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The Future of Jazz, is it a Rap?

Internationally there is an emerging Jazz-HipHop connection particularly in Japan where the world often turns for new and hip trends. Weather Americans will admit it or not Japan serves as a litmus for what appeals to youthful counter-cultures worldwide. Careful observers can find the next thing in Japan and all indicators point to a new error in Jazz.

(PRWEB) May 14, 2005 -- Discussions about the uncertain future of jazz in the black community rarely occur in public, but Jazz and Blues greats have known for some time that their core audience consists largely of a white male constituency and few of their own contemporaries.

Most R & B and HipHop artists would agree that the music they perform as well as the contemporary music that they love have some basis in jazz, but few give jazz the credit it deserves.

Could a former DJ finally bridge the gaping divide between a revered art form and a younger urban set with his fresh new spin on modern jazz?

Musician and producer, Shephatiah, not only gives credit to jazz, but he has composed a spectacular 19 track Jazz compilation using the tools of his trade.

Look Who's Talkin All Dat Jazz ushers in a new error in modern Jazz. This is an album that harkens back to the free flow of an all out band session where nothing is scripted and musicians vibe off of each other in spontaneous perfection.

Shephatiah delivers the type of music that is purposefully selected for listening. Tunes on this CD seek out the senses in order to sooth the soul. This album is certain to become a personal favorite amongst jazz collections as well as with new audiences who can appreciate the bass heat that only a DJ can vibe.

Rap consumers are growing up and they are taking a new look at the history of the music they love. In 2004 Rap artist Nas collaborated with his Pops on his latest CD, Street Disciple. One track entitled Bridging The Gap. combined honest to goodness back-woods-blues performed by his dad, a renowned Mississippi Blues Man, and rap by Nas. The lyrics told of their father-son relationship, highlighting Nas early ties to music.

Internationally there is an emerging Jazz-HipHop connection particularly in Japan where the world often turns for new and hip trends. Weather Americans will admit it or not Japan serves as a litmus for what appeals to youthful counter-cultures worldwide. Careful observers can find the next thing in Japan and all indicators point to a new error in Jazz.

Readers may find sample tracks of cool new jazz and more information about Shephatiah and Look Whos Talking All Dat Jazz at the Trauma Center Production website:

Eidos Brings You the Loud Beats of the Law With One Half of the Official 25 to Life Soundtrack

2Pac, KRS-ONE, Geto Boys, Xzibit, Public Enemy, Ghostface Killah And Other Cutting Edge Artists To Be Featured In First Half Of Driving Hip Hop Soundtrack

SAN FRANCISCO, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eidos (NASDAQ:EIDSY) , one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced the hip hop savvy in-game soundtrack for 25 to Life. An urban third person action game, 25 to Life offers true cops and robbers gameplay with both a deep single player mode as well as full 8 vs. 8 online gameplay. This half of the official soundtrack offers contributions from some of hip- hop's legendary artists, today's hottest acts, and up and coming artists blazing new trails into the world of rap and hip-hop. The in-game soundtrack delivers a direction that exemplifies the sound of today's urban youth.

"With the first half of the 25 to Life soundtrack we're laying down the law with a selection of artists that are recognized as some of the most influential in the business," says Kevin Gill, Soundtrack Supervisor at Eidos. "It's a hand picked blend of banging tracks as well as exclusively created songs, all coming together to deliver an intense audio experience that compliments the raw nature of the game."

Officers of law enforcement have their sound defined in this first half of the 25 to Life soundtrack. Hip hop's heaviest hitters have been compiled to create an authentic music experience for gamers and music enthusiasts alike. The voice of the urban youth is what Hip-Hop has always been about. By artists tackling the hard topics head on and not being afraid to bring the gritty nature of street life to the people direct from the source, the message has remained consistent. The sound of 25 to Life looks to encapsulate that philosophy, and deliver it in an exciting new medium. The following is the list of confirmed artists lending their talents to the first half of the official in-game soundtrack:

Track listing:
-- KRS-ONE -- Black Cop
-- 2Pac featuring Nutso -- Ghetto Star
-- Gangstarr -- Code of the Streets
-- Geto Boys -- Yes Yes Ya'll
-- Ghostface Killah featuring Jadakiss -- Run
-- Public Enemy -- Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
-- Xzibit -- Enemies
-- Jackpot -- To the Finish
-- UTP Playas -- Nolia Clap
-- Tech N9ne -- My Wife My Bitch My Girl
-- Tego Caldron -- Circa De Mi Neighborhood
-- Grafh -- Bad Company
-- Shade Sheist & N.U.N.E. -- You Got
-- Locura Terminal -- Prisonero
-- Blaze feat/Esham and ABK -- Shot-gun

25 To Life is currently in development by Avalanche Software and will be available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and Windows PC in the Summer of 2005 worldwide. For additional information please visit

About Eidos

Eidos plc is one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software with a diverse mix of titles for the PC, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube(TM) and the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft. For more information on Eidos and its products visit

*"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

**Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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CONTACT: Michelle Seebach Curran, Kjell Vistad, or Loretta Stevens of
Eidos Inc. North America, +1-415-547-1200 or

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Stevie Wonder Kicks Off Birthday By Premiering The First Music Descriptive Video Ever

Wonder Unveiled Breakthrough Music Video Using Description Technology For Blind And Low Vision Music Fans Earlier This Week

LOS ANGELES, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Stevie Wonder kicked off his birthday (which is May 13) celebrations early this week by unveiling a groundbreaking new music video incorporating description technology at a Los Angeles press conference this past Monday, asking attendees, to, "travel with me and see with your ears," providing the audience with blindfolds to experience the premiere of his new music video, "So What The Fuss." The debut single from his soon to be released new album, A Time To Love, is the first music video in history to be enhanced with a second, descriptive audio track to be made accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.

Dozens of press conference attendees in both L.A. and satellite-linked New York City, including Wonder's daughter Aisha (who appears on the new album) were treated to the historic, descriptive narration, recorded by hip hop star Busta Rhymes. "Ten million blind people, as well as those with low vision, will now be able to 'see' music videos," stated Wonder. "Thanks to this new video description technique, passionate music fans that have not been able to share the same experience as sighted fans will now experience music videos in a more complete way, enjoying what is happening visually as well as musically."

Linda Idoni, West Coast Director of Operations for the Media Access Group of WGBH, the Boston Public Television station that collaborated with Wonder and pioneered the video description technology, thanked the artist for his devotion to the project.

"Working with Stevie Wonder has been an amazing process," stated Idoni. "By embracing the video description service, he has created a momentum and energy that will spread the word and knock down doors, making music videos more accessible to many--and some day all--blind and low vision music lovers throughout the world."

Busta Rhymes, who begins his effusive narration with the line: "Here's how it's going down ... " stated in a videotaped interview presented at the press conference that he was thrilled to be included in "a revolutionary new standard for how we're going to play this game form now on." Speaking about the actual process of recording the narration in Wonder's LA studio, Rhymes joked, "The General (Wonder) cleared the room and said: just give it to me like you're talking to me."

Wonder's support of the video description technique stems from his lifelong appreciation of the visual arts. "I remember when I'd be watching movies with my brother when I was a boy," Wonder told the audience. "I always used to bug them, 'tell me what's going on. Tell me what's happening.' Well, music fans don't want to be asking people every five seconds what's happening in their favorite videos either. For me, this whole process is indicative of the spirit behind A Time To Love. There's a time to talk about what you plan to do, and there's a time to actually do something and make a difference. I believe that anything that you can visualize in your mind that's for the good of mankind is truly worth seeing fulfilled. It's my joy to be the first, but this breakthrough is far bigger than me."

Wonder says he and the Media Access Group of WGBH are currently enlisting other artists to incorporate descriptive narration into their future music videos, with plans in the works for Wonder to include the feature in his yet-to-be announced second single/video.

On Wednesday, May 11, Yahoo! Music posted the on-line premiere of both versions of the video, bringing this new description technique to the music community on the web.
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Source: Universal Records

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For Universal Motown - Wendy Washington,

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The City of Las Vegas Honors Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs by Proclaiming May 14th 'Diddy Day'

Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and the Citizens of Las Vegas Honor the Achievements of Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs

LAS VEGAS, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Las Vegas will declare May 14th "Diddy Day" in honor of hip hop impresario and entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Known as the ultimate entrepreneur and astute businessman with the "Midas Touch," Sean Combs will be given the honor by Mayor Oscar Goodman on the eve of Las Vegas' 100th birthday.

"P. Diddy brings national attention to every city he travels to and our hope is that he continues to bring his electrifying presence to Las Vegas," said Mayor Oscar Goodman. "This weekend is about celebrating Las Vegas and having a good time and who better to invite to a party than P. Diddy."

"It's a great honor that one of my favorite cities in the world, Las Vegas, has named May 14th 'Diddy Day'," said Combs. "Las Vegas is one of the most colorful and vibrant cities I know. Its non-stop action and adrenaline-fueled energy is infectious. I look forward to working with the city in the years to come."

"It is amazing to have P. Diddy, an entertainment mogul, visit the most exciting city in the world," says David Saxe, Las Vegas Producer and owner of V Theater. "We are all thrilled to be a part of P. Diddy's potential future projects in Vegas and proud to have played a part in Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and P. Diddy meeting."


Mayor Oscar B. Goodman joins together with the citizens of
Las Vegas to honor the achievements of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs by
declaring Saturday, May 14, 2005 "Diddy Day" during Las Vegas'
Centennial Celebration weekend

WHERE: The stage in front of the V THEATER
Located inside The Shops in Desert Passage at the Aladdin

3:30 p.m. Media Check-In
4:00 p.m. Special Presentation and Q&A to follow.

Source: Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman's Office

CONTACT: Media, Laura Herlovich of PR Plus, +1-702-696-1999, or cell,
+1-702-612-7869,, for Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman's
Office; Karen Versoza of Dan Klores Communications, +1-212-981-5214,, for P. Diddy

NOTE TO EDITORS: *All media wishing to attend must be credentialed in advance of the event, cut off for requests will be at noon on Saturday, May 14th.


Aftermath Producer, "Focus" is Focused on His Upcoming Work with DR. DRE

FOCUS digs in as Dr. Dre's highly anticipated album, Detox, gets underway

(PRWEB) May 13, 2005 -- Dr. Dre's exclusive Aftermath producer, FOCUS, who has produced for the likes of Beyonce, Destiny's Child, 112, Jennifer Lopez, Petey Pablo, The Game and many others, will hit the studio in July to start working on what is said to be Dr. Dre's last solo effort titled, Detox.

FOCUS comments, "I have submitted close to 50 beats for Detox so I'm definitely looking forward to being a part of this highly anticipated album. We're looking at a 7-month studio lockout in Los Angeles starting this July."

According to the Ringz & Partners Entertainment Group, the company that represents FOCUS, Wu-Tang's RZA, Cilvaringz and others, FOCUS will also be carrying the task of executive producer for the next OUTLAWZ (the late Tupacs group) album set to be released this year.

In regards to the OUTLAWZ project, FOCUS recalls, "I saw a vision for them and I told them that if they'd give me a chance, I would show them what needed to be done. I was just asking them to believe in me enough to give them that edge back and give them the leeway to turn around and do deeper songs instead of more surface songs." The OUTLAWZ and Tupac's enormous fanbase are exceedingly enthusiastic about the upcoming album with FOCUS.

And those arent the only projects FOCUS has had his hands in. FOCUS has also contributed production to other high-profile upcoming albums such as the debut album from G-Unit's Tony Yayo, the eagerly awaited first Aftermath release from EVE, Pussycat Dolls who are currently blowing up on MTVs TRL, megastar Tyra Banks, and Shady Records/Aftermath artist Stat Quo.

In addition, the Ringz & Partners Entertainment Group will be releasing a mix tape of FOCUS' former and current work with the nations hottest Hip-Hop and R&B artists next month. The increasingly heavy demand for this FOCUS mix tape is reaching incredible heights!

FOCUS has stated, "This year I'm really showing people what I'm capable of." His year began with The Game's staggering success, and he has stayed busy with the other projects hes immersed himself in, but now, closing the year with a 7-month studio lockout with Dr. Dre, FOCUS has proved that he will be showing people what hes capable of for many years to come!

I dont want to be anything but a legendary producer." FOCUS

New Innovative label, Romeo Entertainment, out of NYC unleashes Chi- Town's own Alfonzo Hunter

(Zo Hunter,Young Chi (shy) ) with a brand new single to radio titled "Don't Stop" featuring Fabolous.

(PRWEB) May 13, 2005 -- Straight out of Chi-Town and NYC, two sleeping powerhouses have combined their resources and forces to bring a new wave and sound of music to the entire planet. R&B phenomenon, Alfonzo Hunter, and newly formed yet extremely resourceful label, Romeo Entertainment have combined this summer to unleash and exciting array of what promises to simply be, GREAT Music. Alfonzo and Romeo Entertainment are taking the industry by storm with their first release "Don't Stop" featuring Desert Storm recording artist Fabolous. The song is an exhilarating blend of rump shaking, dance creating rhythms with Chi-Town flavor and a slight touch of east coast swing as Fabolous helps to start up the explosion with his infamous swagger and unmatched lyrics! This summer will prove to be a good one for the Chicago native who plans to lace the airwaves with two more singles before dropping an album with his new family, Romeo Entertainment.

Look out for the new single by Romeo Entertainment & Alfonzo Hunter - "Don't Stop" featuring Fabolous coming to a radio station near you.

Radio adds will start by the last week in May/ First week in June so stay tuned in and listen up.

