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"The (R)evolution Of Immortal Technique" Documentary Out Spring 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frenkie   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:56

Miami, FL – March 20, 2012 Cary Stuart and Quarter Water Productions capture a first-handed look at Immortal Technique’s childhood and adolescence, his emergence into the Hip-Hop scene, and his empowering music and philanthropic works that have made him a revolutionary icon. The double-DVD documentary features in-depth conversations with major figures such as Chuck D., Dr. Cornel West, Ice T, and Woody Harrelson, along with personal commentary from close music friends AKIR, DJ Green Lantern, ILL BILL, Diabolic, and many others. Immortal Technique has spent recent years touring relentlessly, performing across the United States and overseas in Colombia, Sweden, Amsterdam, and more. The film culminates with his expedition in Afghanistan for the launching of the Amin Institue, an orphange, school, and medical facility established by Immortal Technique and Omeid International.

“[Immortal Technique] symbolize[s] the voice of truth all around the world in the name of rap music and Hip Hop.” – Chuck D

The Amin Institute was financed independently of corporate funding, with over 60K raised from Immortal Technique concert and album sales. Immortal Technique and partner Omeid International opened the Amin Institute doors in March 2009, enrolling its first class of to 10 orphaned boys. As a testament to his involvement and commitment to the cause, Immortal Technique spent two weeks in Kabul where he assisted with the final construction, hiring of staff, and procurement of supplies, as well as being part of the opening ceremony. He also traveled to nearby regions of Kabul to raise awareness and gain insight toward the people of Afghanistan.

“The Amin Institute will be giving [children] a place to live and a chance to learn and rebuild their own nation.”Immortal Technique

To create the documentary, Cary Stuart personally captured seven years worth of filming combined with rare, archived footage from Immortal Technique’s early adolescence and pre-career rap battle days. The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique contains a second-disc with extended performances clips, interviews, and other extras and will be released in Spring 2012, followed by the highly anticipated release of his 5th album, The Middle Passage.

About Immortal Technique

Born in Peru, Felipe Coronal emigrated to Harlem, NY at a young age. Growing up on the streets of New York, the young man became enamored with Hip Hop culture, but eventually graduated to state prison. He was released with a sharpened focus on music. After dominating the New York battle circuit, he followed with the release of his first album, Revolutionary Vol. 1., an instant word-of-mouth sensation that catapulted him to a national spotlight, gaining tons of attention from the media including a feature on The Source’s “Unsigned Hype.” Since, Immortal Technique toured worldwide across the US, South America, Europe, and Australia. He's headlined major festivals including Paid Dues, Rock The Bells, SXSW, and many others. He's released four studio projects and has charted on Billboard's Top 10 Independent Albums, along with notable appearances on Russia TV, Al Jazeera News, URB Magazine, XXL, and countless others. He goes beyond his music as an advocate of justice and equality through many charitable works with immigrant groups, youth detention centers, the preservation of the South Central Farm, gang workshops, and more. In 2009, he partnered with Omeid International to build the Amin Institute, an orphanage, school, and medical facility in Afghanistan, which was funded by profits from album and ticket sales. Cary Stuart of Quarter Water Productions captures Immortal Technique's journey leading up to the construction and opening of the Amin Institute in the upcoming documentary, The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique, slated for Spring 2012 release, followed by the release of a new album.

For more info:
Http://www.viperrecords.com/index.php/artists/immortal-technique

 
Cash Money Being Sued By EMI Records PDF Print E-mail
Written by http://24hourhiphop.com by Jarrod Thomas   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 02:52

Cash Money Records is being sued by EMI Records, according to Courthouse News Service.

Cash Money has neglected to pay royalties once again. Cash Money owes a reported $491,000 in royalties to EMI, for samples.

EMI stated the following, "Because Defendant has ignored numerous communications from EMI regarding Defendant’s contractual obligations, EMI once more is being forced to commence a lawsuit against Defendant to recover royalty payments. The sales of Defendant’s products have far exceeded the payments that EMI has received."

"It is clear from Defendant’s conduct that it has no intention of honoring the Agreement."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 02:55
 
Is Hip-Hop really dead? PDF Print E-mail
Written by John   
Friday, 16 March 2012 12:27

 

Hip hop.  It's a strange game. But where is it going? For me, it started back in 1996. After hearing California Love by 2Pac Shakur I was hooked. I wasn't ready for the movement. The movement of hip hop and rap, but also the movement within myself.  It was all about the beat.

Before I followed and lived hip hop, I was heavily in to dance music. Rave music. A certain group called The Prodigy. Again all about the beats. But once rap took a hold of me. It was on. I loved everything it stood for. Having nothing and making something. Boasting about it.  Showing people what you can make from nothing.  A rose growing from the concrete.

Now for some reading this, you will probably think that '96 was late to get into rap. I guess it was. But I wouldn't change it. Why? I was immersed and had a back catalogue that would keep me going for years.  I went back to the beginning. East and West coast. The likes of Nas, Snoop, Nwa, Public Enemy. But it was the West Coast beats, again that I couldn't get enough of. One rapper changed everything about me. 2Pac Shakur. More will follow about him.

Now I believe that hip hop and rap is about connecting people. They don't have to have the same things. Be from the same place. It doesn't matter. Hip hop makes it a common ground.

When I listen to tracks now from '91, they haven't dated. They still sound and make me feel the same way. Just like Hendrix's Purple Haze does. My point is the movement, the thoughts, the beats, the lyrics are still relevant 20 years later. Not many other things can do that.

