City Scenes Media Group Launches City Scenes Magazine Featuring Candid Interviews with
R&B Diva Olivia, Maino, and Mack Maine
New York, NY January 20, 2010 -- City Scenes Media Group and entertainment enthusiast Bre Sylvia announce
the launch of the print version of City Scenes Magazine, a general interest publication featuring the latest in entertainment,
fashion, lifestyle, and politics.
Set for release on January 25, the inaugural issue features a revealing interview
with its cover model, R&B chanteuse Olivia. Currently signed to Universal Records with plans to drop a new album this
year, the former first lady of G-Unit Records was surprisingly candid with the magazine's Editor in Chief – dishing
on everything from Chris Lighty to redoing her entire album after leaving G-Unit, and taking the time during their sit-down
to clarify a few things about her departure from the 50 Cent helmed label:
"Rumors hit the radios saying that
I was dropped from the label, when in fact I was the one who actually asked to be let go."
Taking it a step
further, the Brooklyn native explained why a long term relationship with G-Unit was never the plan:
knew that I was not going to stay with them for a long time anyway because them with me would become ludicrous after a while…."
City Scene Magazine's premiere issue also features just as forthcoming interviews with Maino and Mack Maine,
president of Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment.
City Scenes Magazine will be published four times a year
with subsequent issues in April, July, and October. CityScenesMag.com, originally launched in 2009 under the name SceneintheCityOnline.com,
will function as the on line version of the print publication with daily updates.
City Scenes Magazine…what's
the scene in your city?
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Baltimore, MD - Monsters of HipHop, the world’s leading hip hop dance
convention, today announced that DanceJam, the social network for all things dance, will be the title sponsor for the 2008-2009
Monsters of HipHop Tour.
is quickly becoming the world's favorite venue to watch and rate dance videos. With its innovative social community
features, the site offers dancers and enthusiasts the ability to create unique profiles, upload dance videos and rate performances.
Videos of individual performances and dance crews can be easily uploaded from online destinations such as YouTube.com.
DanceJam catalogues dances and popular street moves, and includes video instruction for a variety of dance genres.
new sponsorship by DanceJam is a win-win for both parties," said Andy Funk, the founder of Monsters of HipHop.
"DanceJam saw Monsters as number one in HipHop dance events, and we see DanceJam as the front runner in online dance field.
Together we can expand our reach and further build our brands as leaders in the world of dance."
AUGUST 6th 2008 Harlem NYC
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Have not you heard?
If you never tuned in to shadesradio.com and clicked the play button. You've missed TRUE HIP HOP vibrations
which could ultimately benefit your well-being. But don't worry, there's still time. shadesradio.com is on
24hrs a day. In fact it's on right now to listen click the play radio button...
No Lotion is a brand new CD by the duo Ashy L Bowz,
aka Triple Incredible and Deeno Snuff.
The project is the first effort of this Brooklyn, NY based group out to make a statement in this new era of
rap music. About the independent hustle of the 2008 Hip Hop business, Deeno Snuff
said "it's a gift and a curse. Because in the same way I'm talkin to you right now, and everybody listening could be like
' yo let me see what these cats are about'. That could blow a nigga up on some real shit. And that's worldwide. Plus you get
to cut out the middle man that's jerkin niggas anyway." In reference to the drawbacks he spoke about the grind and how you
have to work hard to obtain the things you want in life, when you might be more inclined to sit back and indulge in other
things. The CD is a nice, concept-driven arrangement created to introduce you to the Ashy style of underground
Hip Hop they display. From the beginning you're welcomed into a world of lyric based songs, heavy with fun-filled metaphors
and punchlines. On Ashtro (instead of intro) and Keep It Ashy, you are bombarded with witty
spin-offs of the word ash..like "the game need some more flavor pass the Mrs.Dash, leavin' whack mcs on the
curb like trash. We gon' grow on ya. Why you think they call it a rash?" On the album No
Lotion, Ashy, brings the socially introspective side of things too on songs like My Yute,
Hood and I Guess saying. "you ain't a killer just cuz you say you is on a beat, I guess
it's easier just to follow trends then to lead. I guess there's always been more Indians then the chiefs." Their first
single off the album, We Got Game, is a catchy video game inspired track that sounds like the theme song
from an NBA Live joint. Hip Hop fans will appreciate this album most for its mature-minded themes
that stay youthful and up to date with delivery and cleverness. Big up to the beat production by A-Rod
Grimes, Maestro, Buzz and ConvahSation, which is solid with originality and variety as well. The most
murda-talk you hear is on Smoke Dat, where the victim is that notorious bitch mary jane. Lol. Very original.