The Ill Answers the Call for Good Music

Rising hip-hop group, The Ill, to release new single Magical Glo and Cold Cold World featuring DavidBanner on Nu Element Recordings via Counterflow Group Distribution.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) May 13, 2005 -- Newly up and coming group, The Ill, break out with their new single Magical Glo b/w Cold Cold World. The Baton Rouge, LA based group is expected to drop this 12 single in stores on Tuesday, May 17. Already impacting national college radio and mix shows nationwide, the tracks are currently receiving steady play on such stations as MAX 94.1 and HOT 104.5. Produced by Strange Fruits Symbolic One, The Ills Magical Glo (featuring Sean Baker) is a soulful joint sustained by a heavy head nod factor. To contrast, the B-side single, Cold Cold World, (featuring David Banner) rings as more of an old school dirty south anthem on an Outkast/ Dungeon Family type vibe.

The Ill, formerly known as the Ill Relatives jumped on the national radio charts in 2000 with their single Make Love Music. This was their first step in the radio market and they have developed a style all to their own. With several labels seeking to distribute their LP, it is only a matter of time before these Baton Rouge natives blow up as Little Brother did.

We are ready to answer the call of change in the current state of commercial music. Its all about positive vibes and making good music period. Ryal- The Ill

About The Ill:
Drack Muse, Verge and Ryal form this Louisiana based rap group. Drack, the quiet riot of the trio has a crystal clear yet deep dark mystical style. Verge may be from Chi-town but aint shy about this cat. Where Drack is controlled chaos, Verge is pure "Chaos". Ryal is laid back and you can hear the passion and pain of a tortured artist in his flow, its the unbreakable spirit of the chain gang. Separated they are crazy cousins, together they are sick siblings, a freaky family, they are The Ill.

For any additional information: Http:// - 305.673.6739

BET's Rap-It-Up Returns to Detroit to Educate Teens on HIV/AIDS

WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- BET's Rap-It-Up, the cable network's award-winning national HIV/AIDS public awareness initiative, returns to Detroit to host a teen health forum at Central High School on Friday, May 27 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Partnering with Rap-It-Up for the community effort will be P. Maxx Entertainment Group, Detroit's 97.9 WJLB FM, and Partnership for a Drug Free Detroit.

The Rap-It-Up teen health forum will address the social issues, sexual behavior and attitudes affecting today's teens, and the rise of HIV/AIDS in the urban community. BET's Mad Linx, host of network program RAP CITY, will serve as the forum moderator. Forum panelists will include, Fox 2 news anchor and 97.9 radio personality Charles Pugh, Community Health Awareness Group Representative Ricardo Marble, AIDS Activist Denise Stokes, 97.9's MC Serch, local Detroit artists Lil Ma and Cardier, and Sho Nuff recording artist Tone Tone among others. Radio personalities Dr. Darrius and SunShyne will also be on hand to lend their support. Immediately following the forum there will be a concert featuring performances by Lil Ma and Tone Tone.

The Rap-It-Up teen forum will conclude a day of activities dedicated to raising HIV/AIDS and drug awareness. Kicking off the day is the 10th Annual Detroit Safe and Sober Summer Rally, scheduled to begin with an 8:00 a.m. march to Zussman Park and featuring more than 400 band members from various Detroit area high schools. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and other prominent community leaders will be present to address event attendees at 9:00 a.m., and there will also be free on-site HIV testing administered by the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness.

Today's disturbing statistics have shown that African Americans account for the most AIDS diagnoses, people estimated to be living with AIDS, and HIV- related deaths than any other racial group. Although African-American teens make up only 15% of U.S. teens, they account for 65% of newly-reported AIDS cases. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, African Americans in the state of Michigan accounted for 63% of the state's newly-reported AIDS cases in 2003.

"These devastating statistics reflect the urgent need to educate communities that HIV is 100% preventable," said Vikki Johnson, BET's Manager of Public Affairs. "Through educational programs such as Rap-It-Up, BET provides the information and resources necessary to raise awareness to HIV/AIDS, and to help young adults change their sexual behavior in order to curb this deadly trend."

Since its launch in 1997, BET's Rap-It-Up Campaign has tested over 5,800 people nationwide for HIV infection; managed over 988,000 calls to the Rap-It- Up toll-free hotline; hosted community teen forums for over 8,600 youth; and reached millions of viewers via HIV-related programming on the BET Network, including award-winning news specials, documentaries and public service announcements.

Media Opportunities: Coverage of Rap-It-Up Health Forum and Concert;
Interview & Photo Opportunities with BET's Mad Linx,
BET Rap-It-Up Representatives, Forum Panelists,
Performing Talent and Event Partners.


Since 1997, the Kaiser Family Foundation and BET: Black Entertainment Television have partnered on an extensive public education campaign to inform young people about sexual health issues, including HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). The partnership includes special programming, public service advertisements (PSAs), online content on, and a free resource and referral service. In 2000, the campaign launched a grassroots initiative to complement the on-air and online components of Rap- It-Up. Program elements include teen forums, mobile HIV testing events, and a middle and high school curriculum on HIV/AIDS. The campaign was nominated for an Emmy for Best National Public Service Announcement in 2002 and 2001, and has received numerous other awards, including the 2002 Cable Positive POP Award for Outstanding Newsmagazine Series, the 2002 CTPAA Joel Berger Award, the 2002 NAACP Image Award, the 2002 Academy of Television Arts & Science TV Cares "Ribbon of Hope" Award, and the 2002 NBACA Community Service Award.

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Lyntina Townsend of BET, +1-202-608-2745, or

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Paramount Pictures Teams Up With 4Sho4Kids for Benefit Screening of 'The Longest Yard' in St. Louis

Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds, Nelly, Michael Irvin, Bill Romanowski, and Brian Bosworth Among Stars Expected to Attend Screening; Proceeds to Benefit the Jes Us 4 Jackie Marrow Registry Campaign

ST. LOUIS, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount Pictures and 4Sho4Kids have teamed up for the May 22, 2005 benefit screening of the upcoming summer movie "The Longest Yard" in St. Louis, MO. The film will be screened at the Tivoli Theater in the Delmar Loop. The movie will open nationwide on May 27.

Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds, and Nelly will be among the athletes, actors, musicians, elected officials, and other VIPs that will walk the red carpet prior to the screening. Consistent with the film's football theme, the red carpet will be surrounded by cheerleaders and tailgating fans. Following the screening, event guests will enjoy a spectacular post-screening party. Also attending are some of the real-life athletes who star in the film: NFL great Michael Irvin, Bill Romanowski, and Brian Bosworth, and Indian wrestler Dalip Singh.

"We are honored that Paramount has chosen to benefit 4Sho4Kids with a St. Louis screening of this exciting film," said Chalena Mack, the executive director of The 4Sho4Kids Foundation. "This event will raise funds for our Jes Us 4 Jackie marrow registry campaign, helping leukemia patients everywhere find matches that will extend their lives."

"The Longest Yard" is the story of pro quarterback Paul Crewe (Sandler) and former college champion and coach Nate Scarborough (Reynolds), who are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarborough to coach the inmates to victory in a football game "fixed" to turn out quite another way.

4Sho4Kids, a nonprofit foundation started by hip-hop superstar Nelly, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children born with developmental disabilities and children born addicted to drugs. 4Sho4Kids also supports the Jes Us 4 Jackie campaign, a national marrow registry initiative in honor of Nelly's sister, Jackie Donahue, who recently lost her battle with leukemia.

The benefit screening will begin at 4:00PM on Sunday, May 22 at the Tivoli Theater. Tickets for the screening are $100, $250, and $500 with the proceeds benefiting The 4Sho4Kids Foundation. Corporate packages are also available. To purchase tickets, please call 1-888-211-2775. For more information, please visit

Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures present a Happy Madison/MTV Films Production in association with Callahan Filmworks, "The Longest Yard," a Peter Segal film starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds. The film is directed by Peter Segal ("50 First Dates," "Anger Management") from a screenplay by Sheldon Turner based on the film written by Tracy Keenan Wynn from a story by Albert S. Ruddy. Jack Giarraputo is the producer. The executive producers are Van Toffler, David Gale, Barry Bernardi, Allen Covert,

Tim Herlihy, Michael Ewing, and Albert S. Ruddy. The film also stars James Cromwell, Nelly, and William Fichtner.

Event Contacts:
For ticket sales or event information, For media inquiries,
Dr. Amit Dhawan, SYNERGY Pete Maniscalco, HNOW
(314) 706-4080 (314) 918-7788

Source: Paramount Pictures

CONTACT: For ticket sales or event information, Dr. Amit Dhawan of
SYNERGY, +1-314-706-4080,; or media inquiries, Pete
Maniscalco of HNOW, +1-314-918-7788,, for Paramount Pictures

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New Hip Hop Online Magazine Launches Version 2.0

with a Better Look More Function and lots of Star Power.

May 12, 2005.This month launches its second version of its website. TheFlowOnline is a FREE email magazine that can be received in your own email inbox. The email magazine is known for its commentary news on popular Hip Hop Icons and Urban lifestyle extending from music, television, film and comedy with interviews featuring such talents as Cedric the Entertainer and Ashanti. This month the magazine is paying tribute to the career of Ice Cube.

The new launch is the result of the development of several features built into the website, including the lauch of Flow TV. The Flow TV is an urban/hip-hop lifestyle television show based on the ezine, The Flow Online. The Flow TV is unique blend of urban-based reality programming with a splash of, In Living Color, Entertainment Tonight and BET 's Rap City. The Flow TV showcases the hottest events in the country and interview the biggest stars in entertainment industry with an "ear to the street" mentality. To date The Flow Magazine has interviewed some of the biggest stars in entertainment: Jaheim, Chris Tucker, Roy Jones. Jr., Dave Hollister, Steve Harvey, Cedric 'The Entertainer', Ja Rule, Ashanti, DL Hughley, Pitbull, Akon, Baby Bash, Earth Wind & Fire, Jimmy Jam, Musiq, Kenny Lattimore, Chante Moore, Fonzworth Bentley, Nina Sky, Petey Pablo,
J-Kwon &, WC.

The website possesses features that cater to the lifestyle characteristics of the urban genre. The site allows for users to edify themselves with features such as Get Ur Face in The Flow where users who are aspiring models can post their photos to have other site users vote on them. The highest ranking photos win a chance to be featured as a Face of the Flow for a particular month.

Other features include Get Ur Flow On. This feature allows aspiring rap artist to post their best 1 minute pre-recorded battle rhymne in an MP3 format. The rap can then be listened to by members of the site allowing them to vote on it as well. The top rapper of the month advances to the Championship Round held at the end of the year. The winner will earn the right to compose the site theme song along with other sponsored prizes.

The site also features a market place for aspiring beat makers and producers to sell their beats, whereas most beats created by these aspiring local artist would never see the light of day. It also allows aspiring vocalist and rappers to purchase such beats at an affordable price. All beats are to be bought and sold royalty free, with some restrictions. This service allows the seller to make money by repeatedly selling the same music. Users can purchase the pre-production music at an affordable price to complete demo songs and albums for local use.

Additional features allow local promoters to tap into the functionality of the site by utilizing its Promote your Party function. Users can load their own personal emails to create an graphically designed eflyer promoting their own personal event. The event is also featured in the issue for the following month.

All of these services are absolutely free. Part of the magazines focus is to attract urban consumers who are interested in more popular Hip Hop or Hip Hop related stars and expose them to the artistic talents of the underground Hip Hop industry. By doing this the magazine hopes to educate the popular Hip Hop consumer with the many facets of the culture while providing lesser known yet talented individuals a larger audience.

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The Source Magazine Delivers Another Exclusive Cover Story and Interview

Interscope Recording Artist Jadakiss Addresses the Hip-Hop Nation in the June Issue On Newsstands Now

Excitement Grows For The Launch of the Millennium Version of Hip-Hop's Greatest Magazine, The Source 5.0

NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In the June issue of The Source on newsstands now, Interscope recording artist Jadakiss talks exclusively with The Source.

Jadakiss talks about his beef with 50 Cent. He says, "It ain't that serious for me. I use everything for promotion until the line gets crossed. But for the most part, this is just my job. I'm a father at the end of the day." Check out the new issue for the complete story.

Mos Def talks about the state of Hip-Hop and the affects of racism and corruption surrounding the music business. He tells The Source that intelligent Hip-Hop is being overlooked by the decision makers. "People in control like to see niggas fighting, gangster posturing. Those are the only stories they're interested in."

The June issue also features stories on Cassidy and his rise to the top and C-Murder pleads his innocence.

The Source will deliver more exclusives in its July issue next month, but excitement is already growing for the launch of the Millennium version of Hip-Hop's greatest magazine. The Source 5.0 will debut with the August 2005 issue hitting newsstands on July 12, 2005. The newly designed magazine will feature an interactive CD-Rom disc that extends the readers experience beyond the pages of the magazine. The debut edition of The Source 5.0 also includes The Source's first-ever international swimsuit edition shot entirely on the beaches of the Dominican Republic along with much more!!

Source: The Source Magazine

CONTACT: Lulu Cohen Media, +1-917-318-2161,, for The
Source Magazine

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MediaRights Launches the Fifth Annual MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL

at BAMcinematek and Online June 1 Presented by Loreto Bay Company

Sam Seder of Air America Radio's 'Majority Report' Hosts Awards Ceremony at HBO May 26

Netflix, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation, Utne Magazine and Others Sponsor Yearlong Outreach and Distribution Campaign for Festival's Inspiring Short Films

NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- MediaRights, a Project of Arts Engine, launches its fifth annual MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL with premiere screenings at BAMcinematek and an online launch June 1. HBO's Manhattan headquarters will also host a VIP awards ceremony celebrating the winning filmmakers work on May 26. Sixteen provocative, short, social-issue films make up this year's festival and range from fast-paced musical animations to insightful personal documentaries that offer new perspectives on the war in Iraq, racial identity, global warming, gay rights, civil liberties, sustainable agriculture/development, drug addiction and more.

