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Decatur Redd

Atlanta has a heavy class of new young lions hitting center stage and native son Decatur Redd is one of that exceptional class! We don’t do a lot of interviews but thought we’d introduce you to someone new…enjoy!

Who are you and what is a typical day like in the life of Decatur Redd?

East Atl Zone 6 representative born and raised on the east side of Atlanta. When I get up first thing I do is pray then str8 to the music. Might listen to a few beats from producers they’ve sent to me via email and go to some of my current sessions and listen to the mix to see what’s to be fixed. Then spend about an hour every day with my kids.

Does your past have any influence on your life and he decisions you make today?

Of course as do many people, we learn from our past some things not to be repeated. I often reflect back to that ten year bid I did just to stay focused.

Reflections of the past: What was it like growing up in Georgia?

Growing up as a kid with a lot of brothers made me learn how to stand up on my own. I had no father so I learned fast how to take care myself at a very young age. But I stayed in the hood so all my peers didn’t seem much different, we all were trying to learn how to be men without dads.

What was the pivotal moment in your life when you realized that you were meant to be an artist or in the music industry?

I’ve always knew that I liked music and wanted to be a star some day but in the hood, that reality was light years away from ever coming true. I guess for me, it was getting more real. The more people I knew I seen come from nothing to local hood stars and then I knew I could do it. Once I hit the clubs and theDJjs started playing my music and people was reacting to it like they knew me, I knew then it was for me. Dudes in my hood was wilding out to hear somebody they stay right next door to playing in the local clubs.

Who encouraged your musical growth and how long have you actually been seriously recording, writing and producing?

I love music, especially when the beat is banging and the vocals are mixed well. Learned how to appreciate that from my dad when i was a child. He would play the piano and sing songs for us. I didn’t take being an artist serious until i met Akon. He was my biggest inspiration,so i started taking my writing more serious.

Two words: Kendrick Lamar? Your thoughts on how he changed the rap game or if he in fact changed it at all?

I don’t think he changed the rap game at all. The rap game is still the same,the same rappers with Migos and Future type flows and extreme down south 808 beats. This is what you hear still today all over your radio. Kendrick was without doubt a breath of fresh air to the game,but he hasn’t done no more then what drake or Kanye have already did and that’s make real music.

What was your initial reaction when your first licensing opportunity came to you approached and how did the other placements become a reality?

I was excited and shocked,but when i saw the show (WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR) it was background music and the scene didn’t quiet fit,so i calmed down fast. It was until the second placement on the show “AKWARD” where it was so surreal. the song was on full display for about 20 seconds and in film that’s great timing. But to hear my song i a movie was crazy,it’s like you can’t believe it’s you.

As an Atlanta artist, where were you when you heard your first song playing on the radio?

I was in a hotel parking lot. The way they introduced the song was awesome and i was in shock for about a good 7 or 8 seconds then i knew it was real. I started turning up in that parking lot trying to tell everybody that walked pass me. I had the radio pumped loud til the song went off. The best part is when people called my phone to tell me they heard my song on the radio,i can’t explain how i felt.

How did you make the transition from artist to songwriter to producer?

Once i learned how to make my own beats and mix them it was on. When i first jumped out the gate it was hard to get beats from producers without paying,and some producers had crazy tickets. I was like i could buy the same program they using with that money and make my own beats and i did..Now it’s easy.

How do your family and children react to your music? 

My family always knew it was there and have always shown me support even when I wanted to give up at times. I only allow my kids to hear the clean versions of my songs, but they watch me produce the music.

How are you treated at home, are you the same ole Decatur Redd to your closest friends and family?

Naw they treat me like a regular dude cause they aways around me. I try not to put much distance between my family and friends cause that’s where the line between acting hollywood is drawn. I could’t be comfortable with my people treating me like this big star.

Tell us about your work in the latest movie (as a placement)?

I have work in an independent movie called ” HITS” directed and written by:David Cross and in a Major WorldWide movie called Triple 9 directed by John Hellcoat and written by Matt Cook to be released Sep 11 2015.

What has been your most memorable moment, to date, in your grind towards success and fame?

Going from one state to another has always been amazing. I think the best experience thus far was performing at the dub show in front of thousands of people different races and different life styles. That California love was real. I miss that.

What is your opinion or insight on the significance of the digital platform?

To me it’s a great platform to get off on especially if you’er new and up and coming. It’s give all artist a chance to be heard and a chance to grow fans. It actually make success for an artist a button click away from being a star.

