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REUNITED and it feels soooooooooo good.
Tonight the boys and I will reunite to give you a special reunion show a few weeks before DJ Jay-P and I hit the road on a 12 city tour featuring
Dwele, Jon B. & Anthony David with 10 of the city’s best local acts competing for $5,000 & an Opening Slot on the 2011 Budweiser Superfest!
More info at www.myspace.com/openingact
Learn more about our Third Floor Radio (representing 3 levels of quality music from the past, present and future) that started at the humble studios of Mt. Sac in Walnut, CA with just a few vinyl records and local guests to evolving into the amazing network that you are all are apart of today. We’re so proud of our brother from another mother DJ Concise and his Vibes & Stuff team for hosting great shows weekly on www.vnsradio.com and we can’t wait to visit. There’s not a DJ or artist that I run into LA that hasn’t heard of the tastemaker radio show that defies everything heard currently on the radio these days…
Being it the month of my 7 year anniversary of working with Myspace – the theme of my playlist will be
“The Walls of My Space” – a collective of music that I’ve heard blasting from the computers of our incredibly talented music experts and editors (Too many to name but you guys know who you are!) as well as throughout the country during our years of live shows throughout the country. Thank you not only to employees and former employees of our company, but the hundreds of DJs, tastemakers & music lovers that I’ve got to meet and how they have expanded my ears to listen outside of the box. I thank you all for the experience in getting to learn more about music outside of my normal realm which ranges from anything like “Cupid Shuffle” in Atlanta to Major Lazer in New York City…
Exciting new changes to come soon to Myspace Music that everyone is working hard on and within the next few months you will see the fruition.
Questions to ponder:
1. What was your first concert? (Yes, our family’s was New Kids on the Block that’s why sister Rach was dying this week near front row at their concert Wednesday
2. What’s the last concert you went to?
3. What is in your current playlist?
4. Where do you go now to learn about new music? (hint, hint…;)
Here’s the breakdown of tonight’s VIBES & STUFF show & don’t worry if you can’t tune in – we will be recording and sharing the show this week!
510-550 VibesNStuff DJ
6-650 THIRD FLOOR RADIO DJ ANALOG
7-750 THIRD FLOOR RADIO ROSLYNN
750-810 HOTSEAT INTERVIEW
810-850 THIRD FLOOR RADIO DJ JAY-P
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VIBES & STUFF
Although we don’t see each other as much as we’d like to, we can’t wait to be together again soon!
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DJs spinning everything and anything. Open format.
Jay-P (CPSL, Third Floor, A-List, DP Sound)
Nix Damn P (Yentownkid & Co., Manila)
E-Rok (MoreFire, Critical Beatdown DJs)
Episode (Active RideShop)
Selecta Sanchez (Far East Sound, DP Sound)
Fly (Bridges, DP Sound)
Refresh (Table Mannerz)
Treklife (Treklifemusic.com, DJ Buddy TV)
Buddy (DJ Buddy TV, A-List)
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I was inspired to repost the 4 part “Just Another Girl” series below after having a heart to heart talk with bestie Maude Duque Ek and lunch with old close friends, one being a new young DJ that is on the rise that I hope you guys get to hear spin next week at DJ Jay-P & Vince Garcia’s Capsule Barbershop next week.
Amazed that he is now a DJ and knows every genre of music from house to neosoul makes me so proud. Ever since he was a young kid, he loved listening to music – he remembered word for word every song at such a young age. (Kind of how Marlee Rae- my little niece of a genius does now. Click to watch her ADELE COVER here.. It was nice to hear that the young DJ remembered that I would show him how to use the turntables (the very first ones that DJ Concise, Jay-P and Analog would used to host Third Floor Radio from my old bedroom that we bought from Shawn of Deux Process) – (SIDE NOTE: I love you Dizzy Dustin of Ugly Duckling, but your coke bottle filled with alcohol in the CSUF Titan Radio studio got us kicked off the station so we were forced to try to host it from my house! You owe us! …
Sorry I got sidetracked but while reminiscing, I thought back to over 7 years ago of why I stopped DJing on a regular, the first being that I was totally intimidated by all the guys out there who were quick to call out my errors but secondly – the person I thought would be the most supportive was the exact opposite. Being a girl that has loved music since my early days recording Hollywood Hamilton countdowns on KIIS FM (back when it was an urban/hip hop station) – to play at lunch at Shelyn Elementary school- I felt the natural progression as I got older to start learning how to really technically DJ since I already felt like I already knew what people wanted to hear. Not just the big ASB speakers at Walnut High School – but actual turntables. I remember being at Sureshot’s house a few times and scared to even touch a record because of hearing how wrong I was doing it lol. Or wondering how I can create my own “Darwinism” mix tape like Glen Brieva – tagging along to the group trips with Jason Gerodias, Melvyn Castro and Ivy Quejado to Fat Beats, the DMC and so on just to get a glimpse of DJ Q-Bert. Some of you like bestie Mike Park have the first mixed cassette that had Black Star, Ugly Duckling, Dilated Peoples and Jurassic 5 on it that I was so happy to make at WHS. Thus the inspiration for being a professional promoter for music was born…
So why did I REALLY stop DJing?