The festival includes a year-long program of web streaming, DVD distribution and screenings around the country intended to connect audiences to inspiring, independently and youth-produced short films that spark debate and action. Tickets to the June 1 premiere screenings at BAMcinematek are $10 and are available at the BAM Box Office (718.636.4100) or through .

The fifth annual MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL is produced by MediaRights, an organization dedicated to maximizing the impact of social- issue documentaries by connecting filmmakers, educators, nonprofits and youth. The festival is presented by Loreto Bay Company, a real estate developer dedicated to sustainability.

A jury of media professionals, activists and filmmakers met in February to choose the sixteen official selections that make up this year's slate of films out of a pool of over four hundred and fifty submissions from around the country. The jury included Morgan Spurlock, Director of Super Size Me, Tia Lessin, Producer of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sean Wilsey of McSweeney's, as well as librarian Jessamyn West ( and teen filmmakers from Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Channel.

"We were thrilled to double our number of submissions from last year," said Katy Chevigny, Executive Director of Arts Engine, Inc. "There is an increasing demand for independent media, and we've found the most entertaining, timely and innovative work out there. We can't wait to bring these vital perspectives to audiences around the country."


The sixteen short films tackle topics such as: politics and civic engagement (Battleground Minnesota, Pizza Surveillance Feature), the war in Iraq and military recruitment (All That I Can Be), media policy and the digital divide (The News Is What We Make It, Laptop), gay rights (A Girl Named Kai, Homecoming), juvenile justice (Bad Choices, System Failure), drug addiction (Happy Ending), global warming and transportation alternatives (Neglected Sky, Fast and Reliable), sustainable agriculture/development (Young Agrarians, World on Fire, The Luckiest Nut in the World) and racial identity and tolerance (Something Other Than Other). (Please see official selections below for full descriptions of festival films and awards.)


The sixteen festival shorts were produced by independent filmmakers from around the United States as well as some from Canada and the U.K. They include a mix of men and women, adults and youth, African-Americans, Latino-Americans and Asian-Americans, and gay, straight and transgender individuals. Filmmakers include teenager Chris Johnson, aka Shakademic, a hip-hop artist from Minneapolis, who talks politics and music with former Vice President Walter Mondale in his film Battleground Minnesota; agricultural activist Johanna Divine, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Fellow from Flagstaff, Arizona who profiles the next generation of farmers in Young Agrarians; Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan whose music video World on Fire is a call to invest in development in impoverished countries.

Noteworthy this year is a large number of films made by teenagers: Battleground Minnesota, All That I Can Be, Homecoming, Bad Choices, Happy Ending and Neglected Sky.


On Thursday, May 26th comedian Sam Seder, co-host of Air America Radio's "Majority Report," will host an awards ceremony for the filmmakers at HBO's Manhattan headquarters. All sixteen films will be honored with awards and $10,000 in cash grants will be distributed to select filmmakers. Additionally, Netflix is providing 6-month subscriptions to their online DVD rental service to all 16 filmmaking teams. Ms. McLachlan is expected to accept her award via remote video conferencing.

Other events include an invitation-only VIP Party for festival supporters at DEKK in Tribeca on the evening of Wednesday, May 25 and the "Media In Action Coalition-Building Workshop" at the International Center for Tolerance Education in DUMBO on Friday, May 27.

The "Media in Action Coalition-Building Workshop" is a day-long workshop connecting festival filmmakers with nonprofit workers and educators working for social change. Filmmakers will present their work and their goals for making an impact, while the nonprofits will identify tactics through which they can utilize the films to reach new audiences and galvanize their constituencies. Educators will explore ways in which the films can enhance their curricula and inspire their students to become engaged citizens. Active partnerships will be established and participants will walk away with concrete ideas for collaborative events and actions that harness the power of the Media That Matters Film Festival films. Participating organizations include Indyvoter, Free Press, New Visions for Public Schools. Guest presenters include Clay Shirky, internet culture commentator, and Robert McChesney, media reform author and activist.

At the Wednesday, June 1 premiere at BAMcinematek, the films will be screened at 7 p.m., and audiences will have an opportunity to meet filmmakers and get involved with the issues at a Take Action table in the theatre lobby. An encore screening will take place the same night at 9:20 p.m.

Also on June 1st, all sixteen festival films will begin streaming online for a full year at . Visitors to the site will be able watch the films and take action via links that empower them to volunteer, sign petitions, write to Congress, or donate to key organizations. The site will include a highly-trafficked news blog (over 500,000 visits last year) that will connect the films to current events and alert visitors about upcoming screenings, new resources and opportunities to take action throughout the year.


The Presenting Sponsor of the fifth annual Media That Matters Film Festival is Loreto Bay Company.

Other festival sponsors include: Activators - Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation, Netflix, Utne magazine; Motivator - HBO; Celebrators - Paola Freccero, Frank Marshall, Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation, Oxfam America; Initiators - DEKK, Docurama, Alexander Summer Family Foundation, Filmmaker Magazine, Time Warner Inc; Underwriting from - National Endowment for the Arts, Third Millennium Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Additional underwriting from - Benton Foundation, Expedia Media LLC, Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, New York State Council on the Arts.

Principal Partner - Human Rights Watch International Film Festival; Additional partners - Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, Alliance for a Media Literate America, Bay Area Video Coalition, Center for Social Media, Creative Commons, Magnatune, National Council of Teachers of English.


The Media That Matters Film Festival is produced by MediaRights, an organization that builds the capacity of community organizations and filmmakers to reach, teach, activate, and educate their constituencies. MediaRights promotes the exhibition of documentaries in non-traditional venues and puts filmmakers in touch with new audiences. Equipped with the nation's most comprehensive database of politically and socially engaged films and videos, MediaRights provides educators and activists with the tools they need to create video curricula, curate audio/visual collections and use film more effectively in the classroom and in lobbying campaigns. More than 30,000 users visit MediaRights each month making the site one of the most vibrant online centers for community/filmmaker collaborations. MediaRights and the Media That Matters Film Festival are projects of Arts Engine, Inc., a nonprofit organization.

For more information about MediaRights, visit or call 646-230-6288.


Arts Engine, Inc. supports, produces, and distributes independent media of consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates, educators and the general public. By fostering the production and use of independent film, video and new media, Arts Engine connects media makers and active audiences in order to spur critical consideration of pressing social issues.

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Vivendi Universal Games Announces Product Line-Up for 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo

Original Properties, Music Artist Tie-Ins and Entertainment Licenses Headline VU Games' Roster for E3

LOS ANGELES, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced its multi-platform product line-up for the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Among the highly anticipated games will be Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft: Ghost(TM), a tactical-action console game set in Blizzard's epic StarCraft(R) universe. Blizzard will also showcase World of Warcraft(R), its massively multi-player online role playing game, which has already garnered more than 1.5 million subscribers in North America, Korea, and Europe. The game is scheduled to launch in mainland China in summer 2005 and will release in the region of Taiwan shortly thereafter. Multi-platinum global hip hop sensation 50 Cent will lend his voice, likeness and music to Sierra Entertainment's upcoming 50 Cent: Bulletproof, which will debut at E3 behind closed doors. A demonstration of Scarface: The World is Yours, developed by Radical Entertainment, will premiere on the show floor. Scarface: The World is Yours is based on Hollywood's iconic underworld film from Universal Pictures.

Other major E3 releases from Sierra Entertainment include: F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon), developed by Monolith Productions, a first-person paranormal action thriller; The Incredible Hulk(TM): Ultimate Destruction, developed by Radical Entertainment, an action game based on the legendary comic from Marvel Enterprises; and Crash Tag Team Racing, also developed by Radical Entertainment, an action racing game that extends the multi-million unit-selling original character franchise in an all-new, hilarious interactive adventure.

Listed below is additional game information for the titles on display at VU Games' E3 booth (#1200) located in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention:

StarCraft: Ghost(TM)

StarCraft: Ghost is a tactical-action console game set in Blizzard's epic StarCraft universe. In StarCraft: Ghost, players take part in the struggle for galactic domination as Nova, a deadly Ghost operative in the employ of the Terran Dominion. Twenty years of ruthless physical conditioning and techno- psychological instruction have transformed Nova into a being of terrifying potential. As she progresses through a series of story-driven missions, Nova is required to engage in a number of dangerous infiltration operations and deadly planetary battles. To complete Nova's mission objectives, players must execute intelligent tactical decisions while mastering an advanced arsenal of sophisticated weaponry and Nova's own psionic abilities.

World of Warcraft(R)

World of Warcraft(R) is an online role-playing experience set in the award-winning Warcraft(R) universe. Players assume the roles of Warcraft heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest across a vast world. World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, which allows thousands of players to interact within the same world. Whether adventuring together or fighting against each other in epic battles, players will form friendships, forge alliances, and compete with enemies for power and glory.

50 Cent: Bulletproof

In 50 Cent: Bulletproof, 50 Cent gets caught in a web of corruption, double-crosses, and shady deals that lead him on a bloody path through New York's drug underworld. Teaming up with his G Unit crew, 50 Cent takes on the most dangerous crime families in the city, uncovering an international conspiracy with devastating implications. 50 Cent: Bulletproof is more than a game, it's a celebration of everything 50. The music, the lifestyle and the gritty look at urban life all come together to create a unique entertainment experience never seen before. 50 Cent: Bulletproof will feature new songs from 50 Cent recorded exclusively for the game, music from Get Rich or Die Tryin', The Massacre, and the soundtrack for his upcoming movie, as well as more than a dozen 50 Cent and G Unit videos along with new original hot beats and scoring from Sha Money XL (G Unit Exec Producer). In addition, the game will offer a sound studio mode in which gamers can mix and match new original freestyles by 50 Cent with new beats straight from the G Unit camp. 50 Cent: Bulletproof is scheduled for release in Fall 2005 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and in Spring 2006 for the PSP(TM) portable entertainment system .

Scarface: The World is Yours

Scarface, the epic film that transcends generations and appeals to contemporary and urban audiences alike is now coming for the first time to game consoles worldwide. In a complex world filled with excess and greed, players can take the role of Tony Montana, one of the most ruthless gangsters ever depicted on film. Highly acclaimed feature screenwriter, David McKenna, has written an original event-driven storyline that leads the player through a sordid and violent underworld. Scarface: The World is Yours will offer a gameplay environment that authentically recreates the historical time period of the film, touching on politics, news items and events of the day. Scarface: The World is Yours is scheduled for release in 2006 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video and entertainment system from Microsoft, PC, and a next generation console.

F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon)

F.E.A.R. is a paranormal action thriller presented entirely in first person. An unidentified paramilitary force infiltrates a multi-billion dollar aerospace compound, taking hostages but issuing no demands. The government responds by sending in special forces, but loses contact as an eerie signal interrupts radio communications. When the interference subsides moments later, the team has been obliterated in an inexplicable wave of destruction. As part of a classified strike team created to deal with threats no one else can handle, your mission is simple, contain this crisis before it spirals out of control. Cutting edge graphics and sound combine with eerie special effects and gripping gameplay to produce one of the most immersive PC titles ever. F.E.A.R. is scheduled for release in Fall 2005 for Microsoft Windows PC CD-ROM.

Crash(TM) Tag Team Racing

After being humiliated yet again by Crash Bandicoot(R) at the end of Twinsanity, Dr. Neo Cortex returns to his evil scheming in his dilapidated Iceberg Lair. He hatches a sinister plan to challenge Crash to a seemingly friendly race competition ... with plans of crushing the hapless bandicoot under the ruins of the hazardous racetrack! In Crash(TM) Tag Team Racing players will be able to fuse two cars together on the fly to form a super vehicle outfitted with a turret gun with the all-new "clashing" technology. Players can continue their adventures on foot with out-of-car action, allowing them to traverse an amusement park-like world where they can interact with other characters, collect items and complete mini-missions. Crash(TM) Tag Team Racing is scheduled for release in Fall 2005 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Nintendo DS(TM) and the PSP(TM) portable entertainment system.

The Incredible Hulk(TM): Ultimate Destruction

In The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, players can jump anywhere, climb anything and smash everything -- even destroy entire buildings -- as the Hulk, the strongest superhero there is! Based on The Incredible Hulk character franchise from Marvel Enterprises, this non-stop action and destruction-packed game is designed to be the best superhero game ever created. Players will create their own Hulk-powered weapons from almost anything they can rip out of the environment, unlock new moves to battle a variety of huge enemies in epic boss fights and experience deep and varied game elements by exploring free-roaming non-mission and side mission gameplay. The Incredible Hulk(TM): Ultimate Destruction is scheduled for release in August 2005 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Nintendo GameCube(TM).

About Vivendi Universal Games

Vivendi Universal Games ( is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, and also holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment(R), Inc. Radical Entertainment, Sierra(R) Entertainment and Massive Entertainment(TM). VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), Diablo(R) and World of Warcraft(TM) from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot(R), Spyro The Dragon(R), Empire Earth(R), Leisure Suit Larry(TM), Ground Control(R) and Tribes(R). VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including NBC Universal and Twentieth Century Fox.

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(May 12, 2005) New York, NY Harlem superstar and Diplomats Capo Jim Jones returns to the spotlight with his second full-length album, Harlem: The Diary of A Summer, which will be released on Diplomat Records/KOCH Records on Tuesday, July 26th. The new album is the follow-up to Jims acclaimed debut, On My Way To Church.

