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Vina Love’s “Options” Is The Female Empowerment Song You Need To Hear

Singer and songwriter Vina Love continues to impress in the music industry. As the daughter of Hip Hop legend Kid Capri, is carrying out a family legacy that will not be overlooked. Her immense talent, beauty and charisma as a budding R&B songstress, had led her to perform with some of music’s most influential acts including Fat Joe, Ja Rule, and Ashanti. As these legends all hail from New York, they have given the Queen’s native the backing she needs to propel to the top of stardom, joining the ranks of some of the greats. With an inspiring, recent single titled “Options” she has created the next female empowerment anthem for the world to indulge in. 

Touching on the struggles that  women face when trying to date in the modern world, she opens up a much needed conversation that many women can relate to.  In it, she professes her value and worth leading her to have many options to choose from when it comes to the dating pool, so if you want her attention you will have to come correct and concise. She does an excellent job on making it clear about her wants and needs as a woman, while reassuring the importance of self love in and out of relationships. It is easy to lose yourself in a relationship, so it is refreshing to hear a song that reminds ladies to never settle for less than what you deserve; which is  happiness over everything. 

Someone who believes in this message is Grammy Award Winning female rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who Vina Love shared a stage with in 2019 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, New York. Being a proud New Yorker, she puts on for Queens in so many ways. Her hard work and determination led her to also share a stage with The Lox, one of the most iconic Hip Hop groups in music. Exploding on the scene with singles such as “Air” and “Drip”, her latest release only furthers her undeniable talent. 

Having the support of her famous father led her to become a reality television star as a recurring cast member on Growing Up Hip-Hop New York alongside Capri, Lil Mama, Angela Simmons, Charli Baltimore, Ja Rule, Fat Joe and Flava Flav to name a few. With balancing television appearances, and a budding music career, Love is showing that she was born a star. As she is currently working on a forthcoming EP that will feature Snoop Dogg, and Capella Grey, “Options” gives fans a taste of what they can expect moving forward from the Queens songbird.  

Vina Love promises to continue to promote self-love, and beacon of light for women who need simple reminders of how powerful their standards and self-esteem are.  Press play below to stream Vina Love’s latest single “Options” and support this beautiful, black queen. 

Trilla Banks Is Bringing Toronto Culture To The Forefront Of Music

Toronto songwriter, and rapper Trilla Banks i is ready to infiltrate the American music scene. Bringing a diverse sound to the music game, his talent is taking him places he never dreamed of. After releasing his best single to date titled “Spend It” last year, Banks is currently working on a full body of work for his fans and supporters that is set to be released later this year. I had a chance to chat with the rising Canadian rapper to discuss his plans for the future and why Toronto culture is important to him. Check it out below!

Trilla Banks Interview 

How has it been for you finding success in the American music scene with your latest single “Spend It”?

It has been steady. Some people love my music but for others it might not be their thing, which is fine. I enjoy whatever feedback I get, as I am trying to grow everyday in my artistry and creativity.   

Can we expect a follow up single to this release?

Yes, I have another single dropping any day now and am currently working on a full body of work to put out later this year.

How has the city of Toronto impacted you musically?

The city of Toronto has impacted me musically in a major way. Growing up in Toronto has made me love and appreciate different genres and worlds of music. Being able to see other artists make it out also gives me the drive to keep pushing and make a name for myself like Drake and The Weeknd.

Why was it important for you to show off your Toronto culture in the music video for “Spend It”?

Toronto is where I was born and raised. Without growing up here I would not be who I am. Without having the people around me to keep me solid, I wouldn’t be able to stay on point. I wanted to show all of that in my video and will continue to promote my culture in my future visuals.  

Following your recent Instagram live interview, how did it feel having your fans and friends supporting you openly?

It felt amazing. Having the support of my fans and friends means a lot to me. I am glad they push my releases however they can and hope they will do the same when I drop more material.

What is up next for Trilla Banks? 

More music and more content for the world. I can’t wait to share with everyone what I have been working on, especially the things I am working on in the states. 

How can readers stay in contact with you? 

They can follow me on instagram @trillabeezy as well as on my YouTube page that is Trilla Banks. 

Press play below to stream Trilla Banks “Spend It” single.

TDE’s First Female Rapper Doechii Releases Highly Anticipated “Crazy” Single & Music Video

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Top Dawg Entertainment’s first ever female rapper Doechii is a force to be reckoned with. After blowing up on Tik Tok and developing a rapid fanbase, this female emcee garnered the attention of TDE founder Top Dawg and is now the newest member of the West Coast power house. This could not come at a better time as she also inked a major recording deal under Capitol Records as TDE has secured a partnership with the heavy hitting record label. Today Doechii dropped yet another highly anticipated single and music video  titled “Crazy” which is the follow up to her debut TDE single “Persuasive”.

To make this release extra special, the Tampa native hosted a live private listening party in Downtown Los Angeles to debut her new single for her family, close friends, and industry supporters. The record and the visual challenges the stigmatized imagery of the female form, making for a one of a kind release that promotes female empowerment. The director, C. Prinz, and Doechii’s incredible vision is brought to life through shared personal experiences, raw creativity and authenticity to create a film like no other. In the “Crazy” video you will see the Florida native naked with a bunch of other unclothed women going crazy with the dance moves, looking like works of art.

