Monday, November 30, 2015

Jamie Foxx got busted looking at FLOTUS butt, sex w/ Oprah + meeting Tyson!

It'll be a shame if I never meet Jamie Foxx, I fucking adore this man. So damn talented.

Chris Brown - Fine By Me

Bryson Tiller - Smoke Me Out (

Sunday, November 29, 2015

First Watch: Jaise - Addicted [Music Video]

Jaise is an R&B singer/songwriter hailing from Bakersfield, California and with his new single Addicted, he brings back the classic R&B vibe . In the visual Jaise uses the concept of drug addiction in order to get the point across and express the way he feels for a special women. The video is passionate, heartfelt, and introduces the classic “In Love” theme. Get ready to be re-introduced to the way music use to be, and how love use to be expressed! For more follow @JaiseMusic on Instagram, Facebook and Soundcloud. Watch "Addicted" below:

First Listen: Danny Paul - Aww Baby [@DannyPaulMusic]

Danny Paul is an underground artist with the ability to paint pictures with his lyrics and vocals. Originally from Massachusetts the talented songwriter moved west in pursuit of his goals. He is currently in Las Vegas finalizing his debut EP titled "Eternal Progression"

The EP will include a little of everything from club bangers to sultry love songs to  songs that address current social issues. His newest single "Aww Baby" shows off the crooners range and is a certified love song. Be on the look out for this up and coming artist. For access to more of his soon to be released songs follow him on Instagram and Twitter @dannypaulmusic

Take a listen below:

Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone (Download + Tracklist)

Erykah Badu has revealed her new mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone. It’s available to download and stream via Apple Music. 

The mixtape’s title is a reference to the singer’s 1997 classic “Tyrone”, while each of its tracks is about telephones in some way, specifically “our own reliance on staying inter-connected.” The collection features the previously released “Phone Down” and Badu’s “Hotline Bling” remix, here renamed as “Cell U Lar Device”.

According to a press release, for the tape, Badu worked closely with producer Zach Witnessin in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. Over a 12-day period, she welcomed a number of surprise guests, including André 3000 and Drake, into her bedroom studio to help create a new genre blend she has dubbed “TRap & B”. Badu and Witnessin focused on creating “sympathetic vibrations” between the music’s frequency and vibration, even utilizing a tuning fork and Tibetan singing bowls to find the precise wavelengths. The goal was to create “a sound that brings peace and tranquility to its listener.”

The mixtape will be available via all retailers and streaming services come December 4th.

But You Caint Use My Phone Tracklist


01. Caint Use My Phone Suite
02. Hi
03. Cell U Lar Device
04. Phone Down
05. U Use To Call Me (feat. Drake)
06. Mr. Telephone Man
07. U Don’t Have To Call
08. Whats Yo Phone Number
09. Dial’afreaq
10. I’ll Call U Back
11. Hello (feat. André 3000)

Friday, November 27, 2015

J.Cole & Kendrick Lamar - Black Friday

Nothing more influential than rap music, I merge jazz fusion with the trap musik.
J.Cole and Kendrick bless the world once again with us anticipating and craving anything from these young black God's ...with Black Friday..Make rap exciting again.

Ro James - Permission (Music Video)

Ro James returns with the official video for “Permission” from his forthcoming debut LP, directed by Aaron Vazquez of BKLYN1834. The video for the track produced by Soundz and co-written by Verse Simmonds is a sultry black & white clip that follows James and his love through a playful evening in the Hollywood Hills. Check out the footage below to watch the video for “Permission.” Purchase the single via iTunes. Purchase the three-part Coke, Jack & Cadillacs EP via iTunes. Keep an eye out for more from Ro James.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mateo - How Good Is Your Love

Throwback Thursday shouts to the homie Mateo

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Drew Anthuny - For You I Will Wait (FYIWW) [Music Video]

 Sultry R&B crooner Drew Anthuny releases visuals to his critically acclaimed single "FYIWW" which is off his latest offering "Last Loving Breed" - FYIWW is directed by Nico Marks, the single first debuted on Issa Rae's web series FIRST and from there garnered much praise and attention, so glad to see a video for the single.  Support "Last Loving Breed" which is now on iTunes.

A Fan Battling Cancer Got A Visit From His ‘Favorite Rapper’ J. Cole

On 2014 Forest Hills Drive’s “No Role Modelz,” J. Cole certainly isn’t talking about his fans. Because they have at least one: Him.

Cole has continuously shown his dedication to fans and willingness to provide strength for them if possible, like earlier this year, when he fulfilled a two-year promise of attending a fan’s high school graduation, and helping her pay for college tuition.

