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The Forgotten Victim of File Sharing

Artists have practically begged fans not to steal their work and download it for free. The RIAA and the record labels have cried foul, saying that file sharing has been the cause of the incredible sales plummet the music industry has experienced. Just about every possible person who could be affected by file sharing has come forward as a victim, but what about the real victim? What about the one person who can’t make profits off touring like an artist can, and can’t lock artists into money sucking deals like a label can? I’m talking about the forgotten victim of file sharing, the guy you used to see all the time but has now become extinct - the bootlegger.

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Black Eyed Peas, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Common All Grammy Nominated

From Giant Step:

The Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, Lady Gaga, India.Arie, Katy Perry, Jazmine Sullivan, Mos Def, Common, Q-Tip, Robert Glasper, Stefon Harris & Femi Kuti

Offering up a variety of marketing services to both major label and independent artists, Giant Step’s nearly 20 years in the industry has earned them a reputation for introducing quality music from established and up-and-coming artists from around the globe. The last year has been no exception as 29 Grammy nominations were received for projects Giant Step championed.

Already looking forward to what 2010 has in store, Giant Step CEO/President Maurice Bernstein states, “We are delighted that these stellar artists received the much deserved Grammy recognition. As always, Giant Step’s ethos is to work with quality talent as evidenced in past Grammy wins for artists we helped establish such as Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, OutKast and several others.”

The Black Eyed Peas reemerged with The E.N.D. (Interscope Records), an electro infused hip-hop album that debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and earned six nominations. Giant Step developed a guerilla marketing campaign for the release in major markets across the US including freeway banners in Los Angeles. Maxwell also received six nominations for his long-awaited fourth studio album Blacksummers' Night (Columbia Records), which Giant Step introduced to tastemakers and lifestyle companies.

With five total nominations, Lady Gaga has firmly established herself with the debut album The Fame (Interscope Records). Giant Step was one of the first to recognize her unique talents in the fall of 2008 and began introducing their coveted group of tastemakers, both corporate and consumer, and DJ’s to what would become one of 2009’s hottest acts.

Giant Step handled the online publicity campaign for India.Arie’s Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics (Universal Republic), which garnered three nominations.

The company worked with three artists in the Best Rap Album category. Songs from Q-Tip’s The Renaissance (Universal Motown) were played for a capacity crowd at Giant Step’s annual Central Park SummerStage show. Giant Step also marketed Common’s Universal Mind Control (Geffen Records) and provided DJ promotion for Mos Def’s The Ecstatic (Downtown Records).

Jazmine Sullivan and Katy Perry continue to receive nominations for tracks off of their previously recognized debut albums, Fearless (J Records) & One of the Boys (Capitol Records) respectively. The company helped introduce both of these young artists to the masses through lifestyle marketing campaigns including live performances for the Steve Madden Music Series.

Rounding out the list is Best Contemporary Jazz Album nominee Stefon Harris for his album Urbanus (Concord Records), Robert Glasper’s Best Urban/Alternative Performance nomination for “All Matter” off of Double-Booked (Blue Note Records) and Femi Kuti in the Best Contemporary World Music Album category for Day by Day (Mercer Street Records).
Complete list of Giant Step clients receiving Grammy nominations:

Record Of The Year
I Gotta Feeling- The Black Eyed Peas
Poker Face- Lady Gaga

Album Of The Year
The E.N.D.- The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame- Lady Gaga

Song Of The Year
Poker Face- Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Hot N Cold- Katy Perry

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Love You- Maxwell

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
I Gotta Feeling- The Black Eyed Peas

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Phoenix Rise- Maxwell

Best Pop Vocal Album
The E.N.D.- The Black Eyed Peas

Best Dance Recording
Boom Boom Pow- The Black Eyed Peas & Jean Baptiste, producers; Dylan Dresdow, mixer
Poker Face- Lady Gaga
RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, mixers

