(VIDEO) Watch ROCK THE BELLS Hour Special ft. Nas, Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, Common, Erykah Badu, Ron Artest & more here…
Filmed & edited by Anaconda Productions.
(VIDEO) MTV VMA Exclusive Myspace Interviews with Allison Hagendorf: Cast of Jersey Shore, Flo Rida, DJ Khaled & many more
If you have an Ipad or Iphone, you can view it here below:
The cast of MTV’s Jer sey Shore, Joel & Benji Madden, Flo Rida, Jo Jo, Mindless Behavior, Kat De Lunaand so many more stopped by to talk to Mys pace. Check out the ex clu sive footage here and for more on the VMAs
in clud ing full in ter views, playlists & news vis it www.myspace.com/music
Follow Allison @allihagendorf
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(VIDEO) MTV Video Music Awards Exclusive Myspace Interviews: “Who would be your dream co-star in a music video?”
Kevin and I had a blast talking to artists and actors about their crazy VMA moments, favorite music videos and who they wish they could co-star in a music video with.
Far East Movement, Ashley Rickards from “Awkward,” Lil Jon, Nick Swardson, David Banner, Jessie J, Chiddy Bang, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Mama, Wiz Khalifa, cast of new MTV show “Death Valley” and lots more stopped by Myspace after their MTV and Radio Forum interviews.
Cali Swag District attempted to “Teach Me How to Dougie” and Kat De Luna attempted to teach me how to “Drop It Low” – can’t wait to show you those failed attempts as Adam Nelson works on the full interview edits this week.
Check out the highlights below and more exclusive VMA coverage on
and if you aren’t able to view it from the Myspace Music player, watch it below:
Or if you on an IPhone or IPad, view from YouTube:
More fun tomorrow directly from the Red Carpet. I have my ring ready, I heard Drake is finally ready to get married – on his birthday = October 24 – coincidentally the day his new album is releasing.
Theresa Rivera & Martha M-Bot Hernandez for helping turn a tomboy into somewhat of a girl, my sisters and Mom for being supportive on a day that I wish I was with them.
and our awesome #Myspace team below and holding the fort down inside the office (Amar/Aman Syal, Chris Cruz)
Don’t forget to tune into the VMA’s this Sunday 9PM / 8PM CST
(VIDEO) GAME Interview with Shira Lazar on What’s Trending 8/23/11, the day his new album released on Myspace.com, DeSTORM “Rapping Movie Titles” performance & BIG SEAN on next Tues!
GAME: “There will be tweets in the future that will make headlines”
written by: Douglas Sarine
Game is a two-time Grammy nominated rapper whose debut album “The Documentary” has sold over 2.5 million copies. His new project “The RED Album” is out and full of collaboration with new artists and old friends.
Game, grew up in the Compton area of Los Angeles and was a member of the infamous gang The Bloods. Game got into rap after recovering in the hospital from a gang fight. He is now an international artist who has worked with such hip-hop greats as Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.
When talking about the current state of hip-hip Game explained that music constantly changes and that currently it seems like it belongs to pop culture, but that he tries to stay grounded. Game, describe himself as a chameleon, but clarified that he still tries to “stay true to who I am.”
Game’s recent controversy surrounding a tweet from his account that gave the number of the Compton Sheriffs Department trended last week. Game told us that it was someone else playing a joke using his phone that sent the tweet. And when asked if he was worried about his phone being a dangerous weapon Game quipped, “I’m not worried. My charges have been dropped.”
He went on to explain that he thinks the reason they let him go was because there is no law against social networking, but that he suspect they will soon develop one.
“I’m pretty sure they got a team of experts working on how to lock you up for tweeting,” Game said.
When asked what people could expect from his new “RED album” Game joked, “Expect me to be on the cover and definitely expect me to be on it.” I guess to find out the real story, you’ll have to buy the album, available on MySpace.
Rapper/singer/songwriter, DeStorm Power came to the What’s Trending studio and got the audience bumping with a live performance of his viral hit “Rapping Movie Titles.”
DeStorm is known for his amazing YouTube channel where he does everything from original songs to the most original sounding covers you’ve ever heard. He’s reached the landmark recently of one million subscribers and is consistently sought for collaborations by creative peers and major brands.