Fortitude, ambition and creative business tactics are at the forefront of Jim Jones career. The enigmatic Diplomat CEO and entrepreneur spent the past decade designing an empire that will solidify his place in Hip Hop history and beyond.

Bronx-born and Harlem raised, Jim Jones knew all to well at a very early age what the streets had to offer. While he experienced his share of trouble growing up in Harlem, he was fortunate enough to escape anything that would cause him to wind up as another statistic in the concrete jungle.
After continued success with his Dipset crew and his Diplomat Record label, Jims solo album, On My Way To Church, debuted at #18 on Billboard Top 200 in August 2004, and has sold over 200,000 copies independently to date. The album garnered critical praise from both street publications and mainstream outlets such at The New York Times who stated, Jim Jones has more charisma and attitude than most rappers put together.? The videos for the first single, Certified Gangsta,? and second single, Crunk Musik,? have received consistent airplay on both BET and MTV. Jim Jones is also exceedingly popular in the fast-paced world of mix-tape releases.

The first single from Harlem: The Diary of A Summer, will be Baby Girl? which has already started picking up heat on Hot 97 and Power 105 in NY, and several other stations across the country. Look for a new video for Baby Girl? coming your way real soon.

Harlem: The Diary of A Summer will be released in three configurations including a DualDisc version which will feature the entire new album in LPCM Stereo, a brand-new Jim Jones documentary plus uncensored versions of some of his biggest videos. Additional Explicit/Edited versions of the album will also be available.

Regarding the new album, Jones offers, Its the soundtrack to summertime in the ghetto. The main objective is to stay alive during those months cause its so hot, you gotta do what you gotta do to stay cool. This album will keep you real cool, like drinking an ice cold glass of Sizzurp.

In addition to his many ventures, Jim Jones is also gaining respect for his role as a music video director winning several music award nominations. He created the vision behind numerous videos for Dipset emcee Camron including Oh Boy,? Hey Ma,? and Get Em Girl/Killa Cam,? State Propertys When You Hear That,? as well as his own popular Certified Gangsta? and How G Is This? videos.

Jim takes his ability to influence the world at large very serious, he continues to search for new ways to find social and political growth while progressing within the Hip Hop culture. Currently, Jim is an active participator in Russell Simmons Hip Hop Summit, The Andre Neal Foundation as well as the Southeast Queens Action Network for Public Schools, all which focus on building and strengthening the community through its youth, educating them on politics and teaching them how influential their voice is.
Selections from Harlem: The Diary of A Summer are set to include the following joints:

* My Diary? feat. Denise Weeks
* Gees Up? feat. Camron, Max B
* J.I.M.M.Y.?
* What Is This?
* Honey Dip? feat. Juelz Santana, Camron, Latiff
* Ride Wit It? feat. Juelz Santana
* Penitentiary Chance? feat. Hell Rell
* We Just Ballin? feat. T.K.
* Drunk Hoe? feat. Jha Jha and Paul Wall
* We Gone Get So High? feat. Max B
* Harlem?
* Confront Ya Babe? feat. Max B
* Summer With Miami (In Between The Streets)? feat. Trey Songz
* In Love Wit A Thug? feat. Denise Weeks
* Tupac Joint? feat. Fatal Hussien, 40.Cal
* Baby Girl? feat. Max B
* My Calling?
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The Museum of African American Music Presents: Fresh: A Kaleidoscope of Sound

Fresh is a hip hop art and music exhibition designed to showcase how the music has impacted society and various forms of expression. It is a month long exhibit featuring special interactive programming. A fun-filled and educational family event for all.

Newark, NJ (PRWEB) May 12, 2005 -- Fresh: A Kaleidoscope of Sound, an incredible hip hop art exhibit will be on full blast at City Without Walls Art Gallery beginning Thursday, May 26th through June 17th. Fresh will chronicle hip hops undeniable influence on society through various forms of artistic expression.

Fresh will celebrate hip hop culture through artwork, music, graffiti, photography, dance, film, fashion, and more. Local artist/sculptor Jerry Gant will curate the artwork presented at City Without Walls Art Gallery in conjunction with the Museum of African American Music and The Lincoln Park/Coast Cultural District (LPCCD). The exhibit is Free to the general public and can be viewed at City Without Walls Gallery, 6 Crawford Street, Newark, NJ, 07102. Regular gallery hours are: Wednesday thru Friday: 12-6 p.m.; Saturday: 1-6 p.m. For more information call 973-242-4144.

Fresh will also feature special events each Friday evening including a gala opening reception featuring music by DJ Max Jerome and Aerosol Blues. Also on deck in June is a Graffiti Film Screening of some of the best street art ever seen and the legendary taggers that created the master pieces followed by roundtable discussions with the artists and legendary photographer, Ernie Paniccioli.(-June 3)An amazing exhibition in the art of turntablism and breakdancing, will also be presented for one special night including DJ Battle sets and breakdance performances.(-June 10) Fresh will bring the exhibit to a close with a hip hop showcase featuring some the areas most talented artists including a special performance by acclaimed hip hop MC, Flo Brown. (-June 17)

ABYSS Releases Debut Album, "From Now On"

3sixty5 Records recording artist ABYSS is dropping his debut album, "From Now On," on May 24th, 2005. The album features guest appearances by Planet Asia, Walt Liquor, Mikey Mo, JDirt, Big Tripp, The Joint, Arsin, and DJ Daeta.

(PRWEB) May 12, 2005 -- Release on 3sixty5 Records, the debut album FROM NOW ON by Abyss will be dropping on May 24th, 2005. From street bangers to club joints, FROM NOW ON encompasses a range of songs that appeal to the masses. The album is entirely produced by Abyss and features guest appearances from Planet Asia (Gold Chain Music), Walt Liquor (Liquor-Barrel), Mikey Mo (3sixty5 Records), Big Tripp, JDirt (Uber Records), Arsin, The Joint, and DJ Daeta (The Jimi Handtrix Crew).

Abyss is an MC and producer thats emerging from the West Coast as the next big thing from the Bay Area's indie Hip Hop scene. Earning the name because of his deep lyrics and music, Abyss is definitely living up to the title on his debut album, FROM NOW ON. Cultivating a unique rhythmic sound, combined with raw infectious lyrics, his music is catching on fast on both Internet and college radio.

Abyss uses the blueprints of Hip Hop to infiltrate and impact a positive element to the young urban culture. Although growing up in the ghettos of Richmond, CA, Abyss rejects the use of portraying a ghetto lifestyle to reach the minds of his listeners. Songs such as "So Dance", "Miles of Motivation", and "It's a Great Thing" represents a clean, clear, and inspiring view which contradicts the "cookie-cut" Hip Hop lyrics of today's most popular artists. Abyss also brings that raw Hip Hop on songs such as How The West Was 1, If I Wasnt, and Fungus.

"The Hip Hop world needs to hear this album because I'm speaking on some of the biggest problems that have been plaguing our music for years," states Abyss.

During the past few years Abyss has been gaining major exposure through various projects and appearances. In 2003 Abysss song, If I Wasnt, was featured on the YPA: Players Ball 2K3, a street basketball DVD that showcases some of the best street ballers on the West Coast. In 2005 YPA will be releasing their follow up DVD, The War, which will also feature another hot track from Abyss, Times Up. In 2004 Abyss recorded a Hip Hop classic, Repetition, for The Muse10 Project, an underground Hip Hop compilation featuring some of the hottest West Coast underground artists (Mikey Mo, Detane, Enzyme, Forensic Science). Also in 2004, Abyss kept the buzz on the streets with four exclusive tracks on DJ ETCs mixtape, Drop It On Em, which has 10,000 plus copies circulating through out the Hip Hop community worldwide. Not to mention, Abyss also appears on four mixtapes right now in circulation.

Honing his craft as a writer and producer for over ten years, Abyss is ready to let the world hear what he's all about. Through his very own production company Moodswingz Music, in conjunction with 3sixty5 Records, Abyss will be debuting his highly anticipated album, FROM NOW ON, which is scheduled for released on May 24th, 2005.

Abyss's undeniable skills and eclectic style, both through his lyrics and production, is guaranteed to establish him as one of the premier artists of our generation.

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Snap Your Neck to Nuthouse Again

Nuthouse returns with a new single on their newly established label, Break Bread Projects via Counterflow Distribution Group.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) May 12, 2005 -- Hip-Hop group, Nuthouse, return after four long-awaited years to release their new single Snap Your Neck 2 Dis. Expected drop date on the single is Tuesday, May 17 on Break Bread Projects. Dave Ghetto, Fel Sweetenburg and Nex Millen reunite following the pursuit of their own solo careers. Nuthouse emcee Fel Sweetenburg also laces the production with the 808 bass pounding drops, and lethal kicks and snares.

Snap Your Neck 2 Dis is the first of the groups two 12 singles off the new album Mentally Ill. Its appropriately described as a real hip-hop lovers dream comes true. Next on the agenda for the group in 2005 is an extensive North American tour.

Nuthouse first came on the scene with their single, A Luv Supreem on Bobbitos Fondl Em records. Then soon joined the Goodvibe Recordings family and release their EP Deez Nutz featuring appearances by El the Sensei, Lawrence Arnell and Planetary of Outerspace.

About Nuthouse:
Nuthouse, consisting of Dave Ghetto, Fel Sweetenburg and Nex Millen keep Hip-Hop fun with lyrics that still stir the mind. Originally based from Philadelphia, their music and lyrics have been heard around the world collectively, as well as their own successful solo projects. They have recorded on labels such as Fondl Em, Goodvibe Recordings, Soulspazm, and Counterflow Recordings to name a few. Now they have taken the next step in self progression with their newly established label, Break Bread Projects. For additional information go to Http:// 305.673.4857.

Multi-Platinum Hip-Hop Superstar Twista Hires 5W Public Relations as Agency of Record

5W Public Relations, the fastest growing PR agency in the US announced today, the addition of Atlantic Records recording artist - Hip-Hop Superstar, Twista to its growing roster of celebrity clientele in the Entertainment division.

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 12, 2005 -- 5W Public Relations, the fastest growing PR agency in the US announced today, the addition of Atlantic Records recording artist - Hip-Hop Superstar, Twista to its growing roster of celebrity clientele in the Entertainment division. After making a breakthrough comeback last year from a 7-year hiatus, Chicagos greatest MC sold over 2 million copies of his smash hit album, Kamikaze, which produced two #1 singles, Slow Jamz and Overnight Celebrity in addition to a top 10 hit So Sexy. Twista will make headlines once again in the fall, with the release of his highly anticipated new album, titled The Next Day which will include collaborations with Award Winning Producers such as Scott Storch, Timbaland, The Neptunes and Kanye West.

Regarded as one of the most important figures in rap history, Twista first captured the worlds attention over a decade ago when he was named the worlds fastest rapper by the Guinness Book of World Records. Famed for his rapid-fire flow, Twista has long been among hip-hops most in-demand MCs, lending his revolutionary technique to records by such stars as Ludacris, P. Diddy, Mariah Carey and Timbaland to name a few.

We are thrilled to be chosen as agency of record for Twista, said Tracy Nguyen, Assoc. Vice President of 5W Public Relations. He has not only made history with his groundbreaking talents, but is a Multi-Platinum selling artist who is highly respected worldwide. We very much look forward to a successful partnership with Twista, while sharing his ongoing successes through the media.

About 5W Public Relations
5W Public Relations (, the nation's fastest growing independent PR firm, maintains practice areas specializing in technology, corporate, consumer, politics, crisis communications and public affairs. Described by a leading PR trade magazine as "aggressive in a way that clearly resonates with clients looking for a firm staffed with type A-plus personalities, a BS-free approach, and results from Day One," 5W's culture is aggressive, energetic, fast-paced and focused. The Company boasts a diversified client roster second to none, including: Fortune 100 mainstay EDS, NICE Systems, McDonald's, Evian Bottled Water, 500 store retail chain United Retail Group/Avenue Stores, Seagram's Coolers, Grolsch Beer, Russ Berrie & Company, multi-platinum recording artist Lil' Kim, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group, NBA Star Jalen Rose, Sean John Boys, a plethora of publicly traded technology companies, and a variety of other global interests, national corporations, high-profile individuals, regional businesses, government agencies and academic institutions. The agency was recently named "Boutique Agency of The Year" for 2005 by a leading PR trade magazine.

Hip Hop Artist Jair Dynast Makes Major College and Underground Radio Charts with Songs Produced in a Home Studio

Jair Dynasts entire album "Curriculum Vitae," was recorded, produced and mixed in a "home studio" using pro-tools software, and now he is rapidly climbing underground and college radio hip hop charts.

i-Newswire, 2005-05-12 - "Struggle" is one of the singles on Jair Dynasts self-produced new hip hop album, "Curriculum Vitae," with music that is making a number of music charts.

"Jairs work is hip hop with a conscience," said eMultimedia Group founder Hazel Thornhill.
"The album is filled with strong hip hop and R&B productions, and features the introspective single, Struggle in which Jair tells his very personal story. How he switched gears after he was forced to end a promising basketball career because of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, lost his college scholarship, but never gave up."

"On April 11, 2005, the single, "SnakeEyes" was the number 2 and 3 most added on RapAttackLives and RapNetwork Hip Hop radio charts".

"SnakeEyes" debuted at #17 and #21 on and RapNetwork Hip Hop top 30 charts respectively".

"After only 3-weeks on the charts, "SnakeEyes" is now 9 on RapAttackLives and 11 on RapNetwork. "SnakeEyes" is in the company of songs from such heavy weights as Kanye West, Canibus, Guru, Q-Tip f. Busta Rhymes, Chino XL and Memphis Bleek, to name a few".

