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.



 
 

 

 


The names Warren G and Allure Moscato typically don't sound like they go together. In all honesty, Warren G, the Hip-Hop veteran, who made a huge name for himself during a span where he helped create the G-Funk sound, isn't even known for making music that goes with the idea of sipping out of wine glasses. But there is a surprising connection between the "Regulator" and the moscato brand. Warren G is the face of Allure Moscato, a Bronco Wine Company liquor based in California and also available in pink moscato flavor.

Read more: Allure Moscato: The Perfect Start To Every Party


Yes, the holidays are right around the corner so while you are collecting Christmas lists from the kids and adults you definitely want to add this to your own personal list. The Iconic Grammy winning singer/songwriter is back with her very first Christmas album this year. A long time coming, she has teamed up with some of the best musical talent in America, such as Barbara Streisand, Jesse J and Marc Anthony to produce A Mary Christmas, which will contain all of your favorite Christmas/Holiday Songs ranging from “Little Drummer Boy,” “My Favorite Things,” “This Christmas,” and “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer,” to just name a few.

Read more: Mary J. Blige To Release First Christmas Album...


Mountain Dew is adding a new beverage to its arsenal, a semi-energy drink. The beverage, named "Kickstart" will be a fruit flavored drink containing 5% juice, Vitamins B & C, along with 90 milligrams of caffeine.

Read more: Mountain Dew To Release New Breakfast Drink

The perfect wine is everything! These days with Moscato being everyone's favorite type of wine, its become a priority to find the perfect Moscato to enjoy casually on your own, impress guests with or to compliment a meal with. Piccolo Tesoro Sparkling Rosé Moscato has you covered this holiday season and beyond.

Read more: PT Sparking Rosé Moscato - The Wine For All Occassions

Queen by Queen Latifah is the absolute opposite of most female perfumes. While the majority of them are sweet and delicate, Queen is very bold and powerful. The scent embodies the name in every sense of the word.
Long lasting, the scent is strong and slightly overpowering at first splash, indicating that not much is needed to make a final statement. Queen screams a strong and self assured woman has made her entrance. As the day goes on, Queen remains bold and alluring on the skin, but not overpowering. The fragrance lasts for hours and doesn’t need much upkeep throughout a busy day when you are trying to make that transition from board room to the afterhours play room.
While the bottle is a bit bulky for a woman’s perfume, with its studded heart in the center, it is very fitting for the fragrance. If you’re looking for the clean, mature and bold scent to last hours on end, Queen is definitely what you are looking for.

Queen by Queen Latifah is the absolute opposite of most female perfumes. While the majority of them are sweet and delicate, Queen is very bold and powerful. The scent embodies the name in every sense of the word.

Read more: Queen - Bold & Powerful Fragrance By Queen Latifah

Reb’l Fleur is the new fragrance by the rebellious beauty, Rihanna. The fragrance is a light mixture of flowers which include tuberose, hibiscus and violet with a splash of coconut water.
With a light, subtle and airy smell, the fragrance is best worn during the day to leave you feeling fresh, sweet and delicate. While the smell is not overpowering, it strongly favors the scents of body sprays that one can purchase at Bath and Body Works, Victoria Secret and the like. Halfway through the day, the scent is all but nonexistent and requires several splashes in subtle areas to refresh.
Aesthetically, the bottle does not reflect the name or the artwork on the box that it comes in. While the spray bottle is slender and very feminine, I could do without the black and gold art around the bottle.
If you’re looking for a signature scent that will take you from the workplace into after hours without effort, this is not the fragrance for you.

Reb’l Fleur is the new fragrance by the rebellious beauty, Rihanna. The fragrance is a light mixture of flowers which include tuberose, hibiscus and violet with a splash of coconut water.

Read more: Reb’l Fleur: The New Fragrance from Rihanna

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