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Othaz Records - The Basics :
- What: Independent hip hop label Othaz Records
- Where: Greensboro, NC, USA
- Founded by: Waleed Coyote
Othaz Records was started on the campus of Western Carolina University during founder Waleed Coyote's senior year of college. Initially, the label was primarily promoted to his fellow students, and it continued to grow with Waleed as he moved from student life to a job at Greensboro, NC, based radio station 102 Jamz.
What's in a Name:
The label name Othaz is inspired by the racial demographic question found on many applications. Usually, the last choice on many of these forms is "other" - which Othaz's founder Waleed Coyote said in a recent interview is the box that he always checks. He said he dislikes the tendency in music for for there to be an assumption about which kinds of people listen to which kinds of music, and the name of the label is a suggestion that it won't be boxed into dealing with any one kind of music.
Othaz Records and The Middle East:
Othaz Records is committed to giving North Carolina based artists their chance at the spotlight and wants to introduce national listeners to NC talent. Mixing both Waleed's Lebanese roots and North Carolina's geographic location in the middle of the east coast of the US, the label has termed the Carolina sound and region as The Middle East and makes it a point to use their own successes to draw attention back to all of the artists coming out of the area.
The Peace in the Middle East Project:
Othaz Records' Waleed is also involved in the Peace in the Middle East Project with MC Serch. This project brings Arab and Jewish MCs from all over the world together on tracks to raise money for orphanages in Jerusalem that care for children who have lost their parents to the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts.
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