DirtySouthHipHop.com is an entertainment and cultural website that has something for everyone who love news, music, videos, movies, hot models, and major events involving hip hop culture and business of hip hop entertainment. The South as a whole has contributed to hip hop in the last two and a half decades that have shaped the whole music industry and pop culture. From Memphis to Little Rock, from Jackson, Miss to Mobile Ala, from Atlanta to Miami and Houston to Charlotte, welcome to the past, present, and future, we call Dirty South Hip Hop…
An interactive website with a platform to promote music, videos, unsigned artists and to teach the world about the culture of hip hop from New York to Atlanta to Miami to Houston to New Orleans and beyond other regions. Our radio and tv platforms will also expand the brand with premium content and programming you won’t find no where else to become a multi- faceted brand & entertainment media company.
The Founder & CEO: 35 years ago was at the beginning of an incredible journey in the business of music but the talents of Marvin Shadi Powers started from the day he was born in Savannah GA. With a natural ability to sing, dance, rap, act, the kid known as Romeo Black amazed family, friends, peers, teachers and everyone who crossed his path growing up in multiple places, from Savannah to Brooklyn to Newark, and Plainfield, NJ to PA to Atlanta, the gifts he has been given, have always been put to much use. He was signed to several small indie labels in the mid-’80s along with the help of the legendary DJ, the world-famous, DJ Cheese of “King Kut” fame, from the collective, “Word Of Mouth”(Profile Records) But his major break came in 90′ when Select Records signed him to a single deal that opened doors for him that lasted to this day.
Select Records was a powerhouse at the time with acts like KidnPlay, Chubb Rock, MOP, and UTFO. But from the bottom of the totem pole, the artist formerly known as Romeo Black strived hard as an artist but found more success being behind the scene. After releasing songs in the tri-state area of NY, NJ, PA, and having minor successes, he tried his hand at managing new artists and promoting parties.
The first group that he managed on the road was the hip-house duo Twin Hype and then he started promoting major parties in NJ and PA. He later moved to PA and promoted concerts and parties to a very successful level. After 5 yrs. in the Keystone State, he moved to the ATL in 96 where he worked as a record promoter for the label that gave us artists such as Freaknasty, MC Breed, and 12 Guage known as Power Records(no relation). It was helmed by the visionary and WBA owner (World Basketball Association), and President, Leroy McMath. After successfully promoting records for artists like Trick Daddy FreakNasty, and Khia. The master of reinvention, Shadi Powers had made his bones in the South.
During this time, he managed one of the most historical record stores in Atlanta called Tapemasters which specialized in new and vintage DJ records (vinyl) and mixtapes when they started to really blow up in Atlanta. From there he built a strong relationship and rapport with all of the DJs and artists at the time who was on the come up during the late ’90s like DJ Drama, DJ Mars, Don Cannon, Jeezy, and the infamous Gucci Mane who all are now the top echelon of the music scene in Atlanta and the South. But during this time, he created the website DirtySouthHipHop after feeling unfulfilled, pouring into other people’s dreams around 2005. He ran the site all himself and wrote all the stories plus he helped run other sites too.
In 2010, he joined Benzino and Dave Mays’s Hip Hop Weekly Magazine team as a contributing writer and a blogger under Senior Editor Cavario and continued his love for Hip Hop as a HipHopWeekly.com Content Manager and a senior blogger, working with hip hop media legends like Eben Gregory and Cynthia Horner (WordUp).
In 2016, his passion and love for Hip Hop and the music game were severely and abruptly cut short because of the death of his nephew, the late Bankroll Fresh, who was killed that year. After helping Bankroll’s parents secure their son’s legacy, Street Money Worldwide, Shadi felt it was time to come back to Atlanta and bring a fresh perspective back to the culture. Being honored with becoming the managing partner with the website AllHipHop.com that inspired him to do DSHH in the beginning, AllHipHop’s founders gave him the Atlanta division to jumpstart. Even though Covid19 has made life challenging and very frustrating, Shadi decided to bring back DSHH during the time when online activity went up by 300% because of the quarantine lockdown. With new major backing from an old colleague and friend, media entrepreneur and digital creator, Rich Mahee (Mahvrick), and teaming up with the audacious and pioneering boss lady, Debra Antney, and other financial and major brands, DirtySouthHipHop.com is back and stronger than it ever was. Assume nothing, expect everything. Stay lit and logged on.