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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Kevin Liles, a West Baltimore native who became the president of Def Jam records, is slated to receive a national award Wednesday evening for his philanthropic work. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is to present the Congressional Award Foundation's Horizon Award to Liles at a ceremony at Washington's Hyatt Regency, according to Cummings' office. The entertainment mogul's local foundation, Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore, hosts an annual back-to-school fair. He also sponsors summer sessions on college campuses for disadvantaged teenagers through his Make It Happen Foundation.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Kevin Liles, a West Baltimore native who became the president of Def Jam records, is slated to receive a national award Wednesday evening for his philanthropic work. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is to present the Congressional Award Foundation's Horizon Award to Liles at a ceremony at Washington's Hyatt Regency, according to Cummings' office. The entertainment mogul's local foundation, Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore, hosts an annual back-to-school fair. He also sponsors summer sessions on college campuses for disadvantaged teenagers through his Make It Happen Foundation.
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October 28, 2004
Electronic Arts' Def Jam Fight for New York is a gritty, urban fistfight. You fight in a New York underworld of thugs and gangsters, trying to make a name for yourself. Each win earns you cash to spend on clothes, jewelry, tattoos and trinkets. You can get up to four players involved in a fight, but there's no online play. The fights are plenty of fun, even against the computer, and button-mashing does no good. To win a match, you have to knock out your opponent, and to do that you have to execute a specific move.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2013
When "XXL" revealed the cover of its March "Freshman Class" issue - the hip-hop magazine's annual anointment of rising rappers most poised for major success - there was a fresh-faced, parka-wearing kid in the bottom-right corner, throwing a peace sign as a couple of gold chains hung from his neck. It was Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as Logic, a 23-year-old rapper born and raised in Gaithersburg. Less than a month after the "XXL" cover was announced, Logic, who headlines the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, signed to Def Jam Recordings, a label that has been synonymous with hip-hop prestige since producer Rick Rubin founded it in 1983.
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By Donna M. Owens and Donna M. Owens,Special to the Sun | January 6, 2002
Kevin Liles may head the world's most successful rap label, may inhabit a universe punctuated by the thumping beat, rhythm and rhyme of hip-hop. But his personality suggests another type of music, harks back to an era when silky smooth sounds poured like honey from gleaming instruments, when cats like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker ruled. Jazz, man. Jazz musicians are innovators, possessing not only raw talent, but also the all-important ability to ad lib, improvise. Liles knows all about improvisation: It's juggling college courses, a full-time job and assorted disc jockey gigs at night.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,Sun reporter | September 2, 2007
Neighbors danced in the street yesterday as the 2900 block of Presstman St. in Baltimore was renamed after a fellow west-sider who rose to become one of the most powerful executives in the music industry. Kevin Liles, executive vice president of Warner Music Group and former president of Def Jam Records, stood beside Mayor Sheila Dixon on a platform as a street sign was unveiled reading "Kevin Liles Drive." In an impassioned speech, Liles urged residents of his struggling neighborhood to take responsibility for themselves and their community, and not wait for the government to solve their problems.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | April 21, 2005
The word "hip-hop" may be in the title, but this gathering has nothing to do with rap lyrics and hard-hitting beats. The theme of the Maryland Hip-Hop Summit - a one-day conference at the Murphy Fine Arts Center on the campus of Morgan State University today - centers on financial literacy and creating wealth: Get Your Money Right. The event, which is free to the public, is spearheaded by Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Hip-Hop Summit Action Network chairman and entertainment mogul Russell Simmons.
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By JOE BURRIS and JOE BURRIS,SUN REPORTER | October 30, 2005
His ears are among the most important in the music industry. Often, they'll determine which, if any, of the 40 new CDs he receives each day you might one day listen to. But sometimes even Kevin Liles' ears need help. So the Warner Music Group executive resorts to a tactic he learned two decades ago as a performer on the Baltimore music circuit: He opens the doors to his New York office, plants his stereo speakers facing outward and pumps up the volume until it pulsates loud enough to unhinge the doors.
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December 13, 2004
In the News `Hello!' to appeal Douglas/Zeta-Jones ruling Celebrity magazine Hello! plans to appeal a court ruling ordering it to pay more than $1.9 million to a rival for printing unauthorized photos of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, a lawyer for the magazine said. Last year, a judge at the High Court in London ruled that Hello! had breached the Hollywood couple's commercial confidentiality by publishing snatched photos of their November 2000 wedding. Douglas and Zeta-Jones had signed an exclusive deal with rival magazine OK!
