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20130802-123022.jpgWhen it’s creative, it’s creative. I have to give Jimmy Fallon credit for one thing: his spin on culture is creative while staying relevant. And he has the ability to keep you engaged in the midst of it. I put him in the category of CC 101. Just enjoy this video as a testament to what he brings to the party…

 
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~Mive Content – Just to keep you in the know GoJu Nation.  This is another case of using the reality show vehicle as a platform to jump-start a career.  I’m not knocking the hustle per se but I am letting you know to be aware that the judges are now overshadowing the contestants by promoting their projects when they could/should be helping/encouraging the fledgling new comers. Food for thought.  If there was no “The Voice” would Miss Aguilera be promoting a new project by performing two of her singles on the show.  I’m not sayin, I’m just SAYING.  Now fan favorite Q’ban is here with the review of Christina’s newest album “Lotus”…

 
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Water Music artist, Alus, is unique with her R&B/Pop styling and sound. Blasting off in the industry with her single, “Run”, produced by Shaun Bless. In only one month, this budding songstress has already garnered 25,000 hits on Youtube and features on notable publication like King of A&R and Hits Daily Double to name a few.

 
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SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature-length performance documentary film about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast is the film’s director and interviewer Ice-T. Ice-T takes us on a deeply personal journey to uncover how this music of the street has grown to dominate the world. Along the way Ice-T meets some of the remarkable superstars of Rap, from Eminem to Dr. Dre, to Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. He exposes the roots and history of Rap and then, through meeting most of its most famous protagonists studies the living mechanism of the music to reveal The Art Of Rap.
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AND finally, our last installment of the Ras Benzo introduction to GothamJungle. Artists/Entertainers, let’s make sure your not in this category.
5.  Lying about your “internet sales”
There is no faster way to destroy your credibility than to inflate your album sales. If an album is good, then people will buy it, share it and spread it around like a dollop of mayonnaise on a tuna fish sandwich. Even without extreme sales success, artists can solidify their cultural relevance by releasing products that move the crowd. Early hip hop artists had minimal record sales even amidst the fiery buzz that surrounded the blossoming culture. Understand that this IS a business, and the better your sales, the more successful you will be and the more money you will have – point taken. However, artists like Slick Rick, Nelly, Rakim, L L Cool J, and others have suffered from poor sales, but the personal dignity of not lying about the units they move is what keeps them afloat.

 
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We bring you #4 on Ras Benzo’s list of what you should  not be doing in 2012.
4.  Starting a beef with people WAY more famous than you
There was a time in urban music when the playing field was a lot more even; a time when labels, artists and their fans worked together to make a way for the genre. It used to be that if you wanted to get some attention and make a name, you could pick a target and start some beef! Remember when Lolita Gooden made a name for herself when she dissed those four dudes who cancelled their appearance at a show? No. you don’t. But you do remember Roxanne Shante! It was the start of her career and the moment that rappers realized they could make a name for themselves by taking shots at people more famous than them.

 
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We continue Ras Benzo and his top 5 list of what you shouldn’t be doing as an artist in 2010.
3.  Beefing with your label in public
Even Nas, in his bitter relationship with Def Jam understands that beefing with your record label is so 15 years ago. The artist is responsible in this era of being mindful in negotiating a deal that supports his aspirations and potential. We all know that labels can be shady, unsupportive and down-right nasty, but they can also be the back bone of what holds you together. Rappers beefing with labels is like over-paid athletes complaining about their jobs/teams/salaries. There are so many people who would quickly take their place, who are lined up for the opportunity to be used and “abused” by the system. Being an artist is not a special talent. Working as a professional musician is a job – just like working in a factory. It might seem glorious, but those moments are the grand total years of hard work by tons of OTHER people. When the person with the least amount of sweat equity invested, often the newest person on the team (the artist) has the audacity to start a public beef with a system that has been working just fine for so long without them, The system does just that – it goes on to working just fine without them.

 

The music industry is a strange place driven by its own rules. It is often the place where popular groups are lauded for stealing material from lesser known acts. It is a place where notorious underground artists can write cheesy hits for artists it would seem they despise especially when their ghost-written efforts are way more successful than their own. Often, from the outside fans and aspiring artists get caught up in the hype and lose their way. They forget that there are lawyers, technicians, agents, vocal coaches, designers, managers, engineers and plenty of money involved in taking advantage of the casual listener’s naivety. A lot is invested in maintaining the illusion that is “professional image,” and they are not about to let some hood-rat rookie bring down the industry with their bad manners and lack of tact. As anxious as players can be to get in the game, there are certain things that will get you shutdown, locked-out and possibly killed. Here’s our top 5:

 

~Qban  – @TheRealQban – 2011’s latest boy band… don’t call it a comeback…they been here for years. lol. Yes, the boy band phenomenon have been with us since the Beatles to The Backstreet Boys to N’Sync to the urban infusions like New Edition to Immature and lets not forget B2K. There have been many, but what is different about Mindless Behavior? Not much. Let’s see if they fit the formula… 1. Cute kids for the girlies… check. 2. Backed by an industry icon, Johnny Wright… check. 3. Catchy, light songs with minimal substance… check. 4. A feature that is very NOW… They got Diggy Simmons, Ciara & Justin Timberlake… check, they’re good. 4. Dancing machines… CHECK! Hell, I wish I found these kids, this is a money-maker. On the “Who Cares Test”, I say they pass. Let check in with J.C.

 

After the success of “Thank Me Later” many hoped but were unsure how the YMCM member would respond to the huge success of his opening release. In true Drizzy style, it seems as if he planned all this out. Moving like a champion chess player Drake has strategically kept himself relevant with featured hits with Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross. While being mindful of over saturation, yet understand when to feed the public, Drake is simmering back to the top of the charts. The underground is buzzing about his newest single “Marvin’s Room”, so much so, it has already been remix by Jojo, Sammie and Nextday Entertainment/EMI diva Kim Morrell (S/o to @KimMorrellMusic… my Kimmy Love ya. ) and more… yet Kimmy killed it! Yes, that is fam!
Check the video, so official for Drake… check the @KimMorrellMusic remix… hit the twitter… spread the word. Why? ‘Cause @therealqban said so! #GothamJungle
Qban [@therealqban /@gothamjungle]

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