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    Aug 18, 2006
    The flyer for tonight's event states that several (not 7 as someone quoted...LOL!) prizes would be awarded to the most dynamic performer.
    Rules were not provided because this is NOT a competition. This is a showcase. That being said.....the person who impresses us the most (undeniable talent) with their stage show, presence and over all charisma (star quality) will recieve:
    1. A professional Marketing and Publicity consultation
    2. An opening slot for an upcoming ITSBALTIMOREBABY! LIVE
    3. A full song slot on the next DNA/C Love IBB mixtape
    4. A "head shot" (professional photograph) for your press kit
    5. A customized logo or web banner design (for the artist, group or affiliated label)
    6. A personalized artist bio, write up (interview) or fully designed MYSPACE page
    7. Link on itsbaltimorebaby.com as well as all affiliated MYSPACE pages
    I promise!...promise!...promise!....this will not be a long night of endless performances.
    1 MO GIN......
    Come out and have some fun.
    Ladies are TOTALLY FREE until 10...get there early!!
    $5 ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!
    Promoters, booking agents, writers, bloggers, designers, producers, retailers........you are all invited to come out and see what the fuss is all about!

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 8/18/2006 03:23:00 PM   0 comments
    Aug 17, 2006
    Baltimore N.E.W.S. (8.17.06)

    This week's City Paper featured Al Shipley's review of 3 new mixtapes from one of our favorite hometown MCs, Skarr Akbar. I think all of these CDs were released the same night as the IBB show. Skarr is the epitome of prolific!
    Skarr Akbar: The Cerebellum: General Part Four

    Skarr Akbar: The Bidding War Starts Now!

    Skarr Akbar: Bossman Vs. Skarr Akbar
    Read about him today, but check him out for yourself this Sunday at the Street Radio Release Event at the Latin Palace in Fells Point.
    $10 Adv (Reg. Admission)
    $30 VIP (2nd floor will be VIP)

    Also reviewed:

    DK: King Me
    Review by Al Shipley

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 8/17/2006 04:31:00 PM   1 comments
    Hundreds of events with great networking and community relations potential take place each week in the Baltimore/DC metro area, but very few people within the Baltimore Hip Hop community actually take advantage.
    It's time for the Baltimore "urban" music community to start realizing that we are responsible for capitalizing on the "buzz" the city is experiencing (RIGHT NOW) ourselves. Attention spans are short and before we know it, Baltimore's chance to really make an impact on the worldwide music scene will have come and gone.
    We have to get it together ourselves!

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    Successful entrepreneurs have a passion for sharing their vision and helping others. They also understand the importance of making connections with potential customers, funding, and marketing partners. This is best accomplished through good old-fashioned face time and there is no better forum for nurturing essential business contacts than at ITSBALTIMOREBABY! Networking events.


    830 N. Guilford Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21202

    Why do I have to pay to perform?

    We are not holding an open mic on 8.18.06 @ The 5 Seasons, this is a NETWORKING EVENT, talent showcase with VERY limited performance slots and After Party with DNA.

    In our experience:

    4 minutes is more than enough time to make an impression.

    The best way to ensure a crowd for performances is to keep the admission cost low (This event is $5 all night and ladies are ABSOLUTELY FREE before 10 PM)

    The best way to ensure that only SERIOUS artists participate in the showcase is to make performers invest in the event.

    Its cost $25 for solo acts and this includes a hype man or manager

    - so if a typical event cost $10
    - Both of you would have paid $20 to get into the venue
    - and if another of your friends comes.......you all would have spent $30.

    It costs $45 for a group (this is up to 5 actual performers on a given song)
    5 people in a group at $10 a piece = $50

    we've structured things different, but it's the SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY.

    On just about every day of the week there is an open mic or opportunity for proven artists to secure "a performance slot" and display his or her talent (in many places for FREE). If you come to the event on Friday, I will be more than happy to connect you with people (many of whom will be present) that can offer you these opportunities.

    If you are a serious performer and you really don't have the money -TALK TO ME. No one EVER tries that. I am very approachable. Rather than you taking the position of "I'm not paying to perform", as if we don't ALL pay some cost or another while climbing the ladder, you need to find out what you have to do to get your name on the short list of potential FEATURES for future shows. Anyone that has ever asked me about performance slots has gotten the same response, "Invite me to your next event and let me check out your stage show". This showcase is for the people who have very limited performance opportunities but who know if given the chance and proper playform they will shine. This event was not designed with all performers in mind, we want to bring in the fans and people serious about conducting actual business.
    What saddens me is that so many people NEVER want to invest in themselves AT ALL (not on their clothes, CDs, photographs, promo materials, admission costs, relationships) and entertainment is a "MONEY MAKING" business. If you never spend it....you'll NEVER make it. TRUST


    Discover the benefits of SYNERGY!