Power is also famous for accepting “challenges” from his audience and accomplishing them by turning them into remarkable songs. The “Rapping Movie Titles” song he performed in the What’s Trending studio came from a fan who asked him to make a song about his life using 50 movie titles. DeStorm took it up a notch by using over 100.
When asked about the difference between his independent YouTube model and working for a traditional music label Power said, “I enjoy what I do cause I can put the music out when I want. I don’t have to wait for anybody.”
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The What’s Trending show is produced by Shira Lazar Productions and the Disrupt Group, who are solely responsible for the content, opinions and viewpoints.
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Tune in next Tuesday to catch Big Sean on the hit trending show:
Twitter: #WTLive @whatstrending
(VIDEO) Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with the Stars attempts to teach us how to salsa & she “dougies” with the crew…
We had a blast hanging out with the beautiful and fun Karina Smirnoff of Dancing With the Stars while she shot her segment for Good Day LA on Fox. Check out the feature below and the behind the scenes interview after. We all fell in love with her within 10 minutes of meeting the down-to-earty uber talented Russian lady. Dancing with the Stars Season 13 begins September 19. Can’t wait to see who her partner is this time, my favorites of course is when she partnered with Mario (singer), Mario Lopez and last season with Ralph Macchio.
Rhey teaching Karina how to “Catdaddy” above is CLASSIC!
She also tells us what music she likes to play for her classmates:
Thanks Steve Vera and Melissa Burger PR for inviting us down to the studio today. So fun! =)
Karina Smirnoff Dance Studio
21720 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
I had to give her the awesome $8.95 new Moscato wine I just picked up from the San Antonion Winery the other day before headed to swim with the Arcilla-Quizon-Isomuras for Ethan’s 5th birthday!
HOUSTON tonight… DWELE & 10 Finalists live… LAST FREE concert of the Budweiser Opening Act Tour powered by Myspace Music!
I’m super proud of our team that was able to pull off a 12 city tour in 30 days.
ESPECIALLY thankful for the veterans who were able to stay on the road without coming home the entire time. (There’s no way I could have done that – I’d miss Walnut & filipino food too much! Special thanks to Cat of Anyone and Marina our former Myspace Music lawyer for handling all the paperwork that we never wanted to touch back here at the homefront.
Tonight marks the very last day of the tour, featuring one last time, my super talented best friend Dwele… for FREE at the Beyonce family owned venue – HOUSE OF DEREON in her hometown of Houston, Texas. DJ Jay-P killing it on the turntables as usual!
The Myspace Tour Team will have our “reunion show” soon so you can know what REALLY happened on tour! Fist fights, beer brawls, no sleeping, pranks, stage diving, club hopping, tennis games, pool sharking, pisoy dos destroying and the most exciting – hotel movie watching!
Join the boys in Houston for one last show…
And buy our Tour Director Randy Nangpi a round of shots for putting up with me pushing him so hard, but kicking ass on this tour!
And congratulations to our winners thus far who have won $5,000 each & got to open up for Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Doug E. Fresh in their local market!
Detroit, MI – JOHNNY MANUEL
New York, NY – JERMAINE PAUL
Chicago, IL – CANDICE MARIE
St. Louis, MO – THERESA PAYNE
Cleveland, OH – LOVELY
Philadelphia, PA – MALIKA KMARI
Washington, DC – BRIAN BLUNT
Memphis, TN – DERMEL
Atlanta, GA – SHENA RENEE
Charlotte, NC – SHAUN L’AMONT
Dallas, TX – TESS HENLEY
Houston, TX – TBD TONIGHT!!! =)
Don’t forget VOTING for the NATIONAL GRAND PRIZE $25,000 winner begins 8/26 on
(VIDEO) STRO ELLIOT (formerly of the Procussions) DJ Set & THE PHARCYDE’S Bootie Brown on VNS Radio Interviews 8/13/2011
Had a blast interviewing two of my favorite people/artists last night on DJ Concise’s VIBES & STUFF Radio. Check out the rebroadcast below and come visit us at the Rock the Bells Myspace Music / VNS Radio booth this Saturday.
The eclectic music show airs 5-9pm SUNDAYS on www.vnsradio.com
PART 2: STRO ELLIOT & BROWN of THE PHARCYDE INTERVIEWS:
PART 1: STRO ELLIOT, DJ AB LOON DJ SETS
Take from ROC 4 LIFE:
Just moments ago, JAY-Z and Kanye West aka “The Throne” premiered their brand new video for “Otis”, directed by Spike Jonze. For the video, they avoided the over the top theatrics and decided to just keep it fun, and casual. We love the energy that they are giving. I mean, who else can completely destroy a Maybach in a music video? Well done, guys.
Sidebar: The Maybach that was destroyed in the video will be donated for famine relief.
Our awesome Jay-Z Myspace Release Show in NYC:
Can’t wait to watch the duo perform at Staples Center on 12/12.
Did you get your tickets yet?
Full concert listing at www.myspace.com/jayz
(VIDEO) Black Eyed Peas will.i.am: “There should be science programs in every school.” NEW show about 20th Annual FIRST Robotics Competition airs on ABC 8/14. Episode also features Mike Relm & comedian Lani Love.
(CBS/What’s Trending) – Seven-time Grammy award winner Will.i.am, best known for being the frontman of the Black Eyed Peas, believes in the importance of science in America. He thinks it’s time that our schools start focusing on the basic building block of technology. “We should be supporting our geniuses…these are the leaders of the world in the next ten years.” Will.i.am explained on the What’s Trending Live show. “You can’t sit and wait for (people) to do things that you know should be done.”
This week’s #Influencer, Wii.i.am said he was inspired to start the “i.AM FIRST: Science is Rock & Roll” program after he was on tour and riding his Segway backstage. After tracking down the inventor of the technology behind it, Dean Kamen, he started a friendship with the man he calls, “…today’s Edison.” The entertainer’s conversations with Kamen made him realize that a dedication on teaching and celebrating science and technology needed to be brought back to U.S. schools.
Will.i.am explained that Kamen’s U.S. F.I.R.S.T (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), “Teaches kids from 8 to 19 about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
Using his own money, he bought air time from ABC to feature a live back-to-school special about the kids who competed at the 20th Annual F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition, an event which aims to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders. In addition to a live performance from the Black Eyed Peas, the show also includes appearances by Justin Bieber, Bono and Justin Timberlake.
The Black Eyed Peas founder said that making sure science is highlighted in eduction is his priority. In 2008, Will.i.am was instrumental in getting people out to vote through his viral videos. He said, “I’m only going to make a video when I’m inspired,” he explained. “The whole Crypts and Bloods, Republican Democrat hoopla. I’m not about that. I’m about true innovation, true inspiration and that inspiration is via technology and watching these kids do amazing things.”
About the kids at the F.I.R.S.T competition Will.i.am said, “You have to applaud these kids. You have acknowledge what they’re doing.”
Tune in and join the conversation every Tuesday at 10 A.M. PST / 1 P.M. EST for the latest episode of What’s Trending on CBSNews.com
The What’s Trending show is produced by Shira Lazar Productions and the Disrupt Group, who are solely responsible for the content, opinions and viewpoints.
Check out your favorite Myspacers Elyse Johnson and Katy Macquoid on my team in the studio audience with me in this episode:
Love what Shira Lazar, Damon & the What’s Trending crew are doing here, hope we can help more out in the near future!
Lastly here is Mike Relm DJing LIVE on the show:
On a Myspace Music / Budweiser Tour with one of our soul/R&B/hiphop favorite Third Floor Radio artists of all time, Dwele- DJ Jay-P took a second to ask him what is “JustRight” to him…
You can download the “JustRight” & “Make Her Feel Good”
mix featuring lots of Dwele songs at “www.itsjustright.org/downloads
Check out a flip cam preview of Dwele in St. Louis with DJ Jay-P and I below:
We teamed up with Cafe Soul to produce this year’s St. Louis finals at the Loft.
Hundreds came out to fill the room to capacity with those in support of their local talent. A tough competition but Theresa Payne came out the winner with Monya in a close 2nd. They will be performing at the August 4 Superfest this week. DJ Jay-P rocked the crowd before he show as usual.
While we were in STL, we had some downtime to check out local landmarks and sites. As well as win a few dollars at the local casino at the craps and blackjack tables. Unfortunately it was raining so we didn’t get to do as much as we wanted.
Gotta say, this is the FIRST time someone proposed to their wife on stage! Deandre (former American Idol contestant) asks for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage before performing his song, “Because of You.”
4th Place: Mai Lee
3rd Place: Deandre
2nd Place: Monya
1st Place: Theresa Payne
Highlight? The wobble! Video coming soon alongside the professional Adam Nelson Photography edit.
BUT! There’s still 6 more cities to go!
Check back soon to www.myspace.com/budweiseropeningact for your opportunity to vote for your favorite video and finalist!
(VIDEO) Day 6 of Tour: CHICAGO. DWELE rocks SOLD-OUT (capacity) at FREE Budweiser Opening Act Show, powered by Myspace Music. Congratulations Candice Marie!
A dream come true to be able to help put together the Budweiser Opening Act Tour before the Superfest tour with one of the most talented, hard working independent artists I know – DWELE. Randy Nangpi, Adam Nelson, DJ Jay-P, DJ Knuckles, DJ Rasta Root, Steve Vera, Rhey Duque, Jeanette Sario, Issiah Davis, Lisa Schmitz and the entire Myspace team (every department from legal to sales to marketing) and I have enjoyed every minute of executing this program from soup to nuts with Budweiser and our Radio One Partners. It’s been a long process since conceptualizing the contest on Myspace, building the community, sorting through the contestants, executing the live events and providing Budweiser with their local winners.
Not only do you get to see an amazing Superfest tour ft. Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Mint Condition & Doug E. Fresh but a week prior you can see a great show with Detroit native & amazing musician, artist & DJ – Dwele – all for FREE!
Dwele & I met several years ago (and yes – he was STILL rockin the freshest ADIDAS back then) way before there was Myspace and we were instant friends post interview on our Los Angeles based underground hip hop & soul radio show called – Third Floor Radio… In the early days of Myspace, we didn’t have 200 MM registered users… we had less than 2MM and Dwele was one of the first 100 artists I forced to get a Myspace page and even created for him. (Artists were unsure of what social networking was during those early years.)
Watch the interview and watch his sentiment
(which mirrored alot of your and other artists/label sentiment)
before we all understood what Myspace was going to be for us.
I know there are many of you that we also created pages for including
De La Soul, Mos Def, Slum Village, Kanye West, etc.
And when you didn’t understand it – you still accepted the offer to shoot an interview for the pages, thank you!
I knew ONE day – you would GET it. and you did!
The power of social networking for the artist was born in this time period…
Thanks to Chris Dewolfe, Tom Anderson and the original 5 for creating such an innovative product – in our evolving days, I feel the Myspace profile will always be a crucial part to the success of an artist connecting with their fans and vise versa.
Here is a highlight piece from last night’s SOLD OUT CAPACITY show before Adam Nelson’s professionally edited video comes out at the end of the month where you can actually vote for your favorite artist or city at www.myspace.com/openingact
(Hi Ice! (Who designed the page!) We miss you!)
and here’s the latest LA Times Cover story of our new owners – the Vanderhook Brothers and creative director – Justin Timberlake.
Such an exciting time for Myspace, your space and most importantly… Artists, DJs, producers, writers, etc… It’s an exciting innovative platform that I am happy to keep promoting as the tools will continue to help you grow the success of your career or passion through your own creative network who also use the site. All of the talented and amazing artists we have met so far – we can’t wait to watch your growth from this entire process.
Speaking of network…
did I tell you that Dwele’s background singers re-connected with him via Myspace?
I’ll film the interview with J.Tait in St. Louis tomorrow so you can hear his story of connecting with Dwele on the site post attending a music conference…
I’d love to continue to hear your Myspace stories as well…
I’ve literally heard hundreds and never get tired of hearing about them!
Message me them at myspace.com/roslynn
Congrats again to our Chicago winner CANDICE MARIE:
Visit her at myspace.com/candicemarie
Remaining tour dates for this fun FREE 21+ party/showcase below and HERE,
our team hopes to meet you in person!
