Phenomenal talent is something that is rarely discovered in today’s music world, which is filled with cookie-cutter artists and sounds. Kissie Lee, A global superstar in the making who’s infectious voice and exceptional writing abilities have resulted in appearances on Making the Band Season 3, hosting on BET red carpet, song placements on multiple artists in the industry ; Tiny Harris, OMG Girls, Cyhi the Prynce, Big Krit, Mistah Fab, Jacquees, Keke Wyatt, Jessica Mauboy, Jacob Latimore, the list goes on. Kissie has done modeling for Kontrol magazine and other brands, as well as acting in a web-series titled “The Label”. She has been featured on sites such as XXL, Singersroom, ThisIsRnb, Vibe and many more. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Kissie Lee.
Lecrae is a two-time GRAMMY Award winning hip-hop artist whose RIAA gold-certified 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.9 million copies and he has co-headlined some of the best-selling tours in the U.S., according to Pollstar. Lecrae has been nominated for five GRAMMY Awards, including Best Rap Performance 2014, a win for Best Gospel Album in 2013 and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2015, as well as won seven Dove Awards, a Billboard Music Award, two Soul Train Music Awards and garnered BET Hip Hop Awards and BET Awards nominations. Lecrae’s call for redemption through positive change has placed him at the forefront of causes close to his heart. Referring to himself as a ‘social anthropologist,’ Lecrae seeks the most authentic connection possible with fans around the world who embrace his music. Lecrae resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three children. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Lecrae.
Long Beach California native and tantalizing R&B/Hip Hop artist Paloma Ford is back with the release of her second single, “W.E.T,” off her ‘Nearly Civilized’ EP that is dropped Friday, October 7th. Paloma is certainly keeping her fans appetite “W.E.T” for more with her latest release and the track is the perfect add to your ‘cuffin season’ playlist. With past hits including her first chart topping feature on Meek Mill’s summer single “I Don’t Know,” and smash “Summer In California,” featuring Snoop Dogg and Fellow Cali native Iamsu; it’s no surprise that Paloma will be ending 2016 on a high note with the release of her debut EP, Nearly Civilized. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Paloma Ford !
Charmaine Johnise is a television personality and entrepreneur with traditional roots, stemming out of Rural Louisiana. Johnise attended Howard University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology. Following her graduation in 2012, Charmaine took her talents to Chicago in pursuit of aspiration goals. Her southern hostility and charm led her to tattoo artist and 9Mag owner, Ryan Henry. The two hit it off instantly and Charmaine wasn’t long before offered the position as the shop manager. Johnise made her television debut on “Black Ink Crew” Chicago edition in 2015 and is making a name for herself. Checkout our exclusive and latest interview with Charmaine Johnise!
From barefoot dreadlocked troubadour to suave standard-bearer for contemporary R&B. Eric Benét may have changed his look, but one thing has remained consistent: his dedication to crafting authentic music that engages the soul.“I’m not chasing any current whatevers,” says Benét, a four-time Grammy Award nominee. “It’s about music that gives me goose bumps and touches my soul. That’s always been a good barometer for me.”
Case in point: the singer-songwriter’s latest top 5 Urban AC single, “Sunshine.” The pure soul/R&B track provides the perfect backdrop for Benét’s heartfelt reflections on a relationship that has lost its spark. The hit has since sparked a remix version featuring Tamia—the singer’s memorable duet partner on his career breakthrough hit, 1999’s “Spend My Life with You.” “‘Spend’ is almost like the national anthem vocally,” notes Benét. “You’ve got to have so much in your arsenal to successfully sing it. Not many singers can do that. But Tamia is all that and more. So it was such a joy to reunite with her on the ‘Sunshine’ remix.” Both tracks are featured on Benét’s eighth studio album. The self-titled, 13-song project, available Oct. 7 from Jordan House/Primary Wave Music, once again showcases the depth of the singer-songwriter’s musical scope. “Sometimes it’s almost like artists pick a color and stay with that for most of an album,” says Benét. “I don’t like to do one-note albums.” Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Eric Benét.
Music speaks to the soul. Los Angeles’ alternatively minded “electro hip-pop dub-something” duo Timeflies—Rob “Rez” Resnick [producer] and Cal Shapiro [vocals]— embrace that ethos with their latest release “Once In A While.” Their music combines unique elements of dance, pop and hip-hop. The witty rap verses and intoxicating melodies entwined with the infectious xylophone make this record an undeniable summer smash. “Once In A While” has garnered a huge organic early response online and is quickly rising on the pop and dance charts.
Cal and Rez formed Timeflies in 2011 while attending college. Since then, they’ve built a diehard following, amassing steady fan growth online while selling out historic concert venues across the US. To date, Timeflies has sold over 150k albums and 800k singles, combined with 175mil video views and 125mil Spotify streams worldwide. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Timeflies !
Former member of R&B group Day 26 and Chicago-based group Kwiet Storm, Willie Taylor is a singer, songwriter, producer, actor, author and CEO of Noivak Music Group. Forging forward with a solo career. Catapulted into the spotlight after starring in Sean “Diddy” Comb’s hit MTV show Making The Band 4 for 5 seasons, Willie along with his former R&B group, Day26, which received national success with back to back Billboard #1 album’s featuring their hit singles “Got Me Going” & “Imma Put It On Her” featuring Diddy and Yung Joc. Willie then launched his solo music venture in 2009 with the release of his fan-favorite project “Sextape”, which received over 2 million downloads. Adding to his list of accomplishments, Willie has worked with numerous artist including Diddy, Rick Ross, Babyface, Tank, Jeremih, Avant, Syleena Johnson, and several talented artists. The stage has been set and Willie is showing no signs of slowing down. He has returned for season three of VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Hollywood as well as a host of other projects coming soon. Willie will also star as Pretty Boy in “Chocolate City 2” due to be release January 2017. Checkout our latest and EXCLUSIVE interview with Willie Taylor !
Life often presents us with tests and trials just to bring us full circle to meet our destiny. It is within these tests and trials that we form our testimony and discover our life’s purpose. 22-year-old Cameroonian-born, Atlanta-based singer/ rapper/ songwriter Lorine Chia may have taken the long and winding road to her luminous destiny. But soon the world will know her name upon the release of her eclectic and highly anticipated EP Sweet Noise, produced by Rami Beatz (Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Juicy J). Her deep, velveteen vocals have been praised by the likes of Complex, Fader, and Billboard.
Born in the West African country of Cameroon, Lorine Chia was reared in an environment that instilled the importance of survival skills early on. “Being a child there, you’re raised so much quicker,” she recalls. “Because the main focus is survival and making sure you’re independent. Every morning, you’d have to get up and walk two miles to school.” Spending her early years in Cameroon informed Lorine with a strong sense of self sufficiency and determination that would prove integral in her future. Checkout our latest interview with Lorine Chia.
Ryan Henry is the owner and creator of 9Mag, a prominent tattoo shop. He brought together his team, who are the most talented artists in the city, to help build his tattoo empire in Chicago. Ryan grew up on the streets of the south side of Chicago. Once he got into tattooing, his sister Nova helped fund his blossoming career. Not long afterwards, she and Ryan’s niece Ava were murdered by an ex-boyfriend. At that point, Ryan’s life was forever changed. Ryan put the money towards 9Mag, which stands today as a tribute to his sister.
Though a bit moody and unpredictable, underneath Ryan’s tough exterior, is a loving and extremely caring guy. Ryan’s family is everything to him and his world rotates around his son, Mason. Ryan turns to tattooing to clear his mind and to cleanse his soul. Unbeknownst to most people, Ryan is part Japanese and he searches for a deeper connection to his heritage through traditional Japanese tattooing. Checkout our latest interview with Ryan Henry of Black Ink Chicago.
Speak to this dynamic artist about his sound and he’ll label it contemporary soul. Challenge him to rattle off his list of influences and he’ll give you a spectrum ranging from Nat King Cole to Anita Baker to R. Kelly. He’ll speak of his gospel upbringing—his parents were both pastors and singers; his sister, a musician. And his instrumental prowess will show him to be fluent on the piano, saxophone and drums. Wash is truly rich in depth; both the artist and the man. While his musical expertise is astonishingly mature, the 24 year old still finds a way to hold his own among his fellow R&B crooners. Signed to AyeGirl Music/Interscope Records, his debut single, “Can’t Trust Thots” features label mate and wildly successful rapper, French Montana, while cleverly paying musical homage to artists such as TLC and BBD. His smooth vocals are gripping and the upbeat record fits seamlessly into any of today’s contemporary playlists. Checkout our latest interview with Wash.