I got a chance to talk to Antonia “Toya” Carter yesterday and she shared a bit of info about her new BET reality series, “Toya: Family Affair,” which will focus on Toya’s trials and tribulations with family issues.
We had a great time chatting about everything from the show to the latest gossip. I even had to give Toya an impromptu class on the proper way to display the “A”. I assure you it was Heeee-larry-us!
Toya has been walking in the shadow of her famous ex, Lil Wayne, but that’s about to be a non issue as she’s doing her own thing now.
She’s currently engaged to her boo, Memphitz and has several business ventures including her new boutique “Garb”.
There are also several cameos, including Killer Mike, Pill and several Dungeon Family favorites. The vid should will be available for your viewing pleasure reeeeal soon but in the meantime, Twan allowed me to grab of bit of behind the scenes coverage.
Check out photos PLUS StraightFromTheA’s exclusive behind the scenes video from the shoot below: Continue Reading…
It was a hometown celebration as Super Producer Nitti Beatz was honored with a birthday bash last Friday (January 21, 2011) at Atlanta’s Cream Ultra Lounge.
This event, which doubled as Cream’s grand opening affair, was hosted by Young Joc; super-producer Bangledesh, Robert Mathis and Philip Wheeler of the Indianapolis Colts, and Jerious Norwood of the Atlanta Falcons.
Jerius Norwood (Atlanta Falcons)
Nitti and his crew totally rocked the spot, with just about everybody who’s ever been touched by a Nitti beat rocking the mic. Dorrough rocked “Ice Cream Paint Job,” 8Ball performed the hit “DJ Bring it Back,” and Joc (who has just about cornered the market on Nitti Beats) rocked the crowd as well.
8Ball, Robert Mathis (Indianapolis Colts) & Nitti
The “A” Team was in full effect, posted up in the back of the V.I.P. taking it all in. 8Ball & MJG are my personal favs so I was in heaven! Not to mention we ended up in the NFL corner with Roddy White and nem…
R&B Singer/Songwriter Tank held an intimate dinner at Straits restaurant in Atlanta last week in celebration of his upcoming CD ‘Now or Never,” which is being released under his new record label, Atlantic Records.
Special thanks to Atlantic, Straits, 135th Street Agency, and Remy Martin, who combined forces for a wonderful intimate evening with Tank, who kept it real as he personally entertained a table full of Atlanta’s tastemakers, which included a select group of bloggers, media specialists and journalists.
We left the event with a new understanding of the talented artist as well was our own advance copies of “Now or Never” to review.
[Sidebar: As you can tell from the video, I’m still stuck on Tank’s “Sex, Love & Pain” (The Wedding Song is my ish!). I’ll let y’all know how the new cd is as soon as I upload it my “A” Pod…]
More photos PLUS video of our intimate dinner with Tank below. To the delight of all at the table, Tank sings a lil bit of “Celebration”, a new song featuring Young Money’s Drake. He also talks about making the switch to Atlantic and more… Continue Reading…
Anita Baker was honored with the Legend Award during the second annual Soul Train Awards ceremony held November 10th, 2010 in Atlanta.
The Legendary honoree was treated to a serenade from Faith Evans, Chrisette Michele, Lalah Hathaway and more during the show but it was backstage, where Ms. Baker shared her thoughts on today’s music industry and up & coming female artists.
Anita Baker discussed backstage how she rejected pressures from her label back in the day to change who she was, including suggestions that she weave her signature short doo. She also spoke highly of today’s artists (like Chrisette Michele, Erykah Badu etc.) who reflect individuality and true talent.
Check out what Anita Baker had to say backstage at the 2010 Soul Train Awards PLUS more photos of the legendary diva below: Continue Reading…
I got a chance to get up close and personal with Lupe Fiasco last night as Atlantic Records held a private dinner reception/listening session for his upcoming “Lasers” project.
The event, hosted by Tree Sound Studios, was an intimate affair that allowed Lupe to discuss his vision amongst his A-town “family and friends”.
Lupe’s 3rd solo project,”Lasers,” is set to be released March 8, 2011 and Lupe is hot on the promo trail.
Lu admits that his music isn’t meant to be played in the club and that he actually seeks to inspire people and create thought provoking music… but sometimes smart doesn’t sell.
It’s like a revolutionary album. I was really inspired by inspiring social activism. So a lot of the music has a social kind of awareness edge to it… a social justice edge to it.
It’s less about making songs to make songs but making songs with a purpose. I actually tried to challenge myself on this album — compared to my last album — to make music that was a little more popular… not pop! but a little more “popular,” so that I can engage a wider audience with my music…
I agree. Sometimes you’ve gotta “dumb it down” to get people to pay attention… such is life.
Check out more of what Lupe has to say below PLUS listen to his first single “The Show Goes On”: Continue Reading…