    The SYNERGY of the local community is the mission that consumes most of my time. Those of you that have been following my progress know that I hold a yearly Hip Hop History Month celebration during the month of November ("Happy Birthday Hip Hop") under the SYNERGY banner. This word symbolizes so much because it is all encompassing.

    For your information:

    SYNERGY is (pronounced SIN-ur-jee, from Greek sunergia, meaning "cooperation," and also sunergos, meaning "working together")

    Let's break it down:

    "The combined working together of two or more parts of a system.....".

    This could be two artists, two fans, two promoters, two ideas, two businesses, etc

    The "SYSTEM"
    The "local industry", "current music community", "night life social structure", etc

    "......so that the combined effect is greater than the sum of the efforts of the parts..."

    This SHOULD be self explanatory, but this is the same as saying, "LETS WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER" or "TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE" or "TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More" or "None of us is as smart as all of us."


    Complete SYNERGY defintion:

    In business and technology, the term describes a hoped-for or real effect resulting from different individuals, departments, or companies working together and stimulating new ideas that result in greater productivity. The process of synergy as a way of originating new ideas or making new discoveries can be contrasted to serendipity, in which ideas and discoveries emerge seemingly by accident.)

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 8/17/2006 01:17:00 PM   0 comments
    Aug 15, 2006
    One of the SWEETEST ways to spend a SUNDAY: THE SUGAR WATER FESTIVAL

    This weekend was GREAT!

    This was truly a weekend of FIRST's because it was:

    #1: My First time arriving within close proximity of the harbor and finding a FREE parking spot (metered, but it was after 6PM) without having to circle the block 10 times (you know you can get a ticket in Bmore for doing this - its called "cruising")

    #2: My first time hanging out with my peoples! She and I attended the SUGAR WATER FESTIVAL at the Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia. She is doing her thing in Boston and stopped through Bmore on her way home from her Bermudian vacation (must be nice!).

    #3: My First time ever walking into the Cheesecake Factory ABSOLUTELY famished and got a table (in the bar area none the less) within 5 mins of arriving. I put my name on the list and was walking past the place to tell my gf and saw the table through the window at the back bar and had to run back in before someone snatched it up. The wait for a table in the dining room was 1.5 - 2 hours for a 2-top! SHEESH!

    #4: My first time at the Merriweather Post Pavilion (Its in the woods 4 real!)

    #5: My first time spending $10 on something to drink that would not last me a good month.

    #6: My first experience with lawn seats. I found it to be quite enjoyable. We had a blanket, but the move it to get one of those folding chairs that come in the bags that you can strap across your back. People had candles out there...incense....tents (LOL!)....babies...some people sat at the picnic tables....and ate you $5 hotdog, $10 corona and $4 bags of popcorn (I thought the movies' concession game was gangsta).

    The line up was crazy!!! I am the biggest Eryka Badu fan and the first (and last) time I saw Jill Scott in concert.....she killed it. Queen Latifah was a mystery bag for me, but I am an admirer of hers....so I was excited to see how she would bring it. I bought the Dana Owens album and loved it, but I was hoping that she did more of a hip hop set. When the festival came through last year....Floetry was on the card. Im not sure what happened to them, but, Kelis and hometown favorite, Mo Nique, filled in marvelously.

    I wonder if this show is going to turn into some kind of "LILITH FAIR CONCERT SERIES"? If so....BRAVO my sistahs! THEY OWN THE TOUR & that is big $$$. The aforementioned was one of the biggest grossing concert series (of its kind) EVER!

    AS for the show.....

    The excitement was in the air, but I left the show wanting more.....

    Kelis...was boring. Sorry. but Sistah Girl LOOKED really good! She rocked a bright yellow dress that really complimented her svelte new figure. She performed, "you took my heartbeat from me" (not sure of the actual name, but i loved that song...like "listen to it 8 times in a row ereday for a week" loved it), milkshake had all the homosexual men in the spot gettin "slick wit it" and of course she bought everyone to their feet with Bossy, but the show was definitely "opening act" material. ......& I am a Kelis FAN! I still f*cks with her, but I am not sure that her set made anyone want to go out and buy one of her $20 tank tops or her new CD that is ready to drop later this month (if I am not mistaken). FYI: Keleidoscope was a HOT album. Her voice is so deep..which is sexy recorded, but live....it really loses something and doesn't do anything to keep your attention. Plus ....she is a lil thing...LOL! Or maybe that was because I was so DANG far away from the stage.

