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Being in the lime light for over 30 years can certainly taint a soul, but when you can turn your mess into a message, that’s when you’re a certified survivor. Despite Hollywood’s unforgiving spotlight, veteran songbird Angie Stone is the definition of a conqueror; resilient and strong with a pioneering hip-hop career that withstood the test of time.
Stone readies the release of her seventh studio album, Dream, with the powerful single, “Two Bad Habits,” leading the charge. Stone’s robust vocals, vulnerable lyrics and gritty delivery made her a household name, making her voice an immediate force. Rising to fame in the late 1970s as member of the hip hop trio The Sequence, the three-time Grammy nominee brings back neo-soul and R&B, with a sprinkle of reality, on her latest effort.
TopNotch Music President Marv Mack adds, “It is more than a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with one of the most soulful voices of this generation. Angie is beyond talented and is still holding the torch of ‘real soul music.’
The Source: Tell us about your new album, Dream.
Angie Stone: The name of the album was inspired by Walter Millsap, who had a dream that God put on his heart and he started searching for me.
I was somewhere giving up, completely done, frustrated, broken and disappointment and just in need of a hug, so to speak. When he came along he told me he wanted to do this record. He said I know you’re probably not feeling it right now, but give me a shot. It was whatever at that point and I didn’t want to be rude, but I just wasn’t in the mood, and it had been that way for a long time.
When I decided to do another record it was because I reflected on the poem Foot Print, where God said the times when you were struggling those were the times I carried you. That was a time God was carrying me because- I get emotional when I think about it- I was broken. I didn’t want to do it, I didn’t feel like people were checking for me and that they had given up and I had given up.
Walter came along and gave me the necessary hug- not a physical hug but a spiritual hug- that I needed allowing God to operate through him.
I went into the studio, cutting two songs a night, and I couldn’t believe it. And the strength had to come from God himself because I was wounded.
God is so good because we need to hear your testimony, and it gives Him all the glory!
Oh yeah, because coming from hip hop to where I am today, television being a driving force for marketing and you get on television and you’re mocked, toyed with and disrespected, it was the ultimate whooping Satan was trying to put on my life because of my destiny. And I knew God had greater in store for me.
I prayed a lot and even in my brokenness, God was just so glad I allowed Him to take the lead. Sometimes we feel like we have to fight all our battles, but it’s when we’re surrendered that’s when He shows us who He is and who we belong to. And that’s what happened with this project.
Even though I’m happy that it’s an amazing project, I’m overwhelmed because I was completely done and God turned it around and took over and now we’re having this conversation.
His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
There you go! I’ve been doing interviews all day but to interview with The Source– to be apart of something that has spanned over 30 years, being there from the ground floor up and still relevant, that’s nobody but God. I’m overwhelmed because not many people know of my hip hop roots but one day I’ll be able to tell the story in a biopic we’re thinking about doing.
What can fans expect from your album?
I think that everyone can take something away from this album that relates to their life. I’m painfully honest in my music, even with my first single, “Two Bad Habits,” we all have had bad habits once or twice in our life when we allow a man or a woman to dictate how we get to the finish line. And sometimes we lose, we make mistakes, we fall but we get back up.
I feel like everyone will find themselves in this record because I’m being transparent as I can be saying, hey, I go through it too. When you hear the song “Magnet,” who hasn’t felt like they don’t have “fool” written across their forehead?
As you look back over your career, do you have any regrets?
I don’t have any regrets at all. I think that God knew I would be up for the challenge when he chose me to walk this path. So I’m at a place where I wouldn’t undo anything.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell my younger self is to just be patient- you already have the tools God equipped you with to win. I don’t think my struggle would’ve been as hard if I had listened to my heart and not my head. My heart always knew that God had me protected and covered but my head moved faster than it’s time.
We try to get there faster with our heads, we start making moves and changing things but when we rearrange God plans it causes a detour- it doesn’t mean we won’t get there but it’ll take you a little bit longer.
You’re a lady of many talents, singing and acting, any projects coming up we can expect?
I finished making my assistant directorial debut on a movie called Pigskin, it’s not done, but I’ll probably have one or two scenes in that film. But I’m very excited about developing television shows.
Do you still talk to your R&B Divas Atlanta co-stars?
Not really, KeKe [Wyatt] and I are cool, but I really don’t get a chance to speak with them. Nikki [Gilbert] and I speak in passing and chit chat, but that’s it. I think my cast mates were blood suckers and it’s hard to face me now.
Would you ever return to reality TV again?
No, I don’t think so. If it’s going to make a mockery out of me, then no, but if it’s going to benefit someone else, then yes.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about you?
I think people think I’m mean and I’m a diva.
“Two Bad Habits” are available for download now.
Dream will be available for download and purchase on November 6. Click here to pre-order!
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Ladies love him like he’s on The Ellen Show.
The bass-heavy B.L.O.W. by Tory Lanez sent significant chills through my body when I heard it for the first time. Lanez has a way with words and a complex set of flows that are to be admired. It’s no wonder why he’s been called on by some of the industry’s best for writing tips and ghostwriting services — allegedly. Crediting the grim production to Play Picasso and Sergio R, this serves coming-of-age moment for the Toronto-native artist as it symbolizes the transition from newbie to expert.
B.L.O.W. comes as a pleasant surprise from the entertainer’s Fargo Fridays release series. Watch the official video for the “Say It” follow-up. Looking forward to the moment Lanez successfully crosses over. This song is an indication it’s going to happen soon.
Gardena, California-native Tyga takes the spiritual route for his new video for $candal, which was filmed in a cathedral during his time in Barcelona, Spain. $candal, the last record on his latest mixtape, addresses the public opinion of his relationship with famous girlfriend Kylie Jenner, et al. Based on what we’re witnessing, we might get a video for each record on Tyga’s new mixtape, Fuk Wat They Talkin Bout. In the meantime, here’s $candal:
On Sunday afternoon during one of the biggest moments in music this year, Drake shared a snippet of PARTYNEXTDOOR’s take on Blasé, a song by Ty Dolla $ign featuring Rae Sremmurd and Future. The Mississauga singer’s version was aired live on OVO Sound Radio during the live stream of What a Time To Be Alive. Stream PND’s version below:
With two studio albums under his belt (Radioactive and Love Story) and one on the way, country boy Yelawolf shares the name of his third studio album in excitement. Nine hours ago, the Alabama-native rapper took to his Facebook fan page Trial By Fire to spread the news. Have a look at the original text from his post below:
It’s been a crazy week. So much energy around me at all times. I’ve found peace and quite for most of my life at grave yards .. My Maw Maw used to take me .. We would just walk around and read stones … I write a lot of records here .. Today I wrote a record for @leebrice and I here .. Called “Violin” … We’re supposed to be in the studio this evening .. Time to push all aside and get these ideas recorded .. Songs are like a passing speck of dust in the wind … If you don’t grab it and contain it .. It’ll be gone forever. With all my growth .. I can say returning to my roots has been the greatest blessing. Sharing that with what hip hop brought to my life … I’m forever grateful .. ” Trial By Fire ” will be the title for my next album … Sharing this with you all today … Right now …. Cause who knows really … But I’m mentally ready to begin the next album … And the journey starts today. @shadyrecords INTERSCOPE #slumerican @fefedobsonofficial @kleversworld @bonesowens @spidysmith @jdotjones @rosenberg
These days, Yelawolf is promoting “Till It’s Gone”, his new record that’s featured in this trailer. The trailer is for a film called “Black Mass”, which stars Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger. Watch the trailer:
Black Mass is in theaters now.
CreekWater is Yelawolf’s first solo independent album.
Imagine being from a dangerous environment and an outsider mocks your lifestyle for popularity…
“This sh*t ain’t no game. This sh*t ain’t no joke. Don’t rap about it, if you don’t be around it. You gon’ f*ck around and get smoked…”
In a record less than two minutes long, Chicago’s own Lil Mouse attacks Slim Jesus for his inauthenticity and mockery of drillers and the tough yet glorified lifestyles of the youth living in the streets of Chicago. Since he released the official video for Drill Time video, the 19-year-old Hamilton, Ohio-native has garnered so much attention that he’s hard to ignore. To date, his video has collected over 7.2 million views. Hence, the stir its causing.
“That don’t mean you a drill rapper cause you got a thirty shot with a beam. These days n*ggas’ characters finna shoot a movie put them in a scene. You diss all the n*ggas from here. Real talk, they ain’t on sh*t. N*gga tryna get street credit. You real G’s catch them get the whole clip. I’m a show you how to drill time”.
In addition, The Game shared his thoughts about Slim Jesus during an interview with Complex, “He’s gonna get his ass smoked”.
Slim Jesus, take it as a warning. People are angry.
Riding around in style.
Ty Dolla $ign readies for his debut album Free TC with the release of his video for “Blasé”, a DJ Spinz-produced single featuring some of Atlanta’s most valuable players Rae Sremmurd & Future. Purposely set out to look like a pre-iPhone documentary, the direction is a low-fi picture that receives cameos from Tinashe and DeJ Loaf. Unfortunately, Future is not in the video but the intense live performance and party scenes compensate for the absence. Can we look forward to a remix with Thugger?
Free TC will be available on November 13. Get a head start, preorder it on iTunes.
Being dubbed Drake’s kid brother can only pave the way for more greatness.
Tory Lanez, the newcomer to some but known many, is a Toronto-native singer-songwriter and rapper who does all of the following effortlessly. On the stoop with friends, Lanez jokes until he sees an attractive girl that he refers to as “diamond”.
“If you decide to text me, then you decide to text me,” he says. Promptly, the song begins.
Love at first sight, Lanez flirts and courts his crush by day but by night, their newfound relationship takes a turn. In the fine and wise words of BBD (Bell Biv DeVoe), “Never trust a big butt and a smile.” Stay tuned for more music from his forthcoming 2016 release.
Keeping it real will set you free.
Sevyn Streeter, who is currently under fellow singer Chris Brown’s CBE imprint, takes to Toronto’s own Tory Lanez’s “Say It” to put her spin on things. Not being low (or discrete) in the least bit about the situation, the “It Won’t Stop” singer challenges her male counterpart(s) to keep it “one hundred” about having multiple (namely four) women around. As you’ll hear in the song, Streeter is lied to about the amount of lovers he has.
Subsequently, Streeter requests more of his time to prove himself worthy of hers. Something that could be virtually impossible, if he’s pimping. Listen to Sevyn Streeter’s honest rendition of the record below: