Vocalist Sevyn Streeter has had an amazing 2015. Her song "How Bad Do You Want It" appeared on the Furious 7 soundtrack, her EP Shoulda Been There, Pt. 1 broke into the Top 5 on the R&B chart, and her voice was featured on The Game's critically acclaimed album The Documentary 2.5.
Sevyn [born Amber Streeter] recently continued her musical streak by releasing a remix to Bryson Tiller's hit record "Don't." The Florida-born songstress provided a female perspective to the sultry R&B anthem about convincing a potential lover the grass really is greener on the other side.
As Ms. Streeter continues to ensure her future in the music business will be a bright one, AllHipHop.com caught up with the singer-songwriter to get her to reflect on some of the big moments from her past.
In "My Five Firsts," Sevyn shares memories of her debut performance at a landmark venue in New York City, recording with frequent collaborator Chris Brown, being inspired by Aaliyah, and more.
First Time Performing At The Apollo My momma had me in this big, puffy, ugly silver dress. My hair was in these big old candy curls, and I was a little chubby chub. My cheeks looked like they were stuffed with food. It was so funny. [laughs]
At the end of the day, it was a legendary experience to be able to touch the same log as Michael Jackson, James Brown, and so many other greats. I still remember what that felt like all these years later. I will never forget that for the rest of my life.
First Time Hearing A Song You Wrote Played On The Radio The first time hearing a song I wrote on the radio was [Chris Brown's] "Yeah 3x." I remember everybody kept telling me, "You ain't heard it yet? We heard it in the car." I was like, "No! I haven't heard it yet!"
I remember I was pulling up to my manager's house, and I turned on the radio. I literally caught the tail end of "Yeah 3x." But just hearing those few little seconds was enough for me. I just sat in that car and said to myself, "Wow." That's another moment I will never forget.
First Time Recording With Chris Brown The first time I recorded with him I was in my old group RichGirl. He had a writing session, and I asked if I could be a part of it. That night we ended up doing a song called "Smile & Wave."
I remember just thinking, "I'm recording a song with Chris Brown. This is crazy." I texted my mom the whole time with the play-by-play: "We just did this." "He likes this part I came up with." We were at a studio called Westlake.
First Time Winning A Grammy Winning a Grammy for writing on [Chris Brown's] F.A.M.E. was crazy. Honestly, we just wanted Chris to win so badly. That was his first Grammy, and my first Grammy as well. I remember watching him walk up on that stage. It didn't really hit me at first. I was just so happy for him.
I remember somebody saying to me, "You know that means you're a Grammy award winning writer now." I was like, "I get something too? Oh crap!" [laughs] It didn't hit me until that moment when they said that. My eyes kind of jumped out of my head. It came as a surprise to me, but a great one.
First Time Seeing Aaliyah's "One In A Million" Video I don't remember the first time hearing the song, but I definitely remember when the video came out. I loved that video. I was just feeling like I was lost in her world - this world where girls were just effortlessly cool. She wasn't trying too hard. It was so smooth. That first introduction made me realize just being me was okay.
We all wanted to be like her, dress like her... I could go on-and-on about Aaliyah. Like I said, I wanted to be cool like her. She didn't make it hard. It wasn't like this unrealistic level of coolness. We could grab a pair of shades and throw on some clothes that our parents would approve of. It was really easy.
Rev Al Sharpton, the National Action Network, and TV One celebrate excellence with the 2015 Triumph Awards hosted by Actress Tichina Arnold. The event was taped in Atlanta, GA and RedCarpetImages was there to bring you the photos. This year's event will be aired on October 3, 2015 by TV One. Check out some of the images here from the red carpet and visit http://RedCarpetImages.net for more including performance an show images. RedCarpetImages.net - We've go ya covered!
The 2015 Triumph Awards was recently presented by Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network (NAN) and TV One, and was filmed in Atlanta at 200 Peachtree. Hosted by actress Tichina Arnold, the ceremony - now in its 6th year - recognized the impact its honorees have made on our society.
