Makin' It Magazine - Issue #14
Is Drake hip hop's Obama? This issue explores the secret to his success as well as features on DJ Ace, Kaspa, Zaytoven and over 100 great industry contacts.
$4.95US | $6.50CA Q1 2010 2 www.MakinItMag.com In This Issue... Hip Hop’s Obama Drake 16 Covers Digit 21 www.DigitManMusic.com Producers Panel 22 Sell More Beats R.E.D.-I Entertainment K-Digga 8 www.HittMennDJsLive.com Kaspa 27 Outside The Box 22 Real Estate Eye Feature Stories ZaytovenBeats.com Zaytoven 7 NaturalBornHustleHers.com Mz. Nicky 10 DJ Ace 14 Industry Events 5 Face Card 15 Co-sign 19 New Releases 25 Resource Directory 30 Technology Panel 13 Departments Networking Publishers Note 4 Directory 325 808 Boyz Ent ABHO Ace Geez Bedo Turkoglu Christelle Chynah Doll Cloud Kapri Coop Music DJ Dav E-Holmes Giovonni Ihsaan Khatim J Mac Twitter.com/TheRealDJAce Myspace.com/YungSparkz Sparkz 18 Online Branding Disecting The 360 Deal Artist Panel 20 24 12 26 26 28 26 28 28 5 5 28 28 29 26 J. Harden Jay Deuce J’sar Life of Da Party Logan Threat Maff Test Mic Check Mistah BNG Noble Production Group Philly Blocks Scorpio Smith S-Jayy Street Smart Ent Tank Dizzle Tifanii Songbird Trelle Wess ZacRed 11 26 5 29 26 26 5 29 28 11 5 24 26 12 28 24 29 28 Makin’ It Magazine 3939 Lavista Rd. Ste E-249 Tucker, GA 30084 www.MakinItMag.com Gen. Info: 678.528.6925 Ad Sales 678.887.5701 Publisher Kelby Cannick Marketing/PR Coordinator Darlene Dillard. Event Liason Shirrel Birchfield Contributing Writer Chuck Woo TiQuisha Tobin Circulation Billy Davidson Jr. Copy Editor Kimberly Cannick Contributing Designer Maya Elious www.MakinItMag.com 3 I 4 www.MakinItMag.com Industry Events National Events TJs DJs 1st Qtr Conference February 17, 2010 Tallahassee, FL www.TjsDjs.com Southern Entertainment Awards 2010 (SEAs) March 4-7, 2010 Memphis, TN SouthernEntAwards.com Real Talk Urban Music Awards March 11-14, 2010 ???, Alabama realtalkurban.com SoHipotome (Women In Hip Hop) March 11-13, 2010 Raleigh, NC www.nancioradioshow.com Winter Music Conference March 23 - 27, 2010 Miami Beach, FL WinterMusicConferrence.com South By Southwest (SxSW) SXSWeek 2010: March 12-21 Interactive: March 12-16 Film: March 12-20 Music: March 17-21 Austin, Texas www.SxSw.com One Stop Shop Producerâ€™s Conference March ?, 2010 Las Vegas, NV dreambigventures.net North Carolina Urban Music Awards April 17, 2010 Greensboro, NC I Create Music ASCAP Expo April 22-24, 2010 Los Angeles, CA www.ascap.com The Core DJs Retreat XII May 7-9, 2010 Orlando, FL coredjradio.ning.com Texas Urban Music Summit June ?-?, 2010 Dallas, TX www.TexasUMS.com 3rd Annual South Carolina Music Awards July 2010/ TBA www.SCMusicAwards.com Texas Summer Music Conferrence Summer 2010 Dallas, TX TexasSummerMusicConferrence.com North by Northeast Music Festival (NxNE) Toronto, Canada June 16-20,2010 www.NxNE.com Summer Nattional Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Nashville, TN June 18-20, 2010 www.Namm.org Southeastern Music and Entertainment Summit (SMES) Myrtle Beach, SC Sept 24-26, 2010 www.smesmusicsummit.com CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival October 19-23, 2010 New York City www.cmj.com/marathon Atlanta Open Mics Monday >> Club Crucial 2517 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy Wednesday >> Throbacks 4847 Old National Hwy, Thursday >> Scores 2425 Wesley Chapel Rd Sunday >> The Gate 6510 Tara Blvd www.MakinItMag.com 5 Coop Music “Prodigy” would have to be the word that I’d use to describe Cooper McGill, the 15 year old Canadian who recently relocated to Atlanta to pursue his dream of becoming a Grammy award winning producer. Having just secured his first major placement (“Buy It, Upgrade It”) on the upcoming Too Short project, he has been making tremendous strides in a relatively short amount of time. In addition to pursuing placements Coop has been working closely with singer/songwriter D. Brown (former American Idol contestant) out of his private studio, located in Atlanta’s Artist Factory. Excelling both academically and musically, Coop plans to complete his High School education by age sixteen so that he will have more time to devote to his musical endeavors. With a personal motto of “Disciplined, Determined & Destined!” Coop moves forward displaying a calm focus rarely seen in individuals twice his age To hear tracks and get more information on Coop Music please visit the following sites: www.CoopMusic.com YouTube.com/CoopMusic94 PMPworldwide.com/Coop Twitter: @ CoopMusicBeats By K. Cannick A. Smith (BrownGyrlz Entertainment) is a 21 year old sing singer/ songwriter from Los Angeles, California that also choreographs and produces much of his own music. A talented artist with a strong work ethic he is diligently working toward securing a recording contract or a publishing deal. Together with his management he is looking to connect with other producers & industry professionals that can help take his career to the next level. Browngyrlzent@gmail.com | 310-355-8642 | Scorpiosmith.com | @Scorpiosmith Mic Check ( of Neighborhood Watch) the Westside Atlanta Native is busy prepping for an early March release of his “WHAT Part of the Game is THIS?!!” Mixtape. With records like “420 Cologne” (Ft. MR DJ of the Dungeon Fam) and “Can’t Stop Now” (Ft. Playboy Tre) already doing well in the streets, he plans to release his currently untitled EP by 4th Qtr. Mic Check is looking to network with serious talent and individuals. 678.719.9279 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @miccheckATL | Facebook.com/MicCheck J’sar is a multitalented, 25 year old hip hop artist from Newport News, VA. Heavily involved with the marketing and promotions of his own career, he also directs and produces music videos. Working with a close knitt support team, his goal is take his career to the next level and attain more exposure for his music. J’sar is currently looking for investors and would like to collaborate with other artists and producers from different markets. email@example.com | 757-660-7807 | Myspace.com/Jsar | Twitter.com/Jsar Dj Dave Is a fresh face on the Atlanta music scene having just relocated to the A from Indianapolis, Indiana (Naptown). A member of the Greatest DJs his distinctive Midwest mixing style has made him a favorite for parties. DJ Dave is currently looking to network with Club Owners, Promoters, Other DJs and talented artists that are serious about breaking their music. For Booking info and Mixtape Hosting call EHolmesDa1@Yahoo.com | 706-977-9176 6 www.MakinItMag.com Photo Courtesy of Diwang Valdez Zaytoven Many of you may be most familiar with Super-producer Xavier “Zaytoven” Dotson from his many hit records with Atlanta’s own Gucci Mane but this one of a kind talent has been quietly on his grind for over a decade. A military child born in Germany, Zaytoven lived all over the world before his family finally settled down in California. Getting his start playing the church organ, Zaytoven soon mastered playing the guitar, drums and piano by ear. After high school his family relocated to Georgia but Zaytoven stayed behind a while to pursue his music working with artist JT the Bigga Figga before eventually following down to Georgia. Enrolling in barber school Zaytoven would be introduced to Gucci Mane through a fellow student. The two had an immediate connection and www.MakinItMag.com undeniable work chemistry scoring big in 2005 with Gucci Mane’s hit single “So Icy” featuring Young Jeezy, which peaked at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Tracks chart. Working closely with Gucci, Zaytoven went on to work with many popular southern artists, such as OJ Da Juiceman, Yung LA, Yung Ralph, Gorilla Zoe and recent placements on R&B Grammy winner Usher’s upcoming album as well as Brandon & Brian Casey of Jagged Edge. With all the success that Zaytoven has attained he continues to reach back and help independent artists offering track bundles affordably priced up and coming artists on his website, ZaytovenBeats.com. By K. Cannick 7 8 www.MakinItMag.com K-Digga The music business is not for the timid or the weak hearted. If you want to succeed in this industry you’ve got to be bold and ready to take what’s yours. These days, it seems like everybody with a computer and the right software got an album coming soon. But it takes more than just music. It takes drive, ambition, faith, work and dedication. These are all qualities that you’ll find in K-Digga, Lead artist and CEO of R.E.D.I. Entertainment. In an industry overrun with people gambling on a dream, it’s refreshing to see artists like K-Digga, who actually invest into their careers. Patiently putting the pieces together, he has been assembling his team. With artists like Breezy and Dr. Jekyll, a versatile production powerhouse, KDigga is already off to a strong start. Born & Raised in Talladega, Alabama, K-Digga began rapping in High School. While he enjoyed it and always had a desire to be in the entertainment industry, he never took rapping that serious. With his natural hustle and leadership skills, he saw himself more fit for the role of a CEO. It wasn’t until years later when managing his first group out of Tampa, Florida that K-Digga would realize his place as an artist. After featuring on one of the groups songs Digga began to rethink his stance on being an artist after all of the positive feedback he received from the record. In just two years K-Digga has accomplished more than many artists have in their career, currently workwww.MakinItMag.com ing on the third installment of his “Str8 Drop” Mixtape series, he has two singles in the streets “Trunk” featuring Gucci Mane and “Its Like That” featuring Yo Gotti, which recently began receiving radio play on select stations. Tapping in to his industry connections K-Digga has worked with Zaytoven, Shawty Red, Rocko Da Don, Project Pat and looks forward to soon adding Scarface and Drumma Boi to that list. Speaking on the state of hip hop, K-Digga expressed his frustration with the lack of authenticity in the game today. As he put it, He’d rather sound good saying “SOMETHING” than just saying something to sound good. So while other artists are trying to live the life they rap about he just raps about the life he’s lived. I think this is the key to the following he’s built with his fans. As he plans out the 4th quarter release of his Album, Mr. Alabama, K-Digga anticipates the biggest obstacle of the release to be unifying his home state. With so much talent in Montgomery, Birmingham, Talladega, Mobile, Tuscaloosa and just spread out through the whole state, he feels there’s too much division in the music scene. This is why he is going so hard with this project. It’s not just about K-Digga and RED-I Entertainment, it’s about BAMA Pride. He wants to step out strong and show not just the industry but the world what Alabama has to offer. For booking, info or business inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770.485.9147 9 By K. Cannick MZ. Nicky By K. Cannick Since the age of ten Mz. Nicky has always had a unique talent for poetry and music. Battling with the acceptance of losing her father and learning how to express her self she began writing her feelings down and channeling her anger in the form of Poetry and Music. Mz. Nicky has been awarded as Legend of The Stage and through her poetic abilities and writing skillz she returned to school and later published a book entitled “Skin Deep” in 2006 She began rapping but really did not know she had a gift for music, just basically doing it as a hobby. Her inspirations in life were the female pioneers in rap, for example Mia X, Da Brat and Shawnna. Mz. Nicky had a vision that she wanted to be able to take care of her family like her Father but with a different approach. She inherited her Mother’s wisdom on life and humbleness and her Father’s hustler mentality and steered herself in a more positive direction, which was the music. 10 As she has gotten older her lyrical abilities have drastically caught the eyes of many people and her swag is like no other female artist. Mz. Nicky is often compared to her childhood idol Mia X and a female version of Lil Wayne. She enjoys the thrill of being on stage in front of a crowd, Performing and opening for major artist like Juvenile, Yo Gotti, Roxy And Terrance(106 & Park) and performing at over thirty venues in her first year in and around the Cincinnati Tri-State area. She is receiving great reviews about her music and performances; she works hard on improving to make each performance unique. With the feedback she has received it has inspired her more and made her want to become a star more than ever before. This is her lifetime dream and destiny Mz. Nicky is determined to be a star. MySpace: mznicky513 | Twittery: @mznicky513 FaceBook: mznicky513 | Youtube: 513mznicky J. Jones ENT | (513) 200.4856 www.MakinItMag.com King of Hood & Blues J. Harden Philly Blocks By K. Cannick By K. Cannick Over the past three years I’ve watched the growth of R&B singer J. Harden, the self proclaimed King of Hood & Blues and winner of over 165 Atlanta open mics. With a selection of finely tuned songs including “Marching Band” Ft. Trick Daddy, “Lift Me Up” Ft. Jadakiss, “Work Dat Pole” and “We F***ing” he is preparing for the official release of his King of Hood & Blues Street Album Hosted by Bigga Rankin and Freeway Ricky Ross. The project also features Slick Pulla, Trae The Truth and label mates J.C. Implacable and Georgia. With nothing but raw talent and a tenacious grind J Harden manages to consistently book paying shows. J. Harden is available for features and looking to connect with DJs and club promoters to continue booking more shows in new markets. www.JHarden.me | 347-266-3418 | email@example.com Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Philly Blocks is a hip hop artist representing hard for the West End of Da Ville. Regarding himself as a street lyricist, he aims to represent the full spectrum of his generation. Giving listeners more that the “Party and Bullsh!t” music they are used to hearing from artists in his age bracket, many of his songs touch on his own personal struggles and triumphs in life. Coming from a small market that has yet to get the attention it deserves from a national audience, his goal is to crack the door open and hopefully with that unify his city. Philly blocks is looking to connect with every DJ that is feeling his music. He is available for drops, features and shows. Contact Quiet Noise Management for more infotmation and visit myspace.com/philblocks to check out his music. firstname.lastname@example.org | 502-407-0266 | Twitter.com/MrQuietNoise www.MakinItMag.com 11 William Taylor (born September 3, 1982 in Birmingham, AL) is better known as Tank Dizzle, a nickname given to him by his grandmother for being a hard hitter on the football field. An American rapper and songwriter, this heavy hitter in the rap game was raised in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, GA. He was very athletic growing up, involved in everything from gymnastics to swimming to football. Although quiet by nature, he was known to be wild when the situation warranted. Putting his best effort into any and everything he works for, his grandmother’s words of “Put God First” still rings in his ears and influences his lyrics. Committed to living life on his own terms, Tank has been an Tank Dizzle artist all