I refer to Amina Diop as Amina Means Business when I speak on the phone with her. Why? She calls the plays behind numerous entertainers you watch and listen to daily. The blooming star we know as Jeffery aka Young Thug in 2016 rose to superstar levels under her guidance. When the trap god Gucci Mane was released back in May 2016, he immediately jumped back on the scene like he never left. His wife to be and also managed by Amina, Keyshia Ka'oir runs a cosmetics product line doing quite well on the market. Other clients such as MPA Peewee Longway, Rosta Acosta, and more all have their own brands which she handles through The Diop Agency as well. How is she able to manage all these personalities and secure the bag daily? This is information you will find out during our Weekend Werkshop on The Art Of Management hosted by Sammy Approved.
As the 2016 year comes to an end, a new legion of artist are pushing to the front with singles and EPs that seem promising going into the new year. With legend after legend being taken away, we must give attention to the new voices of the generation. The way music is consumed today it is easy to miss all the amazing talent actively werking. Lucky you have programs like Cookies and Lemonade which keep you updated on the new records coming out! I have compiled a list of 10 artist you should put an asterisk beside for 2017. These artist range in musical style and content. Simply click on image to go to respective Soundcloud page. Enjoy.
I checked my Twitter trending topics and wondered why I seen both Chance The Rapper and Jeremih's names going crazy. Well looks like the two dropped a Christmas project around 2am this morning. Titled 'Merry Christmas Lil Mama' the duo have surprised attacked the world. The Chicago natives dedicated the tape to the Windy City.
Unless you literally live under a rock attached to a gigantic tree you know Patchwerk Recording Studios has 21 years of history behind them. Keep in mind everything we do through IdOMUSIC is powered by their network. Studio owner Curtis Daniel III decided to reach into the archives of some of the great interviews our clients have conducted over the years.
Honey, ginger, vitamins and rose tea were just some of the many items on display at Lady Bose’s Weekend Werkshop. Patchwerk’s vocal Coach, Lady Bose puts all of her secrets on the table at this weekend’s werkshop. Bose discussed the essentials for vocal health and wellness in order to protect and and grow vocal performance.
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.