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Finding the Next Hot Producer With some of the best A&R ears in the business on-hand, the panelists gave hopeful producers insight into what the business is demanding of producers in today’s ever-changing music industry. Since A&R’s are usually the first to receive the product, they instructed producers on how to submit their product, package, arrange and deliver the goods in order to achieve the highest rate of success. What A&R’s listen for and how does a producer submit music to the right people at the right time where some questions posed. Questions were fielded from the panelists that included D-Prosper of G-Unit, KP of Sony, Riggs Morales of Shady Records, Marcus Heisser of Interscope Records, Conrad Dimenche of Bad Boy, Shawn Holiday of Geffen/Interscope, Lenny S. of Def Jam, and Dave Lighty of Jive Records.

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Beats spoke via video conference to the panel and producers were able to ask questions in an open forum about the intricacies of music production. . Each panelist provided a look into their own influences, particular production styles, and what their favorite track was and why. They also shared stories on how they got into the business of music production, and what they considered to have been their “big break.” The biggest piece of advice offered was to remain original. The panel’s topics ranged from musical influences; to production methods; to selling beats.


a track record of success, it may be time to seek the guidance and industry insight of a skilled and qualified manager; How do you know when you’ve found a manager that is going to be a good fit, has the right connections, and is going to work with the producer’s best interests in mind are questions you should be aware of. When a producer is ready to take it to the next level, this panel gave key information on what a producer should look for in a quality manager and how the right manager/management company can be beneficial to your successes. Panelists included Sha Money XL (Money Management Group); Storm (Purfek Storm Entertainment); Gordon Franklin (Year Round Records); Tony Perez (Relentless Entertainment); 3H (Interscope); and Bob Celestin (Intelligent Music Inc). Learning Music Publishing Basics A true music publisher is a composer, and a conductor of talented musicians. Every sound recording has inherent rights that govern their distribution and usage. This panel provided the producers with valuable information on how to maximize the rights of your music and owning your work. Besides the basics, this panel broke down the actual numbers of who takes what from record sales, down to the last penny. Once a producer understands how money is divided up, they have a better understanding of how to structure a production and publishing deal, as well as maintain their publishing rights. The panel also discussed the breakdown of finances, processes, and challenges behind clearing samples. Even small details were covered such as filing proper documents to the various revenue streams available by thinking outside the box. Panelists included Folayan (Grindstone Entertainment/Hitco); Maanie Edwards (Universal Music Group); Juan Madrid (Sony ATV); Omar Grant (EMI); Kobie Brown (Sony BMG) and Mike Jackson (EMI). Studio Equipment & The Art of Sound Workshop Your sound is everything as a producer and on this panel, discussions ranged from getting the right drum sounds and working with newer technology to integrating that with the old equipment and creating a greater sound pallet. Panelists included Ky Miller (G-Unit Records); Pat Vidal (Pat Em’ Down/Loreal Inc); Fred Wreck; Punch, Steve B (Level 7); and Taurus Scott (Money Management). Beat Battle With a management deal with Sha Money’s Money Management Group on the line and the opportunity to submit work to the most successful recording artists in the industry, the Beat Competition featured the best of the best in hot new talent globally. With legendary producers like DJ Premier, Fred Wreck, HiTek, No ID, Dangerous LLC, Alchemist, and many others, the nine finalists brought their best to get critiqued and at the end, two were left standing; a flamboyant and confident Jiggalo from Chicago, who has already placed work on a variety of projects, and Solnana, from Africa whose remarkable range astounded the entire audience to a standing ovation. Beat Battle Finals With a night to mull over what was heard and a new panel composed of G-Unit artists: Young Buck, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Hot Rod, Spider Loc, Havoc, along with Sha Money XL, Money Nells, Dre McKenzie, and the iStandard Producers, the competition heated up as the final round was a mono-a-mono beat fest between Soulnana and Jiggalo. At the end, Soulnana just proved too much as his range and arrangements simply won everyone over and he took home the grand prize, artist representation from Money Management. — Damola

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gals were the first to be punished under this new initiative. With Chris Henry having been arrested four times over the past year and a half and “Pacman” having been arrested five times, initial support was viewed as strong from the players to tighten up on the punishment issued for conduct deemed to be embarrassing to the league. Upon announcement of the punishment however, with Chris Henry receiving an eight game suspension and “Pacman” receiving 16 games (though he has the possibility of it being reduced to 10 games based on cleared charges and strict criteria) support was wavering for “Pacman’s” suspension. While “Pacman” has found himself in a combination of 10 discussions and arrests in regard to the law, he has yet to be charged with any crimes to date because of sketchy details surrounding what happened at Minxx, a gentleman’s nightclub and lounge in Las Vegas. This punishment is a sharp departure of past policies where the legal process was allowed to be vetted out and if players are found to be guilty of misconduct they were punished. As in the case of Ravens Ray Lewis and current Brown Jamal Lewis who both received multiple game suspensions and loss of pay for their transgressions. A slippery slope has begun and as Union Head Gene Upshaw explained to USA Today, concerns exist in regard to how a “guilty” verdict under the NFL conduct policy can affect legal proceedings. If a player is suspended and such suspension is announced through media outlets globally and repeated through the news cycle, how


