives BMI Icon Award At 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards

It was an all-out hip hop fest at the historic Hollywood Paladium on August 26th as Snoop Dogg was honored by BMI as a music icon.

Artists old school and new walked down the red carpet in support of Snoop, and the presence of such a diverse group of musicians was proof that no matter who they were or what genre they represented, they appreciate the multi-faceted entity known as the Doggfather.

Although many artists won BMI Awards that night, including B.o.B,, Lex Luger, Sade and Nicki Minaj, the big winner was Drake, who got called up so many times to accept his multiple awards that he ended up staying on stage as the winners were read so he wouldn’t have to go up and down so many times.

Once the awards were handed out, though, the party was all about Snoop.

As he sat in the front row with his wife and three children, artist after artist came on stage to perform classic Snoop songs.

Wiz Khalifa was first up with his rendition of “Gin & Juice.”

The Game did “Murder Was The Case.”

The audience lost control when Daz, Kurupt and Warren G stepped on stage and did “It Ain’t No Fun” almost in its entirety.

Imagine hundreds of grown folk in fancy dresses and suits, shouting out all the dirty lyrics to that song in unison: classic.

A surprise moment came when Nas hit the stage and did his tribute.

After the performances, the BMI award was presented to Snoop by none other than his one-time partner Dr.Dre, who seemed happy, laughing through his speech as he reminisced over his homie Snoop Dogg.

There was one more peformance after Snoop received his award, and this is when all of the aforementioned artists, joined by the legendary Bootsy Collins, and Charlie Wilson, came back on stage and performed with Snoop.

I want to say that it was a great West Coast party but a healthy number of East Coast artists were there to honor Snoop: Chuck D, the RZA, Busta Rhymes, Nas.

The BMI Awards have proven that everybody loves Snoop D-O Double G.

MC Mic Stew Wins First East Coast Stop Of Red Bull EmSee

–Philly Local Wins Spot to Compete against Nation’s Best Freestyle MCs in Finals–

Philadelphia—Last week, eight of Philly’s freshest freestyle MCs headed to the Trocadero to battle it out at Red Bull EmSee but only one walked away the champion.  In a night filled with piercing punch lines and lyrical acrobatics, MCs DNA, Finesse, Voss, Jawnzap7, Uno Lavos, OHM and Zm came ready to throw down, but it was Mic Stew’s quick wit and lyrical flow that earned him the champion title after an intense series of heated battles.  He’ll advance to the Red Bull EmSee national finals in Atlanta later this fall.  Last night’s battle, hosted by rapper Bun B, was judged by a panel of hip-hop heavies including Redman, Schoolly D and Joell Ortiz. The talented DJ Greg Nitty kept the beats bumpin’ throughout the show.

The Red Bull EmSee competition format puts a spin on the traditional rap battle by providing random prompts and cues on screens that the MCs needed to hit in each of their flows, challenging them to truly spit rhymes off-the-dome.  Winner Mic Stew explained his experience, “It was one of the greatest challenges to my craft.”  He continued, “The celeb lineup was a blessing. Redman and Schoolly D are legendary.” Mic Stew was able to impress all of the judges with his freestyle skills – Redman noted that his “confidence made his words sound more convincing.”

In between rounds, fans and competing MCs were treated to special performances by the judges but it was Redman’s conclusion of the night that really got the crowd excited.

After participating in last year’s Red Bull EmSee battle series, Mic Stew sharpened his skills and returned to claim the local title. “This year, in comparison to last, was bigger, better and doper. I went 10x harder,” said winner Mic Stew.

Mic Stew is a Philly native that used to battle for fun in High School because he didn’t like how other cats were rhyming or what they were rhyming about. That was the extent of his battle experience and it was never his goal to be the best battler of all time. He’s a songwriter and performer first and foremost but freestyle is the root of both of those things for him. He’s at home on the mic and finding rhythmic patterns in just about any style of music on the fly is “pretty much a sleepwalk for me.” Mic Stew is expanding his artistic horizons by experimenting with film and music. His band, GuerillaFunk, will be releasing two singles this Fall. Also coming up, his appearance at the Red Bull EmSee finals in Atlanta, which he is “stoked for.”

