Jaafar Jackson continues to push the family legacy forward in Music and now in Tech

In 1983, Micheal Jackson released the Thriller album making his second single, “Billie Jean” the first video to break MTV’s rock only format. 35 years later his nephew, Jaafar Jackson1 continues the family’s legacy of innovation by integrating Blockchain technology and music. With the help of music veteran/entrepreneur Jimmy Thomas and Blockchain platform, NASGO2, Jackson is one of the first American recording artists to utilize blockchain technology to launch his entertainment company and recording label JUSIC.  

Jaafar Jackson, the second youngest son to legendary singer, songwriter, and producer Jermaine Jackson and nephew to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had aspirations of being a professional golfer, however, having grown up surrounded by a family that notably holds the most iconic musical influencers in the world, it was only natural that Jaafar followed suit. After several guest music appearances with the Jackson family, he officially had his first solo performance at the NASGO Nation Celebration “The Reveal” with the band “1500 or Nothin’ at Hollywood Dolby Theatre last week.  

In his first official JUSIC vlog, Jaafar reflects on the musical influences, family work ethic, and debut project. He also discusses his recent trip to New York City to visit the United Nations and New York Stock Exchange where he reaffirmed his commitment to using his voice to advocate for social issues.  

To watch the video visit: www.bit.ly/JusicVlog

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YFN Lucci and Think It’s a Game Records Partner With Music Tech Company, Rap Plug Inc., For a Talent Search and Collaboration Opportunity

Think It’s a Game Records (TIG), the home of YFN Lucci, Rich Homie Quan, Trinidad James, and many more, has partnered with music tech company, Rap Plug Inc, to discover new talent and collaborate with established music industry professionals.

Calling all Artist, DJs, Singers, Producers and more! This is your chance to work with YFN Lucci and Think It’s A Game Records:

1. Download the App: RAP PLUG
2. Join using code: TIG
3. Upload your music, videos + more

They are seeking the next big hip-hop star!

(Contestants can also visit www.RapPlug.com today and sign up using code TIG for your chance to work with YFN Lucci and the TIG family!

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS NOVEMBER 15TH, 2018 BY 11:59P

Visit Rap Plug Here

Brooklyn Johnny Partners With RCA Records for New Joint Venture Label, 18 Entertainment

(From Left To Right: Mark Pitts (President, Urban Music, RCA Records/CEO ByStorm Entertainment),

Brooklyn Johnny (CEO, District 18 Entertainment) Peter Edge (Chairman & CEO, RCA Records)) New York, NY – November 6, 2018 – Music industry power player Brooklyn Johnny has entered into an exclusive partnership with RCA Records for a new joint venture label, District 18 Entertainment.  As CEO of District 18 Entertainment, Brooklyn Johnny will usher in a new wave of talented artists under his keen development skills.  

For the last 2 years, Brooklyn Johnny was instrumental in shaping the sound of today’s most popular chart topping, multi-platinum selling, award-winning artist Cardi B. Cardi’s commercial debut single, “Bodak Yellow” hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, is 6X platinum and scored her 2 nominations at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. 

Brooklyn Johnny comments: “I’m looking forward to rapidly pushing the culture forward with this new venture. Peter Edge and Mark Pitts have both been great supporters of me for quite some time, so this partnership was natural. District 18 Entertainment will be a destination for the next generation of superstars. Stay tuned.” 

 Peter Edge, Chairman & CEO, RCA Records comments: “Brooklyn Johnny has established himself as a major force in hip-hop by elevating the careers of many artists with his creative vision, passion and ambition.  His past accomplishments and unique approach to finding and developing young talent is what makes him distinctly standout from others. He will bring fresh ideas and talent to the RCA family through District 18 Entertainment and we’re looking forward to a successful partnership.”

Mark Pitts, President, Urban Music, RCA Records/CEO ByStorm Entertainment comments: “The music business today is a game for the younger generation and Johnny is playing it well, as he has proven he possesses all the elements it takes to be successful.  His passion, hustle, and creative instincts for identifying talent is paramount to his success and I look forward to working with and ushering him into the future.” 