    Mo Nique (was she always spelling her name as 2 separate words.....LOL!) was next to take the stage rocking this dress that really showed off her bodacious BODY! This is amazing ...considering she is a new mom. Congrats Mo Nique on the new set of twins. She is looking really good yall (she came back on stage after Jill Scott workin these jean shorts that would have made the big girls of the world proud!).....and she must have a new hair dresser b/c the do's she used to rock on her TV show were some classic ish! Although she can get silly with the subject matter.....she is funny as hell when she is talking about real life stuff. IMO it seemed like the more vulgar she got the more the crowd responded to her. LOL! Mo so Baltimore-ish!....LOUD....PAINFULLY TRUTHFUL.....ODDLY INVITING.....RUDE.....BLUNT....MIXED IN WITH GENUINE COMPASSION AND DOWN HOME CONCERN....LOL! She was crackin on the audience members right after thanking them for coming out and supporting - But that is part of her charm. Apparently....there is a new interview in the Essence magazine where Mo Nique is interviewing Jill Scott (who I'm pretty sure wasn't wearning a wedding ring...hmmmm???)....its supposed to be off the hook. Mo Nique admits to being involved in an open marriage with a life long friend. WOW! I'm buying the mag just to find out about that....& What ever happened to Gerald Levert? This women got TALES.

    It seemed like all the other performers were really ego trippin!

    The first time I saw Jill Scott...she was a NEW artist to me. She came to Pier 6 (a few years back) and a co-worker (who was already a fan) and I went to the show. I instantly fell in love with her mixture of poetry, live instrumentation and that robust voice that can go from soprano (oper-a-tic like FA LA La LA LAaaaaaaahhhHHHHHHHHHHH) to tenor with ease. Several ppl around us commented that she had lost a few pds although I never paid that much attention to her weight to be able to tell. The woman that stood before me on Sunday night was not as hungry. She didn't show off at all. She pretty much stayed in one spot...wore one (albeit beautifully golden) expression and did like 2 songs off of the 1st album (her biggest commercial success) and the rest of her set was either from her "Golden" Album or brand NEW material. I couldn't believe it. She looked really great tho LOL! - plain, but cute. She took it way back with the Bamboo's with the name in them. I want some of them....but I just can't figure if I would wear them enought to justify the espense.

    The Queen took the stage next.....WOW! what a difference a breast reduction makes. It makes her look significantly thinner now that she has boobies that are more proportionate with her frame. She kept her look really simple....I like it! White pants with a sassy red sequence tuxedo strip down the pant leg and red top. She almost looked plain except for the abundance of ICE that graced her neck....DANG! Cover Girl and that movie money must be nice. I noticed that she stopped wearing the key to her deceased brother motorcycle around her neck. I can imagine how hard that was.....I remember her talking about how much he meant to her. She mostly performed songs from the jazz album and NEW material. She was another one that just blew me with their inability to give me what I paid for.....LOL! Yes it was all about me. No body wants to be introduced to NEW music at a concert unless you're bringing Jay Z out as a surprised guest to perform the hook. The only rap song I remember her performing at the very END of her set was U.N.I.T.Y.....No Ladies First, Just Another Day, Come into My House, WTF???

    My GIRL E Badu is such a head liner! This fact is a double edge sword. She is so good that I would imagine that very few performers could go after her, but because of this.... I'm prolly never going to get to watch her whole set LOL! I hate to wait until the end of a show/ball game/etc. because it usually takes you an hour to get out of the lot. I love E....so she could do NO wrong. She came out looking wild....BIG wild hair, funky knee high boots....silky green kimono...I love her style. She is an emcee too so....she likes to comes off the dome with stuff. Classic Material for real - Think "Tyrone" (FREESTYLE) or "ya Yo". I only watched about 15 mins of her set (it was 10:00PM when we left), but I left the spot promising to dust off "Mama's Gun" this weekend.

    Please do not misunderstand me.....the performances far from dissapointed me but when I go to a concert of established artists I expect them to know that I am paying for the familiarity. I pay to be able to join in.

    I bought a cool T-shirt to remember the festival...hopefully it will come around again next year and Ill get another shirt. I pray these women keep it going.....this was a beautiful experience. I loved the positive energy.....mixing of auras.....diversity of the audience and the FINE example of women doing the damn thing!