Recording artist and philanthropist Tyrese Gibson was presented the Entertainer of the Year honor by Martin Luther King III and received a special message from friend and fellow entertainer Ludacris. With a body of work as a civil rights leader, activist and minister spanning over six decades, Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery received the Chairman's Award for Historic & Transformative Service. Emmy® winning comedienne, actress and producer Wanda Sykes received the Activism in the Arts honor for her years of service to youth homelessness and engagement within the LGBT community. Chief Diversity Officer and Global Director of Education and External Relations for Intel, Rosalind Hudnell was presented the honor of Corporate Executive of the Year in support of her distinguished leadership within the corporate sector. The night's final honor, the President's Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts, was presented to John Legend for his work as a vocal champion for social justice.
Presenters included Afemo Omilami, Danielle Nicolet, Darrin Henson, Donnie Simpson, Nicole Beharie, Soledad O'Brien, Syleena Johnson, Richard Lawson, Patrik-Ian Polk and Terri J. Vaughn.
Musical performances included Tyrese, Tasha Cobbs, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi, Chante Moore, Stokley Williams and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Award winning hip-hop artist, T.I. delivered an original spoken word piece titled "United We Stand", urging youth to not lose focus on the meaning behind the Black Lives Matter movement.
Musical Director and house band for the night was The Robert Glasper Experiment.
The 2015 Triumph Awards will air on Saturday, October 3 at 8PM/ET on TV One.
Check out more photos from the event below. Photos courtesy of National Action Network.
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend and capture moments of the DREAM PROJECT. This was our 2nd time attending and this inspiring event just keeps growing every year! The plethora of networking was insane, and we ran out of business cards to say the least. Many aspiring entrepreneurs were in attendance for this two day extravaganza!!
The DREAM PROJECT took place at The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. There were various breakout sessions where numerous entrepreneurs/CEO's had the opportunity to share their success stories with the crowd, and the attendees were able to ask questions and receive answers on the spot. There were also small business pitch competitions which was really nice and good practice for aspiring dreamers. Estelle did an awesome job with giving the opening performance singing her hit song she sang on EMPIRE "I'm a conqueror."
This two day event provided lunch both days, and on the second day, Chef Roble joined us and such an honor it was. There were branding insights given to fellow dreamers as far as froth strategies, networking tactics, how to attract investors, and overall techniques on "hw to come up." Everyone that is successful today all started from somewhere, and what we all have in common is that we are all dreamers. India Aris closed the set out as she shared her journey with the crowd inbetween songs. Some skilled keynote speakers whom included, Soledad O'Brien (Award Winning Journalist and CEO of Starfish Media), Desiree Rogers (CEO of Johnson Publishing Company), Chef Roble` (Roble` & Co.), Dr. Bruce Wilkinson (Anointed Speaker and Author of "The Dream Giver"), Jonathan Sprinkles (Connection Coach and Author).
For more information, please visit www.dreamprojectonline.com
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What was your first job in radio? Early influences? Though my education was in Radio/TV Media, I leaned more towards the journalistic side with freelance writing and blogging. I found that blogging was a good avenue for me to have an opinion on things happening around me in entertainment. Something about watching Khadijah James"Living Single" glamorized being a magazine publisher inspired me. This radio lane was just created within the past 5 years.
What led you to a career in radio? Was there a defining moment that made you realize "this is it"? I was going through a rough period in my life and I wanted to vent about it and found solitude in an internet show. Through that show I found other women who were dealing with similar challenges and we were able to motivate each other. It was then I realized that my platform is my ministry and I was ready to spread the gospel. Lol.
How long have you been at Tha AfterParty and what makes this station so unique? The station has been in full swing for 5 years now. We currently have 25 shows that broadcast weekly with over 500,000 listeners worldwide. What makes any internet programming unique is the listeners power to choose. We are comedians or celebrities, we represent the common man/woman and for that people can relate to us.
