Monthly Archives: April 2009

Cornerstone Promotion’s Kevin ‘J’ Nicholson Talks to The Industry Cosign

The Industry Cosign speaks to Kevin ‘J’ Nicholson from Cornerstone Promotion, which brings you the monthly Cornerstone Mixtape as well as Fader Magazine. Find out who he is, what he does and why his job is relevant in this industry!

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Su-Kin (Dont Leave Me Here)

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MC Lyte has joined DuBose Music Group, a division of DuBose Entertainment, as Executive Vice President of the burgeoning music entity. James DuBose, CEO of DuBose Entertainment announced that the recording artist, writer and Hip Hop legend has been tapped to shepherd DMG’s talent acquisitions and artist development.

“Lyte is a rap music icon and music scholar with a wealth of industry connections and an extensive knowledge of urban music,” said DuBose. “With Lyte at the helm, DMG is perfectly positioned to usher in the next generation of artists and influence a new generation of music fans.”
As her first major deal since joining DMG, Lyte announced the signing of Tenille Johnson, a fresh, young 20-year-old singer-songwriter, who writes about relationships, love, love lost and possesses a confident and alluring style that has just the right amount of sexy.  The Atlanta native has already completed recording several titles for her debut album.

“At DMG, we will provide artists like Tenille a platform to showcase their talent and to grow into bona fide R&B superstars,” said Lyte. “I’m thrilled to be working with DuBose to bring soul music to music lovers young and old.”

Also set to release later this year, DMG will distribute Lyte’s latest CD under the current working title “The Second Coming.” The upcoming CD reflects the influence of Brooklyn’s West Indian culture on the Brooklyn native and delivers on the hard potent lyrics for the “Lyte as a Rock” fans.

Though this will be her first role calling the shots at a music label, Lyte has been making a name for herself in music since her first full length album “Lyte as a Rock” was released in 1988. She is considered to be a female rap music icon that blazed the trail for future female rappers such as Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot.  Lyte is also known as one of the first female rappers to lyrically take on the rampant sexism and misogyny that predominates hip hop. In an interesting twist on the old adage of “life imitating art,” Lyte portrayed a hip music executive on the UPN series “Half n Half” for three years.

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Combat Jack Presents: Dick On Wheels! Pt.1

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Grade the President

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CNN is letting YOU grade President Barack Obama.

Watch The CNN National Report Card: First 100 Days on Wednesday, April 29 (8pm ET) and let your voice be heard. Led by anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and Soledad O’Brien, the show will gauge the public’s opinion on how President Obama and other elected officials have handled their first 100 days in office, as well as how the country is progressing on significant issues.

Throughout the evening, CNN will open up voting on a variety of important topics letting real viewers voice their real thoughts and criticisms. Viewers will be able to share their opinion on, with the results appearing immediately online and on television. In addition to real-time grading on, the “First 100 Days” special report will allow users to watch video and weigh in on stories about the Obama administration in its first 100 days at  The special report will feature an issues tracker that examines action on topics such as the economy and health care, a photo gallery from the first 100 days and a quiz, testing readers’ knowledge of 100-day events.

Tune into The CNN National Report Card: First 100 Days on Wednesday, April 29th (8pm ET) on CNN. Let your voice be heard.

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Def Jam recording artist Rick Ross steamrolls the competition to launch his new Maybach Music label, as DEEPER THAN RAP, his third album debuts at #1 Soundscan on 157,544 first week sales in the physical and digital marketplace.  This marks Rick’s third consecutive triumph, following up Port Of Miami (his 2006 debut) and Trilla (2008) – both of which entered the Soundscan chart at #1 with nearly 200,000 first week sales each, both subsequently certified RIAA gold.

DEEPER THAN RAP has just spun off a brand new single, “All I Really Want” featuring fellow Def Jam artist The-Dream, co-written and produced by Tricky Stewart. Ross & The-Dream recently traveled to Medellin, Columbia to shoot a lavish video for the track. “All I Really Want” will premiere on BET with an “Access Granted” special on May 6th. Ross launched DEEPER THAN RAP with week-of-release performances on BET 106 & Park and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman on May 14th.

