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The former MOBO winner & ex Boogie Bunch member, Brian (DJ Swing) Daley was one of the most popular, humorous and familiar personalities on the UK's black music club and party scene. Originally a member of the 'Live to Break' breakdance crew. His popularity grew throughout the 90's doing parties for artists such as Bobby Brown, Mary J Blige, Lennox Lewis, Jodeci etc. He worked 4 years at BMG/RCA Records heading their R&B/Rap Promotions Dept (TLC, Notorious BIG,Wu Tang Clan etc.) before being head hunted by legendary hip-hop label Tommy Boy Records (De la Soul etc). He also hosted a radio show on Londons Choice FM, doing a 1 hour mastermix show every Saturday afternoon. In 1998 he collected the 'Best Club DJ' award at the MOBO awards (other nominees being Fat Boy Slim, The Dreem Teem and Trevor Nelson).

Brian was playing clubs all over the world, when a minor backache turned out to be a rare blood cancer, Multiple Myeloma in January 2003. He then received 3 stem cell transplants utilising his own cells, but on each occasion fell out of remission. From then on he continued to receive further chemotherapy treatment but was told that he urgently needed a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. DJ Swing relapsed in April 2004 forcing an abrupt halt to his cherished music career in exchange for many months of intense chemotherapy and blood/platelet transfusions. The only thing that was going to save him was a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. But being of African Caribbean decsent the chances of finding a matching donor was at least one in 100,000. If Swing were white the odds if he was lucky could be closer to one in five.

Many people came forward to help by registering as potential donors. The greatest example being the clinic that took place on Friday 14 October 2005. A registration clinic took place at the Rococo nightclub in Londons Leicester Square and attracted a turnout beyond all expectations. Over 400 potential donors, generated from the mass networking by the united urban music industry, patiently waited for hours to join the register, with many queuing across the length of the Square. Prominent UK black artists such as Simon Webbe, Lethal B, Pied Piper, MC Creed joined together with profile radio presenters such as DJ Spoony & Ras Kwame (Radio 1), Heartless Crews Mighty Mo (1Xtra), Steve Sutherland (Galaxy), Kat & Masterstepz (Choice) to Shortee Blitz (Kiss) to highlight the urgency of this appeal to save the life of their friend Swing.

Then finally and thankfully on Thursday 10th November, Brian received a 90% bone marrow transplant from an un-related donor. The procedure went very well, with Brian & family feeling extremely happy and understandably overwhelmed. Brian himself sent a massive THANK YOU to each and every one for everything that was done on his behalf. He was completely amazed & touched by the response from all of you - and said that he would love everyone to continue with their support for others who need to find a bone marrow match.

His words The work does not stop here we have to continue spreading the message to get more people onto the bone marrow register. Lives CAN be saved!

However, the following 4-6 weeks were crucial because his body needed to accept the donated bone marrow cells and he needed to build up his strength. He was doing relatively ok until very recently when minor health setbacks turned quickly into very severe complications and Brian (DJ Swing) Daley peacefully passed away last night (Wed 22nd March) with his family and friends by his bedside. We were at the hospital for most of the day and were able to say 'goodbye' to a remarkable and very courageous father, brother, uncle and friend. On behalf of the ACLT we pass on our thoughts, prayers and condolences to his parents, sisters, family and close friends especially The Boogie Bunch.

Some of you may have known him personally Beverley and I got to know him very well over the last 2 years and feel very privileged to have known him. Brian always made it very clear to us that when he was back on his feet he would work with us in recruiting potential donors for other patients. He showed such great respect to others and deliberately stayed out of the limelight because he was a very humble person who worried more about others than about himself. But now he is now at peace alongside his close friend Lynden David Hall. One thing that is certain is that both of these two creative giants of the music scene would want you to please register sooner rather than later if you have not done so already because little Yvette Gate, Danny Whyte, Sarah Thompson and Donna Benjamin, etc urgently need the Gift of Life. Time is running out.

If you are aged 18-43 and live in the UK we can consider you as a potential Bone Marrow donor (even if you have Sickle Cell Trait) but you must be willing to register as a possible bone marrow match for all patients (with a similar ethnicity/racial background) around the world awaiting possible matches. Please note that you cannot just walk into your Doctor's practice or any hospital to give a blood sample to register as a donor.

In order for you to save time you can Click Here and Click Here to download the necessary reading and registration documents "Commit to a Life Saving Procedure Now" and "Completing this form could save a life" medical questionnaire from the Anthony Nolan Trust's website.
These are both PDF files. So if you need the appropriate software then all you need to do is click and download the free Adobe Reader to download to view them.

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Please print and complete every question in the medical questionnaire including all parts of the Consent section at the back of the form. Then bring the completed form to the Registration clinic so that it can be checked to ensure that you are eligible to register.

All we ask of you, especially if you are Black or Mixed Race and aged between 18-43 in relatively good health and not obese or under 8 stone, is to give up 15-30 minutes of your day at the registration clinic venue where you can hand in or complete the application form, be counselled about the donation procedures and if you are ever found to be a matched donor what your preparation would be. This is followed by a Q & A's session and finally giving 4 mls of blood (a tablespoon). The blood sample is taken to determine your bone marrow tissue type (your blood group is of no relevance) and these details with your name and location will be added on to a database of potential donors for patients awaiting matches around the world. On completion we will arm you with various bits of information and our contact details, just in case you need to speak with us in the future about anything.


We urgently need our community to step forward in their hundreds and do the right thing NOW. Because if you are reading this message or heard about DJ Swing or any other appeal via the News Media or Internet, and are eligible and can physically get to the location to come forward and help but do not then we have to ask this question?

What is it going to take before you come forward to register and try to help one of our own?

Cancer touches us all directly or indirectly. At some point in the future someone you know will probably need a Bone Marrow donor. Would it not be great if on every occasion there were tens of thousands of us already registered to choose from to find the matching donor?

By attending an ACLT registration clinic you could potentially save the life of Donna Benjamin, Danny Whyte, 12 year old Yvette Gate, Sarah Thompson and many others who require bone marrow transplants around the world. It could be the most important thing you ever do in your life.

As one of our supporters said, I believe that the passing of DJ Swing is truly a sad loss for the whole of the community, not just the black community.
DJ Swing needs your help to help others NOW - NO MORE EXCUSES

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Canadian Dub Poet Michael St. George and Asian UK Hip Hop Producer DJ Asif D-compartmentalize

A recognized leader in the world of dub, Canadian poet Michael St. George ( uses the internet and low cost new media tools to work across the waves with critically-acclaimed Asian UK producer DJ Asif (Fusing Naked Beats).

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) March 24, 2006 -- Without funding and limited resources, two artists have managed to circumvent the limitations of the digital divide and the Atlantic Ocean. How often would you find a Jamaican writer and a British underground DJ working together in the studio when one lives in Canada and the other lives in a suburb of London in the UK?

Michael St. George is a Dub poet, singer, and songwriter from Jamaica who is currently based in Toronto, Canada. St. George met DJ wunderkind Asif in 2004 at the Griots Black Cultural Fest in Wales/UK. Since then, they have worked together in DJ Asifs London studio and across the waves using electronic media and the Internet to complete a truly imaginative and uplifting world music recording. The two artists were able to combine their skills to produce Hey! Hey! (De-Compartmentalize-I), an inspired collaborative piece.

DJ Asif is often heard on the BBC's Digital Asia and is popular at venues across the UK and Europe. Urbanised from the Asian Underground scene, with his project Fusing Naked Beats, Asif blends Arabic rhythms and Eastern vibes with his background in hip-hop and deep beats transporting his sound all over Europe from deck to deck. He has produced several albums featuring original soundtracks for film and work with prominent vocalists such as Najma Akhtar and others.

St. George inspires audiences with perceptive lyrics and melodic sound fusing Reggae, Jazz, and Pop influences. He is a dynamic artist who has shared the stage and studio with such icons as Oku Onuora, The Last Poets, Culture, Burning Spear, Lillian Allen, Luciano, Thomas Mapfumo, Mutabaruka, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Dennis Bovell and the International Dub Band, Toots and the Maytals, and Boukman Eksperyans.

No stranger to forging cooperative creations, St. Georges most recent album "Dubbin De Vibes" highlights exciting partnerships with prominent musicians such as Orville "Wyz" Malcolm, Iauwata Selassie, Paul Kastic, Dalton Brownie, among others.

You can check out samples of St. George's tracks at You can also see his video Caged In and a promo video showing short clips of performancesas part of the griotsarts podcast through iTunes at

For more information about Michael St. George, visit For additional details about DJ Asif, visit


Marva Lord

Gang Starr Affiliate Smiley The Ghetto Child Presents The Antidote on 5-2-06

March 24th, 2006
NY, NY---- Born in Harlem and raised in New York City's toughest neighborhood (The Bronx), Smiley The Ghetto Child's history runs deep. Some of Smiley's early milestones included ghost-writing for both Black Sheep and Chi Ali. Smiley later went on to hook up with his cousin Melachi The Nutcracker and helped orchestrate Group Home's classic Hiphop album Livin Proof, which was entirely produced by the legendary DJ Premier of Gang Starr. Smiley was featured on "The Realness", which many viewed as a standout track from the LP. A music video was scheduled to be shot for The Realness,? which Smiley was supposed to play a major part in, but during that period Smiley caught a case and was locked up due to "extra curricular activities.? This unfortunate intermission stopped what could have been a promising career for Smiley during the golden age of Hip Hop. With that past in his rear-view mirror, Smiley The Ghetto Child will make up for lost time on 5-2-06 with the release of his debut LP The Antidote!

A shade under a decade later, Smiley triumphantly returned when he hooked back up with his Gang Starr affiliates, by appearing on (Werdz From The Ghetto Child?) Gang Starrs 2003 opus The Ownerz. Re-embraced by his Gang Starr cohorts and the public, in 2005 Smiley released his DJ Premier produced single The Wake Up Call,? which also featured production from Showbiz and Sebb (G-Unit & Infamous Mobb). The vinyl only single went on to become Fat Beats best seller in 2005. Later that year Smiley hit the road for two major tours; including the first 60 Dates on the "Weapons of MIC Destruction Tour" with Ghostface, Pharoahe Monch, M.O.P. and Cormega. Smiley closed out 2005 by touring with Linkin Park and M.O.P.

With a fast growing fan base starving for a raw street record, Smiley The Ghetto Child offers up his debut, The Antidote, a spring cure all that is sure to be hailed on the block as a return to the realness. Though the legendary WC of Westside Connection swings thru on L.A.N.Y., Smiley goes against the grain and kept guest appearances to a minimum on his debut, preferring to let his own talents shine thru. Smiley does reunite with DJ Premier on The Antidote, as Premier produces the The Wake Up Call and adds vocals too Everything. The Antidote also features production from Showbiz, Green Lantern and Sebb.

Some say Hiphop is sick, but on 5-2-06 Smiley The Ghetto Child proves he has The Antidote!

Tracklisting and credits for Smiley The Ghetto Childs The Antidote

01.) Intro (produced by Chaze)
02.) Limousine Dream (produced by Chaze)
03.) Bronx Baby (produced by Showbiz)
04.) No Love (produced by Nitro)
05.) L.A.N.Y. f/WC from Westside Connection (produced by Sebb)
06.) Pig Latin (produced by DJ Green Lantern)
07.) Close to 30 Gs (produced by E-Blazie)
08.) Everything f/DJ Premier (produced by Ted Birkey)
09.) 800 Trigger Fixers (skit)
10.) Bodychalk (produced by Gallegos)
11.) Monster (produced by Fanon XP)
12.) Logic (produced by Sebb)
13.) All On You (produced by Nitro)
14.) The Wake Up Call (produced by DJ Premier)
15.) Styles (produced by The Grouch)
16.) Give us a Moment (produced by Sebb)
17.) Rest in Peace (produced by Chaze)
18.) Outro (produced by Chaze)

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To obtain a press copy of Smiley The Ghetto Childs The Antidote for review or interview purposes, please contact:
Matt Conaway@ Movement Marketing
Business #: 410-360-5957
Cell#: 410-903-7568
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Master P, Lil' Romeo and Michael Warren Play for Troops in Germany During 'Welcome Home' Event

ARLINGTON, Va., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Hip-hop rappers Master P and Lil' Romeo and R&B vocalist Michael Warren will perform at a "Welcome Home" celebration for soldiers at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, March 29. Sponsored by the USO and the Installation Management Agency -- Europe's Morale Welfare and Recreation office, the event is for members of the 18th Corps Support Battalion and the 94th Engineer Combat Battalion returning from Iraq and will feature an awards presentation, games, carnival rides and a magic show.

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Most recently seen as a celebrity dancer on ABC's popular "Dancing with the Stars," Master P is a legend in the music industry. Born Percy Miller, Master P was raised in New Orleans and built a hip-hop empire with his independent label No Limit. In addition to selling more than 75 million records, Master P is also an athlete who has played basketball with the Sacramento Kings and the semi-professional Las Vegas Rattlers.

The son of Master P, Lil' Romeo released his self-titled debut album in 2001. Almost immediately, his first single "My Baby" soared to the top of the Billboard charts. His most recent project, "Romeo!," collected music from his television series and was released last year.

Blending R&B, rock, pop and punk, Michael Warren has attracted legions of fans. His skills have allowed him to open up for several musical legends, including Gladys Knight, B.B. King, Robert Cray and Howie Day. Warren also has appeared with new artists 3LW, Bow-Wow and Genuwine.

This tour continues the USO/AFE tradition of bringing entertainment to troops stationed far from home. Several celebrities have made trips for the USO this year, including Gary Sinise, La Mafia, Montgomery Gentry, STAIND and MISS TEEN USA(R) 2005.

About the USO

For 65 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by World Partners AT&T Corporation, BAE SYSTEMS, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Military Channel, S & K Sales Co. and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-0600), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at

CONTACT: Erica Stone of USO, +1-703-908-6471,

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Groove Mobile Receives $8.5 Million Investment

ANDOVER, Mass., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Groove Mobile, the leading mobile music commerce platform, today announced the closure of an $8.5 million round of financing led by new investor Egan-Managed Capital. The Egan-Managed Capital team has over 50 years of hands on experience with early stage companies. These investments will provide capital to fuel the continued growth of Groove Mobile.

The investment reinforces Groove Mobile's global leadership in mobile music service marketplace, which includes the launch of the Sprint Music Store, the first mobile music service in the United States, as well as powering mobile music services for wireless carriers in Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Asia. The company will use the funding to accelerate the growth of its innovative mobile music platform while it continues to expand in global markets.

"We are delighted to receive the endorsement of Egan-Managed Capital. Their participation validates our leading role in the wireless music service sector and the prospects for our continued success and future growth," stated Bathsheba Malsheen, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Groove Mobile. "It is a pleasure to engage the support and guidance of Egan's highly experienced team."

"Groove Mobile is poised to continue its leading role in the mobile music sector with a strong management team, a dominant market footprint, and innovative technology," said Travis Connors, Partner of Egan-Managed Capital. "We are excited to contribute to this growth and look forward to helping the company realize its full potential."

Groove Mobile is backed by leading venture capital firms. In addition to Egan Capital, continuing investors are Charles River Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners, and Star Ventures, which have combined investments of over $20 million in Groove Mobile.


Groove Mobile is the world's leading mobile music service. Groove Mobile's Complete Music Gateway includes Full Track Mobile Downloads, Peer-to-Peer Sharing and Personalized Music Recommendations, in addition to providing Personalized and Programmed Streaming Radio, Music Subscriptions, and more. Groove Mobile powers the #1 rated mobile music service in the UK, Orange's Music Player and the first mobile music services in the US, Sprint Music Store. Groove Mobile launched the world's first secure peer-to-peer distribution in the mobile space, with its pioneering TELL-A-FRIEND feature. Groove Mobile's direct download service is available in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific and provides access to music from EMI, Warner Music International, V2, Beggars Group, Digital Rights Management and The Orchard libraries.


Egan-Managed Capital is a New England focused venture capital firm that provides funding for early stage high-technology start-ups. Egan-Managed Capital delivers field-tested strategies, first-hand technology expertise and hands-on management involvement. Some of the industry's most successful start-ups have already been funded by the firm, including Network Engines, Epicon, Highground Software, and NetScout. Founded in 1997, the firm currently manages funds with $233 million in committed capital.

Source: Groove Mobile

CONTACT: Bennet Ratcliff of Ratcliff Strategies, +1-310-261-0408,, for Groove Mobile

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A-list Invite-only Industry Mixer, BREAKN Music is My Business to be Held at the Legendary Artist Factory

Music is My Business and BREAK magazine, two premiere progressive entertainment conglomerates in Atlanta, GA have partnered for a trend-setting industry tastemaker event entitled BREAK'N Music is My Business, Thursday April 13th 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the legendary Artist Factory in Atlanta, GA.

(PRWEB) March 24, 2006 -- Music is my Business is the next generation of independent music companies, led by CEO Aaron P. Arnold (formerly part of Sean Diddy Combs executive team) and is housed at the Artist Factory, a multi-million dollar music facility in Atlanta, GA. The Artist Factory Group, founded by music industry legend Hiriam Hicks, and Music Is My Business Inc have formed a joint venture to create the "Mo-Town" of the south, says MIMB CEO Aaron Arnold. My goal with this company is not only to produce ground-breaking initiatives, to inspire and motivate through music but also to change the way business is done via music.

In a few months shy of a year in print, BREAK magazine has managed to create a formidable presence in the Southern music scene and has become a voice for independent artists who choose to take their careers into their own hands. BREAKs goal is to provide the knowledge, tools and resources for new and established artists along with industry professionals to be seen and heard and to help the hip hop culture continue elevating to new heights, says BREAK publisher, Mic Trammell.

For Music is My Business to partner with BREAK magazine is a perfect example of new forces moving in the industry. This event is special because it represents two young men with vision coming together as Business Executives of their perspective companies to represent ATL and the next generation, says Arnold. Hosting the event at the Artist Factory creates the perfect mesh of fresh ingenuity coupled with experienced credibility as Hiriam Hicks represents a legendary time in the entertainment industry especially as it relates to Atlanta. The Artist Factory is here to develop the next generation of artists, managers and executives in this ever-changing business environment. Music is My Business Inc. will play a vital role in shaping the industry, says Hiriam Hicks former president of Island Black Music and founder of the multi-million dollar Artist Factory.

BREAK'N Music is My Business in an A-list invite only tastemaker social mixer which will feature various established organizations along with five of the hottest up and coming acts in the industry. The event will be hosted by Hot 107.9s Beyonce Alowishus.


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Beyond the Beat: The Black Male Image in American Media and Pop Culture

Wheelock College Hosts Conference Featuring Hip Hop Film by Award-winning Filmmaker Byron Hurt

BOSTON, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- From national dreams to media fantasies, there is a persistent imagining of what black men must be. On April 28, Media and Visual Culture: Reading the Black Male Body, a conference presented by Wheelock College, will bring together cutting-edge scholars to debate the historical and contemporary visual images of black men. Several of the topics the panels at the conference will cover include:

* The impact of hip-hop culture on black and white masculinity today;

* The black struggle to create authentic media images of the black
experience in America;

* How media images shape society's perceptions of race, gender and class,

* The potential of media to create an open and democratic space for
progressive social change.

The keynote speaker, Professor Herman Gray, is one of the pioneers of African-American media studies in U.S. colleges and author of numerous articles and books on race and the media. His latest book is "Cultural Moves: African Americans and the Politics of Representation." Gray is chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

"Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in on Manhood in Hip Hop Culture," a film produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt will be shown at the conference. The film has received recognition at the Sundance Film Festival, wide national attention and is to be aired on PBS later this year. Following the screening, Hurt will lead a discussion and take questions from the audience.

Additional panelists include such respected media scholars as Dr. Joyce Hope Scott, Dr. Keith Harris, Dr. Imani Perry, and Dr. Mark Anthony Neal.

Wheelock College's American Studies Department has created this conference to expose students to the richly diverse nature of American society through the in-depth study of pop culture, politics, art, history and literature.

