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In today’s digital era it seems that more and more rappers are learning to hone the power of social media in order to push their product and create new fans. This week’s hot new artist is Maryland raised, YouTube sensation Wax. Wax has a unique style that blends an almost Johnny Cash sound with a Jay Z vibe. Most known for his freestyle rap called “New Crack”, which has accumulated well over 1 million YouTube views and is done while Wax is driving an SUV. The law may state that you can get a ticket for driving while talking on the phone but there are no regulations for shooting a freestyle while driving through traffic. Since 2006 Wax has released 5 mix-tapes and each of them have been labeled a huge success.

Wax has accumulated over 10 videos that have gone viral on YouTube, racked up over 20 million views and is known for continuously flooding his site, Waxdotcom.com, with fresh content. In early 2011 the famous YouTuber Ray William Johnson asked Wax to collaborate on a song called “Orphan Tears”, which has received over 15 million views to date. Finally, in March 2011 Wax announced that he signed a deal with Def Jam Recordings and simultaneously released his latest mix-tape titled Scrublife. The day before the release of Scrublife Wax’s lead single “Dispensary Girl” debuted on Entertainment Weekly and received critical acclaim.

Wax’s debut album is hinted to be released in October but has not yet received an official release date. Websites like DjBooth.net rave over Wax and hail him as one of the best underground rappers. I must say, when you listen to his mix-tapes his music is so unique and his lyricism is so laid back and comical yet profound and energizing. Because Wax is a social media conglomerate below you will find a plethora of videos and links to download his music. Scrublife is available for free and can be downloaded by clicking below and being directed to Wax’s blog. This week’s fresh track is none other than Wax’s lead single “Dispensary Girl.” And if you have 5 minutes to spare watch the “No Crack” freestyle below, it will blow your mind.




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Kendrick Lamar



Featured on XXL’s 2011 Freshman cover, Kendrick Lamar is on an accelerated climb to the top of the rap game. Lamar is one of those rappers that people look at and tag as “real” and true to his craft. Kendrick released his first mix-tape titled Youngest N***** In Charge at the age of 16, under the name K. Dot. Due to the immense amount of hype caused by the album he was signed to Top Dawg Entertainment and released two dominating mix-tapes. In 2009 he decided that he would change his stage name to his real name, Kendrick Lamar, and then released a self-titled EP; the Kendrick Lamar EP. This project got him major buzz and from there the west started getting behind the Kendrick Lamar movement. In late 2010, as his popularity grew, he was asked to go on tour with Tech N9ne and Jay Rock. Immediately following his tour departure he released a mix-tape titled O(verly) D(edicated) and was then approached by Dr. Dre to write on Dre's upcoming album Detox. Many fans believe that Dre gave him a new view on his flow and truly tweaked Kendrick’s lyrical ability

Kendrick’s most recent project, released on July 2nd, 2011 is titled Section 80 and has been critically acclaimed. Below you will find a video where the legendary Pharrell stops into The Record Plant of LA and actually approaches Lamar telling him how he played the album on repeat while he was abroad. Many praise Kendrick as the man who is going to uplift hip-hop and bring it back to the days of Nas’ Illmatic. One aspect about Lamar that you will notice when you begin to play Section 80 is that every track is considered difficult, there is not one song that lacks lyrical drive. This can truly be seen when listening to our track of the week, “Hol’ Up.” Initially, you hear Chris Brown sounding horns and you think the track is going to be a pop cut but then Kendrick comes in with a focus on religious hypocrisy. If you are sleeping on Kendrick I beg you to take the time to click the link below and download this tape, I put my word on it. Until next week, Stay Fresh My Friends. Dj Dolph

Download Section 80

DJ Booth Article on Kendrick Lamar

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Maybach Music's "Self-Made" Marketing Strategy