To listen to samples...
Artists from all genres wishing to perform in our last cookout of the summer in Newark NJ and in NYC as part of
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title sponsor of Monsters of HipHop conventions, with their 13 city U.S. tour through cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago,
New York, Denver plus new international destinations Mexico, Japan & Europe, DanceJam will showcase exclusive dance footage,
competitions and contests for convention participants.
innovators of hip hop dance instruction, Monsters of HipHop participants will benefit directly from DanceJam with new, online
tools in development. Monsters' performance groups are able to use the community features of DanceJam for video critiques
and comments to improve their performance and showmanship.
faculty are notable dance choreographers who work with Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Pink, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Janet Jackson,
Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, The Pussycat Dolls, and many more. They have been the creative force behind blockbuster
dance films such as Stomp The Yard, Hairspray and Step Up 2.
of HipHop freestyle battles will be taken online to a new arena. This new channel will increase overall participation
and visibility for tomorrow's dance superstars.
to Geoffrey Arone, the CEO of DanceJam, "Our relationship with Monsters of HipHop allows us to engage and work with the top
dance talent in the world today. Monsters' access to casting agents, talent scouts, and TV show executives allows our
community to literally dance their way to fame."
Monsters of HipHop
by Andy Funk, Becky Funk and Angie Servant in 2003, Monsters of HipHop is the conceptual blend of competitive dance, business
and marketing. While Monsters has grown tremendously, the company strives to maintain the family environment on which
it was built with its mission to bring hip hop dancers together with the industry's top dance professionals in a fun and challenging
environment that fosters self-fulfillment and career development.
DanceJam was founded by M.C. Hammer along with visionary Internet
entrepreneurs Geoffrey Arone and Anthony Young from Flock.com. The current popularity of dance globally is evident by
the success of dance television shows such as 'Dancing with the Stars,' 'So You Think You Can Dance, ‘America's Best
Dance Crew' and online videos such as 'The Evolution of Dance'. DanceJam's founding trio saw an opportunity to create
a niche video site focused entirely on dance and dance culture. From this, DanceJam was born, created to cater exclusively
to the growing community of dancers & their fans.
Ever since James Brown electric'fied the Jazz, Blues, and Rock World with his hit " The
Sex Machine. " Dance definately took a very, very interesting curves, all of it body-or bodies.
Moreover, and like his " Mash Potatos " 45 single Hit, where
he also developed a new dance to it, he did the samething for " The Sex Machine.
1970 was the origin of Hip Hop, and the city was MoTown itself
- Detroit. Later on came Chicago, Washington DC,
and New York City.
This is the foundation of Hip Hop, and its success in maintaining its popularity is attributed to two distinct elements.
One: Every six to seven years, a cycle is closed, and a new
one starts-so lets say six years = one cycle. A cycle is a process in which a 12 to 13 year, starting in 1970 gets the
jazz and starts to explore with the hit elements in each new release. Then around 20 to 22 year old, the sensation drifts
( developemental pyschologist agrees about this age stage )-as responsiabilties starts to take hold. At that time a new person
13 to 14 gets in on the musical action and another cycle begins.
That means that Hip Hop has gone through nearly six cycles, a new one is just
starting-projected for summer of 2006.
Two: It was never over professionalized, nor was it ever highly
exploited. The major element is due to its high energy, and once most reach a certain age ( which the older you get
the more potential exploitive you get to attract the money ), interest and the ability to perform slackens.
What had happen since its originator, James Brown, it in its energy, the musical forms have a direct relationship to
youth physicalities and innate drives for free expressions. You just can not get down on any of it. Not unless
you want to be labled " the fool ."
Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest Hits Washington DC July 26, 2008
The Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest will take place on Saturday, July 26, 2008 in
Washington DC. The festival will take place in Marvin Gaye Park which is named after hometown legend Marvin Gaye.
Liberated Muse Productions, a Washington DC community-based arts event-planning group will be hosting the Capital Hip
Hop Soul Fest. The event is planned to take place on Saturday, July 26, 2008 in Marvin Gaye Park from 11 am-8pm. Already,
the event is generating an enormous amount of buzz.
