-T.I. recently wrapped the video for his first single "No Matter What," from his upcoming album, "Paper Trail," slated for Aug. 21 via Atlantic. The clip was shot by video director Self and Atlantic's marketing SVP James Lopez, and should hit mainstream video channels within the next two weeks.
-Nas released the first official track, "Hero," from his upcoming untitled album, formerly called "N*gger." The track was produced by Polow Da Don and features Nas explaining that he dropped the original controversial title so that the LP's message could reach his fans. Despite the numerous songs that have hit the Web recently, including "Be A N*gger Too," "Hero" is the first single via Def Jam.
-The Apollo Theater is celebrating Black Music Month with a panel discussion entitled "Behind the Groove: Careers in the Music Industry" tonight (June 9).
Hip-hop activist and journalist Harry Allen will host the discussion about working in the music industry amid a shifting business climate. Atlantic Records' marketing VP Joel Brown Pitts, musician Ray Chew, Allhiphop.com co-founder and CEO Chuck Creekmur, Nomadic Wax president Ben Henderson, attorney and Mixtape Awards co-owner and producer Stacy Lynch, Musaic Entertainment CEO and EMI North America licensing manager Amanda McIntyre-Chavis and Living Colour guitarist and co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition Vernon Reid are among the panelists.
The event is free, doors open at 6 p.m. and the discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.