6:30 PM at Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX
Austin may be better known for its indie rock, but it's home to plenty hip hop fans as well, so you know that tickets for the upcoming Lil Wayne Austin Concert are going to sell out fast! T.I. and Future are joining Weezy's performance in the Live Music Capital of the World, and all three rappers are supporting recently dropped albums: T.I.'s Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown, Future's Future Hendrix, and Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being II. Don't miss the hottest concert of the summer - get 2013 Lil Wayne Austin Tickets right away!
New York rap duo Da Youngfellaz has been sued for using a loan on drugs and flying to music festivals at which they were not performing.
Up-and-coming rap group Da Youngfellaz is being sued in the Manhattan Supreme Court by Stigma Sound, a recording studio located in Manhattan, according to a story on nypost.com. The studio alleges that rappers Johnny Aguiar (stage name Jay Storm) and Brett Officer (stage name Sho-Biz), ran through a $130,000 marketing loan by spending it on drugs, first-class airplane tickets and cross-country trips to entertainment festivals at which the duo were not performing.
StigmaSound claims in the suit that the independent emcees blew an initial $25,000 loan, meant to advance the group “toward A-level stardom in the entertainment industry,” in just three months. “The defendants used loan money...for illegal purchases of marijuana,” claim the plaintiffs in the case.
Jay Storm and a third defendant, who is listed in the suit as Joseph Aguiar, do not deny that they smoked marijuana. Joseph Aguiar may be the general manager of New Rich Management, based on a Joe Aguiar being listed as such on Da Youngfellaz Facebook page.
The Bronx, New York-based rap group has said that Frank Marquez, owner of the StigmaSound recording studio, was the one providing the weed for them. The New York Post says that the Aguiars showed them a text allegedly from Marquez that reads, “Tell Storm I got the herbals for him and not all them motherfuckers.”
Mita Carriman, Marquez’s attorney, said that their allegations are “100 percent false.”
In addition to spending large sums on weed, the suit claims that about six months and $125,000 later Da Youngfellaz had only promoted one of their songs, a track titled “Incognito.”
Instead of using the loaned funds to promote themselves, the group is said to have spent $14,000 to attend the popular Austin, Texas, music festival SXSW, though they were not going to perform at the event.
According to the suit, Jay Storm wrote a mea culpa, or an acknowledgement of error or fault, for his behavior, to Marquez. Strom wrote, “I APOLOGIZE for all of my insults, and comments, I’ve QUIT smoking, and have been for about a month now, I haven’t told you this, but my body, and my mind are going through it, trying to get off the weed,” in an e-mail attached as an exhibit to the suit.
Da Youngfellaz is signed to New Rich Entertainment and has recorded with Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton and Nipsey Hussle, according to the group's website.
WHO: MixShow Live, LLC and The Core DJs will be joined by sponsor brands including SGInk, G-Unit Records, Interscope Records, T.I.G., Beartrap Ent, Coalition DJs, SMS Audio, and Red Line Ent to present the 4th installment of the popular semi-annual music conference. (promo vid for use) http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=6RLyO6HSgPUWHAT: The Core DJs partner again with MixShow Live, LLC to bring the popular music conference MixShow Live 4 back to Atlanta. The three day music conference filled with artist showcases, listening suites, panels, and social events, hopes to continue its reputation as the ultimate networking experience for talent and emerging brands. MixShow Live Music Conference has successfully branded itself as a must attend event within the urban entertainment industry and consumer/lifestyle brands looking to impact this particular demographic. This installment of MixShow Live will also feature our first partnership with I.M.P.A.C.T Charity Experience. As part of our partnership MixShow Live and The Core DJs will be collecting school supplies on-site to be donated to local (Atlanta) charities. Event highlights for MixShow Live 4 ATL include: - Radio Programmers Power Panel - panel manned by 10 of the country's top and most influential radio PDs answering questions about how song are selected for the radio, etc. - Coast to Coast Soundstage that will feature celebrity judges Young Dro, Drumma Boy, Brian Michael Cox, Steve J, Benzino & Teddy Riley, as well as a performance by NORE. - Interscope Listening Suite with School Boy Q & Doe B - Coalition DJs Soundstage featuring Rich Homie Quan, Slice 9, Doe B, Verse Simmonds, and Ca$h Out - G-Unit