Saturday, November 21, 2009

Everybody needs a getway!!!!

Im thinking of going to a land far far away... you know like in the fairy tales! Seriously, I have a bucket list of places I would like to visit and these three destinations are first up! Lets begin shall we...

Paris, France



Saturday, October 31, 2009

Put Your Dream First - handle your [entertainment] business

So Eric Foster from the Chattanooga Morning Show gave me this wonderful book to read and when I read it I knew that I had to share this good book with you. This book gets accolades from some of the industries most profound players. This book goes into details about: movies, music, radio, television, new mobile media media, advertising, publicity, style, design, management and representation. If you want to be apart of this entertainment industry as I know you do then you need to have this book in your collection.

*This book is especially for my ladies... and to everyone get your reading game up! Enjoy this read.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"I'm about to die, I'm about to die," I can be so dramatic... lol YUUUP

Interviewing "My" Jeremih

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Top 10 List of things an artist NEED to do!!!!

10. Read and Study.... become educated on the business that you want to be apart of so bad. If you are a hip-hop artist or an R&B artist become a learner of your craft and those that paved the way for you to be the artist that you are.

9. Learn to adapt, never get stuck in your ways... music is ever changing and if you really want to be apart of this industry stay one step ahead.

8.Protect your music and your originality. You need to get your music copy righted so that no one can ever steal your material. If someone does try to take your music you can have the proper paper work to show you were the originator of the music you can get your just do.

7. Your music need to be registered. Your music need to have bar codes so that you can show up on BDS. This is how record reps, A&R executives and people in the industry can keep up with what radio stations around the country are playing your songs and how many times.

6. Do not be a hater... support other artist trying to make it because you will need and want the same support. If Marvin Gaye hated on Stevie Wonder where would be music be today? Support others and you will in return get support.

5. Performing is key. Learn how to be a performer instead of a person on stage yelling into the mic. Book as many performances your schedule will allow. This builds a strong fan base and it is great practice.

4. Presentation is everything... make sure that your music is packaged professionally. If you are giving your music to people make sure that it is well prepared and the information is in the right order. (Never write on a CD and think people are going to take your seriously)Invest in printed labels for your music. You need the name of the artist or group, name of the song... If you have to go to a music store FYE or music section in Wal-Mart look at how a real package look and do your best to duplicate it.

3. Give your music to DJ's... not people who claim to be DJ's but the one's that spin regularly in clubs. A DJ is your best tool when trying to get your record played and recognized.

2. Get total strangers to listen to your music. Don't tell them it is you until you get their honest feed back. Your mama, family and friends may not tell you that the song sucks because they don't want to hurt your feelings but a total stranger will tell you if your music is good or not. Let more than a few people listen to your music, get the opinions of a lot of people so that you have a variety of feedback to work with. It only makes you better.

1. Never Stop Grinding.... get your name out there in the streets and where ever you go leave a CD. Word of mouth is powerful, the more people talk the better. PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE... rep your music when no one else do. Use the free networking sites to your advantage. Building relationships with people and use those connections to promote your music. You are your biggest fan.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The King is here!

You want to know why I like King Lathan aka Big C's music? I like it because he is not afraid to take risks. He is adventurous with his creativity and that alone will make room for him in the hectic industry that everyone and there mama want to be apart of. I was acquainted with his music way before I knew who he really was. He is a street Flava All Star. I can not tell you how may weeks this man reigned on the air but he definitely has a nice fan base in the city. He has a upcoming mixed type called, "Best of All Worlds" and the title is fitting. He has two names that people know him by in the streets and I have decided that I prefer King Lathan so that is what I will call him through out this feature. He says that is music can not be classified into one genre. He thinks he can do it and I mean why not! He does alternative, rock, rave and hip-hop music. I can dig that. He has only been rapping for 3 years but I would agree with him that he can paint pictures with his music. He started out making music for his enjoyment but has decided to consider his audience. He refuses to entertain haters and negativity and I think that is why his music is fun and entertaining. He is a motivated dude and a jack of all trades. He does his own graphic designs and photography. ( Hey its a recession for some folks, if you can do it yourself you better! LOL) He hit my up with three songs to review and they are as follow:

"I Never"
I am liking the mellow beat of this song. It almost sound like he is singing but he is not singing. It has a great flow. I am feeling the content. I am not the biggest fan of a lot of profanity being used but sometimes artist feel that is the best way to say what they got to say. The song is about not having all the money, diamonds and women in the beginning and how groupie chicks did not show him love. But when he came up they were sweating him. I like it, pretty dope song and track. Its the truth.

