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McDonald's 2012 Flavor Battle National DJ Champion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Saturday, 11 February 2012 08:38

A panel of celebrity DJ judges last night crowned San Francisco-based DJ Risk One as the 2012 Flavor Battle Champion. The 2012 McDonald's Flavor Battle DJ competition finale event took place at the Miami Beach nightclub Cameo, where three DJs each representing a McDonald's burger took to the turntables in a battle of burgers and beats to win the $10,000 grand prize and championship. DJ Risk One represented the Big Mac and beat out first runner-up DJ E-V from Cleveland, Ohio, and DJ Alizay from Washington, D.C., to claim the McDonald's 2012 Flavor Battle championship title.

Judged on crowd appeal, mixing skills, technique and performance flow, each finalist demonstrated their mix-master skills in a free-style battle to prove who had the most musical flavor and talent. McDonald's and Complex Media kicked off the 2012 Flavor Battle competition last November with a total of 24 DJs representing three regions of the U.S. and three of McDonald's burgers — the Angus Third Pounder, Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Big Mac.

Hosted by the legendary "human beat boxer" Doug E. Fresh, this year's Flavor Battle finale was judged by veteran celebrity DJs Spinderella, Miami's own DJ Irie, DJ Skribble and the reigning 2011 Flavor Battle Champion, DJ JayCeeOh. Rapper/singer/actress Teyana Taylor was on hand providing live Twitter updates and interviews with celebrity guests.


Flavor Battle was conducted with Complex Media, the men's style and lifestyle network dedicated to young men 18-34.

To learn more about McDonald's Flavor Battle, please visit http://www.flavorbattle.com.

Puffy Walks The Walk! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Gardner MSN   
Friday, 10 February 2012 23:59

The Big Apple is buzzing right now with threads-obsessed celebs intent on landing a front-row seat at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. The Fall 2012 presentations, which kicked off on Thursday, last eight more days. But before we get intoxicated with coming trends, let's take a look back at some famous turns of fashion-friendly stars who skipped the front row and strutted straight toward the catwalk...


Sean "Diddy" Combs walked the runway at the end of the fashion show for his clothing line Sean John during the 2006 Macy's Passport Gala in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sept. 28, 2006.

Keep clicking to see other celebrity catwalkers.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 February 2012 00:09
Immortal Technique Sets 2012 U.S. Tour Dates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 09:46

Afro-Peruvian rapper Immortal Technique has confirmed a series of 2012 U.S. and international tour dates:

Fri-Mar-02 SANTA ANA, CA The Observatory
Sat-Mar-03 SANTA BARBARA, CA Las Casa De La Raza
Fri-Apr-13 Portugal Hard Club
Sat-Apr-14 Zurich Roite Fabrik
Tue-Apr-17 Amsterdam Melkweg
Wed-Apr-18 Copenhagen Pumpehuset
Thu-Apr-19 Lund Mejeriet
Fri-Apr-20 Stockholm Gota Kallare
Sat-Apr-21 Oslo Spikerboks
Sun-Apr-22 Helsinki Tavastia

Tech’s free project/mix CD ‘The Martyr’ has been downloaded a remarkable 500,000+ times since its release late last year. Visit http://www.viperrecords.com/ to download the entire album.

Viper Records artist Tech (born Felipe Coronel,) is one of the most dynamic figures in hip-hop. He has sold over 250,000 albums, has videos with over 7 million views on YouTube, and is long known as a no-holds-barred songwriter, a freestylist to be reckoned with and a social activist/commentator who pulls no punches. Here’s a recent MTV News interview segment, timed to the release of ‘The Martyr’: http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/707072/mixtape-daily-immortal-technique.jhtml

The Utne Reader featured Tech’s track ‘Civil War’ in their monthly music sampler, commenting: “What happened to radically political, walk-the-walk, anti-authoritarian hip hop? Like Immortal Technique’s new mixtape, The Martyr (Viper Records), it’s lurking in the underground. This banger features Killer Mike, Brother Ali, and a special appearance by Public Enemy’s Chuck D.” http://www.utne.com/Utne-Reader-Music-Sampler-November-2011.aspx

Harlem resident Tech premiered the track ‘Toast to the Dead’ on DJ Eclipse’ radio show. The track is produced by J. Dilla, with cuts from DJ Green Lantern. Listen to the song, and read a great early review, here: http://www.refinedhype.com/hyped/entry/immortal-technique-toast-to-the-dead/