At the time I was in what I thought was a very supportive and loving relationship. It actually was on the outside. We supported each other’s careers by promoting each other’s events and talents. I made it a point that as good friends and family, we attended every family and friends gatherings together that we could to show support – whatever it was & no matter how frequent because this is how we showed them our love – the boys BSO fratnight, the annual Thanksgiving/Christmas parties with our friends or even fun Walnut backyard boogies at Gar’s, Terrence’s or Maude’s. BUT the truth behind the scenes is that I was in a very restricted and controlling relationship. Most of you know I was beyond loyal – how our family was taught to be. We were so loyal that we would stand by our men no matter what they said to us and would even go above and beyond doing things for them like co-signing for their first car, driving them around gig to gig when they didn’t have a license or car, forcing them to attend record label meetings to learn the business, drawing out their shoe designs, spending every hard earned dollar we earned to support them when they weren’t financially stable with their careers and even giving them advice on dealing with new girlfriends. One night during a typical drunken episode, my jealous boyfriend at the time said, “Why don’t you JUST do girl things? You’re always surrounded by guys! Just be a GIRL.” I was confused because until that point, I don’t really think I knew I was a girl, first of all – my everyday wardrobe consisted of overalls, Timberlands, Charles Barkley or DKNY Jerseys and every color tennis shoe I could buy at my job- the Athlete’s Foot at West Covina Mall. I had 20+ Walnut guy best friends who I loved talking sh*t to, I had a radio show with boys that were like my brothers and I had fun hosting the radio show with our guests that were predominantly male that included everyone from Slum Village to Dwele to A Tribe Called Quest to Delta 9 to Mos Def. He would yell at how embarrassed he was that he heard I was doing all of the above and didn’t like the frequent comments of how they saw his girlfriend here or there surrounded by guys. I can recall a time when a friend called to tell him he saw me freestyling and he couldn’t take it anymore, I had to stop or he was going to leave. (Who knows why I thought I could even freestyle… lol. but I think we all went through our phases of thinking we could be apart of every element of Hip Hop
I guess I kind of understood, He just wanted his “girl” to be a girl and not always surrounded or joking around with the guys – it made him insecure that he wasn’t the only one – especially when he didn’t understand what “OYR, D*ck Boy” (one of many Mike Puruggs 91789 coined phrases) meant – I imagine he always felt like the joke was on him.You guys know my sarcasm can actually get me to say the opposite of what I want to say and that could really make someone overly self conscious. Funny because at the time – No Doubt was on tour that summer with friends I’d frequently visit on the road and I coincidentally heard Gwen sing the song “Just A Girl” at the end of every concert in different cities and it spawned me to write the 4 part series below – feeling her owning being a “girl” I felt I had to – too… It was a college mockumentary/documenary type of thing called “Just Another Girl.” It was a way of venting my frustrations of hearing that I should just do “girl” things. What were girl things? Watch the videos below of Sureshot being the bad guy and portraying every negative sentiment women hear everyday. All this time I was struggling to decipher what were “girl things.” Looking back I realize “girl things” meant staying home and not living or working within my passion but just watching him live his. I REALLY wanted to be a girl so I could be a better girlfriend and future wife but at the same time I couldn’t let go of the person I always was so I trusted my gut and through several years of back and forth – I let go of pretending to be something I never was. I struggled with what being “just a girl” meant and at the end of it, actually made a self mission statement to be the exact opposite… From there I watched him turn into a narcissist jumping from relation to relation without any sense of respect for the women he encountered and what’s sad is that deep down I know that’s not the kind of guy he wanted to turn into but he only felt secure when he felt praised or admired – even by those that were around him for superficial reasons.
I wrote the series about women in the 4 elements of hip hop: graff, b-boying, mc-ing and of course – DJ-ing that the videos below were based on. The premise? “The only way to counteract the stereotype of being JUST another girl, is by JUST not being one…” I had a vision to show the everyday struggles as women that we dealt with but wanted to show a silver lining that if we networked together we could get through the tough times. After speaking to several women in the music industry I heard so many stories that I wanted to portray but on a low budget airplane scale. Alot of it was selfishly to convince myself that everything was going to be okay. I had my own funny stories like one time when I was promoter of a capacity filled club and while I was backstage at the end of the night – the owners yelled “No girlfriends are allowed back stage!” and I laughed at the statement, looked around in shock, trying to see who they were yelling at – umm… it was me that they were yelling at! My Garfield personality came out and I jabbed back – “Not a girlfriend, I’m actually the promoter here to collect the money we made for the night! The money that’s paying YOUR staff.” I watched girls frequently get the 9pm first DJ slot automatically just by hearing their name or tomboy girls being pushed to the back of the line at a club because they weren’t “sexy” enough. I had to visually show these experiences.
