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.




While much of America was stressing mid-term elections, Hip-Hop fans in the tri-state area were packing into NYC's SOBs for a chance to check out Joe Budden. His latest EP, the digital only, Some Love Lost was available and that meant Budden was performing, as he has done many times before at SOBs to support a release. This wouldn't be a three hour show as he has done in the past, but nonetheless fans would be treated with a slew of hits as well as some of the hidden gems that only true Budden supporters would even be able to identify. And there were many in the audience, as dozens paid extra to arrive early to get their product signed by the Loose Quarter.

The show featured opening acts Emilio Rojas & Emanny. Check out our coverage of the show here, including images and video...

Read more: Joe Budden Performs Cuts From 'Some Love Lost' in NYC

Raheem DeVaughn performed at the legendary BB Kings, for a night of R& B featuring some of his biggest hits as well as some of the music his fans have come to love from recent projects.  He also announced that his new single was titled, "Queen" and that his fifth album, Love, Sex & Passion would be available in stores this coming February.  Check out images and video from the event below...

Read more: Raheem DeVaughn Live In New York City

Syleena Johnson is enjoying an exciting week for her career with the release of her latest album, Chapter 6: Couple’s Therapy. On Saturday night in New York City, Johnson performed two shows for her official NYC album release concerts, at SOBs. Performing most of the songs off the new album, Johnson gave the audience a soulful show for both shows. Always one to please, she also performed some of the classic hits of her career, such as “Hypnotiq,” “Slowly,” and “Tonight I’m Gonna Let Go,” while also taking requests for a couple of acapella songs as well. After each performance she took time to sign autographs for those with albums. The night didn’t disappoint, much like the new album doesn’t.

Check out the images from the show below…

Read more: Syleena Johnson Performs Couple's Therapy in NYC

Producer, Timbaland was in New York City to officially launch his new record label, Mosley Music Group, with Epic Records. The label is a joint venture with the L.A. Reid (pictured left) run Epic Records and Timbaland noted it was the first time the two executives would be partnering in business. The label’s first two artists, V. Bozeman, an R&B songstress & Tink, a femcee, were also on hand, each delivering a short performance for a room full of press and tastemakers. No official release date for the music but Timbaland played a slew of hits from both artists featuring his signature sound, which will be sure to capture the attention of audiences and radio. Additionally, Tink’s single, which Timbaland banned the room from recording featured an Aaliyah sample AND a Jay-z feature.
Check out images from the night’s event…

Read more: Timbaland Launches Mosley Music Group in NYC

The search is on for twelve women who will win the opportunity to become an Allure Moscato Brand Ambassador, and participate in a video with legendary Hip Hop Artist Warren G. A complete multi-faceted promotional program, focused upon Allure Moscatos produced by Bronco Wine Company, was announced earlier this week.

Read more: Warren G And Bronco Wines Co. Seeking Allure Models

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