7/30: St Louis
8/5: Washington DC
8/16: Charlotte (with Anthony David)
p.s. Catch the flashback of our FIRST Myspace Music Dwele Release show below to see what you are missing! Hope you join us!
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!
So proud of my little sister from another mister for interviewing my favorite group of all time – A Tribe Called Quest at the red carpet of the
Los Angeles Film Festival. I’m hearing good reviews so far from friends like super producer Stro the 89th Key and a few others. I wish I didn’t have to witness some of the stuff that I did within that group and I wish another album came out after the Anthology, BUT I can say that all of their albums – even “Beats, Rhymes & Life” will remain classics to me and on repeat.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad:
Check out one of my favorite Myspace Music Release Shows ever in Hawaii in conjunction with Dig Lifestyles – ATCQ Q-Tip rocking solo songs but most importantly – Tribe classics – such a fan I forgot I was working and stood in the front row with my hands up half the time. Whatttanyerd.
(VIDEO) You could win $25,000 & a chance to open up for Jill Scott, Mint Condition, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Anthony Hamilton! Details here:
This summer Myspace Music and Budweiser have partnered up in order to feature an undiscovered talent to open up for R&B crooners such as Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton at this years Budweiser Superfest tour. On top of having this one in a lifetime opportunity, the grand prize winner will also walk away with $25,000 in their pocket. Below are the instructions on how to join in on this rare opportunity!
ENTER NOW at www.myspace.com/budweiseropeningact
Watch details of how to enter below:
1. Users go to to www.myspace.com/budweiseropeningact to upload their video entry
2. Myspace Editorial & local radio stations pick the top 10 artists to perform at a local showcase
3. 1 local winner awarded $5,000 at 12 local Superfest “Opening Act” showcases
4. One (1) national winner awarded $25,000 after performance video being featured & voted on by the community at www.myspace.com/budweiseropeningact
Good luck! Remember deadline for submissions in July 14! (July 28 for Atlanta/Houston & Dallas)
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!
Can’t wait to watch this documentary of my favorite group of all time: A Tribe Called Quest from humble beginnings to the sad deterioration of the group that has yet to release an album as a group post “The Anthology…”
Michael Rapaport, Dante ‘Mos Def’ Smith, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Common and Pharrell Williams & more!
Here’s footage from our Q-Tip show in Hawaii. How I wish it could have been a group show, but Thank the Hip Hop Gods for Rock the Bells where we got to see the group reunite and perform one of the best albums of all time in it’s entirety. =) Don’t forget their coming back this August with performing artists: Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Nas & more! www.rockthebells.net for details on who is rockin this year!
Here is the theatrical release schedule for “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest”:
Century City 15
Criterion Santa Monica
Ritz Center Voorhees
SAN FRANCISCO – ADD ONS
Century Mountain View
CineArts Santana Row San Jose
Lincoln Square Bellevue
Regal South Beach
AMC Studio Olathe
SALT LAKE CITY
Chelsea Chapel Hill
Additional Info from Billboard about the film:
Michael Rapaport will be hitting the road this summer with his documentary on hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest, “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.” The roll out across the country starts July 8 in New York City and Los Angeles.
“I’ll be all over the place wherever they want to send me,” says Rapaport, a first-time director with more than 20 years of acting credits, among them “True Romance,” “Mighty Aphrodite” and the TV series “Prison Break.”
The film, a Sony Pictures Classics release, will play another 32 cities as it is released to a handful of theaters at a time. “Beats, Rhymes & Life” will play San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., on its second week, San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Atlanta beginning July 22.
A fan of A Tribe Called Quest since its first recordings in 1989, Rapaport decided the band was worthy of a documentary while he was watching it perform in 1998 at New York’s Tramps nightclub. In 2006, while attending a reunion show at L.A.’s Wiltern Theatre, he decided he was the one to do it, financing it with his own credit cards.
“There was no time to wait,” he said. “As an actor I have been a part of so many movies that seem like they are about to fall apart. The indie filmmakers who inspire me are the ones who go and do it, no matter what that means. Fortunately since then I have received (some financing).”