Uniquely talented, Dynasts entire album was recorded, produced, and mixed in a home studio using pro-tools software. Jair is also a trained digital animator by Seneca at York University, where he was on the team that helped the Canadian school win a Grammy for Animated Short Film.

"Jair's lyrical imagery engulfs and at the same time, carries you along with him to his current spot as one of the undergrounds elite up and coming recording artists. He weaves his deep baritone effortlessly through his mastery of production," described Beau Trickey.

Anyone listening to "Struggle" who aspires for greatness can take something positive from the song because Im still here. Im still struggling to ach ieve. No matter what the obstacle, success is attainable," said Jair of his motivation to write and record "Struggle."

Jair will be touring the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan throughout 2005 to support "Curriculum Vitae" and to begin promoting his as yet untitled debut solo album slated for a 2005 fourth quarter release.

"Curriculum Vitae" is available at Best Buy, iTunes,,, Virgin Mega,, and other fine online retailers.

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Warner Music Group Corp. Prices Initial Public Offering

Music Company Lists on NYSE Under Symbol: WMG

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/11/2005 -- Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG) today announced it will offer 32,600,000 shares of common stock priced at $17 per share. 5,430,000 shares of common stock were reallocated from the selling stockholders to WMG for sale by it in the offering. WMG will use the net proceeds from the offering, plus an amount of cash resulting from a decrease in the cash dividend to be paid to its existing shareholders in connection with the offering and a reduction in other cash payments, to repay approximately $574 million of its indebtedness, the same amount of debt repayment as previously announced.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. are the joint global coordinators and, together with Lehman Brothers Inc. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., served as joint book-running managers for the offering. Banc of America Securities LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. will act as joint lead managers.

Certain WMG stockholders have granted the underwriters of the offering an option to purchase up to 4,890,000 additional shares at the initial public offering price within 30 days to cover over-allotments. Trading of WMG shares is expected to begin tomorrow on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: WMG.

A registration statement relating to the common stock has been filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus may be obtained by contacting: Goldman, Sachs & Co., 85 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004, Attention: Prospectus Department (212-902-1171).

About Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group, with its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, is one of the world's major music companies. The company is home to a collection of some of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Atlantic, Bad Boy, Elektra, Lava, Maverick, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire operates through 37 affiliates and numerous licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Group also includes Warner/Chappell Music, a global music publisher, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide. For more information about Warner Music Group, visit our corporate website at


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Jay-Z Looking to Net an Intern for the Summer

S. Carter Academy to Offer One Person a Summer Internship with the New Jersey Nets

CANTON, Mass., May 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As an artist, record executive, part owner of the New Jersey Nets and headmaster of a special online academy, Jay-Z is looking for the best and the brightest to help him out during the summer. Jay-Z, in conjunction with Reebok and his new S. Carter Academy, has launched an innovative college internship program to find one qualified applicant to intern for the summer with the New Jersey Nets.

The S. Carter Academy, an online "school without walls," was designed in partnership with Reebok as an extraordinary enclave of creativity, inquiry, and discovery. The S. Carter Academy is the premier online destination for those seeking to train with the best and obtain an elite status in music, fashion and sports. The Academy presents one of the most comprehensive, up- to-date and relevant music, style and sports curriculums available anywhere.

As part of the curriculum, the S. Carter Academy will offer real-world experience to its members in the form of internships in the sports and music industries. The first internship for the year will be with the New Jersey Nets of the NBA, of which Jay-Z is a part owner.

The internship program with the Nets is designed to give one applicant the opportunity for real-life work experience in the highly competitive sports industry. The candidate selected for the six-week internship program will intern for the Nets to truly understand the inner workings of a professional sports franchise. Through May 15, 2005, entrants can go to and sign up for the academy and apply for the internship program by submitting a resume along with an essay answering the question, "Tell us about your career aspirations and how they relate to professional sports?"

The S. Carter Academy internship program is open to anyone in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are between 18 and 24 years of age. Applicants must have a valid e-mail address to be eligible. Entries will be judged on the entrant's academic and professional credentials, an essay submission and the creative presentation of the essay. The prize is a temporary, non-paid internship with the Nets. Housing will be provided by Sheraton Edison Hotel. The Nets internship is the first of three internships that will be provided by the S. Carter Academy.

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The Sound Of Young America is young once again. Motown Remixed (Motown/UMe), set for release on May 24, 2005, re-grooves 15 of the greatest songs of Motown for a new generation. On this album, which features more than a dozen of the worlds top producers/remixers, youll hear Motown classics like youve never heard them before.

These producers and remixers were given unprecedented access to the Motown vaults, to put their spin on classics from the most famous record label in popular music. They (respectfully) funk up, turn inside out and chill out best-loved Motown songs, from I Want You Back to My World Is Empty Without You, from Lets Get It On to Mary Jane. Classic Motowns most significant foray ever into DJ, dance and club culture, the project also includes the release of three vinyl mega-singles, which in total will include 10 of the albums 15 tracks, with several of them in exclusive extended versions: Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 will all be released on May 10th. Additionally, Motown/UMe will issue a Motown Unmixed CD compilation, featuring original versions of songs from the album on May 24, the same day as the Remixed album.

Among the events surrounding this album is a Motown Remixed Tour, featuring DJ Smash, who will bring these remixes as well as a display of DJ skills utilizing the Motown catalog to 10 cities in May and June (Black Music Month): New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Atlanta, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and a city TBA.

Motown Remixed stars producers/remixers and the songs:
-The Randy Watson Experience: AKA Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson (The Roots, Common, Nikka Costa, Joss Stone) and James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Roots, Anthony Hamilton), for Gladys Knight & The Pips I Heard It Through The Grapevine

-DJ Green Lantern (Eminem, Nas, Tupac, and has his own new album coming soon), for Rick James Mary Jane

-Salaam Remi (Ludacris, Amy Winehouse, Fugees, Nas, Jamiroquai), for the Jackson 5s ABC

-DJ Z-Trip (Jurassic 5, Chuck D, Rush, and has his own new album Uneasylistening Vol. 1), for the Jackson 5s I Want You Back

-DJ Jazzy Jeff (Will Smith, Jill Scott, Kenny Lattimore, KRS-1), for The Temptations Papa Was A Rolling Stone

-DJ Spinna (Guru, De La Soul, Mary J. Blige), for Eddie Kendricks Keep On Truckin

-Hank Shocklee as Futureshock Entertainment (Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Peter Gabriel), for the Undisputed Truths Smiling Faces Sometimes

-Easy Mo Bee (Alicia Keys, Notorious B.I.G., Miles Davis), for The Temptations Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

-Mocean Worker AKA Adam Dorn (Tenacious D, Charlie Parker Remix, 4 solo albums), for Rare Earths I Just Want To Celebrate

-Hotsnax AKA Full Phatt (Ashanti, Nelly, Outkast, Christina Milian, Bob Marley), for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles The Tears Of A Clown

-King Britt (Digable Planets, Macy Gray, Tori Amos, Destinys Child, several solo albums), for Edwin Starrs War

-DJ Smash (Roy Ayers, Chico Hamilton, Cassandra Wilson), for Stevie Wonders Signed Sealed, Delivered Im Yours

-Da Producers, including Paul Simpson (Serious Intention, Spinners, Jacksons), for Marvin Gayes Lets Get It On

-Rafe Gomez and David Baron as The Groove Boutique (the nationally- syndicated cool jazz mix show of the same name), for Smokey Robinsons Quiet Storm

-Tranzition (everyANYTHING), for Diana Ross & The Supremes My World Is Empty Without You

Track List:
1. I Want You Back / JACKSON 5

2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine / GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS

3. Lets Get It On / MARVIN GAYE

4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered Im Yours / STEVIE WONDER


6. I Just Want To Celebrate / RARE EARTH

7. Papa Was A Rolling Stone / THE TEMPTATIONS

8. Quiet Storm / SMOKEY ROBINSON
GROOVE BOUTIQUE REMIX, featuring guest soloist ROY AYERS

9. My World Is Empty Without You / DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES

10. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) / THE TEMPTATIONS

11. Smiling Faces Sometimes / UNDISPUTED TRUTH


13. Keep on Truckin / EDDIE KENDRICKS


Bonus Cut
15. Mary Jane / RICK JAMES

For the producers/remixers of Motown Remixed, revisiting songs that have inspired them was a dream come true. For Old School Motown fans, Motown Remixed is a resurrection. For fans of current hip-hop, R&B and Pop, Motown Remixed is a revelation. So hear it again for the first time.
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8th Annual Hiphop Appreciation Week Celebrates FREEDOM

Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, Oregon annually continue with week full of events

Atlanta, GA APRIL 27, 2005. May 15th - 22nd marks the 8th Annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week. Our theme this year is Freedom. Different from Liberty, which has to do with moving freely about ones environment, freedom is a condition that is experienced within ones self. That is why the Temple of Hiphop created Hiphop Appreciation Week to celebrate the kulture of HIPHOP and to allow Hiphoppas to set aside the 3rd week of May to speak out about the truth of HIPHOP. To educate and help decriminalize HIPHOP in the eyes of ALL people. To build the movement Internationally by having it recognized publicly with upliftment, empowerment and productive growth for all of human kind.

Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, Oregon are known annually to continue forth the efforts of Hiphop Appreciation Week. During the week, both cities produced quality events that create discussions around the concept of freedom engaging the youth, parents and educators. The importance is dialogue first but ultimately implementing plans of actions for our communities with Hiphop as a tool to motivate all generations, states Allan C. Williams, head Organizer in Portland, Oregon. Minister Server of the Temple of Hiphop adds, The Kulture of HIPHOP brings great meaning and purpose to all of our lives. We need to look beyond just concepts of freedom from political or social points of view and environment and widen our views and explore what freedom means on a more personal and spiritual point of view. Both Cities look to do so! For more information on the week visit - or

Sunday, May 15th
12:30pm - Temple of Hiphop Church Service @ Mutanas Juice Bar - 1388 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. (For directions call: 404-753-5252) Speaker: Minister Server of The Temple of Hiphop

Monday, May 16th

8pm - Caustic Entertainment and MassAppeal Media presents RETURN OF HIPHOP CAF and Feed the Homeless Benefit Concert @ The Black Lion Caf (253 B Auburn Ave, Downtown Atlanta)
Featuring: Free Your Mind Panel Discussion on Freedom (Health, Love, Awareness and Wealth)
Live Performance by Caustic Dames And Open Elements Showcase (showcasing graffiti art, break dancing, & emceen)

Tuesday, May 17th
10pm - 4 Kings Entertainment presents Mic Club @ Apache Caf - 64 3rd St, Midtown, Atlanta
DRES THE BEATNIK BEATBOXIN PALOOZA (BeatBoxin Concertfeaturing the hottest Beatboxers from around the nation) HOSTED BY: DRES THA BEATNIK w/ D.J. Solomon Grundy on 1s and 2s and BFD Band

Wednesday, May 18th
9:00pm - MIFOK Organization Present Spiritual Session in Celebration of FREEDOM
@ The Black Lion Caf - 253 B Auburn Ave, Downtown Atlanta
10:00pm - O.B.K Presents Open Mic (Hiphop/Spoken Word Poetry) Celebrating HIPHOP KULTURE continuing at The Black Lion Caf

Thursday, May 19th
7pm - Temple of Hiphop Presents Building Brothas in Hiphop FOR BROTHAS ONLYREAL MEN SPEAK & ACT ON HIPHOP @ Mutanas Juice Bar (1388 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd, West End Atlanta)
7pm - NABFEME and A Black Clan Associates Presents Sistas Unite in Hiphop: Carrying the Weight of the World
FOR SISTAS ONLY @ The Auburn Avenue Research Library - 101 Auburn Avenue, 4th Floor Downtown Atlanta

Saturday, May 21st
16th Annual Malcolm X Festival - CommemoratingMalcolm X's80th Birthday "UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY FOR SELF-DETERMINATION" Presented by The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement Atlanta Chapter
West End Park on corners of Lucille & Dargon, SW Atlanta
Parade & March: beginsat 11:00 a.m. Activities:begin 12:00 noon
Afrikan Drumming & Dancing ~ Hip-Hop ~ Spoken Word ~ Merchants ~ AndMore
For more info email:

Sunday, May 22nd
12:30-3:30pm - Temple of Hiphop, POCC, HDQRTZ, and Atlanta Hiphop Family presents
The Finale of Hiphop Appreciation Week
@ The Royal Peacock - 186 Auburn Ave.
A presentation and panel of The Assassination of Tupac Shakur and kidnapping of H. Rap Brown along with The 3rd Annual HAW Awards Ceremony includes Live Performances. Welcoming All ages!!


Sunday, May 15th
3pm - Kick-Off Ceremony & Networking Brunch @ Club Twelve 22 - 3530 N. Vancouver/Fremont

Monday, May 16th
3pm - Hiphop Collage Art Workshop @ Blazers Boys & Girls Club - 5250 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
8:30pm - Hip Hop Mondays @ Mt. Tabor Pub.

