Clan member Method Man will launch a nationwide tour on Sept. 23 to support his
fourth solo album 4:21…The Day After. The tour kicks off in Asbury
Park, N.J. and ends in mid-November at the Nokia Theatre in New York City. Saigon,
Inspectah Deck & Masta Killa are expected to join Method Man on a few of the
tour dates. Method Man's latest album 4:21…The Day After, hit stores
on August 29 and peaked on the Billboard Rap Album Chart at #3. *Tour
dates are listed below.Dynamic
Producer will present its 5th Annual Producers Conference starting next Wednesday
(Sept. 20 - 22) at the Park Central Hotel in New York City. The two-day conference
focuses on educating upcoming producers by offering a number of panels, including
"The Life & Times of a Successful Producer," "Legal Terms Every
Producer Should Know," "What's Your Potential - Film, TV, Gaming"
and others. Various showcases, listening sessions and beat battles will take place
during the 5th annual conference, which will also pay homage to late producer
James "J Dilla" Yancey, who died in Feb. 2006 due to complications from
the disease Lupus. Gregory "Beef" Jones (Russell Simmons Music Group),
Walter Randolph (A&R, Warner Music Group), Billy Clark (Sr. Director of A&R,
Epic Records); D Prosper (Sr. Dir. A&R, G Unit Records) and other industry
professionals will participate, along with producers Rockwilder, Easy Mo Bee,
D/R Period, Kay Gee, Kwame, DJ Evil Dee, Needlz and more. Check-in for the conference
starts at 7AM on Sept. 20. For more information visit www.dpconference.com.Atlantic
Records producer Jim Jonsin of Rebel Rock Productions was named Songwriter of
the Year at the BMI Urban Awards last week. Jonsin, who recently entered into
a production deal with Atlantic Records for his Rebel Rock Productions and Rebel
Rock Entertainment companies, snagged five BMI awards. He shared Songwriter of
the Year honors with Mariah Carey and Big D., his former partner in the Unusual
Suspects production team. Jonsin, who also produces exclusively for Atlantic Records,
helped the label score hit singles by producing singles like "Let's Go"
by rapper Trick Daddy and "Grind With Me" and "Your Body"
by Pretty Ricky. Jonsin is also riding the charts with Danity Kane's "Show
Stopper," taken from their #1 self-titled debut album Danity Kane.
Mami founder Elvia "1st Lady El" Quijano has replaced Cavario H. as
the new editor-at-large of popular street culture magazine Don Diva magazine.
According to Don Diva owners Kevin and Tiffany Chiles, 1st Lady El's combination
of music industry savy and street knowledge helped her land the new position.
The Murda Mami's, which is one of the largest organization of women in the music
industry, includes members like Rah Digga, DJ Lazy K, Remy Martin, Lala, Shawnna
and others. "Kevin and I brought El on board as our new editor-at-large and
face of Don Diva in the community because she has a rare combination of industry
knowledge and street knowledge," Tiffany Chiles said. "She is respected
and her work ethic is unparalleled. She is a Diva in every sense of the word which
has been proven with the movement she created with Murda Mamis." Don Diva
is published quarterly. The magazine has a distribution rate base of 165,000
readers and is sold in such stores as Borders, 7-11 and Tower Records.Sean
"Diddy" Combs has lost the rights to use the moniker "Diddy"
after reaching a settlement with a London music producer. Richard "Diddy"
Dearlove sued Combs after the rapper dropped the "P." from his "P.
Diddy" nickname. In addition to losing the commercial rights to use the name,
Combs must pay out $187,000 in damages and legal costs. He must also rebrand himself
in Britain. "It doesn't matter how big people become," Dearlove told
The Guardian. "This is my name. I've been successful, too. I'm not a global
megastar, but what I do is valid."*Method
Man Tour Dates:Sept.
23 - Asbury Park, NJ -- Stone PonySept.
24 – Towson, MD -- Towson UniversitySept.
26 – Cleveland, OH -- House of BluesSept
27 - Ann Arbor, MI -- Blind PigSept 28 – Bloomington, IN -- Bluebird NightclubSept
29 – Madison, WI -- Barrymore Theater (TENT)Oct
2 – Aspen, CO -- Belly Up TavernOct 3 – Boulder, CO -- Fox TheaterOct
4 - Park City, UT -- SuedeOct 8 - Portland, OR -- RoselandOct
9 - Seattle, WA -- ShowboxOct
10 – Bellingham, WA -- NightlightOct 12 – Sparks, NV -- New OasisOct
13 - Santa Cruz, CA -- The CatalystOct
14 - San Fran, CA -- MezzanineOct
15 - Santa Barbara, CA -- UC Santa BarbaraOct
16 – Anaheim, CA -- House of BluesOct
17 - Los Angeles, CA -- House of BluesOct 18 - San Diego, CA -- 4th & BOct
19 – Phoenix, AZ -- Marquee TheaterOct 20 – Albuquerque, NM -- Sunshine
22 – Austin, TX -- EmosOct 23 - Baton Rouge, LA -- Spanish Moon - TENTOct
24 – Tallahassee, FL -- The MoonOct
25 - Ft Lauderdale, FL -- RevolutionOct
26 – Orlando, FL -- House of BluesOct
27 - Myrtle Beach, -- House of BluesOct
29 – Carrboro, NC -- Cats CradleOct
30 – Charlottsville, VA -- Star Music HallNov
1 – Philadelphia, PA -- TLANov
2 – Washington, DC -- 930 ClubNov
3 – Hartford, CT -- Webster Theater - TENTNov
6 – Burlington, VT -- Higher GroundNov
7 – Boston, MA -- AvalonNov
9 – Baltimore, MD -- SonarNov
11 - New York, NY -- Nokia Theater