TYRONE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “PARADISE” FT. RICH TYCOON and LOU STYLES
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TYRONE releases the new single and premieres the video for “Paradise” featuring Rich Tycoon
(Chris Rene’ / San Quinn) and Lou Stylez. The single is now available on Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and music retailers globally.
“Paradise”…An Electro-Soul beat, that embraces a Melodic Piano Riff, is only toppings on the track. Truly, the Bassline drives the record while the Drums keep the song moving from verse through chorus. Mario Armstead’s keys, lifts the melody out of monotony, while atmospheric sounds set a tantalizing mood.
Tyrone and Rich Tycoon trade verses about a woman who finds her; “Paradise”, in materials, not in love and commitment. RnB Crooner, Lou Stylez , tells his side of the story on the hook: “I’m trying to please her heart, but she demanded more than I can give…”, he sings, as his heartbreaking, skeptic tone adds feeling on the topic.
The video’s cinematography sets the stage for the sound bed. The red hue and bar backdrop is the perfect blend of soulful “coolness” providing a creative landscape for the unique song. Directed by Tyrone himself, the video is a step in a refreshing direction artistically for the cinematographer; showing his versatility, attention to detail and creativity.
Rich Tycoon (Filthy Rich) of Black Bizness Records made his debut in 1992 on E-Dawg’s; (Sir Mix-A-Lot / Rhyme Cartel Records) “Droptop”. Since then he has been featured on music w/ pop star Chris Rene’ of Simon Cowell’s X Factor, San Quinn, Yukmouth of the infamous, Luniz and many others.
Yea, for me it was 1 of those days. Been in the house all weekend, a lil cabin fever w/ your team (in this case, mine is the Seahawks) kicks ass and plus, you get a surprise sitter…Of course, you’re trying to get out to celebrate at what’s known to be their regular home game hangout…As a matter of fact, it seems to be the perfect spot to do so…
Since we were finally aired PRIME TIME on NBC, it took me longer than I thought to get out the house. Wondering if I should even bother, then my girl reminds me it’s at the “affluent” spot in Bellevue (Mirror/Munchbar) and, I should make it happen..
I’ve been there before, and I’ve never had any issues. Had a great time just recently, so man, “I’m wit it”, I tell her. I promise you it was creeping on 1:30am and I’m hoping to bat eyes at a holiday last call. Get to the 2nd level of parking and it’s like a movie scene where the stairwells are pouring out will well dressed people running for their lives. Now stuck, w/ Bellevue police coming in 1, 2, 3, 4, cars deep, we find out that there has been shooting in the club and at least 2 were seriously hit. Watching police run up w/ guns drawn, made the scene that much more intense.
Now home, I hear 1 who may have lost his life, is Deshawn Miller of Seattle, WA, and 3 were injured. NOT CONFIRMED I may add, but damn it’s so close to home. Facebook & Twitter timelines are in news feed panic, filled w/ drunken madness trying to make sense of what supposed to have been a perfect Christmas Eve-Eve night…I see Reality TV Star Aubrey O’Day tweeting over a 2-3hr span “Pop That Pussy”, I got balls, dancing on Seahawks VIP tables in a 49ers jersey, to “I’ve never been in a situation like this before in my life…” Although, she tweeted a man was shot in front of her, witnesses inside claim SHE WAS NOWHERE NEAR THE SHOOTING…Please, Aubrey don’t come to Bellevue/Seattle hoping to restart your career!!!
(Feel free to read more of her tweets below…)
All I know is this was way unexpected. Sad to say the least. No major headliners to blame. Just “The Town’s” celebs. So, when it boils down to it, we can only blame ourselves. Man, I know it’s been along time since we’ve felt this good about our sports teams, but damn, to let ego flow w/ drinks that cause loss of life is ridiculous at this stage.
This by far has no reflection on our players. Seahawks you laid it all on the line today, while keeping your composure when San Francisco did below the belt wrestling moves and sideways street fighting techniques on the field , you sure deserved to be able to toast it up in your home town w/o being subjected to gunfire.
My prayers are w/ everyone who experienced this experience tonight…I’ll keep you updated on motive and official names of the injured and deceased.