Wednesday, May 18th
3pm - Blazers Boys and Girls Club presents - Freedom Heroes Painting Workshop @ Blazers Boys & Girl Club - 5250 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
8:30 pm - Hightower Sound presents A NIGHT OUT - Greek Cuisine 404 SW Washington - 21 +

Thursday, May 19th
3pm - Workshop: Freedom Paintings @ Boys & Girls Club - 5250 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
9pm - Freedom Fighters Open Mic Poetry @ Club Twelve 22 - 3530 N. Vancouver/Fremont

Friday, May 20th
6pm - Open Mic Poetry & Rap for Youth @ Blazers Boys & Girls Club - 5250 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Saturday, May 21st
11:00am - 6:00pm HIP HOP BASKET BALL SLAM OFF @ Jefferson High School - 5210 N Kerby
Powered by: Peer Pressure Productions & A Black Clan Records
9:30pm - REGGAE HIP HOP @ CONANS PUB 3862 SE Hawthorne

Sunday, May 22nd
8pm Ending Ceremony @ Club Twelve 22 - 3530 N. Vancouver/Fremont

MEDIA CONTACT: Dee Dee Cocheta
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eMusic Adds Scores of New Indie Artists and Labels

Among the Leading Labels: Vice Recordings, Blood and Fire, Cantaloupe Records, Six Degrees, Bloodshot Records, Acoustic Disc and K Records

- World's No. 2 Download Service Now Counts Over 625,000 Tracks And 65,000 Titles From More Than 35,000 Artists -

NEW YORK, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- eMusic, the world's No. 2 digital download service selling more than two million tracks monthly, today announced the addition of scores of leading indie labels and artists to its highly regarded catalog. The addition of these category-leading independent artists and labels reinforces eMusic's position as the most diverse and critically acclaimed music service in the world.

From Six Degrees, one of the earliest labels to fuse world music and "chillout," to Vice Recordings, the label associated with the global empire of hedonism based in Brooklyn, to Bloodshot Records, featuring the best of "insurgent country," to classical legend Arabesque Records, these diverse label additions enhance the already expansive offerings of the largest catalog of indie music ever assembled.

eMusic now counts over 625,000 tracks and 65,000 titles from more than 35,000 artists.

Among the label additions:

* Bloodshot Records -- Associated with the cream of the crop of
"insurgent country," Bloodshot is a legendary label featuring the likes
of Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Old 97's, Graham Parker, Jon Langford,
Bobby Bare Jr. and many more.

* Arabesque Records -- An independent leader among classical labels,
known for Garrick Ohlsson's "Complete Chopin Piano Works," featuring
the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and soprano Ewa Podles, it's also
renowned for its traditional repertoire of piano and chamber music and
contemporary and orchestral works. Arabesque's jazz division is home
to Art Farmer and Charles MacPherson and includes titles by
Dave Douglas, Hilton Ruiz, Jane Ira Bloom and Myra Melford.

* Ark 21 Records -- Miles Copeland began this label years ago after
leaving I.R.S. Its diverse and exciting roster includes
Waylon Jennings, The Moody Blues, Leon Russell, Squeeze,
Ocean Colour Scene and others.

* Bar None -- Another legendary label featuring Alex Chilton, Esquivel,
Luka Bloom, Julianna Hatfield and the quickly emerging Joy Zipper,
Bar None is also the home of the very visible a capella rendition of
The Who's "Sell Out" album by Petra Haden.

* Young God -- Michael Gira began this label first for his own band,
Angels of Light, and for reissues of his previous band, The Swans.
Young God also features Devendra Banhart, who is receiving much
deserved critical acclaim.

* Four terrific jazz labels have come on board at eMusic:

- MaxJazz - Featuring Jessica Williams, Mulgrew Miller,
Denny Zeitlin, Rene Marie and more.

- Songlines - A highly acclaimed contemporary jazz label from
Vancouver comes with titles by Robin Holcomb/Wayne Horwitz,
Han Bennink, Brad Shepik, Ellery Eskelin and others.

- PI - Brings recent titles by Art Ensemble of Chicago,
Henry Threadgill and more.

- Animul Records - Is NY composer Ned Rothenberg's label for his own
collaborative works.

* Blood and Fire -- An incredible roots reggae reissue labels whose
packaging and design have been copied by reggae labels the world over.
Showcases classic reggae from The Congos, Horace Andy, King Tubby and
others as well as amazing compilations of hard-to-find reggae tracks.

* Six Degrees -- One of the earliest labels to fuse world music and
"chillout," Six Degrees features Bebel Gilberto, Michael Franti and
Spearhead, Karsh Kale and more.

* Cantaloupe Records -- One of the most exciting contemporary classical
labels today, the label features the Bang on a Can Allstars,
Steve Reich, So Percussion and more.

* Acoustic Disc -- Established in the 70's, this label features owner
David Grisman's catalog, his collaborations with Jerry Garcia, and a
wealth of all things stringed from Tony Rice, Nick Vignola and many

* Vice Recordings -- Spawned from the irreverent, hilarious and downright
scary gonzo journalism of Vice Magazine. Artists include Bloc Party,
The Stills and The Streets. Vice Recordings is part of the Vice global
empire of hedonism based out of Brooklyn.

* On the Hip-Hop front we bring:

- Babygrande Records - Featuring Jean Grae, GZA/Genius,
Jedi Mind Tricks.

- Anticon Records - With Sage Francis, Themselves, Buck 65 and more.

- Shamanwork - Brings MF Doom.

- Quannum - Brings Blackalicious members Latyf, Lyrics Born and

- K Records - Calvin Johnson's Olympia, WA label features the first
discs by Modest Mouse, Beat Happening, Mirah and others.

* De SotoRecords - Includes Dismemberment Plan, Jawbox and much more.

* Fatboy Records - moe, moe and mo' moe.

About eMusic

eMusic ( stands alone as the only digital music service that is 100% focused on serving the needs of independent music fans and independent labels. Delivering more than 2 million downloads each month, eMusic is among the top digital music services, offering a diverse catalog of 625,000 tracks from established and emerging artists in every genre from the world's top independent labels. eMusic was not only the first service to sell songs and albums in the popular MP3 format, it was the first company to launch a digital music subscription service. Unlike other services that severely restrict portability, eMusic allows members complete flexibility to burn CDs, transfer to MP3 devices and make multiple copies for personal use. eMusic also offers access to exclusive recordings from eMusicLive's network of premier music venues across the country. eMusic subscription plans start at $9.99 per month for 40 downloads. A free trial is available to all new users. Based in New York, eMusic is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc.

NOTE: eMusic is a registered trademark and is a trademark of Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment Announces 'Seed of Chucky'

Unrated and Fully Extended

The Version You Couldn't See In Theaters Plus Exclusive Bonus Features Unleashing More Unbridled Horror On DVD and VHS June 7, 2005

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Freddy. Jason. Leatherface. Pinhead. Michael Myers. The Crypt Keeper. When one conjures modern classic horror, such iconic characters immediately top splatter fans' lists. Now Universal Studios Home Entertainment unleashes its most popular and revered horror character of the past 25 years in his fifth movie outing -- Chucky, every horror fan's favorite notorious killer doll. Spawned by the immensely successful 1988 film, "Child's Play," the $200 million franchise is back and bloodier than ever in "Seed of Chucky Unrated and Fully Extended," coming to DVD on June 7, 2005. Even more scary and gory than the R-rated theatrical release, "Seed of Chucky Unrated and Fully Extended" offers viewers an extra slice of murderous fun that Fangoria Magazine's Michael Gingold called "a wicked good time." When Chucky takes a stab at fatherhood, mayhem ensues like never before in a Chucky film. Also available in the R-rated version, the DVD and VHS are priced at $29.98 SRP.

"Seed of Chucky" is directed with blood-curdling delight by Don Mancini (creator of the "Chucky" series and screenwriter on all five movies), stars Jennifer Tilly ("Liar, Liar," "Bride of Chucky"), hip-hop sensation Redman ("How High"), pop star Hannah Spearritt (of S Club 7 fame), and cult director/actor John Waters ("Cecil B. DeMented," "Serial Mom"), plus the voice talents of Billy Boyd ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) and the original Chucky, Brad Dourif.

Bonus Features

The "Seed of Chucky" DVD is filled with never-before-seen bonus features destined to satisfy any bloodthirsty fan's curiosity:

Family Hell-iday Slide Show -- Chucky, Tiffany, and Glen(da) host the
first viewing of their exploits and axe-wounds through Paris, New York,
and Hollywood, proving that the family that slays together, stays

Tilly on "The Tonight Show" -- Jennifer Tilly fills in "The Tonight
Show's" Jay Leno about the blood, sweat, and tears that go into working
with Chucky and Redman. Especially the blood.

Conceiving the "Seed of Chucky" -- A three-part documentary looks into
the legacy of Chucky through nearly two decades, five films, hundreds of
gallons of blood, numerous puppeteers and countless victims.

FuZion Up Close with the "Seed of Chucky" stars -- The cameras of mun2 go
behind-the-scenes for revealing interviews with Chucky and Tiffany, who
speak publicly about their lives as a Hollywood couple.

Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Mancini and Jennifer Tilly

Plus, the "Seed of Chucky Unrated and Fully Extended" edition also includes the following material that's just too extreme to be shown in theaters:

Slashed Scene -- With audio commentary by Don Mancini and
Debbie Carrington.

Heeeere's Chucky -- Chucky sits down for an interview with Jim Moret.

Chucky's Insider Facts On Demand

Storyboard To Final Feature Comparison

Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Don Mancini and Head Puppeteer Tony


Everyone's favorite killer doll returns -- as the Chucky legacy continues with the introduction of an all-new family member! This time around, Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) and his homicidal honey Tiffany are brought back to life by their orphan offspring, Glen. Then, the outrageous action goes Hollywood, as Chucky and his bride take Tinseltown by storm, unleashing a wild new rampage of murderous mayhem! Featuring Academy Award nominee Jennifer Tilly (as herself and the voice of Tiffany) and hip-hop star Redman, it's all about family values, Chucky-style!

Director: Don Mancini
Screenwriter: Don Mancini
Producers: David Kirschner, Corey Sienega
Executive Producer: Guy J. Louthan
Director of Photography: Vernon Layton, B.S.C.
Production Designers: Peter James Russell, Christian Niculescu
Editor: Chris Dickens
Music: Pino Donaggio
Costume Designer: Oana Paunescu
Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Redman, Hannah Spearritt, John Waters, Billy Boyd,
Brad Dourif

DVD (Unrated and Fully Extended)
Street Date: June 7, 2005
Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98SRP
Selection Numbers: 27452 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Running Time: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)
Rating: Unrated
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/English DTS 5.1
Surround; English captions; Spanish and French subtitles

DVD (R Rated)
Street Date: June 7, 2005
Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98SRP
Selection Numbers: 26243 (Full Frame); 25801 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Running Time: 1 Hour 26 Minutes
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1); Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)
Rating: R (for strong horror violence/gore, sexual content and language)
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/English DTS 5.1
Surround; French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; English
captions; Spanish and French subtitles

VHS (R Rated)
Street Date: June 7, 2005
Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98SRP
Selection Number: 62818
Running Time 1 Hour and 27 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1.33:1)
Rating: R (for strong horror violence/gore, sexual content and language)
Sound: Hi-Fi Stereo Surround

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.


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TriMedia Entertainment Group Completes a $3,268,162 Debt Conversion and Conversion of Preferred Shares

PHILADELPHIA, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc. ("TriMedia") (BULLETIN BOARD: TMEG) announced the completion of a debt conversion program under which certain creditors have agreed to discharge $3,268,162 in liabilities in consideration of the issuance of 3,268,162 shares of TriMedia common stock. Included in this amount is $1,083,176 owed to Christopher Schwartz, TriMedia's CEO and largest shareholder, for accrued but unpaid compensation, expense reimbursements and advances to TriMedia.

In addition, Mr. Schwartz has elected to convert 1,000,000 shares of TriMedia's Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, stated value $10.00 per share, into shares of TriMedia common stock at the mandated conversion price of $1.00 per share.

Chris Schwartz, CEO of TriMedia stated, "We have been working to develop our artist roster for music and slate of films for release later this summer. The debt conversion is part of a financial plan to position the company in the progression from development to implementation and operation. Further, I believe that the agreement by various debtholders to convert debt to equity reflects strong support and belief in our future plans."

About TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc.

TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc. is a multimedia entertainment company. The Company develops, produces and distributes a broad range of music, motion picture and other filmed entertainment content through its following operating subsidiaries: RuffNation Music, Inc., Metropolitan Recording Inc. and RuffNation Films LLC.

Chris Schwartz, TriMedia's chief executive officer, is one of the pioneers of the hip-hop music industry. As a co-founder of RuffHouse Records, he achieved success and fame with groups such as Cypress Hill, Kris Kross, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and the Fugees.

TriMedia plans to release a full slate of music and film projects through its RuffNation Music and RuffNation Films subsidiaries.

Artists to be released through RuffNation Music include: The Spin Doctors, Kulcha Don, Kristy Frank and Dave Reilly from the group, God Lives Underwater.

Upcoming projects to be released from RuffNation Films include: "Money, Power, Respect" and "Menace" which are to be released as DVD/CD soundtrack products.

TriMedia is a Delaware corporation whose common stock is traded on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board Trading System under the symbol "TMEG." The company has offices in Philadelphia and London.

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CONTACT: Maryann Mazzola, TriMedia Entertainment Group,
+1-215-426-5536, ext. 201

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BMG Direct to Acquire The Columbia House Company

- Acquisition Signals Milestone in BMG Direct's Growth Strategy -

NEW YORK, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- BMG Direct, a division of DirectGroup Bertelsmann, announced today that it has reached an agreement with The Blackstone Group to acquire The Columbia House Company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to certain government approvals and other customary conditions. Stuart Goldfarb, President and CEO of BMG Direct, will serve as President and CEO of the newly acquired company.

This move represents the coming together of two great brands with complementary operational structures and business models. BMG Direct is the largest direct to consumer retailer of recorded music in the U.S. while Columbia House is the largest specialized retailer of DVDs. The combined expertise of these two leading direct marketing companies will create broader product offerings for their members and a larger customer base for both brands.

Ewald Walgenbach, CEO of DirectGroup Bertelsmann said, "Today is an important and exciting day for both companies and this transaction is consistent with DirectGroup's commitment to grow our worldwide businesses. We are bringing together two of the U.S.'s most respected and knowledgeable direct marketing media companies. The combined BMG Direct and Columbia House entity will offer a broader selection of products to a larger customer base, while at the same time creating cost efficiencies."