Thanks to Vivian and Edward for being amazing directors/producers who saw the vision that was on paper and made it come to life after the initial meetings. We gathered so many of you to create this four part series and alot of you probably didn’t even know the deeper meaning of why you were in it. Indirectly – you were there for me. Inspiring me to be more than I was always told I couldn’t or shouldn’t be. It was something internal that I just had to do, to assure myself that I didn’t need a relationship if the relationship didn’t support who I REALLY was inside. Yes, I was a girl – but I know there are things that girls should still be allowed to do and I wanted to see if I could do them. My mom raised 4 women all by herself and running a successful Farmers Insurance business for over 20 years, she has heard some of what I had heard in the past. If she just stayed back and just did “girl things” – my sisters and I would probably be whirling around a stripper pole right now or struggling to find money by marrying a rich man.
The videos below – although very amateur – were speaking for all of us out there.
Find yourself and your friends in these videos:
It’s funny how serious we thought we were!
JUST ANOTHER GIRL:
Dedicted to all women in the 4 elements of Hip Hop:
Starring Randy Nangpi, sister Chrystal Cruz, Stephanie Hollman
Young girl tries to design a logo for the “Just Another Girl” Network and her brother (played by your favorite Randy Nangpi) draws a picture on the logo. (Of course when directed to draw on the image – Randy draws a blunt on it lol). He also steals her spray cans and she’s forced to either give up, or continue. The girls work together and go back to the drawing board – re-creating the logo that then leads to a series of events trying to bring women of all backgrounds, races and discrimination together.
Starring DJ Aimee, DJ Addverse, Sureshot, Jayski
Shot also at Cal State Fullerton Titan Radio in our first studio with DJ Sureshot’s infamous lines that had me dying that day “girls should stick to cheerleading, make up and barbie dolls. Girl dancers should stick to stripping.” Plot here: Female DJ (played by the beautiful and incredibly talented Aimee) trying to rock the turntables at DJ Icy Ice’s Stacks Vinyl in Cerritos and kicked off the stage by male DJs (played by Sureshot and Jayski) laugh behind her, even making sexual jokes and visuals about her, kick her off the stage and throw her vinyl – but check out how I catch it! Now that is some crazy effects right there! lol. Rather than get discouraged and give up, the female DJ is prompted to meet another female DJ (played by Addverse) and together they are newly inspired.
Starring Sureshot’s favorite cousin Martin, Trek Life, DJ Addverse & many more!
Female MCs trying to rock the mic but were bombarded by male MCs trying to battle. (I heart you Delta 9 but I thought of you when writing this part Rather than get discouraged and give up or walk away, their encouraged to join forces and take the guys out.
Starring Monisa Moreno (We miss you!), Marie Viray Cabral, Terrence Aguas, Ismael, Tish, Monique & many more!
The scene starts off where Monique and I aren’t let into the club or told we have to pay (even though we were told girls get in free) because we’re dressed in tracksuits and the pretty girls (played by Monisa Moreno and Marie Viray) were automatically let into the club. We change out of our suits, slightly a little more feminine and we are finally let into the club where the battle begins. Amazing dancer Tish takes the cypher followed by LA dancers you all know and love. Monique doesn’t want to battle – she just wants to dance – yet she is mocked by the guys around her. Rather than get discouraged – we team up and turn the cypher into a full dancing party. BUT – while leaving the club – the Just Another Girl networking posters are again vandalized by thugs played by Terrence Aguas and DJ Jayski. Frustrated at the day’s courses, instead of giving up – we remember that there are more posters in the car – we replace the old ones with new ones and the overall theme of “never giving up” sets in. Don’t laugh at the quality of the videos, it was before HD Canons existed. Tom and Chris didn’t invent Myspace yet so there wasn’t a social network to share it – glad there is now!
I envision these videos becoming an actual movie one day and I can’t wait to see it, being that we all lived it…
Don’t get me wrong, no grudges here. What’s happened in the past only helps to innovate the present for a better future (connecting the 3 levels is the “Third Floor” way…;)
I believe everything happens for a reason and while a majority of you supported my decision several times to get out of several bad relationships to focus on myself and grow into the person I am today, some of you know it wasn’t an easy path and I lost myself a few times while I was finding myself. I cherish every memory that I have – whether good or bad – as all women do. At the end of the day if you don’t know how to love someone – you have to step away to let it strengthen the both of you. I know people can change and probably regret alot of what they said and did – especially with the influence of alcohol and drugs hindering them in the past, but so long as they are humbled and always speak the truth within themselves, everything will be okay for the future.
I’m proud of how far we’ve all come – sometimes the best way to succeed and fight for your dreams is to separate and do them on your own. But one thing I know? You need the support of your friends AND family to really enjoy it – otherwise your surrounded by people who don’t really know you and your stuck “pretending” that everything is okay when everyone around you knows it isn’t. At the end of the day, it’s really those that were there for you and loved you when you had nothing that should be the ones you celebrate when life hands you everything materially you could have ever dreamed for. Because at the end of the day, when the cameras are gone and the lights are off – and all the people there for the wrong reasons, could be gone and what would you be left with? I thank my family and friends who are there for me on a daily, especially on the days when I want to go crazy!
so remember ladies – the ONLY way to counteract the stereotype of being JUST another girl, is by just NOT being one….