Johnny’s foray into the music industry started when he opened a recording studio in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.  With the success of the studio under his belt, Johnny honed his business acumen by working in various areas within the music industry, including artist management, road and tour management, production, songwriting and engineering.  After a multi-year stint as an A&R consultant for Atlantic Records, Brooklyn Johnny left the label to continue building his own businesses.  With a keen ear to the streets, Johnny was instrumental in bringing then unknown artists Kodak Black and Cardi B to the Atlantic Records.

Rising Reggae Star Vanessa Bling Supports Top 10 EP “Still Standing” With First US Promo Tour

 On Wednesday, November 7th, 2018, Ent-Reeg Records and Outtaspace Entertainment recording artist Vanessa Bling will kick off her first US promo tour, traveling across the southeast in support of her latest EP Still Standing.
The project, released September 18 and already well received and supported by reggae fans, made it’s debut on Billboard’s “Top Reggae Albums” chart last week at the number nine position and has since gained one spot, currently sitting at number eight.

The success of the EP’s first single “10 Bags,” which currently sits atop Digital Radio Tracker’s “Top 150 Independent Airplay” chart, shows that Vanessa Bling‘s crossover ready sound is already reaching beyond the Reggae world.

The Gathering Spot Hosted the 5th Anniversary Edition of Le Dîner en Blanc – Atlanta Attracting 3,500 Revelers

This past weekend 3,500 foodies, fashionistas, cultural enthusiasts, influencers and style-makers joined atThe Gathering Spot, Atlanta’s premiere private membership club, for the 5th Anniversary edition of Le Dîner en Blanc – Atlanta.

For this year’s milestone edition, Le Dîner en Blanc gave Atlantans a chance to showcase their classy taste for design and elegance, while sharing their gastronomic delights. World-renown for its photogenic moments, the Atlanta Le Dîner en Blanc was no exception, being held under the stars for an evening to remember.

Photos from Le Dîner en Blanc are available: HERE.

Photo credit: Christopher Moore Media

On June 3rd, Le Diner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary! A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment. Since its Parisian beginning, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a global phenomenon and taken over 80 cities around the world such as New York, Miami, Sydney, Los Angeles, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, London, Montreal, Hong Kong, and Nairobi.

Le Dîner en Blanc – Atlanta gratefully acknowledges La Fête du Rosé as an official local partner of this 5th anniversary edition of Le Dîner en Blanc – Atlanta, as well as Luxury Retreats and Sofitel as the 2018 Le Dîner en Blanc US national partners.

Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Carmichael Kick Off A3C Festival & Conference at the 3rd Annual ChooseATL ‘Welcome to ATL’ Reception

Gearing up for an amazing A3C week, A3C and ChooseATL hosted their 3rd annual ‘Welcome to ATL’ reception honoring Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Carmichael. Over 250 guests gathered at the Loudermilk Conference Center for southern cuisine, crafted cocktails and live music by The Nourishment while celebrating the guests of honor.

A3C Director and Partner, Mike Walbert and ChooseATL Executive Director, Kate Atwood, opened up the evening with welcoming remarks, while event MC’s Royce Babble and Bria Janelle kicked off the awards ceremony. Media maven and longtime producer of Combat Jack’s radio show, A-King, presented renowned journalist of NPR, Rodney Carmichael, with the first-ever Combat Jack Storyteller Award. Next, music manager and executive Madeline Nelson, had the opportunity to present her client and business partner, Wyclef Jean, with the Social Impact Award; highlighting all of his philanthropic efforts not only in Haiti but worldwide. Concluding the award ceremony, legendary producer and DJ, Bryan Michael Cox, journeyed guests over two decades of friendship while honoring Jermaine Dupri with the Cultural Icon Award.

