The Best Remix Contest

Greetings and Salutations blog readers, time is a luxury that eludes me so lets start with the contest then get right into the update.

The Best Remix Contest

Are you a talented DJ or producer? Here's your chance to remix a track by international recording artist Tyger Vinum. This contest is open to DJ's, producers and musicians worldwide.

The Rules: You will be given the accapella "Grindin Muzik" (the title track off the new album) and your task is to remix the song by adding your own original beat and production. To enter the contest and receive the song contact my colleague at liz@tygervinum.com and put “The Best Remix Contest” as the subject.

Deadline: July 4th, 2010 (12 midnight EST)

NO submissions will be accepted after this date. The winner will be notified by email.

Prize: 1 Tyger Vinum T-shirt and a copy of all 3 Tyger Vinum albums. The winning song and producer will also be listed in Tyger Vinum's Myspace music player, website and blog for 30 days.

To view the blogspot copy and paste the url in a new window (http://atasteofvinum.blogspot.com). The blog is hosted on blogger.com which is competition for myspace so they won’t allow you to access the page thru the link. I’m looking forward to hearing some bangin remixes so get at me. Now that we got the PSA (public service announcement) out the way lets get into the juicy stuff.

I went to a Gangstarr tribute show at the melkweg a few weeks ago, DJ Premiere and DJ Scratch played a dope set of 90's Hip-Hop. Scratch played most of the evening from around 10-3am and had the club jumping. Around 3am Premiere hit the stage and rocked the crowd for an hour our so. The place was packed, the vibe was chill and everyone had a good night. R.I.P. Guru.

On May 28th I hosted a show for Street Afrike (a street without fear and cold) in the Ruigoord, Amsterdam. The show was dope, the location was unusual cuz the Ruigoord is a hippie, naturalist community. Most of the residents wore homemade clothes, grew there own food, and listened to folk music around the bonfire. We came there with bright clothes, loud music, DJ’s, dancers and mayhem....they weren’t ready for that. The party was dope, Street Afrike is a collective of musicians playing traditional African instruments mixed with Hip-Hop beats, singers and emcees.

The front man for the group is this cat Scorpio that I’ve know for a long time. He’s more of a conscious rapper who is convinced that the younger generation is being brainwashed by music glorifying drugs, violence, sex and death. Street Afrike is providing a positive contribution to the youth, culture and Hip-Hop community to change that image. Along with Scorpio there were performances from Bad Habbitz (a Dutch emcee who rhymes in English) and Geoffy G (a Nigerian reggae singer with dreads and a style like Bob Marley). Both guys gave a good show and although the venue wasn't packed, by the end of the show they had won over the crowd.

One of my favorite 90's Hip-Hop groups has re-united and is doing a show in Amsterdam on June 10th. Black Sheep was one of the founding members of the iconic Native Tongues collective which started the whole conscious rap movement. The Native Tongues were a super group consisting of The Jungle Brothers, Black Sheep, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, and De La Soul. Black Sheep debut album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, released in 1991 which gained them praise and recognition in the hip-hop community for the album’s unique rhythms and intelligent lyrics. That album produced 3 Billboard singles "The Choice is Yours," "Work We Do," and "Strobe Light Honey," which propelled the group towards stardom.

They released a second album Non-Fiction in 1994 but it wasn't as successful do to poor album promotion and label support. Since then the group members Dres, and Mr. Long separated and worked on solo projects until re-uniting in 2008. There show is in Amsterdam at the Bitterzoet night club on June 10th which is the same night I have school. Needless to say I’m gonna go to school cuz its important, but damn I’m hating it right now.

I fly back to the states in mid-July for a meeting with Def Jam. I’ve gone as far as I can as an independent and now its time to take my career to the next level. I’ve proven I can sell records, I can make money, and can win awards. The only thing I don’t have is the exposure to be a household name. That’s where the majors come in. When talking about the majors like Def Jam, Sony, Interscope, and the rest, you have to look at them as banks giving a loan. Basically I will keep making the same music, and they will put in the millions of dollars it takes to promote and generate public attention for my project. So when my album is released online and in physical stores, people know where to get it. In return for the promotional engine they usually want half the profits and some creative input on what’s being released.

I’ve stayed independent for so long cuz no label up to now has offered me the right kind of deal. Everyone gets cheated in a record deal, but depending on how good your lawyer is, you can negotiate terms that insure you benefit from the contract. The more projects released and effort on your part to generate a fan-base, gives you more bargaining power when in negotiations. Allot of artists get a record deal, spend the advance and when its time to pay it back, don’t have the money. In those cases not only is the artist in debt, but the label owns there name, music and has them locked under contract so they can’t record with other artists to lower there debt. This is a common occurrence in the music industry and has happened to artists like Prince the group TLC and numerous others. I refuse to be a victim, so my advice is research as much as you can about the business before signing any contract. The more you know now, the less surprises later...food for thought.

Until next we speak, Be well

Tha One an Only

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