"Our goal is to bring a diversity of voices to the dialogue that is going on between the academy and communities of color about the centrality and multi-faceted nature of race in American society," says Dr. Gail Dines, Chair of American Studies at Wheelock College. Well-known within the field for her award-winning book, "Gender, Race, and Class in Media," Dines is considered one of the leading experts on the effects of media on women and men's gender identity.

Media and Visual Culture: Reading the Black Male Body takes place on Friday, April 28, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Beyond Beats and Rhymes will be screened at 3:45 p.m. followed by a question and answer session with

Hurt. General admission is $35 for members of the public. The conference costs $15 for college students and faculty.

Founded in 1888 and located in Boston, MA, Wheelock College is a private institution with the public mission of improving lives of children and their families. The College fulfills this mission by providing a strong education in the arts and sciences and in its professional fields -- education, child and family studies, and social work -- for which its undergraduate and graduate programs are nationally and internationally recognized. Throughout its academic programs and student experience, the College reflects the multicultural dimensions of the communities and countries in which it operates and fosters diverse learning experiences -- all of which contributes to the success, leadership, and impact that its graduates enjoy in a wide variety of careers.

For more information on the conference, visit

Source: Wheelock College

CONTACT: Rochelle Rosen, Public Relations Director of Wheelock College,

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DOM-G : Debut solo album - AIR

I design rhymes that inspire these young minds
this is dedicated to all those who love the art (life n hip hop)

Straight out of London, DOM-G aka Dominant G is not a new name in the hip hop world. His lyrical skills have been applauded by some of the biggest names in the industry including Choice FM DJ 279, DJ Excalibur, Radio One DJ Tim Westwood and publications including Touch, Trace and DJ Magazine.

Dominating mics is something that many MCs never master but DOM-G honed his craft at open-mic sessions in the well-known London spot Borderline. Music has always been a part of his life from his early days; I grew up listening to a lot of jazz and soul; people like The Crusaders, Bob James and Frank Zappa. Rakim is my main influence as hes one of the greatest MCs to come out there.

From his small beginnings he hooked up with Joe, formerly known as Braintax, who signed him along with the well known producer Drew to Lowlife Records and released an EP entitled The whole circumference, featuring rapper David J. Having received wide acclaim they went on to release "Slip Stream" featuring the Mercury Award nominee TY on Rumour Records/ Stonegroove.

Having firmly made a name for himself on the underground DOM-G is about to unleash his long awaited debut solo album AIR on June 5th 2006 on Grinnin Records. His time since his Psychic Phenomena days has meant that his sound has mellowed and matured to create an album that crosses boundaries from hip hop and soul through to poetry and jazz. In his own words his music is inspirational, relaxed and heartfelt. I wanted to create a positive and real album, he continued. I wanted to take peoples minds away from the negativity so many artists portray and make things possible. The world is changing and everyone wants better things for themselves.

The album tracks da heat and you dont know received widespread praise from the mainstream music press and the album is set to follow the same trend. Tracks like thats why i wrote, which features the soul-kissed vocals of Phoebe, represent a different form of hip hop to the mainstream pop as it delves deeper than the pimp and ho attitude so widely portrayed. It focuses on the strength of love, DOM-G explains. It goes deep into love through letters and explores a subtle type of love which is mature and more than just sex.

The deliciously smooth reflections features the lyrical skills of Californians Zion-I. It takes a look back and opens a window to the past and each rappers verse reflects one another despite distance and cultural barriers. Nomadic Poet is another contributor to this full-bodied album, and production comes thanks to Amp Live, LG, Apollo, Peeping Tom and Drew, best known for his work with TY and as a former Psychic Phenomena member. I didnt think I was going to produce an album, but Im pleased with it. Ive had an interesting journey making it. Musically it goes back to my roots and defies the boundaries of hip hop. It definitely includes something for everyone.

Doms got a good voice and a great flowhis lyrics are tightly honed and delivered with emphatic confidence. ~ Undercover Magazine
Dom all the while striking the right balance between passion and punchlines ~ Touch Magazine
"Ill be checking for the solo LP ~ UKHH
The soon to come debut LP should be something special ~ DJ Magazine

DOM-G is currently available for interviews. For more information contact Angharad Williams at Afunk PR on 07946 035 789 or

Vivendi Universal Games Recognizes 20 Finalists for the Scarface: The World Is Yours Video Game Music Talent Search

Vivendi Universal Games Recognizes 20 Finalists for the
Scarface: The World Is Yours Video Game Music Talent Search

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) has chosen the 20 finalists for the
Scarface: The World Is Yours Video Game Soundtrack Talent Search, a
successful promotion currently running on, the internets
leading social networking and lifestyle portal. The contest will
reward the
best unsigned music talent in North America with the opportunity to
their career through the inclusion of their song in the highly
Scarface video game, scheduled to launch this fall. In addition, the
will get the opportunity to perform in front of high profile music and
game industry leaders at a major concert event in Hollywood. MySpace
have until March 28th to log on to
to listen to the top 20 songs
vote for their favorite artist.

During the first round of the contest, more than 46,000 MySpace users
nominated over 7,000 artists, in less than a week. The top 200
artists were then narrowed down to 20 finalists by a panel of music and
video game industry judges. By voting for their favorite unsigned
Music artist, the MySpace community will choose a winner to be featured
Scarface: The World Is Yours, alongside some of todays hottest music
artists. In addition, the winner and two runners-up will be flown to
Angeles, to open for a major label headline act at a concert event
this years video game tradeshow, the Electronic Entertainment Expo

The 20 finalists and their tracks are:
1. 30ot6 - A.K.A.
2. 59s Finest - One Minute
3. Celldweller - Switchback
5. Crazy Anglos - Freakin Me Out
6. DISOWN - The Dust of Sin
7. D-Squad - Things Changed
8. FEDD HILL - Money Love Guns Life
9. Kazy - Choke
10. No Bare Feet - F*ck You Too
11. Phenetics - Burn
12. PK - Young Scarface
13. R-Mean - My World
14. S.N.Y.P - In God We Trust
15. Shaolin Temple of BooM - Inside
16. SLO-O - Soul on Ice
17. The Kellys - Blink
18. V Sinizter - Riot Anthem
19. WolfPac - Put Your Dukes Up
20. Wyno aka Skilmatik - Trust No One

Music acts, fans and MySpace users should visit the official
contest page to vote at

For more information about Scarface: The World Is Yours, please visit
games official Web site at

'Calling All Bands' Finalists Announced

One of Five Finalists Will be the First Band to Launch Its Career on V CAST Music

BEDMINSTER, N.J., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless and MySpace today announced just five finalists from more than 4,000 entries in the "Calling All Bands" contest. The Arrival, Unset, Berto Ramon, Aroarah and Parlour Boys are now one step closer to becoming the first unsigned band to launch its career on V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless, the nation's most comprehensive mobile music service. The initial bands were winnowed down to 15 semifinalists; votes from community members selected the five finalists. The lucky winning band will have the opportunity to have its song, music video, ring tone and ring back tone released on Verizon Wireless -- the nation's leading wireless provider with 51.3 million customers.

Finalists in the "Calling All Bands" contest include:

* The Arrival -- Hailing from Madison, AL, The Arrival speaks volumes of
truth through the unwonted exercise of blending. Dynamic energy is
interwoven with poppy harmony to deliver unyielding tracks, heavy with
sound and heavy with emotion:

* Unset -- Unset is from San Diego, CA and their goal is to create songs
that are snapshots of moments in time. Unset describes their music as
dramatic, edgy, dark and beautiful:

* Berto Ramon -- Berto Ramon aims to make an impact on their community
through the culture that surrounds them, hip hop. The ten piece live
band from Chicago, IL, consists of everything from Latin jazz
percussion to soulful guitar licks and melodic violin strings laying
the foundation for powerful conscious lyrics spit in order to challenge
the listener and give a voice to those who are often muted:

* Aroarah -- Aroarah is a four piece band based out of the heart of
Orangevale, California. These girls have been together for four years
and have played numerous places all up and down the west coast. After
starting the band while they were in high school, the girls progressed
with age and by the time of graduation, all four made the move to Los
Angeles. Now living back home in Sacramento, the girls are busy
writing new tunes, living in music and traveling more so than ever:

* Parlour Boys -- Formed in 2005, Parlour Boys hail from Lexington, KY.
In a short time, they have garnered significant media attention and a
large following of dedicated fans:

The music content team at Verizon Wireless, which secures music for the new V CAST Music service, ring tones and ring back tones and the MySpace music editors will evaluate submissions from the five finalists and determine the winner of the "Calling All Bands" contest. The winner will be announced on March 29.

Winner's Package

Verizon Wireless will release the "Calling All Bands" winner's song on V CAST Music -- marking the first time an unsigned band will release its first single on a wireless phone. The winner will also collaborate with a MySpace independent filmmaker and Verizon Wireless to produce a music video that will be released on V CAST, plus a ring tone and ring back tone of the winning song that will be available for purchase by Verizon Wireless customers. MySpace helped Verizon Wireless introduce up and coming bands to the mobile world, further extending the music experience on customers' communication devices they use most every day -- their wireless phones.

V CAST Music

V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless lets customers play music on their wireless phones from well-known and independent artists -- the same device they have come to rely upon for entertainment, information and mobile communication. The V CAST Music store lets customers browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from their phones or in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music online store. V CAST Music songs cost $0.99 if purchased from the PC or $1.99 if purchased and downloaded over the air onto a V CAST Music phone.

With more than 500,000 songs in its catalogue, V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' broadband network, the most robust, award-winning wireless broadband network in the nation, available from coast to coast. Customers need a V CAST-enabled phone and a subscription to a V CAST VPak, which is $15.00 monthly access, added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan to access V CAST Music and music videos on their phones. Customers interested in managing their music from their PCs in the V CAST Music Online Store can do so without a V CAST VPak.

V CAST Music is available through Verizon Wireless' 2,000 Communications Stores and Circuit City locations and online at For more information, visit

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

Source: Verizon Wireless

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

Web site:

Halftooth Records Presents: Wordsworth -- Mirror Music: The Deluxe Edition

"Wordsworth's latest is so good it's almost hard to describe - an indie hip-hop classic."
--Music Connection

"Oddisee may be the best producer in Hip-Hop that you probably don't know yet."

Since its initial commercial release in 2004, and following its unprecedented critical success, unsurpassable achievements on urban radio, and phenomenal reception by fans, press, DJs and taste-makers alike, Wordsworth's Mirror Music is back and better than ever! Due to popular demand, Halftooth Records is reissuing the classic debut album from Wordsworth with a fresh and exciting twist. Mirror Music: The Deluxe Edition is the definitive version of the certified-classic Hip-Hop album from the Brooklyn-bred microphone fiend Wordsworth. Now packaged as a limited edition 2-disc set, Mirror Music: The Deluxe Edition includes the entire 20-track original Mirror Music album from Wordsworth with guest appearance from Masta Ace, Punchline, Oddisee and Kenn Starr and production by Ayatollah, Da Beatminerz, Oddisee and more, PLUS a special bonus CD entitled Oddisee Presents The Mirror Music Remixes, featuring 10 exclusive Mirror Music remixes by producer extraordinaire Oddisee.

Mirror Music demonstrated a growth in Wordsworth's patented swagger; the wordsmith does more than just brag on the new album - he gives personal insight and spits narratives that reflect everyday life without glorifying street living. Mirror Music appeals to anyone who appreciates a true sure flow. "Nothing good to say keep silent/Cause the things that I wouldn't want to say you keep rhyming/Keep firing, I seek like a missile heat guided/And I'm so hot I'm a be on top cause heat rises," Wordsworth rhymes on first single "Gotta Pay," urging MCs that "Y'all don't need to dumb it down, y'all dudes is dumb already."

Since producing and performing the hit track "Musik Lounge" for DJ Jazzy Jeff's The Magnificent LP in 2002, Wordsworth's Halftooth Records label-mate, Amir "Oddisee" Mohamed has quickly become a rising star in Hip-Hop and an artist to keep your eye on as both a producer and emcee extraordinaire. Since turning his focus towards Hip-Hop in 1999, Oddisee has worked with the likes of Gary Shider of Parliament and Funkadelic, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Talib Kweli, J-Live, Wordsworth, Little Brother, Freddie Foxxx, Asheru, The UN, The Visionaries and many other respected recording artists around the world. In addition, Oddisee received a tremendous amount of attention and critical acclaim for his stand-out performances and production work on albums such as DJ Jazzy Jeff's The Magnificent, Halftooth Records' You Don't Know the Half, J-Live's The Hear After, Kev Brown's I Do What I Do, and The Foreign Exchange's Connected.

On Oddisee Presents The Mirror Music Remixes Oddisee recrafted certain songs with his own unique and mesmerizing style, emerging from the lab with his own distinctive version of Mirror Music with an entirely new vibe and a refreshing musical and emotional landscape far different from the original. Oddisee carefully constructed entirely new beats to enhance and complement Wordsworth's lyrics, even adding his own lyrics to certain songs, ultimately creating genuine new musical compositions. Wordsworth's unparalleled rhyming abilities and word-play matched with Oddisee's sensational production style is a triumphant combination that will be listened to and appreciated for many years to come. With a combined total of 30 tracks, Mirror Music: The Deluxe Edition is a truly special collection of music that is sure to please both those fans who already have the original album version and those who do not.

Oddisee is available for interviews regarding Mirror Music: The Deluxe Edition, as well as his recent and upcoming releases on Halftooth Records, including The Remixture- Vol. 1 & Oddisee's Instrumental Mixtape - Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
For more info:

Lucy Beer
Elemental Consulting
AOL IM: loulou76yo
[online marketing :: music :: lifestyle :: entertainment]

PlayStation(R) DualPlay Returns to Miami During Winter Music Conference '06 With an Event Featuring DJ AM and Pete Tong

Sony Computer Entertainment America Gives Audiences Opportunity to Play the Latest PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R) Portable) Games, Free Music Downloads and a Chance to Win PlayStation(R) Prizes

WHO: Industry leader Sony Computer Entertainment America is proud to
team up with DJ AM and Pete Tong to bring PlayStation DualPlay
back to Miami during Winter Music Conference (WMC) 2006. Sony
Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation(R)
family of products and develops, publishes, markets and
distributes software for the PS one(TM) game console, the
PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the PSP(TM)
(PlayStation(R) Portable) system for the North American market.

WHAT: PlayStation DualPlay presents DJ AM and Pete Tong for one night
at Snatch and Suite nightclubs in Miami Beach, FL. Mixing
hip-hop with rock and 80's classics, DJ AM will tear up the
dance floor at Snatch nightclub, while Pete Tong plays behind
the decks at Suite. This year marks the fourth consecutive
appearance by PlayStation DualPlay during Winter Music
Conference and will highlight the latest games for the hugely
popular PSP system. In addition, audiences will be given gift
cards to download 5 free tracks* of music at,
courtesy of PlayStation DualPlay and Beatport.
*Tracks pre-selected by Beatport.

WHERE: Snatch and Suite
1437 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 2006
10:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.

TICKETS: Visit for event information. Tickets
will be sold at the door for $50 the night of the show.
Visitors to will also be able to register
for a chance to win a PlayStation DualPlay Prize Pack, including
a PSP system autographed by DJ AM and Pete Tong. The
sweepstakes runs from March 14th through March 24th. No
purchase necessary to enter. Promotion ends March 24th, 2006.
Open to U.S. residents 13 and over, excluding Florida and New
York. Void where prohibited. See full rules for details at

For more information, please contact:
Woodrow Mosqueda
Sony Computer Entertainment America

PRNewswire -- March 23

Source: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Trans World Entertainment Receives Bankruptcy Court Approval for the Asset Acquisition of Musicland Holding Corp.

ALBANY, N.Y., March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Trans World Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:TWMC) , a leading retailer of entertainment products, announced today that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved the Company's bid to acquire substantially all of the assets of Musicland Holding Corp. Musicland, an entertainment specialty retailer which operates retail stores and websites under the names Sam Goody (, Suncoast Motion Picture Company (, On Cue and, filed a voluntary petition to restructure under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in January 2006. The transaction is scheduled to close on March 27, 2006 and represents total consideration of $104.2 million in cash and $18.1 million in assumed liabilities.

"We are pleased that the Bankruptcy Court has approved our purchase of Musicland's assets and look forward to quickly and efficiently integrating the acquired stores into the Trans World chain," said Robert J. Higgins, Chairman And Chief Executive Officer of Trans World Entertainment. "This acquisition will increase our national footprint providing important operational and marketing synergies and we believe the acquisition will be accretive to our 2006 results. We also expect to leverage Musicland's investments in its Replay customer loyalty program that has become a model in customer relationship management for its millions of Replay members across the country."

Musicland owns and operates 400 specialty music retail stores located throughout the United States. Trans World expects to retain 335 of Musicland's best performing stores and liquidate the remaining 65 stores through a joint venture with Hilco Merchant Resources, LLC.

Trans World Entertainment is a leading specialty retailer of music, video and video game products. The Company operates approximately 800 retail stores in 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and e-commerce sites,,, and In addition to its mall locations, operated primarily under the FYE brand, the Company also operates freestanding locations under the names Coconuts Music and Movies, Strawberries Music, Wherehouse, CD World, Spec's, Second Spin and Planet Music.

Certain statements in this release set forth management's intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future based on current facts and analyses. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in such statements. Additional information on factors that may affect the business and financial results of the Company can be found in filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: Trans World Entertainment Corporation

CONTACT: John J. Sullivan, EVP, Chief Financial Officer of Trans World
Entertainment, +1-518-452-1242; or Rich Tauberman, +1-201-507-9500,, for MWW Group

Web site:

BET News Stirs Storm of Debate, Strong Messages About Sexual Conduct in Explosive Documentary on March 28

THE DOWN LOW EXPOSED Probes Secret World of Men Having Sex With Men While Masquerading as Heterosexuals in a Dangerous Gamble with Lives of Female Partners

Author Terry McMillan Makes Final Stand Over Gay Ex-Husband's Revelation

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Cowards ... sexual deviants ... liars ... murderers. And those are just the one-word bullets fired across the spectrum of opinions and emotions in THE DOWN LOW EXPOSED, a shocking documentary presented by BET News on Tuesday, March 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This one-hour special traverses the backstreets, nightclubs, websites and even the sanctity of marriage where some Black men are leading 'double-lives' as heterosexuals with unsuspecting women; and then flipping the script in a dangerous duality of homosexual pursuits. The end result is confusion, anger, betrayal, tears, family destruction and, in some cases, the ultimate price of HIV and AIDS infections of the innocent and unknowing.

Atlanta-based author J. L. King first ignited the debate in 2004 with his controversial tell-all book entitled On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep with Men. Since then, a firestorm has raged around the issue. Emotions were further fueled when the husband of best- selling author Terry McMillan broke his own silence by admitting to a secret gay lifestyle. These days, battle lines exist from the prisons to the pulpit.

"That's part of their problem -- they're cowards," said an emotionally- charged McMillan in what she proclaims is her final public interview on how her marriage to Jonathan Plummer unraveled. "I think that he (Plummer) should be charged with attempted murder for risking my life without my knowledge or consent ... I think that what you (BET) are doing should be applauded because I think more than anything there are women out there that are victims. And I think that we need to hold men accountable for their actions."

BET News will examine this divisive subject from a variety of important angles including sex among men in prison and its impact on the spread of HIV/AIDS; the "don't ask, don't tell" policy prevailing in the Black church; the sobering impact of HIV and AIDS on women infected by men who hid their homosexuality; and the crucial importance of being tested for HIV/AIDS. An encore showing of THE DOWN LOW EXPOSED is also scheduled for Friday, March 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

"The 'Down Low' is one of those subjects that fascinate people. There are e-mails circulating that accuse people; folks buy books and see lectures on the subject," said BET President of Entertainment Reginald Hudlin. "But with all that talk, people aren't learning what's really going on. With this special, we want to hear every point of view -- men who lead double-lives, their lovers, women who have been involved with them, church people, ex-cons, AIDS activists and regular folks on the street."

"There's a resoundingly loud and clear message here -- what you don't know may very well kill you," said Shirley Neal, President of Park Hill Entertainment and executive producer on the project for BET. "We've wrapped around this documentary an anthem of no more secrets, no more lies. This is not an issue to whisper about anymore. The emotions of those who feel victimized, as well as those who see this as a chosen lifestyle are completely unfiltered."

