Casey Veggies Breaks Down the First 4 Songs On His Debut Album, ‘Live & Grow’

Casey Veggies is prepping his debut album, Live & Grow, for a September 25 release, and it couldn’t come at a better time. The Inglewood native hasn’t officially released a project since 2013’s Life Changes, which featured some of the best songwriting and record-crafting we’ve ever seen from Casey, who is only 21 but already has a handful of projects under his belt.

Since then, a lot has happened, including being signed to Sylvia Rhone‘s Vested In Culture imprint (Epic Records), and Veggies joined the Roc Nation management fold, meaning meetings with Jay Z–for whom Veggies recently played his album.

What does all of it mean, though? Well, for one, it means that Casey is determined, early in his career, to learn how to excel in both the commercial and underground market, and this album, Live & Grow, is a seamless representation of that. Whether he’s teaming up with his longtime friend and collaborator, Dom Kenendy–who, incidentally, played a pretty big role in breaking Casey–or grabbing some of today’s hot names–the YGs and the DeJ Loafs of the world–in an effort to grab mainstream radio’s attention, Live & Grow is certainly an effective microcosm of the concept reflected in its title.

You live, you learn, and you experience. Here, Casey takes us behind the scenes of that process for the first three songs on the album, and you can check back here every day leading up to Friday’s release date for more on his debut.

Former Cash Money Artist Papa Reu Reunites With Lil Wayne, Exclusive Candid Interview

Trinidad & Tobago born and Houston,TX based entertainer Papa Reu is a musical tour de force. He is innovative and true to his art. His style is distinctive and trendsetting. His music is realistic yet cutting edge. Papa Reu has been paving his musical lane since 1994. His first claim to fame was being featured on 8Ball and MJG’s 1994 album “On the Outside Looking In.” The former cash money records artist sat down with us for a candid interview to bring people up to speed about his movements.

The Source: You started off with the Rap/sung style that was later adopted by such artists as Akon. Describe that style in more detail.

Papa Reu: I am originally from Trinidad & Tobago. I was one of the first artists to bring the Caribbean/Hip Hop sound to the South. My style is universal and it represents “uniqueness.” My music reminds me of ‘Gumbo.’ For example, the main ingredient for gumbo is “Rue.” Different assorted meats, veggies, and rice are added to complete the “unique” taste of gumbo. And that’s how I would describe my music. It’s flavorful. I was the first Mr. International. And my sound is still very relevant and current. With all due respect, I was “Akon” before “Akon” was on the scene. And the reason why I say that is that we were both international artists with in the underground Hip Hop music lane.

Source: Many know you as being part of the original Hot Boys camp. Recently you attended the Hot Boys reunion during Weezyana Fest . What was that like?

PR: It was an incredible experience. It was nostalgic. I was originally featured on The Hot Boys’ “Shoot First,” The Big Tymers’ “Lick Them Up Shots,” Juvenile’s “Rich Ni**az,” “Lil Wayne’s “Not Like Me,” and more. I hadn’t seen some of my Hot Boys brethren in a while. The vibe and energy was great. Juvenile, Turk, Mannie Fresh and most of the whole crew were there. Everyone was ecstatic to see me. In fact, while Lil Wayne was on stage performing, I was on the stage enjoying the set on the side. Wayne came over to where I was standing and Mack Maine alerted him that I was standing there. When he saw me, Lil Wayne briefly stopped performing and fell to the ground and then got up and gave me a bear hug like embrace. That’s love. There’s a possibility that you may see a remix of one of my new singles featuring Wayne in the future. Things are moving. Anything is possible.

Source: What is your relationship like with Baby of Cash Money now?

PR: We haven’t spoken in a while but it’s cool. If we bumped into each other today then we would just sit down and have some drinks. I respect what Baby and his brother accomplished but I had to move on and create my own zone. I’m all about growing and expanding. I started my own record label called Reu Muzik, Inc. Also I built a full-fledged studio in Houston, Texas and added a production company called Reuster House Productions.

Source: You are back with a vengeance. One of your big records was with Rick Ross on “Put It In The Air.” Remind the people about some other major collaborations you did.

PR: Well the truth is I never left. Over the years, I have collaborated with hundreds of artists like Bun B and Elephant Man on “Big Shottas,” I was featured on the H-Town track “Buss One”, Solange Knowles’ track “Don’t Fight the Feeling,” The 504 Boyz‘ track “Tight Whips” also featuring Slay Sean, 5th Ward Weebie, and Lil’ Romeo.. I also worked with artists like YZ & Gemini on “Hold on,” Lil Keke on “Diamond and Pearls” and as you mentioned Rick Ross on “Put It in the Air,” which was my record.

Source: You appear on the new Scarface album “Deeply Rooted ,” which is getting critical acclaim? Tell us about that.

