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Hip Hop Gets Real: Frank Ocean Comes Out

Last week, Frank Ocean told the world he was gay in an open letter posted on his Tumblr account.

“Whoever you are, wherever you are… I’m starting to think we’re a lot alike,” he writes. He goes on to describe details of his first love, which he reveals, was a man.

“We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide…Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence…until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him…By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life.”

“I reminisced about the sentimental songs I enjoyed when I was a teenager…the ones I played when I experienced a girlfriend for the first time. I realized they were written in a language I did not speak…I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore,” he wrote.

For fans wondering what his Odd Future crew members think about his recent revelations, particularly Tyler The Creator, who has been publically chastised for making homophobic remarks and gestures numerous times; he made it clear he was onboard with Ocean’s decision.

Tyler tweeted, “My big brother finally f—ing did that. Proud of that n—a cause I know that sh– is difficult or whatever. Anyway. I’m a toilet,” he quipped.

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Vibe Wants To Hook You Up This August!

VIBE is back on OurStage to keep up the heat for the month of August! They are giving one artist the ultimate chance to be featured on not only, but also  Just think, the top destinations for today’s news in hip-hop could feature your freshest track and an exclusive Q&A. All you need to do is enter your best song into the “Get Your Music Featured on” music channel by August 22, 2010.

Take a look at some of the artists currently tearing up the charts:

Become A Judge For The And Ernie Ball Competitions!

Summer is in full swing and the competition at OurStage is getting hotter by the day. Fortunately for the artists, we have some great prizes in store to help them beat the heat. But they need YOUR help at the judging tables. Help out your favorite OurStage artist by becoming a judge in the “Get Your Music Featured on” and the Singer-Songwriter (Male) Music Channels. With you on their side, July could be their big month.

Ernie Ball’s Year Supply of Strings Giveaway

Ernie Ball is again gearing up to offer one lucky OurStage artist the opportunity to win a year’s supply of strings—a cherished prize for axe-wielders of all shapes and sizes. Last month, they hooked up indie-rockers The Black Rabbits, and now they are turning their gaze towards the crooners in the Singer-Songwriter (Male) Channel.   One of these acts will get to cross strings off the shopping list for an entire year! Check out some of the artists that are currently topping the charts in the Singer-Songwriter (Male) Channel.  For more information, head to the Ernie Ball page here. Artist Feature is back at it again to give artists in the Rap, Hip Hop, and Alternative Hip Hop Channels the opportunity to make their voices heard. In April, they gave Rox aka Mr. Young Richie Rich a shot at the top by hosting his mixtape with DJ Irie for the entire month of May. This month, VIBE will be giving one lucky OurStage artist a chance to get their music out in the Get Your Music Featured on competition.  You will be in charge of helping the best of the best get into the spotlight, earning them a chance to grab the ears of the folks at VIBE. With your help, one lucky artist could get their big break. Check out the official rules here.

Generation DIY: Wrap Up

As everything in life has a beginning, there is always an end. For Generation DIY, I’m not looking at this last post as an end. During the past 6 months, I shared many tips and ideas as well as heard some great stories from all of you—I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this column. As promised, this will be last installment and wrap up for our PR campaign. So let’s dive into the end, and find our path to stardom.

After compiling your lists of reviews from various media outlets, and sending out your thank yous, make a public announcement to newer fans about happenings within the band. Keep yourself consistent and constantly in the public eye after you launch your PR campaign. No point to light a fire and let it dwindle down 10 minutes later—keep that sucker burning! There isn’t much more in the end other than keeping the relationships strong and tight with all of the media outlets that took the time to listen and review your music. Next time you run a PR campaign, these contacts will come into play and may open doors for larger outlets (like print media giants Rolling Stone, VIBE, etc).

