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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 www.redbullbcone.com 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. (TheHypeMagazine.com)

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On Monday, November 18, 2013 at The Times Center, in New York City, the second annual Global Spin Awards convened.  The GSA’s spotlighted the ground breaking innovators that have ushered in the new and those who preserve the DJ culture and legacy.   The night was filled with DJs, Legends and executives from across the world.

Power Moves Inc. executive/Bad Boy Records, Shawn Prez, orchestrated the 2nd annual “Global Spin Awards” which recognized notable DJs globally for their accomplishments and great achievements in the music and entertainment industries. MTV’s executive producer for MTV News and Sirius XM Radio, Shade 45 morning show host, Sway Calloway hosted the night’s festivities.

Sway Calloway and Shawn Prez 

DJ’s of all genres from around the world came out in droves dressed to impress for a night of honoring and recognition for those involved in the DJ industry.

Some of the presenters for the night were Busta Rhymes (Hip Hop Recording artist), Kendrick Lamar (Hip Hop recording artist), Swizz Beatz (Hip Hop recording artist/producer), Elle Varner (R&B recording artist) Tank (R&B recording artist) and Big Daddy Kane (Hip Hop recording artist) just to name a few.

There was a ground breaking performance from Actor/R&B crooner Mack Wilds, while DJ Kid Capri received the lifetime achievement award and there was closing that honored the legendary DJ Marley Marl for his contribution to the DJ culture and community.

“I am extremely honored to come back for a 2nd time around and  be part of a historic event honoring the back bone of the entertainment industry ‘The DJ’”says Global Spin Awards founder Shawn Prez.

AWARD WINNERS INCLUDED DJ’S FROM ALL GENRES ACROSS THE GLOBE:

LEGENDARY DJ AWARD HONOREE
DJ Marley Marl 

DJ Marley Marl

 

DJ Marley Marl and GSA Founder Shawn Prez

DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ ENVY

BREAKTHROUGH DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DALTON

FEMALE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DIMEPIECE

DJ ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

DJ IRIE

DJ PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

DJ MUSTARD

ONLINE/SATELLITE RADIO DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DRAMA

DJ Drama

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREE

DJ Kid Capri

DJ Kid Capri

TOUR DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ E SUDD

TURNTABLIST OF THE YEAR

DJ SCRATCH

DJ Scratch 

REMIXER OF THE YEAR

DJ TED SMOOTH

LOUNGE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ SINATRA

BIG ROOM DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ JUS SKE

REGGAE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ KING WAGGY T

NATIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ IRIE

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR
NORTHEAST
DJ CAMILO

DJ Camilo

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

SOUTHEAST

DJ INFAMOUS

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST

DJ STEPH FLOSS

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

WEST

DJ BAY BAY

NATIONAL MIX SHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ FUNKMASTER FLEX

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

NORTHEAST

DJ PROSTYLE

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

SOUTHEAST

DJ GRIOT

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST

DJ 33 1/3

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

WEST

DJ SKEE

NATIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DRAMA

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

NORTHEAST

DJ TY BOOGIE

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

SOUTHEAST

DJ BIGGA RANKIN

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST

DJ MOON DAWG

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

WEST

DJ SKEE

INTERNATIONAL DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ STARTING FROM SCRATCH

CELEBRITY DJ OF THE YEAR

SWIZZ BEATS

MIXSHOW PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

RON STEWART

CLUB MC OF THE YEAR

KENNY BURNS

CLUB PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

ALEX GIDEWON

ONLINE RECORD BREAKERS

RAPRADAR.COM

Source:  “2nd  Annual Global Spin Awards 2013” http://globalspinawards.com
Images courtesy of Jamel Martin and Ddot photography

Every Friday on Sway in the Morning, they invite talented MCs to their Shade 45 studios, along with a great music producer, and let them do their thing on their air waves.

This time around, Era and SK stopped by and kicked their bars over Remo the Hit Makers live never-before-heard beats.

