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.


Syleena Johnson is one of the bonafide soul singers of our generation and a true R&B Diva that has maintained a penchant for great music since the late 90s. Her musical diary in the form of her Chapter releases have been stacked with hit songs since the original Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness was released in 2001. Now with a new label, Blakbyrd Music, Syleena releases her sixth installment of the series, the true to life Chapter 6: Couple's Therapy. While she has grown in her years and through her experiences, the quality of music remains grand. An overall review just wouldn't do here, so we decided to deliver a track by track review of Syleena Johnson's Couple's Therapy.


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.

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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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