May 3, 2007 at 5:42 pm | Posted in Hip Hop News/Press Releases | Leave a comment

BMI Atlanta’s Unsigned Urban Showcase presented an exciting lineup of contemporary urban stars and fresh new talent on Thursday, April 19 at E.S.S.O. Hosted by HOT 107.9’s Rashan Ali and producer/songwriter/artist Jazze Pha, over 1,700 music industry insiders and fans packed the club to witness the performances of the unsigned finalists and headliners T-Pain, Fat Joe and Yung Joc. Attendees mingled with industry professionals including top entertainment attorneys, star producers, record execs, artists and representatives of MTV–who flew down specifically to cover the event.

Pictured are (l to r): HOT 107.9’s Rashan Ali, Fat Joe, BMI’s Catherine Brewton, T-Pain and Yung Joc.


Big Oomp, CEO of Big Oomp Records, took home the coveted Legends of ATL Award, presented by BMI’s Catherine Brewton, DJ Jelly, DJ Montay and friends. This award recognizes an individual’s accomplishments and contributions to Atlanta’s urban music community.

BMI Unsigned Urban Finalists Nikkiya, Young ACE Scrilla, Six20, and Dain Harris took the stage first, performing for a set of elite industry judges. Young ACE Scrilla emerged as the winner, taking home a prize package that includes two 12-hour sessions in Studio A at Tree Sound Studio with an engineer, two tickets to the 2007 BMI Urban Awards in Las Vegas, two Delta round-trip airfare tickets and one hotel room for two nights in Las Vegas during the BMI Urban Awards, two Gibson/Epiphone guitars, photo shoot with photographer Ben Rose, a $1,000 cash prize and a complete style makeover, including hair, makeup and clothing, provided by Seven Over Escape.

Pictured are (l to r): BMI’s Catherine Brewton, HOT 107.9’s Rashan Ali, Sleepy Brown, Yung Joc, Jazze Pha and Block.


Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. For more than 65 years, BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world, a vast repertoire that includes more than 6.5 million works. The non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

Pictured are (l to r): Jazze Pha, BMI’s Catherine Brewton, Sleepy Brown and BMI’s Wardell Malloy.

Young ACE Scrilla took first place in the showcase contest. Pictured are (l to r): Jazze Pha, BMI’s Byron Wright, Young ACE Scrilla, BMI’s Catherine Brewton and A-Game.


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