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Harvard Law School Hip Hop panel is a HIT

Posted in Breaking News, editorial, Education, entertainment, hip hop, Law School, Legal, Music, News, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

Ryan Leslie, Sid the Kid, Tone Capone, Conrad 'Rad' Dimanche

Ryan Leslie, Sid the Kid, Tone Capone, Conrad 'Rad' Dimanche

Cambridge, MA, 3/27/09 – On March 14, 2009 Harvard Law School’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and The Hip Hop Entertainment Law Project (HHELP) hosted a mini-music seminar featuring music’s Renaissance man, Ryan Leslie; Conrad Dimanche former Senior Director of A & R, Bad Boy Ent.; Tone Capone, Producer Hot97 NYC, EVP Universal/Motown/CMG; Adrian ‘607’ Tillman, Independent Artist and Activist; Najja Campbell M.A. Juvenile Re-Entry Associate. The seminar titled “The Bizness behind The Business!” was held at Harvard Law School.

The panel received rave reviews from the panelists, the Harvard community, and attendees. Panelists discussed the importance of staying in school, staying out of trouble, and how to pursue a career in the music business. Attendees were able to ask panelists questions about how to obtain internships in the business, the best way to go about pursuing specific careers in music, and how to maximize their exposure to the general public and major labels. One of the major topics of the panel discussion was the important role the internet plays in helping individuals with entertainment industry career aspirations. Of course that is in addition to hard work and education. Over 150 students attended the event including, Harvard alum, Singer and Actress Tatiana Ali, from the long-running hit show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Attendees were from various public schools in the Boston area as well as Berklee College of Music, Boston College , Northeastern University , and Boston University . Check out video from the event at www.thisis50.com and www.amazashow.com

For more information about the panelists please visit their websites:

Conrad Dimanche: www.pmpworldwide.com

Ryan Leslie: www.ryanleslie.com

Tone Capone: www.musicindustryonline.info

Adrian ‘607’ Tillman: www.myspace.com/607

Also, if you would like to find out more about the state of the recording industry and how you can still be a successful artist during these difficult economic times please visit: www.amazashow.com

The event was co-sponsored by The Hip Hop Entertainment Law Project. The HHELP was created to combat the devastating effects the School to Prison Pipeline has on inner-city youth. The HHELP uses the music industry and hip hop music to motivate students in school. The HHELP was also created to give minority law students the opportunity to pursue careers in the music industry.  For regular twitter updates please add: http://twitter.com/LiciatheHHELP For more information on the music seminar or the HHELP please visit: www.thehhelp.com ,or https://thehiphopentertainmentlawproject.wordpress.com <!– p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”Times New Roman”;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;} _filtered {margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in;} div.Section1 {} –>


Diddy’s Miami pool party….live!

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

Diddy is broadcasting live FROM THE CIROC POOL PARTY IN MIAMI!!!! LOG ONTO P.TWITTYTV ON USTREAM!!! CLICK HERE!!

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METHOD MAN: I HAVEN’T PAID MY TAXES FOR THE LAST 7 YEARS BECAUSE I’VE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY HIGH ON WEED … AND I FORGOT!!!

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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March 27, 2009. MediaTakeOut.com told you a few days ago that the tax man paid a visit to rapper Method Man’s house and repo’d his brand new Lincoln Navigator. Well according to the NY rapper there’s a perfectly good explanation for what happened.

Meth claims that he would have paid the tax money … but he was consistently high for the last 5 years … and so he forgot.

Here’s what he told the NY Daily News:

“Myself, I’m a pothead … It’s no secret. Everyone knows that. I go on the road and forget everything else. Sure, [the tax department] sent letters to my house saying, ‘We need this money.’ They started sending them in 2002.

Here it is, 2009, and I never paid this s— because I don’t think like that!

I could have easily just written them a check for whatever amount, but no — I waited until they knocked on this door and were like, ‘We got your truck and we outta here,’ ”

And he continued:

I’ve found checks from 2005 that have never been opened yet. And we’re talking a significant amount of money! But I never opened [the tax department’s] letters … so this is how the tax man came to Meth’s house and took his truck. Not because I was broke! I got plenty of money!”

Sounds like a good defense to us ….

Wow….isn’t that what accountants, lawyers and business managers are for? Kids pay attention….first, drugs are bad. However, if you know that you plan on partaking in a little herbal relaxation on the regular…GET A LAWYER or a business manager! Better yet get both!!!!!!! Let this be a lesson in what NOT to do!

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

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Tip smiles and waves to people in courtroom.

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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.

Diddy clownin on YouTube…..

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

Yo I had to post this video cuz Diddy is having too much fun…… The video is raw and uncut showin Diddy at his finest!!!! Big ups to him for this video! Oh, when you refer to this video it’s P.Twitty not P. Diddy!

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

POSTED BY: Jaye Watson

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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

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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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