“Papa’s Got a Brand-New Bag: The Current State of Hip Hop”

    • January 14, 2020
    150 150 The California Copyright Conference

    Date(s) -


    6:15 pm - 9:00 pm

    Courtyard Marriott



    This panel takes an in-depth look at the Hip Hop genre…delving into its humble beginnings as a genre fighting for chart recognition. Then, on to its legal battles, and finally to it overtaking rock as the most popular genre among music fans. You’ll hear from a strong group of hip-hop movers-and-shakers.

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    6:15 PM Check-In ▪ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Cocktail Hour ▪ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner & Panel Discussion


    Courtyard Marriott

    15433 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 ($5 parking available at venue)


    – Moderator –  

    James Leach — VP, Creative Services/West Coast Operations | SESAC


    – Panelists –

    Tuff Morgan — Vice President of A&R | peermusic

    Kevin Gilliam aka DJ Battle Cat | Record Producer, Rapper, Singer-Songwriter

    Thomas Louis Jones III aka Rapper Big Pooh | Rapper

    TuneDaRuLa | Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter, Engineer

    Che Pope  | Record Producer



    James Leach — VP, Creative Services/West Coast Operations | SESAC

    As one of SESAC’s top execs for its West Coast operations, James Leach has played a prominent role in the growth of this performing rights organization. Since joining SESAC in 2001, Leach helped launch their Los Angeles office and he has established a solid reputation as a respected music executive who is an advocate for both songwriters and music publishers.

    Leach has an extensive background in the music business, having worked as a music publishing exec, music supervisor and music industry consultant. He began his career as an intern at Famous Music before securing a position at Michael Jackson’s prestigious ATV Music Group. At ATV, James spent the next eight years handling catalogs which included The Beatles, Sly & The Family Stone, Little Richard, Michael Jackson, eventually running the company as Director of Creative Affairs. Also, during this time James worked with a variety of artists and songwriters including SWV, Brownstone, Keith Crouch, Skylark and Harmon & Troy to name a few.

    Following his work with Michael Jackson, Leach formed his own music consulting firm, Leach Entertainment. He returned to Famous Music as Director of Creative Affairs/ Urban Music, where he was responsible for signing hit writer/artist/producer, Akon.

    Leach entered the music supervision field, serving as Music Consultant & Coordinator for the groundbreaking urban TV series, “New York Undercover.” He later worked as Music Supervisor for Magic Johnson’s Fox Television show “The Magic Hour,” and for two years as a Music Supervisor for the On-Air Promotions department of Fox Television.

    At SESAC James has signed and worked with many talented songwriters/publishers such as Danja, Harvey Mason, Jr., DJ Dahi, Ab-Soul, Gabe Roland Jacob Luttrell and the legendary George Clinton to name a few. As V.P., James is leading SESAC’s ever expanding West Coast presence, as well as exploring new business strategies for the digital music/media convergence.


    Tuff Morgan | Vice President of A&R | peermusic

    Tuff Morgan started as an artist on Capitol Records with a Top 10 album. From there, Morgan became the A&R for Jheryl Busby (Motown) and Brian Turner (Priority), then a writer, and now the VP of A&R for peermusic. At peermusic, Morgan has had the success of publishing records with artists such as Ella Mai, Drake, Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, J.Lo, Sam Smith, Beyoncé, and indie bands like Cigarettes After Sex, to name a few.


    Kevin Gilliam aka DJ Battle Cat | Record Producer, Rapper, Singer-Songwriter

    Kevin Alexander Gilliam known to most as DJ Battlecat is a native of California—South Central to be exact. His musical gift was nurtured as a youth, which developed into him playing the drums. His career started in the ’80s as an original KDAY mixmaster. He developed a signature sound and style that is a progression from the early ’90s “G-Funk” sound pioneered by himself, Dr. Dre, and Warren G. An early ’90s project, “Bangin’ on Wax” helped to propel his career onto the Billboard charts, which led to producing an RIAA-certified gold album for Def Jam Records’ first West Coast artist—Long Beach’s very own, Domino. Since then he had worked on endless collaborations with such talents as Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Dr. Dre, Debra Cox, Faith Evans, Tyress, Kenny Lattimore, and Raphael Saadiq, across the worlds of Hip Hop and R&B. 

    Currently, DJ Battlecat has branched into scoring for TV series for Universal and Sony doing the most watched Biggie and 2Pac on USA. He was lead DJ and assistant program director for Dr. Dre’s “The Pharmacy Radio” on the Beats1 radio station on Apple Music. He also co-hosts the show with Xzibit, DJ Pooh, Wyann Vaughn, Eddie Francis, J.Rocc, and Dr. Dre himself. He previously serving as musical director for the Soul Train Awards in 2014 and 2015 and DJ’d for Usher’s live “BET Experience” concert in Los Angeles. He and his wife have formed their company Nu Shoe Entertainment to continue his legacy of great music as well as releasing new and innovative entertainment projects, including YG, TY$, Problem, Mykestro, and Anderson .Paak. 


    Thomas Louis Jones III aka Rapper Big Pooh | Rapper

    Thomas Louis Jones III, better known by his stage name Rapper Big Pooh, is an American rapper, who, along with fellow rap artist Phonte, is a member of the acclaimed North Carolina hip hop group, Little Brother. In addition to numerous records and EP’s by Little Brother, Pooh released a solo album in 2005 entitled Sleepers to positive critical review. His first break came from Beni B of ABB Records, and then with Atlantic Records. 

    Always moving forward, and as he says, “…providing the world with dope music,” he appeared on the Little Brother download-only mixtape entitled And Justus for All, mixed by DJ Mick Boogie.

    He released a new interim “street” album, The Delightful Bars, with four slightly different versions of the album available, including one iTunes exclusive “Candy Apple” edition, which contains 13 tracks, each featuring different artwork.


    TuneDaRuLa | Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter, Engineer

    TuneDaRuLa is a music producer and songwriter who plays five instruments. Raised in a musical family, he fell in love with music in church and eventually became a music director and keyboardist for several churches. At 18 years old, he received a Grammy nomination for Best R’n’B Album for El Debarge. After taking the time to perfect his craft, Tune is now one of the most versatile producers in the game: Hip-hop, Country, EDM, Pop/Dance, Trap, R’n’B, Tropical House, Rock, Alternative.

    Now as an established producer/songwriter/engineer in the music industry, TuneDaRuLa has worked with several well-known artists, including Swae Lee, Rae Sremmurd, Jason Derulo, Jeremih, The Weeknd, Quavo, French Montana, Poo Bear, Netflix, Kehlani, Tori Kelly, Teyana Taylor, Davido, Victoria Justice, Young Thug, Jordin Sparks, TI, and many more. Plus, he works with new artists to find their sound and assist with their overall music direction. Through his vision, he has found success by aligning with the world’s greatest talent in music production, songwriting, artists, and business executives alike.


    Che Pope  | Record Producer

    Che Pope is a Grammy award-winning American hip-hop producer from Boston, MA. Pope is also the former president of G.O.O.D. Music. He is perhaps best known for producing Grammy-nominated “Bound 2” by Kanye West, as well as executive producing the compilation album Cruel Summer and co-executive producing, West’s Yeezus.



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    Dinner Menu:


    Caesar Salad

    Your Choice of Entree

    Mesquite Grilled Chicken

    Blackened Salmon with Citrus Butter

    Eggplant Parmigiana


    Chef’s Choice


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