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Radio Facts is now accepting votes for the Women of Color in Media magazine that will hit the industry in mid-August. You can vote for the woman that you think should make the Top 15 here

Irv Gotti Announces New Partnership with 300 Entertainment


It was 1997 when Murder Inc., first burst onto the music scene and 20 years later they are still making headlines.  Murder Inc. founder and CEO Irv Gotti announced earlier this year via Instagram that he was reviving his label that was bogged down by legal woes during the height of its success in the early 2000s which ultimately led to its demise.  

This weekend he made another announcement that he and 300 Entertainment are now in business together “Me. Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles. Back at it again.  Everyone get ready for some dope music.” he posted on his Instagram.  

It is still unclear as to what the actual deal is but it most likely a distribution deal through 300 Entertainment.  The partnership has already signed two acts Boogiie Byrd and duo Fitted Circle. Gotti also has created and was Executive Producer of  ‘Tales: A New Hip Hop Anthology” series which will merge new and old school Hip Hop into visually stunning narratives premiering on June 27 at 10/9 on BET.  Boogiie Byrd and Fitted Circle will both provide original music for the series.  

4 Critical Lessons That Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Needs To Learn

American culture loves to celebrate the entrepreneurial breed – those daring men and women willing to take calculated risks to create new enterprises that will grab the nation’s imagination along with its pocketbooks.

Those who reach the pinnacle of entrepreneurial excellence – such as Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos – are viewed with a mixture of awe and envy.

But what separates those who experience wild success from those left picking up the pieces of a failed enterprise?

Part of it comes down to good old work ethic, says Bill Green, founder, and CEO of The Crestar Group of Companies and author of “ALL IN: 101 Real Life Business Lessons for Aspiring Entrepreneurs” (www.bgreenauthor.com).

“If you don’t want to work harder than everyone and you don’t have your passion, you shouldn’t be an entrepreneur,” Green says.

But that’s far from the whole story, says Green, whose own route to success began in a flea market. There are plenty of other lessons that budding entrepreneurs need to learn. Just a few include:

• Become a tactical and strategic CEO. Tactical leadership is doing things right. Strategic leadership is doing the right things. “You probably are doing a lot of things right tactically to get your startup off the ground,” Green says. “But now it’s time to think about your long-term strategy.” The greatest CEOs are visionaries, always plotting their company’s next big move, he says. “If you see a way to improve your business, you’d better have the vision and the guts to pull the trigger,” Green says, “even if the naysayers say it can’t be done.
• Let your employees complete you. “Most of us can’t do it all or know everything, so it’s important to hire a team that can compensate for your shortcomings,” Green says. The best way to do that, he says, is to think like an NBA owner who builds a championship team by drafting a well-balanced roster of players whose abilities complement each other.
• Good customers complain, bad customers go away. No one enjoys hearing complaints, but those angry customers should be viewed as a gift, Green says. They care about your product or service and they want you to fix whatever problem they’re experiencing so they can continue to have that product or service. Many unhappy customers just walk away never to return, so you don’t know why you lost their business.
• The best deals are the ones you don’t make. There are good business deals out there, but there are many more bad deals, Green says. It’s important that any deal you make is the right one for your company, and not something you do just because making a new acquisition or introducing a new product is exciting. People will always try to seduce you with the “next great deal,” but stay focused on what’s best for your business. “Don’t let anyone influence you into making a deal you don’t want to make,” he says.

Ultimately, though, entrepreneurial success comes down to your own passion and tenacity.

“It doesn’t cost anything not to believe in something,” Green says. “It costs everything to believe in an idea so much that you’re willing to spend your life doing it and doing it until it becomes a reality. That’s guts. That’s passion. That’s the resolve you need to succeed.”

