Billboard Magazine highlights songwriter Cri$tyle aka “the ink”
Cri$tyle featured in October issues of Billboard and ASCAP Magazines
Atlanta, GA – Oct 01, 2008 Jermaine Dupri predicted the year belonged to Cri$tyle aka “the ink” and in the tenth month of 2008 it would appear JD’s prophecy was right on target. This month Cri$tyle is featured in ASCAP and Billboard Magazines for her accomplishments over 2008, labeling her one of a select few “Urban Songwriters to watch” (Billboard) and one of ASCAP’s “Female Songwriters of the year”. In addition to the literary kudos, Cri$tyle wrote the much-talked about single “Elevator” on the Pussy Cat Dolls recently released LP (Doll Domination). She is also responsible for infusing a little soul into Natasha Bedingfield on her quickly advancing single “ANGEL” (Pocket Full of Sunshine). November and December should prove equally as celebratory as Cri$tyle has projects on the way with Beyonce and Brandy. The songwriter who admitted music was her drug of choice as a teen, has managed to get the entire industry addicted to her “ink”, accomplishing in twelve short months the type of success many work years to attain.
Cri$tyle’s 2008 began with Mariah Carey’s E=MC 2, co- writing Mariah Carey’s #1 single “Touch My Body” along with four additional songs including Mariah’s recent release “Loving U Long Time”. She followed up with urban/pop singles for Harlem’s swaggerific Teyanna Taylor “Google Me” and R&B newcomer Tiffany Evans “I’m Grown feat. Bow Wow”. She penned three records on Janet Jackson’s 2008 release (Discipline) and also worked with former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett’s on her solo project. Cri$tyle introduced So So Def freshman Dondria with her debut single “Can’t Stop”. Besides conquering R&B and pop charts, this spring “the ink” had the opportunity to whet her country chops, spending time in Nashville collaborating with country music’s top writers.
Her first year off the bench and Cri$tyle “the ink” was responsible for eight singles (one of which hit #1), spent studio time with some of the biggest names on the charts and became one of the most requested songwriters with super producers such as Rodney Jerkins. To date she is one of the most in- demand songwriters in the country and she has yet to turn twenty-five. “This year has been amazing but I see it as something I’ve been working my entire life for,” says the singer-turned-songwriter, “I feel like I’m living out my dreams right now.”
Cri$tyle “the ink” proves ’08 is her year
In addition to working with producers, other songwriters and the artists, the Decatur-born songwriter has made it a priority to give back to the community. “I remember being younger and wanting this so badly. I know how much it would’ve meant to me to hear someone I could relate to encourage me to keep pursuing my dreams, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do,” she says. Cri$tyle spent the summer doing several non-profit events including speaking at several summer camps in Atlanta and DC. This month she will be a guest speaker at a youth event targeting teenage girls.
During a recent interview with singersroom.com, Cri$tyle admitted being a bit overwhelmed with her success, but insists she is extremely grateful to the team around her including ASCAP and EMI. “I’ve been blessed beyond what I could have imagine a few years ago.” Though thankful for the accolades she’s received thus far, her biggest celebration of the year will no doubt be in November when she marries the inspiration behind many of her love ballads, her sweetheart of six years Jamal Pompey. The songwriter Upscale Magazine titled “Miss Write” earlier this year will become Mrs. Write, tying the knot in an intimate ceremony in her hometown of Atlanta. “This year has changed my life in so many ways. It will definitely be one I never forget,” she says.