Or if you look to the hordes of fans at any Cole show that can attest to the ways in which he and his music has impacted their lives.

Or, the latest example, a fan named Tae Stackhouse who, according to his Facebook page, was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Tae got a visit from Cole, saying that his mother and aunt helped bring his “favorite rapper” to see him.

“I’m proud to say that I’m blessed even tho I have cancer he told me to keep positive so that’s what Ima do,” he wrote.

As usual, Cole didn’t publicize his deed. Instead, the recipient of it shared what happened, and others took notice online.

Keep fighting, Tae. And keep inspiring, Cole.

KIDD KEO - RELAX (Shot by @kevinyern)

Spain rapper KIDD KEO releases a new visual to RELAX which is a new cut off his mixtape "FEAR OF THE WALKING TAPE" which drops sometime next week. RELAX was shot and edited by Kevin Yern.

A photo posted by Kidd keo the flame (@kiddkeoflame) on
A photo posted by Kidd keo the flame (@kiddkeoflame) on

Opening Ceremony x Vans 2015 Fall/Winter Old Skool & Sk8-Hi Collection

Recently dubbed as a rising fashion juggernaut, Vans has teamed up with fellow iconic fashion label Opening Ceremony yet again for a collaborative footwear collection. Reworking the classic Old Skool and Sk8-Hi silhouettes, the brands have revised the sneakers with premium leather uppers. In place of the archetypal black and white color way, the new models are instead rendered in tonal beige and pure white versions of which the latter is constructed with a traditional gum sole. As a perfect union of classic and modern aesthetics, the new offerings are striking additions to any wardrobe. You can shop the collection now at Opening Ceremony online.

Mishon covers "Say It" by Tory Lanez

MISHON IS DEF ONE OF MY FAVORITES. Add This to your playlist cause this yungbul has the juice and can sing his ass off. Yup.

Monday, November 23, 2015

First Listen: MILA J - The Waiting Game

With her debut LP in the works Los Angeles songstress MILA J releases "The Waiting Game" mixtape for her fans and the people. This mixtape features the singer spinning covers on popular songs like Bryson Tiller's "Don't" and Drake & Future's "Diamonds". The tape also features one of my favorite tracks featuring Future "Freaknic" - I specifically dig this track because it's sort of a ratchet freaky duo between two hot artists. Definitely take a listen to this cool mixtape while we wait on MILA's album

Rihanna Announces ANTI tour with Travis Scott + Weeknd and Big Sean (dates)

For the North American leg, she will be joined by Travis Scott and in Europe, she will have The Weeknd and Big Sean. Tickets will go on sale December 3rd.
Friday, February 26, 2016 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
Sunday, February 28, 2016 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Friday, March 04, 2016 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
Saturday, March 05, 2016 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sunday, March 06, 2016 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Saturday, March 12, 2016 – Jacksonville – Jacksonville Arena
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
Friday, March 18, 2016 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
Sunday, March 20, 2016 – Charlotte, NC – The Time Warner Cable Arena
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
Thursday, March 24, 2016 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
Saturday, March 26, 2016 – Hartford, CT – XL Center
Sunday, March 27, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Saturday, April 02, 2016 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Sunday, April 03, 2016 – Philadelphia, PA -Wells Fargo
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Saturday, April 09, 2016 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
Sunday, April 10, 2016 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Center
Friday, April 15, 2016 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Monday, April 18, 2016 – Winnipeg, MS – MTS Centre
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Thursday, April 21, 2016 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
Saturday, April 23, 2016 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Sunday, April 24, 2016 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Friday, April 29, 2016 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA – Forum
Saturday, May 07, 2016 – Oakland, CA -Oracle Arena

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

FENTY – PUMA by Rihanna Creeper | A Look Behind the Scenes

Like Bla Bla Bla!

Sir Richard King - Thoughts Of A King [Vol 1]

Detroit crooner Sir Richard King recently release his debut project "Thoughts Of A King" (Vol. 1) - This EP is filled with seductive, catchy bedroom R&B infused with trap beats and spins on our favorite 90s flavored hits such as "I Like" & "Pony" - Take a listen to this newcomer and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the Songbook Ent artist.

Sir Richard King under the mentorship of record producer & music mogul Troy Taylor (Songbook)

Drake previews Views From The 6 in a Vine Clip

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SPZRKT (LIVE) How Do You Love Me & JMK [Uncomfortable TOUR ~ ATL]

meet SPZRKT (Spazzy Rocket) - really dope and passionate artist. I got the pleasure of seeing him live last Sunday as he opened for Andy Mineo at the last show of the Uncomfortable Tour in Atlanta.

