Watch the Movement

Local Austin artist Mike Henn seems to be generating a buzz in the Capital city, and its not surprising with a down to earth Austin swag driven by the love of music. With the recent release of his mixtape “So High” Henn is sure to grab your attention and keep it with originality and substance. If your missing the feel of real underground hiphop check out Mike Henn’s latest “So High”.

Ben Breedlove of Austin has a vision of rapper Kid Cudi

10:18 a.m. CST, December 29, 2011

Kid Cudi has paid tribute to a fan who lost his battle with a heart disease on Christmas Day, calling the tragic teen a “real hero.”

Ben Breedlove suffered a fatal heart attack on Sunday after a lifelong struggle with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

The 18-year-old, from Austin, Texas, became an internet sensation after uploading videos on detailing his health scares as well as offering advice to other youngsters facing hardship.

Earlier this month (Dec11), Breedlove posted a clip about a vision he experienced during a recent brush with death, when he saw himself in a white room with his favourite rapper Cudi.

He explained, “I was looking at myself in this mirror… I couldn’t stop smiling… I was proud of myself, of my entire life, everything I have done. It was the best feeling.”

The Day ‘n’ Nite rapper has since taken to his own blog to share his reaction to Breedlove’s moving video, admitting he “broke down” watching the footage.

He writes, “I am so sad about Ben Breedlove. I watched the video he left for the world to see, and him seeing me in detail, in his vision really warmed my heart. I broke down, I am (in) tears because I hate how life is so unfair.

“This has really touched my heart in a way I can’t describe, this is why I do what I do. Why I write my life, and why I love you all so much. Life is really f**ked up sometimes, but I know Ben is at peace, and I hope he gets a chance to sit and talk with my Dad. We love you Ben. Forever. Thank you for loving me.”

Cudi adds, “To Ben’s family, you raised a real hero, he’s definitely mine. You have my love.”

Copyright © 2011, Reuters

Austin Hip Hop 2010

My impression of Hip Hop in Austin now is one of awe. I can not even define hip hop with out saying words like: oppressed people, music, joy, dance, overcome with hope, poetry, art, culture, and other great qualities a movement has. Hip Hop has kept music alive and it can never be dead. This is more than saggy pants and fashion, it is about expressing a moment into a rhythmic flow. Painting a perfect picture of the environment or pressures endured. Experiencing life and spitting it back out in some form or another. There is one word that I wish could be said more often when describing Hip Hop anywhere: Unity. If music doesn’t bring us together, then it is tearing us apart.

Hip Hop, rap, beats, soul, jazz, blues, or any form of music that has kept a beat in a kids head, or kept a song in young persons heart and filled their life with hope and dreams of a future in music is a victory. You can do anything you set your mind, goals and actions towards doing. Believe that music is worth it, practice and find a way to make it support you. COLLABORATE! Work together, find a mentor and stick to a goal. Lend from the music industry and get other artists to feature your talent, and it does not have to be rap if you are a rapper, broaden your horizons. Find other talent and feed off of one another.

The hip hop movement is alive and well in Austin. It is everywhere and SXSW has been one great example of its place in Austin. Artists have come from hundreds of miles to perform in Austin, and it was not just about the money. Most musicians know that Austin’s SXSW is it when it comes to shows for the year. Play SXSW and feel like a rock star for a week, at least. It is also a great reminder how much competition there is in the biz. This is not American Idle, it is real life and there is no crowd of voters that will carry you through to the next round. Quite often it is one shot, so do not fail. The crowds into it, they feel your flow, they tweet you, and you get 2 sales on iTunes. SXSW is worth it. So what you did not get a major record deal for all of the effort of making it to Austin. You made it to Austin! Keep making music. The experience is worth every minute.

SXSW 2010 is kicking

SXSW Music 2010Demographics

Total conference registrants: 29,572 (31,050 w/ artist registrations)

Under 21…..1%
Under $35,000…12%

Showcasing Acts: 1,987 (575 were international)
Music Showcase Stages Participating: 88
Music Conference Participants: 11,687 (with band registrations 13,165)
Approximate Number of Music Media in Attendance: 2,346
Approximate Number of Music Trade Show Attendees: 16,400
Number of Music Trade Show Exhibit Spaces: 155
Number of Foreign Countries Represented: 49

Geographic Breakdown by Percentage of Total Music Registrants:
– Southwest 26% – International 22%
– West 21% – Southeast 7%
– Northeast 18% – Midwest 6%

• First SXSW Music Conference and Festival: 1987

• Registrants in 1987: 700

• Registrants in 2009: 12,000

• Festivals inspired by SXSW: North By 35 (NX35) in Denton, Texas; North By Northeast (NXNE) in Toronto, West By Southwest (WXSW) in Tucson, Ariz.

• Estimated direct economic stimulus (2007): $110 million US

• SXSW has been a world leader in showcasing technological advancements, tie-ins and applications related to the music industry and the digital age. The festival was on the cutting edge of the debates about Napster, torrents, social networking and more.

09:00 PM on Tuesday March 16,2010
SXSW Film Closing/Music Opening Party hosted by VH1 and YouTube
Maggie Mae’s
Music Party

Kick up your heels at the bash that officially closes the 2010 SXSW Film Conference and kicks off the 2010 SXSW Music Conference. Good company and complimentary food and beverages are sure to make this an unforgettable event.