Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This is Stones Throw Records

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records

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COMING TO THEATERS IN MARCH 2014 – GET TICKETS! www.OurVinylWeighsATon.com

Produced & Directed by Jeff Broadway
Co-Produced & Edited by Rob Bralver
Written by Jeff Broadway & Rob Bralver
Executive Produced by Jason McGuire

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. The film weaves together rare concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the artists who put Stones Throw on the map. Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton gives an exclusive look into the label’s left-of-center artists, history, culture, and global following.

The film features exclusive interviews with Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Madlib, Common, Questlove, Talib Kweli, Mike D (The Beastie Boys), Tyler, The Creator, and many more.

The Low Lights Presents: “Actually It” Mixtape by upcomming producers APOB & Shepard

If you want to know what Nation19 is bumping right now in our office its The Low Lights Presents: "Actually It" by producer duo APOB(NY) & Shepard(Cali)

If you want to know what Nation19 is bumping right now in our office its The Low Lights Presents: “Actually It”  by producer duo APOB(NY) & Shepard(Cali). Actually it is a collaborative project that offers a really good collection of originally produced instrumentals with a dope balance of intricately chopped samples, synths and baselines reminiscent of great seasoned producers with platinum plaques. We feel you will be hearing much more from young upcoming producers in the near future. Props. #APDTA (all people don’t think alike)

Check it out.

https://soundcloud.com/shepards-sounds/sets/the-lowlights-presents

Kanye speaks in Chicago about talking to Farrakhan and sings a tribute to Micheal Jordan.

Kanye West mentioned on video meeting with Minister Farrakhan and was told not to apologize for his recent statements about the Jewish elite.

Kanye West recently delivered an auto-tuned speech/songs to his hometown audience in Chicago. In the musical tribute, @2:40 in the video West mentioned meeting with Hon. Minister Farrakhan and was told not to apologize for his recent statements about the Jewish elite. West addresses all of Michael Jordan’s accomplishments and what MJ as an individual contributed to the sport of basketball and the city of Chicago. Repenting Jordan’s ‘forced’ decision to play for the Wizards, Ye makes it clear that it just wasn’t right and that it was just another case of someone being held down. As outlandish as these auto-tuned soliloquies may seem to some, there’s the underlying message that should not be missed. Watch. APDTA

Speaks about speaking to Farrakhan and turning up on the ATL

 

Full video.

Kendrick Lamar and Eddie Peake – “Sing About Me” Part 1

Kendrick Lamar Sing about me APDTA

When the lights shut off, an artist’s dream is that their work will stand the test of time. The ones that influence our culture are the ones we most remember. Here, two powerful creative forces come together to elevate the status quo and lay ground to their legacy. This is their poetry. Sing about them. This is part one.

Directed By Darren Romanelli
Produced by Karl Richter of WENDEL

INSTRUMENTAL HIP HOP IS DEAD – KAYTRANADA

INSTRUMENTAL HIP HOP IS DEAD - KAYTRANADA APDTA

You heard it here first. Dopest ish right here…all instrumentals no wack lyrics!

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Biography

Born in Haiti and raised in the city of Montreal, Canadian artist Kaytranada has experienced an explosive rise in the past couple of years with his irresistible production and live sets, but the hard work and success did not happen over night. Before touring the globe and amassing millions of hits online with his series of beloved tracks and mixes, the young man came up as a true disciple, absorbing hip hop and RnB culture since his childhood and finding ways to make the music his own.

Since the age of fourteen, when he first began to DJ and the following year when his brother introduced him to music production software, his output has been relentless. As he explains, “after he showed me the basics, from that day on I couldn’t stop making beats,” pumping out a beat a day for the next couple of years and soon after self-releasing a series of EPs and beat tapes that quickly began to expand his reach. Official releases on HW&W and Jakarta Records soon spread his name like wildfire and some instant-classic remixes by the likes of Missy Elliot, Janet Jackson, TLC, Danny Brown and others have cemented his reputation and his sound; an undeniable swing of the drums comparable to Dilla’s, a signature soulful touch in the melodies, and a healthy dose of funky bass lines.

