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"Okayplayer Records......"
Thu Feb-12-04 08:48 PM by aoxomoxoa

          

THE ROOTS TO LAUNCH OKAYPLAYER RECORDS



FIRST RELEASE SET FOR THIS SUMMER FEATURING THE HOTTEST UNDERGROUND ARTISTS


TWO UNSIGNED ACTS TO BE SELECTED FROM OKAYPLAYER.COM WEBSITE STARTING JANUARY 20



-Partnership with Decon and Red distribution will be the first in a series of albums-


- Unsigned artists entries can only be submitted from January 20 - Feb 13 -



The Roots have announced they will partner with Decon and Red Distribution to launch the new independent label Okayplayer Records. The first and yet-to-be named album set for release this summer will feature some of the hottest underground artists -- some of whom were part of the hugely successful "Winter Break" tour -- as well as two unsigned acts to be hand selected by the band from entries submitted to the Okayplayer website.



Between January 20 through February 13, Okayplayer Records will be accepting submissions from unsigned artists to be among the two chosen for a spot on the first album -- details can be found at Okayplayer.com. Thus far, the compilation includes tracks from members of the legendary Roots crew, Skillz, Jean Grae, Madlib, Aceyalone, Little Brother and Dilated Peoples. Roots drummer and founder Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson is the Executive Producer for the project.


"There is an array of untapped talent out there especially from the people who are members of the Okayplayer.com community. The Roots have always been a magnet for talented artists. This deal is important to us because we can now provide a vehicle for bringing deserving artists to the forefront. The Little Brother story is one that motivated us to put together this label," says Thompson.


Underground rap group Little Brother started out posting their music on the Okayplayer site and soon developed a following made up of Okayplayers (as the members are called) including founder ?uestlove. The band has opened for The Roots and was one of the featured acts on the recent tour, Also, Little Brother member and producer 9th Wonder was a featured producer on Jay Z's 'The Black Album.'


The deal further expands on the Roots' brand Okayplayer, which started with the website, founded in 1999 by Thompson to be the official website for the band. Okayplayer.com is now home to a number of artists including Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, D'Angelo, Common, Dilated Peoples and Meshell Ndegeocello, and directly connects the musicians with the music consumer. With the support of the Okayplayers, the site also launched the first in a series of Okayplayer concert tours in 2000.


As a company, Decon brings together all the best in multi-media design and entertainment. Founded in 2000 by Peter Bittenbender and Jason Goldwatch, the company started as a small film production outfit and over the past 3 years, has rapidly grown into a successful design shop, independent record label and film/video production company Last year, Decon co-produced the Def Jux "Revenge of the Robots DVD" and a documentary for The Neptunes entitled "The Eighth Planet". During that same year, Decon signed hip-hop legend, Aceyalone, and released two albums through their deal with RED Distribution.


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Okayplayer Records...... [View all] , Shawn_Gee, Tue Jan-20-04 01:07 PM
 
