Monthly Archives: September 2008

Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Joins Hip Hop Caucus toRegister 50K Voters During Nationwide “One Vote” Registration Drive

(New York, NY) September 30th, 2008- The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) today announced that it will join and support the efforts of the Hip-Hop Caucus (HHC) to register to vote (50,000) fifty thousand voters in one day. Tuesday, September, 30, 2008 is set as the target day that HHC’s “Respect My Vote” Get-Out-The-Vote campaign endorsed and led by TI, and in partnership with the Radio One Network will focus on getting thousands of new voter registrations completed in the sixteen markets across America where Radio One has radio stations including Dallas, Baltimore, Washington, and Cleveland. HSAN has Hip-Hop Team Vote constituencies in those and other markets such as New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Charlotte. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Co-Founder and President of HSAN stated, “We are pleased to join Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr. CEO of HHC, and TI to support the “Respect My Vote” national campaign to register voters on September, 30th. We will be on the radio, the Internet, and use every possible means of communication to stress the historic importance of getting thousands of people registered to vote.” Valeisha Butterfield, Executive Director of HSAN emphasized, “Young people in particular are energized and excited about being civically engaged this year. But we all know there are still millions of people in our communities that are still not registered to vote. September 30th gives us all another opportunity to concentrate our collective efforts to increase voter registration and that is why we are supporting this HCC special campaign.”


Alicia Keys And Jack White – Die Another Day


“NWA: The World’s Most Dangerous Group” Which Premieres This Friday, Oct. 3 @ 11pm (ET/PT

New York, NY– September 30, 2008 – The Year was 1988, the album was “Straight Outta Compton,” the group was NWA and the outcome was history making. VH1’s Emmy Award-winning franchise takes a look back at the album and the group that changed the face of hip hop 20 years after its release in the new VH1 Rock Doc, NWA: The World’s Most Dangerous Group.” The doc will premiere on VH1, Friday, October 3 at 11pm*.


Daryl Hall and John Oates Live At The Troubadour DVD out November 25

Los Angeles, CA – In May 2008, Daryl Hall and John Oates took the stage at the legendary Troubadour for the first time since playing their earliest Los Angeles shows there 35 years before. The best performances from this much anticipated two-night concert, which included hits such as “Maneater,” “Private Eyes,” “Rich Girl,” “Sara Smile” and “Kiss On My List,” will be made available in three formats – DVD, Blu-Ray, and a 1-DVD/2-CD combo, via Shout! Factory on November 25.


Kickmag Interview With Pryslezz

Pryslezz is a rapper from Youngstown, Ohio grounded in three of hip-hop’s fundamentals; adventure, expression and breakdancing. Since spring online audiences have seen his video for “More Than A Love Song” a collaborative R&B threaded jam with Dwele. Rapping in the love aftermath left by LL Cool J, Pryslezz debuts as an emcee with mushy concerns in a masculine-riddled music. But the album Death Of A Man Rebirth Of A King (King Ape Ent) scheduled for an early 2009 release has a mixed sound. It is his first mainstream effort but third full-length project after 12 yrs of learning and performing music. His mostly local fanbase received a national jolt from the single that some would call his radio-ready song. The college graduate who earned his stage name from a friend commenting on his breakdance skills is striving to become the next notable from Ohio a line that currently includes Lfye Jennings and John Legend. Relaxing at home with his daughter the artist conducted this interview by phone and talked about his reason for rapping, plans for his company King Ape Entertainment and why he uses the gorilla as his prototype.

How did you get into hip-hop and become an emcee?

Pretty much my oldest brother he kind of introduced me to it all. I used to watch him write and do songs even down to the breakdancing and everything. I like the way he was able to express himself and I started using it the same way. I found it as a useful tool to get many things off my chest like I fell in love with it when I found out the way I could use it.