If Mic Stew indeed wins the national finals, he will be heading into Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica to work with a producer of his choice from a select panel.  But first, he’ll have to go up against some of the best freestyle MCs from around the country.  The next Red Bull EmSee battle will be hosted in Houston on September 8, 2011 at Warehouse Live.  For more event information, click here.

Redbull Music Academy Presents DâM-FunK | Listen & Love

Train Wreck Mix – London Session
Stones Throw, Los Angeles

Known as Los Angeles’ “Ambassador of Boogie Funk” this man represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere to the fullest. Headquartered in the Culver City section of L.A., Dam (pronounced: ‘Dame’ as in Damon) spent the last few years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early-’80s styles known as boogie, modern soul and electro-funk. As a DJ, Dam attracts the most discerning boogie funk aficionados within driving distance of his storied Monday-night Funkmosphere parties. But it’s not just collectors at the bar toasting to the melodic sounds. Anyone who grooves to the likes of Slave, Aurra, early Prince and Prelude Records, will get a dose of those groups’ unknown contemporaries more obscure but equally funk-worthy. By plugging in his arsenal of vintage synths and drum machines, Dam also channels the galactic harmonies of his inspiration into his own brand of modern funk: it comes as now surprise that Peanut Butter Wolf brought him on to the Stones Throw team to glide into the future with his unique, synth and bass-driven vibe. A new chapter for Southern Cali space funk? Dam right!

Luther Vandross – You’re The Sweetest One – Epic (1982)
Windjammer – Tossing and Turning – MCA (1984)
Second Image – Lights Out – MCA (1984)
Carol Williams – Have Your For My Love – New Image (1986)
Sandra Reid – Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her – Sir George (1983)
Family Choice – Reggae Beat Goes On – Union (198?)
Carol Dionne – I’m In Love With You – Gateway (1981)
Rah Band – Rising Star (Cosmix) – Sound Test (1984)
Freeez – Flying High (Remix Version) – Beggars Banquet (1981)
Dave Roach – Move It – Coda (1983)
Mystral – Twilight – T-Mac (1985)
Funkadelic – Electric Spanking Of War Babies (Instr.) – Warner Bros (1981)
Rose Rose – New Love – Montage (1984)
Second Image – Only Lover – MCA (1984)
Rose Royce – Holding On To Your Love – Montage (1984)

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Next Aid’s “Bids Build Hope” Online Auction – ends 8/31!


If you’re looking for something to get excited about, you should definitely check out NextAid’s BIDS BUILD HOPE online auction. There’s something for everyone whether you’re in New York ( like offering 2 VIP tickets to Electric Zoo this Labor Day Weekend), San Francisco (VIP tickets to LovEvolution, dinner at Supperclub), or Miami (tickets for two on the Groove Cruise.)  Plus TONS more wherever you are! The more you bid, the merrier you’ll be :) Auction ends on Wednesday 8.31


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SF Music Tech

How do you feel about your music-business skills? Do you want to know where music apps are going and how stuff will be streamed? In what has been called the best music and technology conference, you can learn about the evolution of the music/business/technology ecosystem. The SF MusicTech Summit is the buzzing hub of music production conferences and takes place on September 12. It’s a great way to make sure you’re ahead of the game and to keep yourself on track.  NextAid’s BIDS BUILD HOPE auction is giving you the chance to meet up with visionaries, get inspired, and definitely eat a finger sandwich or two.

