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Why Twitter Is Beneficial

April 11, 2009

So many people are still very reluctant to get on twitter. And there are some that don’t know how it can be beneficial. Well one you are communicating with the people you would WANT around you. Also, it’s a great way to promote your project (as long as one doesn’t fill a person’s @replies with “Download my music at…”). And lastly, you get AWESOME advice for free! Favorite’s of mine so far include @djjudgemental, @tjsdjs, @jawar, and @msrivercity

Don’t believe me? Take a look (also, feel free to click the links):

PR tip 1 U need a professional photo shoot. Makes ur myspace more official (via @msrivercity) Don’t forget about Facebook and Twitter

Feel free to click my favorites @starlitpr to see more inspirational and even funny quotes!


March 25, 2009


Few artists await their solo debut after already being featured on a certified gold album, and lyricist Rashaan “Punchline” Truell is by far not a newcomer to this industry. Being surrounded by the conscious hip-hop scene, Punchline first found his calling in high school, writing rhymes in the back of class. From there, he formed the three member group, Uprising. After losing one member of the group, Punchline met up with upcoming rapper Wordsworth. After losing another original member of Uprising, Punchline and Wordsworth continued to work together and became the duo Punch ‘N’ Words.

Punch ‘N’ Words began making the rounds on the national underground Hip Hop open mic circuit. Audiences immediately responded to their conversational chemistry and the duo rapidly developed a loyal fan base. Punchline managed to meet with the Trackmasters and immediately provided them a demo after an impromptu freestyle. Recognizing Punchline’s talent, the Trackmasters signed Punchline and Wordsworth to their label under the Sony imprint. Punchline’s love for hip-hop made him an instant studio rat. Punch sat in on sessions with Kool G Rap, Noreaga, Nas, Heavy D, and more. While Noreaga was doing a video interview for the Shades of Hip Hop DVD, a freestyle session sparked between Punchline, Noreaga, 50 cent, and Consequence. After seeing the DVD, Kid Capri then enlisted Punchline to feature on “One on One,” a single which Capri featured on his album Soundtrack to the Streets.

Throughout the years, Punchline continued to build a name for his self. He wrote a track on Joe Pesci’s album called “Wise Guy” and began co-writing for MTV’s Lyricist Lounge Show. After performing with Wordsworth at the Lyricist Lounge Show in 1997, event host Q-Tip was so impressed that he enlisted Wordsworth and Punchline to perform on “Rock Rock, Y’all,” the closing track on A Tribe Called Quest’s 1998 gold-certified album The Love Movement. Later that same year the duo was also featured on Black Star’s “Twice Inna Lifetime.” Punch ‘N’ Words were considered a part of Q-Tip’s production collective called The Ummah. In 2001, Punchline and Wordsworth released their self-titled EP, “Punch-N-Words” which was released through Mona Hip Hop, a label started by Punchline.

After recording the EP, Punchline and Wordsworth was the opening act for the Disposable Arts tour with Masta Ace. While on tour, rumors began that a group was forming. What was originally started as a rumor in 2001, by 2006 the rumor birthed the idea for the formation of eMC, a group consisting of Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth, and Stricklin. While working on the eMC project, Punchline continued working in the studio writing for albums and working with artists such as Free of 106 and Park, Lil’ Kim, Fatman Scoop, and 50 cent. Punchline also recorded a track with Deemi which was produced by Midi Mafia and released through Commercial Free, a company formed by Punchline. Finally in 2008, eMC released the album “The Show” which featured production from Ayatollah, 9th Wonder, Frequency, and Nicolay. The album has been proclaimed by DJ Premier to be one of the greatest albums of the year. All the artists from eMC then decided to continue to pursue their solo efforts.

Since July 2008, Punchline has been in the studio recording music for his solo debut, however he continues to tour with eMC and work with other artists. In the beginning of 2008, the Trackmasters presented him with an idea for a children’s cartoon for which he began writing songs for. While waiting for the release of the cartoon, which now has the support of Steve Rifkin’s SRC, Punchline continues to ghostwrite for artists and commercials. His latest work has been collaboration with artist Fokis on a project called “A Walk Through Myspace”. Fans can get a taste of what’s to come with Punchline’s mix tape with DJ Avee “On Smash Vol.1”, has seen approximately 20,000 downloads since it’s release in October 2008. When asked why he continues to push forward, Punchline states, “Being an emcee is still fun to me. I want to bring fun back to hip-hop. It’s time for real lyricism to be bought back to a forefront.”

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Congrats to Lil Ru and SDM!

March 12, 2009




Tai Saint-Louis

An’ What?! Marketing

Stupid Dope Moves Secures Deal with Def Jam to Introduce South Carolina’s First Major Hip-Hop Artist

New Def Jam Signee Lil Ru Already Impacting Billboard Charts

ATLANTA, GA – March 11, 2009 – Famed radio personality Charlamagne Tha God is proud to announce the transition of South Carolina rapper Lil Ru from his Stupid Dope Moves (SDM) lifestyle brand to Hip-Hop powerhouse Def Jam Records. Following extensive negotiations, with the support and assistance from the Stupid Dope Moves infrastructure, Ru finalized his recording contract with the label this week, making him the first South Carolina Hip-Hop artist to land a major recording contract.

