Because, I am a Classic Soul, RnB, Neo-Soul, and Good Music period lover, I know you have India Arie already in your playlist. Always filled w/ encouraging vocals and calgon melodies, this #SOULBIRD is back!
Although, I would luv to spill the details, I would rather you tune in and cop her new album (dropping 6/25) to find out, what made her take a pause for the cause at what some thought was the height of her career. Me on the other hand, believe this songstress will surpass previous accomplishments w/ this heartfelt, uplifting new album, #SongVersation.
Check out the lead single “Cocoa Butter” off the album here:
Yo, I swear the tats give him away! I mean I’ve been hearing all the hype (via EverythingYNTK) and I wanted to know, what the BIG deal was…Well, ladies you chime in and tell us how you feel about this celebrity bathroom pic 😉 Is it a big deal…hahaha!???
Wonder who he was sending it too? Cause, they definitely sold him out…Well, then again, he says it’s not him…So, maybe he’s doing a remix w/ Shaggy for “It Wasn’t Me”…???
Either way, I’m happy to see you still hangin in there Joe ❤
So, it was the end of a Hollywood week. Although, I was born in Inglewood, this SEA to LAX kicked my ass trying to keep up w/ BET AWARDS celebrity parties EVERYWHERE!!! I mean, I promise I was trying to still toast it up @ Rolling Stones for the official awards afterparty w/ Fabolous and DJ Clue, but ya girl had to throw in the towel and head to the hotel. In hindsight, I must say, I am so happy that I did, because that’s how I ran into Mr. Brantley. Sooooooo, smooth, just laid back lending an ear to child actor Orlando Brown, flowing a hot 16.
You know me, I had to chime in to see what was going on and they all graciously invited me into their circle and told me about their upcoming projects, including the movie HOPELESSLY IN JUNE. See, Vincent failed to mention that he was not only the director, but he starred in it too 😉
It was a sweet surprise, because once I got back home to the SEA, I rented it via Amazon and it’s now one of my favorite movies. Especially, living in Seattle where the dating scene seems hopeless among the 28+, Urban Professionals, so it was a refreshing point of view.
Here’s a quick summary of HOPELESSLY IN JUNE:
Dating in Los Angeles has been cruel to Daleon Myers, a financial analyst from a staunch Baptist family. But hope emerges when he falls in love with June Flowers, a successful businesswoman whose family is an extremely liberal Hollywood couple. It will take a lot to help them overcome their cultural differences and find the love they both have so long desired.
So, when you have an opportunity to slow down from your grueling work week, take a moment out for yourself and/or make it a great date night and pick up HOPELESSLY IN JUNE!!! You will be glad that you did!!!
VINCENT BRANTLEY BIO:
It was a summer night in Los Angeles. Two teenagers followed a
brown classic Mercedes Benz into the parking lot of an all night
chicken spot on Crenshaw Blvd. The teen in the driver’s seat was
producer/songwriter Vincent Brantley the son of a south central
record store owner. Vincent sat watching as top music executive Jheryl Busby of MCA records exited his car. Quickly grabbing his
boom box, Vincent approached the music mogul and began to
perform for him right there in the parking lot. The song was “Cool it
Now” and it was soon to become the number one song in the
country performed by R&B group NEW EDITION.
Many years later, after multiple platinum successes, and many accolades in the music industry, Vincent realized he needed another avenue to create. He moved his North Hollywood studio into his house and signed up at a local Jr. College for some refresher classes. Unsure of his path, his thinking was sparked by a theatre professor who was astounded by Vincent’s performance in a two man play. She suggested he get an agent right away. But it would be three years of working nonstop with some of Hollywood’s most notable acting coaches before he would start to make his moves. Feeling empowered by his training, Vincent knew that starting at the back of Hollywood’s proverbial line was not in his character. So he began developing his own material, adding screenwriting and directing to his studies. But it wasn’t until his mentoring relationship with Emmy Award Winning director Michael King, and well known actor/director Mario Van Peebles that his potential began to crystallize. The full exhibition of his talent can be best seen in the recently completed feature film “Hopelessly In June” written and directed by, and starring, Vincent. Some of the notables appearing alongside Vincent are Keith David, Ed Asner, Peter Jason, Tiny Lister Jr., and Ella Joyce.
HOPELESSLY IN JUNE is now available on DVD!!! OWN IT TODAY!!!
Born in Texas. Raised in LA, Kazy D joined the United States Navy and was introduced to the town by being stationed in Washington. He started Badd Dawg Records in 1995, and was one of Washington State’s 1st Nationally Distributed Rap Artists. Acclaimed Producer Funk Daddy & Seattle’s Underground Majors, DMS dropped the same year. A lot of Seattelites do not know, that Kazy D was an Original Master P/NO LIMIT Affiliate w/ 50,000 units sold!
An accomplished emcee with over 80 cd features, Kazy D left Washington after seeing that the entertainment options were extremely limited. “My CD’s sold on the street hand to hand, w/ no radio play.”, he says. “I find that radio play in Texas and the South region, comes much easier. Shows are more plentiful and they pay more. Seattle has talent but few outlets.”, Kazy explains.
He continues on to say, “I prefer production by Seattle area producers, hands down! However, most Seattle rap acts tend to adhere to an underground sound. This is a mistake, in my opinion. Northwest radio seems to follow the trends instead of setting them, an epic fail. Hip hop’s foundation is regional music presented to an expanded audience known in the biz as a breakthrough hit or crossover. Without a platform for local music the Northwest will continue to be nonexistent. I left Seattle in order to continue to do what I love & get paid for it. As a bi-coastal HIP HOP artist I’ve managed to stay current somehow lol.”
Kazy D aka Blockstarr, released underground classic,
“A LETTER FROM THE GRAVE” in 1995, which sold 12,000 units and was heavily bootlegged. In 1998 he released a double cd entitled, “NATIONWIDE DOUBLE UP” in conjuction w/ Skyline Records w/ 8,000 original units sold. The album featured, 187 Klick. Kazy D returned in 2004 w/ “CHAMPAGNE WISHES KAVIAR DREAMS” featuring, CBO, SPICE 1, C LOC, JT BIGGA FIGGA, BABY BASH & 187 Klick and 15,000 original units were sold.
After a brief hiatus Kazy D returned in 2010 w/ “STREET TAXES”
(The Million Dollar Mixtape) this album featured, Chalie Boy, Kinfolk Kia Shyne, Baby Bash & more! After the breakthrough success of radio, mixtapes and mixshow singles: HAVIN VISIONS & LOUDLIFE, KAZY D is currently performing Nationally and Internationally!
Now’s he’s back to usher Seattle’s Urban Sound in Breaking her NEXT URBAN STAR!!!
SEATTLE’S GOT NEXT Showcasing Seattle’s Urban Music Scene Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Hosted By: KAZY D, LADY SCRIBE & ROZZVILLE !!!
DJ MOUSE WAYNE Holding Us Down w/ The Puget Sound Soundz!!!
MR. FOTHUTTY / JD SMOOVE / UN THE RHYME HUSTLA / JON SALT / BLAZER BLAZE / LOUD MONEY ENT /MR. PJ / L CIZZLE / BIG DIME / RENO RED / SPUNG / CHEVY SHANN / CASH CAPONE !!!
Plus, a Special Dedication to THE TOWN w/ Appearances & Performances By:
ROZZVILLE / SQUEEK NUTTY BUG / EDAWG / MR. BENJAMIN / SKUNTDUNANNA / GANGSTA NUTT / BLACC SAPPHIRE / DON P / HO PO & a Few More Surprises to Be Announced!!!
Seattle’s best kept secret is the vibrant Urban Music Underground. Filled w/ Hip Hop, RnB, Alternative Soul & Jazz Artists…It’s becoming more and more difficult to keep this growing scene under wraps.
@SHeReAdYeVenTs is one of many, waiving the emerald green flag overhead, drawing worldwide attention to their backyard! Suggesting to all Tastemakers, Movers & Shakers to come see what the buzz is all about!!!
You’ve heard from the South, You’ve heard from the East & Midwest, now it’s time for the Pacific Northwest to show what’s been flourishing due to all this rain we are globally known for 😉
Many nights spent in studios, songwriters jotting down crucial lyrics on everything from a mead notebook, back of an envelope, to a napkin, serious about their craft.
I invite you to take time out of your busy schedule,
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 8PM, to show your support for
Seattle’s Urban Artistry!!!