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Origin unveils the Can't Stop Won't Stop clothing series!

In 2004, CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation author Jeff Chang asked SF-based T-shirtologist Mike Stern of Origin to translate crucial political and cultural ideas from the book into visually compelling designs. The limited edition Can't Stop Won't Stop / Origin t-shirts capture the style, wit, emotion and breadth of this instant hip-hop history classic.

Mike came up with three visually stunning designs: Black Lights, Global Roots, and Breakin' Through. The shirts reflect the hip-hop generation's journey to crush invisibility, to represent and unite youth globally, and to reflect a generation's desires to inspire and incite, to rebel and raise consciousness at the same time. "It's an honor to work with Mike. I love his total attention to quality, design, and freshness," says Jeff Chang. "Mike's three t-shirt designs are works of art in themselves."

Origin founder Mike Stern is an award-winning painter and graphic designer who began as a graf writer in the 80s, has illustrated for URB, XLR8R, and Tokion Magazines, has been featured in high-end design books, and co-founded the influential clothing company Half-Life with skateboarding pro Matt Field. He is best known for wild performance paintings staged with artists like MF Doom, Aceyalone, and the Shapeshifters.

Mike started Origin in 2003 to make t-shirts that, he says, "weren't going to be just a well-arranged jumble of thread meant to keep the breeze off your back, but something more--something with political, social or cultural commentary, and always with the dopest design at the party!"

CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP is a groundbreaking history of the most important cultural movement of the past fifty years. CSWS features oOriginal interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, gang members, and unforgettable portraits of hip-hop's forebears and founders, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube. The New Yorker calls the book "one of the most urgent and passionate histories of popular music ever written."

Check out the shirts now at the Origin website,, and this Saturday at the Brave New Voices Festival in San Francisco. Details on the Saturday event are at:

The shirts are available at Future Primitive Sound and True in San Francisco, Transit in San Mateo, Workmen's Outlet in LA - 7562 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, Fifth Element in Minneapolis, and many other fine stores soon - check Origin's web site for an updated list of stores.

Online, you can find the shirts at The Giant Peach (, Fabric 8 (, and of course, Origin's online store (

Find out more.

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Global Roots >


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Afeni Shakur Speaks Out on Recent Rap Feud Resolution

LOS ANGELES, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Afeni Shakur is speaking out on the resolution of the most recent hip-hop feud, this one having resulted in an actual street fight between T.I. and H-Town's Lil' Flip. Ms. Shakur, mother of rap's greatest icon, Tupac Amaru Shakur, is no stranger to the world of hip-hop violence and is elated that the riff between T.I. and Flip was reportedly settled behind closed doors in a peaceful sit-down session.

Ms. Shakur is grateful for the quiet end to the latest in what has been a string of rap-related violence. "It's been nearly ten years since everything between Tupac and Biggie (The Notorious B.I.G.) and rappers today are paying a lot of lip service to the lessons they learned from that tragedy, but how many of them are actually showing it in their actions? For T.I. and Lil' Flip to actually sit down together and actually talk about their issues, rather than automatically resorting to violence, is a wonderful lesson for the rest of the rap community and the young audience that looks up to them."

Ms. Shakur has just launched her "Keep Kids Alive" campaign, designed to stop the unnecessary deaths that take the lives of one youth every 18 minutes in the United States, through car accidents, suicides and homicides. "There are so many other ways to resolve conflicts than violence and the actions of these two young men are beautiful and mature responses to what could have escalated to something very tragic. This is precisely the type of example the rap community needs to be reminded of today before we have any more misfortunes on our hands that will forever affect so many lives."

"I'm proud of the way T.I. and Lil' Flip have settled their differences. If other rappers can follow in their footsteps and mend differences in the mature way these two have, it will be a better world for all of us -- especially the young people that idolize these artists. It was the world my son strived for and it is wonderful to see it actually having taken place in this instance. My hope is that others will see this, take it to heart and truly learn from it."

Ms. Shakur is preparing to open Phase 1 of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia on June 11, 2005. Phase 1 will include a Peace Garden dedicated to the memory of those who are no longer with us and will carry on the legacy of her late son and his message of peace and hope -- a message perfectly exemplified by this latest rap feud's passive and harmonious resolution.

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Source: Afeni Shakur

CONTACT: Versa Manos of Gorgeous PR, +1-323-658-9146, or fax,
+1-323-658-6189,, for Afeni Shakur

So So Def/Virgin Collection Spotlights Wide Array of New Hip-Hop Talent

"JERMAINE DUPRI PRESENTS... YOUNG, FLY & FLASHY VOL. 1" Represents Best of Southern Urban Energy, Culture and Lifestyle

NEW YORK, NY--(MARKET WIRE)--Apr 21, 2005 -- With inspiration from the streets and the booming beat laboratories of Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans and all points in between, the upcoming So So Def/Virgin collection "JERMAINE DUPRI PRESENTS... YOUNG, FLY & FLASHY VOL. 1" promises to inject a heavy dose of Southern flavor into the national hip-hop scene at its release on July 19.

Virgin Records Urban Music President Jermaine Dupri noted that the album continues a decade of Southern-based talent development that has yielded both crossover hits and music for the hardcore. Says super-producer Dupri, who has helmed current smash hits for superstar artists like Mariah Carey and Usher: "'Young, Fly & Flashy' is the definition of myself and the lifestyle of So So Def. This collection is an introduction of the new, up-and-coming So So Def artists: Young Capone, T. Waters and The Kid Slim, among others."

The first single and video release from the collection is the club banger "Gotta Getcha" from Dupri himself. Concurrently, the streets will continue to bubble with two additional tracks: the serious-as-a-heart-attack battle rhyme "I'm Hot" by Young Capone with West Coast rapper Daz and T-Roc guesting; and "Throw'd Off," by T. Waters. The song "I Think They Like Me," by Franchise featuring So So Def kingpin Dupri, has already been leaked pre-release and is currently heating up mixtapes and underground rap radio mix shows from coast to coast. Dupri also heads up "10 Toes," with help from J-Kwon, Stat Quo, Slim and Daz.

Both regionally established and new artists have a turn in the spotlight on "JERMAINE DUPRI PRESENTS... YOUNG, FLY & FLASHY VOL. 1." Atlanta hip-hop vet Pastor Troy contributes "Just To Fight;" and KP & Envy, best known for their gold-certified 1997 single "Swing My Way," appear in "Hands Up." Kavious' "Kodak Moment," bubbling out of the Memphis underground, is also a highlight, with featured appearances by Bun B and Pastor Troy. Rounding out the artist line-up is Miss B ("Grown Man), Kato ("So What") and Young Capone's "Young, Fly & Flashy."

The best-selling compilations on the So So Def label have acted as national launching pads for young Southern talent ever since the release of the 1996 album "So So Def Bass All Stars, Vol. 1," which was gold-certified within eight weeks of its chart entry. From that album, Ghost Town DJ's unique beat-ballad "My Boo" emerged as a cross-format hit single, as did "Whatz Up, Whatz Up" by Playa Poncho featuring L.A. Sno.

Two hit singles broke out from the second installment of the series, "So So Def Bass All Stars, Vol. II," released in 1997, "Love You Down" by INOJ, and "Freak It" by Lathun, featuring Da Brat. Reviews in Vibe, The Source and Rap Pages all called attention to the increasingly diverse nature of the Southern music represented in the series, as Volume II introduced Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith as a producer, in the same year that he and Playa Poncho made their chart debut in the group Lil Jon and the East Side Boys.

"So So Def Bass All Stars, Vol. III" was highlighted by the 1998 gold-certified single "Time After Time" by INOJ, and an early introduction to the Ying Yang Twins; Vibe noted that the collection took "bass music's raw, dirty, rump-shakin', one-leg-up street style to a higher level." Throughout the entire series, seminal stars of Southern bass like DJ Kizzy Rock, M.C. A.D.E., DJ Smurf, Corina and Gucci Crew II all shared the stage with developing talent.

The 2002 album "So So Def Presents: Definition of a Remix" was a retrospective of a hit-making label and an all-star party, with new versions of a pair of hits by the double-platinum act Jagged Edge, "Where the Party At?" and "Let's Get Married," as well as a remix of Dru Hill's 1997 platinum No. 1 R&B/No. 4 pop single "In My Bed." P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, DJ Run and Clipse, among others, joined Jermaine Dupri, Jagged Edge, Da Brat, and Bow Wow on the album.

Concludes Dupri: "So So Def has had a lot of success with compilations over the years when Lil Jon was my A&R guy. He created the compilation series, but really focused more on bass music. 'Young, Fly & Flashy' is more about today's hip-hop sound. It's heavy on the So So Def branding so people will know and recognize that So So Def is still a strong presence in the streets -- we'll be here another 20 years."


Patti Webster
732 469 5955

Marlynn Snyder
Virgin Records
212 786 8318

Jackie O. Asare
212 431 5227

Source: Virgin Records

CB BRAND Introduces Second Skin Denim(TM) for Curved Bottoms

The Woman Behind Apple Bottoms By Nelly Announces the Launch of CB Brand ... for Curved Bottoms

LOS ANGELES, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- CB BRAND is a lifestyle collection resulting from two women's daily struggle to achieve the denim trinity -- fit, fabric, and finish -- for the natural body. "Not only am I the CEO of CB Brand, but I am also a client," states Leslie Ungar, co-founder of CB Brand who is no stranger to the quest of finding the perfect "dream fit" for the curves of a woman.

Only months after the licensing of Apple Bottoms by Nelly, (the denim line Ungar launched with the multiplatinum-selling hip-hop artist), Ungar is already back to business and launching CB Brand with Tessia Thomas, the former Director of Operations for Apple Bottoms by Nelly. CB Brand is as derriere- friendly but with several new twists and innovations for the women's "premium better bottoms" market.

With this new collection, Ungar and Thomas introduce the four-way stretch denim. Unlike regular denim which pulls only up or down, CB Brand's "Second Skin(TM)" denim conforms around the body. Second Skin(TM) is a new, luxury denim fabric originally developed in Italy and trademarked by the CB Brand. The curved cut of the fabric follows the natural curves of a woman's body.

Women-owned, female-driven. CB Brand ... because every woman has curves.

Source: CB Brand

CONTACT: Iris Yen, +1-310-379-0333, or , for CB

Web site:

H3's Canadian Connection Working to Perfection

HipHopSodaShops Making Converts Across Canada Symbol: FCTN.PK

NEW YORK, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- M-Four International of Quebec today announced that negotiations are well under way with several well known Canadian foodservice chains to convert existing locations to H3's HipHopSodaShops under a 100 unit Master Franchise Agreement recently signed between M-Four and H3. H3Enterprises (formerly Halls of HipHop) signed a Purchase Agreement on Monday with FransAction, Inc. and is now the first publicly traded company ("FCTN") dedicated exclusively to the Hip Hop culture and community. Details of M-Four's Canadian activities will be discussed at H3's Times Square press conference.

HipHopSodaShops offer the healthiest menu combos in fast food including H3Raps (80% fewer carbs than subs or sandwiches), and H3WhiteTea, an exclusive line of great tasting sodas, teas, lemonades, and energy drinks containing organic White Tea, with 5 times the anti-oxidants and health benefits found in a 20 oz. serving of Green Tea. H3 is also the first franchise to feature competitive CyberSports, both in-store and online, offering daily prizes and culminating with H3'sWorldSeries of CyberSports, the Las Vegas tournament that creates instant millionaires of winners in every major category.

M-Four International, North America's most comprehensive franchise, licensing, and marketing organization, has served more than 60 North American franchise companies over the past 25 years. M-Four is already in discussions with several of Canada's most prominent recording artists and Hip Hop personalities to facilitate H3's store openings. "We are pleased to welcome Scott Boogie, a top Canadian Hip Hop personality who has become part of the H3 team, as well as Michel de Montigny, who is extremely well known in the French world of entertainment as one of its top producers and songwriters," said Martin Greenspon, President of M-Four.

"When a show runs down, you don't change the theater, you change the show," continued Greenspon, "and right now we've got the hottest show on earth." H3 can quickly and affordably give fast food chains a 'total makeover', offering brand name awareness and recognition by targeting the dominant, fastest growing cultural lifestyle, its music, clothing and merchandise. M-Four has also structured a "Limited Partnership" program which will accommodate the investments of a number of U.S. and Canadian sports celebrities.

Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG) estimates that 45.3 million consumers are now spending $12.6 billion a year on Hip Hop media and merchandise worldwide. Increases in almost all categories have exceeded 100% compounded annually over the last 10 years, far surpassing even the headiest growth rates sustained by the personal computer. SLMG also states that "Approximately 80% of Hip Hop spending comes from whites in the 13-35 age group, with a total spending power of over $1 trillion."

"The Hip Hop culture is enjoying remarkable success in Canada," said Brian "H3" Peters, President and co-founder of H3. "The astounding growth experienced in music sales, TV and radio ratings, merchandising, and concert and event attendance, are all indicators of an extremely lucrative market."

H3 is the owner, creator, licensor, and franchiser of Halls of HipHop, HipHopSodaShops, H3Raps, H3WhiteTea, H3CyberSports, H3Merchandise, and H30 ( .

Source: M-Four International

CONTACT: M-Four International, Diane Champagne: 514-765-9604,

Multi-Platinum Grammy Winners The Black Eyed Peas Release Monkey Business On June 7, 2005

First Single From New Album 'Don't Phunk With My Heart'; Album Features James Brown, Justin Timberlake and Sting; Summer U.S. Tour Announced

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Global multi-platinum, A&M recording artists THE BLACK EYED PEAS have completed their eagerly anticipated fourth album, entitled Monkey Business -- the follow up to their 2003 breakthrough release, Elephunk which sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide. Led by its first single, "Don't Phunk With My Heart" (released April 12) and its accompanying video directed by The Malloys (Black Eyed Peas' "Shut Up," Foo Fighters, blink-182, Ben Harper), Monkey Business arrives in stores June 7th.

In support of Monkey Business, The Black Eyed Peas launch their U.S. tour in Atlanta on June 11 at the Music MidTown Festival and will be on the road across the country through August.

Featuring 16 tracks, including collaborations with Godfather of Soul James Brown ("They Don't Want Music"), Justin Timberlake ("My Style") and Sting ("Union"), Monkey Business spans a hip-hop spectrum from pop to surf to soul. Recorded in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, London, Miami and even the Peas' tour bus and a Japanese bullet train, the album was produced largely by

After two critically acclaimed albums (1998's Behind The Front and 2000's Bridging The Gap), The Black Eyed Peas broke through with Elephunk. Released in summer 2003, Elephunk spent 95 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. The album has sold 2,500,000+ copies in the U.S. and nearly 5,000,000 more elsewhere around the world. The success of Elephunk was propelled by the hit singles, "Where Is The Love?" (#1), "Hey Mama" (#8) and "Let's Get It Started" (#4). "Let's Get It Started" won a 2005 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group and nominations for Record of the Year and Best Rap Song. "Hey Mama" was also nominated in the latter category and its video snagged an MTV Video Music Award. "Where Is The Love?" was honored with 2004 Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Song Collaboration.

The Black Eyed Peas also took home awards from Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Sweden, Brazil and Australia, along with statuettes from MTV Europe, MTV Asia and MTV India, and a pair of nominations for the U.K.'s prestigious Brit Awards.

(tour dates follow below; venues soon to be announced)

11 Atlanta/Music MidTown Festival
12 Tampa, FL
13 Orlando, FL
14 Boca Raton, FL
17 Philadelphia, PA
18 Washington DC
21 Pittsburgh, PA
22 Cleveland, OH
24 (Radio show, Sacramento)
25 (Radio show, Seattle)
26 Chicago, IL
29 Columbus, OH
30 Indianapolis, IN

1 Detroit, MI
2 St Louis, MO
3 New Orleans, LA
4 Atlantic City, NJ
7 Quebec City, QUE
8 Montreal, QUE
9 Ottawa, ONT
10 Toronto, ONT
11 London, ONT
13 Minneapolis, MN
15 Winnipeg, MAN
16 Saskatoon, SAS
17 Edmonton, ALB
18 Grand Prairie, ALB
19 Calgary, ALB
21 Victoria, BC
22 Vancouver, BC
23 Kelowna, BC
26 Denver, CO
28 Los Angeles, CA
29 San Diego, CA
31 New York, NY w/Dave Matthews Band

2 Uncasville, CT
3 Boston, MA
12 San Francisco, CA w/Dave Matthews Band
13 San Francisco, CA w/Dave Matthews Band

* - All Dates/Cities/Routing Subject To Change.

Source: A&M

CONTACT: Hillary Siskind, +1-212-841-8055,,
for A&M

Independent Rap, Hip-Hop & Spoken Word Artists Wanted

A new web site dedicated to independent rap, hip-hop and spoken word artists has come on line. The site will focus on independent artists and news related to the independent artists.

Distribution Source : ArriveNet

Date : Thursday - April 21, 2005 Official PR Release -- (ArriveNet - Apr 21, 2005) --A new web site dedicated to independent rap, hip-hop and spoken word artists has come on line. The site will focus on independent artists and news related to the independent artists.

The site says There are many good artists out today and many do not get the recognition they deserve or you never hear of them because they are not signed to a major.

It seems that the major record companies are not really looking for artists out side of the mainstream. The site adds More and more we are being sold the same artists with the same beats and we all know there is more of a pool of artists than what the mainstream and the majors are trying to force feed us.