The hip-hop industry is one of the most saturated markets in the entertainment industry and with so many releases happening each day, it is essential that artists utilize social media marketing. If you venture to websites like hotnewhiphop.com you will notice that each day numerous mix-tapes are released and music is consistently being pirated onto the site. With competition so cut throat and the pirating of music so prevalent, it is shocking that artists even sell CDs anymore. Nevertheless, the album “Self-Made”, a record label collaboration album, from Rick Ross’s Maybach Music label was released on May 23, 2011 and has sold 90,000 copies in the US. This number is very high for a new group of individuals coming together for the first time to make an album. So the question to ask is how did this group achieve such high numbers? The answer is what we call “hype” in the hip hop industry but what is technically considered exposure, which today can be majorly attributed to social media and digital marketing. If you are a long time follower of my blog you will remember my former post about Kanye West's social media marketing strategy, interestingly enough Maybach Music followed the same strategy.

When visiting websites like hotnewhiphip.com, djbooth.net and worldstarhiphop.com before the release of this album you would notice “Self-Made” banner ads all over the place. This is the first and most obvious form of marketing and I must say they did it very well. They targeted key demographics and made everyone aware of their CD. Another form of social media marketing is the release of promotional videos that gain viral attention and are re-posted on numerous social media sites. Maybach Music’s Wale released a series of videos on hotnewhiphop.com called his “No Days Off Vlog”.

Here you can see one video, and you will notice that in each video he continuously shouts out “When I say self you say made….” This chant went viral and even when attending Rick Ross’ concert the fans went crazy shouting the name and date. The date of May 23rd was ingrained in every fans head and if you didn’t know the date by the end of the concert, something was seriously wrong with you.

Self-Made


Ads like this were placed all over the Internet, it just says the title of the album and fans instantly realized that was Maybach Music’s new album. At the same time leading up to their album release, the rappers delivered a non-stop flow of music. This music kept fans interested and wanting more, so by the time the album dropped, it was an obvious buy. When artists release songs, videos and pictures to the public then those fans usually post this content to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. When fans post and repost this media then they are actually helping out Maybach Music because they are doing the marketing for them! Click the link below to support Maybach Music and enjoy the song of the week “600 Benz”. Stay Fresh My Friends: DJ Dolph

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Rate My Blog Please!

Hello everyone, this week I am trying to get some user feedback about my blog! Take this survey and let me know.

Keep it fresh: DJ Dolph

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D-Pryde, D-Marketing

The music industry is ever evolving and in the more recent years has transformed into a digital download contest. Even more specifically, the hip-hop industry has become a playground for digital download and free content. With the advent of websites such as djbooth.net, hotnewhiphop.com, worldstarhiphop.com and hiphopisdream.com, music is available at the click of a button. At the same time hip hop music is becoming easy to homebrew, aka throw together in your college dorm room, and therefore, the market is becoming heavily saturated. Every day thousands of mix tapes are uploaded to Datpiff.com and millions of songs are uploaded to limelinx.com for illegal download. With so much music available at the click of a button it seems almost impossible for an emerging artist to make his mark in this digital congestion, right?

Well, recently the industry has seen several individuals step into the rap game without label support and mostly due to their success using digital marketing. To learn more about how this is done I will introduce this week’s fresh download candidate: D’Pryde. This 17 year old Canadian rapper/songwriter/producer just recently released his first mix tape titled Mars and collected over 150,000 downloads in the first three days. The question is how did this teenager create a buzz large enough to reach these kind of numbers and the answer is digital presence. Over two years ago D’Pryde set up his YouTube Channel and started doing ‘freeverses’ over popular songs, filming them and uploading them to his page. One year later D’Pryde had uploaded 150 videos amassing over 30 million views. Last summer on July 14th, 2010 D’Pryde got a call from hip hop commoner Dr. Suss One and was signed to his label Mars Music.

With the help of Dr. Suss One and several other experts D’Pryde was put on track to grow a large fan base. Over the next few months the team focused on placing ads, like the one seen below, all over popular hip hop websites and social media blogs.

