The Core DJ conference, taking place in Miami from March 15-17, is a conference held for both DJs and labels alike. Labels making an appearance at this year's confab included Universal/Motown, Interscope/Geffen, Warner Bros., Def Jam, Bad Boy, Atlantic, Jive, VP, Universal Republic and Capitol.

Launched six years ago by Tony Neal, a mixer at WKKK, the Core DJ conference
rallies about 500 DJs and includes multiple major label artist showcases.

Festivities kicked off Thursday (March 15) evening with a Disturbing Tha Peace showcase at South Beach nightclub Mansion. The showcase featured new acts Small World, Willie Northpole, Brolic, Serius Jones and Titti Boi. Unfortunately, it was difficult to connect with the performances because the venue's stage was inordinately far away from the crowd.

Still, the Disturbing Tha Peace showcase was a better than Cash Money Records' showcase -- the label's artists never showed for their listening earlier that afternoon.

On Friday (March 16), Interscope and Universal/Motown played quite a few tracks including the new Timbaland track, featuring Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake. Also played was Slim Thug's new single, "Problem Wit Dat."

Super-hyphy promotions exec Brennan Scales led the Warner Bros. showcase, playing new music from Lil Flip, Crime Mob's "Circles" (a crowd favorite), and Mike Jones and Lil Scrappy's "From the Projects." Compton, Calif.-based MC J Rock was introduced at the showcase.

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