would that affect the ability for a jury to be impartial in regard to the guilt or innocence of a player who would have already been assumed to be guilty and vilified as result of their suspension. Though “Pacman” has yet to be charged in the Vegas incident, varying reports and a presumption of guilt by numerous members of the press core may have an influence on finding an impartial jury and a 1 year suspension which is one of the most severe in the history of the NFL. The challenges are great, but the objective certainly has hit home. No player wants to lose money, and years in a sport where violence is king and careers can be cut short in an instant on the most unfortunate of plays or collisions, the conduct policy is promised to be a work in progress and is subject to revisions. The message is clear, ‘misbehavior, however minor, will not be tolerated’ and night clubs, should be on a do not attend list. Below are the terms of the new policy as posted on the website of the NFL Players association www.nflpa.org General Policy • Engaging in violent and/or criminal activity is unacceptable and constitutes conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League. Such conduct alienates the fans on whom the success of the League depends and has negative and sometimes tragic consequences for both the victim and the perpetrator. The League is committed to promoting and encouraging lawful conduct and to providing a safe and professional workplace for its employees. Persons Covered by Policy • The following persons (“Covered Persons”) shall be considered subject to this Policy: (i) all players under contract; (ii) all full-time employees of the National Football League, its Member Clubs and related entities; (iii) all rookie players once they are selected in the NFL College Draft; and (iv) all undrafted rookie players, unsigned veterans and other prospective employees once they commence negotiations with a club concerning employment. Prohibited Conduct • It will be considered conduct detrimental for Covered Persons to engage in (or to aid, abet or conspire to engage in or to incite) violent and/or criminal activity. Examples of such Prohibited Conduct include, without limitation: any crime involving the use or threat of physical violence to a person or persons;

the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime; possession or distribution of a weapon in violation of state or federal law; involvement in “hate crimes” or crimes of domestic violence; theft, larceny or other property crimes; sex offenses; racketeering; money laundering; obstruction of justice; resisting arrest; fraud; and violent or threatening conduct. Additionally, Covered Persons shall not, by their words or conduct, suggest that criminal activity is acceptable or condoned within the NFL. Persons Charged With Criminal Activity • Any Covered Person arrested for or charged with conduct prohibited by this policy will be required to undergo an immediate, mandatory clinical evaluation and, if directed, appropriate counseling. Such evaluation and counseling must be performed under the direction and supervision of the NFL Vice President of Player and Employee Development. Failure to cooperate with evaluation and counseling (including being arrested for or charged with additional criminal activity during the evaluation and counseling period) shall itself be conduct detrimental to the National Football League and shall be punishable by fine or suspension at the discretion of the Commissioner. Persons Convicted of Criminal Activity • Any Covered Person convicted of or admitting to a criminal violation (including a plea to a lesser included offense; a plea of nolo contendere or no contest; or the acceptance of a diversionary program, deferred adjudication, disposition of supervision, or similar arrangement) will be subject to discipline as determined by the Commissioner. Such discipline may include a fine, suspension without pay and/or banishment from the League. Any Covered Person convicted of or admitting to a second criminal violation will be suspended without pay or banished for a period of time to be determined by the Commissioner. Persons Engaged in Violent Activity in the Workplace • Every employee is entitled to a safe and professional workplace free of criminal behavior, violence and threats against personal safety. Criminal conduct in the workplace or against other employees is prohibited. Any Covered Person who commits or threatens violent acts against coworkers, regardless of whether an arrest is made or criminal charges are brought, shall be subject to evaluation, counseling and discipline, including termination of employment. Duty to Report Prohibited Conduct • To ensure the effective administration of the policy, the League must be advised when a Covered Person engages in Prohibited Conduct. The obligation to report an arrest or criminal charge extends to both the person involved and to the Club or League entity for which he or she works. Persons subject to this policy who are arrested or charged with Prohibited Conduct must report that incident to their Clubs or to NFL Security at (800) NFL-1099. Failure to report an incident will constitute conduct detrimental and will be taken into consideration in the final determination of discipline under this policy. Appeal Rights • Any person disciplined under this policy shall have a right of appeal, including a hearing, before the Commissioner or his designee. Except for the enforcement of discipline, no other requirements set forth in the policy will be stayed pending the completion of the appeal. — Damola

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An all new design of professional grade Pickup Trucks, the Sierra is a total upgrade which includes new a powertrain, new suspension, new interiors, on the same platform as Truck of the Year winner Chevy Silverado. The Sierra Z71 is also based on the same platform as the GMT 900 SUV’s which have been wildly successful. But, this go-round, each brand has been given different dynamics and styling cues. With over a 100 year heritage, the Sierra is a very important product for GMC, and with the “professional grade” execution there are no disappointments. The Sierra now has the highest rated towing capacity of 10,500 lbs and can carry a max payload of 2,160 lbs. That exceeds most rivals by over 500lbs.

Driver Impressions: With such power and size, I was amazed at how small and nimble the Z71 rode. It has a sharp turning radius and was almost car-like with its ride quality. There is a lot of room in the crew cab I experienced driving with seating for six in the workman edition. There are also a lot of compartments and there was room to store a laptop in the front seat. The front seat is flexible, as you can elect to have two seats and a middle compartment or a third seat in the middle. Power is robust with an available 366 hp. There have been tremendous improvements made to the interior of the Sierra and driver and passenger comfort have been vastly improved with more controls on the steering, added heated seats and rear entertainment and touch screen navigation as new options. Fuel economy has also been improved with an active fuel management system installed and an E85 flex fuel system. With its massive capacities and smooth ride, the Sierra should continue the success enjoyed within its long legacy. — Damola Price: $34,545 Engine: 5.3 L V8 Transmission: Four-speed Automatic Horsepower: 315 Torque: 338 lb-ft Curb Weight 5426 Seating: 6 Towing Capacity: 8300 lbs Fuel Economy (C/H): 16/20

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4EST$RIVE*EEP'RAND#HEROKEE Overview:

Since their inception in 1941, Jeep has been the standard for all-terrain vehicles. The seven slot grill has become a trademark and being “trail rated” has become the distinction for a true American SUV. The Grand Cherokee Laredo in its newly refreshed iteration has more comfort, a more fuel-efficient engine, upgraded technology, and an upgraded interior. The powertrain is also upgraded as a new cylinder deactivation system is available on the V8 and improves fuel economy. Styling only changes moderately from the previous iteration of this highly successful product for Jeep.

