T.I. Upbeat As He Enters Atlanta Courtroom For Sentencing

Posted in Breaking News, editorial, Education, entertainment, government, hip hop, Legal, Music, News, Politics, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

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ATLANTA — It was a dreary, warm and wet morning in Atlanta as T.I. prepared for his sentencing on felony weapons charges at the Richard B. Russell Federal Courthouse Friday morning (March 27).

Shortly before 9:30 a.m., the rapper arrived at the 23rd-floor chamber, where he would appear before Judge Charles Pannell Jr. His manager, Jason Geter, was present beforehand. The sterile building was largely quiet as federal workers, lawyers and citizens slowly filed in. In the courtroom, there was a mix of teens, curious employees from the building, and the rapper’s family, including his longtime partner, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. A hushed tone overtook the room with T.I.’s entrance. Lawyers were still entering.

T.I. was greeted warmly by his legal team. He was wearing a charcoal gray suit, dark dress shirt and matching tie. His spirits appeared up as he flashed a smile to different people as he scanned the room. Outside, a number of media outlets awaited word, just like T.I., on whether the rapper’s plea deal would be honored or not.

The rapper, who was arrested in 2007 after trying to illegally purchase firearms, had previously worked out a plea deal that significantly cut down his jail time. T.I. — who will discuss how he feels about his upcoming jail time on “T.I.’s Road to Redemption: The Reckoning,” airing Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on MTV — made a plea deal last March that suggested if he completed 1,000 hours of community service before sentencing, paid a $100,000 fine and agreed to complete another 500 hours of community service after his time behind bars, he would be sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

The sentence is notable, according to legal experts, because of the specific length. If T.I. were to be sentenced to one year in prison, for example, he would be required to complete the entire sentence. The sentence of one year and one day could allow T.I. to be released earlier for good behavior, if warranted.

Don’t miss “T.I.’s Road to Redemption: The Reckoning,” airing Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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T.I. Prepares For Prison Sentence

Posted in Breaking News, editorial, entertainment, hip hop, Legal, Music, News, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

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ATLANTA — Rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris will be sentenced in federal court at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Don Samuel, Harris’s defense attorney, says his client will be sentenced to 12 months and one day per a binding agreement with the court. Adding the one day to Harris’s sentence allows for 15 percent of the time to be served to be shaved off.

Samuel says Harris will spend approximately ten months behind bars, in a federal prison yet to be determined.

In October of 2007, federal agents arrested T.I. in a midtown parking lot as he was trying to buy machine guns and silencers. He pled guilty and received the one year sentence in exchange for one year of community service.

T.I. has spent the past year on a nationwide odyssey, trekking through 25 states, speaking to thousands of teens, telling them how not to wind up like him. One of T.I.’s last speaking engagements was at Georgia’s Supreme Court last month.

During his talk he told teens, “I know what’s it’s like to walk outside your house and on the way to the bus stop you see six drug dealers, seven robbers, three or four prostitites, a hundred junkies, all on the way to school. I know what’s it’s like to walk outside your house and look around and say well how am I supposed to be any better than what’s around me. I answer that question by saying you become better than what’s around you by believing you can be better than what’s around you.”

He urged the teens to stay in school so they can eventually have everything they want.

“Those of you who ain’t found out how to sacrifice a good time now for a great time later, you ain’t going to never have nothin’ period,” he said.

Asked what his greatest regret was he said, “If it wasn’t for all the things I’d done I wouldn’t have went through the experiences and I wouldn’t have gained the knowledge that I have right now that allows me to stand up here in front of you and tell you what not to do.”

Samuel says T.I. went way above and beyond what the court required of him this past year, but that he didn’t do it hoping for a reduced sentence. Samuel says the sentence was binding and that there was never any chance it would be reduced. T.I. will report to a federal prison, yet to be determined, in the middle of May.

Taken from: http://www.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=128438&catid=3

The Music Industry: What’s Next @ Amaza Show

Posted in Breaking News, editorial, Education, entertainment, hip hop, Music, News, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

THE AMAZA SHOW
The Music Industry: What’s Next

It’s no secret that the music industry needs a bailout of its own. With CD sales becoming practically obsolete over the next few years, to record stores closings, i.e. TOWER RECORDS (The Entire Chain), and the VIRGIN MEGA STORE, in Time Square, NYC; it’s becoming tougher and sometimes impossible to survive the music business. While major labels downsize and reduce they’re marketing budgets and staff across the board, with lay offs at SONY BMG, WARNER MUSIC GROUP, EMI and UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP. The effects to the BUSINESS MODEL has suffered, has been in large part of the MAJOR LABELS refusal or slow grasp of the digital trends , and falling behind on what was ultimately the inevitable! “THE DIGITAL MUSIC BUSINESS”. UNIVERSAL’ MUSIC GROUP launch of INGROOVES is the FUTURE of recorded MUSIC, distribution 5 or 10 years down the road…. Which ITUNES has perfected and sells about a billion singles a year! YES, 1 BILLION SINGLES; But when its all said and done, good music sells and average music falls at the way side. To the independent labels and artists, keep creating the music that will sustain a business that will continue to prosper if the value is put into developing the talent and sound.
4 trends to follow in the music industry:

1) Social, Social, Social!

Building your buzz and fan base is not about asking people to check out your music on MySpace. Whether you like it or not, survival and relevancy in the music industry depends on how social and networked you are. Check out TWITTER, http://www.musicindustryonline.info and LINKEDIN. Create the conversation that will create curiosity and build (SEO) ranking on the WWW. How do you think artist like CASSIE and SEAN KINGSTON did it.
2) Blogging anyone???

The future of music promotions, is all about Focusing your public relations efforts on blogs and ezines. If you don’t have one, create one! Go to http://www.blogspot.com and in a few simple steps, you are a new citizen journalist of your music life! Increase your music sales and create a new impactful picture of who you are and whom your music speaks to. Traditional media out lets are still very relevant and many still seek the next breakthrough artist! Make it easier for them to find you.
3) Digital Download Cards or USB Music Sticks?

Those little plastic DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CARDS are similar to the ITunes Download cards you buy (Of your favorite artist) at Starbucks or Target. Now you can put your image and music on these cards that you can sell or use as promo tools at music conferences or showcases; look at it like your Music Business Card and press up a 1000 of those bad boys and get to networking and making $$$. FYI each DDC goes for about .50 or .60 so for about $500 or $600 you’re up and running! By the way DDC is also Sound scan approved, so every card that you sell at your gigs are credited towards Sound Scan sales. 5000 sold = a Major Label deal! ASK ME HOW? 212-560-2273. The USB has replaced floppy disks and is also being used for music. USB Music Sticks allows you to sell and or promote your album or single on a USB stick included with digital songs and other content – videos, photos and so on. Get with the times and DROP the CD, it’s 2009.
4) How about A&R 2.0?

A&R2.0 is just the hottest technological shift http://www.musicindustryonline.info brings to the emerging and aspiring artist, band, music business entrepreneurs, producer, manager or anyone looking to network in the music industry! Get in touch with keys music artist sponsors, Dj’s, senior label executives, talent buyers, publishers and more. How about trying A&R Music Industry 2.0? What exactly is it? Imagine owning all the same resources and contacts that the MAJOR RECCORD LABELS use to promote and market their artist to the masses! In simple terms, it simply means that you’re leveling the playing field and now you control your marketing and promo efforts! Ensuring that all of your online promotions are effective and strategic!
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Russell Simmons Rallies for Drug Sentencing Reform @livesteez.com

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Hip-hop mogul, Russell Simmons, joined hundreds of protesters outside the Manhattan office of Governor David Paterson in hopes to end the controversial Rockefeller Drug Law.

Simmons marched alongside a mass of local community organizations such as Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment (also known as FREE), the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Correctional Association of New York. Director of the board of directors for the Correctional Association of New York and granddaughter of Nelson D. Rockefeller, Meile Rockefeller, is also planning to rally.

According to Legislativegazzette.com, Paterson, then a state senator, and Meile were arrested in 2002 for civil disobedience for their involvement in the “Drop the Rock” crusade disputing the same Rockefeller Drug Laws that are presently under scrutiny.

Executive Director to the Corrections Association of New York, Bob Gangi, argues that Paterson has abandoned his position on drug reform since he was elected Governor. “He is not exercising his power; we urge him to embrace his better political self, restate past issues, and help the legislature to move toward the drug law reform,” Gangi said.

Simmons told Allhiphop.com, “We are at the pivotal point where our hard work pays off. But we can’t let up now. The fact is the Governor and State Senator both fought for the changes that the assembly has proposed to them. But both the Governor Patterson and the State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith need to hear your voices. They are being pushed by forces that are not interested in changing this horrible law which has devastated black and brown communities for two generations.”