The pioneering move is only the most recent for Lil Ru, who attained great success as an independent artist while signed to Stupid Dope Moves. Since first emerging on the scene, the Columbia, South Carolina native has had a string of regional hits, garnering the attention of national Carolina powerhouses like DJ B-Lord, DJ Chuck T and SDM co-founders Charlamagne Tha God and DJ of Columbia’s The Beat 100.1 (WXBT-FM). As a member of the SDM family and through strong ties with local indie label Headhunter Records, it was only a matter of time before Ru’s exposure went from regional to a national audience thanks to features on MTV Jams and Now with his current single landing the #88 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and nominated for the 2008 Southern Entertainment Award for Song of the Year, Lil Ru is positioned to blaze a new trail for his home state.

For Charlamagne Tha God, Lil Ru’s success is only the first example of the results of his well-executed vision. Since its inception, Stupid Dope Moves has aimed to bring awareness to North and South Carolina’s vast urban talent pool, which remains widely ignored despite the success of artists like Petey Pablo and Little Brother. The lifestyle brand’s alliance with Headhunter Records further guarantees the Carolina movement’s success. Owned and operated by producer 9 Mill and Lil Bo, Headhunter Records is home to a roster of bonafide stars in the making, including Lil Broad, whose single “Do You Mind” is currently gaining regional momentum. “Stupid Dope Moves and Headhunter Records are just positioning ourselves to be what Poe Boi and Slip ‘n Slide are to Florida; what Swisha House and Rap-A-Lot or to Texas,” explains the former co-host of the syndicated Wendy Williams Experience radio show. “South Carolina and the Carolinas in general are the next region to blow in this Southern Rap movement, which means we are the next region to blow period. Lil Ru is just the beginning. We’ve got an army of artist on deck: Marley Marl, Statehouse, Primo Star, Arab, Lil Brod, Collard Greens; the list goes on. We also have a bevy of producers like 9 Mill, Tony Gunz, Midi Marc, and Vendetta who are bringing a new sound to the game. We built for this…Allah Loves Us.”

About Stupid Dope Moves, Inc.

Owned by Charlamagne, and Kevin “P.P.G.” Hunter, Stupid Dope Moves, Inc. made it’s presence known in 2008 with the release of South Crack “The Album” via Lightyear/EMI. The compilation, which showcased South Carolina’s most promising artists, has sold over 16,000 units to date. It has also yielded two Southern Entertainment Award nominations, with both “Hood Hard Reloaded,” featuring Lil Ru and Mac A Don, and “I’m Clean” featuring Headhunter recording artist Collard Greens nominated for Song of the Year. For more information, please visit or contact Tai Saint-Louis with An’ What?! Marketing at or 678.793.6179.


March 24th is right around the corner

March 3, 2009

Hmmm so as I was driving to my J.O.B., I heard Ryan Cameron and DJ Jaycee speak on Keri Hilson talking about someone on her “Turnin Me On” remix. Is it Bey Bey or someone else? Who knows??? Take a listen and tell me for yourself!

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P.S. – Great marketing on Polow’s part! There’s Keri’s Decatur side!

Behind the Scenes of “Turnin Me On” – Keri Hilson ft. Lil Wayne

February 19, 2009

Behind the Scenes – Keri Hilson and Lil Wayne

I’m sorry, it has taken FOREVER to post this 😀

Anyways, check out the behind the scenes of Keri Hilson and Lil Wayne for “Turnin Me On”. Catch Lil’ Wayne talking about his daughter’s bday and playing with SNL’s puppy (from The Girls Club). It’s amazing to see how great both artists were on set!

Bizz – Prince of NJ

February 18, 2009

There is a new artist in town and he goes by the name of Bizz. Check him out on The Deal doing Spit Ya Game. Can you guess who he attacking?

Yes, that is Q Parker of 112 next to him! Grab the single by Bizz – In A Minute ft. Q of 112! Check back for more freestyles from this artist!

Ms Brown – Wonderland

February 16, 2009

December of 2007, I saw this artist (then by the name Chinkie Brown) at my homeboy’s showcase (shout out to Antonio Starr, Urban Acres and Blow Yourself Up Showcase). I remember that everyone was talking amongst themselves until Ms. Brown took the stage. We ALL were in awe and there we saw a twinkle of a star….enjoy!

LeftEye’s Album Release

January 30, 2009

Tuesday Night in Atlanta, Lisa “LeftEye” Lopes’ family held an album release for Eye Legacy at Ten Pin Alley. Fun times was had by all, especially the host Ronnie Devoe 🙂

View more pics at: LeftEye’s Album Release Pics on Flickr

Vagina Will Ruin Your Career (ask Reggie Bush)

December 22, 2008
Charlamagne tha God and DJ Judge Mental describe why Reggie Bush is still out on the injured list.

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Charlamagne is Your Neighborhood Watch

December 22, 2008
In reply to the anti-snitches on WSHH, DJ Judge Mental and Charlamagne tha God describe what your neighborhood sounds like with or without your local neighborhood watch.

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