Have You Met, Just Josh Music Group?

Written by Marina Moreno

We constantly hear the infamous Bob Marley lyric, “the good thing about music is when it hits you feel no pain.” For just about everybody, the genre of music that gives you that hard hitting feeling, is different. For some it may be soft R&B, and for some it may be heavy metal. However, one style that can never be denied or debated is the sounds of LIVE music. And no, I’m not just talking about hearing a DJ spin live; I’m talking about an actual live band. One trio of young men not only have the skill to knock you off your seat and onto your feet, but they have talent bold enough to reinvent what we thought we knew about live instruments, and build a career filled with longevity while doing it. I’m talking about, Just Josh Music Group, signed to Music Retox Entertainment founded by CEO Eldon Peterson.

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(Left to right: Justin Clemons, Josh Conerly, Josh Henderson, Deezy Jonez)

Hailing from H-Town (Houston, TX), Just Josh Music Group is made up of three self-taught instrumentalists; Josh Conerly (Drummer), Josh Henderson (Keyboardist) and Justin Clemons (Drummer). The three have already gained exposure in their hometown of Houston backing several popular local artists, predominantly Gospel early on and have sparked global attention with a live arrangement of Drake’s “I’m On One” and Hit-Boy’s “Ni%%as In Paris” garnering thousands of views on YouTube. This week, the producers made their way to Los Angeles, California, to give LA natives a taste of what they bring to the table. For a week straight, we hit the city with the 3 alongside fellow label mate, Deezy Jonez & manager Eldon as they met executives from established magazines, radio stations & media outlets such as DASH Radio, Hip Hop DX, Hip Hop Wired, Myspace, YouTubeSpaceLA, bBooth, Popular Demand, Homegrown Radio, and All Def Digital,to name a few. Not to mention, they recorded a collaboration LIVE EP with Deezy entitled “Midnight Lusso” and music video in the midst of it all at the infamous 17 Hertz Studios shot by FourXample Productions. How they managed to pull through and pull it off is more than we can praise. With the ambition, drive and dedication, Just Josh Music Group proved that with their constant hunger, nothing is impossible. Special thanks to everyone who took their time out of their busy days to spend time with these talented guys that are just beginning their successful careers in music. Hope you are excited as we are to be apart of the early stages of their journey.

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While embarking on their numerous media stops to friends of our Third Floor Network, I was able to chop it up with the trio and discover what it was that kept them so grounded and humble. It was without a doubt, their family. With such a strong support system behind them, it was only right that they continued to bring up their families over and over – and I’m not complaining. Whether it was letting it be known that they were the first ones they planned to give back to when they “make it”, to having Josh C.’s mother, father and son make an appearance at the video shoot. It was beyond refreshing to see such a young group of men so poised and well rounded. In an industry that is easy to get lost and caught up in, the fear of them wandering too far, doesn’t seem to be an issue on the rise.

Their advice to all you hustlers on the road to success? “Stay with it. You’re gonna get better with time. It won’t happen overnight. Be consistent. Be persistent. And don’t let any mediocre sh*t slip through the cracks.”

See more photos from their LA visit below and be on the lookout for Just Josh Music Group’s collaborative EP with Deezy Jonez dropping sometime this winter!

Follow on Instagram/Twitter & Facebook: @justjoshmg
or search the hashtag #musicretox

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Most Common Asked Questions By Indie Artists: How Do I Build A Team? Get More Video Views? Tour? Not Make Mistakes?

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As someone who’s worked in this industry for years advocating for indie artists, specifically indie hip hop artists, some of the most frequent questions that they ask me are in regards to building a team, getting video views, touring and what mistakes not to make. Thanks to Dame Ritter, CEO of one of the most successful current indie hip hop labels and the panelists for investing their personal time to answer these questions at the Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference November 22, 2014.

If you are serious in taking your career to the next level as an artist or an executive, invest in yourself by taking the time to attend this virtual conference. Hundreds have registered already so do so now before seats fill out and registrations close.

For more info visit:
www.funkvolumeconference.com

MEDIA PARTNERS: Omnia Media, Third Floor Network, Dash Radio, Beat Stars,
Hot New Hip Hop, Hardknock TV, Hip Hop Wired, Skee.TV, Hip Hop DX, Team Back Pack, DJBooth.Net

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Learn here how to monetize your creativity by Ryan Leslie.

Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference, Founded By CEO Dame Ritter, Sponsored By Third Floor Network 11.22.14

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“If you could spend $30 on a new T-shirt or quadruple that amount for a pair of shoes, you definitely have enough money to invest in your most important brand – YOU!”

WHEN: November 22, 2014 9:30AM-2:30PM

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WHO:
Mac Lethal, Jarren Benton, RA The Rugged Man, Crooked I, Chris Webby, Dame Ritter (Funk Volume Founder/CEO) and many more listed on http://www.funkvolumeconference.com Attendees will not only get Funk Volume’s perspective and what has helped us them to where they are (selling out venues throughout the country, a rare 3 former XXL Freshman artists on their roster and currently one of the most respected independent record labels in music) but they will include a diverse cross-section of artists and professionals so you can get a variety of perspectives on how to make progress in this industry.

WHY:
Often times music conferences are very expensive and time consuming to attend, once you factor in registration fees, travel costs, etc. They want to cut down on these costs and deliver information that artists can put to use immediately, right to the comfort of your home.

WHERE:
Available globally online, exclusively limited to the first 1,000 people for each panel.
Viewers could also join an ongoing Q&A and chat using the hashtag #FVHHC

More Info and to purchase tickets: www.funkvolumeconference.com

MEDIA PARTNERS: Omnia Media, Third Floor Network, Dash Radio, Beat Stars,
Hot New Hip Hop, Hardknock TV, Hip Hop Wired, Skee.TV, Hip Hop DX, Team Back Pack, DJBooth.Net

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RUN THE JEWELS 2 (EL-P & KILLER MIKE) Fan Appreciation NYC Event To Include Takeover At Rough Trade Records & Classic Movie Screening Of “The Warriors” 10.29.14

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I love these guys personally (some of the most humble and hardest working guys out there)
and excited about Round 2, “Warriors, come out and play with RTJ!” more info below-

Run The Jewels, the duo of El-P and Killer Mike, have just released their hotly anticipated sophomore album RTJ2, available as a free mp3 download (powered by CASH Music) as well as in CD, LP, and digital formats (including a deluxe iTunes edition featuring exclusive bonus track “Blockbuster Night Part 2”) from Mass Appeal Records, now streaming HERE The album racked up almost 200K free downloads in its first 3 days while simultaneously cracking the iTunes Top 10 album charts.

The group will celebrate on October 29th with a takeover of Rough Trade Records in New York, featuring an album play-through, a meet and greet, poster giveaways, and more. The event kicks off at 6:30pm- the first 20 attendees will also get passes to join fellow fans at a private event that night featuring a brief Q&A session with the group and Mass Appeal’s Sacha Jenkins, followed by a screening of perennial NYC classic The Warriors in a 92-seat movie theater. The week will be capped off with a live performance on the Late Show With David Letterman, airing on Halloween. The duo’s world tour kicks off that night, full dates of which can be found below.

In conjunction with the album release Run the Jewels have shared Tag The Jewels, a worldwide street art initiative in which over 30 artists across 6 continents were invited to remix the group’s iconic album artwork on walls in Los Angeles, Jakarta, Chicago, Paris, Sao Paolo, Lagos, Aukland, Warsaw, New Delhi, and many more. The project was curated & managed by the FatCap Agency. Photographs of the art pieces can be checked at the project’s website: www.tagthejewels.tumblr.com