With the face of hip-hop culture changing the site says: Hip-Hop is changing, but the faces seem to be the same. True Hip-Hop is being lost to the corporations and it is becoming a money game, and the messages that we need to be hearing are censored and denied to be put on wax.

Most of us know that the underground hip-hop music is a lot fresher than much of the major stuff out now. We hope to provide a place to give exposure to not only hip-hop and rap artists but also spoken word artist; Remember that there is more music out there than what we are being sold by the majors and with stiff competition, the artists who are signed to the majors will have to step up their game to keep up with what most of us already know is out here. the site admin. adds.

If you can contribute or have news to share feel free to contact them.

Please visit and add your news or if you are an artist add your information. Email all information and news to

Corporations Communicating Through Hip Hop

The Finish Line, Inc. recently hired Chosen Dance Company, a professional Hip Hop dance company, as a "non-traditional, high-energy" way to roll-out Back-to-School product lines at Finish Line's recent national manager's meeting.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 18, 2005 -- The Finish Line, Inc. recently hired Chosen Dance Company to perform and help roll-out Back-to-School product lines at Finish Line's national manager's meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Chosen dancers wore clothing from the new product lines as they demonstrated Hip Hop dance moves to attendees. Chosen's dance reflected the diversity in product, store type, and customer base that makes Finish Line one of the nation's leading athletic specialty retailers.

"We were looking for a 'non-traditional' way to showcase the product line and speak to managers with a high-energy format," said Sean Salter, Managing Director of Creative Services at Finish Line. Chosen's performance included Lockin', Poppin', Breakin' and Animation, and portrayed a story of how the clothing lines have evolved throughout the years.

"Finish Line's product and consumers are very diverse in our category; from high-end running shoes to flip-flops, hardcore ballers to everyday athletes," said Salter.

"Recognizing the importance of diversity can lead to great accomplishment," said Clyde Evans, Jr., creative director and founder of Chosen Dance Company. "Hip Hop has evolved into arguably America's most prominent culture because of its ability to take pieces of unique dance styles and bring them together into a dynamic dance category that has drawn great diversity and appeal."

While many companies including Finish Line have found Hip Hop culture's vast appeal profitable in their marketing campaigns, Finish Line also looked to use Hip Hop culture on an internal level at their corporate meeting. "Hip Hop dance is a powerful medium for communication, even on internal communication levels," said Clyde Evans, Jr. "Corporate America is beginning to recognize that."

About Finish Line
The Finish Line, Inc. is one of the nation's leading athletic specialty retailers offering the best selection of footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids. Finish Line is publicly traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol FINL and currently operates 608 Finish Line stores in 46 states and online. In addition, the Company also operates 37 Man Alive stores in nine states. To learn more about Finish Line, visit and to learn more about Man Alive visit

About Chosen Dance Company
Chosen Dance Company uses Hip Hop dance to create entertaining and educational performances suitable for theater, schools, film, and live entertainment, while maintaining the individuality that defines Hip Hop. Chosen Dance Company's goals are the validation of Hip Hop dance as a true art form and the accessibility of Hip Hop to audiences regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender. Chosen believes that it can take Hip Hop dance beyond its traditional boundaries while preserving its purity.

Visit to learn more about Chosen Dance Company, their performance history and exciting clips from past performances.

Media Contact:
Leexan Hong


ProHipHop Debuts Talking Hip Hop Business with Tahir On Hood Economics

San Francisco, April 21 /ProHipHop/ -- ProHipHop, the hip hop and rap music business news blog, this week debuts Talking Hip Hop Business with rapper Tahir discussing Hood Economics in a feature entitled "The Revolutionary Heart of the Dirty South."

Talking Hip Hop Business is a new addition to ProHipHop featuring hip hop business people discussing the business of hip hop and rap music. In the first edition, rapper and producer Tahir shares his perspectives on the philosophy behind his third release Hood Economics. Tahir mixes thoughts on self-determination for African people in the U.S. with a basic business perspective derived from his own struggles as a hip hop producer and businessman and the inspiration of such folks as his parents, who ran a neighborhood grocery store, the Jam Pony Express DJs and Roc-A-Fella founders Jay-Z, Damon Dash, and Kareem "Biggs" Burke.

Hood Economics is also the title of Tahir's third solo release. You may know Tahir from his work with Abu as the production team Hedrush. Their work appears on albums from Dead Prez, The Coup, The Roots and Thrill A Playa, as well as in the films Soul In The Hole, Brooklyn Babylon and The Ladykillers. They are now part of a larger project, Hedrush LLC.

Future editions of Talking Hip Hop Business will feature such figures as New Bay artist Balance, the Bay Area Mixtape King, discussing career building and marketing with mixtapes and Phillis Pollack, publicist for NWA and Bushwick Bill, on the life of a hip hop publicist.

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Hedrush LLC -

For further information about ProHipHop, please contact:
Clyde Smith

About ProHipHop
ProHipHop, based in San Francisco, is a hip hop trade blog serving hip hop business news and analysis on a daily basis. Publisher and author Clyde Smith launched ProHipHop in the fall of 2004 in order to provide a resource for those involved with hip hop business across industry sectors and those wishing to understand the business of hip hop. In addition to attracting business folks, ProHipHop has become a favorite hip hop news destination for hip hop heads as well as the simply curious.

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Winners Announced for the 2005 Detroit Music Awards

DETROIT, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Eminem, the White Stripes, Anita Baker and the Funk Brothers were among the top names receiving Detroit Music Awards in a ceremony Wednesday night at the State Theatre in downtown Detroit.

Eminem received the Outstanding National Major Label Album prize for 2004's "Encore," while Baker won the Outstanding National Single trophy for "You're My Everything." The White Stripes' clip for "Black Math" was the Outstanding Major Budget Video winner, and "The Best Of The Funk Brothers" was named Outstanding Anthology/Compilation/Reissue.

The top DMA recipient overall was singer-songwriter Beth Stalker, who won five awards -- for Outstanding Limited Budget Video and four Gospel/Christian categories. Also winning multiple awards were country singer Terrie Lea, the R&B outfit the Detroit Women, singer-songwriter Jill Jack, rapper Paradime, electronic artist Amp Fiddler and the R&B act Nadir & Distorted Soul.

The winners in 11 fields and 73 categories were chosen by votes from nearly 700 members of Detroit's professional music community.

Distinguished Achievement Awards were presented to outgoing Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Neeme Jarvi, the late rockabilly star Don Rader, veteran trumpeter and bandleader Johnny Trudell and Grammy-winning producer and co-leader of the band Was (Not Was) Don Was.

In conjunction with the GreatStuff newsletter, the DMAs also conducted a GreatSounds public vote. Winners in that poll were: Beth Stalker (Favorite Artist); "The Best of the Funk Brothers" (Favorite Album); the State Theatre (Favorite Venue (Small)); the Fox Theatre (Favorite Venue (Large)); the DTE Energy Music Theatre (Favorite Outdoor Venue); and the Labor Day weekend Arts, Beats & Eats (Favorite Festival).

The full list of 2005 Detroit Music Awards winners includes:



Source: Motor City Music Foundation

CONTACT: Matt Lee of Motor City Music Foundation, +1-248-931-2443

iriver Announces 'The Series' - Free Online Hip-Hop Powered by AudioFeast

The Series Features Hottest Independent Artists and Giants of Hip-Hop

MILPITAS, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- iriver, the leading innovator in digital entertainment, and AudioFeast, the first portable Internet radio provider for MP3 players, today launched "The Series," a range of free streaming hip-hop shows available at The Series delivers five commercial free hip-hop shows, including an exclusive iriver channel hosted by iriver Music Group artist $traw.

iriver is offering its music fans a mix of hip-hop entertainment that is refreshed weekly and can be synched with a variety of iriver players. Listeners can check out some of the hottest independent artists, get a classic lesson from the giants of hip-hop or visit the "Hot Spot" which features some of the biggest names in the industry.