Alot more exciting things to come in the near future. Can’t wait to get started on continuing to bring us all together…
Can’t wait to get behind the turntables again for you soon. Still practicing and learning the basics that I should have learned years ago but I’m REALLY excited that I can do so without any restriction and help you leave that 9-5 up on the shelf and just enjoy yourself!!!
Sorry I wrote so long, but I’m not the dumbass who spent all this time reading it! 143!
This picture had me crack up I had to post it… Thanks Puruggs!
I think Tom and Chris have a way more interesting story to tell then what we all watched in the Social Network coincidentally starring Justin as Napster founder, Sean Parker. I wonder if art will continue to imitate life and someone is sending a script to JT as we type – to play the role of Tom in a future movie… Who do you think would play TedSkillet? Chris? Josh? HotMaria? Hmm… So fun to think about… Can I get a tiny cameo and be played by my look a likes Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie? lol. OYR! I think Margaret Cho would play me…
But I kinda like this idea, don’t try to steal it!
I hope to meet Nicole Winnaman one day.
How did Justin Timberlake — who in last year’s movie “The Social Network” portrayed a pivotal figure in the history of Facebook’s phenomenal growth — wind up owning part of rival social network Myspace?
It’s all about connections.
An entertainment branding executive learned two weeks ago of talks to sell Myspace. She jumped to bring the pop star and ‘Social Network’ actor into the mix.
Nicole Winnaman, president and founder of entertainment branding firm Winnaman & Associates, learned a little more than two weeks ago that Irvine-based advertising network Specific Media was in talks to acquire Myspace from News Corp. The executive, who has paired musicians like Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Pink with well-known consumer brands, approached Timberlake’s manager with a proposal to take a stake in the struggling Myspace as part of the new owner’s attempt to bring sexy back to the once-dominant social network.
Last Friday, even as Specific Media was hammering out deal points with News Corp. over its $35-million acquisition of Myspace, the digital media company’s founders — brothers Tim and Chris Vanderhook — met with Winnaman and Timberlake’s manager at the futuristic Encounter Restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport to talk about a potential partnership. Timberlake joined the meeting by phone.
On Monday, the Vanderhooks boarded a flight to New York to meet Timberlake in person the following day. By Tuesday night, lawyers for Timberlake and Specific Media were racing to close the partnership deal in time for Wednesday’s acquisition announcement.
“I don’t think anyone slept for 72 hours,” Tim Vanderhook recalled.
Timberlake’s manager, Johnny Wright, said his client — whose career spans many forms of media, including music, film and television — recognizes the power of social media in shaping pop culture. In “The Social Network,” Timberlake portrayed Sean Parker, an Internet entrepreneur who helped Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg secure financing for his fledgling website.
In the case of Myspace, Timberlake made his own undisclosed financial investment, according to Wright.
Timberlake declined to be interviewed for this story, but Wright insisted: “This is not a vanity ownership. He wants to make it relevant in a big way.”
Neither Timberlake’s team nor Specific Media would offer any particular plans for revitalizing Myspace. But Vanderhook said he and his brothers understand digital advertising and how to move traffic on the Internet. He said he hopes Timberlake will be able to give the flagging site renewed social relevance.
“Justin is a tremendously bright guy who is really passionate about the opportunity for artists to build a community with fans,” Vanderhook said. “He’s excited about the platform and the ability to interact with his fans. He’s well aware of the all the unique opportunities that digital media affords someone like him. He will use the platform himself and show other artists how to use it.”
After several years of dreaming about this day and working hard to making it happen…
DJ Jay-P & I will be hitting the road this summer.
Alas the Third Floor Network on a 12 City Tour!
Destiny refers to a predetermined course of events… It may be conceived as a predetermined future, whether in general or of an individual. It is a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the cosmos.
Tour dates to comes soon…
Sounds cheesy but don’t stop believing in destiny, it will take years to reveal itself, but when it does -
it will be worth all the wait and patience you put into it…
Thought I’d share a tweet that came at a funny time at the gym when I was looking for a sign before responding to an email that I wanted to respond with “afkadgladkjgdklajgadkljgdal… WTF???” to.
1. Don’t take your work or life too seriously.
2. Love your job or leave.
3. Work for a company or a person you respect.
4. Know when to say yes. Learn how to say no.
5. Be yourself.
Song I was coincidentally listening to at the same time. Synchronicity? I think so!
Talking to Rasta Root from Atlanta, made me search for this song. Love it and the cute video. Hope to see more from the 3 featured soon. =)
Speaking of Phonte, here is their latest music video of one of my favorite Foreign Exchange songs “I Wanna Know”…
He says what most men WANT to say to their women that stand strong behind them “I love you – for loving me…”
Little Brother with the Hawaii Dig Lifestyles Crew in the 808:
Artists will be performing the best hip hop albums in their entirety again! Illmatic, Miseducation, Black Star, Baduizm, the Infamous, Liquid Swords, 93 Til Infinity, Only Built for Cuban Linx, Enta Da Stage, No Said Date & many more TBA soon!