About Bill Green

Bill Green, founder, and CEO of The


Group of Companies is the author of “ALL IN: 101 Real Life Business Lessons for Aspiring Entrepreneurs” (www.bgreenauthor.com). Crestar is comprised of private equity, specialty finance, and real estate businesses. Green is also the CEO of LendingOne, which was founded in 2014 and provides real estate bridge and rental loans to non-owner occupied real estate investment properties. Prior to forming Crestar, he was with Interline Brands, founding the company in 1977. For 25 years he led Interline as its CEO from a small retail outlet to one of the largest industrial distribution companies in the country. Today, Interline Brands is owned by The Home Depot.


Radio Facts: 10 Essential Things to Save You Time, Money, Space and More

Some people believe in hoarding information and keeping it to themselves. I don’t believe in that. If I find something great I want to share it with others. To a fault at times but who cares. Here are 10 things that make my life SO much easier that can probably help you too. Click “NEXT” for Next Item Below the Post. Enjoy…

Steve Harvey’s LIVING Ex Wife Mary, Suing him for Murder?

“I’m confrused man, I was confrused.” I just can’t figure out why Steve Harvey felt the need to divorce his (2nd wife) Mary. The mogul’s past is REALLY coming back to torment him or at least is seems that way. I’m not sure if he’s a target or if his past and current mistakes are just haunting him but he’s been through it over the past year. Along with his massive success Here is the list of Harvey’s massive challenges …

  • Angst over a visit to Trump followed by a huge backlash
  • Backlash from the Asian community over a “racist” TV segment
  • Fallout and separation with his business partner Rushion McDonald who is largely responsible for much of Steve’s success
  • Canceling the popular “Neighborhood Awards” as part of that fallout
  • Going to court to prevent a videographer from releasing tapes of him from years ago allegedly discriminating against white people.
  • The most recent harsh memo to former Chicago TV staff members
  • AND NOW…. his former wife Mary is back with a $60 Million lawsuit.

Harvey’s divorce with his ex-wife was wrapped or so it seemed in 2005. He has even had her locked up on at least one occasion after she disobeyed a gag order. Mary L. Harvey is claiming mental anguish and “soul” damage? What in the hell is that? Perhaps she can’t keep up with the beat anymore when her old school jam is played? At any rate, she wants $60 million from him stating his treatment towards her after the divorce has made her suicidal. In her own words, she exclaimed, “All was loss, Mary L Harvey was dead” (actual quote from TMZ… sorry for her lost). So she is including “Murder” in the list of civil charges against Steve (I hope that you are not laughing, this is not funny) The suit … (are you still laughing?… Let me wait until you are ready to finish reading this………………………………………………….) anyway………………………………………………. according to TMZ, the suit is rambling at times and was filed by Mary’s ‘Civil Rights Activist'(???) Yes, can you tell me where the Human Resources office is? I’d like to quit?  Does she mean Civil SUIT Activist? What in the hell is that? Is that a new job title? This is not looking good. Either Mary is really having some psychological challenges (along with her self-proclaimed Civil Rights Activist) OR dem streets is a callin’ and she’s BRILLIANT because she’s proving her point beyond the shadow of a debt, I mean doubt. I have always stated Mary was Steve’s “ride-or-die” chick and his current wife Marjorie is allegedly his “ride TILL you die” chick. (Marjorie looks like she will sue even if you are broke). Steve’s camp did not respond to TMZ as they are still trying to fix the memo debacle. We’ll keep you posted. Source TMZ  

Shawn “JAY Z” Carter Signs 10-Year Touring Contract With Live Nation

Deal Continues Long-Standing Partnership with Largest Producer of Live Music Concerts

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 Today, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter and Live Nation announced an exclusive touring partnership. The agreement continues JAY Z’s longstanding partnership with the world’s leading live entertainment company. The deal includes worldwide touring, in which Live Nation will produce and promote JAY Z concert events.

“Live Nation and I entered unchartered territory in 2008. Over 9 years, we have traveled the world producing historic music experiences. Michael Rapino is an industry visionary, and this renewed partnership is a testament to our longstanding relationship and the talented individuals at Live Nation. For the next 10 years, we will continue redefining the live event landscape,” stated JAY Z. “JAY Z is one of the world’s preeminent touring artists,” added Michael Rapino, president and chief executive officer, Live Nation Entertainment. “This strengthens the creative and business partnership of someone that continues to expand his touring base and reach.”

LA Reid Exits Epic Records

Radio Facts has learned that LA Reid, one of the few remaining high ranking black executives in the music industry is out. We will give you more details as they come in. Reid has been responsible for the major successes of Meghan Taylor, Future, Pink and other artists.

Entrepreneur and Radio Icon Cathy Hughes Celebrates Lavish Birthday in Vegas (video)

We’d like to wish industry icon, Cathy Hughes, a belated happy birthday. Her party was in Vegas last month and we were just sent the video link by Al B Sure. (thanks, Al). Many happy returns… (video credit: Jodi Williams Blitz Media Productions)

Defining Success…

Success never stands still, never waits for anyone and never remains stagnant, predictable or complacent. It’s constantly evolving.

William F. Pickard, Ph.D Chronicles His Seven Proven Principles for Entrepreneurual Success

Millionaire Moves: Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship is an authentic and relatable account of how multimillionaire and generous philanthropist, William F. Pickard, Ph.D. navigated and flourished in the world of business. Pickard openly shares his business acumen, life experiences and common sense approach in an effort to help novice and entrenched entrepreneurs craft a blueprint to manage obstacles often associated with new business ventures. Pickard is confident that the seven self-prescribed principles (Vision & Attitude, Opportunity, Finance, Relationships, Talent & Skillset, Failure & Faith) detailed in his book will serve as a model for business aspirants all over the world.

“These seven principles, derived from some of my failures, have helped me attain success, moving from social worker to entrepreneur. I invite you to pick up the book and hopefully learn how to transform your dream into reality. The purpose of this book-is my way of giving back, and it’s my way of saying that whatever I have done, you can do it too,” says Pickard.

His 45-year entrepreneurial career began as a McDonald’s franchisee in Detroit, Michigan. He is the Founder and Chairman at Global Automotive Alliance (GAA), one of the country’s leading minority-owned logistics and manufacturing companies. Since its founding in 1989, GAA has generated more than $5billion dollars in sales with eight plants in the U.S. and Canada, and services corporations such as Boeing, Mercedes Benz, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Delphi, Johnson Controls, Starbucks, Home Depot and Merck Pharmaceutical. He is also the Co-Managing Partner of MGM Grand Detroit Casino; CEO, Bearwood Management Company; and co-owner of five black-owned newspapers. In 1990, President H.W. Bush took notice of Pickard and appointed him to the Federal Home Loan Board (Indiana) and the National Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations.

Dr. Pickard is a generous philanthropist, educator and mentor as well as a frequent lecturer at a myriad of colleges and universities across the country. Pickard continues to serve on numerous boards and his business endeavors have created thousands of jobs and opportunities for many. In addition to being an avid volunteer and spirit to help others, Pickard created a company-wide internship program to recruit the next generation of minority employees in plastics processing.

Millionaire Moves was written solely to influence and inspire spirited entrepreneurs, college students, avid readers and those that choose the path of self-reliance. The book serves as a comprehensive guide to self-determination, entrepreneurship, and business leadership, replete with instructions on how to rise up in the midst of failures. This book is a testament of Pickard’s continuing and stark commitment to community and creating the next generation of entrepreneurs. Dr. Pickard is a visionary that believes in the potential of anyone with a positive attitude and a great idea.

Stephen Hill Exits BET as part of Network’s Rejuvenation

This comes as quite a shocker considering Hill has brought an incredible amount of successful segments to the network. BET, identified as one of the core brands for Viacom is being rejuvenated by CEO Bob Bakish. Debra Lee announced the changes today. Debra Lee and Stephen Hill’s memos to staff below.

