Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cornerstone Promotion's Kevin 'J' Nicholson Talks to The Industry Cosign

The Industry Cosign speaks to Kevin 'J' Nicholson from Cornerstone Promotion, which brings you the monthly Cornerstone Mixtape as well as Fader Magazine. Find out who he is, what he does and why his job is relevant in this industry!

Su-Kin (Dont Leave Me Here)


Image Hosted by ImageShack.usMC Lyte has joined DuBose Music Group, a division of DuBose Entertainment, as Executive Vice President of the burgeoning music entity. James DuBose, CEO of DuBose Entertainment announced that the recording artist, writer and Hip Hop legend has been tapped to shepherd DMG’s talent acquisitions and artist development.

"Lyte is a rap music icon and music scholar with a wealth of industry connections and an extensive knowledge of urban music," said DuBose. "With Lyte at the helm, DMG is perfectly positioned to usher in the next generation of artists and influence a new generation of music fans.”
As her first major deal since joining DMG, Lyte announced the signing of Tenille Johnson, a fresh, young 20-year-old singer-songwriter, who writes about relationships, love, love lost and possesses a confident and alluring style that has just the right amount of sexy.  The Atlanta native has already completed recording several titles for her debut album.

“At DMG, we will provide artists like Tenille a platform to showcase their talent and to grow into bona fide R&B superstars,” said Lyte. “I’m thrilled to be working with DuBose to bring soul music to music lovers young and old.”

Also set to release later this year, DMG will distribute Lyte’s latest CD under the current working title “The Second Coming.” The upcoming CD reflects the influence of Brooklyn’s West Indian culture on the Brooklyn native and delivers on the hard potent lyrics for the “Lyte as a Rock” fans.

Though this will be her first role calling the shots at a music label, Lyte has been making a name for herself in music since her first full length album “Lyte as a Rock” was released in 1988. She is considered to be a female rap music icon that blazed the trail for future female rappers such as Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot.  Lyte is also known as one of the first female rappers to lyrically take on the rampant sexism and misogyny that predominates hip hop. In an interesting twist on the old adage of “life imitating art,” Lyte portrayed a hip music executive on the UPN series “Half n Half” for three years.

Combat Jack Presents: Dick On Wheels! Pt.1

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Grade the President

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CNN is letting YOU grade President Barack Obama.
Watch The CNN National Report Card: First 100 Days on Wednesday, April 29 (8pm ET) and let your voice be heard. Led by anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and Soledad O’Brien, the show will gauge the public’s opinion on how President Obama and other elected officials have handled their first 100 days in office, as well as how the country is progressing on significant issues.
Throughout the evening, CNN will open up voting on a variety of important topics letting real viewers voice their real thoughts and criticisms. Viewers will be able to share their opinion on, with the results appearing immediately online and on television. In addition to real-time grading on, the “First 100 Days” special report will allow users to watch video and weigh in on stories about the Obama administration in its first 100 days at  The special report will feature an issues tracker that examines action on topics such as the economy and health care, a photo gallery from the first 100 days and a quiz, testing readers' knowledge of 100-day events.
Tune into The CNN National Report Card: First 100 Days on Wednesday, April 29th (8pm ET) on CNN. Let your voice be heard.


Def Jam recording artist Rick Ross steamrolls the competition to launch his new Maybach Music label, as DEEPER THAN RAP, his third album debuts at #1 Soundscan on 157,544 first week sales in the physical and digital marketplace. This marks Rick’s third consecutive triumph, following up Port Of Miami (his 2006 debut) and Trilla (2008) – both of which entered the Soundscan chart at #1 with nearly 200,000 first week sales each, both subsequently certified RIAA gold.

DEEPER THAN RAP has just spun off a brand new single, “All I Really Want” featuring fellow Def Jam artist The-Dream, co-written and produced by Tricky Stewart. Ross & The-Dream recently traveled to Medellin, Columbia to shoot a lavish video for the track. “All I Really Want” will premiere on BET with an “Access Granted” special on May 6th. Ross launched DEEPER THAN RAP with week-of-release performances on BET 106 & Park and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman on May 14th.

“All I Really Want” follows DEEPER THAN RAP’s first single pick, “Magnificent” featuring John Legend, which broke inside the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts and Hot Rap Tracks chart. “Magnificent” was produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League helmed four songs on Trilla, and four more tracks on DEEPER THAN RAP including the highly anticipated “Maybach Music Part 2” featuring Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne. “Maybach Music Part 2” is the attention-grabbing sequel to Trilla’s “Maybach Music” (featuring Jay-Z).

DEEPER THAN RAP also boasts three tracks produced by The Runners; while The Inkredibles add their hitmaking prowess to the new album as well. There are also productions by BIGG D, Bink, and Drumma Boy.

Rick Ross rose from ruling Miami’s underground rap scene, to become 2006’s buzz-worthiest hip-hop artist with Port Of Miami, his #1 Pop/#1 R&B/#1 Rap major label debut album. Its unstoppable single “Hustlin’” became the first mastertone ever certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million copies before the associated album had even been released. A remix was subsequently issued, featuring Jay-Z and Young Jeezy. Port Of Miami’s second single was “Push It,” whose movie soundtrack excerpts (circa 1990) from Giorgio Moroder’s “Scarface (Push It To The Limit),” evoked the gritty soul of a city that is always on the edge of exploding.

Six-foot-two, 300-pound Rick Ross – a “hip-hop heavyweight,” as described by the New York Times – came into his own on Trilla, whose second single release, “The Boss,” featuring T-Pain, rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot Rap chart, #5 R&B, and Top 20 on the Hot 100. The next single, “Here I Am” featuring Nelly and Avery Storm, also hit inside the Top 10 on the Rap and R&B charts. Trilla got off to a fast start with a release week performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. “The Boss” video went into rotation on MTV, MTV2, and MTV hits, along with BET and FUSE.

Ross recently launched a new website

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mini Doctrine: Answering Viewer Mail


Brand Nubian MC Sadat X is set to return with his official new album Brand New Bein’ on May 5th.

The Wild Cowboy gets an assist from DJ JS-1 and JW, who produce the entire album. The duo’s past work includes production for Common, KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Pharoahe Monch, Canibus, Large Professor, Masta Ace and more.

Brand New Bein’ features an impressive list of guest appearances from Brand Nubian group mates Grand Puba and Lord Jamar, KRS-One, Rahzel, Buckshot, CL Smooth, Craig G, C Rayz Walz, Poison Pen, Cold Heat and more.

“It's great working with a producer as talented as JS-1, and the type of MC’s that rhyme alongside me on the album,”said Sadat X.

As a bonus, all copies of the Brand New Bein’ CD come packaged with a bonus disc that includes Instrumentals, Accapellas, and clean versions of all of the tracks.

Sadat X will also be heading to Europe this spring on a 10-city European Tour alongside Diamond D. Check out the dates below.

April 29-Copenhagen, Denmark

April 30-Ljubljana, Slovenia

May 1- Athens, Greece

May 2- Oslo, Norway

May 3- Brighton, England

May 5- Vienna, Austria

May 6- London, England

May 7- Paris, France

May 8- Zagreb, Croatia

May 9, Zurich, Switzerland

DJ Vlad named Executive Vice President at SRC / / Universal‏

SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind has confirmed the placement of DJ Vlad as the company’s new Executive Vice President.

With the new position, Vlad will oversee the development and execution of media strategies for improving

Already experienced in website development through his own popular site, Vlad has plans to transform into the premier talent spot for aspiring Hip-Hop artists.

"I am tremendously grateful to [SRC President] Gaby Acevedo, Joe Safina, and Steve Rifkind for giving me this incredible opportunity,” DJ Vlad told “ is an amazing website with the potential to become the 'American Idol of the Internet.'”

Along with his website duties, Vlad has also found success with his directorial work on BET’s American Gangster series and the film Ghostride the Whip.

In addition, the DJ holds two Justo Mixtape Awards to his name courtesy of the critically acclaimed “Rap Phenomenon” series.

According to Vlad, will relaunch in the next few weeks with all-new contests to allow fledgling artists the ability to upload their music for established producers, emcees, and DJs.

As press time, the site already boasts an artist/fan community of over 100,000.

Lovejones - Roll Call

Ms. Drama (Full) Interview with Chopper on Diddy and MTB

Thursday, April 23, 2009

21st Century Hustle Gets The Industry Cosign

I love seeing a website that is about and caters to the industry and if you haven't heard of 21st Century Hustle (, this is the time you find out about it! The Industry Cosign speaks to Ali Muhammad about his property and what he has learned since becoming a part of this thing we call the industry.

Kurious - Benneton ft MC Serch & MF DOOM


Grammy Award winning singer/actress Jill Scott along with fiancé Jon Roberts welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby boy, Jett Hamilton Roberts into the world at 4:20pm on April 20, 2009. Jett was 7lbs 8oz. Both Jill and Jett are doing well.

Jill Scott appears on the HBO drama series No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency based on the international bestselling novels by Alexander McCall Smith.

USA Today remarks " A Grammy- winning singer, Scott imbues her character with a natural warmth and charm..". Music continues to be Jill's passion with the release of The Real Thing, the follow up to 2004's Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2, which she won Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Cross My Mind". Jill Scott made a huge splash in the music industry when she release the critically acclaimed Who Is Jill Scott?" Words & Sounds Vol. 1, which earned Jill four Grammy nominations, including a Best New Artist nomination. Jill Scott also released the effortlessly cool genre-hopping Collaborations, a compilation of all Jill's best collaborations, including the Grammy-winning "God Bless The Child" with George Benson and Al Jarreau.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Industry Cosign Speaks to Iced Media's Reggie Miller

Online Marketing company, Iced Media, has been in existence for 10 years now and The Industry Cosign speaks to the CEO/Founder of the company, Reggie Miller, to discuss what the company does and the thoughts of how the internet and companies will operate in the future.


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Morning Doctrine (Day 3)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

John Brown ft. EMS "Can't Get No Higher"


Brooklyn Bodega announced three additions to the lineup for the 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Joining Smif N Wessun will be Pharoahe Monch, Styles P and J Period.

This unique lineup of Hip-Hop acts is a testament to the diversity that the Festival represents.

The intelligent and critically acclaimed Pharoahe Monch is on board for this year's event. Monch is most known for his smash single, "Simon Says" from 1999's Internal Affairs album and his classic collaboration with Mos Def and Nate Dogg "On No", however he is far from a flash in the pan rapper. He was the co-founder of the legendary duo Organized Konfusion with partner Prince Po. Monch has been pushing the envelope on lyricism and artistry for almost twenty years and there is no sign of him letting up anytime soon. With a new album, Desire, and collaborations with producers The Alchemist and Black Milk, old school to new school alike respect the Pharoahe. His unique delivery and wordplay make him one of the most popular New York rappers and we at the Brooklyn Bodega are excited to have him on board.