I’m there! Will you be?
For more info visit: rockthebells.net
Preview of Mobb Deep’s performance from last night’s House of Blues Launch Party:
Comedian Jo Koy sits down with Myspace moments before his headlining MGM Theater Las Vegas performance Manny Pacquiao “Begas” fight weekend. Learn about his humble beginnings, his family, worst experience, upcoming projects with Chelsea Handler and more.
For more visit:
(VIDEO)Manny Pacquiao hijacks Myspace x Las “Begas” this weekend with Jo Koy & APL (Black Eyed Peas)
Champion fighter Manny Pacquiao hijacked Myspace this weekend, choosing the various features on the site including all musical features and more! Check out this EXCLUSIVE highlight video that also shows the chaos that takes over Las Vegas during a Manny fight weekend throughout the city featuring APL of Black Eyed Peas, comedian + Chelsea Lately guest star JoKoy, Tiesto, Jermaine Dupri + more. Don’t believe Manny takes the stage after fighting his heart out for 12 rounds? Watch this to believe it! What other boxer you know that could do that hours after a fight?
APL of the Black Eyed Peas also talks about what is #JustRight to him, with his recent project for building schools in the Philippines.
Special thanks to :
MPBoxing.com, our editor/videographers Adam Nelson & Steve, Photographer Mike Park & Event Producer Randy Nangpi for a great shoot and weekend!
Of course you too Manny! You look scared of me here though, you heard I was training huh?
If not, let us introduce you to this amazing young talent who stopped by the offices right when he was chosen to be a “Myspace Music Introducing” Artist and about to release his new album featuring his hit singles “Just The Way You Are, The Lazy Song and Grenade”…
Upon meeting this adorable man, he will share with you his story, influences, his excitement of hearing his song on the radio for the first time, writing “Billionaire” for Travie McCoy and much more!
p.s. Yes he was born in Hawaii and part Filipino.
Black Eyed Peas band member apl.de.ap has launched school projects in his Philippines hometown that aim to increase literacy and develop the musical talents of young Filipinos.
Organizers say the singer opened Wednesday a library, a computer room and a music room in Sapang Bato National High School and a music library and studio in Holy Angel University. The rapper, whose real name is Allan Pineda Lindo Jr., attended both schools in northern Angeles city before he was adopted at 14 and moved to the United States.
The singer has been appointed special ambassador to education by the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation named after two of the Philippines’ democracy icons. The school projects are funded by various charities and business groups.
After scouting the U.S. to find the most promising unsigned bands, Billboard has found three of the west’s best. Your votes have been tallied and AJ Rafael is the finalist from this region! He will compete at our May 18 Battle of the Bands concert against the finalists from the other five regions. The ultimate winner will score an appearance at the Billboard Music Awards on May 22. Scroll down to read a Battle of the Bands Q&A with him.
Moreno Valley, California crooner AJ Rafael’s a rock’n'roller in singer-songwriter’s clothing.
Describe your sound and your audience in your own words.
I put my music in a pop/rock category — with a huge acoustic singer/songwriter influence. My audience did start out as just Filipinos and Asians but now it has expanded thanks to the power of the Internet. They interact with me a lot, which helps me get to know them better.
Tell us about your first gig ever — just how awkward was it? And how has your live show evolved since then?
My first gig was just me and my keyboard at my friend’s church. I played originals, which I was really nervous about. But it was also mostly my friends so it wasn’t as awkward as I thought it would be. My live show has evolved so much since I met my band (Andrew, Noah, and Danny). They bring my music to a whole different level.
What’s the strangest thing anyone has ever said about your band?
The strangest thing anyone has ever said about my band was that we didn’t look like a band. We’re all human beings, and we all play music, I don’t get it — I was like, ‘Uh, thanks?’ Two Asians and two white guys? Come on, that’s completely normal!
Why should you win this competition?
Winning this would validate my music career to not only me and my band, but to my family. I know my mom’s proud of me, but I want to really show her that I can make music my career and do what I love.
What’s your next project?
Releasing my album, which comes out June 7th! We are currently in the middle of recording and finishing up by the end of April, so we’re pretty swamped.
If your band had to come up with a plan for total world domination in the next 10 seconds, what would it be?
I’m almost positive we wouldn’t come up with a plan in 10 seconds. There would be too much arguing; we would fail, sadly.
Interview by Dan Weiss
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The Hawaiian half pinoy sings of my favorite pasttime and now a cute video to go with it:
Hope you bought a ticket to his upcoming tour this summer tour, amazing live! If not, see BRUNOMARS.COM See you there! =)
Lots of you entered the Dance Central contest for bragging rights and $500 at the Myspace Music stage last Saturday at the World of Dance! A ton of great entries but only one winner - Morgan was chosen by the thousands in attendance who voted. Make sure you get your Dance Central and Xbox Kinect to practice your moves! DJ Jay-P hosted the booth with I and had a blast, can’t wait to return! Special thanks to World of Dance team for having us with our fun neighbors Vince the Barber!