Current show line-up includes:

-- Independent Artists: Breaking new artists from the ground up, host
$traw from the iriver Music Group brings you hip hop's hottest talent
first. Bringing exclusive cuts from unsigned artists, you won't want to
miss what $traw and producer DJ Spider drop each week.
-- The Foundation: Get a classic lesson from the giants of hip-hop past.
Hear artists like Grandmaster Flash, Erik B. and Rakim, N.W.A,
Schoolly D and many more. Host Davey D is a hip-hop historian,
journalist and DJ. He's been down with hip hop since 1977 in the Bronx
where he started out as an emcee for two crews; TDK out of Co-op City
and the Avengers out of the Marble Hill Section of the Bronx.
-- The Mix Show: Move over for DJ Backside as she takes over the
turntables for an hour of non-stop beats each week. Hear hip-hop's
hottest artists blended and remixed -- 50 Cent, Snoop, Ciara, Jay-Z and
many more. When Oakland's DJ Backside isn't mixing, catch her in the
Bay Area's hottest clubs and on the radio every Friday night.
-- The Hot Spot: Plug in for a blazin' hour of commercial-free hip-hop
and R&B featuring tracks from the biggest names in the game: G-Unit,
Eminem, Lil Flip, Kayne West and many more.
-- The Bassment: Step down to The Bassment for hip-hop you won't find on
mainstream radio. Get into the mix with DJ Spider for underground cuts
from artists like Common, Geto Boys, Quasimoto, Time Machine, Kice and

"It's great to have a partner like iriver who is as supportive of independent artists and music services as we are," said Jennifer Doyle, AudioFeast's vice president of marketing. "AudioFeast offers tons of diverse music, which include the many independent artists involved with iriver. These artists help keep our independent channels street level and totally fresh."

"At the end of the day, we're all avid music fans," said Jonathan Sasse, president of iriver America. "iriver is thrilled to not only provide the best players to enjoy music but also to support the music community and independent artists by bringing new independent music and classics to our customers. AudioFeast provided us with a unique technology solution that is allowing The Series to become a reality."

iriver's The Series is available on the web at: .

About the iriver Music Group

The iriver Music Group works in partnership with today's most talented independent artists, helping to provide national exposure and promotional opportunities. Las Vegas-based hip-hop artist $traw, the iriver Music Group's premiere member, has just wrapped up performing at Maxim Magazine's Spring Break Party in Cancun and is currently featured in the pages of The Source, VIBE and other national publications.

About AudioFeast, Inc.

AudioFeast, Inc. is first to market with a portable Internet radio service for MP3 players, mobile devices and PCs. The service features more than 400 channels of "all you can listen to" news, sports, music and entertainment radio programming. Built on its patent pending Virtual Broadcast Network, AudioFeast can deliver radio programs to a variety of portable devices, and over networks, with far greater ease-of-use, reliability and cost efficiency than traditional distribution methods. Founded in 2002, the company is privately funded. For information call 650-940-9418 or visit

About iriver

iriver is the leading innovator in delivering portable digital media devices. iriver provides consumers with the viewing, listening and recording flexibility to accommodate their active lifestyles by manufacturing award-winning hybrid products supporting existing and emerging formats. Milpitas-based iriver America, Inc. can be found on the Web at

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Lincoln and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson Showcase Urban Cool With Luxury Events

ATLANTA, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- With fashion, music and entertainment serving as the blueprint for urban cool, Ford Motor Company's Lincoln brand teams up with NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson for a series of signature events designed to celebrate the essence of luxury. Lincoln highlights the newest member of its family, the all-new 2006 Mark LT -- the truck that boasts luxury, style, comfort and functionality. The first of these luxury immersions happens tonight at Atlanta hotspot 'Compound.'

Recognizing the increasing demand for personalization, Lincoln has created "Step Into UnExpected Luxury" events to highlight the range in auto customization options amidst an environment that showcases the essence of true luxury. Custom-built Lincoln Mark LTs will be featured.

The popularity of automotive reality television shows such as SPIKE TV's Ride with Funkmaster Flex and MTV's Pimp My Ride have fueled the desire by the average consumer to expect more from their rides. From the tricked-out cars that define hip hop cool to the more sophisticated luxury trucks and SUVs, audiences are much more savvy, and looking for options for their rides that reflect personal tastes and styles. Often they look to music and sports stars who embrace extreme-bling with preferred features like big wheels and spinning rims, custom grills, hi-powered hydraulics, designer interiors, video game consoles, hi-tech navigation systems, accented door handles, embedded laptop computers, metallic running boards and emblematic details.

This trend is certainly not unique to celebrities. American families are certainly part of this craze embracing custom features such as DVD monitors on head restraints so kids can enjoy watching movies and entertain themselves with video game systems.

Joining Lincoln in defining this luxury experience is leading urban lifestyle franchise DUB. Widely known as the official voice of urban auto aficionados, DUB has helped define urban cool through its close association with celebrities such as Wyclef Jean, 50 Cents, Carmelo Anthony, as well as product integration in music videos, movies, and gaming.

"Hip hop serves as the driving force of popular culture, creating lifestyle trends that impact consumer behavior, from choices in fashion to music to rides," adds Myles Kovacs, publisher of DUB magazine. "With the hip hop community's embrace of hi-end, customized, luxury rides, they are propelling an already multi-billion dollar auto industry into its next phase."

About the Events

The "Step into Unexpected Luxury" will be presented by Lincoln and celebrated entrepreneur and NBA icon Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and include an elite mix of partners from fashion, music, and lifestyle. Special guest performances will include platinum-recording artist John Legend, Floetry and R & B supergroup New Edition.

A special element to the program will be an auction of a customized DUB edition Magic Lincoln Mark LT with a bedcover autographed by A-list celebrities attending the events. The auction will take place on-line in July 2005 with proceeds to benefit the Magic Johnson Foundation which was established in 1991 and works to meet the health, educational and social needs of those who live in inner city communities.

The "Step into Unexpected Luxury" events will also be staged in Los Angeles May 4, Washington DC June 1 and Miami June 15.

Lincoln and Magic Johnson

Lincoln and basketball legend and businessman Earvin "Magic" Johnson have enjoyed a meaningful and successful partnership since 2003. The partnership features multiple levels of advertising, marketing and promotion between Lincoln Mercury and Magic Johnson's wide ranging business and community programs. In mid-2005, Lincoln and Magic will launch a unique digital campaign featuring a Website with cars, basketball tips, and higher education opportunities.

About DUB

The DUB franchise is the leading, authoritative voice in the urban automotive lifestyle scene. Their publishing arm was the first in the industry dedicated to covering celebrity-driven vehicles and giving a first- hand look at the expansion of a multi-billion dollar industry which revolves around the vast world of car customization. They are officially recognized as the pioneers of what is known as the DUB market.

Source: Lincoln Mercury

CONTACT: Shelley O'Connor, +1-212-219-7187,,
Sara Tatchio, +1-313-594-3744,, both for Lincoln Mercury

H&M Stages Largest Fashion Show in Central Park History

NEW YORK, April 20/PRNewswire/ --

Musical Performance by Grammy Award Winning Superstar Kanye West

WHAT: International brand, H&M, will host an unprecedented evening of
fashion and music in celebration of their Fall '05 men's and
women's collections. New York's Central Park will be
transformed into a 15,000-square-foot, four-story complex of
tents with 800 guests arriving through a 16-foot curtain of
orchids. The fashion show -- thought to be the largest ever in
New York -- will feature 150 models, intersecting runways and
surrounding video screens, making for three shows in one.

Kanye West, one of the big winners at this year's Grammy
Awards, winning three awards in total, will perform along with
international musicians -- pianist John Legend and hip hop
violinist Miri Ben-Ari. Guests at the event include figures
from the fashion, film, music, art and media worlds, as well as
a cross-section of New York style-setters, including
John Legend, Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Mariska Hargitay,
Catalina Sandino Moreno, Helena Christensen, Piper Perabo,
Mario Vasquez (American Idol), Patricia Field, Tory Burch
(designer) and more!

MORE: H&M's fashionable clothing mixes of-the-moment trends with
modern wardrobe basics. Founded in Sweden in 1947, today the
women's, men's, kids, teens and accessories collections are
sold in almost 1,000 stores worldwide, with a significant and
expanding presence in the US and Canada. At its core, H&M is
devoted to being a source of fun and progressive fashion: the
recent, highly successful limited-edition collection designed
by Karl Lagerfeld marked the first such collaboration for the

Source: H&M

Robin Applebaum , Dogmatic , +1-646-336-7977


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H3 Ready to Tear up the Pink Sheets

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2005--Halls of HipHop, Inc. has signed a Final Purchase Agreement with FransAction, Inc. to become the first publicly traded company dedicated exclusively to Hip Hop and the entire Hip Hop community. H3's stock will trade under the symbol "FCTN" until a new symbol is approved. The name of the new Company will be H3Enterprises, Inc., which currently has 15 million shares outstanding.

"Our Company is all about sharing the unprecedented wealth being created by Hip Hop," said award winning Company President and co-founder, Brian "H3" Peters. "We want Hip Hop to serve as the engine that lifts the entire black community, so one of our goals is to be the company with the most shareholders in the world, the "People's Stock" that spreads the "Hip Hop Booty" to as many people as possible. Being on the PINK SHEETS is the best way for us to accomplish that goal right now. We've adopted a policy to split the stock as often as necessary to keep the price in the $1-$5 range, and give everyone the opportunity to create their own Hip Hop "Piggybank", just like 50 Cent."

