Southern hip-hop mogul David Banner was recently in Chicago to promote a new Web site that allows producers to team up, share beats, and possibly win some green.
Over a delicious steak dinner, Banner and Loud/Street Records Corporation label CEO Steve Rifkind (credited for coming up with the general idea of a ‘street team’, birthing WuTang, Three6Mafia, et al.) talked confidently to an intimate audience of local radio DJs and promoters about www.loud.com. Check it out — it’s like MySpace just for beat lovers — and the best part is, Rifkind is offering a $100,000 AND a record deal to the producer/rapper combo with the best sound.
As an aside, before attending the dinner, I knew very little about Banner, other than the fact that he is a crunk/rap producer from the South. After nosing around a bit, I heard from a friend he is the “nicest guy in rap.” And the friend was right. He’s also intensely political, urging me to think of one famous person in Hollywood that is truly doing anything revolutionary. We both couldn’t come up with anything. He also bitingly called George Bush the “biggest gangster there is.”
Banner also told me his album sales are highest in Chicago, so he’s “got a lotta love” for its music fans.
CHECK IT!! WWW.LOUD.COM
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