Watch the highlight video below of the event featuring performances by Quest Crew and Heavy Impact of America’s Best Dance Crew below:
Watch more videos and see all the photos from the show (starting Friday 4/8) at :
Some of our favorite Dance Central videos recorded of you:
8 year old Marlee Rae:
Finalist Marcus Aguirre with a 100% percentage of Moves!
and winner Morgan Shea:
p.s. Have you ever seen these cuties perform? Future Funk of America’s Got Talent? If not you have to below!
Finally an autobiography that people actually want to read about!
A new Jay-Z biography has hit the news stands by Forbes’ Zack O’Malley Greenburg that has some interesting sources and revelations that may shock even the biggest super-fan.
This month, Forbes’ Zack O’Malley Greenburg released his book Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office. The biography of Shawn Carter looks at Jay’s personal and business relationships, through comprehsive archival interviews and new and rare insights from the likes of mentor Jaz-O, paternal hustler DeHaven, Dame Dash, MC Serch, DJ Clark Kent, Branson and others.
The staff of HipHopDX thought we knew a lot about Jay-Z, but in the interest of supporting Hip Hop literacy, we thought we would share 10 things about Jay-Z from Empire State of Mind.
1. Jay-Z maintains that his name comes from a childhood family nickname of “jazzy,” not the popular belief that it was taken to match mentor Jaz-O’s name, or the J and Z train lines that stop at the Marcy station in Brooklyn.
2. Sauce Money, often mistakenly considered a Roc-A-Fella Records artist, was a collaborator suggested by DJ Clark Kent to try and get demo recognition. Additionally, Sauce was managed by then-NBA star Dennis Scott. Jay and Sauce would appear together on Big Daddy Kane’s Daddy’s Home album, a time in Jay’s career that Empire State of Mind sheds new light on.
3. Jay-Z would have likely been murdered during a 1994 shooting – if the assailants gun did not jam. Both DeHaven and Jaz-O, Jay’s then-musical and street guides, recall the event. One of them alludes to ‘making that problem go away’ too.
4. During his Def Jam presidency, Jay-Z helped collaborators The Roots clear a Radiohead sample, just hours before the clearance had to be made. Jay accomplished this through his direct relationship with the British band.
5. Jay-Z never forgets. The book interviews producer A Kid Called Roots, who’s known for his work with artists ranging from Memphis Bleek to Sha Stimuli. AKCR provides an anecdote claiming that during a Japanese performance, Jay recognized the Roc-affiliated producer in the crowd, and invited him to the stage for his then-hit, “Do My…”
6. Champagne wishes. Although it’s never formally said, Empire State of Mind suggests a number of interesting things about Jay-Z’s switch from musically-endorsing Cristal to Ace of Spades. The chapter includes revelations that longtime friend, collaborator and mid-’00s Island Def Jam executive Jermaine Dupri had a business relationship with the same people responsible for Ace of Spades, although Jay-Z has always maintained that there are no business ties to Armand De Brignac, Ace of Spades’ producer.
7. Jay-Z invested in Carol’s Daughter, a cosmetics line. While we hear about various Jay backings, this one slipped under the Hip Hop radar.
8. Jason Kidd was the first person that suggested to Jay-Z that he explore New Jersey Nets ownership. Count it.
9. MC Serch of 3rd Bass fame was responsible for making “the Jay-Z Jeep” nearly happening. An artistic contemporary of Jay’s, Serch presented the idea to both sides, although it never happened – a deal and series of events that the book delves into.
10. Jay-Z is still earning from Roc-A-Wear. Although the brand changed ownership, the book estimates that Jay receives close to $5 million dollars yearly off of the brand that he, Dame Dash, and Kareem Biggs started over a decade ago.
Check out our Myspace Music Jay-Z show below, one of our faves of all time!
(VIDEO) Serato new promo featuring Babu / J. Rocc / Rhettmatic of the Beat Junkies plus preview J.Rocc’s new album “Some Cold Rock Stuff”
The Beat Junkies have been blessed & proud to be one of the original endorsees for Serato. Today, they released a new promo video which features Babu, J.Rocc, & Rhettmatic. This was shot early in January right before the NAMM convention show, as the good people at Serato came to their new Beat Junkie studio where they were rehearsing for their European Tour w/ Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples) that just happened.
More Beat Junkies news from Rhettmatic:
If you don’t know by now, the Funky President, J.Rocc is about to drop his first solo debut album on Stones Throw called “Some Cold Rock Stuf” on April 2nd. You can go to the Stones Throw website and do a pre-order for the album. J will be also touring Europe to promote his album as well as making appearances at the WMC & SXSW. If you are in Europe during the end of April & the beginning of May, make sure you peep out the Beat Junkie founder live in your city. You can check out his tour dates with the links here.
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(VIDEO) Lupe Fiasco releases new album 3/8 “Lasers” – Watch “The Shows Goes On” & “Superstar” medley here.
No matter what anyone says, I heart Lupe.
