From the streets of West Texas, where pain and struggle is apparent in the everyday lives of our people, there emerges an artist that understands and expresses this lifestyle through his music. An artist that can relate to many crowds and adapt to any environment whether it be good or bad. It is said that he has a song for every day of the week; for riding in a car, spinning in the club, and for that special someone. This is an artist who has literally taken nothing and turned it into something more powerful and influencing than he could have ever dreamed. His songs are heard throughout clubs, radio stations, and people from this country to the next. The opportunity for advancement in the music industry is at an unlimited potential for this artist, just reaching his early 20's. From a bitter part of life, losing his father at the age of 14 and his mom abandoning him, he was forced to become a man. Stuck in a time of his life where everything was going wrong and he was trying to go right. Jerome Riggins started his rap career in the Summer of 2007 by teaming with a group of young college students who shared the same ambition and passion for music. It started with his first show at Dos amigos in Odessa, opening for none other than the infamous DMX. It then continued on to bigger and better things when he was invited to Atlanta for The Billboard Hip Hop and R&B Conference and Awards. There he performed in front of the music industries most respected A&R representatives from this countries biggest record labels. After his street smashing performance everyone wanted a piece of the action and things were feeling a little to big to balance with just him. So upon arrival back in Midland Jerome signed with All Or Nothing Inc. (an independent record label that focuses on Hip-Hop) and started production on his new mixtape "KING KILLA ROW" (volume 1). This mixtape is to be released in the summer of 2008 with promotions and performances throughout West Texas. Filled with some of this years hottest beats, J.ROW plans to set the streets of West Texas on fire with this one, so let me be the first to say "welcome to the STRUGGLE."
Jerome Riggins (J.ROW)- Main Artist, Keldrick Mclaughlin (Lil'TWIN)-Feature, David Wade(Super Dave)-Feature, and Cruzito Salgado(Cruz)-beat maker
1) Shawty So Tight
2) Miss Lady Ma'am
3) Movin' On
4) Block of Dormard
5) Both Sides Of Da Fence
It's about time
J.Row is issued on issue #30 of Urban Mainstream Magazine.
2007 Billboard R&B and Hip Hop Conference Schedule
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Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Conference & Awards November 28-30, 2007 Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown,...Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Conference & Awards
November 28-30, 2007
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, GA
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Conference & Awards
November 28-30, 2007
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, GA
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
2:00pm – 6:00pm
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Face2Face M.E.G. Introduces N.F.N.A. (New Faces New Artists) BootCamp – Part I.
What is N.F.N.A. BootCamp – will take place in Atlanta, GA – April 2008
These panels will serve as an introduction to the Face2Face M.E.G. Spring 2008,
New Artist New Faces Bootcamp and are geared to train New Artists in understanding the components of a music release as well teaching them to plan and strategize.
We will teach you to Face Reality by:
- Helping you determine what is and what is not working with your business model
- Understanding how to manage time, movement & resources
- Identifying & then discarding limiting beliefs and ineffective industry habits
- Following through on new strategies & ways of thinking
- Staying focused and accountable for achieving the results you want
Find out about the strategic mindset & coaching process designed for new artists who have the desire to achieve greater success and move forward!
Greg Street, V103FM / Hittmenn DJs
Devyne Stephens, CEO Upfront Ent
Kaspa, Hittmenn DJs
Julia Beverly, Publisher Ozone Magazine
Johnny Cabell, CEO Hitafta Hit Ent
Polow Da Don, Producer
Mr. ColiPark / DJ Smurf, CEO Colipark Recorrds
Maurice Starr, Maurice Starr Ent
Rovella Williams, CEO Verses Entertainment
Marilyn “Honee” Hatcher, CEO Atlclubs.com
Ray Hamilton, Legion of Doom DJ dir
Block, Block Ent
Voodoo, Big OOMP Records/TV
DJ Playa Poncho
DJ Toomp, Producer & CEO, NZone Entertainment
5:00pm – 6:00pm
WELCOME RECEPTION & NETWORKING
6:00pm – 8:00pm
N.F.N.A. NEW FACES NEW ARTISTS SHOWCASE
Presented by Face2Face & Verses Entertainment
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
8:00am – 4:30pm
8:30am – 10:00am
Face2Face M.E.G. introduces N.F.N.A.(New Faces New Artists) BootCamp Pt. 2
Presented by Face2Face
CEO Tara L. Garrett
COO Shannon N. Holmes
Denise Thompson , Business Manager
Carrie Kendrick, Consultant, Retired US Army Colonel
Jean Buechs, Terrence Forbes, Vaughn Bernard, F2F Team
10:00am – 11:15am
WORD UP!: As contemporary gospel marches forward on its mainstream crusade, a couple of questions arise. Does an us vs them stance still exist between the genre and its more traditional counterpart? And where does hip-hop gospel fit into the picture?
Derek Harper, Program Director, WPZE
Marsha Burke, General Manager, Gospel Today Magazine
April Washington Essex, CEO/Founder, Habakkuk Music/Universal Christian
Alvin Williams, Sr. Dir. of Music Industry Dev., Gospel Music Channel
11:30am – 12:45pm
STATE OF THE UNION: In a reversal of sales fortunes, R&B is on the upswing and once seemingly invincible hip-hop is losing ground. But in a climate where overall music sales continue to decline as the industry becomes more singles-driven, what does the immediate future hold for R&B/hip-hop? This chart/sales symposium assesses the story behind the numbers and projects what’s ahead.
