A Spotlight On Indie Labels: COINTELPRO Entertainment

Article by: Justyn Brodsky:

Founded in 2011 by Artist & CEO J. Tripp (aka Mr. I-10 aka Thulsa Doom), COINTELPRO originated as primarily a Rap label, but also branched off into other elite parts of the entertainment industry including Comedy, Television and everything in between. COINTEL is independently run and tends to steer its prospects and endeavors away from corporate politics and saturated ideations within the entertainment realm, taking on an approach that focuses more on true talent, authenticity and integrity. Projects that have Soul and actual depth in its structure with limitless possibilities and timeless prosperity.

COINTEL supports the perspective that everyone has their respective niche and their approach to a genre, and that the company knows good music when they hear it. This is a cornerstone to the company and its purpose as to why it exists.

The origination of the company name COINTELPRO stems from a series of covert, and at times illegal projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations – legitimate American organizations organized by legitimate tax paying citizens. When one refers to the content of Television and Radio, its designated term is “Programming”. Think about that. Television Programs, Radio Programs, but programming what? That’s where the vital question comes in to question things around you. When the people behind the curtain tell you who’s hot and who’s not, They are programming you. This where COINTELPRO Entertainment steps in. To take the static out of the noise and the noise out of the terminology – and get down to the truth, as it were intended.

COINTEL brings you that RAW experience first hand. The company takes it back to the day when the people used to be proud when the neighborhood artists got radio play and authentic recognition outside of their original audience. And to quit letting people who don’t matter tell you that you don’t matter, that what you do isn’t relevant anymore. Your audience is right there in front of you, and defiantly waiting to hear something that they can relate to and identify with on a true artist’s level.

COINTELPRO’s point is “Do you”, if you got the talent, got the message and are you willing to put in the legwork? If so, COINTEL can and will pave the way to new heights for all prospective artists in the field. And that no matter what…always be yourself.

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Career Highlights: Mr. I-10

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Music fans know that the underground is where the magic happens. The greatest music usually comes from the artists most casual fans haven’t quite heard about yet but who are pushing hard to get their message out into the world. Mr. I-10 is a rapper & artist on the rise who is doing exactly that.

Emerging from the elite Hip Hop music scene in the US market coast to coast and originally hailing from Florida’s Jackson County, Mr. I-10 (AKAs: J. Tripp, Thulsa Doom, Tha Preachers Son) has been in the game since 2001 and is ready to hit the ground running since discovering his passion for the genre in the 80s. After years of listening to a vast array of different artists and gathering the tools to pursue his respective niche and artistic merit, he’s ready to delve into the music realm and perfect his prospective signature sound, and feels that his time is now.

During his younger years while growing up in a military household, the aspiring artist began moving around with his family to different cities and communities, which lead to his manifestation of love for local and underground artists. And after attending shows and witnessing the artist legwork first hand, he began to encompass an insatiable respect for the grind and started becoming inspired.

While listening to radio station KPOO in the Frisco Bay Area of California, he ran across many artists we’ve come to know in today’s music world before they became famous and rooted for them while they were still underdogs coming up in the scene. He expressed a profound respect for them as the ones who didn’t, and would be a pivotal point in his discovery of the hustle and grind as an artist on the rise still developing his first hand knowledge of the Hip Hop game and the business that surrounded it. Some of the artists he followed earlier in their careers include today’s superstars from labels like Rap-A-Lot, Death Row, Sic-Wid-It, Awol, No Limit, Cash Money, among several others. He followed them all with a special affinity for music from the West Coast and the South, and embraced the experiences of his surroundings and pursuits to get into the swing of things as an artist, which at this point was inevitable and a dream within reach. And this is when he began to manifest his signature sound and versatility as an artist – creating a style that shares resemblance to no one else and is one within his own right that he can truly own. And Mr. I-10 began to get his feet off the ground, with every horizon in sight and experience in the game to give him the drive to get there.

I’m grown, I don’t compete with these kids. I don’t hate, because I see what we do as two different things

Known for his versatile rhyming structures, Mr. I-10 exhibits the skills and dedication needed to really solidify his signature sound and stylization that is both original and familiar. Influenced and inspired by his daughter and the prospect of not giving up on dreams even if manifested or put on hold long ago, Ten is ready to show the world what he’s made of and is already on a path of creating important work. With lyrical content that resonates with real life situations ranging from child support, politics, the ideation of guns, the military, to the dynamics of the Black American Family, Ten’s music touches on subject matter that people and listeners can identify with and take in at its face value, rather than beat around the bush. His music touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable, and most of all, inspirational. Ten was inspired to be inspired, and that’s the musical path that got him to this point, and has no intention of slowing down his momentum anytime soon.

These days, he knows how to enjoy life, using his craft to be a voice for hip-hop, continuing its movement with his community and fanbase, and living the life of an artist on the rise. He has come a long way and is driven to maintain his originality and to shoot for greatness without letting anyone knock him down. Judging by his skill set and continued drive to succeed so far, Ten will be well on his way to the top. And mainstream music fans will soon be used to hearing him as a household name. His debut Album “Facing Extinction” is slated for an early 2019 release and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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Career Highlights: DJ Thuch

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DJ Thuch continues to hit the ground running and is geared up for a promising direction for 2019

Emerging from the elite Los Angeles music scene in California, DJ Thuch began hitting the ground running in the music realm in 2006 and quickly started building his craft. Since that time, he has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and stylization, and has no intention of slowing down his momentum anytime soon.

Born and raised in San Francisco, DJ Thuch after several years of artist development officially decided to take his affinity for music to the professional level in 2014. Known for his stylistic open format EDM sound with eclectic elements of Hip Hop/R&B and Latin, Thuch’s music resonates with an elite style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. His music is also reminiscent of several artist influences that include DJ Fat Fingaz, DJ TLM, DJ Idea, DJ Drama, Carnage and Lil Jon. On top of being a self-taught musician, he is also a graduate from the Audio Surgeonz Institute in Beverly Hills, CA instructed by DJ Furious Stylez.

Since gracing the stage, Thuch has had the opportunity to perform at a vast array of venues and events in the Southern California scene, including Sharkeez Manhattan Beach (sponsored by Maserati), TDH Event at The Box Theater, Revival, Pass the Torch BET Weekend for Universal Hip Hop Museum 2018 (Featured artist Kurtis Blow Honoring Kash Doll and Nippsey Hussle), Legacy Lounge, Falak Hookah Lounge, De Oro Mine Co, Ren Gallery, DJ Judge for the state wide known Showcase Tour, among many others. He has also been exclusively featured in SDVoyager Magazine.

Currently, DJ Thuch has been producing and releasing various mixes of EDM, Latin and Hip Hop that can be found on digital streaming platforms including SoundCloud and Mixcloud. He also continues to book shows and perform at a variety of different bars, clubs, lounges and festivals in the Southern California region.

As he continues to compose, create, manifest and spread the heat throughout 2018 and beyond, DJ Thuch‘s future prospects are very promising as he paves the way to the top and utilizes his craft behind the turntables. At the rate he’s going, he will be a name you’ll be hearing much more about.

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Career Highlights: Jerad Finck

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Growing up in Spokane and spending his childhood summers on his family’s farm in Odessa, Washington, Jerad Finck has been playing music his whole life – starting with trumpet and playing jazz heavily until college, where he joined his first rock band.

Since releasing his self-titled debut album, produced by John Seymour in 2009, he’s been on the road practically non-stop, opening for and/or touring with notable industry heavyweights like Daughtry, Christina Perri, Edwin McCain, Sister Hazel, DADA, Vertical Horizon, Parachute, One EskimO, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Hires, Red Wanting Blue, Ron Pope, Cracker, Ingram Hill, Tony Lucca and many others.

Jerad credits his experiences touring with the highly fan interactive Sister Hazel for helping him develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with his own audiences – both onstage and off.

Finck is also no stranger to radio air-play. His first radio release entitled “Runaway” was the #1 independent song in the country on the Adult Contemporary chart as well as The Billboard Hot AC chart. The song became the perfect metaphor for the wild success of the track, which has propelled the tireless Spokane, WA-based singer, songwriter and road warrior to new heights in his career.

Jerad collaborated and co-wrote tracks on his album Stuck with top producers David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Christina Perri), Steven Solomon (James

Arthur, Christina Perri, 5SOS), Andrew Williams (Five for Fighting, Jessica Simpson), and Denny White (Tiesto, Usher). Hodges helmed “Criminal,” the infectious power-pop ballad that became Finck’s second stint at radio. The

success of “Criminal” at radio with sales of fifteen thousand and climbing, impacting the Billboard chart in HOT AC and TOP 40. Jerad also won the 2016

USA songwriting competition grand prize (previous winners, American Authors and Megan Trainor).

Jerad’s next single, “New Kids”, his latest collaboration with writer/producer Denny White (The Fray, Tiesto, Usher) released in early 2018 and has already sold 40,000 units. Now, on September 18th, he has just released the remix with UK group SEAWAVES in support of the Anti-Gun violence Non-Profit http://www.everytown.org. The song debuted on the Billboard and has already impacted

the Mediabase Top 40 and Top 200.

The singer’s special performances include Live In The Vineyard, Hotel Carolina, SXSW, Indie Week Toronto, The Rock Boat XII, and Balcony TV. Jerad has also been featured in newspapers and magazines including CMJ, Skope, Maverick, American Songwriter, Amplifier and Acoustic Magazine. He and his band have

performed on dozens of morning TV shows on several networks including NBC, CBS, ABC &

FOX, and his songs have also been featured in films and TV shows on HBO, ESPN, Discovery, CBS & NBC, among others.

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Artist Highlight: Steve James

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Emerging from the elite Los Angeles music scene in California, R&B recording artist Steve James began hitting the ground running in the music realm in 2005 and since that time has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and stylization; and has no intention of slowing down his momentum anytime soon.

Originally hailing from Indianapolis Indiana, Steve moved to California to further his music career as a singer & songwriter to build his audience and develop his creative niche. Known for charismatic vocal techniques and dynamic melody structures, his music resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving his audience a taste of something fresh, yet still identifiable to the avid R&B listener.

Influenced by major players in the game like Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Frankie Beverly, Tank, Musiq Soulchild and Marsha Ambrosius, Steve has already garnered an insatiable fan base and Internet presence, which allowed him to open the doors with his indie label Dream Big Music Group. He has released 6 independent projects since his inception and currently has a tour lined up for Fall & Winter including dates in Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York.

These days, he knows how to enjoy life, using his craft to be a vital voice for on-the-rise independent artists, continuing its movement with his community and fan base, and living the life of a prospective artist. He has come a long way since his beginnings and is driven to maintain his originality and to keep shooting for greatness. Judging by his success so far, Steve James is well on his way to the top. R&B fans will soon be knowing him as a household name.

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