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By NEWSDAY | November 25, 2008
Kanye West [RCA Records] *** 1/2 Kanye West, the self-proclaimed Louis Vuitton Don, is a flashy dude - known, on record, for clever turns of phrase, attention-grabbing beats and huge walls of sound, and off, for his cool-gear-and-hot-girls lifestyle blog. Subtlety is not his strong suit. Neither is self-control. Yet, his new album, 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam), is austere and disciplined. And his self-imposed constrictions - singing (with loads of AutoTune) instead of rapping, sticking to distinctly nonhip-hop rhythms and new-wave-era synths - have unleashed a new burst of creativity that rivals his debut, The College Dropout.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
Update: It looks like West was able to prevail, to an extent: At about 9 p.m., Def Jam Records tweeted that a projection would take place on the Walters Art Museum, 45 minutes earlier than the originally scheduled time in what appeared to be an attempt to buck the cancellation announced by city police earlier in the day. Twitter user @Milly_Esquire posted several pictures that appeared to show just that. "Attention Baltimore: Let's beat the cops," Deaf Jam then tweeted at 9:40.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2012
The word "brilliant" is too often abused by hyperbole, unless you're describing Terius Nash, better known as the prolific 34-year-old songwriter and R&B singer The-Dream. Several of radio's most indelible hits of the past five years - including Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and Rihanna's ("Umbrella") - were penned by Dream and his writing partner Christopher "Tricky" Stewart. Besides crafting hits for others, the Atlanta singer has released four albums (three as The-Dream; the most recent, "1977," was released online last August for free under his real name)
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | April 7, 2009
Jadakiss [Def Jam] ** (2 STARS) Jadakiss generated much buzz in hip-hop circles nearly a decade ago. But since then, his official releases have been spare and mostly unsatisfying. Five years have breezed by since his last album, 2004's Kiss of Death, went gold. In the interim, he has put out well-received mix tapes and appeared on compilations and soundtracks. But the official follow-up to his sophomore release has been pushed back, touched up and renamed several times. Finally, the album, The Last Kiss, hits the streets Tuesday.
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By NEWSDAY | November 25, 2008
Kanye West [RCA Records] *** 1/2 Kanye West, the self-proclaimed Louis Vuitton Don, is a flashy dude - known, on record, for clever turns of phrase, attention-grabbing beats and huge walls of sound, and off, for his cool-gear-and-hot-girls lifestyle blog. Subtlety is not his strong suit. Neither is self-control. Yet, his new album, 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam), is austere and disciplined. And his self-imposed constrictions - singing (with loads of AutoTune) instead of rapping, sticking to distinctly nonhip-hop rhythms and new-wave-era synths - have unleashed a new burst of creativity that rivals his debut, The College Dropout.
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By From Sun news services | November 3, 2008
McCain a big draw on Saturday Night Live John McCain was a hit on Saturday Night Live, just not as big a hit as his running mate. The Republican, who poked fun at his presidential campaign's financial shortcomings and his reputation as a political maverick in Saturday's appearance, led the show to its second-best overnight ratings since a December 1997 holiday episode. NBC estimated yesterday that when the final national viewer estimate is known later this week, it will be a little less than 12 million people.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,Sun reporter | September 2, 2007
Neighbors danced in the street yesterday as the 2900 block of Presstman St. in Baltimore was renamed after a fellow west-sider who rose to become one of the most powerful executives in the music industry. Kevin Liles, executive vice president of Warner Music Group and former president of Def Jam Records, stood beside Mayor Sheila Dixon on a platform as a street sign was unveiled reading "Kevin Liles Drive." In an impassioned speech, Liles urged residents of his struggling neighborhood to take responsibility for themselves and their community, and not wait for the government to solve their problems.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | September 6, 2000
Imagine for a moment it's 1975, and an ABC News program is doing a three-part special on a youth craze called "rock and roll." As we tune in, a 40-ish newsman expresses mild befuddlement as he rattles off names like Led Zeppelin and Steely Dan, adding, "I'd never heard of any of them either; the kids are really crazy for this stuff." We're introduced to a "daring visionary" who made millions after starting a record company that specialized in rock, and we're shown how to play a "guitar solo."
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By From Sun news services | November 3, 2008
McCain a big draw on Saturday Night Live John McCain was a hit on Saturday Night Live, just not as big a hit as his running mate. The Republican, who poked fun at his presidential campaign's financial shortcomings and his reputation as a political maverick in Saturday's appearance, led the show to its second-best overnight ratings since a December 1997 holiday episode. NBC estimated yesterday that when the final national viewer estimate is known later this week, it will be a little less than 12 million people.
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By JOE BURRIS and JOE BURRIS,SUN REPORTER | October 30, 2005
His ears are among the most important in the music industry. Often, they'll determine which, if any, of the 40 new CDs he receives each day you might one day listen to. But sometimes even Kevin Liles' ears need help. So the Warner Music Group executive resorts to a tactic he learned two decades ago as a performer on the Baltimore music circuit: He opens the doors to his New York office, plants his stereo speakers facing outward and pumps up the volume until it pulsates loud enough to unhinge the doors.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 30, 2005
Patti LaBelle is burning up. The R&B legend -- who's calling from the New York offices of Island Def Jam Music Group, her label for the past two years -- puts you on hold as she gives instructions to somebody in the room. "Hello?" she says. "They're bringing fans in here, baby. I'm having hot flashes as we speak." At 61, the ever-candid performer shows no signs of slowing down. She has a new album in stores: Classic Moments, a covers project. And plans to tour behind it are in the works.
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