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From Presents... The Finalists, Season 2

New York, NY (January 28, 2009) -, what's the word? Hope you had a great week and weekend. This newsletter comes after a few minor delays but not without the heavy, heavy news: THE RAP FINALISTS ARE DOWN TO THEIR LAST CHALLENGE AND THE PRODUCER FINALISTS HAVE BEGUN!!!

With Task #5: The Co-Sign in the books, Silent Knight was sent home. While he and his four remaining Finalists each killed their respective collabs, we had to let him go because he failed to turn in a full song. However, we extend our utmost appreciation for SK's participation in the contest and look forward to more music in the future. He had a big fan in Head of Radio & Promotions Jon Rifkind, and certainly made an impression on the rest of the staff.

That being said, Task #6: The Meeting is underway as we speak, with each Finalist here in NYC at the Records building taking meetings with our A&R staff. Stay tuned until Friday when we release Episode 8 of The Finalists and show ya'll how it all went down. Maybe we'll even be... live? Stay tuned!! For now, be sure to check out our Finalists Kyte Channel here with all the updates.

Now, don't think we forgot about the Producers Finalists, either!! We had some great submissions this first round, and with some having a bit more slap than others, we had to eliminate three people: Jalyan Powers, JBatts14k and Oneil were all sent back to the boards. Head of Operations and A&R for SRC Records Jason Kpana speaks on the decision here. Stay tuned and see how the guys handle Task #2: Software Wizard! Expect to hear/see the creation of some dope sample-free beats, exclusively for

Now, a few other quick items of note:
*** Finalists: Episode 7 – The Co-Sign

Charlie Hustle stopped through and talked about co-signs

    * Our Finalists locked in some incredible co-signs in only a week's time!
    * With extenuating circumstances prohibiting Silent Knight from submitting a track, it made a tough decision a little easier
    * Check out their collaborative efforts here

*** Producer Finalists Episode 1 - Eliminations

VP of Operations and Head of A&R Talks the Finalists

    * The Producer Finalists each came with their Best Beat for Task #1
    * Three of our Top 10 were sent home... click through to see how it went down!


Steve Rifkind Battles Jamieson In Wall Smashing Contest

Steve negotiating the terms of the wall-smash

    * It started out with $100,000 offer to anyone that could knock him out...
    * It escalated into who could break a bone first...
    * And culminated in an age-old question: Is the headbutt mightier than the fist?

*** Industry News Exclusives…

    * Lil Wayne + AT&T = Lame
    * Brand New Guest Blog: Sha Stimuli - Is It Me?
    * Industry News: Imeem Charging Money + Unlimited Downloads in France + Flickr Lawsuit


Good. Comedy. Period.

Katt Williams: Promo Cartoon - Poor Little Tink Tink

    * Check out a cartoon version of one of his sketches
    * "It's Pimpin, Pimpin" on CD is in-stores NOW!!! Be sure to check out the DVD version, too!
    * The outspoken comic is bringing his critically acclaimed brand of comedy to Warner Bros. Records

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