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tj’s dj’s tastemakers & ozone awards itinerary<br />

*subject<br />

to change<br />

Friday August 4, 2006<br />

10 AM - until<br />

On-Site Registration at Host Hotel<br />

Ivanhoe Plaza/Sheraton Hotel<br />

60 S. Ivanhoe Blvd. downtown Orlando, FL<br />

*all panels and suite parties take place at Host Hotel unless otherwise<br />

noted*<br />

2 PM – Musik Boxx presents the Producers Panel<br />

panelists: Cool & Dre, DJ Toomp, Jim Jonsin, Khao, KLC, Mr. Collipark,<br />

Nitti, & The Runners<br />

2 PM – No Name Necessary presents the Technology Panel<br />

panelists: Corey Llewellen (Digiwaxx), Donya Floyd (AOL Radio),<br />

Roslynn Cobarrubias (Myspace.com), Jamie Chvotkin (CDBaby.com),<br />

Wendy Day (CEO, Rap Coalition) & more TBA<br />

3:30 PM – b.i.G.f.a.c.e. Entertainment presents the Indie Executives Panel<br />

panelists: Bryan Leach (TVT), Chaka Zulu (CEO, DTP Records), Jason<br />

Geter (CEO, Grand Hustle), Ted Lucas (CEO, Slip-N-Slide Records), Mike<br />

Clarke (Swishahouse), Uncle Luke (CEO, Luke Records), & Vince Phillips<br />

(CEO, BME Records)<br />

3:30 PM - Royal Blunts presents the DJ Panel<br />

panelists: Brandi Garcia, Clinton Sparks, DJ Chuck T, DJ Jelly, DJ Nasty,<br />

DJ Wally Sparks, Green Lantern, & Greg Street<br />

5-7 PM – DJ Suite Party/Listening Sessions<br />


- Koch Records Suite Party w/ DJ Unk & Baby D<br />

- Others TBA<br />

7-10 PM – Welcome to Florida Pool Party & Fashion Show<br />

hosted by Khao & Stay Fresh<br />

performances by Crime Mob, Chyna Whyte, B.H.I., Young Capone, T-<br />

Hud, Mannish Man, & Da Mouf Records<br />

10 PM - 3 AM - Interscope Records Official TJ’s DJ’s/OZONE Awards<br />

Kickoff Party<br />

Cairo Nightclub<br />

performances by Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, Slim Thug, Rich Boy, Jibbs,<br />

Obie Trice, Hot Rod, & Stat Quo<br />

Music by DJ Q45, Supastar J-Kwik & DJ Greg G<br />

Registered members of the conference are admitted free until MID-<br />

NIGHT.<br />

3 AM – until -<br />

BME Records Late Night Suite Party at Host Hotel<br />

with Crime Mob, Chyna Whyte, B.H.I. & more<br />

Saturday August 5, 2006<br />

10 AM - until<br />

On-Site Registration at Host Hotel<br />

Ivanhoe Plaza/Sheraton Hotel<br />

*all panels and suite parties take place at Host Hotel*<br />

12 PM – G-Mack of Lost Land Entertainment presents the A&R Panel<br />

panelists: Dart La (Director of A&R, Shady Records), Dino Delvaille<br />

(Senior VP of A&R, Sony BMG), James Eichelberger (Director of A&R,<br />

TVT Records), Joie Manda (Director of A&R & Promotions, Asylum Records),<br />

Kawan Prather (Executive VP of A&R, Sony Urban), MeMpHiTz<br />

(Director of A&R, Jive Records), Mike Caren (Senior VP of A&R, Atlantic<br />

Records), Shakir Stewart (VP of A&R, Def Jam), Shawn Holiday (Senior<br />

VP of A&R, Interscope Records), & Wes Phillips (Select-O-Hits)<br />

12 PM – Earthworm Clothing presents the Women In The Industry Panel<br />

panelists: Elora Mason (CEO, E. Mason & Associates), Jill Strada (Program<br />

Director, WPYO Power 95.3 Orlando), Kim Osorio (Editor-In-Chief,<br />

BET.com), Miss Info (On-Air Personality, Hot 97) Supa Cindy (Morning<br />

Show On-Air Personality, WEDR 99 Jamz Miami), Tiffany Chiles (CEO,<br />

Don Diva <strong>Magazine</strong>), Wendy Day (CEO, Rap Coalition), & Wendy Washington<br />

(Senior Vice President of Media Relations, Universal Records)<br />

1:30 PM – Manish Man presents the DJ Crew Panel<br />

panelists: 1st Lady El (CEO, Murda Mamis), Cristal Bubblin (Vice President,<br />

Bumsquad DJz), DJ Mars (CEO, SuperFriends), Kaspa (CEO, Hittmenn<br />

DJs) Scrap Dirty (CEO, Violator All-Star DJs), & Tony Neal (CEO,<br />

The CORE DJs)<br />

1:30 PM – Bossman presents the Media Panel<br />

panelists: Carl Chery (SOHH.com), Cavario Hodges (Don Diva <strong>Magazine</strong>),<br />

Jesus Trivino (Senior Editor, Scratch <strong>Magazine</strong>), Kraze (CEO, All Access<br />

DVD), Matt Sonzala (Murder Dog <strong>Magazine</strong>), Maurice Garland (Music<br />

Editor, OZONE <strong>Magazine</strong>), N. Ali Early (Editor-In-Chief, Grip <strong>Magazine</strong>),<br />

Rahman Dukes (MTV News/Mixtape Mondays)<br />

4 PM – Jathar Diamonds presents the Artist Panel<br />

panelists: David Banner, Juelz Santana, Killer Mike, Pimp C, Slim Thug,<br />

T-Pain, Webbie & more TBA<br />

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM – DJ Suite Parties / Listening Sessions<br />


- Bad Boy/Atlantic Records Suite Party with 8Ball & MJG<br />

- Asylum Records Suite Party with Lil Flip<br />

- Jive Records Suite Party with Dre & M.O.S.<br />

8 PM - 10 PM - Tastemakers Only Showcase<br />

Club at Firestone<br />

578 N. Orange Ave. downtown Orlando, FL<br />

with DJ-exclusive Serato & laptop raffle<br />

performances by Trillville, Mr. Magic, Tampa Tony, J-Shin, Young A &<br />

more<br />

10 PM - 3 AM - Tastemakers Only Afterparty<br />

Club at Firestone<br />

Lil Wayne & many more celebrity guests will be in the building<br />

Music by Cool Runnings, Disco & the City Boyz, Emperor Searcy, &<br />

Supastar J-Kwik<br />

Registered members of the conference are admitted free until MID-<br />

NIGHT.<br />

3 AM – until - Late Night Suite Party at Host Hotel - TBA<br />

Sunday August 6, 2006<br />

12 PM - 3 PM - OZONE Brunch - Location TBA<br />

4 PM - 6 PM - OZONE Red Carpet<br />

With comedians Benji Brown & Roland “Lil Duval” Powell<br />

Livingston St. in front of the Bob Carr Auditorium<br />

7 PM - 11 PM - 1st Annual OZONE Awards<br />

Bob Carr Auditorium<br />

401 W. Livingston St., downtown Orlando, FL<br />

hosted by David Banner & Trina<br />

performances by Lil Wayne, T.I., Pimp C & Bun B, Trick Daddy, Pitbull,<br />

Rick Ross, Too $hort, Shawnna, T-Pain, Young Dro, Slim Thug, Trae,<br />

Yung Joc, Paul Wall & more<br />

appearances by 8Ball & MJG, Aztek, B.G., Bohagon, Bonecrusher,<br />

Cam’Ron, Choppa, Crime Mob, DJ Khaled, ESG, Grandaddy Souf, Jacki-<br />

O, Juelz Santana, Khia, Killer Mike, Lil Boosie, Lil Flip, Lyfe Jennings,<br />

Obie Trice, Rich Boy, Roy Jones Jr. & 3D, Smitty, Sqad Up, Stat Quo, TV<br />

Johnny, Twista, Uncle Luke, Webbie, Young Cash, Young Jeezy, Yukmouth<br />

& many more<br />

10 PM - 3 AM - Atlantic Records Official OZONE Awards Afterparty<br />

with Grand Hustle, Bad Boy Records, & Slip-N-Slide<br />

Club at Firestone<br />

578 N. Orange Ave. downtown Orlando, FL<br />

performances by Young Dro, Plies, B.G. & many more TBA<br />

music by DJ Drama, DJ Khaled, DJ Nasty, & Disco & the City Boyz<br />

Registered members of the conference are admitted free until MID-<br />

NIGHT.<br />

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meet our panelists<br />

BRANDI GARCIA / DJ & radio personality, KBXX-Houston<br />

– DJ Panel (Houston, TX)<br />

The bit of sunshine Brandi Garcia took from her native<br />

state of Florida has paved a bright future. Garcia worked<br />

the radio ladder to become the proud owner of Houston’s<br />

#1 night show on 97.9 The Box, host of the music video<br />

show “Hot TV,” creator of the sultry Southern Stilletto mix<br />

CD series, and becoming 2006 Southern Entertainment Award’s Female DJ of<br />

the Year. A proud member of the Murder Mamis & NoizeMob, Garcia is en<br />

fuego!<br />

BRYAN LEACH / TVT Records – Indie Exec Panel (New<br />

York, NY)<br />

Bryan was largely responsible for propelling acts like Lil<br />

Jon & the Eastside Boyz, the Ying Yang Twins, and Pitbull<br />

to national success during his time as VP of A&R at TVT<br />

Records. Now on the verge of launching his own label,<br />

Bryan’s thorough knowledge of the music business and<br />

hands-on approach to artist development will guarantee him success.<br />

CARL CHERY / SOHH.com – Media Panel (New York, NY)<br />

CAVARIO HODGES / Don Diva <strong>Magazine</strong> – Media Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

CHAKA ZULU / Co-CEO, Disturbing Tha Peace & Ebony<br />

Son – Indie Exec Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

Chaka Zulu has been making his mark in the music<br />

industry for the past 10 years. Much like his namesake,<br />

Zulu relies on education and tenacity for success while<br />

giving back to his people. Chaka Zulu has worn many hats<br />

including Music Director for Atlanta’s Hot 97.5, radio promotions<br />

for Sony & Universal, and currently serves as Co-CEO and manager<br />

for entertainment icon Ludacris and the Disturbing Tha Peace brand.<br />

CLINTON SPARKS / DJ, Producer, Entrepreneur – DJ<br />

Panel (Hartford, CT)<br />

Music is universal as Clinton Sparks proves through the<br />

syndication of his “SmashTime Radio” heard in the USA,<br />

Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada and on Sirius<br />

Satellite’s Shade 45. Sparks takes full advantage of his<br />

entrepreneurial skills with two merchandising websites<br />

MixUnit.com & FlixUnit.com. While cats from Kanye West, 50 Cent, Eminem,<br />

& Pharrell have all blessed his famous mixtapes, the world is just now<br />

“getting familiar” with Sparks the producer. And as Sparks continues to push it<br />

to the limit with a new album plus deals involving video games and Pepsi, the<br />

world is about to become very familiar with Clinton Sparks.<br />

COOL & DRE – Producer Panel (Miami, FL)<br />

Production credits include Ja Rule f/ Jadakiss & Fat Joe<br />

“New York New York,” The Game f/ 50 Cent “Hate It Or<br />

Love It,” Christina Milian f/ Young Jeezy “Say I,” Juvenile<br />

“Rodeo,” and DJ Khaled f/ Paul Wall, Rick Ross, Pitbull, &<br />

Fat Joe “Holla At Me.”<br />

COREY LLEWELLYN / Digiwaxx.com – Technology Panel (New York, NY)<br />

CRISTAL BUBBLIN / Vice President, Bum Squad DJz – DJ Crew Panel<br />

DART PARKER / Dir. A&R, Shady Records – A&R Panel<br />

(New York, NY)<br />

Most folks in the industry base signing new talent from<br />

charts and bandwagons, but true A&R’s such as Dart<br />

Parker rely on their ear and the conviction to stand behind<br />

the music they sign. Parker has trusted his instincts ever<br />

since leaving Raleigh, NC via Amtrak armed with $800<br />

and a dream. Parker has continued living his dream beginning as a producer<br />

for DMX and De La Soul then eventually moving up to becoming Director of<br />

A&R for Shady Records, signing Stat Quo and Ca$his to the house Em built.<br />

DJ CHUCK T / DJ & CEO, Port City Productions – DJ<br />

Panel (Charleston, SC)<br />

Frustrated with the lack of opportunities available to<br />

independent artists, Chuck T dropped his mic and picked<br />

up the turntable. He decided to fight the game from within<br />

the system and has opened doors for many artists in and<br />

around his hometown of Charleston, SC though his mixtape series, Ghetto<br />

Gangsters including dropping 45 titles in one year! DJ Chuck T has already<br />

had coverage in The Source, <strong>Ozone</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, Scratch <strong>Magazine</strong>, and MTV’s<br />