Soon enough D’Prydes YouTube channel had reached over 50 million views and he has created a fan base well over 500,000 people. In a recent interview with Channel APA D’Pryde expresses how he thanks all of his fans for viewing his material online and contributes his success to his video postings. Head over to this LINK and check out the Mars mix tape, in the mean time enjoy D’Prydes newest song titled "No Sleep".

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Tinie Tempah, Big Attitude


If you are from the UK you have heard of the stateside newcomer Tinie Tempah. Tinie has been on the scene in the UK since 2006 with the release of the semi popular jam “Tears”, which received a great deal of airplay on Channel U. In 2009 as Tini was performing at the Wireless Festival, an A&R scout from Parlophone Records fell in love with his style. A few weeks later president Miles Leonard inked a deal with Tinie and set him on track to release his first studio album Disc-Covery. Tinie is known for him quick tempo British flow that does not mask his accent.

In early 2010 Tinie released his debut single “Pass Out” with Parlophone records, which entered the UK Single Chart at number 1. “Pass Out” remained number one on the charts for two weeks and sold over 92,000 copies. Recently Tinie has been touring the UK with pop superstar Rihanna and has pushed back the release of his second studio album to early 2012. More recently Tinie Tempah has released his second single off Disc-Covery titled “Till I’m Gone” and features none other than emerging powerhouse Wiz Khalifa. The track truly shows off Tinie’s quick rapping ability and leaves no room for guessing that Tinie is a full-blooded bloody Brit. Wiz handles the entire chorus, flowing melodically over a quick catchy beat made by none other than “Black and Yellow” creator Stargate. The transition from UK rap star to US rap star has been a challenge for many foreign rappers but with tracks like these it seems evident that Tinie is about to take the US by storm. For those of you who take a liking to this British rapper, on May 17th Disc-Covery was re-released and features several new songs, so cop that! In honor of this drop this week’s song of the week is “Till I’m Gone” featuring Wiz Khalifa, as always stay fresh my friends: DJ Dolph

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BIG SEAN's BIG DROP


Any of you who have been following Big Sean for the last 5 years all know of the 23 year olds' insane story from nothing to stardom. In 2005 Kanye West was doing a radio interview at 102.7 and Sean Michael Anderson aka Big Sean decided to show up. Sean followed the rapper into the building spitting 16 bars to Kanye, as he was in mid stride. Kanye stopped bobbed his head took the mix tape and signed the rapper in 2007. Later that year, on Septeber 31st, 2006 Big Sean released Finally Famous: The Mix Tape and his single “Get’cha Some” attained quite a bit of digital attention. The series continued with UNKNOWN BIG SEAN dropping in April of 2009 and Finally Famous Vol 3: BIG dropping in August of 2010.

If you listen to Big Sean then you know he has a very smooth flow similar to Kanye’s, very witty and on point style, yet with a fresh young vibe. It took Sean four years of solid grinding to produce a truly mainstream popular single but on March 1st, 2011 Big Sean released his monster single “My Last” featuring the current king of pop Chris Brown. The single is sitting at position 54 on the US Billboard Hot 100 list and 5 on the US Billboard Rap Songs chart. To make the situation even better, G.O.O.D. Music has finally chiseled in a date and it has been declared that Big Sean’s debut album Finally Famous will finally drop on June 21st, 2011. The excitement is brewing and to add to the hype Big Sean has released his second single “I Do It”. The track is produced by the legendary beat team No I.D. and the Legendary Traxster, featuring numerous synth hits and quick tempo snare hits. Sean kills verse after verse and shows that he is ready to drop a big album. So keep your eyes out for Finally Famous and as always keep it fresh my friends: DJ Dolph.



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Protect Yourself - An Interview With Attorney Keith Hackenberg

Whether you are an artist, manager, agent or entrepreneur, one subject that requires an immense amount of attention is intellectual property. Most people are under the impression that registering a copyright, trademark or patent is a difficult process, but with some help from your attorney and as basic understanding of IP, your property can be protected quite easily. In order to teach you a few tricks and get your IP properly secured, I interviewed attorney Keith Hackenberg, who specializes in intellectual property.

