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It's safe to say that organizers were disappointed with the turnout, especially considering the current political climate. Only about 50 people gathered inside Piedmont Park's Magnolia Hall. Many of those assembled were staff for the 15 or so candidates at the front of the room. The biggest issue up for discussion, besides voter apathy, was how to keep a new referendum for a ban on gay marriage off the November ballot.

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"Unhappily, I did use the words 'faggot marriage.' I attempted to be humorous, satirical and over the top, and I achieved only the latter."</
-- Shipp, to CL</
"Mr. Shipp's reference to calling us 'faggots' is clearly indicative of the way some feel about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Georgians. These are the same people who support spending over $100,000 to call our General Assembly back into special session to address an issue that is already illegal in the state of Georgia."</
-- Georgia Equality Executive Director Chuck Bowen to CL, referring to a special legislative session called to reinstate Georgia's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage</
"Georgia Equality doesn't understand that the statement was made by their strongest defender on the program. ... Whatever Bill tried, it didn't work. But it was meant to antagonize conservatives."</
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In April, Bank of America's Charitable Foundation declined to give money to a local Boy Scouts council, citing the scouts' national policy barring gays from serving as Boy Scout troop leaders.

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Four of the seven state Supreme Court justices are up for election in November. If they don't hear the appeal by the time qualifying for state judicial seats ends June 30, they will open themselves up to criticism from their opponents (are the Supreme Court judges at odds with the will of the voters?) to which they will not be permitted to respond, since the case will still be pending.

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"I don't know whether there is an ethical or moral constraint on whether they should expedite it or not," Clark says. "But I think it is largely a function of how crowded their calendar is."

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The Georgia Supreme Court's seven justices will vote on whether to hear an appeal shortly after all the paperwork gets processed — probably sometime in the next week, according to Rick Diguette, a Supreme Court spokesman.

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Perdue says that if the Supreme Court doesn't take up the matter by Aug. 7, he will call a special legislative session so lawmakers can draft a new amendment banning gay marriage. A special session would cost taxpayers $30,000 to $40,000 a day.

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In 2004, the amendment banning gay marriages and civil unions barely squeaked by the House, though since then nearly 30 House seats have come under Republican control.

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  string(5951) "NASCAR has its roots in moonshine running. The first NASCAR race was held on the beach in Daytona. But in the last quarter-century, NASCAR has become as corporate as the NFL and NBA. If you want to get back to the real roots of car racing, dirt track racing is the closest you can get.

About 80 miles north on I-75, 14 miles down the Trail of Tears Highway, past a golf course, a gas station, a couple of revivalist churches and not a whole heck of a lot else, you'll find the North Georgia Speedway, home of "dirt trackin' at its best."

The track is an oasis of noise and mud in the otherwise serene part of the world. Locals gather there in the summer on Saturday afternoons to drink Cokes, eat hot dogs and watch the cars roar around the sloped track.

As the cars slide into their turns, their front tires lift inches off the ground and their back tires spin, spraying chunks of dirt onto the spectators. Michael Young, a tufting machine mechanic who is standing up against the fence that surrounds the track, throws his hands in front of his face as he's pelted with clay.

"I got it stuck in my hair like chewing gum!" Young exclaims, laughing as he picks a piece of red Georgia clay out of his short, brown hair.

Today, Young is watching the action with his best friend, Nelson, and his daughter, Pamela. Young's brother, Mickey, has a car that is going to race in the "hobby division." His 16-year-old daughter, Laura, usually attends the races with him but tonight she's on a date. "I wish she was down here with me," Young says. "Big time. But you gotta give them their space."

Young says he started coming to dirt track racing on a regular basis when he was trying to quit drinking. The track doesn't permit alcohol, so that made it easy to stay clean. "I figured better to spend $12 a week going to the races than spend $50 a day drinking," he says.

Young decided to embrace dirt track racing over Chatsworth's other limited recreational activities. "There's a go kart track across the street, and the North Georgia Mini Speedway is down the road," Young says. "But this here is the most exciting thing. Plus, those go karts are pretty dangerous."

Young, who has been coming to the races for 23 years, sits as close as he can get. He pays for a reserved spot where he parks his truck, only a few feet from the metal fence that wraps around the track. Other spectators sit in the bleachers that line the hill that leads to the track.

At the top of the hill is the snack bar, which offers the usual sporting event fare. In the top left-hand corner of a board above the grill, the items for sale are listed: hamburgers, $2.75; hot dogs, $2; corndogs, $1.50; and nachos, $2.50. Below the food items, a few other necessities are listed: Rolaids, Advil and earplugs that all cost $1 each.

Billboards around the track advertise Pit Stop Portables, Hicks Specialty Welding, Kevco Graphics Custom Racing Decals, Dalton Pressure Washer and the Dalton Army Recruitment Center.

The North Georgia Speedway opens to the public at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and races start at 7. In between, drivers tinker with their cars' engines and take practice laps around the track in order to get a feel for the condition of the dirt.

Most fans show up early and sit in the back of their pickup trucks drinking Coca-Cola and talking with neighbors they haven't seen since the last race. They talk about cars, the weather, or share stories about growing up in Chatsworth.

The fans of dirt track racing are not the wild breed who attend NASCAR races. You won't see any women walking around in bikinis, or men hooting and hollering for their favorite car. The people at the North Georgia Speedway are more laid-back. They sit and watch, occasionally engaging in conversation with a neighbor, but rarely showing too much emotion or excitement. Even when a car slides out of control into the cement wall, there are no gasps or shouts.

Before the races start, a male voice comes over the loud speaker and instructs spectators to stand and remove their hats. "Here at the motor speedway, it's customary to take a moment to thank the Lord," the voice says. "We ask those competing to show us what sportsmanship really means and to help us all be better sportsmen."

Then there's the national anthem, followed by the words everyone is longing to hear: "All right, fans, let's get ready for some racin'!"

There are six different racing divisions: the super late model, limited late model, sportsman, hobby, mini stock and street stock. The hobby cars are the smallest, the sportsman cars the biggest, loudest and fastest. The hobby cars start first. The No. 10 car, a small black and white Ford Mustang, wins the first race, leading all the way.

As the day turns to night, the lights around the track come on and make the mud look smooth. Young, who used to own a race car but had to sell it when money got tight, says he's excited for his brother's car race.

"Our dad raced one or two times in his life, but then he passed away when I was 13," he says. "I think if Mickey could win tonight, he would quit. He just wants to win once."

But tonight isn't Mickey's night. His car catches fire before it can finish the race. Nobody is hurt, but he'll need a new engine.

As the night wears on, the air becomes thick with dust. Young smacks his lips.

"I need a cheeseburger, boy," he says. "I'm tasting that dirt."

Dirt track racing in Georgia

Want to get a taste of racing on the dirt? Here are other tracks across the state to check out:

Dixie Speedway, 150 Dixie Drive, Woodstock, 770-926-5315, www.dixiespeedway.com

Oglethorpe Speedway Park, 200 Jesup Road, Pooler, 912-964-7223, www.ospracing.net

Cochran Motor Speedway, Jim Wimberly Road, Cochran, 478-934-4470, www.cochranmotorspeedway.com

Lavonia Speedway, Highway 77, Lavonia, 706-356-2220, www.lavoniaspeedway.com

Swainsboro Raceway, 586 Modoc Road, Swainsboro, 478-252-1300, www.swainsbororaceway.com"
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Young, who has been coming to the races for 23 years, sits as close as he can get. He pays for a reserved spot where he parks his truck, only a few feet from the metal fence that wraps around the track. Other spectators sit in the bleachers that line the hill that leads to the track.