As the reception concluded Wyclef Jean made an impromptu performance alongside of The Nourishment, rapping lyrics to his hit song with the Fugees – “Fu Gee La”. Wyclef also jumped on various instruments such as the keyboard and drums, playing alongside the house band.

Following the “Welcome to ATL” reception, guests were invited out to Deep End for the official after party, with another guest performance by Wyclef Jean and his new artist Jazzy Amra.

“It was a special night for A3C and the city of Atlanta. We have to highlight and pay respect to the trailblazers in our culture, or we’ll lose sight of how we got here and where we need to go.” – Mike Walbert.

A3C Festival & Conference will be taking place in Atlanta all week long. To learn more info visit: www.a3cfestival.com

Photo Credit: DV Photography

Rodney Carmichael, Wyclef Jean & Jermaine Dupri
Wyclef & Jermaine Dupri
Toyota Ballroom
Rodney Carmichael
Madeline Nelson
Bryan Michael Cox & Jermaine Dupri
Mike Walbert
A-King
Royce Babble & Bria Janelle
Wyclef Jean

The Honorable Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms Hosts Candid Conversation with Rembert Browne at A3C Festival & Conference

Launching A3C’s “Women in Charge” programming series, the Honorable Mayor Keisha Lance Bottomssat down with renowned culture journalist, Rembert Browne, for an intimate discussion sharing her journey into becoming the Mayor, from grade school until present day. This discussion, held at the A3C Festival & Conference headquarters, the Loudermilk Conference Center, invited all A3C attendees for a complimentary brunch buffet while learning more about the new Mayor of Atlanta.

Rembert asked a series of questions leading Mayor Bottoms into discussing a host of topics including her personal experiences now being a Black woman in power while still being able to identify with her community, a Black woman’s financial struggles to even make it and live in Atlanta and even touched on light hearted topics such as her surreal experience on being praised by top actor, Idris Elba, for winning the Mayoral race, even saying in the moment she couldn’t believe ‘Elba knew she was the Mayor of Atlanta’. Mayor Bottoms spoke very candid and open, connecting on a more personal level with guests on her journey.

“The Mayor’s Brunch was an important event for the city and hip-hop community. We watched Mayor Bottoms have a very genuine conversation with a fellow Atlanta native, Rembert Browne, about our city and the issues surrounding gentrification, competing on a national level and supporting culture. It was an honor to host Mayor Bottoms and it’s a conversation we hope to have annually at the A3C Festival & Conference,” Mike Walbert (A3C Director/Partner) states.

A3C’s Women In Charge series is intended to connect, inspire and educate women in the music industry through a series of events, panels, and sessions featuring some of hip-hop’s most influential and innovative women.

Women involved in this initiative include: Asya Shein (Fusicology, President), Dia Simms (Combs Enterprises, President), Dina Marto (Twelve Music & Studios, Owner & Founder), Ethiopia Habtemariam (Motown Records, President), Janee Bolden (BOSSIP, Managing Editor), Lola Plaku (Lola Media Group, CEO + Owner), Malita the Mogul (Mogul Mentality, Founder + CEO), Nicole Bilzerian (Interscope Geffen A&M, SVP Head of Urban Marketing), Nicole Wyskoarko (Interscope Geffen A&M, EVP Urban Operations), Phylicia Fant (Warner Bros Records, SVP Media + Special Projects), Uwonda Carter Scott (The Carter Law Firm, Attorney + Owner) and Whitney-Gayle Benta (Spotify, Head of Talent Relations).

Learn more about A3C Festival & Conference at: www.A3CHipHop.com.

Photo Credit: DV Photography

Tip “T.I.”Harris Hosts Exclusive ‘Dime Trap’ Listening Event at Trap Music Museum

October 4th, Iconic rap artist Tip “T.I.” Harris hosted the exclusive Atlanta listening party for his tenth studio album, Dime Trap. Held at the acclaimed pop-up TrapMusic Museum, the event hosted hundreds of celebrities, influencers and longtime supporters who joined Tip for a first listen of the new album before it was released at midnight. As guests entered, they were greeted by the all black orchestra, Orchestra Noir, who performed new music from the album, including ‘Jefe’ ft. Meek Mill, Wraith ft. Yo Gotti and Weekend ft. Young Thug.