Best Electronic/Dance Album
The Fame- Lady Gaga

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Lions, Tigers & Bears- Jazmine Sullivan

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Pretty Wings- Maxwell

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Chocolate High- India.Arie & Musiq Soulchild

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
All Matter- Robert Glasper & Bilal
Pearls- India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore

Best R&B Song
Lions, Tigers & Bears- Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)
Pretty Wings- Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

Best R&B Album
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics- India.Arie
Blacksummers' Night- Maxwell

Best Rap Solo Performance
Casa Bey- Mos Def

Best Rap Album
Universal Mind Control- Common
The Ecstatic- Mos Def?
The Renaissance- Q-Tip

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Urbanus- Stefon Harris & Blackout

Best Contemporary World Music Album
Day By Day- Femi Kuti

Best Short Form Music Video
Boom Boom Pow- The Black Eyed Peas
About Giant Step:
Since its inception in 1990, Giant Step has evolved from grassroots concert promoter to world-renowned music and lifestyle marketing company, helping its clients authentically introduce products to market. Many of its successes have been with music artists; recently, Jazmine Sullivan, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke and M.I.A., and, in the past, Mark Ronson, Sade, Jill Scott, Radiohead, The Roots and OutKast. Giant Step works closely with all major and independent record labels, proffering it first-look at the best in emerging talent.

Giant Step also works closely with brands to assist in product introduction, while focusing on increased awareness and brand loyalty through community development. Our roster include SVEDKA Vodka, Morgans Hotel Group, Steve Madden, Sony PlayStation and Dolce & Gabbana. We have also done extensive work in the past for Levi Strauss & Co., LG Mobile, New Balance and Absolut Vodka.
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The Grouch Offers Remix & Karaoke For Christmas

From Terrorbird Media:

Play, Remix, Karaoke & More with The Grouch & New Widget from France's MXP4
*'How The Grouch Stole Christmas' Mega Tour Continues To SF, Seattle, Portland, more*

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Dec. 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Dec. 11 - San Jose, CA @ Avalon
Dec. 12 - Sacramento, CA @ Empire
Dec. 13 - Arcata, CA @ Humbrew
Dec. 14 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Dec. 15 - Portland, OR @ Backspace
Dec. 16 - Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
Dec. 18 - Reno, NV @ The Underground
Dec. 19 - South Lake Tahoe @ Bar 24

The Grouch performs "Whatever I Say" from the 12/8 Santa Barbara show (click here for video)
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'Three Eyes Off The Time' Out Now on Legendary Music!

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Blestenation Release "Ghosts" Video Featuring Ladytron

From Chris at Koch Records:

Blestenation Release "Ghosts" Video Featuring Ladytron

New York hip-hop trio Blestenation has released their video for the track "Ghosts" featuring Ladytron online at . The video was directed by Clay Patrick Mcbride for Crow Magnum Films, and features Various and Werdplay of Blestenation with a remix by FAFU and Michael Patterson.

"The 'Ghosts' video is a montage of different scenarios of people dealing with problematic relationships. It was shot in New York and incorporates footage from the original Ladytron video," commented FAFU. "I love this song because I think it shows the diversity that is Blestenation. The best part about this group is that no matter what type of music you like, we have a song for you."

Blestenation have been destroying the world of underground hip-hop on tour with the likes of Bone Thugs -N- Harmony, Scarface, Killah Priest, and the Warped Tour. The group was previously signed to Geffen Records, but their reckless behavior got them kicked off of the Warped Tour, into fist fights inside the Sony Music offices, and booted out of the Teen Choice Awards after an altercation with American Idol's Ryan Seacrest.

Blestenation recently released the EP, "Left For Dead", through digital retailers and The group will release their debut album, "Mbugout City", on February 23rd, 2010 on Suburban Noize Records.