So let’s say you are a manager and you have just developed your first management company. After a great deal of debate you develop a name for your company, but what you probably haven’t thought about is the availability of that name. An easy way to check the status of your name is to run a trademark search on USPTO.gov. Mr. Hackenberg pointed out that one of the most important issues to keep in mind when using an attorney is that time is money. The last situation you want to be in is to go to your attorney and get billed, only to find out that the mark you want to register is not even available.

The next decision you will have to make is whether you want your trademark to be registered in your state or federally. Mr. Hackenberg informed me that 95% of the time he recommends registering a trademark federally. By doing so this allows you to partake in interstate commerce and also gives you the ability to collect statutory damages, if infringement occurs. The only instance in which you might consider registering your trademark with the state is if you are a local business, with no plans for expansion. For those of you who have a logo but have failed to register it, fear not. Mr. Hackenberg explained to me that even if a name or logo has yet to be registered, it still has the ability to bear the TM stamp. By placing this mark on your logo you are informing consumers that this is a trademark and part of your brand.

For those of you who are artists, you may be questioning the process associated with registering a copyright. First, take a trip to Copyright.gov and head to the forms section. From here you will see a form called the CO Form, simply click on the download link and the form should open. What you are now viewing is the standard catchall form for every type of copyright currently available. Mr. Hackenberg recommends that you look through the form and get a general idea of the information it asks for. After you realize you have all the information necessary to complete the form, you should then hire an attorney. According to Mr. Hackenberg, hiring an attorney is a solid investment when filing a copyright because it ensures that the documents are going to be filled out correctly and completely.

I know many of you are tech savvy and are probably saying to yourself, “I think I will just go to legalzoom.com.” According to Mr. Hackenberg, this is the worst decision you could make, when attempting to register a trademark, patent or copyright. The reason being that when you register through Legal Zoom all you receive in return for your cash is a piece of paper. The benefit of using an attorney is the counsel, expertise and personal face-to-face connection you receive. Mr. Hackenberg also pointed out that if you experience a problem when registering IP through Legal Zoom, there is no one to give you advice. When using an attorney, he or she will look at the problem, analyze it and then point you in the right direction.

I encourage everyone to take matters into your own hands and take the time to protect yourself by registering your intellectual property. The process may seem intimidating, but I hope that through this blog you have come to the realization that registration is actually quite easy. As always, Stay Fresh My Friends: DJ Dolph.

Thank You to:

Keith D. Hackenberg


IP, Trademark, and Copyright Law


Levy & Associates, P.A.


407-321-4844


Keith@levylawyers.com

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Celebs Watch Your Back: When Social Media Attacks



Sometimes its good to stop, look and listen when operating in the new yet massive social media sweep. In today’s day and age it is essential that every artist creates an online presence but celebrities are slowly learning this beast can become a severe burden. With the advent of Web 2.0, user generated content has become the dominant player in the social media web, attracting over 115 million Internet users in 2010. As Facebook, Twitter and the influx of blogs take over the web, celebrities with large social media followings are becoming targets for lawsuits and victims of defamation.

During the Twitter boom of 2009 our first subject Miley Cyrus approached her inaugural social media disaster. One of Miley’s devoted and loyal friends made the intelligent decision to post this delicious photo on the Internet.



Where the photo landed I do not know but let’s be serious it belongs on Hightimes.com. Anyways, if you can take your eyes off the guy on Pluto, holding a chalice of vino, so high he can’t open his eyes, then you might notice delicate Miley sitting on her "sober" boyfriends lap mocking a "slanted eye" look. Several days later an Asian Pacific Islander named Lucie Kim filed a 4 billion dollar class action lawsuit against Cyrus, claiming the gesture was a civil rights violation. The judge eventually threw out the lawsuit but it’s a reminder to all artists that social media presence must be monitored carefully.