his life. From writing lyrics at the age of 9 to custom painting 18-wheelers, a love he shares with his father, to aspirations of the big screen, Tank is guaranteed to crush whatever he touches. With influences ranging from Tupac to Easy E he describes his work as versatile with a positive tilt that’s sure to reach many audiences. Tank has already been receiving a great response from records like “Exotic” and his current single “Go Ham” generating a notable following overseas, especially in key European markets. Never content he continues to seek opportunities to further expand his fan base here in the states by connecting with DJs and Promoters in all markets. Aiming high with his career goals his work ethic keeps him focus. While many other artists make excuses he’s to busy making the neccesarry adjustments to succeed. Backed by a strong partner Detria-D, founder and CEO of Master Mind Enterprises and MasterMind Records, Tank is poised to make his impact on the game in a big way. If you are interested in features, booking, submitting beats, or getting more information about MasterMind Records please contact them directly. Email:email@example.com myspace.com/tankdizzle2008 twitter.com/tankdizzle (770) 991-7652 808 Boyz Ent Big Yo, Ceo and founder of 808 Boyz Entertainment has been putting in considerable work to take his company to the next level. Based out of Vidallia, Georgia (2 hours southeast of Atlanta between Macon and Savannah) Yo has turned location, his biggest obstacle, into an asset by making calculated steps to position himself as a key player in his and the surrounding markets. Establishing a retail base of operations that caters to his target demographics he has created his own direct-toconsumer distribution channel. Organizing a team of DJs, he has outlets for mixtape placements and club rotation. As a club promoter he has also built a grassroots following with the people and valuable connections with club owners and the various regional and national acts that he has booked such as Gucci Mane, Oj Da Juiceman, J Futuristic, Young Capone, DG Yola, Shawtly Lo, Rick Ross and many others. With a clear vision of his goal and storong work ethic I feel success is guaranteed for any artists under his watch . Yo is looking to connect with other DJs, Artists, Producers, Promoters and serious individuals as he strives to make 808 Boyz Entertainment a household name. Bigyo808@gmail.com 912.326.1701 | 912.293.8763 www.twitter.com/yo808 www.myspace.com/bigyo808 www.facebook.com/yo808 12 www.MakinItMag.com Technology Panel Online branding One of my marketing snafu pet peeves is when I hear an artist in an interview or on stage being asked how the public can contact them and they start by saying Myspace.com forward slash Yada Yada Yah - SMH. The branding opportunity missed by shouting your Myspace page is Huge! Trust me, Myspace has enough money to handle their own brand promotion without your help. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting Myspace down. I think Myspace is a wonderful tool to showcase your music and information. Especially when you’re first starting out. Yes Myspace has lost some of it’s social network appeal as the newness has worn, but ounce for ounce pound for pound, it’s one of the easiest ways to get your music and information up and out. And quiet as kept, they still are in the top 10 trafficked websites on earth. So when people say Myspace is dead, trust me their not talking about the traffic generated to the site. Where else can you go and potentially reach millions of fans? Facebook? I rest my case. Branding is the art of promoting your own brand, your own identity, the tradename of your product or service. So when you promote Myspace, not only do you miss branding ops, but you miss the opportunity to drive traffic to your own domain name. Why is this important? Well, let’s say for instance that you decide to take your Myspace page down, or it’s hacked or let’s say Myspace changes their music policy? Think of the people who now don’t know how to find you. An option to all of this is obtaining your own domain name. Your own www. online real estate. Depending on where you go to purchase your domain, a .com address will run you about $10.00 per year. On the other hand a .info domain extension can cost you as little as .89. You can then take your domain name and forward it to your Myspace page similar to forwarding your phone to another number. I recommend using Go Daddy as your domain registrar. Go Daddy is easy to use and their dashboard makes it really simple to forward the doman and with masking. Masking allows you to mask the domain you’re forwarding to with your own domain name. So you’re on Myspace, but it says your domain name. Branding accomplished. Being successful online is about doing a number of small things and branding your identity is one of them. Ideally, you should have your own website in addition to a Myspace page. You must learn to integrate your online presence. Your Twitter page should point people to your Myspace and FB pages and vice versa. The more pages that you have that point to one another the more important the search engines perceive you. The more important you are in Search engines the easier it is for someone to find your brand! Until the next time, Happy Marketing -Chuck Woo appears courtesy of www.chuckwoo.com www.onlinemarketingtools.net www.earwaxrecords.com www.MakinItMag.com 13 DJ Ace By K. Cannick Holding down the southeast side of Atlanta DJ Ace has built a loyal following in the streets as well as strong relationships with some of the A-town’s biggest names. With over 13 years in the industry, Ace has played a role in breaking artists such as Yung Ralph, Gucci Mane, Alley Boy and a host of others. Talking with Ace, you will quickly realize his passion for the game and his disgust with DJs who just hop on the coattails of any artist with a buzz instead of getting behind them early on and helping create that buzz. Ace’s code and work ethic have earned him a strong reputation in the streets for being one of the few DJs who will get out in the trenches alongside the artist, promoting the project, setting up shows, making connections and putting it in the people’s face. Ace explains that he’s comfortable doing this because he doesn’t just work with any artist. If you want hime to be involved with a project the music has to be up to par. For him it’s not just about a check. It’s about accomplishing a goal. “Artists come to me from these streets and they looking for a another way of living. That’s why I go in like I do. It’s about the personal relationships more than anything.” Reflecting back on the last 13 years, Ace talks about how he first started out promoting High School parties at the skating rinks and his time running with Kizzy Rock, Raheem the Dream and DJ smurf all the way to him having managed Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman. As he moved on to Promoting Bigger and Bigger Shows including those with Ying Yang Twins, Pastor Troy, TI & PSC and Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy it was only natural that his next step would be club ownership. So in 2007, after coming off the road with Gucci Mane, Ace and a long time friend partnered to purchase Club J Pauls, the first 21 and up club that Ace ever spun at. As co-owner of the Gate, Ace has spent the past 3 years do ing what he has always done, breaking records. Combining his mixtape following with club crowd and a venue to book shows for artists he has been providing a platform for new artists to really reach potential fans and get their name out in these streets. To contact ACE for booking shows, Promotions Mixtapes or any other business matter email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-851-0565 twitter.com/TheRealDJAce Myspace.com/DjAce6 FaceBook.com:/DJAce www.MakinItMag.com Face Card! Face Card is a special section focused on spotlighting some of the industry most prominent movers and shakers. These are individuals making an impact in their respective fields and on track to being the next batch of Moguls and Super Stars If you want to be considered for this section just follow us on twitter (@MakinItMag) and continue to excel at what you do. We have our eyes on you. DJ Kamillion (Money Rain Ent/Hood Rich) - One of the hardest working and most consistent DJs I see in the streets of Atlanta. He doesn’t just host your mixtape, he gets out there and promotes it with you. A great club DJ that keeps a full schedule of clubs he spins at definitely someone you need to know. Sam Stone (Sam Stone Studios) Innovative entrepreneur that has built his own television production company/ studio from the ground up in just 5 short years providing those in the entertainment industry with a real option for hitting the airwaves. Currently reaching 16 markets he has network contacts to reach national audiences. American Yard (Konvict Music) This International trio consisting of Stacy-Ann, Stevie English and Blewz are often described as “The Fugees meets Black Eyed Peas mixed with City High” as they create a unique blend of reggae, hip-hop, pop and jazz music. Check out their debut single, “No You Didn’t” on ITunes Myspace.com/AmericanYard Yamil Little (Indepedent Contractor) This young industry professional is a graduate of AIA. Working closely with Khao Music Group and Grammy U (NARAS), Yamil is someone to keep on your radar as he cuts a path thru the industry helping connect others with much needed resources and opportunities. Visit him at YamilLittle.com www.MakinItMag.com BJ Aka “The Renaissance” Co-founder and lead producer of The Beat Squad brings a unique sound to the game. Leasing custom sequenced tracks online for just $50 BJ is looking to affordably provide independents with quality production while searching for artists and writers. Visit TheBeatSquad.com today or call (404) 447-8760 for custom produced tracks starting at $250. Des Aka “That Retail Chick” With 14 years experience on the front lines learning retail, promotions, marketing and consumer psychology, Des has launched her own consulting company using her years of experience and connections to help independent artists take their careers to the next level. Contact ThatRetailChick@gmail.com for more info or visit ThatRetailChick.com 15 “A light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” these are the words I heard echoing from CNN as I sat down to work on our Drake cover story. It was Monday morning and the news had just broken about comments made by Senator Harry Reid during the 2008 Democratic Primaries when describing why he thought America was ready to embrace, then Senator, Barrack Obama as the first black president. Staring at pictures of Drake as I listened to the story I began to notice the similarities in both Drake and Obamas story. Both seemingly came out of nowhere to claim the top spot in their respective fields. Both embraced technology using the internet to promote, building strong grass roots campaigns with a huge followings on college campuses. Both arrived at a point in time when the game was at its worse and people were waiting for a change. And as I sat listening to CNN I couldn’t help but notice that like Obama, Drake is “light skinned” and having been raised by his white Jewish mother in an affluent area of Toronto, has limited “Negro Dialect” (unless he wants to have one). Reflecting on that last similarity I began to question the role of race in the entertainment industry. When you look back on a history of black firsts such as Vanessa Williams being the first black woman to win the Miss America Pageant or Halle Berry being the first black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, you can’t help but notice that they are mixed. Seeing as how white people account for a majority of the population and make up the majority of the hip hop consumer base I went to my twitter followers to ask, “How do you feel skin tone or race in general affects the success of an artist?” Below are just a few of the responses we received. If you want to make your opinions heard join the conversation at www.MakinItMag.com himself with Lil Wayne and Young Money and opening many of his songs on his mixtape with referencing how high he is. If anything, Drake can be argued to represent a perfect black masculinity as the Obama of Hip Hop because he can codeswitch with the best of them. It is no surprise (or shouldn’t be) that black performers in hip hop live in two extremities – either OVER masculinated (the thug, the ‘bad nigga’ if you will) or not threatening at all. Outside of business aspects of the industry, Drake is so successful because he resides in a gray area of identity where he uses his “mulatto” status to achieve what those who live within in the extremities of black masculinity can’t – acceptance not only as a performer but as a human being as well. dominated the airwaves for at least the last five years, and has a management team to keep him visible. So there are many other factors that play into his success outside of his skin color. However, with a mixtape and a buzz you dont deserve comparisons to the leader of the free world. I’m sorry. For men I don’t think skin tone effects their popularity that much. The “so called” best rapper with the most sales in the world looks something like a gremlin and is dark complected. And if skin tone mattered or looks in general for that matter I doubt he would have gotten very far in his career. I think as far as crossing over though it IS easier for “urban artist” who are of lighter complexion to grab a white audience. White people might feel less threatened by them.. maybe. Well thats my two cents. xo Tatum @TatumThePhotog Tatum Forbes, ATL Interesting take on Drake. I’ve been playing around with idea of Drake’s success for a minute and I think you may have given me an angle. I dont think skintone really has ANYthing to do with the success of a performer or not. The key to his success is Drake’s understanding, performance, and catering to one’s audience. What Drake masterfully does is “flip-flop” (pun intended) into whatever class or racial space he is forced into. He can go from EXTREMELY non-threatening (the dude was on DeGrassi for God’s sake) to trying to stunt a concevied “Hip Hop” masculinity by affiliating @RedClayScholar Regina Barnett, ATL The color aesthetic that continues to dominate our culture has more to do with the way we are perceived by the public than some of us want to acknowledge. Because the majority of the world, even countries with brown skin people, have lighter tones, there is more of acceptance of the lighter skin Blacks from a world perspective. When people aren’t intimidated by you, regardless of their reason and rationale, they are more likely to embrace you. On that same note, Drake is a rapper with a mixtape and compilation album. He has positioned himself with a team that has @IAmBreakBread AV from that BBE unlike “obama” drake is under an actual “negro” aka lil wayne who is under another negro aka “birdman”. Although they both seemed amazing @ first and seemed 2 just come out of nowhere we all know that they both have been working 4 years in their respective fields and were not known to the public because they were not in the public eye. I myself had never heard of John McCain either until he ran for election. But as with every trend in the record business it will seem as if his dialect and skin color will have everything to do with his success when in fact it’s just the fact that he’s a new artist under a bigger artist that has more to do with his success than anything else. There are thousands of artists that come out everyday with no accent from light to white skinned but because they do not have the marketing machine behind them they aren’t as exposed as a drake is to the public. So to say that his skin color and dialect has anything to do with his success would be asinine!. @DJKingSpin DJ King $pin, ATL www.MakinItMag.com 17 Sparkz Dead for One minute and Thirty Seven seconds, from a near fatal car accident while being airlifted to a local hospital in California, Zu, an up and coming artist, was given a second chance at life and through his artist Sparkz a second chance at his dreams. Sitting across from Sparkz in their hotel room discussing the music industry, I can’t help but notice his confidence as he speaks on his career aspirations. While many Cali artists are obsessed with bringing the “West Back” Sparkz has set his goal much higher as he Talks about rejuvenating the game. Hard at work wrapping up his latest mixtape effort which will boast an impressive 21 tracks, Sparkz is currently promoting his first single “Keisha Packs” featuring Gucci Mane and Zu Tha Greatest. Sparkz manager, Zu, is looking to do a simultaneous push on the mixtape in both California and the Atlanta Market. He also is interested in working with DJs and Promoters in any market that feel the project could be successful in their region. Producers contact to submit beats for the album. For more information or booking please contact Zu at SanFranciscoZu@gmail.com or (415) 623-0588. Twitter.com/FlyBoySP Myspace.com/YungSparkz Facebook: Sparkz Mouton By K. Cannick 18 www.MakinItMag.com The Co-Sign Indianapolis, IN Mixtape | Club Facebook.com/DjDonDon DjDonDon@ymail.com The Co-sign is about the essence of hip hop, 6 DJs vouching for new records that they like. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. If you’re a DJ interested in being featured in this section just register to review songs at www.OnTheGrindMixtape.com DJ Don-Don Upstate, NY Mixtape | Club www.MrTurnItUp.com Twitter: @MrTurnItUp DJ Focus Co-signing: “On My Momma” by G-Fresh “The record has been going hard in the streets and the camp got a strong movement behind them. It don’t hurt that the video just premiered on mtv.com not to long ago either.” Co-signing: “The Weekend” by Da Yungins “I Think its a very good song. It appeals to all different ages young kids in high school and also older people. The song will take them back. The video is making noise on youtube and MTV Jamz.” Houston, TX Mixtape | Club | Radio |Street Twitter.com/djlovehouston email@example.com Booking: 832-880-1020 DJ Love North Central FL Mixtape | Club www.DjBrucki.com firstname.lastname@example.org DJ Brucki Co-signing: “Houston” by Cityy Ft. Slim Thug “It’s a Hot Street anthem thats radio ready & its moving the clubs. A new artist to the scene with a nice flow, puttin on for his cityy!” Co-signing: “I’m On It” by P.I. Bang “The song is a club banger that can appeal to any urban market. P.I Bang also has a strong team behind him and travels a lot to ensure he is heard in different markets.!” Mixtape | Club twitter.com/djdiesel904 email@example.com | 904.859.8010 DJ Diesel Florida Atlanta, GA Mixtape | Club | Radio www.djkingspin.podomatic.com firstname.lastname@example.org DJ Kingspinz Co-signing: “Top Of The Line” by Yung Trap Ft. Young Cash | “I felt the song had alot of potential. It has a nice strong melody. The hook catches the listeners attention.Young Cash also adds a nice feel to it. ” Co-signing: “Oh My God!” by Teenz of Ent. “These kids are very energetic and they make great songs with great hooks! I also like their style of production!” www.MakinItMag.com 19 Artist Panel 360 Deals “I’m an independent R&B Artist. I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the past three years consistantly building up my buzz and now I have a few deals on the table. Everybody is telling me that I’m going to have to sign a 360 deal. I hear a lot of people talk about 360 Deals and its never anything positive but I personally don’t know what the term means. What is a “360” Deal and How will it affect my career long term If I choose to go that route?” -Tony Hey Tony, That is a very good question and also an important one these days. Most industry people that I speak with have no idea of the 360 deal concept. 360 deals have become increasingly popular amongst major/independent Record Labels. Due to the declining record sales (recession)….Record Companies have been scrambling for quite a while now to find a way to recoup funds used to market, promote and release an artist’s album (yes I still use that word.) “360 deals”/ “multiple rights deals”/”ancillary rights”/ “nonrecording income” deals are contracts that allow a record company to receive a percentage of income from an Artist, in relation to activities pertaining to the entertainment industry as a whole. Now record companies may receive a portion of in* Touring revenue * Merchandise sales * Endorsement deals * Ringtone income * Movies come from ventures that used to go solely to the Artist such as: opportunities for them to make money. Does this look familiar- Yes- some industry insiders have compared this to the role of the manager- in which the label is focusing on the Artist’s entire career instead of just the record sales. So if you are an up and coming Artist and are looking to get signed by a major/independent Record Label, be prepared to give up those rights. My advicebefore you sign to any Record Label, have an Entertainment Attorney look over your contract in order to make sure that your rights are fully protected. -TiQuisha Tobin, Esq. Tobin Law Group & JDW Management facebook.com/TiquishaTobin www.twitter.com/TTobinLaw www.ttobinlaw.blogspot.com The industry has changed and the labels are changing their business models to go along with it. Record Labels look at it like this--- most Artist will not be given the opportunites (touring/mechandising/author/ actor) without the fact that they have became popular because of their status as an recording Artist. How did the Artist become popular???- through the marketing and promotion work of the Record Label. Yes- this seems unfair but most labels say in exchange for these rights- they will commit to promoting the Artist at longer lengths and will try to develop 20 www.MakinItMag.com When it comes to the entertainment industry, it seems that everyone is trying to get “On” but nobody is trying to give back. This is what sets Seven “Digit” Hughes apart from the pack. Brooklyn born and Southern Bread, Digit is more than an artist, he’s an activist. Sitting on the board of directors of the Lisa Lopes Foundation (www.lisalopesfoundation. org), he is actively working to enrich the community through both his art and his actions. Founding the Campaign for the Arts (www.campaignforthearts.com) he is currently working to raise $10,000 for the Harbor Conservatory in Harlem while both attending school and putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming album, “Life of a Number”. Digit was Introduced to the entertainment industry at just three years old, when he began acting and modeling. The hustle was also instilled in him at a young age. Raised in a single parent household, he learned the value of hard work finding creative ways to earn money to enjoy the pleasures of youth. At age 14 he landed his first job working for the SCRP (South Carolina Record Pool) and in the same year started his first company (www.7thwonder.com) which is still going to this day. Working with the SCRP he learned a great deal about music business and continued that on the job education as he also began working for A&M Perspective Records, setting up shows for the National Urban League, Budweiser Superfest and various local concerts and events. With the discipline instilled in him from his time served in the Marines Digit is more focused than ever as he focuses in on his music. CEO and founder of DIGITMAN Music his goal is to create amazing music that people would pay to come enjoy. Hoping to complete both a west coast and east coast tour in the next six months he is looking to connect with DJs, Promoters, and those interested in helping or donating to any of the community programs he is involved in. For more information contact Simone Burke at 404.784.2884 or by email at email@example.com. DigitManMusic.com Twitter.com/digitman MySpace/thedigit Facebook/digitman Producer Panel How to Sell more Beats If you’re a producer and you’re not making any money then you need do one of two things: Stop Producing or Change the way you think. Personally, I’ve always been confused by the number of Producers that I meet who complain about not making enough money selling beats or even worse, not making any money at all, especially, when I hear so many artists rapping and singing over industry tracks because they don’t have any beats of their own. As a producer, you are in a better position than anyone else in the industry to make money. The #1 thing that’s stopping you is YOU. In this article I will go over the three deadly sins responsible for killing the careers of many producer before they even began day, possibly, down the line making some of that money back but a producer, who makes his money up front from the sell or lease of the beat, won’t spend $50 to promote his own career and reach new clients. There are no excuses for you not to advertise or have business cards, flyers and your own website. Being cheap keeps you broke. Sin 2: GREED – You can’t have all the money. Your biggest opportunity to see some real money in this new industry is through publishing. That publishing money comes from sources like radio, television and film licensing. Too often producers get greedy when they see a record that they’ve produce begin to grow legs. Asking for ridiculously high advances because you think a song is about to blow will most likely lead to one of these three outcomes: 1) They kill the song and run with another single, You lose! 2) They get someone else to do a new beat for the record & You Lose! 3) They pay you the money and you severely hinder the promotion of the project & you think you win but in actuality you still lose! That $5,000 advance you’re asking for could’ve gotten radio spins or any number of other things that would’ve contributed to the overall success on the record leading to bigger money on the back end. Sin 3: ARROGANCE – Don’t ever make the mistake that your beat is a complete song. At the end of the day you need artists just as bad as they need you. Quit pricing tracks based on your opinion of your own music and start pricing them based on your accomplishments. Why are you asking for $1,000 for a beat when you’ve never had a major placement, a song on the radio, placement on a mixtape or even sold a beat for that matter. The truth is your beats probably aren’t as hot as you think they are and even if they are, you don’t have a monopoly on hot tracks. There are thousands of other producers out there that will happily take the money you’re leaving on the table by charging too much. Eliminating these three sins is the first step to making more money selling beats. In our next article we will talk about a few fundamental changes you can make to the way you approach selling beats that will help you sale. Until then make sure you log on to www.MakinItMag.com and check out our other articles. Sin 1: CHEAPNESS – As the publisher of Makin’ it Magazine I can count on one hand the number of producers that have ever purchased an ad from us in the 3 Years that we’ve been in business. Of those producers, every single one connected with new clients and made money selling beats. What amazes me about the situation is how artists can invest so much money in beats, studio time, CDs, Flyers, Posters, Radio Promo, Videos, Showcases, etc. in hopes of one Outside the Box Real Estate ByEye K. Cannick tate experience, a well established database of contacts from years of networking and strong PR skills, Nicole has leveraged her available resources to create new relationships and open doors for other projects in both the music and film industry. For More information email firstname.lastname@example.org Outside The Box is featured section in which we spotlight individuals that have created a unique avenue into the entertainment industry. To be considered email your press release to email@example.com Combining the Real Estate market with the Music Industry, Nicole Borden has created Center Stage, a one of a kind event that showcases high-end luxury homes to upscale clientelle. Each gala event creates an atmosphere that some would describe as that of a Grammy Awards dinner. Providing a networking forum draped in elegance, she enables potential home buyers the opportunity to experience each property rather than just viewing. With over 8 years of real es22 www.MakinItMag.com www.MakinItMag.com 23 Trelle By K. Cannick Souldja Down Entertainment along with I’m On It Man Management are working hard to generate a widespread positive awareness of their latest artist, Trelle AKA Souldja Down. The overall objective of the two companies is to build relationships and strengthen bonds with those already supporting the movement while continuing to deliver “Feel Good Records” that ease the stresses of everyday living situations. With company services that include Street Team Marketing in the Southeast region and Artist Booking, they seeks to leverage gall of available resources to network and continue growing their fanbase in new markets. Expect to see a mid-February release from Trelle and look for Souldja Down Radio Exclusively on iPhone, BlackBerry & Google Android handsets. The first single has already been receiving spins in the Carolinas and ringtone is available thru Myxer.com. Just text ‘TRELLE to ‘69937’. Also look out for the new single “We Can Go There” ft. Truth Hurts!! Dick James | 803.420.3004 | the1realdickjames@yahoo firstname.lastname@example.org way to an eclectic sound. which move crowds from all walks of life. Working with mega producer DJ Quest of the Core DJ’s, SJayy recently dropped the single “Material Girl” and also “My Get Up” which was produced by King Midas both have been widely received in South Florida. Having performed at local venues in Florida, S-Jayy is now expanding his TIES AND TRUCKER HAT movement to North Carolina. As he prepares to set forth on a college tour, S-Jayy is in search of a strong promotions and marketing team to move his career to the next level. You can check out his music www.myspace.com/sjayy and download his latest mixtape Chapter None Volume 2. For booking or more information, contact Felicia at (239) 8392563 or Felicia@somonsmanagement.com. S-Jayy By K. Cannick Having opened for acts such as Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, and Yung Joc, independent artist SJayy is gaining ground with his “TIES AND TRUCKER HAT” movement. His undeniable drive, slick lyrics, and animated flow, are bound to grab the ears of all that hear him. Born and raised in Palm Bay, Florida, the 23 year old’s versatility gives 325 By K. Cannick The name 325 stems from an address where a band of friends would gather for afterschool freestyle sessions. Over time this shared passion turned into a movement taking Hip Hop back to its roots. The goal has always been to have fun making music and incorporating a variety of themes spanning from classic hip-hop to video game fusion. Now on their 4th release this camp is looking to further expand their fan base by connecting with DJs and others who appreciate the type of music they create. Killa_K_Flow@yahoo.com 678-334-0877 | 678-557-8154 Myspace.com/ThreeTwentyFive www.Twitter.com/325Music 24 www.MakinItMag.com New Releases Kinnected’s World It’s your World Entertainment 707-642-2151 Don’t Go To The Strip Club Myspace.com/TradeMarkNexus 973-930-4500 Str8 2 Da Point www.cdbaby.com/cd/spyanage 504-432-7331 MR KG www.ughent.com 254-291-0912 The Empire | The Dark Ages www.empiremusiq.com email@example.com Main Attraction myspace.com/southmaine1 870-826-0122 Four Seasons of THE FINEST 1 www.thefinestonline.com Adam Dann - 724 989 5458 Still A Savage II “The Definition” cdbaby.com/rainsavage 972-904-9720 College Misfit “The Mixtape” myspace.com/cwsince1980 228-235-2071 Ear 2 The Streetz Vol. 3.5 www.myspace.com/dj837 202-610-1512 Music On The Wall www.yshawsonline.com 416-992-1157 Real Talk - Tha Mixtape www.myspace.com/dirrtklean 229-315-9482 My Celebrity - The Mixtape myspace.com/realcelebrity 404-454-6477 Chasin’ Cheddar www.ATownDre.com 404.488.1435 I Am Yung C Yung C www.fusionfunkmusic.com Bedo Turkoglu - Awake Of Da Sleepin Giant www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com Will Vill - Hood World Order Hosted By DJ Noodles www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com Lumidee - Luminadee - Alamaj - The Heat Series Pt. 1 www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com Jimmy Amokk Presents: www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - European Thugs Obie One B.A. - Barack Obafemiii www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com Rhane P - The Element www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com Truth Speaks - The Human Condition - Coast 2 Coast Mixtape V.108 Hosted By Snoop Dogg www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com www.Coast2CoastMixtapes.com 25 Coast 2 Coast Mixtape V. 106 - Hosted By DJ Khaled - www.MakinItMag.com ABHO (Always Being Hated On) is a female duo from the DMV composed of rapper, Gotti Monroe, singer/rapper, Don D’VA. Working together since the 11th grade the two have created a unique style of music blending Hip Hop and R&B with DC’s Native Go-Go. Currently working on their new album the group is looking to connect with Producers, DJs and Artists from other markets. firstname.lastname@example.org | www.myspace.com/abhomob Street Smart Ent is an independent entertainment group established in 2005. Home to a host of artists and producers, They are busy pushing their latest mixtape, “Hard In Da Paint” (hosted by Hittmenn Dj’s Big Nick and DJ Ak). With 3000+ copies in the streets, and a strong Internet buzz they are back in the lab working on two new mixtapes. Street Smart Ent is looking to increase radio spins and get more DJ’s involved in their projects. Contact for more info. email@example.com | 770-990-5773 | www.myspace.com/streetsmartentllc J Mac J-Mac is independent hip hop artist gaining ground in Atlanta. His debut mixtape release has received well over 2000+ downloads in just its first 3 weeks and his lead single “Ninja Turtle” has been featured on such notable mixtape series as Coast 2 Coast, On The Grind Vol. 7, and DJ Technikz. Focusing on his current single “Lemme See”, his goals are to network with more DJs and increase performances to 3 per week. firstname.lastname@example.org | 678-571-1236 | myspace.com/vipjmac | @VipJmac Ace Geez Ace Geez, is a Philly Rapper with a strong work ethic. Four years into the game he has had the fortune of working with some very experienced producers, managers and even try his hand at acting. Hailing from a hard part of Philly reffered to as the NORTH his background motivates him to go hard and make his family proud. Ace Geez is currently looking to expand his fanbase and reach more people in the southern regions. Atpentertainment1@yahoo.com | 267-334-4107 | Myspace.com/AceGeezMusic Maff Test Hailing from Harvey, IL, this 24 year old rapper has taken his career into his own hands founding Lockout Records. Relocating to Atlanta a year ago, he has been generating a buzz with his mixtape, Big Bizness: Vol. 1. On the road doing shows from Bay Area to New York promoting the single “Come Like That” which has been receiving radio play in 8 Markets. Look out for Big Bizness Vol. 2 dropping March 1st. 404-798-5120 | email@example.com | Mafftestmusic.com | @MaffTest Christelle This Las Vegas based, nineteen-year-old Pop/R&B artist relocated to the states in 2006 from Gabon, West Africa. Growing up abroad she was exposed to a variety of musical genres but it was Hip Hop and R&B that really struck accord with her. Now with a strong team at her back and a bright future ahead of her she is taking all the steps necessary to being a break-out artist for 2010. firstname.lastname@example.org | 612 508-7527 | codagroovesent.ning.com Jay-Deuce is an up-and-coming songwriter from the small town of Ettrick, VA. Born in the late 80’s, he credits artists such as Prince, and New Edition as being some of his biggest musical influences. With powerful production from Paul Cabbin, and Vybe Beatz, Jay has produced a 3- song demo of songs written by him and performed by T. Plezya. Jay is hoping the demo will reach the right hands to secure a publishing deal. JayDeuce23@gmail.com | realurbanent.ning.com Logan Threat should be considered a triple threat. Not just an artist but also a producer and an actor, he has been featured on Allhiphop.com ,MTV Sucker Freestyles , G.I.N DvD and the movie Women Do it Better. Over the next six months he plans to release an album and 3 mixtapes starting with his current project “40 Days of Rain”. He is seeking new management & distribution with a major Record label. email@example.com | 646-879-7634 | 718-569-2224 26 www.MakinItMag.com Kaspa President of the Hittmenn DJs and VP of Marketing for Zone 4 Inc., Kaspa has been a major driving force behind the Atlanta music scene for over a decade. Relocating to Atlanta from Los Angeles, Kaspa launched Dulo Marketing and Media in 1997 at the end of his internship with Hot 107.9. Having his first success with the hit record “Shawty Swing My Way” his reputation grew amongst those in the industry. Later connecting with Bryan “Baby” Williams, CEO of Cash Money Records, Kaspa further expanded his resume working records from acts such as the BG, Juvenile, The Hot Boyz and Big Tymers. It wasn’t long before his company would boast an impressive client list including such names as Polygram, Interscope, Violator, Coca Cola, AT&T, Warner Bros, Suave House and even BME Records. Quickly expanding his territory from just Atlanta, Kaspa would begin working Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, The www.MakinItMag.com By K. Cannick Carolinas, Mississippi and Texas. In 2003 Kaspa helped found the Legion of Doom DJs before moving on to connect with longtime friends Greg Street and Bigga Rankin to found the The Hittmenn DJs. Becoming the #1 DJ Crew in the south boasting an audience of over 32 million through radio, club, mixtape, and TV, their reach spread from Detroit to Miami and as far west as Texas. Linking with Macadocious Films in 2008, Kaspa soon completed the release of his first film “Off Da Hook” written, directed, and executive produced by him. Currently working on the sequel to this film, Kaspa continues to tackle new challenges in the entertainment industry