March 04th, 2011

YMR Artist featured on song placed in recent episode of One Tree Hill!

One of YMR's artists, Allante "Industry" Hunter (of GTO), lent some of his vocal stylings to a track called "Step Into the Ring" by Hammerwax. The song was placed in the episode of One Tree Hill that aired Tuesday, March 1, 2011 & is played throughout the show. Check out some of his rap skills in this short clip!

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February 02nd, 2011

All-ages Music Symposium & AMP'd! concert February 20th

The All-ages Music Symposium & AMP'd! Concert unites allies of all-ages events and venues for music and art in the Bay Area

Oakland, CA (January 26, 2011) - Youth Movement Records (YMR) in association with the All-ages Movement Project (AMP) presents an afternoon of dynamic mobilizing conversations to generate momentum for the local all-ages movement through education and music, Sunday, February 20, 2011 at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. The All-ages Music Symposium commences at 4PM and will feature a panel discussion and break out sessions amongst representatives from government and policy, media, community organizations as well as venue owners, promoters, artists, parents and fans about the viability of an all-ages music scene in the Bay Area. The evening will culminate in a production that epitomizes the movement, uniting artists of different genres and ages at the AMP'd! concert.

December 01st, 2010

New Music Video from Kurse Krew - "Don't Mess Wit"!

Check out the new music video for Don't Mess Wit by YMR All-Stars Kurse Krew!

Directed by Bigg Nappy of PhotoFittness; Music Producer - S.K.A.L.A.; Executive Producer - Rob Reason; Song ft. on "BLESSINGS OF THE KURSE" mixtape [to purchase, go to]

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October 22nd, 2010

Music & Politics Company Meeting

Monday, October 18th the focus of our Company Meeting was Music & Politics. We talked about how we each define “politics" and how it relates to music and our community. A good point of discussion was the power attached to the control of money in society.

Check out this playlist embedded below to watch some of the videos we compiled for the meeting!

The first features Lupe Fiasco speaking out against Atlantic Records about 360 Deals and pushing his new album... another way politics and music collide, and in this case one that's detrimental for Lupe as an artist and his fans. This was part of a keynote address that Lupe Fiasco gave at The Second Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative in Dayton, OH earlier this month.

October 14th, 2010

Help YMR All Star Anais kickstart the "Love Can Burn" Music Video!

"Love Can Burn" has been a dream collaboration between two writer/producers, two filmmakers, and one dynamic diva. That "dynamic diva" is Anais, one of YMR's All Stars that participated in the Musical Mentoring Project. She is currently enrolled at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU, and well on her way to launch her career. We fully support her dream, talent, work ethic, and vision and hope you will too.

Anais is now gearing up to shoot the video for the single, and the team NEEDS OUR HELP! They want to produce a video that will rival the classic R&B videos of Rihanna, Beyonce, and Janet Jackson. They have already secured professional camera and lighting equipment for the shoot, but need about $5000 to fulfill their vision for the set and costume design. The money will also help fund transportation, a fire marshal, and other incidental expenses.

Click here to watch a video about their vision, and work thus far. The project is hosted on Kickstarter, an innovative online funding platform for creative projects and ambitious endeavors. You pledge your support with as little as $1, but what makes Kickstarter unique is their "all-or-nothing" approach -- projects must be fully funded before their time expires or no money changes hands. So please pledge your support and encourage friends to do the same by November 22nd!

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August 10th, 2010

YMR and Clear Channel Radio: A Successful Love Story

By Emily Moldy
Today a group of YMR artists and members got the chance to take a tour through the San Francisco building of one of the world's largest radio networks and companies; Clear Channel Radio. With an expert in the inner workings of the company, 94.9 On-Air Personality Christie, as our guide we got to see up close and personal what happens behind the scenes of this multi-billion dollar industry which reaches all of us. From the Music Director, to the hosts of KMEL and Wild 94.9 stations and more YMR youth got to shake hands with professionals and get advice on how to get on the radio, and play the game of the Music Industry.
Some "take home" messages, or words of wisdom that they left us with were: To get out there, be yourself (be real), follow up, be ready (professional) and don't give up!

August 03rd, 2010

YMR Artists Perform at Summer Camp!

On July 27th nearly 300 kids filed into an auditorium at their summer camp at Head Royce School in Oakland, not knowing what (or WHO) they were about to witness. Little did they know that they were about to be introduced to Youth Movement Records (a promo video), watch musical performances by YMR artists Greater Than One and Emily Moldy, and see fresh choreography from local hip hop dance team Urban Prodigy.

BUT the thing that they expected the LEAST was to have a surprise, guest appearance from one of their very own camp counselors, and one of YMR's very own All-Stars... Princeton.

Princeton, a YMR Pop/R&B artist of 2 years, had been working at Head Royce school's summer camp all summer long and was well known to the hundreds of campers, ages K-5, as "Buddha." But when the curtain fell and Princeton came out onto the stage... singing Lady Gaga, rockin' sequins and glitter with a mic in his hand, they almost didn't recognize him.

Princeton and the other performers blew away the audience to the point where most all of 300 of the kids flooded the stage, asking for the artists to sign their shirts, hands, foreheads... and anything else they could think of. Check out the pix!

July 24th, 2010

FreshFest 2010: A Green Festival for the People

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2010

(Oakland, CA) – On August 14, 2010, youth-oriented social media platform Get Fresh, in collaboration with Grind for the Green, Conscious Youth Media Crew, Youth Movement Records, Livity Outernational Clothing, Global Exchange, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Oakland Green Youth Media Arts Center and others, presents the 2010 FreshFest, a solar-powered eco-music festival which makes its East Bay debut in Oakland’s Mosswood Park.

FreshFest is a Green Festival for the people, bringing eco-sustainability and environmental awareness into an urban, community-oriented context. “We’re bringing back the old-school hip-hop concept of ‘fresh’ and adding an environmental, conscious twist to it,” says G4G co-founder and event organizer Zakiya Harris. “We’re basically saying, it’s fresh to be informed about environmental issues. Conscious lyrics are fresh, and so is organic, locally-grown produce and green fashion.”

Though targeted at youth, this all-ages event promises fun for the entire family. The FreshFest integrates eco-awareness and eco-education with entertainment, making learning about green practices, programs, and careers fun, while promoting sustainability through recycled materials, biodegradable foodware, and organic food. The event will feature a fresh food pavilion featuring locally-grown organic produce, hands-on
demonstrations, health and wellness activities, Fresh Kids Zone, Hip-Hop Competition, and concert.

July 16th, 2010

Desperate times call for creative minds!

--By Emily Moldy

If you don't know them for their dope music or community activism here in Oakland, you should recognize them from blogs about the U.S. Social Forum (on YMR's website which you should be checking out daily!) They are: AJ Thrower (YMR) and Tania Pulido (RYSE)... and they are two of many Bay Area youth who attended this year's U.S. Social Forum, where they spent time with thousands of other artists, activists, and like-minded folks who are SERIOUSLY ready to change the world..

It's true that now, more than ever, young folks have a powerful voice in movement towards changing our worlds. Here at YMR we talk a lot about movement (like "youth movement" "social movement", etc).. but what exactly is this movement? Where is it going? What does it look like?

This past Monday, YMR hosted a meeting in the lab for anyone to come and listen to what AJ, Tania, and YMR's Video Coordinator, Dan Reilly had to say about their journey to the East Coast to represent YMR at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, MI. They brought back with them a contagious energy talking about being creative to make changes in their communities, neighborhoods, and throughout the country. Bono of U2 once said, "This is a time for bold measures. This is the country, and you are the generation.” Imagine if we actually came together with our art (whatever form of art that may be) to use as both our medicine for healing and weapon for resistance, and imagine if we got to brainstorming... we really could run this town.

July 15th, 2010

Industry Insider Series - DJ Amplive

DJ Amplive of Zion-I lets us in on the TRUTH of the music industry... "It's not just about the music, you have to be professional and you have to know your business..." Watch the video below for more and let us know what you think!