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Billboards around the track advertise Pit Stop Portables, Hicks Specialty Welding, Kevco Graphics Custom Racing Decals, Dalton Pressure Washer and the Dalton Army Recruitment Center.

The North Georgia Speedway opens to the public at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and races start at 7. In between, drivers tinker with their cars' engines and take practice laps around the track in order to get a feel for the condition of the dirt.

Most fans show up early and sit in the back of their pickup trucks drinking Coca-Cola and talking with neighbors they haven't seen since the last race. They talk about cars, the weather, or share stories about growing up in Chatsworth.

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Before the races start, a male voice comes over the loud speaker and instructs spectators to stand and remove their hats. "Here at the motor speedway, it's customary to take a moment to thank the Lord," the voice says. "We ask those competing to show us what sportsmanship really means and to help us all be better sportsmen."

Then there's the national anthem, followed by the words everyone is longing to hear: "All right, fans, let's get ready for some racin'!"

There are six different racing divisions: the super late model, limited late model, sportsman, hobby, mini stock and street stock. The hobby cars are the smallest, the sportsman cars the biggest, loudest and fastest. The hobby cars start first. The No. 10 car, a small black and white Ford Mustang, wins the first race, leading all the way.

As the day turns to night, the lights around the track come on and make the mud look smooth. Young, who used to own a race car but had to sell it when money got tight, says he's excited for his brother's car race.

"Our dad raced one or two times in his life, but then he passed away when I was 13," he says. "I think if Mickey could win tonight, he would quit. He just wants to win once."

But tonight isn't Mickey's night. His car catches fire before it can finish the race. Nobody is hurt, but he'll need a new engine.

As the night wears on, the air becomes thick with dust. Young smacks his lips.

"I need a cheeseburger, boy," he says. "I'm tasting that dirt."

__Dirt track racing in Georgia__

Want to get a taste of racing on the dirt? Here are other tracks across the state to check out:

Dixie Speedway, 150 Dixie Drive, Woodstock, 770-926-5315, [http://www.dixiespeedway.com/|www.dixiespeedway.com]

Oglethorpe Speedway Park, 200 Jesup Road, Pooler, 912-964-7223, [http://www.ospracing.net/|www.ospracing.net]

Cochran Motor Speedway, Jim Wimberly Road, Cochran, 478-934-4470, [http://www.cochranmotorspeedway.com/|www.cochranmotorspeedway.com]

Lavonia Speedway, Highway 77, Lavonia, 706-356-2220, [http://www.lavoniaspeedway.com/|www.lavoniaspeedway.com]

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About 80 miles north on I-75, 14 miles down the Trail of Tears Highway, past a golf course, a gas station, a couple of revivalist churches and not a whole heck of a lot else, you'll find the North Georgia Speedway, home of "dirt trackin' at its best."

The track is an oasis of noise and mud in the otherwise serene part of the world. Locals gather there in the summer on Saturday afternoons to drink Cokes, eat hot dogs and watch the cars roar around the sloped track.

As the cars slide into their turns, their front tires lift inches off the ground and their back tires spin, spraying chunks of dirt onto the spectators. Michael Young, a tufting machine mechanic who is standing up against the fence that surrounds the track, throws his hands in front of his face as he's pelted with clay.

"I got it stuck in my hair like chewing gum!" Young exclaims, laughing as he picks a piece of red Georgia clay out of his short, brown hair.

Today, Young is watching the action with his best friend, Nelson, and his daughter, Pamela. Young's brother, Mickey, has a car that is going to race in the "hobby division." His 16-year-old daughter, Laura, usually attends the races with him but tonight she's on a date. "I wish she was down here with me," Young says. "Big time. But you gotta give them their space."

Young says he started coming to dirt track racing on a regular basis when he was trying to quit drinking. The track doesn't permit alcohol, so that made it easy to stay clean. "I figured better to spend $12 a week going to the races than spend $50 a day drinking," he says.

Young decided to embrace dirt track racing over Chatsworth's other limited recreational activities. "There's a go kart track across the street, and the North Georgia Mini Speedway is down the road," Young says. "But this here is the most exciting thing. Plus, those go karts are pretty dangerous."

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Billboards around the track advertise Pit Stop Portables, Hicks Specialty Welding, Kevco Graphics Custom Racing Decals, Dalton Pressure Washer and the Dalton Army Recruitment Center.

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Then there's the national anthem, followed by the words everyone is longing to hear: "All right, fans, let's get ready for some racin'!"

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As the night wears on, the air becomes thick with dust. Young smacks his lips.

"I need a cheeseburger, boy," he says. "I'm tasting that dirt."

Dirt track racing in Georgia

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Dixie Speedway, 150 Dixie Drive, Woodstock, 770-926-5315, www.dixiespeedway.com

Oglethorpe Speedway Park, 200 Jesup Road, Pooler, 912-964-7223, www.ospracing.net

Cochran Motor Speedway, Jim Wimberly Road, Cochran, 478-934-4470, www.cochranmotorspeedway.com

Lavonia Speedway, Highway 77, Lavonia, 706-356-2220, www.lavoniaspeedway.com

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"If I'm about to crash, just tell me," Braun says as he texts with one hand and steers with the other. Braun is pulling out of Chaka Zulu's west Atlanta studio, where the two just discussed a possible venture in the movie industry, when the light at the intersection turns yellow. He pauses for a second, then seems to remember that he's driving a Mercedes CLK 320 with a 215-horsepower engine and steps on the gas. The light turns red, but Braun zooms through, anyway.

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That's how Braun lives: fast, and with a certain disregard for the rules. It's how he's navigated his life since arriving in Atlanta five-and-a-half years ago as an Emory University freshman.

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There are few people who could have predicted Braun's career would have unfolded the way it has. His family and friends assumed that the former high school class president would go into politics or maybe law. That's a long way from Braun's current job. Braun calls himself a "power player" in the entertainment industry, but his business associates describe him as a "hustla."

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One thing is for sure: Wherever Braun is headed, he's moving fast. He has shot through the ranks of the hip-hop industry, establishing himself as one of the country's top party promoters, a growing force in media marketing, and just generally a guy "in the know." He has starred in music videos, brokered deals between controversial rappers and major corporations, and partied with Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake. And at 23 years of age, Braun's just getting started.

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Today is a typical day for the kid from Greenwich, Conn. He's spending his afternoon in the car, bouncing from recording studio to recording studio, meeting with producers, artists and studio execs, pitching projects and nurturing relationships.

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As he's driving and texting on his T-Mobile Sidekick, Braun's Verizon cell phone rings. It's the representative for Britney Spears. Braun is throwing a party for Kevin Federline in Miami at the end of the month and has found a place for the celeb couple to stay while they're in town — a luxurious $3.7 million house on nearby Allison Island.

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"How insane am I?" Braun asks Spear's rep, his voice rising in excitement. "Love me right now. It's pretty hard to believe, right? It's 5,700 square feet. It's right on the water. It's gorgeous."

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The voice on the other end of the phone doesn't seem to share Braun's enthusiasm.

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"What's wrong?" Braun asks. "We're still doing the party, right?"

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The rep assures him that the party is still on (though it would later be postponed); it's just that the Spears-Federline camp is dealing with a little bit of drama. She tells Braun that he should check the Star magazine website (later that day, the gossip sheet would report that Spears accidentally dropped her infant son, Sean Preston, on his head and that social workers had paid a visit to Spears' home).

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Braun seems reassured. He looks up to see that he's stuck in a long line of cars waiting to pass through a downtown intersection near the Georgia Aquarium. He pulls a U-turn in the middle of Luckie Street and then goes back to talking about how great Spears and Federline's new house is. "The only thing I want is a key," Braun says. "I want one bedroom that I can stay in when I'm in town."

