R&B has turned from strictly baby making odes, to unrequited love, into the complete 180 degree turn of the anti-love song. However, contemporarily, the genre has become a musical blank canvas where artists can blend their influences and experiment with sounds and subject matter. With his latest release, Backseat Memories, Harlem based crooner LoVel capitalizes on the current climate of R&B.
LoVel uses his sultry falsetto as a vehicle to transcend listeners from the no-strings-attached attitude of summertime into the first rounds of cuffing season. And the stand-out anthem of this season is the seductive “Me Too”, which serenades his shorty’s mind as well as her curves. “The Calling” is a another refreshing glimpse into LoVel’s sound. The uptempo track–with it’s echoing production–doesn’t play like anything else in heavy rotation yet, immediately makes the listener feel as though it should be the recipient of heavy spins.
Within the roster of other R&B artists, consider LoVel somewhere between the guy all too thirsty for multiple dances after buying you a single drink and that other guy, who spent the night reminding you that “these hoes ain’t loyal.” Throughout Backseat Memories, the theme of youth’s reckless abandon over trance-y beats with sexy baselines, connects the listener to the signature sound of LoVel; this paired with the fact that there are only two features on it’s entirety, allows fans to familiarize with the artist, in a really organic way.
For more, be sure to check out his Soundcloud.
Backseat Memories is now available for free download here! Enjoy.
Demand to see the trail blazing comedian Martin Lawrence was so high, a second show had to be added to his “Doin Time” comedy tour stop in Indiana late August.
The hilarious comic stopped by the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on August 29th and 30th, drawing crowds from Chicago to Indianapolis to witness him do what he does best- making people laugh.
The show started with a hilarious compilation of some of Lawrence’s funniest moments, from hit movies, Bad Boys, Big Mommas House, Nothing to Lose, Life, to National Security, even with behind-the-scenes footage from the set of his fan-favorite series, “Martin,” showcasing just how much of a staple the comic has been in Hollywood.
From side-splitting jokes about Tiger Woods, the 50-year-old actor’s set was no-holds-barred, even touching- no pun intended- on the Bill Cosby saga, to Hollywood mistaking him as Don Cheadle to sex and relationships.
His die-hard fans, affectionately known as #TeamMartyMar, supported the Germany-born Black Knight actor, cheering him on throughout his set. – Angela Wilson
Special thanks to Shannon Waldron of Urban Fêtes!
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Family Day Was A Huge Success At Seth Low Houses As They Prepare To Address The Dropout Crisis, Unemployment, Healthcare, Drugs, Crime, Gun And Gang Violence By Working With The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council And Their 7 E’s 4 Power Tour, Power 105.1, vitaminwater, Council Member Mealy, The AIDS HealthCare Foundation And Many Others
“Vote 4 New Hope With The Power In Public Housing”
At the 2015 Seth Low Family Day Event, we caught up with Reginald Bowman, President of the NYCHA City-Wide Council of President and one of the most credible people we have known that is actually on the ground, in the developments using his contacts and skills to make life better for NYCHA residents. We meet a lot of people in NYCHA, but for over 7 years now, this man has made many sacrifices for his NYCHA Family and their ongoing struggle to obtain the support, services, security and economic opportunities needed for residents to live a productive life.
Things are slowly improving in Public Housing thanks to committed leaders like Mr. Bowman, his team, and a host of elected officials who have been leading the charge for decades. We are looking forward to working with Reggie and bringing him the resources to make NYCHA a better place to live for all residents. Yes there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, but things are finally moving in the right direction and as a team we will get the job done. We have several new initiatives with Power 105.1, “The Shark” Daymond John, vitaminwater, RavePCS, Hip-Hop Wireless, Microsoft, the Source Magazine and celebrities from the entertainment industry that we are about to introduce to NYCHA through Mr. Bowman that will provide more opportunities for the residents, with a focus on the safety and economic empowerment of the youth and young adults in NYCHA. Let’s get into the interview.
How many years has Seth Low been doing Family Days?
Seth Low houses has been doing Family Days since the 1960’s.
What does Family Day mean to you and the community?
