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.



 
 

 

 

Legendary female R&B group En Vogue played to a packed house on Friday (November 16) at New York City’s B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Cindy Herron-Braggs and Terry Ellis along with En Vogue’s newest member Rhona Bennett , opened the show with a high energy medley of classic soul cover songs. They lit up the stage with their own renditions of hit songs like La Belle’s “Lady Marmalade”, Cheryl Lynn’s “Got to Be Real” and Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell”. Paying further homage to other female singers that inspired them, En Vogue performed the classic version of the Andrews’ Sisters “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”.

 

En Vogue showcased their own catalog of hits performing songs like “Don’t Let Go”, "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" and “Hold On”. During the show, the ladies took a moment to show appreciation to the New York City fans for playing a major role in the group’s success. En Vogue’s breakout 90’s single, “Hold On” was well received in New York City and became an instant hit. Radio requests and record sales were so successful that it helped to propel the group’s popularity.  For over 20 years, En Vogue has maintained their signature style of class, elegance and sex appeal.

Recently, En Vogue underwent a shift in dynamics as two of the original members have chosen to disband from the group. Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson are working on a music project together as a duo called “Heirs” to the Throne. They are taking a unique approach to their music careers by going independent. “You go straight to the people and they tell you if they like it or not. They buy it directly from you through a Paypal account put it on your page and it’s done", said Robinson in a recent interview with Cocoa Cure.

 

Meanwhile, the remaining members of En Vogue continue to tour venues domestically and abroad. To experience a stellar performance of powerful, harmonized vocals check out En Vogue's tour information at the following link: 

http://www.ticketmaster.com/En-Vogue-tickets/artist/735013

 

Images courtesy of Jazziejae

 

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