H3 will be opening community conscious establishments across America and Canada that celebrate the greatness of Hip Hop, both music and culture. H3 has recently engineered several acquisitions geared for the immediate rollout of HipHopSodaShops, a totally unique fast-food franchise in concept as well as menu. "We offer the best in Hip Hop music, memorabilia and merchandise", said top Hip Hop DJ and Company co-founder Jamar "J Niice" McNeil, "and we'll be the first franchise to feature competitive CyberSports, both in-store and on H30 (, offering daily prizes and culminating with H3's "WorldSeries of CyberSports", a Las Vegas extravaganza that makes instant millionaires out of the winners in each sport. Most importantly, we'll be creating thousands of jobs for our communities across America, jobs that people can really feel good about."

"We have the healthiest menu combos on earth", continued "J Niice", "with price points suitable for everyone's budget, including our signature H3Raps, a delicious selection of 'Biggie' and 'Smallie' wraps that have 80% fewer carbs than subs and sandwiches. We're also introducing H3WhiteTea, our own line of great tasting sodas, teas, lemonades, and energy drinks containing rare, organic white teas sweetened with pure chicory syrup, and boasting 5 times the healing and overall health benefits found in a 20 oz. bottle of Green Tea. H3WhiteTea will soon be available in America's busiest airports as well as several national chains."

Ultimate Franchise Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:UFSY - News), the previous majority owner of FransAction, will be maintaining a 15% stake in H3Enterprises and will be placing H3WhiteTea beverages, H3CyberSports, and H3 merchandise in many of its 605 franchised fast food stores. It is anticipated that many of the "UFSY" storeowners will be given the option to participate in the HipHopSodaShop's "Area Development" program.

H3 will be holding a press conference this week in Times Square to announce several other major developments, including the unveiling of H3's Hall-of-Fame "Executive Dream Team"., Jim Brown, the Muhammad Ali of football, both on and off the field, has been invited to speak along with several associates from Amer-I-Can. H3 intends to work hand-in-hand with Amer-I-Can to spread the Hip Hop wealth to where its needed the most, job creation and better education for the black community. To that end, H3 has donated 100,000 shares of its common stock to further educational opportunities and black enterprise through Amer-I-Can. Many of the biggest names in the NBA and the ever-expanding world of Hip Hop are also planning to participate. H3 will be issuing a statement shortly that will include the details surrounding the press conference.

For Halls of HipHop, Inc.:
Tom Lisker, 914-376-6767

Source: Halls of HipHop, Inc. Publishes "Tell-All" Story on The Source From Former Editor

Los Angeles, April 19th 2005

Former Music Editor at The Source magazine, Reginald C. Dennis watched the now-troubled hip-hop magazine rise from the bottom to the top of the publishing heap, but left after owners Dave Mays and Ray Benzino created an environment that could no longer be tolerated. For the first time in the 11 years since he left the magazine, Reginald C. Dennis tells all the tales.

The 3 in-depth articles published on reveal the increasing corruption and inhospitable working conditions for staff members, fostered by publisher David Mays' escalating relationship with Ray "Benzino" Scott. Dennis' candid narrative details the ambitious and earnest beginnings of the magazine and its attempts to present a needed and authentic voice speaking to the burgeoning hip-hop community. He traces the development as he saw it, of Mays' relationship with Benzino who he dubs a "career criminal;" and the increasingly negative impact it had on The Source, its staff and Mays personally, culminating in an exodus from the magazine of key staff members including Dennis himself.

Amongst the scandals Dennis exposes are stories of Benzino's threats to staffers to give his group Almighty RSO's album a 4 mic rating otherwise "he will start puttin' niggas in bodybags," guns being brought to staff meetings and Mays secretly inserting editorial features on RSO into the magazine behind the backs of the staff.

Writer J-23 landed the exclusive story after reviewing the now infamous, unreleased Beef II DVD with the original footage documenting the Eminem/Benzino beef and exposing The Source. After offering to make the DVD available to the public, he was contacted for a copy by Dennis, who then agreed to his first interview since leaving the magazine in 1994, based on his appreciation of J-23's journalistic integrity and guts in trying to get the Beef II story to the public.

Read the full interview here:
***Part 1; The Greatest Story Never Told
***Part 2; Benzino's Hostile Takeover
***Part 3; Mays, Benzino, and a Gun

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Coming off the hugely successful Cali Comm tour with Del the Funky Homosapien last winter, as well as the SXSW appearance, the Oakland-based duo Zion I are preparing to embark on their first world tour in support of their new album, True & Livin'.

True & Livin' --which features Talib Kweli, Gift of Gab, Del The Funky Homosapien, Aesop Rock and social activist Fred Hampton Jr.--will undoubtedly become one of the most important and talked about independent releases of the year.

"We've performed around the world before, but we've never had our tour plans so synchronized," explains Zion. "This record is on our newly formed label (Live Up Records), so we're doing an international push for this album."

Long heralded by critics as one of the best live shows in hip-hop, Zion I will be joined by the Scojourners in Japan, Opio (Hieroglyphics) on West Coast dates, One.Be.Lo on East Coast dates and Roosevelt Franklin throughout Europe.

Through True & Livin', Zion I has proved defiantly, once and for all, that it is impossible to underrate MC Zion's sharp poetics and Amp Live's varied and original production; that it is impossible to dismiss the group as simply 'underground hip-hop'; that it is impossible to ignore their musical call to arms; that this is good, soul-healing music that is sure to entertain. Period.

The "True & Livin' World Tour" has stops scheduled in Japan, the US, Canada, Germany, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK. European dates and venues are subject to change.

Finally, this year Zion I are on the bill at the highly acclaimed Coachella Valley Music Festival. Zion will perform Sunday May 1, alongside acts such as Weezer, Chemical Brothers, Roots Manuva, Sage Francis and many more!!!

4/22 San Francisco,CA Slims
4/23 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
5/1Indio, CA Coachella Music Festival
5/2 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
5/3 Phoenix, AZ Club House
5/4 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
5/5 Albuquerque, NM Moonlight Lounge
5/6 Denver, CO Cervantes
5/7 Ft. Collins, CO Sunset Event Center
5/9 Salt Lake City, UT Lo-Fi Cafe
5/10 Boise, ID JD's & Friends
5/11 Missoula, MT Other Side
5/12 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
5/13 Portland, OR Doug Fir
5/14 Eugene, OR Wow Hall
5/25 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
5/26 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
5/27 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw
5/28 Providence, RI Living Room
5/29 Burlington, VT Nectars
5/31 London, ONT Call The Office
6/1 Toronto, ONT Kathedral
6/2 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
6/3 Madison, WI Luther's Blues
6/4 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub
6/5 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock

6/9 Nurnberg
6/10 Munchen
6/11 Mattsee
6/12 Wien
6/14 Linz
6/15 Prag
6/16 Dresden
6/17 Jena
6/18 Berlin
6/19 Hamburg
6/21 Kiel
6/22 Copenhagen
6/23 Hamburg
6/24 Cologne
6/24 Switz
6/26 Wiesbaden

*Some dates are subject to change. All venues are TBD.
Lucy Beer
Elemental Consulting
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16 Bars: the Next Evolution of Hip-Hop Begins

April 19, 2005

Groundbreaking competition brings hip-hop back to its roots by putting power in the hands of fans

16 Bars is a series of 3 competitions featuring hip-hop artists from all over America and beyond. The three 16 Bars shows -- Combine, Phenom, and Icon -- will provide the live and pay-per-view audiences the opportunity to enjoy the hottest talent in hip-hop and to vote on the artist they think is worthy of the title.

Combine features the hottest underground talent in hip-hop. 16 Bars Combine will take place June 20th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
Phenom features up-and-coming hip-hop stars that have been signed by major labels and who are getting ready to break out. 16 Bars Phenom will take place September 18th in Atlanta.
Icon will bring together some of the biggest names in hip-hop artists who have gone platinum. 16 Bars Icon will take place December 29th in Los Angeles.

But 16 Bars is not just a series of competitions, it is a movement to give underground and up-and-coming artists a chance through increased exposure and to provide veteran artists a way to put some intensity and urgency back into their work through the rigor of competition.

To reward hard work and talent and to increase competition, the winner of Combine gets to compete at Phenom. The winner of Phenom then gets a crack at the big stage with a place in Icon. So an unsigned artist has a shot to take their talent from the street to the stage to a global audience over the course of the three shows.

Perhaps most important, 16 Bars is a movement to put hip-hop back into the hands of its fans. All three 16 Bars shows will be judged by the live and pay-per-view audiences using an innovative scoring system that gives them total control of the outcome. The winners of each show will be determined by a groundbreaking scoring system that combines the votes of the live audience (gauged by crowd decibel level inside the venue) with votes cast via text message; votes cast via e-mail (voters must register at; and votes cast by a panel comprised of local DJs, hip-hop personalities, and a fan selected through an online contest.