Driver Impressions: Though horsepower is reported at 235, the 305lb-ft of torque provides adequate mph and in my drive through mountains, acceleration was smooth and swift. I felt as if I had a lot more power than reported. The ergonomics were great and seating was very comfortable with the available leather seating surface. Ride and handling is also good with steering more responsive than expected in an SUV. However, the ride makes clear that you are in an SUV and being trail rated, that should be expected. — Damola Price: $29,635 Engine: 4.7L V8 Transmission: Five-Speed Automatic Horsepower: 235hp Torque: 305 lb-ft Curb Weight: 4488 Seating: 5 Towing Capacity: 7200 Fuel Economy(C/H): 15/20

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A totally redesigned edition of the fabled British Coupe, the Jaguar XK is forged from the designs of Ian Callum and is a perfect exercise in beauty and function. Featuring Jaguar’s exclusive Lightweight Vehicle Technology with an aluminum monocoque body structure, the 4.2 L V-8 Engine propels the XK from 0-60 in less than six seconds. Current sales have been brisk and the buzz surrounding the XK has been tremendous.

Driver Impressions: My experience with the XK was exhilarating. Acceleration feels faster than listed when using the paddle shift mode. The fit and finish were superior and driver comfort was great. I fell in love with the XK the moment I got behind the wheel and it is very practical as a daily driver. The design is breathtaking, yet the functionality aligns itself accordingly. The handling is great, as well. Overall, I just loved driving the XK. The car comes with the standard six-speaker 160 watt Alpine, however a 525watt Dolby surround Alpine system is also available. With a base price point of $75k, I strongly recommend the XK for anyone in the market for a grand tourer. — Damola Base Price: $75,500 Engine: 4.2 L V8 Transmission: ZF six-speed automatic Horsepower: 300 Torque: 310 lb-ft Curb Weight: 3671lb 0-60 Time: 5.9 secs Drive Train: RWD (rear wheel drive) Fuel Economy (City/ Highway): 18/ 27

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Supercoupes 4EST$RIVE#ORVETTE#ONVERTIBLE Overview:

With a legacy of over 50 years of bearing the standard for American automotive excellence, the Corvette continues to improve on its own blueprint. With a focus on driver experience and outstanding value for its performance, the Corvette convertible, simply has no peers. With 400 horsepower and 400lb-ft of torque coming from the 427cubic-inch small block 6L V8, there is no competitor close in the price point. Yet the Corvette boasts a 0-60 spec in the sub-five second range. The Corvette also has a lot of amenities like a DVD based navigation system, 6cd in-dash disk changer, heated seats, auto start, XM satellite radio, and OnStar among a plethora of many others.

Driver Impressions: It is impossible to not enjoy a ‘vette. With the paddle shifter, I had a blast pushing this extremely lightweight beast. To say the vette is fast is an understatement, yet it’s very easy to handle. I love the modern amenities added to it and even with these amenities, the car still remains true to her heritage as an American sports car. The fit and finish was nice, however there wasn’t a hint of wood grain touches. The chrome 18 inch wheels in the front and 19’s in the rear commanded performance on the road, and the sport and competitive modes were fun. When I triggered the automatic starter (keyless standard feature), a deep familiar rumble from the V8’s exhaust was exhilarated. Letting the top down is also automatic and is executed in 18 seconds. With the top down, this car was still quiet. Truly the best in an American sports car, the Corvette convertible is alone with its great performance, comfort, and price. — Damola

Base Price: $53,335 Engine: 5.3 L V8 Transmission: Six-speed automatic Horsepower: 400 Torque: 400 lb-ft Curb Weight: 3199lb 0-60 Time: 4.5 secs Drive Train: RWD Fuel Economy (C/H): 17/27


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Supercoupes 4EST$RIVE3ATURN2EDLINE#ONVERTIBLE Overview:

Saturn goes Turbocharged! GM mining its Opel lineup has now refashioned Saturn as an up-level European flavored car company that features sleek styling and performance. With this said, GM still keeps Saturn maintaining its customer service and environmentally conscious leanings. The new Aura has won car of the year and the Sky along with its Pontiac sibling, the Solstice, has been the rave as they have combined to attack a segment in the market long ruled solely by Mazda’s MX-5 Miata. Built in Delaware, Saturn sales have been tremendous. New for 2007 is the Saturn Redline which features a 2.0L Turbo that generates 260hp.