Mixtape Mondays to name a few. His hard work is paying off as DJ Chuck T<br />

was nominated for 14 Southern Entertainment Awards in his first year of eligibility<br />

and looks forward to watching his label Port City Productions become<br />

a super power in the music industry.<br />

DJ JELLY - DJ Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

DJ MARS / Founder, World Famous Superfriends – DJ<br />

Crew (Atlanta, GA)<br />

As the President and founding member of the World<br />

Famous Superfriends Crew, DJ Mars single handedly<br />

changed the DJ scene in Atlanta. While attending Clark<br />

Atlanta University, DJ Mars started his career DJing in the<br />

cafeteria during dinner for only $75. Mars went from being<br />

Outkast’s original DJ to touring with Usher. Currently Mars is living the life of<br />

legends and happily on tour with Ciara.<br />

DJ NASTY / DJ & Producer, Nasty Beatmakers – DJ Panel<br />

(Orlando, FL)<br />

Now that his partner DJ Prostyle has departed for NYC<br />

and BET, Nasty virtually holds a DJ monopoly on the city<br />

of Orlando, dominating radio and clubs. Widely considered<br />

one of the best on the one’s & two’s, Nasty and his<br />

brother LVM have also used their industry connections to<br />

venture into production. Their tracks have appeared on albums by everyone<br />

from Camron to Ludacris.<br />

DJ TOOMP – Producer Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

Production credits include T.I.’s “Dope Boyz,” “U Don’t<br />

Know Me,” “Motivation,” “What U Know,” “Be Easy,” and<br />

Ludacris’ “Two Miles An Hour.”<br />

DJ WALLY SPARKS / DJ, syndicated – DJ Panel (Chattanooga,<br />

TN)<br />

Once upon a time Wally Sparks was OZONE <strong>Magazine</strong>’s<br />

music editor, but he left us to pursue his true love 24/7:<br />

DJing and breaking new music. He can currently be heard<br />

on 3 commercial radio stations in 3 different states in<br />

addition to his own weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio<br />

entitled “League Crew Radio.” Wally Sparks currently has<br />

globally distributed mixtapes featuring big names such as<br />

Ludacris, Chamillionaire, Yung Joc, Trae, and 8Ball & MJG.<br />

DONYA FLOYD / Programmer, AOL Radio Network<br />

– Technology Panel (New York, NY)<br />

Donya Floyd programs nearly 40 urban music stations for<br />

the AOL Radio Network, including R&B, dancehall and<br />

gospel – acting as a liaison between AOL Music and labels<br />

and artists. In addition to her radio responsibilities, she is a<br />

contributor to AOL Music’s news and feature articles, AIM<br />

interviews and Sessions. Ms. Floyd’s background includes programming and<br />

on-air stints at WOWI-FM in Norfolk, WPGC 95.5 FM in Washington, DC,<br />

and WUSL Power 99 FM in Philadelphia. Most recently, she also appeared<br />

as a weekly entertainment news contributor on Philadelphia’s top-rated TV<br />

station, NBC-10.<br />

ELORA MASON / Founder, E. Mason & Associates<br />

– Women In the Industry Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

Elora Mason is the founder and CEO of E. Mason & Associates,<br />

a Miami based Events Management and Publicity<br />

Firm. She is also the co-founder of Young Florida Vote, a<br />

non-profit, non-partisan voter empower program and the<br />

Florida Entertainment Summit, Florida’s most important<br />

entertainment networking summit. Elora, born in St. Croix, has worked with<br />

Atlantic Records, Bigga Rankin, Benji Brown, Caribbean Reggae Fest, DJ<br />

DEMP, DEMP Week, So South, Tarvoria, The Core DJs,<br />

The Core DJs Retreat, Trick Daddy, Trick Luvs Da Kids<br />

Foundation and a host of others.<br />

1st LADY EL / Founder, Murda Mamis Ent - DJ Crew<br />

Panel (New York, NY)<br />

1st Lady El is the architect of the largest collective of<br />

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women in the urban entertainment industry, The Murda Mamis. This prolific<br />

group covers all industry genres from DJs, recording artists, media personalities,<br />

producers, executives, journalists, and models including placements at<br />

MTV, Don Diva <strong>Magazine</strong> and power stations like KBXX-Houston to name<br />

a few. Lady El notes that “I started Murda Mamis to unify women in Hip<br />

Hop. Women are very powerful and together we can be invincible.” With a<br />

hustler’s ambition this strong, the Murda Mamis will always be respected to<br />

the 1st degree.<br />

GREEN LANTERN – DJ Panel (New York, NY)<br />

Aside from the infamous Jadakiss DVD incident which<br />

led to Green’s dismissal from Eminem’s camp, Green is<br />

known for being one of the sickest mixtape DJs, dropping<br />

unique blends and exclusive songs regularly.<br />

GREG “GATE$” DAVENPORT / Murder Dog - Media Panel (N. Florida)<br />

GREG STREET – DJ Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

The Ultimate Hustler, Greg once balanced dual radio<br />

shows in Atlanta and Dallas and has expanded his brand<br />

to encompass car shows, sneaker shows, and other entrepreneurial<br />

ventures.<br />


Panel (New York, NY)<br />

JASON GETER / Co-CEO, Grand Hustle – Indie CEO<br />

Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

As both T.I.’s manager and business partner, Jason can be<br />

largely credited with not only the success of T.I.’s individual<br />

career, but the success of the label as a whole. Grand<br />

Hustle was responsible for the Hustle & Flow soundtrack<br />

and, in addition to the veteran P$C crew, recently brought<br />

in new acts like Young Dro and Yola who are set to follow in T.I.’s footsteps<br />

and achieve worldwide success.<br />

JESUS TRIVINO ALARCON / Senior Editor, Scratch <strong>Magazine</strong> – Media Panel<br />

(New York, NY)<br />

Jesus Trivino Alarcon has been apart of the Scratch <strong>Magazine</strong> family from the<br />

beginning as a founding editor of the DJ publication. Alarcon is not relegated<br />

to the desk as he has interviewed Nas, Kanye West, Willie Colon, Jay-Z while<br />

writing for Vibe, The Source, XXL, King, People.com and others. As a Brooklyn-born<br />

South American, Alarcon provides a unique experience that readers<br />

can’t enjoy more.<br />

JILL STRADA / Program Director, WPYO Power 95.3 FM<br />

– Women In The Industry Panel (Orlando, FL)<br />

Jill Strada is currently the Program Director of Orlando<br />

hip-hop station WPYO/Power 95.3. Jill entered the entertainment<br />

industry in January 1996 as a promotion intern<br />

at WJHM/102 Jamz in Orlando. In 1999, she became<br />

the Marketing Director of a new start up radio station in<br />

Orlando, WPYO/95.3 Party. Jill is always challenging herself, and over time<br />

she took on additional responsibilities in the station’s programming department<br />

and added Assistant Program Director & Music Director to her title. Jill<br />

also believes that giving back is one thing that is missing in the industry, so she<br />

started up Stradagy Inc. – a non-profit organization that fosters mentorship<br />

within the entertainment industry.<br />

JIM JONSIN - Producers Panel (Miami, FL)<br />

Formerly 1/2 of the Unusual Suspects duo with Big D, Jim<br />

has now branched off into a solo production career and<br />

also maintains an executive position at Southbeat Records.<br />

Production credits include Trick Daddy “Let’s Go,” Pitbull<br />

f/ Piccalo “Dammit Man,” Jamie Foxx f/ Ludacris “Unpredictable,”<br />

Pretty Ricky “Your Body,” Pretty Ricky “Grind<br />

With Me,” and Trina f/ Kelly Rowland “Here We Go.”<br />

JOIE MANDA / Head of A&R & Promotions, Asylum<br />

Records - A&R Panel (New York, NY)<br />

Asylum, billed as an “incubator” label, serves as the “umbrella”<br />

for many successful indie labels like Swishahouse.<br />

As head of A&R, Joie is involved with projects from artists<br />

like Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Webbie, Lil Boosie, Cam’Ron,<br />

and Bun B.<br />

KASPA / CEO, Hittmenn DJs (Atlanta, GA)<br />

and Ray Cash.<br />

KAWAN PRATHER / Executive VP of Sony Urban and<br />

Head A&R (New York, NY)<br />

Originally from Atlanta, KP first made his mark as an<br />

A&R by pairing Usher with Jermaine Dupri for the My<br />

Way album. He also discovered and signed T.I. and the<br />

YoungBloodz and signed them to LaFace Records long<br />

before the Southern movement was widely accepted.<br />

Now at Sony, his most recent signees include John Legend<br />

KHAO – Producer Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

Production credits include Young Jeezy f/ Trick Daddy<br />

& Young Buck “Last of a Dying Breed,” T.I. “Why U<br />

Wanna,” T.I. “Stand Up Guy,” T.I. f/ P$C “Limelight,”<br />

Paul Wall f/ T.I. “So Many Diamonds,” and Lil Kim “Get<br />

Yours.”<br />

KIM OSORIO – Editor, BET.com<br />

Although you may recognize her name as former editor<br />

of The Source during the Dave & Benzino days, Kim is<br />

now responsible for BET’s online content.<br />

KLC / producer, Beats By the Pound & The Medicine<br />

Men – Producers Panel (Baton Rouge, LA)<br />

Few producers can claim an entire place in time. KLC as<br />

a member of Beats By The Pound served as the backbone<br />

behind the No Limit movement that peaked at over 40<br />

million units sold and opened a brand new sound. Today,<br />

as a member of The Medicine Men, KLC has produced for<br />

mega stars such as Ludacris and Mariah Carey while anticipating<br />

the release of the first release for The Medicine<br />

Men’s Overdose/Asylum venture entitled KLC The Drum Major.<br />

KRAZE / CEO, All Access DVD (New York, NY)<br />

MATT SONZALA / Writer, Photographer, Promoter,<br />

Booker –Media Panel (Houston, TX)<br />

Matt Sonzala is a writer/photographer/promoter/booking<br />

agent from Houston, TX. He’s been in the music game<br />

since the age of 16 when he first started promoting live<br />

events at clubs. Since then he has developed into THE<br />

voice for Houston hip-hop. While he is not affiliated with<br />

any artist officially, when you need to get at someone from Texas, you call<br />

Matt first. In recent years he has been published in <strong>Ozone</strong>, The Source, XXL<br />

and Vibe <strong>Magazine</strong>, and is currently booking artists like Devin the Dude and<br />

DJ Rapid Ric on tours of Europe, Canada, and the Pacific Rim. His weekly<br />

radio program - the wildly popular Damage Control Show with DJ Chill - is<br />

heard all over the world and is a direct link to everything going on in Dirty<br />

South Rap.<br />

MAURICE G. GARLAND / Music Editor, OZONE <strong>Magazine</strong> – Media Panel<br />

(Atlanta, GA)<br />

After a stint working at Rolling Out, Maurice joined the OZONE team and<br />

has been responsible for several memorable spreads (“20 Greatest Southern<br />

Albums,” “Bay Area Patiently Waiting,” etc.).<br />

MICKEY “MeMpHiTz” WRIGHT / VP, A&R – Jive; CEO,<br />

HiTz Committee – A&R Panel (New York, NY)<br />

Arriving in New York fresh from his hometown of Memphis,<br />

Tennessee, Mickey Wright embarked on a journey<br />

fueled by faith and determination that would eventually<br />

lead him to becoming the most sought after golden ears<br />

of hip-hop. Wright released both the debut album of<br />

his latest signing, Tallahassee R&B singer/songwriter, T-Pain, as well as the<br />

YoungBloodZ’s third album, only a week apart. He is currently back in the<br />

studio, preparing releases with legendary Houston group UGK, J-Kwon, and<br />

newcomer M.O.S. (Money Over Sex), a rapper from Durham, NC. With his<br />

recent promotion to Vice President of A&R at Jive, Wright’s eyes and ears are<br />

always poised for the next big thing, but he particularly cares “more about real<br />

talent, potential stardom, and longevity.”<br />

MIKE CAREN / Senior Vice President of A&R, Atlantic Records - A&R Panel<br />

(Los Angeles, CA)<br />

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MICHAEL CLARKE / VP, Swisha House; owner, M&M Music – Indie Exec<br />

Panel (Houston, TX)<br />

Michael Clarke embarked on a career in the music industry before landing a<br />

coveted executive position at Swisha House Records. A proprietor of the family<br />

owned and operated M&M Music, Clarke assumed full responsibilities of<br />

manning and operating the award winning record store in 1996. Since joining<br />

the Swisha House family officially in 2003, Clarke has risen in ranks from a<br />

consultant to Vice President. Clarke expertly outlines the marketing and promotional<br />

procedures for all artists on the Swisha House roster simultaneously<br />

working in conjunction with the record company partner’s various departments<br />

to provide artists with optimal success.<br />

MIKE RIOS / Mixunit.com (Hartford, CT)<br />

MISS INFO / Journalist, Personality – Hot 97<br />

– Women In The Industry Panel (New York, NY)<br />

Whether on radio, television, or print, Miss Info<br />

brings the same opinionated blend of wit, news, and<br />

gossip that’s become her trademark. Born to Korean<br />

immigrants in Chicago, Miss Info moved to New<br />

York to join the staff at the Source <strong>Magazine</strong>. She has<br />

since written and edited for magazines such as Vibe,<br />

XXL, King, Mass Appeal, Rolling Stone, Glamour<br />

as well as MTV News and various shows on VH1. Recently, Miss Info joined<br />

New York City’s Hot 97 family, wrote a book, and still has time to pen a<br />

monthly Vibe column and give writing workshops.<br />

MR. COLLIPARK – Producer Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

Also known as DJ Smurf, Collipark crafted the sound<br />

and progress of the Ying Yang Twins career and now<br />

is working with several new acts including P Stones<br />

and Homebwoi. He produced the infamous “whisper<br />

song” for the Ying Yang Twins as well as David<br />

Banner’s “Play,” Bubba Sparxxx’ “Ms. New Booty,”<br />

Bun B’s “Git It,” Pitbull’s “Shake,” and dozens of<br />

other Ying Yang Twins hits.<br />

N. ALI EARLY / Editor at Large, Grip <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

– Media Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

A proud graduate of Clark Atlanta University, N.<br />

Ali Early began humbly with UrbanStyle Weekly<br />

serving as Music Editor for 2 years. Since then Early<br />

has set the world on fire with credits in XXL, The<br />

Source, Vibe, and more while still having time to<br />

launch his media umbrella, www.KreativeSouls.<br />

com. Now as Editor-At-Large for Grip <strong>Magazine</strong>,<br />

Early is optimistic knowing that “the sky’s the limit<br />

as to what we can accomplish – and we want it all.”<br />

NITTI – Producer Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

“This is a Nitti beat,” c’mon, you had to have heard<br />

that at least a million times by now on the intro to<br />

Yung Joc’s “It’s Goin’ Down.” Nitti has also crafted<br />

beats for 8Ball, Young Jeezy, Rasheeda, and a crop of<br />

talented upcoming Atlanta artists.<br />

RAHMAN DUKES / MTV News - Media Panel<br />

(New York, NY)<br />


MySpace.com – Technology Panel<br />

Roslynn Cobarrubias started “Third Floor<br />

Radio” in college in 1998 where she acted<br />

as host, producer and DJ. In July of 2004,<br />

she came to MySpace. While holding the<br />

position of Director of Marketing for the<br />

National Association of Record Industry<br />

Professionals (NARIP), Cobarrubias met Chris De<br />

Wolfe (CEO of MySpace.com) via her former boss, president of the network,<br />

Tess Taylor. The web community had just begun MySpace Music and only<br />

had 3.5 million users compared to the 90 million +<br />

that it has to date. Friends know her as a work-aholic<br />

that calls herself the “traveling janitor.” She<br />

prides herself most in the ability to help others and<br />

has a strong belief in coincidences after reading the<br />

Celestine Prophecy numerous times.<br />

SHAKIR STEWART / Senior VP of A&R, Island Def<br />

Jam – A&R Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

During Def Jam’s transition, Shakir helped maintain the label’s reputation for<br />

