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.



 
 

 

 


Queen Bey has been tapped to perform at this year's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The dancing diva will also receive the honorable Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, MTV proclaimed Thursday, August 8th.

Read more: Beyoncé Set To Take Over MTV Awards Amid Rumors


After over a decade away from a reoccuring television role, Martin Lawrence returns to the silver screen in a comedy series alongside Kelsey Grammer.  The show, entitled Partners, will air on FX, on Mondays beginning August 4th.

Read more: Martin Lawrence Teams Up With Kelsey Grammer In New Series, Partners


Reality TV seems to have this stigma. Nothing is real, everything is scripted, the scenes, the drama, it’s all set up.  What you can expect from this season of Mary Mary is the complete opposite of this. What do we know about the "Shackles off My Feet So I Can Dance" singers? Well, yes we know that they are a gospel group, that they are siblings and women of God. But what we seem to forget, and what this season will exemplify is that they are human too—real people with real trials, real tears and real faith. If you never before had clear examples of what it’s like to fight real life battles with faith and come out on top, solid and true, this season will give you that.

Read more: Mary Mary Season 3 Preview...


If your summer plans are not ironed out yet, the Hot 97 Summer Jam is the perfect way for hip-hop fans to kick off a sizzling season.  Summer Jam is an annual Hip-Hop and R&B festival held in East Rutherford, N.J. at Met Life Stadium and is sponsored by New York’s Hot 97 FM.

Read more: Wu-Tang, Kendrick Lamar & More set for Hot 97 Summer Jam XX

If you go to Youtube and type into the search field: “Lauryn Hill at the Apollo”, the first clip that will appear is an aged video recording of a 13 year-old Lauryn singing on the stage of the world famous Harlem theater. This is pre-Sister Act, pre-“Killing Me Softly,” and pre-Miseducated Lauryn Hill.   About halfway through she had begun to slip off-key, and the notoriously rough Apollo crowd starting booing. In what could certainly be looked at now as a make-or-break moment for her, she defiantly pulled the microphone from its holder, took a step forward and belted her way through the remainder of the song.

Read more: Lauryn Hill Faces Sentencing, Releases Statement

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