Steven J. Horowitz

Steven J. Horowitz is a music journalist based in New York City. He currently serves as News Editor at HipHopDX.com and previously served as Associate Editor at YRB Magazine. He's contributed to Billboard, VIBE, RollingStone.com, VillageVoice.com, SPIN.com, and more.

Mary J. Blige Owns NYC With 'My Life' Concert

Mary J. Blige Owns NYC With 'My Life' Concert

In celebration of her recent release, "My Life II... The Journey Continues," Mary J. Blige hits the stage in NYC to perform the original, "My Life," in it's entirety.
Exclusive: Inside Busta Rhymes' 'Outside the Box' Deal With Cash Money and Google Music

Exclusive: Inside Busta Rhymes' 'Outside the Box' Deal With Cash Money and Google Music

Last Wednesday at the Google Music launch event, veteran rapper Busta Rhymes appeared to promote his partnership with the newly launched platform -- and, in a surprise announcement, his signing to Cash Money Records. What new business model was this? We talked with Busta, his manager Chris Lighty of Primary Violator, Cash Money co-CEO Bryan "Baby" Williams and Google Music's Tim Quirk about the "out of the box" deal.
Backbeat: fun.'s NYC Gig Packed With Execs From Atlantic Records, Fueled By Ramen, Spotify

Backbeat: fun.'s NYC Gig Packed With Execs From Atlantic Records, Fueled By Ramen, Spotify

New York City trio fun. brought its strain of anthemic power-pop to Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom last week. Guests at the venue included FBR President/CEO John Janick, Atlantic Records' Julie Greenwald, Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman, Atlantic Records publicists Jordan Frazes and Ashley White, rock duo Tegan & Sara, "The Good Wife" actor John Charles, The Gay Blades’ James Wells, and executives from Spotify.
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The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

Far from its adolescent iteration, the mixtape-a compilation of music generally distributed outside of label purview-has evolved from a mere display of DJ skills to a promotional tool packed with exclusive freestyles to an actual album-before-the-album given away fully-produced for free. Just ask Drake, Wiz Khalia and Big K.R.I.T.

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