Swizz Beats Pulls A Spike Lee – Get Schooled

Music producer and rapper Swizz Beatz has been named the first producer-in-residence at NYU

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Music producer and rapper Swizz Beatz has been named the first producer-in-residence at NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts.

New York University said the appointment for the current academic year is immediate. Beatz will offer students one-on-one sessions, group lectures, songwriting critiques and mentoring.

His real name is Kasseem Dean. He is married to Alicia Keys and is a native of the South Bronx.

As a music producer, he has created hit songs for such artists as Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Metallica and Jay-Z.

The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music provides professional business and artistic training toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

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Keep It Going – Blu Ft. UGod – Blast It Or Trash It?

So for some, this is exactly what was expected. UGod plays a very minute role in the track. We would like to know what you think

Ok.  So for some, this is exactly what was expected.  UGod plays a very minute role in the track.  We would like to know what you think about it though.   Blast It Or Trash It?

Keep It Going – Blu Ft. UGod (Produced by Flying Lotus)

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Turn Your Speakers Way Up – 199Now [Video]

Celph Titled & Buckwild
featuring F.T. & R.A. The Rugged Man
“Mad Ammo”
Album: Nineteen Ninety Now
Label: No Sleep Recordings

Directed & Edited by Jed I. Rosenberg
Produced by Sam Sleezy & R.A. the Rugged Man
Cinematography by Mike Misslin
VFX/Animation by Eli Brown

Brood Baby Productions (broodbaby@gmail.com)

http://www.celphtitled.com
http://www.nosleeprecordings.com

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Review:

Buckwild the legendary DJ/Producer from D.I.T.C. and Celph Titled the Miami Tampa MC from the Demigodz and Army of the Pharaohs, have teamed up to release their collaboration album Nineteen Ninety Now. I recently got a chance to listen to the album and I gotta say, the shit is seriously dope. I had high hopes to start with because after all I’m a Buckwild fan and a Celph Titled fan and if you’re familiar with either of these guys you’ll know that anything but fresh is unacceptable. The production on NNN is ridiculous, from the masterful DJ cuts, rugged and smooth bass lines, dirty drums, and keyboard loops, it’ll have die hard hip-hop fans breaking there necks and rewinding constantly to say DAMN! I could name any track on this album and Buckwild kills, but on Swashbuckling, Buckwild serves up a different beat for every MC who spits on the track, each beat is dirtier than the next. I’m willing to say right if you hate Celph Titled for whatever reason this album would still deliver on production alone.

Now, Celph Titled heads the emceeing on the album and like the track title, he Steps Correctly. The album is everything you’d expect from Celph, outstanding punchlines and incredible wordplay he’s able to come up with so effortlessly. I’ll stand by my word and say, Celph doesn’t spit a whack verse on the whole album and every rapper featured on the album laced up their boots up and kicked the crap out of track as if it was the 1st time you heard Canibus featured on that Lost Boyz ish (if you don’t get that reference, this album may not be for you.) The Demigodz MC gets real and does a bio-track telling his history on record even touching up on the Cage beef he had in the early 2000’s.

In closing, Nineteen Ninety Now is a nod to what used to be what hip-hop was about. Spittin’ your heart out on the track, going for throats, and showing these other Sucker MC’s, that they need to step their game up if they wanna breathe air in your atmosphere. And showing that your drums are dirtier, bang harder, your bass thumps louder , and your samples are fresher and more killer than the next guy with the SP-1200, ASR-10 or Kurzweil K2000. This album delivers and is near flawless and is a sure contender for album of the year. Hip-Hop is certainly not dead it’s alive and it’s underground, if you’re one of these guys that don’t spend your cash on albums anymore cuz hip-hop is whack, let this be your first hip-hop purchase in a minute, cuz this shit is exactly whats been missing for years. Celph Titled and Buckwild – Nineteen Ninety Now is in stores now.

Source: The Crypt

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Does Your Vote REALLY Count?

