CHICAGO -- The Global Mixx DJ Retreat announced Chicago natives, Kanye West and Common as their 2006 Co-Chairpersons. In exchange for their participation, charitable donations will be made to the rappers’ non-profit organizations. "Each of us stems from our own community and what we learn from it matters a great deal on our interaction with others outside of it. Sharing our resources through organizations such as the Kanye West and Common Ground Foundation is vital for the survival of our Youth,” stated Mary Datcher, the Global Mixx DJ Retreat Founder.
The Global Mixx DJ Retreat is an exclusive invitation-only conference where urban DJs can network with music executives, preview upcoming releases and emerging artists, attend panels and socialize with DJ from across the country. This year’s retreat takes place August 10-13, 2006 in Chicago at The House of Blues. Scheduled events include artist spotlight showcases, a skating party, an invitation-only mansion party, a celebrity softball game, a bowling tournament, an awards show, and three panels.
About Kanye West
Six-time Grammy winner, Kanye West has collaborated with numerous artists, most notably with rapper Twista on songs such as “Overnight Celebrity” and “Slow Jamz,” which featured Jamie Foxx. West, also an established and highly sought after producer has lent his talents to projects for some of the biggest names in the music industry such as Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Ludacris, Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey, Miri Ben-Ari, Keysha Coles and West protégé, John Legend. West is also credited with revitalizing the careers of rappers Common and Twista. Recently hand-picked to interpret the theme for “Mission Impossible 3,” West has solidified himself as a noted producer.
About the Kanye West Foundation
The Kanye West Foundation is dedicated to combating the dropout problem in the nation’s schools. Loop Dreams, the foundation’s first initiative, is committed to keeping musical instruments in schools and providing the opportunity for “at-risk” students to learn how to write and produce music. For more information, log on to www.kanyewestfoundation.org.
Common (originally known as Common Sense), the Chicago-based hip hop artist was a highly influential figure in rap’s underground during the ‘90s with his socially conscious lyrics and jazz-rap syncopations. Widely respected in the hip hop music industry, his collaborations include
Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip, De La soul, Erykah Badu, Cee-Lo, Black Thought, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Kanye West. Common’s 2005 release, “Be,” which was mostly produced by Kanye West, was certified platinum and nominated for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group, Best Rap/ Song Collaboration and Best Rap Song at the 2006 Grammy Awards. The critically acclaimed and platinum success of “Be” firmly positioned Common in the mainstream as a bona fide talented rapper.
About the Common Ground Foundation
The Common Ground Foundation believes that Hip-Hop music must be proactively used as an agent for positive social change. The foundation is dedicated to utilizing the culture relevance of Hip-Hop to serve as an advocate for justice, education, to fight poverty and increase health awareness among youth in underserved communities throughout the United States. The Common Ground Foundation’s goal is to benefit the spiritual and social development of youth by addressing societal concerns fundamental to the well-being of the Hip-Hop generation. For more information, log on to www.commongroundfoundation.org.
About the Global Mixx DJ Retreat
The Global Mixx DJ Retreat is an exclusive DJ Retreat that educates and empowers the urban DJ community in a relaxed environment. Throughout the retreat, there are various planned on-premise and off-premise activities for the key participants. The DJ Retreat will allow the op dub, street and radio mixshow DJs from around the country to network among themselves and industry executives from various music and technology companies.
The Global Mixx DJ Retreat boasts over 1500 attendees and features over 25 events packed into four exciting days. Last year’s attendees included marketing and publicity executives from Atlantic Records, Def Jam, Warner Music Group, Clear Channel, Sony BMG, Universal Music, Vitamin Water, Pepsi, and REMIX Magazine. For additional information, please call (773) 279-9527 or log onto www.GlobalMixx.com.