Guess Who's Coming to Radio??!! on 04/25/13

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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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honoring the voice as an instrument... and a special b-gyrl!

how much can a voice be used to effect change in our societies, and world?  how many artists are actually utilizing their voices?  tonight we will be honoring those voices who use their voices as instruments- not just to sing, but percussion and polyrhythms- to create a world free of limitations...  artists such as bobby mc ferrin, rachelle ferrell, and- the voice of hip hop!

the voice of hip hop as a positive force in technology tends to be neglected- artists such as afrika bambaataa were at the forefront of forging these energies, with a spiritual leaning.  once hip hop became commercially recognized, the spiritual messages diminished, in favor of materialism and individualism.  the notion of entrepreneurship also became deminished as major companies threw large sums of cash advances to hungry artists- with the caveat that they sell their souls in one way or another; thereby selling themselves short. 

one person who has seen the changes in hip hop throughout the years is b-gyrl.  she is a community activist, tech head and hip hop aficionado. One of the original creators of the hip hop movement online, launching several of the first hip hop sites ever including Planet Hip Hop, b-gyrl.com and unsignedhype.org. Other sites included hiphopcaucasia.com, the first ever dedicated caucasian artists and stlhiphop.com (a huge force in pushing St. Louis to the forefront pre and during the Nelly era), all sites that grew out of her frustration of not being able to find quality music and artists online pre Google. b-gyrl was tapped at the Hip Hop Music Director at the 'old' mp3.com (which was decades ahead of its time) working along side Paradise of the X-Clan to provide indies 'a machine' and much need resources. During her stint with mp3.com, b-gyrl went on to launch Digable Records NMA, unsignedhype.org and Hip Hop Tracks, all of which were signed by Microsoft as three of handful of gateways into Microsoft Music. 

Being on the forefront of the digital movement gave b-gyrl a unique perspective by not only being able to watch the internet evolve, but also being able to predict and adapt to changes. Her label Digable Records NMA was one of the first to embrace digital distribution at a time when everyone else was still pushing cds. She launched several of the first online radio stations and was one of the first to incorporate feeds and aggregation into promoting hip hop online. She also created created Hip Hop Tracks, the first mp3 record pool and Bum Rush the Radio, a radio platform for independent artists, music and the stations that support them... and a slew of mobile apps, which she considers "the next frontier". 
 
Today in addition to consulting, b-gyrl runs Skip to the Lou Marketing & PR and has worked with a collage of artists, athletes and entertainers. Past and present clients include La Toya Jackson, Victor Mignatti (Grammy Nominated director of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet", Clarity Music Group (founded by Nick Barnett of the Green Bay Packers), Grammy Nominated B. Taylor and more. 
 
She also serves at Editor In Chief of the Universal Zulu Nation's new magazine PIONEER which hits the newstands later this year... aaaaaaaannnnnnnddddd continues to run an extensive network of sites, stations and podcasts... one of her true passions is serving on the board of Dynasty Hip Hop Mentoring Program which allows her to use hip hop culture as a means to connect with young people and impact their lives on a daily basis.
 
we will speak with her about the ways hip hop can still be used as a model for community organizing and pro-activity...  we will also, again, honor those in hip hop (and those even who are not) who have used their voices (literally) as an instrument for positive change. 
 

 

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