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    Sep 29, 2006
    IBB 3 - when it rains it pours (9.28.06)

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    I really want to say thank you to everyone that came out and supported a ery worthwhile cause last night - BALTIMORE HIP HOP. You all are real troopers.

    In many ways....we were dealt a REALLY bad hand last night ....as Freeway would say, "EARLY".

    Intermittent periods of torrential rains

    Booked on the same night as a SOLD OUT concert in the (1400 + capacity) next room

    Limited parking etc........

    despite the unanticipated ......THE NIGHT increased my resolve to keep fighting for what I believe n......even if the people I believe in don't believe in themselves (but that'sa whole nutha convo)

    You'll get no more convos or lectures on support from me anymore....I am done with that topic. I am going to to me from now on. I'm thinking that since everyone else is only in it for money (it would seem)...I'm gonna hang out my sign as a hired gun. Not literally (I'm not cut out for prison life), but I may take on a new client.
    In a little over a week I will be going on a much needed, much deserved EXTENDED vacation. I really need a drastic change of scenery. I'm going to a place where the sun shines just about ereday and the beach is outside my back door - far far far away from this place. Of course while Im away...I'm going to be checking outother scenes and I am more than sure picking up a few new contacts alongthe way.

    I originally thought of giving my readers a play by play of my activities, but I've since then decided that you are gonna have to wait until I return (unless something extra spectacular occurs - which I doubt).

    I plan to use this opportunity to really think about where I want to be in ...let's say a year

    .....i am going to do a little writing.....I have so many stories to tell! .......maybe catch up on some sleep...get me a nice tan (I love it whenmy skin is that sexy mocha latte color) and I'm definitely going to have to begin to put all of the mixed emotions I feel (with regard to MY INVOLVEMENT IN THE MOVEMENT) in perspective. I HATE THIS SCENE, BUT I LOVE IT EQUALLY - NO JOKE.

    I have so much love for those within the Baltimore Hip Hop community that have NEVER wavered. So many people have acted like we respected each others position only to "zap out" on me only.....then 3 months later be cool again with me. Funny part: in most cases the person and I never discuss their original issue with me. They just get over it. LOL! What a waste of energy. Side note: the person who I am describing is not going to think I am talking about them and several others are going to think I am talking about them and I could care less...LOL! It makes me feel so good to know that there are genuinely thoughtful and considerate people out here trying to make it happen in the entertainment biz (which is inherently phony) and who have always kept it real with me from day one. My hat goes off to those of you out here trying to put Baltimore on the map! You truly have to love this to keep on keepin on.

    I want to first start off by offering my sincerest THANKS to


    Ebony Elle

    DNA aka BOB



    You guys are ALL so selfless and each bring something totally unique to the table. Those qualities are so rare in people nowadays. I am so glad that we've all become aquainted. I think we have something special. The rest of the world will soon see. Ya heard meh?

    Not sure if yall really peeped it, but DNA was named Best of Baltimore ...hince the new BOB moniker he will be rockin all year if I have a thing to say about it. Anyone peep his call me BOB T-Shirt last night? HE HE!

    Special Thanks also go out to people sho nuff on their B'More iiiiiiiiish.......Jeff (Audio Recorder- so nice to actually make your acquaintance. Great talking with you!)*Kelly Connelly*Al Shipley*Only (Go Hard or Go Hard Fam)*Head Nod Entertainment (Phat Head was in the buildin)*Ogun - I know this sounds like a Golden Girl moment, but Thank You forBeing a Friend - WORD!*Charm City Records (C & Mo Hammond were in the buildin)*(Major League (Bobby Drake - I seen chaa)* LOW KEY GOD - THANKS LOW KEY FOR CONTINUALLY SUPPORTING THE IBB EVENT! I RECOGNIZE 4 REAL! *J- Funk (Didn't get to holla, but thanks for coming and checking outthe goings on!)*Mike McIntosh (Another person I say in passing, but didn't get toscream at)*Jay of Opus Productions (Thanks for comin through guy!)*Kariz (Let's get this paper mayne! You are my new project)*Finny (I am gonna do a review of Finny's new CD this weekend...so be onthe look out for that! Good seeing you)*Dream Big Records were in the building (I didn't see yall, but I peeped the MYSPACE comment)*Ty of Icon Models (Thank you so much lady for bringin the glamour back. All that rain and you didn't melt..LOL!)*G.E.M. (Love you gurls!)*Che Ray (Thanks for coming out! & YEAH! I'm coming to your Masquarade Party)*Lynee Michelle (Marvelous new songstress who just might be my kin folk. We must look into that soon!)* Tia the Travel Agent (so nice to finally meet you!)*Kelly (the other Kelly)*Pop of Crooked Streetz*lil Sis*K-Mack (great seeing you out!)*Tony (Roundtable Ent. Maaaaaaaaaan, KD you were missed!)......YOU! Of course there were other people there...I just can't remember you right now...LOL!

    so nice of u to show your faces in the place......