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The rep laughs off his request. Braun hangs up his cell phone. But as soon as he hangs up, his Sprint phone rings. This time it's one of the managers of the exclusive downtown restaurant and lounge BED. The management of BED allocates passes to VIP guests, which entitles them to automatic access to the restaurant's rooftop lounge. The manager wants to know who Braun thinks should get a VIP pass.

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"Send me the list you've got so far and I can tell you if they're the wrong people," Braun says. "Because a lot of people you think may be big, but then they come in and don't spend a lot of money and bring the wrong people with them."

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As he's talking, Braun notices flashing lights from a Georgia state patrol car in his rearview mirror. "I've gotta go," Braun says. "I just got pulled over."

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A state trooper walks up to the driver's side window of Braun's purple Mercedes and asks for his license and registration. Then she tells him he's getting a $25 ticket. He wasn't wearing his seat belt.

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Don't call Scooter Braun a "party promoter." He hates that.

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In March, Braun threw a party for "K-Fed" at Vision nightclub and the AJC ran a series of photos on its website from the event. In one, Braun was featured and identified as a "local party promoter." He wasn't too pleased. "I throw parties in NYC, L.A., Miami, London, and I'm 'local'?" Braun says. "I broker deals between a major hip-hop star and a huge corporation, and I'm still just a 'party promoter'?"

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But you can't blame people for getting confused about what Braun does for a living. It's complicated.

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"To be honest with you, I don't know what the hell he does," says his best friend Fernando Cuartas, who played basketball with Braun in high school and lived with him for a year after college. "But he's always got several projects going on. Whether it's promoting, or developing artists, it's always something."

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Talk to the people who have worked with Scooter Braun, and they'll all describe him the same way: He's a "hustla."

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"It's not just hustle, it's focused hustle," says Chaka Zulu, who is co-CEO with Ludacris of Disturbing Tha Peace Records. "He takes the opportunity and knows how to stretch it."

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"He's hustle concentrate," says Jazze Pha, the rap producer who has worked with Ciara, Slick Rick and Nelly. "You ever made Minute Maid out of a can? That's the kind of hustle he's got."

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"He hustles, that's what's good about him," says record producer Dallas Austin, one of Braun's friends. "Just because you're in the industry doesn't mean you know how to hustle. Scooter does."

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "hustle" as "to make strenuous efforts to obtain especially money or business." The hip-hop culture defines it a little differently.

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"I think the urban community uses 'hustla' as the ultimate honor," Braun says. "A hustla is somebody that doesn't take no for an answer; somebody who has a vision and a goal and works to realize it; somebody who works his ass off to make it happen."

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Of course, Braun has a somewhat different take on what it means to "work." Many of his deals are struck while sipping drinks on club rooftops or sitting courtside at Hawks games. He spends late nights partying, building relationships with the hip-hop industry's biggest producers and stars. He owns three cell phones — one for text messaging, one with a number given only to select clients, and one that anybody can call — and he is constantly talking or sending text messages to friends, family and business partners.

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Braun's frustration at his inability to shed the "party promoter" label is understandable, though maybe a bit naïve. After all, he got his start and made much of his fortune throwing big, popular, successful parties.

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When he was a freshman at Emory in 1999, Braun was broke. He came from a wealthy family, but didn't like borrowing money from his parents and wanted to find another way to pay for beer and pizza. First, he got involved in the fake ID market, serving as a link between the kids who needed the IDs and the guy who made them. In exchange, he kept 50 percent of the profits. "I was the fake ID king," Braun says. "I made so much money doing it, but I was afraid that I was going to get caught. So I quit after four months."

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Then one Thursday night, while he was out with friends in Buckhead, Braun passed by the Paradox nightclub. The club was empty and Braun asked the bouncer if he could speak with the manager. "I knew that club was full on Friday and Saturday nights," Braun says. "And I thought, if I could fill it on a Thursday night, I could clean up."

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Braun made the manager an offer: He would pack the club the following Thursday, and in exchange he would get to keep the door receipts. He put up flyers all over the Emory campus advertising his party and hired a DJ for the event. That Thursday, 1,000 people showed up at Paradox. Braun made a net profit of $600.

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That was the beginning of something big. Braun continued to throw parties and his Thursday night events became a focal point of the Emory social scene. People who attended the parties say there was an energy to them. The DJs played all the right songs, a mix of hip-hop and rock that appealed to both blacks and whites.

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Everyone wanted to party with Scooter. Stars like Ciara, J-Kwan, Chingy, Cee-Lo, Jagged Edge and Ludacris would stop by and sometimes perform. And as his parties got more popular, and Braun learned the ins and outs of the business, profits soared. By the end of his freshman year, Braun estimates that he was making $5,000-$10,000 from every party.

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Thursday nights weren't the only ones Braun would stay out late. On Tuesdays, he would head to the Velvet Room, where many of the city's hip-hop elite gathered. Most weeks he would take a date, and Braun quickly became known as the "king of the white chicks."

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Entrance to the Velvet Room on Tuesday nights was $100. Braun would stay until the wee hours of the morning, often having spent much of what he had earned at the previous Thursday's party. But Braun says he wasn't just pissing his money away. He had a plan. He wanted the major players in the hip-hop industry to notice him. Braun says he met Ludacris, Fat Joe and P. Diddy at the Velvet Room. These were stars he wanted to impress. He wanted to show them that he was for real. Of course, he wasn't for real, but they didn't have to know that.

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Chaka Zulu, one of several businessmen who has served as a role model for Braun, says Braun's attempt to gain access by throwing money around isn't a new idea. "It's called flash money," Zulu says. "People call it 'faking it till you make it.' It's like when you switch out cars with your buddy so it'll look like you've got two cars instead of one."

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Braun kept faking. He bought a purple Mercedes Benz with rims on eBay for $35,000, paying for it all up front. He was flying all over the country to show up at the hottest events. He'd buy bottles of Grey Goose or champagne for everyone around him. All those expenses left him with little pocket change. There were times, Braun says, when the college kid with the purple sports car would have to scrounge for change to pay the pizza delivery guy.

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Then Braun got his big break. Ludacris was about to go out on tour with Eminem. Ludacris and Zulu had gotten to know Braun at the Velvet Room, and the two were looking for somebody to throw parties in association with Ludacris and Eminem's Anger Management Tour 2002. They asked Braun to organize parties in five cities: New York, Tampa, Hartford, Miami and Atlanta. Braun says that Zulu recognized that many of the kids buying tickets for the Anger Management Tour were white, and he wanted a party that would appeal to both a white and black audience.

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That gig really got the ball rolling. Before he knew it, Braun was the legit player he hustled to become in the hip-hop world. And that led him to super-producer Jermaine Dupri.

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Dupri is one of the producers behind Usher's Confessions album and Mariah Carey's Grammy-winning comeback album, as well as the boyfriend of pop star Janet Jackson. Braun says Dupri was fascinated by Braun's ability to get white kids into historically black clubs.

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When Dupri asked Braun to join So So Def Records, Braun was just 19 years old. But Dupri told him that he had a bright future in the industry, and he was going to teach Braun the ropes. "He told me that he didn't want me involved in his parties," Braun says. "He said I had more to offer than just parties. He wanted me doing his marketing, his business."

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Within a year, Braun was named So So Def's executive director of marketing. He was living large — making more than six-figures throwing his Emory parties and doing work for So So Def that involved flying back and forth from Atlanta to New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

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The makers of 3 Vodka approached Braun and asked him to help market their product in the Southeast. Braun suggested teaming 3 Vodka with So So Def, and soon Dupri became the face of the brand, as well as part owner.