Styles P will be adding his no nonsense lyrical style to the 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. As the landscape of hip-hop is changing with many eclectic artists labeled everything from emo-rap to hipster rap, there are still MCs who give you the streets, straight no chaser, no fairy tales, no lies. Styles P is one of the game's premier MCs with an unwavering and relentless delivery. Styles first stormed the scene as a member of The LOX. The trio consisting of Styles, Jadakiss and Sheek Louch were part of the original Ruff Ryders family that including DMX and Eve. The LOX released the classics, "Money, Power, Respect" and "Wild Out." After leaving Bad Boy the trio has embarked on successful solo careers. Styles P dropped his solo debut A Gangsta and A Gentlemen in 2002 and since has dropped two other solo albums and countless mixtapes. He recently released the hit single, "Blow Your Mind" with longtime producer and mentor Swizz Beats. Styles is one of the few MC's in the marketplace who can move between the mainstream and backpack/progressive space with ease and respect.

Mixtape impresario J Period has been a staple of the Festival for years. His sets have produced some of the best highlights from the Festival. Keith Murray, Parrish Smith, Jeru, Chubb Rock, Crazy Legs and more. J Period's exclusive mixtapes featuring Q-Tip and Lauryn Hill are industry standards. This year J Period and Brooklyn Bodega are taking the execution up a notch by producing a live Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival mixtape featuring performances from all the acts and guests that hit the stage. Contributors to the live mixtape will be rolled out every week between now and June 20th.

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Executive Director Wes Jackson, "We are more than pleased when we look at our lineup so far. Our goal has always been to unite the Hip-Hop audience under one banner. Monch, Styles and Smif N Wessun represent different branches of the Hip-Hop tree. They defy the labels stamped on them. Monch is conscious rapper who is at equal ease on the bully pulpit as he is in the club. Some know him for Organized Konfusion's 'Releasing Hypnotical Gasses.' Some know him for the anthem 'Simon Says.' Styles is supposed to be a gangster rapper but has done some of his best work with Talib Kweli. His song 'I'm Black' was one of the most provocative and conscious songs of the past 10 years. So provocative that he risked his deal with Interscope just to get it out. Smif N Wessun is a local act that are just as popular in Japan as they are in Crown Heights. And J Period is the glue that keeps us all connected. This lineup is diversity. This is Hip-Hop. Hopefully we can get Styles and Monch to do 'My Life.'"

Styles P, Pharoahe Monch and J Period will be joining Brooklyn's own Smif N Wessun who were announced last week. Dru Ha, Co-Owner of Duck Down Records
"The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is one of the most talked about events of the Spring. Brooklynites line up hours in advance of the show to partake in what has become a yearly tradition that provides quality entertainment for the Community. It's an honor to work with Brooklyn Bodega who strives to unite aspiring artists with renowned veterans. In the words of Smif N Wessun, "Bucktown I represent it on the love love. Deeply routed from my Timbz to my ____." If you can fill in the rest we already know you're rocking with us. 360 degrees back home, we'll see everyone June 20th at Fulton Ferry State Park."


More acts including the winner of the 'Show and Prove' contest will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival takes place on June 20th, 2009 from 12-8pm at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park.

Tickets are available for a $10 suggested minimum donation.
VIP and Small Business packages are available. Click here

Shut Up! - D Reign

John Brown & Block Starz Unleash "Suburban Empire" On 4/22


The much-hyped new mixtape from rapper JOHN BROWN and rising online indie power BLOCK STARZ MUSIC hits the web April 22, exclusively at

JOHN BROWN, the self-proclaimed "King Of Da Burbz", has parleyed national exposure from ego trip's (White) Rapper Show on VH1, into various successful franchises, including an upcoming collaboration with BLOCK STARZ MUSIC for the exclusive release of his new mixtape, SUBURBAN EMPIRE

"BLOCK STARZ MUSIC is putting out real quality music from some of the biggest names in the game," says BROWN, who authorized the exclusive free download of SUBURBAN EMPIRE at "It was time for the 'King Of Da Burbz' to make his first BLOCK STARZ MUSIC installment. Expect a classic."

Hosted by one of the industry's finest, SUPERSTAR JAY, SUBURBAN EMPIRE features new material from JOHN BROWN designed to blow speakers worldwide. "It's so religious," says the rapper who hopes to win converts when EMPIRE drops on April 22.


1. You Could Tell He's From The Burbz
2. Get My Burbz On
3. Mom n Dad Money ft. Dubbz
4. Kid From The Burbz
5. It's Brown
6. Bumrush ft. Kelo (Prod. by Reservoir Dogs)
7. Rotate (Burbz Mix)
8. Run The Burbz
9. Tales From The Burbz
10. Never Die
11. Crew Like Mine ft. Knox, Veezy & Billy Sunday
12. She's On That Revivalism
13. Can't Get No Higher ft. EMS (Prod. by J. Luciano)
14. On and On (Prod. by Matt Price)
15. Get Dough ft. Billy Sunday & EMS
16. Big Dreams Freestyle (Prod. by Keith Clizark)
17. Step Yo G Up ft. Billy Sunday (Prod. by Brian Demby & T.L. Smith)
18. Got People Out There (Prod. by Harley)
19. Moonlight ft. Knox
20. High Powered
21. I Love The Burbz
Bonus Track: It's A Revival ft. EMS (Prod. by Matt Price)
Bonus Track: Push Buttons (Prod. by Phil Jahns & Intense Ron)

Official Website:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ms. Drama interviews Super Producer Rockwilder

World's Greatest DJ Awards Presents the First International DJ Awards in New York City

Team Azor Group presents the WORLD'S GREATEST DJ AWARDS (WGDA). World's Greatest DJ Awards pays homage to the notable and exalted disc jockeys across the globe with an award show slated to be held Fall of 2009. Similar to the Grammy Awards, this new phenomenon's mission is set to highlight and award the talents, milestones, and strides of today's DJs in the electronica, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, reggae and dance markets. Though artists and producers create the music, DJs are the ones who drive the support and catapult top chart-climbing hits.