In addition to McMillan, J. L. King revisits his inflammatory book; discusses his own life in the aftermath; and takes part in an exclusive interview with his former wife Brenda Stone-Browder, who has remarried and started a new life. Noted Hollywood actor/producer/director Bill Duke also reveals the intense motivation behind his upcoming feature film Invisible, which further unmasks the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the 'down low' issue and the accompanying cross-cultural taboos that have shielded it from view.

"If you think this is a Black issue, you are very mistaken," said Duke. "AIDS is not a Black issue. AIDS is an issue that's going to impact everybody, everybody's sisters and daughters, everybody's families. And why we're not dealing with this in an emergency way is beyond me. I don't understand it, I really don't."

Others lending voice and context to the issue include Dr. Gail Wyatt, clinical psychologist, sex therapist and professor at UCLA; Phill Wilson, Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute; and Pastor Oliver Clay Allen, openly gay minister of the Vision Church of Atlanta.


PREMIERE: Tuesday, March 28 @ 10 p.m. ET/PT (One Hour)
(Encore Telecast - Friday, March 31 @ 10 p.m.

CONTENT RATING: TV-MA (Mature Audience) - This program includes
material that may not be suitable for children
under age 17. It contains one or more of the
following: graphic violence (V), explicit
sexual content (S), or profane language (L).

BET EXECUTIVES IN CHARGE: Reginald Hudlin, President of Entertainment
Nina Henderson Moore, Executive Vice President
- News & Public Affairs
Byron Phillips, Executive Vice President of

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Shirley Neal, Park Hill Entertainment
J.L. King
Selwyn Hinds, BET

Curvel Baptiste



BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA; VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions:, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; and BET Mobile, a service venture into the lucrative world of ring tones, games and video content for wireless devices.


From non-fiction programming to live events, Park Hill Entertainment's impressive credentials include non-fiction programming for The Travel Channel, Spike TV, CBS, NBC Enterprises, TV One, and other cable, network, and syndication outlets. Park Hill was established in 1992 as a video production and promotions firm specializing in broadcast production, live event production and video promotions. At the helm of Park Hill is President/Owner, Shirley Neal, a veteran producer and former production and marketing executive with over 20 years of experience in the fields of television production and promotions.

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Michael Lewellen of BET, +1-202-608-2003,

Web site:


Roy Jones Jr.'s Body Head Entertainment and 845 Entertainment Team Up For Blockbuster Releases and sign deal with Navarre.

845 Entertainment, a leader in the independent hip-hop industry, is pairing up with Body Heat Entertainment for several high-profile releases this year in conjunction with Navarre.

/24-7PressRelease/ - NEW YORK, NY, March 23, 2006 - 845 Entertainment, a leader in the independent hip-hop industry, is pairing up with Body Heat Entertainment for several high-profile releases this year in conjunction with Navarre. The collaboration is a very good arrangement for all companies and BHE is very happy to be working hand in hand with 845.

Upcoming releases under the Body Head-845-Navarre umbrella include 3D's new release Boys Will Be Boys, Trick Daddy's The Real Entourage DVD and Release the Beast by Bone Crusher. These will be in addition to BHE releases from Choppa (formerly of No Limit), Rush, Boneface, and Swellz. 845 Entertainment boasts a roster that includes rap luminary Bizzy Bone as well as Pastor Troy, Lil J, and a DVD release from Trina.

Launched in 2005 by Jarred Weisfeld and Greg Miller, 845 Entertainment is devoted to bringing it's customer top quality albums and mix tapes from well known artists. 845 specializes in the production and distribution of albums and television shows as well as DVDs. 845 co-Ceo Jarred Weisfeld states "Greg and I are excited to be working with Roy, Chauntey and the entire staff of Body Head. Roy's vision, together with our imagination, will bring the world powerful content that will make us a premiere entertainment company".

Body Head Entertainment, Inc (BHE) is an Independent record label owned by Roy Jones, Jr. BHE was founded in September 1998 and is based in Roy's hometown of Pensacola, Florida. Roy states, "Our goal is to make Body Head Entertainment among the elite, independent record labels."

Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR) is a leading publisher and distributor of home entertainment PC software, video games and accessories, DVD Video and music. The company's customers include a wide spectrum of national and regional retailers. Their focus of their distribution is providing retailers and publishers with high-quality services for broad, efficient distribution, including vendor-managed inventory, Electronic Data Interchange services, fulfillment services, cross docking and assumed receipt as well as a variety of retailer-oriented marketing services.

As all companies continue to shine brightly in the music industry, this alliance will prove to be a breeding ground for continued innovation in the way music reaches the masses.

Release Dates are

3d "Boys Will Be Boys" hits stores June 6th.
Trick Daddy " The Real Entourage" hits stores June 26th.
Bone Crusher "Release the Beast" hits stores July 16th
Choppa will be releasing an as yet untitled LP on July 16th

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Press Release Contact Information:
Erin Burke
Erin Burke PR
freelance publicist
1783 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY
USA 11225
Voice: 917 689 4975

Roscoe says "I Luv Cali" on new release

Rap star Roscoe is preparing to release his latest effort "I Luv Cali" on Streetlight Music/SMC Recordings

Roscoe says "I Luv Cali" on new release

/24-7PressRelease/ - NEW YORK, NY, March 23, 2006 - Rap star Roscoe is preparing to release his latest effort "I Luv Cali" on Streetlight Music/SMC Recordings. The album is set to drop in mid-May and features the stellar production efforts of Fingazz, who is known for his work with Lil Rob and Kurupt, in addition to scoring the 2003 film Hollywood Homicide.

Roscoe began his prestigious career at the age of fifteen when his brother Kurupt, a former Dogg Pound MC and Death Row associate put him to the test for tha Dogg Pound's debut record. He then guested on his brother's Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha and released his first mix tape, 2001's When the Pain Inflict. The effort drew favorable reviews and the rapper released the Young Roscoe Philaphornia.

After signing with Streetlight Music/SMC recordings a month and a half ago, Roscoe went straight back into the studio to record "I Luv Cali", which shares a name with the rapper's very first hit song. It is a fitting return for the artist, but the album also marks a departure from the negativity that has plagued hip-hop for the past several years. As Roscoe says, "We makin' money, and all you're gonna see is positivity."

Check out "I Luv Cali" and find out why this Philly native's heart belongs to the West Coast.

For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact:

Erin Burke

Online Music Site Carves Niche by Revolutionizing the Concept of Finding Beats and Instrumentals.

Beatbuggy Streamlined, Modernized, and Brought Technology to this Target Market.

BeatBuggy, Inc. has issued an irresistible invitation to all independent artists, AandR reps, and record labels

/24-7PressRelease/ - WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2006 - Starting March 21, 2006, anyone who registers with beatbuggy will receive a free membership, 50mb to uploaded songs, a personal web page, preview music before downloading, and receive reviews on uploaded songs.

"I encourage all independent artists/music seekers to check out and discover some of the world's top independent music producers and beatmakers," said "Duane Washington" CEO of BeatBuggy.

Currently, BeatBuggy's website features a "Top 25" lists for artists and producers that are automatically generated from a song review system and filled with high-caliber independent music. Beats and instrumentals are grouped by genre (e.g. Rap, Blues, Electronic), location (e.g. Maryland, Poland, Texas), and production (e.g. female vocal, up-tempo, instrumental). BeatBuggy reduces the cost and time by offering artists/music seekers access to thousands of original quality beats and instrumentals from music producers and beatmakers located throughout the world.

The fact of the matter is that in the music industry an artists' ultimate success or failure depends on the quality of their demo or album. Making the right connections can be extremely important and sometimes very costly. If an independent artists wants to hire a local music producer they can spend anywhere from $100 - $1,000 per production. If they want to hire a top producer the cost can skyrocket from $10,000 - $200,000 per production. Hiring a producer, renting a studio and mixing tracks, can take a lot of time and money. Many artists simply don't have the resources and/or connections they need.

BeatBuggy's also exposes artists/music seekers to different musical styles. Nearly all producers have a particular style and when artist/music seekers work with only one or two producers, they run the risk of limiting their pool of music. BeatBuggy allows artist/music seekers to work with thousands of producers, giving them unlimited exposure to a variety of musical styles. By using the beats or instrumentals purchased on BeatBuggy, independent artist can create a low-cost, high quality, legitimate album or demo to give to record companies or they can sell the CD themselves.

"This really is a golden opportunity for artists/music seekers and producers. We've taken the concept of finding beats and instrumentals and streamlined it, modernized it, and brought technology to it," states Mr. Washington. We've created a global production community at BeatBuggy, and we welcome any new members." Launched in October 2005, Beatbuggy has exploded into this new music-led digital environment by quickly becoming the destination point for linking up independent artists/music seekers and producers. To date over 1000 music producers have joined our community and uploaded 2000 songs. Beatbuggy takes pride in pioneering the next revolution in the online music industry.

If you're a producer, start uploading! If you're seeking beats or instrumentals, start downloading! And if you're a manager or AandR person, you will never need to move away from your monitor again. If the Internet is the future of the music industry, then the future is at

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Press Release Contact Information:
njeri santana
PR Director
49 S Street, N.W.
Washington, DC
USA 20001
Voice: (202) 330-9357

Key Music, Entertainment and Media Executives to Announce New Music and Entertainment Genre Urban Inspirational In Nashville, TN April 4, 2006

Major press conference comprised of leading music, entertainment and media executives and personalities to announce the launch and addition of a new music and entertainment genre and category called "Urban Inspirational". The new genre is poised to have significant social and economic impact.

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) March 23, 2006 -- A national press conference will be held in Nashville on April 4, 2006 to announce a new music and entertainment genre titled Urban Inspirational and its supporting initiative The Urban Inspiration Trade Association. Urban Inspirational is a significant measure that will greatly impact the way music and entertainment is consumed affecting radio airplay and format, consumer spending and product placement in the general marketplace.

Urban Inspirational is the new cutting edge branding and positioning of the musical genre designed to appeal to a broad mainstream audience while providing content containing positive and clean messaging. Urban Inspirational provides an accurate categorization for a strong and significant portion of todays music and entertainment, creating new global sales and marketing opportunities for the large cross-section of music and entertainment that currently does not receive the appropriate wide reaching exposure. The new Urban Inspirational genre presents a counter culture and relevant alternative to the violence, racism and sexism currently found in some of todays music aimed at the Generation XY Cusp demographic. In addition, Urban Inspirational brings together multi-cultural creativity and expression resulting in a broad audience appeal.

The Urban Inspiration Trade Association (URBINTRA) will also be announced as the supporting trade initiative of Urban Inspiration and the Urban Inspirational music genre. This non-profit governing body comprised of leading media, record and entertainment executives will oversee and implement this new market segment and execute strategies to ensure and maintain its growth. The overall objective of URBINTRA is to affect positive social and economic change in the United States and globally by discovering, endorsing, and promoting music, entertainment and media content that contains positive messages for today's youth and culture.

Cheryl Salt Wray, Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist; MC Hammer, Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist; Donald Lawrence, Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist and Producer; Tyrone Davis, Entertainment Executive, Music Producer and founder URBINTRA; Laura Schwartz, Former Special Assistant and Advisor to President Clinton; John Styll, President Gospel Music Association; Jackie Patillo, General Manager Integrity Gospel among other leading and distinguished entertainment industry executives and personalities.

April 4, 2006 from 1:30PM-2:30PM CST
Press check in: 1:00PM Standard Room Lighting (Additional Lighting not Included)

Renaissance Nashville Hotel Third Floor, Belmont Room 3
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203

To RSVP and For Additional Information Contact:
Pierre Redding, URBINTRA President and Director of Communications
(203) 469-0835 ext. 1

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Pierre Redding

Urbanology Partners with Battle of the Beat Makers IV

Urbanology magazine is proud to announce its position as the official partner to presenting company Sound Supremacy Entertainment, in the fourth installment of the Battle of the Beat Makers.

Back by popular demand, the event is a beat making competition arranged so that talented producers from across Canada and U.S. can battle for the titles of Party Beat Maker, Grimey Beat Maker, Smooth Beat Maker and the newly introduced Samples Beat Maker in front of a panel of celebrity judges consisting of Choclair (The Circle), DJ Mathematics (Wu-Tang Clan), and DJ Grouch (CHRY 105.5 FM). Contestants will get a total of 45 seconds to impress both the judges and the crowd. The winners of the Battle of the Beat Makers competition will be featured inside Urbanology magazine and prizes such as studio time and beat making software.

Urbanology is proud to be associated with this event because its the only venue for producers to showcase their talent in Canada, says Adrian McKenzie, co-founder and creative director for Urbanology magazine. McKenzie is also leading up Urbanologys involvement in Battle of the Beat Makers.

Copies of the Battle of the Beat Makers: the Documentary DVD and Urbanology magazine will be available on site.

This all goes down this Saturday, March 25, inside El Mocambo Night Club at 462 Spadina Ave. (Spadina and College) in Toronto. The battle begins at 9 p.m. and rages till 2 a.m. Admission will be $15.

For all media looking to cover the event who would like to speak with Adrian McKenzie, please contact:

Craigg Slowly
Public Relations Director
Urbanology Magazine
(416) 283-4000

Read about the winners of Battle of the Beat Makers III in this issue of Urbanology Magazine, on sale at your local bookstore and newsstand across Canada and the U.S.

Storm The Unpredictable Garners Multiple Honors & Preps Sophomore Release

March 22nd, 2006
Washington, DC Over the last few weeks of March, Storm The Unpredictable has garnered a swarm of prestigious local awards; including winning first place in the Hiphop/Urban/Dance/Go-Go category of the Songwriters Association of Washingtons Songwriting (The Songwriters Association of Washington SAW is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 to benefit aspiring and professional songwriters) competition for Contradictions and the grand prize winner in the Hiphop category of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition Session II (\) for Contradictions. The judges of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition consisted of D-12, Al Jarreau, Lyfe Jennings, Teairra Mari, John Legend and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, as well as other music industry professionals and veterans. Storm also was a runner-up in John Lennon competition for another song Darker The Berry (which can be found on Storms debut Amalgamation). Storm is now competing against the Session I winner in an online voting battle which began March 15th at 11AMand will end on April 26th for the John Lennon Award. You can vote at It will be listed under Hip Hop:Dwayne Henry:Gaithersburg, MD:Contradictions. The 12 Lennon Award Winners will be announced on May 1st and then go on to compete for the Maxell Song of the Year and $20,000.

Similarly, in February 2006, Storm received the rap/hip-hop artist of the year award from the Washington Area Music Association. WAMA is a non-profit tax exempt organization of music industry professionals committed to raising the profile of the region's diverse music community. WAMA's main goal is to promote Washington area music in general and to achieve national recognition of the region as an important center for live and recorded music. Just as the nation's capital is comprised of a rich cross section of cultures, WAMA's membership embraces all musical styles from classical, bluegrass, go-go, R&B and Reggae, to Rock, Jazz and Folk.

Seizing the momentum from his recent accolades, Storm The Unpredictable will release a video for his latest release, Get Your Weight Up (Remix) & In Case You Forgot f/Priest da nomad on March 22, 2006; you can view the video by clicking here: . In Case You Forgot? is the lead-single from Storms forthcoming sophomore release, A2: What Should Have Been, which will be released in the Spring of 2006 on Ty-She Ent./SPP Waxworks/Domination Recordings and the joint venture will ensure Storms sophomore LP has a national and international presence in regular retail outlets, chains, mom-and-pop stores as well as online stores. A2: What Should Have Been will feature production and guest appearances from Decompose (DC), Brainstorm Sounds, DJ Symphoni, Danja Mowf, C. Walker a.k.a. Kokayi, The Unknown and Priest da nomad.

For any press inquires please contact:
Matt Conaway@ Movement Marketing
Business #: 410-360-5957
Cell#: 410-903-7568
Alt E-Mail:
AOL IM: Matthewbrn

Hood Certified DVD $20,000 Sponsorship

Manhattan, NY - Hood Certified DVD series and Bacardi USA are proud to announced their sponsorship of super producer Dame Grease as a sponsor to Dame Grease's $20,000 hip hop production track giveaway.

If a book on hip hop was to be written today then Dame Grease's name would certainly be mentioned in the top 10 list of raps most successful producers. Having Produced major hits for the likes of Nas, LL Cool J, Fat Joe, Juelz Santana, Mase, the Notorious BIG and of course DMX not to mention the countless movies that he has musically scored.

Dame Grease reached out to, one of the fastest growing social networking website in order to make his track easily accessible to the thousands of unsigned rappers that frequent the site. Bacardi USA, the liquor company and Hood Certified DVD ( ) are also part of the equation that made this $20,000 production track giveaway contest possible. When asked why they've decided to support Supper Producer Dame Grease in this rare giveaway, Roc Cayard, the Executive Producer of the Hood Certified DVD and Mixtape series says that " Dame Grease is one of the most talented and most successful rap producers out there and with his track record Dame gets no less then $20,000 per track, so for Dame to give up a $20,000 track to some kid that would probably not be able to afford or have access to such grade A material is just remarkable. The Hood Certified DVD series is proud to support Dame Grease's love for hip hip and his appreciation for the struggle of the unsigned artist". The winner of this contest will be invited to come record a full demo album exclusively produced by the platinum producer Dame Grease himself.

Contact - Nadine Robertson
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Phone (212)300-7011


The 12th CD, My Ghetto Report Card (Sick Wid It Records/BME Recordings/Warner Bros. Records), by platinum-selling E-40 debuts at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Charts (#3 on Billboard 200 Chart), a first for the Ambassador Of The Bay.

Released March 14, 2006, My Ghetto Report Card, teams E-40 with BME Recordings head Lil Jon, who executive produced the CD (also features production by Lil Jon, Rick Rock, E-40s son Droop-e of the Pharmasuticles, mainstay Bosko, and Studio Tone with guest features by Mike Jones, T. Pain, Keak Da Sneak, Turf Talk, Juelz Santana, B-Legit, The Federation, 8Ball, and UGK).

The video for the first single from My Ghetto Report Card, Tell Me When To Go, which features Keak Da Sneak, was recently shot by Lil Jon and Director, Bernard Gourley (Lyfe Jennings, Three 6 Mafia, Beanie Siegle). The video introduces the world to the Hyphy movement in the Bay: its a movement. It's a culture. It's the way we talk. It's superflambosta. It's really just stunting to the up-most degree. It's showboating and showcasing. It's wardrobe. It's however you feeling. It's energy. It's a dance, several different phases of it, you dig? It's cars. It's showing off. It's whatever. It's Hyphy says E-40.

My Ghetto Report Card highlights the Bay Area natives trademark style: E-40 acts as ringmaster with slick wordplay, street smarts and sly humor. He has long been at the head of his class; now he's graduating to the next level, raves Steve Jones in USA Today, while San Francisco Weeklys Tamara Palmer says, My Ghetto Report Card will go down in history as the album that helped Bay Area hip hop reclaim its place on the national stage.

Great early support from MTV and MTV2, puts the Tell Me When 2 Go into the Elite 8 Rotation on MTV2 (Highest Rotation). Also supporting the early buzz was an aggressive new media campaign, including Myspaces first ever Hip Hop video feature on Myspace Music page, front page feature for a Flyaway contest, and a front page feature for the Album Listening Party hosted by Lil Jon. On iTunes, 40 Bellafonte was at the helm of "Bay Area Hyphy Movement" feature, where 40 picked artists to be featured with for week of release. In the coming months 40 Water will be on the cover of Rime, Murder Dog, and XLR8R. He is currently on the cover of Synthesis and has graced the covers of the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly. He also has lead features in Dub, Vibe, The Source, and XXL.

Want more? A special called Hype on Hyphy is being produced by Warner Bros. and will be available as a DVD, along with the video and making of the video. And to educate the masses on his diverse lingo, E-40 has a book of slang called E-40s Dictionary Book of Slang, Vol. 1 that will hit stores around the time of the album release on Warner Books (will also be available in audio form).


