Archive for September, 2008

Janet Jackson cancels concert

September 30, 2008

Janet Jackson canceled her concert in Montreal on Monday after she “got suddenly ill” during her sound check and had to be rushed to the hospital just before show time. We hope Miss Jackson recovers quickly. Rumor has it that it could be a case of PTS (poor ticket sales).

Here’s a 8+ minute old school Janet Jackson megamix.
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thank you Sweatshop Union

September 28, 2008

Just wanted to send a quick thank you to Sweatshop Union from Vancouver who were in town this week. They wrecked the stage Thursday night at Rickhaw Stop in San Francisco. I can honestly say they had the best live hip-hop show that I have seen this decade. I’ve been doing this hip-hop/music thing for 23 years, so I should know! Shouts to Phat Kat & DJ Design, as well as Celsius 7 & Hiright, who all performed at the show. I should have some video footage online later this week. Looking forward to seeing those SU cats in Vancouver in a couple of weeks as we’ll be presenting, for the first time, the Prince vs Michael party in Vancouver, BC – Canada @ Shine Night Club (Oct 12th).

UPDATE – Sweatshop Union will be back in San Francisco on Dec. 19th performing at The Dark Room (@ Club Six) in San Francisco.

photos from the 9/20 Prince vs MJ party

September 26, 2008

Here’s some photos from the recent Prince vs Michael party in San Francisco (9/20). To see all the photos click here. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Vancouver, BC on October 12th at Shine Night Club, and we’ll be back in San Francisco on October 18th at Madrone Lounge. Coming up in November – our 6 year Anniversary and 50th PvsM party!

for upcoming Prince and MJ party dates click here

This Thurs 9/25 – Sweatshop Union + Phat Kat

September 18, 2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 @ Rickshaw Stop
Detroit’s PHAT KAT with SF’s own DJ DESIGN
DJ Kevvy Kev (KZSU)

155 Fell Street – San Francisco, CA 94102
8pm / $10 / 21+ with ID

Featuring the conscious hip hop and distinct musical sound Sweatshop Union is rapidly becoming known for, their fourth album Water Street is unleashed. The critically acclaimed crew, made up of Kyprios, Dirty Circus, Pigeon Hole, and Innocent Bystanders, have laid a solid foundation selling tens of thousands of copies of their previous albums. With a live show far beyond the average rap concert, they have toured relentlessly and performed with the likes of the Roots, Black Eyed Peas, Jurassic 5, Blackalicious, De La Soul, Swollen Members, and the Living Legends. Sweatshop Union are on the rise.

Legendary Detroit emcee and original J Dilla collaborator Phat Kat brought the Detroit underground hip-hop sound to the forefront last year with Carte Blanche. Phat Kat will be in the Bay Area recording his new album Katakombz in September for Look Records and has agreed to bless the mic on this night. The Bay Area’s own DJ Design will be backing Phat Kat on the turntables. Design produced the first two Foreign Legion albums and also remixed a track from the Beastie Boys album Hello Nasty called “Negotiation Limerick File.” DJ Design’s new album Jetlag hits stores this month.

Celsius 7, one half of the veteran Bay Area hip-hop group Psychokinetics, has released his first solo project entitled WANDERLUST. Witness live why Celsius’ writings have earned him a John Lennon Songwriting Award and also runner-up in the Independent Music Awards. By crafting intelligent, fun and heartfelt rhymes backed by the bangin’ beats of some of the world’s best producers, Celsius 7 and Psychokinetics have gained a loyal following from the U.S. to Europe to Japan and beyond.