Nominees for the first international DJ awards ceremony will be tallied through By visiting the site, consumers participate in the interactive voting process and single out the best of the best. World's Greatest DJ Awards enables the public to participate in the judging process by casting their vote online.

DJs have the power to impact the masses worldwide thus marking them the cornerstone of the industry. DJs have played a significant role for both artists and major corporations attempting to research and develop their brand or artist. Creator and founder of World's Greatest DJ Awards James Azor states:

"DJ's not only play an influential role behind the turntables but they also help Promote artists through mixtapes showcasing new artists and unsigned talent. As a promotional resource for the awards and artists, WGDA has created promotional mixtapes to create a buzz for artists, corporations, and our talented nominees. These valuable resources often times introduce a new artist or showcase underground artists. These men and women rarely receive the recognition that they deserve. Our awards, hosting 2,500 a-list guests and industry reps, will show our appreciation and set a standard that will support and acknowledge the DJ for their accomplishments and strides made within the industry. This Fall WORLDS GREATEST DJ AWARDS will be a historical moment in music, one you don't want to miss!"

About James Azor
James Azor, founder of the WORLDS GREATEST DJ AWARDS, is the consummate music industry professional whose career spans more than a decade and has encompassed all aspects of the entertainment industry including; RCA records Publicity Assistant (early career), Justo's mixtape awards Executive Coordinator, Tuff Break/A&M records as Mix show and College Promotions Representative, Priority Records as Eastcoast Director of Marketing and Promotions, Refugee Camp Entertainment /Sony Records as Vice President of Urban Marketing & Radio promotions, President of MCS Entertainment/ Universal Music Dist. and most recently Director of Marketing and Radio at Krucial Keys Entertainment. He has also worked with countless hit makers and innovators. His client list include Super talents like the Fugees, Ice Cube, Mack10, Master P, SWV, Boot Camp Click, Sounds of Blackness, City High, Organized Konfusion, Cutty Ranks, Wyclef Jean, Pras and so many more. His clients also include corporate brands General Motors, Sony Pictures, Cadillac, Lincoln Navigator, Showtime at the Apollo, and the Yes Network.

About WGDA
World's Greatest DJ Awards marketing and promotions is a collaborated organization which consists of experts in the fields of marketing, radio promotions, and video promotions. Individually each departmental head has a minimum of 10 years experience in that field whose dedicated to getting the job done and making clients goals a reality. As a full service company, WGDA serves clients in all areas of Communications, Music Marketing, Sports Marketing, Promotions, and Management. WGDA combine experiences, expertise, and creative thinking with proven techniques and tactics to materialize its client's goal. What makes WGDA unique is that with the use of comprehensive and customized marketing plans sculpted to fit each client needs; there is no project to little or too great. WGDA modifies each plan to fit the needs, objectives, budget, and goals for each project. Providing a unique forum for your audience to see, think, feel and interact with, your brand is sure to get results.

SLO-O "Right Back In"

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

HEATMAKERZ CRASH: Politics, Bull*$%, and Technology (Part 3 of 4)

The Industry Cosign Talks To Orville Hall of Hollis Famous Burgers

Hollis Famous Burgers' Orville Hall speaks to The Industry Cosign about the significance of his eatery/museum that honors Hollis and Queens Hip Hop Legends.

Donnie McClurkin's We All Are One (Live in Detroit) Is #1 On Billboard Charts!

Even though it’s been five years since his last CD, Donnie McClurkin’s mass appeal remains strong as he lands in the #1 position on Billboard’s Gospel Sales chart. Additionally, the CD is #7 on Billboard’s R&B Albums Chart, #26 on its Top-200 Albums Chart, and #1 on CMTA’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart. The first single, “Wait on the Lord” featuring Karen Clark Sheard, is #2 most added and #2 most increased spins at radio.
Two weeks ago, McClurkin made a special guest appearance at New York’s J&R Music World, and more than 300 fans stood 4 hours in a line wrapping around the block to have their CDs signed by the artist. The most remarkable experience that fans took home was the poise and grace that McClurkin held as he greeted each fan individually, spending nearly 3 minutes with everyone to thank them greatly for their ongoing support and, in many cases, offering his own words of encouragement.

WE ALL ARE ONE (LIVE IN DETROIT) is receiving rave reviews from press. says “when it comes to top-flight contemporary Gospel, the minister leaves no stone unturned and offers a near-spotless crop of self-penned praise anthems, ballads and singalongs that simply beg to be heard in local sanctuaries;” while calls the CD “…a body of work filled with excellence in both musical and lyrical presentation.”

