Jan
26
2008

Lupe Exclusive Listening Party

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So last night I was @ the exclusive Lupe afterparty @ the Y-3 store last night. (Chi-Town what’s going on? I’m coming home soon BABY!!!!!) DJ Mars was on the 1′s & 2′s warming up the crowd.

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There Was an open bar, sushi, & BEAUTIFUL WOMEN!!!!!!

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The celebrities & industry heads were in the building to support Lupe

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Byron Wright (BMI)

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Coach K, Guest & Amir Boyd (V-103)

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Ms Dia (WRFG 89.3) & Akon

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Rico Brooks (Block Ent) & Guest

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Rich Boy & Trey Songz

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All in all it was a COOL event (pun intended) special thanks to Cannon Kent & Kelly @ Atlantic for the VIP access, DJ Mars for the shout out, Ree De La Vega, Ian Ford, Dana @ adidas Lenox Mall & Penny aka Dia (Extra, extra, extra thanks to Wifey for extending my curfew!!!! Shut up Kaos!!!!)

Jan
26
2008

Barack Obama Wins SC Primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially-charged South Carolina primary Saturday night, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates.

Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina battled for a distant second place. Either way it was a sharp setback in the state where he was born and scored a primary victory in his first presidential campaign four years ago.

About half the voters were black, according to polling place interviews, and four out of five of them supported Obama. Black women turned out in particularly large numbers. Obama, the first-term Illinois senator, got a quarter of the white vote while Clinton and Edwards split the rest.

The victory was Obama’s first since he won the kickoff Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3. Clinton, a New York senator and former first lady, scored an upset in the New Hampshire primary a few days later. They split the Nevada caucuses, she winning the turnout race, he gaining a one-delegate margin. In an historic race, she hopes to become the first woman to occupy the White House, and Obama is the strongest black contender in history.

The South Carolina primary marked the end of the first phase of the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, a series of single-state contests that winnowed the field, conferred co-front-runner status on Clinton and Obama but had relatively few delegates at stake.

That all changes in 10 days’ time, when New York, Illinois and California are among the 15 states holding primaries in a virtual nationwide primary. Another seven states and American Samoa will hold Democratic caucuses on the same day.

Obama’s “South Carolina voters rejected the politics of the past,” said Robert Gibbs, a spokesman for Obama.

The first fragmentary returns showed Obama with 57 percent of the vote, Clinton gaining 29 percent and Edwards at 13 percent.

All three contenders campaigned in South Carolina on primary day, but only Obama and Edwards arranged to speak to supporters after the polls closed. Clinton decided to fly to Tennessee, one of the Feb. 5 states, leaving as the polls were closing.

After playing a muted role in the earlier contests, the issue of race dominated an incendiary week that included a shift in strategy for Obama, a remarkably bitter debate and fresh scrutiny of the former president’s role in his wife’s campaign.

Each side accused the other of playing the race card, sparking a controversy that frequently involved Bill Clinton.

“They are getting votes, to be sure, because of their race or gender. That’s why people tell me Hillary doesn’t have a chance of winning here,” former President Clinton said at one stop as he campaigned for his wife, strongly suggesting that blacks would not support a white alternative to Obama.

Clinton campaign strategists denied any intentional effort to stir the racial debate. But they said they believe the fallout has had the effect of branding Obama as “the black candidate,” a tag that could hurt him outside the South.

Nearly six in 10 voters said the former president’s efforts for his wife was important to their choice, and among them, slightly more favored Obama than the former first lady.

Overall, Obama defeated Clinton among both men and women.

The exit polls showed the economy was the most important issue in the race. About one quarter picked health care. And only one in five said it was the war in Iraq, underscoring the extent to which the once-dominant issue has faded in the face of financial concerns.

The exit poll was conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International for The Associated Press and the networks.

Clinton and Obama swapped accusatory radio commercials earlier in the week.

The former first lady aired an ad saying Obama had once approved of Republican ideas. His camp responded quickly that Clinton “will say anything.” First she, then he, pulled the commercials after a short run on the air.

Given the bickering, Edwards looked for an opening to reinvigorate a candidacy all but eclipsed by the historic campaign between Obama and Clinton. He went on the “Late Show with David Letterman” at midweek to say he wanted to represent the “grown-up wing of the Democratic party.”

That was one night after a finger-wagging debate in which Obama told Clinton he was helping unemployed workers on the streets of Chicago when “you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board at Wal-Mart.”

Moments later, the former first lady said she was fighting against misguided Republican policies “when you were practicing law and representing your contributor … in his slum landlord business in inner city Chicago.”  Source

Jan
25
2008

The Promo: A Lost Art of Hip Hop

Yeah, I know what your thinking. Your thinking, they still make promos cause you just sold a bunch of them to some second hand CD store to get some ramen noodle money. Well those CD’s and 12″s stamped “not for resale”, that you just sold, are not the type of promo I’m talking about. See, I’m talking about radio promos here, which they really don’t make anymore. So don’t worry, your source of noodle money is safe.