Bellevue Police checking point leaving Mirror/Munchbar
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 ❤
The lovely and loud NeNe Leakes graces the cover of Ebony Magazine for their “Money & Power” issue. I personally think it was a smart move of their part. She’s honest about her hustle and fully focused on racking up the mula for her family. What’s wrong w/ that? I continue to ask, as I learn the Black Community backlashes both the publication and NeNe. I am a beautiful Black Woman myself and I just don’t get it!
Money (She’s got it), Power (She’s got it)…Seems like she fits the criteria to me…It’s unfortunate that we as a people continue to backbite and discourage those moving forward and accomplishing their dreams. NeNe if you’re reading this, you continue to inspire me and I can’t wait to see what you do next!
Because of Women like you, I will never let anyone silence my voice, nor slow down my stride!
Below is the in-depth article Ms. Leakes gave The Daily Beast! And, believe me…IT GOES INNNNNNNN!
When ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star appeared on the cover of the latest ‘Ebony’ in a tub full of diamonds, the reaction was fast and furious. Leakes talks about it with Karu F. Daniels and gives as good as she got.
The backlash hasn’t let up since Ebony’s esteemed Power & Respect issue hit national newsstands last week. In the comments section of the popular gossip website Young, Black & Fabulous—where the first image of the cover surfaced—a trove of harsh criticism has appeared. “Ebony magazine has lost any credibility that it once had,” one commenter opined, while another simply asked, “Ebony couldn’t get ANYONE else on the cover???” One comment even called the 45-year-old new grandmother a “Donkey With Diamonds.”
That’s just a sampling of reactions online. On her nationally syndicated talk show, Wendy Williams—who also appears in the issue—spoke out against the criticism of Ebony and Leakes, referring to it as “crabs in a barrel.”
Leakes herself bluntly defended the magazine’s decision to put her on the cover when she appeared at the recent star-studded gala unveiling Ebony’s Dec/Jan 2013 issue at New York’s Lincoln Center.
“I absolutely deserve to be on the cover,” she tells The Daily Beast. “This cover is about money, power, and respect. And it’s about a come-up story and I’m the one that had that story this year … Not only did I come out as a reality star that was very boisterous and vivacious and outspoken and all those things. I flipped that into money and respect. And a lot of people can’t do that.
“But listen to me, definitely all of the negative feedback definitely came from my own; African Americans were the ones that were the most negative,” she continues, adding, “And it’s so funny to me because I would call [the editor] over at Ebony and she would say ‘Girl please, glass houses. That’s all it is. They don’t want to see you on the cover, they don’t really understand the reason why you’re on the cover, they don’t know your story.’”
And a story it is—Linnethia Monique Johnson was born in Queens, N.Y., and at age 4 was sent to live with an aunt in Athens, Ga. Growing up she experienced harsh life lessons as a single mother, a stripper, and a victim of domestic violence. After many ill-fated attempts to become an actress (small parts on some black sit-coms, a deleted scene in The Fighting Temptations), Leakes put aside her acting dreams and concentrated on being the wife of Atlanta businessman Greg Leakes. It was the role, ironically, that made her a household name—and a paparazzi target, and a popular guest on daytime talk shows and comic fodder for late-night television (Late Night with Jimmy Fallonfamously spoofed her on its “Real Housewives of Late Night” skits). The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the show that made her famous, continues to be a ratings juggernaut for the Bravo network, even in its fifth season.
“Those who take issue with reality television’s role in pop culture have questioned whether Ebony made the right decision by glorifying one of its most popular characters,” said Amy Dubois Barnett, the magazine’s editor in chief.
“As the magazine of record for the black community, it is Ebony’s role to both reflect the aesthetics and interests of our readership, and to inspire them toward higher aspirations for themselves and for all African Americans. The November issue featured the Obamas on the cover, and was a perfect example of the latter. The December/January issue featuring NeNe Leakes on the cover is an excellent example of the former.”
Other notables featured on Ebony’s “Power 100” lists include TV personality Gayle King, radio-show host Tom Joyner, filmmaker Tyler Perry, celebrity blogger Natasha Eubanks, basketball star LeBron James, model Joan Smalls, TV producer Shonda Rhimes, Attorney General Eric Holder, author Toni Morrison, and BET honcho Debra Lee.
‘There are a lot of girls on these reality shows who are on there for the purpose of fame. That was never my story. I’m on there for money, because I wanted to be able take care of my family.’
