// Demp Week: Game Night/Party
January 7, 2008, 7pm
Demp Week opens with a warm welcome during Game Night at Pockets Sports Pub (2810 Sharer Rd.). Feel free to come by and prove your worth in gaming tournaments of spades, billiard's, Madden '08, bowling and more. There will be music and food plus admission is FREE!!!
Demp Week Info

// Demp Week: The Black Carpet
January 8, 2008, 10pm
Come party during DJ Demp's All-Black affair at Club Rayn. DJ Speed Racer and Bo Weezy will be on the wheels while Larry "Prada" Crumbie with the Elite Modeling Troupe will be on hand.
Demp Week Info

// Demp Week: Campus Invasion & The Celebration
January 9, 2008
DJ Demp invades the Florida State University's Union beginning at 12pm for some afternoon delight. Then at night, Demp will mark the official passing of his birthday at The Moon beginning at 10pm. Buddha from I Love New York 2 will be in the house and the music will be by Supasta J.Kwik!
Demp Week Info

// Demp Week: Celebrity B'ball Game & The Show
January 10, 2008
The exclamation mark of Demp Week is the Celebrity Basketball Game at Florida A&M University's Gaither Gym at 7pm followed by DJ Demp's Celebrity B'day Bash at The Moon at 10pm.
Demp Week Info

// Demp Week: Campus Invasion b/w Grown & Sexy Friday
January 11, 2008
DJ Demp invades the Florida A&M University Set at 12pm for a fun filled afternoon while the night will be poppin' at The Edge nightclub from 10pm-4am.
Demp Week Info

// Demp Week: Fashion House & Flashing Lights
January 12, 2008
The Demp Week 2k8 Fashion Show will be at the Moon starring Tally's finest and special performance by Ja Rule followed by the afterparty at Baja's Beach Club until 3am featuring music by Dem School Boyz.
Demp Week Info

// Demp Week: The Demp Comedy Jam
January 13, 2008, 7pm
Laugh your troubles away at Demp's Comedy Jam featuring Alex Thomas.

// TJ's DJ's Tastemakers Only DJ/Music Conference & TJ's B'day Bash
February 13, 2008, 5pm
Come learn and network with the best and brightest of the industry while helping to celebrate TJ's DJ's CEO, TJ Chapman's birthday!
TJ's DJ's Info

For over a decade and counting, Demp Week has provided Florida with one of the biggest and fun filled events to hit the Sunshine State. Today, DJ Demp has announced the arrival of DEMP WEEK RELOADED set to take place on January 7-13, 2008 in Tallahassee, Florida.

What began eleven years ago as a one day opportunity to celebrate the birthday of DJ Demp (road DJ for hip-hop superstars Trick Daddy, David Banner, and Juvenile among others) has grown into a week long festival attracting the brightest entertainment stars while providing a safe atmosphere for thousands to have a good time. In fact, Demp Week has become such a positive institution for Tallahassee that Mayor Marks officially issued a proclamation cementing the value of the event within the community.

The 2008 edition of Demp Week will be filled with numerous surprise celebrity guests including Trick Daddy & Dunk Ryders, Trina, Juvenile, Ja Rule, Dem Franchize Boyz, Gorilla Zoe, and B.G. In addition, Demp keeps it real with reality stars from BET's College Hill, MTV's Making the Band 4, and VH1's I Love New York 2 set to make appearences. Among other event highlights the Demp Week Fashion Show, the Birthday Bash, and the 11th Annual Demp Week Celebrity Basketball Game presented by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service at FAMU’s Gaither Gymnasium on Thursday, January 10 all serve to ensure a wonderful week of festivities. Plus, Crunk Energy Drink and Finish Line are on board to help make this year’s Demp Week the best ever.

Reserve your Demp Week room at the host hotel Holiday Inn (850.222.9555) located at 316 W Tennessee St.


For more information regarding Demp Week:

Sponsorship opportunities: Sean - 850.590.6300 or dempproductions@aol.com

Artist participation: Olamide' Demi - 850.509.4252 or info.fortune8@gmail.com

Media: Renee - 850.339.6869 or tt360marketing@gmail.com

 FIRESTARTERS -- [click icons to listen]
Grind Mode

I'm So High

With "I'm So High" Grind Mode just might have the sexiest song up in the club. Word is they just got picked up by Universal so many people will be taking this grown record home with them really soon. This song has a wonderful vibe to it that simply makes you feel good. Try it now and you too will be high on this record.

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B.o.B ft. Rick Ross & Juvenile

Haterz Everywhere (Remix)

If it seems like everywhere you turn, there are haters present then this tune is for you. "Haterz Everywhere" is the quintessential tune to celebrate the haters. After all, if you don't have haters, you ain't doing it right. With the remix, B.o.B enlists the help of Rick Ross and Juvenile to properly serve all the evil doers. Visit myspace.com/bobatl to witness B.o.B in action on his video blogs.

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Shawty Redd ft. Bigg Gipp


This is the record that inspired Snoop to record "Sexual Eruption" resulting in a win for DJs because they have a new record to blend and the fans because they get more great music from the man who helped Jeezy find his signature sound. Look out for Shawty Redd, he's going to be making your head bob for years to come.

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Dunk Ryders ft Trick Daddy

F*ck Tha Other Side

Trick Daddy has delivered yet another hood classic with "F*ck Tha Other Side." Plus, he brought along his flag carriers the Dunk Ryders to make it official. This jam will get plenty of play in the ride, but just be careful what flag you fly.

