Aaron Reid, son of Def Jam Chair LA Reid and R&B legend Pebbles, stepped out on his own last weekend with the presentation of “Hello World” by the YEEC (Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Coalition). The YEEC ~ consisting of Aaron, James Smith and Jason Johnson held their launch event and listening lounge at the CW Loft on Friday, March 20th and the event featured fresh new talent including Ray Lavender, Rich Hill (son of Tommy Hilfiger), Unique and more.
YEEC hopes to be the conduit that facilitates the growth and development of the next generation of superstars and music moguls. Celebrities spotted included: Aaron’s mom & dad (LA Reid and Pebbles) Chaka Zulu, Dallas Austin, JoJo Simmons, Don Cannon, Letoya Luckett, Kawan Prather, Shakespear, Keyshia Cole’s sister Neffe, Carlissa Levert (daughter of the late Gerald Levert) and more.
I’m Grown Folks. I can go (1,2) waaaaayyyy back in this town. So, while I appreciate a good new release, I tend to listen to Grown Folks Music more often than not. One of my favorite songs by Grown Folks Artist Al Jarreau starts with these words:
Billy Jones is a mover
and he has a million plans.
Wants to be the big improver;
wants to be a wealthy man.
There are days when Billy loses hope,
days when hope loses him.
He prays he can just hold out
and one day he will win.
– from “Wait For The Magic” off Jarreau’s Tenderness album
One of my favorite Grown Folks Straight From The A is MrJonz. Who is MrJonz you ask? He’s an Atlanta music producer who’s worked with artists from DJ Kizzy Rock to Jamie Foxx and most recently Flo-Rida. You may not have heard his name but I’m sure you’ve heard his music.
Me and MrJonz had a little conversation the other day about his roots, his wings and his Atlanta. Check out your weekly Atlanta history lesson in the transcript below: Continue Reading…
I caught up with Rocko recently and got a chance to grill him on his favorite O.S.A.M. (Old School Atlanta Memory). Regardless what Killer Mike says about Freaknik, it appears that most true ATLiens can fondly reminisce and reflect about those good ole days riding down Peachtree Street flossin and glossin’.
Rocko is no exception, his favorite O.S.A.M. took us back to our favorite A-Town Black college reunion and he also suggests to Shirley Franklin (or whoever our next mayor will be) to consider bringing it back.
I know y’all don’t know nutthin bout DJ Taz…or maybe you do. But if you were anywhere NEAR Atlanta in the 90’s then almost everyone song you heard carried a DJ Taz beat. He worked with Kilo Ali, Raheem the Dream and a ton of other A-town producers like DJ Toomp, Cooly C, DJ Kizzy Rock, MC Shy D and on and on. Now I think he’s working somewhere behind the scenes but can’t nothing compare to those old school booty shakin’ days. Even the love songs were crunk! So sit back click “play” and reminisce with me about the days of flowing flourescent satin shirts and big “A”zz cell phones. Enjoy!
Neffe and her fiance’ Soullow hit up her YouTube channel to address the recent controversy regarding her recent pregnancy. Not sure what exactly she set out to accomplish…hell, Frankie said it all on the radio the other day, but it appears that she’s kinda upset about being compared to Octo-mom. She says that God placed these children in her life and she shouldn’t be torn down about it. As far as Keyshia taking care of their household, Neffe says “think again!” She’s been holding it down way before Keyshia made it big and she’s still holding it down.
Soullow didn’t address what Frankie said about him being a moocher, but he did make a statement at the end that he didn’t even know Keyshia and Neffe were sisters until 7 months into their relationship. I guess now that they’ve cleared the air we have nothing further to discuss about these two. So…back to our regularly scheduled flashback!