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Los Angeles Welcomes 1500 Hip Hop Dancers from 30 Nations “Battle” for 6th USA & World Hip Hop ChampionshipsJuly 1, 2007 at 1:22 am | Posted in Hip Hop News/Press Releases | Leave a comment
From July 25-29, Redondo Beach, California will be transformed into “the land of a 1000 dancers” as hip-hop crews from throughout the United States and around the world compete in the 2007 United States and World Hip Hop Championships, World Battle – b-boy Championship and first-ever World Poppin’ & Lockin’ Battles. As proof of the growing popularity of hip hop worldwide, crews from some thirty nations including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, UK, USA and other nations are expected to compete. The week will begin with the USA Hip Hop Championship as American crews (5 to 7 dancers) battle for the chance to represent the United States at the World Hip Hop Championship with preliminary rounds conducted at the Torrance Marriott (3635 Fashion Way) on July 25 and the Finals set to take place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center (1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach) on July 26 at 7:30 pm. America’s crews will serve up the best “old school” and most original “new school” moves in two-minute performances to impress a highly qualified panel of eight judges. The winners of the USA Hip Hop Championship will compete at the World Hip Hop Championship in preliminary heats July 28 at the Torrance Marriott, setting the stage for the Finals to take place on Sunday, July 29 in the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center at 8:oo pm. The top dance crews in Youth (ages 7-12 ), Varsity (12-17) and Adult (18+) divisions will battle for world titles in an evening hosted by Chris Spencer (NBC/Bravo’s “Significant Others”, “Soul Food” and host of former late night talk show “Vibe”). The event will be further highlighted by the presentation of the 2007 Living Legends of Hip Hop Award to DJ Kool Herc, considered by many to be the founding father of hip hop. American Idol Judge Randy Jackson will take the stage to award the champions and announce plans for a new hip hop dance competition series on a major music television outlet. Dedicated fans of authentic street dance won’t want to miss the 2nd annual USA & World Battles at the Torrance Marriott, a challenging “can you top this” competition of solo “b-boys going head-to-head. The USA Battle takes place at 7:00pm on Friday, July 27, with the winners advancing to the World Battle on Sunday, July 29 at 12:00 noon. Also set for Sunday is the debut of the World Poppin’ & Lockin’ Battles, which will include a special appearance by icons Boogaloo Sam (creator of Popping and the Electric Boogaloo) and Don “Campbellock” Campbell (creator of Lockin’). 2006 events attracted a sold out crowd of 5000 hip hop dance fans, prompting a huge demand for tickets to this year’s Championship. Tickets may be purchased in advance for all events by calling 800.669.5867 or at the door the day of each event. Pepsi and John Paul Mitchell Systems sponsor the 2007 USA & World Hip Hop Championships. For more information. please visit www.hiphopinternational.com or call 1(800)-NOW-JUMP (669-5867). The Championships are produced and organized by Los Angeles’ Hip Hop International, a live event and television production company with affiliates in 25 countries.
USA Hip-Hop Championship Schedule
Event Date/Time Location
|Preliminaries (Junior & Varsity)||Wednesday, 7/25 @ 1:00 p.m.||Torrance Marriott|
|Preliminaries (Adult)||Wednesday, 7/25 @ 7:00 p.m.||Torrance Marriott|
|Final (All Divisions)||Thursday, 7/26 @ 7:30 p.m.||Redondo Beach Per. Arts Center|
World Hip-Hop Championship Schedule
Event Date/Time Location
|Delegation Welcome||Saturday, 7/28 @ 8:00 a.m.||Torrance Marriott|
|Preliminaries (Junior & Varsity)||Saturday, 7/28 @ noon||Torrance Marriott|
|Preliminaries (Adult)||Saturday, 7/28 @ 7:00 p.m.||Torrance Marriott|
|Finals (All Divisions)||Sunday, 7/29 @ 8:00 p.m.||Redondo Beach Per. Arts Center|
USA & World Battle/Poppin’ and Lockin’ Battle
Event Date/Time Location
|Final (All Divisions)||Sunday, 7/29 @ 12:00 noon||Torrance Marriott|
Urban Moves4: Hip-Hop Dance Workshop
|Urban Moves||Friday, 7/27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Torrance Marriott|
Universal Motown groundbreaking hip-hop artist, Chamillionaire has marked September 18th as the official release date for his much-buzzed about sophomore effort, Ultimate Victory, the follow-up to his Award winning, platinum-plus debut The Sound Of Revenge.The first single from the new disk, “Hip-Hop Police,” featuring legendary rap star Slick Rick, has already set hip-hop chat rooms a blaze and is the #1 Most Added song at Rhythm Crossover and the #4 Most Added on Urban Radio. Chamillionaire promises the song is just ‘the tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to Ultimate Victory, which he describes as ‘A very conceptual album where I really pushed my creativity.’