BET Team…
I want to let you know that Stephen Hill, President of Programming for BET Networks has decided to step down from his role. Stephen joined Viacom in 1995, and then BET in 1999, serving as President of Music Programming and Specials before taking on the role as President of Programing. Stephen has earned a reputation as one of the leading creative minds in television and music. His contributions to the team have been invaluable as we worked together to successfully reinvigorate our brand.
Who could ever forget THE Prince Tribute, James Brown and Michael Jackson, Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar? This list can go on and on. The incredible “awww yeahhh” moments Stephen has created during his 18 years literally are too many to mention.
I recently told the story of the first time I saw Stephen dancing in the aisle with red pants! I knew that was the spirit needed to take BET to the next level. And that was exactly what he did. His programming vision helped to create 106 & Park, The BET Awards, The Hip Hop Awards and hits such as Real Husbands of Hollywood, the amazing success of The New Edition Story and many, many more.
Most importantly, Stephen has been a trusted colleague and friend to many of us. We are fortunate to have enjoyed his service, creativity and laughter for so many years. I can’t imagine this ride without his energy, passion and love of BET. Thank you Stephen for every awesome and magical moment, I know this won’t be our last dance. I know your dedication to BET will still live on in everyone you’ve touched over the years.
Please join me in thanking Stephen for all the love and support he has given BET over the course of his remarkable career.
Let’s wish him well in his next adventure.
Best, Debi
Steven Hill’s memo:
My first morning at BET was the day after Roger Troutman died. WKYS, WPGC and WHUR were all full with the music of Zapp and as I drove the car (that I still own) down New York Avenue in DC towards the BET Complex, I thought to myself “we’ll need to get the details and some footage quickly so that we can get something on the air today about Roger.” Immediately after orientation, I began searching out the people that could make it possible. But it turns out it was not possible. Due to the shoot schedule for the video shows, the edit time, and the way that Master Control was set up, the quickest anything could be turned around was one week. It was unimaginable to folks there then that BET could react to anything in real time. Crestfallen, I slumped in my way-too-big chair and gazed out at the McDonald’s across the street from my NetOps office; determined that the paradigm shift.
18 months later, we were live daily on BET and would stay that way for the next 14 years. What was previously unimaginable had been made real.
This Friday, 6,549 days after I took my first step through the doors of BET, I will walk my last one out. It has been my honor to serve this brand in that span and I am thrilled to have been able to be a member of the teams that ideated and created so many spectacles, moments, memories and miracles. It’s been fulfilling to be part of huge changes that literally shifted culture.
As we go forward, I’m excited by all of our immediate and long term upcoming trajectories.
For you and BET, it’s the opportunities you will mine through your new designation: VIACOM made a wise choice making BET a “Flagship” brand. It’s been proven over and over again that viewers want BET to win and that they believe highly in your ability to do so. We saw that recently with the culture shifting New Edition Story when, with one series, pundits and social media were ablaze proclaiming BET as the best TV producers of biopics. Full Stop. Huh? “Best” after one attempt? Yes. That’s the feeling. That’s the energy of an audience rooting for you. That’s a populace hot for you. Your audience knows that other channels have to study the culture, but BET is the culture…and they respect the difference. I truly wish you the fuel of innovation, execution and support to feed those fire-flames. There is an abundance of talent at BET Networks; each person a spark that can start the blaze of the next success; to again take what is currently unimaginable and set on a path to make it real. It has been my immeasurable joy to work alongside you.
As for me, since I was 16, I haven’t had many workdays of not getting up, getting into it and getting involved. ‘Tis a truly foreign concept. I talk about “time”…well, all of the time ( at least twice a year on email); about its value and to consider how you use time…as a friend or a foe. Right now, I’m choosing friend. I’ma throw my arms around it like I would a long lost buddy and enjoy a bit of what it might offer. I am truly looking forward to some time to just be. There’s much in this world I haven’t experienced that I soon will.
And then, I’ll re-approach the side of the action, sway to and fro while catching the rhythm and jump back into the fast-paced double-dutch of life. However, these same feet that will one day return to churning in time with the ropes will now, for a few moments, have their individual digits sifting sand…not unlike another former President. Check the IG in a little while. Previously unimaginable. About to be wonderfully real.
Thank you, Debra Lee for pretty much everything since the day you saw me in the red pants. Your leadership, tenacity, dedication…and style…are appreciated. Your investment in me and support of me from the very beginning has been strong and constant. I treasure it and will pay it forward.
I will miss you all. I will miss this. I will miss us. But I am so excited to see where you next take this powerful, agile, thrusting spacecraft of a brand.
Imagine it and drive well.

Want to Work for Chance the Rapper? He is Looking for an Intern

It two tweets, Chance the Rapper set Twitter on fire as he announced he is looking for an intern. This may be the coolest job someone might have working for the ambitious Chicago rapper. Chance is obviously a hard worker so I’m sure he wants someone that can match his hustle.  Check out the tweets below.

J Anthony Brown Officially Announces New Job on Steve Harvey Morning Show

It’s official. J Anthony Brown is now a full time participant on the Steve Harvey morning show Here he tells friends what his new job will be with additional duties.

New Report Shows Black Entrepreneurial Blocked By Three Main Barriers

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering microbusinesses, today announced the release of its new report “The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America: Untapped Opportunities for Success.” Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the report set out to assess the economic strength and potential of Black-owned businesses, identify challenges and opportunities across a mosaic of segments, and launch a national discussion on how investors and policymakers can increase the effectiveness of programs designed to support Black entrepreneurship, keeping in mind that rich diversity.

“There is a myth that Black people aren’t motivated to start their own firms, and are pushed into business ownership mostly due to unemployment,” said AEO President and CEO Connie Evans. “Our findings show that in actuality, Black Americans have high entrepreneurial drive and the same motivations as other entrepreneurs, yet face three persistent barriers that operating together impede the establishment and growth of Black-owned firms. Understanding and addressing the unique interplay of these obstacles are crucial steps to unleashing the potential economic power of Black business ownership in America.”

The three barriers described in the report are a Wealth Gap, fewer assets and less disposable income to invest in business; a Credit Gap, decreased access to formal credit and high denial rates; and a Trust Gap, institutional bias that Blacks have experienced, inhibiting them from actions such as applying to financial institutions for more capital, joining networks, creating valuable partnerships, and more. This environment of scarcity translates into fewer establishments reaching maturity, and for those that do survive, limited potential to grow and hire. In fact, most businesses say the current financing environment hampers their ability to hire new employees.

The report’s authors calculated that if Black-owned firms were able to reach employment parity with all privately-held U.S. firms, 600,000 new jobs could be created and $55 billion would be added to the U.S. economy. Since many Black-owned businesses are small businesses that serve and hire from their communities, reaching employment parity could also have the effect of reducing unemployment in the Black community down to 5 percent. In addition, a larger portion of money spent at Main Street businesses stays circulating in the local region versus money spent at big box stores, creating economic empowerment in areas that likely need it the most.

“We know that when parents are economically stable, their children are best positioned for success in school and life,” said Carla Thompson Payton, vice president for program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “This study will help us better understand what’s working and what’s not working for Black business owners so we can create pathways to entrepreneurship to create stability for their families and strengthen their communities.”

The report also releases a proprietary analysis of longitudinal data that reveals faster wealth creation among people who become self-employed, proof of the viability of this pathway in achieving economic livelihood. “The gap in average wealth between Black and White adults decreases from a multiplier of 13 all the way down to 3, when you compare the wealth of business owners by race,” said Evans. “Business ownership is the great equalizer in American wealth disparity. Our report illustrates the rich diversity of Black-owned businesses that have often been characterized with a one size fits all model, and begins to reframe the conversation on how to devise creative solutions that propel their success.”

“The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America: Untapped Opportunities for Success” contains innovative data analyses from Robert Fairlie, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz; William J. Darity, Jr., Professor of Public Policy at Duke University; and Khai Zaw, a statistical research associate at Duke University. It also includes information curated from organizations such as the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, input from an expert panel of advisors, and surveys of business owners across the country. The full report is available on the AEO Web site at www.aeoworks.org.

Charlamagne Tha God Announces \

Charlamagne Tha God—co-host of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club and personality for MTV and MTV2—shares his eight principles to unlocking your God-given privilege.

In Black Privilege, Charlamagne presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Beginning with his journey from the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina to his headline-grabbing interviews with celebrities like Kanye West, Kevin Hart, Malcolm Gladwell, Lena Dunham, Jay Z, and Hillary Clinton, this book will share how he turned his troubled early life around by taking ownership of his many mistakes and refusing to give up.

Combining his fundamental keys to success and happiness with his signature commitment to honesty, Black Privilege will empower you with the confidence to live your own truths. 

Check out the tour dates below. 

Monday, April 17, 2017; 6:00 PM
powerHouse Arena
28 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Charlamagne Tha God in conversation with Cari Champion
(please visit the website for ticket purchase)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 12:30 PM
Barnes & Noble/5th Avenue
555 Fifth Avenue at 46th Street New York, NY 10017
Book signing only

Wednesday, April 19, 2017; 4:00 PM
Paul Quinn College
Charlamagne will be a Voices That Matter speaker

Thursday, April 20, 2017; 6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble/The Grove
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Book signing only

Saturday, April 22, 2017; 12:30 PM
Georgia Tech Bookstore
48 5th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
Charlamagne Tha God in conversation with TBD

Saturday, April 22, 2017; 4:00 PM
A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307
Book signing only

Sunday, April 23, 2017; 12:00 PM
Blue Bicycle Books @ Pure Theatre
477 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Charlamagne Tha God in conversation with news anchor and Charleston native, Tessa Spencer with books available for sale by Blue Bicycle Books

Sunday, April 23, 2017; 5:00 PM
164 Forum Dr, Columbia, SC 29229
Book signing only

Wednesday, April 26, 2017; 6:00 PM
211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Book signing only

Thursday, May 4, 2017; 7:00 PM
The Oracle Group Presents @ The Event Space
614 S Street NW, Washington DC
Charlamagne Tha God in conversation with Angela Rye, attorney and political strategist with books available for sale on-site
*Call the specific store for details.

Dame Dash Breaks Down Entrepreneurism BEST

People may have a problem with the WAY Dame Dash delivers his message but he is incredibly on point here.

CBS Radio and Canon MAXIFY Printers Present Checks for Small Business Grant Challenge

Prison Bars Founder and CEO, Seth Sundberg and Tiffany Webb, Specialist, Production Planning, Canon MAXIFY Printers.

1010WINS News Director Ben Mevorach presents the grant to Bittylab LLC Founder and CEO, Priska Diaz, along with Rob Walsh, Anchor of “The Bottom Line for Small Business” on 1010WINS.

CBS RADIO and sponsor Canon MAXIFY Printers are visiting multiple cities to present the Small Business Grant Challenge whereby one lucky local small business owner is awarded a $10,000 grant for presenting the most creative plan to expand their business while also doing good in their community. Recent events were hosted in San Francisco and New York where grants were presented to Prison Bars and Bittylab, respectively.

Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital to Create THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF HIP HOP

Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital, the fastest growing platform in hip hop and urban youth culture and Emmy award winning producers Stephen David Entertainment announced today a partnership with GroupM Entertainment, a global content investment and rights management company, to develop and produce THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF HIP HOP, a sweeping documentary series that tells the exhaustive story of hip hop, from its seminal, underground roots to its now most iconic, global artists. Stephen David will Executive Produce the series, along with GME’s Richard Foster and Simmons himself. The project is in development and slated to begin production this year.

THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF HIP HOP begins in the early 1970s, chronicling the rise of the first DJs and emcees in New York City. But what started as a way for marginalized youth in New York City to escape or explain the stark realities of the inner city, rapidly spread from the East to West Coast as it evolved into a global phenomenon. Today, it is a multi-billion dollar industry and cultural force that shapes music, art, fashion, language, and all forms of entertainment from films to television and digital programming to social media.

“Hip hop began in the Bronx and Queens, and was fueled by pioneering new artists with an incredible hunger to express themselves in unimaginably bold new ways,” said Simmons. “The Definitive History of Hip Hop is the untold story of the birth of this art form – the series gets behind the scenes of what drove the beats, the rhymes, the ideas — and the people — that so powerfully hit a chord with all of youth culture in America and around the world. It starts with the OGs of this disruptive force in entertainment, spotlights some of the lesser known artists who’ve fallen out of history or favor, and of course looks at the icons who are now household names whether you’re in LA or London, Toledo or Tokyo. The music is just as important, classic and timeless today as it was 40 years ago. We’ve partnered with amazing filmmakers in Stephen David Entertainment and with GroupM, the largest media investment firm in the world, because we believe this will be a long-running, global franchise,” Simmons said. “We are going long, and deep, and plan to follow the characters and story lines, the drama, the dreams, the deaths, the disruptions, that have made our narrative one of the most compelling American stories of the last three decades. And its future is still being written today, so the story is both timeless and endless.”

Using SDE’s award-winning cinematic and storytelling style of weaving filmed scenes and classic documentary treatments, together with groundbreaking visual effects, archival footage and celebrity interviews, THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF HIP HOP tells the incredible personal stories of the pioneers of hip hop and rap, set against the larger historical context of a country in turmoil. From DJ Hollywood and Run DMC, to Dr. Dre and Jay Z, this authoritative and expansive series captures the mystique and magnetism of the personalities and music that helped transform the American mindset and, in the process, set off a global movement premised on speaking truth to power.

“The birth of hip-hop and its ascent into the American mainstream is a fascinating story, one that has tremendous historical and social importance and relevance in our society,” said Stephen David. “We really could not imagine a greater partner for this project than the founder of the movement, Russell Simmons, and the team at All Def Digital. We are privileged to be working with the man who took a musical art form and created multiple industries and a global movement in youth culture.”
As the company behind the EMMY award-winning series, THE MEN WHO BUILT AMERICA, the EMMY-nominated THE WORLD WARS and THE MAKING OF THE MOB: NEW YORK, SDE has established itself as the leading producer of hybrid-genre programs that combine traditional documentary techniques with scripted storytelling elements. “We create documentaries as if they were scripted series – we thrive on characters and story arcs.” SDE has projects at Netflix, Amazon, History Channel, and NatGeo among others.

“We at GroupM Entertainment have a track record of partnering with creative voices and producers around the world to deliver premium content to the world’s biggest networks and platforms,” said Richard Foster, CEO of GroupM Entertainment. “The dominance of hip hop in global culture is clear in so many international markets. Investing into the project and partnering with All Def and SDE is a fantastic opportunity to bring this story to a global audience. GroupM Entertainment is one of the largest financiers and co-producers of original programming in the UK and is active in over 20 global markets including the US. The company is part of WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group.

“With the break-out success of entertainment properties like Straight Outta Compton and Moonlight in film, Empire and Atlanta in television, even Hamilton on Broadway, there could not be a better time to tell this story about the embryonic days of hip hop,” said Sanjay Sharma, All Def’s Chief Executive Officer. “Hip Hop is the most listened to category of music in the US and its universal appeal is, in part, due to the fact that it has always been about speaking truth to power – nothing could be more timely than this. Aside from dominating pop culture, this thread dominates the global social and political climate as well. We want to create an immersive experience that will engage today’s youth, as well as old-school fans, with the origins of the movement through premium content, live, social and interactive, experiences, and more.”

In addition to DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF HIP HOP, All Def recently released a standup comedy special on HBO, a sketch comedy series on MTV2, the All Def Roast of Snoop Dogg and the All Def Movie Awards on Fusion, and soon will release global, premium digital series with YouTube Red and Spotify.

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