16 Bars is also about connecting hip-hop to the communities where artists got their inspiration. So not only will the winner of each show receive a cash prize, but 16 Bars will also make a matching contribution to a charity in the winners home community.

16 Bars is truly groundbreaking. I am confident that it will have a great impact on hip-hop and help shape the future of our culture, said Kevin Liles, President and CEO, Def Jam Enterprises.

The first show, Combine, will include only unsigned artists. Slated to take place in New Yorks famous Hammerstein Ballroom, Combine will be comprised of three rounds. In Round 1, artists will perform an introductory song focused on who they are and where they represent. In Round 2, each artist will have to freestyle over the same pre-determined beat. In Round 3, artists will get to perform their best work. The winner gets a cash prize, a matching contribution to a hometown charity of their choice, and a slot in the second show, Phenom.

Combine artists and where they represent include:

Frankie Krutches: Brooklyn
Lil Weavah: Atlanta
Rob Kelly: Ireland
Big Sid: Louisiana
Alazae: South Carolina
Cleazy: Kentucky
Miss Toi: Los Angeles
Vic Damone: Queens
Napoleon: Newark
Stylo: Omaha

People need to check out 16 Bars Combine, said legendary mixtape DJ OG Ron C. These artists are the folks youre going to be hearing for years to come. Theyre young and hungry, and they want a shot to get heard, so theyll be bringing it.

All three 16 Bars competitions will be broadcast on In-Demand pay-per-view. For more information, go to, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements from 16 Bars.


16 Bars is a Red Queen Media Production

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Nomad Entertainment announces the upcoming 2005 New York Music Seminar

Nomad Entertainment has announced this week that it will bring to
Manhattan what promises to be one of the largest and diverse Music Industry
Seminars to hit the city in almost a decade. Seminar lecture classes will be
lead by such industry giants as LA Reid (Co-Founder LaFace Records, President
of Arista, Def Jam.), Bridget Lindsey of Sanctuary Artist Management (The
management company that represents artist such as: Beyonce, Destinys
Child, Iron Maiden, Tommy Lee, Janes Addiction), Wallace Collins ( whos
client list includes: Moby, Creed, Ozzy Osbourne, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Eddy
Grant, Ani DiFranco), and Kayo Roberson (who has worked with: Usher, Babyface,
Whitney Houston, TLC, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Sheena Easton, The
Deele, and Bobby Brown)...and these are just the names of a few of the
industry leaders who will be heading seminar lecture classes.

The 2005 New York Music Seminar will be a two day event which will take
place in August at Manhattans Penn Plaza Pavilion, and will feature
not only the seminar lecture classes and opportunities to network with
industry royalty, but it will also be host to up to 120 music industry themed
vendors ( ranging anywhere from Music services to artist promotion and more).

The idea is to give anyone interested in the music industry as a
career, a chance to rub elbows with people they would probably never get a chance
to meet in the real world, as well as give those independent labels and
artists an opportunity to promote, sell and market themselves and show what
they have to offer, said Maurice Woodson, CEO of Nomad Entertainment.

According to Woodson, one of the true high points of the seminar will
be the talent competition whereas the prizes will consist of Record Deals,
Development Deals, Production Deals, Management Contracts and Cash.
Those interested in becoming a part of the competition must first submit a
demo tape, bio, and talent category card which will be screened by a group
of judges who will narrow it down to about 150-300 artists or groups.
This group of contestants will then be narrowed down to around 50 (with 5
alternatives) after they perform live before the judges. That 50 will
then perform at the evening of the first day of the seminar, where
thereafter they will be narrowed down to the 20 who will perform the second night
of the seminar. It is at that final offering that the winners will be
chosen and prizes will be received.

There will be celebrity performances prior to the competition each
night, but the names of the celebrities as well as the guest judges will
remain a secret for now according to Nomad Entertainment. More than 100
celebrities have also been invited to walk through.

For more information on the 2005 New York Music Seminar, visit:

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UrbanWorld Wireless Launches High Profile Mobile Marketing Campaigns in Fashion, Film and Music Industries

LOS ANGELES, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- FOX, Rocafella and FUBU have all launched successful mobile marketing campaigns on UrbanWorld Wireless (UWW) reinforcing the Company's position as the mobile marketing platform of choice for cutting edge companies in 2005.

UWW is also building on the success of its "Made From Scratch Ringtonez," which produces original ringtonez and voicetonez by Hip-Hop Icons. In 2004, UWW landed an amazing 7 of the top 19 "Best Voice Ringers" on Cingular.

This year UWW is expanding aggressively in both national and international markets and currently distributes its content with over 23 different wireless carriers and aggregators worldwide. In a related strategic move, UWW has launched a rich web site: to serve its consumers living in the UK, Jamaica, Canada and beyond.

Newly added to the growing celebrity ringtone roster are Kid Capri, DJ Clue, Truth Hurts, Money Mike, E-40, Bone Crusher, Drag On, Louie Ranks (Ox), comedian Alex Thomas and Hip-Hop legend Big Daddy Kane. In response to both domestic and international demand, UrbanWorld Wireless' artists have also been recording ringbacks which are now being delivered by carriers worldwide.

UWW's news alerts offer marketers a speedy resource that quickly gets breaking information out to consumers interested in music, sports, fashion and film. UWW recently finished launching a stimulating wireless campaign for Capitol Records newly signed Platinum Recording artist Faith Evans "UWW affords us direct and immediate access to the tastemakers of our core audience. We're able to familiarize our target consumer with an artist's name and story well in advance AND well after the release of an album. As UWW, U-DUB as we also call them, continues to grow we become that much more effective at reaching the urban wireless consumer to market records, promote appearances, deliver news about an artist, create ringtones, as well as get direct un-cut feedback from the streets," says Robert Redd, Capitol Records. Faith Evans, The First Lady album is currently #2 on Billboard 200.

Fox Films recently deployed wireless campaigns via UWW for "Johnson's Family Vacation" and "Redemption" starring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. Rocafella was soon to follow with a UWW campaign for Jay-Z's "Fade To Black" which helped generate mass appeal. Excited about their upcoming film, "Kings Ransom" starring Anthony Anderson, New Line Cinema will also use UWW as the wireless tool to generate awareness about the film which arrives in theatres on April 22nd.

Beyond music and film, UWW is launching major mobile marketing initiatives in the beverage and fashion categories. UrbanWorld Wireless will help market a new liquor, Seraphin Cognac XO and clothing line Ether via daily tag lines in its Newz alerts which will inform consumers of these products.

Parallel with the company's motto "We Connect The Streets", UWW subscribers with hot bi-monthly mixtapes featuring exclusive music, actual ringtones comedy sketched and more. This month select UWW subscribers and consumers will receive the "Belly of the Beast Mixtape" featuring top-charting Mid-West Hip-Hop artists such as Platinum recording Twista, Chingy, Do Or Die, Bump J, Jaekwon and super producer JBravo.

"2005 will be a year of dynamic growth", says CEO Mike Johns. "Our mobile marketing division as well as our ringtone and other mobile content are both tracking towards records numbers. We remain true to our roots, even as the markets for our products and services are now reaching far beyond the streets from which we came."

About UrbanWorld Wireless (UWW)

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, UrbanWorld Wireless is the first wireless company dedicated to serving the Urban Youth Market. Anchored on the web, the company develops aggregates, promotes and distributes mobile content direct to consumers. UWW is a leader in mobile marketing solution. Clients include Snoop, Chingy, Ja Rule, Beastie Boys and Jay-Z among many others. UWW is at the forefront of integrating wireless technology and Hip-Hop. More information is available on the web at

Source: UrbanWorld Wireless

CONTACT: Echo Hattix,, or Adee
Glazer-Drory, both of Echoing Soundz Public Relations, +1-818-787-7633, or
fax, +1-818-787-8748, for UrbanWorld Wireless

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BET Hosts Worldwide Premiere of Explosive Urban Drama 'BACK IN THE DAY' Starring Ving Rhames and Ja Rule

Telecast Set for Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on BET; DVD Hits Stores on May 24th

Pam Grier, Tatyana Ali, Giancarlo Esposito, Frank Langella and Tia Carrere Round Out All-Star Ensemble Cast

WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by BET (Black Entertainment Television):

WHAT: Emmy Award(R) winner Ving Rhames (Mission
Impossible) and platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule
(Assault on Precinct 13) star in the complex urban
drama BACK IN THE DAY, making its worldwide premiere
on BET on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Directed by James Hunter, this gritty tale of love
and redemption features an all-star ensemble cast
including Pam Grier (The L Word), Frank Langella
(Unscripted), Tatyana Ali (The Brothers), Giancarlo
Esposito, (Law & Order), Tia Carrere (Supernova),
and Joe Morton (Ali).