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Wes Fif - "Tiger Woods" Song and Studio Video Footage

From Street Smart Music:

Wes Fif - "Tiger Woods" Song and Studio Video Footage

B.G. "I Regret Using Dope When I Was 15"

From Chris at Koch Records:

B.G. "I Regret Using Dope When I Was 15"

Bring Da Ruckus - Del The Funky Homosapien & El Michels Affair Remix

From Audible Treats:

MP3: "Bring Da Ruckus" - Del The Funky Homosapien & El Michels Affair Remix      12.09.2009
Oakland Emcee Featured On New Track From El Michels/Wu-Tang Remix Project    

Critical Praise for Del:
"...Del's reputation has remained strong in both fan and critic circles." - Thrasher Magazine

"The Homosapien is one hell of an entertaining MC" - YRB

The Song:

It's a good time to be a Wu-Tang Clan fan. First, El Michels Affair released Enter The 37th Chamber, a full-band instrumental re-imagination of the Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) along with a random smattering of Wu classics, and now this innovative cult hit is getting a remix treatment all of it's own., Fat Beats, and Audible Treats are collaborating to present Enter The 38th Chamber, a remix series that finds a crew of elite emcees riding the rhythms of El Michels' down and dusty soul instrumentals. Appearances by Diamond District, Del The Funky Homosapien, A-Plus of Souls of Mischief, Kam Moye, Nightclubber Lang of Boom Bap Project, Sandpeople, Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, and many more will add layers of lyricism to El Michels' signature funk, making it a complete and compelling package for all listeners.

The newest track from the project finds Oakland's finest, Del The Funky Homosapien, laying his lyrical stylings over Wu-Tang's "Bring Da Ruckus." Remaking a classic is no small feat, and remaking a remake can bring along a whole new set of challenges, but Del says he wanted to bring "more fire" to the song and also to expand listeners' perceptions of his lyrical range. Call it a remix, but there's something familiar about hearing Del's cadence over El Michel's smooth RZA reinterpretation. As he tackles the dusty-soulified version of "Bring Da Ruckus," Del drops metaphors, shows off his mathematical dexterity, and holds back no poetic punches, all in an effort to "keep it real funky for you turkeys and diamond head buzzards." Mission accomplished, Del.

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The Background:

Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) marks Del the Funky Homosapien's 14th project of a hip-hop career that spans almost two decades. Starting at the tender age of 17 as protégé to his cousin, Ice Cube, Del quickly rose to the top of the underground hip hop scene with his albums, I Wish My Brother George Was Here (1991) and No Need for Alarm (1993), both released through Elektra Records. Soon after parting ways with the label, Del helped found the Hieroglyphics family, comprised of notable emcees Pep Love, the Souls of Mischief, Casual, and Domino. In 1998 the critically acclaimed album 3rd Eye Vision was the first to be released under the Hieroglyphics Imperium label and since then Del has had consistent success with his solo and joint efforts, including Deltron 3030 (2000), Gorillaz (2001), Full Circle (2003), and Eleventh Hour (2008) to name a few. Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) features more of Del's signature style, as this high-energy album is comprised of raw lyrics, driving rhythms, and Del's undeniable funkiness. Released via Funnyman Entertainment on April 7th, Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) is available for free via .

El Michels Affair, at the core of the retro-soul and funk movement, is led by saxophonist/organist Leon Michels and producer/engineer Jeff Silverman. The group began as a series of informal collaborative sessions with musicians from top-selling acts Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, and Antibalas. In 2005, the group released their debut effort, Sounding Out The City on Truth & Soul, a label co-founded by Silverman and Michels. Since the album's '05 release, the El Michels sound has been prominent on successful collaborations with Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Just Blaze, Adele, and Iggy Pop. Furthermore, in 2007, a horn part written and performed by Leon Michels was lifted and used for Jay-Z's "Roc Boys," the lead single from the American Gangster album. Most famously, however, is El Michels 2007 tour with Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon, which led to the recording of two widely successful 7" instrumental singles for "C.R.E.A.M." and "Bring Da Ruckus." Since then, El Michels Affair has diligently been in the studio, interpreting fifteen of some of the most legendary and well-know Wu-Tang Clan songs, including "Can It All Be So Simple," "Protect Ya Neck," "Cherchez La Ghost," and "Incarcerated Scarfaces" for their upcoming sophomore album, Enter the 37th Chamber, in stores now via Fat Beats Records.


