Archive for January 8, 2012

Music Video: DMX feat. Machine Gun Kelly “I Don’t Dance”

Bodega Cold Kutz Show: Episode 4 With Special Guest Interview With Tek From Smif-N-Wessun

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EPISODE 4 With Special Guest Interview TEK From Smif-N-Wessun

Music News: DJ Premier’s Top 25 Albums of 2011.

Primo jots down a list of his most coveted albums of last year.

As he’s done for the past few years, DJ Premier has revealed his top 25 albums of the preceding year.

On his 2011 list, Primo gives props to Drake’s Take Care, Apathy’s Honkey Kong, Greneberg’s Greneberg, Random Axe’s Random Axe and a slew of others.

In a closing note posted on DJ Premier Blog (via HHNM), Primo explained why he chose certain LPs for anyone who might criticize his picks. “For all of you dumbfucks that are late or not hip to my yearly list, this is my own list of what I was bumpin’ for my enjoyment in 2011… Even though there were so fuckin’ many LPs that came out, I wish we had time to do Top 40 but fuck that… So if you don’t like my list, make your own… I ain’t mad atcha… Hate it or love it, I don’t give a fuuuuuck !!!” he wrote.

On that note who can argue although thee is some i would of switched out!

Check the full list below.

25. Large Professor & Neek The Exotic – Still On The Hustle
24. Edo G – A Face In The Crowd
23. Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz – Heavy Metal Kings
22. Greneberg – Greneberg
21. Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – Well Done
20. Apathy – Honkey Kong
19. The Away Team – Scars And Stripes
18. Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
17. Torae – For The Record
16. Bumpy Knuckles & Statik Selektah – Lyrical Workout
15. Common – The Dreamer, The Believer
14. Maffew Ragazino Sr. – Rhyme Pays
13. Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel
12. Drake – Take Care
11. Statik Selektah – Population Control
10. Random Axe – Random Axe
09. Malcolm And Martin – Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
08. Royce da 5’9″ – Success Is Certain
07. Phonte – Charity Starts At Home
06. 50 Cent – The Big 10
05. Reks – R.E.K.S.
04. M.O.P. & Snowgoons – Sparta
03. Evidence – Cats & Dogs
02. 9th Wonder – The Wonder Years
01. Game – The R.E.D. Album

Honorable Mentions: Fresh Vetz “Fresh 2 Def”, Pharoahe Monch “W.A.R.”, Raekwon “Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang”, Rasheed Chappell “Future Before Nostalgia”, Sadat X “No Features”, Showbiz & KRS-One “Godsville”, Skyzoo “The Great Debater”, The Regiment “The Panic Button”, The Roots “Undun”.
source: www.hiphopdx.com

Music News: Jay-Z and Beyonce Welcome Blue Ivy Carter Into The World!

The first baby of the Roc is born.
Iconic emcee and Roc Nation founder Jay-Z and Pop princess Beyonce are now parents. After weeks of rumors and speculation, Beyonce gave birth to Ivy Blue Carter late on January 7, in New York City. The couple welcomed the third member of their celebrity family at Manhattan’s Lennox Hill Hospital.

TMZ.com reports that the baby was believed to be a Cesarean section delivery. Rihanna and others tweeted confirmations of Ivy’s birth.

Beyonce made her pregnancy public at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in August.

UPDATE: Initial reports, including TMZ’s claimed the baby’s name was “Ivy Blue.” According to close family friend Gwyneth Paltrow, the baby’s name is Blue Ivy Carter

Music News: Kid Frost Launches $150 Million Fund For Production For Movies and Television.

Rapper Frost (aka Kid Frost) is heading up a new Hip-Hop Company that has secured over $150 million to fund production for movies and television programs in 2012.
X-Change has teamed with Frost’s Old West Entertainment to produce and distribute a slate of about 15-20 feature films in the $3-million to $15-million budget range.
According to Frost, born Arturo Molina Jr., Old West is a rising Hip-Hop conglomerate that develops music, television shows and movies.
“The thing that keeps my name in people’s mouths is that I keep reinventing myself,” Frost told AllHipHop.com. “I don’t just keep on making the same music.”
The company, which also specializes in talent management, production, and finance organization, also plans on representing high-profile directors, producers, writers, and entertainment companies.
The new company plans to distribute a slate of 15-20 feature films in the $3-million to $15-million budget range.

Industry Tips & Advice: How Music Licensing Works by Marshall Brain Pt 2

The sheet music for a song can be copyrighted.

The Basics

Music licensing in the United States is made possible by the protection that U.S. copyright law provides for artists. According to from the U.S. copyright office:

The copyright code of the United States (title 17 of the U.S. Code) provides for copyright protection in sound recordings. Sound recordings are defined in the law as “works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sounds accompanying a motion picture or other audiovisual work.” Common examples include recordings of music, drama, or lectures. Copyright in a sound recording protects the particular series of sounds “fixed” (embodied in a recording) against unauthorized reproduction and revision, unauthorized distribution of phonorecords containing those sounds, and certain unauthorized performances by means of a digital audio transmission. The Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995, P.L. 104-39, effective February 1, 1996, created a new limited performance right for certain digital transmissions of sound recordings.

So a sound recording is just that — a recording of sounds.

There are several things that can be copyrighted in any sound recording for a song.

  • There are the actual sounds themselves — the performance of the work.
  • There are the notes that the musicians play to create the song — they could be embodied in sheet music.
  • There are the lyrics for the song — they can be written down on a sheet of paper.

According to the the U.S. copyright office, copyright protection extends to the contribution of the performer(s) whose performance is captured.

For example, let’s say I sit down and I write a piece of music and entitle it “Electric Snik”. I record it onto a tape using an electronic keyboard:

Let’s say that I also come up with lyrics for a song called “She’s So Incredible” that I sing to the melody of “Electric Snik”. Now I play “Electric Snik” and I sing “She’s So Incredible” while recording it on a tape recorder. If I send the tape to the U.S. copyright office with the proper forms and the registration fee, I will own copyrights for the song, the lyrics, and the actual performance recorded on the tape.

Technically, the registration process with the copyright office is not officially necessary in order for me to own the copyright. I actually own the copyright as soon as I create the song and write it down. However, to enforce the copyright in court, registration is required.

Once I have the copyrights, I can sell rights to the song if I choose to, and I can also prevent anyone else from using the music, the lyrics or the actual performance of the song. I “own” the whole song and all the rights to it. I can license the song in any way I choose




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