Music Competition Looking For Next Stars
Round One of the Intel(R) 2013 Superstars Competition is now complete. There were over 1,450 submissions and 100,000 votes, with four artists from four different genres — Rock, Pop, Latin, and R&B — being awarded a deluxe home studio prize package. The 2013 Round One winners are:
Rock: Pullman Standard (Hollywood, CA) Pop: Kristen Hope Justice (Buford, GA) Latin: Gregory Telfort (Freeport, NY) R&B: DeShaude (Toluca Lake, CA)
They will each receive a prize package that includes products from Gibson Guitars, Blue Microphones, Orange Amps, Creative Labs, HMDX, Sonos, V-MODA, and Intel. Additionally, they will compete in Round Three for the $10,000 Grand Prize.
Round Two is now open for entry and artists must enter by November 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM ET. Entrants can submit original music in any of the available Superstars music genres at www.superstars2013.com. Fan judging will run through November 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM ET. Round Two genre channels include: Country, Singer-Songwriter, Hip-Hop & Rap, and Electronic.
In Round Two, hundreds of artists will face off for more prizes, including a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize. Using OurStage.com’s patented judging technology, music fans will rank submissions in these four channels. The top-ranked artist in each channel will be a prize winner and one artist will ultimately receive a check for $10,000, courtesy of Intel. Tyler Barth, VP of Entertainment Relations at Blue Microphones says, “Hard-working unsigned talent represents the future of the music business. Giving these artists a platform to be recognized, appreciated, and exposed is what we love most about being a part of this contest.”
Entrance into the Intel 2013 Superstars Competition is free and is limited to residents of the United States who are at least 18 years old at time of entry.
The top 20 in each genre-based competition channel will advance to the Round Three stage of judging at 12:00 PM ET on November 30, 2013 through 11:59 AM ET on December 15, 2013. Of those artists, the final top 20-ranked artists will be submitted to Round Four, in which a panel of judges will select one grand prize winner, on or about December 20, 2013.
The industry panel will be made up of music experts and professionals, including Austin Renfroe (winner, 2011 Intel Superstar), Jason Ienner (Manager, Hot Chelle Rae and Haerts), Bruce Tyler (Industry Executive, former EVP at Sony), Tommy Page (Pandora VP of Artist and Brand Partnerships), Brian Nolan (Senior Director, Creative Agency – Columbia Records), Justin Lassen (Producer, Nihil Studios), Mike Rivet (Sr. Marketing Manager at Intel), and Scott Janovitz (Director of Community at OurStage.com). The panelists will determine the grand prize winner using a standard set of criteria: presentation, originality and creativity, melody, vocal ability, lyrics, and entertainment value.
Please visit http://superstars2013.com/ for the “Intel 2013 Superstars Competition” official rules, which include details regarding eligibility, the fan judging schedule, as well as a complete list of all the fantastic prizes to be awarded.
Geto Boys Take Over Shakespeare’s Lower Level For A Night
Kalamazoo, MI– Music fans received a pre-weekend treat via ASAP Promotions bringing legendary artists, Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill known on stage as the Geto Boys. Kalamazoo greeting the Houston, Texas natives with an October midwest welcome.
Shakespeare’s Lower Level has become a hub for indie performing artists locally as well as nationally. Opening acts, Knights of Mayhem(K.O.M), Slim C and Ed Genesis got the crowd hyped and primed with verses of consciousness. Performing new music as well as their signature songs set the temperature gauge on HOT.
DJ Gami on the 1’s and 2’s kicking out classic jams with new music kept the crowd on the dance floor in between acts. DJ ILLMIXX “chopped it up” with his scratching skills during Ed Genesis set, that concluded with his latest track, “In My Hood” (With my Skittles and Ice Tea), a tribute to Trayvon Martin.
Phat Joe The Hypeman kept the showing moving and the audience engaged with dance showcases for the ladies in the crowd that wanted to get on the stage and put in some “twerking’. Physically there were definitely more fellas in the audience than women, but when it was time for the women to represent with a unified good time scream prompted by Phat Joe, the audio decibels went off the chart.
Can you imagine what a sardine feels like in a can? Hundreds of screaming fans in anticipation of hip hop artists that have entertained and educated with their music across the country. If you were at the show, you would have felt that exact sentiment. Many independent artists in the audience trying to catch the attention of the legends, to hold their glance for just a few seconds to acknowledge the respect and hustle of a icons that have made such an impact to hip hop.
Performing to a practically sold out venue, platinum hip hop artists, The Geto Boys came onto the stage individually, with Scarface entering the stage and the crowd erupting in unison with enthusiasm to his classic single, “Smile”, from his fourth album, The Untouchable that featured the late Tupac”. Mind Playing Tricks On Me” from the their 1991 album, We Can’t Be Stopped to name a few.
Nearly everyone at the show were singing lyric for lyric to every song the legends dished out. Fans that have followed the Geto Boys from the start of their career to those that are catching up on their music created a life long night of memories to recall.
Some die hard fans brought in classic memorabilia to have signed. If you had a puzzled look on your face as to what that “small case was that was held in the air and waved back and forth by a fan rocking to the jams, well it was a cassette tape. That is how far back the love and music career of the The Geto Boys go.
Days of saying that there isn’t enough to do in Kalamazoo is over. ASAP Promotions continues to bring energy and positivity with the music acts that brings crowds of music fans young and old.
Mark your planners for the next show at Shakespeare’s Lower Level with Rittz, Snow Tha Product & Jarren Benton scheduled for November 22, 2013 at Shakespeare’s Lower Level.
Underground Canadian Hip-Hop Hero the Incredible Ease Succumbs To Cancer
Kalamazoo, MI–Unable to receive proper treatment for lymphoma because of American status, Canadian-based hip-hop pioneer Edwin Kohn (a.k.a. the Incredible Ease) succumbed to the disease (October 2).
Raised in Paterson, NJ, Kohn briefly served in the U.S. Navy, before being honorably discharged and focusing on music. Ease was an active member of the West Coast hip-hop community and a member of the late ’80s group EQ, which also featured Quaze.
Kohn’s work as the Incredible Ease and EQ inspired West Coast rappers like Moka Only, Madchild and the Battle Axe crew, among many others, thanks to tracks like “All Praises Due” and “Who Rocks?”, as well as his weekly late-night radio program, The Krispy Bisket Show, which was co-hosted alongside collaborator DJ Kilocee on CJSF 90.1 FM.
He is survived by his wife and daughter.
“All Praised Due”
ASAP Promotions Presents: Geto Boys In Concert At The Globe
KALAMAZOO, MI — Hip-hop legends, Geto Boys will perform in Kalamazoo in October.
Members, Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D will perform October 3 at Shakespeare’s Pub’s Lower Level, 241 E. Kalamazoo Ave. Tickets are available now. They are $20 in advance and $35 the day of the event. They are available online at http://www.zvents.com/
Based out of Houston Texas, Geto Boys released their first single, “Car Freak” in 1986 followed by the groups debut album in 1988, Making Trouble.
The original “Ghetto Boys” consisted first of Raheem, The Slim Jukebox, and Sir Rap-A-Lot. When Raheem and Sir Rap-A-Lot left, the group added DJ Ready Red, Prince Johnny C, and Little Billy (the dancer who later came to be known as Bushwick Bill).
Scarface and Bushwick Bill continued with the Geto Boys as the group had members drop out to pursue solo careers.
Most recently, In 2012, the Geto Boys released a song with the Insane Clown Posse on The Mighty Death Pop!‘s “White Pop” bonus album “Mike E. Clark’s Extra Pop Emporium“.
For more information about the show, call 269-488-7782 or go toshakespearespub.com.
The Bronx Recognized as “Places Of Invention”
The Bronx will be recognized by the Smithsonian as a “Place of Invention” for the community’s role in developing innovative sound systems that led to the rise of hip hop. The exhibit is planned for the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center in Washington, D.C. and the Bronx will be recognized alongside Silicon Valley, MIT and Cambridge as well as several other communities in the US.
Grand Wizzard Theodore, who invented scratching, expressed the importance of keeping the history of hip hop alive. “I think it’s really cool that they’re doing something like this. People need to know the history behind it all,” said Theodore.
De La Soul With New Singles and Album, ‘You’re Welcome’
Me, myself and I and quite a few fans would be interested in new music from legendary hip hop trio, De La Soul. De La Soul have announced plans to release a new monthly series of singles leading up to their new album in nine years.
“Get Away (feat. the spirit of Wu-Tang),” in the first of the hip-hop group’s planned series of monthly single releases, through YouTube and social media. The group has decided to only release songs building momentum for their new album ’You’re Welcome.’De La Soul will join LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Ice Cube next month to kick off the summer’s national Kings of the Mic Tour. The tour will make a stop at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI, June 26, 2013.
Kings of the Mic tour dates:
May 23 – Tucson, AZ @ Ava Amphitheater
May 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Casino
May 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 26 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
May 30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
May 31 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
June 1 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
June 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
June 6 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
June 7 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
June 12 – Baltimore, MD @ Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
June 14 – Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Amphitheatre
June 15 – Portsmouth, VA @ Telos Wireless Pavilion
June 16 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
June 18 – Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
June 19 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
June 20 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
June 22 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
June 23 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
June 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
June 26 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 1 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
July 2 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater
July 3 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
July 5 – New Orleans, LA @ Essence Music Festival
Are You Down With O.P.P? Naughty By Nature At Shakespeare’s In Kalamazoo, April 4, 2013
Grammy Award winning, Platinum-album selling, legendary New Jersey hip hop trio, Naughty By Nature will perform in Thursday, in Kalamazoo.
ASAP Promotions, managed by owner, Adam Shepperd continues to build a brand of entertainment that “hip hop heads” and music lovers alike can enjoy quality entertainment on a consist basis in Kalamazoo.
Group members, Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee — will perform April 4 at Shakespeare’s Pub’s Lower Level, 241 E. Kalamazoo Ave. Tickets went on sale March 1. They are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event.
Naughty By Nature was discovered by fellow New Jersey native, Queen Latifah and the group released its self-titled debut album in 1991, an instant hip hop classic, “O.P.P.”
Naughy By Nature split in 1999 with each members pursue other avenues. Treach and Vin Rock performed as a duo until reuniting with DJ Kay Gee in 2008.
Local legends kicking off the show include politically driven, lyrical “heayweight” hip hop artist, Skitzo MichiganMusic M as well as next Generation Prophecies-Goodie Boy Flood, Matt Black & MC Friendly wsg/ Ty Beat from Young Heavy Souls and H&R Blok.
DJ’s Gami & Popsh!t will be spinning the hottest 90’s music all night.
The trio released its latest album, “Anthem Inc.,” in December, 2011. The group continues to tour globally, from Australia to Canada and New Jersey to South Africa.
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LL Cool J, Thirteenth Studio Album, Authentic Available In April
James Todd Smith, better known as LL Cool J, (short for Ladies Love Cool James rapper, entrepreneur, and actor from Bay Shore, New York. He is affectionately known for his love songs , “I Need Love“, “Around the Way Girl” and “Hey Lover“. He has an extensive catalog that includes twelve studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, including 2008’s Exit 13, the last for his record deal with Def Jam Records.
He has also appeared in numerous films, including Halloween H20: 20 Twenty Years Later, and currently stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles.
Authentic, LL Cool J’s thirteenth studio album is set to be released on April 30, 2013.
LL Cool J performed his new single, “Whaddup” from Authentic, at the 55th Grammys at the Staples Center.
LL Cool J To Headline, “Kings Of The Mic” Tour In May
A few legends of hip-hop will perform at Casino del Sol’s AVA May 23 as the “Kings of the Mic” tour kicks off in Tucson. LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul are all scheduled to perform.
Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Hip-Hop Artist Palermo Stone to Release Album, R.A.R.E [Deluxe]
Palermo Stone hailing from Pittsburgh has emerged as an hip hop artist who prides himself on creating music with powerful messages. Stone has three soloalbums under his belt (“R.A.R.E.” – 2012; “For My Culture” – 2011; “Beautiful Music” – 2010).
R.A.R.E [Deluxe] will be available March 24 for $1. In addition to a full-length album ,R.A.R.E., which stands for “Revitalizing Art; Reinventing Emotion,” will come with an electronic book that depicts original artwork from around the nation and tells the story of the album’s creation.
“These days, fans aren’t connected to the music and they need to be. I want to change the way they receive the music,” Stone commented about his decision to release his album in such a manner. “I want to take their involvement to the next level by first making the music as affordable as I can (for one dollar), and also including this book that was written to tell them the inside story of how it was all created.