"We have gotten a fantastic response," says one of the festival's
organizers, Khadijah Ali-Coleman. "We've had to extend the festival by two hours because it will be jam-packed with activities
In efforts to solicit acts for the free outdoors event, Ali-Coleman posted ads on popular
sites Craiglist, the Washington City Paper, MySpace, and Facebok. "Within minutes, literally, we were flooded with folks interested
in participating. This is a big deal to many people and its exciting how many people want to be a part of it."
festival will take place in Marvin Gaye Park which is named after hometown legend Marvin Gaye. The park is located in the
northeast part of Washington DC. The park is formerly known as the Watts-Branch Park. The organizers of the festival hope
that the event will allow local metropolitan artists to connect with their audiences while promoting enjoyable events targeting
those in a 25-40 year-old age group who may be young professionals who are single or married with families.
festival is targeting a demographic who enjoys good music that you may not necessarily hear on mainstream radio," says Festival
Director, Maceo Thomas.
Artists scheduled to appear include hip-hop artists Mello D & the Rados, Substantial,
Jamma Wun and Christylez while soul artists Afi Soul, Dee Stone, Rogiers, Mycah Chevalier, and Jua Howard make appearances
as well. The Uninterrupted Band and Lucky Dub Band will perform earlier in the day. More acts are scheduled to perform.
learn more about opportunities to vend at this event or co-sponsor this event, contact Maceo Thomas at 202.285.4529 for information
on vending and sponsorship packages. Visit www.liberatedmuse.com or email LiberatedMuseProductions@gmail.com for additional
details until the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest website goes live in mid-May 2008.
# # #
Liberated Muse is an arts-based planning group which promotes positive events for the greater Washington DC area
Street basketball has risen and climbed to heights that no one could have ever envisioned. As an ex-streetball player
from New York City, who’s played during the 80’s to the present, Dorian “Black Stallion” Graham has
seen the game evolve into the corporate magnet that it has become today. But, there is one question that he’s always
asked, were there any streetball players after Joe “The Destroyer” Hammond and before Rafer “Skip To My
Lou” Alston? And if so, who are they? Asphalt Phenoms of New York City, The Lost Years… answers these and many
With never seen before streetball footage and interviews from the likes of two time NBA Champion and co-host of The NBA
on TNT, Kenny “The Jet” Smith to playground legends “The Terminator” and “Sudden Sam”,
to the star of UPN’s comedy television sitcom “All of Us” Duane “Shake” Martin, Asphalt Phenoms
introduces to the audience the culture of street basketball and what it was really about during the hot summers in New York
City from the early 80’s to the late 90’s.
Asphalt Phenoms is the first project produced by True Loyalty Productions, LLC. It was featured on the MSG Network show,
SummerBall, hosted by Bobbito Garcia. The Emmy Award winning Executive Producer, Director, Producer, Writer and Editor Dorian
Graham, gave the world a sneak peak at the documentary that gives you the true grit about streetball.
Now that the buzz is out, it’s time to feed the masses with knowledge that only a streetball player that lived it
can give you.
Asphalt Phenoms of New York City, The Lost Years…available only over the internet for $15.
Twelve-year-old hip hop artist Micah “Lil’ Dude” Brown will be showcasing his video,
“You Hear Me Knocking” and ‘I forgive You Dad” as well as performing one of his latest cuts with DJ
Judge Mental spinning behind him on Saturday, November 10.
This little package commands the stage and his audience in a big way. Don’t
sleep on this private event because the industry is about to make way for Lil Dude, “Hip Hop’s Next Generation.”
What: Lil’ Dude’s Video Release Party (Private Event)
When: November 10, 2007
Where: 42 Forsyth Street (Downtown between Marietta and Walton Streets)
“Good things come in small packages…” - and even greater things
com in a Lil’ Dude. Born October 1, 1995 in Detroit, Mich., this little guy lives, breathes and exudes
the essence of true hip hop. Beginning his love affair with hip hop at the mere age of four, by six years old, Lil’
Dude was leaving audiences amazed with his high energy performances at local venues, open mic nights, special school
programs, non-profit events, music festivals and even weddings through out his home town of Milwaukee, Wis.