Watch below and follow @RemoTheHitMaker | @ThatKidEra | @SKMuzik

It’s so dope as a music journalist to get the opportunity to shine some light on positive events that expand the knowledge base on segments of the industry which often go unnoticed or unappreciated.  The Global Spin Awards is one such event, long in the making and long overdue.  The Global Spin Awards is a platform which gives much needed recognition to the one element of the music industry nobody can do without, the DJsNovember 18, 2013, brings us the 2nd Annual Global Spin Awards, founded by former Bad Boy Records executive Shawn Prez, and hosted by radio and television personality Sway Calloway.  This event will be held in New York, in the New York Times Center and streamed live via http://globalspinawards.com for those who aren’t lucky enough to be able to attend.
Shawn Prez
The Hype Magazine got to speak with event founder and business man Shawn Prez, who began his own marketing company PowerMoves, Inc., and is still responsible for all of the Sean Combs branded ventures as well as many other Fortune 500 companies looking to capture market share in the urban community.  Prez as he is called, is a humble man, quick to give credit to God for his blessings and success as well as giving credit to his mentors who have guided him to this point and to whom he still looks up to.  What a great conversation…enjoy!
So let’s talk about Shawn Prez, who you are and lets jump into the Global Spin Awards!
Real quick, the brief version, I guess my claim to fame would be to helping build BadBoy from the early days and definitely when BadBoy was on top of the world, so I come from that whole era.  I transitioned into more of a marketing expert, I launched a company  called PowerMoves, Inc., and we are responsible for being behind all of the Sean Combs business ventures whether that’s Sean John clothing, Justin’s Restaurant, the colognes, Revolt Network and Ciroc Vodka.  That in addition to many other clients that we have.
So I am looking at your site and see some of the client list like BET Awards, you are heavy!
No, no, no, God has definitely blessed us.  We really have been able to work with a lot of Fortune 500 brands and bring our style of unique marketing to Corporate America, so I have really been blessed, thank God.
Quickly, how did you prep yourself on the business side to move into this arena?
That was easy, I have had the opportunity, the privilege, however you want to look at it, to be in the mix of really successful people, like right there in the midst of them, sitting in the meetings, sitting quietly, watched the way they move.  Like I said, Sean Combs, a big brother to myself, also a mentor, Andre Harrell, the Russell Simmons of the world, people who I really look up to and had the opportunity to just sit next to them and just watch them take this thing that was just music, an art form started in a park, called Hip Hop and spread it out into global brands.  So when it was my turn, I’d had on the job training for so many years and it just really comes natural to me because I’ve been prepped for it by these guys who I really look up to.
We see the Global Spin Awards as the Grammy’s for the DJs, similar to the Justo’s being the Grammy’s for Mixtapes, we can see it 20 years down the road being one of those major network shows.  How did this awards show come to fruition for you?
I guess in short, I worked with the DJs for many years.  Having a background in the music industry, the DJs were always on the front line, that’s how we broke our music.  They were the one’s who took our records from zero to sixty, they are the pulse of the streets.  They [DJs] let us know if we have a hit or didn’t have a hit. With that being said, I always looked around and wondered why were they never recognized.  There’s not a record label out there or an artist out there, that’s not pushing their records to the DJs first.
It’s unfortunate they were never recognized on a platform in front of their peers, in front of the music and entertainment industry at large.  So, many years ago, I said to myself I wanted to do this type of award show.  This was the seed that was planted in myself I would say for at LEAST the last ten to twelve years.  But it’s all about timing and at the time I was running, I was traveling the world, I was doing so many different things; I was starting my marketing company and so I really didn’t have the time to focus on it at that time.  You know, Justo Faison, God bless the dead, he was doing his mixtape awards, and he was out there really pushing the culture forward, people like Ricky Lee on the West Coast was really pushing the culture forward, Renee McQueen, these were all guys who were doing their thing with the DJs.  So, I had a chance to learn from them, what works, what doesn’t work, what I would do differently, what I thought was special and I wanted to incorporate into this Global Spin Awards.  Now, the timing is just right, I think that my name just by itself in this industry, it adds a certain authenticity and credibility to the event and that’s why so many of the DJs and industry heads were willing to be involved from year one.  So it was really a function of time and now is just the right time to do it.
Read the entire interview on The Hype Magazine
MTV Jams Release Party for Honeymoon

Warchyld “The Honeymoon” Ft. Slim of 112 MTV Jams Release party!

Philly artist Warchyld is hitting super sonic speed with the release of his new single “The Honey Moon” Ft. Slim of 112.  Recently, Warchyld covered The Hype Magazine ; been featured in Hip Hop Weekly; received multiple features in The Source Magazine and is being added heavily on radio as you read this.  The single made the Urban Charts of AllAccess.com and is rising steadily on Mediabase charts as well.  Joining Warchyld as part of this event will by Ms. London Charles aka Deelishis from the reality show “Flavor of Love” and Philly Model of the Year Miz Davenport.

Following up on all this recent media coverage, Warchyld is preparing for “The Honey Moon” video’s national debut via MTV Jams.  This official MTV Jams video release party will signal the next step in this artist’s climb up the music industry ladder.  With all of this attention on the new single, his upcoming album, “My Last Day” is anticipated to be one of the big newcomer releases of 2013.  See why all the fuss about Warchyld and “The Honey Moon” after the jump!