That’s it! Easy enough right? The one suggestion I insist on is to keep in touch with all of your contacts that you’ve made thus far, even if it’s a friendly email to say hello and ask how their week has been. You’re not only building business relationships but friendships that may flourish into something bigger. In the end it’s all about who you know, so never turn down a handshake!

I hope this blog helped all of you aspiring musicians out there, and gave light to new ideas that you may not have thought about. In this day and age, it’s all about ingenuity and keeping your material fresh (whether it’s your music or the business you conduct in pushing your music into the listeners hands). As always, refer to past posts (you can click on my user name and see the back logs) and check out the different topics I’ve touched upon. It never hurts to go back and re-instate some of the different tips covered over the past 6 months. Like I said before, this isn’t an ending, just a farewell for now. Thank you for being such a great friend along the way!

Keep the hustle strong Generation DIY. This,and always will be, YOUR year!

- Internet Warrior

Vibe Is Back For July!

Your Number 1 source for the latest news on the hottest names in hip hop is back for July.  VIBE is bigger and better than ever, and looking to catapult one lucky artist to the top of the urban heap with the “Get Your Music Featured on” Competition.  One high-ranking artist will not only get the chance to be featured on but have their music showcased in one of the resident DJ’s monthly mash-ups as well.  If that wasn’t enough, the winning artist will also have their very own featured interview!

All OurStage rap, hip hop and alternative hip hop artists can enter their best track into the “Get Your Music Featured on” Music Channel starting July 1, 2010.

Here are some of the urban artists currently at the top of the charts:

Vibe Announces Winner For April!

Last month over 600 artists threw their hats in the ring for the “Have Dj Irie Host Your Mixtape on” Competition. Irie will premiere and host the winning mixtape all month long on one of the urban music scene’s most popular destinations,  Having worked with Timberland and a host of other top names in the game, you know DJ Irie will put it down!

Straight out of the Brownsville Brooklyn underground, Rox aka Mr. Young Richie Rich stood out for the folks at VIBE from the get go.  So it’s no surprise why he was selected as the winner of the “Have DJ Irie Host Your Mixtape on” Competition.  His unique sound and explosive energy can be felt through each line he emphatically spits on his winning track, “Intro/Walken on Water”.   Music has always been the driving source behind Rox aka Mr. Young Richie Rich and has kept him grounded through a life filled with seemingly neverending uncertainties.   It seems like one thing is for certain now, this will be a monumental year for the  up-and-coming, soon to be 23-year-old.

Take a listen to his winning track below:

This Week on

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Jailhouse Rock: 5 Reasons Lil Wayne Needed An iPod In Prison

He might be in jail right now—serving a one-year sentence for a 2007 felony gun possession charge—but Lil Wayne still knows how to make headlines. Yesterday, the New Orleans rapper was found to be in possession of “unauthorized contraband” after authorities searched his cell on Rikers Island. Continue reading on…

A Long Convo With… Nas

>Nas doesn’t take himself too seriously. Phoning in to VIBE the day after Malcolm X’s convicted assassin was released, the Brooklyn-born, Queensbridge-bred MC constructs elaborate theories about the Mayan prophecies of 2012, stacking on facts like a deliberate construction worker. Continue reading on…

7 Teen Rappers Diggy Simmons Should Study

With the recent signing of teen rapper Diggy Simmons to Atlantic Records, we can’t say we were surprised. After all, the 15-year-old son of hip hop legend Run of the iconic group Run DMC, has some serious rhyme firepower and vision. Continue reading on…

This Week on

Check it! Every Friday on the OurStage Blog, we will be featuring exclusive content from the one-and-only Stay tuned for weekly photos, music, news and reviews coming straight from the source that’s redefining hip hop.