breaking rap acts by signing bubbling talent like Young Jeezy and Rick Ross<br />

and helping their careers break on a national level.<br />

SHAWN HOLIDAY / Senior VP of A&R, Universal Records – A&R Panel<br />

(Los Angeles, CA)<br />

SUPA CINDY / Personality, WEDR-Miami – Women<br />

In The Industry Panel (Miami, FL)<br />

For the past 6 1/2 years Supa Cindy has kept the #1<br />

spot in the Arbitron ratings. First with her partner<br />

Big Lip Bandit in the evenings and now for the last<br />

2 years as part of the “Big Lip Bandit in the A.M.”<br />

Mornings Show. Along with holding the title as<br />

the most popular female radio personality in South<br />

Florida, Supa Cindy also has the responsibility of<br />

running her own non profit organization called “Supa Friends” whose main<br />

goal is to motivate and inspire young women. Supa Cindy plans to use her<br />

bilingual skills (thanks to her Haitian and Dominican parents) to broaden her<br />

resume with a new television venture.<br />

TED LUCAS / CEO, Slip-N-Slide Records – Indie CEO Panel (Miami, FL)<br />

WES PHILLIPS / Select-O-Hits (Memphis, TN)<br />

THE RUNNERS – Production Panel (Orlando, FL)<br />

They got their big break with Rick Ross’ “Hustlin’”<br />

and DJ Khaled’s “Born & Raised,” and are now working<br />

with everyone from Lil Wayne to UGK.<br />

TIFFANY CHILES / CEO, Don Diva <strong>Magazine</strong> – Media<br />

Panel (New York, NY)<br />

TONY NEAL / CEO, The CORE DJs – DJ Crew<br />

Panel (Milwaukee, WI)<br />

After a rather vocal departure from the Tech.Nitions,<br />

Tony pushed forward to create his own DJ<br />

crew The CORE and has assembled an all-star cast<br />

of DJs and industry movers & shakers from across<br />

the country that moves as one unit. A former boxer,<br />

Tony’s take-charge attitude has enabled him to build<br />

a strong, valuable army of DJs.<br />

UNCLE LUKE / CEO, Luke Records – Indie Exec<br />

Panel (Miami, FL)<br />

A veteran in the game both as an artist and a businessman,<br />

Luke can provide valuable information of<br />

what to do – and what not to do – when running<br />

your own record label.<br />

VINCE PHILLIPS / Co-CEO, BME – Indie Exec<br />

Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

In addition to his work as an entertainment attorney<br />

for some of the biggest names in Atlanta music,<br />

Vince owns BME along with Lil Jon, Rob Mac, and<br />

Emperor Searcy. The upstart label which launched<br />

Lil Jon’s career now boasts a promising roster that<br />

includes Lil Scrappy, Trillville, E-40, Chyna Whyte,<br />

Bohagon, B.H.I., and more.<br />

WENDY DAY / Founder, Rap Coalition - Women In<br />

The Industry Panel (Atlanta, GA)<br />

In chess, the Queen is the most powerful piece on the<br />

board. Likewise, Wendy Day runs the boardroom as<br />

if she wields the power, continuously crafting deals<br />

for the likes of Cash Money, No Limit, Eminem, and<br />

David Banner. Founder of the Rap Coalition, she is<br />

an advocate for artist rights and believes firmly in the<br />

adage “knowledge is power.”<br />

WENDY WASHINGTON / Senior VP of Media Relations,<br />

Universal Records – Women In The Industry<br />

Panel (New York, NY)<br />

Once a law school student, Wendy now runs Universal’s<br />

media relations/publicity department. During<br />

her first years in the music industry, she helped Bad<br />

Boy launch Biggie’s career. Since then, she’s been<br />

responsible for securing press coverage for everyone<br />

from A Tribe Called Quest to Nelly to Juvenile.<br />

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at the Bob Carr Auditorium in downtown Orlando, FL<br />

red carpet: 4-6 PM showtime: 7 PM<br />

in association with TJ’s DJ’s Tastemaker’s Music Conference (August 4th-5th)<br />

visit www.ozonemag.com or www.tjsdjs.com to register for weekend passes to all events<br />

Tickets to the OZONE Awards are also available through www.ticketmaster.com<br />

Nominees were selected by a panel of DJs, journalists, and other knowledgeable, non-biased individuals in the rap community. OZONE is widely known and respected as<br />

the premiere voice of Southern rap music, so it’s only right that our nominations this year are focused on Southern artists. Keep in mind that this year’s nominations are based<br />

solely on music released between May 1, 2005 and April 30, 2006.<br />


Bun B - Trill Rap-A-Lot/Asylum<br />

The king of collaborations brought together the entire South<br />

for his perfectly-timed first solo album, even uniting Houston<br />

- if only for a few minutes - on the “Draped Up” remix.<br />

Juvenile - Reality Check Atlantic<br />

Facing with the challenge of adjusting to a new recording<br />

home and picking up his life after Katrina, Juve came with<br />

his best material since his groundbreaking Cash Money<br />

release 400 Degreez.<br />

Lil Wayne - The Carter 2 Cash Money/Universal<br />

Wayne became a critical and media darling with the superior<br />

lyrical dexterity he showcased on his latest project.<br />

T.I. - King Grand Hustle/Atlantic<br />

He claimed the throne years ago, and backed it up in a major<br />

way in 2006 with one of his strongest efforts to date.<br />

Young Jeezy - Thug Motivation: Let’s Get It Def Jam<br />

The highly-anticipated major label debut from the South’s<br />

hottest underground commodity spawned numerous hit<br />

singles and club anthems.<br />


Bun B<br />

Left alone to keep the UGK flame burning, the Trillest of the Trill came<br />

strong with a gang of top notch collaborations and elevated himself to<br />

become one of the finest solo artists in the rap game.<br />

Lil Wayne<br />

Cash Money’s most loyal soldier took shots at former labelmates Juvenile<br />

and B.G., but backed it up with a release that captured his confidence,<br />

growth, and versatility.<br />

Paul Wall<br />

In addition to dropping his first national release, The People’s Champ was<br />

everywhere this year. He dropped verses for everyone from T-Pain to<br />

Nelly to Bun B and even using the birth of his firstborn son as an opportunity<br />

to market his side hustle selling grills.<br />

T.I.<br />

This Urban Legend told you he was Serious, but he still had to Trap you<br />

with his Muzik until you crowned him the King he’d always claimed to<br />

be.<br />

Young Jeezy<br />

After helping to establish Boyz N Da Hood, the Snowman used his charisma<br />

to entrance the entire nation as he vividly described the realities of<br />

street life.<br />


Crime Mob (Diamond & Princess)<br />

This young duo kept their crew’s name alive after people got tired of<br />

knucking and bucking.<br />

Jacki-O<br />

The self-proclaimed Madam of Miami will take your attention, your man<br />

and your jewelry if the cameras aren’t watching. But, when on the mic,<br />

she takes no shit.<br />

Khia<br />

Raw and uncut, Khia still represents for the ghetto females in the ongoing<br />

battle of the sexes (“J.O.D.D.,” “Snatch the Cat Back”).<br />

Rasheeda<br />

The “R” in her name must stand for resilient. This “Georgia Peach” has<br />

proven that she’s here to stay.<br />

Shawnna<br />

Slowly but surely stepping out of Ludacris’ shadow, this Chi-Town queen<br />

is about to make the world respect female emcees again.<br />

Trina<br />

Attitude for years, sassiness for months and ass for days, Trina “blah blah<br />

blah”-ed her way to the top and snagged Birdman Jr. on the way.<br />

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Anthony Hamilton<br />

The raw emotions in his voice catapulted him to near iconic status in<br />

today’s climate of soulless music.<br />

Bobby Valentino<br />

This former Mista front man went from Organizing Noize to Disturbing<br />

Tha Peace and created a sound hit in the process.<br />

Chris Brown<br />

This smooth teen catapulted to the top of the charts virtually overnight.<br />

Ne-Yo<br />

After penning hit records for Mario and others, Ne-Yo stepped out into<br />

his own limelight.<br />

Pretty Ricky<br />

A little raunchy for your mother’s liking, but Pretty Ricky snuck their<br />

way into the hearts of teenage girls everywhere. Their “Grind” finally<br />

paid off.<br />

T-Pain<br />

With his seamless songwriting abilities, this Rappa Ternt Sanga made it<br />

seem classy to fall in love with a stripper.<br />


Christina Milian<br />

Although born in New Jersey, this talented singer spends a lot of time in<br />

the Dirty Dirty these days, collaborating with Young Jeezy, Lil Jon, and<br />

Miami production duo Cool & Dre.<br />

Ciara<br />

This overnight celebrity dropped an album and had a run that proves she<br />

will be here for many moons.<br />

Destiny’s Child<br />

Houston’s angels bid farewell, but did so in grand fashion.<br />

Joi<br />

George Clinton, Big Gipp, Bun B and Pastor Troy can vouch for her. She<br />

is the Queen of the Underground.<br />

Keyshia Cole<br />

Swiftly becoming the Mary J. Blige of her generation, Ms. Cole got hyphy<br />

with the fellas but still represented for the ladies.<br />

LeToya Luckett<br />

Showing that there is indeed life after Beyonce, Luckett crept in with the<br />

Houston wave and found her niche.<br />

BEST ALBUM - R&B<br />

Anthony Hamilton - Ain’t Nobody Worryin’ Arista<br />

His second studio album clearly indicated that he was not a flash in the<br />

pan.<br />

Lyfe Jennings - Lyfe 268-192 Sony<br />

If every convicted felon had a soulful voice and songwriting skills like the<br />

ones displayed on Lyfe’s autobiographical debut, we wouldn’t see many<br />

repeat offenders. Fuck a license plate – give them a guitar!<br />

Ne-Yo - In My Own Words Def Jam<br />

R&B’s new man of the hour scored big with “So Sick” and his debut<br />

album.<br />

T-Pain - Rappa Ternt Sanga Konvict/Jive<br />

Tallahassee’s multi-talented son dropped an album laced with his trademark<br />

singing and production style, and produced two massive hits in the<br />

process. Not bad for a rapper.<br />

Trey Songz - I Gotta Make It Atlantic<br />

Originally written off as an R Kelly Jr., Trey Songz created his own lane<br />

and brought a breath of fresh air to R&B.<br />


Boyz N Da Hood<br />

A collective comprised of two underground rap vets and two flashy newcomers,<br />

Boyz N Da Hood took the South by storm, drawing comparisons<br />

to the legendary gangsta rap group N.W.A.<br />

D4L<br />

Love them, hate them, or hate them a lot, ATL foursome D4L ignored the<br />

dissenters and made an undeniable run for the top.<br />

Dem Franchize Boyz<br />

Right when you thought they got worn out, Dem Franchize Boyz dusted<br />

off the “White Tees” and reminded us why we like them.<br />

Little Brother<br />

They held up a mirror and forced hip-hop to take a good look at itself<br />

with their critically acclaimed major debut The Minstrel Show.<br />

Three 6 Mafia<br />

It’s a little easier out here for a pimp now that Memphis legends Three 6<br />

Mafia have received their mainstream respect.<br />

Ying Yang Twins<br />

Best known for their strip club anthems, this Atlanta duo expanded their<br />

horizons into grown-man territory with United State of Atlanta - and still<br />

managed a few “HANH!”s in the process.<br />


Bun B<br />

The South ain’t got lyrics, huh Tell that to Bun B. There’s a reason why<br />

he’s been featured alongside virtually every rapper you’ve ever heard of.<br />

Chamillionaire<br />

Even though he’s reppin’ the Screwed and Chopped state of Texas,<br />

Cham’s flows and lyrics are anything but slow.<br />

Killer Mike<br />

Shaky release dates and a shelved album almost deaded his name, but<br />

Killa Kill managed to stay alive with the amazing freestyles and lyrical<br />

dexterity of The Killer mixtape and the Got Purp compilation.<br />

Lil Wayne<br />

Lil Wayne finally gained nationwide respect for being the talented emcee<br />

that he has been since his pre-teen years.<br />

Scarface<br />

For well over a decade Scarface has proven why he is one of the most<br />

revered voices in all of hip-hop. In 2006 he continued to add to his legendary<br />

status with his group The Product.<br />

T.I.<br />

He talks cash shit and he’s money on the mic, but T.I. still spits like he<br />

struggling in the trap.<br />


Mike Jones<br />

He may not have picked up his phone when you called, but Mike Jones<br />

saw his career go from off the radar to off the hook.<br />

Paul Wall<br />

On top of single-handedly birthing (and soon killing) our fascination with<br />

Grillz, Paul Wall went from being a local Chick Magnet to The People’s<br />

Champ.<br />

Rick Ross<br />

Hustlin’ every day (for years) led Miami’s Rick Ross to a major label bidding<br />

war and a multi-million dollar Def Jam deal.<br />

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Slim Thug<br />

They say everything’s bigger in Texas. Houston’s 7-footer was ridin’ a<br />

Bentley even before the album dropped.<br />

T-Pain<br />

Save for the now infamous chain-snatching incident, T-Pain’s breakthrough<br />

has been a pleasurable experience. Being “Sprung” and “In Luv”<br />

never hurt nobody.<br />

Webbie<br />

Coming from Lousiana’s ‘other’ city, Baton Rouge’s Webbie brought back<br />

the I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude that others have forgotten.<br />


Bun B f/ H-Town All Stars (Lil Keke, Slim Thug, Paul Wall,<br />

Mike Jones, Aztek, Lil Flip, Z-Ro) “Draped Up (remix)”<br />

Rodney King and DJ Screw would be so proud to see everybody just get<br />

along. Or at least they edited it that way.<br />

DJ Khaled f/ Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Pitbull<br />

“Holla At Me Baby”<br />

Miami’s DJ Khaled called in a bunch of favors for this energetic lead<br />

single off his debut album.<br />

Purple Ribbon All-Stars (Big Boi & Killer Mike) “Kryptonite”<br />

Yeah, the song was jamming. But you may need to go back and listen<br />

closely to Big Boi’s verse. He’s no slouch.<br />

Three 6 Mafia f/ Young Buck & 8Ball & MJG “Stay Fly”<br />

This Tennessee union was a long time coming, but well worth the wait.<br />

Trae f/ Big Hawk & Fat Pat “Swang”<br />

Only God can bring the whole crew back, but until then, Screwed Up<br />

Click fans have Trae’s tribute to hold them down.<br />


Beyonce f/ Slim Thug “Check Up On It”<br />

This H-Town radio friendly combo had clubs jumpin’ all across the<br />

country.<br />

Field Mob f/ Ludacris & Jamie Foxx “Georgia”<br />

These underrated country boys paid tribute to their home state along<br />

with Luda and a damn good Ray Charles impersonation by Jamie Foxx.<br />

T-Pain f/ R Kelly, Twista, Pimp C, Paul Wall, MJG, & Too<br />

$hort “I’m In Luv (Wit’ A Stripper)” remix<br />

Better known as “T-Pain featuring everyone,” the only hit bigger than the<br />

original version of this song was the remix. Apparently, a lot of men can<br />

relate.<br />

Ying Yang Twins f/ Avant “Bedroom Boom”<br />

Atlanta’s wildest “twins” got grown and sexy and hooked up with Avant<br />

to serenade the ladies.<br />

Young Jeezy f/ Akon “Soul Survivor”<br />

Akon’s unique vocals were a perfect match for Jeezy’s street tales on this<br />

massive hit from Jeezy’s debut album.<br />


The record that was such a huge hit you literally could not escape it if you<br />

wanted to - from the radio to the clubs to the streets, it was everywhere.<br />

D4L “Laffy Taffy”<br />

Love it or hate it, music lovers of all ages were introduced to snap music<br />

in a big way through D4L’s breakthrough record.<br />

David Banner “Play”<br />

Banner stepped outside of his element and showed his versatility by creating<br />

a smash hit with Mr. Collipark that blew up, riding the wave created<br />

by the Ying Yang Twins’ “Wait.”<br />

Dem Franchize Boyz “Lean Wit’ It, Rock Wit’ It”<br />

DFB ruled the airwaves in the year of the snap, with back-to-back radio<br />

cuts that were unavoidable.<br />

Dem Franchize Boyz f/ Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, and Bow<br />

Wow “Oh I Think They Like Me (remix)”<br />

Jermaine and his entire So So Def roster came through to remix this<br />

“White Tees” spin-off.<br />

Webbie f/ Bun B “Gimme Dat”<br />

We’re not condoning rape - but when a woman says “no,” sometimes she<br />

actually does mean “yes,” which could explain this record’s widespread<br />

appeal.<br />


Bubba Sparxxx f/ Ying Yang Twins “Ms. New Booty”<br />

After a disappointing reaction to his sophomore attempt, Bubba came<br />

back strong with his third-time’s-the-Charm project and gave the people<br />

what they wanted.<br />

Rick Ross “Hustlin’”<br />

Everybody in the country can relate to this record, no matter what their<br />

hustle is.<br />

T.I. “What You Know”<br />

The lead single off King set the stage for both T.I.’s big screen debut and<br />

his biggest album to date.<br />

Ying Yang Twins f/ Pitbull “Shake”<br />

First they caught the country’s attention with a whisper - then back to<br />

the usual ass-shaking ruckus, teaming up with Pitbull for added effect and<br />

multi-cultural appeal.<br />

Yung Joc “It’s Goin’ Down”<br />

This breakthrough record from Bad Boy South’s newest representative<br />

came complete with its own dance.<br />


Chingo Bling<br />

Texas’ tamale king stays in the kitchen, whipping up new product.<br />

DSR<br />

Dallas’ T-Town Music collective landed a $7 million dollar deal with<br />

Universal Records off their impressive underground grind.<br />

Magno<br />

Mike Jones’ (who) former partner Magno now represents DJ Clue’s<br />

Desert Storm South and stays on his mixtape grind.<br />

Pitbull<br />

No longer just Mr. 305, this internationally recognized superstar still stays<br />

true to his humble beginnings and releases mixtapes frequently.<br />

Plies<br />

Ft. Myers, FL newcomer Plies’ 100% Real Nigga mixtapes with Cool<br />

Runnings’ DJ Bigga Rankin helped him amass plenty of fans, and haters,<br />

in 2006.<br />

Young Jeezy<br />

This category wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Jeezy’s accomplishments<br />

with mixtapeS like Trap or Die and Can’t Ban the Snowman.<br />


B.G.<br />

Although he’s been in the game for a decade plus, B.G.’s independent<br />

releases and lyrical skills have been largely underappreciated by the<br />

mainstream rap audience.<br />

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Bohagon<br />

Lil Jon’s secret weapon helped everybody “Get Crunk,” but he’s just a<br />

soulful country boy at heart.<br />

Jody Breeze<br />

Jazze Pha protege and Boyz N Da Hood member Jody Breeze is still waiting<br />

to drop his solo album, and fans are waiting also.<br />

Little Brother<br />

Allegedly dubbed “too intelligent” for their audience by BET, the lack<br />

of recognition for this North Carolina trio proves once again that catchy<br />

hooks unfortunately often win over substance.<br />

Webbie<br />

Grimy, gutta, and unrefined, this truly talented Baton Rouge rhymer<br />

stayed somewhat under the radar despite two big singles.<br />

Yo Gotti<br />

Respected in the streets of Memphis and beyond, Yo Gotti is still awaiting<br />

national recognition.<br />


The trailblazing artist/individual who’s influence can be clearly seen in<br />

the music released during this time period.<br />

8Ball & MJG<br />

Before all the radio play and mainstream attention, it was 8Ball and MJG<br />

who helped put Southern music on the map with Comin’ Out Hard. Since<br />

then, they’ve maintained their core fanbase.<br />

Scarface<br />

After parting ways with the Geto Boys, this Houston emcee developed a<br />

ghetto-nurtured rap trademark, leading a wave of Southern emcees who<br />

emulated his style.<br />

Three 6 Mafia<br />

By now, we all know that they made history by winning an Academy<br />

Award. But even before the Oscar, these Memphis legends’ impact was<br />

clear.<br />

Too $hort<br />

Sharing his sexual tales and stories of violence, Too $hort pioneered a<br />

movement while earning two gold and four platinum plaques. More importantly,<br />

he blazed a trail for the South’s independent explosion.<br />

UGK<br />

Port Arthur, TX, rap partners Bun B and Pimp C have each earned the<br />

title of Underground King. Bun B also gets the loyalty award for his<br />

relentless (and apparently, successful) “Free Pimp C” campaign.<br />

Uncle Luke<br />

From challenging censors to paving the way as a businessman, Miami’s<br />

bass king has earned the title of “pioneer.”<br />


DJ Chuck T<br />

Carolina representative “Mr. Publicity” lives up to his name, churning out<br />

mixtapes consistently and maintaining numerous other hustles.<br />

David Banner<br />

Whether rapping, producing, acting, or aiding hurricane victims in his<br />

home state of Mississippi, Banner redefines 24/7.<br />

DJ Drama<br />

Drama and his Affiliates’ crew are literally everywhere, and he played a<br />

key role in the success of artists like T.I., Young Jeezy, and Paul Wall.<br />

Mike Jones<br />

You don’t grind, you don’t shine. You don’t work, you don’t eat. Call 281-<br />

330-8004 for more information.<br />

Tampa Tony<br />

Known for his Florida anthem “Keep Jukin’,” Tampa’s most creative artist<br />

added “inventor” to his list of job titles this year with the ingenious<br />

smoker’s device Da Splitta.<br />

Tony Neal<br />

The founder of The CORE DJs, Tony goes the extra mile to make sure his<br />

crew eats.<br />



DJ Screw<br />

Although he’s gone (R.I.P.), his legacy and music lives on through<br />

Houston’s recent rap explosion.<br />

K-Rab<br />

Snap, crackle, pop. The “inventor” of Atlanta’s newest trend, snap music,<br />

K-Rab’s impact is clear.<br />

Lil Jon<br />

Even though somewhat silenced this year by label issues, Jon ventured<br />

beyond the South and kept his sound alive by linking up with rock groups<br />

like Korn and California legends like E-40.<br />

Mr. Collipark<br />

Although its longevity remains to be seen, Mr. Collipark’s vision for a<br />

new genre of “intimate club music” became a reality with the success of<br />

the Ying Yang Twins’ “Wait” and David Banner’s “Play.”<br />

T-Pain<br />

Florida’s dreadlocked rapper, singer, and producer discovered a new vocal<br />

effect in the studio and “went crazy” with it. Love it or hate it, you’ve got<br />

to admit that it worked.<br />



Dem Franchize Boyz<br />

White tees have become hip-hop’s official uniform, thanks in part to<br />

DFB.<br />

Fabo of D4L<br />

Famous for his white sunglasses, Fabo’s unique style kicked off a new<br />

trend.<br />

Lil Wayne<br />

Bling, bling. Every time I come around your city, bling bling.<br />

Paul Wall & TV Johnny<br />

Everyone and their brother, sister, mama, and grandmomma has a grill<br />

now, thanks to Paul Wall’s side hustle and his comedic - but presumably<br />

rich - business partner, Johnny Dang of TV Jewelry.<br />

T.I.<br />

Not only is T.I. a great rapper, but he’s also become a sex symbol.<br />

Young Jeezy<br />

Although CNN tried, they couldn’t ban the Snowman. Jeezy’s trademark<br />

t-shirts became a best-seller at hip-hop clothing stores worldwide.<br />


Chamillionaire f/ Krayzie Bone “Ridin’ Dirty”<br />

Kudos are already in order for having Debo in the video, but the parallel<br />

between pro wrestling and police brutality was ingenious.<br />

Da BackWudz “I Don’t Like The Look of It”<br />

The Willy Wonka movie is already weird enough, so calling this video<br />

weird is mundane. But you have to appreciate a vid where the models<br />

don’t get more face time than the artist.<br />

David Banner “Play”<br />

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Speaking of models, this one was a who’s who. Sweaty, steamy and sticky,<br />

Banner gave his fans a little eye and ear candy.<br />

Juvenile “Get Ya Hustle On”<br />

This video had more accurate Katrina reporting than Fox News on their<br />

best day. Juve reminded us of the forgotten.<br />

Rick Ross “Hustlin’”<br />

Crossing the bridge into the real Miami, Rick Ross gave the world a<br />

glimpse of the everyday hustle in his Carol City ‘hood.<br />

Three 6 Mafia f/ Young Buck and 8Ball & MJG “Stay Fly”<br />

A night in the life of a rap star: endless partying captured by great camera<br />

work made us feel like we were right there with them.<br />

Honorable mention: Although Korn is not a Southern rap group,<br />

their video for “Twisted Transistor,” which featured Lil Jon, David<br />

Banner, Xzibit, and Snoop Dogg playing the roles of the band, certainly<br />

deserves mention.<br />


The artist from outside our region who showed the most love the South<br />

and/or was most accepted in the South.<br />

Cam’Ron<br />

Don’t forget, this guy rapped on the “Neva Scared” remix and did a “Bout<br />

It” remake a while back. So his collabos with Webbie and Lil’ Wayne<br />

should come as no surprise - he’s no bandwagon jumper.<br />

E-40<br />

He unified crunk with hyphy and still maintained his O.G. status.<br />

Juelz Santana<br />

His Jeezy mixtape hasn’t dropped, but Juelz earned his Dirty South pass.<br />

Too $hort<br />

Having lived in Atlanta since the 90s, he’s damn near a Southerner now.<br />

But at the end of the day he’s “still coming straight from Oakland.”<br />

Twista<br />

Chi-town’s rapid-fire spitter’s trademark style has universal appeal, and<br />

Twista is no stranger to Dirty South collabos.<br />


Bigga Rankin (Jacksonville, FL)<br />

Cool Runnings’ O.G. Bigga Rankin faithfully preaches his Ghetto Gospel<br />

to clubgoers all throughout the South, no matter how drunk they are.<br />

DJ Irie (Miami, FL)<br />

Widely regarded as one of the top mixers in the country, the official<br />

DJ of the Miami Heat still finds time to rock your favorite South Beach<br />

nightspots.<br />

DJ Khaled (Miami, FL)<br />

Waited in line too long and your favorite record was over by the time you<br />

got inside Don’t worry, the Southern version of Funkmaster Flex is sure<br />

to bring it back and drop a bomb on it - three or four times.<br />

Lil Larry (Memphis, TN)<br />

Larry keeps the clubs poppin’ in Tennessee.<br />

DJ Mars (Atlanta, GA)<br />

The CEO of the SuperFriends’ DJ crew, Mars keeps the party jumpin’.<br />


DJ Khaled (Miami, FL)<br />

If you had a bad day at work, Khaled’s afternoon mix is sure to liven up<br />

the rest of your day.<br />

Freddy Hydro (Memphis, TN)<br />

Yo Gotti drama aside, Freddy Hydro has been holding down the Memphis<br />

airwaves and streets for quite some time.<br />

Greg Street (Atlanta, GA)<br />

When workaholic Greg Street isn’t planning a celebrity car show, sneaker<br />

show, or party, he can usually be heard blazing the Atlanta airwaves.<br />

DJ Nasty (Orlando, FL)<br />

Now branching off into the production world, Nasty’s skills on the turntables<br />

remain top-of-the-line.<br />

Michael Watts (Houston, TX)<br />

Swishahouse’s Michael Watts carries on the legacy of DJ Screw through<br />

the fine art of chopping and Screwing.<br />


Cool & Dre<br />

Miami’s Terror Squad affiliates Cool & Dre have put their stamp on the<br />

industry, producing massive hits for Ja Rule and Game and more recent<br />

records like Christina Milian’s “Say I” and Juvenile’s “Rodeo.”<br />

Jermaine Dupri<br />

After landing both an executive position and a label deal at Virgin Records,<br />

he bulked up his roster by producing hits for Dem Franchize Boyz<br />

and Bow Wow post-puberty.<br />

Lil Jon<br />

After a few years as the reigning King of Crunk, Jon kept up his winning<br />

streak with the YoungBloodz’ “Presidential” and E-40’s “Snap Yo’<br />

Fingers.”<br />

Mannie Fresh<br />

Although somewhat low-profile since departing Cash Money, Mannie’s<br />

production skills are still on point, as evidenced by records like Young<br />

Jeezy’s “And What,” Bun B’s “I’m Fresh,” and B.G.’s “Move Around.”<br />

Mr. Collipark<br />

Otherwise known as DJ Smurf, the man behind the Ying Yang Twins<br />

took bass music to a whole new level and created “intimate club music.”<br />

The Unusual Suspects (Big D & Jim Jonsin)<br />

Although Big D and Jim Jonsin have since moved on to pursue solo projects,<br />

they achieved major back-to-back successes as a duo, crafting Pretty<br />

Ricky’s album and hits for Trick Daddy, Trina, and Twista, among others.<br />


Bigga Rankin (Jacksonville, FL)<br />

Bigga’s trademark WRNR: Real Nigga Radio mixtape series is ghetto<br />

platinum in the streets, introducing artists like Plies and Young Cash and<br />

reintroducing Jacki-O to ‘hoods across the South.<br />

DJ Chuck T (Charleston, SC)<br />

The cockiest DJ in the Carolinas talks a lot of shit, but consistently backs<br />

it up with a flurry of releases showcasing the hottest new music and<br />

breaking indie acts.<br />

DJ Drama (Atlanta, GA)<br />

Drama took his mixtape series Gangsta Grillz to a whole new level. DJ<br />

Chuck T asserts that Drama’s career path is the blueprint for all other DJs<br />

- a strong statement coming from a fellow nominee.<br />

DJ Ideal (Miami, FL)<br />

Straight from Da Bottom, Ideal played a role in Pitbull’s success and<br />

dropped solid projects with everyone from Ludacris to Smitty.<br />

Rapid Ric (Austin, TX)<br />

The Mixtape Mechanic’s Whut It Dew series consistently captures the<br />

essence of Texas music, highlighting the best of the best.<br />

DJ Smallz (Tampa, FL)<br />

Smallz’ peers have mixed feelings: some hate him, some love him, some<br />

envy him, but most do respect his hustle. Smallz’ created a career with<br />

exclusives and industry connects, not hype and image.<br />

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Acafool (Tampa, FL)<br />

Tampa’s class clown put his “Hata Blockas” on and sparked both a radio<br />

frenzy and label bidding war.<br />

BloodRaw (Panama City, FL)<br />

Rejuvenated after winning a Federal court case, the Bangin’ Bay representative<br />

is back on the road with Young Jeezy and his CTE camp and taking<br />

full advantage of all opportunities.<br />

Plies (Ft. Myers, FL)<br />

Stirring up controversy with his bold “100% real nigga, dawg” campaign,<br />

Slip-N-Slide’s newest recruit rocked packed clubs throughout Florida<br />

without an album or a video.<br />

Treal (Orlando, FL)<br />

Central Florida’s hypest foursome, known for their crunk performances,<br />

stayed on their grind and landed in regular rotation on local radio.<br />

Triple J (West Palm Beach, FL)<br />

Arguably one of Florida’s top lyricists, Triple J has survived record label<br />

politics and gunfire and still managed to create a name for himself with<br />

witty rhymes and creative mixtape records.<br />

Young Cash (Jacksonville, FL)<br />

Jacksonville’s head honcho stayed on the scene this year with his Duval<br />

County Rockstars, dropped records with Webbie, Paul Wall, and Mike<br />

Jones, and landed a deal with SRC/Universal.<br />

Florida has had its spurts in hip-hop. Luke and the 2 Live Crew movement was the first, but fizzled out when the<br />

group broke up. 69 Boyz went platinum with their classic hit “Tootsee Roll.” Trick Daddy and Trina were soon to<br />

follow with their barrage of hits coming out of the MIA. Now Florida has Rick Ross at the forefront to show the<br />

world exactly how M-I-Yayo be hustlin’. However, for the first time in the state’s hip-hop history, the future looks<br />

bright with talent from all areas looking to break out and show the world that Florida is here to stay.<br />

Nicknamed the Gunshine State for the shape of the state, first up is Bloodraw hailing from Panama City. Soon after<br />

signing to Young Jeezy’s CTE label, Bloodraw was arrested, and eventually acquitted on drug charges. Working on a<br />

Gangsta Grillz mixtape as well as group U.S.D.A.’s album, Bloodraw is the leader to break North Florida.<br />

Five hours across the state is Duval County’s own Young Cash. Signed to SRC/Universal, he is patiently waiting to<br />

release his debut album. Recording a local hit track with Paul Wall, “Disco Ball,” Young Cash has much more to come<br />

from Jacksonville.<br />

Treal have been local stars for years ever since they dropped their Orlando classic “Orange County.” With their recent<br />

independent release “Crunk Tested and Approved,” Treal are ready to show the world what it is like to be crunk in a<br />

city that outsiders consider Mickey Mouse territory.<br />

Everyone across I-4 has their “Hatah Blockas” on. One of the few Tampa artists to break through and receive local radio<br />

support after years of hard work, Acafool found his niche and has the Hatah Blockas shades craze spreading throughout<br />

Florida. It’s only a matter of time before he blows.<br />

One of the more underappreciated artists in Florida, Triple J reps West Palm Beach to the fullest. He wasn’t even one<br />

to appreciate his talents until after he was shot. He made a transition, but kept the streets locked. With his MLK BLVD<br />

album, he is sure to have labels hunting for him.<br />

Finally, “the hottest nigga in Florida” is the street’s own Plies. Hailing from Ft. Myers, Plies carries an “I don’t give a<br />

fuck” attitude with Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic backing him. This South Florida new breed of MC is destined to blow nationwide.<br />

With just this small group of Florida talent, who is to deny them as the next to shine<br />

- Leon Bailey<br />

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Citty (Atlanta, GA)<br />

Even with a Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam deal, you can still find the Cookieman<br />

in the streets and the hole-in-the-wall clubs that made him hot.<br />

Da BackWudz (Atlanta, GA)<br />

They waited for quite a while, and their patience finally paid off this<br />

year when they linked up with Dallas Austin.<br />

Lil Weavah (Atlanta, GA)<br />

Weavah’s widely respected independent hustle extends from the<br />

internet to Soundscan.<br />

Slick Pulla (Atlanta, GA)<br />

Young Jeezy’s smooth-talking CTE sidekick’s rap skills have improved<br />

rapidly - Pulla represents the trap with lyrics and clever wordplay.<br />

Yola (Atlanta, GA)<br />

With “Ain’t Gon’ Let Up” currently the most requested song on<br />

Atlanta radio stations, the future is bright for Yola.<br />

Young Dro (Atlanta, GA)<br />

After stints with various Atlanta collectives, Dro finally found a home<br />

with Grand Hustle and landed a hit with “Shoulder Lean.”<br />

Built on the blueprints of more recent breakthrough artists like Ludacris, T.I. and Young Jeezy, 2006 saw a new crop<br />

of Georgia artists make their presence felt. And with crunk fading into its last stages in popularity and snap music<br />

reaching its apex and eventual fall, it was prime time for lyricists to come back to the forefront.<br />

Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam signee Citty proved that he was indeed a soldier ready to go for his in the war that is the rap game.<br />

The former Marine and Field Mob protégé toured every nook and cranny that had a microphone, creating his buzz<br />

from the ground up. His underground single “Da Cookieman” showed that there are more hustles than selling dope<br />

and pimping women. Then songs like “That’s Gangsta” proved that you can get a crowd amped without brandishing<br />

weapons in every line.<br />

Another group that gave us plenty of alternatives were the Da Backwudz, reminding people of Outkast, but yet showing<br />

that Southern Hip Hop’s future is in good hands. Hell, the simple existence of their debut Wood Work is historic in<br />

the fact that it made Dallas Austin resurrect Rowdy Records just for them.<br />

You can’t mention the new talent coming from the Peach state without talking about Lil Weavah either. Correction,<br />

you can’t mention mixtape grind without talking about Lil Weavah. True to the underground, this Southwest Atlanta<br />

bred artist has his name on the minds of everyone in the country with no radio support, although an appearance on<br />

ESPN’s Cold Pizza and mention on MTV.com definitely helped. Appearing on 200 mixtapes since last year and getting<br />

massive support from overseas is evidence that Weavah won’t be patiently waiting for too much longer.<br />

Even though Slick Pulla hasn’t been on a bunch of mixtapes, his appearances on Young Jeezy’s have given him a muchdeserved<br />

spotlight. Him bringing wordplay and wit to the much talked about “trap life” shows that there is more than<br />

one way to skin a cat. Now, with his debut album The Trapublican slated to release later this year, Slick is bound to pull<br />

a lot of attention his way.<br />

Keeping in tune with that, Yola Da Great has been able to motivate thugs in his own way as well. His infectious single<br />

“Ain’t Gon’ Let Up” has been killing Atlanta radio for months and his grind was rewarded with a deal through Grand<br />

Hustle/Atlantic Records.<br />

As your reading this article, odds are you’ve heard Young Dro’s “Shoulder Lean” at least twice today. Already a name in<br />

the streets through regional hits like “Yes Sir” back in 2002, he eventually signed with Grand Hustle this year and plans<br />

to burn the scene with his debut Best Thang Smokin.<br />

If these six artists are an indication of what Georgia has to offer for the future, your best bet is to hop on the bandwagon<br />

right now.<br />

- Cedric Boothe<br />

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All Star (Nashville, TN)<br />

The self-proclaimed Cashville Prince scored a huge hit with “Grey Goose”<br />

and landed a solo deal with Cash Money.<br />

Cadence (Nashville, TN)<br />

A witty emcee with striking versatility, Cadence toured the world opening<br />

for Kenny Chesney but still makes records that can get the most<br />

thugged out club poppin’.<br />

D. Cooley (Chattanooga, TN)<br />

Thanks to his consistent grind, D. Cooley has seen his record “Trap<br />

Clothes” grow into a bonafide regional smash.<br />

Kinfolk Nakia Shine (Memphis, TN)<br />

This indie hustler played an integral role in other Memphis’ artists careers,<br />

but now he’s telling you to “Respect My Fresh.”<br />

Lutinent G (Memphis, TN)<br />

Representing for Memphis’ underground rap breeding ground, Lutinent<br />

G had every club in Tennessee screaming “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” to his<br />

monster club banger.<br />

Yo Gotti (Memphis, TN)<br />

Never one to wander far from the streets, the hottest up-and-comer in<br />

Memphis hustled his way through the mixtape and indie scene and is<br />

poised to achieve national success.<br />

Last year, hip-hop witnessed a first when Three 6 Mafia took to a Hollywood stage and accepted an Academy<br />

Award. Tennessee, which has had its fair share of musical adversity, was finally able to bask in a shining moment<br />

again. Add to that the strong reemergence of the state’s crowned princes via the bonafide hits “Stay Fly” and “Poppin’<br />

My Collar,” the release of Project Pat and Playa Fly from jail, and the influx of young visitors to Memphis for major<br />

boxing matches, and it’s obvious that Tennessee is on the rise once again.<br />

While “Tennekey” has been on the music scene for years, producing the likes of Al Green and 8Ball & MJG, in recent<br />

years it’s remained relatively quiet while surrounding areas have stepped into the spotlight. Even still, talent continued<br />

to bubble quietly, and 2006 was the year for it to be manifested publicly.<br />

Take Cadence, for example. Hailing from “Cashville,” this rapper proves that witty lyricism and concentrated storytelling<br />

can be just as entertaining as snapping your fingers and two stepping with his debut, Songs of Vice Virtue. Having<br />

previously toured with alternative rock group Uncle Kracker and country phenom Kenny Chesney, folks couldn’t help<br />

but compare him to Kanye West, and with due cause. His easy charm and penchant for diversity made him an underground<br />

favorite. It’s only a matter of time before everyone else catches up.<br />

Memphis rapper Yo Gotti’s persistence and familiarity made his TVT debut Back 2 Da Basics one of the most anticipated<br />

of the summer season, propelled by the single “Gangsta Party” featuring Bun B and 8ball. He continued his rise<br />

to success with his artist All-Star, who also hails from Nashville. After garnering a buzz with his impressive showing on<br />

Young Jeezy’s “Grey Goose” the rapper is poised to make a significant mark in the rap game.<br />