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According to Allhiphop.com, there is a changing of the guard at XXL Magazine. Elliott Wilson has been relieved of his duties as editor-in-chief and is out of there effective immediately. Meanwhile, shouts of victory and maniacal laughter are reported to have been heard outside the offices of another hip-hop peridocal with its head in the clouds. :)

Click here to read about the XXL changes


Just when you thought he was out, MC Hammer still dances to the beat when there is a chance to make some money. Hammer has been the object of Silicon Valley's eye in helping to develop a YouTube styled website for dance videos. Say what you want about Hammer, but he's always had a knack for entrepreneurship.

Click here to read about Hammer's new venture


It didn't take long before Research In Motion (better known as the people who brought to you the Blackberry) noticed the greener grass on the IPhone side of the fence. Or is it vice versa? Apparently the IPhone folks at Apple are developing a device with more businesslike features while RIM is putting together something with more internet friendly features. Can't we all just get along?

Ayo, click here to read about the new technology


The adage more money, more problems pops its head up once again. This time it is with Birdman of Cash Money fame. Apparently, he hasn't been paying the people that he's been borrowing music from and is being sued in federal court.

Click here to read about the Birdman


Shawty Redd // Producer/Artist // Be@t Bangerz Entertainment
By: Keith Kennedy – prophetpages@gmail.com

Have you heard of Shawty Redd? If not, the last time it was checked he was the man on these beats. For years, he has provided the musical backbone for numerous hip-hop megastars such as Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, Juvenile and so many others. So, the chances are you have heard this multi-platinum producer long before you ever heard his name. But, with an upcoming album and a hard earned understanding of the game, the Shawty Redd name will be echoing through the passage of time for many years to come.

What was your first breakthrough?

I was with a company called Twinn Productions and Raheem the Dream [CEO, Tight 2 Def] came through one day looking for beats with an artist named Drama and we came up with “Left Right Left.”

How did you get started making beats?

I was focused on doing beats to keep me out of trouble. I already knew the piano and drums from playing in church. So I started doing tracks at the crib and people started coming through. Whenever I would get a check, I would buy equipment.

Did you expect the Drama record to breakthrough?

I wasn’t expecting to drop a song in my city [Atlanta] and have it blow up the way it did. One day me and Drama were passing out CDs at the high schools and then they called up talking about a deal.

How did you link with Jeezy?

I linked with Jeezy right after working with Drama. We did a song as soon as he got out called “G8” but they never released it. In fact, we did a few albums before “Thug Motivation” came out. So, we’ve always worked together.

To tell the truth I was a studio geek. I had a studio in a club called NV so me and Jeezy was always together. We hung out every day. It was like big bruh, little bruh at the time so we was always on the strip club scene. When he was in the studio, I was in the studio. I’d do a beat and go to the club and he’d be still in there working cuz he really wanted to do the rap thing.

How did you two come up with the concepts and sound for “Thug Motivation?”

We knew how each other work. He knew I’d like to make custom beats, so me and him would sit down and I’d play something for him. I already knew what beat pattern he wanted so that part was easy. As long as I hit the right keys and played something that hit him like on some street stuff, it was all good; it’s a hit record. We worked really hard on that album.

If you two worked so well on the first album, why didn’t you have as many tracks on the second album?

To be honest, Def Jam wanted to have Jeezy reach the people that he didn’t on the first album. We tried to come so hard to match the first album but the label didn’t want to use the songs me and Jeezy came up with because they were too hard.

In retrospect, was it a good decision?

Tell you the truth, I think it was a good business move because he was able to catch people he didn’t the first time. But we gotta go hard on this third album.

Who else have you worked with?

Juvenile and so many other cats that I can’t tell you. I just did the Snoop record called “Sexual Eruption.” That was a good blessing.

That’s a big tune, how did that come about?

Snoop heard my “Drifter” song and he tried to buy it but I was like “man, I gotta keep this one for myself. You can get on it or I can make another one for you.” He said, “do what you do.” An hour went by and I sent him the [“Sexual Eruption”] record. He said, “I love it. I’mma auto tune this up and keep it just like it is. I ain’t changin’ nothing.” Two more hours he hit the studio, sent it back, and I had it playing in the strip clubs that night.

How long does it take for you to make a beat?

Click here to learn more about Shawty Redd


For drops, interviews, and mix CDs hosting contact:
Be@t Bangerz Entertainment, Inc.
Dee Double - 770.912.2866
Namreg Mgmt - 404.201.2124

Myra // honeyinblack@yahoo.com //
Myra is a young, focused, and driven woman hailing from Atlanta, GA with eyes on becoming a doctor. You may remember her from the 4th Q '07 TJ's DJ's Tastemakers Conference where she was dressed as a seductive secretary or in Rocco's video "Umma Do Me" plus various other outlets. In the meantime, focus your eyes on her and all her glory.

To book Myra contact: honeyinblack@yahoo.com


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First off, thanks for reading the '08 version of the newsletter entitled, "The Tastemaker Times". For the long term readers who've missed us since before the towers fell, thanks for supporting and we should've never left you -- but we're back! To the new jacks who think the newsletters they have been receiving from other sources as of late are now just junk mail, no worries the originators are back to reclaim the throne of quality industry journalism.

We are always open to new ideas, feedback, and constructive criticism so feel free to hit us at tjsdjsinfo@gmail.com with TASTEMAKER TIMES in the subject line.

Don't forget the next TJ's DJ's Tastemakers DJ/Music Conference on February 13 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Oh, and one last thing, GO JAGUARS!!!


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