I didn't even get to see you in the daylight but still...I think I love you.
we got in at 7:45pm...and now we are sneaking out at 4:45 am...catching a red eye. somethin' about this feels so wrong.
really though.. I wasn't sure what to expect from a club that has a basketball court on the dance floor...and when y'all were still shooting hoops while sandman was warming up...I thought "word?...so y'all really just gonna play a game of H.O.R.S.E. through my set?"... but as soon as I hit the stage you all headed my way and we had a lovely evening together. thank you. even though i got busted in the face by a basketball.. (i knew it would happen) while Chillin' after the show... i still love you.
now... for everyone else, you should know that I am runnin' on fumes right now. not sure when the crash will hit...but it will. I like to get my 7-8 hours of sleep and as of now, I haven't been to sleep since yesterday morning.
we arrive in Lyon around noon and my first stop is BED.
Memphis Bleek has been in Jay Z's shadow for more than fifteen years. On 2005′s "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" remix, Jay rapped about his relationship with his longtime protégé. "Bleek could be one hit away his whole career," Jay Z raps on the track. "As long as he's alive, he's a millionaire / And even if I die, he's in my will somewhere / So he can just kick back and chill somewhere / Oh yeah, he don't even have to write rhymes." The verse has become something of a punch line for those who want to discredit Bleek's career. In a recent interview, he acknowledged that the perception does bother him.
"I don't like that line 'cause that line put a stamp on my career," Memphis Bleek told This Is 50. "I feel people look at me as if Jay is just taking care of me. That line was, I guess, in his mind, a shoutout. But people take it literally and serious, like I'm just Chilling somewhere [like] I'm not working. As you see, I'm here. I gotta work."
"I'm pretty sure he got me taken care of," Bleek added. "That's my guy...[But] my son don't wanna hear Hov got us. He wants to know dad got us...Dad got it...He wanna be at dad's tours. He don't wanna be at Hov's tours. He wanna be at dad's tours."
"I love my guy," Bleek adds. "Hov's my brother. The shoutout was it, but what I'm saying is what it did to my career after, how the fans and the deejays and people look at me, it's just another chapter."
The rapper admits that he has to move past the now-famous line.
"It's just something I gotta get over," Bleek explains. "I'ma get through it. We fighters, baby. We get through it.
South Coast Records artist Jay Fresko stops by and gives us an exclusive one on one interview to discuss his forthcoming digital release THE PRODUCT VOL. 1, his history as an artist, and what to expect in the future! Read all about what he has to say here....
South East Hip Hop: What's up Jay Fresko?Jay Fresko: Chillin' baby. Living it up. Enjoying the little buzz we got going! Ready to get 'em buzzin' worldwide!
South East Hip Hop: Where does the name Jay Fresko come from? Jay Fresko: My first name is Jason. My nickname is Fresh. I'm of Latin descent, Puerto Rican and Cuban to be exact. Fresco is Spanish for Fresh. I wanted to show the heritage in my moniker. So, my rap name became Jay Fresko.
South East Hip Hop: How long have you been rapping?Jay Fresko: It started with poetry in the late 90's. Eventually I graduated to freestyling over industry instrumentals. I didn't actually start recording music, until like 2000-2001. I didn't get serious until '04-'05.
South East Hip Hop: What inspired you to become a rapper?Jay Fresko: The hip hop scene in the late 90's. I got to hear some of the best that ever did it. Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Jay Z, Mos Def, Big L, Big Pun, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, DMX, Wu Tang. I learned from my idols. Eventually people started to express how talented I was, I felt like I should take it seriously. So I began rapping under the moniker, Tek-nique da Lyricist.
South East Hip Hop: How would you describe yourself as an artist?Jay Fresko: I'm a Hip hop purist, with mainstream attributes.
South East Hip Hop: How would you describe your two current singles and videos "Slow Down" and "My Theme Park"?Jay Fresko: Slow Down is my "Juicy"! It's a throwback track, with a smooth groove, that makes you wanna move something. We tried to recreate the scene in Notorious, where Biggie records "Juicy". Theme park, is a boisterous track, where I'm describing my current lifestyle, which is much like an amusement park, because of all the exciting things happening around us. It speaks directly to former rhyme partners and collaborators of my early years rapping. Basically reminding them that, they should be enjoying this with me.
South East Hip Hop: How would you describe the overall feel of The Product Vol. 1?Jay Fresko: It's an introductory piece that let's you have an understanding of who and what I am, as well as where I'm trying to go. It's the call, to all, who wanna get on with your boy. Cause this train is leaving now. All aboard.
South East Hip Hop: Who did you work with for this project?Jay Fresko: Most of the production was done with Stupid Genius, he also collaborated on a few tracks. I also worked with Leck One, Ruff da Rude, DJ Butcha K and Gina Montana. Kissimmee Stix also engineered a few tracks.
South East Hip Hop: What are some of your favorite songs from The Product Vol. 1?Jay Fresko: "The Product", "Dirty Girl" and "Helen of Troy". I love the whole album. There's a lot of good music on there, but those are probably my top three.
