Steve Rifkind: Business Never Personal

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via freeonsmash. Record company executive, Steve Rifkind, sits down with Al Lindstrom to give his thoughts on the current state of the music industry. He speaks about the importance of artist development in today’s climate, instead of going for the quick buck and buzz. Steve Rifkind has developed artists such as the Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Akon, etc.

I personally think that everyone is de-valuing music by giving so much of it away for free. I can log on to or most other blog sites and find music way too easily. We need to teach the consumers that music is worth buying again.

Gucci Mane x Tracy T x Sliq B – “Turnt Up” (Prod. Zaytoven)

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“Turnt Up” is a new record from Gucci Mane, Sliq B, and Tracy T… The video will be premiering soon. Check out the behind-the-scenes video after the break. Shout out to Tracy T and Zaytoven!

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Teddy Riley On New Blackstreet LP, MJ Cover, “No Diggity” Backstory, etc.

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Here’s an excerpt of an interview that my good friend Teddy Riley did with SoulCulture TV in London. Shout out to Teddy Riley! Hat Tip: Justin Tanner.

In the second excerpt from our recent interview, Teddy Riley talks to SoulCulture TV in London about the “final four” members of Blackstreet and their plans to “go out with a bang”, with three songs currently complete for their new album along with their forthcoming re-make of ‘Heaven Can Wait’, from Michael Jackson’s Invincible album.

Riley also speaks on the other Blackstreet members’ trust in his judgement, using their lack of belief in their 2006 single “No Diggity” — resulting in Teddy singing the first verse — and its subsequent platinum success as an example of his vision coming through.

He also attributes Blackstreet’s success to their willingness to cater to their fans — and explains the hurdles that prevented Guy’s comeback from going any further.

Video: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Saigon

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Saigon’s album The Greatest Story Never Told will finally be in stores early next year, but he has few tales that he’s willing to share now. In the next installment of of’s “5 Things You Didn’t Know” the BK MC shares his craziest onset story from Entourage, how many beats Jay-Z took from him and what happened when he spoke with the man he shot and went to prison for.