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#PlusOne- Chris "Yea Ok" @ChrisWorldMusic

#10- Archerville Cartel "No Handouts" @ItsthaKoncept @Klazified…


Added by mr.shadeed on November 22, 2011 at 7:31am — No Comments

Main Event Music Conference Follow Up



I had a good time attending the Main Event Music Conference and speaking on the Music, Media, and Money panel with other notable individuals in entertainment. I had some great discussions with artists who are interested in transitioning into brands. The panel itself was 2-3 hours and it was one of the most informative panels I've had the pleasure of…


Added by mr.shadeed on November 21, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Can Hip Hop Artists Be Prosecuted From YouTube Videos?

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In this segment of Hip Hop Bytes, I examines the usage of online videos by law enforcement to aid in prosecution of artists with criminal ties and/or background. What you post on You Tube and Worldstar will be used against you when it comes to the law. All of the artists featured in this segment were incarcerated with…


Added by mr.shadeed on November 15, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Rappers That Have Served in the Military


In what is quite possibly the most popular blog post in Indie Planet history besides the "Hall of Fame" debates we used to have, I thought it was time to re-visit Rappers Who Served in the Military on this Veteran's Day.

At the time it was written, we…


Added by mr.shadeed on November 11, 2011 at 8:26am — No Comments

Is iTunes Match a Game Changer? (Let's Talk Digital)

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In this segment of Let's Talk Digital, I'm discussing iCloud, iTunes, and provides a breakdown of the iTunes Match service. Will iTunes in the cloud be a game changer in the era of Spotify being available and successful during its US launch this summer? Find out during this…


Added by mr.shadeed on November 10, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Baltimore Crown Awards 2011


The Baltimore Crown Awards recognized the bright up and coming stars and paid homage to the legends

in the Baltimore hip hop and poetry scenes. My two highlight was seeing loooongtime Baltimore hip hop veteran Bishop get inducted into the Baltimore Legend/Hall of Fame and Mark Carey take home 2 awards and tell some stories of how he first got…


Added by mr.shadeed on November 7, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Three Strategies to Build Your Buzz Without a Major Label from: @Mrshadeed

Radio segment broadcasting on Nanci O Radio Show. 3 Strategies to Build an interest in your brand without the use of a major label. Must-listen for all in the entertainment… Continue

Added by mr.shadeed on November 30, 2010 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Professional Public Relations Conference Hits Atlanta

The organizers of this event have assembled quite a lineup of prominent bloggers, journalists, and public relations personnel to share with artists and aspiring industry personnel, the ins-and-outs of the music industry from a perspective that doesn't normally receive attention or coverage.

I have spoken on a panel in Charlotte with Allen Johnston, and have personally worked with or am very familiar with virtually this entire list so I… Continue

Added by mr.shadeed on February 4, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Wordsmith Rocks the Red Maple (Baltimore, MD) LIVE! (Upcoming Show)

Added by mr.shadeed on January 28, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Gil Scott-Heron Returns - "Me and the Devil" (Video) (Album Cover Inside)

The video, Directed by Coodie & Chike and Michael Sterling Eaton, is the intro into a new project released on XL Recordings that began as Richard Russell visited Scott-Heron on Ryker's Island as he served a sentence for drug possession.

The video contains dark imagery that matches the track that reminds me of Nas' Thief's Theme video.

Look for this video to be added to the playlist of upcoming episodes of Indie Planet TV. If you are a longtime… Continue

Added by mr.shadeed on January 27, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Power Moves: Sean Archer Lands Syndication for Radio Show Via Reewine Radio

Caption: (L to R) Apex the Ringtone Guru, TJ Chapman, Sean Archer

7 Cities, VA-based music entrepreneur Sean Archer has expanded his reach from the typical path of recording artist into areas of promotions, marketing, and now radio. Earlier this year, he launched "The Indie Top Ten Plus One" which featured a countdown style broadcast solely consisting of unsigned artists submitted from the music community. The broadcast started on Worldwide… Continue

Added by mr.shadeed on October 29, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

50 Cent Chats Directly with Fans

The embedded clip is footage of 50 Cent speaking to fans directly via his Thisis50 Ustream channel.

Ustream gives artists the ultimate opportunity to share their experience with fans who can call in or send messages via chat or

Great areas to Ustream:

Concert footage

Studio Sessions

In-store… Continue

Added by mr.shadeed on October 3, 2009 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Meet and Greet with Publicist Lyn Keller

Baltimore/DC -based artists/promoters/DJs/ etc. Here's your opportunity to meet with a professional publicist and receive answers to your questions regarding Press kits, gaining writeups in magazines, how to meet with bloggers, etc.

Publicist Lyn Keller will be in Baltimore for a little over a week. She's originally from New York and now is based in Atlanta and is very, very knowledgeable. Without spending all my time going down the list of people she's worked with, my favorites I… Continue

Added by mr.shadeed on July 29, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Keelay and Zaire Drop St. IDES Spoof

Video of Keelay and Zaire having fun with the St. IDES commercials that dominated the early to mid…

Added by mr.shadeed on March 13, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Wordsmith Drops 1st Single from UK Album "Take a Walk In My Shoes"

First single from Baltimore's own Wordsmith ft. I.N.C. The Poet entitled "Take A Walk In My Shoes" produced by Strada. This is the first single from Wordsmith's UK deal for the Nu Revolution Imprint.

"Take A Walk In My Shoes" on HIP HOP… Continue

Added by mr.shadeed on March 12, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Keelay and Zaire Hit the Wake Up Show

Keelay and Zaire hit the world famous Wake Up Show to do an interview and get… Continue

Added by mr.shadeed on March 12, 2009 at 10:25am — No Comments

New Music Strategies: "What Does Spotify Mean?"

Andrew Dubber is a well-known digital music consultant and author of . will continue to run his column on our site to provide our members with the latest and greatest insight and commentary on the changes in digital music today.

What Does Spotify Mean?

I’m a few months late to the game, but I’ve finally been trying out Spotify properly and using it to listen to music at home. Many other people have written about… Continue

Added by mr.shadeed on March 12, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Taalam Acey vs. Lamar Hill in Poetry Slam Competition

In our new committment to include Spoken Word Performances into our coverage, Indie Planet TV presents a clip you won't forget. Internationally renowed poets Taalam Acey and Lamar Hill square off in a Poetry Slam competition. Both poets bring their A-game and perform pieces that they are well-known for. Classic…

Added by mr.shadeed on January 31, 2009 at 12:40pm — No Comments Launches 'Artist Stores' Based on 360 Business Model recently launched Artist Stores, which is loosely based on the all-in-one artist experience that will soon dominate the music business.

How Does It Work??

On an artist page, it list t-shirts, books, and posters related to the artist that can be purchased as well. is already an online leader and other online music stores don't offer such a broad product base to compete with… Continue

Added by mr.shadeed on November 21, 2008 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Shaka Pitts Celebrates Mixtape Release @ Turntable Club!

Shaka Pitts aka The Voice of Baltimore Hip-Hop has made his presence felt on the Baltimore hip-hop scene and The Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. As an event host to over 30 events this year, including The Scribble Jam Preliminary event, audio engineer with numerous industry accolades, and most recently as host/creator of the LIVE call-in hip-hop radio program Real Talk Radio, Shaka Pitts has definitely put in his work.


Added by mr.shadeed on November 13, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

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