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One week ago, the Dream Nightclub on the West Bank of Cleveland's Flats District was the place to be as the 5th Annual Ohio Hip Hop Awards & Music Conference's main event took place. The award show is designed to recognize and showcase the best of the best in Ohio hip-hop. The show was hosted by Big Eddie Bauer, Robyn Simone and City. Toledo's DJ One 1X TyMe held down his position as the house deejay.
By the end of the night, forty OHHA plaques had been handed out to recipients in various categories that touched all aspects of the culture. For example, 2 Live Music was the winner in the Best Retail Outlet category, while Skully's Music Diner won for Best Live Venue. Blessed Label came away with the hardware for Best Clothing Line and Jada Stacks won for Best Model. There were also awards given out for Best B-Boy/B-Girl and Best Turntablist, with Billie Bad Ass and Scratchmaster L walking away with the honors, respectively. The Daymon Mumford Humanitarian Award was given to Al Porter and TJ Chapman & DJ Lyte-N-Rod were both named as Lifetime Achievement Award winners. For a look at all of the winners, click here.
Aside from the recognition, some of the awards came with more than just an Ohio-shaped plaque. Take Machine Gun Kelly, who won in the Best Live Performer Category. In addition to his award, he also will receive placement in XXL Magazine, a write-up in The Source magazine and a $2,000 promotional package from Digiwaxx.com. Toledo's Cuntry won the OHHA Industry Showcase the following Sunday, and with that he also won a feature on the OHHA website, their newsletter and also the radio shows that are affiliated with OHHA such as "The Playa's Ball" and the "Go Gettas Show." He also gets trips to Atlanta and Detroit for a free recording session at HotBeats Studios and to attend the Red Bull Big Tunes producer competition.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member Bizzy Bone also made a special appearance along with Portia "Lady Rerun" Berry. You can currently see her in a regional advertisement for Safe Auto Insurance. There were also several performances from the likes of Ray Cash, Status Flo, Gotta Hustle, Erica P, Jola, Freeway Boyz, ADD, Desi, BCE, Mz Nikki, Freezy and Britni Elise. The show was closed out by a performance from Young Mook.
While a great amount of work goes into putting together an event of this magnitude, each year the execution of the Ohio Hip Hop Awards ceremony seems to be criticized and the show itself often negatively referred to as the "Cleveland Awards" since many of the artists that win are Cleveland-based. In its current format, once the categories are set and voting begins, people can vote for their favorites once per day for a nearly a month prior to the ceremony. In the world of social networking, this creates a torrent of "vote for me" action via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace and any other platforms the artists feel will be effective.
At the end of the day, the OHHA committee just counts the votes and crowns a winner based on that. However, the approach that some refer to as a "popularity contest" has rubbed many people the wrong way over the years. Some have suggested that a change in host city might change the way the Awards are perceived, others feel like a change in the way winners are chosen may do the trick. In any event, what seems to get lost in all of the commotion is the fact that there is an entire weekend filled with activities to enrich and educate artists on the ins and outs of the industry. Too many get hung up on the pomp and circumstance of the main show that they fail to capitalize on the opportunities that are within their reach.
Only time will tell what the future holds for the Ohio Hip Hop Awards & Music Conference, and while possibly flawed, it still manages to motivate hundreds of artists to put large amounts of time and effort into their work in hopes of being recognized...and it's pretty hard to knock them for that.
Photos from the event can be viewed here and here .
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Ghostwriting Bedroom Producers J-Punch And Dave Moonshine Scientifically 'Engineer' A New Form Of Music Designed To Please All Audiences
Scientists warn: Exposure to new forms of music may induce feelings of euphoria.
FULL LENGTH ALBUM, 'STICK FIGURE GUY' TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 1, 2010.
Washington, DC. Sept. 27, 2010 /iFastFwd/ - Veteran House Music Producer J-Punch is constantly re-inventing what it is to re-invent one's self. After several years of thriving in the underground dance music community, having released multiple songs on various dance music record labels [System Recordings, Global Underground], and having spearheaded one of Washington D.C.'s most successful weekly house music events, Pulse, for over 100 weeks, J-Punch has enlisted the aid of his ghostly writing partner, Dave Moonshine and set out to scientifically engineer a new genre of music designed to please all audiences. Despite their controversial decision not to quit their day jobs, the project recently exceeded all their expectations after a late night engineering accident reduced both men to nothing but fuzzy bits of twisted wire. It was in their new stick figure forms that they finally had their musical epiphany.
They lovingly refer to their creation as "alt-tempo," or "down-rock."
In an effort to inspire interest in their project within the law enforcement community, rather than promoting their new album in the traditional “successful” way, J-Punch and Dave Moonshine have been mailing unmarked envelopes to various radio stations and music blogs with nothing enclosed except eerie photographs of stick figures and an unmarked compact discs.
The forthcoming 'Stick Figure Guy' album includes the singles 'Hours Late' and 'We Had It All.'
As described on the artists’ website, www.jpunch.com, 'Hours Late' is an "ironic homage to modern muses recorded in the hopes that it may ease the suffering of those destined to wait indefinitely for certain disappointment."
'We Had It All,' combines a chill-out sound-scape, analog beats, and a heavily auto-tuned vocal, with a chorus that is both explicit and ironic.
Stick Figure Guy' will be available everywhere digital albums are sold, on October 1, 2010.
Swollen Members’ Mad Child has released the song “Rock Bottom” from his upcoming mixtape. Mad Child is preparing to release his solo debut “Dope Sick” in early 2011 through Suburban Noize. The album was inspired by Mad Child ’s ongoing battle with drug addiction and his descent into severe Oxycontin dependence.
Mad Child is currently on tour across Canada with Swollen Members and will launch a full US tour November 4th in Bellingham, WA.
SWOLLEN MEMBERS TOUR DATES:
Sept 24- Lethbridge, AB - Exhibition Park – Main Pavillion Sept 25- Red Deer, AB - Urban Rodeo Sept 27- Yorkton, SK - Ultra Sept 28- Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Sept 29- Winkler, MB - Morden Complex Sept 30- Saskatoon, SK - Tequilla Night Club Oct 02 - Nelson, BC - Royal Hotel Nov 04 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House of Music Nov 05 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven Nov 06 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater Nov 10 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club Nov 11 - Fresno, CA @ Babylon Club Nov 12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Rockit Room Nov 13 - Stateline, NV @ Mont Bleu Casino Showroom Nov 14 - Spark, NV @ The Alley Nov 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge Nov 17 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep Nov 18 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre Nov 19 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall Nov 20 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre Nov 21 - Steamboat Springs, CO @ Ghostranch Saloon Nov 22 - Crested Butte, CO @ Lobar Nov 23 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen Nov 24 - Park City, UT @ The Star Bar Dec 13 - Big Sky, MT @ Big Sky Ski Resort
Grammy Award Winning Producer Unleashes Latest Single, Announces New Release Date For You Need This Music
Originally scheduled for an October 12th release, Nottz and his label Raw Koncept Media Group have announced a new release date for the album, October 26th. While his fans eagerly await You Need This Music, the Grammy winning producer/rapper is releasing a new single to appease fans' appetite over the extended wait. For the latest single, "Blast That," Nottz enlists the help of fellow acclaimed producer/rapper Black Milk, whose own project Album Of The Year is garnering a swell of buzz itself.
"Turn up this real hip-hop and turn that wackness down," says Nottz on the message behind his latest single, a track with Brash guitar licks laced over top the beat's heavy, trunk rattling drums. Collaborating with the aforementioned Black Milk proved to be a wise choice, as the track's staccato feel matches perfectly with Black's unique flow, while showcasing both as artists just as dangerous behind the mic as behind the boards. "I felt like Black Milk was the right person for the job for a real 'bring the boom bap back' type record. Something for the new generation to hear," remarks Nottz. Given the chemistry between the two – it took Black Milk only a day to write and record his verse for the song – it sounds like the two may be onto something.
Nottz' You Need This Music will be available October 26, 2010 via Raw Koncept Media Group.
Since 1998, some of Virginia-born Nottz' biggest records to date include, Snoop Dogg Ft R.Kelly "That's That," Kanye West Ft Lil Wayne "Barry Bonds," and Scarface Ft Trey Songz "Girl You Know." Adding to those credits, he has collaborated with artists such as Notorious B.I.G, Swizz Beats, The Game, 50 Cent, Dwele, and Murs just to name a few. These past few years he has built fan base and earned his stripes as a respected and talented artist and, this October 2010, he is set to release his self-produced debut, You Need This Music. All of Nottz' hard work has been, in his words, "to take over the world one day with my sound.