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WWW.EMINEM.PRO Dear friends, “EJ� is the first online-magazine about Eminem and Shady Records/Aftermath Entertainment artists. This magazine is created by the ePro Team of the site www. eminem.pro: Igor Basenko Ekaterina Musoreva Katerina Glazkova Olga Zhdanova Alexander Mitnikov Lyuba Zelenkova Maria Sorokina Katya Kozachok Masha Gerasimova


Full version EJ11 is HERE http://issuu.com/ igorbasenko/docs/ ej11


Let us introduce ourselves, EMINEM.PRO!


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e are a creative ePro team, the one that deals with the development of a non-profit fan project named ePro and publishes «EJ» magazine. Leaving our modesty aside we want to point out that today we are one of the biggest and the most interesting fan projects in Russia and in the boundaries of CIS dedicated to an american rapper, actor, musician and producer named Marshall Bruce Mathers III more known as Eminem, Slim Shady and M&M. The readers of our magazine get the most up-to-date and comprehensive news not only about the white king of hip-hop, but also about the people around him as well as Shady Records / Aftermath Entertainment artists. The beta-version of www.eminem. pro website was launched on the 17th of October, 2011. On the 15th of January, 2012 the website became available to the public. Throughout quite a short time frame we have deserved admiration of many subscribers who became our top priority and our pride. According to the emails and the comments we receive in social media our audience consists of intelligent, educated and adequate people who can clearly express their point of view. Many readers take active part in the life of our project and help us make it better! Eminem.pro sheds light on the events that have something to do with Eminem and his label Shady Records. The sources of information that we use are official websites and social media channels of the artists as well as prominent publications about the music industry. We do not simply copy paste the news items for our readers. The amount of unique author content on our website is quite big and it is growing day by day. The main principles of our project involve interesting content supply, unique author publications, translations of big articles and our own analysis of current events. Our project keeps its readers up to date with the latest news of such artists as Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Skylar Grey, Obie Trice whose careers are tightly connected with Eminem’s. The spring of 2012 marked the creation of separate websites for two major departments of our project: www.Skylar-Grey.ru и www.Kendrick-Lamar.ru. The main pride of our project is EJ magazine. The first edition was published on the 30th of April, 2012 and it immediately drew a wide response in the community. EJ is a unique project that has no counterparts neither in the Russian Internet segment nor abroad. The first edition received approval and a lot of constructive criticism from both fans and readers of eminem.pro. Each edition earns admiration of new readers getting better and better. Our editirial board managed to interview such prominent figures as DJ Tony Touch, Keely Ferguson, Jenny Risher (photographer) and we are planning to go even further. Our official social media accounts are followed by Skylar Grey, Keely Ferguson, representatives of Shady Records and Interscope Records as well as Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg. We have accounts in VK,Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, YouTube to get closer with our readers. We also have an RSS-channel that is getting more popular day by day. Direct mailing with the hottest news is also at your disposal if you want to receive topical news in your Emailbox. Our creative ePro team is constantly developing so does our project. Every member of the team is a driving gear in a way allowing this project to live and prosper. We are open for communication and welcome anyone who wants to help our project evolve. If you love creative work, or you are a big music fan, or maybe you are good at writing or drawing and want public exposure of your works, proceed to the «Vacancies» section of our website and let us know if you are interested! Here is an email to get in touch with us: support@eminem.pro We have tons of ideas to put into action, so stay tuned! It will be even more exciting!


Exclusive from EJ: Interview with DJ TONY TOUCH


EJ Interview

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he connotation of the word “mixtape” has changed. During Hip Hop’s Golden Era, a mixtape was put out by a deejay, and it featured various artists, scratches, shout outs...the works. Now, a mixtape could simply be an album sometimes released for free by an artist to avoid paying for sample clearances and guest features. The Piece Maker Vol. 3: Return of the 50 MCs takes it back to when mixtapes were real mixtapes. One more feature of the new Tony Touch mixtape - he recorded the collaboration with Eminem! Marshall’s back! Yes, he’s here. In the beginning of June we had a chance to speak with Tony and to interview him. Also Tony Touch has sent us the snippets from the new album - you can listen to them on our site. EJ: Hi, Tony! Thank you so much for agreeing to give us an interview. A couple words should be said about our crew. We are a creative team from Russia. We are publishing the EJ magazine, giving russian-speaking Internet users an opportunity to get to know more about the most interesting news of the music industry and Shady records artists. Man, you have really made a stir with your upcoming and much anticipated album. I accidentally came across your twitt about pre-ordering the PieceMaker 3... Return of the 50 MCs album. I was pleased to find out that once the order is processed you can instantly download A Queen’s Thing and Unorthodox singles in FLAC format. It’s a bummer there was no Symphony in H track. Hopefully, my copy of the album will arrive without a delay. Russian postal system has been having some serious troubles throughout the past one or two hundred years.

Igor Basen talks wit DJ TONY TO Igor Basenko: Tony, could you please tell us more about yourself. Where did you grow up? How did you decide to become a musician? DJ TT: : I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I began as a b-boy (breakdancer) then developed into djing and producing. Igor Basenko: What kind of music do you personally listen to? DJ TT: : I personally listen to a lot of old school soul and funk music. Igor Basenko: You are working on Shade45. Could you tell us what it’s like to work there? What kind of people are you working with? Is it always enjoyable and smooth? DJ TT: I have been at Shade 45 for over 8 years and it is a great experience. I work with all professional people and yes, we keep it smooth. Igor Basenko: Throughout your long musical career you got to work with many legendary artists. Is there anybody who you haven’t worked with yet, but would definitely love to? DJ TT: I have yet to work with Rakim. Igor Basenko: On the PieceMaker 3 album you have gathered a lot of interesting artists and eminent stars. How did you manage it? Considering that the schedule of prominent artists is always so tight I bet it wasn’t an easy task. DJ TT:I have been producing mixtapes for many years and have been djing clubs for many years and have great relationships with many artists and management etc. Igor Basenko:Is there anything particularly interesting about making this album? Any interesting facts or unpredictable difficulties along the way? DJ TT: The only thing is this is the longest it took me to record this album..almost 2


nko th TOUCH years...I usually finish in 3 to 6 months. Igor Basenko: Every album and every song have its own story. What’s PieceMaker 3 album’s story? What do you want to convey to your fans? DJ TT: With this album I want to remind fans that REAL HIP HOP is here to stay. Igor Basenko: Who created the album cover? DJ TT: The artist name is BROWN 173.. He is from San Diego, California. Igor Basenko: Which of the songs on the album do you consider to be the most important? DJ TT: : All the songs are important... It’s like one big puzzle. Igor Basenko: On the Slaughter Session track you got to work with only three quarters of the group. Why is Joe missing? DJ TT: I guess he was too busy. Igor Basenko: How would you characterize your relationship with the members of Slaughterhouse? Did you work with anyone of them previously? DJ TT: I have worked a lot with Royce the 5’9 on the past 50 mcs and Piecemaker 1 album.. I also have worked with Joell Ortiz. Igor Basenko: You also did a song with Eminem. How did you get to work with him after his considerable hide-out so to say? DJ TT: Eminem was on the 50 MCs part 3 and the Piecemaker 1.. He has always supported all of my projects. Igor Basenko: Eminem was also featured on Piece Maker 1. How long have you known each other? Do you mix with him much? Where did you get acquainted? Has be changed much since your first meeting? DJ TT: I have dj’d for Em on some occasions incluiding TV shows like Saturday Night Live and Dave Chapelle.

Igor Basenko: Are you planning to work with him again? DJ TT: Of course.. I still work for his radio station every Tuesday. Igor Basenko: Your album comes out on the 9th of July. How is it going to be released? What is the presentation going to be like? Have you already planned a tour in support of the album? DJ TT: The record is being distributed by SONY worldwide. Igor Basenko: Music industry has changed much. Digital sales are starting to replace regular CD’s. Your album is coming out on a CD and as an LP record. Is the LP version made for pre-order only? DJ TT: Yes, this album will be available on all formats. Igor Basenko: Are you planning to release and extended version of the album with bonus tracks? DJ TT: No, but I will be releasing an album called TONY TOUCH unreleased songs. Igor Basenko: What inspires you to work on new music? Where do you normally write new songs? DJ TT: I get inspired by so many different things...I normally write in my car and in the studio. Igor Basenko: Describe the atmosphere while recording the PieceMaker 3 album. Did you all gather in the studio? How informal was it? Or were you concentrated on the working process solely? DJ TT: Much of this new album was recorded thru e-mails and people sending me sessions. Igor Basenko: What are you planning to do next? Working on any other projects? Should we be expecting PieceMaker 4 someday? DJ TT: Next I will be producing some Latin albums and a deep soulful house project called FUNKBOX NYC which is a party I produce here in NYC on SUnday nights.

EJ: Interview with DJ TON Y TOUCH  

Exclusive from EJ: Interview with DJ TON Y TOUCH

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