    Shout all the ladies that braved the storm to come out in support of your own. That was real.

    The performances.....

    GREAT SHOW!!! from start to finish. I don't have any pics, but RAW TECH PRODUCTIONS has gracioulsy offered to record the show and will hook me something up which I will post as soon as its available.
    We ended up starting almost 20 minutes later than we'd planned, thanks to the lack of parking for IBB show goers (including several of our acts). But once.....we got everything situated..... the line up went as followed:
    Ray Victory - (who by the way has an event coming up at Huckas on October the 8th) This was my first time seeing Ray Perform live. I think he was a great way to get the show started. He did not dissapoint. Thanks Ray for sticking around for a while after the show. That means a lot ot me (and I sure others artists) when people show that kind of respect.
    Next to take the stage was DK. I had high expectations for his performance. I definitely think that his recorded material shows that he is a talented artist. With just a lil polish he could be the shit. Baltimore yall are a tough crowd...I want to thank yall for showing him some hometown hip hop LOVE
    M.O.L. - I want to thank yall for putting so much effort into everyone part of your involvement in the show process (from promotion to actual performance). You most def are a cut above the rest across so many categories! Keep progressing ......if you need anything (you already know)
    The Foundation - Awh man! I really like these guys. A.O.S. is one hell of an MC and Joe Davidge really puts it all on the line in the name of giving a GREAT SHOW! I could tell that the crowd really appreciated the belly and behind the back scratching as much as I did....LOL! I definitely want to work with you again.
    Silouette - A legend was in buildin! I've not been into Baltimore Hip Hop as long as some, but her name has always rung bells. My girl was on fiyah! Big Ups to Banga Bill and the background singers! I love the fact that she actually choreographed a performace and put some effort into delivering her songs. I am already such a huge fan of her work ...so the pleasure of having her on the show was all mine.
    Last, but not least - C.O.M.P.
    Great performance! Lots of energy! Thanks for finally performing at one of my shows. I think you were well worth the wait. Good luck with your mixtape and future projects.
    All in all....it was a glorious night. The show was perfect! No bands, minimal attitudes, had fun...so good to see soooo many of you came for the show. I will dance at all yall weddings.
    I would love some of your feedback (from those that attended is the most useful).
    As I stated before...NO IBB in October....November is the Happy Birthday Hip Hop Party (which is always nice)...then after that....mmmmmmmmmhhhhhh! REMIX! Can't divulge that right now, but its gonna be something special.
    Stay Hungry People!!!
    I reserve the right to come back and edit this post!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/29/2006 08:52:00 PM   2 comments
    Sep 28, 2006
    9.28.06 9.28.06 9.28.06

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    $10 b/4 11 PM
    $13 After

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove or www.myspace.com/itsbaltimorebaby
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/28/2006 08:44:00 PM   0 comments
    Check us out: BALTIMORE SUN LIVE!
    Despite them having the wrong date (online) and start time (print)....I feel truly blessed. Thanks LIVE! for the LOVE!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/28/2006 04:38:00 PM   0 comments
    Random N.E.W.S (9.28.06)
    According to SOHH.com

    The nominations for the 2006 American Music Awards were announced earlier this week and hip-hop artists like Kanye West, T.I. and the Black Eyed Peas are all in the running for more than one award.

    This year the AMA's eliminated the favorite female rap/hip-hop artist category because less than five artists met the minimum eligibility requirements.

    The 2006 American Music Awards will air on ABC on November 21 at 8pm EST.


    After his death, his widow, Liza Rios, chronicled their stormy relationship and the physical abuse that began when she was 16 years old in the 2002 documentary, "Big Pun: Still Not a Player," which she co-produced and which included footage of Pun pistol-whipping her.

    What a Headline:
    Hip-hop creates nothing.


    UB to give scholarships to incoming freshmen

    'Die Hard' filming to make downtown drive hard

    DNA: This is why downtown looks so crazy!


    No show is a sure thing. Even the sure things aren't always sure things.

    Music festival promoters 'categorically disappointed' in expected turnout .........But from a fan's perspective.....the show was DA BOMB! so Virgin WINS!

    Diddy surprises students at Winston Middle School
    told ja he was comin!

    I read quite a few different reviews...in some he gave some great sound bites.....

    Diddy: Businesses embracing hip-hop

    others report...his next name change should be "DIVA"...LOL! There words..not mine.



