My name is Westside Train A.K.A Deandra Norwood. I was born and raised in a projects called Perry Homes in Atlanta, Georgia. Rapping has always been a passion of mines. Some of my influences were; UGK, 2Pac, MJG, &Trick Daddy. Those were some of the greatest that ever did it in my eyes.
In 1998, I had my first record label by the name of Shonuff Records. The label consisted of; The Fam, Project Squad, and Myself. My first recording studio was in the basement of my house. The best singles off of our first project were; Peep Mine, Ghetto Glory, Finish Line, & Fam.
We enjoyed ourselves. Performing in different clubs were one of the perks. Trying to get our music out there was one of hell of a long promising ride, but everything was going our way that is until 2002. I got jammed up and was incarcerated for 3&1/2 years on RICO and carrying a concealed weapon while being a felon.
During my bid, I lost my record label due to not fully knowing and understanding the in’s and out’s of the music business, or at least enough to keep my record label going like I do now.
2005 my second label Goodfellas Ent. was established and still rocking. SALOOT was the first single of my cd’s Bankhead Muscle І and Bankhead Muscle ІІ which is out right now on just about every music streaming platform such as; Youtube, Spinrilla, Apple music, and Spotify.
Also keep your eyes and ears out for my new artists Cario & Menace Lifestyle. Were putting in a hell of a lot of work and well be coming at you sooner than you think so get prepared. Make sure you follow me on all my social media outlets such as; Instagram @: big_mobb, Twitter @WestsideTrain and Facebook @ Goodfella Train.
Bonecrusher who created one of the biggest anthems for the South with T.I. & Killa Mike with "I Ain't Neva Scared" sat down with Lomax The Brand and opened up about the blessing and the curse of the success of the record and discusses his latest project with his fiance Storytellah "#Project143".
Bonecrusher is an American rapper based in Atlanta. After working as part of the group Lyrical Giants, he debuted in 2003 with his first solo album, AttenCHUN! , which featured the single “Never Scared,” was used as the theme for the 2003 Atlanta Braves, and also found in the video game, Madden NFL 2004. ”I ain't never scared!" It's an anthem for the little boy facing the school bully or the grown man facing his deepest fears or any one of us facing the everyday things of life. It's an affirmation of courage and fortitude; a thunderous chant that speaks volumes. And for Atlanta born rapper Bonecrusher it's the phrase that has made him an icon in and around his hometown. To say that Bonecrusher has presence is an understatement. From his brawny physique to his untamed, curly hair to his commanding voice that allows him to alternate between street-wise hip hop head to poetic philosopher, Bonecrusher has something about him that makes you want to stop, look, and listen. And he doesn't mind the attention. Since the age of five, Bonecrusher, born Wayne Hardnett, has been accustomed to the spotlight. "I used to perform in front of my family all the time," he recalls. "Most kids do that, but I had to do it all the time...everyday." At that time, his performances were pretty much limited to dancing and doing impersonations and the thought of performing for a living never even crossed his mind. "I didn't know anything about all that, I was just doing what I did. Hip hop wasn't even around like that then." It was somewhere around 1985 when Bonecrusher knew that he wanted to be a rapper. Run-DMC was the spark that started the fire. "At the time I used to try to DJ. I was pretty good at it, but I wasn't as good as everybody else. I could always rap better than all the rappers that rapped. I could always freestyle better." A few years later Bonecrusher would get a chance to really put his skills to the test. "I knew this guy who always talked about how good he was, how he could freestyle, how he could rap and all that. He was rapping outside, and I said, 'Man, you can't rap. I'll beat you'." That challenge led to a series of challenges, all of which ended with Bonecrusher as the victor. In fact, it was during one such challenge that Bonecrusher and his partners in rhyme, Bizar and Baby B caught the eyes and ears of Atlanta entertainment attorney Vince Phillips. Phillips pursued and nailed down a couple of opportunities for Bonecrusher, Bizar, and Baby B --known then as the Lyrical Giants -- at labels like Death Squad, Tommy Boy and J-Cor. When the J-Cor deal fell apart, Bonecrusher decided to put his record out on his own. "I was like, I'll do it myself." Bonecrusher wasn't scared then and he surely isn’t scared now. "I've been performing in front of people for years," he notes. "People are like, 'You nervous?' And I'd be like, 'Nah man. I don't know what that is no more.' I was nervous when I was three or four years old. But, I am not nervous now. I just have a good time, that's what it's all about." Bonecrusher released his album, "Bonecrusher and His Industry Friends" on Atlanta Indie Break 'Em Off Records and before long, the supercharged "Never Scared," featuring fellow Atlantans Killer Mike and T.I., was blazing a path from the airwaves to the clubs and picking up scores of believers along the way. Says Bonecrusher of the song, "It isn't crunk, it isn't nothing, it’s just a song. People like it so much. Even girls like it more than dudes. It’s not a chant record. Neither is it a hip-hop record. It's a song. People don't even hear the words that I'm saying in the song. It's an infectious thing because of the rhythm and the beat, the rhythm of the hook." And as far as the message goes, Bonecrusher says it's about never being afraid of life." Everybody's never scared, and they aren’t thinking about doing bad things. They are talking about their life. People relate to the record because they feel that you have to live without fear. “You have to do what you have to do to get your life right." Bonecrusher's fearless assault on Atlanta and the southeast placed him square in the middle of the music industry radar. In fact, the ink was barely dry on Jermaine Dupri's deal with Arista Records when the renowned producer and So So Def Records owner signed Bonecrusher as the first artist for his new venture. ATTENCHUN!, Bonecrusher's debut album for Break 'Em Off/So So Def/Arista, is a kaleidoscopic journey through a variety of subjects, all profound and, as Bonecrusher asserts, all "dope." "The album is a collaboration of a whole bunch of songs that I took to the studio with my friends and we did some stuff. We just put our spirit on the record. It's more like a revolutionary statement but it is revolutionary in the sense that people need to understand that we as a people -- White, Black, Indian, Chinese, whatever color -- have to get to the next level of life. That's the whole essence of our album. It starts in the gutter, and then it comes out of the gutter into the light. From the dark to the light. That's what my album is." On the 'dark side,' says Bonecrusher, there are songs like "Back Up," "Grippin' the Grain," and "Puttin' In Work." "We go from that plateau, and we got other songs talkin' about the struggle." And then there's the light: "We got songs like "Peaches and Cream" talking about living good, trying to make things good for yourself and you got the "The Wall," which is the end of my album, which is the struggle because it's walls, up hill." He continues, "The Wall. That's where I want to go. That's where I want to take people to, because of the enlightenment of it. "The Wall" is about keeping hope alive, keeping your best foot forward at all times." Bonecrusher says he wants his album to remind people that they can pull their lives out of the gutter; that they can crawl out of the darkness and walk into the light. "Look at me, man. About six or seven months ago I sat outside my house and I said, 'No more. I'm about to be rich. I got an idea, and I'm going to make it happen.' Seven months from then, I signed a deal over seven figures. It's all about what you believe in. If you believe in yourself, you can win." From the light to the dark, ATTENCHUN!, is full of songs that truly depict the many sides of Bonecrusher." All of the songs, every last one of them is about me," he affirms, adding that everyone, everywhere will find something that they can relate to. "That's real. And that's the last word I want people to say. He's real. He represents the real. I walk the walk and talk the talk. That's just who I am.”
Bonecrusher experienced years of success from his hit record, “Never Scared” and still today he travels frequently to perform the hit record that soared the charts 11 years ago. Although he is considered a legend artist from the “Crunk Music” era, today you will find a smoother more finesse Bonecrusher with a new sound and a new image. He now has a grown and mature feel with a new sleek low haircut that shows the attractive features of his face. Yes, the hair is gone, but you won’t miss it! It’s an all-new Bonecrusher that is certainly undeniable. Not to mention he is coming with a new sound he calls, “The Pulse.” Bonecrusher is about to sweep the waves with his upcoming album slated to drop in the fall of 2014, which appeals to the 25 and up listener. “It’s time to get back to the feeling, we need to get back on the dance floor again and get us a lady.” He even got an upgrade to his wardrobe, which will still be his all-time favorite,” Ralph Lauren,” of course, but instead you’ll see him in the button up, suit, tie, and saddle lock department. “I love Polo. My love for Ralph Lauren began at just ten years old.” In his voice, he worked hard to rock the label. “I use to cut grass in the neighborhood and work in my grandma’s garden to make money to buy clothes. I would do anything my grandparents asked for pay.” I’ve always had a special connection to Ralph Lauren and always loved the brand because the product last forever and the clothing is completely timeless. Knowing that I can wear a Ralph Lauren shirt 20 years later, confirms that I have purchased a quality brand. Ralph Lauren Polo exudes regal-ness. Point blank. It was something about the “timeless” look of Polo, he explains. “I don’t know what I saw in the brand at that age, but it was something about Polo that looked so classic! I didn’t even know what classic was, but I knew the brand just looked dope to me. Throughout my career, I strive to influence to the youth that a sense of individuality is important and that they can do it while still being “them.” The goal is to be your best self. I embrace Ralph Lauren and I enjoy exploiting the brand and suggesting it for others because it is a versatile brand that can be worn anywhere. More importantly, it’s a brand that can be worn to a workplace, to a business meeting, to a wedding, to a picnic, to a concert, and to the club. I love when I see our youth supporting the brand; it means they are ready for the world. It means they get it! Your image speaks volumes. My grandfather once told me when I was a little boy that it didn’t matter if I wanted to be a carpenter, a garbage man, a musician, or a doctor, for me to be the best carpenter, the best garbage man, or the best musician I can be. It doesn’t matter what you want to be, just be the best at it! It’s not about following the trends; it’s about being your own individual self. Those memories and stories taught me lessons that I now preach to the youth. Young men need to be elevated and mentored to be better men and to be shown how to make wiser choices. I want to support them and encourage them to do that. Whenever I can uplift the youth or lend my ear to listen to them, I will. You never know when your presence or words can save someone from doing something wrong or pull him and her from a bad space.
“In my music, I intend to accomplish worldwide mayhem, if you will” Then just suddenly, he drops the act and turn serious. I feel the public needs something fresh right now; a lot of the substantial artists are lacking as far as a lot of the music they are producing. I just want the people to feel me and relate to my music. “When people see me, they understand that what I bring to the table is what I am, he says. Still, he has a certain sense of duality. He can be street, and tell anyone, outside of the club or whatever else that he “ain’t never scared.” But can flip and be as articulate as a white-collar businessman at the blink of an eye. Needless to say, such ability is beneficial. In fact, as he would say, it’s VAINGLORIOUS!
Originally from Chicago, Illinois this upcoming songwriter artist knew her destiny at just 11. As a young girl in the city of Chicago, she enjoyed performing and singing and would often perform at her cousin’s beauty salon. Time after time, she was cheered on by other customers in the salon and on one occurrence a customer sitting under the hair dryer took notice of her singing and called a local producer to hear her. That relationship led to her working with Steve "Silk" Hurley of Silk Productions/Inda Soul Records, in Chicago in 1993 where she recorded "Raindrops" and "If You Play Your Cards Right," written by Aron Pettigrew of the singing group Denair. Her song Raindrops was aired on 107.5 WGCI's Chicago Home Jams at just 14. She also performed at the Harold Washington Library and at the Boulevard Arts Center in Chicago, hosted by Chicago's own Carte’ of WGCI's Radio. Her act won 1st Place in the talent Showcase. Later that year, she was offered a production deal with 5 A.M. Productions represented by Vernon Slaughter of Katz, Smith, & Cohen of Atlanta. Her father, a Chicago attorney, saved her from a bad contract that would bind her for 7 years. She declined the production offer but was adamant that music was her heart and kept going forward. In 1996, Silk Productions began a partnership with two brothers, Steve and Kevin Turner who produced her 2nd demo project. She recorded frequently while maintaining a 3.9 GPA in high school. The following year, Dr. Luv, a radio personality of WGCI Radio, expressed his desire to manage her. He assisted her career for 2 years and brought her to multiple teams to record and write. He also allowed her to showcase her writing talent by writing and recording the intro for the Radio Show called, “Bed Check Curfew.” The intro interlude, which was aired daily gained notice around the city and Jennay begun opening up for acts. Producers around the city started taking notice and one producer in particular, Hula Malone of Clubhouse Entertainment wanted her single, “I’m Ready” to be a part of a collaboration album named, “Hitz From Da Go.” The compilation album included other local artists from Chicago along with Kandi Burress and Tameka ‘Tiny’ Cottle of Xscape, and producer Shek’spere that was distributed online. On a quest to be successful in the music industry she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in the summer of 1998. She brought her Barbizon modeling experience, diverse marketing fundamentals and songwriting talent. During her first year in Atlanta, she landed guide vocalist jobs for major productions and sung backgrounds for major projects. Some of the artists and executives she has worked with are TLC, Tamar Braxton, Shek’spere, Red Zone Entertainment, Nealante of N3G Productions, Steve “Silk” Hurley, L-ROC, Rhythm D, and Bonecrusher. In 1998, she severed ties with her management and begun working as a writer and guide vocalist in Atlanta. The Atlanta scene was inspiring and evolving as the “Dirty South” to the rest of the world. But Jennay’s life was starting to turn dim. Her vibrant career was taking off, and at the same, her love life was taking it over. She was beginning to lose her way in a bad relationship that had her trapped for 15 years. The struggle to turn herself free damaged her spirit, and throughout the years she used music as therapy. “I would go in a corner and stare out the window and funnel my feelings, trying to understand what I was going through. I was in a state of confusion for years and I felt trapped. I was isolated from my family, my friends, and I had always been a people person. One thing I couldn’t abandon was my passion for writing. When things got bad, it was pen and paper that got me through. If I experienced a good moment, I would sing, because it allowed me to sustain that happy feeling.” Years had passed and Jennay had stopped pursuing her career, almost completely. Her relationship drove people away and she was being isolated more and more from people she loved and things she enjoyed. “Then one day, I believe around 2009, I was watching Keith Sweat’s Platinum House Reality show where he housed Dru Hill in efforts to end the turmoil between the R & B Group, and I saw the episode where the group was put in a counseling session by a psychologist from the Behavioral Institute of Atlanta. I’d never seen the power of therapy and the psychologist had me intrigued. I immediately wrote the doctors name and put it in a safe place.” A year later Jennay grew tired of the mental roller coaster and was inclined to understand her relationship, future, and state of being, so she researched the psychologist and contacted him. It was her second session with him where she was told, “Run, Leave, Get Out!” Stunned by the quick analysis from the psychologist regarding her current situation, she began reading and following his instructions. Before long, the fear rolled off. The intervention intercepted her downward fall and she moved on, alone. In the midst of her ‘new’ beginning, she began surrounding herself with music. “Anywhere I could record my songs, sing, listen to bands play live, or be supportive of other friends in the business, I was there. I had to get back in the swing of things and surround myself with what always made me happy, music! I felt like I lost everything, but I never lost my passion.” Her past left her broken, but at the end of it she walked away with a catalog of 40 songs. She kept writing and secretly recording in her own home studio that she built to stay close to her passion. It was at this moment where she became “Storytellah.” She had so much to say, so many experiences and an impressive catalog to back it up. Her dream changed course and was aimed to “tell-her-stories.” One night while out supporting close musician singer friend, Phillippia Williams, she was invited to attend a show at MJQ with Platinum selling artist Bonecrusher the next day. “The night was fun. I was with a few good friends and just trying to enjoy myself, something I never got a chance to do in recent years. We arrived before show time and got comfortable. When Bonecrusher arrived, his entourage led him to the area, leaving him to be the last one to sit. There was one seat left and it was next to me. We spoke, respectively, and kept our silence.” As an artist, Jennay understood the “quiet time” rule before performing and let Bonecrusher get in his headspace. Bonecrusher got up to perform and he looked back and called her and her friends to go on stage with him. The performance got the crowd on their feet and as everyone returned to VIP they began talking. “I told him that I was a songwriter, if he knew anyone looking. The next day, I got a call from singer friend Phillippia Williams saying that Bonecrusher had an artist that was flying back to New York and they needed a writer to do a hook. I went to the studio and after we did the song, Bonecrusher said, “what you doing tomorrow?” At that point I realized I passed the test. The next day we wrote another song, and we began the working, non-stop.” Bonecrusher noticed Jennay’s talent and began introducing her to producers in his circle. One thing led to another and before long she begin doing backgrounds and writing for his album, The Pulse. “She has the star factor written all over her,” says Bonecrusher, and I don’t know any other female artist who loves music like I do. She will sit in the studio with 2 hours of sleep and never complain, full of energy and ready to vibe. She knows what it takes to win and you can’t take that away from her.” Bonecrusher realized she had been holding her 40-song catalog hostage and begin working to get her material placed. He submitted one of her songs to Neo Soul artist
Raheem DeVaughn and others. His upcoming album, slated to drop this fall, has Storytellah spread from left to right. She is also featured on his 2nd single, “Zoom,” where she is rapping. “She is the total package, very talented. Plus she’s beautiful,” says Bonecrusher. The new Bonecrusher single, “Get Nasty,” features Storytellah, along with platinum artist Musiq Soulchild. Her solo project is in the works, and she is ready to make her mark. “I want people to know that nothing can keep you from your passion. Absolutely nothing. This dream started when I was 7 years old and I wrote my first song at 11.” Not only is she making her rounds in effort to “tell-ah-story,” Jennay Frazier, also known as “Storytellah,” is making some pretty impressive moves. Her upcoming agenda also includes a launch of exotic style wooden handbags and accessories derived from her family heirloom founded by her late grandfather, Millard P. Frazier Sr. and perfected by her uncle Herbert Frazier.
Meals are perhaps the most important aspect of prison life. They keep inmates alive, both physically and emotionally, as mess halls and common areas provide a level of social interaction in an otherwise lonely situation. Albert “Prodigy” Johnson served three and a half years in prison, and during that time his focus was on his health—an almost impossible feat behind bars, where many inmates often enter the prison system healthy, but leave with diabetes and hypertension. Commissary Kitchen provides a deeper perspective of what it’s like to consume meals in prison. While recipes are provided, Prodigy and writer Kathy Iandoli also tell various anecdotes about situations in prison involving food. Meal prep in prison is very limited, so while this work appeals to anyone who has served time or is curious about prison life, it also speaks to those who prepare food with limited access to various cooking luxuries (i.e. college students in dorms being one). While the work is informational, above all it humanizes the prison experience in a way that has never been done before.
Albert “Prodigy” Johnson is a Multi-Platinum recording artist and member of the legendary Hip-Hop duo Mobb Deep. In 2006, Prodigy was arrested for gun possession and served a three-year prison term. In 2011, he released his first memoir, the critically acclaimed My Infamous Life. Since then, Prodigy has continued to release both solo projects and albums through Mobb Deep, touring worldwide. When he isn’t touring, Prodigy is traveling the United States, lecturing at venues like MIT about the prison system and offering insight on changing the quality of inmates’ lives.
Kathy Iandoli is a critically acclaimed journalist and author. Her work has appeared in publications such as Pitchfork, VICE, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and many others. She is also a professor of Music Business at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Kiara Simone stops by 66RAW Radio to chop it up w/ DNA. She speaks about her buffalo wing preferences, working with the Game, her New Edition Film cameo, working with Zaytoven, moving from VA to Cali and much more!
One thing we can say is that music is definitely making a comeback and at 66 Raw we have had a plethra of new and coming artists that were not one thing short in talent and swag.
We can also say that Marissa is a giant sleeping and is about to be woken. She has a voice, she has the look, she is hot and sexy and she has personality for days! We don't like to use the word "new" because she has been working her ass off and has a fanbase, she may be new to many but at the same time she has been singing to many.
A songstress, who uses her music to tell stories of her experiences and she tells them well.
Patchwerk Recording Studios has been the staple of the music industry for over 21 years strong especially in Urban music, instrumental during the 90's by providing a foundation for Atlanta's music industry.
It has served countless artists who are dominating the music charts internationally but also artists that are just starting out. Patchwerk has a vault of hundreds of gold and platinum plaques from the quality work the studio has provided to give these artist that super star sound.
Curtis Daniel, III who has been the mastermind behind the operation and growth sat down with Wildchild DNA & Ms. Niko and broke down a lot of knowledge about the music business and how the success of Patchwerk came about.
The Patchwerk Recording Studios is renown for their grammy nominated engineers, state-of-the-art recording facility where you can record, mix and master your music as well as get administrative label services that is required for the music business. Curtis is speaking about a lot of topics that touch from finding talent, business, and how the industry has changed.
Patchwerk Recordings was born out of Patchwerk founder and former CEO/ 13 year Atlanta Falcons Offensive Tackle Bob Whitfield's love of music. After financing studio time to record a demo for a high school friend and aspiring rapper Ras Kass, Bob began to realize the magnitude of Ras' talents and the potential to build a business around this burgeoning genre of music. He soon enlisted the help of college friend and entrepreneur BJ Kerr. Operations began in 1994 with the release of Ras' now classic first single "Remain Anonymous". The success of that single led to Patchwerk partnering with Priority Records in 1995 and the release of Ras' album Soul On Ice.
In mid 1995 Patchwerk expanded on their ambitions by opening a full service recording studio in Midtown Atlanta. The comfortable 3000 sq foot facility instantly gained a foothold in the market by attracting top producers from Atlanta's hottest camps including Organized Noize, SoSo Def, LaFace, Hitco and Noontime. In fact, on a Billboard Hot R&B singles chart at the time, 25 of the top 100 singles were recorded or mixed at Patchwerk Recording Studios. The studio featured a fully automated Otari Concept One console and 48-track 2" recording capabilities; and was home to four of the most sought after engineers in the south. Bob explains, "The studio is a tremendous asset in helping us achieve our mission of consistently discovering and developing the most refreshing and innovative producers, writers, and artists available.
It is a very lucrative investment as well. Over the first 10 years, Patchwerk earned quite a reputation, recording over 60 gold and platinum records. In the summer of 1999, Patchwerk built on the success by moving to its current 10,000 sq foot building that feature 2 totally isolated recording studios. The main room is the only one of its kind as it features the only SSL J 9000 console in Georgia. Futhermore, Studio 9000 features 3 isolated recording booths, a dedicated drum room, spacious lounge, and a kitchen. Upscale amenities such as private lounges, gourmet cooks, and a runner service are also available ensuring that Patchwerk continues to exceed the expectations of the most discerning clients. Studio COO Curtis Daniel states, "Our clients already love our warm, rich sound and with our unparalleled customer service we will soon reach our goal of establishing Patchwerk as the premier studio of the south".
Curtis also has long-term visions and is very excited about the future... "We are now in the growth stage of our business. The studio has done tremendously well for us and we are expanding on that. We have built substantial relationships with key players, built up our brand and laid a solid foundation. We're entering new genres of music working with such artists as Young Jeezy, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Sting, Annie Lennox, Ludacris, DTP, T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, The Neptunes and labels such as Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Columbia and Island Def Jam.
With an impressive roster of established and emerging acts displaying exceptional depth and diversity of music in the fully equipped studios, Patchwerk Recordings is set to
There has always been a girl group to encompass the spirit of every generation. In the 60s, there was the classic sultry Supremes. The 70s unearthed a glamorous and fashion forward bold LaBelle. The 80s ushered in the girl-next-door Hip-Hop sexy Salt-N-Pepa, while the 90s presented the B-Girl allure TLC. The 2000’s gave birth to the fearless independent Destiny's Child. And now, stepping up to claim their place amongst these legendary groups is XSO. Mia, Jaz and Paije took very different roads to Atlanta and its burgeoning music scene. However, circumstance brought all three girls to the hotbed of talent discovery. "We want to be a household name," says Paije. "We want to be relatable." As luck would have it, they meet up with the right man. Devyne Stephens is the music mogul with the Midas touch. He discovered Akon and was instrumental in developing chart-topping acts such as, Destiny’s Child, Usher, TLC and more. He executively ran KonLive and Konvict Muzik home to Lady Gaga and T-Pain. Knowing exactly when to strike, he delivers XSO and together they are working on telling familiar, relatable stories through music about love, life, and heartbreak. But more than anything else, "Our music is about having fun," exclaims Mia, echoing the sentiment of her group mates. The ladies decided on the name XSO; a promise to fans that they will always give their genuine, sincere selves. Naturally the group emits a smooth, flirty and forward vibe that makes anyone want to get to know more about them. "XSO is a special group. On site you fall in love with them," says Stephens. "They are exactly what the music industry has been missing in a girl group. I can't wait for the world to get to know them."
XSO is indeed ready to take the world by storm, but they don't shy away from comparisons of the groundbreaking girl groups that preceded them. "We accept the comparisons," explains Jaz, "but we’re going to show how we are different. We're building off the trailblazers who came before us." I see them more like the female version of Bell Biv Devoe,” says Devyne Stephens. Their infectious new single, "Why Not?" marries a catchy beat with fun lyrics, yet at the same time XSO is using the song and it’s title for a purposeful platform. Why Not stand for something? Their music reflects their individual personalities. XSO is clear that they need to show the world that they have a good time and can stand up for what they believe in. Smooth. Flirty. Forward. These are just three words to remember when these young ladies come to mind. XSO is primed for longevity as they are focused on leaving a legacy. Let's hear it for the Girls - XSO.
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Rapper Red Cafe sat down with Wildchild DNA at 66 Raw Studios to discuss his career, the music industry and how to sustain yourself as an independent artist.
Born in Guyana, Brooklyn rapper Red Café immigrated to New York with his family when he was young, settling in the Caribbean-populated Flatbush section of Brooklyn.
Hip-hop music suddenly became an obsession for him after he first heard the Slick Rick/Doug E. Fresh classic "The Show."
However, his real interest was turn toward the streets, where his life of crime eventually landed him in prison in 1992. Upon his release four years later, he formed a rap group named Da Franchise with neighborhood friends. The group signed with Violator Records and even appeared on several mixtapes and label compilations, but because the crew never really took off, they each went their separate ways.
Red Café stayed with Violator and also began to rack up credits as a ghostwriter, including for Diddy's verse on the Busta Rhymes Top 20 single "Pass the Courvoisier" in 2002. After he left Violator, a series of failed major-label deals and, consequently, shelved albums followed. During his stint with Capitol, to which he was signed via Mack 10's Hoo-Bangin' imprint, Red Café even recorded a number of well-received singles, including "All Night Long" (appearing on the Coach Carter soundtrack in 2005), "Yellow Bottle," and "Bling Blaow."
Despite the label ups and downs, he was able to maintain a consistent presence in New York through its mixtape circuit, collaborating with DJ Whoo Kid, DJ Envy, Craig G, and Clinton Sparks. In 2007, the Brooklyn rapper joined rising star Akon's boutique label Konvict Muzik. He first dropped the DJ Envy-hosted mixtape The Co-Op in 2007. while 2009 saw him land a role in the Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious. Mixtapes like 2010's No Witnesses and 2012's American Psycho followed, then in 2014 he released "The Pretty Gang" single which featured a guest appearance from rapper Fabolous. ~ Cyril Cordor, Rovi