What are your feelings about the Cash Money / YMCMB situation and the overall state of loyalty?

Funny you asked. Loyalty is a word thrown around these days with little or no substance. I never knew loyalty to have an expiration date. But to answer your question i think it shows that families and brothers have fights and disagreements too,there is no such thing as a perfect relationship,some people just know how to cover their issues well better than others. I want to see them guys air it out cry it off or whatever and get back to the business of giving to the fans some good product. They were a great team for so many years, I think wayne need to understand the great deal of work upon his boss and bird man need to realize his empire wouldn’t be shit without wayne,no amount of money or fame would make me consider crossing my partner my team,my loyalty to RMR is Forever.

Who are the most talented/top 4 rap artists out today; in your opinion?

I think Drake – The Weekend – Kendrick Lamar – Tory Lanes – Myself

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Twitter: @DecaturRedd

Grammy Award winner Doodlebug of Digable Planets and EL Padrino, Mellow Man Ace

The one and only Mellow Man Ace steps to the front once again to bring some peace and harmony through Hip-Hop. The West Coast Hip-Hop Hall of Famer (inducted in 2002), has been rocking behind the scenes making a lot of folks look good but right on time, El Padrino hits us with some of that undisputed truth. Joining Mellow is the legendary Doodlebug of the Grammy Award winning Digable Planets and they synch on this joint like they came from the same womb. Love lyrics? Respect the Pillars of Hip-Hop? This is a song to support!!! Produced by Cazal Organism…it has what it takes all the way around!


Global Mixx Music and Film Forum has begun announcing confirmed event panelists and co-chairs for their 8th annual event in Chicago Aug 15-17th, 2014. The Forum will include working entertainment professionals from the worlds of music, film, television and media. This year’s event is presented by ParentPowerChicago, an organization whose mission is to provide tools and resources for parents to regain or maintain their traditional position with the family structure.

Honorary Music Chair and Keynote Speaker: NO I.D. – Executive Vice President of DefJam Recordings and Grammy Award winning producer (Kanye West, Common, and Jay-Z).

Honorary Co-Chairs:

Cynthia Johnson - VP of Urban Promotion/Columbia Records/Sony Music

Maurice Johnson - Grammy Award Producer/Remixer (Destiny’s Child, Beyonce)

Regina Daniels – President/Daniels Entertainment

Homer Blow – Music Director/Program Director/WNOV and (Milwaukee, WI)

Malik Yusef – Grammy Award Songwriter/Poet (Kanye West, Common, John Legend)

Saturday, August 16th 

Global Mixx Film Forum at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios-Workshop Series

KILL YOUR TELEVISION??? : Content Creators & the New Distribution Models (Global Mixx Film Forum)

Aaliyah Williams, VP of Development & Production – All Def Digital

Sanicole Young, Writer/Director of web series “The City Hates Us”

Maurice Dortch, Filmmaker, Maxim 13:22 Productions

Kenneth Yoder, Writer/Director/Web Series Development Instructor

Nate Gilbert, Sales Director, Interactive One

Whiteboy James – Writer/Creator-“Block Diaries” Webisode Series

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ACT??? : Tips to Being a Successful Working Actor

Jaime Henderson, TV/Film/Theatrical Agent – BMG Talent

Kathy Byrne, Director, TV/Theatrical – SAG/AFTRA Chicago

Erica Hubbard, Actress – BET’s “Let’s Stay Together”; ABC Family’s “Lincoln Heights”

Jamaal Buchanan, Manager – Buchanan Management & Consulting, LLC

THE REEL DEAL: Behind the Scenes – Careers in Film & Television Roundtable

Carlos King, Executive Producer – “Real Housewives of Atlanta”; “Hollywood Divas” – Kingdom Reign Entertainment

Robin Thede, Comedy Writer/Actress – “Queen Latifah Show”; “Real House Husbands of Hollywood”

Christopher Nolen, Director – “72 Hours”; “Four Seasons” – Nferno Productions

Delvin Molden, Producer – E.N.D. Productions

Emile Cambry -Filmmaker/Producer- Blue 1647 Productions

Read More: The Hype Magazine 8th Annual Global Mixx Music and Film Forum Announces Panelists and Honorary Co-chairs.