Using performances and interviews from the 2008 Rock the Bells festivals that they headlined, the four members of A Tribe Called Quest trace their history from the borough of Queens to the formation of the group in 1988 and the release of five albums between 1990 and 1998. Considered the most artistically ambitious rap group of the 1990s, “Beats, Rhymes & Life” is also the title of Tribe’s only No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200.
Since the film’s debut at the Sundance Film Festival three months ago, Tribe leader Q-Tip has sent out mixed messages about the film, saying he had problems with it and that ATCQ fans should go see it. Read Tip’s thoughts about the film HERE.
Michael Rappaport’s response here:
“The differences Tip had, I think, came down to the fact that he’s an artist and a perfectionist who is always in control,” Rapaport says, calling ATCQ the “Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin of first generation hip-hop.” “He was the leader of Tribe. But I’m making the movie and I have to make the final decisions. He’s accustomed to making all of the decisions. I have thought about it a lot and if somebody made a movie as interpersonal as this about me, I don’t know that I’d be pleased with someone else making the decisions. To me, it’s a love letter to the band.”
Doesn’t that make you even more excited to watch it??? Me too! See you there to Check the Rhymes…
I heart you Phife, Tip & the brother Ali. Always…
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:
DJ Jay-P & Vince the Barber Garcia launch their infamous barbershop on Melrose.
You must stop by to get a clean cut and enjoy some good music!
4303 MELROSE AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90004
SUN: 10AM-2PM (appointment only)
Freestyling with Charm the Legend & more at Capsule LA:
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In the day of celebration that Carmelo Anthony hit the game winning shot fresh in his new New York Knick jersey, thought I’d share a few of my favorite videos of him, about him or with him.
1. My sister Chrystal Cruz’ interview with him.
Gaby had to edit Chrys’ part to title cards because she was so enamored by him. It was so cute and done in the backseat of a car that had taken him to his first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel later that evening:
Thanks to Think Tank aka Vise of Deux Process for keeping her company and making sure she didn’t faint upon meeting.
I understand, if I had to interview Charles Barkley I don’t even know if words would come out. I’ve had 100 chances to meet him but rather keep how my vision of how cool he would or should be in my head.
2. Etch a Sketch of Melo.
How dope is this??? I had never seen this before until this video came out. I can’t even get the thing to make a straight line!
Amazed at how he did this, the best Etch a Stetch artist on the planet. Wonder how much practice he had to do to create this though!
3. His first Myspace Video Drop (back when we filmed everything ourselves… can you tell?
Wow check out the quality on this one. How did we even upload this? I heart Nate Auerbach for bringing Melo into our lives.
I heard my cousin Jhoanna Alba, owner of Elevee Clothing for being there that day in Marina Del Rey too. The randomness is awesome.
4. “Inside peanut butter, outside jelly” chants Melo as he walks down the red carpet. I sneak in a question asking him about Father’s Day and therefore making his first annoucement of him and Lala’s pregnancy. How adorable is he?
5. Kat Williams & Melo Artist on Artist shot on our rooftop shot when he wasn’t busy and was suspended for 15+ games post Knicks/Nuggets brawl, Allen Iverson was also named as a new player for December the following day. First time I met a man shorter than me that I loved to be around. Our very first of the program. Kat intro “first person I asked for was Jordan… and he told me to ask you!” Hilarious…
p.s. Jordy- I miss you.
6. “I’m coming home…” Knicks commercial.
- this made me actually like Diddy & Dirty Money’s song after watching it. Short but sweet. Straight to the point.
7. and of course… Last night’s – award winning shot. Yay Melo. Good for you. Thanks Keith Fujimoto!
Today I was working on a new pitch and had to go through old files which led me to these videos…
Gave me a few seconds to smile in retrospect.
Hands down this was one of the most stressful but greatest experiences of my life. It’s where everything you worked hard over the years made sense… The all-nighters at Kinkos designing, printing and passing out your own flyers to try to fill a room, to the 2 hour commutes to free internships and the 12 hour work days can all be made worth it with an experience like this one. To see it come to life – from the idea of the program with a few team members to magically matching the needs of the artist/record label with the advertiser to turning it into an unforgettable moment for some die hard Jay-Z fans was all memorable in it’s own effort. To give people a chance who might not have ever been able to afford to see Jay-Z live had it not been for this free show is something that we always strive to do. And to top it off, we did it the day before his amazing sold out Madison Square Garden show in commemoration of 9/11/09.