Even the often ignored city of Chattanooga produced the regional hit with D. Cooley’s “Trap Clothes,” featuring Atlanta<br />

rapper, Maceo. Reaping the benefits of his consistent grind, D. Cooley has undoubtedly shown that a little hustle can go<br />

a long way.<br />

And of course, the Bluff City remained on the cusp of innovation with Kinfolk Nakia Shine and Lutinent G. Kinfolk’s<br />

single “Respect My Fresh” quickly became an underground favorite, defined by the rapper’s natural swagger. Newcomer<br />

Lutinent G made significant waves with his catchy, humorous single, “Mangla,” from his debut Out Da Gate on<br />

Select-O-Hits<br />

It’s clear that Tennessee is a haven for inspired artists. Seems like “Patiently Waiting” may not be an accurate description<br />

for the state’s talent much longer.<br />

- Jacinta Howard<br />

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Chyna Whyte (New Orleans, LA)<br />

BME’s female rapper made noise with Lil Jon when he first<br />

dropped, but fell off the radar momentarily. Now she’s back and<br />

ready to make a solo statement.<br />

E-Vicious (Lake Charles, LA)<br />

This former member of the X-Mobb is now signed to UGK Records.<br />

Lil Boosie (Baton Rouge, LA)<br />

Webbie’s labelmate is a diamond in the rough, with one of the<br />

most unique voices in rap and highly underappreciated lyrical<br />

abilities.<br />

Max Minelli (Baton Rouge, LA)<br />

One of Louisiana’s most persistent artists, over the years Max has<br />

collaborated with everyone from C-Loc to Paul Wall.<br />

Partners-N-Crime (New Orleans, LA)<br />

This duo inked a deal with Juve’s UTP Records and linked up with<br />

Rap-A-Lot.<br />

Sqad Up (New Orleans, LA)<br />

Lil Wayne’s former crew, still intact after Hurricane Katrina, is<br />

now dropping a solo album.<br />

No Limit and Cash Money Records came and went with a gangload of gold and platinum plaques. Other then<br />

those two labels, Louisiana has been quiet on the national scene. Last year Webbie made some noise with his<br />

hit single “Gimme That”, but that’s about it. The following artists have been patiently waiting their turn and<br />

are on the verge of breaking loose.<br />

E-Vicious is from Lake Charles, LA, which is close to the Texas line. He linked with Pimp C and is signed to his label<br />

UGK Records. The former X-Mobb member is featured on Pimp C’s “Pimpalation.” He is definitely ready to show<br />

you that Louisiana is not just New Orleans and Baton Rouge.<br />

Southside Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Lil Boosie has been through his trials and tribulations. A Baton Rouge favorite,<br />

he’s released several solo albums and has undeniable talent, but it all depends on the label to show the world<br />

why many consider Lil’ Boosie Bad Ass the best out the boot. He will be a problem once he releases Bad Ass.<br />

Another Baton Rouge native, Max Minelli, has been putting it down for years. An original member of the Concentration<br />

Camp, he is highly slept on as a lyricist. Releasing many successful selling albums, he is currently in a bidding<br />

war with major labels. While patiently waiting on that chance to blow, he is scheduled to release Pain Medicine on<br />

Koch in October.<br />

Godfathers of the popular genre called ‘bounce music’, Partners-N-Crime embody New Orleans. They were holding<br />

their city down before anyone knew who the Hot Boyz or TRU was. Having just releasing their album Club Bangaz<br />

on UTP/Rap-A-Lot, PNC hopes to show the world that New Orleans is still bouncin’.<br />

Exploding on the scene with her aggressive verse on Lil Jon’s “Bia Bia,” Chyna Wyte has been quiet for a few years.<br />

But this New Orleans bred femcee recently stepped back on to the scene, dropped a mixtape with DJ Smallz, and is<br />

waiting to raise the bar that previous New Orleans female artists left high.<br />

Many thought that they were just Lil Wayne’s sidekicks. But since branching off into their own, Sqad Up has made<br />

plenty of noise independently. Releasing their debut album Now or Never, numerous mixtapes, and their new<br />

album We Here Now, Sqad Up is poised to show the world that New Orleans rap is to stay.<br />

No disrespect to No Limit or Cash Money and what they have done, but these artists are the new generation, and all<br />

come to the forefront with different styles.<br />

- Leon Bailey<br />

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Big K.R.I.T. (Meridian, MS)<br />

At the young age of 19, K.R.I.T. is a more complete artist than some<br />

who have been making records for a decade. He is not only an extremely<br />

talented producer, but also a rapper with solid subject matter.<br />

Boo da Boss Playa (Canton, MS)<br />

Having spent years on the shelf due to record label politics at both<br />

Interscope and J Records, Boo is still waiting for his turn to shine.<br />

Jewman (Jackson, MS)<br />

This newcomer’s “Swag” created a buzz in the streets of Jacktown.<br />

Kamikaze (Jackson, MS)<br />

David Banner’s former rap partner will split your head to the white<br />

meat with his hard-hitting lyrics. In addition to his regional successes<br />

as an artist, he founded the Mississippi Artists & Producers Coalition.<br />

Scar (Columbus, MS)<br />

Big Boi’s “secret weapon” has a story to tell and talent to match.<br />

Smoke D (Jackson, MS)<br />

This soulful UGK affiliate appeared on the group’s classic Ridin’ Dirty<br />

album, live from the penitentiary. Now free like Pimp C, he’s focused<br />

on GFM (God, Family, & Music).<br />

In the 90s, during the rap world’s infatuation with the East Coast vs. West Coast, one would have thought it absurd to<br />

suggest that a rap revolution was brewing in Mississippi. The average American’s impression of the ‘Sipp is perhaps<br />

one of racial strife and backwards thinking.<br />

But over the past few years, as rap has gradually turned Southward and remains below the Mason-Dixon line, country<br />

vocals became more acceptable and Mississippi representatives like David Banner have broken through the stereotypes<br />

to take the Mississippi mentality worldwide. In 2006, a new crop of country rap tunes is brewing.<br />

Speaking of David Banner, he recently sought out Meridian-based producer/rapper Big K.R.I.T. for some beats. And he’s<br />

not the only one noticing the promising young talent. K.R.I.T. is quickly making a name for himself amongst industry<br />

heads as an all-around hustler who’s taking the right steps to succeed.<br />

Formerly signed to Interscope and now waiting for J Records to drop his major label debut, Boo da Boss Playa, a.k.a. Boo<br />

Rossini, is perhaps best known for his street single “Miss Me With That Rap Shit.” The single, which featured Jeezy just<br />

as he blew up, was perhaps a blessing and a curse because Jeezy’s street buzz almost overpowered the fact that it was<br />

Boo’s song. Still, Boo has stayed true to his grind and can usually be found anywhere between Miami and Houston.<br />

Already a local celebrity, Jackson-based newcomer Jewman’s “Swag” has the streets talking. Combine that with mixtape<br />

appearances and you’ve got a strong start to a potentially fruitful career.<br />

Moving right along from a newcomer to another veteran, Kamikaze has enjoyed regional success with singles like “U<br />

Ain’t Hard,” and is still on the verge of a big breakthrough. Perhaps best known to the average rap fan as the other half<br />

of David Banner’s Crooked Lettaz, Kamikaze lacks the charisma and ridiculous stage antics of his former rap partner but<br />

can lyrically compete with your favorite emcee. Still a hometown favorite, Kamikaze’s The Franchise drops later this<br />

year.<br />

Hailing from Columbus, Mississippi, you can catch Scar - guess how he got that name - in the new Outkast video for<br />

“Morris Brown,” dropping that Dungeon Family flavor alongside Big Boi’s sharp vocals. One of the most promising<br />

members of Big Boi’s Purple Ribbon camp, Scar’s background story is just as intriguing as his musical abilities.<br />

Smoke D, once the unofficial third member of UGK, spent seven years in prison which prevented him from nationwide<br />

success with the group. After his release he began recording for a solo project, with his trademark soulful vibe that<br />

explores all aspects of the streets and life in general.<br />

- Mayson Drake<br />

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TEXAS<br />

Big Tuck (Dallas, TX)<br />

The lead-off solo artists from Dallas collective DSR, Tuck is prepared<br />

to carry the city on his back.<br />

ESG (Houston, TX)<br />

Although he’s been in the game for years, national acclaim has thus<br />

far eluded ESG, known for his wicked freestyles.<br />

G.R.i.T. Boys (Houston, TX)<br />

This group, affiliated with Paul Wall, brings a fresh new flavor,<br />

speaking on Ghetto Reality in Texas.<br />

Kiotti (Houston, TX)<br />

Young and charismatic, this former battle rapper has a bright future<br />

in front of him.<br />

Money Waters (Dallas, TX)<br />

As the Houston hype slowly dies down, it looks as if Dallas is next<br />

to blow, with Money Waters ranking high on the list of the city’s<br />

talented artists.<br />

Trae (Houston, TX)<br />

Trae is straddling the thin line between patiently waiting and full-out<br />

blown up. After gaining the attention of several major labels with his<br />

single “Swang,” he signed with Rap-A-Lot.<br />

Up until maybe last year, the Patiently Waiting column was practically tailor-made for Texas. The rap scene in that<br />

great state had been bubbling and building for years, until finally it peaked and a bunch of artists from Houston<br />

reached the top. Well, Houston is a big city, but Texas is a huge state and hot on the heels of Paul Wall, Chamillionaire<br />

and Slim Thug are a hot new crop of artists who are popping off from border to border. Here’s a look at what’s<br />

next for Texas.<br />

A lot of people have Dallas metro star Big Tuck pegged as the next to blow out of Texas. His countrified voice has a very<br />

direct and imminent delivery that makes what he has to say hard to ignore. A member of the group Dirty South Rydaz,<br />

Tuck’s reputation is solid in the streets, the clubs and the booth. DSR is certainly the biggest group in Texas from outside<br />

of Houston.<br />

Houston-based ESG has been patiently waiting to get that national exposure for some years now. His 1995 hit “Swang<br />

and Bang” is a Texas anthem to this day and ever since then he has consistently dropped some of the hottest independent<br />

releases in the region. He’s been eating well off of the rap game for over 10 years, but is now pursuing that major<br />

label status. He’s the backbone of the Houston rap community and one of the folks who pioneered the sounds you are<br />

currently hearing from the Lone Star State.<br />

Also hailing from Texas, the G.R.i.T. Boys are one of the hottest young groups in the streets of Houston and their affiliation<br />

with Paul Wall has been taking them all over the United States. Their name stands for Ghetto Reality in Texas, so<br />

you won’t hear a lot of the same ol’ same ol’ from these guys. Their stories are ones of struggle and pain, coupled with<br />

the lighter side of life in the hood. They are some lyrical giants who come from the same area as most of the Screwed Up<br />

Click and hold those values tight, but have an original sound and a whole different energy than their predecessors.<br />

Recently signed to Asylum Records, Kiotti is best known as a battle rap champion around Houston. But you can’t sleep<br />

on the regional hits he has been a part of, most recently “Minute Plan” also known as “The Phone Song.” He’s a serious<br />

hustler who has been at it since his early teens and seems set to finally blow nationwide.<br />

Dallas representative Money Waters comes with a whole different perspective than the other artists on this list. He is<br />

more like the old sage - though he is young – who you can turn to for advice or a funny story. This vibe runs throughout<br />

his CD’s and his live show where often he comes off as a brilliant blues man rather than your average rapper.<br />

Recently signed to Rap-A-Lot Records, Trae has been hot in the streets of Texas since his first release in 1999, the debut<br />

album from his group, Guerilla Maab. He is a voice for the voiceless in Houston and beyond, representing the hard<br />

streets with his reality based raps. He’s seen a lot of struggle and strife in his life and has no problem telling you all about<br />

it. He is possibly the most reality based rapper the game has seen since the early days of Scarface.<br />

- Matt Sonzala<br />

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nominees<br />



334 M.O.B.B. (Montgomery, AL)<br />

Representing the Montgomery area code to the fullest, 334 M.O.B.B.<br />

parlayed their intense mixtape grind into national opportunities.<br />

Attitude (Birmingham, AL)<br />

Formerly signed to Timbaland, this underrated lyricist has penned<br />

rhymes for Diddy and Bubba Sparxxx. Now living in Atlanta, he’s poised<br />

and ready.<br />

Birmingham J (Birmingham, AL)<br />

Birmingham’s official hood representative has dropped several indie<br />

albums over the years, catching the majors’ attention.<br />

Rich Boy (Mobile, AL)<br />

Multi-talented Mobile representative Rich Boy landed a deal at Interscope<br />

through Jim Crow rapper/producer Polow and has since been<br />

working on his debut album.<br />

The Last Mr. Bigg (Mobile, AL)<br />

Mobile’s O.G. has survived court cases, prison time, and a near-death experience.<br />

Now sporting a glass eye, he’s collaborating with Three 6 Mafia<br />

to expand his musical reach beyond the region.<br />

Tyte Wurk (Enterprise, AL)<br />

Coming from a small town in South Alabama, Tyte Wurk had to double<br />

up their grind to get noticed.<br />

Even beyond their music being overlooked, Alabama has had to fight stereotypes and scrap for respect for years. A<br />

lot of times, the only time you hear them mentioned is when someone hurls an insult like, “You’re ‘Bama.” How<br />

flattering can that be Well, this year, things took a turn in the right direction for the state that rests in the heart<br />

of the South.<br />

Headlines were made when word broke that Montgomery’s 334 M.O.B.B. got signed to Def Jam. But instead of letting<br />

that get to their heads, they continued to work as hard as they did before they got the deal and it worked out in<br />

their favor. Releasing mixtapes on top of mixtapes, this duo received plenty of exposure with hardly any help from<br />

their pioneering label. If you need more proof, just peep them on Myspace.<br />

“Patiently Waiting” is definitely appropriate when speaking on Birmingham’s Attitude. Poised to blow by way of<br />

a deal with Timbaland’s now defunct Beat Club, ‘Tude got a chance to travel the world and work with the likes of<br />