GET RTJ2 AND CHECK TOUR DATES AND MORE:
www.runthejewels.net

RUN THE JEWELS TOUR DATES

10/31 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts *
11/1 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
11/2 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater *
11/3 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *
11/4 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *
11/6 – Dallas, TX – Trees *
11/7 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/8 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
11/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
11/11 – La Jolla, CA – Porters Pub *
11/12 – Pomona, CA – Glass House *
11/14 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine +
11/15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater *
11/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *
11/18 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre *
11/20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Line Music Café *
11/21 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *
11/22 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
11/23 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room *
11/25 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall *
11/26 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall *
11/27 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda *
11/28 – Boston, MA – Paradise *
11/29 – New York, NY – Stage 48 *
12/10 – Glasgow, UK – Glasgow Garage
12/11 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
12/12 – London, UK – Koko
12/13 – Paris, FR – La Bellevilloise
12/15 – Oslo, NO – BLA
12/16 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
12/19 – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
12/20 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg
12/21 – Dublin, IE – Opium Rooms
12/30 – Lorne, AU – Falls Festival
12/31 – Marion Bay, AU – Falls Festival
1/1 – Sydney, AU – Field Day
1/2 – Byron Bay, AU – Falls Festival
1/4 – Busselton, AU – Southbound Festival
1/7 – Sydney, AU – Enmore Theatre ^
1/8 – Melbourne, AU – The Forum ^
1/9 – Brisbane, AU – Hi Fi ^
1/10 – Auckland, NZ – Town Hall ^

% Red Bull Sound Select show
* with Rat King & Despot
+ with Despot
^ with Joey Bada$$

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RTJ 2 (ITUNES VERSION) TRACKLISTING

1. Jeopardy
2. Oh My Darling Don’t Cry
3. Blockbuster Night Part 1
4. Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) [feat. Zack de la Rocha]
5. All My Life
6. Lie, Cheat, Steal
7. Early [feat. BOOTS]
8. All Due Respect [feat. Travis Barker]
9. Love Again (Akinyele Back) [ft. Gangsta Boo]
10. Crown [feat. Diane Coffee]
11. Angel Duster
12. BONUS TRACK: Blockbuster Night Part 2 [feat. Despot and Wiki]

(VIDEO) T.I. Discusses DOE B.’s Passing, Phone Calls With SNOOP DOGG Regarding IGGY AZALEA & New Album Post Paperwork “The Return” On The Breakfast Club

I love T.I. interviews so had to repost this, but have to give credit to Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God & DJ Envy for doing such a great job always talking about topics listeners want to hear about. As an interviewer, I know it’s not easy to ask the hard questions but they do it seamlessly daily on The Breakfast Club making it look easy. Love their chemistry. P.S. Here’s a great #throwbackthursday of our T.I. Release Show Ft. Kanye West & Rihanna at the Key Club in 2008 for Paper Trail, can’t believe it’s been that long since this show. Til this day, one of my favorite to ever produce. It was a few days before he went into jail and I had to write a note asking if he could stay out past curfew to perform at this show… Thank Gof they let him. This is where Kanye premiered “Heartless” for the first time… Time flies!

SHOW ME: AB-SOUL Of TDE LIVE At The Observatory Santa Ana, Ca 10.21.14 PHOTOS

Written by Marina Moreno

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Who: Ab-Soul

What: These Days Tour

Where: The Observatory – OC

When: Tuesday October 21, 2014

Santa Ana, California showed up and poured out the upmost love and appreciation for TDE’s Black Lip Pastor, Ab-Soul as he took to The Observatory – OC stage on October 21st with fans from the valley, Santa Ana and even further, all of whom were anxious to witness Soulo take the stage for the second Cali stop on his first ever headlining tour; These Days Tour.

With opening acts ranging from Next Day’s Shad Robinson down to Dreamville’s, Bas, hyping the crowd up for Soul, it was only a matter of time before the lights dimmed low, herb filled the air and out walked the man of the night. Shades on and mic in hand, Soul began the night by slapping hands with fans in the front row and taking a moment to take it all in. Fans were taken on a journey through Soul’s career as he performed tracks from his infamous Control System project down to his present day masterpiece, “These Days”. Not only was I, but just about every person around me held their three’s up in the air and rapped the lyrics to some of his most profound – “Terrorist Threats”, “Pineal Gland”, “Illuminate”, “Gods Reign”, “TWACT”, and “Feelin’ Us” in which he brought out fellow Top Dawg label mate, Jay Rock.

I’m not sure whether or not every fan really embraced the fact, so I must remind them, that each and every one of them witnessed history; Never has Soul headlined his very own tour until this year. To every person that came out, to the humble people at TDE, Ray Alba, Fredo Tovar, and Soulo himself, thank you for allowing Third Floor Network to capture this historic moment that will forever be embedded in your memories. Threes up!

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