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Tags: Coach Chronic, Dayton, Full Court Press, Ghost of a Gangsta, Knuckle Up
Gun violence is an epidemic in Dayton, Ohio. Just last week, a woman who was 9 months pregnant was fatally shot in the DeSota Bass housing complex. She was an innocent bystander and was scheduled to deliver her baby the next day. Da’Lyne Foster, 27 years old, was hit in the midsection by a stray bullet. Her full term baby boy was delivered by C-section and remains in the neonatal intensive care unit. It is unknown at this time if he has sustained any brain damage.
Dayton’s murder rate is on par with Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland, all of which have a significantly larger population. This past February was one of the most deadly months in Dayton’s history. A string of unrelated murders left 6 people dead in 6 days. One of these incidents involved the shooting of two 13 year old girls, one of which died at the scene. The shooter had only been released from prison months earlier, after serving 18 years for murder.
Dayton hip hop artist Coach Chronic is no stranger to the volatility of the Dayton streets. Born to a single mother and a heroin-addicted father, his early years were spent between 3 of Dayton’s most violent neighborhoods. He began writing rhymes at the age of 9, and hustling at the age of 11. At the age of 16, he released his first album as one third of the group ODC. The project was entitled “G Til They Kill Me” and sold over 5,000 units. Three years later Coach Chronic released his solo album called “Da Certified Hustla” which sold over 10,000 units solely by self distribution. Unfortunately, this title became self fulfilling when Coach Chronic was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison on drug charges. Coach chose to put his time incarcerated to good use, completing his high school education and obtaining other certifications, truly making him “Da Certified Hustla.”
Upon release from prison, Coach Chronic decided to take his life in a different direction. He decided that he would no longer be a part of the game…but would instead coach the players. In 2009 he released “Str8 Out Da Trunk Vol. 1” with DJ Ron Hunter. In 2010 he released the strong 2-disc follow-up with both DJ SKNO and DJ Chaos hosting. His most recent project, Full Court Press, showcases his rugged realism and lyrical ease. Taking his coaching role seriously, the single and video for “Ghost of A Gangsta” moved the city and earned him a nomination from The Ohio Hip Hop Awards for video of the year. As an OG and leader in the city, Coach Chronic continues to share his wisdom and coach the players of the city with his latest single “Knuckle Up.”
“My city is dying because we choose to shoot and kill versus using our knuckles… Put the guns down… And knuckle up!”
Darnell Boone (right) of Ohio, will be battling Adonis Stevenson (left) in a Super-Middle Weight bout in Montreal, Quebec today @7PM. Stevenson is the current NABA champion and number 1 ranked Super-Middle Weight in the IBF. His record stands at an impressive 19 wins and 1 loss. His one loss is by, you guessed it, Darnell Boone!!
Darnell Boone is a very talented fighter out of Youngstown, Ohio. He has fought some of the best fighters in the world with less than ideal conditions. Now with a new training camp and ample time to train, he is looking to solidify his place among the world’s elite fighters with another win over Stevenson.
The Ohio Hip Hop Awards was able to catch up with Darnell as he invited us into his training camp. All we can say is wow!!! Apart from his extreme talent inside the boxing ring, outside the ring he is very humble and nice person! When asked about his motivation for fighting, he responded ” I fight for the streets, the underprivileged, the misunderstood, the youth, the grind, the struggle, my fam, my fans and friends and most of all, I fight for the heart of Youngstown Ohio.”
Yeah, we are definitely fans and can tell that he’s up for the challenge!! Let’s go Boone!! Bring it back to the O-H!!!
This is sure to be a very action packed bout!
