GrindXDesign 8-week Telecourse - RECORDINGS
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
GrindXDesign was an eight-week group tele-course designed to show you how to get into the hip-hop music industry.
The series was conducted via conference call, consisting of eight recorded, one-hour "modules." That is, there was one discussion every Wednesday, for eight weeks.
The dates for the calls were as follows:
- August 29th
- September 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th
- October 3rd, 10th and 17th
Each week, starting at 8:00pm ET, for 60-90 minutes by phone, we discussed everything you need to know to get a jump on the next man. The modules covered everything from producing to songwriting; mixtapes to social media; publicity to perfecting your mental state.
Each call featured working experts from the hip-hop music business. Guests included:
- rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy)
- legal activist & author Wendy Day (Rap Coalition)
- producer D.J. Drama (The Aphilliates)
- producer D.J. Premier (Gang Starr)
- publishing administrator Jamie Purpora (TuneCore)
- editor-in-chief Kim Osorio (The Source)
- percussionist Questlove (The Roots)
- editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten (XXL)
- engineer/producer Young Guru
- attorney Dan Booth (Booth Sweet LLP)
- social media strategist Lena West (Influence Expansion)
- film executive Arthur Wylie (Only the Crazy and Fearless Win BIG!)
- mixtape mogul Marcus Frasier (DatPiff.com)
- and many more...
I've tapped into the expertise of the people I know, so that I can share their expertise with you.
Plus, a question-and-answer period was designated for each call. This program has been structured to address as many questions as time allows.
I invite you to join me in a revolution of the mind: GrindXDesign. Register to access the recordings today.
— Harry Allen, Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin
P.S. Tweet about GrindXDesign with hashtag #gXd and follow me on Twitter: @HarryAllen
Harry Allen, MEDIA ASSASSIN
Harry Allen, Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin, publishes the blog Media Assassin at harryallen.info. There he writes about race, politics, and culture, much as he does for VIBE, The Source, The Village Voice, and other publications, and has been doing so for over twenty years.
As an expert covering hip-hop culture, he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on National Public Radio, MTV, VH-1, CNN, the BBC, and other information channels. Others know him for his long-time association with the seminal band Public Enemy, and for his widely-heard “cameo” on their classic record, “Don’t Believe the Hype.”
Allen serves as an advisor to the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University, and as the host/producer of his weekly WBAI-NY/99.5 FM radio show, NONFICTION.
Harry Allen worked in the crisis p.r. / public affairs department of computer entertainment giant Rockstar Games from 2004-2006. (He considers his credit on the hit title Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas his proudest byline.) Presently, he is writing a book about architectural design in computer and video games. This research has already been recognized by the Graham Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Architectural League of New York, and the MacDowell Colony.
Harry Allen lives with his wife, Zakiya, in Harlem, NY.