Missy and Diddy. Even though no record came from out of that deal, it was not a wasted experience.<br />

Birmingham J reps so hard that he puts his city on the map without even saying a word. But, when he does finally<br />

speak, people listen. And that includes everyone from local retail and radio to big time A&Rs. And with his city prepping<br />

to be the next area to blow in the South, J is sure to lead the charge.<br />

About three hours away, you can hear what Mobile has cooking too. Rapper/producer Rich Boy is slowly proving<br />

that casinos aren’t the city’s only attraction. His single “Get To Poppin” generated just enough buzz to make is Gangsta<br />

Grillz mixtape one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Still signed to Interscope, Rich is bound to get richer.<br />

Right around the corner, we also saw the resurgence of The Last Mr. Bigg. Already a legendary figure in his region, he<br />

got a lot of face time due to his cameo on Three 6 Mafia’s “Poppin’ My Collar.” Now, with people going back to peep<br />

his older music after his unfortunate shooting earlier this year, his new music is guaranteed to open some more doors.<br />

A drive east to Enterprise, Alabama will bring you to Tyte Wurk. Their smash “Mary Jane: Remix” had smokers singing<br />

their praises while their other song “What It Is” served as the opening song for ESPN’s Sunday Night Football this<br />

past season.<br />

With this crop of artist leading the charge Alabama just may turn “Bama” into a compliment.<br />

- Kale Swanson<br />

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nominees<br />

Big Cas (Fayetteville, NC)<br />

Cas has effectively captured the internet, the streets, and mainstream<br />

media with his music, buildling up his fanbase equally in each area.<br />

Fat Boy (Charleston, SC)<br />

The diplomat of the Carolinas, Fat Boy has the respect of his peers and<br />

good relationships with record stores, other artists, radio personalities,<br />

producers, and ‘hood dudes.<br />

J-Khrist (Fayetteville, NC)<br />

J-Khrist got his swagger back and is ready to carry the flag for the Carolinas.<br />

Mac-A-Don (Columbia, SC)<br />

Over the past year, Mac-A-Don has grown lyrically and developed his<br />

own style, creating a buzz from the ground up.<br />

Marly Mar (Charleston, SC)<br />

Charleston’s most consistent artist has dropped over ten albums over the<br />

past three years and maintained a steady radio presence.<br />

Piazo (Columbia, SC)<br />

Piazo’s steady mixtape grind has helped him lock down the streets of<br />

South Carolina and create a fanbase.<br />

The Carolinas aren’t known for being a hotbed of talent. For years, we’ve sat back and watched Southern hip-hop<br />

evolve, moreso as fans and not active participants. We’ve seen artists from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee,<br />

and other smaller areas receive major deals and nationwide exposure, while we sat on the sidelines patiently<br />

waiting for our turn to shine. For years we screamed that the game is coming to us. But it seemed like success and<br />

recognition in the hip-hop industry went to every Southern state surrounding us and then took a wild turn and headed<br />

to Texas and skipped right over us here in the Carolinas. We thought we’d get the look we needed when Petey Pablo<br />

went platinum and Little Brother finally signed with Atlantic, but neither one of those artists created enough buzz to<br />

catch the attention of A&Rs.<br />

Through all our misfortune, we’ve come to realize that we can’t depend on the industry to come to us. We have to<br />

create our own industry. Just like the blues and jazz performers of the 40s and 50s created the Chitlin Circuit to gain<br />

exposure, Carolina artists have ben forced to do the same.<br />

Marly Mar, from Charleston, SC, was the first artist in the city to have a song in regular rotation on the radio. His hit<br />

single “Act A Donkey” is over four years old and still continues to get heavy spins on the radio and in the clubs. He’s also<br />

one of the most consistent artists in the state, having released 3 albums per year for the last 3 years.<br />

Big Cas, from Fayetteville, NC (also know as Fayettenam) has taken the mixtape game by storm. He’s appeared on over<br />

60 mixtapes in the last 2 years and has shared songs with Jae Millz, Freeway, Grafh, Remy Ma, Geolani, Corey Gunz,<br />

and other prominent East coast hip hop artists. Also causing a ruckus on the streets is Meccadon, from Columbia, SC,<br />

and J-Khrist from Fayetteville, NC. These two artists are relatively new to the Carolina hip-hop scene but both have<br />

taken the game by storm. They’re constantly doing shows all throughout the state and have singles blazing the radio<br />

airwaves and tearing up the clubs. Meccadon’s last single “No” was a huge hit and his new song “We Ball’n” is following<br />

in the same pattern. J-Khrist’s single “Swagger Back” is a club banger that can go toe to toe with any other song on the<br />

Billboard charts. It’s a guaranteed hit once it touches mainstream radio.<br />

As far as longevity and street credibility are concerned, Fat Boy and Piazo both have that aspect of the game sewed up.<br />

Fatboy, representing Charleston, SC, not only had one of the best selling albums of 2005 but has also been a key figure<br />

in easing the tension between hip-hop artists from Downtown Charleston and North Charleston. His new album,<br />

Laughing Hyenas, drops this fall and features artists from both areas on the same tracks and is set to be one of 2006s<br />

most highly anticipated album. Columbia, SC’s Piazo is one of the Cackalack’s most sought after artists and has a slew of<br />

albums and mixtapes on the streets that date back to 1995. He’s been pounding the streets longer than any other artist<br />

from the Carolinas and has maintained a consistent a buzz both on the streets and on the radio throughout his career.<br />

His music has caught the attention of many label A&Rs, most recently G-Unit Record’s Sha Money XL, and he has had<br />

had offers on the table from many major record labels. now!<br />

- DJ Chuck T<br />

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tj’s dj’s tastemakers xclusives disc 1<br />

1. Rich Boy / Throw Some Dees – Interscope<br />

Contact: Rosalie – 310.865.7929<br />

On this track you can tell that Rich Boy is steady smirking ‘cause<br />

his flow is dangerous. What’s more, like Indego Montoya, he knows<br />

something that you don’t - he’s not even right handed. His natural<br />

talent is production rather than rapping.<br />

2. Rick Ross / Push It - Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam<br />

Contact: Eclass@nextel.blackberry.net<br />

“Push It” features an interpolation from one of the greatest montage<br />

records made famous by Scarface the movie and South Park. Rick<br />

Ross’ Miami gangsta tales are so boss that they would make Crockett<br />

& Tubbs look silly.<br />

3. David Banner ft. Yola / Get Money – b.i.G.f.a.c.e./SRC<br />

Contact: Willie Nash – 601.238.5658<br />

David Banner cleverly samples Yola’s “Ain’t Gonna Let Up” and<br />

proves that he’s ahead of his time as the rest of the world has yet to<br />

discover what Yola has to offer. Scroll down to track 9 and you’ll see<br />

why Banner decided to run with this lil monster.<br />

4. Trick Daddy / I Pop – Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic<br />

Contact: Sam Crespo – sam.crespo@atlanticrecords.com<br />

Trick Daddy’s got another notch for the catalog. This record is funky<br />

and shows Trick on a different level. Plus Trick continues to spit<br />

thought provoking word play when he explains why “$100 bills smell<br />

like pubic hairs.”<br />

5. BHI / Dat Bubble Gum – BME<br />

Contact: Sabrina Montgomery – 404.367.8130<br />

Just when you thought snap music was through, BHI will have the<br />

genre sticking around like “Bubble Gum” with this juicy record.<br />

6. Young Dro / Rubberband Banks – Grand Hustle/Atlantic<br />

Contact: Sam Crespo – sam.crespo@atlanticrecords.com<br />

Young Dro takes a break from making his shoulder lean to show that<br />

that record has set him up rather lovely. In other words his rubberbands<br />

have expanded like his bank account.<br />

7. Bohagon ft. Crime Mob & Fabo / Wuz Up – BME<br />

Contact: Sabrina Montgomery – 404.367.8130<br />

Bohagon, the B-M-E- representa, strikes a strong blow for those who<br />

are interested in having their bass bins blown up by an MC that will<br />

make your cones snap to the music. Plus, with Crime Mob checking<br />

in on the track shaking their dreads, the track is elevated to another<br />

club banging dimension. And that’s wuz up!<br />

8. Young Buck ft. 50 Cent / Do It Myself – G-Unit/Interscope<br />

Contact: Rosalie – 310.592.2121<br />

The theme of the record is really simple. When you need to make<br />

improvements on how you live, like Home Depot you should do it<br />

yourself and G-Unit with 50 Cent can help. In fact, 50 lets a few bullets<br />

off of his chest by drawing a retaliatorial line in the sand.<br />

9. Yola / Ain’t Gonna Let Up – Grand Hustle/Atlantic<br />

Contact: Sam Crespo – sam.crespo@atlanticrecords.com<br />

At first listen, the Caribbean steal drums in the production lead to a<br />

laid back vibe until Yola gets on the track and crushes all haters in<br />

the way. Straight up, Yola is a monster in training. By the way, watch<br />

out for T.I. - the executive. Quiet though.<br />

10. Young Capone / Wat It Iz – So So Def/Virgin<br />

Contact: Tikke Chaney – 212.786.8215<br />

This is a Nitty beat that Young Capone takes full advantage of. Young<br />

Capone is a nice addition to the So So Def/Virgin stable. He’s been in<br />

the minor leagues getting his weight up and from the sound of this<br />

record; it is time for him to be called up to the majors.<br />

11. Magic ft. Detroit / Shorty – BHE/TVT<br />

Contact: TVT – 212.979.6410<br />

Magic knows that shorties love a gangsta. And Magic is more than<br />

eager to deliver yet another quality tune that the people want. Be on<br />

the lookout for Magic, he is on another level since his rise from the<br />

ashes of New Orleans.<br />

12. Obie Trice / Jamaican Girl – Interscope<br />

Contact: Rosalie – 310.592.2121<br />

Taking the lead from Eminem the producer on a carefully crafted<br />

island tune, Obie Trice demonstrates that he is not afraid of change.<br />

And in fact, flows well on the oceans of this tropical melody.<br />

13. Chyna Whyte ft. Gangsta Boo & DJ Demp / Drop A Bundle<br />

– BME<br />

Contact: Sabrina Montgomery – 404.367.8130<br />

Finally, China White has come back to whup tracks and beat bass<br />

with a gangsta style unmatched by any other MC. She has recruited<br />

Gangsta Boo and DJ Demp, the shorty pimp to accentuate an already<br />

club crunching record soon to break needles across the South.<br />

14. Jibbs / Chain Hang Low – Geffen<br />

Contact: Rosalie – 310.592.2121<br />

Jibbs perfectly translates a children’s nursery rhyme into a tune that<br />

celebrates opulence. If the thought rolls eyes, keep an open mind,<br />

remember there were many people who felt Nelly could never sell a<br />

record with a nursery rhyme, and he turned out alright.<br />

15. Daz ft. Kurupt / Daz Thang – So So Def/Virgin<br />

Contact: Tikke Chaney - 212.786.8215<br />

Daz reached back to his roots with a jam just short of “7 Minutes of<br />

Funk” and he brought The Whole Darn Family by reuniting with the<br />

OG DPG Kurupt. Jermaine Dupri is in a great zone right now and<br />

continues the trend with another hot one. Oh, and the XXX rated<br />

video of this tune is a great way to have your break today.<br />

16. M.O.S. / Drug Related – Jive<br />

Contact: Chad Brown – jivemixshow@gmail.com<br />

On “Drug Related,” M.O.S. speaks of life in the land of Carolina<br />

blue where life wasn’t guaranteed. It’s not the life that’s celebrated,<br />

M.O.S. is happy he made it and with tracks this good, I’m sure Jive is<br />

too.<br />

17. Young Hot Rod ft. Mary J. Blige / Be Easy - Interscope<br />

Contact: Rosalie – 310.592.2121<br />

Anytime the Queen blesses a track a certain polish remains leaving<br />

the listener with the understanding of what makes soul music feel<br />

so good. Young Hot Rod is old enough to know when a blessing is<br />

bestowed upon him and crafts a record worthy of royalty.<br />

18. Plies / Take Off – Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic<br />

Contact: Sam Crespo – sam.crespo@atlanticrecords.com<br />

For the record, Plies is not the future of Slip-N-Slide, he’s the right<br />

now. And if you come up shorting Plies, you better take off cuz he<br />

has no problems seeing you about it - he’s got lots of bond money<br />

behind him.<br />

19. Trillville ft. Kandi & Cutty Cartel / Eat It Up – BME<br />

Contact: Sabrina Montgomery – 404.367.8130<br />

Trillville has teamed up with everyone’s favorite multi-platinum<br />

flavored Kandi to make a track that tastes so good, you have to “Eat<br />

It Up.” Be prepared to dance off the pounds because a joint that tastes<br />

this good can’t be good for your health.<br />

20. Lyfe Jennings ft. Lala Brown / S.E.X. – Sony/Columbia<br />

Contact: Cara Lewis – 212.903.1316<br />

One word: wow! This is the definition of a great record that is sure to<br />

boost the population 9 months from its release.<br />

- Keith “1st Prophet” Kennedy, keith@tjsdjs.com<br />

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tj’s dj’s tastemakers xclusives disc 2<br />