The Hype Magazine adds BET 106 & Park’s DJ ASAP as an official Brand Ambassador

Indianapolis, IN(June, 2014) – The Hype Magazine announced today it has officially added BET 106 and Park‘s DJ ASAP and the TEAM ASAP EMPIRE as Brand Ambassadors for the outlet. DJ ASAP and TEAM ASAP EMPIRE will act as the faces of The Hype Magazine in the great state of Texas.

DJ ASAP and his team, will receive editorial, promotional and public relations support from The Hype Magazine, and TEAM ASAP et., al., will help embed The Hype Magazine brand into the daily lexicon of Texas entertainment, as well as his other ventures and appearances.

DJ ASAP joins an elite list of ambassadors for The Hype Magazine including, Bad Boy producer MilTickit, CEO of the three-time Grammy Award winning production team Track Kingz, and professional MMA fighter Ben Craggy. More ambassadors will be named in 2015.


DJ ASAP has quickly become one of the most sought-after DJs in the Southwest as his magic on the 1s and 2s take over Dallas Nightlife as he is one of the most successful business men in this monster we call the entertainment Industry and also being one of the industry’s most well-known Celebrity DJs. His many successful bookings from major events, to BET’s 106andPark in a resident position, as well as being selected as an official DJ for the 2014 NCAA Final Four right at home in Dallas, has catapulted him into a Super Celebrity DJ status.

ASAP not only is the primetime DJ at all venues that he is booked, but he is also a promoter of his own club nights in Dallas; Luxx on Thursdays, Downtown, Blend Saturdays in Lower Greenville, The Pho Lounge on Sunday for his notoriously known day pool parties, which all hosts the wide range of celebrities that stop by to party and entertain. The list includes celebrity DJs, athletes such as Floyd Mayweather, and artists such as Drake, Ace Hood, Jamie Foxx, Kirko Bangz, Tank, Michelle Williams, Drumma Boy, Chris Brown, Kenny Burns from Revolt Nation, and even Slick Rick. This alone has everybody asking “Where is DJ ASAP?” when they come to Dallas.

About The Hype Magazine

The Hype Magazine is an American music and entertainment magazine covering “News from Hip Hop to Hollywood.” Founded in 2002 by CEO/Publisher Jameelah “Just Jay” Wilkerson, the brand grew from an exclusively digital/print-on-demand magazine expanding its presence to newsstands in November 2013. In February 2014, the Atlanta City Council honored The Hype Magazine CEO/Publisher Jameelah with a proclamation in her honor as a successful brand owner and female business owner. The Hype Magazine is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and publishes quarterly in print and monthly in digital/print-on-demand format.

In 2013, The Hype Magazine received its first major entertainment industry award nomination for “Magazine of the year,” via the 11th annual Southern Entertainment Awards (S.E.A.). In 2014, the outlet was nominated for “Magazine Publication Of The Year” by the SCM Awards.

The Hype Magazine has nearly 200,000 digital subscribers and more than 2 million unique visitors per month to its online properties. The Hype Magazine circulation is approximately 200,000 via combined distribution outlets including print and online retailers.

During the magazine’s history, The Hype Magazine is noted for having covered new and emerging acts long before mainstream media, often giving these artists their first national magazine cover story or feature story. The Hype Magazine parent company is How You Perceive Everything, Inc. and the initials created the title of the magazine.

For more information please contact:

Cristina Birdsong for My Lyfe productions Empire or 469.233.7109

Jerry Doby for The Hype Magazine or 301.579.4973 x9

Jameelah Wilkerson for The Hype Magazine



#GMIXX2014 Chicago Aug 15-17th 2014

ParentPowerChicago Presents 8th Global Mixx Music and Film Forum
“Generation Next” Aug 15 through Aug 17

(Chicago, IL) Eight years has seen the annual Global Mixx Forum grow to add a Film component to its yearly event. This years Music and Film forum will be held in Chicago Aug 15-17th, 2014.

Global Mixx has been the highlight of the summer and the go-to entertainment industry conference among both local and national attendees in the business as regards the entertainment industry in Chicago, and this year will expand its reach into the film and television section.  With the advancement of technology, has come more opportunity for Indie Filmmakers, music supervisors, media buyers and on-screen hopefuls, to enter the realm of film and television. Attendees will engage with working professionals from within the industry.

Past honorary co-chairs have included Grammy Award winners; Kanye West and Common, Illinois Congressional Representatives; Danny K. Davis and Bobby L. Rush, Producer Vincent Herbert, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, DJ Terry Hunter, among others.

City: Chicago, IL


Aug 15 VIP Reception at undisclosed location

Saturday, Aug 16
Film Forum
@ Cinespace Chicago Film Studios
9am – 5:30pm
Featuring panel discussions and workshops in Acting, Film Production and Screenwriting.

Global Mixx & ParentPowerChicago Presents ‘Celebrity DJ Softball Game’

North DJs vs. Dirty South DJs @ Garfield Park
In conjunction with the Chicago Westside Music Festival
1pm – 5pm

Sunday, Aug 17
Music Forum
@ Zhou B. Art Center
10am – 8:30pm

ParentPowerChicago partners with the Global Mixx Music Forum for one of two levels dedicated to Parents and Youth learning more about the business and available resources within the music, creative media and marketing community.

Workshops include:

“In the Lab” Production Workshops
Radio Programming and Record Promotions
Brand, Image and Public Relations
Social Media and Creative Media
Business Affairs, Publishing and Money Management
Stage Parents and Talented Kids
Speed Mentoring Sessions

Keynote Address Speaker (TBA)

A special Indie Music Showcase will wrap up the event.

We are currently accepting film submissions for the Film Forum Short Film Showcase. Deadline is July 22, 2014.

Music Submissions for the Indie Music showcase for the Music Forum is a ‘paid only’ entry process. Limited space provided for live performances.

To register and enter both showcases, visit:

About Parent Power Chicago

ParentPowerChicago, Inc., is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents help their children improve their learning skills, be successful in school and have a great future. We hope to inspire and support parents, engage and empower them to become more involved in their children’s education.

Access a wide range of support to help your child in school, from tutoring, homework help, on-line teaching, mentoring and more. If your child is interested in music and the arts, you can find a fabulous range of programs throughout Chicago. You can also find school options, available financial aid and scholarships. And if your child is planning for college, we can connect you to literally thousands of colleges, help you apply, find financial aid and more!

And, join our Power Parents. Parents like yourself who are dedicated to finding the best education for their children. You can share experiences, help organize events and more.

About Global Mixx

Global Mixx Music Forum was created in 2005 and headquartered in Chicago. Past Honorary Co-Chairs have included Vincent Herbert, DJ Terry Hunter, Chris Lighty, Kelly Griffin and Grammy Award Winning artists, Kanye West, Common and Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, DJ Timbuck 2, Congressman Danny K. Davis, and Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.

Past Sponsors have included Smirnoff “Masters of Mix”, The Recording Academy (NARAS), Def Jam, Interscope/Geffen/A&M, Jive Records, Courvoisier, Bad Boy, Atlantic Records, Zone 4, Capitol Records, DigiWaxx and eOne Ent.

Past National DJ Coalitions participants: Heavy Hitters, Turntable Assassins, Blok Club DJs, Violator All Star DJs, The Core DJs, Bum Squad, Murda Mamis, Soul Selectors, Hitt Menn, TJ DJs, Super Friends, Club Bangers and More!

All press inquiries regarding Global Mixx Music and Film Forum 14’ please contact:, 301.579.4973 x9

For More Information on Global Mixx Music and Film Forum or Sponsorship please contact:

Mary Datcher at




Kamoflauge "Ultimate Sacrifice"

Kamoflauge “Ultimate Sacrifice”

National recording artist Kamoflauge is set to release debut solo album “Ultimate Sacrifice” in spring of 2014.  Kamoflauge, signed to national independent label Crossroads Records.  Headed by Grammy nominated producer/artist/composer/engineer, Baby Ben, Crossroads Records have taken Kamoflauge to the next level with his upcoming major release.

In an exclusive interview with The Hype Magazine, Kamoflauge stated his greatest musical achievement so far has been, “…being nominated for a Grammy last year.” “Now it’s time to bring one or two or three back to H-town.”

Further explaining his Grammy nomination, according to his record label, “Ultimate Sacrifice” was available only as a limited digital release and it’s digital success, afforded the project a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album last year.  The major release of the project will march it onto additional digital retail sites as well as introducing it into physical distribution channels.

Having shared the stage with other national recording artists including Wine-O (formerly known as Nuwine), Bizzy Bone, Lil Raskull, Bushwick Bill, and T-Bone, Kamoflauge is no novice when it comes to creating and delivering the type of music the public embraces.

Kamoflauge also participates in community outreach initiatives which give opportunities to youth and at-risk youth, specifically “All For Change,” a non-profit organization.

All For Change offers programs uniquely designed to provide hands-on opportunities for underprivileged youth interested in a career in “THE ARTS.” Youth of all ages can participate in free singing lessons, song writing lessons and music production classes.  Programs are offered year round.Together we can make a difference.

For more information on Kamoflauge view his official press site.

Other Links: (non-profit website)


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The Hype Magazine

The Hype Nation Tour

Indianapolis, IN (Jan 2014) – Hip-Hop Culture has grown from a small number of people concentrated in the Midwest, East Coast and the South, into a worldwide phenomenon. People from all walks of life can appreciate the impact of Hip-Hop music in their lives. The Hype Nation Tour is an integral part of an initiative intended to promote the independent movement at its best. This tour will be an eight-city club venue tour to showcase ten new artists with a majority being on the Wealth Nation Entertainment roster.

The Hype Magazine joined forces with Wealth Nation to create The Hype Nation Tour. The Hype Magazine assisted in creating the tour routing, created all tour promotional material and provided marketing and promotions for the tour in support of Wealth Nation Entertainment.

The Hype Nation Tour begins February 4, 2014 in Atlanta, GA ending in Charlotte, NC on February 12th. This phenomenal tour series will showcase both new and breaking artists, most with newly signed distribution deals via Wealth Nation Entertainment and their label distribution deal with Universal Music Group Distribution-UMGD via INgrooves/Fontana.

On select dates, The Hype Nation Tour will feature Nancy Denise “Bad Girls All Star Battle” season 2 (@sheisnancydenise). She is recently starred on the 2nd season of the Oxygen Network‘s “Bad Girls All Star Battle” which aired Jan 7, 2014.  Nancy Denise who hails from Memphis, TN has been dubbed with the codename “Tennessee Toughy” for this upcoming season, according to her profile on

Also featured on select dates is Grammy Award winning Bad Boy’s Own artist/producer Miltickit. Miltickit is part of the production team behind, “Georgia” for Ludacris, “A Milli” for Lil Wayne and “Last Nite” (remix) (w/ DJ Flipside) for Diddy just to name a few.

Dates and Venues:

1.  Atlanta, Georgia – February 4th (Harlem Nights Ultra Lounge – 201 Courtland Street)

2.  Jackson, Mississippi – February 5th (Houstons – 2440 Bailey Avenue Suite E.)

3.  Memphis, Tennessee – February 6th (Aji Bar and Grill – 3896 Lamar Avenue)

4.  Allentown, Pennsylvania – February 7th (ROJO’s Bar & Grill – 1401 S. Front Street)

5.  New York, New York – February 8th (Julisa’s Bar & Lounge – 460 Lenox Avenue)

6.  Detroit, Michigan – February 9th (Studio 51 – 1995 Woodbridge)

7.  Indianapolis, Indiana – February 11th (Club Casba – 6319 Guilford Avenue)

8.  Charlotte, North Carolina – February 12th (Blvd Wings – 3133 E. Independence Boulevard)

Artist Line-up: Nabio @NiggyNabShaisty; Benji Bucks @AV3_Benji; Kidd Dash @KiddDash260; Young Jamo @YoungJamo757; Yng Rell @Yngrell; Rich Porter@Porter608; Eli @Lavadrunk; Ken Rock @kenrock83; Sweetz P @SWEETZP; and Truez @TruezNATION

Official Tour DJ: DJ Millz – Mr. Southern Takeover

About Wealth Nation

Wealth Nation is a multifaceted business, entertainment and brand management company. Wealth Nation’s primary focus is to translate talent into major brands from a business and market viability perspective. Wealth Nation creates situations strategically, methodically and effectively by skillfully planning and executing well thought out action plans to lead to their client’s success.

About The Hype Magazine

After 11 years as the #1 digital magazine in the world, The Hype Magazine added print distribution to newsstands nationwide in November 2013.  Our debut print issue covered by Atlantic recording artist K. Michelle, exposed the outlet to an overwhelmingly receptive audience nationwide. The Hype Magazine is available in select 7-11, K-Mart, Target, Barnes and Noble, Marsh and other retailers.  It is also available via all online platforms like Apple, Kindle, Google Play, etc., beginning February 26, 2014.

The Hype Magazine’s ever growing readership relies on the outlet to provide trending, in-depth coverage of the entertainment industry, bringing them “News from Hip Hop to Hollywood” with uncompromising journalistic integrity.


Media contact:

The Hype Magazine – 301-579-4973 Ext. 3


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