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove or www.myspace.com/itsbaltimorebaby

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 8/15/2006 09:34:00 AM   0 comments
    Whats Poppin!
    I do not understand how DC people (DEM, in particular - TODAY) can hate Bmore so much, yet many of them have never been here. I am so sick of DC people telling me how terrible Baltimore iz and how much of a "bama" we are here...(THAT IS HILLARIOUS!!) and how we don't have any culture here - except a drug culture. WOW! Folk are so misinformed. I met 2 people this weekend (both from DC - the reason for this post being direct at DC) who told me why they never come to Bmore and how the police pick on people for no reason LOL! I thought that happened erewhere! ......well my comment to you ( I hope you took me up on my offer & are checking out the site)...STAY HOME! LOL! We have enough negative ppl here already! We are at our max capacity for people that lack vision. ANYBODY else that is adventurous and appreciate all the details so that you can make your own decisions....COME TO BMORE...& turn off the TV! This is one of coolest places on the planet. PLUS we make ghood music!
    This is for you J.T. and all the rest of you comic fanatics out there!!! THE NATIONAL CONVENTION IS COMING TO BMORE!!
    GUESS WHAT .............
    92Q's LaDawn Signs Deal With Dating Site - 8/14 - LaDawn Black (left), the nightly "Love Zone" relationship expert on Baltimore's urban WERQ, 92Q, has signed as a "relationship coach" with match.com. Her first piece for the national dating site is entitled "Sex Tips For The Single Mom" and is available here. Black's written several books, including "Stripped Bare: The 12 Truths That Will Help You Land The Very Best Black Man." Her latest, to be published in early 2007, is "Let's Get It On: 15 Tips And Tricks To Spice Up Your Sex Life." More at ladawnblack.com..... CONGRATS, LADY!!! oh yeah...peep her intro...it's J SOUL!
    "The" Bossman (as his team refers to him...LOL!) gets the Washington Post's "SINGLES FILE" nod for his new song "You're Wrong" (featured on the RESPECT mixtape)
    All Hip Hop Breeding Ground: Bossman
    Picture Provided By Brian Mapp
    Be on the lookout for a NEW publication, SEN, which aims to "fall somewhere" between City Paper and Baltimore magazine.

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove or www.myspace.com/itsbaltimorebaby
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 8/15/2006 08:35:00 AM   0 comments
    Aug 14, 2006
    A Party With SOUL!

    WOW! Finally! ..........so much time has past since this event. These pics are so late, but I had such a great time I couldn't think of not posting them - this is as much for me as it is for you all.

    This party was called SOUL (very cool name)
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    Birthday Party for DJ Impulse & exotic sneaker showcase - hint hint "sole"

    The music was awesome! The vibes were nice as well. If you haven't made it out to either a Monday (Mixx Mondays) Thursday (DJ Lil Mic w/ the Good Folk of Hypnotix) or Sunday (DJs Stretch and PNYCE) at the Good Love....you are missing something special. The vibe is very Aquarian - visit to find out what I mean & give me some dap next time you see me ...if you get what Im saying.


    More pics to come....just continue to work with me
    Who's the white guy in the slide show??

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    I know some of you wondered....LOL!
    E-Major - You should check him out!
    He designed the SOUL flyer as well! We have so many multi-talented artists running around this city!

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove or www.myspace.com/itsbaltimorebaby
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 8/14/2006 09:39:00 AM   0 comments
    Random N.E.W.S.
    Dear faithful reader of this diary,

    I do apologize for the lack of posting. A sistah, been real busy. Please do not take this lack of writing on my part as an indication that Baltimore is fallin off or something.....neva dat!
    Thing is...everytime I've sat down to write.....I attempted to upload the pics and it won't work for some reason. SO this means I have to load the pics onto something like imageshack.us and then embed the provided code <-------------------- which is a process itself!
    Until then....................
    NEW BOSS MAN BANGER!!! (Thanks! $Joe Click$)
    Mc Nair is officially a RAVEN!!! I'm really liking our SUPER BOWL chances! - CALL ME NIAVE!!! If the beat down his team put on Jermaine Dupri's So So Def team is any indication of what he is gonna do in Bmore...I am willing to bet $$$!

    "Baltimore, for example, set up about 80 cameras in May 2005 in high-crime neighborhoods. Volunteers and retired law-enforcement personnel monitor the images in real time, but the cameras have not helped put criminals behind bars."




    Same Story: When are ppl going to simply GIVE UP on SANDY POINT beach!! LOL! There is poop in the water every year! & Man dies of wounds after stabbing at a popular County bar



    Parents - protect your children!!! & when you have an issue in YOUR home...bette fo sho think twice before calling the police.
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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 8/14/2006 09:04:00 AM   0 comments
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