PR: First off Scarface is a legend. And he has created a masterpiece with his new album. I am featured on two songs. I am on the songs “Rooted,”which is the title track and “Dope Man Pushin.” Make sure you go out and support quality music from a classic artist such as my big bro Facemob.

Source: Your new movement is called Born2Win. What is the philosophy behind that?

PR: The philosophy involves “Principle” and “Integrity.” It is all about creating music that has a message with positivity and motivation that listeners will enjoy and feel a connection to. My new video is called “Born2Win.” I talk about my trials, tribulations and then my triumphs. Positive people view other people’s success as inspiration. There is a winner in each of us. You just have to harness the champion within you. Respect the grind and join the movement. Check out my website



Checkout Bankroll Fresh & #MeetTheCulture “Day In The Life Of A HotBoy”

Day In The Life Of A Hotboy is a Vlog presented by #MeetTheCulture. Watch as BIGNOAH SpencerClements tag along with one of Atlanta’s hottest rappers Bankroll Fresh and his ‘Street Money Worldwide’ family. In a 24 hour period, bankroll returns from performing at a sold out crowd in Indiana, pays a visit to his billboard in his old Atlanta hood, then Sound checks for Fools Gold ATL.  After that, Bankroll performs at the yearly Atlanta Ludaday Weekend block party, before returning to Fools Gold to steal the show.

Checkout Bankroll Fresh & #MeetTheCulture “Day In The Life Of A HotBoy” above and make sure to tweet #MeetTheCulture when discussing with your peeps on twitter!

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#MusicMondays: E-Reign “Serious” (Visual)

It’s time to get “Serious” about not taking everything so seriously. That’s the theme of “Serious,” the latest offering from E-Reign.

E-Reign is a New York-based a hip-hop artist whom critics are hailing as, “A star in the making.” The single is an introspective, mid-tempo composition with meaning, message, and mantra. It is also a prime example of what sets E-Reign miles apart from the typical hip-hop artist. Most hip-hop artists compete among each other; however, E-Reign competes against himself. “I’m only as good as my last release,” he explains. While “Serious” is a song about not taking everything too seriously, E-Reign is nose-to-the-grindstone about his artistry. He offers, “You always win when you push harder and take on your last best effort.” This recipe for success is what has sharpened his artistic skills as he continues to rise to the top of the hip-hop scene in New York City. “Serious” contains E-Reign’s typically well-crafted lyrical lines, hooky riffs, and top-notch instrumentation. The real action in this tune is not in “beats-per-minute,” but rather “beats-per- mantra.

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The Source’s Owner/Publisher, L. Londell McMillan, Esq Debates Hip-Hop Culture on Hot 97

With the release of The Source Magazine’s annual Power 30 issue, which highlights the most impactful personalities and entities in and around Hip-Hop culture within the past year, once again there is much debate regarding who has been included, excluded as well as the ranking order. Categorizing each list in terms of business, radio and digital, there is always much talk, both positive and negative when it comes to creating lists such as this one.

The publisher of The Source Magazine and famed entertainment attorney Londell McMillan paid a visit to Hot 97’s “Ebro In The Morning” along with Brooklyn emcee Maino to discuss this year’s list, and to help promote #Source360 weekend–a celebration of the 7 pillars of Hip-Hop culture–which just took place this past weekend in Brooklyn’s Cultural District. Things got a tad bit heated as the show’s co-host Peter Rosenberg took exception to being ranked 24th on the Power 30 radio list, citing his overall influence compared to some of the jocks that we’re listed ahead of him, leading to a big picture discussion on Hip-Hop culture, and how it relates to DJs, breaking records, and different radio markets. Breaking down the criteria, McMillan shared how important it is to highlight radio jocks who may be in smaller markets but are the undisputed leaders of the culture in their respective regions. Thus grading them on a curve compared to jocks who are in much larger markets but not the unquestioned leader in said region.

As the conversation turned, Ebro and company lamented on some of the controversial incidents surrounding The Source Magazine over a decade ago when the brand was under old ownership. While acknowledging the misdeeds of his predecessors at The Source, McMillan staunchly pointed out that the brand has been on an upward trajectory since he took over as publisher years ago and intends to provide a voice to all curators of the culture whether it be as an MC, visual artist, DJ and more.

Each year, the passionate and sometimes heated debates which occur surrounding the Power 30 list is encouraged, further proving that The Source Magazine remains one of the most valued and respected brands in Hip-Hop culture. Watch the full interview in the video above and pick up the new issue which is on newsstands now.

“This was a fun and healthy debate on Hip-Hop,” said McMillan as he reflected on the interview during #Soruce360 weekend, “I look forward to more discussions to raise important issues in the culture. I did let Ebro off the hook, given I was in his house, LOL.”