Love Sounds – What sounds like “love” to you?
California bred, rising star Sabi recently released her EP, 0-60 Love Sounds and if you want an idea of what love sounds like, you should probably take a listen. The project features eleven tracks, all different, but all exuding love. Of course this project and its birth and creation were at the top of our discussion agenda, when I caught up with the beautiful songstress.
“Tis The Season To Be Jolly” is the tune most famously sung around this time of the year. The Christmas season, a time of the year that many celebrate by exchanging gifts and spending time with family. This Christmas season however, legendary Gospel singer Marvin Sapp decided to share the gift of music with his fans by releasing his first Christmas album titled, Christmas Card. Over the past twenty years Marvin Sapp has done almost everything any artist can ever hope to accomplish. From his days with Commissioned to his illustrious solo career, Marvin Sapp has dominated the genre of Gospel music in a way that can’t be duplicated. After nine studio albums, being nominated and receiving a great deal of awards, Marvin still found a way to create something fresh and new for his listeners.
When Kidd Kidd stepped into the front of the New Orleans music scene he was determined to be heard. Kidd Kidd was one of the first artists signed to Lil' Wayne’s Young Money Records with members Gudda Gudda and T-Streets as the group, Sqad Up back in 2002. In fact, in 2008 you can hear his verse on Lil' Wayne’s hit, "Mrs. Officer." Originally from the south side of New Orleans where he was introduced to the streets, Curtis Stewart aka Kidd Kidd had to find ways of survival. The gift of putting words together over an instrumental was his ticket out of his hostile situation. He chose to surround himself with people who would uplift him rather than pray for his downfall.
New Orleans has been well known for many things, the obvious being great food and an amazing football team, however their rich history in music is what separates them from many other places in the world. For the past decade artists like Lil Wayne, Juvenile, and Birdman have had the New Orleans Hip-Hop scene locked down, however it looks like it’s time for a new leader in New Orleans Hip-Hop market. His name is David Augustine Jr. better known by his stage name “Dee-1,” which he created by taking the “The One” and flipping it into his own. 2010 is when Dee-1 began to shine brighter than most as his controversial song “Jay, 50, Weezy” gained a numerous amount of attention creating a buzz that he couldn’t imagine. Since then he has simply been on fire. Singles, mixtapes, and sold out tours, Dee-1 has done it all even opening up for acts like Drake and Lil Wayne just to name a few. His faith and determination can be credited to the reason why Dee-1 has been able to achieve this level of success. November 2013 the story only got better as RCA Records inked a deal with the New Orleans native. Plus he recently joined Lupe Fiasco on a nationwide tour, an artist he admits to looking up to. This road to success for the twenty six-year old emcee has been dreadful, painful but nonetheless, a dream come true. If Dee-1 symbolizes anything, it’s that hard work dedication and a giant leap of faith can lead you into the right direction.
She’s dainty, down to earth and dynamic. Shvona Lavette holds many titles including actress, singer, model and wife, the list steadily developing. I was excited to meet with her and discuss her journey, her present projects and creative plans for the future. She has so much going on! But first I wanted to get to know a little more about her odyssey. We met in the lobby of Trump Soho, where Shvona sweetly introduced herself and suggested we retreat to the library where it was a little quieter.
Motown Records is back on the map with a fresh, suave and extremely charismatic artist named B Smyth. Smyth has plans to dominate the R & B circuit with his swagger filled dance moves and impeccable vocal ability. The Florida native born, Brandon Smith began his musical journey using YouTube as his platform to cover songs from some of his favorite artists. His big break came after his cover to 2010’s R & B hit record “Sure Thing” originally recorded by Miguel caught the eye of Hip Hop blog, Worldstarhiphop “Singing Talent Of The Week.” Since then, B Smyth hasn’t looked back, flying cross country to meet with every record label to see where he would call home. Finally settling with Motown Records, Smyth has incredible shoes to fill following legends of Motown Records such as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and The Four Tops just to name a few.