Raphael George, Senior Charts Manager, Billboard Magazine and R&R
Kyle Brown, Urban Format Manager, Broadcast Data Systems (BDS)
Troy Dudley, VP of Urban Promotion, Universal/Motown
Geoff Mayfield, Director of Charts/Senior Analyst, Billboard Magazine
Dr. Syleecia Thompson, Author "Rhythm Without Blues: The Dichotomy of a Music Genre"
Chuck Woo, Manager, Ear Wax Record Store, Atlanta, GA.
Mickey "MeMpHiTz" Wright, VP of A&R, Jive Records
1:00pm – 2:45pm
ARTIST SHOWCASE LUNCHEON
Bo Jones & Base
Kia El Amin
2:45pm – 3:45pm
WE GOT GAME: R&B/hip-hop music is the impetus behind everything from movies, TV/cable and stage fare to electronic games and tie-ins with major sports from basketball to wrestling. Get the skinny on developing these musical casting calls into lucrative revenue streams from director/producers, music supervisors, videogame executives, publishers and others.
Hillary Crosley, R&B/Hip-Hop Correspondent, Billboard
Wendell Hanes, Sound Designer/Music Composer
Corey “CL” Llewellyn, Mims’ Co-Manager & CEO, Digiwaxx
Michael “Sha Money” Clervoix, CEO, Money Management
Marcus Matthews, Co-Partner in Konsole Kings/Owner of Blue Heat (former executive with SEGA)
4:00pm – 5:00pm
HIP-HOP POST IMUS: A WRAP … OR A REBIRTH?: The media furor may have subsided, but the debate remains. Does hip-hop need to delete the N-word as well as other derogatory language and images to stay relevant? A diverse lineup of voices drawn from the radio, records and social activist/educational communities ponder the pros and cons.
Bruce Walker, B# Records
Stephen Hill, SVP of Music Programming, BET
Jason Geter, T.I. Manager & Partner, Grand Hustle
Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua, Urban Dept President, Columbia
Dr. Cornel West, Professor of Religion & African-American Studies, Princeton University
Lamonda Williams, Director of Urban and Latin Programming, Music Choice
5:30pm – 7:00pm
R&B/HIP-HOP RADIO AWARDS RECEPTION
Sponsored by SRC Records
Billboard honors and celebrates the best in radio.
Emmanuel "E-Man" Coquia, KPWR Los Angeles
Ebro Darden, WQHT New York
KJ Holiday, WJLB Detroit
Reggie Rouse, WVEE Atlanta
Special Live Performances by:
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Island Def Jam Suite Party
Suite 590 Penthouse Level - 25th Floor
All attendees invited! Come by the IDJ suite and check out the great music from our 4th qtr releases from JAY-Z, Beanie Sigel, The-Dream, Ghostface, Rick Ross, Chingy and Freeway. Food and adult beverages are on-the-house and 'eye candy' will be the dessert! So come on by and chill out Def Jam style!
10:00pm – 12:00pm
Over Da Edge - 483 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta 30312
Sponsored by Urban Network
Join Urban Network for complimentary access to party at one of Atlanta's hottest lounges.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
7:30am – 3:30pm
8:00am - 9:45am
RCS Works Program Directors Workshop
Presented by RCS
Join RCS as we showcase GSelector - the world's first goal music scheduler perfect for the diverse ways radio programmers deliver their stations to the audience: Satellite, HD, DAB or Internet.
10:00am – 11:00am
PEOPLE GET READY:
Sponsored Special Ops/Atlantic/Bad Boy
There’s a new ratings game in town. Arbitron’s long-heralded People Meter is now up and running. How does this new form of measurement impact urban radio? Radio consultants, programmers and ratings executives weigh the implications.
Tony Gray, President Gray Communications
Ebro Darden, PD, WQHT New York
KJ Holiday, Clear Channel, Detroit
John Snyder, VP, PPM sales
11:15am – 12:15pm
THE BILLBOARD Q&A
Billboard’s Gail Mitchell interviews hip-hop pioneer, Founder of Loud Records and SRC, Steve Rifkind
12:30pm - 1:30pm
BREAKING AND ENTERING
Sponsored by SESAC, Presentation by Trevor Gale, VP, Writer Relations
It’s the 21st century, yet only a relatively handful of females has cracked the business world’s glass ceiling—especially in the music industry. What will it take to finally shatter it? Female executives who have broken through share their tribulations, trials and know-how advice.
Gail Mitchell, Sr. Correspondent (R&B), Billboard
Denise Brown, Attorney, Denise J. Brown, Esq.
Sheila Eldridge, Sr. VP/Partner, Perry Broadcasting
Ethiopia Habtemariam, VP of Urban Creative Affairs, Universal Music Publishing Group
Nicole Sellers, Sr National Director of Urban Promotions, J Records
Omara Harris, Entertainment Attorney
1:30pm – 3:00pm
We Hear The Future
3:00pm – 4:00pm
ASCAP Presents...The Ear Behind the Music
An in-depth conversation featuring Big Jon Platt, EMI Music Publishing's newly named President/West Coast, interviewed by ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Johnta Austin.
Dreamz ATL, 3595 Clairmont Road
The Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards
Honoring this year’s recipients of the R&B and Hip-Hop Founder Awards!
R&B Founder Award Honor:
Hip-Hop Founder Award Honor:
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1) Movin On
2) Shorty So Tight
3) Block Of Dormard
5) Both Sides Of Da Fence
6) Bitch You Know Where I Be
8) Spaceage Pimp
9) Tha Struggle
!0) I Will Find A Way
11) About To Blow
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