Chamillionaire’s rise from Houston underground rap pioneer to award-winning, mainstream music was nominated for two Grammy Awards, garnering nods in the Best Rap Song category and for Best Rap Performance By Duo or Group (which he won) for the hit single “Ridin’,” featuring Krayzie Bone, from his platinum-plus debut album The Sound Of Revenge. The prestigious nods came on the heels of his two trophy-takedown at the First Annual BET Hip-Hop Awards in mid-November, where Chamillionaire walked away with both the Rookie of the Year Award and the coveted Alltell Wireless People’s Champ (Viewers’ Choice) Awards. The Houston rapper began his incredible run as the most honored hip-hop star of the past year by beating out proven superstars 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and T.I. for Best Rap Video for “Ridin’” at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
Chamillionaire’s platinum-plus debut disc has become one of the most lauded albums in hip-hop history, with the single and video for “Ridin’” topping almost every chart and single-handedly transforming the digital landscape, as well. Incredibly, Chamillionaire became the biggest selling Ringtone artist in history, surpassing an amazing 4 million in ringtone sales, in addition to his groundbreaking Myspace site closing in on an astounding 8.9 million profile views.
As a special gesture to fans, Chamillionaire will be releasing the new Mixtape Messiah 3 CD and Mixtape Messiah DVD in July ‘07. The magnitude of Chamillionaire’s rise from Mixtape Messiah to multi-platform entertainment entrepreneur can best be gleamed from a mainstream news story that ran earlier this year as to how the rapper’s Robin Hood-like image even penetrated the sacred halls of the White House. Presidential Press Secretary Tony Snow called worldwide attention to the hip-hop artist’s ringtone prowess when he heard a reporter’s cell phone playing the opening chords of “Ridin’” during his daily briefing. When Snow humorously pressed other reporters to see if she did indeed ‘have the ringtone on her phone,’ one ABC scribe replied” ‘Doesn’t everyone?’
The music from the critically praised animated series Class of 3000 has jumped from the TV into your home. Executive produced by Andre “3000” Benjamin the soundtrack Class of 3000: Music Volume One will be in stores July 3, 2007.On the heels of kicking off an eagerly awaited second season of Class of 3000, Andre “3000” Benjamin selected 14 of the songs he exclusively wrote and produced for the show. The songs feature the voices of the kids/characters from the innovative series, including the kids’ music teacher’s, Sunny Bridges, who borrows his voice from Andre 3000 himself. All the songs were heard throughout the episodes of the highly rated first season of the Cartoon Network original show. Class of 3000, which was created by executive producers Thomas W. Lynch (Romeo!) and Andre “3000” Benjamin, premiered in November 2006 and quickly won over both critics and the masses alike garnering one of the network’s highest rated original series debut.
Set to the backdrop of Atlanta, Class of 3000 follows international music star Sunny Bridges, voiced by Benjamin, who gave up his flourishing music career to teach a group of gifted musical prodigies at his alma mater, the Westley School for the Performing Arts. New episodes of the series air Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network.
Andre “3000” Benjamin is known world-wide as one-half of the multi-Grammy winning musical group OutKast. His acting career includes roles in the upcoming feature films Semi-Pro, starring Will Ferrell and Battle in Seattle due out later this year co-starring Charlize Theron. He has also starred in the feature films Idlewild, Four Brothers, Be Cool and Hollywood Homicide. Moxie, his Atlanta-based production company, develops original feature films as well as episodic television.