In the past year, he was approached by Brodinski to drop the single “Free Things In Life” on the hotly-tipped French label Bromance, has headlined tours in Europe, Australia and North America, and released his newest single and video “At All” which has already conquered dance floors worldwide and introduced his face to the world with an unforgettable video. Now, as he continues to bridge the gap between the dance world and hip hop/RnB, he is prepping a solo album for 2014 and a series of high profile collaborations that will confirm his position as one of the most important producers in today’s musical landscape.

Rick Ross Feat. Jay Z- The Devil Is A Lie (Explicit Lyrics… be warned)

Album cover of Rick ross Feat Jay Z the devil is a lie
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Last Month we saw Rick Ross met with The Minister is this song a result of that meeting? Is Jay finally letting us know Jay Elect had a strong influence on his lyrics? You be the judge. This song was produced by K.E. On The Track.

Facebook plans to roll out video advertising

Face Book video advertisement will help small businesses says Mobile Regime, LLC

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Tuesday said it soon plans to begin video advertising within members’ News Feeds, a move that takes aim at massive spending budgets for television ads.

The social-networking giant says in a “short amount of time” marketers will be able to tap into video ads. Facebook is testing out an ad for the film Divergent with a small number of people this week.

Shares of Facebook, which touched a new all-time high, rose 1.6% to $54.67 in morning trading action following the news.

Facebook’s video advertising foray squares off against Google’s increased efforts to attract billions of dollars to its massive video-sharing audience at YouTube.

“Now, Facebook will rival YouTube as a source of online video ad reach,” says Forrester analyst Nate Elliott.

Yet Facebook faces a difficult task in finding the line between not outraging its users with abrasive ads and pleasing Wall Street. Underscoring the distinction, Facebook member Jason Damata said, while “I hate auto-play video ads” and would be compelled to not use the site, it will make me want to “buy FB stock because the money this will generate could be considerable and may help them formulate a viable alternative or supplement to TV ad dollars.”

Facebook’s new video ad units could fetch between $1 million and $2.5 million per day to reach the social network’s entire audience, according to an ad industry source not authorized to speak on behalf of Facebook.

Spending on television ads in the United States is expected to reach $68.5 billion next year, according to eMarketer, up from $66.4 billion this year. U.S. digital video ad spending is expected to soar 39.5% to $5.79 billion in 2014.

“Big brands are eagerly awaiting to increase their FB spending through video,” says Brian Nowak, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, who increased his price target to $68 from $52 ahead of the announcement.

Facebook’s video ads will begin running automatically across its News Feed but will remain muted unless people turn on the audio of the ads. The new ad forms will begin on both desktop and mobile.

The social network will need to be mindful of not blasting its 1.2 billion members with too many ads. Facebook executives noted on its third-quarter earnings that it had reached its capacity for the number of ads it can serve its audience.

“The company hasn’t always been smart about testing new ad formats and rolling them out slowly, but that’ll be important here to avoid compromising both the user experience and the video ads’ effectiveness,” says Elliott.

Still, Facebook’s effort to limit the number of ads in its News Feed could boost ad prices. With restricted supply coming to its ad marketplace that faces improved clicks from advertisement advances, including such video ads sold at a premium, prices are poised to climb in Facebook’s auction-buying format, say analysts.

Companies to benefit from Facebook’s strategy are video production companies like Mobile Regime in Scottsdale Arizona that creates High definition content for high profile to small companies. “We are excited of the possibilities of being able to help small businesses grow in local and national markets with strategic video placement,” says Mobile Regime CEO Queen Muhammad Ali

Virtue Magazine interview with Nation19 / APDTA

Nation19 / APDTA CEO Queen Muhammad Ali

Reprinted from Virtue Magazine winter 2014

Nation19 / APDTA CEO Queen Muhammad Ali
Nation19 / APDTA CEO Queen Muhammad Ali on the cover of Virtue Magazine Winter 2014

 

“Keep family first and have fun at what you are doing. Never let money be your only motivation and you will be successful.” –Queen Muhammad Ali

Virtue- What is Nation 19? Can you please give us a little background information on yourself and your company?