Inside, guests were able to walk through the Trap Music Museum’s exhibits and learn more about the genre and culture that Tip brought to the forefront. The event also helped commemorate the 15th anniversary of Tip’s notorious album, Trap Muzik, which sparked the trap music genre. Tito’s Vodka and Hendrick’s Gin powered the event for the evening with well-crafted themed cocktails. Brave guests tried their luck at the first ever “Escape the Trap” Escape Room, located inside the museum. Tip greeted the crowd and gave a little history on the evolution of himself and his musical career.

Following the introduction, Tip played the album from top to bottom. The crowd vibed to the new songs, including “Jefe” and “Wraith”, which were released in September. “I really made a conscious effort to challenge myself lyrically and musically for this project to make it special for y’all. To make it new, fresh and nostalgic at the same time for the core fans, while finding ways to attract the young’ns who only know me from Antman & Family Hustle. Thank you to all involved no matter how major or minute your role was. This experience I’ve had on album X has been surreal and amazing. Dime Trap out now”, Tip stated.

Dime Trap is available now on all music platforms.

Video Credit: Urban Scope

Notables in Attendance:
The Harris Family, DJ Drama, Mannie Fresh, Trae Tha Truth, Young Dro, YFN Lucci, Young Joc, Reginae Carter, DC Young Fly, Angela Yee, DJ Sense, LeToya Luckett, J. Prince, Collipark, Angela McCoughtry, Big Tigger, Headkrack, J Nicks, DJ Kash, Sheree Whitfield, Kodie Shane, Scotty ATL, Akbar V, Brad James, Lotto Savage, Loso Loaded, Paper Lovee, GFMBRYYCE, Yung Booke, London Jae, Translee, Joe Green, Blame it on Kway, Spice, Just Brittany, Natalie Nunn, Estelita, Robin Hood Trae, Bryan Michael Cox, Kawan “KP” Prather, Chaka Zulu, Tuma Basa (YouTube), Fadia Kader (Instagram), Mali Hunter, Ray Daniels, Fly of TIG Records, Cortez Bryant, Amina Diop, Invest Atlanta.

Thank you to the Event Sponsors: Epic Records, Grand Hustle, Akoo, Tito’s Vodka and Hendrick’s Gin.

Photo Credit: Prince Williams of ATL Pics

DJ Drama, T.I.
Orchestra Noir
T.I., Bryan Michael Cox and Mannie Fresh
YFN Lucci, T.I.
J. Prince and Trae The Truth
T.I. and Domani Harris
T.I. and Tiny Harris
DC Young Fly, Mali Hunter, Trae The Truth and T.I.
Angela Yee and Janet Bolden of Bossip
Zonnique
Reginae Carter
Kawan “KP” Prather
Letoya Luckett
London Jae, Akbar V, Cortez Bryant and T.I.

IDK Announces ‘The Very Bad Run’ U.S. Headlining Tour

Critically-acclaimed rapper IDK (Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge) announces U.S. headline dates via The Very Bad Run Tour, commencing on November 6th at Slims in San Francisco. All confirmed dates are listed below, and tickets can be purchased tomorrow at 9am PST/12pm EST HERE. A number of special guests (to be announced) will be joining him for select shows. Additionally, IDK will support fellow rapper Denzel Curry on his European dates this winter, including stops in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Dublin.IDK’s upcoming tour arrives off the heels of his two recent releases–the no holds barred “WHY? (50 Cent Wanksta Remix)” and energy fueled track “Electric” featuring Q Da Fool. The latter, produced by Take A DayTrip and distributed via Foundation Media, premiered on AdultSwim.com as part of the Adult Swim Singlesprogram, which highlights music from underground artists. Ahead of the tour launch, IDK is set to perform at Adult Swim Festival this Sunday, October 7th in Los Angeles.
TOUR DATES
NOV 6 Slims – San Francisco, CA
NOV 8 The Observatory Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
NOV 9 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
NOV 14 Middle East Downstairs – Boston, MA
NOV 15 The Foundry at The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
NOV 16 SOB’s (Sounds of Brazil) – New York, NY
NOV 21 U Street Music Hall – Washington DC
NOV 28 – Paris
NOV 29 – Antwerp

