Rawkus, the brand synonymous with groundbreaking hip-hop returns to their roots in artist development. The Rawkus Network (http://www.rawkus.com), home to blog favorites and taste-makers such as realtalkNY.net, smokingsection.net, therapup.net, and fatlacemagazine.com, recently announced the all digital launch of The Rawkus 50, a who’s who of the hottest underground artists in Hip Hop today.
Chosen from hundreds of submissions, all Rawkus 50 artist profiles can be viewed on http://my.rawkus.com/group/rawkus50. My.Rawkus.Com being a community platform that both blogs and artists share. A total of 650 exclusive tracks, representing 50 albums, will be available for digital download at iTunes and other relevant digital retailers worldwide. Each artist also has the option to independently release the music in physical CD form. All artists receive the marketing and promotion of Rawkus founders Brian Brater and Jarret Myer, who conceived of the Rawkus 50 as a countermeasure to falling CD sales and a general decline in artist development at music labels.
The Rawkus 50 member diversity, cumulative artistic strengths and touring capacity are evident; however, the Rawkus Network will provide coverage throughout its community of blogs with additional on-line promotion via its social network, worldwide digital distribution, print ads and a series of Rawkus 50 events.
Now the label is seeking international artists to join the Rawkus 50. Starting their search in the UK, interested artists should submit one demo song by way of link or mp3 and their myspace details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Successfully vetted artists will be approached after the January 30th 2008 cut-off date.