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Posted by DOWBOY on May 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Why do you have to put your FREE mixtape on Datpiff if you have a website? You're just drawing traffic to Daftpiff and making them money.

Many independent rappers have come to the conclusion that putting their mixtape on Datpiff is the industry standard. But the fact is they are just following the crowd.

Datpiff or any other mixtape website will post your mixtape in order to draw traffic to their site with the expectation of selling ads based on that traffic, etc

Some rappers feel that by only posting their mixtapes on Datpiff they are using Datpiff's market to build their own brand.

However, that's not necessarily true. There are several hundred mixtapes on Datpiff that have less than 100 views. There is nothing but clutter on that site and your mixtape will more than likely get lost in the clutter.

By putting your mixtape on your own website you will be able to draw traffic there, whereby you can perhaps sell merchandise, sell ad space, sell a bonus single, etc.

I say put your mixtape on your own website first and then post it on as many other sites as possible. However, when you promote the mixtape promote it a way to drive traffic mainly to your website.

By Jesse Atkinson, CEO of Urban Threshold Inc. and Founder of The A&R Power Summit and The Underground Music Awards



Fake Downloads On Datpiff + Fake Views On Youtube + Fake Followers On Twitter + Fake Fans On Facebook = FAKE MOVEMENT.

Posted by DOWBOY on May 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The fact is that Successful Independent artists promote themselves, book their own shows, sell their own CDs, and establish relationships directly with fans.

It defeats the purpose of developing a real brand by constantly paying for services that get you stat boosts on Datpiff, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube etc.

I can understand paying for stat boosts a few times but not constantly. Boosts can be used to position yourself, but you still need to develop REAL FANS. When artists pay for number boosts, they usually put little investment or little effort into genuine promotion to spur growth and visibility.

Furthermore, if you have inflated stat numbers but low fan engagement, for example low CD purchases or low showcase ticket sales, then that's a failure in of itself.

Moreover, paying for stat boosts EVERY TIME you drop a new project just gives a false impression of growth when in fact your movement may be stagnant. It makes more sense to get on your grind, get a plan, get a budget and build your brand via grassroots marketing one fan at a time.

Invest in a solid Music Marketing Plan which includes Online Promo, PR/Publicity, E-Blasts, Video and Radio Promo, concert/Shows, Press Releases and Street Team/Club Promo.

Hire a good PR person with proven relationships with bloggers, websites, and print media, which will allow more national access to your movement. It's not cheap but it pays off a lot more in the long run.

Equally important, it should be noted that Major Record Labels themselves are even known to buy back their own releases to boost sales. However, if indie artists want to survive and grow their business, then it's best for them to develop real fans who will buy their music or pay to come see them perform. You have to make moves, document your moves and then inform the public about your movement. Utilize Press Releases and E-Blasts to inform fans. Indie artists need to stop mimicking major artists and just keep it authentic.

And always remember that the key to creating a genuine "Buzz" starts with having a GREAT PRODUCT. Without that everything else is moot. In order to create a successful genuine movement, you must treat your music career like it's a business.


The Truth About Boost Marketing

Posted by DOWBOY on May 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Written by Jesse Atkinson, Founder of The A&R Power Summit and The Underground Music Awards

BOOST MARKETINGLately, there has emerged a myriad of companies that advertise "Boost Marketing."

What is Boost Marketing? Boost marketing, which is also known as "Short Cut Marketing," involves enhancing the numbers of an artist's statistics to give the appearance of increased traffic. Oftentimes the stat boosts are not real but are falsely manufactured.

Several companies advertise that they can get an artist thousands of Twitter followers or Facebook Fans, etc. They also advertise that they can increase the Youtube numbers on an artist's music video.

Many rappers and singers believe that Boost Marketing can give them leverage or an edge in the marketplace. Additionally, many artists believe that by boosting their stats, it will attract major labels and possibly get them a recording deal.

But the major record labels want to do business with artists who have PROVEN MOVEMENTS. They not only want your MUSIC, they want your FANS as well!.

Record label executives can see right through the manufactured stats. When an artist's music video has 500,000 views on Youtube with 12 likes and one comment, then something is not adding up.

With the emergence of "Boost Marketing," nowadays some rappers have movements that are faker than a $3 dollar bill.



Posted by DOWBOY on April 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The three incidents took place in Orange County, Fla.

In 2005, Zimmerman, then 20, was arrested and charged with “resisting officer with violence” and “battery of law enforcement officer,” both which are third-degree felonies. The charge was reduced to “resisting officer without violence” and then waived when he entered an alcohol education program. Contemporaneous accounts indicate he shoved an officer who was questioning a friend for alleged underage drinking at an Orange County bar.In August 2005, Zimmerman’s ex-fiancee, Veronica Zuazo, filed a civil motion for a restraining order alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman counterfiled for a restraining order against Zuazo. The competing claims were resolved with both restraining orders being granted.In December 2006, Zimmerman was charged with speeding. The case was dismissed when the officer failed to show up in court.Advertise | AdChoices On Feb. 26, in Sanford, Fla., Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, who was unarmed. Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch volunteer, told police that he shot in self-defense and that Martin attacked him, breaking his nose.