NOV 30 – Amsterdam
DEC 2 – Munich

DEC 3 – Warsaw
DEC 4 – Berlin

DEC 6 – Hamburg
DEC 8 – Stockholm

DEC 9 – Copenhagen
DEC 10 – Cologne

DEC 12 – Manchester
DEC 14 – Birmingham

DEC 15 – Bristol
DEC 16 – London

DEC 18 – Dublin*
*Supporting Denzel Curry

T.I., Usher, Killer Mike, Monica and More Attend the VIP Preview of Atlanta’s Trap Music Museum

On Saturday, September 29th, Tip “T.I.” Harris hosted the VIP preview of the new Trap Music Museum in Atlanta. This pop-up museum is a collaboration of mix-media installations honoring the trap music culture and the artists, producers, DJ’s and more who helped create the genre. Over 300 guests came out to support and view the dynamic space while enjoying custom cocktails by Tito’s Vodka and bites by Chef Petey. DJ A1 spun the greatest trap music hits from 2003 – present time, while guests mixed, mingled and reminisced on the monumental moments that defined this movement. Select guests put their brains to the test by trying out the “Escape the Trap” escape room located within the space.

This star-studded event featured appearances by: T.I. and Tiny Harris and the Harris Family – Domani Harris, Messiah Harris, Zonnique, Deja Harris, Heiress Harris and Major Harris, as well as Usher, Monica, Rocko, Zaytoven, Killer Mike, Toya Wright, MikeWillMadeIt, Young Dro, Big Bank Black, Bangladesh, LeToya Luckett, Kap G, Gorilla Zoe, DJ Toomp, Fly, Ming Lee, Translee, Angel McCoughtry, Omar Dorsey, Reginae Carter, Hurricane Dave, DJ Scream, DJ Jelly, Shanelle, Brie, Ryan Wilson, TK Peterson, Joe Green, Shod Da God, Taylor Girlz, Summerella, Mali Hunter, Akbar V, Dennis White, Ernestine Johnson, Jazzy McBee, K Botchey, Branden Criss, KY Engineering, Mike Walbert, DJ Smallz, Sarah Vivan, Robin Hood Tre, and many more.

The Trap Music Museum is now open for the public.

“We have an intentional plan to revitalize and redevelop the Proctor Creek Watershed with investment from the entertainment industry. The Trap Museum is the first example of placemaking BY creatives FOR creatives. TIP, Atlanta’s native son has yet again raised the bar by curating an artistic experience that reflects poverty and struggle turned into success and community building.”

Kwanza Hall | Managing Director at Invest Atlanta for Proctor Creek Development

“Trap is often associated with “the crack era” and its horrors, but this museum shows you truly that the ‘Trappers’ (similar to moonshiners vs prohibition) were simply home grown entrepreneurs that used an ‘illegal’ means to better the economic experience for those in underserved communities. Without Moonshiners you have no NASCAR and the millions of dollars of generational wealth it created and without ‘Trap Music’ hip-hop would not be the most dominant culture force sold out of the USA worldwide. It has been a long hard road with a wicked drug war that locked up our best business minds, but the spirit of ‘do for self’ lives and thrives today because of ‘Trap Music’. Bravo To all my Trappers.”

Killer Mike | Grammy-Award Winning Rapper and member of Rap Duo Run The Jewels

Learn more information on the Trap Music Museum at www.TrapMusicMuseum.us

Trap Music Museum
630 Travis St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

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