    Police: NFL Star Terrell Owens Attempts Suicide
    Controversial Dallas Player Tells Authorities He Overdosed On Painkillers

    Then later:

    Allergic reaction sends Owens to the hospital

    Why I don't care!
    Four-time Pro Bowl receiver Terrell Owens was traded to the Baltimore Ravens by San Francisco after a paperwork error prevented him from becoming a free agent...BUT HE LATER DECIDED NOT TO COME. BUM! sike...I hope he is alright! and I hope the reports were untrue, but seriously...DUDE might be bi-polar.


    Ogun.....I hate to be the one to tell you, buuuuuuuuuut
    Police: New Evidence Shows MS13 Gang Moving Into Baltimore


    The Nation's Angriest Cities? Not What You'd Expect
    Melancholy Edgar Allen Poe's adopted hometown, Baltimore, Md., has turned from sadness to anger in the 150-odd years since the raven was heard from nevermore - the Charm City scored No. 4 on the most-charmless list.

    The home of family-friendly fare, Disney World's Orlando? It's the King of Rage at No. 1. And the land of tranquil retirements, Florida, earned three more places on the top 10 angriest cities - St. Petersburg (No. 2), Miami (No. 7) and Jacksonville (No. 9) - making it easily the U.S.'s most ticked-off state.


    Rappers Three 6 Mafia get reality show
    Oscar-winning group to star in MTV series

    Has NYC fallen off?
    Glimmer of hope for hip-hop in Nas

    "The South, Midwest, West, and even Mid-Atlantic (check how Baltimore's scene progresses in the next few months) regions are experiencing increases in popularity. How can New York expect to remain on top when their champions keep releasing wack albums?...." We are mentioned...peep that?!?!

    This story appears and dissapears for some odd reason. Hope you can check out the perspective



    "Why is it that they were not marching in the streets to protest what happened to Ms. Dawson? Here is a woman that is trying to raise a family, and she and her family are killed by drug dealers because she has the strength to call the police and say people are dealing drugs in front of my house where I am trying to raise my children. She was beaten before she was fire bombed and killed when she was trying to scrub graffiti off her stoop which the graffiti was used to mark the drug dealer's turf.

    So when you see that type of thing going on one must say this is a dysfunctional culture this is a culture of failure. We are destroying families and yet the NAACP which has it's national office based in Baltimore where this took place was not out front leading a march."




    Hip-Hop Road Show Stops In Maryland
    Deep Creek, a technology magnet school, hosted a performance of a science education show called FMA Live!, a presentation of skits and demonstrations accompanied by hip-hop music that is intended to illustrate the principles of Newtonian physics and get young people interested in science.


    Barack Obama In Town To Campaign For Cardin


    Les Georges Leningrad Prep New Album, Tour
    Also prep surrealistic tour wardrobe

    Ta-Dada! Montreal-based art - (anti-art?) punk trio Les Georges Leningrad is poised to release another "petrochemical" album. Titled Sangue Puro (Italian for "pure-blooded"), the new full-length will appear in the U.S. on October 3 on Tomlab/Dare to Care Records.

    On their MySpace page, the band describes this, their third full-length, as "a mix between Baltimore hip-hop, ludicrous musique concrete and Bakou's industrial hardcore."

    Following the release of Sangue Puro, Poney P, Mingo, and BoBo will bring their infamous live show to North America, touring this November with fellow Quebecois Duchess Says.

    11-11 Baltimore, MD - Talking Head

    Are these folk from Bmore? If not...what pray tell does Baltimore Hip Hop sound like. Please don't tell me club music has inadvertently spanned a new sub genre "Baltimore"-style. LOL!


    I had to post this in its entirety

    BOBBY BROWN DEMANDS CAR FROM TV ONE?: Singer reportedly wanted wheels in exchange for appearance.
    (September 27, 2006)

    You gotta admire his hustle. In the wake of Bobby Brown's impending divorce from purse string Whitney Houston, the "King of R&B" is rumored to be hard up for cash, as well as transportation. According to entertainment journalist Jawn Murray, Brown agreed to appear on a new show for TV One, but only if he got a vehicle in exchange.

    For the network's upcoming reality series "I Married a Baller," which follows the marriages of athletes, show producers invited Brown to have an on-camera lunch with former Tennessee Titans player Eddie George and his wife, Brown's old friend Tamara (Taj) George of the R&B group SWV.

    "When he asked for a car, we actually thought he meant for us to book him car service, and I told the producers to set it up," the show's executive producer, Datari Turner, told Murray. "But then I was told that he actually wanted us to buy him a car!"