With a mission to maximize his talents and take advantage of bigger and better
opportunities, at the age of nine, Lil’ Dude and his family moved to Atlanta, Ga. Working as a hip
hop and spoken word artist while pursuing his acting and modeling career, Lil’ Dude quickly became
acquainted with industry professionals as he landed a major voice over commercial with Hilshire Farms which airs on urban
radio across America. He also made the cover of Scholastic Magazine and appeared in Cartoon Network’s “Cartoon
Now at 12, he’s already performed for audiences of 18,000 including Summerfest,
the world’s largest music festival alongside Grammy-winning, Arrested Development. He also
performed at The Russell Simmons Sponsored Pioneers Block Party for The Kids of the South Bronx Going Back To School
held at the legendary MOORE HOUSES PARK. He’s reaching even higher as he prepares for his next show opening
for the legend of all legends, Stevie Wonder, with a group of Atlanta’s premier teen talents.
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Hip Hop Producer Black Panther Releases Anticipated Sophomore Album “My Eternal
Winter” on March 13th With Distribution From Koch
Published date: 01-05-2007 12:35 PM - CET - Arts & Culture PR agency: RAin Dazed Entertainment
(openPR) - January 5, 2007 - New York, NY---Brooklyn's own Black Panther made his mark
as a hip hop producer with his 2003 debut release “The Darkest Night Ever” on the label Third Earth. Blessed with
lyrics by some of the best underground emcees including Jean Grae, stic man of dead prez, Pumpkinhead and C-rayz Walz this
concept album received acclaimed reviews from the hip hop world with allhiphop.com stating, “Soon you'll be hearing
his name in a lot of those 'favorite producer' arguments”.
2007 finds Black Panther ready to solidify his mark
with his sophomore release “My Eternal Winter” March 13th on his own label, Manekineko Pro. with distribution
from HBD/Koch. Once again Panther enlists some of the best underground emcees and always looking to push himself to the next
level, takes it a step further to incorporate r&b, rock and pop for this concept album about individual eternal struggles.
lead single “All Falls Down” features Bronx emcee Oktober Zero and songstress Maya Azucena. Other stand out tracks
include “Dreams” with a medley of emcees including M-1 of dead prez, “And The Day Keeps Coming” featuring
J Treds, “Nothing Personal” featuring M F Grimm and “The Half” which couples Maya Azucena's soulful
voice over Panther's amazing production.
Elemental Magazine stated that Black Panther is, “a hungry new talent
ready to prove himself” and he does that and more with his latest musical masterpiece, “My Eternal Winter”..
Black Panther has produced for some of the most talented and popular underground
hip hop stars including Jean Grae, Dead Prez, C-Ray Walz, Oktober Zero and others.
Panther was born Michael Hill in
Fort Green, Brooklyn surrounded by the undeniable energy of artists such as Spike Lee, Chris Rock and Rakim
As a youth,
he embraced many different forms of music. You could hear the variety coming from his portable turn table in the basement
from the hip hop sounds of UTFO and Roxanne Shante to the rock sounds of Rod Stewart and Rick Springfield. The day the his
brother brought home Run DMC’s record “Sucker MC’s” Black Panther’s life changed forever.
the late, 80's and early 90's, influenced by Ralph McDaniel’s Video Music Box, Panther found his way on to the hiphop
scene as a dancer, appearing in a few music videos including “Good For We” by a London group called D-Influence,
another from Mark Walberg’s alter ego Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and Wu-Tang affiliate, Shyheim’s “On
& On” video.
In time, Panther found himself back to his true passion behind the turntables making music and
Michael Hill became DJ Black Panther. He began producing, promoting and selling underground mixtapes. He had released a total
of 20 when in 1996 DJ Honda, a popular Japanese deejay purchased three hundred of his double mixtapes to sell in Japan. Panther
invested the money from that sale in an MPC and launched his career as a producer.
In 2003, Black Panther released
his debut album, “The Darkest Night Ever” on Third Earth Music Label. The album featured his amazing production
with appearances by MURS, L.I.F.E. Long and Pumpkinhead and more. The album received positive feedback and publicity for Panther’s
Between 2004 and 2006 he continued to produce standout songs including the underground hit “Digamello”
which appeared on Oktober Zero’s “Projeckt Building” album as well as "Camouflage" for C-Ray Walz and “American
Hunger” for M F Grimm.
Black Panther is set to return with his much anticipated second album, “My Eternal
Winter” which will be released on his own label Manekineko Pro with distribution from HBD/Koch. This album is sure to
make Black Panther the producer to watch for in 2007.
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