Family day is both a celebration and a reunion. We celebrate the meaning of Family and its bonds that go beyond just blood ties, and a reunion of the people who have lived in the Seth Low Public Housing Community and the Public Housing Community of Brownsville for decades.
What are you doing as President of the NYCHA Council of Presidents to address Crime, Poverty, Unemployment, and Gun & Gang Violence?
It is my belief that the problems of Crime, Gun and Gang Violence, are a direct result of Poverty and Unemployment. We have made efforts to launch projects such as the Brooklyn East Anti-Violence Initiative and create partnerships with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to provide Training and Employment programs, which provide real job opportunities for residents. These initiatives work hand in hand with all stakeholders to promote resident owned business development, and concrete opportunities for alternatives to criminal activities, that are a direct result of unemployment.
How are relations with NYPD and what can be done to improve them?
As the co-creator of the Safety and Security Task force, a partnership with the NYCHA residents, NYPD and City Agencies, we proactively have worked to address and improve the relationships between Law enforcement and Public Housing residents. The efforts resulted in the changing of the NYPD Housing Patrol Guide, and established an ongoing effort to meet regularly to improve communications and active initiatives between the police and the community. The efforts have a long way to go.
Let’s talk about the Political Power in NYCHA and the role residents can play in the upcoming Presidential Elections?
I launched the “Vote 4 New Hope” and “Power in Public Housing” initiatives with The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council in 2008, to organize the more than 200,000 registered voters in Public Housing in NYC to be the deciding vote in Local, State and Federal Elections. According to a Daily News article the Public Housing vote had a very high turn out in New York and did play a role in electing President Obama to the White House. We have proven to be an effective voice as we quietly elected key politicians to office, which is evidenced by the recent investments of millions of dollars in Public Housing by State and City Governments. I hope that we can again use the “VOTE FOR NEW HOPE” power and influence as a strategy in the 2016 Presidential elections and organize with the Music Industry to be the deciding vote in the 2016 elections. We have the votes to do it. We just need to get mobilized and take over the political arena as the youth and entertainment industry has done in the past.
Why are there so many youth and young adults killing each other in Brooklyn and throughout the city? What can we do about it?
I have no real answer to this. It is my belief that this country’s culture of violence, war and conflict can be researched and blamed for some of this, and the continued mass killings and police killings, everywhere, are all related. I believe that until we realize this is a national problem, with a need for real comprehensive solutions, the violence will continue to destroy our youth and communities.
Give me your thoughts about today’s event?
This event was a total success and achieved the objective of bringing people together to celebrate and honor life and be “Reunited With Family and Friends.”
Any special shout outs for your Family Day supporters?
Special Shout Out to Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, The Seth Low Houses Board Members, the NYCHA Staff, Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the Source Magazine, and the Seth Low Houses Family.
As you well know we are pushing to get more sponsors involved with NYCHA, this year we have Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, give me your thoughts?
The NYCHA communities generate and spend millions in purchases and it is about time that those corporations give something back to the community and we would like to thank Power 105.1 for being in the forefront of these activities and we look forward to working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the station, and their sponsors in the future.
Give me your thoughts about your ongoing plan to make NYCHA a better place for all residents citywide?
I believe and vision using the economic and political power of NYCHA Communities residents to restore the infrastructure of the facilities and be a force for restoring the ladder of economic and social opportunities that NYCHA is intended to be for years to come.
The Negro Family: The Case For National Action(the 1965 Moynihan Report) was written by Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later U.S. Senator. It focused on the deep roots of black poverty in America and concluded controversially that the relative absence of nuclear families (those having both a father and mother present) would greatly hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.
If the mesmerizing eyes of vocalist and musician, House of Cry, catch your attention, then her talent and five-octave vocal range will keep it. Yep, we’re talking Mariah numbers, vocally, and on top of playing the majority of the instruments you’ll hear on the varied seven-track EP, Sincerely Cry, her writing is surprisingly refreshing. Once I began listening, I was completely fixed on it.
