ihiphop.com Brings Social Networking and Rich Media Content to the Hip Hop Community

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Indie Record Exec Helps Hip Hop Embrace Web 2.0 with Full-Featured Networking, Entertainment and Information Site

iHipHop (http://www.ihiphop.com), a social entertainment and information site aimed at fans of hip-hop culture, today announced its launch as an online community offering hip hop music, videos, news, forums, commerce and social networking tools. Formerly crackspace.com, iHipHop launches with almost 800,000 users and a slate of new and updated features, including user profile widgets, video chat, blogs, and a hip hop wiki, to help hip hop fans engage more actively with the community and with each other.

"While operating as CrackSpace, we worked closely with the community to understand their needs and how they interacted with the technology, and we used that information to develop an in depth hip hop site with the most advanced tools on the market today," said Chuck Wilson, founder and CEO. "Now we've got a site where hip hop and pop culture fans can enjoy content and participate in the community, and advertisers can reach an engaged and targeted audience."

iHipHop's features include:    

  • Social network consisting of user-generated pages, blogs and message boards
  • Professional audio and video content from artists and record labels
  • Professionally written content such as news, blogs and interviews
  • Hip hop Wikipedia
  • Hip-hop social networking Facebook application
  • Embeddable user profile widgets that contain a snapshot of each user's profile as well as their photos, music, and other content
  • User-to-user video and text chat capabilities
  • Audio and video sharing
  • Exclusive ringtones available for purchase and direct delivery
  • A store for physical goods, including CDs, DVDs, clothes and accessories
  • Video game trading through sayswap.com

Said Emerson Dwellingham, VP of Publisher Operations for Tremor Media, "Before iHipHop there was a distinct need for an outlet where advertisers could reach and engage the hip hop audience. iHipHop gave us the ability to expand our offering by providing a way to target a urban demographic. This has been very valuable to our advertisers."

The company's founder and chief executive, Charles L. "Chuck" Wilson Jr., is also founder and chief executive of Babygrande Records, a New York-based record label, and one of the world's largest independent hip hop music labels. Before founding Babygrande, Mr. Wilson was Director of A&R for major label, Priority Records, and Director of Business Affairs for Black Entertainment Television. He was named one of Billboard Magazine's 2005 Power Players in the recording industry.

About iHipHop
iHipHop, a property of Triumph Media Holdings, Inc., is the most technologically advanced social network catered to the hip hop community. The site offers music, videos, news, and networking features to almost 800,000 users. The site, which was formerly operated as CrackSpace.com, launched in November 2006 as the first hip-hop social network on the internet. http://www.ihiphop.com


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