Akon: Lady Gaga Getting ‘Bigger And Better,’ Readying New Album

It’s a great time to be Lady Gaga. The controversial pop rebel, whose “Bad Romance” video last week became the most watched video in YouTube history with nearly 180 million visits, is currently headlining her sold-out, critically-acclaimed Monster’s Ball tour across the globe. Read more at…

V Exclusive: Travis Barker Remixes Game’s “Shake”

It’s GAME day on While we were locked in the studio with Jayceon Taylor for the day, we managed to sneak out with this exclusive remix to Game’s single “Shake,” with Travis (no McCoy) on the drums. Listen now on…

Urban Legends: Hip-Hop’s 13 Wildest Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories are nothing new to the hip-hop community. It’s one of the reasons we’re not particularly surprised to see the Guru situation go down the way it has. By now, you’ve heard that the legendary Gang Starr rapper passed away earlier this week following a lengthy battle with cancer. Read more at…

Judge the Best New Music to the Top of the April Charts

April is winding down and it’s time to help your favorite OurStage artists get to the top of the charts. Got an ear for finding talent? We want you to play A&R by judging this month’s promotional channels. Your votes could help the best emerging acts win career-making opportunities! There’s plenty of great new music to be discovered just by judging.  Take a look:

Beat Kangz Independent Artist Challenge

Beat Kangz are looking to reward the best new urban, electronic and pop acts on OurStage. The Top 5 artists in this month’s Beat Kangz Independent Artist Challenge will win the revolutionary new beat-making software, Beat Thang Virtual. The artist in the top spot will a music critique from super-producer Rockwilder (50 cent, Jay-Z, Eminem) along with Beat Thang beat making hardware. Like what you hear? Don’t like what you hear? Go judge!

Have DJ Irie Host Your Mixtape on

The VIBE Magazine editorial staff needs your help spotting the best new talent in urban and R&B music. Your votes will help determine who they pick! This month, one artist from the Top 20 finalist will be selected for the opportunity to have DJ Irie host and premiere their mixtape on Judge now to help determine who’s worthy of coverage from the biggest name in urban music.

Win a Year’s Supply of Strings & Accessories from Ernie Ball

This past month, Ernie Ball gave a year’s supply of guitar and bass strings to rock artists The Worsties. This month they’re looking for artists  in the Folk Channel! Your votes will help determine which artist can save tons of money on strings and accessories courtesy of Ernie Ball. One artist from the Top 20 finalist  in each of the umbrella channels of folk – singer-songwriter (male), singer-songwriter (female), acoustic – will be chosen for the prize. Judge now and help decide who wins a year’s supply of strings and accessories.

This Week On

Check it! Every Friday on the OurStage Blog, we will be featuring exclusive content from the one-and-only Stay tuned for weekly photos, music, news and reviews coming straight from the source that’s redefining hip hop.

Fat Joe Talks ‘Dark Side’; Says Drake ‘Will Outlast 50 Cent’

In case you couldn’t tell from his hard-knocking first single, “Slow Down (Ha Ha),” featuring Young JeezyFat Joe is returning to his street basics on his upcoming album, The Dark Side. According to Joe, the project, due June 29, is one of his toughest in a long time. Continue reading on…

COVER: Trey Just Did It

The above statement might raise the eyebrows of the gutter-minded, but it’s true. The kid Trey Songz leaped from R&B’s crowded median to the top of the game. And now, fittingly, he’s on the front of VIBE’s April/May 2010 issue, the second since the mag’s relaunch. Take a good gander at Trey’s anatomy, and check back tomorrow (March 31) for behind-the-scene video from the singer’s steamy shoot. Continue reading on…

VIBE x AT&T Present: The Greatest Producer of All Time!

As hip-hop’s advanced from looped beat breaks to crisp samples and drum machines, the producer has laid the foundation for a constantly evolving hip-hop genre. Now, you have the chance to decide once and for all who’s the best behind the boards. Just like VIBE’s Best Rapper Alive and Best Rapper of All Time bracket tournaments, The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer of All Time competition allows you to determine who advances, who gets beat out, and ultimately, which producer will claim the title of best hip-hop producer alive. Check out more right here…


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