Check out his latest release below:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Alycia Bella - SADE & JUICY J [Lyrics]

After making waves throughout the industry for quite some time and working with the likes of Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Ty Dolla $ign, and more, Bay Area singer-songwriter Alycia Bella is finally ready to step foot into her solo spotlight. En route to the release of her debut projectL.I.L.Y., the emerging creative has unveiled her leading single “Sade & Juicy J.” Blossoming to new heights with a smokey-champagne infused track, this jam is full of vibes. Alycia’s voice floats through a dream-like hypnosis effect. Recapping a night of entertainment, a sensual atmosphere is painted vividly. The chorus directly brings order to the scene, with mimosa as the main drink of choice. (Saint Heron)

GoldLink - Polarized (Audio) ft. Demo-Taped

Tell me what you really wanna say...yeah :-)

GOLDLINK of SOULection drops his debut project, and it's definitely in my playlist.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ty Dolla $ign - FREE TC (Full Album)

California musician Ty Dolla $ign releases his long-awaited album "Free TC" in support of his brother TC who is locke dup in LA for a crime he didn't commit. It's a pretty solid album, please take a listen.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

American Crime season 2 Trailer

My folk Trevor Jackson  is starring in Season 2 of American Crime, yall be sure to check it out on January 6th 2016 only on ABC

iPad Pro review

Is this a creation device for you? the iPad Pro. Lighter than a MacBook Air, Smaller than a MacBook Pro..a smooth medium.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Chris Brown's debut single from Royalty "BACK TO SLEEP" on iTunes

I need that old thing back Chris! Royalty hitting stores soon. Get "Back To Sleep" on iTunes now.

First Listen: AmirSaysNothing - S.O.G.

AmirSaysNothing aka the Blue Collar Priest returns with a new anthem, "S.O.G.", produced by Cy Kosis and sponsored by the BlackSheep Skate Shop in Charlotte, NC - Amir's fan base is growing on the daily with him on the grind constantly performing at shows all around the city of Los Angeles. With this new single, the street prophet MC now has a new motto to shout on stage for the kids: "middle fingers up screaming how much I don't give a fuck!" Be on the look out for Amir's Full-length debut, which is coming soon. Take a listen to the anthem below:

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Miguel - Coffee (Acoustic) Live for Make Room

This was touching and really dope. Miguel is one of my favorites because his passion is so evident within his music and he transcends across all age groups. A truly timeless artist of this generation with a story.

Miguel - waves (Music Video)

DOPE!!!! Music videos are really directed like this anymore or even looked at with the same creative vision. I applaud Miguel for this one. Cameos also make me smile so shouts to J.Cole and Wale in this live ass video.


Still waiting on that Frank Ocean album? Let this be your filler for a little while, Yes I'm still waiting too but the sound of his voice makes me feel better and I can imagine the album sounding something like this, just a bit. Then again who knows with Frank. He's a freakin' creative genius. "Boys Don't Cry" comng soon along with the magazine issues according to


Me and my ninjas in the studio not too long ago, we don't need much to get creative and cook up raw shit. It just takes passion, persistence love and a goal. With those qualities, anything is truly possible.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

T.I. - Project Steps [Music Video]

"I'm just a project nigga on the front steps, getting money is the concept." I grew up on Tip and he is one of my biggest influences in rap and has inspired my artist,growing up in Atlanta with his KING demeanor, attractive pride and flawless flow. "Project Steps" is my favorite project from "Nic EP" - It certainly reminds me of the ruthless yet kind-hearted T.I. I grew up on. This shit make me feel like a boss forreal.

Tory Lanez interviews with HOT 97 |

Tory Lanez is my favorite newcomer out right now, to most he's not necessarily new, but the 23 year old Toronto kid has been prepping for this moment for sometime now, putting out mixtape after mixtape, grinding and finding his flow. Tory is now at that level to show the fucking world what he's made of. i'm so proud of this dude and his success. "Say It" is doing very well on the charts and he really deserves it.  He's has passion what a lot of these cats are lacking now a days and you can hear it in his rapping and singing. Tory was recent signed to Benny Blanco's imprint on Interscope Records called "Mad Love" which is what he will be releasing his debut mainstream album under pretty soon. Be on the look out for more from Lanez, his swave nation tour should be hitting a city near you pretty soon, so go hop on that before it's sold out. SWAVE NATION! "Say It" is almost hitting 8 million views on YouTube.

