Label Spotlight: Austin Music Group (AMG)

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“We aim to make the misunderstood understood.” – Tony Austin

Austin Music Group, founded in 2010 by Tony Austin is a regional music label inclusive of some of the most authentic artists discovered on the east coast. It is headquartered in Baltimore, MD and is a staple in the DMV. AMG operates with 20 years of experience in discovering, nurturing and delivering popular talents and a distribution partnership with 300 Entertainment. AMG continues to be the gateway to mainstream for so many native, independent stars.

“Hip-hop is the top genre above all genres in streaming.” The misunderstood, shall soon be understood.” – Tony Austin

We are home to natural born Lor X and Montage. We partnered with firm to manage gospel artist and mogul Charles Jenkins, and we are responsible for breaking some of the top talents in the area including Lor x, Young Moose, YoungGoldie, and YannaMaria. We serve true talent and support their fruition all while making the misunderstood understood.

“We’re looking to understand our artist and help guide them towards common goals.” – Tony Austin

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                                                       “Artistry is a lifestyle.” – Tony Austin

Tony Austin (aka Mr. Make It Happen), a former Def Jam Executive and co- president of Russell Simmons Music Group, founded Austin Music Group with a passion for helping talented, independent artist expand their outreach and fully develop their brands. Austin has over 20 years of experience in the industry. He started out as one of the top promoters in Baltimore working with some of the most profound talents like Steve Harvey, Chris Tucker, Jodeci, Diddy, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Barry White, R. Kelly, LL Cool J and more. He started working with Kevin Liles as his driver and then landed a production deal for his earlier endeavor, Chocolate City Music, which signed C.O.M.P. and later worked with L.A. Reid on developing Black Buddafly, a female girl His impeccable work ethic, focus, and determination eventually earned him a role as the A&R Executive for Def Jam records. After the success of DMX’s Grand Champ album, which debuted as #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and went platinum, the ambitious executive was presented with an opportunity to partner with Russell Simmons as co-owner and President of Russell Simmons Music Group. While continuing to impact the music industry, Austin is a sedulous entrepreneur. Today, Austin continues to cultivate and build strong relationships in the music business while aiming to provide opportunities for independent artist across America and abroad.

“There are three types of people in the world, those that make it happen, those that watch it happen and those that shit happens to.” –Tony Austin

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Lor X – Where Ya At (Official Music Video)

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Lor X is artist recently signed to industry vet Tony Austin and Austin Music Group. AMG has formed a partnership with 300Ent so you can certainly expect some power moves coming in 2017 from Lor X and Austin Music Group. “Where Ya At” is off the X- Files mixtape which can be downloaded for free @ > X-Files Mixtape

Fetty Wap Ft. Nicki Minaj – Like A Star

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Based in New Jersey but influenced by Gucci Mane and other Southern hip-hop acts, Fetty Wap first hit in 2015 when he rapped and sang his way through his hit single “Trap Queen.” Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Fetty (sometimes known as Fetty Guwap after Gucci Mane’s GuWop alias) launched his career alongside Montana Bucks, Khaos, and P. Dice in the hip-hop group Remy Boyz. In 2014, he released the solo singles “Addicted” and “Zoovier” and appeared on the Remy Boyz mixtape 1738. The mixtape was referenced at the beginning of Fetty’s 2015 solo single “Trap Queen,” a track that jumped into the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in its third week of release. The hit was soon remixed by French Montana and crossed into the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100, while Fetty joined Young Thug and Migos on Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment label. The follow-up single, “My Way,” climbed into the Top Ten of the Billboard singles chart, and landed on Fetty’s self-titled debut, a 2015 album that kept it in the family with all guest appearances coming from members of the Remy Boyz. Fetty Wap debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. A pair of mixtapes and Grammy nominations followed, as well as a steady stream of singles including “Wake Up,” which broke into the Billboard Top 50 in the summer of 2016. ~ David Jeffries

 

 

Young Fresh and Shameless Clothing

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Young Fresh and Shameless-The High Class of the Street

Ruleless streetwear. Outfitting women and men, who answer to no one, dress only for themselves and the moment they are living for. Born and bred in The Bay, cultivated in LA. Young Fresh and Shameless breaths in the now. Audacious, unapologetic aesthetics seamlessly communicated through quality texture and design. Indomitable style driven by self expression and the freedom of individual belief.

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Stephanie Carlson Designs Resort Wear For The Curvy Woman

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Stephanie Carlson is a designer who specializes in high-end resort wear. Stephanie possesses a passion for designing for the curvy woman’s body and is based in Denver, CO. Being a curvy woman herself, she is constantly challenged to find high quality clothes that fit well and make her feel beautiful. This motivated her to attend the Art Institute of Colorado, where she was the first person to ever create a plus-size senior collection. She then apprenticed with a successful designer who is a specialist in the plus-size market.Stephanie was the lead costume designer for several short films, and her collections/creations have been featured in Denver theater productions. Stephanie loves the challenge of perfecting the fit and choosing the right fabric. The curves of a woman’s body are the starting point and the focus of her designs. They are developed to flatter a woman’s body. This is accomplished by paying attention to details, such as the particular placement of the seams, built-in bra tops, and the particular lengths that are sassy and fun, yet appeal to a women of every age and body type. She carefully chooses the type of fabric she uses to develop her patterns all the way to the beautiful finishing touches. The bright colors and bold patterns of the flowing knit fabrics drape beautifully on the body, creating the most optimal silhouette while concealing the parts of a woman’s body that she wants hidden. Stephanie has listened to women who are struggling to find just the right thing to wear. Her talents for high quality construction and her creativity have led to a unique brand of garments that offers solutions to just those women. Exclusive resort wear for the real woman, the curvy woman, the woman of now!!!