Subject Author Message Date ID
WOW
Jan 20th 2004
1
Big Up Big Up
Jan 20th 2004
2
DAMN!
Jan 20th 2004
3
Goodnight....
Jan 20th 2004
4
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 20th 2004
5
Hot shit...
Jan 20th 2004
6
A poetry album would be hot :-)
Jan 21st 2004
43
      WORD!!!!
Jan 26th 2004
85
word...
Jan 20th 2004
7
finally...congrats
Jan 20th 2004
8
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 20th 2004
9
Good move..
Jan 20th 2004
10
I nominate science_fiction for a spot
Jan 20th 2004
11
can i financially invest?
Jan 20th 2004
12
RE: can i financially invest?
Jan 20th 2004
16
      eh
Jan 20th 2004
24
ill.
Jan 20th 2004
13
CONGRATULATIONS n/m
Jan 20th 2004
14
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 20th 2004
15
Rushes to start a band
MikeWhite
Jan 20th 2004
17
This is great news!!!
Jan 20th 2004
18
RE: This is great news!!!
Jan 20th 2004
19
      Congratulations
Jan 20th 2004
20
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 20th 2004
21
EXCELLENT!
Jan 20th 2004
22
sign dude in Jose3030's sig
Jan 20th 2004
23
RE: sign dude in Jose3030's sig
Jan 21st 2004
35
congrats on the radio station yo!
Jan 21st 2004
41
seriously though - Philly's Message Music Responsiblity
Jan 21st 2004
48
RE: sign dude in Jose3030's sig
Jan 21st 2004
55
Up for Kumasi
Jan 22nd 2004
61
      take kumasi out your sig jose
Jan 22nd 2004
66
please listen to my demo
Jan 20th 2004
25
thats nice as hell. bout time.
Jan 20th 2004
26
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 20th 2004
27
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 20th 2004
29
      RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 23rd 2004
81
That's HOT
Jan 20th 2004
28
RE: That's HOT
Jan 20th 2004
30
wow
Jan 20th 2004
31
"whoa"
Jan 21st 2004
32
Thats great news....
Jan 21st 2004
33
thats great.....
Jan 21st 2004
34
RE: thats great.....
Jan 21st 2004
36
Yeeuh.
Jan 21st 2004
37
SWEET!
Jan 21st 2004
38
this has come up before
Jan 21st 2004
39
holy shit this is great
Jan 21st 2004
40
RE: "holy shit this is great"
Jan 21st 2004
42
      RE: "holy shit this is great"
Jan 21st 2004
44
           What about ...
Jan 21st 2004
45
step up, step-step-step step-up
Jan 21st 2004
46
This is hot!!!
Jan 21st 2004
47
records~film~video.......
Jan 21st 2004
49
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 21st 2004
50
This is great
Jan 21st 2004
51
SUBMIT? (3rd x's a charm)
Jan 21st 2004
52
READ (1st x's a charm)
Jan 22nd 2004
60
Woohoo
Jan 21st 2004
53
HOT DAMN!
Jan 21st 2004
54
RE: HOT DAMN!
Jan 21st 2004
56
      Is it going to be an American release only!!
Jan 21st 2004
57
someone help me find a studio...
Jan 22nd 2004
58
Check my sig for the link...
Jan 22nd 2004
59
That's WTF I'm talking about!!!!
Jan 22nd 2004
62
Damn That's Tight for Real!!
Jan 22nd 2004
63
language??
Jan 22nd 2004
64
RE: language??
Jan 22nd 2004
65
OKAY Records Tour????
Jan 22nd 2004
67
"No Samples" question:
Jan 22nd 2004
68
THIS MUST BE ANSWERED!!!!!!!!!
Jan 23rd 2004
72
RE: "No Samples" question:
Jan 23rd 2004
74
      what if we include an explanation
Jan 23rd 2004
75
      what about scratching
Jan 23rd 2004
78
      and
Jan 23rd 2004
79
Question about "exclusivity":
Jan 22nd 2004
69
Hells Yeah!
Jan 22nd 2004
70
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 22nd 2004
71
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 23rd 2004
73
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 23rd 2004
76
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 23rd 2004
77
help dc!
Jan 23rd 2004
80
ONE DROP & STRANGE FRUIT Project
Jan 24th 2004
82
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 26th 2004
83
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 26th 2004
84
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 26th 2004
86
RE: Okayplayer Records......more details coming soon
Jan 27th 2004
87
Dyn-o-mite
Jan 28th 2004
88
RE: Okayplayer Records......
Feb 02nd 2004
89
Southeast US Marketing Team
Feb 03rd 2004
90
I wanna be on the album, check this quick freestyle fro
Feb 03rd 2004
91
yay..finally a reality..
Feb 05th 2004
92
The Submission form...HELP!!!! ASAP!!! Moderaters
Feb 05th 2004
93
RE: The Submission form...HELP!!!! ASAP!!! Moderaters
Feb 09th 2004
94
      There is submission form that needs to be filled out
Feb 10th 2004
96
      I see the address, but there should be a form
Feb 10th 2004
97
date?!!!
Feb 09th 2004
95
RE: "...first up, you've basically run out of time on t
mosadi
Feb 12th 2004
98
RE: "...first up, you've basically run out of time on t
Feb 12th 2004
99
is it too late to add a BIO?
Feb 13th 2004
100
OKAYPLAYER ON COLUMBIA REC
Feb 13th 2004
101

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