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Braun produced Music Midtown's urban stage for two years, and threw a week's worth of parties in conjunction with NBA All-Star Weekend 2003 in Atlanta.

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Braun's father came to visit that weekend and attended one of the NBA parties that his son was throwing. "I remember seeing John Salley standing outside and he was having trouble getting in," Ervin Braun says. "My son was standing near the front and Salley was yelling, 'Scooter, Scooter, come on, man, get me in here!' That's when I realized how successful Scott had gotten."

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Braun was recruited to throw parties for NSYNC Celebrity Basketball Weekend and Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour 2004, both in Miami. He was so connected by that point that Prince showed up at his birthday party at Midtown club Eleven50.

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In his junior year, with his grades slipping from spending too much time traveling and not enough time in class, Braun decided to drop out of Emory. His father, who is a cosmetic dentist, says he was upset with his son's choice. "To say I was disappointed is an understatement," Ervin Braun says. "I went to four years of college and four years of dental school and four years of training. So him dropping out was difficult for me to accept." But he says he also realized that Braun had a unique opportunity.

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Scott "Scooter" Braun became accustomed to dealing with white men in suits growing up in Greenwich, Conn., a New York suburb where businessmen are in no short supply.

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Braun's family was wealthy. He lived in a house with tennis courts, a swimming pool and an indoor basketball court. Cato, a member of the rap group O.D,, which Braun represents, visited Braun at his family's home recently. "I had gotten some dental work done and I needed to get some painkillers," Cato recalls. "So we go to the pharmacy and fucking Pierce Brosnan bumped into me. That was the highlight of the whole trip."

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Some of the guys on Braun's basketball team, which his dad coached, lived in local housing projects and they turned Braun onto rap. "Hip-hop is not a genre," Braun says. "It's a culture. It's not restricted to the 'hood. But at the same time, I'm not about being the white guy who's all, 'What up?'"

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Braun wasn't initially comfortable telling his Atlanta hip-hop friends about his past. When he first started hanging out at the Velvet Room and working at So So Def, he told Dupri and everyone else that he was from Queens. He had worked at So So Def for six months before he 'fessed up about his past.

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When he moved from party promotion into marketing, Braun's skin color helped him connect with people in the boardroom as much as it allowed him to stand out among a sea of wannabe producers and marketers.

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"These older white executives, they see me and they see themselves 20, 30 years ago," Braun says. "Because I'm white and I'm comfortable around black people, I can serve as a bridge between the mostly black hip-hop world and the mostly white, corporate world."

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Braun is walking through Vision nightclub, shaking hands with producers, artists and managers. Tonight the scene is "very political," he says. It's DJ Drama's birthday party, and much of the Atlanta hip-hop industry has come out to pay their respects, as well as to try and get their songs played in the club. There isn't much dancing happening on the dancefloor, but the VIP section is packed. Two guys are drinking Moet & Chandon out of the bottle. Braun pushes his way through the crowd, making his way toward DJ Drama, who is perched up on the DJ platform. Braun wants Drama, who is the biggest mix-tape producer in the game, to produce a tape for O.D,, the local rap group he's managing.

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On his way over to Drama, Braun passes Usher. The two are being pushed in different directions by the crowd. They briefly shake hands and keep walking. When Braun gets to the DJ platform, Drama gives him a shout out on the mic. The two exchange pleasantries over the din of the crowd, and Braun shouts that they'll do business soon. As he's leaving the club, Braun stops to talk shop with the members of O.D,; schmoozes with Vision's owner, Alex Gidewon; tells Drama's business partner, DJ Sense, to expect his call; and shakes hands with Hawks forward Al Harrington. As he's heading to his car, somebody shouts at him, "Hey, Scooter, let's do something together!"

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These days, Braun is doing a lot of things with a lot of different people. But last September, he did something for himself.

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He left So So Def. Braun says he learned a lot from working with Dupri, but he wanted to be his own man. He had a few side projects in the works, one in particular that he felt could help him make his name as a player in the marketing world. Only a few weeks after leaving Dupri, Braun brokered a $12 million campaign deal between Ludacris and Pontiac. The deal was huge. Hip-hop stars traditionally haven't had much luck landing big endorsement packages because of their thug image. And this deal was especially significant because two years earlier, Bill O'Reilly of Fox News organized a campaign to boycott Pepsi for using Ludacris as the face of its advertising campaign.

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Braun was able to convince Pontiac that the O'Reilly factor shouldn't dissuade them from jumping in bed with Ludacris.

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Braun told Pontiac representatives, "You guys need a younger audience." Ludacris has a song called "Two Miles an Hour," and Braun says he convinced Pontiac to do a deal where their cars were featured in the song's music video, and the song was featured in their commercials. He also got Pontiac to let Ludacris choose the director for both the video and the commercial.

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After the Pontiac deal, Braun got a gig as an entertainment consultant for the Atlanta Hawks; it was his job to bring celebrities to the games. He signed on to represent Brit and Alex, 20-year-old blond twin sisters who were the faces of the John Frieda Sheer Blonde campaign; Braun thinks they are going to be the next big thing in pop music. O.D.'s new single, "Boi Stop," just hit the airwaves and Braun says rapper/producer Akon has agreed to produce the group's next track. He just signed a contract with a production company to make a reality television show about his good friend, NBA player Jay Williams, and his comeback from a horrific motorcycle accident. And he's talking with Ludacris and folks in L.A. about getting involved in the film industry.

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When Braun leaves Vision with the members of O.D., they meet producer Frank Nitti outside on the sidewalk. Nitti says he has a studio just around the corner and Braun tries to convince the group to drop everything and go there to record a track. But it's nearly 3 a.m. and everyone is tired. They decide to do it another day.

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As he gets into his purple Mercedes, Braun stops and pulls his Verizon phone out of his jeans pocket and checks his voice mail. Then he steps on the gas and zooms out of the parking lot and back out on the street, full speed ahead.

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  string(19738) "Scooter Braun is doing what he does best. He's multitasking.

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"If I'm about to crash, just tell me," Braun says as he texts with one hand and steers with the other. Braun is pulling out of Chaka Zulu's west Atlanta studio, where the two just discussed a possible venture in the movie industry, when the light at the intersection turns yellow. He pauses for a second, then seems to remember that he's driving a Mercedes CLK 320 with a 215-horsepower engine and steps on the gas. The light turns red, but Braun zooms through, anyway.

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That's how Braun lives: fast, and with a certain disregard for the rules. It's how he's navigated his life since arriving in Atlanta five-and-a-half years ago as an Emory University freshman.

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There are few people who could have predicted Braun's career would have unfolded the way it has. His family and friends assumed that the former high school class president would go into politics or maybe law. That's a long way from Braun's current job. Braun calls himself a "power player" in the entertainment industry, but his business associates describe him as a "hustla."

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One thing is for sure: Wherever Braun is headed, he's moving fast. He has shot through the ranks of the hip-hop industry, establishing himself as one of the country's top party promoters, a growing force in media marketing, and just generally a guy "in the know." He has starred in music videos, brokered deals between controversial rappers and major corporations, and partied with Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake. And at 23 years of age, Braun's just getting started.

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Today is a typical day for the kid from Greenwich, Conn. He's spending his afternoon in the car, bouncing from recording studio to recording studio, meeting with producers, artists and studio execs, pitching projects and nurturing relationships.

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As he's driving and texting on his T-Mobile Sidekick, Braun's Verizon cell phone rings. It's the representative for Britney Spears. Braun is throwing a party for Kevin Federline in Miami at the end of the month and has found a place for the celeb couple to stay while they're in town -- a luxurious $3.7 million house on nearby Allison Island.

