Hip-hop's leading Southern hip-hop magazine, Ozone, and TJ's DJ's are gearing up for their Second Annual Ozone Awards/TJ's DJ's "Tastemakers Only" Music Conference, which is slated for August.
The highly-anticipated event is set to take over Miami from August 10th - 13th, with it ending with the Ozone Awards, which takes place at James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami.
After the overwhelming success of the first-annual event, Ozone Magazine'ss CEO, Julia Beverly, set out to create a bigger and better show for 2007.
"We expect to double the number of attendees during this year's show," said Beverly, who also serve's as the magazine's Editor-In-Chief. "We were able to blueprint the success of last year's show and setup a bigger event showcasing the growth and impact on Southern hip-hop."
This year's event will honor the best players in in Southern hip-hop and beyond -- with nominees in various categories including Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, UGK, Yung Joc, T-Pain, 8Ball & MJG, Lil Boosie & Webbie, Lloyd, Rich Boy, Too $hort, and Trina, among others slated to attend.
During the weekend leading up to the Second Annual Ozone Awards, the TJ's DJ's "Tastemakers Only" Music Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from August 10th – 12th. Founded by music industry veteran, Thomas "TJ" Chapman, the four day conference brings together the music industry's top players and artists for networking, panel discussions and sponsored seminars.
Chapman has been responsible for the birth and resurgence of many Southern artists' careers in the last 13 years, among other numerous achievements. His annual event will include panel discussions with music industry professionals, listening suites tailored for aspiring artists, social networking events and private invite-only workshops.
Although the conference has been established for a few years, this is its first joint-venture with Ozone Magazine.
"Combining our events during one weekend of celebrating the success of Southern hip-hop sends a powerful message that Southern hip-hop is united and here to stay," says Chapman. "The South has given a lot to hip-hop music over the years and we are finally getting the recognition we deserve for bringing a fresh sound to the art form."
Expected panelists include DJ Drama, DJ Khaled, Cool & Dre, Rap Coalition CEO Wendy Day, Felli Fel, Scarface, and Too $hort, among others.
Fans are able to vote for the winners nominated for the Ozone Awards online at OzoneMag.com. For tickets, visit TicketMaster.com.
Categories and nominees for the 2007 Ozone Awards is as follows:
- DJ Khaled "We Takin' Over"
- Ludacris ft. Young Jeezy "Grew Up A Screw Up"
- Pimp C "Knockin Doors Down"
- Three 6 Mafia "Doe Boy Fresh"
- Young Buck "Get Buck"
BEST RAP ALBUM
- Devin The Dude - Waitin' To Inhale
- Lil Boosie - Bad Azz
- Ludacris - Release Therapy
- Rich Boy - Rich Boy
- Rick Ross - Port of Miami
- Young Jeezy - The Inspiration
BEST RAP ARTIST (MALE)
- Pimp C
- Rick Ross
- Young Jeezy
- Lil Wayne
BEST RAP ARTIST (FEMALE)
- Diamond and Princess of Crime Mob
BEST RAP GROUP
- 8Ball & MJG
- Crime Mob
- Three 6 Mafia
BEST RAP/R&B COLLABORATION
- Akon f/ Snoop Dogg "I Wanna Love You"
- Lloyd f/ Lil Wayne "You"
- Ludacris f/ Mary J. Blige - "Runaway Love"
- Plies f/ T-Pain "Shawty"
- T-Pain f/ Yung Joc "Buy U A Drank"
- Young Jeezy f/ R Kelly "Go Getta"