G.L.C. is a marketing genius ….. and his Photoshop game ain’t bad either!
Archive for May, 2010
Just look at this MESS!! The damn graphic… the damn “South Africa” graphic.. this is effin’ WGN Chicago!! ………… DAAAAAAMN!!!! OKAY, I can hear some o’ y’all sayin, “wus wrong wit it”…. That’s EFFIN SOUTH AMERICA, FOOOL!!!”
I knew I had heard of these guys somewhere before.. that’s right.. Early on in The World Famous Tony Williams: Finding Dakota Grey Mixtape- the first skit, a young lady gets my attention just as I’m exiting the stage- she wants a backstage pass. It’s not, however, conversation, a photo, or even an autograph that she wants from yours truly, she wants to meet S.O.S.
The two D.C. area M.C’s (Nick and Nate) just released Average Joes, their latest mixtape project, and simply put… my dawgs iz spit’n!! Rumor has it there’s even a Tony Williams cameo on the song Hopeless Romantic.. This is my “download of day!!”
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The Just Wright Movement is dedicated to supporting positive African American films, filmmaker, actors and producers. Our mission is to send a message to the film industry that we want to see good, family oriented movies with substance that portray African Americans in leading roles and in a positive light. More impor…tantly, that our dollars count and we will support these types of films.
Yo!!! Did you see that Tony Allen dunk???
Back on my “state of the industry” soapbox, but this time I’m letting Bilal do the talking. After fulfilling his obligation with Interscope, he is now with an independent label that he says allows him to “experiment … and do what’s inside of me and follow my own ear and spirit.” He goes on to say that Interscope would “totally dumb down everything for mass production and mass sales.” Dumb down? For WHO? Mass? Who is that? That’s YOU (or US)!! That must mean that they think we’re DUMB!! I hate it when someone attempts to insult my intelligence!!
I’ll say it again.. support our independent artist and always support those that are consciously trying to deliver pure and uncut “good” music. Go purchase Bilal’s new LP, Airtight’s Revenge.
I love it when I see artist come into their own after years of hard, hard work. Sewuese has been “gettin’ it in” for a minute now, and it shows. I remember our first meeting in Nice, France in a the hotel lobby after a summer Festival performance a few years ago. I had just gotten up from chatting with George Clinton and a few others from the P-Funk mob when she approached me and introduced herself. I remember her thick brittish accent, “excuse me .. Mr. Williams … hey I’m Sewuese… I’m from London (or something like that, lol). I also remembered that she seemed to be a determined artist and was about her business.
Occasionally I would receive an email or phone call from her, and we’d briefly talk shop and then generally end up with me giving an opinion on a track she was working on. As time has gone on, those conversations have gotten fewer and further between until today when I looked in my mailbox. I hope that you’ll take the time to get to know and enjoy the artistry of this U.K. artist as I have, and if you happen to see her, please let her know that World Famous looking out for her.. we might need that collabo!!!
It’s hard to imagine that some corporate shirt could have the swag to loosen his tie and let the team have some fun on the job, but the higher-ups over at American Apparel seem to know what time it is. I knew this was a cool store when I got a call from a friend in Montreal a few years ago saying, “hey.. I’m in this American Apparel store and they’re playing your song “Dreaming Of Your Love”, (an obscure 2007 release of mine that featured on Kanye’s Can’t Tell Me Nothin Mixtape). Earlier this year the company went on a mission to find the next ‘face’ of American Apparel underwear and intimates. A contest was launched and you can go to their website to view over 1300 submissions of butts. After deliberating over the top ten selected by the public, they’ve decided on the top two, which are kinda nice, however, I know of a few of you that obviously didn’t know of the contest…
By the way, my latest mix-tape project The World Famous Tony Williams: Finding Dakota Grey could greatly add to an American Apparel shopping experience, hint, hint.
Last year, May 23 to be exact, I posted on Citizen Cope- and if you read it, you’ll know why he’s one of my favorite artist. If you download his new project, “The Rainwater LP”, I promise you’ll come up with a few adjectives that’ll describe why his music is so special to you! However, that is not the sole reason why I am so compelled to promote such a great artist on this particular day. On previous occasions, I have expressed my views on the music industry (What is a Single may 29th, 09; What is Greatest of All Time! July 26th 09; What is Before the Music Dies! Dec 21, 09) and it’s this artist’s decision to take the reigns of his career in the state of today’s industry that made it a no brainer for me.
Anyway, speaking of special, this is a special album to Cope as it’s the first release by his own label Rainwater Recordings. I hope you’ll read the following explanation of his decision to release the album this way:
It’s a great pleasure to announce that after being signed to a major label
recording contract for the better part of 10 years, my obligations have been
fulfilled and my new recording, The RainWater LP, will be released on my own
label RainWater Recordings.
The practice of selling your intellectual property and likeness throughout
the Universe and in perpetuity (this means forever) in exchange for a
recoupable recording advance always seemed like an unfair business practice.
Regardless, artists have historically been forced to sign these contracts
because it was the dominant way to make, promote, and distribute music.
There are good people at record companies that love music and do a great
deal of good. Unfortunately, contracts only follow people who sign them.
Staff sizes have been reduced, promotional dollars tightened, and the labels
are no longer properly equipped to develop acts, monetize catalog, or even
protect copyrights. There isn’t anybody home.
I’ve been very fortunate to write, produce, and release music from my
point-of-view and have these projects funded by various record labels. And
while their collective demise is unfortunate, the responsibility lies with
executives without ownership in their respective companies. A business that
should be artist driven is executive driven. People with vision and who
dream will fill the void left by Majors. People who love music and
understand its artistic and social value. Ones with long-term goals not
quarterly profit concerns.
Some risk accompanies this decision. First, there are the financial costs
associated with making an album: studio time, hiring players, mixing,
mastering, pressing CDs, hiring a publicist, radio promotion, etc. Second,
I don’t have “the machine” assisting the album’s promotion and marketing.
Regardless, it’s liberating to control both the way I’m represented and how
you receive the music. I hope you in turn share the music with your
friends, make mention of its release on your blog, twitter, or simply
sing-along at my shows.
It was a joy to make the record. I hope you enjoy it. It’s my favorite
Do World Famous a favor and keep good music alive and download this now! And if you happen to run in to Cope, let him know I’m lookin for him for a collabo!!! My man!!