See back in the days (yeah, I said it, what) when people actually “broke” records and money didn’t, Hip Hop artist used to make special songs just for DJs and radio stations that they were affiliated with (not unlike Dancehall music’s dubplates, smell me). The artist would take a song they had done, remix it, or sometimes make a whole new song and “shout-out” a particular DJ or radio station. No, the self-promtion didn’t hurt but remember most of these songs were never released, so cats mainly did it out of love.

For example check these out here:

Ultramagnetic MCs – Chillin’ Tonight (Chuck Chillout Promo)

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BDP – The TR-808 Is Coming (Red Alert Promo)

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If you are a true Ultra and/or Boogie Down Productions fan, then you know that both of these songs eventually came out on record. However, they are quite different from the versions that appear here, especially the BDP song which has several different incarnations.

The promo game really got crazy when Marley Marl and Pete Rock got together though. On Marley’s “In Control Show” and their “Future Flavas” show, Pete Rock really got lose getting the cream of the underground to make promos for the show (no, I didn’t forget about K-Def or others guest like Extar P but we’ll get to them at a later date).

Here’s two of my favorite Future Flavas promos:

Raekwon – Future Flavas Promo

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Lord Finesse – Future Flavas Promo

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Then Pete Rock upped the anti on the promo game by creating his own “Future Flavas” versions of existing songs. One can’t help but think this got him more work as a producer.

Check out what the “Chocolate Boy Wonder” did with Redman’s “Whateva Man”:

Redman – Whateva Man (Pete Rock Future Flavas remix)

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Eventually though, the promo game all but died out. Radio programming, further commercialization of the radio and “pay-for-play”, killed the genuine artist/DJ/radio station relationships. The promo game moved to the mixtape for awhile but even that has become commercialized with artist getting paid for “free”styles.

It made me feel good to listen to a particular station and hear a one of a kind exclusive from my favorite artist. But such is life and as things go on, everything must change. I miss the days of the true promo though. Think I’ll go reminisce about it over a cup-o-noodles. One

Jan
25
2008

Kingdom Business 2/5/08

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This is my dude right here!!!! When I got started out promoting, CJ was the first to put me to work!!! His album drops Feb 5th. If you don’t have the first 3 DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS JOINT!!!!! You gone wanna get at least 3 copies cuz every time someone hear you playing it they gone want yours. Trust me. Click the flyer to pre-order

Canton Jones @ The Potter’s House

Jan
25
2008

Mr Del is the “HOPE DEALER”

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I had a chance to catch up with my man Mr Del last weekend at CENTER STAGE and just wanted to put y’all up on his album. It’s been out since June 07. You can get it at Wal-Mart, Berean’s, Family, etc. Dude been getting it in for a minute. Check him out online here

“You Can Do It 2″

Jan
25
2008

Atlanta WNBA Team Name Finally Announced

As we reported earlier, ATL has a new WNBA team. On January 23rd it was announced that the name of the team is the Atlanta Dream…

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What yall think about the name??

Jan
25
2008

Arrested Development

So… I heard a lot of Everyday People from Tennessee came to the show, and I even met this weird cat named Mr. Wendell who was a lil Tipsy! LOL

Just playing, shout out too Synthesis.

So tonight I went to check out Arrested Development @ The Loft. Shout out to ATL’s own Collective Efforts who I know killed it (I arrived a lil late and missed their set, but Im proud of them either way!)

So… I realized when I arrived that I had never seen Arrested Development perform live, so I was real anxious too see how they were gonna get down…. I was not let down at all.

For 2 hours, Speech, Baba (YEP I SAID BABA OJE) and Crew tore the stage down!!! The thing I’m always trying to tell people, is that when I was a youth groups like Arrested Development were the mainstream of Hip Hop Music. These cats won awards, I remember seeing Arrested Development winning Grammy’s, and performing at the MTV Music Awards, Etc. Now the mainstream of Hip Hip (if you would call it that) is Saturated with WACKNESS… And people dont understand why I dont watch award shows anymore! When real artists start winning awards, I’ll tune in…

But I say that too say… Arrested Development is still nice and it’s been almost 20 years. I respect and applaud them for still doing it, and staying true to their original vision.

I wasn’t as close too the stage as I wanted to be, so I took the pics that I could so ya’ll could check em out. Enjoy…

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Jan
25
2008

Walters Camp Out for New Jordans

Shout out to the homie OZ who put me on game that cats started camping out at Walters on Wed night. I forgot all about it, until I was driving past the spot earlier tonight and saw this…

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Damn… Could my eyes deceive me. Cats is camped out at Walters in 20 Degree Weather??? There waiting for the New Jordan 23′s That drop tomorrow morning. The store only has 23 pairs. And it looks like at least 20 cats where sleeping on that sidewalk when I past by. When I was in NYC a few months back cats was camped out down the block for like 4 days waiting on them Surpreme Trainer joints. Note: SENOR KAOS DOES NOT CAMP OUT FOR KICKS!!!!

I’ve never seen nobody camp out in ATL, especially not in weather like this IT’S COLD OUT THERE TONIGHT!!!


When I past buy I also saw the Channel 9 News Van who were out covering the story, and word on the street is the Atlanta Journal Constitution had them in the paper too.

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Anyway…. Good look to all those cats out there. I hope its worth it.

Shawn… Put them joints to the side, I aint got no sleeping bag!

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