Adam's World Weekly 7/16 - Social Media & Music TV
Welcome to the new week everyone. Anytime you hit a wall it isn't fun, whether that wall is physical (ouch!), emotional (waaa), or creative (writer's block!). This past week I hit a little wall of my own. At least that's what I'm chalking up a Saturday of sleeping on the sofa to. Don't worry, though, I'm recharged and ready for action! This week's update is led off by a fascinating look at how a music television network is using social networking to alter its programming. I also have a fantastic interview with southern rapper Lil Wyte, who tells an incredible story from his youth. Pop Shots is filled to capacity with snark, the NYC Scene Report is all new, I have a photo album from the Millionaires' recent NYC show, and a monster filled Vid Pick from Deathrow Tull.
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How Social Networking is Changing a Major Music Television Network
How many times have you though of how great it would be to program your favorite radio, or music video, station? According to Chris Nelson, Country Music Television’s Director of Social Media, if you’re using social networking correctly, you're wielding that power right now.
Nelson most recently put together an extensive social media campaign for the 2012 CMT Music Awards, which aired live on June 6th. The campaign spread across multiple platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, and incorporated both fan, and artist, involvement. With the CMT Music Awards, and the campaign, now in the rear view mirror, I caught up with Nelson to find out what worked, how the results of the campaign immediately changed aspects of their programming, and where the relationship between televised events and social networking may be headed next.
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Diddy’s home invasion, to Justin Bieber’s high speed adventure, to Robin Thicke’s ride in a cop car, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude. Read all the shots at: AdamsWorldBlog.com
Lil Wyte - No More Doubters
Lil Wyte is known for his anthems honoring alcohol and drugs, but he’s also been through some trying times, times that he’s finally ready to open up about. Last month Wyte released his sixth album, Still Doubted?, and on it, mixed in with the requisite amount of crunkness that listeners expect, and love, from Wyte, are some deeply personal songs.
This week I caught up with Wyte to find out more about his newfound openness, and why he feels his fans are connecting with it. Wyte also discussed the issues he deals with raising two daughters, and told an incredible story from his youth that is a must read.
NYC Scene Report - Alex Kelly, Drop The Lime, Cavalier, & More
In this edition of the NYC scene report we have news on Queens rocker Alex Kelly's album release show, Brooklyn electronic music producer/singer/songwriter Drop The Lime's latest, the killer combo of producer Spills and emcee Cavalier teaming up for a song, and the lead single from Johnny Voltik's The Voltik Project.
Mixtape: Infinite Marvelous - "Spotted Horse" (Host Thomas Handsome)
This project is made off the feeling of my hood. Red hook projects. I did this for me and all my people. This story has never been told before. If you know anything about Red Hook projects; it was a hard place to live in growing up in the 70’s and the 80’s.
Not only Al Capone was born here. But there were many other gangstas from my town. A lot of crime and killing was done here. "Before the time before time". This is how Red Hook got its name. Shipmen and navy sailormen would stop at this port and trade, drink and party and death would occur from this. Red Hook was once called "Green Hook". The story will tell you how Da Hook became Red. But outside of all of that there are myths and legends and also truth to the story. There is not a lot of proof, so everybody has their own story, bits and pieces of it.
Sactown spitta Carbin just released his latest project, a freEP entitled, I Love This Game, which is an ode to the Hip-Hop culture. It finds Carbin freestyling over five rare industry beats as he continues to build the buzz for his upcoming debut LP, Stellar, which will be released this Fall.
PR: Tricksta 'Out Of Darkness Cometh Light' Album Out Now
Out now and receiving massive attention from the UK Hip-Hop community is Tricksta's debut producer/artist album that is a sixteen track album now available on iTunes on RGS Entertainment, one of the leading independent labels in the UK who have previously released projects with K-Koke, Cashtastic, Klashnekoff, Blak Twang, Ashley Walters and many more. The album is out now as a digital release with a CD release planned for August. This album not only showcases Tricksta's production but also features over forty of the best emcees in the UK.
"Out Of Darkness Cometh Light" features Iron Braydz, Genesis Elijah, LATE, Scorzayzee, MCD, Karl Hinds, TBear, Supar Novar, Seanie T, Wordsmiff, Big Cakes, Dubbledge, Cyclonious, Serocee, Logic, Shameless, Phoenix Da Icefire, Ramson Badbones, Cons, Big Ben, Big Dutty Deeze, Yogi, Twissman, Tenny Ten, Cobane, S. Kalibre, Inja, D Gritty, Jai Boo, K9, Sonnyjim, Deadline, Quest Rah, Reain, Conman, Streetz, Grizzly, Size8, M.A.B, Sketchman, Joe Gutta, Reload, Taurus, Marc Anthony, Double E aka Brinkworth and scratch deejay Jabba Tha Kut.
An official video for Block McCloud and DJ Waxwork’s song “True Lies” featuring Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks) is now viewable via Youtube or Vimeo (see link above). “True Lies” will appear on Block’s upcoming full-length with DJ Waxwork (formerly of Snowgoons) album “Four Walls” to be released on August 14th. The song gives an example of the dark and ponderous lyrical and musical territory on the album as Block and fellow Army Of The Pharaohs cohort Paz spit critical venom on world leaders and our Government. The video, directed by Prime Cut Film, is bookended by a video for the song “End Of Days,” which includes both emcees and originally appeared on Paz’s debut solo album Season Of The Assassin (2010).
2012 continues to shape up as a strong year for DubbleOO Space Age, the rapper who splits his time between the Bay Area and his native Portland. He has two albums forthcoming, an official sophmore solo effort as well as a joint album with Bay figurehead The Jacka, but first, DubbleOO continues to build towards the online release of his latest mixtape, Beast Mode, Vol. 2. Today, DubbleOO is excited to release that tape's latest visual, for the song "Speed Of Sound."