JAKKS(TM) Puts the ''D-O-Double G'' in Pet Products with New Snoop Dogg Line

MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 22, 2006--JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq:JAKK) has signed a worldwide licensing agreement to develop and market pet products based on the iconic rap artist and music mogul, Snoop Dogg. The agreement covers products marketed under JAKKS Pacific's(TM) JPI(TM) pet division.

The new pet products deal will cover toys, beds, leashes, apparel, treats and more for dogs. JAKKS expects to begin shipping the Snoop Dogg-branded pet line in 2006 to retail locations nationwide.

"Snoop Dogg's love goes beyond people -- it is for living creatures throughout the universe," stated Snoop Dogg. "How can I be Snoop Dogg and not show my love for pets?"

Jennifer Richmond, senior vice president of licensing and media, JAKKS Pacific, Inc., commented, "We think Snoop Dogg will be a perfect complement to our new pet line, and our team is really excited to develop and market what we expect will be an urban and edgy line. Initially, we'll look to sell the Snoop Dogg line into mass retailers and pet superstores. However, we hope to reach even wider distribution to music, novelty and other specialty outlets with a strong, irreverent line."

SNOOP DOGG released the highly anticipated solo record "Snoop Dogg R&G: Rhythm & Gangsta The Masterpiece" in November 2004. The first single off the album, "Drop It Like It's Hot," created tremendous buzz on the radio and in the streets, remaining in top 5 on the Billboard charts and at #1 on Urban radio for several weeks. "Drop It Like It's Hot," helped position the album to be a huge chart-topping success. Another recent venture for Snoop is the creation of the Snoop Youth Football league, a project that is close to his heart. The SYFL is a youth football league aimed at kids who otherwise could not afford to play in other organized youth leagues. In addition to being an icon in hip hop, Snoop is accomplished as an actor and MTV show host.

The agreement was brokered by Snoop Dogg's agents at the William Morris Agency.

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. is a multi-brand company that designs and markets a broad range of toys and consumer products. The product categories include: Action Figures, Art Activity Kits, Stationery, Writing Instruments, Performance Kites, Water Toys, Sports Activity Toys, Vehicles, Infant/Pre-School, Plush, Construction Toys, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, and Pet Toys and Accessories. The products are sold under various brand names including JAKKS Pacific(R), Play Along(R), Flying Colors(R), Creative Designs International(TM), Road Champs(R), Child Guidance(R), Pentech(R), Trendmasters(R), Toymax(R), Funnoodle(R), Go Fly a Kite(R), Color Workshop(R), JPI(TM) and Plug It In & Play TV Games(TM). JAKKS and THQ Inc. participate in a joint venture that has worldwide rights to publish and market World Wrestling Entertainment video games. For further information, visit

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS' business based, in part, on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of JAKKS' future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above and the following: changes in demand for JAKKS' products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing and difficulties encountered in the integration of acquired businesses. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and JAKKS does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Genna Rosenberg, 310-455-6235
Integrated Corporate Relations
John Mills, 310-395-2215

Ice Cube Rides on Spike TV!

Actor/Recording Artist To Host And Perform At Spike TV's AutoRox

The Only Nationally Televised Auto Awards Show To Be Telecast

April 18 at 10:00pm ET/PT

Star Studded Event To Be Taped At the Fremont Experience in Las Vegas

NEW YORK, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Acclaimed actor and musician, Ice Cube, will host and perform at Spike TV's second annual AutoRox, the only nationally televised awards show honoring and celebrating America's passion for the automobile. For the first time ever, Ice Cube will perform live his new singles "Chrome and Paint" and "Why We Thugs" off of his forthcoming solo LP, "Laugh Now, Cry Later" which will be released on June 6, 2006.

The 90-minute show, to be taped on April 7 at the Fremont Experience in downtown Las Vegas, will air TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (10:00-11:30pm ET/PT) on Spike TV. The star-studded homage to cars will feature categories including Best Luxury Car, Hottest Exotic, Convertible, Sports Car, SUV's, and others.

The 2006 show has moved from Los Angeles to the exciting streets of downtown Las Vegas. A panel of over 30 high-ranking auto industry executives, designers, media and celebrities will vote on the deserving nominees, to be announced shortly. One industry icon, chosen for their major contributions to the automotive world, will be recognized. The 2005 recipient was legendary racer and car builder Carroll Shelby.

Dave Broome ("Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope," "The Radio Music Awards") and Casey Patterson, Senior Vice President of Event Production and Talent, Development, Spike TV, are Executive Producers for AutoRox. Allen Newman serves as Executive in Charge of Production and Ryan Polito is Director.

"AutoRox will celebrate guys' lifelong love affair with chrome, wheels and gears," said Patterson. "Our host Ice Cube is truly passionate about cars and where better than Vegas to make this an all out celebration with big musical performances and the hottest cars of the year."

Spike TV is home to many of cable's top-rated auto-related programming as part of its "Power Block" hosted by Courtney Hanson, including Horsepower TV, Trucks!, Muscle Car, and Extreme 4X4.


Ice Cube makes his highly anticipated return to the mic with the debut of his seventh solo LP, titled "Laugh Now, Cry Later." The new album will be released by Ice Cube's independently owned label, Lench Mob Records, and will hit shelves on June 6th. Boasting production from top level producers like Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and Lil' Jon, and featuring guests Snoop Dogg and WC, Ice Cube will showcase his creative and lyrical genius throughout 18 solid tracks.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ice Cube came into public notice as a singer and songwriter in the landmark hip-hop group N.W.A. After a number of hit songs and albums, Ice Cube left the band to pursue a solo career. Alone, he created commercially and critically acclaimed albums, selling over 15 million copies. His fourth album, "The Predator," sold five million copies alone and entered the Billboard Charts at #1.

Ice Cube began acting in 1990, starting with his award winning performance in Boyz n the Hood. This led to roles in such films as Trespass (1994), Higher Learning (1995), Dangerous Ground (1997) Anaconda (1997) and Three Kings (1999) to name a few. His on screen credits include developing and producing Friday (1995), Next Friday (1999), Friday After Next (2005), Barbershop (2002) and last year's big box office hit, Are We There Yet? (2005) through his own production company, Cube Vision.


Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 88 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.

Source: Spike TV

CONTACT: David Schwarz, Spike TV, +1-212-767-8639; or Bobby Amirshahi,
Spike TV, LA, +1-310-407-4727

Web site:

Bone Crusher Set to Hit the Streets with the Re-Launch of Vainglorious Entertainment

Bonecrusher seeks the spotlight with the re-launch of his record label and his new hit "Get up on it" with super-producer Lil Jon.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 22, 2006 -- Wayne Hardnett P.K.A. Bone Crusher, maker of the street phenomenon Never Scared and manager Aneesah Bray set to re-launch record label with private investors.

The label, aptly named Vainglorious Entertainment, was started in 1998 solely owned by the two but has re-launched with investors and new artists but with Hardnett and Bray as principal holders.
Vainglorious Entertainment also has a sister company called Enjoi Enterprises which is a film development company.

The label's first signings are Atlanta Hype hip hop group Tezy and Yung 20, Philly phenomenon The Great Sean Falyon and 6 tall model turned rapper Priscila Divine.

Bone Crusher says Aneesah and I took our time choosing artists that best fit our company. We have BIG ideas you know and when the label first started, I was the only artist. I recorded Never Scared then Break em off entered the deal, then SoSo Def, then Arista. My label got pushed to the side because of all the hype of the song.
Since then I have had time to sit with the greats like Kevin Lyles, Russell Simmons and LA Reid and truly understand this business.

"Aneesah says, When an artist starts his or her own label as soon as their song hits the street, the artist ends up in competition with his or her artists. You end up having a bunch of artist that sound like that one artist. All of our artists sound different than Bone Crusher. Our goal is to offer a variety of sounds like the big labels do. We dont want to stop at rap.

Although a distribution deal may be seen in the future, we are currently using private investors to re-launch the label. We are an indie label at heart. We can get as creative as we like and there is no pressure. If we sign talented artists and get lucky, then thats great.

Bone Crusher is currently an artist under BMG and he likes it there, so talks may arise but for now there is no need to spend $500,000 for a look-alike video. Black people and the hip hop culture can appreciate uniqueness, even though people would like to say that we dont. No one wants to see the same thing in every video. We [Vainglorious] flourish on creativity and an artists own style.

The label's staff is primarily Bone Crusher (Money Man) as A&R (artists and repertoire) and Aneesah Bray (Boss Lady) as Executive Chair.
For the investors, the label opens up a new avenue of revenue with minimum investment.

"With radio being what it is, it's not necessarily about going to radio with a record," Bone Crusher says. "It's about developing artists from the ground up, and this gives us that opportunity. We can keep things initially under the radar without the pressures and expectations of a major."

The label's first releases, Sean Falyons Tic Toc featuring platinum artist Lloyd and Tezy & Yung 20s Goodbye featuring Cutty come out May 1.

Bone Crusher new hit single Get up on it with super-producer Lil Jon can be heard on your local hip hop radio station. He is also slated for the next Celebrity Fit Club series on VH1.

Aneesah is currently working on the 2nd annual Atlanta Hip Hop Film Festival April 28th -30th and is executive producer on a new cooking show featuring "Bone Crusher" called "Crashing the Kitchen with Bone Crusher".


Aneesah Bray - Hardnett

Music Mogul and Pop Culture Icon Diddy to Host Diddy and Friends at The Coca-Cola Presents The ESSENCE Music Festival

Also Performing at the Festival New Edition, Bobby Brown, Jaheim and Chris Brown

Plus 'Now or Never! The ESSENCE Call to Action to Secure our Children' Initiative Empowerment Seminars Featuring Magic Johnson, Jamie Foxx and Shemar Moore

A Bigger Party and a Deeper Purpose!

July 1, 2 and 3 in Houston, Texas

NEW YORK, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Essence Festivals, LLC., announced today that music mogul and pop culture icon Diddy will host Diddy and Friends at the Coca-Cola Presents the 2006 Essence Music Festival. New Edition and Bobby Brown (featuring a rare reunion performance), Jaheim and Chris Brown will also perform at the Festival along with previously announced artists Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Cedric "The Entertainer," Keyshia Cole, Earth Wind & Fire, Steve Harvey, LL Cool J, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Mo'Nique and Charlie Wilson. This year's awe-inspiring celebration, set for July 1, 2, and 3 in Houston, Texas, will be a "bigger party with a deeper purpose."

The theme for the Empowerment Seminars will be "Now or Never! The ESSENCE Call To Action To Secure Our Children," and will feature Magic Johnson, Jamie Foxx and Shemar Moore.

The night-by-night main stage schedule of performances is as follows:

Mary J. Blige
Earth, Wind & Fire
LL Cool J
Yolanda Adams

Diddy and Friends
New Edition
Bobby Brown
Steve Harvey
Chris Brown

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Toni Braxton
Cedric the Entertainer
Charlie Wilson
Keyshia Cole

Lounge artists will be announced in upcoming weeks.

"Now or Never! The ESSENCE Call to Action to Secure Our Children" initiative is designed to help rescue vulnerable youth and restore the lives of Hurricane Katrina survivors, while addressing critical issues facing Black America. From poverty and unemployment to the culture of violence, unequal educational systems and the ongoing affects of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina -- all represent a cry for help that can no longer be ignored. Magic Johnson, Jamie Foxx and Shemar Moore are joining forces with ESSENCE to challenge Festivalgoers to come, listen, learn and choose their method of support from reliable national organizations, including the NAACP and the National Urban League. Seminar attendees will also hear from other celebrities, activists, scholars, politicians, business and spiritual leaders who will work with the "Now or Never!" initiative, and make a commitment to take a united stand.

The Essence Marketplace will showcase artists from throughout the country who offer an array of quality arts and crafts that reflect Black culture. The marketplace will also include sponsor activities, celebrity meet-and-greets, Festival souvenirs and a book fair with author book signings.

The Festival, set for July 1, 2 and 3, will take place in its new interim home, state-of-the-art Reliant Park in Houston, Texas -- a city with a dynamic melting pot of cultures and a venue for world-class shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

The Coca-Cola Presents the Essence Music Festival, known as "the party with a purpose," is the nation's largest annual African-American event and the largest gathering of musical talent in the world. The Festival has become a destination of choice for families and friends as they schedule their reunions. This multigenerational Festival offers free inspirational and interactive Empowerment Seminars during the day and exciting performances at night, where Festivalgoers can dance and sing along with the biggest names in entertainment -- R&B, classic soul, hip-hop, neo-soul and jazz.

Tickets are on sale at, (800) 488-5252 or (713) 629-3700 in Houston. Tickets are $45, $56, $67, $72, $83, and $110. All tickets are subject to additional service charges. For hotel accommodations, call (888) 508-5731. For more information, see the May 2006 issue of ESSENCE or log on to

The Coca-Cola Company is the Festival's presenting sponsor for the ninth consecutive year. The Coca-Cola Presents the 2006 Essence Music Festival's major sponsors are Budweiser, Kraft Foods, Chevrolet, McDonald's and Verizon Communications. In addition, Level Vodka, Southwest, U.S. Army and Wells Fargo will serve as official sponsors for the Festival. Additional sponsors will be announced at a later date.

The Coca-Cola Presents the 2006 Essence Music Festival is produced by Essence Festivals, LLC., in association with Festival Productions of New Orleans. Essence Festivals, LLC., is a division of Essence Communications Inc. (ECI). ECI is also the publisher of ESSENCE magazine. ESSENCE, after 35 years, continues to be the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women.

Source: Essence Festivals, LLC.

CONTACT: Rhonda Evans, +1-212-522-0870,, or Sheila
Harris, +1-212-522-1089,, both of ESSENCE

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Mobile Streams Commissions NEXXT: The Hip Hop Mobile Series

Moboreality series stars hip hop sensation The G.R.i.T. Boys.

New York, NY (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) March 22, 2006 -- Mobile Streams Inc., the global mobile media specialist, announced today that they have commissioned The Nickels Group to produce the reality mobile programme, NEXXT: The Hip Hop Mobile Series. NEXXT will offer mobile users an exclusive entre into the hip hop world of Houston rappers The G.R.i.T. Boys. The NEXXT series is expected to premier in summer 2006 and will be available via carriers and direct to consumer placement.

NEXXT is the first reality mobile series of its kind. It will feature 52 2-3 minute episodes following the lives of The G.R.i.T. Boys, Ghetto Reality in Texas, and their struggle to become big time hip hop stars. MTV favorite Paul Wall is producing, developing and promoting The G.R.i.T. Boys, individually known as Poppy, Scooby, Unique and Yung Red under the label Mobetta Grooves & Co.

The G.R.i.T. Boys are a reality rap group, said Paul Wall, they talk about real life situations, no exaggerations. They are something that the Houston rap scene really needs right now.

NEXXT will follow The G.R.i.T. Boys over six months and explore all aspects of their hip hop lifestyle, with the gritty Houston streets serving as a dramatic urban backdrop. The show will also feature surprise guest appearances from emerging hip hop artists as well as some of its biggest stars. In addition to watching the series, mobile users will also be able to download exclusive NEXXT ringtones and wallpaper content.

By creating the NEXXT series, Mobile Streams will provide a valuable platform for indie artists to gain exposure to potentially hundreds of millions of mobile phone users around the world, said Daryl Dogman Young, co-founder of The Nickels Group, As a result of these direct relationships with mobile users, the indies will be able to command larger royalties from digital music sales in future deals with major labels.

The future of mobile content is made-for-mobile content, said Simon Buckingham, CEO of Mobile Steams, Were thrilled to collaborate with The Nickels Group on NEXXT the first ever reality mobile series and look forward to watching the story unfold.

About Mobile Streams
Mobile Streams is a leading provider of music, comedy, sport and entertainment content to handsets and other wireless devices, whose mobile expertise and distribution platform, Vuesia, is used globally by some of the world's largest media groups and mobile phone networks including Vodafone, and 3 in the UK, America Movil, Movistar & TIM in Latin America, Fido & Rogers in Canada and Dobson in the US.

Vuesia is Mobile Streams full service enterprise mobile media management solution. Vuesia facilitates content ingestion, management, delivery, billing and reporting.

The Company creates, licenses and delivers quality content to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and consumers in the form of ringtones, graphics, video clips and other products. It has developed relationships with both content owners and MNOs which enable it to act as an intermediary, providing an end-to-end service encompassing a broad range of elements from content licensing to content production, account management and channel management.

Mobile Streams has subsidiaries in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia and has approximately 80 employees.

For more information please go to

About The Nickels Group
The Nickels Group is a consortium of film, music and event producers who produce and acquire traditional and mobile/online content. Founded by Daryl Young and Jonas Hudson, The Nickels Group has created alliances with celebrities, filmmakers, musicians and athletes to provide unique and entertaining content for all global mediums from digital distribution to major theatrical film releases.

The Nickels Group mobile distribution reaches nearly 850 million users worldwide.

Current Nickels Group projects include the feature documentary film "Reggaeton Nation: Volume 1 - Cuba" and the first Reggaeton based feature narrative "Spin" (currently in Post-Production). Plus, the hottest Reggaeton compilation entitled "Reggaeton Nation compilation CD - Stars of 2006 Vol.1".


Mobile Streams:
John Forrester
+1 323 702-3684

The Nickels Group:
Jonas Hudson
+1 310 200-4570

Fox Searchlight Pictures Promotes Zola Mashariki to Vice President of Production

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 22, 2006--Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production, Claudia Lewis, announced today that Zola Mashariki has been promoted to Vice President of Production, reporting to Lewis.
Said Claudia Lewis, "We are thrilled to promote Zola, who started here as an intern five years ago and has been skyrocketing her way to the top ever since. With her creativity and intelligence, she has proven to be an integral part of our team, and we are so proud that she will continue to make the distinctive films she is known for."

Added Mashariki, "When I left my legal career, I took a leap of faith and landed at a remarkable company. Fox Searchlight is my home and I love being able to make truly innovative and creative movies here. Peter Rice and Claudia Lewis have taught me what it takes to be a great production executive and I am honored to be a part of the Searchlight team as we move forward."

Mashariki began her tenure at Fox Searchlight in May 2000 as a production intern, was upped to Creative Executive in January 2001, and to Director in November 2003. Amongst the titles she has worked on are Bill Condon's KINSEY; Jim Sheridan's thrice Oscar(R)-nominated IN AMERICA; the multiple award-winning ANTWONE FISHER; LE DIVORCE, starring Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts; NEVER DIE ALONE, starring DMX and David Arquette; and THE CLEARING, starring Academy Award(R) winner Robert Redford, Helen Mirren and Willem Dafoe.

Mashariki's current projects include: PHAT GIRLZ, starring the outrageous comedic talents of Mo'Nique and set for an April 7 release; and Academy Award(R)-nominated director Mira Nair's THE NAMESAKE, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's novel of the same name. Upcoming films under Mashariki include I THINK I LOVE MY WIFE, starring and co-written by Chris Rock; and THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., the story of the life and death of infamous hip hop rapper Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.

Prior to Fox Searchlight, Mashariki worked as a corporate attorney for Proskauer Rose LLP in New York. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and received her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a filmmaker-oriented company that focuses on distinctive films helmed by world-class auteurs and exciting newcomers. It has its own marketing, distribution and publicity operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Angela Johnson, 310-369-5178


VMAs Set To Hit Music Fans With Biggest Party of the Year

Live August 31, 2006 at 8pm (ET/PT)

2006 VMAs to Live On MTV, MTV2, mtvU, mtvU ber,,

MTV Overdrive, Wireless, and More

New York, NY March 22, 2006 Christina Norman, President, MTV, today announced that the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards will return to New York City. The 23rd annual awards show will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, August 31st at 8PM (ET/PT). The return of the VMAs marks the 13th time that the star studded music awards show will be held in New York City and the 10th time at the Radio City Music Hall. Host, performers, nominees, and presenters for the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards will be announced soon.

The 2006 VMAs will be a multi-screen experience for fans that will live and breathe on every single MTV platform - MTV, MTV2, mtvU, mtvUber,, MTV Overdrive, wireless, and more! More details on the VMAs multi-screen elements will be announced shortly.

