Not long ago, I did a survey within all of my social networking sites asking everyone, “What is the #1 Hip Hop song of ALL TIME.” Without a doubt, PETE ROCK’s and C. L. SMOOTH’s “T.R.O.Y (They Reminisce Over You)”, won by a landslide…up by tens of thousands of votes. This is how monumental this group’s sound was/is to the culture, and what they represent.
In the latest episode of the Complex TV‘s “Magnum Opus” series, Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth recalls the historical moment on how this song was created, what was going on inside of their genius minds, and their general influences in regards to all the music they created. Representing ‘Mount Vernon, NY’, Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth give us the full breakdown of their classic “Mecca and the Soul Brother” album. Plus, they speak on Heavy D & The Boyz, and the death of their close friend Troy Dixon.
“Hip hop superstar 50 Cent sits down with Nick Huff Barili as part of SXSW’s interview series to discuss his meteoric rise to fame from humble beginnings in Queens, to his incredibly successful musical career and hip hop empire, as well as his current work with SMS Headphones and the upcoming release of his album ‘Street King Immortal’.”
VA Rapper, Pusha T gave the crowd exactly what they wanted…a dope ass performance!! He started off with a verse from the Clipse’s “Grindin”, his 2002 Neptunes produced hit. He later jumped into a verse from the “Popular Demand (Popeyes),” another Clipse song, before moving into Kanye West songs “So Appalled” and “Runaway” off the “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” album. Finally, Pusha T moved onto songs from his charged up mixtapes, including the Drake diss song, “Exodus 23:1″. In the interview, Pusha T detailed the producers and special guests fans can expect on the upcoming solo album debut, titled “My Name Is My Name”.
CHARLIE WILSON Tells Lisa Ford, “My Love Is All I Have” At The JAZZ IN THE GARDENS Festival! (Audio & Photos)
CHALIE WILSON is an American treasure and icon with his flawless soulful voice, long stint with the legendary Gap Band, and as a wildly successful solo artist. He’s dominated the Adult Urban Contemporary charts all of his musical career and attracted the grown & sexy as well as Hip Hop fans from all over the world. At the recent 8th annual JAZZ IN THE GARDENS Music Festival, Uncle Charlie mesmerized an audience of over 60k, with his impeccable stage performance performing the hits, “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” “You Are,” and “There Goes My Baby”. In the pre-event interview, Wilson promoted his latest single , “My Love Is All I Have”, which proves why he will always reign supreme, so as long as he wishes.
It was an exciting worldwind weekend of music and laughter, food and joy, at the 8th Annual, JAZZ IN THE GARDENS Music Festival 2013 (March 16-17th) in Miami Gardens, Florida. One of the artists that stole the show was the talented and animated, FANTASIA BARRINO! She gave a spectacular stage performance and was stunning, poised, and full of heart and soul, while speaking candidly to the media. Here’s what she had to say.
FANTASIA, “First of all, thank you for letting me be me because I’m not going to change for anybody. I came into this industry as a very young and very green small-town country girl, who believed that everybody had my back, like they said they had my back…”
Sway: Did you think you would make it this far as an artist?
NAS: “I got to be honest, back then (when Nas recorded ‘Illmatic’), dudes wasn’t making it this far. So I didn’t know how to look that far. So I didn’t about it.
Sway: Your song, “Daughters” has been nominated twice. Is YOUR daughter happy about that?
NAS: “I think she’s happy that her dad’s not corny. I’m lucky that she still thinks that I am cool.”
Sway: Do you already have a speech prepared if you win one of these awards?
NAS: “NO…And I really don’t wanna go there. I look at it as we’re already winners, no matter what. We’ve already won, so I don’t even want to think that far. We’re just here having a good time. I’m happy to be here. And I’m grateful to all of you out there.”
Happy Birthday to a humanitarian who was instrumental in making reggae music a universal symbol for peace and love. Included in this blog post is a rare interview with Bob Marley talking about the rastafarian culture and the importance of marijuana. I’ve also attached my favorite song from the reggae legend, ‘I Don’t Want To ‘Wait In Vain’ For Your Love’.
I interviewed Rick Ross in 2002, while he was still an underground artist. Before he dropped his first album, the ‘Port of Miami’. Before he went on to record four additional historical rap albums and numerous mixtapes. Before he signed to Slip-n-Slide Records. Before he launched Maybach Music Group. And before he became a Miami rap legend.
When you listen to this throwback interview, you’ll see that his accomplishments surpassed all his aspirations. At a South Beach club, Ross spoke about his current journey in the industry, his goal with rap, and offered advice to young people. The question now is… was it worth it? And rap fans wanna know, what’s next for Ross, musically? Because as the story is still being told, we can all see that it’s Deeper Than Rap. Stay safe Bawse.
From his music, to his movies, television, and stage performances, when the maestro, Ky Mani Marley is in action, one is always amazed. Ky Mani gave an electrifying performance at the Reggae World Unity Festival in Grand Central Park downtown Miami on January 20th. Then later, he answered questions about “Shottas” and the new music he’s releasing!
It’s a relief, to hear the energized flows of West Philly rapper, Sincere aka S.I.N, on his new and electrically charged mixtape, “DOTTED LINE” … highly anticipated after the release of his first project, ‘Boarding Pass’. SINCERE does an incredible job of honoring Hip Hop in “DOTTED LINE” with a hardcore collection of hits that include remnants of old-school chords connected to futuristic sounds. It’s even more gratifying to find S.I.N. paying homage to different eras and multiple genres of music on his new mixtape, as it is apparent that he has strong artistic abilities, extensive musical training, and a keen ear to what sounds best.