Read the Feb. 26 incident


Posted by DOWBOY on April 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

n late 2010 and early 2011 George Zimmerman, the Hispanic Sanford, Fla., man who shot and killed 17-year-old black teen Trayvon Martin, publicly demanded discipline in a race-related beating case for at least two of the police officers who cleared him after the Feb. 26 altercation, according to records obtained by The Daily Caller.In a letter to Seminole County NAACP president Turner Clayton, a member of the Zimmerman family wrote that George was one of “very few” in Sanford who publicly condemned the “beating of the black homeless man Sherman Ware on Dec. 4, 2010, by the son of a Sanford police officer,” who is white.

TheDC has confirmed the identity of the Zimmerman family member who wrote the letter but is withholding that person’s specific identity out of concern for the family’s safety.

On Dec. 4, 2010, Justin Collison, the son of Sanford Police Department Lt. Chris Collison, was involved in a bar fight at The Wet Spot bar in Sanford. During the fight, which moved from indoors to outdoors, the younger Collison struck Ware.

Ware suffered a concussion, and paramedics took him to the hospital shortly after police arrived on the scene. Collison was not arrested or charged, even though an onlooker had video evidence of his actions.

No arrest was made and no action taken for weeks. Documents and emails now show police officers and officials from the office of the State Attorney operated with extreme caution because Collison’s father was a high-ranking law enforcement officer.

In the final days of 2010, an Orlando television station aired the video footage of Justin Collison beating Ware. Collison turned himself in six days later, on Jan. 3, 2011. He agreed to pay for Ware’s medical bills and make donations to nonprofit organizations, including the NAACP. (RELATED: Full coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting)

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Posted by DOWBOY on April 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

here's word that Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston were planning to re-marry before her tragic death. A source close to the former couple, Derrick Handspike, told The National Enquirer that the pair was planning to jump the broom again. Supposedly, the decision came after a passionate week at her Atlanta home, but the Houston family was not feeling the news.

“Bobby told me, ‘Whitney and me are getting married again,’" Derrick said. "They were planning a small wedding, prob­ably in Las Vegas with just the two of them and their daughter Krissi."

Although the couple divorced in 2007, Derrick claims the two never really ended their relationship. Derrick claims, “Bobby told me, ‘The world may have thought we were histo­ry, but the reality is we were never really apart. We’ve never stopped loving each other.’ ”

While some may blame Bobby for Whitney's trouble with substance abuse, the singer supposedly felt that he could have kept her alive.

“I could have saved her!" Derrick claims Bobby said. "If I had been with Whitney, she never would have died in that hotel bathtub. I would have never left her alone!”

Derrick claims that Bobby and Whitney were still so in love with one another that any other man in her life really stood a chance. 

“Their relationship had turned into more of a friendship,” Derrick said of Whitney's rumored romance with Ray J. “Bobby knew Whitney was still in love with him. Even Ray J knew nothing could break Bobby and Whitney’s tight bond.”

According to Derrick the death of Bobby's father is the tragedy that bought Bobby and Whitney back together, despite his relationship with fiancee Alicia Etheridge. After the funeral, Bobby supposedly flew to Atlanta and stayed with Whitney and their daughter Bobbi Kristina.

“Bobby and Whitney went to some of their favorite restaurants, reminisced about the good old days, and watched TV,” Derrick dished. “They slept together in Whitney’s bedroom, and talked about what kind of wedding they’d have. Bobby told me, ‘That week was the happiest I’ve been. Whit­ney and I got that old feeling back, and we were a family again.’”

As happy as Bobby and Whitney were to be back together, a source claims that resistance from her family is what sent her over the edge. The insider said, "Whitney’s erratic behavior re­turned, and she went on a booze and pill bender in the days lead­ing up to her death."


Singer R. Kelly has emergency surgery on tonsil & LOST HIS TIP !!DAM YALL!!

Posted by DOWBOY on July 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM Comments comments (0)

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly has been hospitalized after emergency throat surgery in Chicago, forcing him to give up performing for an unknown period while he recuperates, the singer's spokesman said Wednesday.

Kelly, 44, had complained of throat pain and was rushed on Tuesday to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where surgeons the same day drained an abscess on one of his tonsils, spokesman Allan Mayer said.

The Chicago native will be "laid up indefinitely" as he heals, he said.

Last year, the self-proclaimed Pied Piper of R&B released a critically acclaimed retro-soul album, titled "Love Letter," and recently completed the U.S. leg of a worldwide tour. It isn't clear when Kelly might be well enough to resume doing concerts again, Mayer said.

Kelly alluded to discomfort in his throat last week in a tweet, which was also posted on his official website, saying optimistically, "I feel like my throat is coming back. I've been in bed sweating like crazy."

Kelly won a Grammy in 1997 for his gospel-tinged "I Believe I Can Fly," and is also known for his musical melodrama "Trapped in the Closet," a multipart saga about an ever-expanding cast of characters.

The medical issue comes soon after reports that Kelly faces a $2.9 million foreclosure on his suburban Chicago mansion.

Crain's Chicago Business reported that JPMorgan Chase filed a foreclosure lawsuit last month in Cook County Circuit Court. It states Kelly hadn't made monthly mortgage payments since June 2010.

The Olympia Field home's appraised value fell 26 percent in a year, to $3.8 million in 2010, Crain's reported.

Kelly's spokesman has declined to discuss the home but has said the singer is not in financial trouble.


Foxy Brown Tossed From Cruise, "You Had To Really Act A Fool To Get Put Off"

Posted by DOWBOY on March 26, 2011 at 7:38 PM Comments comments (0)

Foxy Brown Tossed From Cruise, "You Had To Really Act A Fool To Get Put Off" Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 9:34AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Related ArticlesFoxy Brown Reveals History-Making "Black Roses" PlanFoxy Brown Says Drunk Rumors Are Na Na True"Kim, You've Had A Problem W/ Foxy, Nicki, Faith, Charli [&] Everybody"Foxy Brown Flushes Drunk Bathroom Rumors, "There Was No Drama" Brooklyn rapper Foxy Brown has reportedly experienced another incident where she was removed from an event and escorted elsewhere due to inexplicable behavior.

According to reports, Brown was recently escorted off a cruise with radio veteran Tom Joyner.

*Another "Brown" is in the news for acting a fool in public. Tom Joyner announced on his show this morning that Foxy Brown was kicked off of his "Fantastic Voyage" cruise and escorted right to a plane. "We put Foxy off the cruise. Let's just say she got put off," Joyner said on his morning show. "You had to really act a fool to get put off." The radio vet and his crew offered no details about what went down. (Eur Web)Prior to the removal, Foxy had reportedly called into Joyner's radio show.

The conversation ended abruptly, and no one could figure out if the call was accidentally disconnected, or if Foxy had hung up on them. Tom offered somewhat of an explanation, saying it was Foxy who cut the call short: "You know Foxy, after the interview, she called back and she was crying. And I said, 'See, she's gonna be alright.' Well, I was proven wrong." Tom and his fellow hosts did share that, because the ship doesn't have a jail, Foxy was "sent to her cabin" and "locked in[...] but that wasn't enough." Sybil, Tom's co-host, claimed that she was eventually removed from the ship and escorted to a plane. (Necole Bitchie)Last month, rumors emerged claiming Foxy was forced to leave a New York City event due to being intoxicated.

Foxy Brown was escorted out of a fashion show party in NYC Wednesday night ... TMZ has learned -- after the female rapper allegedly showed up intoxicated ... long after she was scheduled to perform. Sources at Red Bull Space in Soho -- which hosted the after party for Indashio's fashion show -- tell TMZ, Foxy showed up at 1:20AM ... ten minutes before the entire party was supposed to shut down. We're told everyone was already on their way out when Foxy came in -- and decided to lock herself in abathroom ... and refuse to come out. According to sources, security was called ... and Foxy was physically removed from the building. Foxy's rep had no comment. (TMZ)However, she later came forward and denied the allegations.

"I don't know how any rumors got started. [Fashion designer] Indashio is a personal friend of mine -- I'm his biggest supporter, he's my biggest supporter...It was all about me coming to support one of my closest friends in fashion. And when I got there, he dragged me in, and we were falling all over, happy. Happy, not intoxicated, at all. I'm not even a drinker. And we never locked ourselves in the bathroom; people were coming in and out. They're saying I was physically escorted out of the building by security, that I had this huge fight, I was intoxicated, falling all over. And there's not one picture, one photo from any of the club-goers, nothing. Not only that -- it took six days for this quote-unquote "breaking story" to surface? Does that make sense?" (Billboard)

Mike Vick's High School Refuses to Hang His Jersey

Posted by DOWBOY on March 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM Comments comments (0)

Despite a student-run Facebook campaign in favor of hanging the NFL’s star’s jersey, Newport News Public Schools in Virginia opted not to display Vick’s jersey in his former high school.


“It is the final decision,” spokeswoman Michelle Price told the Virginian-Pilot newspaper. “The school administrators just decided that they are not going to take action on the students’ request.”


The spokeswoman says that administrators are worried that displaying Vic’s jersey could cause vandalism or theft, and she doubts the principal is willing to reconsider the decision.


Vick was Warwick High’s star quarterback in the late ’90s, but after his 2007 felony conviction on charges relating to a dog-fighting, the school took his jersey down. He has since returned to the NFL as a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.


Is it still too soon to support Vick again?

Freekey Dubs Cam'ron Undefeated Champion of Rap Battles

Posted by DOWBOY on March 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM Comments comments (0)

Cam can be messed with when it comes to beefin'! 


Freekey Zekey showed much love for his Dipset Crew, but says any battle that Cam came across, he melted whatever the situation was." He explains that they all have their minds on making money right now, back in the days of the 50, Nas, and Jay Z battles Cam "had the grenades, rocket launchers, the parachutes ready." Touting the rest of the group as undeniable superstars in their own right, praising Jim Jones for flipping the script constantly, and Julez's hard hitting words, the reconciled group are a force to be reckoned whether they are together or not. 

What do you think of the newly reunited Diplomats?