and forging ahead to break boundaries. For serious inquiries on record promotion services contact The Hittmenn DJs at (757) 412-5987 or visit them online at www.Hittmenndjslive.com. Follow Kaspa on twitter @ Twitter.com/HittmennDJsPres 27 E-Homes is a Hip Hop artist representing Manchester, GA who describes his music as a mixture of Jay-Z, TI and Outkast with a high energy performance that rival acts such as Travis Porter, Dem Get A Way Boys & J-Futuristic. “Though I love to write music, my focus is always to perform it & bring it to life.” Hard at work on his “City 2 Da Country” compilation album which will be released 2/23/10 he is building his Atlanta contacts. EHolmesDa1@Yahoo.com | 706-977-9176 | www.FlintHillEnt.com Chynah Doll R&b/hip hop artist Chynah Doll is currently promoting her hot new single “No Sex In The Champagne Room” also known as the “Exotic Dancer’s Anthem”. She will be releasing full length album March 4th 2010. Interested in acting as well as music, Chynah has a small role in upcoming film “Stomp The Yard 2”. She is currently touring to promote her project. Single currently available itunes.com 678.698.1516 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Myspace.com/ChynahDollMusic Bedo Turkoglu AKA Bedo is more that just an artist, he his has learned every aspect of the creative process from Producing & Writing to Engineering and Mixing. Currently push his latest mixtape “Awake of Da Sleepin Giant” hosted by DJ Drama he is looking to network with as many people as possible. Producers send tracks email@example.com and check out his music on Datpiff and Coast 2 Coastmixtapes. firstname.lastname@example.org | myspace.com/bedonewdirtyent | 352-988-4487 Giovonni is a young enterprising entrepreneur. Founder of UBC, this artist/executive producer is working hard to build an artist development company and putting programs in place that create partnerships to boost relationships with unsigned talent and DJ’s. He places a big emphasis on building personal relationships with the people he works with and is looking to connect with other progressive individuals. email@example.com | myspace.com/giovonniny | 706-461-3225 Cloud Kapri (CK) is a hip hop artist that also writes, produces and engineers. With production credits that boast hits for a number of Warner Bros. & Reprise artists CK still remains on his independent grind. Having just released his latest mixtape effort “Full Circle” with Super Friend’s DJ Bobby Black, he is hard at work pushing the lead single Ultra Zone. CK is looking to connect with Artists in need of tracks, promoter and DJs. firstname.lastname@example.org | 404-573-2043 | myspace.com/365ck ZacRed ZacRed is hip hop artist based out of Charleston, West Virginia working hard to expand his buzz into new markets. He is currently pushing the infectious club banger “She Got It” produced by Vybe Beats and interested in connecting with any and all club and mixtape DJs. As he gears up for his next project he would also like to link up with some solid producers and artists interested in crosspromoting. (304)-721-3714 | Myspace.com/ZacRed | email@example.com Tifanii Songbird is an R&B/Pop Singer that many may remember as the 15 year old young lady that had a brief stint on Puffy’s Makin’ the Band 3 before injuring her leg in Central park. Now older and in her second year at Norfolk State University, Tifanii continues to perfect her craft; writing, singing and dancing. She looks forward to soon relocating to Atlanta to work with some of the best producers and songwriters the industry has to offer. 678-592-6288 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Myspace.com/TifaniiSongBird Noble Production Group Is an independent production company turned label founded by 2 time Grammy nominated producer Shelton “Noble” Ellerbe, the company’s roster also consists of a total of four artists. Servicing 38 clients on the production & recording side of the business, quality is a priority with every project. Noble Production Group is reaching international markets and looking to connect with other industry professionals. email@example.com | 770 885 3624 28 www.MakinItMag.com LODP (Life of Da Party) By K. Cannick Find yourself in Club Miami on a Saturday night and you will quickly understand why this high energy rap duo goes by the name L.O.D.P. (Life Of Da Party). This hip hop tag team brings a high energy presence to every stage that they touch. Whether rapping or dancing their goal is to entertain the crowd. Currently signed to Southern Gent Entertainment, the group is now working on their forthcoming release and looking to connect with artists, promoters, DJs and producers in other markets. firstname.lastname@example.org 404-275-6288 | 678-630-4076 Myspace.com/LODPxxx Twitter.com/LODP Ihsaan Khatim By K. Cannick Musician, Writer, Arranger, Composer, Singer, Producer, Engineer and Entrepreneur. These are just a few of the titles used to describe Ihsan Khatim, a passionate artist that takes his business just as seriously as he takes his music, Ihsan is currently promoting his 3 song EP. Together with his team, they are working a grassroots campaign with the goal of establishing a fanbase of 10,000+ people and independently moving 100,000+ units (Physical CDs, Downloads, etc). Deviating from the “Get In and Get Out” mentality that plagues so much of the music industry toaday, Ihsan’s game plan is eloquent in its simplicity. “We just want to build authentic relationships with our fans and create enough value around our artistry within their lives that they willing to invest into buying the album.” A graduate of Full Sail, Ihsan received a degree in Film, Audio/Video and Digital Media Production. The year of his graduation he was also awarded Mix Magazine’s Technical Excellence and Creativity Award/Scholarship. Now owner of a State of the art digital/analog Pro-tools HD 3 studio with all the latest and greatest digital plug-ins and outboard gear. For more info contact email@example.com | 347-838-3538 Wess: P-Colas Finest Mistah B.N.G. By K. Cannick By K. Cannick Wess, the 22 year old founder of P-Colas Finest Productions, is a talented rapper/producer who also promotes and engineers. He is currently busy with the promotion of his new single “Biggity Bounce”, an uptempo club record which is also available as a ringtone by texting BIGGITY to 23907. In a life marred with strife and personal loss, music has always served as a source of stability for him. Wess understands the importance of networking and personal relationships in this business and has used those connections to gain tremendous ground in a short ammont of time. He is looking to connect with additional DJs, Producers and artists in need of beats. (850) 791-8083 “I wanna give thanks and shout outs to DJ Frogie, DJ Gezza, Bigg Jigg, DJ Co Lock, DJ 2freaky, Dj Ames and A&R producer.” firstname.lastname@example.org | myspace.com/wesspcolasfinest 17 years old, born in Africa and raised in Europe and America, Ben aka Mistah B.N.G (Best of the New Generation) is a Rapper, Singer, Producer and Songwriter. B.N.G lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is attending High school and working on his solo album and promoting his new song “YOUTUBE CHICK”. B.N.G performed live as an Opening Act for Pharrell Williams, Lloyd Banks and many others. BNG continues pursuing his dream and work hard to get a major record deal B.N.G is looking to connect with other producers, DJs, Promoters and collaborating with artists in other markets. email@example.com | myspace.com/bnghiphop | (404) 509-4849 www.MakinItMag.com 29 Resource Directory Attorneys & Legal TiQuisha Tobin, Esq. 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