“All I Really Want” follows DEEPER THAN RAP’s first single pick, “Magnificent” featuring John Legend, which broke inside the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts and Hot Rap Tracks chart.  “Magnificent” was produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League helmed four songs on Trilla, and four more tracks on DEEPER THAN RAP including the highly anticipated “Maybach Music Part 2” featuring Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne.  “Maybach Music Part 2” is the attention-grabbing sequel to Trilla’s “Maybach Music” (featuring Jay-Z).

DEEPER THAN RAP also boasts three tracks produced by The Runners; while The Inkredibles add their hitmaking prowess to the new album as well.  There are also productions by BIGG D, Bink, and Drumma Boy.

Rick Ross rose from ruling Miami’s underground rap scene, to become 2006’s buzz-worthiest hip-hop artist with Port Of Miami, his #1 Pop/#1 R&B/#1 Rap major label debut album.  Its unstoppable single “Hustlin’” became the first mastertone ever certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million copies before the associated album had even been released.  A remix was subsequently issued, featuring Jay-Z and Young Jeezy.  Port Of Miami’s second single was “Push It,” whose movie soundtrack excerpts (circa 1990) from Giorgio Moroder’s “Scarface (Push It To The Limit),” evoked the gritty soul of a city that is always on the edge of exploding.

Six-foot-two, 300-pound Rick Ross – a “hip-hop heavyweight,” as described by the New York Times – came into his own on Trilla, whose second single release, “The Boss,” featuring T-Pain, rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot Rap chart, #5 R&B, and Top 20 on the Hot 100.  The next single, “Here I Am” featuring Nelly and Avery Storm, also hit inside the Top 10 on the Rap and R&B charts.  Trilla got off to a fast start with a release week performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.  “The Boss” video went into rotation on MTV, MTV2, and MTV hits, along with BET and FUSE.

Ross recently launched a new website

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Mini Doctrine: Answering Viewer Mail

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Brand Nubian MC Sadat X is set to return with his official new album Brand New Bein’ on May 5th.

The Wild Cowboy gets an assist from DJ JS-1 and JW, who produce the entire album.   The duo’s past work includes production for Common, KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Pharoahe Monch, Canibus, Large Professor, Masta Ace and more.

Brand New Bein’ features an impressive list of guest appearances from Brand Nubian group mates Grand Puba and Lord Jamar, KRS-One, Rahzel, Buckshot, CL Smooth, Craig G, C Rayz Walz, Poison Pen, Cold Heat and more.

“It’s great working with a producer as talented as JS-1, and the type of MC’s that rhyme alongside me on the album,”said Sadat X.

As a bonus, all copies of the Brand New Bein’ CD come packaged with a bonus disc that includes Instrumentals, Accapellas, and clean versions of all of the tracks.

Sadat X will also be heading to Europe this spring on a 10-city European Tour alongside Diamond D.  Check out the dates below.

April 29-Copenhagen, Denmark

April 30-Ljubljana, Slovenia

May 1-   Athens, Greece

May 2-   Oslo, Norway

May 3-   Brighton, England

May 5-   Vienna, Austria

May 6-   London, England

May 7-   Paris, France

May 8-  Zagreb, Croatia

May 9,  Zurich, Switzerland

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DJ Vlad named Executive Vice President at SRC / / Universal‏

SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind has confirmed the placement of DJ Vlad as the company’s new Executive Vice President.

With the new position, Vlad will oversee the development and execution of media strategies for improving

Already experienced in website development through his own popular site, Vlad has plans to transform into the premier talent spot for aspiring Hip-Hop artists.

“I am tremendously grateful to [SRC President] Gaby Acevedo, Joe Safina, and Steve Rifkind for giving me this incredible opportunity,” DJ Vlad told “ is an amazing website with the potential to become the ‘American Idol of the Internet.’”

Along with his website duties, Vlad has also found success with his directorial work on BET’s American Gangster series and the film Ghostride the Whip.

In addition, the DJ holds two Justo Mixtape Awards to his name courtesy of the critically acclaimed “Rap Phenomenon” series.

According to Vlad, will relaunch in the next few weeks with all-new contests to allow fledgling artists the ability to upload their music for established producers, emcees, and DJs.

As press time, the site already boasts an artist/fan community of over 100,000.

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Lovejones – Roll Call

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