Vol 2, Issue 8: Music Industry Scams, Pt I: Artists Beware!

So You Wanna be a Rockstar?

The entertainment biz has NEVER been at a shortage in regards to talent-directed scams, and despite the wealth of literature out there detailing the typical con-artist approach(s), thousands, if not millions of would-be artists find themselves falling victim to these ploys all the time. Further, with an increasing allotment of the market focusing its attention on internet promotional tactics, sucking artists into the I’ll make you famous” line has become easier than ever through the concoction of mass spam emails.Unfortunately due to the competitive nature of the music biz and the general naivety of artists, musicians have a tendency to fall into the category of easy and vulnerable prey (myself included), simply because of the wide-eyed rockstar dream that we’ve been hoping to fulfill ever since childhood. But avoiding these shady dealings proves more difficult than one would assume.

Most of us would fail to realize that we…

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Grammy winning producer Jimi Kendrix presents ‘Bring Tha Heat’ contest | @JiMiKenDrix

The Urban Link

Multi-Grammy Award winning producer Jimi Kendrix presents the “Bring Tha Heat” contest with more than $20,000 in prizes. Specifically for UNSIGNED ARTISTS, over the age of 16, Bring Tha Heat offers the opportunity for independent artists to collaborate with established producers & artists. The contest runs from November 11th to November 25th. Winners are announced December 4th.

Jimi Kendrix has produced for: Jay Z, 50 Cent, Tupac, Ashanti, Shyne, JaRule, R Kelly, Pattie Labelle, Kelly Price, Rick Ross, Ace Hood, Swizz Beatz, WuTang, Bone thugs Harmony and more.

“Bring Tha Heat” prize packages includes:

Studio session with Jimi Hendrix at Crosby Collective in NYC.

Platinum singer & songwriter, Nappy Boy’s own Jay Lyriq will write and perform the hook for the winner.

Cover Artwork

Radio & Magazine Interviews

A&R Review

Marketing & Promotion

Studio Session Video

There will also be prizes for 2nd and…

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Reconciling Homophobia and Homoeroticism in Hip Hop

Whitey On The Moon

By Luca Tiratelli

Since the decline of groups like “Tribe Called Quest”, “De La Soul” and “The Jurassic 5”, there has only really been one accepted definition of masculinity in Hip Hop. And that vision of manliness is one of hyper-machismo achieved through a combination of violence, physical strength, mental toughness, misogyny and wealth. As Byron Hurt points out it in his fascinating film “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes”, if you fail to conform to these ideals “People call you soft, or weak or a pussy or a faggot, and no one wants to be any of those things, so everyone stays inside the box”. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, Hip Hop has always had a strong homophobic element to it; in this aforementioned documentary Busta Rhymes declared “what I represent culturally, can not condone it [homosexuality] whatsoever”, and then walked out when asked if a gay rapper could be accepted…

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