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Yess yes yall, MGK drops another bangin video for the release of his Mixtape “Black Flag”. As successful and famous Kellz has gotten he still holds his OHHA plaques high in his videos! Right back at you homeboy!

The mixtape is supposed to drop soon, when it does I’ll update this with the download link.


What do I have to do to be nominated for an award?

By: Derrick Majestic McKenzie / majestic@ohiohiphopawards.com / @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 majestic@ohiohiphopawards.com and I will try my best to answer it.


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And the Nominees are…

Roots Records

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2 Live Music

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Everybody’s Records

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Heart & Sole

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Magnolia Thunderpussy

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NEX Clothing

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Nikki’s Music

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Sole Classics

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Two years in a row now the Hip Hop Band A.D.D. (Americas Delusional Dream) has rocked the crowd at the Toledo, OH showcase bringing home the Win. Their Highly energetic, diverse style of Hip Hop converts anyone who listens in to a devoted fan. The Music of A.D.D. spans across many genres and entertains all. Make sure you get your tickets for this years Ohio Hip Hop awards and enjoy the entertainment and festivities to include a performance by A.D.D.

The A.D.D. crew is a six member live hip hop band based out of Toledo, Ohio that came together collectively as musicians in May of 2010 and decided to bring something different to the Music scene in Toledo, Ohio. This collection of artistic minds hit the ground running and within a month were ready to rock the stages of Ohio, they have rocked out at various locations around there hometown of Toledo at such venues as The Zodiac, Mainstreet, Frankies, Mickey Finns, and The valt which lead to a performance and entry into the “BEST LIVE PERFORMER” category at the 2010 Ohio Hip Hop awards hosted at Club Dream in Cleveland, Ohio. They have shared the stage with such acts as Britni Elise, Ray Ca$h, One Be Lo, Great Lakes Crew, Raine Wilder, Jola, Cuntry, and the list goes on, all this and they hadn’t even been together a full year. 2011 looks to be a great year for A.D.D. as they continue to grow there fanbase across the midwest with plans of expanding across the globe to reach all of the delusional dreamers out there in the world.

2010 OHHA Performance

Members:
Brick – emcee
AJ – emcee
Anthony Beck – guitar & vocals
John Fowler – guitar
David Kontak- Drums
Charles “The Professor” Foster-Bass

Continue to not only Support Great Music, but spread the word to others and create new fans!This Blog Post brought to you by:  E.Y. Spellzit (glasscityhiphopblog)


The Hip Hop world is not just about being recognized in your own city. You also have to be able to venture out into the world and show everyone what you’ve got. Making contacts, networking, and showcasing your talents are key elements in having a successful career in the Music Industry. On August 12th BET hosted their “Blaze The Stage” auditions in New York City. An Ohio native Raine Wilder, packed up his DJ, Camera Man, and Management Team and Headed to the East Coast to show them what he brings to the world of Hip Hop. Here is the Footage he sent us.


Raine Wilder definitely exemplifies what it takes to becoming a successful artist in this new age of Hip Hop. He’s a fan of and supports all sorts of music. A true passion for art and a respect for the creative process, Raine Wilder makes his way through the beginning stages of his career.Continue to not only Support Great Music, but spread the word to others and create new fans!This Blog Post brought to you by:  E.Y. Spellzit (glasscityhiphopblog)


It’s that time again, y’all, it’s Ohio Hip Hop Awards season. This year we added a few spots on the showcase tour and made a short promo video for each city to give you the information you need to show out this year and make some moves.

Check the video for your city and come ready to rock the house.

AKRON

CINCINNATI

CLEVELAND

COLUMBUS

DAYTON

KENT

LORAIN

TOLEDO

YOUNGSTOWN


Considering it is 2010 DJ Ev has released his OH10 tour schedule. Featuring concert dates with Aaron Lafette, Machine Gun Kelly, Mike Posner, Chip the Ripper and Kid Cudi. The Oh10 tour will showcase Ohio talent in Grand Rapids, Mami, Indiana University, University of Illinois as well as several others inside Ohio.

Cudi & MGK

PPE Events & PromoWest Live Present Kid Cudi Live at The LC Pavilion on Wed. Oct. 6th, 2010.

Featuring opening acts Machine Gun Kelly and DJ E-V.

Doors at 7PM|All Ages Event

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Tour Dates.
September 30- EIU (w/Aaron LaFette & MGK)

October 1 – IU — Kappa Sigma (w/ Aaron LaFette & MGK)

October 2- BG – SkyBar (w/ Aaron LaFette)

October 3 – Cleveland – HOB (w/ Mike Posner)

October 4th – Grand Rapids – Intersection (w/ Mike Posner)

October 5th – Miami – BrickStreet (w/ Aaron LaFette & MGK)

October 6th – Columbus — LC Pavillion (w/ Aaron LaFette, MGK & Kid Cudi)

October 7th – TBA (w/Aaron LaFette & MGK)

October 8th – Cincinnati — Tri Delt (w/Aaron LaFette & MGK)

October 10th – VELVETDOG – DJ FLACO BDAY Bash w/ MICK BOOGIE

October 30th – Alpha Sigma Phi Uof I (w/ Chip Tha Ripper)

More dates Coming Soon… to book your school (any State) email bookdjev@gmail.com

- Majestic
@majesticoh10
majestic@ohiohiphopawards.com