Mackinly Elie Aly (born March 31, 1989) who records under the moniker Intro, is an American Rapper and Producer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York in the Flatbush section. Being from a Haitian family music was a big part of his culture and soon became a big part of his life.
Intro developed a skill of rapping at the age of 14 in his freshman year of high school. After graduating Sheepshead Bay High School, Intro then pursued his dream in being in the music industry by attended the Institute of Audio Research ( IAR). There he learned about the music business, song structure, beat making, producing, and the list goes on. While in IAR Intro wanted to further his chances in getting his foot in the door so he had help from a good friend who aided him in getting an internship at Emi music publishing at the A&R department. There he learned about copyrights, publishing, songwriters, producers, managers, and how placements are made all under the direction of Omar Grant who was the Director A&R of Hip-Hop and R&B at that time. Soon after he left Emi he start interning for Chris Styles at his studio as an assistant engineer to later became a head engineer. There he worked with Lil Mo, Fabolous, Maino, Uncle Murda, Charlie Baltimore, The DEY, Dj Kast One, Sha Money Xl, Violator Management and many more.
Intro has also started his own movement which is called Crackmazterz and is establishing Crackmazterz Productionz. He has released countless mixtapes since 2006 from Crackmazterz vol.1-3, My Introduction, The Intern vol.1 and The Intern Vol. 2 which let the streets know that he is here to stay.
DTMD (Dunc & Toine Makin' Dollas) released their debut album everywhere last week. Today they are giving away the fan favorite RAW feat. Godly MC & Kev Brown. This Saturday (10/8) they'll be celebrating the album release at the Durkl store (443 Eye St NW) in Washington DC at 8 PM w/ DJ Underdog spinning a set. For now download their new track, then head out and cop the album!
About The Song:
Dunc lays the beat down for Toine, Godly MC, and Kev Brown to spit to on Raw. Godly MC starts the game off with some lyrical wordplay about chill city nights and the gritty life, before Toine lays the hook and his verse. The legendary Kev Brown lends his Bob Ross vocal picture painting skills as well, and adds lyrical gems like: "sound so purty, but dunc still keep it dirty / my raps the opposite of perjury". In the end you got 3 raw verses and an ill beat.
About the Album:
Dunc's rich, full-bodied production serves as a natural backdrop to Toine's technically astute rhymes, layered deep with smooth instrumentation evocative of such luminaries as J. Dilla, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Pete Rock, each of whom shaped the classic hip hop sounds of Dunc's childhood. Toine's energy and bright delivery belie wisdom beyond his years, inspiring deep reflection as easily as sharp battle fare and complex rhyme schemes. Maintaining a close working relationship with PG neighbor Oddisee and assuming a strong presence in the collective atmosphere of the DMV's hip hop scene, DTMD appeared separately on MMG's "Helpless Dreamer" compilation, Toine rhyming on "Different Now" and Dunc producing Stik Figa's "From the Top." The album Makin' Dollas is in stores now!
MP3: A.Dd+ - "Insomniac Dreaming" (Prod. By Black Milk)
Courtesy Audible Treats.
It's safe to say A.Dd+ is on a roll. Even if you put aside their debut, When Pigs Fly (a project, we might add, hailed as "The best rap album that Dallas has ever seen, front to back."), the string of music from the duo of Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun over the past months, largely freebies given away as a gesture to loyal fans, has been remarkable. And that string of music continues with this latest loosie, "Insomniac Dreaming," a song produced by Black Milk.
"We went to Detroit to work with Black Milk on a few joints for our next project," remarks A.Dd+, while hinting at their forthcoming EP. "We wound up recording four songs in less than three days; one will be the EP intro, and the rest are joints, like this one, that we'll release along the way."
Playing off the track's title, "Insomniac Dreaming" pulls inspiration from the internal conversation borne of too-late nights, endlessly pushing towards greatness. "This song is us dreaming in reality," say Slim and Paris, "the things we think but can't always express in regular conversation." And, often, those thoughts are more civilian than superhero, with lines like, "I don't want to be famous; I just want to be well off." And speaking of directing the track, Black Milk does so masterfully, a mix of crackling guitar plucks and piano keys layered over Black's always-sturdy low end that provides a hauntingly reflective melody for A.Dd+'s tales.