Stuart Goldfarb said, "These two great brands share a focus on their customers, their employees and their products. Columbia House is the market leader in the DVD business; this transaction provides great opportunities for us and for our customers, who now will be able to access a broad selection both of music and DVD titles with the same level of customer satisfaction they've come to know and expect. "

BMG Direct has long-standing relationships with its customers and has a history of expertise in being able to reach consumers personally with targeted entertainment offers. The company mails over 68 million catalogues to customers each year and operates a website ( which serves millions of customers online.

Scott Flanders, Chairman and CEO of The Columbia House Company said, "We are proud of the fact that Columbia House's continued success has led to the joining of these two great brands. The pairing of BMG Direct and Columbia House will create a world class experience for our members. We very much look forward to working with Stuart Goldfarb and his team."

The Blackstone Group served as financial advisor to Columbia House. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provided Columbia House with legal counsel.

About BMG Direct:

Based in New York City, BMG Music Service and online music retailer CDNow form BMG Direct which is a unit of DirectGroup Bertelsmann. BMG Music Service is one of the world's largest direct-to-customer retailers of music. In addition to the BMG Music Service brand, the company operates four different specialty clubs -- the BMG Classical Music Club, the BMG Jazz Club, Sound & Spirit (Christian and Gospel music), and Ritmo y Pasion (Latin music) -- and offers a wide variety of listening choices including pop, rock, R&B, adult alternative, easy listening, jazz, blues, classical, Latin, hip-hop, country, Christian and many more. Customers are offered a selection of over 14,000 titles provided by the four major music groups and over 100 independent record labels and can shop for music directly from catalogues or online at

About The Columbia House Company:

The Columbia House Company is the world's largest direct marketer of music, videos and DVD home entertainment product. With approximately 8 million offline and online club members in the United States and Canada, the company provides direct-to-consumer marketing of over 8,700 DVD titles and 8,000 music titles through its entertainment clubs. The company's Website,, is one of the premier e-commerce brands and consistently ranks among the Web's top 25 shopping destinations. Since its inception in 1955, Columbia House Company has a proven record of excellence in database marketing, market segmentation, credit screening and niche market merchandising. Headquartered in New York City, The Columbia House Company is a general partnership, indirectly owned by The Blackstone Group, the New York based private investment bank.

About DirectGroup Bertelsmann:

DirectGroup Bertelsmann integrates Bertelsmann's global media direct-to-customer businesses. Roughly 32 million customer relationships secure DirectGroup's position among the largest enterprises in media commerce. The cornerstone of this success are the book and music clubs in 22 countries incorporating strong brands like France Loisirs, Book-of-the-Month, Der Club, Circulo de Lectores and BMG Music Service. Members have access to the clubs' product range via catalogs, internet or one of the more than 600 worldwide club shops. Since August 2002, Ewald Walgenbach has headed the unit. DirectGroup Bertelsmann is a division of German-based Bertelsmann AG. In fiscal year 2004, DirectGroup made 2.2 billion euros in revenues with more than 12,000 employees.

About The Blackstone Group

The Blackstone Group, a private investment and advisory firm with offices in New York, Atlanta, Boston, London, Hamburg, and Paris, was founded in 1985. The Firm has raised a total of approximately $32 billion for alternative asset investing since its formation. The Blackstone Group's six core businesses are Private Equity Investing, Private Real Estate Investing, Corporate Debt Investing, Marketable Alternative Asset Management, Corporate Advisory, and Restructuring and Reorganization Advisory.

Source: BMG Direct

CONTACT: Paula Batson of BMG Direct, +1-212-930-4531, or; or Marissa Wolf of Hill and Knowlton,
+1-212-885-0647, or, for BMG Direct; or
Andrea S. Hirsch of The Columbia House Company, +1-212-596-2700, or; or John Ford of The Blackstone Group,
+1-212-583-5559, or, for The Columbia House Company

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WAV Magazine Goes Nutz

The ridiculous success of their first newsstand issue featuring The Mars Volta, Prefuse 73, Mark Farina, Sage Francis, Mike Patton, and so much more, has led to a major international distribution deal...meaning all bookstores and newsstands everywhere (yes, Borders, Barnes&Nobles, and Chapters included)! Join WAVs World...they're going nutz in there (in a damn good way!)

(PRWEB) May 10, 2005 -- 18 months ago, it was nothing more than an idea. Now, itz 4 issues deep into a world of ridiculously positive reception, selling out across the States and Canada. WAV looks at this success as playing testament to their firm belief in the existence of a reinvigorated youth and future. A conscious crowd looking for tools to take us into a much needed progressively positive direction in all ways affecting all our lives...

music art politics culture.

Originally a 48 page newsprint zine with a glossy cover, WAV has morphed comfortably into a full 64 page glossy color magazine. With WAV Magazine Summer 2005 slated for a street date of July 6, and the new distribution deals putting WAV on all major newsstands and in all major bookstores across North America, things are about to get interesting.

Past issues have included Michael Franti, Ozomatli, Saul Williams, DJ Dan, Jurassic 5's DJ NuMark, Congressman Henry Waxman, environmental news and exposes, and so much more.

Check out the Spring Issue, which includes The Mars Volta, Prefuse 73, Mark Farina, Sage Francis, Mike Patton, and so much more (if you're lucky enough to still find any) and look forward to the Summer Issue, because finally...there's something worth looking forward to: hope.

Destiny's Child Foundation 1st Annual Celebrity Pool Tournament

1st Annual Celebrity Pool Tournament to benefit Destiny's Child Foundation founded in 1997 by model/actress Ki Toy Johnson and championship boxer Vernon Forrest

ATLANTA, GA (PRWEB) May 11, 2005 -- Designed to help raise funds for the non-profit organization, Destinys Child Foundation founded in 1997 by model/actress, Ki Toy Johnson and championship boxer, Vernon Forrest

Destinys Child 1st Annual Pool Tournament will take place on June 11, 2005 from 5PM until 9PM at the nationally known Mr. Cues II Billiards located at 3541 Chamblee Tucker Road.

Attendees and participants include world renown championship pool players Johnny Archer and Kim Davenport, trick shot artist Okinawa Slim, Emanuel Lewis, Gotti, Mannie Fresh, and various artists from Big Cat Records, just to name a few.

VIBE Magazine is the events supporting media sponsor and other sponsors include the Atlanta Pool Association, Mr. Cues Billiards, Billiards International Corporation, Blendz Hair Salon, and EcustomID.

Destinys Child Foundation( provides residential services and training for clients with developmental, emotional, and psychological disabilities, so that they may live as independently as possible in the least restrictive environment.

For more information and registration contact 1-877-537-BLUE or log onto

Look for Ki Toy Johnson and Okinawa Slim on FOX 5s Good Day Atlanta-June 1, 2005.

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An Interview with Hip-Hop MC Tommy Danger - 'The Now and Later Man'

Harlem MC Tommy Danger sits down with for some insight to his contributions to hip-hop and the rap game. Born and raised in Harlem, New York Tommy Danger is truly different; not just in his rhymes but in his approach to hip-hop. Known as The Now and Later Man, Tommy is taking his skillz as a MC to a higher plane taking hip-hop back to the streets where it belongs and out of the corporate office.

(PRWEB) May 9, 2005 -- Harlem MC Tommy Danger sits down with for some insight to his contributions to hip-hop and the rap game.

Born and raised in Harlem, New York Tommy Danger is truly different; not just in his rhymes but in his approach to hip-hop.

Known as The Now and Later Man, Tommy is taking his skillz as a MC to a higher plane. Thru a series of mix tapes which come in Flavors you can experience the growth and evolution of this extraordinary MC as he attacks the game with his unusual beats and lyrics.

Tommy Danger will tell you he is far from the gangsta that is expected in todays hip-hop and rap artist, but Tommy Danger is just that a danger to all the MCs who are running around being just like the last MC.

His individualism as a MC comes across in his music and in this interview. Tommy gives his views thru experience in his live on many things in this interview. From growing up in Harlem and his first interest in Hip-Hop to a New York perspective of the passing of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

A lot of todays MCs will tell you they are different, but as soon as you hear their music you know they are just the same MC in a different wrapper. Tommy Danger says hes different and one listen to his music lets the listener know they have actually found a MC who is truthful when they boast about being different.

Tommy Danger takes hip-hop back to the streets where it belongs and out of the corporate office.

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Chrysler Financial, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Suze Orman and Anheuser-Busch Come Together to Educate and Empower Young People

Detroit Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment

Russell Simmons, Eminem, Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz, Reverend Run, "American Idol" Winner Fantasia, D12, Master P, Common, Stat Quo, Obie Trice and MC Serch Join Forces in Detroit to Support Financial Literacy for Youth

DETROIT, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit's Max M. Fisher Music Center will be the launch site of an unprecedented national campaign to raise awareness among millions of young adults 18-35 about the importance of financial empowerment. For the first time, one of the world's leading financial institutions, Chrysler Financial, is partnering with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the nation's largest non-profit hip-hop organization, to help young people build a solid financial future. Russell Simmons, Chairman of HSAN and William F. Jones, Jr., Vice President of Chrysler Financial have pledged to work together to coordinate this national campaign under the theme "Get Your Money Right."

Russell Simmons, who revolutionized the financial payments industry two years ago by offering basic banking services to individuals without access to a traditional banking relationship via the Rush Prepaid Visa Card, realized there was a broader need in the community that could only be addressed through education. The campaign encompasses the Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment National Tour and a broad-based multi-media platform via the Hip Hop Summit Action Network Internet portal ( ).

The Detroit Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment will take place on Saturday, May 14 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. There will be a $10 admission fee which will include receiving a package of financial literacy materials. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 248-645-6666.

Detroit native and multi-platinum selling artist Eminem will participate in the Detroit Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment. This will be the third Hip-Hop Summit in which Eminem has participated in the city of Detroit. Other artists taking part in the Detroit Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment include Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz, RSMG recording artist Reverend Run of the legendary Run DMC, "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino, D12, Master P, Common, Stat Quo, Obie Trice and MC Serch. Different artists will join the Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment National Tour in the following major cities: June 7 - Washington, D.C.; July 15 - Miami, Fla.; August 20 - St. Louis, Mo.; September 17 - Los Angeles, Calif. and November 5 - Chicago, Ill.

Suze Orman, America's most listened to personal finance expert, New York Times best-selling author and creator/host of CNBC's "The Suze Orman Show" will be participating throughout the entire tour.

The title sponsor of the Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment Tour is Chrysler Financial. The presenting sponsor is Anheuser-Busch, Inc. The Detroit media partner is Clear Channel Radio's WJLB FM98.

"'Get Your Money Right' is a hot and important topic for the hip-hop generation," said Russell Simmons, Chairman of HSAN. "Through hip-hop artists, the generous support and vision of partners like Chrysler Financial, Anheuser-Busch and leading experts in the field of personal finance like Suze Orman, we intend to make personal finance more interesting and accessible to millions of young people, as we open the door wider for them to achieve their higher aspirations."

"The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, with its pulse on youth culture, and access to millions of young people, is the right partner in our quest to help the next generation of Americans make smart decisions with their finances," said William F. Jones, Jr., Vice President-Chrysler Financial.

"Americas youth are bright, ambitious, yet face very different challenges today, than even their parents did when it comes to personal finance," said Suze Orman, host of CNBC's "The Suze Orman Show" and author of the recently released New York Times bestseller, "The Money Book For The Young, Fabulous, And Broke." "Providing them the resources they need to be successful is the critical first step in helping them to secure their financial futures," she added.

Johnny Furr, Vice President, Sales Development and Community Affairs for Anheuser-Busch, Inc., said that "more than ever it is important that our youth realize that you can't achieve financial goals tomorrow that you don't begin planning for today." Furr said that the value of the summits is that they "provide participants with information about key financial issues and opportunities that many haven't begun to think about, but should, in order to create and leave wealth that sustains families and communities."

"HSAN is serious about spitting truth to power," declared Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President and CEO of HSAN. "The Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment Tour is an important opportunity to transform the lives and conditions of those who yearn for a better way of life."

The program agenda of the Detroit Hip-Hop Summit will be replicated in the other markets to include a focus on financial literacy, basic banking, repairing and understanding credit scores, asset and wealth management, auto financing, home ownership and entrepreneurship.

Source: Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

CONTACT: Jody L. Miller, cell: +1-917-770-3970, , or Ellen
Zoe Golden, cell: +1-917-213-8582, , both of JLM PR, Inc.,
+1-212-431-5227, for Hip-Hop Summit Action Network; Amber Paauwe of Chrysler
Financial, +1-248-427-3126, cell: +1-248-535-0210, ;
or Mark Hall, +1-786-281-7007, , for Suze Orman

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Zingy Announces Exclusive Mobile Game Publishing Agreement with G-Unit

First title: G-Unit: Free Yayo to be released this summer

NEW YORK, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Zingy (, the leading mobile media company in the Americas, announces an exclusive mobile publishing agreement with G-Unit, a leading urban brand founded by award-winning hip hop artist, 50 Cent. Under the agreement, Zingy will release a series of games based on members of the G-Unit crew, including 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo.

Zingy is currently the exclusive distributor of 50 Cent voice ringtones, ringback tones, voicemail greetings, wallpapers and video ringtones. This extension of the already successful partnership between the two entities will now include an array of 2D and 3D G-Unit mobile video games.