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"How insane am I?" Braun asks Spear's rep, his voice rising in excitement. "Love me right now. It's pretty hard to believe, right? It's 5,700 square feet. It's right on the water. It's gorgeous."

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The voice on the other end of the phone doesn't seem to share Braun's enthusiasm.

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"What's wrong?" Braun asks. "We're still doing the party, right?"

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The rep assures him that the party is still on (though it would later be postponed); it's just that the Spears-Federline camp is dealing with a little bit of drama. She tells Braun that he should check the Star magazine website (later that day, the gossip sheet would report that Spears accidentally dropped her infant son, Sean Preston, on his head and that social workers had paid a visit to Spears' home).

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Braun seems reassured. He looks up to see that he's stuck in a long line of cars waiting to pass through a downtown intersection near the Georgia Aquarium. He pulls a U-turn in the middle of Luckie Street and then goes back to talking about how great Spears and Federline's new house is. "The only thing I want is a key," Braun says. "I want one bedroom that I can stay in when I'm in town."

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The rep laughs off his request. Braun hangs up his cell phone. But as soon as he hangs up, his Sprint phone rings. This time it's one of the managers of the exclusive downtown restaurant and lounge BED. The management of BED allocates passes to VIP guests, which entitles them to automatic access to the restaurant's rooftop lounge. The manager wants to know who Braun thinks should get a VIP pass.

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"Send me the list you've got so far and I can tell you if they're the wrong people," Braun says. "Because a lot of people you think may be big, but then they come in and don't spend a lot of money and bring the wrong people with them."

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As he's talking, Braun notices flashing lights from a Georgia state patrol car in his rearview mirror. "I've gotta go," Braun says. "I just got pulled over."

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A state trooper walks up to the driver's side window of Braun's purple Mercedes and asks for his license and registration. Then she tells him he's getting a $25 ticket. He wasn't wearing his seat belt.

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__Don't call Scooter__ Braun a "party promoter." He hates that.

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In March, Braun threw a party for "K-Fed" at Vision nightclub and the AJC ran a series of photos on its website from the event. In one, Braun was featured and identified as a "local party promoter." He wasn't too pleased. "I throw parties in NYC, L.A., Miami, London, and I'm 'local'?" Braun says. "I broker deals between a major hip-hop star and a huge corporation, and I'm still just a 'party promoter'?"

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But you can't blame people for getting confused about what Braun does for a living. It's complicated.

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"To be honest with you, I don't know what the hell he does," says his best friend Fernando Cuartas, who played basketball with Braun in high school and lived with him for a year after college. "But he's always got several projects going on. Whether it's promoting, or developing artists, it's always something."

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Talk to the people who have worked with Scooter Braun, and they'll all describe him the same way: He's a "hustla."

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"It's not just hustle, it's focused hustle," says Chaka Zulu, who is co-CEO with Ludacris of Disturbing Tha Peace Records. "He takes the opportunity and knows how to stretch it."

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"He's hustle concentrate," says Jazze Pha, the rap producer who has worked with Ciara, Slick Rick and Nelly. "You ever made Minute Maid out of a can? That's the kind of hustle he's got."

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"He hustles, that's what's good about him," says record producer Dallas Austin, one of Braun's friends. "Just because you're in the industry doesn't mean you know how to hustle. Scooter does."

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "hustle" as "to make strenuous efforts to obtain especially money or business." The hip-hop culture defines it a little differently.

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"I think the urban community uses 'hustla' as the ultimate honor," Braun says. "A hustla is somebody that doesn't take no for an answer; somebody who has a vision and a goal and works to realize it; somebody who works his ass off to make it happen."

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Of course, Braun has a somewhat different take on what it means to "work." Many of his deals are struck while sipping drinks on club rooftops or sitting courtside at Hawks games. He spends late nights partying, building relationships with the hip-hop industry's biggest producers and stars. He owns three cell phones -- one for text messaging, one with a number given only to select clients, and one that anybody can call -- and he is constantly talking or sending text messages to friends, family and business partners.

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Braun's frustration at his inability to shed the "party promoter" label is understandable, though maybe a bit naïve. After all, he got his start and made much of his fortune throwing big, popular, successful parties.

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When he was a freshman at Emory in 1999, Braun was broke. He came from a wealthy family, but didn't like borrowing money from his parents and wanted to find another way to pay for beer and pizza. First, he got involved in the fake ID market, serving as a link between the kids who needed the IDs and the guy who made them. In exchange, he kept 50 percent of the profits. "I was the fake ID king," Braun says. "I made so much money doing it, but I was afraid that I was going to get caught. So I quit after four months."

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Then one Thursday night, while he was out with friends in Buckhead, Braun passed by the Paradox nightclub. The club was empty and Braun asked the bouncer if he could speak with the manager. "I knew that club was full on Friday and Saturday nights," Braun says. "And I thought, if I could fill it on a Thursday night, I could clean up."

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Braun made the manager an offer: He would pack the club the following Thursday, and in exchange he would get to keep the door receipts. He put up flyers all over the Emory campus advertising his party and hired a DJ for the event. That Thursday, 1,000 people showed up at Paradox. Braun made a net profit of $600.

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That was the beginning of something big. Braun continued to throw parties and his Thursday night events became a focal point of the Emory social scene. People who attended the parties say there was an energy to them. The DJs played all the right songs, a mix of hip-hop and rock that appealed to both blacks and whites.

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Everyone wanted to party with Scooter. Stars like Ciara, J-Kwan, Chingy, Cee-Lo, Jagged Edge and Ludacris would stop by and sometimes perform. And as his parties got more popular, and Braun learned the ins and outs of the business, profits soared. By the end of his freshman year, Braun estimates that he was making $5,000-$10,000 from every party.

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Thursday nights weren't the only ones Braun would stay out late. On Tuesdays, he would head to the Velvet Room, where many of the city's hip-hop elite gathered. Most weeks he would take a date, and Braun quickly became known as the "king of the white chicks."

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Entrance to the Velvet Room on Tuesday nights was $100. Braun would stay until the wee hours of the morning, often having spent much of what he had earned at the previous Thursday's party. But Braun says he wasn't just pissing his money away. He had a plan. He wanted the major players in the hip-hop industry to notice him. Braun says he met Ludacris, Fat Joe and P. Diddy at the Velvet Room. These were stars he wanted to impress. He wanted to show them that he was for real. Of course, he wasn't for real, but they didn't have to know that.

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Chaka Zulu, one of several businessmen who has served as a role model for Braun, says Braun's attempt to gain access by throwing money around isn't a new idea. "It's called flash money," Zulu says. "People call it 'faking it till you make it.' It's like when you switch out cars with your buddy so it'll look like you've got two cars instead of one."

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Braun kept faking. He bought a purple Mercedes Benz with rims on eBay for $35,000, paying for it all up front. He was flying all over the country to show up at the hottest events. He'd buy bottles of Grey Goose or champagne for everyone around him. All those expenses left him with little pocket change. There were times, Braun says, when the college kid with the purple sports car would have to scrounge for change to pay the pizza delivery guy.

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Then Braun got his big break. Ludacris was about to go out on tour with Eminem. Ludacris and Zulu had gotten to know Braun at the Velvet Room, and the two were looking for somebody to throw parties in association with Ludacris and Eminem's Anger Management Tour 2002. They asked Braun to organize parties in five cities: New York, Tampa, Hartford, Miami and Atlanta. Braun says that Zulu recognized that many of the kids buying tickets for the Anger Management Tour were white, and he wanted a party that would appeal to both a white and black audience.

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That gig really got the ball rolling. Before he knew it, Braun was the legit player he hustled to become in the hip-hop world. And that led him to super-producer Jermaine Dupri.