Since you're handling music on ThaAfterParty, describe your weekly music meeting ... a) what is the process when you listen to new music? b) Approximately how important by percentage is gut, research, sales, video play and chart position when determining the status of a record We get a little more than 100 submissions on monthly basis. For us, its not about how popular the artists is but more so does the music speak to us. My team and I meet on a monthly bases and listen to each song. If the quality of the song is good we will add it, if it gets requested we will play it. We are all about building relationships so for us, I can't stress enough how important networking is. It really gets you a long way.
What are your three favorite artists or songs of this past year and why? Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta" - Everytime I hear that song it gets my juices flowing. I think he's a talented lyricist. Kevin Gates " I Don't Get Tired" - This is literally I my theme song right now. Estelle "Conqueror" - This is my favorite song from Empire and the lyrics hit home. I like music with a message!
How much does After Party use social media like Facebook and Twitter to help enhance experience with its listeners? Because we are an internet station we have to rely on social media tools for a good portion of our business. Not only does it allow us to promote our programs we use it to help promote our advertisers too.
How can someone submit music to you for consideration? Please list all submission policy. Simple, send an MP3 format only file to email@example.com
Any Shout out Just remember there is power in the tongue, be a voice and not an echo
It was a beautiful day in Atlanta Ga at the TWELVE HOTEL in Atlantic Station for Rosa Regale to have their wonderful event: "PAINT THE TOWN RED" with Grammy award winning songstress Estelle.
It was an exclusive VIP event with open invitations to beauty experiences, makeup, facials, hair products, exsuisite appetizers, and plenty of photo ops. There were many familiar faces, media, VIP's, and fans that came out to support the event.
On top of all of that, of course Rosa Regale sponsored and showered the event with complementary drinks for all attending guest. They had DJ Fadelf on the 1's & 2's spinning the hotness, and of course all of the ladies ran to the dance floor when he played the wobble. There were many self-ies & us-ees going on the whole time, while Estelle took many photos with her fans.
My homegirl Estelle speaks up about her upcoming album in the fall and the slightly more sexual lyrics from her latest EP, Love and Happiness Vol 3. As a grown woman with a diverse background, we love to see that she knows what levels to accept in the music business and the bedroom.
Bizzy Crook unleashes his latest mixtape, '84, which features appearances from Estelle, Nelly and Melody Thornton (of the Pussycat Dolls).
84 is a conceptually driven mixtape that chronicles Bizzy's journey from music industry rookie, to realizing his dream of becoming the "Michael Jordan" of rap; "84 is the year MJ was drafted into the NBA. The beginning of his journey to becoming the greatest basketball player that ever lived" says Bizzy. "I'm telling my story, as a rookie that is aspiring to become the greatest. 2013 is my year, this is my '84!"
'84 is a conceptually driven mixtape that chronicles Bizzy's journey from music industry rookie, to realizing his dream of becoming the "Michael Jordan" of rap; "84 is the year MJ was drafted into the NBA. The beginning of his journey to becoming the greatest basketball player that ever lived" says Bizzy. "I'm telling my story, as a rookie that is aspiring to become the greatest. 2013 is my year, this is my '84!"
Bizzy Crook's '84 features appearances from Nelly, Estelle, Melody Thornton (of Pussycat Dolls), OB (from Drake's OVO label) & more and will be released on 10-21-2013.
As a fan of reggae/dancehall & dub music I can really appreciate when good singers get together over this type of island breezy production. British singer Estelle enlists fellow R&B singer Jeremih to get down with her on this "Be In Love" track from her upcoming "Love & Happiness: Vol. 2 Waiting To Exhale" EP that will be released on her own label imprint New London Records. I'm feeling the latest push by a number of true R&B/Soul singers taking chances with more island style production in their music.