Tech was recently the subject of ‘The (R)evolution Of Immortal Technique’, a revealing documentary by Director Cary Stuart. The acclaimed film, which premiered at The Harlem Film Festival, showed Tech to be as altruistic a person as he is relentless as a performer, as it conveyed the artist’s more benevolent side. The film, which won the Festival’s ‘Spotlight Award,’ captures Coronel when he isn’t on stage or in the studio, and was shot from 2004 through 2011 in Afghanistan, Peru, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Amsterdam, France, Spain, London, Morocco, Columbia, Venezuela and elsewhere. Stuart’s documentary serves as a three-dimensional portrait of an artist who has mined a life of hard knocks and hard work to reach what may very well be a breakthrough year in his promising career. ‘(R)evolution’ will soon be available on the Viper site with additional outtake footage. Watch the trailer, here: http://www.viperrecords.com/

For more information about Immortal Technique, visit:

Meet Beyonce and Jay-Z's Daughter, Blue Ivy! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Friday, 10 February 2012 23:59

Look out world -- Blue Ivy Carter has made her debut! Jay-Z and Beyonce took to the Internet to introduce their month-old daughter to their fans. But instead of releasing the photos in a magazine, the couple took a more modern approach and created a Web page.

On the Blue Ivy Carter Tumblr page, the proud parents wrote: "We welcome you to share our joy. Thank you for

respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives."

After the handwritten note is a series of very adorable pictures of both Jay-Z and Beyonce with Blue, as well as a few solo shots of the celebritot.

Click through to see photos of the happy Knowles-Carter family.


Capitol Records vs. ReDigi PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:22

ReDigi Wins Major Victory in Court Hearing Over Pre-Owned Digital Music, Capitol Records (EMI) vs. ReDigi. Capitol Records (EMI) denied motion request for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court in New York today.

ReDigi (www.ReDigi.com), the online marketplace for pre-owned digital music and revolutionary cloud service technology that verifies the legitimacy of a digital music file before it can be uploaded for storage, won a major victory in a court hearing late yesterday when Capitol Records was denied a request for a preliminary injunction in an attempt to shut down ReDigi. This is an exciting step forward for ReDigi's and the purchasing public's fight to keep consumers' intrinsic and lawful ownership rights to their digital property intact at a time when Capitol Records is fighting desperately to confiscate these rights.

In Capitol's filing, the label challenged the legal principles at the foundation of the entire cloud computing industry, worth an estimated 41 billion dollars per year, of which ReDigi is a pioneer and emerging leader. Capitol's disregard for the process of ReDigi's advanced technology, which clearly works within the parameters of the law, has drawn the ire of both consumers and industry leaders such as Google, which petitioned the courts for permission to file its own brief in the case.

"This is a fascinating issue," stated District Judge, Richard J. Sullivan, who turned down Capitol's request for a preliminary injunction. "It raises a lot of technological and statutory issues."

In our increasingly digital world, ReDigi is breaking down the barriers that have kept consumers from enjoying their intrinsic and lawful ownership rights to their digital purchases. Through its Marketplace, ReDigi transposes the familiar process of selling a used CD or LP onto the digital world, enabling consumers to exercise their ownership rights lawfully, observing and preserving the legitimate rights of the artists and labels in their copyrighted music.

ReDigi's Founder and CEO John Ossenmacher said of the decision, "We are grateful for the judge's decision in our favor. Our technology is helping consumers unlock billions of dollars of previously unrealized wealth in their digital media collections. We hope today's ruling will help to expedite the trial so that we can get back to our business and providing consumers with access this incredible technology. And we hope Capitol can get back to their business and find a way to catch up to the times instead of trying to stop the innovation process, denying rights to their paying customers along the way."

"Technology has done a great job of virtualizing physical goods, such as removing the clutter of records and CDs in our living rooms. Technology can now make the virtual goods feel like physical," explains Prof. Larry Rudolph, ReDigi's CTO. "Our advanced technology can distinguish legally acquired online music files from those ripped from a CD or file shared, but more significantly, our use of cloud computing and other modern computer techniques makes transfer of ownership compatible with copyright regulations. ReDigi is the pioneer of the 'cloud as the digital goods marketplace' -- the marketplace of the future -- where people go to buy and sell and where sophisticated technology ensures safety, legality, and convenience."

To review ReDigi's response to Capitol's request for a preliminary injunction which were reviewed by the Judge who ruled at the bench in ReDigi's favor, visit:


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