Koji laid down the dopest beats during our music competition, so he’s picking up $15k towards a collab with master producer Don Cannon. Together they're going to co-produce an all-new Lil Durk track in the next few weeks. Koji x Cannon x Durk = hype. Follow @Craft_Syndicate on Instagram and Twitter for studio updates as their track takes shape.
Master producer Don Cannon is a world-renowned tastemaker who has worked with a who's who of top 10 rappers including Outkast, Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, and Ludacris. Cannon pioneered his unique sound at Clark Atlanta University, where he joined forces with fellow Philadelphia natives to form a DJ collective known as The Aphilliates. His work on the “Gangsta Grillz” mixtape series along with a stint on Sirius Satellite Radio's “Shade 45” helped position him as one of ATL's hottest DJs and personalities.
Cannon has since parlayed his success into Cannon Music, a full service production and promotion company. He's also teamed up with DJ Drama and DJ Sense to create The Academy, an institution that helps prepare the next generation of music entrepreneurs for success.
Born and raised in Chicago's South Side, Lil Durk has been grinding hard to make a name for himself from the start. He quickly set himself apart from his peers with a mix of Auto-Tuned singing and straight-up raps. Durk even established his own label, Only The Family (OTF), while continuing to drop mixtapes. The hustle paid off as Def Jam signed him in 2012 just as Chi-Town's drill scene began to go mainstream. Since then, Durk has released two full-length albums and collaborated with Rick Ross, French Montanta, Meek Mill and Ty Dolla $ign.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Koji The Bandit grew up surrounded by different genres of music, from Soul and R&B to Funk and Hip-Hop. He first became interested in music production in 9th grade, and the rest is history. Since 2003, the man known to friends as "Saint," has been crafting sounds for local acts as well as regional artists throughout the South, including No Suh Foster, Lil Nardy, Translee, RaRa, and Eugenius. In 2010, Koji hooked up with District Phive/Nu Nation to form ROBOTHOUSE, a production team that specializes in genre-bending original soundscapes.
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Each entrant must first register through the Craft Syndicate site, www.craft-syndicate.com, during the Contest Entry Period. Once registered, an entrant may submit one or more music tracks and must upload, tagging each with @craft_syndicate and using the hashtag #CraftSyndicate in the post copy to a participating social media site (i.e., Twitter, Soundcloud or Instagram), during the Contest Entry Period (each a "Contest Entry" and collectively referred to as "Contest Entries"). (Entrant must be registered on Twitter and Soundcloud prior to completing registration on the Craft Syndicate site.) Only Contest Entries uploaded during the Contest Entry Period and submitted in accordance with these Official Rules will be considered a qualifying entry. All Contest Entries received at the designated computer will be deemed to have been made in the United States and subject to the applicable law stated below. In the event of dispute about the time of entry, Sponsor's computer will be the official timekeeper.
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Each Judge will make their finalist selections (up to 10 finalists each) by applying the following criteria to the Contest Entries. The assigned point value in parentheses represents the overall value for each criteria ("Criteria").
A. Overall appeal, sound, quality: (75%)
B. Originality and creativity: (25%)
Each Contest Entry is the whole song minus the vocals and must include the following:
The Sponsor and Mentor in their sole discretions, reserve the right to disqualify Contest Entries that are sexually explicit or suggestive, violent or derogatory, profane or pornographic, promote alcohol or illegal drugs, firearms or weapons, promote any unsafe or dangerous activities or any particular political agenda, or that defame or contain disparaging remarks about other people, groups or companies.
This is a GAME OF SKILL ("Contest") in which entrants will submit an original music track ("Contest Entry") to showcase potential of a produced piece according to judging criteria. The Contest operates through Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters ("Craft Syndicate"), a communications platform sponsored by ITG Brands, LLC ("Sponsor"), that leverages social media to encourage creative entrepreneurship by pairing aspiring entrepreneurs with established entrepreneurs in a particular creative field – in this Contest, music - and tasking them to collaborate (the "Collaboration") to develop a product – in this Contest, a finished, marketable song, ("Track"). The grand prize winner ("Mentee") will be awarded the opportunity to work with a noted music producer ("Mentor") – contracted to be Don Cannon - to create the Track. Judging will occur in two phases. Contest Entries will initially be judged by a panel of music professionals ("Judges") each of whom will select up to 10 finalists based on meeting the Contest criteria. Mentor will select Mentee from the Judges' finalist selections.
The Contest will begin at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time ("ET") on March 31, 2017 and the time for submissions will end at 11:59:59 PM ET April 20, 2017 (the "Contest Entry Period). Judging will take place between April 21, 2017 and May 5, 2017. The Mentee will be announced on May 10, 2017. The period for the Mentee to collaborate with the Mentor will take place May 15, 2017 through June 23,2017 ,) , unless another time is negotiated between the parties and agreed to by the Sponsor.
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Those finalists then will be judged by the Mentor according to the same Criteria to select the tentative Mentee on or about May 10, 2017 . Finalists not selected will be designated Honorable Mention and may, at Sponsor's sole discretion, receive recognition credit and/or display of their Contest Entry on the Craft Syndicate website or other social media channels.
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The grand prize will be the opportunity to work with the Mentor beginning on or about May 15, 2017 through on or about June 23, 2017 to create a Track. Mentee will be required, as a condition of verification and acceptance, to sign and return, within five (5) business days, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Acceptance,
The Mentor will use his best commercial efforts to ensure that any other artist, producer or other contributor to the Track either:
A. is bound by a "work for hire" ownership and distribution agreement and agrees to accept for all services a fee to be paid out of the $15,000 grant from the Sponsor, or
B. receives royalties based upon the standard scale minimum of ASCAP for similar works.
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