Being born in the 90’s certainly touched the new up and coming triple-threat artist Jo’zzy aka @dopebyaccident in a special way. She’s the protégé’ of super producer Timbaland and a talented singer/songwriter/rapper. Not only is the 90’s an inspiration and influence, but a way of life for this 24 year old; whose real name is Jocelyn Donald. She says of new single “Tryna Wife”, “It’s just nostalgic music and only the beginning. Some of today’s R&B and Hip-Hop can be so watered down and cookie-cutter, but my style of music makes you think of the 90’s.”


"They only get to see a certain part of your life and it’s not even fifty percent. It may be about fifteen percent of your life that these people are getting to watch so that’s never a good thing because you become this fifteen percent of what people get to see and there’s way more to most of us that are on that show..."  ~Bambi


“One thing I feel that happens a lot on the urban side of music, not as much on the mainstream pop side of music is that if artists don't come out for a few years, we forget that we loved them. This was not just some song I liked, but this was my favorite group in the world. I feel like the urban audience, we don't hold our stars up like the pop audience do. Their stars will put out an album tomorrow and it will still be double, triple, quadruple platinum…”  
~Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge 


Are you a fan of good 90’s music? A fan of music that allows you to still leave something to the imagination? Then you might want to cop that new Hi-Five The EP. Yes, that’s right—Billy, Faruq, Marcus, Shannon and Treston aka Hi-5 are making a comeback and Billy Covington and Faruq Evans assured Parlé Magazine in a recent interview, that they’re here to stay!


You've probably been a fan of Rico Love for years and didn't even know it. He has penned and produced chart topping hits for Usher, Keri Hilson, Fantasia, Chris Brown and Beyoncé to name a few. His EP, Discrete Luxury, was released late in 2013 and includes six new tracks including hit singles "They Don't Know" and "B*tches be Like." The EP serves as the prelude this debut album, Turn the Lights On, which is also the singer/songwriter’s memorable catch phrase. While Rico has made a name for himself mostly behind the scenes, the new record is his chance to not only expand his repertoire but show and prove that he has what it takes as a solo artist.


Kareem Nelson, didn’t tell the typical childhood story I expected to hear in a recent interview with the Wheelchairs Against Guns (W.A.G.) founder. He described a great childhood, a mother that provided everything he wanted and needed, if not more. As an only child, he said he had the best of everything, but the “streets” were still calling. “I chose the streets,” Nelson admitted. There was a sense of brotherhood and freedom that led him to the lifestyle that so many of our young Black men follow. Fast money, cars and women is the name of the game and where so many get caught up. For twelve years Nelson was about that life, until one night everything changed.


 
 

 

 

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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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