    Brown's friend and occasional rep, Ray Pouncey, explained to TV One that Brown was new to Los Angeles and didn't have transportation, so a car would be the preferred payment over an appearance fee. According to Murray, Brown even wanted Taj to formally present the vehicle to him on the show as a gift.

    "I was open to it at first and wanted to know what price range he was looking for, because for the standard appearance fee we could have gotten him a 1997 Ford Expo or maybe a 1995 Pathfinder," Datari said. "Maybe even a month-long rental car. But we knew he wanted something new, so we had to pass on booking him."

    Meanwhile, Bobby's attorney, Phaedra Parks is denying that such a conversation took place, reports Murray. She said that Pouncey had indeed discussed a car for Brown - "but he was joking, and he says it's been taken out of context," she explained. "Obviously Ray doesn't represent Bobby, and he's not part of his management team."


    : Mogul says she has no plans to offer public shares of her company.


    MORE BAD NEWS FOR "BOONDOCKS" FANS: Newspapers are told not to count on it coming back.
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/28/2006 10:35:00 AM   0 comments

    The City Paper posted the IBB 2 Review. Thanks again Jess Harvell and Jefferson Jackson Steele.
    Please check it out......then come out and write your own review for IBB 3. TONIGHT @ SONAR!
    This show is gonna be soooo very dope! My girl SILOUETTE (I spelled her name all wrong and by the time I realized it....it was too late!) is gonna really leave her scent all over Baltimore Hip Hop tonight!!! DK is going to come show us all what the fuss is about! The Foundation is gonna give us a REAL SHOW! "He's the DJ....I'm the rapper" That kid A.O.S. is a beast (Yes! DNA told me!) M.O.L. OH MY!..... my dudes always get LIVE!!! Ray Vic....Mr Silky is gonna make a grand entry...... & Last but most def not least.....C.O.M.P. chuur chuur chuur chuur (i don't even kno how to spell that sound...LOL!) is going to turn tha spot out.
    I'm very pumped! Hope you are too! Taking a break in October....so this will be the last show for me until THE HIP HOP BIRTHDAY PARTY (Going DOWN in NOVEMEBER - ITS A TRADITION)
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/28/2006 07:26:00 AM   0 comments
    Hip Hop and The Publicist: Trevor Seamon
    Website: scorepress.com
    For more info on Trevor's services email her at Trevor@scorepress.com
    After extended stints in publicity that took her to several major labels like Sire Records and The Dust Brothers' Ideal Records and public relations firms like Motormouth Media, Trevor Seamon decided to start her own company called Score Press. Her clients have included various artists from Dilated Peoples, Kool Keith to Stones Throw Records. Trevor spoke with us about life as independent publicist and gave a few suggestions on how to break into the field.

