From Nancy B:
HipHopFriends, Inc. Brand Joins OGPR
Whilst we have certainly enjoyed each and every client we have repped over the years, it is the independent artists that have been the primary bread and butter for OGPR. We love the spirit of the independent artist and thrive on the creativity it takes to help them flourish. In this failing economy and a music industry rife with uncertainty, it is only those with the indomitable spirit to forge new paths towards success that will stand the test of time. HipHopFriends, Inc. embodies that spirit and OGPR is proud to welcome them aboard as our latest client.
Comprised of CEO's/artists/tour bookers/promoters and internet radio station owners and operators, Feygens "ChuckieBigBux" and Erick "DirtE Dread" Saint-Joy aka The E&J Brothaz; who are actually siblings, HipHopFriends, Inc. has been quietly building a brand that is getting them recognition far afield of their native town of Elmont, in New York's Long Island borough. Their current single, Private Party, is in fact impacting cities in every region - speading slowly from coast to coast - with close to 1,000 spins currently and counting. Produced by GiftRAP, a Santa Barbara, CA up-and-comer, Private Party infuses the best of East Coast lyricism with West Coast swagger and a dash of Southern spice.
Taking advantage of the love the Southern market has shown them, the two paired up with franchise DJ's Bigga Rankin and DJ Smallz last year, dropping successful mix albums with each, both released on USB drives and downloaded digitally to over 20,000 HipHopFriends™ fans across the country. Bigga Rankin was in fact so impressed with the duo's hustle that he bestowed upon them his coveted Ghetto Diamond Award in the "Go Gettaz" category - the only New Yorkers to date to have received such an honor.
Although HipHopFriends™ and The E&J Brothaz began releasing music in 2004 and have several award-winning videos to their credit (The Golden Aurora Award, The Communicators Award & The Platinum AVA), their music hustle is not the only thing receiving accolades. HipHopFriendsOnline, the duo's web radio station, recently won an SEA (Southern Entertainment Award) for "Best Internet/Satellite Radio", proving once again that the HipHopFriends, Inc. brand defies geographical boundaries.
Self-titled promo tours in cities as diverse as their radio impact markets have been sponsored by the likes of IAR (Institute of Audio Research), Sam Ash Music, Royal Blunts, Azzuré Denim and Lyrical Legends™, ensuring HipHopFriends™ an ever-widening, nationwide network of fans.
With another round of stations set to add Private Party in the coming weeks, a music video in the works and their own IAR-sponsored event (DIY: Starting Your Own Record Label) aimed at schooling others in the indie music game, coming up in NYC in October; their third such event, HipHopFriends™are the paradigm for today's independent label. While others whine about how difficult it is these days to get fans to remain loyal to a brand, HipHopFriends™ are not only doing it but happily showing others how it's done. Stay tuned! Pay attention! And you might just learn something.
Private Party is currently available on iTunes.
* NOTE ~ The HipHopFriendsOnline radio station site is currently under construction pending installation of an upgraded streaming technology.
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