Watch the fight live at WealthTV.com
First off, if you’re from Ohio and haven’t heard about Yung Monsta (StarLyfe Ent.), you’re missin somethin! Hailing from Youngstown, the homie’s music has been battering PA systems and car stereos alike all across Ohio. I’m sure that the damaged subwoofers are do in no small part to the bass knocking production of the infamous Dj Chip Banks (also from StarLyfe). After much anticipation, the two have FINALLY teamed up to create a full-length original album!!! ***Side-note: If you are a DJ, you NEED to be spinning this album!!!*** But more than just club bangers, Yung proves his versatility with a diverse collection of songs for his wide audience. From tracks for the avid hiphop head (check out the flow on the intro song), to stunt songs (I Told You So), and a few cuts for the ladies (Can I Get a Minute ft. RadiKall), this album is def a must have for any and everyone! StarLyfe or No Life!!! Youngstown Stand Up!
Download the FREE album here
Vote for Yung for this year’s Unsigned Tour here
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What do I have to do to be nominated for an award?
By: Derrick Majestic McKenzie / firstname.lastname@example.org / @majesticoh10
(The opinions found on this blog reflect those of the author and not those of the Ohio Hip Hop Awards and its affiliates)
One of the questions I field almost every day from artists in Ohio is what do I have to do to be nominated for an Ohio Hip Hop Award? It’s a simple question to ask with a very complicated answer. There’s more than one way to skin a cat but since none of us are experts in the illegal fur trade I will try to answer the question as best as I can. There is no set formula for a nomination since every artist is unique in their own right. In this article I’m going to give you some examples and advice on what it takes to swing a nomination with most award companies.
1. Submit – Probably one of the most important steps to getting a nomination for any award system is to submit your press kit. Nearly all artists work hard at music, do shows, go on tours, release songs and hone their craft; however most do not handle the behind the scene business practices well. Many assume that since they are creating a buzz in their market while getting praise for their talents means that everyone knows who they are and what they are doing. This is a HUGE misconception. No matter what you are doing in your own city, it is always a good idea to make sure the right people are privy to your accomplishments. A good press kit can go a long way, not just with us, but with any other organization. Reach out to make the introduction, invite members of the business to some of your shows and build a relationship. This is key in almost every aspect of the business from getting press to getting booked by promoters down to your attempts to get recognized for your accomplishments. Just because you know who Jimmy Iovine is doesn’t mean he knows who you are.
2. Marketing – There have been times where I have heard disgruntled artists say, “I bet Kid Cudi didn’t have to submit a press kit.” You’re right on that note; he has never submitted a press kit to us but has been nominated several times. How is this fair? Well it’s not! Because if it was all fair and square everyone would be getting a nomination now wouldn’t they? Kid Cudi has something most of us do not and that is intense marketing power. Still lesser known artists have achieved the same kind of clout from award companies as the Cudster by doing extensive marketing and promotions. A good song can get you nominated but not if no one has heard it. When an artist has their song on the radio with 100,000 plus spins on youtube and fliers in the streets while running successful contests for their fans and headlining sold out shows they are on the fast track to success. Still it never hurts for you to submit a press kit and form relationships with businesses, because once again, not everyone knows you especially when you are unsigned.
3. Networking – It is better to be seen than heard. Although this might sound cliché it is very true in the music business. When they say “it’s not about who you know but who knows you” they are saying it for a reason. If you have the best songs in the world but you don’t know any promoters an don’t have a manager or never met a club owner and have no connection to a DJ; it’s a hard climb to the top. Make sure you are out at events shaking hands and getting connections as much as possible. If you want to win a Grammy, join the recording arts academy, attend their networking events and meet the people who have influence in the process. Want to produce a song for a major artist? You can improve your odds by meeting the people who are in a position to solicit your beats. Same goes with the awards, make it out to some shows and let us know that an award is something you want. Never disrespect someone because they may be a potential fan, employee or connection in the game. Be humble so that people like you and so they will give your music a chance. A lot of times it’s the egos not the music that ruin an artist’s career. Good guys don’t always finish last.