    Give us an overview of the basics of publicity.
    Trevor Seamon: There are a million different varieties of publicists but you are basically responsible for getting people into print and TV media. The promotions people handle radio. Some add radio into the mix but for the most part it's just any print or TV media depending on the level of the artist.
    Tell us a little about your background in the field.
    TS: I started as an intern at Capital Records my senior year in college. When I graduated, I was a temp and floated around the various departments at Capital Records and Interscope Records. I was a temp at Capital for about nine months in the publicity department as a department assistant. Then I took the summer off and went to Europe and came back and worked for Motormouth Media, a company my friend Brian had just started. So I worked with him and that's where I really learned how to do publicity because as an assistant you're only answering phones, doing mailings and just learning who the players are and which journalist write for which magazines. When I started working with Brian, he got me on the phone and I started doing press and interacting with the writers pimping the stuff out. We did a ton of dance music at Motormouth and then we left Motormouth and went to Sire Records. That was whole different experience because it was with a label as opposed to being an independent publicist. That's a lot different because you basically work whatever is coming down the pipe. You might actually love everything you work or you might work stuff you never thought you’d be working. We actually had a lot of great stuff there at the time like Aphex Twin and Morcheeba. After that the Dust Brothers were starting a label called Ideal and we went to that label and worked with a ton of stuff there like the Wiseguys and Styles of Beyond. When that label lost its funding after a couple years I had a lot of offers to work stuff on the side and I said why not just go out on my own. So I did and that was about five years ago. One of my first clients was Dilated Peoples and as an indie publicist a lot of your work is based on referrals so that's when seventy percent of my roster became hiphop. The other thirty percent is a variety of things from rock to dance music to art shows.
    Considering your vast experience with both record labels and developing artists what are the main differences you find when dealing with media?
    TS: If you're dealing with a massive platinum selling artist everybody in the database is dying for some time with your artist. That job is a different job than a developing artist because your job is to say no more than yes. It's more of a strategic thing like which magazines are you targeting. When you have an artist that's brand new and developing you're asking people to take a chance on the artist and its more of a merit of the record type of thing. You have to be good friends with a lot of writers and editors because you're asking them to write about something that is not going to move magazines. Potentially they might not even see ad dollars because these are independent labels and their budgets are way smaller than a major label. When you're dealing with a huge artist that artist can potentially move magazines and give you ad dollars so it's a two totally different animals.
    A lot of times editors and writers dislike or distrust publicists. Have you ever had to deal with this, if not how have you avoided these type of issues?
    TS: I've worked with a ton of artists over the years. Some of them you will work for one year and others you'll work with for five years but the editors will always remain constant so you really have to respect those relationships and treat them with care. I'm sure editors have as many horror stories about publicists as publicists have about editors but for the most part you have to respect each other’s time. I've never had an editor be outright rude about anything because if you go about it in a respectful way you usually get respect back. It's hard though because when you first start out doing publicity it feels like you're an encyclopedia salesman. You’re cold calling people and they don't know you and they never heard of your artist. There are definitely those phone calls where you feel like damn that sucked but that's just part of the job. In the beginning it's going to be like that a lot until you become friends with everyone and then its like hey man how's your dog doing? It becomes a more human way of interacting instead of a what can I get from you kind of thing. You get your work done but its fun. It's a people business. Some people like that and some people hate that they have to hustle all day long to get the ink.
    What is generally the industry standard for someone doing publicity?
    TS: It depends really. The cheapest people would really consider doing stuff for is like $1500 a month with a three-month contract. That's the bottom of the barrel but it can go up to five, seven, or ten grand a month depending on how large the client is and what it entails.
    Now what do they get for this $1500.00-$7000.00?
    TS: There is no way you could ever say this is what I can get you. That's like saying I have ESP and I know what that guy is thinking. Theoretically you could be like I fucking love this thing, it's the best thing ever so I really feel like these editors are gonna dig it but there is no way to guarantee anything. The only thing you can really say is that you’ll bust your ass with the project. That's the thing that's maddening with publicity, you could be on the phone day in and day out emailing and sometimes the results are amazing and the flipside is you're really challenged and the results may not reflect how hard you work. Even if an editor liked the record, they may not have space that month and the next month it’s too late because of the release date.
    What are some successful methods you have used to push a project?
    TS: It really comes down to the merit of the record. I can call and email everyone everyday and if people are saying they aren't feeling the record that’s when you get into editors being annoyed at publicists. Our job is to not take no for an answer but the flipside of that is that if you are not listening to the person you are talking to and you keep pushing but they don’t like the record you are really endangering your relationship because you’re not respecting what they have to say. The thing that really works with press are a kick ass record, but there are other things that go beyond the record like people becoming established with a popular single or they’re in movies and now you have a million reasons to write about this person including their record. All those things are great and that’s the good thing about working with major labels. You know that there are three or more departments hitting hard and helping so it's a team effort.
    Do you give out any reports to let artists know what went on with the campaign?
    TS: Yes, definitely. You might do a weekly, or biweekly report or monthly. People do their reports differently but I find when you give a little detail it saves a client from calling you saying what’s up here? You tell them the confirmations like they have a feature in this issue, a pending section like I talked to this guy on this day and he hasn't listened yet, I emailed this guy on this day or this guy said he wasn’t feeling it. It’s just to let them know where they stand. If the editors does pass on the record we need to come up with a more creative angle for this magazine or think of new ways to go about it. Keeping the line of communication open between the client and the publicist is the best way to make people happy. Most people are reasonable. If it's a debut artist they understand it’s gonna take a minute to get people's attention.
    What do you feel are the most important qualities for a publicist to have?
    TS: Patience, perseverance and being able to judge people's reactions. If someone is like I don't know about this record, are they on the fence and you can help them to the side you want them to be on or are you pushing too hard and pissing off the editor? It's a fine line because on one end of the spectrum you have your client that you’re trying to get press for but on the other end you have all these relationships you spent years building. I think the best way to do it is have compassion for both ends. Push it to a certain extent but know when its time to come back with a more creative angle or just know your limits before you become that annoying publicist they never want to talk to.
    What tips or suggestions do you have for any aspiring publicists looking to work for a major or start their own company?
    TS: Get an internship or if you can't do that there are always temp pools that record labels use. Figure out which temp pools record companies use and sign up with that company and let them know you are more interested in entertainment companies. You'll bounce around and that’s actually a good way to get to know people and also get your foot in the door. Once you get in there you gotta show up. Be a good worker because there are so many people that come through that say they want to do this and then on the third day of work they’re late or bailing.
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/28/2006 07:15:00 AM   0 comments
    Bring the FUNK! (10.15.06 @ SONAR)
    Callin all Hip Hop Heads...............October the 15th @ SONAR!