In BACK IN THE DAY, Ja Rule portrays Reggie Cooper,
a young man from the rough side of the tracks who
lives with his divorced, affluent father (Esposito)
in order to avoid the gang activity that almost
claimed his teenage life in his mother's
neighborhood (Grier). When Reggie reconnects with a
recently paroled friend from his past (Rhames), he
slips back into a life of crime with fatal
consequences. Reggie becomes involved in the murder
of a local preacher (Morton) and in aftermath of
this crime, he falls in love with the preacher's
daughter (Ali). Ultimately, he must choose between
losing everything he cares about and his lifelong
loyalty to his oldest friend. BACK IN THE DAY
chronicles the powerful story of one man's search
for personal redemption.

PREMIERE TELECAST: Friday, May 13 @ 7:30 p.m. ET/PT

ENCORE PRESENTATION: Saturday, May 14 @ 11:00 p.m. ET/PT

DVD DEBUT: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Tosha Whitten Griggs, +1-818-655-6712, tosha.whitten-, or Zabrina Horton, +1-818-655-6737,,
both of BET Corporate Communications; or Ava DuVernay, +1-323-860-7060,, or Ellene Miles, +1-323-860-7060,, both of the
DuVernay Agency for BET

Web site:

Joel Silverman's 'Surf School' Is in Session

LOS ANGELES, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning Writer and Director, Joel Silverman, began production last week on his third feature film, "Surf School." With past projects including "Nailed" starring Harvey Keitel and "Death to the Supermodels" starring Jaime Pressley and Brook Burns, Joel Silverman embarks upon this sexy teen comedy akin to "American Pie" at the beach, boasting a stellar comedic cast, many of whom also happen to be drop-dead gorgeous -- Harland Williams, Corey Sevier, Ryan Carnes, Lee Norris, Miko Hughes, Sisqo, Matt Baker, Laura Bell Bundy, Angie Ruiz, Diane Delano and Taylor Negron.

"A campy comedy with a hip twist set against a surfing backdrop, 'Surf School' combines laughs with a fantasy backdrop for an authentic, hilarious surf-safari tailor made for today's young audience." Silverman adds, "I think 'Surf School' will distinguish itself because the humor is unique and wildly funny, but there's still a realistic heart to this story. It's an underdog struggle, to which every kid can relate."

The story begins when Jordan (Corey Sevier) moves from Maryland to Laguna Beach, California. Jordan quickly finds out that a good looking lacrosse player from "Mary-Land" doesn't exactly equal "cool" in a high school full of California bred surfers. His first day at Laguna Beach High, he encounters popular bad-boy Tyler (Ryan Carnes) who is the school's surfing champ. Tyler and his buddies give Jordan a chilly reception and Jordan quickly realizes he is on the outside looking in. Jordan is befriended by a posse of other misfits including hip-hop rapper Mo (Sisqo), sex crazed loud mouth Taz (Mico Hughes), Larry the school virgin (Lee Norris) and an angry goth mute Doris (Laura Bell Bundy). Out to prove themselves, they enter the annual international spring break surf contest in Costa Rica, where the hilarity continues with modern day kids in a hippy surf commune run by two of the most hilarious but lovable hippies, Boris and Tillie (Taylor Negron, Diane Delano) and a very sexy chambermaid Marianna (Angie Ruiz). What begins as a quest to win a surf contest turns into a coming of age journey full of love, laughs, and self-realization.

Source: Angie Ruiz

CONTACT: Christina Martin of Equity Public Relations, +1-310-272-6300,, for Angie Ruiz


Independent West Coast Rap Author Gets Acclaim in the Streets and the Classroom

The Kayslay of Hip Hop Podcasting to talk at Brave
New Voices in San Francisco April 23rd

San Jose, CA, April 18th, 2005: YinSumi Press, the
worlds first publishing house dedicated to
documenting the social and political trends in the Hip
Hop sub culture, is proud to announce Lyrical Swords
Vol. 1: Hip Hop and Politics in the Mix is being used
regularly on various college campuses and high school
classrooms. Equally strong is the street buzz of The
Swords from Los Angeles, CA to Cambridge, MA.

Since it was first released in Nov. 2nd 2004, Lyrical
Swords was instant success. Featuring Russell
Simmons, Q-tip from A Tribe Called Quest, Dilated
Peoples, Marital arts legend Royce Gracie and Shaolin
Monk Shi Yan Ming among others, Lyrical Swords takes
the reader on a unique literary journey. Every review
on has it rated as a 5 stars. This has
prompted many in the classroom to incorporate Lyrical
Swords into the curriculum, or as a study supplement.

Joseph Schloss, Ph.D.Tufts University Music Department
and author of Making Beats says Adisa Banjoko
combines a thoughtful, analytical writing style with a
decade and a half of passionate commitment to hip-hop
culture, and the result lives up to its potential in
every sense. He holds hip-hop to the highest
standards, approaching it with discipline, principled
critique, a keen sense of history and - above all -

Because of this approach, virtually every chapter of
Lyrical Swords can spark powerful class discussion
without being divisive. Topics concerning African
American identity, history, social policy, the civil
rights movement, the nature of art and more are
addressed with an engaged, yet objective, eye.

Between selling books and public speaking events, he
sets the internet aflame with his blog: . He regularly podcasts
live play-by-play coverage of professional basketball
games, martial arts tournaments and interviews with
rappers. On he was called The
Kayslay of Hip Hop Podcasting after his discussions
about the inner workings of The Source Magazine.

Adisa Banjoko has spoken across the nation about Hip
Hop, politics and the various philosophies existing in
the sub-culture. His presence at the podium is
undeniable. Adisa Banjoko gave a stirring talk this
February when he was invited to speak by the Harvard
Islamic Society on Islam Hip Hop & Black America.
Those who attended were not disappointed.

He has been seen, heard or read about on KPIX with
Barbara Rogers, KRON with Phillip Matier and Willie
Brown, Air America Radio with Chuck D, KMELs Street
Soldiers Radio, KPFAs Hard Knock Radio, San Jose
Mercury News, East Bay Express, Harvard Crimson, and NPR w/ Ed Gordon among others.

The April 2005 issue of XLR8R magazine remarks
Banjoko takes an almost-conversational approach,
which makes his book a far less intimidating (yet no
less intellectually brilliant) read; its much closer
to The Book of 5 Rings, than The Prince.

Jeff Chang, author of the Hip Hop history book Cant
Stop Wont Stop noted Incisive, real, and always
bold, Adisa Banjoko is one of the rare writers who
really matters. If you care about the destiny of our
generation, you need to arm yourself with Lyrical

Adisa Banjoko stated I am truly grateful that my book
has been so well embraced by high school teachers and
university professors alike. I love that young people
on the streets still buy my book out of the trunk.
These are equal honors to me. Its about time that the
sub-culture of Hip Hop was taken seriously in the
American school system. I work hard to help young
people realize that Hip Hop is a non-violent tool of
self liberation and personal empowerment. By these
schools incorporating The Swords, to me it shows
they see that to. Its beautiful.

April 23rd Adisa Banjoko will be speaking at the
Brave New Voices poetry slam festival with Jeff
Chang, and Oliver Wang at the Yerba Buena Center for
the Arts in San Francisco at 12:00 PM. You can get
more information at .

For more info on Lyrical Swords Vol. 1: Hip Hop and
Politics in the Mix visit, or!!

PR Contact: Mieko of ShinKen Public Relations
(408) 449-9810

Verizon Wireless Ringback Tones: The Newest Stage for Universal Music Group Artists

BEDMINSTER, N.J., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, announced it has entered into an agreement with Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, to bring new Ringback Tones from the company's extensive catalog of chart-topping artists to Verizon Wireless Ringback Tone customers. With an extensive collection of 500 hot Ringback Tones, Universal Music Group is the newest resource for Verizon Wireless customers looking for the perfect Ringback Tone to replace the standard ring callers hear while they wait for their call to be answered. Verizon Wireless became the first national carrier to offer Ringback Tones when it introduced the service in Southern California and Sacramento last year.

With an entire catalog of popular music choices, Universal Music Group makes it easy for Verizon Wireless customers to select the Ringback Tone that best fits their personal style. By browsing through categories such as Rap, Hip-Hop, Soundtracks, Metal/Alternative, R&B/Soul, 80's, Classic Rock, Pop/Rock, Country, Club Hits, 70's, Oldies, 60's and Holiday, customers can set up their Ringback Tones to include a standard Ringback Tone (including the Verizon Wireless standard Ringback Tone), or choose different Ringback Tones for each caller based on the Caller ID, Group List or the time of day.

Universal Music Group fans will find it easy to choose the perfect Ringback Tone by simply visiting the Ringback Tones Web site at where they can register, browse and preview the latest Ringback Tones from the biggest names in the music industry today. Customers can also sign up to receive a TXT Alert whenever their selected artists release new Ringback Tones by visiting the My Alerts section of the site and selecting TXT notifications. Standard text messaging rates apply to TXT Alerts.

