The 2017 Revolt Music Conference Fosters Expansion & Innovation, Honors Queen Latifah


The 4th annual [2017] Revolt Music Conference rocked Miami Beach's Eden Roc with a weekend of education and empowerment.

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(AllHipHop Features) REVOLT TV kicked off it’s fourth annual Revolt Music Conference in a major way; the 2017 conference was just as action-packed as the previous years proving to be the intersection of music, technology, and innovation where influencers, music and entertainment executives, media and up-and-coming artists all collide!

The conference was filled with insightful panels, networking opportunities, 90s parties, yacht celebrations, performances and overall empowering networking experiences that helped attendees understand and navigate the evolution of the music and entertainment business.

The conference kicked off with an opening ceremony on Thursday that honored rapper French Montana with the city proclamation in Miami Beach, FL, and saw remarks from Miami Beach Mayor, Philip Levine.

The opening ceremony featured performances from King Combs and 21 Savage.

Bianca Richelle, 9**,** & Jasmine Corley, 17**,** of The Curls Sisters even got a chance to join French Montana and Diddy on stage for an impromptu dance performance during French's set!

This year’s RMC also featured it’s second ‘Be Heard’ auditions and showcase where many of the conference’s attendees had the opportunity to perform their music in front of an esteemed panel of judges.

The first official day of the conference [Friday] kicked off with a networking breakfast and a live broadcast of The Breakfast Club hosted by Angela Yee & DJ Envy.

Friday's panels included 'Fuck A&R: I Can Do It All By Myself', 'The Power Of The Playlist', 'I'll Make You Famous', and 'I Am The Record Company- Going Indie'.

The 'I'll Make You Famous' panel featured an all-star publicity panel including Yvette Noel-Schure (EVP of Media at Schure Media Group), Nathalie Moar (SVP, Head of Communications Combs Enterprises), Cindi Berger, (Chairman and CEO of PMK•BNC), Courtney Lowery (Vice President of Publicity, Epic Records), Vanessa Anderson (Owner, AM PR Group), and Phylicia Fant (SVP of PR at Warner).

The esteemed group of the top and most sought out individuals in the business of public relations, behind some of the biggest and brightest stars and companies gave attendees a lesson in Public Relations 101. They explained that publicity is necessary, but it takes the right combination of strategy and storytelling, and publicists are the individuals who make the magic happen.

AllHipHop got a chance to speak with Nathalie Moar about the most important aspects of publicity that one should know about and what she's learned from working with Diddy.

"It's been an amazing journey for me. I've learned so much. I've followed my passion. As I said on the panel today, I never was going to be a publicist, I wanted to be a photographer, and my mouth was better than my shot. I fell into it, and I've had this amazing opportunity to work with the most amazing, creative, and talented entrepreneurs. It's been an incredible journey for me. It's so inspiring to be around people like that everyday.

The most important thing that someone should know about publicity is that it's actually a storytelling craft, and learning how to build your platform and your voice. The takeaways are the relationship with the publicist is like a marriage. You have to have good rapport with that person. I think everyone needs a publicist, and you need to be able to afford a publicist. Your career and your voice and your storytelling evolve as you grow older. You can't always know your narrative, your narrative changes, and a publicist is there to help you build that narrative based on authenticity.

I think the best advice I've given up-and-coming publicists is to know who your mentors are. Know what company you want to have in PR; there's brand PR, agency PR, celebrity PR, in-house PR. It's really looking to see who's doing what you're doing. Go after them, fight for it, pitch yourself," said Moar.

Moar on, Sean "Diddy: Combs:

"He's the most driven, passionate. focused, hard-working person in the industry. I admire his authentic voice. I admire what he's doing for his community. I am so in awe of him. I could be from Melbourne, Australia and never have met him, and I would've been in awe from afar. But the fact that I get to work with him everyday, and it's collaborative is an incredible gift that I really appreciate," said Moar.