If we skip a year forward to August 16th, 2010 we come to an issue between the boy band pop star Joe Jonas and his underage ex Demi Lovato. According to AceShowBiz, “On August 15th Canadian blogger Zack Taylor claimed Jonas and 17 year-old Lovatio - who is under the legal age of sexual consent in many U.S. states - were ‘friends with benefits’.” Jonas did not appreciate this comment and within days his legal team had delivered a letter to Taylor demanding that the blogger remove all comments pertaining to the relationship. According to TMZ.com, who acquired the letter, the singer’s attorney warns, “Your repeated posting of fabricated stories regarding our client must be viewed as evidence of your wilful or reckless disregard for the truth and reflect a malicious attempt to attack and devalue our client's good name and reputation." 

"We will be monitoring your site and will be advising our client of his legal options, including, but not limited to, the filing of a lawsuit against you for defamation.”

Although the Joe Jonas case never transformed into a court case, it paved the way for the first celebrity social media defamation case. On March 3rd, 2011 actress Courtney Love settled a defamation lawsuit with the fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir for $430,000. In 2009 Love began to grill Simorangkir over a $4,000 clothing payment. In court Love argued that her rants were merely an expression of opinion and were not damaging. Simorangkir expressed that as an entertainer Love has social media power at her back and personally I don’t blame her, if I was called an "asswipe nasty lying hoebag thief" I’d want Love’s head and her cash. This settlement is important because it shapes the precedent for future social media defamation cases. It should remind all artists that yes, social media can aid in your progression but it’s a beast nobody should feel comfortable flirting with. With fame comes a following and a following creates power so keeping that in mind we should all remember the viral nature of Web 2.0

To honor the current King of Social Media I give you Chamillionaire’s new song “Charlie Sheen”. Stay Fresh My Friends. Dj Dolph


Resources:
Miley Cyrus
Joe Jonas
Courtney Love

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Ryan Notes, should have Taken Notes


Recently I was fortunate enough to interview Columbus, Ohio’s very own Ryan Notes. Notes is an up and coming rapper/vocalist who on a whim moved to Brooklyn to pursue his career in music. Shortly after getting to New York Ryan was confronted by a man named Robert Alheim who introduced himself to Ryan as an artist manager but little did Ryan know Alheim was not formally trained nor did he really have any connections in the music industry. Unfortunately for Ryan a contract was signed and locked Ryan in for three years with Alheim. When I asked Ryan why he signed the contract he looked at me and said, “Well to be honest I was so excited by the fact that someone was willing to manage me that I did not even ask myself questions like; Are we compatible? Is this guy blowing smoke up my ass? What were his connections?”




At this point Ryan realized he was locked into three years with someone he didn’t want to spend another day with and at the same time was getting ready to release his debut mixtape. With proper management this tape could have taken off (http://www.datpiff.com/Ryan-Notes-Take-Notes-mixtape.126305.html) as Ryan has an enormous amount of talent and is very driven. So the question is what lies down the road for Ryan? When I asked Ryan what he is going to do about the situation this is what he answered, “Well to be honest right now I am in limbo, I am operating without a manager because I can not work with Alheim and have been doing a lot of self management.” To me this is sad because it really shows the dampener that a poor artist manager can have on an artist with extreme potential. At this point I understand what Ryan is going through. He is lost, cannot afford legal representation and truly has no idea what he has gotten himself into.


Before our conversation ended we discussed what Ryan’s options were and he picked my brain about what possibilities he has. First, I let Ryan know that he has to keep trucking on and creating content with or without his manager. Second, he needs to review the contract to see what is binding him and whether he has the option to sign a second manager. Third, he should evaluate the contract to see whether there is a sunset clause involved. After talking with Ryan it truly showed me how important it is for all artists, whether superstars or amateurs, to always evaluate the individual they are signing with before inking a contract.

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XXL Decides Again!