Friday, November 6, 2015

First Listen: Gemaine - Curious [EP]

Today, RnB crooner & Compton native Gemaine released his debut EP Curious. Gemaine exploded on the scene in 2013 and quickly became a Vine sensation (74 million loops & counting) with his breakout single "Freaky" which garnered over 2 million plays on soundcloud, and has been buzzing since then. "Let Me In" the opening track of Curious, released early this week has already reached 50k plays! This is just the beginning for the passionate artist Gemaine, a young multi-talented musician, model and actor from the city of Angels. Take a listen to Curious below and support on iTunes.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

First Watch: Taylor Bennett - Happy Place Ft. Brill (Music Video)

To some he's known as Taylor, to other's he's know as Chance The Rapper's kid brother. To me he's known as a dope ass lyricist who just so happens to be really handsome. Taylor Bennett released his debut EP Freshman Year towards the end of 2014 and since then has been quiet. Now the young Chicago emcee is back on the scene with his lead single from forthcoming LP "Broad Shoulders" - Definitely stepping into his own lane and light, Taylor has a message for the youth and also the people of Chicago - Be Happy! - We all have a happy place. Taylor gets his message across in a dope and fun way that makes even new listeners want to see what the kid is all about.

Monday, November 2, 2015

WATCH: "Stages" | a short film starring William Catlett

William Catlett does it again in short film "Stages". Thank you Issa Rae for giving passionate artists a platform.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

J.I.D x Marian Mereba x 6LACK x Pell - LETTERS

Atlanta rapper J.I.D teams with 6lack, Marian Mereba, and Pell for eerie yet insightful “Letters.” 6lack and Marian Mereba's emotional vocals.

Congrats to newcomer J.I.D for securing tour dates with Dreamville/Dopart artist Omen on the Elephant Eyes Tour. Be on the look out for J.I.D's new project "Reloaded" releasing this November.

Iamsu! - Throwin' It ( feat. Trevor Jackson) [Prod. Nic Nac]

The party-starting Richmond, California rapper Iamsu! has been making icy, minimal, catchy-as-hell West Coast rap tunes since before that was cool, and his new track “Throwin It” immediately feels like one of the best things he’s ever done. Over a sparse, rubbery beat from fellow HBK Gang member Nic Nac, Iamsu! and the R&B singer Trevor Jackson kicks smooth, nasty lines for just two minutes before the song dissolves into the air. I wouldn’t be mad if it were three times as long.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

First Listen: Jafarlee debuts new single "Rich"

Louisiana native and rising artist Jafarlee is steadily making an impact in the game with the release of consistent new music. Jafarlee has been in the studio for quite some time now working on his debut project "XXI" which is set to release sometime this year, but in the mean time take a listen to his new single "Rich" - and also be sure to bump "Leo Season" by Jafarlee - a tape he released in anticipation for "XXI" which will be out soon.

Check out Jafalee's prelude to XXI entitled "Leo Season"

PSA 2: A Message To The People [Prince Okezie of VLTR United]

Atlanta native Prince Okezie brings a message to the people through thought provoking music, a power message and lucrative instrumentals. I would advise you to not sleep on this artist.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I, No Longer

           Buffalo, New York has had its fair share of famous musicians who called the city home. Ranging from Rick James to The Goo Goo Dolls and Cute Is What We Aim For, the city has had many musicians who have amassed a large amount of commercial success in many different genres of music. Pentimento seems to be the next in the line following many predecessors in this journey. Following the release of their 2012 Self-Titled album, the Buffalo natives gained a lot of attention across the board in the Indie/Alternative realm. Since this successful release, they have come together as a group to record and produce two other albums, one being a four song EP titled “Inside The Sea” and the other being their Sophomore full length “I, No Longer.”
         The Sophomore album, although only having been released last week, has accumulated a lot of success and attention from many adoring fans. After the release of “I, No Longer” we got the chance to talk to talk with Michael Hansen, the drummer and a contributing lyricists for Pentimento to discuss their recent success and the future of the band.

                CAQ. “Hey Michael! You guys formed Pentimento in 2011 and have amassed quite a bit of success in just four years, releasing two EP’s, two full length records and a split with Young English. How do you find the time to write new music amidst consistently touring and playing festivals such as the massive Skate N Surf fest in New Jersey?”
                Michael. “It would be nearly impossible to pinpoint exactly how we manage our time for that sort of thing, but the best way to say it is to just say that writing music is always going on in the background of everything else. My focus has always been on songwriting and musical ideas before anything else. So if we’re on tour, at home, or in the studio- there’s always some kind of riff or idea kicking around, because there has to be. I don’t think there’s ever been a point where I would allow myself to walk away from trying to make music. Even after just finishing an entire LP, I can’t help myself from thinking about what I’d like to do better the next time we make something.”
CAQ. “You, as a band, have toured with a decent amount of significantly popular acts. To date, what has been your favorite tour package or specific band to travel with?”
Michael. “That’s a tough call. We’ve definitely made some great friends and learned invaluable lessons while on tour with lots of great bands. From Less Than Jake and Reggie and The Full Effect to Real Friends and Have Mercy- or even our current tour with Better Off and A Will Away, each tour has lessons built into it that have thankfully always been very positive for us. We consider ourselves very lucky in that sense.”
CAQ. “Pentimento has had great success with making immensely emotional albums, especially the last release, “I, No Longer.” What is the main source of inspiration and motivation for your lyrics?”
Michael. “The most I can tell you is that there is inspiration in everything if you allow yourself to connect to it. We all get to decide what’s significant or meaningful to us. My effort is as a lyricist is to simply be as honest as I can about whatever it is that I’m feeling.”
CAQ. “’I, No Longer’ has seemed to have drawn a lot of attention since its release. Do you guys believe this will be the one to get you serious mainstream recognition?”
Michael. “It’s been 4 days, so I have no idea whether or not it’s actually going to be successful. We don’t know if this will push us to the next level. We’d like to know imagine that- but who knows. We can only keep our fingers crossed that it’ll work out.”
CAQ. “What has been the biggest point in your career, at this point?”
Michael. “The biggest moment for our band was the day we went to GCR Audio to record our first EP, “Wrecked.” We went to breakfast and had a conversation about how we knew our lives were going to change forever after that. We were totally right.”
CAQ. “Your song ‘My Solution Is in The Lake’ finds its groove in a chorus that is infectiously catchy, boasting drastically deep lyrics such as ‘Get me out. I just want to disappear. Let me go before I burn us both to the ground. Yesterday forgets you before you have the chance to do the same.’ What’s behind these lyrics? What is the story being conveyed in this song?”
Michael. “This was one of those things that just came pouring out in ten minutes one day while I was at Pentimento’s practice studio in downtown Buffalo. The lyrics for this song are about the first apartment I’d ever lived in a few circumstances I found myself in a result.”
CAQ. “If you could give me a brief summary of the masterpiece that is ‘I, No Longer’ how would you do so?”
Michael. “I don’t know that it’s a masterpiece, but I do know that it’s literally the best our band was capable at the time of the recording it, one year ago. If I had to sum it up, I would just say that we put together a record of 12 songs that we really believed in, with the goal of creating a flowing piece of art that would make sense when thought of as an album. Each song is meant to kiss the one before and after it in particular ways that you’ll only pick up on when listening to it as a whole.
CAQ. “What is the next step for Pentimento as a band? Is there a goal you are striving to meet as a unit?”
Michael. “We just want to grow. We’re hoping that ‘I, No Longer’ moves us forward in the touring world and that people take something real away from these songs.”
CAQ. “Can we expect any big tour announcements in the near future or will we have to be content to crying along to ‘I, No Longer’ in our bedrooms?”
Michael. “We currently have no plans after wrapping up this current run with Better Off, A Will Away, and Caleb & Carolyn. We are hoping to land some support slots with the steam of this release.”
CAQ. “This new album has a very distinct sound to it, very comparable to the likes of early Jimmy Eat World records. Were there any specific albums you listened to while working on his records?”
Michael. “I couldn’t name anything specifically, but of course the records we listen to and love influence the music you’re making. Jimmy Eat World has been a part of that since the very beginning.”
CAQ. “CAQ Records is a lifestyle brand based out of Atlanta, Georgia as well as being a label that traditionally leans towards the hip-hop side of the spectrum containing independent and up-and-coming artists. The point of this interview was to introduce some of our readers and followers to a band that we see a massive amount of potential in. If there is one thing you’d like to leave us with, for the sake of fans who may be hearing Pentimento for the first time, what would that be?”
Michael. “That’s a really cool platform to push. We would just like to thank anyone who gives our band a chance.”

As you can see, Pentimento have their head in the right place and are moving towards massive success and mainstream attention. Their new record deserves to be played front to back, all at one time. For those of you who don’t have the time to sit down and check out an entire record all at once, be sure to check out be sure to check out “Sink or Swim” an upbeat song displaying a sensational amount of heartache and dissatisfaction with oneself. For the fans of the more mellow alternative route, take the time to listen to “Slow but Sure.” Filled with a chorus so sharp it will cut right through your heart, this was one of my personal favorite tracks on the bands sophomore record.

If you act quickly you can buy “I, No Longer” from their Bandcamp account for only $5. You can also catch them on their active tour with Nashville rockers Better Off, who just released their own phenomenal record “MILK.” The dates for that tour are listed below.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Trevor Jackson @ AUC Homecoming [2015]

In promotion for his latest project “In My Feelings”  - Atlantic Records recording artist Trevor Jackson makes an appearance at the 2015 AUC Homecoming in Atlanta, GA on Saturday October 24.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Brown, Devonte: Saying What We've All Been Thinking But Never Had The Courage To Say Ourselves

     Devonte Brown is the future of Atlanta hip-hop. I repeat, Devonte Brown is the future of Atlanta hip-hop. I'm being serious. As an artist, Vonte of NeWeRa culminates all of the aspects of traditionally influential artists and combines them with his masterfully developed rhythmic flow comparable to Kendrick Lamar. He's got the Nas and Tupac lyricism, the Biggie swagger, the 50 attitude, the Wu-Tang brotherhood mentality and sense of comradery between himself and his fellow NeWeRa members. It's like a mad scientist took every massively influential artist throughout history and decided to create Hip-Hop's own version of Dr. Frankenstein's monster.
     A native of Valdosta, Georgia, Vonte got his start at a young age and has been a force to be reckoned with ever since. I first experienced Vonte in a dark room, filled with poets, singers and rappers as he bellowed a melodic and enticing flow filled with wisdom and knowledge. (No, these words aren't synonymous.) I was blessed with the opportunity to experience Vonte as he grew into the artist he is today and thankfully I had the opportunity to discuss some of these areas and varying degrees of growth with him. Here is what Mr. Brown had to say.

CAQ Records. "Vonte, we first met while living in Valdosta, Georgia attending VSU together. Since that first meeting, we’ve both done a lot of growing up. You’ve grown as an artist, myself as a writer and columnist. In what ways do you think you’ve grown since that time?"

Vonte Brown. "Aw man, we were doing Deep Release  Open Mic nights. That helped me grow exponentially in terms of stage presence, delivery, and impact. I also got to observe crowds and how they reacted. Since I've grown mentally. I don't see the world the same anymore and my music has grown or at least changed with this shift in perspectives."

CAQ. "Your music has found a groove and is bringing you quite recognition as an Atlanta based rapper. What would you attribute your recent spike in popularity to?"

VB. "Man that's wild , cause my perception different. I always travelled back and forth from Valdosta to Atlanta and now that I'm in the A I really wanna make my footprint on the music scene up here. So I'm not where I plan on being yet, not nearly.  I've just been persistent and focused and slowly but surely people who rock with genuine music and punchlines or whatever they resonate with in my music. I'm really thankful man, I still remember being thankful for the seven views our youtube videos would get."

CAQ. "What’s the next move for you? I know your move to Atlanta sparked things for you in terms of having access to much more musical talent in your surrounding area and definitely offers more opportunity to grow and perform. So what’s next for Vonte?"

VB. "My entire goal with music is to produce the best possible product and embed as much of myself and my soul in it as possible. With this move I have a better opportunity to reach a larger audience and produce a higher quality of music. That's the plan. I feel like I have a sound or some element that's gonna take this game by storm.  It's on me at this point. No excuses. Either I excel to stardom or fall into the pits of despair and failure. And failure not an option." 

CAQ. "When we first met, you were with NeWeRa and I was a member of the Valdosta based group, IVLG. Since our meeting, IVLG has disbanded and many of the members, myself included have moved on to other groups, cities and ventures. What about NeWeRa? Could you give us an update on that?"

VB. "Yall broke up man? I was a fan yo, some of my fans would DM telling me to check that group out. Man N3W 3RA a family. We still rocking. Shout out to DBK, Chop, ET, Ricky. We still squad. We haven't been able to record as unit due to distance, different careers, different lives but we actually got something in the works. Some songs. As a collective of lyricists I always felt we were the south Wu Tang. Can't let that fall to the wayside. That's why I always kept the 'ofnewera'"

CAQ. "What is your goal, your peak aspiration, your Mt. Everest, if you will, for your own career?"

VB. "That's a great question. I'm not necessarily after fame but I am seeking the largest sphere of influence one can garner through hip hop. I have ideas, and music is an excellent way to propel them. I want that Pac influence. I want to have a large sphere of influence and use that to inform and enlighten people. Pac was politicizing the gangs in LA. If you can  make not objectifying women cool, If you can make not shooting each other cool, if you can make eating healthy or protesting GMO's cool, make love and peace and unity cool, that's influence. That's my ultimate goal. To get to that Adele 30 million views in a day influence and say something powerful and meaningful. That's my life man."

CAQ. "Do you have any new projects in the works? Are you planning on releasing any new EP’s or albums anytime soon?"

VB. "Several new projects fam. 
I have [a] solo EP dropping before the year is out. It's still untitled  (leaning towards Holographic Charizard) but it will be my most sonically pleasing project to date. 
Me and the SuperHuman C.Venus got our biggest project to date slated to drop next spring. 
It's called Nothing To Do with Ninjas 4Ever: The Way of Transcendence. 
It's really a new genre of music infusing aggressive trap, classic hip hop and "conscious"/esoteric themes."