We all vote, even if you do not officially cast your ballot you are still sending a message, a vote to your country. When a person does not vote that one individual citizen does not participate with the electoral process. As with any other voter, what would happen if no one voted. Our democracy would end. Democracy by it very nature needs the participation of the people, with out that there is no democracy. When one does not cast a vote it does not mean that that voter still does not influence the election as much as any other voter. It still counts, as a vote against democracy and a vote for what ever thug want to try to rule.

Informed voters who care are the backbone of the electorate. Voters who take their time, read the issues, study the candidates and decide the faith of the nation are the one who are going to lead this nation to a higher brighter place. Those who vote out of hate, anger or ignorance will get what they vote for. When casting a vote one is becoming engaged with the people of the nation. There are several ways to approach one voting but the important thing is that voting brings about engagement, and once engaged a voter can start to learn what it mean to be a citizen of a democracy. It is only through voting that a person can learn this, and this process takes years to get a handle on.

When a citizen of a democracy is more aware of the their own feelings and wants the voting process becomes more real, a tangible way to influence the nation in which we live. The more we vote the more this becomes real and concrete. Voting loses it “what difference does one vote make.” the more one votes and participates in the leading of our nation. Informed, uninformed, old, young, and in-between voting is in itself a education, a knowledge gathering human experience. Just do it. The more a voter cast their vote the more the significance of voting becomes. Go to the poll and vote and the process takes over. We are all being human when we desire to vote. It is a very human solution to a complicated system of rules and processes. Voting is the most important thing a citizen will do as a citizen of a democratic country.

It is an imperfect system with flaws and imperfections. It will always be imperfect. Voting is not a precise science, it is an intellectual, emotional event that takes participation to experience. All the yelling at a television set will not change on thing in this nation. It is in the action of going to the polls, mailing in the ballot, and waiting for the results that make the experience worthwhile, and also builds a nation and leads it to what is best for the people. And only the people can decide make voting important.

Source: Helium

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Can Becoming A “Brand” Help You Promote You?

One of the things that an artist or band hears a lot these days is the need to promote “your brand” in order to get ahead in the Music 3.0 era that we all now live in. That’s all well and good, but it’s hard to promote your brand unless you’re 100% sure of what a brand is. So what exactly is a brand? Here’s a quote from the Music 3.0 Internet music guidebook that describes it perfectly:

A brand is a promise of quality and consistency. No matter where in the world you go for a McDonald’s hamburger, you know what to expect. No matter what product you purchase from Apple, you can expect sleek high-tech design and an easy to understand user interface. Brand management is protecting the image of the brand and carefully selecting how to best exploit it.

For an artist, that means a consistency of persona, and usually a consistency of sound. Regardless of what genre of music the artist delves into, the feel is the same and you can tell it’s the artist at first listen. Madonna has changed directions many times during her career but her brand has been consistent. Her persona remained the same even as she changed to and from the “Material Girl.” The Beatles tried a wide variety of directions but you never once questioned who you were listening to. It was always fresh and exciting, but distinctly them.

On the other hand, Neil Young almost killed his career with an electronic album called “Trans” that alienated all but his hardiest fans, and the well-respected Chris Cornell may have done irreparable harm to his long-term career with his recent album with Timbaland (“Scream”) even though it was the highest charting of his career. Why did this happen? For both artists, the album in question no longer “felt” like them. Both Young and Cornell built their careers on organic music played with a band, and as soon as their music became regimented and mechanical, they lost their brands. After Trans, Young returned to his roots and slowly built his brand back to superstar level, but it’s too soon to know what will happen with Cornell.
How do you determine what your brand is? It’s easier said than done.

In order for an artist to recognize and successfully promote their brand, they must have a great sense of self-knowing. You must know who you are, where you came from, and where you’re going. You must know what you like and don’t like, and what you stand for and why. And you must have an inherent feel for your sound and what works for you.

Your brand may be as much about your image as your music, although this sometimes happens by accident rather than design. Slash always wears a top hat, a jean vest, leather pants and plays a Les Paul, grunge musicians of the 90’s like Soundgarden and Alice In Chains wore jeans and flannel shirts, and the White Stripes always dress in red and white. That’s not all there is to their brands, but it’s a big part.

