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Naughty By Nature NAUGHTY BY NATURE

The Grammy Award winning, Platinum-album selling, New Jersey super-group, Naughty By Nature, has a twenty-year track record of creating the hits and party anthems that have become the soundtrack to our lives. Their music has smashed through mainstream barriers all while remaining true to the sound, message and grit of the hood. And now, these three kings of the Hip-Hop anthem have formally claimed their titles with the 20th Anniversary album, Anthem Inc.

Life is good. Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee kep doing what they do best: creating undeniably classic, hand-raising, life-affirming, Hip-Hop music. "We wouldn't have reunited if we didn't think we could give people that authentic Naughty feeling," says the group's master lyricist Treach. "This new album is definitely gonna take you back, but just like we always did, we've invented a new sound, a bunch of new flows and after being without an album for so long, we've gotta lotta things to say."

Few groups in music can boast a twenty-year career that has been both consistent and history making. Naughty By Nature, initially called New Style, began performing at talent shows and were discovered by fellow New Jersey native and then-emerging Hip-Hop artist, Queen Latifah. Eventually signing the group to her management company Flavor Unit Management, Latifah helped them land a deal with Tommy Boy Records.

Naughty By Nature's self-titled debut album was released in 1991 and quickly assaulted the music charts with the instant classic #1 hit "O.P.P." The group quickly became crossover stars, while maintaining their ghetto sensibility. To date, their success and longevity as a Hip-Hop group has been unparalleled. The trio went on to produce their follow-up albums that have become part of America's Hip- Hop legacy: 19 Naughty III (1993), Poverty's Paradise (1995) and Nature's Fury (1999).

Inevitably, a break-up in 1999 would lead to the group members each following different, yet equally successful, personal endeavors. As a producer, Kay Gee went onto produce award winning music with artists including: Luther Vandross, Notorious B.I.G, Jaheim, Next and Zhane. As an actor, Treach found success in film and television offering critically acclaimed performances in HBO's original series The Sopranos and OZ, along with Jason's Lyric, Soul Food, the Hip-Hop cult-classic Juice and several other films.

As the marketing genius behind the group, Vin Rock developed Naughty Gear, one of the first Hip-Hop inspired clothing lines. When he got a hold of the worldwide web, he mastered it with www.NaughtyByNature.com, further developing and expanding the reach of the Naughty brand. Throughout this time, Treach and Vin Rock continued to tour and perform around the world. In 2002, the duo struck a deal with TVT Records and produced their last album, IIcons.

Fast forward to 2008… After years of steady touring and itching to get back in the studio, both Treach and Vin agreed, that in order for the next album to have that authentic sound and feel of Naughty By Nature, they must reunite with DJ Kay Gee. At this same time, VH1 bestowed their coveted "Hip-Hop Honor" to the group as innovators of our culture. Joining the ranks of Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and Eazy E., the group received their "HipHop Honors" in October of 2008.

The group continues to tour globally, ripping stages from Australia to Canada and New Jersey to South Africa. Naughty By Nature is on their A-game and have no plans to stop anytime soon.





UNCLE LUKE

Luke Live On Stage LUTHER "UNCLE LUKE" CAMPBELL

Hip-hop's original bad boy, pop culture icon, and consummate businessman, Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell, is one of the few American celebrities who has had an indelible impact on the worlds of rap music, sex, business, law, and politics simultaneously.

The first Southern rap star to emerge on the Billboard Pop Charts with "Move Something".
Established the first and only African American owned record label in 1983. (Luke Records — originally named Skyywalker Records).

Campbell made national headlines in the early 1990s as a part of The 2 Live Crew when he led one of Hip-Hop's most noted victories in society — the right of Freedom of Speech in our music. His highly publicized obscenity trials and Supreme Court parody cases were First Amendment victories upon which the entertainment industry still benefits.

In 2000, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored Campbell's contribution to hip-hop by including photographs of him and items of his clothing in its "Hip-Hop Nation: Roots, Rhymes and Rage" exhibit.

In 2004, Luke won the very first Free Speech Coalition "Celebrity Freedom Fighter Award" for his free speech clashes with the federal government. Campbell's fight for artist freedom of expression paved the way for the lyrical freedom enjoyed today by artists. A constant trendsetter, Luther Campbell's brand exceeds far beyond what you'd imagine. He is not just a company he is an enterprise.

Luther Campbell is now Coach Campbell to high school students at Miami Northwestern High School in Miami FL, after several letters of support from area parents, community leaders, etc., "Uncle Luke" is already leaving positive impacts on his players’ lives. In addition he is the coach to the young players in the National Youth Football League, which is, affiliated with The Liberty City Warriors, a youth football organization he co-founded in his hometown to keep wayward boys out of trouble.

After spending nearly two decades as the mentoring inner city youth as a co-founder of The Liberty City program, Campbell felt it was time to do even more for South Florida's youth football team. The Liberty City Warriors' won the Pop Warner National Championship in 2005 but Campbell considers the real accomplishment the progression of the kids academically. "The majority of our kids in the Liberty City program show progression in their academics from year to year. In fact, one of our kids was a failing student at the start of the season, but by the time we reached the Super Bowl he was an all 'A' student. With the academic progress reporting system that we have implemented, I'd like to think that we are not only helping develop great athletes but scholars as well."

No matter what your personal views about Luther Campbell, you can't discount his influence on the entertainment industry, his business acumen, and his place as the Godfather of Southern Hip-Hop. If the mark of greatness is when everything before you is obsolete and everything behind you bears your mark then his Luther "Uncle Luke," Campbell has left his mark on the American culture as a whole.

If you ask Uncle Luke, he simply wants to be respected for his contributions and acknowledged as "the man who brought artist entrepreneurship into hip-hop and fought for your First Amendment right!"







The Pangea Tribe Christopher Da'Great AND the Pangea Tribe


Pangea Tribe is a collective group of cross genre producer-songwriter/ recording artists that promotes consciousness through their music and image. They depict themselves as natives of the super-continent Pangea; sent to the future or modern-day times to unite the world once again, through music. With their astounding lyrics and infectious beats they created their popular single Jungle On My Neck, which tells a story of an Afrocentric wooden necklace. Discovered at Goodwill; Pangea Tribe made this good luck charm a symbol of individualism and cultural diversity. Pangea made TV appearances on BET's "106 and Park" where they shared the same stage with Interscope recording artist Lady Gaga, the legendary Apollo Theater and Hard Rock Cafe Miami. Their performances are truly an experience for all to see. (please review the links below) ThePangeaTribe.com

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