Signing up for Ringback Tones right from TXT Messaging-capable phones is easy: Send the TXT Message "RBT" to address "728." Reply to accept the service, and send the TXT Message "List" to "728" to receive a list of Ringback Tones available for purchase. A list of song ID codes will be sent to the phone as a TXT Message and customers can purchase a Ringback Tone by sending the song ID code as a TXT Message to "728." Standard text messaging rates may apply. From that point on, all callers will hear the new Ringback Tone. Customers can manage who gets to hear their Ringback Tone, purchase more tones and manage their accounts by visiting

Ringback Tones from Universal Music Group are available to Verizon Wireless customers in select markets beginning today for a monthly fee of $0.99 per month. Each Ringback Tone purchased is $1.99, which provides unlimited use for one year. Both the monthly fee and cost for each tone appear on the customer's monthly bill. Verizon Wireless plans to continue to expand Ringback Tones across its nationwide network throughout 2005.

Verizon Wireless products and services are available at more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless stores nationwide, including Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and stores within Circuit City, as well as at authorized retailers including Best Buy and participating RadioShack locations. Customers can also find information and purchase Verizon Wireless products and services online at

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

Source: Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Jeffrey Nelson, Verizon Wireless, +1-908-306-4824,

Web site:

A Note About Hip Hop Press

Things are pretty much in place here and I'm ready to get those press releases at:

I'm going to keep it simple but I'm also going to do something about the currently horrid colors. I'll get back on that when a couple of other things are out of the way.

WAL T - So many things, so little time

The new album from an independent South African Hip Hop artist,Wal T. Produced by Wal T. Marketed & distributed by Hunting Records. Featuring D.O.C., Fikile & Nondumiso. Released in March 2004.

Ever wondered how beats like Dr Dre and Master P, with clean version lyrics & rap like 2Pac, from a South African independent artist, would sound like? This album so many things, so little time by Wal T provides that combination.

Hip hop artist/songwriter/producer Wal T is shaking the streets of Johannesburg & Soweto with his debut 17-track album. Born in April 23, 1976, he started writing songs & composing in 1998 at his home studio in Johannesburg, South Africa. After releasing his first album in March2004, Wal T performed at various clubs around Johannesburg in order to promote his album. He writes all his songs, and he has over 90 songs written to date. He's influenced by the likes of Dr Dre, 2Pac & Master P.

"There are a few catchy tracks, such as Let's go to the strip show, Prove them wrong & Hela chomi... there's no doubt that Wal T is talented..." The Sowetan newspaper (JHB, South Africa)

More testimonials from the media, the fans & the listeners can be found at his web site:

Plans for further promotion this year include: performing at the Southgate mall, Backstage TV program, Carfax club, Whozoo club. By public demand, repeat performances will be done at The Oasis Club & The Tropicana Club.

Wal T's new & debut album, So many things, so little time is on sale now at;; T;Music Fiesta (in South Africa). Listen to any of the tracks on our station; or at (link:

Management Contact: Walter Mogane, Hunting Records, 546 Mooketsi street, Molapo, Moroka, Johannesburg, Soweto, South Africa, 1860. Tel: +2711 986 7621, Fax: +2786 640 1942, E-mail:

Utopia Entertainment Conference

College of Lake County - 30 miles outside of Chicago
Friday April 22, 2005
Time: 9am - 1pm
Who should attend?: Models, Record Labels, Music Artists, Stylist,
What's in it for you? Meet intimately with professionals of the entertainment business who are otherwise hard to reach.

Who will be there?: Amanda Diva (MTV), Roger McKenzie (Fashion
Stylist: Bryce Wilson, NIKE, Sean John), Kareem (Dupee Productions),
Renee Wecker (European Tour Manager for Snoop Dogg and more...), and
VIBE Featured Model Manager,Lashawnna Stanley (Ethnicity Models) and
Special Guest...Professor Griff of PUBLIC ENEMY...just to name a
Sponsored by: Grossinger SCION, Dupee Productions and PHLI
Clothing!!!If you want to attend this event the cost is : $20 with
lunch provided...YOU MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED by calling 847-543-2280.
What is UTOPIA? A dynamic non-for profit program designed to educate
students who desire a career under the entertainment industry
umbrella through panel discussions, special events, workshops and
career networking opportunities.

Multi-Award Winning Documentaries on Urban Hieroglyphics

Hollywood, CA-- Everything that youve ever wanted to know about Urban Hieroglyphics AKA the Graffiti Art Movement, is contained in what Indie Executive-Producer Bob Bryan calls the "most highly anticipated Video to DVD collection release" of the GRAFFITI VERITE Documentary Video Series.

The successful National Educational Media Network "Gold Apple," and CINE "Golden Eagle" Award-Winning Series, produced by Bryan World Productions, NOW AVAILABLE for Worldwide DVD product distribution and Foreign Language Videograms. Bryan is geared up for ahuge 2005 marketing push and sell through bonanza.

The multi-award winning Five (5) DVD series, directed by filmmaker Bob Bryan has single-handedly become the most innovative and successful series in the market that explores the eclectic psyches, art and ideologiesthat spawned the underground world of hip-hop and the Urban Graffiti Art Movement. GV is an ideal acquisition to reach the Young Adult, Hip-hop, Graffiti Artist, Art Educator / Student and Teen demographic. As a testament to its crossover appeal, parents even love it!!

"Required viewing for all citizens of Big Cities that dont understand the significance and impact of Graffiti..."
-Rap Pages Magazine

"A must-see Video to understand what is happening to the inner world of today's Urban Children."
-Wisconsin Bookwatch

"If you regard Graffiti as defacement of property - something that Gentrification should erase - you must see this video!"
-Eye Magazine, Underground News

GRAFFITI VERITE hasbeen broadcaston many local PBS stations across the country and has won countless National Film & Video awards and been widely reviewed by National and Underground writers.

"This well-produced examination of an underground art form, explained by the artists who created it will add a new dimension to art classes and to library video collections. We recommend its use in High Schools and College Art Classes."
--School Library Journal

This widely acclaimed, one-of-a-kind series is highly regarded by educators, art students, graffiti artists and librarians throughout the United States and is viewed as the preeminent series on the subject and is considered "Appropriate and useful classroom material..." The Committee for the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

In an innovative bold stroke filmmaker Bob Bryan created GV4: The Basic Techniques for Creating Graffiti Art on Walls and Canvas a how-to video that actually teaches novices and beginners how to create and master the Graffiti Art Techniques so that they can create their own artistic _expression.

DVD Collector's Edition with Special Bonus Features:
* A suggested list price of $34.50 per DVD which includes:
* Public Performance Rights (PPR)
* Shipping and handling
* DVD Amaray Case
* Interactive Chapter Menus
* 30 Scene Chapter Selections
* 60 Individual Still Snapshot Enlargements of Classic Graffiti Art / Images per DVD

According to Bryan, "never before in history has there been such an art movement that has impacted so many people on a worldwide basis. Graffiti Art is both loved and hated and it's freely given away to the anonymous public. The walls are visually screaming loudly and were ignoring its historical and emotional significance. If your child were yelling at the top of their lungs in the next room, could you ignore their agonizing screams? I don't think so...."

Bryan believes that as a culture we cannot afford to be so blind, not to "read the writing on the wall." The canvas walls of our city streets are being used pretty much like newspapers uses paper to tell the story of the people's daily struggle and search for identity. Of course, this controversial public art dialogue is articulated with allot more flava, attitude, passion and conviction. We study hieroglyphics, petroglyphs and cave writings to try to understand its connection to it's culture, but somehow we choose to disregard the messages being blasted loudly and in 3D on today's graffiti filled walls. It doesn't make sense.

The GV Series is currently available on-line at, Alibris,, Barnes and Noble, Baker and Taylor, Target, Borders, Circuit City, Facets Multimedia, Tapeworm etal. The staff at Bryan World Productions, LLC. islooking forother on-line distributors and e-Vendors interested in becomingdistributors (sellers)of the GV Series. Reps should contact Loida Mariano at

Bob is currently in simutaneous pre-production with GV6, GV7 and GV8. Production to begin Spring / Summer '05.

Contact Info:
Loida Mariano, Account Executive
Tel. Number: 323 / 856-9256 (USA)
Fax Number: 323 / 856-0855 (USA)

Mailing Address:
Bryan World Productions, LLC.
Attn: Loida Mariano, Account Executive
PO Box 74033
Los Angeles CA 90004

GV Related Links
GV Series DVD
Partial List of Schools and Libraries

For more information on becoming an
On-line Distributoror Licensee of the
GV series
please contact Loida ( for more information
or visit our Website at: