Ever since Olivia Pope came on the scene a couple of years ago she has dominated the social media news feeds of Urban America.  She has elements of many women we all know and it's great having a familiar face on television to look to.  When Mary Jane Paul emerged on the scene a year or so ago, things got real.  Now that Being Mary Jane is a full season in, and with Scandal three seasons in, we figured it was time to look at the women that are these characters.  Given the chance who would you choose to date, to be a friend to?  Who could you actually stand to be around?


The latest Jason Derulo album, Talk Dirty, is chock full of party anthems and “get hype” tracks. The album starts off with Jason’s new smash hit, "Talk Dirty" (featuring 2 Chainz), which has spent the last sixteen weeks near the top of Billboard’s “The Hot 100” and currently sits at number four. Derulo has brought in many other popular Hip-Hop artists to collaborate on this record, including Snoop Dogg, TYGA, Kid Ink, and Pitbull. 


There was a huge debate recently about the Mt. Rushmore of the NBA.  Choosing the four greatest players to have ever played the sport of basketball proved to be quite the challenge and there is still no clear and decisive agreement on just four. The Mt. Rushmore of Hip-Hop may prove to be just as difficult, but we figured we'd give it a try and see what the readers think.


It’s a Marlon Wayne’s movie what do want me to say? It was bleeping hilarious. Literally as soon as the movie started the theatre was roaring in laughter and I’m not even exaggerating. The opening scene was arguably the most funny (actually during the Q&A after the screening an audience member said it was his favorite part). Co-star Affion Crokett is one of the first characters you’re reintroduced to and he had my stomach hurting early. I’m going to just say that I would’ve liked to see more of him in the film. Hey, Marlon told us to be honest in our critiques. With that said though, the film still surpassed the expectations of a sequel. 


Who would have ever thought a shy girl from Beaufort, South Carolina would be American Idol's Season 12 winner. She's grown a lot since only being able to sing for her parents. Life has changed for Candice Glover. Her Season 12 win is actually her third attempt at auditioning for American Idol. She's proven that she believes in herself. It was nothing short of courage to be able to face many at a third shot on the show to prove that she had what it took to take home the crown, even if she didn't know for sure herself at the time. She's motivated so many to go after what they want and to never give up. WIth the recent release of her debut album, Music Speaks, and her single, "Cried," Glover continues to motivate women everywhere.  Read the full interview to get Candice Glover a little better...


Drew 32, writer, producer, videographer—you name it he has done it. His hands on approach to his brand of music is admirable. From the D to the world, with stops along the way as an opening act for Gym Class Heroes, Kendrick Lamar, and the New Boyz hasn't hurt. His performances at Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Music Conference have done wonders for his buzz, and odds are his production going forward will be just as stellar. Drew32 Recently released The Batch, an ode to his fans, and a teaser for what 2014 and beyond hold.  Judging by the attention his hit single “I Am King,” is getting along with his mantra, 'the more content, the better,' the future is very bright for this Greek-American artist.  Parlé with me as I introduce to you… Drew 32.


 
 

 

 

Parlé's "New Blood" section helps spotlight unsigned artists creating a buzz in the underground circuit.  

 
Each artist will feature a bio and a song.
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Los Angeles native, Mr. Thundder has been making music since he was just eight years old.  His passion to entertain grew with time and he developed a knack for production as well as a unique style and sound.  An urban, rock, and Hip-Hop infused mash-up with Gospel inspired lyrics makes for a very individualized experience with the young artist.  With his debut EP, the soon to be released With The Love on the horizon, we caught up with Mr. Thundder for a quick interview.  Get familiar. 

Read more: Mr. Thundder - Coming In With A Boom


Recently I got the opportunity to interview underground Rap phenomenon Trayvis Ruff aka T.R.E. His latest single, “Sound Good” is currently rising with radio play around the globe. Trayvis who was born in South Carolina, grew up in Maryland and is now resides in Atlanta where he is climbing the charts with his inspirational mix-tape, On my OWN. He’s most definitely somebody to keep a look out for. Check out how cool and down-to-earth T.R.E. is in our interview below…

Read more: T.R.E. - Underground Rap Phenomenon

Although apart of the Bounty Killer led group Alliance, Jamaican break out Dancehall artist Iceberg is rising in ranks to make a name for himself. Inspired by day-to-day life, Iceberg’s music is crafted by new experiences and the people he meets. Gangster’s Paradise, a seventeen-track mixtape just dropped with a single entitled, "Swagga Like Mine." It’s all about the party lifestyle and representing his daily grind. Music critic, Michael Bryant had this to say about Iceberg: “I just got a chance to listen to "Swagga Like Mine."  If you are a fan of Dancehall and Hip-Hop then you may want to check this one out. Iceberg provides some nice deejaying over an infectious Hip-Hop inspired track. The song features Bill Blast who confidently raps a sweet sixteen during his cameo. This is the type of song that will inspire you to look your best and get you ready for a night of clubbing. It is also sure to get the ladies and gents moving on the dance floor."

Read more: Iceberg’s Climbing to The Top

Her name is Kat St. John. This singer and songwriter is undeniably talented, singing and penning songs that have hit Billboard charts, WSHH, allhiphop.com , BET, ABC and more. If you’ve heard a song she’s sang or written, one thing you know for sure-SHE’S A STAR! Her beauty, confidence and talent will definitely be recognized even more so than now. Have fun reading the interview and pay close attention because it won’t be the last time you hear from her.

Read more: Kat St. John - Star In The Making

We all know one… or two...or three…or perhaps even more. They come in varying shapes and sizes and, especially in today’s world, all different shades and colors as well. If you ask them what they’re doing, they’re always “grinding”. If you ask them where they are, they’re always “in the lab”. They are certainly not an endangered species as at least one can be found on just about any block, in any neighborhood, anywhere. If you haven’t guessed yet, this person that we all know is none other than the infamous “aspiring rapper.” 

With the increase of smaller and more affordable recording technology in the ‘90s, and the explosion of the internet in that decade and the ‘00s, the aspiring rapper population has seemingly multiplied. While some may think of this negatively, it has provided a way into the industry for some artists who could have slipped through the cracks otherwise. For example, many of Cash Money Records early ‘90s album releases were recorded entirely in Baby’s kitchen. In 2007, Soulja Boy was introduced to the world with his first major single release “Crank That (Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em),” a song that was completely produced and recorded within the confines of his bedroom. However, these are only two examples of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people who try every year to break into the music industry.

One young rap artist who is steadily gaining notoriety however is a twenty year-old Newark, NJ native who goes by the name of Kazzie. He is signed to eOne Records, a respected indie label, through his team NWEMG. Recently, he collaborated with Wacka Flocka on a track called, "We Don't F*ck With That," which is enjoying rotation on MTV, New York’s Hot 97 and was also premiered as a 'New Joint' on BET’s 106 and Park. His solo single, "Get It" is also beginning to impact radio as well.  

Read more: Kazzie - Rap Skills To Pay The Bills

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