Driver Impressions: Adding a turbo to the normally aspirated Solstice definitely multiplied the pleasure of my driving experience. You can feel the increase in quickness with the second and a half added to the 0 to 60 time. The manual shifter is smooth and easy and the cars chrome 18in wheels makes handling great while steering response is quick. The interior materials though plastic, looked more expensive. The Redline also features a six-disc, in-dash CD changer along with XM radio and OnStar. Maybe it was the bright yellow paint or the long front end, but I got tons of compliments everywhere I drove. The Sky Redline is an absolute winner and a huge plus to this vehicle is that it will not have you breaking your bank to get one! — Damola

Base Price: $29,025 Engine: 2.0 L V4 Transmission: five-speed manual Horsepower: 260 Torque: 260 lb-ft Curb Weight: 2990 lb 0-60 Time: 5.5 secs Drive Train: RWD Fuel Economy (C/H): 22/31


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Overview: Missing a sweet spot in the market between the Discovery (now the LR3) and the Range Rover, Land Rover then embarked on a concept that will possess the same off road prowess it has owned for years. Land Rover will also add a sporty characteristic that manifested itself as the awesome two door Range Stormer concept. Green lit and modified for a more practical iteration and built to compete with the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, the Range Rover Sport was born and its success has contributed to Land Rover’s 200,000 annual sales. Driver Impressions: As I sat in the cockpit of the Range Rover Sport (that’s how the instrument panel is configured to feel), I got a rush of adrenaline and a desire to shift the six-speed automatic with manual mode and to spin the wheels. The northeast was awash with snow so I had the opportunity to push the 4.4 L V8 300hp engine and experience its charge in inclement weather. Though tuned to bear sportier characteristics than the LR3 and Range Rover that I have driven, the Sport appeared equally adept in maneuvering the slosh that became the roadway. Days later, the weather warmed and temperatures heated up to the 50’s so finally I was able to enjoy some of the sporty characteristics of the Sport. Though I drove the normally aspirated HSE, it was quicker reacting than the LR3. However, a Range Rover even if a sport, is about ultimate luxury and the Rover Sport comes with every amenity imaginable including a 550-Watt, 14-speaker Harman/Kardon LOGIC 7 audio system and a six disc in-dash CD changer. There was also a rear entertainment system with TV screens in the headrest. Seating was extremely comfortable and there is also an available Personal Telephone Integration System with Bluetooth®. All in all, however, the Range Rover Sport lives up to the prestige of the Land Rover Marquee.

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Overview: The most popular luxury SUV, the all new 2007 Escalade has received a mid-year refresh which includes auto running boards. Essentially replacing the Navigator as SUV of Choice among trendsetters, athletes, celebrities, rappers, and the like, the new Escalade with its highly improved interior featuring real burl wood and a new powertrain along with a new transmission, represents the best overall value and reigns as the most popular luxury SUV. Driver Impressions: The new Escalade is a true delight with the available 22 inch wheels and lots of chrome. It is the standard among luxury SUV’s. I love the new grill inspired by the Cadillac 16. I also love the heated steering and the entertainment system which features a Bose radio and DVD player for rear and front occupants while vehicle is in park. The new powertrain is fun with amazing power when utilizing the manual shift option. Ladies and Gentleman, the Escalade is back.

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Base Price: $55,570 Engine: 6.2 L V8 Transmission: Six-speed automatic with Manual shift Horsepower: 403 Torque: 417 lb-ft Curb Weight: 5459lb Max Seating: 8 Towing Capacity: 8000lb Fuel Economy (C/H): 13/19


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at the box office and several millions more in DVD sales. With a globally viable brand, the foray into sneakers was again a chance event capitalized on, “Nike came by one day and asked if they could send a team of designers one day to see what we were doing. At that point, they taught us how the bottom of a shoe is like the chassis of a car. Most shoe designers come from the car world. From there, we were approached by Robert Greenberg (Skechers) and we are doing a shoe deal right now.” His partnership with Skechers has been very successful even more so when considering Skechers is not a brand that had any penetration within the Urban market. But, through his relationships, he was able to bring the West Coasts top selling artist, The Game, into the fold to endorse a signature shoe named, The Hurricane. “The Hurricane shoe in 2005 sold over 500,000 pairs,” Marc stated, and now in addition to acclaimed actor Terrance Howard, he has also added another music legend to the fold. “We have a new shoe called Disciple with Nas” and the fans of the New York Hip-Hop stalwart were in a frenzy over images leaked on the web. A confident Marc anticipated the reaction of fans, “It all has to do with the product…the shoe has to be hot.” But Marc hasn’t forgotten his car roots. “Everything we do is driving inspired. Everything I’ve done in cars, I’m now doing in shoes. So it all translates.” And, that translation goes beyond clothing to the professional racing circuit. “In 2002, we had the first black-owned black-driven Indianapolis team qualify for Indianapolis 500.” That accomplishment is indicative of a man who refuses to lose focus on his business instincts. “I need to be a visionary. I need to figure out what is the latest, hottest and greatest next thing coming out.” But be rest assured Marc will never forget where he came from, “Cars are the anchor of the brand. I will never stop doing cars”. — Damola