The Zomba Label Group consists of record labels Jive, LaFace, Volcano, Verity, GospoCentric and Fo Yo Soul. These labels represent a varied group of artists including R. Kelly, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Ciara, Chris Brown, Pink, Tool, Britney Spears, OutKast, Kirk Franklin, Three Days Grace, 311, Nick Lachey, T-Pain, Byron Cage, Buddy Guy, Living Things, YoungBloodZ, Anthony Hamilton, Donnie McClurkin, and Backstreet Boys.
Moneybags/Interscope artist Hayes is definitely making a name for himself in the streets. His new mixtape entitled 24 Songs of Power is becoming an instant classic as Hayes solidifies himself as a Hip-Hop presence. With in-house production team The Breakfast Club, Hayes paints vivid pictures of his hometown Detroit over stark melodic bangers.Highly anticipated by the industry’s elite, Hayes has the ears of Hip-Hop heads and executives alike. Signed to Interscope in 2005, Hayes’ has collected a unique fan base of Hip-Hop producers and artist, making him quite possibly your “favorite rappers favorite rapper”. With ties to a laundry list of heavyweight-hit makers, Hayes is setting himself up for a homerun his first time at the plate.
“A lot of people talk about the difficulty of releasing a first album but I got so many quality joints the only hard part is picking the right ones.” Hayes said at private screening of the latest Episode of HBO’s Entourage on which his music is to be featured.
Whether you are tuning in to HBO’s Entourage watching Turtle and Drama party to Hayes’ “Damn Fool” or downloading mixtapes on DatPiff.com, it’s hard to miss the self proclaimed “bubble man” bubbling his way into the spotlight.
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Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest will be all set to receive royalty later this summer, with the presence of the ‘Queen of Soca’, Allison Hinds, the organisers are pleased to announce.
No stranger to Jamaica, Alison Hinds has long been a fan favourite here, throughout the Caribbean and in the United States and has been thrilling audiences for years with her songs, sexiness and electric performances. She is slated to perform on Friday night July 20th at the Evolution, in the Vibes City Montego Bay, Jamaica.
A staple and a must-see during the annual Carnival celebrations here, Trinidad and in Barbados, Allison immediately establishes a rapport with audiences the minute she hits the stage – man and woman alike. Usually dressed to show off her considerable assets, her performances are not limited to merely singing, as she also gives dance classes and entertaining advice to both sexes about proper protocol in various situations – ranging from a couple alone to two strangers meeting during in a road march, which is eagerly absorbed.
To call Allison an international act is practically telling a lie, since she has been known to describe the ‘Land of Wood and Water’ as being ‘just like home’.
Born in England, Hinds moved to Barbados with her mother at the age of 11. In 1986 she joined Square One and graduated to the role of lead singer after a number of titles, such as ‘The Party Monarch’ and ‘Road March Monarch’ – won during Barbados’ yearly carnivals – the first woman to win these titles, which she did two years consecutively – and as the group moved from hotel band to nightclub band to being bonafide stars. They released an album, Full Bloom, which included the song Faluma, which became a smash hit across the Caribbean and parts of Central America. Alison took time off to have her daughter, then went solo after and never looked back.
She is always in high demand, no matter the time of year – Carnival or not. Anything but bashful when on-stage, Alison Hinds is an expert at getting her audiences involved in her acts and even brings men on-stage to give them ‘wining’ lessons, her instructions being eagerly lapped up as they delivered over the microphone into the crowd. In fact, what Alison Hinds manages to do is seduce them men without making the women jealous – all the men want her, all the women want to be like her. Roll It Gyal is her latest hit, and there is no doubt that when the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest train rolls in many a female fan will be following her advice to a tee.
Following closely on the heels of carnival in Jamaica, Johnny Gourzong, Executive Director Summerfest Productions, organizers of the event, says that Allison Hinds will fit perfectly into the line up for Red Stripe Reggae Festival.
“Allison Hinds is one of the greats of soca music, she truly showed that during carnival in Jamaica and in Trinidad. I am happy to have her on the show, as she will add a soca element that I believe the people want to experience,” Mr. Gourzong said.