The VMAs are always the biggest party of the year and in 2006 we will take the show to unprecedented levels with fans interacting with music and stars through every single screen of MTV, said Norman. The 2006 VMAs will take advantage of the new ways the MTV audience is connecting with entertainment broadband, wireless, online these additional platforms will make this years show even more interactive and engaging, beaming the insanity directly to fans.

New York City is our hometown and we are really looking to showcase the music, culture, and people from every borough of this amazing city on TV, online, broadband, and wireless to fans around the globe, Norman continued.

We are proud that MTV has made New York City its home for the past 25 years, and once again has selected the Big Apple as host for the 23rd Annual MTV Video Music Awards, said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. An event of this magnitude and cultural importance will generate tremendous media exposure and with the thousands of visitors expected will yield a positive economic impact projected in excess of $25 million.

We welcome the MTV Video Music Awards back to worlds most powerful and commanding stage, said NYC Big Events President, Maureen J. Reidy. With New York Citys passion and enthusiasm and our planned celebrations, this year is sure to be the best ever.

Utilizing the well-established business model created by NYC Big Events, a series of events and promotions is being planned for the months and weeks leading up to the live telecast. Extending far beyond the walls of Radio City Music Hall, all New Yorkers and visitors alike will have the opportunity to participate in special MTV performances, exhibits, educational and sporting activities.

"We are proud to welcome MTV's Video Music Awards back home tothe Showplace of the Nation, Radio City Music Hall," said Jay Marciano, president, Radio City Entertainment. "Combining one of the world'spremiere theatres with one of the most anticipated award shows of the year is the perfectformula formaking music historyand welook forward to another 10 years ofmemorable VMA momentsatRadio City."

The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards premiere telecast was the #1 rated cable program for 2005 among 12-34 year olds, and beat out all cable and broadcast programming in this demo for the night according to Nielsen Media Research. Online, garnered over 45 million page views the day after the 2005 VMAs, breaking all previous records, and almost 19 million page views the day of the event, marking a 56% increase vs. 2004. In addition, the My VMAs content on MTV Overdrive, the network's broadband channel, delivered an impressive 13 million unique streams of VMA content.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the worlds leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

NYC Big Events, Inc. is the City's official organization dedicated to attracting high-profile events, creating new ones and working with existing major New York City events. NYC Big Events' most recent successes include the 2005 Country Music Association Awards, the Worldwide Premiere of Peter Jacksons King Kong in Times Square, the 2005 VH1 Save the Music Benefit Concert, the 2004 Republican National Convention, and the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.

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For MTV:

Jennifer DeGuzman

Graham James

For The City of New York:
Jennifer Falk
Mayors Press Office
(212) 788-2958

For Radio City Music Hall:
Mikyl Cordova

First Connecticut Hip Hop Record Release To Receive National Promotion

Connecticut hip hop record label, THA ZOO Records, is announcing the first EP record release that will be marketed to the entire nation from Connecticut. The EP features Gat Murdah, a controversial gangsta rap artist who hails from Bedford Stuyvesant - Brooklyn, New York, the same neighborhood as the late Notorious B.I.G. and hip hop mogul Jay Z. The EP is called Murdah Iz Da Streets: the 1st Degree. The official release date is set for April 1, 2006.

Hartford, CT (PRWEB) March 22, 2006 -- Connecticut hip hop record label, THA ZOO Records, is announcing the first EP record release that will be marketed to the entire nation from Connecticut. The EP features Gat Murdah, a controversial gangsta rap artist who hails from Bedford Stuyvesant - Brooklyn, New York, the same neighborhood as the late Notorious B.I.G. and hip hop mogul Jay Z. The EP is called Murdah Iz Da Streets: the 1st Degree. The official release date is set for April 1, 2006.

The campaign supporting the release is currently known throughout Brooklyn, NY as the Get A Gat promotion campaign, and it is expected to draw protests as Get A Gat t-shirts and stickers are distributed by the thousands throughout the northeast.

THA ZOO Records is known throughout Connecticut for the many well attended hip hop events produced throughout the past 5 years, and for Connecticut compilation albums featuring numerous Connecticut artists. The first Annual Hartford Hip Hop Festival was the last produced event, and brought thousands of New England hip hop enthusiasts to the Adriennes Landing Hartford riverfront. The show was headlined by Gat Murdah as well as Connecticut R&B star Xavier Aeon.

The EP will be promoted to non-commercial radio stations throughout the country. The record has already received a large amount of radio play in the state of Connecticut and New York, and DJs all over the country have been requesting the music. The full length LP will be released in 2007 with support from a major record label pending negotiations.

Gat Murdah is opening for reggae artist Sean Paul on Wednesday March, 22 2006 at the Webster Theatre in Hartford.

The promotional EP will be given away for free to all residents of Connecticut and New York. More information is available through

Contact Info:
THA ZOO Records
Manchester, CT 06040


Meet the dynamic duo of Jeff & Toure as they stumble through Manhattan,
Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. Toure is dropping a new anthology
of his classic hip-hop journalism, "Never Drank The Kool-Aid". Jeff is
still hawking that Can't Stop Won't Stop thing. Need more data? Check

March 22, 2006, 6:00PM
TALK WITH TOURE (Author of "Never Drank The Kool-Aid") & BOOKSIGNING ::
Hue-Man Bookstore (Harlem, NY)

March 23, 2006, 7:00PM
York, NY)
Special Guest: Alan Light
Music by DJ Qool Marv
Alcohol May Be Involved

March 25, 2006, 7:00PM
TALK & BOOK SIGNING :: Haymarket Forum at Galapagos Art
Space (Williamsburg, NY)

March 28, 2006, 7:00PM
TALK WITH TOURE & BOOKSIGNING :: University Bookstore (Seattle, WA)

March 29, 2006, 7:30PM
TALK WITH TOURE & BOOKSIGNING :: Powell's City of Books (Portland, OR)

April 6, 2006, 7:30PM
LECTURE :: Carleton College (Minnesota)
Multicultural Speakers Series

April 29, 2006
TALK WITH TOURE & BOOKSIGNING :: Los Angeles Times Book Festival

Spread the word, fall through & bring a friend!

From Can't Stop Won't Stop.

World Hip Hop Championship

This summer hundreds of street and studio dancers from across America and around the globe will come together in Los Angeles for the 2006 USA and World Hip Hop Championships. Dance crews from 25 nations including China, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, New Zealand, Philippines and others will serve up old school and new school moves in two minute performances hoping to take home the world title and international bragging rights.

Qualifying rounds for the USA Championships begin Thursday, July 27. All medallists and up to the first six placing crews will advance to represent the USA in the World Championships July 29 and 30. Added this year to the USA and World Hip Hop Championships is the World Bboy/Bgirl Battle for crews of 4-6 members - this will take place on Friday, July 28.

The four days of events include panel discussions with some of the most respected living legends and icons of hip hop dance as well as workshops featuring old school and new school's most celebrated dancers and choreographers.Above allyour crews will meet and network withothers from around the worldwho are equallypassionate about the hip hop culture and dance.

For more information please visit Hip Hop International's website www.hiphopinternational.comor call us at 1.800.NOW-JUMP (800.669.5867).

NuEra Entertainment gives artists Chance to Win Cash Prize at Emcee Hip-Hop Rap Battle

MEMPHIS, Tn., March 21, 2006 - -- Calling out all the toughest MC and Unsigned Artists. WANNA BATTLE? NuEra Entertainment is presenting a Hip-Hop Rap Battle going down at the Complex this Friday, March 24, 2006 located at 704 Madison in Downtown, Memphis, TN.
The battle will also include special performances including a performance by Hill Mob from Hillboy Records and Industry Executives will be in the house scouting for hot talent for upcoming nationally distributed mixtapes and recording deals including 2 Shay (CEO of Memphis Sound Records), Reggie (Mac) of Fatmac Entertainment LLC and more. The winner of the Emcee Hip-Hop Rap Battle will also receive a $200 cash prize and championship award trophy!

Admission to the Complex is 10.00 and the entry fee to enter the battle will only be 15.00 per person. All participants must sign up before 9:30pm. The Battle will begin at 9:45pm. REMEMBER to bring your DEMO(s) because there will be top-notch award-winning producers in the house!

For more information contact: KayDee @ 901-487-3833.

NOTE: Performance slots available, any artists who want to perform before the producers should contact Kaydee in advance.
So lets get ready to rumble!

Once again...
WHO: Calling out all MCs/Unsigned Artists and Fans
WHAT: Hip Hop Rap Battle :: A freestyle battle for real emcees
WHEN: Friday, March 24, 2006
WHERE: The Complex, 704 Madison Ave. Downtown, Memphis, TN
TIME: Doors open @ 8:00pm, Emcee battle starts at 9:45
PRICE: $10.00 Admission, $15 to enter the Rap Battle
PRIZES/AWARDS: Rap Battle championship trophy and $200.00 cash!
MORE INFORMATION: KayDee @ 901-487-3833



APRIL 11TH 2006
New York, NY- Veteran West Coast rapper TOO $hort is set to release Gangsters and Strippers? feature Shorts Up All Nite Crew April 11TH , 2006. The Up All Night Crew? is an elite crew of MCs from the Bay Area and Atlanta, Ga. Staying true to the title, this album satisfies the ears of everyone it aims to please. The Gangsters get some shine on trunk-rattlers like "What's That About", "It's the Mob" from the Murder Mob and Moven featuring Boo Ski of Murder Mob. While the Strippers get some music courtesy of The Pack's "Booty Bounce Bopper" and the collaborative effort "Sugar Daddy".

"Sure the songs are explicit, but they are very specific as well," insists $hort. "In the process of making the music we'd leave the studio and go to the strip club or run the streets. So naturally, we chose to come up with the sounds and concepts that go along with late night behavior."

While the vivid lyrics on Gangsters & Strippers succeed in painting pictures of the fast-paced lifestyle it chronicles, the accompanying DVD will drive the point home.

Instead of boring viewers with unnecessary dialogues and choppy footage, the Gangsters & Strippers DVD is filmed in the vein of a CD that you just pop in the deck and let ride.

Surely, Gangsters & Strippers is not suitable for minors and may turn away those unfamiliar with Too $hort's entertainment legacy. That being said, $hort assures his true fans that this project is strictly for them.

"The whole object of Gangsters & Strippers is me getting back to my roots," says $hort. "I live and die by the funk but I also roll with the trends. At the end of the day, I'm a music man and a music fan."

For interviews, press kits, or more information on TOO $hort and the Up All Nite Crew, please contact Brian Gilmore @ 212-280-3838; email

Brian Gilmore
212-280-3838 office
347-837-0050 cell pager

Bitter Vibes Blog Critiques the new issue of the Ave

The widely read bittervibes blog, a open diary critiquing numerous
entertainment, music and celebrity topics, [including a never ending
tirade against VIBE magazine] has given the Ave Magazine its ever so
elusive stamp of approval.

Hanif Sumner, Publicity
| 172 5th Ave, #3
| Brooklyn, NY 11217
"the ave magazine" - a street movement in print"


Honda Civic Tour Gives Fans Exclusive Opportunities to be Part of the Black Eyed Peas Experience

Spring's Hottest Ticket is Going Fast, Sold-Out Shows in Chicago, Boston, New York, Detroit, Phoenix, Reno, Fairfield, CT and Verona, NY

Due to High Demand Show Just Added, April 19th at Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA

LOS ANGELES, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Bringing one of the world's hottest groups to the stage, this year's Honda Civic Tour is all about the fans, guaranteeing them a unique, interactive concert experience. The Honda Civic Tour is introducing text-to-screen capabilities allowing personal fan messages and pictures to be displayed on big screens inside each venue, making fans part of what's been dubbed "Honda Civic Tour Black Eyed Peas TV".


Honda Civic is taking the concert experience to the next level by allowing fans a chance to get up close and personal with The Black Eyed Peas. Radio stations in several select markets are offering opportunities for contestants to become official Honda Civic Tour correspondents for the station. Each lucky fan will be invited to meet the band and have their picture taken as well as conduct an on-air report following the show on their local radio station. The winner's tour diary and photo with the band will be added to the Honda Civic Tour website commemorating the experience. In addition, several major lifestyle publications and Interscope Records are offering fly-away promotions in which grand prize winners will receive a trip for two to the final Honda Civic Tour date with the Black Eyed Peas in Denver.

If that's not enough for fans -- The Black Eyed Peas customized and autographed Civic Hybrid, featured in the "Pump It" video, will be on display at each venue along the tour where an electronic kiosk will be set up for on- site registration. Fans can also enter to win the Honda Civic Hybrid by logging on to This Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 48 Contiguous United States, including the District of Columbia, who were licensed drivers, 18 years of age or older as of February 14, 2006.

Tickets for the 2006 Honda Civic Tour are selling out venues across the country. Eager to get down with The Black Eyed Peas, fans in Chicago, Boston, New York, Detroit, Phoenix, Reno, Fairfield, CT and Verona, NY have scooped up tickets in record numbers at these sold-out venues. With several more shows close to being sold-out, fans need to get their tickets while they last.

Due to high demand the tour is adding show dates. The Black Eyed Peas will be performing at Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA on April 19th. There will be an additional date added in the Midwest on May 3rd, check for updates.

Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda now employs more than 30,000 associates in North America. Honda currently has 12 manufacturing plants in North America, producing automobiles, light trucks, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, engines, transmissions and other components. Nearly 8 of 10 Honda and Acura cars and light trucks sold in America are assembled in North America as well. Many of these products are now designed and developed at one of Honda's U.S. R&D centers. Honda annually purchases more than $12 billion in parts and materials from suppliers in North America.

Produced by ignition, Inc., the Honda Civic Tour now in its 6th consecutive year brings innovation and environmental consciousness to the masses by combining the hottest in automotive technology with the hottest in music. The Honda Civic was recently recognized as the prestigious 2006 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Honda is also proudly introducing an impressive new Civic Hybrid for 2006 that is more than a redesign; it's a reinvention.

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Source: Honda

CONTACT: Lauren Ceradini, +1-212-445-8418, or, or Jason Padgitt, +1-310-854-8140, or, or Heather Lewandoski +1-310-854-8147, or, all of Rogers & Cowan for Honda Civic Tour; or
Hillary Siskind for The Black Eyed Peas, +1-212-841-8055, or

Spyder D and Spydo Music, Inc. Sign an Ambitious Distribution Deal for Newtroit Records

Spydo Music's Duane "Spyder" Hughes inks distribution deal for ambitious label project.

(PRWEB) March 21, 2006 -- Pioneering New York rap producer/artist Spyder D signs distribution deal with TOFA/Empire Musicwerks/Universal Records.

Everyone knows about rap music's introduction to the world via the Fatback Band's King Tim III, and the phenom of the Sugar Hill Gang's Rapper's Delight.

Very few know that one of New York City's pioneer rap artists, "Spyder D", Duane Hughes of Queens, NY City was going to school in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in 1978 when he met the Billy Motley (now known as Billy Wilson, president of the Motown Alumni Association), a bass player and Rueben Jones, a drummer, of a young group of musicians who formed "Frosted".

Neither of them knew that their collaboration together, would combine the raw talent that would produce one of the top 12" singles of it's era, the "electro funk" smash "Big Apple Rappin'/Rapple", which even today, is one of the most bootlegged vinyl offerings in the history of recorded music, still fetching upwards of $300 on eBay.

No one knew, that at the time, the group collaboration was the launching of the Motor City into the Hip-Hop world.

Today, there is the brilliant lyricist known as Eminem, and his protege's D-12 hailing from Motown. And there's the Hip-Hop influenced rock sound of Kid Rock.

It's a safe bet to say that that all started with a collaboration of a New York City street ball player, frustrated that his basketball career was rapidly ending with knee problems, and, according to Billy, "a group of young musicians who had grew up heavily influenced by the sounds of Motown in it's heyday."

Spyder reflected on the moment by saying, "... It is one of the times in one's life, where you're at a crossroad, and you get very creative because your back is up against the wall. We went into the studio with no rehearsal, and no real game plan other than to vibe with each other and see what we come up with. I was home sick so I wrote about New York. I hummed out the base line to Billy who took the basics of it and funked it the way Motowners know how to do it. I spliced in a sound effects recording of a Delancey street vendor on the intro, and, bam! Big Apple Rappin' with the Motown flair was born."

Spyder, not quite twenty years old yet, with Detroit born and raised Tito Lewis, and his Mom's financial backing, launched Newtroit Records first and only single.

"We got a lot of notoriety from that single right off the bat" recalls Spyder. A young Tom Silverman (who became Tommy Boy Records founder) published a strong review in his Dance Music Magazine and, "Afrika Bambaata came to my crib on Jamaica Avenue in search of a new record deal with Newtroit, as he was unhappy with his deal with Winley Records. To this day my mother and Bam always ask about each other", says Spyder, who now owns an ABA basketball franchise in Charlotte, and his Spydo Music Incorporated music production and wireless company. Now that's Hip-Hop history for you!

Under this new umbrella of TOFA/Empire Musicwerks/Universal, Spyder will release his farewell to Hip-Hop, a CD simply titled "Legendary". Scheduled guest appearances include legendary peers such as Doug E. Fresh, C&C Music Factory's Freedom Williams, Chuck D, Mikey D, Large Professor, Grand Daddy I.U., Sweety G, Roxanne Shante and Sparky D to name a few. Spyder says, "we will also launch careers of the new generation with a compilation album called "Spyder D presents Krunk, Funk and Soul", that will feature several "unsigned hype" type of artists in the Hip-Hop/R&B genre. We also have a powerful contemporary gospel group in Keith Holland & Friends in Christ, and Charlotte's own Young G.O.D.Z., and Gary Graham's North Clik Records posse who put the capital K in Krunk."

Spyder has requested the services of good friend and longtime record promotion guru Al Pizarro of VIP Record Pool and Heavy Rotation of New York to be his VP of Operations. "Al's experience in record promotion is well documented over the years, and I trust his judgment completely. He has handled NY area promotions for all the major labels for their artists in the New York area for years. We are blessed that he would consider helping us in our quest to be one of the top major independents."

Production will be handled by himself, the artists, and a bevy of up and coming beat makers, including former Sparky D DJ, Grand Creator K-Wiz, and the legendary Infinity Machine DJ, DJ Divine, and the incomparable Larry Smith, who produced all of the early Run-DMC and Whodini hits.

"We will get together with musicians and artists in Detroit to bring Newtroit back full circle", says Spyder. "Mike Pierre and Billy Wilson will oversee the marketing and promotion for the projects. That will be perfect as I continue to seek out more talent.

"Through 19 Communications and my wireless division, we will evolutionize how artists are introduced to radio and potential fans. Radio and music listeners will be able to use "Push and Pull" technology to communicate with their favorite artist or radio station. Tour schedules, release dates and contests will be sent to fans' wireless devices. They will control how much content, and when to receive that content. Virtual Promotion Campaigns will be sent and received in real time. Text, text to voice messaging with simultaneous landline and e-mail alerts will take these vertical industries by storm! Spydo Music and Newtroit Records, through TOFA/Empire Musicwerks/Universal, will offer 19 Levels of communications through branded pre-paid phones, debit cards and sponsored messaging. The first release date for this distribution deal has not been announced yet.

For more info:
Duane "Spyder" Hughes
Mobile: 404-713-6205
Toll Free: 1-800-201-9919
Fax: 404-581-5948

RMD Entertainment Inks Global Distribution Deal With DVD Magazine Pioneer -- Block Star Entertainment

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Market Wire - Mar 21, 2006) -- RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG) announced a deal earlier today with Bay Area-based Block Star Entertainment that adds yet another dimension to their already extensive body of hip-hop driven content. Block Star Entertainment is best known for their groundbreaking development of a DVD magazine called The Bay Area Block Stars -- which gives the viewer a never before seen look at the underground hip-hop scene in the Bay Area and beyond. With interviews, studio sessions, and raw footage, Block Stars' DVD magazine uncovers face-to-face wisdom from hip-hop greats like Mobb Deep, Snoop, Crooked I, Cold Crush Brothers, Slum Village, T.I. and Grand Master Flash, to name a few.

