Hip Hop Convention brings brightest stars to Grand Bahama

NEW YORK (September 12, 2005) – Actor and Singer Jamie Fox will headline a mind-boggling
delegation of hip hop artists and industry executives who will converge in Freeport Grand
Bahama this month for the 8th Annual Power Summit - the influential hip-hop convention
that brings together tastemakers ranging from DJs to recording industry titans and major

RPM Marketing & Promotions announced today that Academy® Award-winning actor and singer
Jamie Foxx and Grammy®-winner Kanye West, along with Busta Rhymes, Common, Shaggy,
Pussycat Dolls, De La Soul, Q Tip, Black Sheep, Young Jeezy, Lil' Flip, Sean Paul, Jazze Pha are
slated to showcase at the Power Summit, which will be held from September 28 – October 1.

Foxx will headline the “J Records Extravaganza” concert before an audience of DJs,
executives, fellow recording artists, business leaders and culture mavens. Kanye West will
host a listening session where he will launch his new record label “Good Music”.

The Power Summit will also honor Russell Simmons with the Lifetime Achievement Award,
which will be presented by Jay-Z at the Annual Power Summit Awards Dinner. Russell Simmons,
Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, will receive the Power Summit Lifetime
Achievement Award, presented by Jay Z. He has been instrumental in bringing Hip-Hop to every facet
of business and media since its inception in the late 1970s, from co-founding the
immensely successful original Def Jam Recordings to the red-hot Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Run
Athletics, and Def Jam University clothing lines; to producing films, TV series including “The
Def Comedy Jam” and “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry”; on Broadway with the Tony
Award winning stage production “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway”; and many other
industries utilizing the internationally recognized Def Jam brand.

Simmons is active in the community with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the
Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. Rene McLean, Founder of The Power Summit, made the

"This is turning out to be the most powerful Power Summit yet, with the biggest lineup of
today's most influential and talented performers ever. The Power Summit is the perfect
place for artists like Jamie Foxx, Sean Paul and Busta Rhymes to premiere their new
material to the DJ community and it is the perfect entertainment branding environment," said
McLean. "We are thrilled to showcase artists of such a high caliber at this year’s event.”

This year's four-day Power Summit takes place September 28 – October 1 at Our Lucaya, on
Grand Bahama Island, and provides a rare and intimate opportunity to reach the most
influential DJs, artists, trendsetters, tastemakers and brands - the leaders in music and

"J Records has been a huge supporter and fan of this event every year since its
inception. We have used The Power Summit as a platform to showcase artists like Wyclef, Alicia
Keys, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beats and more. This year will be no different as J Records is
proud to bring this years Grand Finale, The J Records Extravaganza, featuring Jamie Foxx and
a host of J Records stars," stated Stephanie Lopez, Senior National Director of J

After having received an Academy Award and critical acclaim for his performance as Ray
Charles in Ray, Foxx is now poised to conquer the music industry. The multi-talented
actor/singer will perform music from his upcoming solo album at the Power Summit in his
first-ever private performance in support of the project.

Kanye West will perform songs from his new record, Late Registration, in addition to
hosting his “Good Music” listening session. Al Branch, General Manager of Hip Hop since
1978, said, “The Power Summit is one of the most important factors in the success of
Superstar Kanye West’s career period. There's no denying the power of this tremendous Hip Hop

“If you’re not at the Power Summit, you’re nothing! Matter of fact, you’re even less
than nothing ‘cause the Power Summit is the biggest and hottest place to be every year!”
states Executive Vice President of Interscope Rap Department, Kevin Black. “Everyone in the
music industry starts salivating in September. We know it’s about to be poppin. This is
the place where everything happens; with DJs in place, the execs making it happen, the
trends jumping off, it’s off the hook!”


Headquartered in New York City, The RPM Group was founded by Rene McLean in 1997. McLean
observed a vacuum in the multicultural marketing space and decided to promote products
that use the youth and lifestyle markets as an entry point for broader market penetration.
The RPM Group’s unrivaled relationships with the key players in the entertainment
community have made it the natural choice for companies looking for an entry into the youth and
lifestyle market, establishing RPM as an innovator in these fields.

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