TLC'S Chilli STRIPS TO STRIPES FOR PETA'S NEW ANTI-CIRCUS CAMPAIGN
Grammy Award-winning artist bares the truth about the abuse of tigers in circuses
(Los Angeles, CA) Crouched inside a cage and wearing nothing but striped bodypaint, Chilli of the multiplatinum trio TLC is the star of a provocative new ad campaign for PETA that demands, "Boycott the Circus." The ad reveals that tigers used by circuses are beaten into submission-and when they're not "performing," they're locked away in cramped, filthy cages.
"There's so much cruelty behind the scenes, which is a something that a lot of people don't get to see," Chilli explained in an exclusive PETA interview. "They're being mean to them to make them do this trick .... And I think that everybody needs to be aware of what's really going on."
That's why Chilli was willing to strip down for the cause. "If you can raise awareness to something that's important, such as this, then you should," she says. "Because I know for a fact that I would never want to be in a cage."
Circuses deprive tigers of everything that is natural and important to them, including interacting with their families, foraging and hunting for food, and roaming for miles. Tigers used by circuses are locked in small cages and warehoused in traveling boxcars, where they are exposed to extreme heat and freezing-cold weather. These unnatural and stressful conditions lead tigers and other big cats to become ill, despondent, and increasingly agitated, endangering other animals, circus workers, and attendees.
Chilli joins a growing list of celebrities-including Alec Baldwin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Olivia Munn, Cloris Leachman, Sarah Silverman, and Edie Falco-who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against circuses that use animals.
For press interviews with Chilli regarding her PETA campaign, please call Christal Jordan at 678-499-0297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters. PETA works to stop all animal cruelty and focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely, for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry.
Enchanted Branding & Public Relations is a multimedia marketing, branding and public relations agency with headquarters in Atlanta, GA and a partnership office in New York City. Enchanted Branding and Public Relations specializes in fusing creativity with strategic industry know-how to create impressionable and measurable customized campaigns, especially as it relates to entertainment/arts. Our agency has worked with top talent to segue their careers into alternate dimensions by cross-branding and promotion, exposing them to a larger consumer fan base. Enchanted Branding & Public Relations actively seeks exposure for clients that include television, print, radio and sponsorship opportunities. We strive to create opportunities for our clients relevant to their career goals and aspirations.
After the airing of the TLC Movie on VH1, a lot of feathers were ruffled from former TLC member Crystal Jones, who was portrayed as a horrible singer, to Pebbles who was depicted as a no good manger who robbed the group of their financial earnings.
Now Pebble's daughter Ashley Reid is expressing her displeasure in seeing the portrayal of her mother on screen. She got into a war of words with several of her twitter followers and even made what appears to be a threat to TLC member Chilli.
Chilli releases the following statement: "She is defending her mother and that's what any child would do, so I am not taking that personal. Telling our story wasn't to hurt anyone, but we were hones. Like we've said, we actually could've said alot more."
ATLANTA GETS CRAZYSEXYCOOL IN CELEBRATION OF THE TLC STORY PREMIERE
(Atlanta, GA) Atlanta the birthplace of the iconic pop group TLC celebrated the highly anticipated televised premiere of the VH1 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story on Monday October 21st at Suite Restaurant and Lounge. Actor Carl Payne (The Cosby Show/Martin), who portrays L.A. Reid in the film hosted the celebratory night with supporting cast members, music executives that were involved in TLC's twenty plus year career, and media guests.
Aside from a guest list of media and celebrity supporters, fans formed lines around the corner of the posh new establishment waiting to witness the premiere in support of the best-selling girl group that was founded in Atlanta GA years ago by LaFace Records. Some of the evening's special guests included music industry veteran Shanti Das, Ian Burke, singer Bobby Valentino, Memphitz, Nicci Gilbert (R&B Divas), Lil Scrappy (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), actor/singer Cori Sims, comedian Rodney Perry, socialite/philanthropist Chanita Foster, socialite Sheneka Adams, Reigndrop Lopes (sister of Lisa Left Eye Lopes) and many more.
The evening began with host Carl Payne thanking the crowd for support and encouraging fans to show their support via social media. Guests watched in captivated silence as CrazySexyCool was featured on jumbo screens and televisions throughout the venue. Drink sponsor Malibu Red provided cocktails inspired by the film such as the "Red Light Special" and the "CrazySexyCool", while the DJ took the audience on a trip back to the 90s, spinning TLC records during commercial breaks.
Rolling Out hosted live interviews via Ustream for cast members and celebrity guests to share their excitement with fans about the movie and shot out Chilli and T-Boz who were still on their media tour. Chilli and T-Boz appreciated the love and support from Atlanta and millions of viewers who tuned-in to CrazySexyCool. The packed room fell silent again as Chilli and T-Boz appeared as themselves on the screen recording "Meant to Be" in the studio with Ne-Yo. As the movie ended guests applauded and requested for the VH1 encore to be played. Miss Jessie's provided gift bags that also included the latest two issues of Rolling Out with Chilli and Keke Palmer on the cover.
For more information on CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and TLC's 20th Anniversary celebration visit the official TLC Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/officialTLC. If you missed the premiere or just want to watch it again download the new VH1 app for free on iPhone and iPad.
Chilli, Drew Sidora, Lil Mama, Keke Palmer, and T-Boz
TLC celebrated 20 years of history at the premiere of VH1'sCrazySexyCool: The TLC Story on Tuesday night in New YorkCity. Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, who executive produced the film, were joined by the cast including Lil Mama, Drew Sidora, and Keke Palmer.
Chilli's son Tron and T-Boz's daughter Chase shared the special moment with their mothers, as well as the legendary Diana Ross, who showed up to support her son Evan Ross, who plays Dallas Austin in the biopic.
Other star sightings included Missy Elliott, Melanie Fiona,Kandi Burruss, Christina Milian, and Ne-Yo, who penned "Meant to Be" for the movie and TLC's new album 20.
K. Michelle was overcome with emotion after attending thescreening. "Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora, and Lil momma are truly killing these roles. I'm almost in tears. 2see these sister represent TLC is amazing to me," tweeted the "V.S.O.P." singer.
Questlove also shared his thoughts. "Wow: just left the #CrazySexyCool premiere. As a cat who scrutinizes music biopics, I gotta say: this was enjoyable. The uncanny-ness: scary," wrote The Roots drummer.
CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story premieres Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. on VH1.
See more photos and watch TLC perform a medley of hits on "The View" below.
This time around Sgt. Over enlists the help of fellow Jersey City native Ransom to deliver a Chilling message and put the industry on notice. Sarge has been steadily dropping material since summer of 2010 but seems to have kicked it into high gear as of late. "Black Death" will be featured on Sarge's "Big Music" LP which will be released in early 2014. On the road to "Big Music" Sarge is releasing two Free EP's "School Of Hard Knoxx" dropping 10/29/13 and "Sargenetics" dropping 11/26/13.
(Atlanta, GA) The "Exposing Minds, Not Bodies!"™ Empowerment Conference for Girls is scheduled for October 25-27, 2013 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta, GA. This much needed empowerment conference that promotes healthy self-esteem and good health is produced and designed by Vanessa Edwards-El, The Event Strategist, in collaboration with Holly Rodriguez, of Life's Dreams Wedding & Event Planning. On Friday, the "Exposing Minds, Not Bodies!"™ Empowerment Conference for Girls will kick-off with a Launch Party & Young Professionals Networking Launch Party, where Ms. Aiken will also sign copies of her latest best-selling book, Network to Increase Your Net Worth.
Saturday, October 26th is the Empowerment Conference will be hosted by Atlanta's KISS FM, Twanda Black, which consists of a variety of power packed workshops, activities, and food. Some of the workshops include, the Preserving & Protecting My Image by Renee Joshua-Porter, Executive Director of The Burning Bush Family Foundation/Teaching Artist for Alvin Ailey Foundation, Inc. Ms. Michelle Allen, the State STD Director of Infectious Disease & Immunization Program for the Georgia Department of Public Health has made it possible for attendees to receive important health updates that will assist young ladies with the preservation of their minds and bodies. Additional activities include self-esteem workshops, pageant preparation, arts and crafts for the younger girls, You Got Served Up! dance contest from local students, exercise class, collage and vision board making.
Pre-teen pop artist Aleacea will perform her anti-bullying single "Mean Girlz" at the half time of You Got Served Up! There will be an expert panel with Publisher & best-selling author, Ni'cola Mitchell, Darlene Aiken, TaMisha Tene, Founder of Fabuulous Chikks and Christal Jordan, President of Enchanted PR.
The panel will be moderated by Ms. Jeannine K. Brown, President of the National Association of Black Accountants. On Sunday, October 27th, the Conference will end with a gospel brunch where three professional women will be honored for their commitment to community service will be recognized. Ms. Jeannine K. Brown, President of the National Association of Black Accountants, Ms. Tenisha Bell, a CNN Executive Producer & President of the National Association of Black Journalists, and Ms. Sheila Bowers, President the Rho Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The award-winning, God's Gurls will perform, prayer by Pastor T, and there will be a contest amongst local youth choirs. The Gospel Brunch will also be hosted by Twanda Black of Atlanta's KISS FM.
35 complimentary VIP tickets will be given among Chilli's Crew, a non-profit organization founded by 5x Grammy Award winner Chilli of chart-topping music group TLC, the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Metro Area, and the Coretta Scott-King School, all in Atlanta, GA. "I have always believed that women can be beautiful and sexy without showing their bodies," said Chilli. "It is a lesson I push with my girls at Chilli's Crew to develop a healthy level of self-esteem at a young age."
To get tickets to the "Exposing Minds, Not Bodies!"™ Empowerment Conference for Girls, go to: exposingmindsnotbodies.eventbrite.com.
"The 'Exposing Minds, Not Bodies!'™ slogan has taken on a life of its own and for that I am forever grateful!" this is a forum that will transform the lives of girls, young ladies, and parents of all races, religions, and economic statuses, says, Darlene Aiken, the Founder.
ABOUT DARLENE AIKEN:
Darlene Aiken is an internationally published and best-selling author, adjunct instructor, professional speaker, self-esteem expert, and pageant coach.