In 1973, the Rockefeller Drug Law was passed and initiated extreme mandatory sentencing of 15 to 25 years imprisonment for anyone attempting to sell more than 56 grams of narcotics or marijuana. The bill sparked criticism by those who have been affected claiming that law unfairly imprisons non-violent, minority offenders mostly in possession of small amounts of crack cocaine. It is estimated that 90% of the 12,000 offenders convicted under Rockefeller laws are African American and Latino.

Simmons also urged the community and anyone who has been a witness to unjust imprisonment to get involved and inspire change. He concluded, “Call or write Governor Paterson or State Senate Majority Leader Smith and push them to be true to the communities that made them. Tell them now that they are in power they can make the difference.”

T.I. to be sentenced to prison Friday

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Prayers going out to T.I. tonight….Stay strong!

By BILL RANKIN

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Federal weapons charges, with their accompanying harsh sentences, are enough to take anyone down. Yet since his guilty plea a year ago, Atlanta rapper T.I. has enjoyed the greatest success of his career.

His CD, “Paper Trail,” debuted atop the Billboard charts in October. He produced two No. 1 singles, including “Live Your Life,” featuring Rihanna. Last month, he appeared at the Grammys, where he won an award for best rap performance by a duo or group.

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T.I. pleaded guilty to illegal firearms possession and being a convicted felon with a firearm.
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But T.I., one of the world’s best-known rap artists, is about to take a one-year hiatus at a federal detention facility. On Friday, as part of his extraordinary deal with federal prosecutors, T.I. will be sentenced a year after his guilty plea.

According to the plea agreement, T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., will be sentenced to one year and a day.

The extra day means T.I. can carve 15 percent off of his sentence with good behavior. Under U.S. Bureau of Prison rules, inmates can earn such credit only if they are sentenced to longer than a year in prison. T.I. should serve an estimated 298 days — or a little less than 10 months. He is expected to get credit for the two weeks he sat in jail after his arrest and before posting a $3 million bond.

T.I.’s troubles began Oct. 13, 2007, just hours before he was to receive two awards at the BET Hip-Hop Awards ceremony in Atlanta. He was arrested in a Midtown parking lot by federal agents for trying to buy machine guns and silencers. A search of his car and home yielded a number of handguns and rifles, a problem because T.I. had a prior felony conviction for cocaine distribution.

T.I. pleaded guilty to illegal firearms possession and being a convicted felon with a firearm.

Federal sentencing guidelines recommended T.I. serve at least four years and nine months behind bars.

But T.I.’s defense team worked out an unheard-of deal with federal prosecutors: If T.I. would perform at least 1,000 hours of community service, telling kids about the pitfalls of crime, drugs and gangs and encouraging them to respect the law, he could surrender to the Bureau of Prisons a year later and get a reduced sentence.

Area criminal defense lawyers howled in protest, saying T.I. traded his celebrity for leniency. Federal prosecutors countered the rapper’s influential message would help prevent crime.

T.I. has fulfilled his part of the bargain, Steve Sadow, one of the rapper’s lawyers, said.

“T.I. took this opportunity and ran with it beyond anyone’s expectations.”

A sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday by T.I.’s defense team says the rapper has complied with all the requirements of his plea agreement. This includes serving 300 days of home confinement, attending more than 260 events and earning 1,006 hours of community service credit.

T.I. has been to 25 states and spoken to tens of thousands of teens and adults.

Over the past year, he went to 58 schools, 12 Boys and Girls Clubs, nine churches and other community functions. He was visited two Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, one in Columbus and another in DeKalb County.

After T.I. spoke to 160 high school teenagers at the Georgia Supreme Court, Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears called the rapper’s presentation “outstanding.”

“You have the courage to carefully search your soul, oftentimes wrestling with demons that the rest of us are terrified to disturb,” Sears wrote in a letter attached to the sentencing memo. “I am sure that you have touched many young lives.”

Check out the video from The Bizness behind The Business panel @ Harvard Law School

Posted in Breaking News, Education, entertainment, hip hop, Law School, Legal, Music, News, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

Big thanks to Sid the Kid for doing the video and passing it along!!!!

Ryan Leslie & Hot 97’s Tone Capone Drop Knowledge on the Music Business at Harvard University

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Sid the Kid hits up Harvard University where Ryan Leslie and Tone Capone gave advice to students interested in the various aspects of the music industry.

Visit thisis50.com To check out video from The Bizness behind The Business at Harvard Law School! The panel was a MUST attend event for anyone interested in a career in the music business!