The three-year deal not only gives RMD the exclusive right to globally market and distribute all Block Star related content and merchandise, but it also states that RMD has the right to license any and all Block Star related projects for use in other arenas like film, television, internet, and mobile. Bringing this type of cutting-edge material to the consumer and making it available is another example of how RMD Entertainment is developing new revenue streams while delivering a superior product to the consumer.

RMD CEO Giorgio Costonis had this to say; "In a constant effort to brand RMD Entertainment while delivering compelling and original content to the public, we feel that the alignment with Block Star Entertainment is one of our most effective deals to date. This opens up avenues for artist exposure and product awareness that are virtually untapped in any arena, especially hip-hop. We continue to position ourselves at the front of the pack with regard to the future of content and content delivery, Block Star just added a new dimension to our earning power for the next 36 months. The name is already well known in the Hip Hop arena so we expect significant earnings to be gained from this relationship."

Costonis later explained that the DVD magazine would be distributed in traditional formats by The Pickwick Group in Europe and Bungalo Records which is exclusively distributed by Universal Music and DVD distribution in North America.

About RMD Entertainment Group.

RMD Entertainment (RMD) is a cutting-edge entertainment company with a primary focus on selling hip-hop music internationally. Additionally, the company markets other Hip Hop lifestyle products to its music audience. RMD has a vast worldwide distribution network for its music to be sold to the end consumer in compact disc formats, digital downloads, and personal ring tones for mobile customers. RMD's hip-hop catalogue is exclusively distributed by Bungalo Records in North America, which is exclusively distributed by Universal Music Group -- while European distribution is handled entirely by the Pickwick Group of London England.

RMD is a company with well over 60 years combined experience in the music industry. Its staff producers have collaborated with some of the most influential names in the music scene today, such as Sting, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, George Kranz, Freedom Williams of C & C Music Factory, Steve Winwood, Robin Scott, and jazz saxophone legend Bill Evans, among others.

About Sciax Technology

Sciax Technology is an emerging company in defense imaging systems for law enforcement and military personnel engaged in counter-terrorism and other special security operations. Sciax America Inc. and Sciax Technology Inc. are wholly owned subsidiaries of RMD Entertainment Group ( This release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the results of operations and businesses of Sciax Technology Inc., Sciax America Inc., RMD Entertainment Inc. and RMD Entertainment Group., which involve risks and uncertainties. The company's actual future results could materially differ from those discussed. Risks and uncertainties of the company will be detailed from time to time in the company's periodic reports. The company intends that such statements about the company's future expectations, including future revenues and enforcement and defense imaging system earnings, entertainment product earnings, and all other forward looking statements, be subject to the "safe harbor" provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

This release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the results of operations and businesses of Sciax Technology Inc., Sciax America Inc. RMD Entertainment Inc. and RMD Entertainment Group, which involve risks and uncertainties. The company's actual future results could materially differ from those discussed. Risks and uncertainties of the company will be detailed from time to time in the company's periodic reports. The company intends that such statements about the company's future expectations, including future revenues and enforcement and defense imaging system earnings, entertainment product earnings, and all other forward looking statements, be subject to the "safe harbor" provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Jed Wallace
Phone: (310) 234-3200

Music Producers and Artists Buy and Sell Beats, Instrumental Tracks at the New Online Marketplace

Fast-Growing Site Acquires Membership Base of 5,000 Producers in Six Months, Contains 1,300 Music Productions

GLEN ALLEN, Va., March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- today announced the official launch of its Website, which allows music producers to upload and market their original productions to a worldwide audience of artists who can search for, audition, rate and purchase compositions from every genre of music.

Artists use the site to make offers on beats that will help define or complement their projects, while producers accept or decline offers from an intuitive and customized Web interface. The site was created, in part, in response to the growing trend whereby amateur producers create elaborate tracks and work to market and commercialize their productions within the music industry.

All musical productions sold through are sold on an exclusive basis. Artists do not pay royalties on productions they buy through the site if the compositions are used in commercial recordings. Buyers can listen to a 60-second preview of any track for free before purchasing it, and there is no fee for prospective buyers to browse the site.

"We developed the TheBeatTrader to give amateur producers a fast and effective way to audition their productions and receive feedback," said John Parks,'s founder. "In the past, producers have typically marketed their productions on foot to artists who live in their neighborhoods. We're basically trying to help producers market their material to a global audience in an efficient manner." also allows producers and artists to collaborate on projects online from their homes and studios. The site, for instance, contains a community forum where producers and artists shares ideas and ask questions on topics such as sampling, re-mixing and music production.

To use the site, producers purchase upload credits to list their material. charges a 20-percent service fee on all sales, while the balance of each sale is deposited into the seller's account and can be withdrawn via PayPal at any time.

After creating their free account, members of receive three upload credits. The credits allow new members to immediately post and market productions at no cost.

About is an online marketplace where music producers and artists buy and sell original beats and instrumental tracks. Producers upload and market their productions to a worldwide audience of artists who can search for, audition, rate and purchase compositions. Visit at


John Parks

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit


CONTACT: John Parks,, +1-804-201-4194,

Web site:

Hit Self-Produced Rap Artist Chazz Drops "Livin' It Up" on His Own Label Epicenter Music

This album is ground-breaking for the Latin Hip-Hip community. Finally an artist has taken Latin Hip-Hop to the next level, by making music that crosses over several markets.

Northridge, Ca. -- (ArriveNet - Mar 21, 2006) --Born in East L.A., and raised in Whittier, CA, music producer and rap artist Chazz has a history deep rooted in Hip-Hop and Rap with an impressive resume of accomplishments and contributions to the Hip-Hop scene, including being the creator of the first-ever Hip-Hop infomercial Phatt Traxx. His last single released, A Mover La Colita on Logic Recs (U.S.)/Arista (U.K.), hit #5 on Billboard Charts, and now hes bringing his bangin new sound out on his own label, Epicenter Music.

His latest accomplishment and contribution to hip-hop, is the release of his self-produced album "Livin' It Up". Featuring guest spots from hit artists such as DTTX (Lighter Shade of Brown), Kemo the Blaxican, Jovan, Queenie, (host of Cruzin' TV), Somer, and more.

This album is ground-breaking for the Latin Hip-Hip community. Finally an artist has taken Latin Hip-Hop to the next level, by making music that crosses over several markets, and appeals to the majority of music audiences. Livin It Up takes you on a journey and fuses sounds of Latin, Dance, R&B, and Hip-hop. A majority of the songs on this album are the feel good songs we all love to hear, but you cant deny the deep rooted messages of Gone 2 Young and Behind Bars that speak about the reality of Americans born into gang violence. Its difficult to believe that only one man produced every song on this album. Its no wonder that Chazzs album "Livin' It Up" is starting to blaze up the streets, clubs, and airwaves across the U.S..

Chazz has recently inked an international Digital Distribution and Promotion deal with His album "Livin' It Up" will be live soon on iTunes, AOL Music, Napster, Rhapsody, Playboy Mobile, and many more places. Chazz is currently seeking a major retail distribution deal.

Although Chazz has radio mixshow airplay and club play in six states (Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and California) and growing, his debut album is set to make him an international star. His song Shake Dat Thang was #1 Most Downloaded on last month, beating out Eminems Shake That, Lil Flip, E-40, and more. In addition, his soon to be a cruising classic Even In a World was voted 90% Excellent by listeners at Chicano Radio Network ( ) this month. Generating over 17,000 page views and 9,000 friends in six weeks on by word of mouth only, the streets are buzzing about Chazzs debut album.

Chazz has produced tracks for Hip-Hop artists such as Lil' Rob, Hispanic MCs, Brown Pride, Dove Shack, and many more, however his album shows that his wide range and talent is not only that of a producer but also as an artist on the mic. Basically I was tired of producing rappers who would just try and steal my ideas and tracks, and I was especially tired of being screwed by labels. Also, theres a whole demographic of Latinos that are not being represented by the Latin Hip-Hop thats out right now. I felt that I could help represent them and compete with mainstream rap artists, instead of being categorized as a Latin Hip-Hop artist; Im a Hip-Hop artist that is a Latino. So I decided to do it all myself. My decision to step to the mic again and release my debut album on my own label has been one of the smartest decisions Ive made. said Brian Chazz Padilla.

Unlike the album title, Chazz is by far not Livin it Up, as he stays busy on his steady grind doing what he does best making music, getting at his fans, and running his label. Chazz handles every aspect of his label including music production, songwriting, audio engineering, graphics, web design, promotions, and marketing.

Chazz have proven there is a demand for his music, his album crosses over several markets and cultures, and they are receiving amazing feedback from Urban and Latin radio djs, personalities, and fans across the country. As you can see he is more than a mere rapper or a hip-hop artist. Once you hear Chazz there is no doubt he is destined for international recognition and success.

Visit Chazz on his MySpace

Also visit to hear tracks off Chazzs new self produced album Livin It Up and to purchase the album.

Track Listing for Chazz: Livin It Up

1. Intro (Tha Resurrection)
2. Livin' It Up (ft. Yak from GBN)
3. Pedal 2 Da Floor (ft. Somer)
4. Shake Dat Thang (ft. GBN)
5. How We Play (ft. Queenie & DTTX)
6. Even In A World (ft. Somer & DTTX)
7. Dirty West (ft. Kemo The Blaxican)
8. Da Pachuco
9. Mami (ft. Jovan)
10. We're Ridin' (ft. Somer & Nightingale)
11. Spanish Flygirl (Walk On) ft. Jovan
12. Gone 2 Young (ft. Jovan)
13. Behind Bars
14. Chazz's Outro
15. Pedal 2 Da Floor (Red Line Mix)

Chazz is available for interviews, appearances, and bookings.

Press Contact:
Somer Haines-Padilla or 818-775-0908

Hiero Announces 2006 Releases, Inks New Distribution Deal

New work from Del Tha Funkee Homoapien, A Plus, and Pep Love to be distributed through Fontana

(Brooklyn, NY March 20, 2006) Hiero Imperium Records shows no sign of slowing down as it begins its 9th year of existence. The next few months will see releases from Hiero veterans Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Pep Love, and A Plus as well as newcomers Shake Da Mayor and Beeda Weeda.

First up, Hiero will be releasing a long-awaited DVD of material from founding member Del Tha Funkee Homosapien. The DVD, titled The 11th Hour, will give fans a rare glimpse inside the life and music of one of hip-hop's most creative figures with exclusive tour and day-in-the-life footage. "The DVD shows people what I'm really about. It's basically a reality show of my life during the recording of my new album; dealing with the personal drama, studying music theory, and being on the road", explains Del.

Two more of Hiero's big guns have full-length albums slated for release in the coming months. A Plus will be releasing My Last Good Deed and Pep Love will drop his highly anticipated follow-up album to Ascension, entitled Reconstruction.

Following those releases, Shake da Mayor and Beeda Weeda, two of Central Calis rising stars, also have new albums on the horizon. Souls of Mischief member Tajai will be releasing Shake's Fruit of His Own Thinking and Beeda's Turfology 101 on his imprint, Clear Label Records.

All of Hieros projects will be distributed nationally thanks to a newly inked deal with Fontana Distribution, the nation's premier independent music distribution company. Domino, Hiero's CEO, feels the partnership, "Is a good fit for both of us because Fontana is based on the West Coast and they understand where we're coming from. They bring a lot of enthusiasm to the table."

Hiero Imperium Records is an artist owned and run label based in Oakland, California. Since it's inception in 1997 Hiero artists have sold over 1 million units.


New York, NY, March 2006--- L.A., a distinguished underground rap artist, releases his first single It Aint Easy off of his debut mainstream album, The Long Awaited. For this testament to his budding music career, L.A. recruited the skills of upcoming producer, and Brooklyn native, Miguel to showcase and fine tune his raw talents.

L.A. declares that this single is real music; a fitting introduction for the masses to quickly become acquainted with his soulful style, intense lyrics, and passionate determination to revolutionize the industry. As he mentions in the head-nodding, soon-to-be hit, for too long I been under the wing. So now, yours truly is ready to share his gift with a mainstream audience.

After dropping seven widely-renowned underground mixtape CDs, all of which earned airplay, the streets and his adoring fans have been anticipating the coming of his first official album, hence the title The Long Awaited. Being one to not disappoint, L.A.s debut album will be arriving for the summer of 2006, and will include a DVD, entitled The Untold Story, documenting L.A.s rise in the grueling music industry. Although hes worked with artists such as Slim Thug, Young Jeezy, Lyfe, Ja Rule, and Paul Wall, this upcoming album showcases his talents as a solo artist.

With the full-length CDs release just a few months away, L.A. is preparing himself for the hard-earned fruits of his labor. Maintaining his very familiar air of self-assurance, he comments that, All promoters better book me nowbefore I blow up, with a laugh.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, the now 27-year-old, L.A. moved to Long Island, NY at the age of 15 where he started to rap, write, and perfect his craft as a master lyricist. Realizing that music was his passion, L.A. became the president of the H-Town Recording label that he started seven years ago and has been dedicated to pursuing his art ever since.

Press Inquires contact:
Lyn Keller or Cynthia Horner,

SpeakEasy Wednesdays-March 22nd, 2006

SPEAK- 28 E.23rd St. (between Madison and Park Avenue South)
Taping starts at 7:30pm

Eddie Blackmon, Vice President of Getting Out Our Dreams,
selected guest to attend and speak at SpeakEasy Wednesdays Networking Extravaganza

Musaic Management Group and NextUp Radio 91.9fm presents SpeakEasy Wednesdays Networking Extravaganza- a FREE monthly networking event on the second to last Wednesday of every month. The networking event connects upcoming entrepreneurs, artists, existing executives and established companies, as well as, rekindles relationships in the artistic community. Its also just a way to chill and catch up with one another on upcoming projects. MMG plans to bring impromptu performances from touring recording artists and continue to bring light to the executives that are working on current projects. Blackmon will be amongst selected guest, Nikki D. - the original First lady of Def Jam, Charles Austin-Entertainment Lawyer, and KK Rosemond- A&R of Universal Motown.

Press Inquiries (For Eddie Blackmon )
Jessica Taylor

Grind Winters Out

New York, NY, March 2006--When the call goes out for the real Mike Watts to stand up, its Philadelphias own producer, rapper, and native son that rises to the occasion. Though many others can boast that they share the same name as this industry hustler, its obvious that they do not possess his passion and dedication. CEO of his own East Coast- based record label, Mike initiated Watts Records after getting his first record played on the radio when he was just 15. Mike then became the first East Coast rapper to chop and screw his entire album; the product of which is Pandoras Box. This hard-hitting collection, which Watts describes as having an East Coast flavor with a Down South accent, flaunts his talents alongside some of hip hops most electrifying artists. Included in this high-voltage ensemble are Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs, Phillys own Freeway, and Houstons Bun B.

Carving out his own path, Mike Watts is now embarking on yet another first. The streets of Philly recently pulsated with his intense lyrics and methodical beats as Visually Yours Inc. produced and recorded Mike Watts first ever music video for the albums lead single Grind Winters Out. A born hit, Grind Winters Out made its grand unveiling as #46 on the Billboard Charts Top 50 R&B/Hip- Hop Singles the week of March 18th, proving that Mike Watts is well on his way to greatness. The video, like the song, features Jiz Nickelz and Houstons hot boy Paul Wall, performing on-location in Mikes backyardthe great city of Philadelphia. From Club Tragos to WHAT Radio Station, Mike Watts has chosen locations that are near and dear to him, and fans will hear it in his music. Mike recently joined Big Daddy Kane, D.J. Premiere and Ed Lover in a Black History Salute to Heroes of Hip Hop event to teach and uplift youth who are interested in the rap industry.

By definition, Pandoras Box is a source of troubles and difficulties; the outcome of a deep, powerful curiosity that leads one to take any and all necessary risks. It is with that in mind that Mike Watts lays his dynamic voice, powerful message and intricate lyrics over revamped, old school beats, which will take you back to the days of hanging out on the block with your Gameboy.

For Press Inquiries:
Lyn Keller


Music Producer Stoni Will Be The First Female Hip Hop Producer To Showcase Beats On A MPC Drum Machine For Akai Professional At Any Music Industry Event

New York, March 20, 2006- In a move that will change the way that music production gear is marketed and promoted at large scale music industry events, Akai Professional, developer and manufacturer of the MPC drum machine, has aligned itself with Stoni, the first female music producer to be recognized internationally for her ability to use Akais drum machine to win a beat battle and produce hip hop music. For an extraordinary live performance at Remix Hotel Miami 2006, Stoni will be present at Akais booth, to perform a live beat showcase while using her MPC drum machine. The temperatures will not be the only thing thats hot during Spring-Break in Miami Beach, so visit Remix Hotel Miami and witness Stoni as she turns up the heat on the beats.

About Stoni
Stoni attended the "Fame" school for music and arts, moving on to pursue a career in music. After interning at several music studios, Stoni began to build her home studio where she would eventually produce her own music. In 2003, Stoni came on the scene and made her mark as the first female music producer to compete and win at the International Producer's Association Beat Battle Competition, also making her the first female producer to compete and win at any beat battle in New York City's metro area. Since this remarkable triumph, Stoni has presented her music at many showcases and has been featured in The Ave Magazine, Scratch Magazine, and Mic Magazine.

About Remix Hotel

On March 22-24 2006, Remix Magazine will be hosting its annual Remix Hotel Miami music conference, which will include retail booths, product demonstrations, performances, and discussion panels. During this event, spectators will have the opportunity to preview products, participate in discussion panels, and network with music industry executives.

Stonis website,

Remix Hotel website,

Contact Lay / WordsForward PR

Bay Area Boss Rap Artist Celly Cel Drops New Album April 4th

San Francisco Bay area native, rap and hip-hop legend Celly Cel is back again ready to shake up the entire hip-hop and rap scene with his new album drop. April 4th brings Celly Cels new album Slaps, Straps & Baseball Hats.

Celly Cel is not only tha Bay Area Boss of hip-hop and rap but a world wide legend in hip-hop culture. Cellys many fans worldwide are anticipating this newest drop from the legendary Bay Area Rap Boss.

The new hit single "Shake Sumthin" featuring Mistah F.A.B. is already burning up the radio airways. If youre not getting it on your local radio station, call them and request it.

Slaps, Straps & Baseball Hats also features along with Celly notable hip-hop and rap artist like The Game, Lil Flip, Turf Talk, and Luni Colenoe.

Watch for Slaps, Straps & Baseball Hats hitting streets on April 4th and like Celly Cel says if you ain't listening to Realside Records... you ain't real!

Tracklisting for Celly Cels: 'Slaps, Straps and Baseball Hats'

1. Go Buy Another

2. Open Doors

3. Im a Boss

4. Sheep or Wolf?

5. Get Racks

6. Shake Sumthin

7. Just Once

8. Bay Classics

9. Im Leavin U

10. Ball and Bail

11. Freaky

12. G'Z Up

13. Nothin from ME

14. Play

15. In the Bay

16. God Is

Please visit for all your Celly updates and info.

MP3tunes Launches Unique Free Music Website

Users Build the Collection of Free Songs on

SAN DIEGO, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- MP3tunes announces the launch of, a website of free music tracks from the web that is populated by a community of users. Featuring over 29,000 songs from more than 7,000 different artists,'s collection of music grows hourly as users find and add music to their online music lockers. Powerful search functionality and clean navigation make it easy for anyone to find complete songs for streaming, downloading and sideloading.

"Sideloading -- moving files from the net directly to online storage without the pit stop at your local computer -- will become commonplace as people grow accustomed to personal lockers and the security, ubiquity and versatility of online storage," says Michael Robertson, founder and CEO of MP3tunes. " brings the music together into one index where you can quickly find and stream tracks. There are flashier music websites, but none easier for finding tracks to download or load to your locker."

Music from every corner of the net is gathered into a comprehensive catalog of free music on Each time a track is added from its location on the web, it is automatically included in's charts for anyone to find and enjoy. No music is actually stored on as only links to files that are publicly available elsewhere on the net are collected. Adding tracks to this new music website is easy with Sideload browser plugins, available for free download at The most active Sideload users are recognized in the Sideload Hall of Fame, a ranking of users who've found and sideloaded the most free music on the Internet. makes it easy to find songs by listing the most recently sideloaded songs as well as the most popular songs, updated hourly. Only complete songs are found on, in contrast to many other music sites that only feature previews or short clips. music tracks are constantly checked for file validity and bad links are removed so users find the track they are seeking when they download, sideload or listen.

