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    taken from the russell simmons newsletter...
    March 30, 2004





    ROOTS QUICKLY FOLLOW UP PHRENOLOGY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN JUNE



    Less than two years after their innovative and Grammy Award-nominated album, Phrenology, hit the streets, Philadelphia legends the Roots plan to release their latest opus, The Tipping Point. Set to drop in June, the new album is a much faster follow-up to Phrenology than expected; the band typically takes nearly three years to tour between albums. Their last work was considered groundbreaking and simultaneously encompassed multiple genres including rock, rap and spoken word—a careful mélange that the crew has become known for skillfully creating.

    Roots member Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson explained the feel of the new album, saying that “The Tipping Point is the sum of our 6 records and our 12 years as a band. Most of our album titles are chosen to reflect on the mood of where the group is and we feel as though this album is our biggest step.? And, as per the Roots’ ongoing insightful inclusion of a cross-section of musicians, vocalists and rappers, a number of artists will join the crew in appearances on The Tipping Point. Jean Grae, Martin Luther, Devin the Dude, Captain Kirk Douglas and Dave Chappelle all feature into the album, with Scott Storch on outside production. His song “Don’t Say Nuthin? is filming a video. The Tipping Point will be out in stores everywhere June 29.




    SIMMONS’ & HSAN SWEEP MIDWEST; REGISTER 30,000 NEW VOTERS



    Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) concluded a six-week sweep of the Midwest last Saturday to host a summit at the University of Illinois, drawing thousands of attendees for an open forum to discuss pressing issues and public concerns including police brutality and HIV/AIDS awareness. Kanye West, Ludacris, Twista, Common, Loon and other members of the hip-hop community participated in the Summit and open forum. The event capped the six-week voter registration drive, during which HSAN’s Hip-Hop Team Vote project in conjunction with local grassroots organizations helped more than 30,000 people between the ages of 18 and 35 in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Iowa become new voters.

    Pointing to the importance of civic engagement, Ludacris said that “It's time for all of us to stand up and show the power of our votes so that the interests of our communities gets represented?. Kanye and Twista teamed up for a freestyle performance of “Slow Jamz?, while Def Poetry poets Malik Yussef and red Storm both performed spoken word pieces. A number of local and national businesses sponsored the Summit, including Clear Channel Radio's WGCI-FM 107.5, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., ICEE Records, Clear Channel Entertainment and a local Mercedes Benz dealership. More information about HSAN and Hip-Hop Team Vote is available at http://www.hsan.org.




    AFTER 5 YEARS OFF THE STAGE, MASE MAY RETURN TO HIP-HOP



    After five years off the stage and serving audiences as a preacher instead of a rapper, Mase is rumored to be on the verge of a come back to hip-hop. While he has been known as Dr. Mason Betha since departing from the musical spotlight, Mase is in the process of re-embracing his public persona as he works towards securing a deal with Nelly’s company, Fo Real Records, despite still being under contract with Bad Boy.

    Mase bowed out of the hip-hop industry during the launch of his sophomore album, Double Up to pursue religious and academic studies, but his return to the stage will return to his musical roots, as well. Fo Real president Ed Holmes said that the new album in the works would be politically- and issue-aware, but not overtly religious. Mase’s new work is “definitely hip hop,? he said. “There's no profanity, though. He's still talking about relevant issues.?




    PRODUCERS, DJS CATER TO GROWING NICHE WITH NEW GENRE OF HIP-HOP SHOW



    Recognizing the increasing cross-over from hip-hop producing to performing in the vein of rising stars Kanye West and the Neptunes, a group of young hip-hop djs and producers have launched a new performance genre that celebrates both performing and mixing skills. The Beat Society, which has been selling out venues across the country, showcases the art of making beats on a public stage, and grew out of a link off of then-college student Jim Drew’s label, SoulSpazm, as a way to showcase different producers. The link quickly grew into its own website and company.

    Drew describes the Beat Society as “a completely new thing that fills a niche in the hip hop community.? During their live shows, producers create beats on stage in a battle, often working with the same hip-hop sample as the other participating producers, and see who develops it with the most creativity. Audiences have mostly included aspiring emcees, DJs and producers, but the Society’s recognition is growing fast with new CDs, mixtapes and a documentary about beatmaking all in the works. But even with this increasingly wider audience, the group’s “main goal is to put out quality hip-hop with originality,? Drew explained. “The Beat Society will always be about the beats and its main goal will be to bring attention to producers who regularly go unnoticed by most people. We have to stick to that or we'll lose our core audience and our core values.? More information is available at www.beatsociety.com (www.thehilltoponline.com).




    Russell Simmons' American Truths Series presents

    FEDS

    DVD COMING SOON!! THE CENSORS ARE OFF. THE CAMERAS ARE ROLLING. THE STREETS ARE TALKING.
    "With Heaven's aid I have conquered for you a huge empire. But my life was too short to achieve the conquest of the world. That task is left for you" - Genghis Khan

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