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Dupri is one of the producers behind Usher's Confessions album and Mariah Carey's Grammy-winning comeback album, as well as the boyfriend of pop star Janet Jackson. Braun says Dupri was fascinated by Braun's ability to get white kids into historically black clubs.

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When Dupri asked Braun to join So So Def Records, Braun was just 19 years old. But Dupri told him that he had a bright future in the industry, and he was going to teach Braun the ropes. "He told me that he didn't want me involved in his parties," Braun says. "He said I had more to offer than just parties. He wanted me doing his marketing, his business."

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Within a year, Braun was named So So Def's executive director of marketing. He was living large -- making more than six-figures throwing his Emory parties and doing work for So So Def that involved flying back and forth from Atlanta to New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

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The makers of 3 Vodka approached Braun and asked him to help market their product in the Southeast. Braun suggested teaming 3 Vodka with So So Def, and soon Dupri became the face of the brand, as well as part owner.

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Braun produced Music Midtown's urban stage for two years, and threw a week's worth of parties in conjunction with NBA All-Star Weekend 2003 in Atlanta.

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Braun's father came to visit that weekend and attended one of the NBA parties that his son was throwing. "I remember seeing John Salley standing outside and he was having trouble getting in," Ervin Braun says. "My son was standing near the front and Salley was yelling, 'Scooter, Scooter, come on, man, get me in here!' That's when I realized how successful Scott had gotten."

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Braun was recruited to throw parties for NSYNC Celebrity Basketball Weekend and Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour 2004, both in Miami. He was so connected by that point that Prince showed up at his birthday party at Midtown club Eleven50.

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In his junior year, with his grades slipping from spending too much time traveling and not enough time in class, Braun decided to drop out of Emory. His father, who is a cosmetic dentist, says he was upset with his son's choice. "To say I was disappointed is an understatement," Ervin Braun says. "I went to four years of college and four years of dental school and four years of training. So him dropping out was difficult for me to accept." But he says he also realized that Braun had a unique opportunity.

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Scott "Scooter" Braun became accustomed to dealing with white men in suits growing up in Greenwich, Conn., a New York suburb where businessmen are in no short supply.

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Braun's family was wealthy. He lived in a house with tennis courts, a swimming pool and an indoor basketball court. Cato, a member of the rap group O.D,, which Braun represents, visited Braun at his family's home recently. "I had gotten some dental work done and I needed to get some painkillers," Cato recalls. "So we go to the pharmacy and fucking Pierce Brosnan bumped into me. That was the highlight of the whole trip."

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Some of the guys on Braun's basketball team, which his dad coached, lived in local housing projects and they turned Braun onto rap. "Hip-hop is not a genre," Braun says. "It's a culture. It's not restricted to the 'hood. But at the same time, I'm not about being the white guy who's all, 'What up?'"

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Braun wasn't initially comfortable telling his Atlanta hip-hop friends about his past. When he first started hanging out at the Velvet Room and working at So So Def, he told Dupri and everyone else that he was from Queens. He had worked at So So Def for six months before he 'fessed up about his past.

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When he moved from party promotion into marketing, Braun's skin color helped him connect with people in the boardroom as much as it allowed him to stand out among a sea of wannabe producers and marketers.

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"These older white executives, they see me and they see themselves 20, 30 years ago," Braun says. "Because I'm white and I'm comfortable around black people, I can serve as a bridge between the mostly black hip-hop world and the mostly white, corporate world."

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__Braun is walking__ through Vision nightclub, shaking hands with producers, artists and managers. Tonight the scene is "very political," he says. It's DJ Drama's birthday party, and much of the Atlanta hip-hop industry has come out to pay their respects, as well as to try and get their songs played in the club. There isn't much dancing happening on the dancefloor, but the VIP section is packed. Two guys are drinking Moet & Chandon out of the bottle. Braun pushes his way through the crowd, making his way toward DJ Drama, who is perched up on the DJ platform. Braun wants Drama, who is the biggest mix-tape producer in the game, to produce a tape for O.D,, the local rap group he's managing.

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On his way over to Drama, Braun passes Usher. The two are being pushed in different directions by the crowd. They briefly shake hands and keep walking. When Braun gets to the DJ platform, Drama gives him a shout out on the mic. The two exchange pleasantries over the din of the crowd, and Braun shouts that they'll do business soon. As he's leaving the club, Braun stops to talk shop with the members of O.D,; schmoozes with Vision's owner, Alex Gidewon; tells Drama's business partner, DJ Sense, to expect his call; and shakes hands with Hawks forward Al Harrington. As he's heading to his car, somebody shouts at him, "Hey, Scooter, let's do something together!"

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These days, Braun is doing a lot of things with a lot of different people. But last September, he did something for himself.

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He left So So Def. Braun says he learned a lot from working with Dupri, but he wanted to be his own man. He had a few side projects in the works, one in particular that he felt could help him make his name as a player in the marketing world. Only a few weeks after leaving Dupri, Braun brokered a $12 million campaign deal between Ludacris and Pontiac. The deal was huge. Hip-hop stars traditionally haven't had much luck landing big endorsement packages because of their thug image. And this deal was especially significant because two years earlier, Bill O'Reilly of Fox News organized a campaign to boycott Pepsi for using Ludacris as the face of its advertising campaign.

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Braun was able to convince Pontiac that the O'Reilly factor shouldn't dissuade them from jumping in bed with Ludacris.

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Braun told Pontiac representatives, "You guys need a younger audience." Ludacris has a song called "Two Miles an Hour," and Braun says he convinced Pontiac to do a deal where their cars were featured in the song's music video, and the song was featured in their commercials. He also got Pontiac to let Ludacris choose the director for both the video and the commercial.

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After the Pontiac deal, Braun got a gig as an entertainment consultant for the Atlanta Hawks; it was his job to bring celebrities to the games. He signed on to represent Brit and Alex, 20-year-old blond twin sisters who were the faces of the John Frieda Sheer Blonde campaign; Braun thinks they are going to be the next big thing in pop music. O.D.'s new single, "Boi Stop," just hit the airwaves and Braun says rapper/producer Akon has agreed to produce the group's next track. He just signed a contract with a production company to make a reality television show about his good friend, NBA player Jay Williams, and his comeback from a horrific motorcycle accident. And he's talking with Ludacris and folks in L.A. about getting involved in the film industry.

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When Braun leaves Vision with the members of O.D., they meet producer Frank Nitti outside on the sidewalk. Nitti says he has a studio just around the corner and Braun tries to convince the group to drop everything and go there to record a track. But it's nearly 3 a.m. and everyone is tired. They decide to do it another day.

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As he gets into his purple Mercedes, Braun stops and pulls his Verizon phone out of his jeans pocket and checks his voice mail. Then he steps on the gas and zooms out of the parking lot and back out on the street, full speed ahead.

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"If I'm about to crash, just tell me," Braun says as he texts with one hand and steers with the other. Braun is pulling out of Chaka Zulu's west Atlanta studio, where the two just discussed a possible venture in the movie industry, when the light at the intersection turns yellow. He pauses for a second, then seems to remember that he's driving a Mercedes CLK 320 with a 215-horsepower engine and steps on the gas. The light turns red, but Braun zooms through, anyway.

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That's how Braun lives: fast, and with a certain disregard for the rules. It's how he's navigated his life since arriving in Atlanta five-and-a-half years ago as an Emory University freshman.

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There are few people who could have predicted Braun's career would have unfolded the way it has. His family and friends assumed that the former high school class president would go into politics or maybe law. That's a long way from Braun's current job. Braun calls himself a "power player" in the entertainment industry, but his business associates describe him as a "hustla."