Groove Cruise

Like to play hard and dance harder? How would you feel about doing it on January 27-30 on The World’s Largest Floating Dance Music Festival? (This is a rhetorical question. We all know you feel like it’s the best thing you’ve ever heard) You should definitely consider joining the world’s best dance music artists on a giant cruise shop sailing from Miami to exotic magical lands. 2000 sexy people, 72 hours, 55 artists, 9 party experiences, 2 islands, AND MIAMI

Dubspot Ableton classes

Ever found a song on YouTube and felt suddenly inspired to try your own hand at the music industry game? Did you then immediately rain on your own parade by realizing that you don’t know what the hell you’re doing? Dubspot Abletons Live Producer Certificate Online Program can change all that. Every Ableton Live course offered at the school is offered online. After completing the 6-level program, you will have 4 full tracks (EP), a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producers Certificate in Ableton Live. Learn more here:


Dubspot Traktor The definition of DJing has changed dramatically in the last decade. Laptops, controllers, and software have emerged alongside more traditional turntables and CD’s, smashing the barrier to entry. In today’s digital age, anyone can become a DJ. To reflect this renaissance, Dubspot has created the Digital DJing with Traktor program. In both our physical and online schools, students will learn how to DJ entirely with Traktor’s cutting-edge technology. An emphasis will be placed on the concepts of DJing rather than simply learning how to use the software.


Electric Zoo

Electric Zoooooooooooo!!! You already know it’s gonna be amazing, but why not think about getting your tickets from NextAid’s BIDS BUILD HOPE online auction? You get a pair of VIP Experience 3 Day Passes and proceeds of the auction go towards helping the Kawangware Vision Center in one of Kenya’s most resource needing areas.


NextAid‘s 4th Annual Online Auction launched on August 12th, International Youth Day.  Thanks to these dance music community donors for their early support and awesome contributions: Cielo NYC, Groove Cruise, Electric Zoo, Monday Social, Bar Pico, Dubspot! A full list of items will be available soon.

To make a donation, simply fill out this online form or contact Virginia Cheung, Campaign Coordinator at

NextAid’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and women in Africa by promoting and implementing sustainable solutions. NextAid raises awareness for, and partners with, community-based projects and grassroots organizations in Africa and believes that an integrated approach is the best formula for establishing real and lasting change. Through music events and public education initiatives, NextAid provides empowering opportunities for concerned individuals to make a difference.

Exclusive Gilt City LA offering to record with Macy Gray

Macy Gray’s voice may be unmistakable, haunting and appreciated by Kanye West, fans and critics alike, but it will sound all the sweeter with your voice in her background chorus.

This can happen – and we’re inviting you to do so. Macy Gray’s chorus for her latest album is open to a few lucky Gilt City members. You’ll show up at the studio and get the full recording session experience as you perform a sound check and sing with the chorus on a given track.

Overseeing it all will be legendary producer Hal Willner, giving you unparalleled access to this music industry icon while he’s doing what’s made him famous – producing albums. Afterward, you’ll lunch and hang out with Macy herself in the Zen Garden of the recording studio to celebrate the recording and Macy’s birthday weekend. When the album drops, members will receive an autographed copy of the album, with your name in the credits – ENTER HERE

Georgia Anne Muldrow Previews New Album, “Owed To Mama Rickie”

Georgia Anne Muldrow’s next album “Owed To Mama Rickie” – with songs inspired by and dedicated to her amazing mother, singer/songwriter/author/ & more Rickie Byars Beckwith, will be available 11/1/11.

The lead single “More and More” features a guest appearance from grammy nominated singer Bilal.

Visit to hear snippets and pre-order until street date for only $6.99!

Eric Roberson Signs U.S. Distribution Deal & Releases “Picture Perfect” Single


Eighth Album, Mister Nice Guy, Set For U.S. Release On October 11th; Preceded By September 12th European Release

Award-winning recording artist, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson is happy to announce today that his Blue Erro Soul Entertainment Company has entered into a distribution partnership with Purpose Music Group and Entertainment One (eOne Music.) The new partnership will begin with the release of Roberson’s highly anticipated eighth album, Mister Nice Guy, which will be released in the United States on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. The CD’s European release is set to debut on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 – through his existing distribution and marketing deal with London-based staple Dome Records. The first single “Picture Perfect” featuring rapper/singer/producer Phonte is available on iTunes and was released to radio this week.

“Picture Perfect” is available for purchase on iTunes. (link:

You can listen to “Picture Perfect” featuring Phonte here