Every year hip hop fans around the globe argue, guess, bet and complain about XXL’s coveted 2011 Freshman Article. For those of you who are still in the dark about this issue, essentially it is a showcase and platform for ten new hip-hop artists. Debate always follows this issue as many people argue that spots are undeserving, planted or paid for in advance. In the past individuals like Wale have been omitted from the list, causing major publicity stunts and lashes against XXL. Rather than the usual 10 artists, this years crop of hip-hop up and comers numbered 11; Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., CyHi Da Prince, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred the Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar and Diggy Simmons. In an MTV article Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive states, “There were a handful of artists that I thought would make the cut, that were nowhere to be found i.e. Chip Tha Ripper, Vado and Danny Brown. However, there is some serious talent on here, so I'm excited to see what becomes of the Freshmen over the course of the year. It's been a gift for some and equally a curse for others.” One of the main problems with this list is that no one really knows how it is generated so in reality it could simply be a matter of XXL’s taste, which to many is considered sour.

The 2011 XXL Freshman issue is currently in its 4th edition and individuals are now questioning how accurate its picks are. When looking back this edition has featured three artists, which have truly ‘blown up’, these being: Wiz Khlaifa, J. Cole and Lupe Fiasco. In reality three out of thirty is not terrible, being that we are lingering in the super saturated hip-hop industry, yet this still begs the question; If such a small quantity of these rappers are actually making it, what is the point of this issue? To answer this question Brad Wete, staff writer at Entertainment Weekly says, “Like all the other years, some of the artists will continue on and become great. Others won't. What XXL does is give all these local favorites and rappers with cult followings validation. That stamp of approval from one of the top magazines in the culture is huge in the beginning. Now Fred is more than just a NY rapper. And Meek is more than just the guy next to Ross. And so on. Obviously it'll take more than a cover to take them to the next level. But this shine sure doesn't hurt.”

As I look through this list I must say that for the first time in four years I am content with XXL’s picks. Granted, I don’t feel like indidivudals such as Lil Twist or YG should have made this list, as they really have not proved themselves. On the other end of the spectrum, I have been telling everyone and their mother about CyHi, Yelawolf , Big K.R.I.T., Diggy, Meek and Mac Miller for about a year now, so I am thrilled they finally got their platform to achieve massive success. Finally, I am going to leave you with my superstar pick of 2011. Drum Role please…DJ Dolph’s superstar pick of 2011 goes to: the one and only Good Music’s CyHi Da Prynce. CyHi has been on the seen since 2005 but just recently stroked success when finalizing a deal with Kanye West’s Good Music Label in September of 2010. He just recently released his critically acclaimed mixtape titled Royal Flush, which can be found on Datpiff.com. This weeks fresh jam goes to CyHi for his infamous track Sideways. As always, stay fresh my friends. Dj Dolph







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Drusky's Death to Tricks, Khalifa's Birth to Fame




We all know that the entertainment industry is cut throat but Brian Drusky, CEO of Drusky Entertainment, deals in this harsh environment every day, on numerous levels. Drusky Entertainment is a full service entertainment company specializing in show production. They offer every service required to host a show including, but not limited to, booking, advertising, technical/production and settlement. Due to the fact that they offer such a wide variety of services Mr. Drusky has more business-to-business transactions than most entertainment companies. I recently interviewed Mr. Drusky to learn about some of the dirty tricks he experiences when dealing with agencies and other production companies.

I listed seventeen commonly used dirty tricks and asked Mr. Drusky to elaborate on the ones which he felt are most commonly used in the industry. The seventeen tactics presented during the interview were: phony facts, higher authority, add-ons, personal attacks, good guy / bad guy, intimidation, lock-in tactics, take it or leave it, high ball / low ball, bogey, chicken, exaggerated assertions, threats, scoundrel, scrambled eggs, foot in the door, and deadlines. Mr. Drusky immediately leaned towards two of these devious methods, intimidation and take it or leave it. Mr. Drusky said that when dealing with many individuals in the industry some sort of intimidation factor becomes present. Mr. Drusky explained this by stating that when you operate in such a saturated industry you have to be confident in your work if you are going to properly sell your skills. It just so happens that many individuals feel like one of the best ways of doing so is by trying to intimidate you, yet in reality they are simply boosting their own self-confidence. Mr. Drusky said there are several ways to handle an individual who is trying to intimate you. One way that he believes is the best, when dealing with a potential client, is to simply play into his or her attitude. In other words you let them boost their ego because at the end of the day they will enjoy your presence because you make them feel better about themselves.