Late emcee famous for dissing Compton might not be dead at all
Two of hip-hop's most notorious emcees performing from beyond the grave
Timothy Blair better known to the world as rapper Tim Dog became famous at the height of the East Coast/West Coast rivalry for his dis record 'Fuck Compton'. Blair was reported to have died from complications of diabetes back in February, but a woman in Mississippi is claiming that he faked his own death to get away with a scam to swindle her and at least 20 others out of $2 million dollars. Dateline NBC did a story on Tim Dog and the scam allegations last summer after a Mississippi judge ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $19,000 and a Memphis television station launched their own investigation recently and were unable to discover a death certificate for Tim Dog, which adds more legitimacy to the suspicions.
The world famous Rock The Bells music festival is gearing up for its 10th anniversary kick off on September 7th in San Bernardino, CA. The official line up has been announced and just as in year's past, it features some of the best of the new and old school. On the bill: Wu-Tang Clan, Common, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, TechN9ne,Rakim, Dilated Peoples, Too Short, E-40, Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard. Oh yeah, you heard right, Eazy-E and O.D.B. will both be appearing in 'original virtual performances.' You can get the entire line-up below and show dates at rockthebells.net.
Photo: Guerilla Union
Where are they now? Right where they've always been. In the studio making hits. Several of hip-hop's elite emcees are hard at work giving you music to move to. Havoc and Prodigy of Mobb Deep have reunited to push out a new album, but in the meantime, Prodigy has dropped a cut off of his collaboration album with legendary producer Alchemist. The cut is called 'Dough Pildin.' Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon the Chef just dropped a new cut with esteemed vocalist Estelle from the Funkmaster Flex project called 'All About You,' and Raekwon has been sighted in studio sessions with Brooklyn king Jay-Z clearly working on new projects. Finally, we get our first taste of the new Wu album with the release of their new joint 'Execution in Autumn.' You can hear all these songs below or by visiting our facebook page.
The most prolific and productive record-maker in the Wu-Tang Clan pantheon, Def Jam core artist Ghostface Killah has completed his 16th career album - and his 6th solo album for Def Jam - APOLLO KIDS, set to arrive in stores on December 21st. In addition to guest appearances by Wu-Tang Clansmen Raekwon, GZA, Method Man, and Cappadonna, APOLLO KIDS also boasts star turns by Redman, Busta Rhymes, Sheek Louch, The Game, Jim Jones, and many more.
APOLLO KIDS is - amazingly - Ghost's third original studio project in just over one year. It follows up his previous solo album, The Wizard Of Poetry (released September 2009), in which he attracted an A-list of duet partners including fellow Def Jam artists Kanye West & Ne-Yo (on the closing track, "Back Like That"), John Legend, Raheem 'Radio' DeVaughn, Fabolous & Shareefa, Lloyd, Vaughn Anthony & Estelle, and others.
Prior to The Wizard's release, Ghost spent July-August 2009 on the road with Method Man and Redman, keeping the Wu-Tang Clan spirit alive and well on the month-long, 21-city Foot Print in Hip-Hop Tour. The tour was attended by Ghost's legions of fans, who have been tuning in to The World According to Pretty Toney long enough to know that "he doesn't so much deliver rhymes as narrate graphically detailed scenes, rife with violence, passion and a little humor," as USA Today once wrote.
More recently, Wu Massacre (March 2010), a collaboration with Method Man and Raekwon, was as close to a W-TC reunion on record as history has seen in the three years since the group's last album, 8 Diagrams. Wu Massacre was a collectors' dream, with three separate album covers - one for Ghost, one for Meth, one for Raekwon - created by famed DC and Marvel graphic master Chris Bachalo. 300 randomly distributed copies of Wu Massacre contained Bachalo's original un-inked pencil sketch of one of the three explosive color covers. Those ultra-rare inserts now rank among the Maltese Falcons of hip-hop limited editions
This one would be perfect for commercial radio... Oh wait, I think he got in a muthaf--r and 'ninja' within the first 10 seconds (no radio play for Rae on this one). Hahaa! Chef don't sell out for radio play. Though with Estelle adding a li'l sexy over the Jerry Wonda track, the Wu-Tang sword style of Raekwon's delivery on "All About You" is softened just enough to reach a 'broader' audience. Nah eff that. This banger still goes hard!