Singer/Songwriter, Destiny ‘Adia’ Andrews was born in St Louis, Missouri but I’d say she hailed from Huntsville, Alabama. She calls herself a mutt when trying to describe exactly where she’s from, as she grew up all over. But “Huntsville is home” she insists. That’s where all her close relatives and her late grandmother – the most important piece to her puzzle—were from. Admittedly, She should probably come with a warning sign, one that reads “slow down, no assumptions just yet!” If you don’t know, Adia is a Gospel singer but not the average.


Following both the somewhat lackluster albums, No Mercy and Trouble Man, T.I. returns with Paperwork, a 15 track project that is essentially the second in a trilogy of albums from the Atlanta emcee - the first being Paper Trail, released in 2008. There are high moments and low points on Paperwork that ultimately allow for T.I. to showcase that he deserves to remain among some of the greats. Paperwork is intricate to the point where there is a sense that there were different personas at play in the studio. Pharrell executive produced the album, and that is a characteristic he has displayed in his previous trips in that role.


A ‘talented triple-threat that no one saw coming’ is the best way to describe new artist, Luke Christopher. With a collection of mixtapes floating around, Christopher has gained a fan base of followers calling themselves #TMRWGANG. He keeps them engaged by releasing a new song every Tuesday on his SoundCloud and #TMRWGANGTUESDAYS has already received over 2 million plays. His latest mixtape TMRW TMRW Pt. 2 can also be found on SoundCloud featuring contributions from Asher Roth, Baily, Shlohmo and Banks to name a few.


The Game has been a mainstay in the world of Hip-Hop since his emergence in 2005. His consistency is commendable. While there may be many varying opinions about the way he goes about handling his business, from his use of name drops to the high number of guests on his albums, it's still undeniable that more often than not Game goes off on a rap and delivers some of the best stuff out. On Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf, Game does something different from his norm, this time aiming to spotlight his own crew Blood Money Entertainment.


Point of No Return
is the sixth album from Keyshia Cole and amidst 11 tracks, she lets loose. It is steeped in expressive candor. The Keyshia featured here is frank, direct and pulling no punches.


Everything that entertains you isn't meant for pure entertainment. Kill The Messenger a new film by director, Michael Cuesta tells the story of journalist Gary Webb. He's a good natured man, a hard worker and a family man. Like any other man he's made some mistakes but his best days are ahead of him. Webb works for a small market daily publication in San Jose called the Mercury News, but he has aspirations of being more and doing more.

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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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