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One thing is for sure: Wherever Braun is headed, he's moving fast. He has shot through the ranks of the hip-hop industry, establishing himself as one of the country's top party promoters, a growing force in media marketing, and just generally a guy "in the know." He has starred in music videos, brokered deals between controversial rappers and major corporations, and partied with Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake. And at 23 years of age, Braun's just getting started.

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Today is a typical day for the kid from Greenwich, Conn. He's spending his afternoon in the car, bouncing from recording studio to recording studio, meeting with producers, artists and studio execs, pitching projects and nurturing relationships.

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As he's driving and texting on his T-Mobile Sidekick, Braun's Verizon cell phone rings. It's the representative for Britney Spears. Braun is throwing a party for Kevin Federline in Miami at the end of the month and has found a place for the celeb couple to stay while they're in town — a luxurious $3.7 million house on nearby Allison Island.

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"How insane am I?" Braun asks Spear's rep, his voice rising in excitement. "Love me right now. It's pretty hard to believe, right? It's 5,700 square feet. It's right on the water. It's gorgeous."

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The voice on the other end of the phone doesn't seem to share Braun's enthusiasm.

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"What's wrong?" Braun asks. "We're still doing the party, right?"

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The rep assures him that the party is still on (though it would later be postponed); it's just that the Spears-Federline camp is dealing with a little bit of drama. She tells Braun that he should check the Star magazine website (later that day, the gossip sheet would report that Spears accidentally dropped her infant son, Sean Preston, on his head and that social workers had paid a visit to Spears' home).

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Braun seems reassured. He looks up to see that he's stuck in a long line of cars waiting to pass through a downtown intersection near the Georgia Aquarium. He pulls a U-turn in the middle of Luckie Street and then goes back to talking about how great Spears and Federline's new house is. "The only thing I want is a key," Braun says. "I want one bedroom that I can stay in when I'm in town."

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The rep laughs off his request. Braun hangs up his cell phone. But as soon as he hangs up, his Sprint phone rings. This time it's one of the managers of the exclusive downtown restaurant and lounge BED. The management of BED allocates passes to VIP guests, which entitles them to automatic access to the restaurant's rooftop lounge. The manager wants to know who Braun thinks should get a VIP pass.

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"Send me the list you've got so far and I can tell you if they're the wrong people," Braun says. "Because a lot of people you think may be big, but then they come in and don't spend a lot of money and bring the wrong people with them."

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As he's talking, Braun notices flashing lights from a Georgia state patrol car in his rearview mirror. "I've gotta go," Braun says. "I just got pulled over."

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A state trooper walks up to the driver's side window of Braun's purple Mercedes and asks for his license and registration. Then she tells him he's getting a $25 ticket. He wasn't wearing his seat belt.

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Don't call Scooter Braun a "party promoter." He hates that.

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In March, Braun threw a party for "K-Fed" at Vision nightclub and the AJC ran a series of photos on its website from the event. In one, Braun was featured and identified as a "local party promoter." He wasn't too pleased. "I throw parties in NYC, L.A., Miami, London, and I'm 'local'?" Braun says. "I broker deals between a major hip-hop star and a huge corporation, and I'm still just a 'party promoter'?"

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But you can't blame people for getting confused about what Braun does for a living. It's complicated.

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"To be honest with you, I don't know what the hell he does," says his best friend Fernando Cuartas, who played basketball with Braun in high school and lived with him for a year after college. "But he's always got several projects going on. Whether it's promoting, or developing artists, it's always something."

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Talk to the people who have worked with Scooter Braun, and they'll all describe him the same way: He's a "hustla."

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"It's not just hustle, it's focused hustle," says Chaka Zulu, who is co-CEO with Ludacris of Disturbing Tha Peace Records. "He takes the opportunity and knows how to stretch it."

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"He's hustle concentrate," says Jazze Pha, the rap producer who has worked with Ciara, Slick Rick and Nelly. "You ever made Minute Maid out of a can? That's the kind of hustle he's got."

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"He hustles, that's what's good about him," says record producer Dallas Austin, one of Braun's friends. "Just because you're in the industry doesn't mean you know how to hustle. Scooter does."

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "hustle" as "to make strenuous efforts to obtain especially money or business." The hip-hop culture defines it a little differently.

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"I think the urban community uses 'hustla' as the ultimate honor," Braun says. "A hustla is somebody that doesn't take no for an answer; somebody who has a vision and a goal and works to realize it; somebody who works his ass off to make it happen."

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Of course, Braun has a somewhat different take on what it means to "work." Many of his deals are struck while sipping drinks on club rooftops or sitting courtside at Hawks games. He spends late nights partying, building relationships with the hip-hop industry's biggest producers and stars. He owns three cell phones — one for text messaging, one with a number given only to select clients, and one that anybody can call — and he is constantly talking or sending text messages to friends, family and business partners.

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Braun's frustration at his inability to shed the "party promoter" label is understandable, though maybe a bit naïve. After all, he got his start and made much of his fortune throwing big, popular, successful parties.

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When he was a freshman at Emory in 1999, Braun was broke. He came from a wealthy family, but didn't like borrowing money from his parents and wanted to find another way to pay for beer and pizza. First, he got involved in the fake ID market, serving as a link between the kids who needed the IDs and the guy who made them. In exchange, he kept 50 percent of the profits. "I was the fake ID king," Braun says. "I made so much money doing it, but I was afraid that I was going to get caught. So I quit after four months."

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Then one Thursday night, while he was out with friends in Buckhead, Braun passed by the Paradox nightclub. The club was empty and Braun asked the bouncer if he could speak with the manager. "I knew that club was full on Friday and Saturday nights," Braun says. "And I thought, if I could fill it on a Thursday night, I could clean up."

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Braun made the manager an offer: He would pack the club the following Thursday, and in exchange he would get to keep the door receipts. He put up flyers all over the Emory campus advertising his party and hired a DJ for the event. That Thursday, 1,000 people showed up at Paradox. Braun made a net profit of $600.

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That was the beginning of something big. Braun continued to throw parties and his Thursday night events became a focal point of the Emory social scene. People who attended the parties say there was an energy to them. The DJs played all the right songs, a mix of hip-hop and rock that appealed to both blacks and whites.

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Everyone wanted to party with Scooter. Stars like Ciara, J-Kwan, Chingy, Cee-Lo, Jagged Edge and Ludacris would stop by and sometimes perform. And as his parties got more popular, and Braun learned the ins and outs of the business, profits soared. By the end of his freshman year, Braun estimates that he was making $5,000-$10,000 from every party.

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Thursday nights weren't the only ones Braun would stay out late. On Tuesdays, he would head to the Velvet Room, where many of the city's hip-hop elite gathered. Most weeks he would take a date, and Braun quickly became known as the "king of the white chicks."

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Entrance to the Velvet Room on Tuesday nights was $100. Braun would stay until the wee hours of the morning, often having spent much of what he had earned at the previous Thursday's party. But Braun says he wasn't just pissing his money away. He had a plan. He wanted the major players in the hip-hop industry to notice him. Braun says he met Ludacris, Fat Joe and P. Diddy at the Velvet Room. These were stars he wanted to impress. He wanted to show them that he was for real. Of course, he wasn't for real, but they didn't have to know that.

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Chaka Zulu, one of several businessmen who has served as a role model for Braun, says Braun's attempt to gain access by throwing money around isn't a new idea. "It's called flash money," Zulu says. "People call it 'faking it till you make it.' It's like when you switch out cars with your buddy so it'll look like you've got two cars instead of one."