CAQ. "Do you see yourself ever getting out of the writing and performance area of hip hop and working in marketing, management or producing?"

VB. "Maybe. Producing is a long lost hobby of mine and I plan on transitioning to self-producing my projects. I could def. see myself as an A&R though."

 CAQ. "Do you plan on signing with any labels in the coming years or do prefer to stay independent with your releases?"

VB. "Independent is the new wave. It's a lot of work but it's the best way to me. So many artist, too many artist, all my favorite artist have had label disputes over creative control. I'm selfish with my creations. Gotta be indie."

     Mr. Brown has a mentality to be successful, no matter what obstacles find their way into his path. He, like many other artists has his fair share of challenges ahead of him. The difference between Vonte and everyone else is simply this. He's got the talent to make his name no matter what anyone else has to say about it. Keep your on Vonte AND NeWeRa. If you don't, you're going to wish you had.

You can check out their hit song and video GOD OF THE ZILLA: HERE

If you'd like to follow Vonte for updates on his music and career, you can do so by following the social media accounts below.

Twitter: HERE
Soundcloud: HERE

Friday, October 23, 2015

Dante's Inferno

If we’re looking at the future of design in the hip hop sub culture, Dante Lee needs to be on the radar. Scratch that. Dante Lee needs to occupy the entire screen and steal all of our focus. As a graphic designer Dante is changing pop culture in ways that many of us only dream of.

            Dante dropped his first design at a young age and knew exactly from that point on that this was the path he wanted to travel and we should all be thankful for that. Dante prides himself on his originality and his originality was exactly what drew me to his work. The first Dante Lee design I ever had the privilege of seeing was a simplistic yet masterful and commanding design that demanded to be seen. The design featured two separate backdrops, one cascading above the other, displaying what I interpreted to be Heaven and Hell with the letters “F O F” draped over the top of the backdrops. I was drawn to the design, pictured below, because of how elegant it was without being tacky. It was almost as if Dante knew that to be innovative, he needed to take people to a place that they had always seen yet never truly looked at. 

        After seeing this design, I new I had to keep Dante on my radar and he very quickly showed me that just being on the radar wasn’t going to be enough. After watching Dante and being completely enamored by his work, I decided that I had to get to know him from a viewpoint that I didn’t have the privilege of having prior to today. I had to know what made Dante Lee tick. I had to know what it was that drove him and what it was that made him pump the brakes. I had the privilege of interviewing him yesterday to do just that.

Q. “Dante, let’s cut right to the chase and not waste any time. I’m doing this interview for CAQ records because I feel that you, as a designer and an artist, have the potential to change pop culture forever. If you could signify to the world what design and production mean to hip hop and pop culture, how would you do so?”

A. “Design isn’t for everyone. But for the ones of us that it is, designing lets people put their thoughts, what they are going through or have [gone] through into something, at least for some, that gives it it’s own mood and view and that, to me, is cool.”

Q. “What is your greatest inspiration for design? What is your driving force?”

A. “To get people to wake up and smell the coffee, honestly.”

Q. “Would you say you are more motivated by self-expression or by the constant need to outdo, or at least perform equally, with other artists?”

A. “I’ve always seen what I’m capable and as long as I outdo my previous work, I feel I’m good.”

Q. “I know in pop culture today, it’s all about shock factor. We see it everywhere we go. Many artists have made names for themselves off of finding new and improved ways to shock us as a society. Elvis did it, Madonna did it, Eminem did it. How do you manage to be relevant and up to date with shock factor without going over the edge and taking things too far?”

A. “Being myself from start to finish and getting somewhere with that instead of trying to be someone else, someone I’m not.”

Q. “If you were forced to pick a moment in time, an achievement or a failure, in which you would call it quits and your design career, when would that moment be?”

A. “Never. This is my art, this is where my heart is.”

Q. “At the end of the day, fashion is all about perspective. What would you say makes your perspective or perception of the world around you unique? Would you attribute this uniqueness to anything or anyone in particular?”

A. “I’m not swimming in that fish tank anymore. I grew wings and flew out of that. Everyone else is still swimming around in that tank thinking that everything [is] sweet when they didn’t even start living yet.”

Q. “When it comes to finding inspiration for new concepts or designs, do you draw your inspiration from the world around you or is your inspiration for design more of an internal process than anything?”

A. “Both. I just see it going on around me, around the world, and the world and the dark alleys that I’ve been down throughout my own life.”

Q. “Do you get more of a rise out of your designs being popular or finding out that you inspired someone else in a way that made them create something of their own?”

A. “I could care less how popular or buzzin my stuff is when I have kids telling me that I have changed their views on life and a lot of other things and inspire them to keep going and stuff like that. That makes me feel so good, man.”

Q. “To date, what would you consider the best moment of your career? Why is it so important or influential to you?”

A. “When I screen printed my first shirt just for fun and [I] wore it the next day and had a bunch of people asking where they could buy it. Getting feedback like that really got the ball rolling for me.”

Q. “Is there anything about your career that you would want to change or completely erase?”

A. “Nah, no way.”

Q. “What are your goals for your design career as a whole? Where do you see yourself ending up in the world of design? How do you envision yourself getting there?”

A. “Just keep doing the same thing I’m doing now, giving it to the people raw, no sugarcoat. Just open as many eyes as possible and enjoy myself. Make some noise for the underground, keep grinding, never stop.”

            It’s clear after this interview that there is a reason why Dante caught my eye so quickly and it catching the eyes of so many more people as well. There is, without a doubt, a place for Dante Lee at the top of the world of design, with his hands in the air. Now let’s just sit back, enjoy the ride and watch his journey there. 

            If you'd like to support Dante's career, you can do so by purchasing from his collection at, you can also follow him on Twitter @whoknowsdante.

Spike Lee Gets His First Signature Shoe - "Air Jordan Spike Forty"

Spike Lee has been a staunch supporter of Jordan Brand for decades now. His loyalty to the brand will soon pay off, as they’ve rewarded him with his very first signature shoe. Dubbed the Air Jordan Spike Forty, the shoes arrive in a Knicks-inspired colorway: a team he’s remained faithful to season after season. Details include a predominantly mesh construction, speckled midsole, translucent icy blue outsole, a Nike Air logo on the heel, and a lace lock bearing the director’s likeness.

Renarts Footwear will have these on October 28 for a retail price of $180 USD.
Click here to hear Spike Lee speak about his first Jordan Brand purchase.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

First Listen: Ellis Martin - Pornotopia (EP)

In his debut "Pornotopia" EP, the Chicago-born storyteller known as "Ellis Martin" brilliantly pioneers an entirely new sound: Electro-Motown. The EP is a controversial statement against modern society, and aims to expose the festering problems in our everyday, American lives. Take a listen...Ellis Martin has worked with the likes of Jidenna on this project so this is something you should definitely here. Forward thinking and progression is something I love to see in today's music. Please don't sleep on the kid!

Check out his visual for "Just like A Baby" from the Pornotopia (EP)

J.I.D. "State Of Mind" (Freestyle)

JID of Spillage Village (JIDsv) is doing a freestyle series leading up to the "ParaTu Reloaded" mixtape releases in November.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

JXXIII - F***, Netflix & Chill

When it comes to this music thing, I just do what I feel, when I feel like it. Today I felt like dropping this song. Take a listen.


(laughs) It’s the sequence
Fuck, Netflix and chill

I rather keep it real

Nobu dinner date

prolly split the bill

cause we grown and all no phones involved

On Airplane mode, tipsy? just a little

But not sloppy drunk plus I rather be high

Clouds of the killa we up in the sky

like bae......

Don't be killing my vibe, now we back to the crib

Netflix in the ride, Netflix in the ride

Hands on my thighs , hands on my thighs

and we watching Empire, but I fuck with Omari

Switch it to Power, things heat up

We In there for an hour, drunk off lust

Foreplay and such, speed it up steaming up

Fuck in the shower...

Bottle service in the club

Room service was good

Paid the Netflix bill this month

So you already know wassup

Fuck, Netflix and chill

Give me all the thrills

Take me high to the sky

Where my vibe will not be killed (aye)

Fuck Netflix and chill nigga

If you  take me down

I'm a take you high

And that's forreal

Fuck Netflix and chill nigga

Baby take me down

I'm a take you high

And that's forreal ...

and thats forreal (real!)

Fuck, Netflix and chill nigga

Fuck, Netflix and chill nigga

(it’s the sequence)

Fuck, Netflix and chill nigga  (aye)

take me down, I’m a take you high

Fuck Netflix and chill nigga

Fuck Netflix and chill, chill (chill)


Alright - Kendrick Lamar (Kennedy Center Concert Hall)

 It was a big night for Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar, as he brought his To Pimp A Butterfly album alive in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. The Rolling Stones reports that the “Swimming Pools” vocalist opened up the show with “For Free?” as he stated through the mic, “This dick ain’t free!” Shortly after, Kendrick moved along while delivering “These Walls,” “Alright,” “King Kunta,” “I,” among other hits of his.