is dedicated to exposing those people
and groups who want to make change in
the status quo in a positive manner. We
got the scoop on a production company
called Round The Block that was working
with artist in the Philadelphia area and
producing quality work. I touched base
with Malik Jones and he was more than
willing to answer some questions for the
World Family. If you take nothing from
this interview/spotlight know that if
you have a dream it can come true with
work and a plan.
(GC): What's up Malik?
Jones of Round The Block Productions (RTB):
What's the deal GeoClan.com!
So how long has the production company
Round the Block Productions was established
in May of 2005. It all started when I
got into artist management. Chris (my
Phi Beta Sigma line brother) was doing
some rinky-dink music videos at the time
messing around. I had an artist I was
grooming, so I got Chris to do the video
for him. The artist management thing became
a headache as I was working harder for
him then he was for himself. Noticing
Chris' novice talents at the time, I saw
something special in him that I wanted
to help develop. A friend and I got things
started, but the test of time and the
lack of money is a powerful thing and
can drive many away.
Can you tell me about the progress your
Round The Block is making?
Round The Block is in forward progress.
We are bringing the power of quality music
video to the Philadelphia music scene.
So far we have nearly conquered the underground
scene, doing videos with Reed Dollaz,
Joey Jihad, Frank With Da Grippaz Gone,
Reignman, Dutch, Eddie Morris, Neesh,
Young Chris, Omillio Sparks and Touch
Money to name a few. We are in the process
of doing some videos with some C/B list
artist currently. We have released a DVD
by the name of HOODVIDS the showcases
14 music videos that we produced, directed,
edited, packaged, designed, and distributed.
Have a backer who wants to distribute
20,000 copies. We ourselves hope to move
So it's your doing music videos right
not some thrown together stuff?
It is all music videos, not like the regular
rap DVD format with people just freestyling,
but actual videos like you would see on
Any plans for TV?
We are currently working on a TV show
for WYBE channel 35.
So you have a few irons in the fire huh?
Got a few things in the works currently.
It's hard work, but well worth it in the
end. Team is getting bigger and stronger,
so optimism is setting in even more.
So what was your first project as a group?
We started with the Philly Barbarians
DVD project showcasing freestyles of artist
throughout the city. In the process we
were filming and editing a number of music
videos for underground artist. We gained
acclaim from our September 2005 release
of Philly Barbarians Vol. 1, then we released
Philly Barbarians Vol. 2 along with OG
Did It Again In April 2006. Through a
major promotional campaign, we became
known throughout the streets as one of
the hottest teams in the DVD world.
What's the OG Did It Again DVD?
OG Did It Again DVD was a compilation
of 20 music videos we completed from December
2005 - March 2006 all consisting of songs
from the Top Klass Label including the
likes of Reed Dollarz, Reignman, Eddie
Morris, Touch Money, and more. Because
many of the videos were done for diss
tracks, the streets were a buzzing.
Philly Barbarians Vol. 2 was the hottest
freestyle mixtape at the time, and OG
Did It Again was the first of its kind
in the Philly market. We have since we
have put Philly Barbarians Vol. 3 on hold
to focus on HOODVIDS, which was released
on August 30 th 2006, and has been getting
Any bumps in the road?
Sometimes it happens! A 20,000-unit
distribution deal has been presented to
us recently but because we handle our
own packaging and distribution, we declined
for that particular project. Still, the
financial backing will be used to fund
our future endeavors. Philly Barbarians
Volume 3 will soon go into production
when the time is right.
So what's in the works for your company?
We have plans to put an R&B DVD showcase
together in the near future called Philly
Voices Unheard. Now we are basking in
the glory of HOODVIDS and working with
some major artist for music video projects
within the coming months. This is still
a work in progress.
How's the reception been for Round The
Round the Block Productions has gained
a tremendous amount of respect throughout
the underground circuit in Philly. We
have been called on to host parties, DVDs,
mixtapes, and to judge Battles.
What's the goal of Round The Block Productions?
Our goal is to assist this talent rich
environment with getting national attention
that it deserves.
So what are the roles within the company?
I am CEO/President currently of Round
The Block Production and I also handle
our promotion and appeal portion of the
company. Christopher Brown is Senior Editor/Treasurer.
Maurice Childs is our Packing and Distribution
Director. Carlos Brown is Associate Editor.
Raisul Selby handles quality assurance.
Roy Selby is our intern, and handles the
book keeping and contact.
How can people get at you for more information?
They can check us out at www.roundtheblockproductions.com
or at our myspace page: www.myspace.com/roundtheblockproductions
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