It was my first time at Sneaker Pawn in Harlem, an exclusive spot that’s more than just a sneaker store. I climbed the steps to the brownstone and met rapper Trip Lee upstairs where we took a seat on a bench surrounded by sneakers and sports gear. What a great setting to just kick it! We chopped it up discussing his new album Rise, the journey that led him to choosing his passion of music and much more!


Growing up in Sacramento, Victoria Monét started writing her own songs at a very young age. She comes from a musical family, so one might say that she was born to be a singer. Monét admits that it was a natural fit for her and she’s been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember; getting her start in the church.  She's come along way, now signed to Atlantic Records.  October was a big month for her as she was featured on two tracks on T.I.'s latest album, Paperwork.  She also made her iTunes debut with her own release, Nightmares & Lullabies Act I.  She is more than just another female singer that will be here today and gone tomorrow, Victoria Monét has all the makings of the real deal.  We caught up with her for the full story, before the breakthrough.


Joe Budden was never supposed to make it this far. Whether it was from the drugs or the streets, he probably should've been down and out somewhere. Once the music industry took hold of him that was only supposed to be one more powerful force that would eat away at him and leave for dead. And Def Jam surely tried. Looking back at where he started, it’s a wonder that he's still here. Had it been today's industry, he probably would've succumbed to the politics, but thankfully he's been in it since 2003. Hip-Hop aficionados are grateful for his time in the spotlight and for his Mood Music lyrical diary entries as well as his “emo” rap forays.


Lil’ Mo
emerged on the music scene in the late 90’s lending her voice to hits like, “Hot Boyz” by Missy Elliott, “Put It On Me” and “I Cry” both by Ja Rule. Still it was her breakout single, the 2001 “Superwoman pt. II” that helped solidify her name is music circles. The Fabolous assisted song led to the release of her debut album, Based On A True Story, garnering her tons of fans. With her success came the drama however, including an incident in San Francisco where she was attacked with a bottle of champagne and required 20 stitches. There also came industry beefs with some of the same people she found early success with, most notably Ja Rule.


If you know football, you know Deion Sanders. Primetime! Mr. “Must Be The Money.” Neon Deion. The Hall-of-Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion hasn’t really needed an introduction since his meteoric rise in the NFL spotlight, but these days it’s his moves off the field that require conversation. The second season of his reality show, Deion’s Family Playbook premieres on OWN Network on Saturday, November 1st at 9p.m. EST. For those that aren’t familiar, the show features Deion in a light that many might not be familiar with—Deion as a family man raising 10 children. That’s not all however, as Deion also helps run a charter school in Dallas Texas, Prime Prep Academy for grades K-12, and a nonprofit organization, Prime Time Association (aka TRUTH), which teaches young adults through sports and education.


Jagged Edge's eight album, JE Heartbreak II finds the quartet reunited with producer Jermaine Dupri, label So So Def and their original management Mauldin Brand Agency. The theme here is all about bringing back true R&B, so the guys shy away from Rap features or features of any kind, as well as Hip-Hop infused beats. Slow jams are plentiful in this 12 song album and with Bryan Michael Cox assisting the Casey twins on songwriting and production, its very much reminiscent to the sound of early Jagged Edge albums.



 
 

 

 

A #1 album is not enough?  How about Being the first female solo artist to go platinum wasn't enough? The jury is out on whether or not those feats were enough to keep Da Brat in your conscience over the past 2 1/2 years; gone but hopefully not forgotten, while serving a 3 years sentence for an assault conviction after hitting a waitress over the head with a champagne bottle.
I think they call that living out your rhymes, you remember the female gangstress- the year was 1994 and the speakers bumped, "its the B to the R - A-T and I'm so......so, so, funkdafied". Piggy backing off the success of Kriss Kross which ushered in a new sound, perpetuated the new Black capital- Atlanta; the city and its artists have a done a very good job to date sustaining its place as a hit factory.  At this point in time, the same may not be expected of Da Brat, but I could imagine the only thing she is concerned with right now is freedom and I can't blame her. Music is a passion for many, but nothing can compare to freedom of movement, of thought, of actions and the ability to enjoy some of the little things that we take for granted so often.
Music will go on, and maybe she will reinvigorate her career; I'm sure we'll get a clue in due time of what's to come for the artist, but for now let's just celebrate the return of the person- WELCOME HOME to DA BRAT.

A #1 album is not enough?  How about being the first female solo rap artist to go platinum, was that enough? The jury is out on whether or not those feats were enough to keep Da Brat in your conscience over the past 2 1/2 years; gone but hopefully not forgotten, while serving a 3 years sentence for an assault conviction after hitting a waitress over the head with a champagne bottle.


I think they call that living out your rhymes, you remember the female gangstress- the year was 1994 and the speakers bumped, "its the B to the R - A-T and I'm so......so, so, funkdafied". Piggy backing off the success of Kriss Kross which ushered in a new sound, perpetuated the new Black capital- Atlanta; the city and its artists have done a very good job to date sustaining its place as a hit factory.  At this point in time, the same may not be expected of Da Brat, but I could imagine the only thing she is concerned with right now is freedom and I can't blame her. Music is a passion for many, but nothing can compare to freedom of movement, of thought, of actions and the ability to enjoy some of the little things that we take for granted so often.


Music will go on, and maybe she will reinvigorate her career; I'm sure we'll get a clue in due time of what's to come for the artist, but for now let's just celebrate the return of the person- WELCOME HOME to DA BRAT.

 

 

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