"By working directly with 50 Cent, Zingy has been able to offer consumers exclusive mobile content from one of today's biggest stars," said Andy Volanakis, President and COO of Zingy. "But 50 is more than a successful hip hop artist, as proven by the rapid expansion of the G-Unit brand into areas outside of music. Zingy is proud to be making its entrance into mobile gaming with the leading brand in urban entertainment."

"Our fans expect nothing less than pure originality and style - that's what G-Unit represents," said G-Unit founder, 50 Cent. "Zingy is a proven innovator in the mobile entertainment market and there's no other company we'd trust to publish G-Unit's arrival into mobile gaming."

The first title, G-Unit: Free Yayo, will be available this summer. In Free Yayo, each player can act as 50, Banks or Buck with the goal of rescuing rising hip hop sensation Tony Yayo from a fictitious evil record label. Hidden within the game is exclusive G-Unit mobile content (ringtones and wallpapers) that players can "unlock" as they achieve hidden game objectives. Zingy has teamed with leading developer and publisher Upstart Games to produce the G- Unit: Free Yayo title. Upstart will distribute the title in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific markets.

"Upstart Games is delighted to be working on this title. Zingy has done a fantastic job at lining up the hottest brand to be associated with in 2005," said Upstart CEO .

Pricing and distribution for Free Yayo, along with more G-Unit game titles, will be announced later this summer. Yayo's debut album, Thoughts of a Predicate Felon, will be on sale June 28, 2005.

To view the exclusive Free Yayo trailer, visit

About Zingy

Zingy Inc. ( is the leading mobile media company in the Americas. The company develops, aggregates, promotes and distributes mobile content under the Zingy brand and through a network of media company and mobile operator partnerships. Zingy's extensive lineup of mobile products includes ringtones, ringback tones, voicemail greetings, wallpapers, games, video, chat/dating, picture services and mobile applications. The company delivers its content to or powers the mobile media offerings of the major North American operators including Boost Mobile, Cingular, Nextel, Sprint PCS, Telcel, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless. The company has distribution partnerships with top media companies and Web portals such as AOL, Microsoft's MSN and MTV.

About Upstart Games

Upstart Games is a privately-held publisher of mobile games, specializing in supplying premium branded games to leading network operators globally. Located in Dublin, Tokyo and New York, Upstart works with major Japanese games developers to bring their portfolio of mobile content to international markets, and with U.S. and European developers seeking distribution opportunities in Japan and Asia.

Source: Zingy Inc.

CONTACT: Jenny Stevens +1-646-351-7404,

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New To The Dirty South - Known Throughout TN as "RO"

This young 18 year old hip-hop Artist, "RO" hails from Memphis, TN and he's fast on the track of his mentors, Eightball and MJG. He not only flows like those cats, he is also from their neighborhood, Orange Mound. Countless rappers from the Dirty South emulate each other, but RO is in a class by himself. RO recently performed in Memphis at "The Room" this past April 2, 2005. He opened for St. Louis own SANTINI and was immediately recognized by Vonda Thomas, CEO of VPT Productions and Entertainment. Needless to say, his manager, Melvin Proctor introduced him to Ms. Thomas and this was the beginning of a new recording. Ro traveled to Little Rock, AR and recorded in the studio with Master Producer, Big Keys - well known for his work with Keith Sweat, Gerald Lavert and Johnny Gill and together they released RO's new single entitled, "DAMN!"

(PRWEB) May 7, 2005 -- RO has now embarked on the underground circuit peddling his c.d.'s in Memphis, Birmingham, Little Rock, Atlanta and Houston. Melvin Proctor, RO's manager has an eye for business - never could he imagine, he had an eye for Hip-Hop. We are glad he did.

Everybody wants to get in the rap game, but only a few are chosen - RO is definitely in the category, "CHOSEN." The kid has a gift like no other before him. He has been a fan of this genre of music since age 9, and being from Orange Mound, certainly has its' priviliges - considering Eightball and MJG hail from there, too.

The Dirty South movement has proved itself. The Grammy's gave mad props through winners, Usher, OutKast, Ludicris, Lil Jon and so many more. Memphis, TN is only a 5 hour drive away and hip-hop has made its' mark on "M-Town;" this new Artist, RO won't be denied - make room and move over because RO is here to stay!!!

Coming to areas throughout the midwest and south, this summer 2005, with his release - DAMN! Ro is available to open for any hip-hop act in the industry and he will be performing this summer at music conferences throughout the country, including the Atlantis Music Festival in
Atlanta, GA.

For Booking Information: 205.393.1578

Basic Vocab Debuts Their Day in the Sun

New solo group Basic Vocab release debut single Our Day in the Sun on Counterflow Recordings

Miami, FL (PRWEB) May 7, 2005 -- After much anticipation and steady buzz, Counterflow recordings freshly signed group Basic Vocab has come out with their debut single Our Day in the Sun. Now in stores, BV looks to follow in the success of their previous feature on the B-Side of Counterflows last 12 with Ras Kass, Pharoahe Monch and Hi-Tek. The sound of BVs new single can only be described as a unique blend of soulful/heavy hip-hop, reminiscent of old school inspirations. 4 x platinum and BMI song of the year winning producer Tony Galvin laces the beat while JL Sorell and Mental Growth lay down the lyrical vocals.

Basic Vocab is set to release their debut LP The General Dynamic on Counterflow Recordings later this year. Upcoming producer Square4 is also expected to lace the Basic Vocab LP with his signature sound. Dave Ghetto of Philly is the only feature noted at the moment. The next single Sh*t Dont Vibe is due out Summer 2005.

About Basic Vocab:
Basic Vocab is a mixture of modern and early 90s hip-hop. Their sound is reminiscent of its old school inspirations, and they love to represent their city of Miami. Members JL Sorell, Mental Growth and 4X platinum producer, Tony Galvin have a long-standing relationship and have based their music on their love for real hip-hop and good music.

For any additional information: Http:// - 305.673.4857

50 Cent Named Artist of the Month for April, 2005 announced today that it named 50 Cent its Artist of the Month for April, 2005. During April, MPFree members downloaded more tracks by 50 Cent than any other artist.

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) May 6, 2005 -- Best-selling recording artist 50 Cent is named Artist of the Month for April, 2005 by MPFree ( Artist of the Month is awarded each month to the artist whose music was downloaded most frequently by MPFree members. During April, more MPFree members downloaded 50 Cents tracks than any other artist. "50 Cent was the clear winner for April. The second-place finisher was Eminem, March's Artist of the Month," said Phil Nadel, President of MPFree. The third-place finisher for April was Gwen Stefani.

For the second month in a row, the most downloaded single during April was "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent. Green Day's "Holiday" was second. is a web site that provides its members with a legal way of getting totally free music downloads. "Were giving our members the best of both worldsa huge selection of music downloads that are both 100% free and 100% legal," said Bill Diamond, Co-Founder of MPFree.

MPFree members vote for Artist of the Month by downloading music from their favorite artists. "There are now more than 600,000 MPFree members," said Nadel, "and they are downloading a lot of songs for free every month. The results are really representative of the public as a whole."

The concept for MPFree came from its sister site, PhoneHog is a successful rewards program founded 5 years ago that gives its members free long distance calls when they take advantage of special offers. has more than 4 million members and has given away more than 100 million free long distance minutes to date. MPFree utilizes the same basic model, but gives away free, legal music downloads instead of free long distance

About gives its members the opportunity to earn free and legal music downloads for entering sweepstakes, taking surveys, trying new products and services, referring friends or taking advantage of other special offers from national advertisers. offers more than 500,000 free tracks from artists across all genres and from all of the major record labels. MPFree was founded by the same group of entrepreneurs who own and operate, the worlds largest telecommunications rewards program.

Philip Nadel, President
Phone: (561) 852-7377, ext. 201
FAX: (561) 852-3630

Fusion Hip-Hop Group, "Karmacy", to be Covered by New MTV Network at the Key Club in Hollywood

The brand new MTV network, "MTV Desi", will be documenting the begining of the highly anticipated USA tour of fusion hip hop group, "Karmacy". The event is set for Saturday May 14th at the Key Club in Hollywood.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 6, 2005 -- The highly anticipated US tour of fusion hip-hop group Karmacy (Rukus Avenue) will commence, Saturday May 14th, 2005 at the world famous Key Club in Hollywood, CA. The event will be covered in documentary format by MTV Networks' new, "MTV Desi", concept -targeting young So. Asians stateside.

The climax of the evening will feature a live performance of Karmacy's debut album, "The Movement", best described as a fusion of ancient tradition, culture with modern social critique, expression (hip hop).

Amongst the other highlights of the night include the World Premiere of the Karmacy video Blood Brothers and the Rukus Avenue debut from R&B vocalist Jason Joseph.

The show will kickoff with the critically acclaimed documentary by Raeshem Nijjon entitled "Brown Like Dat" Raeshem was recently featured in the influential hip hop magazine XXL, in which she talks about the growing movement of South Asian hip hop.

Dj Yashraj will entertain throughout the evening, while Dj Bladez will close the night after the Karmacy performance.

Doors will open at 7:00 pm for cocktails and artist interaction.
Ages 21+ Tickets are $20 presale, $25 at door.

A complimentary copy of, "The Movement", will be available to attendees at the conclusion of the evening.

For more information:
Direct: Timothy Nishimura
Artist Information: web:
Venue: Key Club phone: 310-274-5800 web:

About Rukus Avenue:
Rukus Avenue is a multinational South Asian Record Company based out of Los Angeles, California. We are a cultural movement for those with an affinity for South Asian music. We are the new voice of South Asians in North America. Our goal is to produce imaginative music for enthusiasts everywhere. Rukus Avenue is a place where originality and creativity are deeply rooted, and are the premise for what we do. It is a place where brave artists and musicians challenge themselves and are not afraid to experiment. Rukus Avenue is a place where the collision of eastern and western cultures shakes the very foundation of music leading to the genesis of new ideas.

Morganhaus Records Releasing Debut Album by Sinister Quin Entitled, "Do You Know Who I Be"

MorganHaus Records has released the groundbreaking debut album by Sinister Quin(Winston E. Butts and Search Jackson) entitled, "Do You Know Who I Be."

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 6, 2005 -- "Do You Know Who I Be," is an incredible track that reaches beyound just the typical genre of hip-hop and rap with its inspirational lyrics that allows people of all walks of life to identify with it, and also focuses on provoking a deeper look at themselves and at he environment in which they live, while set in amazing versatile dynamic musical rhythms with distinct sounds.

The collaboration is a prject of original songs written by Search Jackson. Sinister Quin(Winston and Searcy) have crafted an album that blends a sense of mature introspection with deep lyrics that raises social awareness coupled with steady smooth soulful beats.

The whole album has deep dramatic lyrics that addresses "Who is the real me?" Also 'What is reality vs. What is an illusion. To the extent that every artist has an artistic vision, Sinister quin wants to make a difference by being a positive musical force inspiring people in their daily lives.

Winston and Searcy speak on their album, "Music influences the lives of all people, espeially youth," explains Winston, "With all the ganster rap and violence portrayed in today's music, there are very few styles in hip-hop that try to inspire a generation to rise above or to self examine itself. We want to change the way rap is looked at by stopping the talk about killing, sleeping around, how much jewelry I got, how many kids I shot and bring back creativity in music with positive stories to tell."

Born in inner city, south central Los Angeles, they are cousins that have first hand experience with the dangers and trials of urban life. Searcy writes and performs his own lyrics. He was raised on the streets of LA and finds himself often telling his real life experiences in his thought provoking lyrics. Winston composes and performs his own music. He started his musical career at the age of eight playing in his father's church and went on to play in his high school band, leading to him forming his own band and performing at Jazz gigs around Los Angeles. He has worked with the late Barry White, Donna Sunners, Coolio, CeCe Winans, El Debarge, Jody Watley, Angela Bofield, Otis Day & The Nights and many other established musical artists.

Sinister Quinn(Winston and Seacy) have crafted an album that blends a sense of mature intrspection with smooth precision beats. One of the spins, "Complicated," sends an emotional exposing eye opening revelations to all. Another spin, "DeadBeat," may shake things up for some dads, as it elaborates on the deadbeat dad, who pleas to God to help him be a better man, father and role model. The universal truth of cause and effect and the realization that everyone has to take responsibility for their actions is explored in the spin, "Consequences." Other spins on the album are; "Do You Know Who I Be," "Smile Now, Cry Later," "Keep Actin'Like You Don't Know Me," "Show Down," "Boo," "Jimmy Bond," "Dance Flo'Dippin," and "Got to Get A Way."

In essence Sinister Quin's music has arrived to express the truth of everyday life to reveal what it means to be compelling and human in hip hp in an inspirational way as no-one in hip hop has done before. "Do You Know Who I Be," is insightful, inspirational and shows remarkable breadth providing a wealth of encouraging substance, combined with enhancing conducting beats.

Sinister Quin is fast becoming a strong present in the radio and urban market place. They have been played by Japanese DJ, Daigo Ishiyama a.k.a G-HOUSE 03 in Japan, and by Julio G on KDAY who stated, "Sinister Quin are the hottest new underground talent around and should get more exposure." Brooklyn College is suporting them by playing Sinister Quin on their radio. They have also been played on Robert Graves Gospel station 99.3, 3FM KCLA 7 99.9FM KLAS in Los Angeles and on the website.

The album, "Do You Know Who I Be," is available at the Wherehouse record stores, Fye, Second Span and Tower Records as well as

MorganHaus Records is a Los Angeles based global record company. It was founded in 2003,was created to give the artists freedon to express their true talents, while still maintaining high quality standards. We support artists and songwriters who are consistently expanding the creative limits of their craft, and new and innovative challenges to both the local and international music scence. As an independent music company, MH will bring a positive vibe to a constantly changing music environment.