Video: Rocky Rivera f/ Davinci - "SF City Retrospect"
Courtesy Beatrock Music.
Rocky Rivera teams up with another San Francisco-based emcee, Davinci, as they pay homage to their respective neighborhoods in the City by the Bay. Produced by Digital Martyrs and presented by Just Bombin and Beatrock Music, it features a side of SF that most don't get to experience themselves.
PR: Wendy Day Launches Affordable Digital Book Series
Courtesy Nancy B.
Atlanta, GA -- Wendy Day has had a successful 20-year career shopping, structuring, and negotiating record deals for some of music's biggest talents and is renowned for sharing the knowledge she has accrued with music industry hopefuls as a keynote speaker at a wealth of music conferences, via her websites, and many blogs. Wendy's resume reads like a Who's Who of the music industry as she has worked with, advised, and/or consulted the careers of Eminem, Master P's No Limit Records (Master P, Mia X, C-Murder, Fiend, Beats By The Pound), Cash Money Records (Lil Wayne, BG, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Hot Boyz, and Big Tymers), Twista, Do Or Die, Cormega, Young Buck, Killa Mike, UGK, Machine Gun Kelly, David Banner, Mistah FAB, TMI Boyz, 4ize, and many others.
Seeing a need for current information based on first-hand experience on so many aspects of the music industry, Wendy decided to write a series of affordable digital books, covering the subjects in depth. The first ebook is entitled "How To Get A Record Deal" and is available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes&Noble.com, Sony's ebook store, and TheKnowledgeToSucceed.com for $6.99. The purpose of the books is to educate artists, producers, DJ's and the teams behind them on the ins and outs to succeeding in today's music business. Wendy aims to dispel the many myths and untruths that exist in the music business about its inner workings.
"By far, the number one question I am asked as I speak at music conferences around the country is ‘how do I get signed to a record label?' Artists still hold getting a record deal as their goal," shares Wendy Day on a rare stop between lectures. "Even after explaining how to do it on my Blogs, and sharing specifics of deals I've shopped and negotiated, I'm still asked ‘how do I get a deal' almost daily." We now have more artists entering and floundering in the music industry than at any time in the history of recorded music. Wendy's goal is to arm them with the knowledge they need to compete and succeed, in an industry that is known to not share the specifics of how-to, and that is difficult to maneuver on one's own.
Music sales have dropped by almost half in the past decade, and digital sales are climbing steadily while artists still mistakenly believe that talent and a great demo are the answer to securing success in the music industry. "To stand out in this over saturated industry, artists must build a fan base and increase their hype ("buzz") in their own region and on the internet first. A label has to see the value of investing in an artist before taking the risk of signing an artist to their label. Gone are the days of A&R folks spotting talent and signing them without a movement behind them," explains Day.
In her years in the music industry, Wendy Day has built a strong reputation for the role she has played in some well-known deals, such as Master P's No Limit deal at Priority Records, Twista's joint venture at Atlantic Records, Eminem's deal at Interscope Records, David Banner's deal at SRC/Universal, and the infamous Cash Money distribution deal at Universal Records that brought the world Lil Wayne, Juvenile, BG, Big Tymers, Manny Fresh, and the Hot Boyz. Wendy Day believes in openly sharing her methods, her experience, and her business practices in detail so that artists will understand the truth of what it takes to attract the attention of a record label in the current music business economy.
In 1992, Wendy Day started the not-for-profit artists' advocacy group, Rap Coalition, to educate, inform, and unify rappers. Tired of the unfair contracts that slanted the deals in favor of the record labels thereby bringing the artists little to no share of the income, she began renegotiating their deals and/or breaking the contracts. She then went on to negotiate some of the most stellar deals in urban music, a few of which secured ownership of the all-important masters for the artists.
The next release, available in December, will be "Turning Music Into Money: How To Put Out Your Own Music Independently", for anyone interested in doing it themselves or starting a record label.