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Phoenix Suns

$18,441,500

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New Jersey Nets

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New Jersey Nets

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16. Antwan Jamison

Washington Wizards

$15,101,626

17. Paul Pierce

Boston Celtics

$15,101,626

18. Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks

$15,101,622

19. Baron Davis

Golden State Warriors

$15,070,000

20. Steve Francis

New York Knicks

$15,070,000

21. Shawn Marion

Phoenix Suns

$15,070,000

22. Ray Allen

Seattle Supersonic

$14,611,570

23. Elton Brand

Los Angeles Clippers

$14,248,000

24. Larry Hughes

Cleveland Cavaliers

$13,363,012

25. Michael Redd

Milwaukee Bucks

$13,260,000

Source: USA Today

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Business is all about relationships and Alan “APâ€? Powell has always been adept at building them. Born and raised in Louisville, and having aspirations to play in the NBA, AP’s journey has taken him around the world including a tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm where he played for the U.S. Army semi-pro team and was honorably discharged in 1991. AP would return to his native Louisville and with his involvement in the local music scene he forged the foundation of what would become a very prosperous business career. With interests as diverse as marketing, management, automotive, entertainment, real estate, and even political endeavors, his publicist Nancy Byron, and Lawyer James E. McMillian have their hands full. It is AP’s drive and business instincts that separate him from others, as he parlayed a meeting with Mutual Fund manager, Jeff Kwatinetz in nearby Cincinnati Ohio into an employment position at The Firm in Hollywood. Here, he eventually became VP of Operations within 6 years and worked with acts like Limp Bizkit, and apparel companies like Pony. Whether it’s managing producers like Willie Boy, or OE the Thriller or radio personalities like DJ G-Rock (97.9), DJ Steve Nice (k104), Casa, Skip Cheatham, or the Trill DJ’s, AP has a firm grip on the game and commands the Texas scene. His management firm AP & Associates, LLC is but one of several ventures that also include ownership and a Co-CEO position in T-Town Music. In 2002, in recognition of his professionalism and innovative collaborations, Governor Paul E. Patton appointed AP to the newly created post of Ambassador of Music and Film for the state of Kentucky. His political savvy and consulting acumen is respected by dignitaries such as Texas state representative Roberto Alonzo, Mayor Pro-Tem Don Hill, Councilman Steve Salazar, and Dallas’ NAACP President Casey Thomas. If he is not consulting with politicians, he is working with corporations who seek to tap into the urban market. He is also working with a company in China on introducing a one-piece alloy wheel with sizes up to 28 inches. Signing a historic venture with Universal Music Group for distribution of T-Town music, AP’s artist Tum Tum currently benefits from his know-how with a blazing single, Caprice Music heating up the South. His other artist, Big Tuck recently released an album which has gotten rave reviews. AP is also very keen on family and his strong relationship with his fiancĂŠ has brokered his path into the real estate industry. AP was gracious enough to grant us a few moments of his time, and we had a chance to delve into the mind of this Midwest legend and national conqueror. Let our readers know who you are and what you have going on.

My name is Alan “APâ€? Powell. I’m the Co-CEO of T-Town Music, the CEO of AP & Associates and the President of ERA Real Estate Company, which is the largest minority-owned real estate company in Dallas, Texas. Tell us how you got your start. How long have you been in the business? I’ve been in the music business since about 1997, ’98. I started off in the music business in Louisville, Kentucky working with a lot of local groups and then also in sports management entertainment. Also, at the same time, I started out with a lot of athletes and helping the athletes start their record labels. I helped find the producers and people that produce tracks because you know every athlete wants to have a record deal. So, I pretty much started on that side of the fence. How did you get from Louisville to Dallas? Well, initially, I went from Louisville to Cincinnati working for a guy that was like my father who taught me the game. He is one of the largest venture capital investment guys in the country. His name is Jimmy Gould (thewalnutgroup.com), James Gould out of Cincinnati, Ohio. He hooked me up with a guy named Jeff Kweitinetz who ran The Firm, which is the largest management company in the country at the time. So, I went from Cincinnati to Hollywood. I stayed in Hollywood about five years after learning the ropes. Then, I became vice-president of development for the largest management company in the country (The Firm) and I was one of the first guys to take a rock band on BET. I took Korn on BET when I was working with the group and Limp Bizkit. You were the reason Korn was featured on BET? Yes, I took Korn on BET in 2000 where they performed. That was the first time a rock band ever went on BET. Then, I turned around and did a collaboration with MJG, 8Ball, and Fred Durst, and Limp Bizkit. So when you were doing all this, when did you actually get started in the real estate game? I got started in real estate through my other half, my fiancĂŠ, Kapri‌I came to Dallas initially, because I was wondering why Dallas was an untapped market. It was a top four market for radio, a top four market for music and it had America’s number one team for football, the Cowboys, although most people say they had the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas had the Texas Rangers and I wondered how a city this big, that even has a hockey team and four million people, doesn’t have a music scene. So when I first got here, I sorted and found out who the hottest group in Issue X • OwnerS Illustrated • 71


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Texas was from Dallas and it was DSR, Dirty South Ryders, which consisted of Big Tuck, Tum Tum, and DSR. So, I found George Lopez who was my partner. He was the guy that started T-Town Music and brought me in as his other partner and I went to Universal and did the deal. From there, my fiancé told me since I had a lot of great relationships with great people that I needed to get into the real estate game. So, she taught me the real estate game and I helped her from the last two years build up her company from an independent to national. We just did a merger with ERA, which made us the largest 100 percent commission independent franchise in the city of Dallas. Explain that so people can understand what 100 percent commission means. Real estate is one of the soundest investments you can make. A lot of people told me to take the sound and put it in the ground because you can never go wrong with the sound. So, in essence what I did was to take money and invest into the ground, meaning real estate. Next thing you know, we accomplished $34 million in sales volume last year. In real estate? Yes, in real estate and Dallas is the number one transit city in the United States of America. More people move in and out of Dallas than anywhere in the country because we have no state sales tax. Interesting. Another venture that I have going is a partnership with my partner, George Lopez and Blue Williams from Family Tree. Blue manages Outkast and we just partnered up with Ward White. Ward White is Erykah Badu’s attorney. He’s probably the most prominent entertainment attorney in Dallas and we are putting together one of the first and largest minority-owned distribution companies in the country and we are going to be a subsidiary of the Universal Music Group/Montana. So you guys are trying to do something on the level of Montana with this… Yes, we’re going to become our own distribution company to have distribution for all of these acts that can’t find a home. We have the talent to break the songs and get the songs heated up, so they get us straight from a major. We are going to act as a distributor, but also an integrated system for guys who have their own company and their own money. Now, they just don’t have a way to break their records and get their records played on the radio. So, we’re a one-stop shop and acting as an à la carte company to get these companies up and running.