Records Listening Suite featuring Kid Kid hosted by 50 Cent and Tony Neal -Core Model Annual Pool Party featuring Waka Flaka, Kevin Gates, Alley Boy & DJ Scream - Queens of Hip Hop Legend's Event featuring Roxanne Shante, MC Sha Rock, Monie Love, Yo Yo, Sweet Tee and Spinderella - R&B Legends Concert hosted by Full Force featuring Tony Toni Tone, Cameo, Teddy Riley & Black Street and more. Music provided by Mix Master Ice & DJ Scratch WHERE: W Atlanta Midtown (188 14th St NE Atlanta, GA 30361) WHEN: About MixShow Live, LLC MixShow Live is a Destination Management Company (DMC). We are your single source for everything including creative program design, promotional tours, custom special event production, and campaign execution in targeted markets. From concept and design to flawless implementation, we will work with you from start to finish ensuring the success of your project. At the heart of our operation are our MixShow Live Brand Ambassadors, an array of DJs and tastemakers who have access to key consumer demographic within key markets. Through our vast network we have access to the resources your project needs to achieve your objectives. The combination of our national reach and local expertise makes partnering with MixShow Live for your next project or campaign a sound investment in your brand. MixShow Live clients include an array of companies within the music, film/tv, and consumer lifestyle brand sectors. Our event products include MixShow Live Music Conference and Notes from the Underground SXSW Soundstage. MixShow Live clients include an array of companies within the music, film/tv, and consumer lifestyle brand sectors. Our client roster includes Lionsgate, Epic, Columbia, Masters of the Mix, TVOne, Allied Integrated Marketing, Atlantic, Warner Bros, Interscope, and Sony Music About The Core DJs The Core DJs, founded by National Mixshow DJ Tony Neal, is a premier coalition and acts as a union for DJs. Its membership boasts over 500 of the country’s most influential DJs and International DJ Talent. The primary purpose of the coalition is to empower and educate the core of the music industry---the DJ. The brand has since expanded to include the highly anticipated semi-annual Core Retreat, The Core Models, The Core Hotlist, a nationally syndicated weekly show, and national events throughout the year. PRESS SCHEDULE (Tentative) Young Dro, Drumma Boy, Brian Michael Cox, Steve J, Benzino & Teddy Riley and NORE School Boy Q & Doe B - this day will be the biggest day of the conference and this list will grow exponentially with drop-ins and surprise appearances. Rich Homie Quan, Slice 9, Doe B, Verse Simmonds, Ca$h Out Kid Kid, awaiting on press confirmation for 50 Cent (photo opps) Tony Neal DJ Holiday DJ Bigga Rankin Coaltion DJs Spinderella (confirmed for photo opps thus far) Waka Flaka Kevin Gates Alley Boy
Usher Raymond V reportedly got his hand stuck in the pool drain after trying to retrieve a toy. While he was being supervised by an aunt and a maid at the time, the adults were unsuccessful at trying to free the 5-year-old's hand from the drain. But two audio-visual contractors working in the house, dove in and freed Usher's son. One of them gave him CPR and he was rushed to the hospital.
The R&B singer wasn't home at the time of the incident, but arrived in time to ride with his son to the hospital. He was met there by his ex-wife and Usher V's mom, Tameka Foster. Thankfully, doctors claim the child should be fine.
The incident must have been particularly traumatizing for the former couple following the death of Foster's 11-year-old son (and Usher's stepson) Kyle Glover after a boating accident last year.
Usher Raymond V is being treated at an Atlanta hospital and will, hopefully, make a full recovery.
Watch "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film" as Jay-Z explains how art and Hip Hop are alike. The film features Wale, Taraji P. Henson, Lyor Cohen and Rosie Perez, among others.
Jay-Z premiered Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film tonight (August 2) on HBO.
"Concerts are pretty much performance art," Jay-Z said at the start of the film. "The venues change. Just by nature of the venues, the performance changes. If you're in a smaller venue, it's a bit more intimate so you get to feel the energy of the people...In a concert, especially in a large concert, all that energy comes to you. What do you do with that energy? So, today, it's kind of an exchange. You have somewhere to drop it back off."
Jay-Z also talked about the relationship between art and Hip Hop.
"When art started becoming part of the galleries, it became a separation between culture and even in Hip Hop, people were almost like, 'Art is too bourgeois,'" Jay-Z said. "We are artists. We're alike. We're cousins. That's where it's really exciting for me, bringing the worlds back together."
Jay-Z also talked about his views on Rap.
"Rap is pretty much thinking out loud," he said in the film. "You're talking and putting your fears and your vulnerabilities, you're putting your bravado and your insecurities all on music and it's there for the world to see. You're really giving a glimpse of who you are."
Hip Hop pioneer Fab Five Freddy, rapper Wale, actress Taraji P. Henson, record executive Lyor Cohen and filmmaker Judd Apatow were among those involved in the performance film, which can be seen in its entirety below via Life+Times.
Picasso Baby's director Mark Romanek spoke about the idea behind the film, as reported earlier today. "The idea of performance art came to mind," Romanek said. "I was aware of Marina Abramovic's Artist is Present, even though I was in London shooting 'Never Let Me Go' and didn't get to go. And the idea that Jay-Z regularly performs to 60,000 people at a time, I thought, 'What about performing at one person at a time?' He absolutely loved it. He interrupted me and said, 'Hold on! I've got chills. That idea is perfect.' He thinks, like me, that the music video has had its era. I also wanted to make sure we had Marina's blessing. So she attended the event and took part in the event. She couldn't have been more happy or enthusiastic about us using her concept and pushing it forward." Wale recently spoke on the performance. "It shows the possibilities of Hip Hop," Wale told Vogue. "I’m in this type of profession that can bring all kinds of people out. It’s almost as strong as politics and powerful as religion.
Alley Boy refers to the music industry as a "follower gang," says every artist needs something to latch on to.
While the term “extortion” typically refers to a person or persons being manipulated out of their money, according to Atlanta rapper Alley Boy, a number of rappers in the industry are being extorted, but it isn’t their money they’re losing.
Alley Boy freely discussed his gripes with the music industry, an industry he referred to as “fake” and “fucked up,” during an appearance on the Forbez DVD radio show. The rapper even went on to share his thoughts on what he feels is the non-monetary based extortion that takes place in the industry, artists being extorted out of work (verses, music videos, etc.).
“The extortion don’t come through money so much. A nigga can extort you out of work. Nigga, you give a nigga a verse and a video and you that type of artist, nigga you already getting 15,000 a verse and 15 for a video. Nigga, you done gave a nigga 30,000,” Alley Boy explained. “So, you ain’t gotta give him no money. You gave him the money…It be that type of shit. A lot of these niggas don’t find they self til they get money.”
The Atlantic Records artist further commented on the music industry during his interview, referring to it as “a follower gang” filled with artists searching for something to latch on to.
“It’s a follower gang. You know what I’m saying? Everybody done been influenced by something,” said the War Cry rapper. “And some people—when they ain’t got nothing else to latch on to they’ll latch on to the wrong thang. No matter what it is, whether it’s good or bad, people want to latch on to something. If they ain’t got nothing to personally root for or represent…Then it’s so many wannabe’s. You know what I’m saying? Out of 10 niggas, it probably ain’t but one who’s solid these days.”
T.I. also talks about being an independent artist and the success he's achieved despite adversities.
T.I. recently spoke about his interactions with 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne on the "America's Most Wanted Festival." The Georgia rapper also talked about succeeding despite adversities and why he feels he is a "multi-media company" in an interview with.
"We speak at least once or twice a day," T.I. said of 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne in an interview with Life+Times. "It's very rare when you're around people who have as much as you. They don't need you for nothing. When people have as much as you, it's like we're only around one another because we enjoy one another's company. When we cease to enjoy one another's company, there's nothing keeping me around you. I can leave over here and have just as much fun by myself. So could you. You've got your own money. You've got your own girls. Now if somebody's around you because when they're around you, they can be introduced to more than they can be by themselves, then it's not just about the company at that point. So that's the organic nature of how we communicate with one another."
T.I. also talked about what it's like to be an independent artist after being signed to Atlantic and Arista.
"I own all my music, my publishing, my [merchandise], my touring rights, my everything," he said. "I don't even know if there will be a next deal because for an artist of my caliber in order to go out there and do a deal and pretty much lock yourself down with a distributor, it has to be a considerable investment. You can't just go sign superstars for hundreds of thousands of dollars nowadays.
"If you're looking at it like you're signing an artist, you're already looking at it backwards," he continued. "You've gotta look at it like you're acquiring a multi-media company because I've operated in so many different facets. So, maybe it's a little too healthy for the traditional sense of what record companies are able to do right now, so maybe it has to be something unconventional."