Carlo Redwood, Group Marketing Manager of Red Stripe, echoed the same sentiments saying that he too was pleased that Allison Hinds has been included.
“Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest boasts a great and diverse line up each year. From reggae to dancehall to hip hop to R&B, the festival has always represented a wonderful mix of different genres of music. Allison Hinds will bring some soca fever to the event, I am happy she has been included,” Mr. Redwood said.
It is with high anticipation that ‘socaphiles’ and others look forward to another thrilling performance from the Queen of Soca when she hits the stage at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest in July.
As the world celebrates the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade – Nigeria will truly have cause for celebration as top acts join local artists for the second annual THISDAY Festival. The two-day concert series taking place in Lagos, Nigeria at the new THISDAY Events Center, will be held July 14 and 15. Confirmed performers include Shakira, John Legend and UB-40 (7/14), Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, and Ne-Yo (7/15), as well as Nigerian acts D’Banj, Sasha and Mode – 9.
The inaugural THISDAY festival last year featured sets by iconic artists such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Ciara, En Vogue and Busta Rhymes.
Ola Joshua, Head of Entertainment at THISDAY Newspapers said “Again this is set to be the one of the most explosive line up of artists on the same stage in Africa and the world and we are very honored at THISDAY and in Nigeria to be hosting all of these talented artists.”
“I’ve heard nothing but good things, and can’t wait to get over there and give back some of the love that I’ve been given from over there,” Ne-Yo stated. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to even get the opportunity to visit, let alone perform.” Ne-Yo is currently headlining a tour throughout the US with a final stop July 5th in San Antonio, TX.
THISDAY Festival is an outgrowth of THISDAY, the flagship newspaper of Leaders & Company Ltd., which quickly established itself as Nigeria’s premier newspaper of record after launching in 1995. The first newspaper in Nigeria to introduce full-color printing, THISDAY has a daily readership of four million people. With some 700 staff members in 38 offices across Nigeria, it also maintains a bureau in Washington, DC from which it provides news on Africa to a variety of global news organizations and agencies across all platforms, including radio, cable to satellite television, and the World Wide Web.
2006 was an amazing year for ESSO and One of Ours Entertainment, and it continues to get better in 2007 as ESSO has been nominated for 2 Underground Music Awards: Best Mixtape (for ESSOcentric Volume I: History in the Making) and the “Underground’s #1 Contender ” award.
Voting Begins today (June 28th) on HipHopPalace.com, and we can only win with your support. You can vote once a day, so please remember to vote daily for ESSO in both categories.
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Here’s a little bit of what went down in the last 12 months…
ESSO’s 2006 Accomplishments
Won “Faces in the Crowd” Showcase presented by All is One Ent/SRC Records
Won “Don’t Quit Ya Day Job” Tournament of Champions on The Cipha Sounds Effect/SHADE45/Sirius Satellite Radio (competition included Mims)
Appeared on MTV‘s “Sucker Free Straight from the Streets” with Cipha Sounds
Named “Unsigned Hype” by The Source Magazine
Launched “The Life and Grind of ESSO” online journal on AllHipHop.com
ESSOcentric Volume I: History in the Making rated “HOOD” by Scratch Magazine & 3.5/4 Tapes by RapMullet.com
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The Underground Music Awards were created to acknowledge and honor the achievements and contributions of unsigned and independent artists within the urban music scene. Past winners include Remy Ma, Papoose, Saigon, DJ KaySlay, Serius Jones, and many more
E2: ESSObama – The Champagne Campaign
Hosted by Cipha Sounds & Sickamore
March 12, 2007
ESSOcentric Volume I: History in the Making
Co-Starring Sickamore (OUT RIGHT NOW)
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Could we have another Uptown Hip Hop Legend in the making?
-Omar Mazariego – SCRATCH MAGAZINE
ESSO differentiates himself from other similar aged MCs through his ability to craft cohesive songs.
-Conan Milne – THE SOURCE MAGAZINE
When you get a CD like this you know that there is hope for music.
-Big Chew – RAPMULLET.COM
3.5/4 Tapes on RAPMULLET.com
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SCREAMFEST PRESS RELEASE: T.I. & CIARA HIT STAGE THIS SUMMER W/ YUNG JOC, T-PAIN & LLOYD FOR SCREAMFEST 07June 29, 2007 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Hip Hop News/Press Releases | Leave a comment
SCREAMFEST ’07 SETS THE SUMMER OFF RIGHT AS
This year’s SCREAM TOUR, aptly titled “SCREAMFEST ’07, is the sixth installment in the critically acclaimed SCREAM TOUR concert series that has, in the past, featured everyone from Ne-Yo to Bow Wow, Chris Brown and Omarion. The SCREAM TOUR has built a reputation for bringing together the best of the best in the worlds of rap and R&B to rock the house “LIVE” for one unforgettable night for thousands of urban youth across the country. Throughout its history, the SCREAM TOUR concert series has entertained over one million fans. SCREAMFEST ’07 will continue to build on the incredible legacy that has made the SCREAM TOUR a household name among youth. Fans will definitely get high-powered performances filled with intense audience interaction, all within a festival setting delivered by their favorite top-charting artists.
The highly anticipated concert stars one of the hottest rappers of our time, two-time Grammy award winning artist-T.I. and its first female headliner ever and one of the most successful R&B stars of this era-Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum selling entertainer-Ciara. Both Ciara and T.I. continue to capitalize on their multi-platinum selling, award-winning successes. From music to movies, they both have emerged as two of the music industry’s premiere power players. T.I., the multi-talented rapper and actor, will be headlining SCREAMFEST ’07 in promotion of his fifth Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records album, T.I. vs T.I.P, slated for release on July 3rd. The highly anticipated album includes his current hit single, “Big Things Poppin’ ” and his new release, “You Know What It Is” featuring Wyclef Jean.
“SCREAMFEST ’07 will surpass all expectations. This year I plan on setting the bar extremely high,” said T.I. “Nothing like what you’re used to. The tour is evolving and becoming more mature. We are going to go hard. I guarantee it will be the tour of the summer and you can bet the house on that.”
Ciara is headlining SCREAMFEST ’07 in continued promotion of her platinum-selling sophomore release, Ciara: The Evolution, which features the top-charting singles, “Promise” and “Like A Boy” and her new single “Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone” featuring 50 Cent.
“This is my second time being a part of the SCREAM and I must say that it feels bigger and better this year,” said Ciara. “I am very excited about the lineup. It’s the hottest names in music and I can guarantee that fans will be excited as well. Expect a lot of energy on this tour and expect to hear hit after hit after hit!”
The concert will also feature Grammy nominated and platinum selling rapper Yung Joc, who drops his second album Hustlenomics on August 28, along with hit-maker T-Pain, who recently released his sophomore album Epiphany, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. Rounding out the featured acts is R&B sensation and heartthrob Lloyd, who’s set to perform his hit single, “Get It Shawty.” The tour producers have also confirmed that there will be other special guest performers in cities along the way.
Once again, this year’s tour will be supported by media giant Black Entertainment Television (BET). This is BET’s fifth year as a presenting sponsor of the SCREAM TOUR. In addition to presenting the country’s premiere musical superstars from rap to R&B, the SCREAM TOUR concert series has also built a reputation for building powerfully strategic corporate alliances to partner with the tour. This year will be no different. In addition to BET’s partnership with SCREAMFEST ’07, several high-profile corporations, ranging from communications leaders to broadcast giant’s, are preparing to align themselves with this year’s tour. All corporate sponsors and content partners will be announced next week. SCREAMFEST ’07, presented by BET and SCREAM Star Entertainment, is being produced and marketed by Michael Mauldin and Mauldin Brand Agency for SCREAM Star Entertainment.SCREAMFEST ’07 DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
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