1. Plies ft. Akon / I Wanna – Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic<br />

Contact: Sam Crespo – sam.crespo@atlanticrecords.com<br />

If you were trying to find a great way to express your feelings about<br />

how talented a dancer in the pole position is, this is the record for<br />

you. Akon opens many mainstream doors for the judicially prepared<br />

Plies as this record will get more action than the champagne room.<br />

2. 8Ball & MJG ft. Diddy / Ridin’ High – Bad Boy/Atlantic<br />

Contact: Sam Crespo – sam.crespo@atlanticrecords.com<br />

Traditional 8Ball & MJG fans may not be used to the duo on an up<br />

tempo S. Florida ride out vibe, but give them a chance and you’ll be<br />

impressed. And if you’re worried about how Diddy mic checks; don’t<br />

worry if he writes rhymes, he writes checks.<br />

3. DJ Unk / Walk It Out – Big Oomp/Koch<br />

Contact: Gazelle – 212.353.8800 x266<br />

DJ Unk with “Walk It Out” continues the Big Oomp tradition of<br />

keeping folks musically intoxicated while they shake jelly on the<br />

dance floor. One time to DJ Montay who is in a great production<br />

zone right now.<br />

4. Da Backwudz / The World Could Be Yours – Rowdy<br />

Contact: Eli Brown - 404.345.0609<br />

Milwaukee Black turns in another masterpiece with Da Backwudz<br />

lacing the verses. Women, listen closely and Da Backwudz will tell<br />

you the tale of why men need space. The lesson - be easy and the<br />

world could be yours.<br />

5. Smoot ft. Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, & Killa Kyleon / Grain Grippa<br />

- Kwik<br />

Contact: Smoot - 310.497.2880<br />

Direct from the town that’s so cool it’s got two drop top stadiums,<br />

Smoot helps Houston continue its run of candy painted tunes that are<br />

sweet to your CD player.<br />

6. Blak Jak / Bobbin’ My Head – 1972/Vintage Sounds<br />

Contact: Jerry Clark – 404.966.0010<br />

When this record drops, you’ll have no choice but to ride & swerve,<br />

throw up deuces, and start bobbin’ ya head. Blak Jak has a knack for<br />

making those records that just make you feel good in your ride as if<br />

you just left a fresh detail shop.<br />

7. Shawt prod. Mannie Fresh / I’m Da Man – Akright<br />

Contact: Heidi Buech - 310.869.4010<br />

With a proclaimed beat king like Mannie Fresh behind him, it’s no<br />

problem for Shawt to claim that “I’m Da Man.” Thankfully, he has<br />

the skills to make the track Akright and develop into a record worthy<br />

of such acclaim.<br />

8. Hard Head Jacob / Trap All Day – Stay Paid<br />

Contact: Rio – 678.283.8057<br />

In order to stay paid, Hard Head Jacob outlines his daily routine<br />

while working at the “Trap All Day.” The hard bass line is strong<br />

enough to scare the trap rats away and vibrates speakers enough to<br />

trap the hood rats.<br />

9. Big Koon & Hollywood / Take It Back – Two Dogg<br />

Contact: Johnny Vickers - 850.443.5999<br />

If you needed extra motivation to get your stacks up, Big Koon &<br />

Hollywood murderize this cut to provide a sense of urgency to collect<br />

that paper.<br />

10. Small Tyme Ballaz / Be Rich One Day – Small World/Long Money<br />

Contact: Uncle Paully - 334.221.8497<br />

Just because you’re a baller on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have<br />

big tunes. If you have an optimistic outlook and hustle hard like the<br />

Small Tyme Ballaz, you’ll “be rich one day” too.<br />

11. Wine-O / Pop My Trunk – Wine-O/Universal<br />

Contact: Heidi Buech - 310.869.4010<br />

Fed up with the haters dipping into his business, Wine-O has popped<br />

the trunk and is ready to lay haters to rest. This jamming track is<br />

your warning - stop the gum flappin’ before this cap’n gets to poppin’!<br />

12. Lil Ru / King Of The Parking Lot – Bout What<br />

Contact: Greg Fish – 803.731.8173<br />

DJ Brad of the Legion of Doom laces a beat that Lil Ru takes full<br />

advantage of. When this track drops in the classic rides outside of the<br />

club, Lil Ru will officially be crowned King of the Parking Lot.<br />

13. Urban Mystic ft. Stacks / I Refuse (Remix) – Sobe<br />

Contact: Buggah – 305.754.6446<br />

Urban Mystic, the lil guy with a big soul has found the right combination<br />

to make ‘em make ‘em clap to this like Rakim on repeat.<br />

It involves Rick Ross, Stacks, and a hip-hop classic that makes you<br />

refuse to listen to this record only once.<br />

14. Tiffany ft. Jacki-O / Automatic – Phamus Folks<br />

Contact: Micky Rollins – 786.586.4653<br />

Thanks to Gorilla Tek, Tiffany and the Miami Madame Jacki-O jump<br />

in for a musical ride a la Thelma & Louise that keeps you hanging on<br />

to your seat as if you’re flying off a cliff.<br />

15. Durt Mobb Clik / She Wrong 4 Dat - Da Mouf<br />

Contact: Pope – 910.474.6559<br />

Mixing well with the snap beat sets, Durt Mobb Clik have arrived<br />

to become the club fashion police by drawing attention to all of the<br />

reasons why a club chick goes home lonely.<br />

16. Baby Boy / The Way I Live – Universal/Republic<br />

Contact: O.J. Wedlaw - 212.584.5406<br />

When you live the life of Baby Boy it is standard to be grown and<br />

still ride big wheels. Plus, it helps to have a hook that’s fun to sing<br />

along to as DJs watch this record go round and round.<br />

17. Sonia Collymore ft. Black Majik / No Cash Flow – Manatee<br />

Contact: Doc – 312.226.9034<br />

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, Sonia Collymore is<br />

one of the hottest artists on the market as she wants to buy her man<br />

so many good things but there’s “No Cash Flow.” With a tune this<br />

vibrant it won’t be long before Sonia leaves her money woes behind.<br />

18. Decky ft. Max Minelli / Louder - Divided Soul<br />

Contact: Brent Dixon - 225.315.1772<br />

Decky made a smart move by keeping the in-house production of<br />

Divided Soul as they laced a beat with a nice mix of scratching and a<br />

protruding bass line. With a track produced this well you will have<br />

no choice but to turn the music “Louder.”<br />

19. Black Majik / Put Your Drink Up – Manatee<br />

Contact: Doc – 312.226.9034<br />

Black Majik fits a perfect slow mo flow over production that makes<br />

your ears hear double as if intoxicated by this Chicagoan’s lyrical<br />

sensations.<br />

20. Coalition / Alarm – Pure Platinum<br />

Contact: Big Boo - 901.240.5491<br />

Driving two miles an hour so everybody sees the Coalition, haters<br />

will have to raise the alarm to alert the block that true ballers are<br />

on the set. And with a cup of drank in their palm the Coalition ain’t<br />

bout to let no B.S. pass on this cruisin’ tune.<br />

- Keith “1st Prophet” Kennedy, keith@tjsdjs.com<br />

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tj’s dj’s tastemakers xclusives disc 3<br />

1. Khao / Keyz In The Air –Intaprize/GTT<br />

Contact: Tanya Marvin - 866.379.0027<br />

Although he has production credits on TI’s “The King,” Khao can’t<br />

rest until he gets a throne of his own. With this cut, Khao with a<br />

solid lyrical beatmaking K.O. will have other artists putting their<br />

keys in the air because it’s time for them to go home.<br />

2. Crime Mob / Rock Yo Hips – BME<br />

Contact: Sabrina Montgomery – 404.367.8130<br />

For those who love chicks rocking hips to that Crime Mob crew, this<br />

joint is for you. When this beat drops make sure you hold on tight<br />

because if she’s got that Beyonce’ lusciousness you may be in for a<br />

long ride.<br />

3. Tampa Tony / Bobbahead – SouthBeat<br />

Contact: James Jackson - 305.695.6730<br />

Tampa Tony takes a break from pushing his Blunt Splitta’s to describe<br />

his favorite chick, the “Bobbahead.” For those who are slow, the<br />

“Bobbahead” is a chick who loves to bob her head like a bobble head<br />

found at the ball game. If a “Bobbahead” acts right, they might end up<br />

on Tampa Tony’s dashboard.<br />

4. Lil Flip / I’m A Balla – Asylum/Warner Bros.<br />

Contact: Asylum Promotions – 212.707.3030<br />

True ballas are the ones that know how to flip their chips over and<br />

over. Even on a new imprint, Lil Flip will continue to define what<br />

ballin’ is all about. Plus, it doesn’t hurt if you have the luck of a leprechaun<br />

on your side.<br />

5. J-Shin ft. T-Pain / Sent Me An Email – SouthBeat<br />

Contact: James Jackson - 305.695.6730<br />

Roger & Zapp were years ahead of their time singing about Computer<br />

Love. Now, J-Shin & T-Pain put together a nice lil diddy that explains<br />

what love in the computer generation is all about. And it ain’t always<br />

something to LOL about. Beware of those viruses!<br />

6. Randy B. / It’s Over Now – Southern Boy<br />

Contact: Randy B. - 850.766.6356<br />

Love past its expiration date can be a traumatic experience. Thankfully,<br />

Randy B. has been able to encapsulate the feelings of a breakup<br />

and strike the right chords to make the song cry instead of you.<br />

7. T-Hud ft. UGK & Static Major / Never Thought – T-Hud/Nutty<br />

Boyz<br />

Contact: Nikki - 612-720-8252<br />

T-Hud never thought he would have a track this good unless he<br />

hooked up with certified platinum stars like UGK and Static Major<br />

(songwriter, Ginuwine, Aaliyah). Thankfully, T-Hud will have nothing<br />

but clear skies and great weather forecast for his future with this<br />

jamming tune.<br />

8. Jovan Dais / Came A Long Way – Nzone<br />

Contact: Bernard Parks - 404.753.6522<br />

DJ Toomp has shared his bag of Hollywood Magic to have Jovan Dais<br />

pair with the 5 Heartbeats’ Eddie Caine to form a duo who have come<br />

so far but have so far to go. By the end of this record you will know<br />

that on nights like this nobody can be Jovan Dais.<br />

9. D-Shep / Stay Real – Conspiracy Music<br />

Contact: Mike Rojas - 305.672.7562<br />

Opponents of the use of the “N” word stay away from this tune.<br />

D-Shep flips the word by wisely blending the hook to phrase the<br />

emotionally charged term in a way that makes you say, it may not be<br />

right, but I understand.<br />

10. G-Mack ft. Young Ca$h / Checks Out – Lost Land<br />

Contact: Kaper - 614.596.7485<br />

From Kentucky to Duval, G-Mack and Young Ca$h unabashedly run<br />

shit. So if you listen to this tune and you hear them talk about it, you<br />

already know it’s for real. So respect their gangsta or rest in peace.<br />

11. Willo Da Don / Hustle All Day, Ball All Night – Two Dogg<br />

Contact: Johnny Vickers - 850.443.5999<br />

All work and no play makes Willo Da Don a dull artist. That’s why<br />

he has to make sure that if he hustles all day, ya gotta ball all night.<br />

It’s only right to have a party soundtrack so tight.<br />

12. Strangers / Guac – Two Dogg<br />

Contact: Johnny Vickers - 850.443.5999<br />

Although they may be strangers to you, these Strangers are no<br />

strangers to getting plenty of guac. With this bass thumping tune, the<br />

Strangers provide a new use for stacks of chips.<br />

13. Scoundrel Squad ft. Bohagon / Pat Em Down – Invisible<br />

Contact: Pamela Shelby - 706.984.5406<br />

Fresh from a nod by Billboard <strong>Magazine</strong>, the Scoundrel Squad have<br />

been getting much attention from the haters. So, they need to “Pat<br />

Em Down” at the door to make sure that no foolishness goes down<br />

at the shows. And be forwarned these Savannah sergeants play no<br />

games.<br />

14. Suga Suga / Studio Trap – Nzone<br />

Contact: Bernard Parks - 404.753.6522<br />

DJ Toomp fresh off one of the hottest tunes of the season (TI’s “What<br />

U Know About”) has lent his production talents to his artist Suga<br />

Suga who put some work in the studio. With this much bang in the<br />

studio other MCs don’t stand a chance.<br />

15. Killa Kim / I Pop – Phamus Folks<br />

Contact: Micky Rollins - 786.586.4653<br />

Killa Kim masterfully rides this track into submission and has the<br />

beat in her total control making it pop and bend to her will. Luckily<br />

she’s brought us along for the trip.<br />

16. La Chat ft. Yo Gotti / Baby Mamma Drama – Inevitable<br />

Contact: Mario Myers - 901.406.4528<br />

Yo Gotti & La Chat are the baddest thing smoking from Tennessee<br />

since that hillbilly boogie! Yo Gotti & La Chat has been making noise<br />

on the underground for the longest and with this track the underground<br />

will continue to bubble their name like a 5 prong bong.<br />

17. Alozade / Bad Out Deh – Manatee<br />

Contact: Doc - 312.226.9034<br />

Lawdamercy! Alozade knows it’s “Bad Out Deh” so he has to shoot<br />

‘em down wit a bang bang like he was trying to Kill Bill. This is a<br />

nice sample of a rude bwoy living the life of a true shotta on a mellow<br />

groove.<br />

18. Haitian Fresh / On My Own – Fresh Productions<br />

Contact: Ms. Rivercity - 904.465.0745<br />

Although Haitian Fresh is in the streets and grinding on his own, he<br />

always has the isle of Haiti on his back. And with a legion that strong<br />

no force can stand against him.<br />

19. Young A ft. Juvenile / Down N New Orleans – Akright<br />

Contact: Heidi Buech - 310.869.4010<br />

“Down N New Orleans” reveals a dark side of the Crescent City that<br />

has become more ruthless since Queen Katrina established her reign<br />

of terror. With Young A & Juvenile tag teaming to tell the truth on<br />

this track, they show that like a stale beignet, it ain’t sweet.<br />

20. Raw LT ft. Bun B / Getcha Mind Right – BBH<br />

Contact: Big Bank Hank - 832.215.7317<br />

Raw LT rides the track like a royal highness should. With Bun B getting<br />

her back, I wish somebody would try and disrespect the crown.<br />

21. F.A.S.T. ft. Smoke / Str8’n Me – Fat Fred<br />

Contact: JB - 850.528.5028<br />

Smoke from the po’ folk lyrical assassins, Field Mob reaches out to<br />

F.A.S.T. to lace a track that will Str8’n anyone being disrespectful.<br />

- Keith “1st Prophet” Kennedy, keith@tjsdjs.com<br />

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