Released March 31, WE ALL ARE ONE (LIVE IN DETROIT), is the third #1 debut for McClurkin, following the trend set by the 2003 release of “DONNIE MCCLURKIN…AGAIN” and the 2004 release of “PSALMS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS.” WE ALL ARE ONE (LIVE IN DETROIT) is an eclectic recording that McClurkin says was created to magnify the glory of God and how wonderful He is, and to remind listeners that “despite differing opinions, backgrounds, ethnicities and religious affiliations - we all are one, we’re one family.”

Purchase the album today on VerityRecords, Amazon or iTunes!

Donnie McClurkin
WE ALL ARE ONE (Live in Detroit) | In Stores & Online Now!
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PZI Jeans Presents The Mary Mary Live Tour 2009

Grammy Awards winning Gospel duo, the Mary Mary sisters Tina and Erica Campbell, have begun travelling across the United States on their first tour since 2007, The Mary Mary Live Tour presented by PZI Jeans.

Atlanta-based PZI Jeans and Mary Mary began forging a relationship in fall of 2008 for good reasons, PZI Jeans is committed to embracing women with curves and Mary Mary are also dedicated to uplifting women. Mary Mary is also launching their Be U line of bath and body products, in addition to crafting a Mary Mary inspired denim product with PZI Jeans. "In an era when everybody gets nipped and tucked to look like somebody else, we're just telling people, 'Be you... Be intentional, honest and the unique person God made you to be,'" says Tina Campbell.

During an interview with Shelley Boozer at this year's NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon on February 6th, 2009 in Beverly Hills, Mary Mary discussed their relationship with PZI Jeans.

"The PZI Jeans are great because they fit your hips, but they definitely fit your waist. We have healthy thighs so sometimes it (jeans) will fit my thighs but not my waist. These pants fit your waist, they don't sag, so when you sit down your exposing things, but they are really stylish, they are really fun, cute and sexy and COMFORTABLE! So now there is going to be a PZI by Mary Mary," explains Erika Campbell.

Since Mary Mary's The Sound album was released last year, Mary Mary have been honored with the 2009 NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Gospel Artist" and Grammys for "Best Gospel Performance," among other awards.

The gospel music duo has also been nominated for Dove Awards for "Group of the Year," "Urban Recorded Song," and "Contemporary Gospel Album."

PZI Jeans is currently searching for brand ambassadors/interns residing in the cities along the tour route for brand building opportunities. Please contact Kandis Knight no later than April 16th, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

The following is the list of tour dates for Mary Mary's 2009 spring concert tour (subject to change):

4/17-New Orleans House of Blues
225 Decatur Street, New Orleans LA 70130

4/18 Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601

4/19 Jefferson Theatre/Julie Rogers Theatre
345 Fannin Street, Beaumont TX 77704

4/24 Las Vegas House of Blues
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas NV 89119

4/25 Celebrity Theatre
440 North 32ndStreet, Phoenix AZ 85008

4/26 House of Blues Sunset Strip
8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood CA 90069

4/28 Yoshi's
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland CA 94607

4/29 Crest Theater
1013 K Street, Sacramento CA 95814

4/30 House of Blues Anaheim
1530 South Disneyland Drive, Anaheim CA 92802

5/10 Hard Rock Cafe
Hollywood, FL

5/29 Chicago, IL (Venue TBA)

5/31 Detroit, MI (Venue TBA)

About PZI Jeans

Atlanta , Georgia based PZI Jeans was founded in 2002 by Atlanta Attorney, Daniel C. Jason and his wife, Claire Jason, also an Attorney. PZI Jeans was recently tapped by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. An accolade shared by companies as notable as Microsoft and Oracle.

PZI Jeans are available in sizes 4-16 with short, regular, long and extra-long lengths/inseams so that women short and tall can buy her jeans off the rack with no more costly alterations.

PZI Jeans are available at select Macy's Stores and over 600 retail stores in the United States and overseas with plans to expand into South America. For more information about PZI Jeans, log on to

Kill The Record Labels

An in-depth documentary exposing the vicious side of the music business

featuring 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Chamillionaire, Bun B, and many others

Available on DVD
May 12, 2009
Through MVD Visual

MVD Visual and Focus Media Entertainment are pleased to announce the home viewing release of Kill The Record Labels for worldwide distribution on DVD.

This documentary film directed by Charles Rand & T.Thomas features some of the hottest artists in hip hop music expressing their views regarding the state of the industry. For decades, hip hop was under the control of the record companies and corporations, but eventually artists adapted the labels' formula and began strategically promoting and marketing their own music. This evolution has created a major conflict within the industry.

"Hip Hop music has become the voice of the urban community," says Rand . "Artists like 50 Cent and Bun B make music about real life situations that happen in their neighborhoods. Generally, artists don't make music about what goes on inside the music business. I made this film to give DJs, artist, and producers a voice. A great documentary is informative and entertaining. I spent alot of time and energy to make sure the audience walks away from this film with a better understanding of issues that affect hip hop culture and music."

This film includes commentary and insight from 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Chamillionaire, Bun B, Maino, DJ Drama, Young Buck, Juelz Santana, Green Lantern, Lil Scrappy, Jim Jones, Red Cafe, Mike Jones, DJ Vlad, Kid Capri, and more.

The record companies, in conjunction with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), have declared war on these artists. Offices have been raided, mom & pop shops have been closed, and many people have been arrested.

"This riveting film shines a bright light on the dark side of Hip Hop."
—Larry Epstein, Film Look Magazine

Website and Trailer:


Arizona based acoustic Hip Hop ensemble The Wiley One has partnered up with the leading environmental company Zero Hero Events, to release their brand new single "Go Green" on iTunes Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

Written and performed by Sam Wiley of "The Wiley One" and produced by multi platinum producer Gardner Cole (Madonna, Britney Spears) the single "Go Green" is an inspirational song with a positive message to spread the word about environmental awareness. A percentage of all downloads of the single from iTunes will be donated to the Zero Hero Scholarship Fund. The money raised will be offered to applicants from bands across the nation, who will be chosen by Zero Hero to receive green tour consultation, and bio diesel fuel while on tour.

The Zero Hero Scholarship Fund will offset the carbon footprint of touring artists, and create environmental awareness that will spread a worldwide positive message never before seen in the music industry. In addition, the single "Go Green" is currently being used as the theme song for Earth Day events around the world on April 22.

For more information on Earth Day, the single "Go Green" or promotional performances by The Wiley One, please visit or

Immortal Technique Embarks on New Tour After Return From Afghanistan

Immortal Technique kicks off a new tour starting at New York City's legendary B.B. King on April 14th. This initial show is in conjunction with "Rock to Save Darfur," and will then begin his brief US tour in New Mexico, including an appearance at the Gathering of Nations on April 24th. Fellow Rebel Arms members will accompany Immortal Technique, with expected dates in New Mexico, California, Colorado, Texas, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and Minneapolis.

Immortal Technique returns from a two-week expedition in Afghanistan, where he assisted with the final construction of the Amin Institute, an orphanage, school and medical facility. He made this promised prior to his 2008 album release of, "The 3rd World", and called this The Green Light Project. In conjunction with Omied International, Immortal Technique acquired the property of the institute, food, clothing, appliances, beds for the children, medical supplies and the infrastructure of the school by raising funds at benefit concerts and his very own personal monetary donation. His travels was filmed and documented by long-time friend, C. Stuart, for a movie based on Immortal Technique's revolutionary work. A more detailed account of his experience will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Source Magazine.

"You know, there are always cynics who cannot see anything but their own inability to succeed in anything besides a 'cleverly written' denigration of anyone else's hard work while being unable to produce any example of their own. But if you forget your own ego for a minute, this is the proof that ordinary people like us, who work through problems and fight through set backs can succeed. And not only that, we can succeed anywhere. I say again, WE can succeed." – Immortal Technique

The release of "The 3rd World" debuted in the Billboard charts and has sold over 60 thousand units to date through Viper Records/Koch. This third independent full-length release features DJ Green Lantern, Pharoahe Monch, Ras Kass, Chino XL, SouthPaw, Crooked I, Buckwild, Scram Jones and more. With famed reviews by XXL Magazine, The Source, XLR8R, his esteemed fans and publications across the globe, Immortal Technique has proven the international acclaim of his music and message. Now the anticipation builds for his next release, "The Middle Passage."

Tour Dates:

April 14 New York City, NY- B.B. King

April 18 La Cures, NM- Corbett Outdoor Stage

April 22 San Diego, CA- Cane's

April 26 Durango, CO- The Abbey Theatre

April 27 Espanola, NM- Ohkay Casino

April 28 Boulder, CO- Fox Theatre

April 29 Denver, CO- Bluebird Theatre

April 30 Colorado Springs, CO- Black Sheep

May 6 New haven, CT- Toad's Place

May 7 Northampton, MA- Pearl Street

May 8 Burlington, VT- Higher Ground

May 9 Portland, Maine- The Asylum

May 24 Minneapolis, MN- Canterbury Park

About Immortal Technique:

Immortal Technique is the voice of those victim to Government's lies and carnage. Having toured the world several times with over 200k albums sold-to-date independently, Immortal Technique has graced publications such as The Source, XXL, VIBE, The Washington Post, The New York Times, LA Times, Village Voice, Playboy, XLR8R and even featured on the cover of URB magazine. While his lyrics are controversial, they are meaningful ideas and circumstances based on FACT. They are lyrics lived and seen through the eyes of Immortal Technique, a young but seasoned veteran and proven leader in the political and musical arena. His Billboard charted album, "The 3rd World" is currently out in stores



Sunday April 19th the annual Peanut Butter & Jelly Party: Hip Hop On The Roof Top is happening again with special guests Ahmad(4th Avenue Jones), RedCloud, Braille, Kaboose, DJ Promote, Scribbling Idiots, Sintax The Terrific, plus more will be performing. The event will again be on the roof top live at 520 Commerce Street Nashville, TN and the party starts at 7pm.

Tuesday April 21st 2009 during Gospel Music Week in Nashville, TN is the biggest annual praise party for holy hip-hop fans; THE SHOW: The Best In Holy Hip-Hop will feature some of the hottest acts in the industry like Ton3x, Mr. Del & Holy South, Canton Jones, and I-Rocc as well as some of the hottest up & coming artists like K-Drama, Carnival,

D-M.A.U.B., Tre9, and Pro just to name a few of the 40+ artists performing. The event is again presented by Life-Line Worldwide and PS21 Media Group and will be held at The Anchor Fellowship at 629 3rd Avenue South in Nashville, TN 37210.

THE SHOW: The Best In Holy Hip-Hop Set List:


5:10PM-5:20-Nate James


5:30PM-5:40-GTK, B-Holy, Big Nick


5:50PM-6:00-Theory Hazit


6:10PM-6:20-T-Dogg/Lil La La




6:50PM-7:00-Mista & Mrs Taylor



7:20PM-7:30-Big AL


7:40PM-7:50-Dillon Chase, Dry Bones Live(f-1-Lyfe), Dre Sr.(Kingdom City Records)

7:50PM-8:00-Ricky B.

8:00PM-8:10-Blue Chip & Specialist

8:10PM-8:20-Corey Red




8:50PM-9:00-Prodigal Son



9:20PM-9:30-Bobby Bishop


9:40PM-9:50-Tha Gim


10:00PM-10:10-K-Drama/Street Pastor

10:10PM-10:20-Mark J


10:30PM-10:45-DJ Morph, G-Notes, Joe Justiz(Underground Blaze Records)

10:45PM-10:55-R-Swift/Young Josh



11:15PM-11:30-Mr. Del & Holy South

11:30PM-11:45-Canton Jones/Messenja


Wednesday April 22nd Reach Records will be hosting the Listening Party for Tedashii's new project, "Identity Crisis." The event will be hosted by Lecrae and special guest performances by Sho Baraka, Trip Lee, Flame, and J.R. The Listening Party will begin at 8pm live at BB King's at 152 2nd Avenue Nashville, TN 37201.


Over a span of 10 years, DJ Commish has become an household name and immediately became a reputable DJ on the New York scene after mixing at top notch parties for celebrities ranging from Jay Z, LL Cool J, Snoop Dog and TV personalities/hosts Rocsi and Terrence J of BET 106 and Park.

The Commander-in-chief is now embarking upon a new business venture as he inks a deal with Music Choice. The worldwide - known premier music television network; which reaches 42 million households nationwide; is launching ''The MC Mixtape Channel'', set to air on April 15th 2009. The new channel will be the third from the Music Choice programming block. The format is a 2-hour mix-show playing Pop Music. It will be a non-stop mix and blend of popular music and beats, designed to keep the party going. DJ Commish's show will debut on April 15th 2009 at 1 P.M and April 17th 2009 at 3 P.M.

''This amazing opportunity comes at a perfect time in my career, I'm ready to explore new markets and mixing for TV is definitely a challenge that I'm looking forward to'', states DJ Commish ''.


Music Choice is the premier music television network reaching US households through digital cable and satellite television. Music Choice programs interruption-free music for homes and businesses and distributes televised concerts and music shows. The MUSIC CHOICE® music channels reach 34 million households and the Music Choice Concert Series airs in 44 million homes nationally. Headquartered in Horsham, PA, Music Choice is a partnership among subsidiaries of Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, Inc., Sony Corporation of America, Warner Music Group, Inc., EMI Music and several leading U.S. cable providers: Adelphia Cable Communications, Comcast Cable Communications, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. MUSIC CHOICE® is a registered trademark of Music Choice.


DJ Commish has an unwavering passion for music. Known in the industry as a respected and acclaimed DJ, The Commander-In-Chief has worked with la crème de la crème: JAY Z, BET, VIBE, The Source, The NBA and The NFL. He has been called to do such events as album release parties, celebrity birthday parties, college tours and special events. He also has been blessed with the opportunity to spin in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Los Angeles, Miami, The Hamptons, The Bahamas and more.

Please visit WWW.DJCOMMISH.COM (hip-hop section, mixtape channel) (3-7pm est. Sat. & Sun.)

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Ma Barker, Rasheeda, and Nina B and More On "BAD GIRLS CLUB" Mixtape

Certified Lord Gang DJ Da' Hitman has released a new mixtape titled "Bad Girls Club". Bad Girls Club features an all-star lineup of female emcees that are primed to establish a new standard for lyrical technique and delivery. The artists included in the mix range from coast to coast with talent like Ma Barker, Rasheeda, and Nina B to Renaissance, Kandi Cole, Madam Madon, and LS. The mixtape is available as a free download:

"I'm proud of this project and proud to stand behind every artist in the mix. Every one of these emcees could stand on any stage and grip the mic with the best male rappers in the game. I know that female emcees have to fight extra hard to get the exposure and more importantly the respect they are due. I hope this project will bring a little more shine to every single artist and serve as a loud notice that this is not a man's game. These artists represent some of the best talent in the rap game - period. Listening to Shee's lyrical assault in her song "Showdown" should clear up any doubts about the talent represented on this project. I personally feel this is the best collection of talented female rappers ever assembled under one title." - Da' Hitman

Bad Girls Club includes exclusive music from Ma Barker, Renaissance, LS, Madam Madon, and Kandi Cole along with material from Shee, Si-Notes, Tam Tam, Mz Unique, Hedonis, Meka, and Tiye Phoenix. Da' Hitman is a Certified Lord Gang DJ and also holds the executive title of VP of New Media with Lord Gang Worldwide, LLC and serves as the VP of Lord Gang DJs in the Southern Region-US. For more information on Lord Gang Worldwide, LLC and the Lord Gang DJs you can visit For more information on That Crack visit

Monday, April 13, 2009

Journalist Chloe Hilliard Talks to The Industry Cosign

Chloe Hilliard, respected journalist, takes time out of her busy schedule to speak to The Industry Cosign. She has worked at publications such as The Village Voice, The Source and various other brands. She is now an online brand and explains what it means to make that transition from print magazine to weekly newspaper to the 'Anytime I Feel Like Postings' of The Internet.