    Pro and Reg will be opening up for Del The Funky Homosapian. Congrats, fellas! I am not really familiar with this MC (I know the name and prolly know some songs...I just can't remember them..he he!) or any of the other "billed acts" on the card, but from what I hear....he is a legend in his own right. Sidenote: I think he is Ice Cube's cousin too.

    Also on the card is a PSALM ONE

    Now.....I am not 100% sure, but I think this is the same person......

    I recently found this podcast about a femcee named PSALM ONE......check it out....if they are different people...one of them better RUN (not walk) and get their name protected.

    anyways.....please check it out:

    Psalm One Pursues Her Hip-Hop Dream
    by Christopher Johnson
    News & Notes, September 19, 2006
    Chicago artist Psalm One is a rapper who left her job as a chemist to pursue her hip-hop dreams. Psalm One's latest album is called The Death of Frequent Flyer.
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/28/2006 07:00:00 AM   0 comments
    Sep 27, 2006
    You Go Girl!
    NPR (The Signal, in particular)...........does it again
    .....they knocked me off my feet
    This past Friday's program, according to their website, "set out on an exploration of 'rhythm,' in all its various forms and facets: musical, biological, social, industrial, and spiritual."

    They met with seven different people, each of whom has a unique perspective on rhythm and its role in our lives....including:

    Hip hop producer and composer Ms. Tris Beats

    Vocal percussionist and human beat-box Shodekeh
    also featured:
    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist Brian Prechtl
    Jazz drummer and Peabody Institute teacher Nasar Abadey
    Salsa dance instructor Jody Moscaritolo
    Neuro-psychologist Dr. Sheldon Levin
    Solo Cup factory superintendent Benjamin Benedict

    Please check out the podcast of the broadcast
    I thought it was simply marvelous, but then again...I AM SO BIASED!!!
    (aaaaaah shucks! That rhymed)
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/27/2006 08:25:00 PM   0 comments
    I was there!
    Attended the Dream Big Recordings' "Allow Us to Re-Introduce Ourselves" show at the 5 SEASON on 9.22.06. Thanks go out to the entire Dream Big staff for welcoming myself and the entire IBB family to your show. Your grind payed off and the affection that people have for you and the assembled performers was evident by the enormous crowd - THE SPOT WAS PACKED!

    Amotion of Deep Flow TV hosted along with another fella (who's name is escaping me at this time) and did a great job of keeping the folk posted up in the front row entertained in between sets.
    We all were treated to performances by DREAM BIG (JINX, LEFTY GARCIA, LUCKY LAYS) & FRIENDS (TM - "The GIANT", TestMe (who's entourage was enormous and included Mr. B-O-S-S himself! Big Ups to Gator Management), Johnel (Blue Flame Recording artist who I've heard a lot of people sing his praises...but had never saw perform until this event) and a whole host of other acts with whom I am not as familiar.
    The vibe was really "crazy" (in a "Knarls Barkley" kinda way...LOL!) up in there. Brooklyn (, Maryland) was mos def in the buildin!!! Unfortunatley, It was one of those kind of shows where you KNOW that most of the people ONLY came to see their man rock. That is always so unfortunate because many of the acts on the card gave a phenomenal performances.

    MAJOR Highlight (and low point of the evening - what a roller coaster):


    This is my dude for real. His set was really energetic. His hype man was on point and he had the ladies up in there going crazy. One girl in the front seemed to know every one of his songs...

    I am a student of human behavior...........
    What struck me is odd is how very few people actually listen to what the local rappers are actually saying. I'm saying "local" b/c when a signed act comes to town...most everyone in attendance knows at least one song - why else would they come.
    I find that....people are either looking in different directions....having their own side conversations....asking the host what time their man goes on.....and the worse is when an artist says something that you KNOW should elicit a response and it doesn't.
    They ain't listen! cracks me up ere time!
    I want the artists in my "peripheral" to get better and they won't unless we (I'm responsible for me.....) start telling them not only that we don't like their song (s), but ALSO why. but that would require listening......

    Question....How? .... as a woman..... can you come to a show to support an artist, stand in the front row - lip gloss shinin' and allow him to sing a disrespectful ass song to you....LOL!