On the Salaam Remi assisted project, Cry falsettos about her uncertainty of womanhood on “How to Be” and demonstrates her prowess on the strings over her unwillingness to domesticate on “I Don’t Wanna”, declaring, “I Know that you want a family too/ but, baby I’m a rolling stone that’s why I can’t be with you.” Although, the Chicago artist isn’t afraid to speak frankly about sexuality on “Toes Curl” (reminiscent of Miss Jackson’s “Any Time, Any Place”) or make nods to that inevitable Remi Hip-Hop influence with “URAENO”, it’s when she gets back to a more classic soul sound that her impressive vocal range breaks through. Don’t let the melodic vibes confuse you, she definitely has some gangsta to her; pay close attention and you’ll catch it.
“Mindful” is the standout of the EP, showing House of Cry conjuring the ranges of Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, while still maintaining her own unique vocal athleticism equipped with key changes, staccatos, belting and whistle ranges. “Sorry” is that one record that will legitamitely have you sitting around in your feelings, due to the heart breaking poetics combined with such haunting cadence. Requests for back-to-basics R&B singers have been at an all-time high, however all those soul singer powerhouses didn’t do much of their own writing—and the listening public demands bona-fide, original music!
Sincerely, Cry may just be the answer to this quandary. I give it a major co-sign, (which doesn’t happen too often from me) so I recomend you click the headphones above, definitely take a listen and give us your thoughts.
Well if MTV picked Miley Cyrus to host the VMAs for ratings, they got exactly what they wanted. According to the LA Times, the awards show, hosted by oft-controversial pop star Cyrus, was the most tweeted about non-sports program in Nielsen social history (which is to say, since October 2011).
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially considering the events that took place, including the real/fake beef between Cyrus and superstar Nicki Minaj, the 12-minute acceptance/presidential speech given by Kanye West, and of course Taylor Swift was there.
In the United States alone, 21.4 million tweets were sent about the ceremony by 2.2 million individuals. In turn, 11.8 million people received those tweets, which resulted in the VMA tweets themselves potentially being seen 676 million times. This is a significant increase over last year’s social media effect, when just 12.6 million tweets were sent.
All this means is that Kanye might just get the votes for his presidential nomination.
Baltimore artist Wana is live and in direct effect with his latest project,titled Beach Party.
Hosted by DC-based DJ Speechless, Wana describes Beach Party as an alternative r&b mixtape that really brings folks back to the 80s and 90s era where melodies were everything. “I think the different styles and just staying true really not afraid of being different,” he said.
“I really am really excited I feel like this may be the the one where I really found my sound.”
While you’re at it, check out a visual from Wana’s latest project.
Although it’s summer, many of us will still fall victim to a rainy day or two. You’ve possibly seen at least a couple of these movies, but they’re just as good the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time around…
Here’s a list of a few classic movies, perfect for your day in!
Love & Basketball
The patch of true love never did run smooth, but this love story about a pair of childhood sweethearts who both share a passion for basketball is just a dreamy as it sounds. Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps battle their feelings for one another before finally battling it out on the basketball court in perhaps on of the most romantic, tear-jerking scene of the entire movie. Somebody’s heart’s up for grabs. Love & Basketball will have you reaching for the Kleenex.
A must see for hip-hop lovers. This movie coined the phrase “When did you fall in love with hip-hop?”
Sanaa Lathan takes the role of the leading lady again, this time alongside Taye Diggs. Mos Def, Queen Latifah as well as real life husband and wife couple Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kudjoe. A great, all-star cast and the movie soundtrack is killer!
The Book Of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs
The tale of three bachelors and their wily other halves who eventually cause their men to misbehave, Robin Givens, Treach, Eric K. George and Mari Morrow star in the movie. Cameos from Flex Alexander, Jagged Edge, Pepa and Taraji P. Henson. A good laugh.
The Proposal had to make the list. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds’ chemistry is too real in this romantic comedy. It’s full of laughs (many courtesy of comedy legend Betty White) and like most romantic comedies, has the obligatory teary moment or two and a gloriously cheesy ending (and I mean triple cheddar cheese!).
This movie tackles the issue of interracial love the uptight, picky workaholic leading lady Kenya (Lathan… I know. Her again!), meets the laid back, dog loving landscape gardener Brian (Simon Baker) who is instantly smitten. We see Kenya battle with her own views of dating outside of her race as Brian and his dog Max struggle to be accepted. A sweet tale. A must see!