Queen- Nation19 is a lifestyle project influenced by a variety of defining traits from UFO phenomenon, metaphysics, ancient civilizations, archeology, indigenous cultures, and Hip-Hop. Owned and operated by our Scottsdale design and marketing firm, Mobile Regime, LLC. Nation19 has several distinctive brands that are trademarked in the US and abroad. Sold worldwide online and stock lists in boutique stores across the United States, Nation19 has expanded beyond apparel, accessories and headwear, to a seasonal magazine and youth movement. I serve as the Chief Executive Officer, my husband Hakeem Khaaliq serves as Chief Creative Officer, Sylvester Muhammad (Advisor), Cherrie Muhammad (Advisor), Ronald Muhammad(Sales Manager-PHX), Jahsua Muhammad Ali (Translator), Shahida Muhammad (Writer), Hadiyah Muhammad Ali (Proof Reader), Alberto Alvarez (International Business), Steven Muhammad (Business Associate-PHX) We also have many other photographers and talented people throughout the world.

Virtue- What are some of the logos used on the clothing? Can you explain their meaning? (Ex. APDTA means “All… etc.)

Queen and Hakeem-The number “19” (Alfa & Omega which means beginning & ending) is a sacred and universal code used in ancient books and archeology. The number “19” actually has no association with religion and is purely a mathematical code used by advance indigenous civilizations throughout the world. The 19 code was identified and discovered by Egyptian Chemist Rashad Khalifa, PHD in the late 1960’s.

APDTA stands for many different things to many different people for example, To the Hip Hop community it represents: “All People don’t think alike”. To Muslims and the Islamic world it means: “All Praises due to Allah”. To the Mexican community especially in Arizona it means: ”All Patriots don’t trust Arpaio or America”.

Virtue- What suggestions do you and your husband have for young couples who want to build a business together?

Queen- Hakeem and I know our roles, our weaknesses and strengths. This is crucial when working together as family. Keep family first and have fun at what you are doing. Never let money be your only motivation and you will be successful.

Virtue-What about siblings? What is the benefit of working with family? What other family members are involved in your business and in what way?

Queen- Our family plays a very important role in Nation19, but we look at every person who is a part of our business as family. Working in this manner helps us to create a creative work environment that is productive, and fun. Virtue-Why did you all decide to do a documentary? What information did you find the most inspiring?

Queen-After the passing of my Grandmother, a prominent figure in the American Samoan Christian community, I lost the strongest influence of my maternal ancestry. And that was the catalyst in the making of the film, “The Last Matai” We also wanted to stress the importance of knowing your roots and history, especially the youth…and not waiting for someone else to write it for us. We can’t let what happened in Egypt to the Sphinx keep happening. We have to be the ones to tell the next generation how great of a people we were and still are in order for them to build the future. When a people think that they come from an ancestry of savages and cannibals, they will always look to another people for salvation, but if they know that they come from an ancestry of Kings, Queens, and an advanced civilization, they will look at themselves as the gods they are and solve their own problems. My husband, Hakeem, is a film Director and Designer who has worked with Kobe Bryant, Snoop Dogg, Michael Jackson, David Banner, Derrick Rose and more. This project is his 4th documentary.

Hakeem- Filming in Samoa was a life changing event for all of us. Basically the Island is paradise on earth. The experience of documenting Queen reconnecting with her history was the equivalent of watching Roots on TV.

Ronald Muhammad- The whole Matai system which is the ancient governmental system, and the way young people respect and honor the parents and elders was inspiring for me. This was my first trip outside the US and traveling with Nation19 was an awesome experience.

Virtue – What is the vision you have for Nation 19 and where can we get some of the products?

Hakeem- The vision of Nation19 is whatever God guides us to do. We don’t embark on projects or create products to only make money. It’s from inspiration and wanting to deliver high science and truth in a universal way.