Bomb has evolved since it’s humble beginnings in 1991 as a hip-hop publication to – one of the fifteen independent labels that matter, according to Rolling Stone. Bomb’s Return of the DJ series was ranked by Spin Magazine as 25 in their 90 Greatest Albums of the 90s. Having been credited with the revival of the D.J. as an artist in their own right for the Return of the DJ series, featured in the movie Scratch playing on the Sundance channel and available on DVD (Palm/WB), the label is also known for spotlighting Hip Hop from around the world. Bomb Hip-Hop has also produced various Bay Area concerts and club nights from the early 90s to the present including the legendary sold out “Bomb” parties at the DNA from ’92-’95, the 2003 Bomb Hip-Hop Tour in Europe as well as the Return of the DJ and the DJ’s & MC’s tours in 2004. Some of the cutting edge hip-hop artists that have performed at Bomb events include; Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, Kool Keith, Dan the Automator, Aceyalone, Invisibl Skratch Picklz (Q-Bert, Disk, Shortkut, Mixmaster Mike), Blackalicious, Beat Junkies (Rhettmatic, J Rocc, Babu, Melo D), Mystik Journeymen, Supernatural, Volume 10, Schoolly D, Akinyele featuring Rob Swift, Shakey featuring Rahzel, Ultramagmetic MCs, Pete Nice & Daddy Rich, Alkaholiks, Masta Ace, Freestyle Fellowship, Nas, DJ Craze, DJ Swamp, J-Zone, Grandwizzard Theodore, DJ Shadow and House of Pain (with B-Real from Cypress Hill).

coming soon from Bomb Hip-Hop
tapedeck flyer
TAPEDECK – A party celebrating the cassette with only cassettes being played by the dj’s using 4 tape decks! Date and venue to be announced.

Article every band/rapper should read

September 10, 2008

Here’s a great article that every aspiring band/rapper should read by Bloodshot Records co-founder Rob Miller. “Walk that thin line between persistence and annoyance. Nothing is more attractive to a label than a band whose music we love who comes to us with a built in fan base and a massive email list, a track record with clubs, accumulated goodwill from folks in their town or region and an organically created sense of momentum.”

MTV Cribs

September 6, 2008

Is it my imagination or does every rapper have a front room with white furniture that they never sit in/on (just look at) and a huge fish tank…

Top 20 Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2008

September 6, 2008

1. 50 Cent – $150 million
2. Jay-Z – $82 million
3. Diddy – $35 million
4. Kanye West – $30 million
5. Timbaland – $22 million
6. Pharrell Williams – $20 million
7. Swizz Beatz – $17 million
8. Snoop Dogg – $16 million
9. Dr. Dre – $15 million
10. Ludacris – $14 million
11. T.I. – $13 million (tie)
11. Lil Wayne – $13 million (tie)
12. Eminem – $12 million (tie)
12. Common – $12 million (tie)
12. Akon – $12 million (tie)
13. Jermaine Dupri – $11 million (tie)
13. Lil Jon – $11 million (tie)
14. OutKast – $10 million (tie)
14. Chamillionaire – $10 million (tie)
14. The Game – $10 million (tie)

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Does Unique Distributors owe you money?

September 5, 2008

In April and June of 2007 Unique Music Corp. d/b/a Unique Distributors (aka Unique Distribution, Unique Music Distribution) ordered records from Bomb Hip-Hop to sell to their accounts. They made two small returns of product they could not sell and then owed me $2,162.00. After 90 days I had not been paid. In August 2007 I started to inquire about my money, this is when their stalling process began.

I have saved all “sent” and “received” emails from all Unique staff, a signed agreement by Robert J. Miller and an email from Craig Miller leading me on by asking me to “bear with us a little further” and be patient in waiting for a payment. In January 2008 they announced they were going out of business. They did not inform me, I had to read it in Billboard.

Then their attorney starts sending out letters making it look like they were going bankrupt but in reality they are doing a voluntary liquidation to pay off their “secured” creditors – New York Commercial Bank $550,000 and four major record label $400,000. To the indie record labels they are requesting that we accept 4.7% of what is due. That is completely un-acceptable. Unique Distributors owes me $2,162.00. Do they owe you any money?

BTW – Does Nu Gruv Alliance/TRC owe you money too?