For an artist with serious mainstream aspirations, Decatur, Georgia’s Jarren Benton has spent his career going against the grain. One of Funk Volume’s premiere acts, Jarren admits, “I love the music I do now. I do it in the safe-mode.” That’s rather shocking for an artist whose last album, Freebasing With Kevin Bacon lived up to its name, at least in attitude and style, evident on single “Skitzo.” He continues, “I want to take it a lil’ further. I just haven’t had the balls to go all the way there yet, ‘cause I presently want to keep a foot in the mainstream too.”
However, courage is not something Benton’s music or live show is lacking. Studied in the anything-goes showmanship of Prince, Marilyn Manson and Method Man, Jarren shares, “The essence of giving of a good show is not givin’ a fuck,” he says, while pointing to stage-diving, beer-chugging and more depending on the night’s particular vibe. This type of authenticity, balanced with intricate, golden ear-informed lyricism has attracted attention from Erick Sermon (EPMD, Redman) to No I.D. (Common, Kanye West) in courting Jarren to potential major label deals. However for the father and family provider, only indie juggernaut Funk Volume really voiced his biggest concerns. “All I was asking for was progress. I just wanted to know that what I was doing was the right move – especially chasing a dream with a family.” Funk Volume offered what Def Jam and the others weren’t – and in recent years, Jarren has been able to support his family and his dreams simultaneously.
Recently, David Duane caught up with Jarren on his tour stop in New York City on the “Slow Motion Tour”. Jarren is also set to release 1 more project before his drops his full studio album. Check out our new interview with Jarren below !
Kid Ink cruises past all boundaries. The Los Angeles rapper, producer, and performer can seamlessly slip from an irresistible hook into an impeccable verse, effortlessly bobbing and weaving between the club and the streets. There’s absolutely nobody quite like the tattooed from head-to-toe impresario, and that’s the first thing you’ll notice. Grinding as a producer since the age of 16, he uncovered this creative highway by perfecting a personal style behind the board first. His production collaborations include everybody from Sean “Diddy” Combs, Sean Kingston, Nipsey Hu$$le, and more. That experience in the studio set the stage for him to become the versatile and vibrant force he is today. Now since the success from Ink’s major debut album: “My Own Lane”, his been hard at work promoting his new album “Full Speed”. Currently headlining his “Full Speed” Tour, we caught up with Kid Ink to discuss the new album, touring, and collaborating with Detroit rapper – Dej Loaf on the record “Be Real”. Watch our interview below and be sure to leave a comment ! *Kid Ink voice* “Ergghhh!”
Nico & Vinz are an international music sensation who have already set the European entertainment scene on fire. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, the singing/songwriting duo, made up of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery, has tapped into the heart of global culture by writing and performing songs that joyfully speak of life, love and identity. Though it’s hard to name their sound, consider it reminiscent of The Police and Paul Simon’s Graceland. Nico & Vinz’s second Scandinavian single “In Your Arms” charted in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Once again the video takes the viewer on a unique journey. With this song, the imagery is of a homeless man who creates a time machine to travel back to meet up with his family who had been tragically killed. When “Am I Wrong” made its American radio debut in April of 2014, it was the #1 most added record at the Top 40/mainstream format with 90 adds, a rarity in first-week airplay for a new artist. It has already made it to #1 Top 40 and Hot Ac airplay charts.
Fresh off of Usher’s European tour, Nico & Vinz stopped through Newark, Delaware where we were blessed for the opportunity to interview with the duo. David Duane chatted with Nico and Vinz about their success, new music, fashion, and their upcoming Spring tour. We’re so glad to share with this interview with you all so check out now and make sure you get tickets for Nico & Vinz’s tour this May 2015.
Philadelphia – We have teamed up with our friends over at AEG Live to give away a pair of tickets for R&B/Soul Recording Artist, Ciara’s “Jackie” Tour. Ciara will be stopping by the Keswick Theatre on Sunday, May 10th. We’ve got two ways for you to enter to win tickets for the concert – Here goes the details:
1) E-mail Info@MFWERadio.com letting us know your favorite record from Ciara’s previous album with the subject: “Ciara Philly Live”.
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Baltimore – We have teamed up with our friends over at Baltimore Soundstage to give away 2 pairs of tickets for O-Town. O-Town will be stopping by the Soundstage Wednesday, April 29th. We’ve got two ways for you to enter to win tickets for the concert – Here goes the details:
1) E-mail Info@MFWERadio.com letting us know your favorite record from O-Town record and favorite member with the subject: “O-Town Baltimore”.
2) Tweet + Follow @MFWERadio | @TheBizWithD | @DDuaneOfficial on #OTownFierce or simply tweeting our post about the concert
Baltimore – We have teamed up with our friends over at Baltimore Soundstage to give away 2 pairs of tickets for IAMSU! & Romeo Fortune as they stop by the Soundstage Saturday, April 25th. We’ve got two ways for you to enter to win tickets for the concert – Here goes the details:
1) E-mail Info@MFWERadio.com letting us know your favorite record from IAMSU! record with the subject: “IAMSU! Baltimore”.
2) Tweet + Follow @MFWERadio | @TheBizWithD | @DDuaneOfficial on #EyesOnMeTour or simply tweeting our post about the concert
New York City – We have teamed up with our friends over at Live Nation to give away a pair of tickets for RCA Recording Artist, Kid Ink’s “Full Speed Tour”. Kid Ink will be stopping by the Irving Plaza on Monday, April 20th with special guest Bricc Baby Shitro, Luke Christopher, and Black Dave. We’ve got two ways for you to enter to win tickets for the concert – Here goes the details:
1) E-mail Info@MFWERadio.com letting us know your favorite record from Kid Ink’s “Full Speed” album with the subject: “Kid Ink NYC Live”.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, MPrynt is a dynamic 4-member R&B group rooted in the rich, soulful musical tradition the City Brotherly Love is legendary for. Budda, Rael, Tyce & Faheem (collectively known as MPrynt) deliver contemporary melodies complimented by classic harmonies reminiscent of the great R&B groups that inspired them including Jackson 5, Mint Condition, New Edition, Jodeci, Boyz II Men, Dru Hill and 112. Not only is MPrynt vocally gifted with each member interchangeably singing lead, but they also count songwriting and musicianship among their other talents. Tyce is masterful at playing the keys while Faheem is experienced on both the keys and guitar.
Checkout our new exclusive interview MPrynt now!!!!!!
Demetria McKinney is a triple threat in the truest sense of the term. She is an award-winning actress who has played diverse roles on the big and small screens as well as the stage. She is a gifted singer with a rich voice requiring zero studio enhancements. And she is a skillful songwriting who thoughtfully expresses emotions in a way that instantly connects with listeners.
Widely known for her role as “Janine Payne” on the hit TBS sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” which has taped over 254 episodes and received five NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom, Demetria can currently be seen on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” as the newest cast member. Mckinney also has reoccurring roles on Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” and TV One’s “The Rickey Smiley Show” sitcom.
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Dutchess is the only female tattoo artist at Black Ink, but that doesn’t keep her from being a force to reckon with. Dutchess is a Southern Belle from Lincolnton, North Carolina. She graduated at the top of her class and went on to receive a degree in Business Management. Whether it was her business skills or her eye for art, this sexy and powerful woman has had a hold on Ceaser’s heart from the beginning. Dutchess, who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, has had her up and downs with not only Ceaser, but with the other crew as well. However one thing’s for sure …whether it comes to modeling gigs or to tattooing celebrity clientele, Dutchess makes sure that all eyes are certainly on her.