According to Mr. Drusky another commonly used ploy in the entertainment industry is the take it or leave it attitude. Mr. Drusky claims that he runs into this situation daily when dealing with the agents representing the artists he uses to produce a show. For example, many agents will shoot a price to Mr. Drusky and instead of leaving room for negotiation they simply say they have flat rate and he can take it or walk away. Essentially, they are saying that they have the power to leave you in the dust and go with another production team. Mr. Drusky said that this situation is very hard to gauge and can be a deal breaker if not handled appropriately. He claimed that the most beneficial way to handle this is to play hardball with the agent to create your own buying power. For example, if an agent is telling you to take the price or walk away inform the agent that you will walk away and that you have another artist willing to perform at the rate you want. If the agent refuses to negotiate then at that point it is his loss because his client loses on a great opportunity. Mr. Drusky said that if it gets to that point and the agent walks away it is likely that the artist will hear about the situation and if he, she or they feel as if it was a lost opportunity you will be contacted again by the agent. The only difference is that the next time you will be the one holding the dice.

I want to thank Mr. Drusky for his time and informative words of wisdom. Of course, I cannot leave my readers without presenting the jam of the week so I bring you the hottest song I have heard in a while, Wiz Khalifa featuring Too Short – On My Level. We all know that Black and Yellow brought this superstar from nothing to OMG status but somehow the young rapper continues to please our ears with some delicious ear candy. His second single Roll Up is another song I recommend all my viewers download so I have posted the song below. Another note, don’t forget to grab Wiz’s Atlantic Records debut album Rolling Papers on March 29th! Stay fresh my friends. Dj Dolph



Tricky Tactics List

Drusky Entertainment

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"The Greatest Story Never Told", will it ever be told?

A story of persistence and dedication.

If I were to ask most music listeners if the name Saigon rings a bell I would have to assume that the majority of individuals would respond with “Sai what?”. Saigon boldly entered into the hip-hop industry in 2005 with a two season cameo on the popular show Entourage. Saigon interestingly enough played himself as an up and coming rapper trying to make it big. After his final Entourage appearance in 2006 Saigon decided to take his lyrical skills to the next level by collaborating and pledging his allegiance to super producer Just Blaze. Blaze has been quoted saying things such as, “Saigon is the most talented rapper the rap game has seen since Tupac.” Since 2005 fans and critics have salivated over this rappers unbelievable flow and bold nonchalant attitude.

In late 2006 Just Blaze tickled the hearts of thousands of Saigon fans by informing them that Saigon’s debut album titled The Greatest Story Never Told would release through an Atlantic Records deal in November of 2007.

Now let me take you on a journey, through the four year saga I would like to title “How to never tell a great story”. On June 1st, 2007 Saigon posted a blog on MySpace (yes we were still communicating through MySpace at this point in time) unintelligently informing the world that Atlantic Records did not like him because he was not a “Jingle Writer” and that he was going to release the album independently. On June 14th, 2007 Just Blaze responded on his MySpace telling everyone to settle down and that Saigon’s comment was not only incorrect but also unnecessary and that Atlantic was still involved in the process. Finally, on November 19th, 2007, with anticipation for the album growing, Saigon posted to his MySpace two simple words “I QUIT”. In a statement he gave HipHopGame.com later in the day he said, "This is it. The Greatest Story Never Told...I guess you could say it was prophecy," implying the album would never be released. Exactly one month later on December 19th, 2007 Saigon informed the world that he reconsidered retiring and planned on releasing The Greatest Story Never Told. Well Mr. Saigon it’s now January 19th, 2011 and The Greatest Story Never Told still has not been told. So your probably asking “Will this great story ever be told?”. It’s a long story.