First meet the fans:
500+ lucky Myspacers who waited in line since the night before received free tickets. Fans who could never afford a Jay-Z concert ticket, fans with tattoos of his name or had babies named after him attended.
Now watch the show with an amazing set list of classics:
The best part of it all? Not only the smiles on all the faces of the kids attending the concert, but looking around and seeing my best friends Mike Park (Photographer) and Randy Nangpi (Videographer/Event Manager) apart of the entire process… a dream come true… and to watch DJ dB attempt to get everyone to throw up a final Roc in the air searching for a camera man is priceless…
Below is a blog I was asked to write by our press team- the night after that details the experience including the power going off right before the encore of the show.
Last night we hosted a special intimate MySpace Music event with Jay-Z at the Blender Theater in NYC to celebrate the release of his new album The Blueprint 3. Hundreds of fans and friends including Baron Davis, Harve Pierre and Memphis Bleek lined up outside to check out the show and support one of the most popular artists in music today as he performed in one of the most intimate venues he has played in more than a decade.
Since I started at MySpace Music we’ve hosted more than 50 hip hop & R&B shows throughout the country featuring superstars like T.I., T-Pain, Kanye West and Rihanna. Last night I watched one of the world’s most successful and inspiring hip hop artists perform to a small packed house of 600 MySpace fans and I knew I was witnessing one of those surreal, career defining moments.
At 7 a.m. I stood outside the Blender Theater as the line of anxious fans grew coiled around the block. For this show fans had to RSVP to a secret email address in order to receive information about where to pick up tickets. Many even shared personal stories about how Jay’s music inspired and changed their lives – one fan even named her son Jayson because she met her husband at a Jay-Z concert.
Throughout the night Jay’s performance was a mix of greatest hits and crowd pleasing songs off his new album The Blueprint 3 including his two hit singles ”Run This Town” and ”Death of Autotune”. No words can describe what the crowd sounded like when Hova rocked his hometown stage with “Brooklyn Go Hard” as hundreds of fans born and raised in Brooklyn sang every word at the top of their lungs.
In between new Blueprint 3 tracks he’d throw in a classic like “H to the Izzo,” “Big Pimpin,” and “Jigga What” that would nearly blow the roof off the house – literally. During the climax of the show the fire alarms went off, the electricity on stage cut out and without sound, Jay and his 11 piece band left the stage. Over 7 minutes of dead air time passed and fans started cheering his name in the hopes the he would come back for one last song.
Backstage I turned to Jay-Z nervously and said, “Well, Thank you for playing an amazing show for us. I hope you aren’t going anywhere.” Just like a scene from a movie, Jay-Z turned to me and said “I’m not going anywhere, Ma” – then he grabbed his mic and returned to the stage to finish the show properly with “Encore.”
And he’s right; no matter how much time passes between each album Jay-Z isn’t going anywhere.
See all of Michael Park Photography photos from the show HERE.
(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:
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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.
(VIDEO) Ciara GetClose Winner Dominique flys to LA to get glammed up before watching her perform at Black Eyed Peas pre-Grammy Peapod
Take a look at this lucky winner who was flown out to Los Angeles to meet the lovely Ciara and was fittingly given the Hollywood treatment. Aside from an interview, Dominique Steele stayed in the heart of Hollywood, did some shopping on Melrose Ave, got her hair and make up done with Ciara’s Glam Squad, had a photoshoot with Ciara as Director, and topped off the amazing day with tickets to Ciara’s performance at The Black Eyed Peas Benefit Concert. If this wasn’t an opportunity of a lifetime, I don’t know what is. Ciara truly has love for her fans, and this opportunity for one to Get as Close as she did really shows.
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Check out this special “24 Hours With” video we shot with Ciara at her home in Santa Monica, CA as well and check out for Randy and Adam’s awesome dance moves with Ciara below: