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At a young age, Trap Beckham attained success regionally with songs like “Top Of The Line” and “Ohh She Thick,” winning awards, and becoming a fixture in the college scene in the southeast. After excessive touring, “The Golden Boy Of The Hood” caught the attention of major labels eventually signing to Def Jam Recordings. Since releasing “Birthday Bitch,” the standout single has garnered over 2.9M plays on Spotify, reaching number 5 on the Billboard 200, putting Trap on the map nationally. His memorable birthday anthem has since been featured on HBO’s Insecure and on the prominent compilation series, Now That’s What I Call Music! 59.

Describing his rise to the ranks of those catching a major deal Trap Beckham tells The Hype Magazine:

Oh man this has been a journey man. Trap Beckham is someone who is continuing to learn, every day, just taking one day at a time. Trap Beckham is a very patient person, and when it comes to music, he understands that coming from where he comes from in Jacksonville, Florida, it’s gonna take some time to build the platform that he needs to be successful. So, like Trap Beckham is cool, Trap Beckham always thinks he right, but you know Trap Beckham is optimistic and he will listen and he will understand when he wrong. Trap Beckham is, he lit, Trap Beckham drinks, Trap Beckham smokes, Trap Beckham is a ladies man, he’s a father, he’s a son, he’s a brother, you know and I’m still shy, but Trap Beckham loves his job he loves his job, he loves what he do. This is a passion for me so whether I’m scared or not, that’s the thrill of it. That’s what I live for.

Source: Five Questions With Def Jam’s Trap Beckham – The Hype Magazine


The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees that also include folkie Joan Baez and 1970s favorites Journey, Yes and Electri…

Source: » Tupac Shakur To Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

On Saturday, Aug. 22, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Fla., will host the Red Bull BC One North America Final, the world’s largest and most prestigious one-on-one B-Boy competition.  Sixteen of the best breakers in North America will be competing for a slot in the world final in Rome.  A livestream of the event from Orlando will start at 8:30 p.m. ET on in both English and Spanish.

Television personality and hip-hop radio legend Sway Calloway will be the evening’s host as the continent’s top B-Boys throw down in hopes of being crowned the Red Bull BC One North America champion.

The North America Final is one of six global qualifiers that will determine who earns their ticket to Rome for the World Final on Nov. 14. Other global qualifiers will take place in Georgia (Eastern Europe), Egypt, Madrid, Seoul, and Peru.

Thousands of spectators will celebrate hip-hop culture and witness B-Boy battles unlike any other. The 16 competitors have secured their spots by winning qualifying cyphers or by invitation based on past performance. B-Boys will defy physics in a series of flips, elbow spins, head slides, dime freezes and everything in between to win over the judges and claim the coveted Red Bull BC One North America title.

The 16 Red Bull BC One North America Final competitors include: JoshSkittle (Honolulu, Hawaii), Kid Cruz (Denver, Colo.), Fléau (Montréal, Canada), DQ (Bladensburg, Md.), Zeku (Miami, Fla.), Illz (Toronto, Canada), Starvin’ Sa-Ewl (Rialto, Calif.), Ben (Las Vegas, Nev.), ICEY IVES (Anchorage, Alaska), Moy (Houston, Texas), Mighty Wealthy (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Frankie (Queens, N.Y.), Napalm (Philadelphia, Pa.), Rion (San Diego, Calif.), Insight (Orlando, Fla.) and Victor (Orlando, Fla.).

Victor, Orlando’s hometown hero and one of three Florida B-Boys competing on their home turf, is returning to defend his win at last year’s North American Final in Las Vegas. Victor is one of the most accomplished B-Boys competing and a real threat to repeat his victory. The son of Mexican immigrants, Victor’s dad started breaking in the 1980s during breakdancing’s golden age, and he got Victor into the art form early, beginning to break at only 11 years old. It’s been a saving grace and consistent source of positivity in his life. “To win the Red Bull BC One North America Final again would mean a lot to me,” Victor explains. “I feel my chances are high to win in Orlando, but you never know what can happen! I’m just keeping positive.”

via » Elite B-Boys to compete in Red Bull BC One North America final in Orlando. (

Exclusive: Pre-fight interview with Mayweather Co-Trainer Nate Jones

Former Olympian and Heavyweight Champion boxer Nate Jones, is as ingrained in boxing history as some of his more famous compatriots from the fight game. Jones currently holds the distinction of being the only native born Chicago boxer to ever medal in the history of the Olympic Games. During the 1996 Atlanta games, Jones earned Bronze after defeating Fola Okesola of Great Britain and Jiang Tao of China, only to have his progress stopped via a debatable split decision in favor of Canada’s David Defiagbon. Prior to the Olympics, Jones was the National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion in 1994 and 1995. Currently Jones is an assistant trainer for Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

via Exclusive: Pre-fight interview with Mayweather Co-Trainer Nate Jones via The Hype Magazine

Reality Television is a

Rap Reality series “One Shot”

FINALLY a reality show that makes sense to me!!! Hosted by the one and only Sway, now rap has it’s own reality show series called “One Shot.” I checked out the contest site and there are some hot entries already…can’t wait to see what develops throughout this series.

With cats like Crooked I, T.I. and The Game on the panel we know there is a great chance we’ll get some real real outta this! DJ Khaled of course knows how to take artists to an epic level, so the winner and the other standouts have a good shot to get somewhere. Let’s not forget the addition of Tech N9ne, bruh has accomplished some amazing things in music and in business as an INDEPENDENT…he and Travis know how to get it done right.

With the loss of BET’s 106 & Park, Hip-Hop’s new wave of artists continue to have less and less LEGITIMATE platforms to showcase their talent. I’m putting some hopeful vibes out there that we are going to get something epic from Hip-Hop in 2015 and that “One Shot” will be the platform to bring it to pass!!! #OfficialHype

*sidenote* I’m STILL really PO’d at Sway and crew for naming Rick Ross “Emcee” of The Year sometime back…yes I’m holding a grudge on that BS…he’s a great rapper and businessman, NOT an “Emcee.” I’m hopeful “One Shot” will provide some redemption for that!!! IJS


The countdown begins as one of Rap’s first reality competition shows ever prepares to hit television and with it comes an A-list lineup of Hip-Hop’s finest.

Earlier this Fall, rapper/mogul KXNG CROOKED (bka Crooked I) announced on Sway In the Morning that he would be delivering an all-rap competition series for 2015. The show is called One Shot, as Crooked — flanked by Sway, King Tech, and SMH Records CEO Mike Smith — will travel to eight cities across the country on the hunt for talent. The winner will take home a grand prize of $100,000 and a record deal with SMH Records.

The stakes have gotten higher, as each week contestants will perform for celebrity judges to show them what they’ve got. The best of the best are on the roster. T.I., The Game, DJ Khaled, are among the most recently added to the One Shot celebrity judges pool. They will join the likes of RZA, Twista, Tech N9ne, Scarface, E-40, The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God, Joell Ortiz of Slaughterhouse, DJ Drama and more to come of the star-studded roster of Hip-Hop heavyweights who will judge the performers from week to week.

For months, rappers from all corners of the country have submitted their video entries to MyOneShot.TV in the hopes of getting their “one shot” at fame once they try out in their respective cities. Now, with the added bonus of rap celebrity judges, the pressure is on. Contestants will travel to their city, following their video submission, for an in-person tryout before Horseshoe G.A.N.G., KXNG CROOKED, King Tech, and Mike Smith.

via T.I., The Game, Tech N9ne, DJ Khaled, RZA, sign on as Celebrity Judges for Rap’s first reality competition series ‘One Shot’.

CRH tourHip-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 CRH Tour Edition is an integral part of an initiative, intended to promote the independent movement at its best. There will be eight tour stops per quarter in 2015.

The goal is to “Cut Da Red Tape” and give A&Rs, Independent Labels and DJs the opportunity to seek out new talent. “There are so many barriers that keep artists from getting the proper acknowledgement in the entertainment industry, and we want to bridge the gap.” said the CEO of Maniac Muzik. Our aim is to showcase ten new artists per city through the year.

“This tour will definitely go down in history!” says The Hype Magazine CEO/Publisher Jameelah “Just Jay” Wilkerson.  “This is going to be a historical,” She continues, “because we will be able to interview and have a red carpet experience for the Who’s Who in each city we cover, while giving an up an coming artist the opportunity to expand their reach, at the same time.”

Targeted Cities – 1st Quarter

1.  Atlanta, Georgia

2.  Jackson, Mississippi

3.  Memphis, Tennessee

4.  Jacksonville, Florida

5.  Orlando, Florida

6.  Dallas, Texas

7.  Charleston, South Carolina

8.  Charlotte, North Carolina

9.  Nashville, Tennessee

10. Norfolk, Virginia

11. Washington, DC

12. Birmingham, Alabama

The CRH Tour Editions kickoff begins February 27, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee at Club Perignons. 

Adding to the weight of the occasion, The Hype Magazine Meet and Greet VIP Experience, will acknowledge each tour stop’s industry leaders with a red carpet interview opportunity in our branded media section. The Hype Magazine executives will be in attendance at each stop to meet and provide media opportunities for the area with the fastest growing entertainment magazine in the country.

In 2014, The Hype Magazine’s media sponsorship activities have included the Official Tommy Boy Entertainment Showcase during CMJ 2014, artist media support during SXSW in 2013 and 2014; artist media support during the Vans Warped Tour and more. The outlet will support more than 60 events across the United States and Dominican Republic in 2015.

About The Hype Magazine

The Hype Magazine is available in major retail stores throughout the United States and territories including Guam, with expanded international distribution to include Germany. The Hype Magazine prints four times yearly for newsstands and retail stores, with special event issues distributed hand-to-hand at select events.  All issues have digital/print-on-demand format.

The Hype Magazine achieved national print distribution in November 2013. The Hype Magazine is available in select Books A Millions, Marsh Supermarkets, Barnes and Noble‘s, Target, K-Mart, 7-11 and other physical retailers as well as digital outlets. In 2015, The Hype Magazine will also be available in select Walgreens convenience centers and pharmacies nationally.

About Maniac Muzik 

Maniac Muzik is revitalizing the independent artist movement with national showcases, talent searches and mixtape release parties. We will transition the industry from neighborhood showcases to major music outlets recognized by major labels.

Soundrock Management

Soundrock Management and Promo provides professional services that meet all of our client’s needs.  In addition to our responsibility in treating each project with utmost priority.

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Reebok finds a new voice with Kendrick Lamar

Lifestyle Brand and Iconic Artist Collaborate to Inspire and Empower Future Generations

The brand committed to continuously pushing boundaries through partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry, Reebok takes the fusion of music and footwear to a whole new level with Kendrick Lamar. Together, Reebok and one of the most prolific artists in music today, will inspire and empower youth to become their best selves through programs designed to provide a positive alternative to the streets. Their shared goal provides the creative foundation for a short film released to announce the partnership.

“Reebok has a history of helping kids in the community realize their potential is limitless. I saw what the brand was doing, and I wanted to be a part of it and make it even stronger. It’s as simple as that. Kids that listen to my music are looking for inspiration. It’s important that I continue that message in anything I represent,” said Lamar.

Reebok and Kendrick Lamar bring their joined vision of celebrating the limitless potential of youth through a short film created to pay homage to kids in Lamar’s hometown of Compton, CA.  The video, “Reebok Presents Kendrick Lamar,” was directed by acclaimed director Anthony Mandler and was shot at locations that hold true meaning in Lamar’s life.  A nod to his roots, the short film features today’s standouts at his alma mater, Centennial High School.  The youth featured in this film are showcased to inspire the new generation to find their voice, and not to be afraid to become their best selves. The short is narrated by Kendrick through a powerful verse called “Kendrick Lamar – I AM” — his own personal ode to Compton.

via Reebok finds a new voice with Kendrick Lamar.

Tommy Boy Entertainment Official CMJ 2014 Showcase

Hosted by Vinnie of Naughty By Nature with liqs courtesy of Tiny’s Tequila, this year’s Tommy Boy CMJ show was packed from wall-to-wall at The Westway.

The bill boasted a line-up of hip-hop, r&b and crowd-surfing! Kicking off the night was Loaf Muzik who brought b-boys from Brooklyn and an insane amount of energy to the stage. Soul Khan gave the audience a potent dose of lyricism and Tommy Boy’s new act, singer Adrian Daniel, and his band The Stoners took the audience on an adventure to “Stonerland.”

view the exclusive video featured here: Tommy Boy Entertainment Official CMJ 2014 Showcase hosted by Vinnie of Naughty By Nature on The Hype Magazine official site an official media partner with Tommy Boy for this event.


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.



Yo Gotti and the CMG crew cover The Hype Magazine

Yo Gotti and the CMG crew cover The Hype Magazine

Yo Gotti and the entire #CMG camp #Takeover the cover of The Hype Magazine Summer Issue #85 which hits #newsstands June 26 (

Check out the CMG compilation “Chapter One” which features ALL of the CMG camp and features from a new young lion out of Atlanta K Camp.