Angela Raiola aka “Big Ang” was the niece of Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family. Angela, a single mother of 2 was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with her two sisters and four brothers. Big Ang always strived to be popular with “the mob”. She is what many consider a “mob moll”. Owning many mafia hangouts over the years, she became like “one of the guys” – even catching a case with some high ranking members of the mob. She was loved by them all. She is like a character straight from the movie Goodfellas and lives by the lifestyle code. Ang has dated many gangsters throughout her life but has always remained independent. She is not the typical woman who would depend on a man. Big Ang has managed to make her own way and provide her own means within this world, though she was always lavished with houses, cars, jewelry, furs (you name it) by many well known mob wise guys.
Unfortunately on Thursday, February 18th at 3:01am EST, Angela passed away from lung & brain cancer. We were grateful to have interviewed Angela back in February 2013, She was such a individual who filled with so much life. We send our prayers to her loved ones, We love you Angela and Thank you for your amazing spirit !
“Lyricist, Inspirational speaker, DJ, Pioneer, Icon, Veteran ,and Entrepreneur” describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip Hop artists of all time: MC Lyte. She has consistently found ways to reinvent herself musically, while expanding her resume and gaining new fans. Reared in Brooklyn, New York, MC Lyte always has her finger on Hip Hop’s pulse. Many are familiar with her stellar music making skills, but over the course of her extensive career, MC Lyte has ventured out to other avenues that have allowed her to show the world just how talented she truly is. A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female Hip Hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved. MC Lyte is the FIRST rap artist ever to perform at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall, the FIRST female rapper to ever receive a gold single, the FIRST female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy and in 2006, MC Lyte became the FIRST solo female rapper to be honored/inducted on VH-1’s HIP HOP HONORS. MC Lyte has graced network television as well as the big screen and she has been the voice behind the VH1 Hip Hop Honors and national campaigns for Wherehouse Music, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Nike.
Checkout our interview with the legendary Mc Lyte !
Think you’ve got Michelle Williams all figured out? Think again. For fans of her subtle and smooth work as one-third of the world-renowned Destiny’s Child, as well as her soul-stirring spiritual solo work, this is a brand-new Michelle Williams. Or is it?
Michelle is one of very few musical artists with proven success across multiple music genres. From gospel, rhythm & blues to pop and dance, Michelle maintains strong positioning across most genres while being highly respected amongst her peers and fans; she is constantly reinventing herself. The multi-talented recording artist-producer-songwriter-actress-entrepreneur delivers an important message: Expect the Unexpected. In her latest album, Michelle forges a fresh and innovative new sound destined to be emulated for years to come. The sparkling, groove-laden tracks present Michelle as she has never been seen before as a saucy club vixen unleashing the ultimate party soundtrack. Checkout our throwback interview Michelle as she discuss her latest album “Journey To Freedom” and Destiny’s Child.
To date, Kid Ink has sold over 5 million singles worldwide since his 2014 major label debut album, My Own Lane (Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records) entered at #1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart, #2 on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and #3 on both the Top 200 and Top Digital Albums charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album’s hit single “Show Me” is RIAA-certified double platinum in the US, gold in Australia and Canada. The single held the record for the most weeks at #1 on the Rap Airplay chart for 18 weeks and was the #1 airplay record at Rhythmic radio for 2014 making Ink the #2 airplay artist at that format behind Chris Brown. Ink’s follow-up single, “Main Chick,” is certified gold and was the most added song at Urban Mainstream radio at the time of release. The videos for both aforementioned songs were viewed over 126 million times with “Show Me” garnering VEVO certified status crossing 100 million views. Fueled by the certified gold hit singles “Body Language” and “Be Real,” the LA native’s sophomore LP, Full Speed, entered at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, and No. 4 on the Digital Albums chart. Full Speed features guest appearances by Chris Brown, Usher, R. Kelly, Dej Loaf, Migos, Trey Songz, Tinashe and more. Producers Stargate, Cashmere Cat, DJ Mustard, Key Wane, The Featherstones, NicNac, Mark Kragen and others provide the head-nodding beats. Kid Ink recently wrapped his Full Speed headlining US, European and Brazilian tour and the Chris Brown “One Hell Of A Night” tour. Checkout 1 of our throwback interviews with Kid Ink and Christmas Day you can download his new project “Summer In The Winter” on iTunes.
Angela Yee started her career in radio as a co-host on the Shade 45 morning show at Sirius Satellite Radio. She was drafted by Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, to audition for the slot after she inquired about an available marketing position. Angela’s nationwide appeal could not be ignored, and executives at Sirius offered her the lead position on “The Morning After with Angela Yee.” She honed her craft and soon became one of the most coveted urban radio hosts. After 6 years at Sirius, she was offered several opportunities and opted to become the female voice on “The Breakfast Club” at Power 105.1 in radio’s number one market, NYC. As one-third of the trio consisting of DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God, Angela is known for her witty remarks, knowledge of current events, and support of female empowerment. Checkout this Throwback Thursday interview with Angela Yee (August 2013)