The Making of a Star: Jermaine Dupri, Leah LaBelle, and “Sexify”

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Being sexy ain’t the same as being skanky. Just ask Leah LaBelle, who sings about all the ways she turns on a guy in her hook-filled song, “Sexify.” This song really moves with a hard beat, and the word play lives up to the title. “I just want some hanky-panky,” she ...

Facebook Trades Community for Cash

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

What a difference a week makes. Last week, Facebook was poised to conquer the world with a $100 billion initial public offering. After a rocky IPO fraught with financial and legal drama, now the pundits are referring to Facebook as "Fadebook" and even asking if Facebook's best days are behind ...

The hip-hop journey of Prince Mick

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

The music and film of hip-hop artist Prince Mick takes you on an extraordinary journey: his own. The journey begins on the streets of the west side of Chicago, where Prince Mick once lived the violent life of a gangbanger. His song and video “Imma Beast” captures that life with ...

The value of small ball

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

My latest post for the iCrossing Great Finds blog reflects on a recent Social Media Week panel appearance by Richard Dorment of Esquire magazine, iCrossing Chief Strategy Officer Adam Lavelle, and Jermaine Dupri, CEO of So So Def Recordings. Dorment, Lavelle, and Dupri had a lively conversation about Dupri's bold ...

Jermaine Dupri builds a real community with Global 14

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Look at the headlines Facebook has generated lately: the company files for a multi-billion dollar initial public offering. Mark Zuckerberg spends $700,000 flying private planes in one year. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg begins building a new mansion in Menlo Park, California. There’s one important element missing from these stories: ...

Life in the hip-hop underground with Symon G. Seyz

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Hip-hop artist Symon G. Seyz lives not for record sales but for the passion of making music. The 28-year-old rapper is a member of the hip-hop underground – where unsigned musicians find audiences by giving away their own mixtapes on the streets, performing at clubs and private parties, and using ...

A slice of hip-hop: “Lounge Music” by Ha-Rih

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Just when you think you’ve heard enough chill-out from Hed Kandi to last a lifetime, along comes a song like “Lounge Music” to make you feel like you’re discovering the genre all over again. With “Lounge Music,” Ha-Rih blends chill-out with hip-hip to create a pretty damned sexy and coy ...

A slice of hip-hop: “Put My Mack Down” by Aye-P

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Aye-P performs some sweet alchemy with “Put My Mack Down.” He takes a familiar scenario – a guy coming on to a woman in a club – and creates a funky rap built on top of his own beats and samples of Isaac Hayes’s version of “Look of Love” and ...

Have you heard? “Get Away” by Latasha Lee

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

LATASHA LEE music video 2011 "Get Away" from LaTasha Lee on Vimeo. Latasha Lee needs to get away from you -- and it's definitely your loss. In her song "Get Away," the R&B artist from vamps for the camera with a gorgeous kiss-off that plays like an homage to Motown. After ...

A slice of hip hop: “Wait for Me” by ILL Son

Monday, January 9th, 2012

“Wait for Me” by ILL Son requires a close listen to appreciate. When I first heard the sweet female chorus and the gentle chimes that open the song, I thought ILL Son had shared with me another love song like his lush production of “Get 2 You.” But then ILL ...