"Tokyo Drift Remix"
This song is fun and It is one of my favorite that I listened to. I have never heard the original song but it is a great up tempo joint. I call this happy music with all the sound effects. Different and fresh!

Tokyo Drift.mp3

Hmmm this song is aight. I was not really feeling it for some reason but I am all about content and it did have a positive message but still talked about his foolishness. I feel like I have heard this song before and it did not stand out to me.


I feel like with some artist development he can leave his mark in the game. I give him 1 Nori. Keep working homie!

Twitter: @KingLathan

Monday, July 20, 2009

All eyez on BWorldStar

BWorldStar is a native of Nigeria and definitely have his very own unique sound and style. It is one that is memorable and none of this would be possible if it was not all for a dream. I mean this literally! I ask all of the artist that are featured what brought them into the music and to date BWorldStar has given me the most interesting answer. He said that he had a dream with 2pac in it. I was like really and so his interest in pursuing music was born.He came to the states for a better opportunity seven years ago and he might just find it. I have been to many studio sessions and I can not imagine how his sessions go, he is so laid back and reserved in person. BWorldStar has been making music since October of last year and has been strongly encouraged to pursue his love for music by his family and friends. Now it is time to receive my feedback as well as a bigger audiences point of view of his music. He gave me a CD full of music to check out but choose specifically four songs to be featured and two songs for review.

The first song is titled "My Motha" it is a tribute song and I like his singing voice.

My Motha.m4a

The second song is one that is up for review, "Tennessee". This song is a returning champion song on Chattanooga's Street Flava on Power 94.3 WJTT and it is the best on the CD. I really enjoy his singing voice but I do not understand everything that is being said because his accent is so strong. I would hands down prefer to hear BWorldStar sing. I am not a fan of talking on a track when an artist is unknown. On this song he did not have to long of an intro. His tracks are simple but good and that is key in this business. He sounds like an elementary rapper because the verses are very rudimentary. They verses could have used more thought in the execution of the delivery.


The last reviewed track is "Wish Me Luck", a song about getting caught up in bad situations and letting people know its all good and it will work out just wish him luck. It is okay but I think he needs some work and need to have a better bridge. I do like how the song ended. In this song I feel like he should have talked about more and I would have like it better if he would have sang instead of rapped the song. When BWorldStar sings it makes it easier to understand the thick accent.

Wish Me Luck.m4a

Don't 4Get.m4a

I think BWorldStar with time can perfect his craft and achieve what he has set out to accomplish in music. I give him a work in progress and wish him success.

Twitter: @bworldstar

Monday, July 6, 2009

I Am Judicial

Persistence is the key in this business. I have to give props to the dude. He is about his craft and he is working with good people. What good people am I talking about you ask? I will get to that in a minute but first lets find out more about who Judicial is...shall we. Judicial, government name Martin Francis has been doing his music thang since about 10 years old. Like most rappers he wanted to pursue other career options like being a ball player but realized he was skilled in music and is more interested in a rap career. I am not mad at him he has the skills to do so. He is originally from St. Thomas, V.I. by way of Orlando, FL. In 2004 he took a leap of faith and moved to the city where many artist have gotten their big break... ATL. Although that seems to be the melting pot for new and old artist I hope he does not get lost in the mix. So far so good. He has been doing open mics in the city and has created an undeniable buzz for himself. The streets are ready for more of what Judicial and the Home Team Music Group has to offer.

The featured song is "She Can Get It" featuring JC (from Block Ent). I know JC and when I said earlier that he was working with good people I meant that. I like the song but this sounds familiar like I have heard it before. It is a flattering song to the ear but I am sure if it is a chart topper. I think it is a good album song. JC is good on the vocals, ( I think I hear a lil bit of autotune being used). I like what is being said, the content is good and I like the versus. I just think it is missing something that make you want to sing along and remember the words. This is based on my opinion and this is the nature of this site to offer what I think and hopefully improve the artist. The production of the track and quality is superb. I give this one Nori. Keep grinding! Judicial potential is crazy hot!

Judicial Twitter:
Judicial Blog:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Care Takuz Got Skillzzzzz

I remember listening to these dudes a while back and thinking to myself they are pretty straight. They had a good sound, I could vibe to the beats and I could tell they were having a good time. Actually, having fun with the music and not afraid to experiment with new sounds. For those that don't know The Care Takuz is a group made up of two members that are destined to be great in this music industry! I like that they are a concrete group because anyone with ears that can hear can tell when you listen to their music they have a natural chemistry. So who are they you ask? Professor C & Big Mike Mic realized their talents at different times in their lives. Professor C started out as a producer and progressed into rapping in 2005. Big Mike Mic started flexing his producing skills back in 1999 and later in 2002 realized he had a true gift of music and could bless the mic with his raps.

*Nori Moment* (The first time I met Mike was at one of the parties that I was throwing and he was the picture this dude is multifaceted)!

**** Throwback Performance*****

They were a production team that decided to expand their sound and it worked out. Pretty much what ever you need they are trying to give to you, double threat to the game. Professor C is currently in between cities. You might catch him in Chattanooga you might catch him in Murfreesboro. He is a student at MTSU and his major is Recording Industry Management (RIM). Thats right have a fall back career folk music is not guaranteed but he is still in the music industry by all means... Kudos for that bruhh. Now that introductions are out of the way, lets get to the music. I asked them how would they describe their music and they said, "The music is distinguished reality music that has a urban pop feel.... just call it experimental hip-hop".

The Care Takuz are ready for the world and the first song I am reviewing is "Don't U Hate It" I tell you what I hate that into that is about 26 seconds long. Artist that are not known should get right to the songs! Other than that I really like the song and it is marketable. It is catchy and I found myself singing along to it immediately. It was easy to listen to and it is relevant... the things they were saying a person may hate was funny. The facebook comment was real. Take a listen to the song.

Dont U Hate It.mp3

The next track they gave me is "Pose". Hands down when the beat dropped I figured I would like it cause it is very smooth. I love the melody of the song and I was like yeah thats right every dude should want a woman that step on the scene and pose for everyone to see. It is like they are telling a story with this song. Still to long of an intro for my liking. I would shorten it at least 15 seconds. Check it...

In my opinion they are doing a great job of showing they can make motivational music with "I Got U". I really liked the ad lib's and this song made me want to listen to see where the conversation was going. I am feeling this track and well..... ME LIKEY... :)

I Got U.mp3

Okay I have a confession to make, when I saw the title of the last song for some reason I immediately thought of some nasty freaky song and I feel so bad. It is the total opposite and shame on me for having nasty thoughts. Now that that is out of the way the song "Bring It Back" is talking about nothing other than repping it for the city of Chatt-Town! It is this unspoken rule that rappers make songs to rep where they from and I like the concept of making money and bringing it back to the city where it all started. I like the horns on the production side of things. Here it is....

Bring It Back.mp3

So in a Nutshell, The Care Takuz make good vibe music and I can get down with that on the real. I rate them 1 Nori! They have a couple of things to tweak but if they got a record deal today they would do just fine with some artist development!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Double the fun with Double E

Double E, Double E, Double E.... when I saw him for the first time I had to do a double take...lmao. I had to say that, lol the music is whats important right now and this man is on point when it comes to what new tracks he is releasing and message in his music. He has been in this business for a while and has wore many different hats in the industry. His flow is like his demeanor, very easy going. As busy as he always is, he finds the time to tell me what he is working on and why his music needs to reach the people. Its crazy how we first met because it was a shock for me and a scheduled interview for him. Now, keep in mind I do radio so I do not have to dress up for work so yep I was looking a mess. Nope he was not scheduled for the interview, he had actually brought a group to Chatt that he was managing and they had the interview....(that I did not know! So imagine my surprise to find out DoubleE was an artist a few conversations later. I was not disappointed and you will not be either. The feature single is "Rain on Her". It has a upbeat tempo perfect for summer time fun and he is talking about of course making it rain on her. Not how you think, his lyrics are not harsh just flirtatious enough to make you feel sexy as a woman and want to listen for what he has to say next. This song is all about pleasing the ladies and making them feel appreciated by the end of the track.

The featured video is a different side of what he can do because he is also a conscience rapper. He embraces the truth that people are in need and they have to keep "Dreamin". I have to give it to him because he is making quality videos without a signed deal. When I first saw the video I was very impressed.
There is no telling where you will see him next because he stay doing shows all over. The last time I talked to him he was performing in Florida. I give his new single and video a NoriNori. Big ups to you for your grind ethics and determination. I was on his myspace and saw this number so I thought I would pass it along to you 504-208-4916. I have not called it so I have no idea if someone will answer or if it is a voicemail. Whatever the case if someone answer or if its voicemail tell them I would co-sign this dude music anyday of the week!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

He Jus Sleepy...

Jus Sleep is the coolest reject that I know and I wouldn't have it any other way. I do not know exactly when the connection happened but it is one that was via a myspace fumble. I remember sitting at the radio station bored and getting a message that was something like check out my music. I was thinking booo here we go again but shhh why not, I have nothing to loose by listening to this looser. On the contrary he is neither a looser nor is he boring. I can't really put my finger on his sound but it is uniquely calculated and executed depending on how he is feeling at the moment. He puts me in the mind of a Talib Kweli and Kanye West when it comes to his lyrical content. Since that day I came across his page I have been a fan. I will go on record as saying I am Jus Sleep's #1 FAN in this bish ( I am sure his mom would argue me down that she is, she knows all his lyrics too, and let me not forget his lil boy. Ok damn I am his #3rd biggest fan...lmao). Oh by the way his page is it wouldn't be right if I did not tell you.

The featured song tonight is "Bills to Pay". Now me and Sleep went back and forth on this record because it is one that had to grow on me but it is fitting that I use this song because lets just be real we all got damn bills to pay. It is a song no matter your back ground that everyone can relate to. An interesting fact about him is that he is in the Army. Yes, he sampled Aretha Franklin and he killed the track. I remember the first time we ever spoke on the phone he called me and this man was in Iraq, that freaked me out. He is currently in Honduras and still working on his craft. Don't let this Army dude fool ya he is still recording and you can expect two new projects being released from him later this year around September. The highest rating that an artist can get on my blog is 2 Nori's and he has earned his NoriNori. This is only the beginning for Jus Sleep and with all due repect his black A@! better not forget about me when he makes it :)

This video is just a taste of what Jus Sleep and Mike Murda can create together. This was featured on Power 94.3 WJTT for weeks on end. The single "WAR" highlights as a soilder how he is feeling and how sometimes our government can just kick rocks!

Jus Sleep- Bills to Pay.wma

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Legacy Lives on...

This first post is near and dear to my heart because of the odd circumstances that has made this story sad but true. A young man Robert Brown aka Brikk lost his life and his son Robert Brown Jr and a friend Devonte' Saddler aka Snake Eyes are carrying on the legacy of what his father started and group member Mobb aka Travis Moore. Pinney Woods is a group out of my hometown that recently signed a major deal with Universal and were in the beginning stages of promotions and album prep with two hot singles on the charts. "I Hate You" feat. The Game and "Be Alright" feat Lil Wayne. This is about the continuation of a Legacy that has been started and I definately think these cats got what it takes. The group name is Y.P.B. which stands for Young Paid Boys and they sent me two singles "Hoodstar" and "I'm trying to make it". Of the two songs hands down Hoodstar caught my attention first and I really like the feel of the beat and how the boys come on the song enthusiastic and engaging. They have a lot of work to do but they are starting early and they can work on their verbal skills and the execution of versus. Brikk Jr is 13 and Snake Eyes is 14. They are keeping alive the memory of a great man gone soon RIP Brikk. It is going to take some time but if they keep pushing and stay focused they have a bright future ahead of them. I wonder what will come of the Pinney Woods project and what decision were made on behalf of Universal but that is another story for another day. I give Y.P.B a work in progress rating and wish them the best!

Y.P.B.- Hood Star.wma

Y.P.B- I'm Trying To Make It.wma