    Im laughing because it's shockingly sad.
    I don't remember the words, but they were along the lines of...."I don't want no girl, i ain't gonna do nothing for you but give you the wood, I'm just tryna get mine. RECOGNIZE THAT" ...LOL! <----------That was the PG version.....of course!
    I mean, TM is cute and all, but I think I would of had to move away or at least give him the screw face or something..... to let him know sumptin was seriously amiss. Hip Hop is prolly the only form of entertainment that women will get dressed up and allow themselves to be degraded.....oh but then again....maybe that's why so many of us stay home....mmmmmmmmmmmh!
    Don't smile at his azz after he done told you to your face that a chick can't do anything but "lick and spit".
    The POINT........yeah yeah yeah:
    Guys...guys...guys....one mo gin:
    WOMEN buy A LOT of music....please stop disrespecting us (even my citas that don't know any better). FYI: I won't put a guy on a show that blatantly disrespects women. Whats the point.
    There are always exceptions to the rules.
    As with anything else...if it helps to make a point....that is different. That is an artist utilizing his or her vocabulary. The FCC even knows this to be true. Saving Private Ryan caused a real uproar they decided to air the movie uninterrupted (expletives and all) and most recently, the 911 movie that aired on network TV.

    Just in case anyone is fact checking:

    Skarr calls his baby mother a b*tch several times in one of his songs, but it fits the content of the song. He is only using the word to emphasize his dislike of this women. After listening to the answering machine message/intro that starts the song....you see why that word is probably appropriate. It is reserved for the person about whom the song was written...he wasn't talkin about hatin b*tches in general. That would be terrible. Furthermore....even if he had songs disrespecting women...he knows that those aren't the songs to perform at a show.
    I am not tryna piss anyone off by making them the example (not in this case anyway...LOL!)
    ...nor am I comparing Skarr to TM....THEY ARE 2 DIFFERENT ARTISTS..... Im just using Skarr as the example because he has a song that talks greasy about a woman and I like it.
    Its oftentimes comes down to how you do it. When using terms that could go either way...it would behoove you to at least make sure the song is creative (to say the least) or tells a harrowing story that justifies the use of the word. Calling us bitches or using "ho" as a term of endearment is not slick (as folk from BMore would say)


    please start to expect more....NO DEMAND more. You paid your $10 to get up in a spot...don't tolerate anyone talking negatively about you as a woman. We need to start holding these guys way more responsible for their lyrical content.

    TM...ya know I love ya, but I was not feeling that song. I'm sure someone will give you the message if you don't read this yourself he he! (you know my number...please don't write a dis track about me. I can't rap). Everything else about your set made me SO VERY glad I came out to see you (FINALLY- right!)

    There were lots of familiar faces up in there...unfortunately for you all....I've gone to so many events during the last few days that I can no longer definitively state where I saw who.

    I don't want you all to get them impression that the night was full of women bashing ...quite the contrary. The women repped up in that chumpie! GIVE US OUR HIP HOP!
    I'm just pontificating....as usual
    so until lata......

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/27/2006 06:48:00 PM   0 comments
    Sep 26, 2006
    Producer's conference in NYC (10/6 - 10/8)
    Sorry about posting this so late! I hope that a few of you can make it. Its price is extremely reasonable. I'd go to meet the HeatMakerz alone. If you are a producer or engineer, you NEED to be in NY 10/6 - 10/8 for the Skillz Of The Trade Hip Hop Producers Seminar!! Tons of industry professionals to include A&R's, label executives, media outlets, producers & engineers you can learn the ropes from and others will be in attendance! Don't miss this opportunity to rub shoulders with the best!!
    The Heatmakerz, Dame Grease, and Easy Mo Bee to be at Skillz of the Trade Hip Hop Producer Seminar and Conference

    Skillz of the Trade is a hip hop production seminar that educates aspiring producers on the nuances of being a well polished producer within the genre of hip hop. Attendees are educated within a "hands-on" environment by actual industry producers who have worked with Wu-Tang, Roc-a-fella Records, Def Jam, Jive, Motown and Grammy award winning mastering engineer Don Grossinger. It is your opportunity to learn and network with some of the best in the business. Some of the topics that will be addressed are music production, creative sampling techniques, the best equipment to use, where to get your sounds, creating a signature sound, sampling laws, music theory, how to get in the door, mixing, mastering and so much more.

    New York, NY (PRWEB) August 10, 2006 -- Well Connected Management in conjunction with Black Collar Entertainment is excited to announce the marquee producers that will be contributing to the Skillz of the Trade Hip Hop Producer Seminar and Conference are Rsonist of the Heatmakerz, Dame Grease, and Easy Mo Bee.

    As Brian Jay explains, "This is the only conference of its kind. It is a situation where aspiring producers and others can come in and learn from some of the industry's best, how to produce polished hip hop music. It is very hands on and very elaborate. When people leave our conference they not only leave with the knowledge provided by RIAA gold and platinum plaque recipients and Grammy award winners, but they also leave with all the tools and sounds they need to produce mix and master, as well as, having the opportunity to be exposed to the actual decision makers within several major label A&R departments that they will be dealing with now and in the future. This means if there is something specific they need to hone in on to take their work to the next level, they are right there amongst the people that can help them accomplish that goal! If that isn't enough you can check out some of the newest products on the market in the Exhibitor's Hall and have your questions answered by product representatives and producers."