(And not just because the first hip hop story that ran about Myspace Music was about the kid utilizing the site to grow his audience in XXL Magazine) but because year after year, I think he continues to make quality music)
Critics will say what they want of his new album, “Lasers,” and will discredit him for not knowing every word to an A Tribe Called Quest classic record, but I’ve liked what I’ve heard so far from the neq catalogue.
You judge for yourself.
Here is Lupe performing “The Show Goes On” with infamous sample of Modest Mouse’s “Float On” produced by Kane Beatz at Georgetown University:
He also recently performed it with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon, here.
BUT! Of course – my personal favorite performance hands down was when we teamed up with Dig Lifestlyes to bring Lupe to Hawaii for the first time below:
Visit him to learn more about tours and new music:
Last year’s American Idol auditions on Myspace unearthed thousands of talented singers from all over the United States, and two of those auditioners are still standing as part of this season’s top-24 finalists! Karen Rodriguez, is a bubbly New Yorker that brings a unique blend of Jazz and Latin influences to the stage. Tim Halperin, a Texan who plays the piano and writes his own songs, has been steadily improving since his initial in-person audition with the judges.
Although these two performers are very different in style and personality, they have one thing in common: It may be their talent that’s kept them in the competition, but it’s their Myspace auditions that got them there in the first place. Be sure to tune in to American Idol on Fox this week to watch both Tim and Karen perform, and to see if either or both of them are able to make it through the next round of eliminations.
You can watch Karen and Tim’s respective roads to Hollywood – beginning with their Myspace auditions, of course! – by clicking on the links below.
So dope right?
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Cameron’s best role since “Something About Mary” and “The Sweetest Thing…”
Excited she reunited with JT and love Jason Segler from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” & “How I Met Your Mother”,
can’t wait to see it!
…”Some Teachers don’t give an F!”
(VIDEO) G.O.O.D Music Cypher: Kanye West ft. Pusha T, Big Sean, Common & more! Plus flashbacks of our favorite Common interviews
I think these are the best part of the BET Hip Hop Awards. Thanks Gabe for the flashback!
Personally Big Sean killed it! Looking forward to his new album coming soon and love the new song ft. Chris Brown – learn more at myspace.com/uknowbigsean
And of course you gotta love Common, flashback of some of our favorite interviews with him below:
at the GRAMMYS:
We hear Common is also in the studio again… Hope so!
“C.A. … All Day!” – Chicaron Adventures feature on DJ Jay-P & the meaning behind the JustRight Mix CD & Project
Thanks to Tricia and the Chicharon Adventures for this great feature on DJ Jay-P & the JustRight Mix: C.A…. All Day!
Yesterday, DJ Jay-P dropped his new mix called JustRight and made it available to the world. Jay-P is one of Southern California’s most active DJs with a schedule that takes him all over Los Angeles and Orange County on a weekly basis. He’s also a MySpace DJ, and can boast sharing the stage with names like Kanye West, Nas, Bilal, and many others. So you know he’s good. But this isn’t really about him. It’s about the mix I opened up this feature with.
JustRight isn’t a simple upload-the-mp3-to-mediafire-and-share-it kind of mix. It’s part of a larger project under the Third Floor Network (a network of independent musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs) that combines philanthropy with music. By downloading the mix on the JustRight site, or by picking up a physical copy, you instantly become informed of how you can help the socioeconomic condition of the Aytona Village in the Philippines. I’ll let Jay-P explain it…
How did a mixtape turn into a charity project?
Every time I visit the Philippines I am touched by the hardship, poverty, and living conditions of so many Filipinos. It hits home because the Philippines is my home and Filipinos are my people. I’ve always wanted to do something to help out even if it was something small. When I started working on this CD, my initial goal was to simply take donations through Paypal and buy school supplies for children in pre-school. After sharing my plans with my Dad and my partners Roslynn Cobarrubias, Chrystal Cruz, and Joel Ricafort, a simple idea evolved to a large project to help build homes for the less fortunate. That was when the JustRight Project was born.
That was simple, yet the importance is so significant. Why the title “JustRight”?
Being a fan of different types of music, I go through phases where I listen to certain genres and certain artists for months at a time. During the inception of the the JustRight CD, I was listening to Robin Thicke’s song entitled “Jus Right” from the Sex Therapy album. That song title stuck with me and I felt that it gave a mature feeling of love. I felt that it was perfect to call the new CD JustRight because it’s the sequel to Make Her Feel Good mix which had a puppy-love vibe and Love.Sick which was a break-up Mix. The title JustRight represents maturity, love, hope, and the idea that love happens for the right reasons at the right times.
What is the financial goal of JustRight, and what does that money translate to?
Third Floor Network and myself did not pledge or set a financial goal amount to raise for the project mainly because we didn’t know what to expect. I think I can speak the same for my partners that instead of pledging a set amount, we personally pledged to give 100% of my free time and effort until the end of March 2011 to the project and do our personal best to raise awareness and give others a platform and opportunity to help out. Thanks to our friends and family, we have already raised enough money to build the first home even before the CD drops or any of our events.