As music lovers find songs in's ever-growing collection, they'll also enjoy the power and convenience of free online music storage. All of the tracks on can be streamed, downloaded or sideloaded to Oboe, the free music locker from MP3tunes. More than just a private space to store music, the locker is accessible from any web-enabled device, so users can listen to their music anywhere.

About MP3tunes: MP3tunes is an online service provider focusing on digital music. The company was founded by Michael Robertson, founder and original CEO of

For more information about, please contact:

Camille Wood
858-587-6700, ext. 242

Source: MP3tunes

CONTACT: Camille Wood of MP3tunes, +1-858-587-6700, ext. 242,

Web site:


Searching for the World's #1 Hip Hop Music Star, Mr. Joseph Jackson's Hip Hop Boot Camp:

March 18, 2006
TOLEDO, OHIO___"Searching for the world's #1 Hip Hop Music Star"
The Joe Jackson Hip Hop Boot Camp establishes international Hip Hop Music competitions where the most promising young talents can be identified, showcased and promoted before worldwide audiences, the media and the music industry.

In addition to money prizes, concert engagements and recording opportunities, The Joe Jackson Hip Hop Boot Camp also nurtures the artistic and musical development of the competitors and provides the participants with valuable experience on how they can improve their performance and what their next step should be.

Competitions are open to unsigned artists ages 18 and over. Solo or Group acts from all countries are eligible to participate.

WHERE: CLUB BIJOU, Downtown Toledo, Ohio. 209 North Superior St. 43604
WHEN: April 20, 2006. Auditions starting at 12 PM until 6:00 PM. (Bring your Hip Hop Music CD that you plan on using at your audition.)

LATER its the SHOWCASE at CLUB BIJOU with Opening Acts "RYHTUM (R&B SINGER) and BOBKAT (RAPPER). Show starts at 9:00 PM until 2:30 PM.

Mr. Joseph Jackson will be there to say some words of encouragement to the Aspiring Artists on their journey to the top of the Hip Hop World.

For more information on Joe Jackson's Hip Boot Camp go to

For more information on Club BIJOU go to

Contact: Russ Hayes at 419 917 9016 or


LL COOL J and GABRIELLE UNION Personify Style as Sexy Duo Hosts BET's Spring Fashion and Music Extravaganza RIP THE RUNWAY

* BET Premiere - Thursday, March 23 @ 9 P.M. ET/PT *

NEW YORK, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, March 23, BET will premiere RIP THE RUNWAY hosted by hip-hop impresario, actor and new clothing designer, LL COOL J, one of Hollywood's most stunning leading ladies, GABRIELLE UNION, and funny man KATT WILLIAMS. From the "Fashion Capitol of the World" New York City, television's best-dressed hour features urban, high-end, plus size, sports and swimwear collections from designers: Brand Jordan, Todd Smith, G-Unit, Enyce, Stephen Burrows, Bathhouse by Bernard Moore, Roger Gary presents Aqua Couture, Qristy Designs, Monif C., Courtney Washington, Steve Harvey and even the latest dental line "grillz" from Paul Wall. Tune in to catch the latest fashion trends; R&B songstress Mya; pro football headliner Terrell Owens; supermodel Omahyra; America's Next Top Model discovery Toccara; and BET's own, Big Tigger and Julissa as they strut their stuff on one of the hottest runways this season.

"Of course, it wouldn't be a BET special without the hottest artists in the industry making their mark," said Stephen G. Hill, BET's Executive Vice President of Programming.

The "King of the South," T.I. kicked things off and took center stage as Brand Jordan displayed their collection, featuring celebrity models, Big Tigger, Terrell Owens and Mya as they swaggered their way down the catwalk. Mobb Deep, Christina Milian, Busta Rhymes, Ne-Yo and Oscar winners, Three 6 Mafia all put it down and had the audience and the models going wild. One of the main highlights of the evening was Anthony Hamilton serenading the plus size models with his single "Sista Big Bones," as Qristy Designs, Monif C., and Courtney Washington showcased their beautiful collection. Former America's Next Top Model contestant Toccarra said she was excited to take part in a special new designer segment featuring clothes for the larger woman. "Last year, they didn't have any plus-size models and I am so happy [BET] opened its mind and eyes and realized that beauty comes in all sizes and I think we are proving that tonight," she said. "I'm excited because the big girls are doing their thing."

"As a step up from last year, we wanted to define style on an individual level," said Lynne Harris Taylor, BET's Vice President of Specials. "Adding the plus size lines, Stephen Burrows' Couture line and Paul Walls new Grillz was just what we needed to complete the spectrum."

Designer Stephen Burrows added a touch of couture to the evening with his sophisticated collection of soft, beautiful chiffon evening gowns. Burrows was the first African-American designer to achieve international acclaim.

RIP THE RUNWAY isn't your typical fashion special; "bling" also took center stage as Paul Wall debuted his custom diamond-encrusted grillz collection, modeled by several smiling celebrities.

Mississippi rapper David Banner, a trendsetter in his own right, was also among the guests who stopped through to check out the fashions that hit the runway. "I just came out to show my support for BET. They've given me best dressed honors a few times and I just felt it was important to be here," he said.

BET will televise RIP THE RUNWAY on Thursday, March 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. RIP THE RUNWAY is co-produced by Cossette Productions, acclaimed producers of the Grammy Awards along with the BET AWARDS and BET WALK OF FAME.


Cossette Productions is Hollywood's most unique and comprehensive production company, with more than 35 years of experience offering diverse and creative consultation, direction and execution of entertainment production. To its credit, Cossette Productions has produced 32 years of the Grammy Awards telecast; eight weekly television series totaling more than 500 episodes; numerous award-winning Broadway theatrical plays and musicals; 50 major performance specials, award shows and celebrity tributes; corporate events for the nation's largest companies; and countless made-for-television motion pictures and mini-series.


BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA; VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions:, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; and BET Mobile, a service venture into the lucrative world of ring tones, games and video content for wireless devices.

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Marcy Polanco, +1-212-975-4048,, or
Tricia N. Newell, +1-212-975-8230,, both of BET

Web site:

Rap Recording Artist Challenges Portrayal of Females in Hip-Hop

In observance of Womens History Month, independent female rap artist SHEE reflects on the current state of female rap and plans initiative to reach out to young women.

Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) March 20, 2006 -- Where have all of the female rappers gone? March is officially Womens History Month, which gives us all an opportunity to pay homage to our female heroes and look at their accomplishments in retrospect. In examining the landscape of the hip-hop genre and an apparent lack of adequate female representation, observing the past poses a puzzling question for the future. In a genre with a noticeable lack of female voices dominating the mainstream, performing songwriter and female hip-hop/rap recording artist SHEE credits her success as an independent artist to the recording industry shortcomings for her gender and plans to use her voice and popularity to reach out to future the generations of hip-hop females.

Celebrating the recent release of her Vaginal Erections album which boasts being a strong woman and accomplishing things irrespective of gender, SHEE welcomes the additional fans and attention stemming from the supply of female rappers in the industry not meeting the demand, however success has been bittersweet for this independent female rap artist. Young women and girls do not have enough positive roles modelsas an artist I acknowledge there are WAY more opportunities for aspiring video chicks than there will ever be for females on the mic that arent singing. SHEE recalls the love she had for songs like Self Destruction by the East Coast Rap Allstars as a little girl. I paid attention when Miss Melody and MC Lyte spit and knew that strong women could stand alongside these men that have something powerful to say. The following generation of young ladies dont have that because the images they see of females in our culture portray Black women as merely a mans accessory - oversexed, materialistic and image obsessed.

As a guest panel speaker in the 2005 Brooklyn NY Youth Lab held by Best of Brooklyn, Inc and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, SHEE spoke to a group of teens aged 15-19 on the subject of Growing Up Creative. SHEE is currently planning an initiative to reach out to young ladies in the interest of helping them build a healthy a self-image. Self described as where street credibility meets business credentials; SHEE was born and raised in the Vanderveer Housing Projects in Brooklyn, NY to parents only 14 years her senior. Despite adolescent years overshadowed with trouble, drugs and crime SHEE went on to earn 3 collegiate degrees by her 22nd birthday and started her own company Sheer Badness Entertainment in April 2004. Experiencing life on both sides of the fence and boasting a solidified fan base as an independent female rap artist, SHEE feels adequately suited to reach out to urban youth and give back to the community. Hip-Hop is filled with hoochies, eye-candy freaks, baby mommas, gold diggers and so onwomen that do not accurately reflect what it means to be a young Black woman in urban America. Im here to fill a void and share a perspective that everyone can relate to but its currently unaddressed in music. To have a culture with so many negative portrayals of woman and no counteraction leaves young ladies in a vulnerable and damaging position

About SHEE:
With a distinctive voice, unique flow and the unmatched ability to pen concepts and lace them with infectious hooks - irrespective of gender, never has the rap game seen an MC this complete. ASCAP affiliated songwriter and hip-hop/rap recording artist SHEE has been featured in Unsigned Music Magazine, Y:L Magazine, Young & Black Magazine, eRaport and more. Her high traffic website features PC games, ringtones, merchandise, bio, photos and more. Over 15,000 copies of her SHEE is Sheer Badness full length promotional mixtape CD have been distributed and her highly anticipated Vaginal Erections album is was recently released.

For interview requests and inquiries about both the artist and hip-hop female initiative, contact R.S. Andrews at Sheer Badness Entertainment (908) 245-6467 or e-mail protected from spam bots. Artist info is also available at and

R.S. Andrews, BBA MSA
Sheer Badness Entertainment
P.O. Box 1715, Linden NJ 07036
(908) 245-6467

Peace Concert w/Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Bright Eyes, Fischerspooner, Peaches, Devendra Banhart, Steve Earle & Cindy Sheehan & Chuck D

"Bring 'Em Home Now!" Peace Concert w/Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainwright, Bright Eyes, Fischerspooner, Peaches, Devendra Banhart, Steve Earle & Cindy Sheehan & Chuck D

(PRWEB) March 20, 2006 -- "Bring 'Em Home Now!" Peace Concert with, Michael Stipe, Rufus Wainright, Bright Eyes, Fischerspooner, Peaches, Devendra Banhart, Steve Earle & special guests "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan & Chuck D.

At the Hammerstein Ballroom to commemorate the Third
Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq.
Proceeds will be donated to Veterans for Peace and
Iraq Veterans Against the War.

A Limited block of advanced tickets are available
at 10% discout at or by calling
(212) 307-7171. Use code "PEACENOW".

Tickets are priced at $28, $35 and $150 VIP (including
Meet & Greet with Cindy Sheehan and Peaches, open
vodka bar and reserved balcony seating).
Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm.

Musicians, activists join forces for benefit concert
R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and Rufus Wainwright will join peace activist Cindy Sheehan for the Bring 'Em Home concert. The event, which will benefit the Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace, will take place at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on March 20th, the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The evening's guest hosts will include such outspoken celebrities as Jane Fonda, Alec Baldwin, Margaret Cho and Janeane Garofalo; while Steve Earle, Fischerspooner, Peaches and Devendra Banhart will be among the other performers.

Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, attracted the national spotlight last August when she held a month-long demonstration outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch. "I thought that one person couldn't make a difference," Sheehan told Rolling Stone last year. "Then, after Casey was killed, my daughter Carly read me a poem she wrote. It moved me to action. I thought, 'If one person can't make a difference, at least I'm gonna go to my grave trying.'"

The concert will kick off the national Bring 'Em Home speaking tour, which will bring Sheehan and noted authors to fifteen cities across the U.S. in April.


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KIDS GET MOVIN' - Get Your Child Healthy at Home Using New DVD from Center for Movement Education and Research

LOS ANGELES, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Research has established that movement is the architect of the brain, and yet our society is less active and 40 percent of children are more overweight than 10 years ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, "One of the national health objectives for 2010 is to reduce the prevalence of overweight ... overweight in youths has not leveled off or decreased, and is increasing to even higher levels."

The Center for Movement Education and Research (CMER) has just released KIDS GET MOVIN', a 45-minute exercise DVD that has two fun and easy-to-use routines: 20 minutes of Hip Hop cardio/aerobics and 20 minutes of Kids' Yoga. Instructions are in English and Spanish.

The DVD was created by UCLA dance educator and dance kinesiologist Judy Gantz, the former Fitness Editor of Shape Magazine, founder of CMER and mother of two. Former Everybody Loves Raymond Director and Technical Coordinator Ken Shapiro and CDK Productions produced this professional DVD as a labor of love. This project is in the forefront of helping youth become healthy at home. Adults have been using exercise videos for years, and now it is time to have our kids exercise at home. Parents are so busy working and driving their kids everywhere that using an exercise program at home, on a DVD, saves time and money.

"I have taught movement for over 25 years, and I have two children. I see how much less active my kids are than I was when I was young, and I am really concerned for their health," said Gantz, who made this DVD with the support of many people in LA after her husband died. She created the Center for Movement Education and Research to support kids in the public schools because of the decline of movement arts and PE programs in the elementary schools.

"This DVD provides a perfect combo of fun, fitness and learning for children of diverse backgrounds ages 6 - 13," stated Martha Eddy, Ed.D., CMA, RSMT dance educator, exercise physiologist, educational consultant, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, as well as the Director of the Center for Kinesthetic Education In New York City.

CMER is a non-profit organization and will use the sale proceeds from KIDS GET MOVIN' to place movement teachers in the public schools. The mission of CMER is to improve the lives of children by using movement in dynamic and cutting-edge applications to foster health, creativity, and education.

Children have less opportunity to move during school hours because of the elimination of PE and arts programs from elementary schools; with CMER's DVD, KIDS GET MOVIN' at home.

To view and buy KIDS GET MOVIN' go to
Sale Price: $19.95


For questions or information contact CMER Director Judy Gantz: or phone 310 477-9535.

Visit our web site:

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Source: Center for Movement Education and Research

CONTACT: Judy Gantz, CMER Director, +1-310-477-9535,

Web site:

New York Giants Running Back Tiki Barber & Hip Hop Music to Address Childhood Obesity in The Bronx

It's like no other rap music you've heard before - lyrics that teach kids about healthy eating and exercise. 'Milk - 3-Times-A-Day! Fruits & Vegetables

5-Times-A-Day! Exercise - Let's Get it Started Now!'

WHO: New York Giants' running back Tiki Barber & Groovy Pyramid
Performers on behalf of St. Barnabas Hospital & the American
Dairy Association & Dairy Council.

WHAT: Tiki Barber will talk to students about healthy eating and
exercise, introduce the Groovy Pyramid Performers and
participate in stretching exercises with students. The Groovy
Pyramid performers (, a group of hip hop
musicians from California, will perform interactive rap songs
about the five food groups from the USDA Food Pyramid.

WHERE: PS. 59, 2185 Bathgate Avenue, Bronx, NY
Between E 182nd St and E 181st St.
School Phone: (718) 584-4730, Principal Christine McHugh

From Midtown:

Take the FDR DRIVE NORTH. Take EXIT #18/Willis Ave Bridge onto
Willis Ave Bridge toward Deegan Expressway. Willis Ave Bridge
becomes Willis Ave.
Bear Left onto I-87 North toward Albany and go 2.5 miles.
Take Exit #7 onto I-95 North toward Throgs Neck Bridge, go 1.5
miles. Take exit #2B/Webster Ave. Turn Left onto WEBSTER AVE.
Turn right onto EAST 183rd STREET. Turn Right onto BATHGATE
AVE. Arrive at 2185 BATHGATE AVE on the right.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 21, 2006
7:30 am - 8 am: Cafeteria PS. 59, Bronx - Students eat breakfast
and get photos taken with milk mustaches and costumed healthy
8:45 am - Auditorium, PS. 59 - NEW YORK GIANTS RUNNING BACK TIKI
BARBER introduces First Groovy Pyramid Assembly & participates
in stretching exercises with students.
10 am - Auditorium, PS. 59 - Second Groovy Pyramid Assembly

WHY: A 2003 report from the city's health department found that
almost half (43 percent) of the children in New York City's
public elementary schools are overweight to some extent, and a
quarter qualify as obese. The report also cautioned that
childhood obesity is associated with serious long-term health
consequences, including diabetes, heart disease, asthma,
depression, high blood pressure, and some cancers. In the
Bronx, the numbers for overweight adults were highest of all
the five boroughs showing as many as one in four adults in the
South Bronx are overweight. The Bronx also had the highest
prevalence of diabetes.

As the recipient of the American Dairy Association and Dairy
Council's "3-A-Day" nutrition education grant, St. Barnabas will
implement of series of intensive classroom nutrition lessons for
students at PS. 59. Tuesday's event will serve as the kickoff
to the nutrition education program at the school.

CONTACT: Brenda Beltram, Public Relations, American Dairy Association
(973) 228-4809, cell (315) 491-3318

PRNewswire -- March 17

Source: American Dairy Association

Web site:

MTV Makes Unprecedented Multi-Platform Launch in Canada

- CTV delivers on promise to launch Canadian-led MTV business -

- Six platforms to deliver MTV content with a distinctly Canadian attitude -

- Canadian First: MTV in Canada launches first-of-its-kind broadband channel at -

- New MTV Specialty Channel available in 6 million households on Day One -

- Canadian Advertisers want their MTV: 23 Charter Advertisers now on-board -

TORONTO, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The single-biggest multi-platform launch in the history of Canadian television will unfold when the highly anticipated MTV brand debuts tomorrow, March 21, 2006 at 6 p.m. ET. The all-Canadian multi-platform strategy was revealed today by Ivan Fecan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bell Globemedia and CEO for CTV Inc., together with Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group and Brad Schwartz, Senior Vice President and General Manager for MTV in Canada. Bill Roedy, Vice Chairman, MTV Networks and President, MTV Networks International confirmed that CTV's MTV launch represents the biggest multi-platform launch among all 49 worldwide MTV services comprising the MTV Networks International family.

Today's news confirms CTV's commitment to build and grow a multi-layered, Canadian-led MTV business, one that delivers a clearly Canadian interpretation of the MTV brand across many platforms, by Canadians for Canadians. The MTV brand will debut in true 360-degree fashion; across six different platforms. The "Six Arms of MTV" will incorporate numerous distribution strategies including conventional and specialty channel platforms, mobile, Video On Demand.

(VOD) and in pioneering fashion, across a newly created premium broadband service, MTV Overdrive, the first of its kind in Canada. It's a historic day not just for Canadian audiences, but for Canada's creative and production communities too.

At 6 p.m. ET tomorrow, "the drought will end" and the MTV experience will be delivered with a distinctive Canadian twist, in the following ways:

1. On MTV, a newly branded Canadian analog specialty service offering a
winning schedule, infused with lifestyle, talk and documentary
programming and anchored by distinct and interactive Canadian series.
The channel is immediately available in 6 million Canadian households
via all major cable and DTH services;

2. On MTV Overdrive, a new broadband channel that represents a
first-of-its-kind in Canada. The free premium video service harnesses
the latest in technology to deliver MTV content to anyone at broadband
speeds. On demand are full-length MTV programs, daily MTV News, custom
short-form programming, movie and game reviews and much more. In
addition to providing MTV-branded content, Overdrive is MTV's answer to
music authenticity in Canada with exclusive MTV music events, artist
interviews, live performances and thousands of music videos. Overdrive
will live at and launches March 21 at 6 p.m. ET;

3. On a conventional television platform where newly created "MTVonCTV"
branded blocks of programming will be seen six nights a week across
Canada on CTV's conventional stations;

4. On Mobile, with exclusively produced MTV mobisodes and made for mobile
programming for individual carriers and also via cross-carrier mobile
distribution, MTV Mobile showcases a range of MTV programs that include
video, soundtrack ring tones, wallpapers and more, all available for
download via mobile phones and directly off the website;

5. On Video on Demand with an extensive line-up of MTV hit programs
immediately available;

6. Through MTV branded live events across Canada and at its historic
Toronto-based Masonic Temple Concert Hall.

In addition, MTV is now underway with plans for an additional distribution strategy to make MTV's hit programs available to portable video devices.

