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.



 
 

 

 

 

Passion, Pain & Pleasure is Trey Songz’ fourth studio album. Leading with a ballad "Love Faces," Trey sets the tone for the entire project flowing back and forth between his vocals and an R. Kelly sound that despite it’s over usage, actually works. The following track, "Massage," is the album's quiet storm moment that is destined to become a favorite among fans of the singer and those embarking on a journey into the artists' music. "Massage," follows the mood of “Invented Sex” from his Grammy nominated Ready, but suits his vocals a little better with percussion and piano breezing by in the background.
The lead single "Bottoms Up," offers a club vibe and features Young Money rapper, Nicki Minaj. At first listen, it becomes one of the most memorable off of the seventeen cut collection as does "Can't Be Friends," where Trey sings his heart out about a love turned friendship that can be no more. "Please Return My Call," continues the same saga of yearned romance while "Red Lipstick," adds to the album title's momentum with its bedroom swag, as does "Doorbell."
"The Unusual," fits the inevitable radio friendly format with rapper Drake adding to the cut. Despite its radio attractiveness, the beat borders on bizarre and distracts from the lyricism of Trey's vocals and Drake's verse. Passion, Pain and Pleasure closes with three cuts that embody the theme of the album emphatically. "Unfortunate," wallows towards Prince territory with its drawn out hooks and echoing chorus; "Blind," carries with it a rock and roll sound that fits the tale Trey sings about and "You Just Need Me," resounds in a top 40 format and puts the final touch on the album.
Passion, Pain and Pleasure is no Ready and while it may be compared to its predecessor; Trey Songz manages to keep the listener's attention throughout. Trey Songz worked with several producers on this album such as Troy Taylor, Mario Winans and Bryan-Michael Cox. The album's sound is distinct and adds gravity to the singer's repertoire of work.
Passion, Pain and Pleasure receives a PARLÉ
Rating:
P…Horrible
PA…Tolerable
PAR…Good
PARL…Kinda Great
PARLÉ…Classic
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Passion, Pain & Pleasure is Trey Songz’ fourth studio album. Leading with a ballad "Love Faces," Trey sets the tone for the entire project flowing back and forth between his vocals and an R. Kelly sound that despite it’s over usage, actually works. The following track, "Massage," is the album's quiet storm moment that is destined to become a favorite among fans of the singer and those embarking on a journey into the artists' music. "Massage," follows the mood of “Invented Sex” from his Grammy nominated Ready, but suits his vocals a little better with percussion and piano breezing by in the background.


The lead single "Bottoms Up," offers a club vibe and features Young Money rapper, Nicki Minaj. At first listen, it becomes one of the most memorable off of the seventeen cut collection as does "Can't Be Friends," where Trey sings his heart out about a love turned friendship that can be no more. "Please Return My Call," continues the same saga of yearned romance while "Red Lipstick," adds to the album title's momentum with its bedroom swag, as does "Doorbell."  


"The Unusual," fits the inevitable radio friendly format with rapper Drake adding to the cut. Despite its radio attractiveness, the beat borders on bizarre and distracts from the lyricism of Trey's vocals and Drake's verse. Passion, Pain & Pleasure closes with three cuts that embody the theme of the album emphatically. "Unfortunate," wallows towards Prince territory with its drawn out hooks and echoing chorus; "Blind," carries with it a rock and roll sound that fits the tale Trey sings about and "You Just Need Me," resounds in a top 40 format and puts the final touch on the album.


Passion, Pain & Pleasure is no Ready and while it may be compared to its predecessor; Trey Songz manages to keep the listener's attention throughout. Trey Songz worked with several producers on this album such as Troy Taylor, Mario Winans and Bryan-Michael Cox. The album's sound is distinct and adds gravity to the singer's repertoire of work.

 

Passion, Pain & Pleasure receives a PARL

 

Rating:

P…Horrible

PA…Tolerable

PAR…Good

PARL…Kinda Great

PARLÉ…Classic  

 

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