Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Based on Big Sean's first day sells, Hits Daily Double is projecting Sean's "Finally Famous" to move about 95K units its first week. I think he'll move about 105K which is definitely very good for a new artist considering the recording industry's continued decline in album sales.
I was elated to find out that J. Cole would be launching his own online video blog series entitled "Cole Summer" which will follow the young North Carolina emcee on his trek to release his debut album "Cole World: The Sideline Story". The first episode finds Young Simba out in Toronto.
Although Banks has scrapped his "Cold Corner 2" Mixtape, he has still been pretty consistent lacing us with hot songs. This one is no different and is produced by Cardiak (Producer of "Start It Up").
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Check out the latest video from Eminem's "Recovery" which features pornstar Sasha Grey as the leading lady. The video was supposed to drop a few months ago, but better late then never I guess.....
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Previously|Kreayshawn - "Gucci Gucci" (Music Video)
Last night, Big Sean appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon during his http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifon going promo-run for his debut album "Finally Famous", which is officially in stores next Tuesday.
Bonus |Big Sean – Intro (Unofficial Video)
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
1 Editorial: The 10 Mixtape Commandments (The Official Guide To Launching A Successful Mixtape Campaign)
The mixtape has become one of the most powerful tools in a musician’s arsenal; it has plucked artists like 50 Cent and Drake from obscurity to the top of the Billboard Charts, re-birthed the career of Chris Brown and helped a slew of others to remain relevant. The mixtape is now one of music’s most championed forms of releasing music as it allows the artist to create and release music that they have a passion for sans the pressure from label executives to deliver bubbly pop records. Every year hundreds of artists (both signed and unsigned) release mixtapes in hopes of revitalizing their careers or duplicating the success of 50 Cent, Drake, Wiz Khalifa or J. Cole, but most mixtapes fall under the radar do to poorly conducted campaigns. Here is the definitive guide to making sure your next mixtape doesn’t go unnoticed!
1. Specific Release Time & Date
Having a specific release date and time makes your mixtape release eventful and builds anticipation. Rather than saying ‘the mixtape drops tomorrow or next week’ assigning your mixtape a more specific release of say, Friday at 7pm, will likely garner much more attention.
2. Standout Cover Art
if your cover art resembles that of the late 90’s Cash Money releases, it may repel potential listeners because unfortunately in rap we do judge albums by their covers.
3. Strategically Leak Songs
"For me it's like being on the street -- you hustling,"..."You come out and you know its a thousand people on the block doing their thing. You gotta get in where you fit in. I might come out with a couple of extra jams just to get my name out -- like, yo, give a couple of fiends something for free, just to let 'em know. 'It's over here. Taste that. Taste that! Taste that and let me know how you feel. Get back at me.' I think that's the same rules that apply to the mixtape situation. – Raekwon
4. Add Visual Support
Shooting Music Videos can be a great source of reciprocal promotion, not only music videos, but mixtape trailers and behind the scenes in the studio footage will also help to spread awareness for your project. You might be surprised at how many artists gain new fans simply because of an accidental YouTube click.
"You got to bump your head sometimes. I realized that with “The Warm Up” I should have did more visuals….just because I realize the importance of that now, the visual aspect and how much fans want to see that," – J. Cole (On The Importance of Visual Support)
5. Be Original (Minimize Cover Songs)
Unless you’re a well respected lyricist i.e. Lil Wayne, Fabolous, J. Cole etc. people don’t want to hear a whole album of freestyles, plus it minimizes your projects replay value. Using original tracks will allow your music to be promoted through radio stations and iTunes and add a little extra cash in your pocket. Be sure to give the listeners good, quality tracks as an artist will only be considered as hot as his latest project.
"I think that when creating a mixtape, you have to approach it with a selfless mind-set,"... "A mixtape can't be the songs that don't make your album, or songs that aren't good enough to make your album make your mixtape -- unless you're that good. There aren't that many people that are that good. I'm not that good. That mixtape [So Far Gone] is me working my hardest. It wasn't 'Oh, here are the songs I'm going to give away to you 'cause I have better songs coming.' A mixtape has become an album." – Drake
6. Enlist Guest Established Rappers/Producers
A Mixtape is a great way to legally release that hot joint that you couldn’t put on your album due to clearance issues. If you’re already well established, you can use guest features to break your new talent. Features are a great way to get another person’s fans to give your Mixtape a listen. Maybach Music emcee Wale most noticeably used this strategy with his “Back to the Feature” mixtape.
7. Utilize Endorsements
Having your project hosted/sponsored by a big name DJ or Website can do wonders for your projects awareness. If DJ Drama or 2DopeBoyz put their seal of approval on your project, more people are likely to listen and more outlets will push your mixtape.
8. Embrace The Power of Social Media
Do the hash tags #Fanofafan or #Kushandorangejuice ring a bell? If so, it’s probably because they spent a day or two as trending topics on Twitter in lieu of mixtape releases from Wiz Khalifa and Chris Brown/Tyga adding fuel to their already highly buzzed releases.
