SonyBMG is set to announce a dismantling of its Sony Urban Music division that will hand pink slips to a large number of employees just in time for the holiday. Sources said employees’ nerves have been rattled while they wait for the layoff ax to fall ever since Rob Stringer, brother of Sony Corp. boss Howard Stringer, took over for Ienner in September.
Check out “Not a rapper, just a hustler that can rap good”.Â Read excerpt Below.
I think 2006 will be remembered as the year that The Hustler trumped The MC as the prevailing icon of the culture. The year that rappers became so busy trying to be entrepreneurs and pitchmen and Hollywood actors that they didnâ€™t have the time or the inclination to make dope music anymore. The year that being a rap artistâ€”someone who sincerely aspires to spit mind-blowing rhymesâ€”became, well, kinda corny. The year all your favorite rap stars started adamantly denying they were rappers.
Where, exactly, does that leave rap fans? If itâ€™s corny to make rap music, is it corny to listen to it too?
I have nothing against hustlers per say. Thereâ€™s always been hustlers in hip-hop, and a good lot of them have managed to make hot music. The problem with so many of the hip-hop hustlers today is that hustling is their sole focus, their primary purpose, their reason to be. That and the fact that theyâ€™re often peddling Bull#!# products. Their goal is to charm you with their slick persona/sexy swagger/dramatic backstory/titillating beefsâ€”and then get you to shell out for a mediocre album, or some ugly sneakers (word to Ice Cream), or a weird energy drink. In some places, guys like that are called con artists. And nobody wants to feel like theyâ€™ve been conned.
Based in the Jacksonville area, Veronicas Veil are rapidly expanding their fanbase with their unique brand of dueling vocal heavy progressive rock. Fronted by both Randy Winter and Jordyn Jackson, they have been described in press as ‘the direction Evanescence should have gone.’ Veronicas Veil have sold roughly 8,000 copies of their demo cd ‘Middle of Nowhere‘ through their sold out gigging in Florida, grabbing the attention of major and indie labels. Atlantic and Virgin have been out to see the band very recently, with a second Atlantic showcase scheduled for tomorrow in Florida. No management or legal attached. For more information, contact Randy Winter 904.226.4490. Check out the tracks Echoes and Self-Destruct
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