It only takes $2,300 to build a home that will benefit a family of 5 or more people. The beneficiaries are considered to be the poorest of the poor. For most of them, a home will be the only thing they will own aside from the clothes on their back and some personal belongings. In our eyes, $2,300 builds a small home with only necessities, but for the beneficiaries, having a home with running water, a solid roof, and a kitchen builds a second chance in life and a brighter future for their children. $2,300 changes lives and brings dignity and hope to those less fortunate.
You’ve teamed up with the ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) Foundation to make this happen. Why did you choose that particular foundation?
It was actually a coincidence that my Aunt Rose, a close family friend, has been working on building the Aytona Village for over 2 years now. When I found out that her family donated the land, I was sure that I wanted to be a part of their project. ANCOP is the foundation that she chose to build the village with mainly because they promote Christian-Catholic beliefs and she believed in the structure, resources, and reputation of the foundation.
How far do you want to take JustRight?
I feel that Third Floor Network and myself have already accomplished our initial goals of raising awareness on the poverty in the Philippines to our peers. The beauty of our marketing strategy is that it encourages others to take initiative and contribute to the project. With that said, we are in the process of planning events with individuals in Manila, Toronto, and New York with many doors still opening for us daily. I would like to take the JustRight Project as far as we can without having any expectations. It has to be fun, entertaining, and JustRight!
From your first hand experiences in the Philippines, tell me why it’s important to help the people there.
As human beings, it’s JustRight to help the less fortunate when we are capable. Even the slightest effort can make the biggest difference. As a Filipino-American I have been blessed with opportunities here in the states that my parents worked hard to get. I’m just giving back and sharing some of my blessings with those less fortunate. Respect the past and invest in the future.
Now to the musical element. Explain the JustRight mix, compare it with your other releases, and explain how you made this CD for your listeners.
My previous mixes were about myself because they reflected what I was going through in my life during that time. JustRight is in a way similar but I made it more for the listener. I treated this mix as if I was a composer working on a composition with a simple goal of making a classic. I wanted to compose a mix that people can listen to from beginning to end without skipping tracks and at the same time shine light onto artists and songs that don’t normally get exposure in the mainstream market. I wouldn’t label the JustRight CD underground or commercial as I strive so hard to find a balance between the two to capture the interest of advanced listeners who can appreciate all types of music.
Justright brings a different first impression to its listeners compared to other mixes. Instead of having a fancy intro with DJ scratches and name drops I decided to keep it simple with a direct verbal message of what to expect for the next 80 minutes. Like a thesis to an essay, the first three songs were blended plain and simple to represent the 3 genres you can expect to hear on the entire mix (Soul, R&B, Hip Hop). Immediately after that you are re-introduced to the DJ Jay-P sound with songs by Common, Groove Theory, and Musiq Soulchild who were artists also featured in the beginning of the Make Her Feel Good mix. Throughout the mix, you will find a handful of remixes and exclusive tracks only available in the JustRight CD. With over 100 songs used to create this 77-track mix, I’m hoping that my listeners will keep JustRight on rotation for years to come.
How long did the mixtape take you to complete?
The CD took me 10 months to finish from inception to duplication with a lot of long nights in my home studio. The longest part was gathering songs that fit the music format I had in mind. It took me over 6 months to gather over 200 songs before I started recording the mix. I also started over 8 times until I felt it flowed well from beginning to end.
Your work ethic is just as crazy as mine. So from one hustler to another, when do you have time to sleep?
I sleep when I can. I have such a busy lifestyle with multiple jobs and projects on my plate at all times but I try to prioritize getting rest and my health. My motto is “Help yourself to help others. You can do more when you’re capable.” That includes sleeping and maintaining good health!
I normally do a “Top 5″ thing when I interview folks here. So since you’re a DJ, yours would have to do with music. What are your top 5 albums of all time? GO!
This is a tough question and it would probably take me hours to give you an answer so I’ll just state my top 5 hip hop albums in no particular order.
1. A Tribe Called Quest – Low End theory
2. Jay-Z – The Black Album
3. Wu-Tang – 36 Chambers
4. Emanon (Aloe blacc and Exile) – Imaginary Friends
5. Nas – Illmatic
So after 10 months in the studio, JustRight is now available HERE. A perfect follow up to his previous mixtape, “Make Her Feel Good”, JustRight boasts over 100 tracks, ranging from Freeway to Rahsaan Patterson (major brownie points for using these two), from Trek Life to Christine Alane. Jay-P’s ear has undoubtedly evolved, as he features his own remixes (my favorite is his Drake “Best I Ever Had”) and also some mashups that had me saying “No, he didn’t just do that!” (like Groove Theory’s “Tell Me” over Musiq Soulchild’s “B.U.D.D.Y.”). There is something to be said about his song selection. It’s mature and almost unconventional – testament to said evolution. When you visit the site for your free copy, please take the time to learn more about the charitable element, and consider making a donation. On Friday, February 11, Jay-P and the rest of the JustRight team will host a release party at East 3rd in Downtown Los Angeles. Everyone is invited to celebrate this unique project.
For more info, please visit http://itsjustright.org and http://iamjayp.com.
Join us FRIDAY for the CD Release Party at E3rd Lounge in DTLA!