In May of 2008 Saigon was released from Atlantic and received 100% ownership of the album. In February of 2010 Saigon announced via his Facebook (yep were getting closer to the present don’t worry) that he got a new deal with Suburban Noize Records to release the album on February 15th, 2011 (cross your fingers). So it is now less than a month from the release of what some critics are calling, “The most anticipated album since The Carter 3.” and new singles are beginning to drop. The track list has been released, which you can see below, and having heard almost 75% of the album I must say this is going to be an album to remember. Don’t cry you don’t have to wait a month to hear some fresh Saigon. If you’re interested in listening to some of the tracks off the album don’t worry because numerous songs from the album were released over the last half of a decade. Tracks like "Believe It", "Come On Baby" and “The Greatest Story Never Told” (background track for the week) are all great songs to throw on your playlist right now to satisfy that itch. Enough about Saigon the bottom line is mark your calendars for February 15th and cross your fingers for the release of an amazing debut album that has been in the works for six years. Keep it fresh my friends. Dj Dolph

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1. "Station Identification (Intro)" (feat. Fatman Scoop) Just Blaze 2:43

2. "The Invitation" (feat. Q-Tip and Fatman Scoop) Just Blaze 4:36

3. "Come On Baby" (feat. Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz) Just Blaze 3:43

4. "War" Scram Jones 1:59

5. "Bring Me Down Pt. 2" 4:46

6. "Enemies" D. Allen 3:41

7. "Friends" Just Blaze 1:50

8. "The Greatest Story Never Told" Just Blaze 4:00

9. "Clap" (feat. Faith Evans) Just Blaze 6:30

10. "Preacher" Just Blaze 4:22

11. "It’s Alright" (feat. Marsha Ambrosius) Kanye West 5:59

12. "Believe It" Just Blaze 6:01

13. "Give It To Me" (feat. Raheem DeVaughn) SC 5:17

14. "What The Lovers Do" (feat. Devin the Dude) Red Spyda 4:15

15. "Better Way" (feat. Layzie Bone) Just Blaze 4:30

16. "Oh Yeah (Our Babies)" Buckwild 4:14

Awesome Saigon interview talking about upcoming album

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Are You Motivated?

Sometimes an individual in the rap game comes along who is not only brilliant at throwing down untouchable rhymes but also demonstrates a savvy business sense. On T-Pain’s most recent single release titled Motivated he created one of the largest marketing splashes the hip hop game has ever seen. Before the official release of Motivated T-Pain leaked the song to several large hip hop web sites (hotnewhiphop.com, djbooth.net, 2dopeboyz.com) but interestingly enough the song was missing a second verse. Meaning that instead of T-Pain coming in on the second verse it was just a blank instrumental. This caused a huge amount of commotion throughout the industry as blogs were going crazy and hip-hop rating sites were questioning what was going on. The next day, December 15th, T-Pain informed the media that he was hosting a contest. He had released Motivated unfinished because he wanted unsigned artists to create their own second verse and submit it to his website. From there T-Pain would pick one individual and they would be welcomed to his studio to record their verse and be featured on his up and coming mixtape titled Prevolver.

Last week the official single was released for download and interestingly enough the group known as Mayday, whom I previously wrote an article about, stole the crown. The two emcees from the group Wrek and Bernbiz jumped on this track and clearly caught the eye of T-Pain. Like I said in my previous article these guys really have great lyricism and are very dynamic even when going over a beat as complicated as Motivated. Speaking of the beat it is only fair that I recognize the new producer Young Frye who killed it for T-Pain with this one.

If T-Pain’s auto tune iPhone app didn’t prove he is capable of thinking outside the box to generate revenue, this brilliant marketing scheme definitely shows he is comparable to rap business stars such as 50 cent or Diddy. It looks like it’s going to be a very good year for Nappy Boy and Mayday, I hope the same for all of my viewers. Happy 2011 and as usual keep it fresh my friends. Dj Dolph.

Click below for T-Pain's invitation to compete!

T-Pain – Motivated (Open Unsigned Artists Contest)

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