Shop Now @ http://www.stephaniecarlsondesigns.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

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100 Strong Network (Label Spotlight) #IndependentButMajor

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100 STRONG NETWORK is a company,network system,promotion and ARTIST development instructor to help give ARTIST the **game**/information to take there label name music and or brand to the next level what we do is provide outlets for you to get more exposure **WE IS A BRAND FULL OFF A&rs PROMOTERS CAMPAIGN RUNNER’S MUSIC ADVISER LABEL CONTACT REFERENCE THE CAN PUT RIGHT ON THE PHONE WITH RECORD LABELS** we Do not WE REPEAT WE DO NOT get you a deal nor get you signed WHAT WE OFFER IS EXPOSURE PLUS GET YOU CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THE LABELS AS WE CAN FROM THERE YOU TAKE YOUR BUSINESS YOUR BRAND AND SHOW THEM WHAT YOU GOT…. 100 STRONG NETWORK LOOOK US UP ON FACEBOOK WHERE A FAST GROWING COMPANY DONT PAST UP THE OPPORTUNITY THAT COULD BE OF A LIFE TIME.

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Artist Spotlight: Tain

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TAIN AKA MAINTAIN BEAT$ IS A TALENTED MULTIFACETED PRODUCER, SONG WRITER, MUSICIAN WHO HAS BEEN IN MUSIC SINCE 2007 AND IS ASSERTIVE, TALENTED, DEDICATED AND HARD WORKING. HE HAS A NATURAL SPIRIT OF MUSIC THAT IMPRESSES EVERYONE HE COMES IN CONTACT WITH BOTH IN AND OUT THE STUDIO. LIKE ALL BUSINESS MOGULS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY HE LIVES EATS AND BREATHS MUSIC WHICH IS SECOND ONLY TO GOD. YOU ARE GONNA HEAR MUCH MORE FROM TAIN AS HE ERUPTS ONTO THE MUSIC SCENE.

 

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Grand Architect

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Grand Architect is here to change the face of the Hip Hop realm entirely. The flagship artist and co-founder of Cook Book Records, Grand Arch seeks talented independent artists to offer the exchange of professional media services. Thanks to the close knit community of producers, graphic artists, industry reps, promo agents as well as emcees makes up the backbone of the Grand Arch’s overall success. Staples of the Hip Hop beat making society, super producers such as; Panik (Molemen Inc.), Vherbal (Enemy Soil), J Beats (Big Bang Latino) lay down the groundwork towards the completion on the debut LP, “Endangered Species”. CBR in house production from Ill-a-str8d has been responsible for such hits as, ‘Going On Tour’ feat. Main Flow (MOOD) and ‘So Smooth’ feat. J Sands (Lone Catalysts) and Rashad (Elev8tor Music) all available on Double Helix’s EP “The Strain” released 2012. Also mostly noted for his strong cannabis advocacy, Grand Architect solidified that stance when he worked with the Grand Buddha Master Himself B REAL of Cypress Hill creating the hit single, ‘Crop Circles’ of B Real’s solo album “The Harvest” released in 2010.

“The end result is ‘The Harvest’. B Real has recruited some of the hottest underground emcees to stand by his side. After releasing the first Cypress Hill album in 5 years earlier this year, B couldn’t imagine a better time to begin planting the seeds for the next crop of emcee’s to bless the mic.”
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Born Dec 5 1981 Mark Joseph Howell Jr., into the land of enchantment New Mexico was the embodiment of an eighties baby. As early as age 9 groups like Digable Planets, Cypress Hill, Rakim etc. left an inspirational infection which to this day still has no cure. By 13 he had begun tinkering around with groundbreaking new music software such as Rebirth, Cubase, Soundforge producing beats for emcees in the local vicinity. Digging for records was a pastime throughout high school. Grand Arch sharpened his skills as an Ableton audio engineer, mixing and mastering until recording finally invaded the majority of the time. Finally a graduation from the sound academy provided by Douglas Geist of Sante Fe Center Studios which does the audio for TV’s popular series “Breaking Bad”, Grand Architect was more than confident in his musical aptitude. Now Grand Architect works on ensuring the continuity of our most precious commodity, Hip Hop.

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Independent Artist Of The Week: Yee Barz (Bronx, NY)

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Producer Spotlight: Valley Guy

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“Valley Guy”

Mikhail Lamont Ramsey Born April 5, 1991 is a Songwriter, Instrumentalist, and Saxophonist. He was raised in Jacksonville NC. At the age of 8, he went to Radio Shack to get a remote control car, but his dad brought him a keyboard instead mysteriously realizing he held a Key in Music. His parents then forced him into Piano Lessons for 6 years and band throughout grade school which he hated, although found it interesting that his Piano Instructor was born in 1903. By the age of 12, Mikhail was introduced to FL studios 3 where he began to express his music. With the influence from his cousin’s he began creating hip-hop instrumentals for them, yet softer instrumentals for mom. Although Mikhail grew up in church as a kid, he never liked going. He liked to party, dance and hangout instead. But in 2008, at the age of 17 he and his family started to attend a smaller church. As soon as they sat down the Pastor’s wife came to his mom with a very worried look; saying that she feels a presence of music amongst the family and that she didn’t really know how to explain it. Mikhail then told her that he knew how to play the saxophone and instantly she and her husband went and purchased one for him to play. In 2010 Mikhail moved off to college and later pawned his sax for money. He gained recognition with his hip-hop instrumentals throughout campus where he then came up with the stage name Sick Beatz. In 2011he decided to drop out of College to pursue his free life with Music.