Knaan Talks about Somali pirates &terrorists pt1

Thursday, April 02, 2009

General Steele of Smif N Wessun Presents: Welcome To Bucktown

General Steele, of Smif N Wessun Presents: Welcome To Bucktown (In Stores 5-5-09), the first official release on the Bucktown USA Imprint. The soundtrack delivers some of Brooklyn 's finest emcees: Boot Camp Clik, Sha Stimuli, Shabaam Sahdeeq of Polyrhythm Addicts, UG of the Cella Dwellas, Blahzah Blahzah, Smoothe Da Hustler, and Trigger Tha Gambler. General Steele mentions that he wanted "artists who fit the cast so to speak; who could carry that 70's energy naturally through their personal contributions. I carefully picked out each track and then I wrote down whom I would like featured on that particular song. Everyone who is featured on this soundtrack did so out of love and respect, which we all share for each other and is what this project is about…our love and supreme respect for the game and what we bring to it. I salute each and everyone who participated.

Production on the album is from Da Beatminerz (of Black Moon), DJ Revolution, Ayatollah, 7VEN H.D., Che Triumph, Sic Beats, J. Scrilla, Kevorkian & Suaze.

Welcome to Bucktown, the soundtrack, was inspired by the 1975 Blaxploitation film Bucktown. The soundtrack takes the listener through modern day Bucktown, AKA Brooklyn, as coined by the rap duo Smif-N-Wessun circa 1994, and explores the evolution and current conditions through the eyes of hip-hop Brooklyn artists. General Steele proclaims "I didn't try to copy the film or the soundtrack, but the concept and the feel of it. I was able to relate to what they where going through with the police and with their own comrades and I wanted to depict that vibe & energy with the songs and the artwork."

Bucktown USA Entertainment and Methods NYC clothing have also joined forces to debut the limited edition 'Welcome To Bucktown' T-shirt line for the album. The line features 3 men's and 2 women's designs and can be purchased by visiting or

Tracklisting and credits for General Steele's Welcome To Bucktown:

1.) "Welcome" f/General Steele (produced by 7VEN H.D.)

2.) "Bucktown Baby" f/Smif N Wessun & Stormey Coleman (Produced by Che Triumph)

3.) "Bucktown State of Mind" f/ General Steele & Mantecha Music (Produced by DJ Revolution with scratches by DJ Evil Dee)

4.) "No Sleep 'Til Bucktown" f/ Boot Camp Clik, Ruste Juxx & The Representativz (Produced by Sic Beats)

5.) "I'm From Brooklyn" f/ Smif N Wessun & The Smith Brothers (Smooth Da Hustler & Trigger Tha Gambler) (Produced by J Scrilla)

6.) "A Toast To Brooklyn" f/ Buckshot, General Steele & Jo Chris (Produced by Che Triumph, Additional Drums by DJ Evil Dee)

7.) "Find My Way" f/ General Steele & Stormey Coleman (Produced by Che Triumph)

8.) "Made Me Do It" f/ General Steele & 5FT of Black Moon (Produced by Ayatollah)

9.) "Dreams" f/ General Steele & Hersh (Produced by 7VEN H.D.)

10.) "Hometown" f/ General Steele, Young Coke, VBS Verbal & Mantecha Music (Produced by Kevorkian & Suaze)

11.) "I Walk Around Town" f/ General Steele, Supreme & Blahzay Blahzay (Produced by 7VEN H.D. Scratches by DJ Evil Dee)

12.) "Riot" f/ Sean Price, Illa Noyz, UG and General Steele (Produced by Che Triumph with Additional Drums by DJ Evil Dee)

13.) "Bucktown Affiliates" f/ Shabaam Sahdeeq, General Steele & Sha Stimuli (Produced by 7VEN H.D.)

14.) "Things Are Getting Better" f/ General Steele (Produced by Mr. Walt for Da Beatminerz)

DL link to "A Toast To Brooklyn" f/General Steele, Buckshot & Jo Chris:

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


MySpace Music is proud to announce Release Show concert with Poe Boy/Atlantic artist Flo Rida at The Roxy on Sunset on Sunday, April 5. Flo Rida will be performing a free show for his MySpace Music friends to celebrate the release of his new album "R.O.O.T.S." Doors open for the 21+ show at 7:00 p.m. Admittance will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis with a limited number of slots available for fans who bring a print-out of the Flo Rida online flyer available on his MySpace page. As a very special addition, Bluestar/Atlantic artist Pleasure P, "America's Best Dance Crew" season three winners Quest Crew, and 7-year-old boy wonder B-Boy Jalen will be opening the show. The Flo Rida Release Show is being powered by Adidas.

Flo Rida's hugely anticipated new album, "R.O.O.T.S." includes the record-shattering single "Right Round," which was recently the #1 streamed song on MySpace Music for several weeks. The album also includes his newest hit single, "Shone (featuring Pleasure P)", the music video premiered exclusively on MySpace Music. "R.O.O.T.S." follows Flo Rida's internationally successful debut album "Mail on Sunday." As on his previous album, Flo Rida joins forces with an extraordinary array of A-list collaborators, including artists like Nelly Furtado, Ne-Yo, Wyclef Jean, and Akon, with production from Jim Jonson, Dr. Luke,, Eric Hudson, Mike Caren, Oligee, and DJ Montay. Flo Rida has more than 246,000 MySpace friends.

Check out Flo Rida's MySpace page for his latest news and tour dates:

Check out Pleasure P's MySpace page for his latest news and music:

DOSE - Sexy (English Version)