And that differentiates a superstar from a star, and a star from some who wants it really badly but never seems to get that big break. Recognizing your brand is an elementary but vital step to a successful career.

Source: TJChapman

A New Film Starring Fredi “Kruga” Nwaka [Trailer]

Award winning and multi-talented Kruga, who most recently starred in the movie Dead Man Running alongside 50 Cent and Danny Dyer, turned down several major recording deals before deciding to set up his own independent company alongside GRIDLOC FILMS. ‘Men Lie…Women Lie…But the Facts Don’t’, was written and directed by KRUGA in association with Ben ‘Mestor’ of Dansac Pictures and explores the issues of relationships, love and betrayal.

Based on a true story and filmed in London, the film addresses a number of social issues – one in particular which is so often overlooked. It follows the story of Ryan CLINTON, a young man known on the streets as ‘SHANKZ’ and the events which lead to a gruesome discovery late one summer afternoon.

Starring Tanya Vital (Emmerdale Farm, Holby City) and Phoenix James (Romeo is Dying, Dora, Road to F.A Cup), alongside a number of other talented actors – the film is set to be a success. Kruga says, “I wrote this in dedication to a close friend but also to highlight the fact that what to some may just be bad news, to others, may be a catalyst for an explosion. This is an original innovative piece of work which makes for a powerful visual and thought provoking watch!”

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Blu Speaks On NoYork And Why And All City Chess Club

Blu discusses supergroup All City Chess Club while sharing details about his next album, “NoYork!” He also talks about working with Flying Lotus and more.

After releasing two critically acclaimed projects, Below the Heavens with Exile and Johnson & Jonson with Mainframe, Blu has been one of Rap’s most sought after artists in the underground Hip Hop world. Within the last few months, he’s been calm, rarely appearing for an occasional drop, including the recent All City Chess Club tracks. However, he recently spoke to Vibe about what he’s been up to and what fans can expect from him.

“Everything has been good. I’m working on releasing this new album called NoYork! through Sire/Warner Brothers. It should be out be out by the 1st quarter of 2011. I got Flying Lotus, Sam I Am, Shafiq from SA-RA, Exile and a couple other cats on there.”

He also spoke on what the title means, speaking on the New York state of mind.

“It’s got two different meanings, but I would say it’s about a state of mind. It really stems from people always saying I had a New York or East Cost style flow. This being my first real solo record⎯it kind of brings all my different styles together on one album. NoYork! has this broad West Coast sound. There are some other reasons but it’s definitely because of the sound. It’s not a state, it’s a state of mind.”

“I recorded a song with U-God out here. I spent some time recording Uptown and in Brooklyn. We had to make sure we were getting love from the city. I want to make sure everyone knows I’m not discriminating against New York. It’s a nod to this place if anything.”

Aside from this, Blu also added that he’s got no problems with Warner Brothers and that he’s thinking about releasing random songs “soon.” On top of this, he also added he’d be “down” with recording an album with All City Chess Club.

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Turn Your Speakers WAY Up – Get Juiced [Video]

This is Monday, November 1st.   We’re closing out 2010 a year that the masses never thought we would see at one time.  LET’S SHOW AND PROVE and make 2011 better.  Leave a comment and let us know what your resolutions is.

Uptown Anthem” is a 1992 song by hip-hop group Naughty by Nature. It was made for the soundtrack for the movie Juice. NBN rapper Treach also had a cameo acting role in the movie. Rapper 2Pac is featured in the video. As well as NBN the soundtrack included songs from numerous other well known hip-hop artists such as Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Too Short, Teddy Riley, EPMD, Salt-N-Pepa, and Cypress Hill. The song peaked at #27 on the Hot Rap Singles and #58 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It was also included as the final track on later releases of the group’s 1991 self titled album Naughty by Nature. The song is especially notable for its chorus, which goes “We gotta break/We gotta bash/We gotta roll/We gotta smash”

Jermaine Dupri sampled Uptown Anthem for the Jagged Edge track “Shady Girl” featured on the album Hard.

Late Rapper Tupac Shakur sampled the song for his “Intro/Bomb First (My Second Reply)”.