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Braun kept faking. He bought a purple Mercedes Benz with rims on eBay for $35,000, paying for it all up front. He was flying all over the country to show up at the hottest events. He'd buy bottles of Grey Goose or champagne for everyone around him. All those expenses left him with little pocket change. There were times, Braun says, when the college kid with the purple sports car would have to scrounge for change to pay the pizza delivery guy.

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Then Braun got his big break. Ludacris was about to go out on tour with Eminem. Ludacris and Zulu had gotten to know Braun at the Velvet Room, and the two were looking for somebody to throw parties in association with Ludacris and Eminem's Anger Management Tour 2002. They asked Braun to organize parties in five cities: New York, Tampa, Hartford, Miami and Atlanta. Braun says that Zulu recognized that many of the kids buying tickets for the Anger Management Tour were white, and he wanted a party that would appeal to both a white and black audience.

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That gig really got the ball rolling. Before he knew it, Braun was the legit player he hustled to become in the hip-hop world. And that led him to super-producer Jermaine Dupri.

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Dupri is one of the producers behind Usher's Confessions album and Mariah Carey's Grammy-winning comeback album, as well as the boyfriend of pop star Janet Jackson. Braun says Dupri was fascinated by Braun's ability to get white kids into historically black clubs.

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When Dupri asked Braun to join So So Def Records, Braun was just 19 years old. But Dupri told him that he had a bright future in the industry, and he was going to teach Braun the ropes. "He told me that he didn't want me involved in his parties," Braun says. "He said I had more to offer than just parties. He wanted me doing his marketing, his business."

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Within a year, Braun was named So So Def's executive director of marketing. He was living large — making more than six-figures throwing his Emory parties and doing work for So So Def that involved flying back and forth from Atlanta to New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

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The makers of 3 Vodka approached Braun and asked him to help market their product in the Southeast. Braun suggested teaming 3 Vodka with So So Def, and soon Dupri became the face of the brand, as well as part owner.

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Braun produced Music Midtown's urban stage for two years, and threw a week's worth of parties in conjunction with NBA All-Star Weekend 2003 in Atlanta.

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Braun's father came to visit that weekend and attended one of the NBA parties that his son was throwing. "I remember seeing John Salley standing outside and he was having trouble getting in," Ervin Braun says. "My son was standing near the front and Salley was yelling, 'Scooter, Scooter, come on, man, get me in here!' That's when I realized how successful Scott had gotten."

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Braun was recruited to throw parties for NSYNC Celebrity Basketball Weekend and Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour 2004, both in Miami. He was so connected by that point that Prince showed up at his birthday party at Midtown club Eleven50.

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In his junior year, with his grades slipping from spending too much time traveling and not enough time in class, Braun decided to drop out of Emory. His father, who is a cosmetic dentist, says he was upset with his son's choice. "To say I was disappointed is an understatement," Ervin Braun says. "I went to four years of college and four years of dental school and four years of training. So him dropping out was difficult for me to accept." But he says he also realized that Braun had a unique opportunity.

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Scott "Scooter" Braun became accustomed to dealing with white men in suits growing up in Greenwich, Conn., a New York suburb where businessmen are in no short supply.

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Braun's family was wealthy. He lived in a house with tennis courts, a swimming pool and an indoor basketball court. Cato, a member of the rap group O.D,, which Braun represents, visited Braun at his family's home recently. "I had gotten some dental work done and I needed to get some painkillers," Cato recalls. "So we go to the pharmacy and fucking Pierce Brosnan bumped into me. That was the highlight of the whole trip."

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Some of the guys on Braun's basketball team, which his dad coached, lived in local housing projects and they turned Braun onto rap. "Hip-hop is not a genre," Braun says. "It's a culture. It's not restricted to the 'hood. But at the same time, I'm not about being the white guy who's all, 'What up?'"

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Braun wasn't initially comfortable telling his Atlanta hip-hop friends about his past. When he first started hanging out at the Velvet Room and working at So So Def, he told Dupri and everyone else that he was from Queens. He had worked at So So Def for six months before he 'fessed up about his past.

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When he moved from party promotion into marketing, Braun's skin color helped him connect with people in the boardroom as much as it allowed him to stand out among a sea of wannabe producers and marketers.

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"These older white executives, they see me and they see themselves 20, 30 years ago," Braun says. "Because I'm white and I'm comfortable around black people, I can serve as a bridge between the mostly black hip-hop world and the mostly white, corporate world."

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Braun is walking through Vision nightclub, shaking hands with producers, artists and managers. Tonight the scene is "very political," he says. It's DJ Drama's birthday party, and much of the Atlanta hip-hop industry has come out to pay their respects, as well as to try and get their songs played in the club. There isn't much dancing happening on the dancefloor, but the VIP section is packed. Two guys are drinking Moet & Chandon out of the bottle. Braun pushes his way through the crowd, making his way toward DJ Drama, who is perched up on the DJ platform. Braun wants Drama, who is the biggest mix-tape producer in the game, to produce a tape for O.D,, the local rap group he's managing.

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On his way over to Drama, Braun passes Usher. The two are being pushed in different directions by the crowd. They briefly shake hands and keep walking. When Braun gets to the DJ platform, Drama gives him a shout out on the mic. The two exchange pleasantries over the din of the crowd, and Braun shouts that they'll do business soon. As he's leaving the club, Braun stops to talk shop with the members of O.D,; schmoozes with Vision's owner, Alex Gidewon; tells Drama's business partner, DJ Sense, to expect his call; and shakes hands with Hawks forward Al Harrington. As he's heading to his car, somebody shouts at him, "Hey, Scooter, let's do something together!"

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These days, Braun is doing a lot of things with a lot of different people. But last September, he did something for himself.

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He left So So Def. Braun says he learned a lot from working with Dupri, but he wanted to be his own man. He had a few side projects in the works, one in particular that he felt could help him make his name as a player in the marketing world. Only a few weeks after leaving Dupri, Braun brokered a $12 million campaign deal between Ludacris and Pontiac. The deal was huge. Hip-hop stars traditionally haven't had much luck landing big endorsement packages because of their thug image. And this deal was especially significant because two years earlier, Bill O'Reilly of Fox News organized a campaign to boycott Pepsi for using Ludacris as the face of its advertising campaign.

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Braun was able to convince Pontiac that the O'Reilly factor shouldn't dissuade them from jumping in bed with Ludacris.

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Braun told Pontiac representatives, "You guys need a younger audience." Ludacris has a song called "Two Miles an Hour," and Braun says he convinced Pontiac to do a deal where their cars were featured in the song's music video, and the song was featured in their commercials. He also got Pontiac to let Ludacris choose the director for both the video and the commercial.

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After the Pontiac deal, Braun got a gig as an entertainment consultant for the Atlanta Hawks; it was his job to bring celebrities to the games. He signed on to represent Brit and Alex, 20-year-old blond twin sisters who were the faces of the John Frieda Sheer Blonde campaign; Braun thinks they are going to be the next big thing in pop music. O.D.'s new single, "Boi Stop," just hit the airwaves and Braun says rapper/producer Akon has agreed to produce the group's next track. He just signed a contract with a production company to make a reality television show about his good friend, NBA player Jay Williams, and his comeback from a horrific motorcycle accident. And he's talking with Ludacris and folks in L.A. about getting involved in the film industry.

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When Braun leaves Vision with the members of O.D., they meet producer Frank Nitti outside on the sidewalk. Nitti says he has a studio just around the corner and Braun tries to convince the group to drop everything and go there to record a track. But it's nearly 3 a.m. and everyone is tired. They decide to do it another day.

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As he gets into his purple Mercedes, Braun stops and pulls his Verizon phone out of his jeans pocket and checks his voice mail. Then he steps on the gas and zooms out of the parking lot and back out on the street, full speed ahead.

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