Back in October, I caught up with T-Pain while we were on the red carpet at the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Since his long-awaited Stoicville: The Phoenix album was set to drop this weekend, I planned to release the interview at the same time…but it looks like it’s got a little more marinating to do before we get it.
I didn’t want to hold on the interview much longer, though, as Pain dropped some interesting gems about why he’s no longer focusing on singles, as he feels albums are what will maintain your legacy even after you’re gone. Find out what Teddy Pain had to say about not wanting to be known as the “strip club man” any longer – plus the etiquette he and his lovely wife follow to bring a third party into their bedroom!
Last night was a night of epic proportions for the entire state of New Jersey. The first official Jersey Music Meeting was hosted by our very own Marisa Mendez and DJ Drewski of Hot 97!
Taking place at Dolce Lounge in Elizabeth, NJ, over 300 people packed out the 2-room venue for an exclusive Q&A session with the most prominent faces of New Jersey including Hot 97 music director, TT Torrez, DJ Bobby Trends, Vin Rock of Naughty By Nature, Itchy House Productions, and OVO Sound producer, Mike Zombie.
Although the event was geared towards musicians, all creatives were invited to show up, ask questions, network, and get answers to their most burning questions about their respective industries. So much knowledge was offered at the event, and incredible gems were dropped about how to further yourself in whatever path in life you choose.
Read on below for the best tips we got from our first Jersey Music Meeting!
Lil Wayne has long recounted a story of “accidentally” shooting himself when he was 12, playing with a 9 mm handgun. Thankfully, an off-duty cop was around to help young Tune, and he survived to become the rap star he is today. Apparently, that wasn’t the whole story, though!
In “London Roads,” a song from his newly-released Free Weezy Album, Wayne revealed that the shooting was no accident.
This past weekend was Willingboro, New Jersey‘s first annual celebrity basketball game, brought to us by our very own Mike Zombie! Since unveiling himself to the industry in 2013 by producing Drake‘s super-successful “Started From the Bottom” single, Zombie has put his town on the radar for many of music’s elite underground and mainstream leaders, and continued his momentum by hosting a charity event for the town’s community sports teams.
Taking place at Willingboro‘s John F. Kennedy Recreational Center, the Panthers basketball teams were split into the Blue team and the White team, consisting of some of the most prominent local celebrities that dominate both the music and sports industries. Just a few of those names include legendary battle rapper Tsu Surf, Big OOH!, Gillie Da Kid, NY Jets safety Calvin Pryor, Porta Rich, Empire‘s Black Rambo, Kazzie, Chill Moody and plenty more. Over 200 people packed the newly renovated JFK gymnasium, making for an excellent turn-out.
I’m not even going to pretend like I know how to describe a basketball game, so I’ll say that no one expected the Blue Team (Zombie‘s team) to come out with such a victory of 57-41. The most entertaining players to watch were Gillie Da Kid, who landed 3-pointers back to back accompanied by a smug smile and an energetic and warm attitude, and Calvin Pryor of the white team, who had a good start in the first quarter, weaned by the second, and came back to finish strong by the last quarter.
“No ribs, no rice, no champagne,” surely comes to mind when looking at the two paintings in the above photo, and the beauty in the middle is the brainchild of it all. Burgeoning artist Rebecca Maria‘s first solo show paid homage to the classic film Paid In Full, featured at Poppington Art Gallery in NYC yesterday.
The exhibit, which featured Rebecca live-painting one of her 14 pieces of work, was accompanied by 80s and 90s-themed music, giving guests a feeling of nostalgia. “This is a great addition to the Paid In Full legacy,” one attendee noted, referencing the almost 40-year history that includes a movie, Eric B. & Rakim‘s album, and the true-life story of Rich Porter, Alpo and AZ.
My girl Honey Cocaine was making her rounds at Hot 97 a few weeks back, promoting her latest mixtape Like A Drug, and its 2 singles, “Gwola” featuring Kid Ink and Maino, and “None Of My Business” with Kirko Bangz and Constantine.
After Honey chopped it up with Jen From BK and a few other Hot personalities, I wanted to switch it up and do something a little different than the traditional Q&A for LIT and InFlexWeTrust! So instead, we played one of my favorite games: Taboo!
It’s a pretty simple game with a simple concept, but it’s perfect to see how someone thinks under pressure…as well as how creative they can get with wordplay, since you have to think outside of the box to describe the words. Naturally, the writer/rapper team were victorious, but it was TOO easy. We need some better competition next time! Who wants next?!
People send me their music links all day long on social media and in my email, but with a schedule like mine, it’s damn near impossible to ever sit there and listen to it…not to mention the fact that I really don’t care to. Being that I have no interest in being a manager or a publicist, I’m not really scouting for new talent like, ever.
However, there are times when I stumble across new things that I love. Working in music, I meet tons of artists all of the time – some already established, some working their way up. Of the latter, it’s more than just the music that tends to pique my interest, as I pay attention to their social media interaction, their personality, their style, the team they’ve put in place (because NO one can do this on their own,) and their overall brand. There are tons of songs I come across from upcoming artists that I do enjoy, but if the only thing they have going on for themselves is a good song or two, I’m not ready to commit as a “fan” just yet.
That being said, there are a handful of young, hungry artists I’ve met this year, and 7 in particular truly stood out to me. I love putting people on to new music, especially stuff that I am passionate about. Though I’m not an A&R, I do recognize the fact that I’m in a position to shed light on things, and I definitely need people to be checking for these guys! In NO order (though I do go from west to east,) check out our list below of who to watch for in 2015. Remember who told you!