But there is a danger now.  Nas said, is hip hop dead? I don't think it is dead, but it has really lost its way.  Looking back in history, the likes of Da Vinci, or Rafael, where all around at the same time creating masterpieces that will be marvelled forever.  But since then, nothing has compared.  Just like rap in the 90's.  Since then nothing has compared. What we are left with, is money making tracks that have very little value in today's society.

Now maybe I have a chip on my shoulder.  Maybe I needed to let some steam off. Either way, this is from the heart.  I love hip hop. Love it. But it saddens me with what we have been left with.

This is the first in a series of blogs that I will be creating. This is the truth. I welcome your suggestions. I'm starting a movement to bring hip hop back. Who is with me?

Peace.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 March 2012 13:08
 
Keith Sweat Hit Twice Over Foreclosure PDF Print E-mail
Written by 24hourhiphop.com by CQ   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 02:45
R&B singer Keith Sweat took a double whammy in his foreclosure case, because even after the bank took his house and sold it he's still on the hook for $250,000 -- this according to a new lawsuit.
PMI Mortgage filed the lawsuit against Sweat in Georgia -- claiming the singer defaulted on a $450,000 mortgage on his Detroit home, which he purchased in 2004. Problem is -- when the bank sold it, it only recouped $200,000, just a fraction of its losses. PMI Mortgage sued Sweat for the balance -- $253,000 -- and since Keith failed to respond, a judge ruled in PMI's favor. PMI has since sought a lien on Keith's Georgia property in a last ditch effort to get its money.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 02:52
 
2012 mtvU Woodie Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Friday, 16 March 2012 05:16

mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, tonight named Mac Miller, Best Coast, MGK, Calvin Harris and Appalachian State University's WASU winners of the "2012 mtvU Woodie Awards," honoring the artists who are infiltrating the music landscape. Mac Miller was the night's big winner, taking home the "Performing Woodie," and the night's biggest honor, "Woodie of the Year," while also working in a crowd-rocking live rendition of his hit "Party on 5th Ave." MGK captured the coveted "Breaking Woodie," which honors the best emerging artist, and the show also paid homage to the artists breaking ground in the rising electronic dance music scene by awarding the first-ever "EDM Effect" Woodie to Calvin Harris for "We Found Love" (Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris). Additionally, California indie rockers Best Coast won "Best Video Woodie" for "'Our Deal (Extended Version)," directed by Drew Barrymore.

"Thanks to MTV. There is no venue or company like them," said Drew Barrymore. "I wanted to tell a story set to the dreamy sounds of Best Coast's music. I am lucky to have had this opportunity!!! I hope I get another!"

"I've worked so hard every day for the last five years and winning tonight means people recognize what I'm doing," said Mac Miller. "I'm really thankful. This is a huge win for my fans and me."

"Thanks to my fans ... This is an award the world didn't want us to win but we did it together. Congrats to the fans and f#*k me," said MGK.

MTV and mtvU will air the half-hour "2012 mtvU Woodie Awards Special" on Sunday, March 18 at 8pm ET/7pm CT, showcasing some of the best "Woodie Awards" performances by Santigold, Mac Miller and Steve Aoki, in addition to celebrating the night's winners. The special will also feature appearances from B.o.B, J.Cole, Cobra Starship, MGK, Vanessa Hudgens, Chiddy Bang, Kat Graham, and Mike Posner, with each sharing their love for the night's nominees.

Genre-defying sensation Santigold riled the crowd from the very start, returning triumphantly to the Woodies stage with a thrilling set of "Go!," "L.E.S. Artistes" and "Disparate Youth." Next, 20-year old Pittsburgh native Mac Miller, who is about to start his "Macadelic Tour," kept the night moving with "Smile Back," "Donald Trump," and then introduced the crowd to "Loud." Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Flux Pavilion and Zedd stopped by the event to support fellow EDM superstar Steve Aoki who treated the audience to a series of surprises. The producer and DJ first brought out Lil Jon for "Turbulence," then Dillion Francis took the stage with Aoki for "Steve Jobs" just before the two jumped in a raft to crowd-surf. Next, Chiddy and Lil Jon joined in for a stirring rendition of "Emergency," just before Aoki closed the show with flying cakes and champagne.

The marathon day of music began at 1pm locally with a host of live performances by up-and-coming artists including Dev, MGK, Chiddy Bang, Gary Clark, Jr., of Verona, Kimbra, Ed Sheeran, fun., A$AP Rocky, WALK THE MOON, Imagine Dragons and Wallpaper. during the first-ever, open-air "Woodie Awards Festival."

The winners of the "2012 mtvU Woodie Awards" are:

Woodie of the Year – (Artist of the Year)
Mac Miller (Rostrum Records)

The Breaking Woodie – (Best Emerging Artist)
MGK (Interscope Records)

Best Video Woodie – (Best Video of the Year)
Best Coast "'Our Deal' (Extended Version)" (Mexican Summer)

Performing Woodie – (Best Live Act)
Mac Miller (Rostrum Records)

EDM Effect Woodie – (For Bringing EDM to a New Fan-Base)
Calvin Harris for "We Found Love" (Rihanna feat Calvin Harris) – (Ultra Records/Island Def Jam)

College Radio Woodie – (Best Campus Radio Station)
WASU - Appalachian State University

Official sponsors of the "Woodie Awards Festival" and "2012 mtvU Woodie Awards" include Chevy Sonic, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and T-Mobile USA.

Eric Conte, Amy Doyle and Gina Esposito are the Executive Producers of the "2012 mtvU Woodie Awards." Joe Buoye is the Executive in Charge of Production. Tracy Hellerud is Supervising Producer.

 
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