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"Anotha Black Owned Records & Entertainment is an Urban/ Rap/ Hip-Hop/ R&B Compilation of performing artists & Producer."
Collective of Maryland/DC, promoters, party crews, DJs, producers, artists, venue representatives, collaborators, motivators, rave, club, & party goers feelin’ the fresh revival of Charm City’S DJs and music nightlife! Whether you are the DJ, the promoter, or the partygoer, BSB is a citywide unit so that when you go out, you know the people; when you spin, you have the crowd; when you throw parties, everyone is there!
"When reedman Benny Russell was 15 years old he took his first major step toward what has become a prolific music career--one that embraces a range of styles that span R&B, jazz, gospel and classical music. As Russell tells it, his brother David, who was attending Morgan State University at the time, was instrumental in setting him on this path. "I was still in high school when David asked the director of Morgan State's Jazz Ensemble if I could sit in," he reports. "The director said I was welcome if I could play." Evidently Russell could play. He ended up sitting in with the school's concert and marching bands on clarinet, and continued to perform on several reed instruments with the jazz ensemble until his own graduation from Morgan State.
He now recognizes those years as a pivotal time in his musical life. "It was in the University's jazz ensemble," Russell recalls, "where my composing and arranging ambitions really took flight."
Born February 21, 1958 in Baltimore, Maryland, Russell started clarinet lessons at age 7 under the instruction of Mr. James H. Holliman.
At 12 he began playing tenor. And by the time he was 15, sitting in with the Morgan State bands, Russell was playing tenor, alto and soprano saxophones as well as clarinet, bass clarinet and flute. 1976 was the year he became a full-time undergraduate student at Morgan State, and during that time he also started gigging for the Manhattans, the Four Tops, and Richard "Groove" Holmes in addition to several other artists who toured the area. Shortly after his college graduation, Benny moved to New York and quickly formed a jazz orchestra called the NEW YORK ASSOCIATION--a seventeen-piece ensemble that featured such noted jazz artists as trumpeters Cecil Bridgewater and Tom Harrell, saxophonist John Purcell, trombonists Steve Turre and Robin Eubanks, pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs, and drummer Mike Clark.
Since then, Russell has been steadily building an impressive list of credits. Besides arranging and performing for off-Broadway shows like Beehive, he's worked with Otis Rush, Harry Belafonte, Mino Cinelu, Craig Harris, Jimmy Owens, Junior Cook, Mor Thium and a host of others. Russell can also be heard on The Cosby Show and A Different World. In 1995 Russell chaired the jazz division at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, where he also taught jazz history. While working at the Conservatory, he was able to launch a string of other cultural activities that served Brooklyn, including a program of workshops for high school students in the Brooklyn public school system, the Charlie Parker Birthday Festival, and regular performances with the Next Legacy Orchestra. Next Legacy Orchestra is a big band for which Russell writes and arranges as co-director with saxophonist Jorge Sylvester. He first worked with this group when it was known as the David Murray Big Band. When Murray decided to move to Paris in '96, he asked Russell to take on the role of leader, the name was changed and the group got a home on the Conservatory's stage. After a recent performance there, the Next Legacy Orchestra was described by New York Times critic Ben Ratliff as "one of the best overlooked bands in the city."
In February, 2002, Russell presented his work Langston Hughes: The Soul of His Words to a large audience at the Museum of Natural History in New York. The three-movement piece written for 19 piece Jazz orchestra and three actors was received with a standing ovation and a citation from the Borough President Marty Markowitz of Brooklyn, New York. In February 2004, the piece was extended to five movements and received equally as well at the St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York.
In February 2005, Russell was commissioned to write a Jazz score for Zora Neale Hurston’s play Cold Keener and it was received well at Baltimore’s Loyola College.
Presently, Russell chairs the Jazz department at the Maryland Conservatory of Music. Already he has produced a successful Count Basie 100th Birthday Celebration that featured the legendary Frank Foster and Grammy award winners Antonio Hart and Mark Gross."
Hip hop producer, aka Banga Bill
"Vocally inclined to express any idea that defines music, and able to compose successfully despite his newness to the industry, BJR aka Brandon J. Randolph is the 'rookie'. Singing only since 2005; however writing since he was a young teenager, BJR possesses a package that adhere's to his personality as well as his talent. He is musically coined by his smooth yet bold voice, and cunning lyric. Production is the clean-up of his package as he has created his own epidemic '1st Love Productions'. He is the CEO of that brand, and run's the entire operations of its capital."
