Capitol Music Group, in tandem with its Motown label, has cut a joint-venture label deal with Atlanta-based hip-hop indie Quality Control, wherein QCM artists will be worked by Motown and other divisions within CMG. The deal was jointly announced this morning by QCM CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas, COO Kevin “Coach K” Lee, and CMG ruler Steve Barnett.
The deal was brought to CMG and signed by Motown President Ethiopia Habtemariam, who will oversee the companies’ partnership in conjunction with CMG EVP Scott Greer.
“Quality Control Music has ascended to become one of the most influential independent labels in hip-hop music,” said Habtemariam. “Pee and Coach K have developed an exciting brand in Quality Control, and like Motown, the goals are aligned in moving urban culture forward with music and talent that connect around the world. We¹re all on the same page, and are going to make major waves.”
Speaking on behalf of the QCM team, Thomas expressed his appreciation to Barnett, Habtemariam, Greer, EVP Michelle Jubelirer, et al, “for believing in our vision to take Quality Control to the next level. We believe that this partnership will help us expand our brand globally. As the saying goes, ‘When you work hard, it pays off.’”
Added Lee, “We’re excited about this partnership and believe in Motown and CMG’s commitment to hip-hop and its role in the company’s urban music profile,” Lee offered. “The people there are really good at what they do, and we’ll be providing them with great music and artist development to enhance their growth. Teaming together should bring awesome results for everyone.”
The first QCM/Motown release, slated for Q4, will be from Atlanta-based rapper OG Maco, who’s come on the radar by way of a series of EPs and mixtapes and his 2014 hit “U Guessed It.” Releases will be handled through either Universal Music Distributionor Caroline on a case-by-case basis.
Thomas and Lee, who formed QCM formed in March 2013, have developed a select roster of talent from the longtime rap hotbed of Atlanta. The company has its own promo staff, as well as publishing and management divisions.
Funk and R&B bassist Louis Johnson died at age 60 on Thursday. His death was confirmed by his nephew Troy on Instagram, though no official statement has been made by his estate. Johnson was a founding member of the Brothers Johnson and a longtime collaborator of Quincy Jones‘. He worked with the legendary producer on albums like Michael Jackson‘s Thriller and Off the Wall, as well as Jones’ own Mellow Madness.
With the Brothers Johnson, the bassist would top the Hot R&B Charts three times with 1976′s “I’ll Be Good to You,” 1977′s ”Strawberry Letter 23″ and 1980′s “Stomp!” Their highly successful 1976 debut Look Out for #1 was produced by Jones, and by the group’s fourth album (also their fourth to go platinum) Light Up the Night, they counted the King of Pop as one of their backup singers
“Thunder Thumbs,” as he came to be called, was also one of the pioneers of slap bass, making him an in-demand session player for everyone from Stanley Clarketo Donna Summer. Many of his classic grooves for artists like George Duke and Michael McDonald have also received a second life as some of hip-hop’s most popular samples.
Celebrity tributes have been pouring in as everyone from Questlove to fellow bass legend Bootsy Collins pay their respects to the artist. “He was a dear and beloved friend and brother,” Jones told Rolling Stone, “and I will miss his presence and joy of life every day.”
Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday with a sprained ankle. He has been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs and it is unclear at this time whether or not the ailment will require surgery.
On May 22, Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com noted that Korver exited the game with what was ruled a right ankle sprain. Arnovitz also reported that X-rays on the guard’s ankle were negative.
Atlanta was down double digits to Cleveland when the injury occurred and was well on its way to a 2-0 series deficit.
Korver shot a blistering 49.2 percent from three-point range this season and was the best floor-spacer on the team. It is difficult to envision Atlanta coming back in this series against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers without Korver, who played a critical role on the team this season, performing at a level that warranted an all-star selection.
Jim Jones decides to share his his latest project called Miami Vampin. This mixtape comes with 15 tracks and guest features from Trav, Neek Bucks, Ball Greezy, and YD.
A$AP Rocky returns with his new joint called Electric Body featuring ScHoolboy Q. A$AP Rocky upcoming album At.Long.Last.A$AP, is set to finally drop on June 2nd.
Ultra Street Fighter IV hits the PS4 with all the bells and whistles including all characters, all current downloadable content, 1080p resolution, 60 frames per second, fight-stick support. Ultra Street Fighter IV’ will be dropping May 26 with a digital-only release for $25.