    Skillz of the Trade will also have Cadinze, author of the Hip Hop Producers Bible, Wonder Arillo, producer for T.I. Ludacris and Boyz N Da Hood, and Don Grossinger, the Grammy award winning engineer who as worked with Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Tears For Fears, Sade, Tony Bennett, Metallica, Elvis Costello, The Kronos String Quartet, The Grateful Dead, Public Enemy, Mariah Carey, Lou Reed and Journey among others. Brian Jay says that there are several other surprises planned for attendees. "We have some really big name surprises and very nice giveaways, but I am not about to let the cat out of the bag on any of those exclusives."

    About the Heatmakerz:
    The Heatmakerz are known for their hard hitting platinum beats. The Bronx based superstar production crew consists of Rsonist, Weatherman, and Thrilla. They have produced hits for Fat Joe, Cam’Ron, Diplomats, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Junior Mafia, M.O.P, CNN, Lil Flip, Twista, and I-20 of Ludacris DTP Label.

    About Easy Mo Bee:
    The legendary Grammy award winning producer Easy Mo Bee has crafted Gold and Platinum classics with Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Alicia Keyes, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Jennifer Lopez, and the late great jazz musician Miles Davis.

    About Dame Grease:
    Throughout his 10-plus year career, Dame Grease has crafted songs for DMX, Kelis, Mobb Deep, The Lox, Slick Rick, Nas and even scored several films. Grease has helped construct the sonic foundation for the wildly successful Ruff Ryders label while serving as a mentor to the also legendary Swizz Beats.

    About Well Connected Management:
    Well Connected Management connects artists, A&R Representatives, major and independent labels, disc jockeys, producers, talent buyers, and industry professionals with one another, every other month at their NATIONAL A&R & LABEL SHOWCASE in New York and proudly boasts a major label signing at their last six events.

    About Black Collar Entertainment:
    Black Collar Entertainment is an independent, nationally distributed record label and production company specializing in Hip Hop, R & B, Soulful House, Techno, and Rock music. For information please visit the website: www.blackcollar.net

    Brian Jay

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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/26/2006 01:45:00 PM   0 comments
    Updates are coming, but in the meantime.......

    If all of the desserts listed below were sitting in front of you, which would you choose & you can only pick one! Trust me...this is very accurate.

    Pick your dessert, then look to see what psychiatrists think about you.

    I think mine is right on! :-)

    Here are your choices:
    1. Angel Food Cake
    2. Brownies
    3. Lemon Meringue
    4. Vanilla cake with Chocolate Icing
    5. Strawberry Short Cake
    6. Chocolate on Chocolate
    7. Ice Cream
    8. Carrot Cake
    No, you can't change your mind once you scroll down, so think carefully what your choice will be....

    OK - Now that you've made your choice this is what research says about you...

    1. ANGEL FOOD CAKE -- Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm and fuzzy items. A little nutty at times. Sometimes you need an ice cream cone at the end of the day. Others perceive you as being childlike and immature at times.

    2. BROWNIES -- You are adventurous, love new ideas, are a champion of underdogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up you whip out your saber. You are always the oddball with a unique sense of humor and direction. You tend to be very loyal.

    3. LEMON MERINGUE --Smooth, sexy, & articulate with your hands, you are an excellent after-dinner speaker and a good teacher. But don't try to walk and chew gum at the same time. A bit of a diva at times, but youhave many friends.

    4. VANILLA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING -- Fun-loving, sassy, humorous, not very grounded in life; very indecisive and lack motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad. However, you are a friend for life.

    5. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE -- Romantic, warm, loving. You care about other people, can be counted on in a pinch and expect the same in return. Intuitively keen. Can be very emotional.

    6. CHOCOLATE ON CHOCOLATE -- Sexy; always ready to give and receive. Very creative, adventurous, ambitious, and passionate. You can appear to have a cold exterior but are warm on the inside. Not afraid to take chances. Will not settle for anything average in life. Love to laugh.

    7. ICE CREAM -- You like sports, whether it be baseball, football, basketball, or soccer. If you could, you would like to participate, but you enjoy watching sports. You don't like to give up the remote control. You tend to be self-centered and high maintenance.

    8. CARROT CAKE -- You are a very fun loving person, who likes to laugh. You are fun to be with. People like to hang out with you. You are a very warm hearted person and a little quirky at times. You have many loyal friends.
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/26/2006 01:33:00 PM   4 comments
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