“A lot of artists try to get things to trend just for the fact of doing it and having that happen. I feel like when it happens, it’s supposed to be organic. Our little motto is “Taylor Gang or Die” and three or four days before I dropped the tape, that started trending on its own. I was like, ‘Cool, it’s getting to be that time.’ So that’s why when I did #kushandorangejuice, people latched straight onto it…and it spread like wildfire. You got to use your powers [on Twitter] wisely. You got to build up your powers. A year ago, I probably had like 5,000 followers on Twitter and I couldn’t have done nothing like this”. – Wiz Khalifa
9. Respect The Commodity Of Time
Although all these tips can be very effective, using them all at once will defeat the purpose. Timing is essential and at certain times, certain techniques will be more effective then others.
10. Don’t Charge…..Yet
Lil Kim came under a lot of a bit of fire back in February when she announced that she would be charging $9.99 for her “Black Friday” mixtape. It may be difficult to convince fans to spend money on a mixtape, when they are barely willing to spend it on albums. Where an artist will make their money lies in the subsequent shows, features and singles released in light our increased buzz.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
After much delay, J. Cole finally took to his Twitter to announce his album with be titled "Cole World: The Sideline Story" with a tentative release date of 9/27/11. Hopefully that date will stick.
Sayitainttone and Big Sean release the official video for there street banger which appeared on Sean's Finally Famous Vol. 3 as well as Tone's "SayItAint" Mixtape. Big Sean's debut album is in stores next Tuesday.
Lupe Fiasco recently appeared on Bill O'Reilly's show to defend his controversial comments regarding President Barack Obama. I'll admit I was a bit worried for Lu', but he was able to hold his own even though his comments were a bit extreme. SMH at "We're used to irresponsible statements from rappers" Bill, U Mad?
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
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I would rather not launch my album with out a plan the whole system is executing. I don't know why they play with me they know how I get.less than a minute ago via UberSocial Favorite Retweet Reply50cent
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Here is the OFFICIAL Nabil directed music video, to the numb the pain from all the fake ones floating around out there. Look out for the retail version of "Nostalgia Ultra" to drop July 26th.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
CyHi Da Prynce Returns with the sequel to the mixtape that kick started it all for him and caught the attention of Kanye West. This time around, CyHi enlists guest features from the likes of Big Sean, Yelawolf, Pill, Pusha T , Trey Songz & B.O.B.
You can stream the whole mixtape by clicking here.
On the eve before what would have been Tupac Shakur's 40th birthday, a man named Dexter Issac released a statement to AllHipHop confessing to the 1994 robbery and shooting of Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios. Issac (who is currently serving a life sentence on other robbery and murder charges) claims to have been hired by James Rosemond AKA "Jimmy Henchmen". Below is a couple excerpts from the letter:
“In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob [Tupac] Shakur at the Quad Studio... He gave me $2,500 plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring which he wanted for himself....Now I'm not going to talk about my friend Biggie's death or 2Pac's death, but I would like to give their mother's some closure. It's about time that someone did, and I will do so at a different time. Jimmy, you and Puffy come off all innocent-like, but as the saying goes: You can fool some people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time" -
And the rabbit hole deepens.....
Thursday, June 9, 2011
VEVO taps Fabolous to perform this cut off of The S.O.U.L Tape for the new series "Go Show", where they have an artist randomly show up in a public place and surprise the people by performing.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I Here is the official visual for "Daddy's Lambo" off of Yelawolf's "Trunk Muzik" mixtape. This also happens to be Yelawolf's first music video release since signing to Shady Records.
Snoop's #PuffPuffTuesdays have been missing in action for a couple weeks, but now he is back it with the official remix to his record "Platinum" featuring R. Kelly and Busta Rhymes
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
2. “I Do It” (Produced by: No I.D., The Legendary Traxster)
3. “My Last” f/ Chris Brown (Produced by: No I.D.)
4. “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” (Produced by: No I.D.)
5. “Wait For Me” f/ Lupe Fiasco (Produced by: No I.D. & Exile)
6. “Marvin & Chardonnay” f/ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash (Produced by: Pop Wansel & Mike Dean)
7. “Dance (A$$)” (Produced by: Da Internz)
8. “Get It (DT) f/ Pharrell” (Produced by: The Neptunes)
9. “Memories (Part II)” f/ John Legend (Produced by: No I.D.)
10. “High” f/ Wiz Khalifa & Chiddy Bang (Produced by: Xaphoon Jones)
11. “Live This Life” f/ The Dream (Produced by: No I.D.)
12. “So Much More” (Produced by: No I.D.)
13. “What Goes Around” (Bonus Track) (Produced by: No I.D.)
14. “Celebrity” f/ Dwele (Bonus Track) (Produced by: Filthy Rockwell, No I.D.)
15. “My House” (Bonus Track) (Produced by: Boi-1da)
16. “100 Keys” f/ Rick Ross & Pusha T (Bonus Track) (Produced by: Hilton and Brian Wright (WrighTrax Productions)
It appears that do to some clearance issues, several tracks originally recorded for Big Sean's "Finally Famous" LP won't be able to make the cut. While backstage at Summer Jam 2011, Sean revealed his plans to include some of these songs on a new roughly 10 track mixtape, which he plans to release sometime before the album.
Friday, June 3, 2011
While Young Scolla was out in Atl for the release of SMKA's "The 808 Experiment 3" he stopped through Tree Sounds for various activities sounding the release including this freestyle cypher session alongside Jack Preston, Phil Ade, Rittz, Young Lyxx & Donny Goines.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
During a recent interview with MTV, Em and & Royce offered some positive thoughts on rap group Odd Future. This is a GREAT look for them dudes.