Queen- The vision is TOP SECRET. (Laughing). Google us, we’re on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest or go to Nation19.com. Virtue – Yes, ma’am. (Laughing). We will definitely encourage our readers to check out your website if they want to learn more. Peace.

http://www.virtuemag.com/

Kanye breaks down the fashion game with Sway!

Kanye breaks down the fashion game to Sway: APDTA

Peace,
Before you watch this video please keep a couple of things in mind. Kanye is a genius pure and simple. Unfortunately, we have seen others speak of the same problems ye is building on. Notable black entertainers like Micheal Jackson, Oprah, Bill Cosby, Micheal Jordan, Dr Dre and others who reached a certain threshold with success are systematically marginalized by certain powers that don’t want to loose the power over the masses. There is so much important info Kanye dropped in this interview but most will probably only hear his anger and ego and not his heart to establish a business of quality products. APDTA (all people don’t think alike)

Sway is right tho…you don’t need to goto Nike. But we understand why Kanye did.

Actual Facts

Nike’s ‘most anticipated shoe ever is designed by Kanye West. Kanye is not an athlete he’s a rapper.

– Nation19 Magazine / APDTA

Credit cards for tech ballers:

Coin, Kicking Credit Cards To The Curb, Answers A Few Questions

by Jordan Crook (@jordanrcrook) (for educational purposes only)

YC-backed Coin, the electronic credit card that stores multiple cards on one Bluetooth device, made a big splash last week blowing past its $50,000 pre-order in less than 40 minutes.

Turns out, people not only want to buy more Coins but they want to know more about Coin, too. That said, the company is responding to consumer feedback, announcing a number of features that will be available in the first release.

Most importantly, Coin will be equipped with an alarm that learns how many times your Coin is being swiped and alerts you if it believes there is fraudulent activity going on.

For example, your card may be swiped once by a merchant or waiter to pay for the transaction, and again to steal the information on your card. Traditionally, your bank or credit card company wouldn’t notify you of the fraudulent activity until a transaction was completed in another city or in an odd way using your information.

Coin actually notifies you the moment the information might be stolen, allowing you to make an inquiry about the activity.

You can also lock down one particular card so that friends, waiters, or strangers can’t swap to a different card on their own. The team has also revealed that Coin can work without being tied to a phone.

“When we released Coin we wanted to have a succinct message,” said founder Kanishk Parashar. “We just wanted to let our users know that yes, we understand your feedback and we have been designing these features all along, and that they will be available in the first release.”

Q. Can someone accidentally change which card is selected on my Coin?
A. We’ve designed the button to toggle cards in a way that makes it difficult to trigger a “press” unintentionally. Dropping a Coin, holding a Coin, sitting on a Coin, or putting the Coin in a check presenter at a restaurant will not inadvertently toggle the card that is selected.

Q. What if my phone runs out of power or is in airplane mode? Will my Coin be useable?
A. Yes, but you may need to unlock it if the Coin becomes deactivated due to being out of contact with your phone for too long.

Q. How secure is Coin?
A. Maintaining the integrity of your Coin’s data is critical to your peace of mind. That’s why our servers, mobile apps and the Coin itself use 128-bit or 256-bit encryption for all storage and communication (http and bluetooth). Additionally Coin can alert you in the event that you leave it somewhere.

Parashar also assured us that the Coin will be available throughout the rest of the campaign, for the next 24 days, with no cap on the amount of pre-orders made.

“It actually helps when we have more orders,” said Parashar. “It means that larger manufacturers will be willing to prioritize us and work with us.”

Interestingly, this is Parashar’s first time running a hardware business, previously founding a software payments company called SmartMarket. It asked for both merchants and consumers to change behavior entirely by using a mobile only payments product. This is what led to Coin.

After realizing that the app was getting plenty of downloads, but not very frequent use as a payment method, Parashar decided to build a payment solution for consumer side only.

When asked if Coin would eventually morph into his grander scheme for payments, all digital on consumer and merchant side, Parashar simply said that Coin is currently focused on delivering the first version to consumers.

If you want to get some more information on Coin, head over here.