Gucci has done more in the six months since his May 26th release date from federal prison than some artists have done in a decade of their career. The Return of East Atlanta Santa is the third release from Gucci in six months. It was the first album he wrote outside of his prison time as opposed to his previous two that were written during his sentence.
The nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards were announced today. The field is led by Beyoncé with 9 nominations, followed by similarly huge stars Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West (8 each). We have listed 84 categories for you to review below. Earlier this year, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) modernized their gold and platinum program for albums.
2016 saw other major changes in the music industry for Grammy eligibility.
If you have ever tuned in to watch HBO's comedy series Insecure, then you might have been entertained by the music which punctuates particular scenes thanks to no other than Solange Knowles? In a time where the soundtracks don't really receive the love as once before, Insecure has no problem fulfilling the void. The creator and star of show Issa Rae understands creating the vibe for the show and the characters associated with it.
The show can be described according to The L.A. Times: The half-hour series explores the friendship between two African American women who deal with their sometimes stormy relationship while also grappling with conflicts inside and outside black culture. Much of the humor has a raw flavor, and does not hold back on sexually frank situations and dialogue."
One thing we know about Gucci Mane is he will consistently drop music. He released a new visual for his recent collaboration with Travis Scott called Last Time produced by Zaytoven. After watching this video I feel we will see more visuals utilizing night vision. All they needed was a wintery night, a vehicle they could lift up, light on fire and drop swag on the record! Directed by and starring Harmony Korine who is the man behind Spring Breakers and the cult classic Kids(do your internet research!)
Social media has become the messenger for all information good or bad. Well this past Friday November 25th our @idomusiconline and @patchwerkstudio Twitter and Instagram timeline was flooded from select industry influencers about the passing of a very well respected brother named Mel Carter. People follow the entertainers but rarely know the story of the management who make the moves in the background. Mel Carter was a standup individual and respected on numerous levels.
Steve Rifkind is a music entrepreneur responsible for birthing Loud Records which was home to hip hop notables Wu Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Three Six Mafia, Big Punisher and more in the early 90's. His history in the music biz is not up for discussion as the accolades speak for themselves. He pretty much invented street team promotions which is a lost art in today's game. Looks like he is cooking up something sweet for 2017 and you might want to get involved.
Finally a contest for emcees who's only crime is they can paint pictures effortlessly. The disclaimer I give every artist who comes in for our monthly contest conducted every last Thursday of the month is come correct. You are given 15 minutes to werk on thirty two bars with a professional engineer in a real session. Real session meaning you can punch in, stack your vocals, insert ad libs, and more. Whatever you gotta do to make your 32 bars legit is what we are focused on.
Let me paint the picture for you. A super talented musician which you don't know of hands you their cd. They suggest you support the arts by handing them any amount of money. The CD is written in sharpie and clearly zero visuals presented. You may decide to give them a few bucks but have no interest in playing the cd at all. It just so happens the project is undeniably good but you never pressed play because nothing grabbed your attention to do so. Meet the issue of many today. A failure to give attention to the cover art is a deciding factor for many across the world.
Today music generates money when it's played rather than when it is purchased. This is the new business for the music industry. The first week sales don't tell the story of the future success of the release. The earning span of the project is where the opportunity to win big comes in. I never understood the conversations of discussing what an album sales it's initial week anyway. It's an issue to find a complete project you will tolerate from beginning to end today so the game has been altered.
Producers looking for an opportunity and exposure should get involved with That Tight Thirty Two On Thurzdayz contest. The event benefits both producers and emcees. Producers must submit three wav files for review. The staff selects which producer has the best three tracks. If selected the producer is invited to attend the session and watch multiple emcees spit over their production. The producers can exchange contact info and build a relationship with the talented emcees for future collaborations. Put some definition to your sound!