'The Power Of The Playlist' panel discussed discovering, developing, and breaking new artists, and how these artists can get their music on streaming platforms and in the hands of DJs. The panel was moderated by the one-and-only, Ed Lover (Radio Personality), and featured panelists DJ Nabs (DJ/ Radio Personality, Radio One/Boom 102.9), Tuma Basa (Global Programming Head for Hip Hop at Spotify), Amber Grimes (Sr. Manager, Urban at Spotify), Justin Boland (Head of Hip-Hop and R&B Programming at Pandora), Jeff Zuchowski (Vice President of Industry Relations and Artist Marketing, Pandora), Elliott Wilson (Editorial Director, Culture and Content Hip Hop, TIDAL), and Adelle Platon (Editor of Culture and Content, TIDAL).

Day 1 was not complete without an engaging Q&A with Shakim Compere (Co-CEO / President of Flavor Unit), and a keynote speech from Co-Founder, CEO of 300 Entertainment, Kevin Liles. Liles explained that music and the music business could certainly be a means for expansion into other realms, deals, and endeavors.

While those in attendance were certainly soaking up knowledge from the panels, they also had the opportunity to party it up at the Eden Roc pool which featured performances from Kamillion, Runway Richy, Teenear, Jake & Poppa, Blake, Polly A, Joe Gifted, Phora, SahBabi, Made Groceries, G Herbo, Lou Got Cash, and Eric Leon.

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2 Chainz's closed the evening with an intimate yacht party and performance aboard the SeaFair Miami yacht. While 2 Chainz and fans rocked out on the deck, the third floor turned into a party filled with fun and old school classics.

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Saturday also featured the 'Watch The Throne' & 'It's A Vibe' panel that discussed taking artists from celebrity to a lifestyle brands and the art of making a hit. Bozoma St. John (Chief Brand Officer, Uber) and Gail Mitchell (Senior Correspondent, Billboard) also taught attendees how to build their brands in corporate America.

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Artists, activists and writers took on the very problematic and controversial President Donald Trump during the 'Hip Hop Vs. Trump' panel that featured moderator, Jeff Johnson (CEO, JIJ Communications), David Banner (Artist, Activist), Joey Bada$$ (CEO/Musician/Actor), T.I. (Recording Artist), Mysonne (Artist) , Rev. Shane R. Smith (President, National Action Network San Diego), Datwon Thomas (Editor in Chief, Vibe), Rob Kenner (Executive Editor, Mass Appeal), Vanessa Satten (Editor in Chief, XXL), Karen Civil (Author, Media Maven, Brand Curator) and Shaheem Reid (Host/ Writer/ Producer, REVOLT TV).

The panelists discussed ways to come together as one as well as ways to use their individual voices and platforms to enact change while challenging the current political system and climate.

Diddy also took the stage for his highly-anticipated [annual] #AskDiddy State of the Union address where this year he coached attendees on “How To Get To The Bag”, and how to invest in their dreams.

The pool at the Eden Roc Miami Beach saw live performances from T.I & Hustle Gang Presents, Justine Skye, Mack Wilds, Kap G, B. Smyth, Deante Hitchcock, Buddy, Jordan Bratton, and Lekeli 47.

The evening closed with the RMC Gala Dinner which was presented by Chaiman of REVOLT, Sean “Diddy” Combs along with Vice Chairman Andre Harrell honoring the legendary rapper, actor, singer and producer Queen Latifah as she was presented with the prestigious Jimmy Iovine Icon Award. The evening was hosted by Ryan Destiny and Quincy Brown, who are both the stars on 'Star'.

The gala saw performances from fan-favorites SZA and Daniel Ceasar. Those in attendance moved and grooved to their melodic sounds, but it was the legendary Lauryn Hill who brought down the house with her classic and timeless hits. Hill also performed a cover of Queen Latifah's Grammy-Award winning song, “U.N.I.T.Y”

A video montage of Common, Toni Braxton, Lee Daniels, and Jada Pinkett Smith expressing their gratitude for Queen Latifah also flashed on the screen during the gala, and Monica and Fab 5 Freddie shared personal anecdotes about working with The Queen.

The Revolt Music Conference has established itself as a must-attend event and music conference in the industry, providing attendees with the opportunity to soar, excel, and expand. Make sure you attend the conference in 2018!