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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Parlé was front and center on the red carpet as VH1 taped this year’s 2010 Hip Hop Honors "Dirty South" edition. The guests of Southern royalty ranged from Master P to Rick Ross up to the King of the south himself, T.I. and everyone in between. The list of who’s who covered the event as cameramen & writers alike screamed for just a quick smile and brief interview as the artists tried to hurry indoors. Luckily, Parlé was able to cop some updates on some of the red carpet’s special guests. Here’s some clips of our red carpet interviews…

Parlé: I’m here with Kid Capri. What are you working on right now?

Kid Capri: The Whole World Is Behind David Love, that’s my new album.

Parlé: okay, when is it dropping?

Kid Capri: I’m working on it now. I got a new single out called "Turn it Out". I just shot the video to it.

Parlé: Okay, we’ll be looking out for it.

 

Parlé: I’m here with Jim Beanz songwriter and producer. Who are you currently working with?

Jim: I’m working with Flo-Rida, Rihanna with Timbaland, I’m also working with Brandy and JoJo.

Parlé: Who have you worked with in the past?

Jim: I’m behind the scenes. I started off with Tim six years ago. That was around Nelly Furtado’s "Loose" album and since then I’ve been with him all the way down. So from Nelly Furtado to Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry’s "Starstrukk" her latest single I actually produced that and wrote it with Tim. I’ve done a lot of stuff I’m just more behind the scenes.

Parlé: How can your fans or our readers follow your career?

Jim: They can hit me up on Twitter. It is "DaRealJimBeanz".

Parlé: Okay Thanks!

Jim: Thank you very much.

 

Parlé: I’m here with Bone Crusher. Do you have an album coming out any time soon?

Bone Crusher: Yes, I got an album coming out August 23rd it's called Crush Is His Name,  first single called "This is it". I got productions from Dr. Dre, Lil Jon, and few other people. We’re just having fun.

Parlé: Okay.  I see you're limping, what happened to your leg?

Bone Crusher: I messed up in Germany. I jumped off the stage.

Parlé: What?!

Bone Crusher: Indeed, I leave it all on the stage. Really, I left it on the ground when I jumped off, but it’s wonderful.

Parlé: When did that happen?

Bone Crusher: Last year

Parlé: Damn, get well!

Bone Crusher: No, I won’t. Cause I’m going to do it tonight. You going to say this fool is crazy.

Parlé: I would like to see that.

Bone Crusher: You going to see it.

Parlé: I’m here with Eddie Griffin. Are you doing your show next season?

Eddie: I don’t know yet babe.

Parlé: Why, it was entertaining with you and your mother?

Eddie: It is 14 hours of following me and my mama around with a camera. You understand me.

Parlé: Yes and your girlfriends. Side note: Should you be smoking on the red carpet?

Eddie: Why shouldn’t I? I’m a free man. You let me know when we in the Soviet Union cause you know I don’t give a good God damn.

Parlé: (Laughs) I know you don’t. Who are you dating now?

Eddie: None of your God damn business

Parlé: Are you with any of your baby mamas?

Eddie: I’m with all of them.  We are attached at the hip for life because we have children together and I want any other brother out there to understand that. It aint about your ass no more it’s about them kids. So we can drop our little relationship problems and be adults about the situation and make sure them kids got a proper upbringing. That’s where it’s at.

 

Parlé: I’m here with the Ying Yang Twins. They have a new album coming out June 22nd called Gumbo the first single is "Make Em Holla". Can I ask you a question?

Ying Yang Twins: Yes, darling

Parlé: Have you been drinking tonight?

Ying Yang Twins: No!

What she say?

She asked if we’ve been drinking.

No, we ain’t been drinking. I’ve been drinking Coca-cola. This is what we try to get across to people we drink Crunk Juice. This is how we are. This the "A", welcome to my city. It’s enough of ya’ll where ya’ll don’t want to fuck with each other like that, down there it ain’t all that big like that.

She’s like oh my God quit yelling

Parlé: (laughs) Yes, I’m saying please stop yelling.

Ying Yang Twins: I know it and that’s why I’m going to keep on doing it. You gonna remember me. When you leave here you gonna remember me.

Parlé: I’m with Mr. Mixx from the "2 Live Crew". How does it feel to be honored tonight?

Mr. Mixx: It is overwhelming that they would let Southern rappers get the accolades we deserve. You know it is a New York thing a lot of time they wouldn’t really hate, but they just didn’t understand. Now it actually went down and people from the North can see what the big raucous is about. It’s a great thing that VH1 is letting it out.

Parlé: Are you guys ever going to reunite?

Mr. Mixx: I don’t know. They say when pigs fly, but I think we might be able to do something.

Parlé: Alright, congratulations.

Mr. Mixx: Thank you.

 

Parlé: Hey Juvy are you working on a new album?

Juvenile: Yes, Beast Mode.

Parlé: When is it due?

Juvenile: July 6th. I might move it back cause I’m getting these features right now.

 

Images by Christian Ortiz for Parlé Magazine 

 

Also Check Out:

VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Photos Re-Cap

VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Celebrates The South

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