"A new chapter in Canadian media, employing multiple platforms and interactivity, begins. The future is now," said Fecan.

"Tomorrow, MTV in Canada is embarking on the biggest multiplatform launch ever," said Roedy. "This is a historic milestone that celebrates Canada's rich diversity and culture while providing breakthrough entertainment to audiences whenever and wherever they want it."

"It's a landmark day for Canada's creative community and viewers from coast-to-coast," said Boyce. "A culturally vibrant country like ours deserves its own MTV. Sharing Canada's creative talent with the world through MTV's worldwide network puts Canada on the world stage. It's where we belong."

"Finally, we can unveil to Canadians this ambitious strategy that combines industry-leading distribution partners and new technology with fresh, relevant and energetic MTV content with a distinctly Canadian flavor," said Schwartz. "We are perfectly positioned to serve Canadian audiences like never before, ultimately delivering the very definition of 'I Want My MTV' to Canadians anywhere at any time."

The Canadian Creative and Production Story. The MTV brand creates a boon for production in Canada. No less than seven new Canadian series are now in production, six of them hitting the MTV Specialty schedule at launch. It's a whole new creative outlet for talent and the production community. In all, more than 150 jobs have been created so far. And when the MTV brand launches, people will see one of the most distinctively Canadian brands on the dial, with a comprehensive creative campaign conceived and inspired by various Canadian imagery and artists. Each campaign is infused with tried and true Canadian imagery, turned on its ear with passion, attitude and irreverence in a way that reveals how there is a little MTV in everyone.

Six Million Households: Following new and expanded carriage deals with distribution partners Rogers Cable and Bell ExpressVu, MTV confirmed today that its analog specialty service, MTV, will be immediately available in 6 million Canadian households on Day One. In the ensuing months, as MTV works with its other cable and DTH partners, more distribution announcements will be made in an effort to make this valuable television brand available to as many Canadians as possible.

Canadian advertisers want their MTV. MTV revealed an extensive list of 23 advertising partners who have inked multi-platform sponsorship deals to be on-board for Day One. They include Bell Mobility, Cadbury Adams, Clean & Clear and Neutrogena Deep Clean, Coca Cola, Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc., Columbia Brewery, Dairy Farmers of Canada Milk, General Motors of Canada, KFC Canada, Kraft Canada, Labatt Breweries of Canada, McDonalds Restaurants of Canada Limited, Mission: Impossible III, Molson Canadian, Motorola, Nike, Nokia Products Limited, Pepsico, Sony Entertainment -- the Benchwarmers, Taco Bell, Telus and West 49.

MTV's multiplatform advertising opportunities allow clients' brands to reach millions of consumers via an array of on-air and digital assets, including the broadband service MTV Overdrive.

"The incredible response from clients and the agency community is confirmation that we are on target with the brand, our content and the distribution strategy," said Schwartz. "We want to acknowledge all 23 partners who have joined the MTV business from Day One. Our goal is to make MTV the preferred destination for advertisers, large and small, and we look forward to growing together with all of our partners."

On September 28, 2005, CTV Inc. announced it had forged a strategic alliance with MTV Networks to build and grow the MTV brand in Canada. A CTV-led venture promised to deliver a Canadian interpretation of the MTV brand across conventional and specialty television and for the first time, across a suite of digital media assets. Today, CTV has delivered on that promise.

MTV in Canada is a Canadian programmed and managed business wholly owned by CTV Inc., a division of Bell Globemedia Inc. MTV offers a distinctly Canadian interpretation of the MTV brand across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service, MTV Overdrive, and across an MTV-branded analog specialty service that delivers innovative lifestyle, talk and documentary programming with a commitment to 71 per cent Canadian programming in primetime. The MTV business is powered by an alliance between CTV, Canada's Number One television brand and MTV Networks, the world's most valuable media brand. MTV in Canada is one of 49 MTV-branded services worldwide serving 167 territories around the world.

Source: MTV

CONTACT: Emily Young Lee of MTV, +1-416-355-3613,; or
Scott Henderson, +1-416-332-5305, or Mike Cosentino,
+1-416-332-5048,, both of CTV Inc., for MTV

Web site:

NOTE TO EDITORS: The MTV media site is active and can be found on-line at High-Resolution photography and program information is available, as well as providing access to the MTV launch documents

Hip Hop Press Newsletter Readers: That Ad Ain't Quite Right!

The Monday newsletter came out with an ad that was in the process of being changed, i.e., I blew it on my scheduling. Here's the full text of the ad with the accompanying graphic. The correct ad will be posted tomorrow. My thanks to Desmick Perkins for putting up with my learning curve!

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Advancing Hip-Hop for Education, Activism and Development

Veteran rap producer/songwriter, MC Spice, funds new nonprofit organization aimed at promoting nonviolence through Hip-Hop's four spiritual principles: Peace, Unity, Love and Havin' Fun.

Boston,MA (PRWEB) March 19, 2006 -- Veteran rap producer/songwriter, MC Spice, funds new nonprofit organization aimed at promoting nonviolence through Hip-Hop's four physical elements: Emceeing, Graffiti, Deejaying and Breakdancing. The model is the culture's four spiritual principles: Peace, Unity, Love and Havin' Fun.

Targeting inner city youths, AHhead.Org (Advancing Hip-Hop for education, Activism and Development) has implemented street block parties and cookouts to further promote peace in the community.

Tapped to speak at the biweekly Saturday events this summer in Boston's high-crime neighborhoods are: MC Lyte, Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino, Melle Mel, Afrika Bambaata and KRS-One. Area youths will perform positive Hip-Hop songs and the 'Moving Hip-Hop Forward' award will be given to youth leaders for their contribution to the empowerment of inner city youths. AHhead. Org's main purpose is to harness the fire inside each individual youth and point it in a positive direction for spiritual, economic, political and social success.

Dr. Martin Luther King's nonviolence method and model is AHhead.Org's approach to promoting peace through Hip-Hop, and the organization urges media professionals and the music industry to stop it's defamation of Hip-Hop Culture. With various city and statewide projects in the works, promises to promote the culture's positive impact on the community and abroad. For more information, visit AHhead.Org's official website at


Bridgit Brown


American Comic Legend, Canadian Music Personality
Discuss 'Super-Hero Reading'

March 17th, 2006
Toronto -- "The best movies in the world started out
as words on a page" exclaims Hollywood comic icon Stan
Lee in a new radio PSA with Canadian music personality
Raoul Juneja (a.k.a. Deejay Ra), recorded as a
spin-off to Juneja's acclaimed 'Hip-Hop Literacy'

In addition to helping create many of the world's
beloved comic characters such as 'The Incredible Hulk'
and 'Wolverine', Lee has often been praised for
incorporating issues of education and
multi-culturalism into his comic storylines.

In 1971, Lee also helped amend the US Comics Code to
begin addressing previously banned comic storylines
such as drug use amongst students, in the hopes Lee's
most popular character 'Spider-Man' could inspire
dialogue between millions of youth readers and their
parents about relevant safety and social issues of the

No stranger to the silver screen, numerous Stan Lee
comic storylines have even been adapted into
chart-topping feature films. Hollywood heavyweights
who have starred as cinema versions of Lee's
characters include Wesley Snipes in "Blade", Halle
Berry in "X-Men", Kirsten Dunst in "Spider-Man", Eric
Bana in "The Hulk", and most recently Jessica Alba in
"The Fantastic Four".

Following a cameo appearance in award-winning director
Kevin Smith's 1995 "Mallrats" comedy, Lee was also
interviewed by Smith for their "Stan Lee's Mutants,
Monsters & Marvels" 2002 documentary. Lee published
his autobiography "Excelsior!" the same year.

Juneja's 'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign was launched
early 2004 with the support of "Get Shorty" author
Elmore Leonard. Additional radio PSAs of Juneja's
feature "Kill Bill" actor Michael Madsen, "Ali" actor
Giancarlo Esposito, and rapper actor Sticky Fingaz
among others, encouraging movie and music themed books
to students uninterested in reading as alternative
literacy developing methods.

For more about Stan Lee visit his
web site. And be sure to check out Deejay Ra's new
'special edition' web site at:

Basic Vocab preps debut album, The General Dynamic, for May 23rd, 2006 release

March 17th, 2006
Miami, FL----While the South is currently home to the Crunk movement, Miami natives Basic Vocab (consisting of emcees JL Sorell, Mental Growth and producer Tony Galvin) harkens Hiphop fans back to its golden age by molding politically tinged themes and feel good vibes, into a contemporary and utterly refreshing sound with their debut The General Dynamic.

While emcees JL Sorell and Mental Growths dynamic chemistry is anything but Basic, their working-class mentality and topic-matter will certainly appeal to the 9-5er. Though the LPs lead-single, Come Get With it (which will be released on April 18th) is a breezy lovesick ode that is sure to have hips gyrating and heads-nodding, JL and Mental Growth are just as apt at discussing the current state of affairs, as over a cascading synthesizer, compare ghetto survival tactics to the ongoing saga in the Middle East on Fallen One where JL laments both battles come with fallen ones/live by the gun/and witness dark days like the fallen sun/any circumstance in the Middle East/is like the urban city beef/except the black turban and ball caps is gold teeth/ from the rugged mountain terrain to hot concrete/young kids is feeling the pain with blood in the street. Similarly, JL and Mental Growth also ponder the checks and balances of Big Brother on Watching You as we know theyre watching us, but whos watching them Mental Growth ponders they rigged the election/it was fixed we been bushwhacked/now they got your sons and daughters dying in Iraq/looking for weapons of mass destruction and they still aint found jack/on that quest for black gold and they aint looking back/slipped in the Patriot Act/under fear of terrorism forced protection while they lace their pockets bleeding the system. And on The Trap? Mental Growth takes on the imagery and marketing tactics being (mis)used on artists for profits sake whats the word Mr. suburb/middle class thug/talking about you tote gats and sell drugs/who you think you fooling dog/we know that aint your sport/talking about you popping gats when you aint popped the cork/but on the real/you got a deal and thats true/but the image your portraying is it you.

While JL Sorell and Mental Growth use The General Dynamic as a platform to fully introduce themselves to the Hiphop populous at large, the groups sound architect, Tony Galvin already has a few Platinum plaques on his wall, as he has produced hit singles for Trick Daddy (Shut Up) and Trina (Baddest Bitch). One of the most talented upstart producers in Hiphop, its Tonys versatility that sets him apart, as rather then make artists conform to one particular style, Tony is able to craft beats that fully compliment the artists he is working with; and that again rings true on The General Dynamic. Tony recently produced six tracks for Dave Ghettos LoveLife LP and he also has a production deal with T.I.s Grand Hustle/Atlantic imprint, which saw him also produce six tracks for P$Cs (T.I.s group) 2005 debut 25 Ta Life, including Walk To Me f/Cee Lo and Fuck Where You From f/Young Jeezy and Tony will also be lending production (U Know Who f/Travis Barker) to T.I.s forthcoming LP King and the upcoming soundtrack to T.I. and Big Bois movie vehicle ATL. In addition, Tony has also recorded tracks for forthcoming LPs from Lil Scrappy, Quan, Dirtbag, Rick Ross, Dead Prez, Young Jeezy, Cee Lo, Luke and is currently working on his forthcoming Boeing Instrumental LP.

Tracklisting and credits for Basic Vocabs The General Dynamic:

1.) Intro (produced by Tony Galvin)
2.) Intense f/Lucian (produced by Tony Galvin)
3.) Likeness (produced by Tony Galvin)
4.) Vibin (produced by Tony Galvin)
5.) Come Get With It (produced by Square)
6.) Fallen One (produced by Tony Galvin)
7.) Sex(produced by Tony Galvin)
8.) Ease Back (produced by Tony Galvin)
9.) Its Alright f/Dynas (produced by Tony Galvin)
10.) Fly That Head f/Dave Ghetto(produced by Tony Galvin)
11.) The Trap (produced by Tony Galvin)
12.) Watching You (produced by Tony Galvin)
13.) Our Day In The Sun (produced by Tony Galvin)

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To obtain a press copy of Basic Vocabs The General Dynamic for review or interview purposes, please contact:
Matt Conaway@ Movement Marketing
Business #: 410-360-5957
Cell#: 410-903-7568
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Hustle. & DJ Whoo Kid Ink Deal with Koch Entertainment for Rewind DVD Magazine

NEW YORK, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-Media company, Hustle., and DJ Whoo Kid announced today that they have inked a joint venture with New York based company Koch Entertainment to distribute Rewind DVD Magazine.

"I was excited to sign this deal because it has all the key components," said Bob Perry, VP of A & R at Koch Records. "It's a great product and DJ Whoo Kid and Hustle. are the marketing teams behind some of hip-hop's biggest stars. We know that the Rewind DVD Magazine will be the premier of its kind."

Rewind DVD Magazine is a high-quality video magazine, which will cover all facets of the marriage between hip-hop and pop culture. "There's definitely a need in the marketplace for a great quality video magazine like this. We are gonna fill that void," said Datu Faison COO of Hustle. Rewind DVD, will be available nationwide this summer.

"The first one went triple platinum and was a cult classic which created all the copy cats," said DJ Whoo Kid. "I'm already known for putting out the hottest music in the street, now I can show people the behind the scenes in the daily life of their favorite stars." Notables on the forthcoming Rewind DVD include superstar Kanye West, real estate mogul Donald Trump, Mase, and Oscar winning group 3-6 Mafia.

"We are very excited about this new venture. Rewind DVD is taking this medium to the next level," said John Monopoly, Co-CEO of Hustle.

About Hustle:

Hustle. is a multi-media company who co manages Kanye West and manages Shawnna, Carl Thomas, G.O.O.D. Music artists, Consequence and GLC. DTP's Shawnna has relaunched her career with Hustle. and is exploding on the airwaves with the new single 'Gettin Some.' Hustle. and Rawkus Records have recently formed a joint venture to sign Just Blaze protege Naledge. Hustle. Also co-owns the highly revered international DJ coalition, the Shadyville DJ's with DJ Whoo Kid.

About DJ Whoo Kid:

DJ Whoo Kid has built an empire in the streets as the mix-tape king and the DJ behind the G-Unit movement. To date DJ Whoo Kid's accomplishments and accolades include 5 Justo's Mixtape Awards, Rolling Stones Top 10 DJ's of 2005 mention, a 10 hour block of programming on Sirius Radio's Shade 45 Channel, and a regular show on NY's Hot 97 station to name a few.

About KOCH Entertainment:

Now in its eighteenth year, KOCH Entertainment Distribution is the largest independent music and video distributor in North America. In 1991, KOCH revolutionized independent music distribution by becoming the first national independent distributor of domestic labels in the U.S.

Source: Hustle.

CONTACT: Miatta David, of MVD Inc., +1-212-244-5436,,
for Hustle.

Shadyville's Own DJ Whoo Kid and DJ E-Rock Collaborate to Present: Bay Bidness -The Mixtape,Vol.1

(March 15, 2006-New York, NY)- The newest member of the Shadyville family, DJ E-Rock, and the world renowned deejay and Shadyville founder, DJ Whoo Kid, are proud to present their most recent collaboration on the Bay Bidness-The Mixtape Vol. 1.

If the South has crunk music, the Bay Area has a similar energetic sound yet their style is unique and all their own. The Bay Area "Hyphy" movement is one that has always been popular on the West Coast regional scene. However, Bay Bidness-The Mixtape, Vol. 1 brings the "hyphy" movement to the national forefront with new exclusives from underground favorites and upcoming acts such as: Keak Da Sneak, Mistah F.A.B., The Team, The Federation, Ya Boy, Turf Talk, B. Legit, San Quinn, Balance, E.A. Ski, and "The Ambassador of the Bay" E-40, among many others.

"The Bay Bidness is a chance to allow the world know the immense amount of talent that the "Yay Area" has to offer. Many do not know that the "hyphy" sound has been around for years. Therefore, Bay Bidness serves as a chance for "hyphy" to get the exposure and recognition it so deserves," says DJ E-Rock, "Collaborating with Whoo Kid is an honor as he is in full support of a movement set to make a major impact on the way others view Bay Area talent.This is only the beginning, because we are fast at work on Volume 2."

DJ E-Rock is one of the most respected and well-known deejays in the Bay Area. Having began his career at the age of 12, E-Rock was the youngest deejay to have his own segment and show on the Bay Area airwaves at the age of 15 in 1996. His popularity hasled to him to sell over 20,000 mixtapes regionally. He has opened for some of hip-hop's most respected acts such as: E-40, Talib Kweli, Jadakiss, and The Clipse. DJ E-Rock has also appeared in a number of online and print media outlets including:,, Ruckus Magazine, and The Fader.Recently, E-Rock had the distinct honor and pleasure of being one of the selected alongside DJ Classic to be deejays of the month for Cornerstone Mixtape No. 77 on "We Represent The Yay Area".

DJ E-Rock can be heard every Tuesday night at 9 pm (PST)/12 am (EST) playing new exclusives and classics from the North, South, and East from the Bay Area perspective on his radio show, Bomb Bay Radio, on Sirius Satellite Radio's Channel 40 Hip Hop Nation. DJ E-Rock is the only Bay Area deejay to be heard on a number of Sirius Satellite Radio programs that includes: Eminem's Shade 45, Back Spin, Wax 42, and Hot Jamz. He also appears on "Liquor Barrel Radio" broadcast on on Mondays from 8-11 p.m. (PST).

DJ E-Rock is a member of DJ Whoo Kid's Shadyville Coalition ( DJ's, and is co-owner and member of the Liquor Barrel All Stars.

For more information about DJ E-Rock, please visit For any press or media inquiries for DJ E-Rock, please contact Syreta Oglesby at or (201)-658-3711. For bookings please contact Walt Liquor of The Liquor Barrel All Stars at 818-848-3427 or via email at

Tim Bowen Named Chief Operating Officer, Sony BMG Music Entertainment

NEW YORK, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Tim Bowen has been named Chief Operating Officer, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, it was announced today by Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, to whom he reports. Mr. Bowen will be based in New York.

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As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Bowen will work closely with Mr. Schmidt- Holtz in overseeing all aspects of the global music company's operations. This will include direct responsibility for Sony BMG's international operations, as well as the company's Global Digital Business, Strategic Marketing, Legacy, Masterworks and Sales Enterprise divisions. Mr. Bowen will also direct the company's expanding Audio-Visual and TV interests on a worldwide basis and have oversight for Human Resources.

"Tim brings to this role a deep understanding of both the creative and business aspects of the music industry," commented Mr. Schmidt-Holtz. "He has extensive experience with both of the companies that came together to form Sony BMG, and the dedication, passion and vision that are necessary to lead the joint venture into the future. He is clearly the right choice for this key post, and it is a true pleasure to announce his appointment."

"I'm delighted to have been given this opportunity," commented Mr. Bowen. "With a dynamic roster of current artists, a catalogue that includes an incredible number of legendary recordings, and impressive capabilities in the areas of marketing, distribution and digital initiatives, we have everything we need to establish Sony BMG as the clear leader in the global marketplace. I look forward to continuing my close working relationship with Rolf, as well as with Managing Directors from around the world and the entire Sony BMG team, as we realize the full potential of the joint venture."

Most recently Mr. Bowen served as Chairman, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, for Sony BMG Music Entertainment International, a post he had held since February of 2004. He joined BMG in 2002 when he was appointed Chief Operating Officer, BMG Europe by Rolf Schmidt-Holtz and carried out a number of international assignments before he was appointed Chairman, BMG UK and Ireland in 2003. In the role of Chairman he oversaw the operations of BMG and Zomba in the UK and Ireland and SYCO, the Company's TV production company with Simon Cowell.

Prior to joining BMG, Mr. Bowen worked for Universal Music International as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Affairs and following the merger of Polygram and Universal Music he became Executive Vice President of Universal Music International. He began his career at Sony Music UK -- then CBS Records -- in Business Affairs. He spent four years in New York as Head of Sony Music Publishing International, and returned to the UK in 1986 as Managing Director, Columbia Records.


SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.

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Source: Sony BMG Music Entertainment

CONTACT: Cory Shields, +1-212-833-4647, or John McKay, +1-212-833-5520,
both for Sony BMG Music Entertainment