How were you able to forge the relationship or forge the introduction with these corporations? A lot of the relations that I got were piggybacked from my guy in Cincinnati. By them being one of the largest investment companies in the world, I picked up a lot of relationships by being around these guys and by helping these guys out, I learned that a lot of these corporations were looking for somebody to help them with trying to get into the Afro-American community and to get the urban consumer… Wow, and then you… I also did the same thing when I was at the Firm. I was the guy to help try to revise Pony by bringing Floyd Mayweather and Jamie Foxx into Pony to revise it. You know, I’ve been doing it for a while, so one of my main goals was to make that happen, but I have a consulting company called AP and Associates and all I do is consult for these high wealth guys who are at the entertainment companies that is trying to figure out a way to formulate the entertainment or record company. I pretty much guide them through the steps with the consulting company. Then, once they are ready for distribution, I run it through the distribution. But, if they need a direct record deal, my partner and I, along with Trini (a DJ personality) have the largest record company in Dallas, Texas and the second largest label in the state of Texas besides SwishaHouse. You know, my partner George is the guy that pretty much was one of the first guys to help Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, and Paul Wall. All these guys came through George because everybody knows that if their record breaks in Houston, their record breaks in Dallas. You also have an involvement in politics. Tell us about that. Well, one of my main goals was to make a change in Dallas and I knew that we had to get involved with the politicians of Dallas. I wanted to help people understand that hip-hop is not going anywhere. It’s the voice of the youth from 18 to 35, so I was going to figure out a way to tie both worlds together from politics to the hip-hop industry. So, we’ve been trying to get all of these young kids to go out and vote, to make a difference in the polls because these kids complain about that they don’t have and what they need, but it all comes from voting. So, I took it upon myself to be the guy to cross that threshold, to try to get involved with the Mayor Pro Tem, Don Hill who has embraced what we are trying to do. I got involved with the president of the NAACP, for the Dallas chapter, Casey Thomas and Roberto Alonzo, the state representative. They have all embraced this movement. We have done stuff in the community with the Easter Egg Hunt, giving free school supplies away. We’ve been doing all this stuff to try to make a difference in the community. We are showing

You’re also involved with politicians and different companies. Talk about that aspect of your business. I have a lot of relationships with Diageo, which is the largest liquor company in the world. I have a relationship with a lot of Fortune 500 companies. I have a relationship with Michael Goldberg who owns Aero Lease, the largest private aviation company in the world. I have a relationship with The Walnut Group who owns Bilderberg Group and a lot of these Fortune companies, and also the guys that own 3 Vodka. It was 3 Vodka that Jermaine Dupri was endorsing. I have a lot of relationships with these guys because I was trying to bridge the gap from the hip-hop community to corporate America because the hip-hop community is the number one consumer in the country and I thought that somebody needed to be a liaison to tell them what’s hot, what’s new and what’s crackin’ for corporate America to get involved with. Issue X • OwnerS Illustrated • 73


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yet to be charged for any crimes. Jeff Fisher coach of the Tennessee Titans was aware of issues surrounding Pacman’s past at the University of West Virginia but he remained confident in Pacman’s character and in his ability to mold him into a mature young man and an exceptional football player. Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams a successful Houston oil man and a founding member of the American Football League with his then Houston Oilers has always been known to take chances. In 1984, he signed Warren Moon to become quarterback of his team and Moon currently remains the only black quarterback in the NFL Hall of Fame. In 1995, he signed on yet another black quarterback Steve McNair who played at the historically black university Alcorn State, and he was rewarded four years later with his only Superbowl appearance since the AFL merged with the NFL in 1970. Amid questions of a poor wunderlick score last year, he also took another chance and drafted Vince Young to quarterback his team and was rewarded with an 8-8 season. Vince won Rookie of the Year which provided lots of hope for a whole region and promise of revisiting past glory. Without “Pacman,” however most of Vince Young’s exploits wouldn’t have been possible as evident in the infamous NY Giants game where they came back from 21 points in the fourth quarter. “Pacman’s” key interceptions and returns provided the opportunities for Vince’s heroics. Amid the intense criticisms Pacman has received in the media, a troubled fan from Spring Hill, TN approached him while bowling in Franklin, TN. The man threatened “Pacman’s” life with a knife and was later arrested the next day. “Pacman,” however, has been no stranger to violence. Growing up at Boat Rock projects in College Park, a section of Atlanta, GA, “Pacman’s” father was murdered when he was just 5 years old. His mother also had a troubled past that included a three year stint in jail. As Boat Rock got demolished Pacman moved with his grandmother into Xavier Manor. Pacman flourished under his grandmother’s tutelage. At Westlake High School in Atlanta, Pacman was a standout athlete and a great student scoring almost 1100 on his SAT’s and netted a 3.0 GPA upon graduation. While at the University of West Virginia he was also a member of the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll. With “Pacman’s” tremendous potential you are left befuddled on how he could be involved in so many missteps. Take a look at some of his philanthropic endeavors: He has a charity event every year in Atlanta; Upon getting to the Tennessee community after he signed his deal, he donated money to the 100 Club, which supports the families of firefighters, police, and emergency workers financially; In 2005, Jones traveled to Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville, Tennessee to help the school after one of its football players died in a car crash, while others were injured. Jones reached out to the team during the season, and afterwards still made weekly trips to the team to encourage the players, showing up at least to two games that season; Jones also donated money so Nashville firefighters and police officers could get newer uniforms. I had an opportunity to spend time at Jones’ 30 Acre ranch in Tennessee and got a different glimpse of the man that I hear in reports. While there, I observed Pacman ride and tend to his horses, and play with his dogs and I saw a man who can find peace with such a serene lifestyle. But, yet again, how many 21 to 23 year olds are prepared for such a quiet life? With mounting pressure on him and his career in jeopardy, that may be his only option. We spoke about a wide range of things; most importantly, what he’s great at, Football. Here are some excerpts from our dialogue. Take a moment to get to know him. What have you done to prepare yourself for the NFL? Issue X • OwnerS Illustrated • 77