T.I. also spoke about how he feels when analyzing his career and the adversities he has come across along the way.
"When you have other things going in your life other than your business and you are available to maintain a significant level of success and notoriety outside of those plights and [adverse] circumstances, then I rate myself on a different scale now," he said. "I know what I could have done had I not had those adversities in my way. Considering that I have, I have to put myself on a different scale, a different timeline. I could have done so much more outside of those things, if those things had not taken place. Since they have, to even still be here is worth healthy, healthy admiration of myself. You ain't got to admire me for it but I can because I know what it took to get here."
T.I. gives credit to the family of Trayvon Martin for their level-headedness throughout the George Zimmerman trial.
The death of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin and the highly-publicized trial that followed remains a much-discussed topic of conversation with many still voicing their opinion on the matter. Among those to offer their thoughts on the George Zimmerman trial was Atlanta rapper T.I. who didn’t hold back when it concerned comments he made this week.
During an interview with Power 98 FM, T.I. revealed that he would have taken justice into his own hands if he was the father of Trayvon Martin and would have instead found himself on trial.
“Man, it was some bullshit…My hat goes off to the Martin family, because if it was me and my child, it wouldn’t have been no trial,” said T.I., according to Radio.com. “I’d have been on trial. It would’ve been the trial of the father who killed the man who killed [his child]. That would have been my story. My hat goes off because they [the Martin family] are much more clear and level-headed thinkers than I. I definitely think something needs to be done, but it’s just another harsh reminder of the world that we live in.”
T.I.’s comments about the Zimmerman trial comes shortly after fellow rapper Rick Ross released “I Wonder Why,” a record in which the Maybach Music Group founder compares himself to Martin and even uses audio from the trial in the song’s outro.
Later in his interview with Power 98 FM, the Hustle Gang leader touched on his upcoming album, Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown. While the rapper turned reality star didn’t reveal many album specifics, he did promise a project that would make whoever decides to distribute the album very “happy.”
“I’ve been working on this one since the last one dropped,” T.I. revealed. “I haven’t decided exactly where I’m going to take [the new album] yet as far as a company for distribution, but wherever I take it, there’s going to be some happy people in that building.”
The New Jersey native who was the longtime fourth member of Geto Boys also explains joining a gun-range to protect himself from Rap-A-Lot Records.
Trenton, New Jersey native DJ Ready Red was a founding member of the Geto Boys. The legendary Houston, Texas-based group has seen numerous personnel changes since its inception over 27 years ago, however Ready Red, who produced many of the group's earliest hits, was active on the group's first three albums, Making Trouble, Grip It! On That Other Level, and the Rick Rubin-produced self-titled 1990 LP. Although reportedly involved in the group's fourth album, 1991's We Can't Be Stopped, Ready departed from the group and Rap-A-Lot Records prior to its July release.
While the most famous line-up of Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill has toured throughout the last three years, the fourth artist included on The Geto Boys cover artwork recently explained why he refuses to join.
"I'ma keep it real," Red began to tell Prezident Bejda's Murder Master Music Show this week, "I was an artist and a producer on [Rap-A-Lot Records]. In the beginning, we all got paid evenly split four ways. When I came back, I was offered to do shows for like $100-$200. I was thinking, 'Y'all must be crazy because I started this thing, and y'all are trying to do me like that,' because I would never do y'all like that. I left [the group] because I got tired of the B.S. that was going on; and they just wanna pay me a small fee when we started clockin' the bigger dough. I'm not doing it. We were equal members and we should have all been paid equally," said Ready Red, whose group participation predated both emcees Willie D and Scarface (f/k/a Akshun).
"I stood my ground on that one and I have no regrets all these years later because I see that nothing has been accomplished. [J. Prince] still has all the money," he said of Rap-A-Lot's founder, who often appeared on Geto Boys albums. "Everybody has been through something dealing with this record company and nobody has anything. I'm glad I got out."
Although he left the group and the notorious label over 20 years ago, DJ Ready Red, who still performs, explains why he never faced confrontation, as other Rap-A-Lot acts did. " A lot of other people who left Rap-A-Lot [were victims to] home invasions; they got pistol whipped, and got their equipment took back, but I was going to the [gun] range. I was learning to shoot, [learning how to] take care of myself, and defend myself, so if you was gonna run up on me you was gonna get double tapped."