4. Timing – Sometimes people simply jump the gun while others seem to have impeccable timing. Making sure you do the right thing at the right time is more important than simply doing the right thing. Simply swinging the bat isn’t good enough, to hit a home run you have to swing at the right place at the right time. Make your press releases count by announcing information before you actions. A good example of this is MGK’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ promotion. Timing the release of the movie his team released an announcement that they were working on a video that was going to ride the hype of Tim Burton’s big movie release. Releasing the video before the movie came out but after they made their announcement built the anticipation for the video while letting the promotions for the movie help carry their efforts. Perfect timing.
5. Consistency – This is a tough pill to swallow for that artist who is breaking out in the scene. They just had a good year and a lot of buzz going their way, yet, no nomination. Some consider quitting while others use it for motivation. Sometimes businesses want to see if they have the potential for longevity. Simply making one hit song is not enough to sway people who have seen hundreds of artists come and go. Staying relevant is crucial to ones success when it comes to music. Keep hitting them over the head with good music and quality promotions. Create a track record and a good catalog of music, build a fan base and keep the entertainment value at a peak long enough and you cannot be ignored.
Now these are just a few suggestions on what it takes to not only win an award but to make it in the business. There are others and sometimes these five alone are not enough. When you are working 40 hours a week, juggling two kids and trying to finish school it’s reasonable to understand why the music business is not working for you. You have to have time to make and perfect the songs, tour, build relationships and sell your music on a continuous basis to get ahead of the people who are doing the same. A lot of people sacrifice everything to make it and end up with nothing. Sometimes it’s just not in the cards, however, if you love music keep on making it and the right person might just hear it.
If you have a question you want answered email email@example.com and I will try my best to answer it.
Tags: how to make a press kit, press kits, video testimonial
What do I look for in a press kit?
By: Derrick “Majestic” McKenzie
This question varies because this is my personal preferences and not all press kits are the same. Most of the time press kits are so drastically unique it’s difficult to include everything we look for in a press kit. Considering the number of press kits that have come across my desk over the last seven years I figured that I would give you my top five things to look for in a press kit. Even though some of my examples seem outrageous, believe me, I have experienced each of these scenarios. I hope this information helps in your career.
1. Professionalism. – If your press kits contains vulgar language then you should consider hiring someone to handle all of your business. When your press kit comes across any desk, it should be professional and to the point. Also avoid writing in the first person, using words like I, me, mine and so forth. That gives the impression that you are writing your own press kit and that you have zero support. Put some time and effort into your press kits to make sure that they look like they were made for a celebrity. Having a polished press kit is very important.
Good example: Last year Alisha Lange, a photographer, sent in a press kit in the form of a video interview. She spoke about her work and her passions when it came to photography. Included in the video was a montage of her work along with video testimonial from her clients. She did it without swearing, lying or cutting corners. She kept it professional and put forth effort in her presentation.
Bad examples: Writing free hand on note book paper, sharpie marker or un marked cds
2. Completion – Make sure your press kit displays everything you have to offer. There is nothing worse than getting an epk and seeing an unfinished product. Submitting a link to a song is nothing compared to including that songs visual impact. Did you make a flier design for the release of your single? Have footage of you performing the song with the crowd chanting your lyrics? Has someone wrote an article about your song? Is there radio spins and if there are what stations and how many spins? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then make sure you include them in your release. This shows a lot of effort by an artist to successfully promote a single. Show your proof, stand by your product, and make sure that what you are giving is the picture you want others to see.
Good example: Its been a few years and I cannot remember the name of the company that submitted it but they had a very thorough submission. Everything was in order and all their information was presented. They had articles photo copied, pictures and video of them performing in front of large crowds, and every flier design they did that year.
Bad example: thinking an email with your song and a short bio constitutes a press kit.