"Bring Da Ruckus"- Del The Funky Homosapien & El Michels Affair Remix
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"Straight From The Big Bad West Coast"
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Wyclef Jean to Appear on "Cedric Muhammad & Black Coffee" Today

From Nancy B:

Wyclef Jean To Appear On Dec. 9th’s ‘The Cedric Muhammad and Black Coffee Program’ To Discuss New Album, The Future Of the Music Industry, Haiti and Africa


Multi-Platinum recording artist, businessman and international activist-leader Wyclef Jean appears Wednesday, December 9th on ‘The Cedric Muhammad and Black Coffee Program’ hosted by former Wu-Tang GM, Economist Cedric Muhammad to discuss his new album-mixtape, ‘From The Hut, To The Projects To The Mansion;’ the surprising creative role played by DJ Drama; his view on the future of the music business; his work in Haiti; and his support of the effort underway to create a ‘United States of Africa,’ out of 53 African nations.


‘Wyclef to me, has set the standard for all other artists in Hip-Hop and beyond, in how he balances making hot music and street credibility with political activism and great business moves.  I’m excited to be able to discuss these topics with him, discover the source of his passion, and get his vision for the future,’ Cedric Muhammad says.


‘The Cedric Muhammad and Black Coffee Program’ airs each Wednesday from 12 to 5 PM and is simulcast at, Ustream, and at:


The show will be archived permanently after December 9th at:


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Happy Holidays From Mega Ran - Worst I Ever Heard Remix

From Random:


The holiday season is here! from my family to yours,  I want all of you to have a great holiday. remember to stay warm and be safe and merry and jolly and all that... and I'll help.

Over on the Mega Ran Message Board ( ) we're trying to do some cool community stuff, and one of them is a secret Santa. If you're interested in getting in on the fun (it won't cost much or take too much of your time), then come on over here and check it out....and if you get me, feel free to throw in an extra thing or 2 :)

Click here for info on the Robot Secret Santa and to sign up - .


It's still the worst you ever heard. check out myself and AZ fam Mr. Miranda and MC Pennywise having fun on the "Worst I Ever Heard" remix at .

A VERSE A DAY in December.

Well I realized that what makes a great rapper is practice... I'm gonna try to write a verse per day for the next 2 weeks or so to stay in the habit.. I just got a flip cam so what I'm gonna do is record myself rapping it..

but need inspiration, much like at a Random show, when I ask you to hold up items, I need you to come in here and post something random......

it beats me going to wikipedia and hitting random search all

I'll do my best to put it into my next verse.

thanks! you guys always inspire me.


the Great Jeriaska, who helped to get Mega Ran into last month's GAME DEVELOPER MAGAZINE, got some dope footage from my last show in Los Angeles. Check it: .

if you dont have time to view them all, PLEASE see the Freestyle... I felt like I kinda killed it. :)

Random freestyle @ The Airliner - .

NEOSONIC: Panacea's - "12 Step Program" (Japanese Version)

From K-Murdock:

NEOSONIC PRODUCTIONS: Panacea's - "12 Step Program" (Japanese Version)

For those who can't wait till next year to cop the next Panacea album, you can actually order it online NOW from Japan- where it just came out on River City Music.  Click HERE to go to the translated page, but good luck adding it to your shopping cart as even I'm confused! Regardless of whether you import it or buy it next Spring when it arrives stateside, enjoy the cool artwork they flipped for "12 Step" below...

I managed to get my hands on a couple copies already and will be doing some cool giveaways for these babies shortly, so stay tuned...

Domo Arigato,


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