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they had. It was just short routes every time. The first game I went up against him, he scored on me with a quick snap. One time I went against him, the whole second half he didn’t score. Second game was my sophomore year, we beat them 46 to 27. Talk about what is so special about Fitzgerald? He’s a big guy. He has ball and hand coordination. The main thing is that they hand him the ball or get him the ball, he’s going to catch it. He’s a great athlete. What have you seen so far from Vince on the field and off as far as the season is concerned? His athleticism. He has pretty good eyes when he’s out there. He looks and knows when to throw the ball, so as long as he learns the system, I think he’ll be a great impact for us. What have you observed from Vince that makes you say, ‘this kid (Vince) has that talent? Staying on your man, because he’ll scramble and might not take off. He might still throw it. You have to stay on your man. Some quarterbacks will scramble and just take off and everybody’s so used to Vince running, our first instinct is to shoot up. So, first thing you do is stay on your man, make sure you don’t cross the line of scrimmage before you just shoot up on him.

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Cashville Records currently finished…he ain’t even got to his second video and people like boast renowned Independent West Coast legend C-Bo, Bucks ‘oh s**t’ because they see the number of the first week of sales own group 615, and the continuation of Tupac’s legacy The ain’t as high as his last album was. So that’s why I feel like I Outlaws. Buck has also partnered with Gino Green Global for come in and call myself the clean up man because I grab all the creation of the David Brown Collection In a recent radio of that pressure, you know what I’m saying, and I don’t grab interview it was misconceived that 50 Cent no longer wanted the pressure in a negative way. The people bring the pressure to be involved with Buck. In actuality 50 Cent wanted to see to me in a good way, and I’m like securing my s**t by telling Buck come to the maturity that he has and spread his wings to them, I’m the clean up man. I got this.’ This the name that was facilitate his own ventures and to that charge Buck is moving given to me by Jimmy Iovine and 50 Cent after they heard a few strong with a reality show in the works and several scripts in his records off my album. possession for approval. Buck is poised to forge a path that will lead to a lengthy and prosperous career. It is with this backdrop Now talk about G-Unit South, what’s going on there, that I sat down with Buck to have him clear the air on what’s Cashville Records, and sitting down with Iovine and Fifty happening and what are his future plans. Having started with Because you created Cashville. Nobody said Cashville less than $300 and pressed up his own CD to hustle on the before Young Buck called an album Straight Outta Cashville. campus of Tennessee State University it is evident that Buck is Talk about that, please. driven to succeed here are excerpts from our dialogue It’s a blessing in it self just to be able to be a part of what I’m doing but I’ve always had vision of wherever I wanted to go from You said what’s going on with the Unit. Give us a breakdown the beginning. It’s just about getting myself in position and I was of what’s been happening with the Unit. blessed to have a lot of s**t happen with one album…meaning Basically everybody been getting money in their own individual one solo record on my own and I got a lot of platinum success ways. We’ve released a few projects whether it’s Tony Yayo’s from that that made me to venture off into this CEO thing a little project or whether it’s Mobb Deep’s project that just wasn’t as bit quicker than the average one and then my mind frame. I successful as the recent projects that you used to getting from know the business. I’m educated, man. I’m not new to this. G-Unit so that’s been bringing a lot of questioning to the fans I started doing this when I was 14 far as getting myself into about, you know, ‘Is the Unit going? or ‘The Unit falling off’ and hustling the game so I’m 25 years old now and it really come s**t like that so the Clean Up Man that’s where I come in. I’m the from nothing with me. I’m one of them people who really can 86 • OwnerS Illustrated • Issue X


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,WXUQHGD&,7*2JDVVWDWLRQLQWRDUHFRUGVWRUHE\7HQQHVVHH6WDWH 8QLYHUVLW\,SXOOXSSRSWKHWUXQN,NQHZLI,FRXOGVHOOP\PXVLF WRRQHRIWKHPEURLWFRXOGPRYHRUJHQHUDWHRXWRIWRZQTXLFNHU EHFDXVHKDOIWKHSHRSOHWKDWJRWRFROOHJHLVQRWIURPP\FLW\{ Â&#x2030;<RXQJ%XFN tell you it cost me $300 dollars to press up a thousand CDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. I sell â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em for $10 dollars a piece. You do the math. I turned a CITGO gas station into a record store by Tennessee State University. I pull up, pop the trunk. I knew if I could sell my music to one of them, bro it could move or generate out of town quicker, because half the people that go to college is not from my city so I grinded myself for years outside of the street shit that come along with being from the hood. So the whole money thing was never a big concern for me in the beginning. It was all about finding the right home, find the right people You said, most of the people from the college wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even from your town? They wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even from my town so I could get my material to them and I would know that my music had a chance at least of being heard from somebody that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t from here, somebody that maybe you could hear me and come help me. I come from a city (Nashville) that was so inclined and brand new to the hip-hop world far as to the political side. It was so hard to try to get yourself played on the radio. We had to work out a good avenue. So I did that all my years, bro, of really grinding before meeting Fifty. Up until meeting Fifty, bro Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always grinded myself and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always educated myself behind whatever I was told. You know, I get the game from a lot of different individuals but what I would do was, you know, educate myself behind the game I was getting to make sure it was the right game, and it was. Coming into this position and getting and around Fifty I had direction on where I wanted to go with my career. I knew what a (percentage) point was and everything else that go along with this. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come in this just coming in. I came in with a head witâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it too. So you see me moving as far as with Cashville Records and a lot of people see that most artists, it take artists so much success before they move into that position but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about what you know and the direction you wanna go. Some (people) are better CEOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s than they are rappersâ&#x20AC;Śit take â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em too long to figure out. For me Cashville Records is something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always planned before I could actually even put the shoes on the way. So I was able to get the shoes on. I bring it straight to Fifty and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m blessed to have him right there because you know with all the power that comes along with Fifty, you know, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s able to not allow me to gain more with my career but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually giving me all the power he got to help me gain, you know. So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a blessing itself. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing with Cashville Records, then? from what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hearing there are bidding wars? First if all u hear me holler G-Unit South you know. G-Unit South is what I wanted to name my company but I know Interscope owns the name G-Unit as a brand so if I wanted to take my label to any of these other companies say they wanted to CTC (Cut the Check) then it would be conflict and Jimmy [Iovine] ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fin to let that luxury of having me and taking the logo with you or wherever it may be so I just wanted to kinda keep as much business avenues down. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (why with) Cashville Records outside of starting and bringing something fresh, too. I wanted to create my own and that gave me more reason to create my own. So this allows you to have other bidders other than just Iovine and if you stay with Iovine he could throw the price up? Straight up so and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the middle of right now is that all these few other labels thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking and ready to get down, too, at CTC so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in a position where I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where my company may end up whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with Interscope or whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with Def Jam or with Warner Brothers 88 â&#x20AC;˘ OwnerS Illustrated â&#x20AC;˘ Issue X


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or Atlantic. Anywhere, I don’t know where, but at the end of the day I’m looking for a company…where I get that same family feel that I get from Interscope. If I do have to ever take my company outside of Interscope, you know I wouldn’t want to deal with a company just behind a check. I deal with any individual, whether you’re black, white, asian, whatever. I deal with you from the heart not the hand. See the hand can be paid; you can’t pay the heart. Who are some of the people you’re developing under Cashville? The first official group is 6-1-5 right here, this chain I got on, 6-1-5 and that’s the area code of Cashville and the group consist of myself, Young Buck, a cat by the name of D-Tay… he’s featured on my first record, Straight Out of Cashville, another cat by the name of Lil Murder. He come from out my project, young ni**a who really, really live that life that ni**a rap about at a young age and he gangsta with it so that’s why I do the math off a lot artists. You know I believe in checking report cards I should say. I got another one, too, that’s a part of the group named Hi-C. He come from a different part of town but we’ve always been involved with each other in the

streets so all my artists that’s involved in the group, 6-1-5 is actually from Cashville. What other things are you doing to get that money right now, too, other business ventures. As far as this rap s**t period I love it to death but I believe in getting money outside of this so I got the biggest clothing stores in Cashville. I got Cashville clothing. Whenever you stop through I drape you, drip you out and send you on around your way for the low, low. And I figure what it is is all these artists, all these rappers, bro, they get success, they run and they get their clothing line. Whether it’s us with the G-Unit gear, Fifty, or Jigga with Rocawear or Puff Daddy with Sean Jean that go get the clothing line, good. Go do it and bring all your clothes to me and let me sell ‘em for ya. So I’m basically tryna build a franchise through the clothing store. But what I’m doing. You know I got my label thing. I got a whole desk full of movie scripts so I’m jumping into Hollyhood. I promise you…I just don’t know what big film I’m going for first. I’m focused man I’m not playing I got the rim thing I spoke on in the last issue (Owners Illustrated Issue II). At the end of the day ya’ll do the math, my money good.

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Born Nicole Austin in 1979 in Palos Verdes, California, Yugoslavian-American, “Coco” has been melting hearts for years. Winning many swimsuit and fitness competitions, the bombshell who also lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico has for the past six years been under the tutelage of her husband, Ice-T. With 39DD breasts, a 23inch waist and 40 inch hips on a 5 foot 2 inch body weighing in at 130 lbs.; it is no mystery to why she has been extremely popular and successful with her modeling ventures, including her website www. cocosworld.com. Her calendar and DVD’s have sold very well and are available on her website, including autographed copies. What the future holds is a mystery but if you peer into her green eyes you will see a determination of a Lioness, and the grace of a Gazelle. Then you will realize even the sky is not a limit.

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