3. Consistency/Creativity – There is nothing worse than a press kit that confuses its viewer. Try to make all of your promotional efforts show some sort of organized thought. Everything from color schemes down to the lyrics of your song should mesh together to provide some solidarity in your presentation. Include imagery that correlates with the name of your mixtape or single. Keep it fun and entertaining because when it comes to reviewing press kits nothing is more refreshing after hours of reviewing the same cookie cutter press kits then seeing something that stands out from the crowd.
Good example: Slick Watts presented the Ohio Hip Hop Awards with a press kit reflecting his current release; 25 to Life. The press kit was presented in a case file, with a sticker on the folder that said Confidential, with a mug shot photo paper clipped to a bio that was formatted as an arrest report. This all meshed with his mixtape cover.
Bad example: having a submission with a photo of you in a business suit when your product reflects you as a gunslinger.
4. Honesty – Nearly everyone is guilty of stretching the truth when it comes to their resume or press kit. That’s expected to a certain extent but sometimes people over do it. When someone says they did something there should be some evidence of it. Do not include extravagant claims of success without providing some reassurances. There are instances where someone will say they did something amazing and they actually did, however most will not simply take your word for it. Providing some kind of authenticity will go a long way with people. Even if you did what you claimed don’t assume that others are going to believe it or that they should already know.
Good example: Once received a press kit that said they produced beats of some very reputable songs. Well they included their sources and made it very easy to check their story out. When it turned out to be true it made our day.
Bad example: Someone got mad because they were not nominated and said “I sold 50,000 mixtapes, how am I not nominated.” Well you have no proof and claim like that is hard to believe without some reassurance. Show your work.
5. Updates – When you release a new single, it should have its own press kit, or at least its own press release. A lot of artist do not know how to properly release their music. Putting your song on youtube is a release, but it’s a very basic one. When your first press kit comes across my desk, I review it and then move on. When several months pass and there have been no updates then why would you expect recognition for your current contributions to hip hop? I don’t know about it, and how should I? Do you expect my team to be following the careers of everyone who sends us a song in an email? Also the frequency of your press kits will make your name more memorable. The more times someone reviews your new material the more familiar they are with you in general.
Good example : Big J from Toledo submits an epk every time he releases a single, collaboration, or video. His tenacity and professionalism has made him well known to us and it gives us an understanding of who he is and it also lets us see who he is working with. He doesn’t spam us though, so don’t go getting any bright ideas.
Bad example: Got a submission from a fellow who had a nice press kit and was even nominated for one of his songs. When he found out he contacted us and thanked us but asked “Why did you pick that song, its old, my new song is doing numbers but is no longer eligible for next year due to its release date.” Well he didn’t keep us updated on current events.
These are only 5 things that I look for. There are other things that can be impactful when it comes to your presentation such as including your contact information. Just remember to be as thorough as possible and keep it clean. Good luck with your submissions and please, share your press kits with other organizations as well as with ours.
Derrick “Majestic” McKenzie – Co-founder of the Ohio Hip Hop Awards.
It’s finally here!!! The official video for Mansfield native KevLarR‘s hit single “501s.” With a feature from Ohio’s own Taj Torrence, and some CRAZZY production from the homie Bash (of Concierge Service), it was only right for the Ohio all star trio to team up with (the extremely talented) director Joy Bounds to shoot the vid. I was blessed to be able to be on location during the shoot and see these young professionals work together from start to finish. With the whole town coming out to support them, I was able to watch the fellow Levi-rockers diligently work, day in and day out, seamlessly through some of the many obstacles that accompany creating a professional music video (or any major project). Pulling from their cohesive work ethic, unwavering determination and absolute positivity, I managed to jot down a few pointers and later arrange them into a practical formula for future use. The formula went something like this:
“Hard work + Talent + a lil Swag = a heck of a video!!!”
These are tomorrow’s stars, and this will def be one of the year’s anthems! So when they ask me what I’m doin, I tell ‘em, “just chillin in my 501s.”
Director of Photography, Cinematographer: Bash Holt
Director, Producer: Joy Bounds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Executive Producer: Kevin Reed