Record Label specializing in Hip hop, R&B, and Reggae.
"Up and coming rapper/producer who many have labeled as the next Dr Dre; produces all the tracks and writes most of the lyrics for his Independent label “NVus Entertainment LLC” including the track “It’s On," “Be With Me” and “Da Outcome." Born in Silver Spring, The 18 year grew up with music playing an important roll in his life. Dagga was drawn to the more street style New York’s hip hop culture. His father, a well known disc jockey, gave Dagga the hands on training on the turntables at a very young age. 'What begun as something fun to do with my father, turned into a passion and became second nature to me. I would listen to a song, playing on the radio and go to my home made studio and remix it just to play for my friends.' By age twelve, Dagga was selling his own brand of remix cassettes in middle school. Influenced by 70’s soul music and current chart toppers, his touch of producing and putting down the lyrics, has ears buzzing and people talking.
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"Young, Fly and FLashy Rap-Trio from West Baltimore. With Hard-hitting beats and Witty lyricism. BEST RAPPERS IN BALTIMORE."
"Innovative Street Music" That is Darkroom Productions in a phrase. We are Darkroom Productions - Juan Donovan aka Young Avon & Jamal Roberts aka Mr Any MLK. It's bigger than beats with Darkroom. We leave the "beatmaking" to these other cats out here that do just that,...make beats. We are the last of a dying breed. Real Producers. We are also entreprenuers and innovators. We only work to make history. We do original songs and music for HBO, MTV, and Universal. We have done production for R. Kelly, Chamillionaire, KD Lang, Maino, Sqad Up, NOE, Mullyman, and many many more. We have been featured in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, FADER, RapPages, the Baltimore Sun, the City Paper, and more. The Hamsterdam series; volume 1 (the best of baltimore) and volume 2 (stash to the strip) have received widespread critical acclaim and are closing on 100,000 copies total sold. And even with all of these accomplishments....you haven't seen anything yet. Stay tuned.
Baltimore Stormin' Brainz DJ who has been tearin' up the East Coast with his multiple electronic and mainstream styles. Doubledown has appeared in Baltimore clubs, bars, and lounges such as XS, The Depot, Shortys and Sonar.
"Creative, innovative, and resourceful are just a few words to describe Baltimore's own DJ Excel. Growing up, various obstacles deemed him an 'outcast,' so he used his artistic talents and his creativity to be accepted. Nowadays, this DJ, MC, and producer is more than just accepted; hes revered as one of Baltimore's best in the underground hip-hop and club scene..." Read more at www.bmoreoriginal.com
Electronic dance music (EDM) DJ from the Miami area who moved to Maryland two years ago..."since then I have been rockin' the dancefloor from N. VA to Phili. My "Techno" background is influenced by Barcelona's Mediterranean-Style sounds of Pumpin House and Hard Trance where I was born. Later as a young adult moving to Miami where I was introduced to Breakbeats & Freestyle. As a DJ, I am of my past."
"One of Baltimore's hottest young DJ/Producer/Rapper to hit the industry this year. At age 24, he is president/CEO of Heated Records, a local record label that has been in operation for over 8 years and counting...one of the top Baltimore club music producers in the city, with tracks in rotation on 92Q's 8 o'Clock Takeover hosted by DJs K-Swift and Squirrelwyde...also releasing his newest rap album entitled Live & Direct which will be distributed by Universal Records in Jan. 2005...first single from the album is called "Turn It Up," which has a beat that absolutely knocks in the clubs. Redz is also releasing a new Baltimore Club mix CD entitled "Untouchable - The 2nd Chapter," in stores by New Years Day...has also competed in various DMC Turntable battles across the country and has spun at some of the hottest nightclubs in the city such as The Paradox, Club Choices and the Redwood Trust."
"Hip Hop Producer / BeatMaker. Check out my music, if your interested in any of my music leave me a messege."
Representing Platinum Touch Entertainment based in South Baltimore. Influences include Nas, HPC, and the South.
The Black Eyed Susan authentic Mississippi river boat hosts a murder mystery and dinner cruise, with a different mystery with each cruise.
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