The controversy hasn’t deterred Leakes in any way, however. According to her, it’s par for the course. “It’s true and I know you’ve heard it a million times, [African Americans] just don’t support one another,” she says. “But it’s OK for you to go pick up a magazine cover with Kim Kardashian. She’s my girl. We are cool. We talk. We do drinks and all of that. But her story ain’t no different than mine. You know what I mean? I might’ve worked at the strip club, but she made a sex tape.”
Never one to mince her words, Leakes is as bawdy as they get on reality television. But like a Kardashian, she’s laser-focused on branding beyond the genre. “There are a lot of girls on these reality shows who are outspoken, they are on there for the purpose of fame,” she says. “That was never my story. I’m on there for money, because I wanted to be able take care of my family.”
Supplementing her reported $1-million salary from Bravo, Leakes recently inked a deal with global-brand licensing agency Beanstalk to offer “fashion-forward, affordable apparel and accessories.” Last year, she invested in Famous Famiglia, an eatery on the new concourse of the Sacramento International Airport. That initial venture inspired her to expand on the concept. “My goal is to hopefully have restaurants and bars in the airports throughout. You know I travel a lot and I became obsessed with the airport because I’m in there every week and I always think about how to make travelers’ lives easier and what restaurants would be quick for them to grab something, or should I put a boutique inside the airport.”
“Oh listen, you don’t have to go out to look for consumers when you put a business in the airport,” she beams about the advantages. “You cut down on burglary and all of that stuff and the consumers are already there.”
Also fueling Leakes’s runaway train to success are her burgeoning acting pursuits. Not only is she “acting up” on The Real Housewives of Atlanta—she says her fights are really her own and she never blames misbehavior on editing (like others of the genre do)—she has acting roles on two hit primetime series—NBC’s daring new comedy The New Normal, and Fox’s wildly popular musicalGlee. Not bad for someone who not long ago was losing out in auditions to the likes of Holly Robinson-Peete, LisaRaye McCoy, Shanice Wilson, and Golden Brooks.
“It’s so funny to me how things like that work,” she reflects. “I know it sounds so cliché, but dreams really do come true.”
Now, NeNe Leakes is one in a million—literally. As the only reality star to cross over into mainstream television, the former Celebrity Apprentice contestant clearly sees what the landscape is churning out: copycats and clones. “WhenHousewives of Atlanta first came out, there were no Basketball Wives, there was no Hip Hop Wives, no Hollywood Exes, none of that stuff. When Real Housewives of Atlanta came out, we were the first African-American ensemble like that on reality television. And right after that, there’s every housewife you can think of: basketball, football, baseball, ex-wives, any and everything. Trust and believe, I’ve looked at their shows and I say, ‘there goes their NeNe’ or ‘they’re trying to find their NeNe.’ I swear I feel like that every time.”
“I have to be honest—I really do love trash television but out of all these reality shows, I always say the difference between those shows and the Real Housewives franchise is, the one thing about our franchise is, you have to have a story line. They want you to be out trying to open up a business, or putting out a product. They want that. On those shows they go from gossiping to gossip.”
Now that she’s found success on prime time, Leakes has designs on the day time. Last week, she co-hosted Anderson Live with Rosie O’Donnell. At the end of the show, the two humorously announced that they were going to host their own talk show together. But was Leakes kidding? She’s said before that she wants to co-host a panel show like The View, with Khloe Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, and a male co-host.
“Reality TV is not going to be around always,” Leakes says. “Hell, I ain’t going to be on there always. So I try to think about my future … I need to do everything that I can possibly do because I’m not interested in always being a reality star. I mean, who wants to do that all the time? It will wear you out, child.”
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!!!
My soul is in NYC this morning! Of all times, I’m Seattle bound at one of Hip Hop’s most crucial historic moments. SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART of RAP is Ice T’s first film. And, I bet the roof not his last. Speaking about an art form that saved his life. This powerful documentary premier screening is being held today at New York’s Lincoln Center.
(Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap Bio)
In theaters THIS Friday, June 15, 2012…Check your local listings and get out to support!!! A perfect film for the ENTIRE family!!! Hip Hop is not a game, nor sport…IT’S THE LIFE!!!