Russell Simmons & Steve Rifkind Team Up To Launch All Def Music

Here’s the facts.  3 BIG names attached.

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Steve Rifkind (Founder of Loud Records  and SRC

Russell Simmons (Founder of Def Jam)

Brian Robbins (veteran film and TV producer)

“How [Russell] built Def Jam and how I built Loud was through the streets and through grass-roots marketing,” said Rifkind according to LATimes.com. “Cut to 20 years later, we’re applying this same formula, this same blueprint, using YouTube as our street team, using YouTube as our A&R source, using YouTube as our branding machine.”

First artists on the new label are Asher Roth(who will be developing his own TV show?!) and Youtube rapper/actor/comedian Spoken Reasons (star of hit comedy The Heat).

Stop Playing It So Damned Safe! and Other Wisdom from Alice Cooper

Besides the whole “Lumineers and Mumford and Sons are not Rock.  Stop calling them that.”  The last 20 seconds is really the most valuable part of the whole video.

I don’t understand why everybody is so afraid to be in a rock band. ‘I don’t want to offend anybody.’

More concisely: Stop Playing It So Damned Safe!

Alice Cooper’s curmudgeonly opinion of Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, etc

via twentytwowords.com

For all his talk about the audacious rebellion inherent to rock and roll, he’s awful whiny about people who do it different than him. That said, his impromptu folk song at 1:30 is pretty great…

Part 2 and 3 of Jay Z / Zane Lowe Interview over at BBC

Jay-Z. Zane Lowe. Magna Carta Holy Grail. Part 2: Fame

Jay-Z. Zane Lowe. Magna Carta Holy Grail. Part 3: Business & Politics

And in case you haven’t seen Part 1 hit More!

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Reflecting on Magna Carta Holy Grail

Greetings Wiz Kids!

The biggest news in the music industry for the past few weeks has been Jay Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail and more specifically, its ground breaking if somewhat shaky release via Samsung mobile app.

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Here’s a rap-up (pun intended) of the biggest stories surrounding the release of Magna Carta.

Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ giveaway prompts RIAA change on certification (Via LA Times)

Jay Z and the Mainstreaming of the ‘Album App’ (Via Time Mag)

Sixteen-Year-Old Producer, Wondagurl, Explains Crafting Jay-Z’s “Crown” (Via XXL Mag)

Jay-Z Enlightens Twitter With Impromptu Q&A (Via RollingStone Mag)

Jay-Z: Issues downloading ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ on Samsung app ‘not cool’ (Via NY Daily News)

 

Jay-Z Talks Magna Carta Holy Grail, The Music Business on BBC Interview (7/15)

Greetings Wiz Kids!

Be on the lookout for Jay Z exclusive BBC interview with Zane Lowe on 7/15

Expect MBWK to post this with commentary as soon as its up!

Check out the preview below.


Thanks to the good people at 2DopeBoyz for sharing this.