Doechii is giving off heavy Lara Croft vibes, brandishing big fire arms, spitting some of her most lethal bars to date like this spit firing trendsetter she is. Her energy is unmatched as she appears unbothered, leading the on screen lady tribe into rage and destruction mixed with fighting and unity all at the same time. Doechii does a great job of expressing who she is as an artist and superstar on the rise, creating a unique lane of her own in this music video.

A star has been born, and her name is Doechii. Tap into powerful and positive vibes this weekend by pressing play below to stream the official music video for “Crazy”.

Schoolboy Q Releases New “Soccer Dad” Single

Schoolboy Q is reminding fans that he is still one of the best rappers in the game. Returning to the music scene after his Crash Talk album in 2019, the South Central native has officially released a new single titled “Soccer Dad“. It is not certain whether or not he has plans on releasing his sixth studio album anytime soon, but until then this release is a breath of fresh air.

In the opening moments of “Soccer Dad” you will hear a repeating drum cadence that goes right into Q’s impressive flow. He is quick to remind the world that his TDE Black Hippy crew (Kendrick Lamar, Jayrock, Ab-Soul & Schoolboy) created a lane for the new aged rapper to thrive and shine, with hardcore lyracism. His grungy, confident vocals glide over the uptempo beat, like a surfboard riding a wave. As he is known for being a gangster rapper, it is refreshing to see him take a different approach on this release, yet still staying true to his original, and influential sound.

The father of two takes pride in his dad duties hence the name of his latest release. You will hear Schoolboy candidly mentioning how he is a soccer dad and his life is only getting better. Some lyrics that coincide with the above statement include “I am really him, the soccer dad, my real life too wavy, while I cheer the stands, you little rappers go and wipe your mouth and go pull up your pants”. It is clear that his songwriting abilities and lethal tongue has not slowed down one bit. He is making it clear that he is not scared to go toe to toe with anyone, and him being a “Soccer Dad” has not changed who he is as an artist. 

Schoolboy Q has created yet another timeless record for the world to indulge in. Press play below to stream his new single “Soccer Dad”.

Cherish Brooke Hill does Snoh Aalegra’s Skin Prep with Shiseido Essential Energy for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards

By: Cherish Brook Hill

As it was a historic night at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, many celebrities and nominees showed up and showed out in a tasteful and iconic manner. With several female artists up for nominations including SZA, Doja Cat, Lady Gaga, H.E.R., and Jazmine Sullivan, a newer act by the name of Snoh Aalegra, dazzled fans on and off the red carpet. Nominated for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album, the Swedish-Iranian songstress proved that her harmonious and beautiful vocals match her graceful and angelic aura. She broke onto the scene in 2017, with her debut album Feels,  which laid the foundation for her 2022 hit album Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies

Celebrity hairstylist and make-up artist Cherish Brooke Hill is responsible for Aalegra’s timeless look doing her make-up, preparing her skin  with Shiseido Essential Energy. As this is her first time being nominated for a Grammy Award and her first time attending the awards, her team wanted to make sure she looked elegant and classy. Hill had these words to share in regards to Snoh Aalegra’s dashing look. “For her look we wanted to keep the makeup really classic, elegant and timeless since this was her time at the Grammys.” We kept the skin really natural and did a soft pink blush with a soft brown eyeliner.” See a list of products below that were used to bring Aalegra’s Grammy Award look to life.

Products Used: 

Skin Prep: 

 Shiseido Power Infusing Concentrate ($140)

Essential Energy Hydrating Cream ($49)

Future Solution LX ($285) 

Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream ($153) 

Make Up:

Skin:

SYNCHRO SKIN Soft Blurring Primer ($36)

SYNCHRO SKIN RADIANT LIFTING Foundation SPF 30 in “Citrine” ($47) 

InnerGlow CheekPowder in “Aura Pink” and “floating rose” ($29)

Lips:

Lipliner Inkduo in “Beige and Bare” ($26)

ModernMatte powder lipstick in “Jazz Den” and “Nude Streak”($26)

Eyes:

SYNCHRO SKIN Correcting GelStick Concealer ($31)

SYNCHRO SKIN Invisible Silk Loose Powder ($38)Kajal InkArtist – Shadow, Liner, Brow in “Tea House” ($25)

Muni Long Inks Recording Deal With Def Jam Records

Breakout R&B star Muni Long, is finally getting her flowers. After being in the music business for over 10 years, pinning some of R&B’s biggest hits for stars such as Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Madonna, Chris Brown and Mary J. Blige has landed a record label partnership with Def Jam Recordings. In conjunction with her Supergiant Records label, this announcement was made public by Def Jam chairman & CEO Tunji Balogun, who personally oversaw the signing.

As she is best known for her breakthrough platinum hit single “Hrs & Hrs” it has already accumulated over 150 million streams, peaking in the Top 5 at Apple Music, #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is currently sitting at #3 at Urban radio, hitting the Top 10 at Rhythm Radio. With famous influencers and celebrities taking to Tik-Tok to show their love for “Hrs & Hrs” including Yung Miami, Halle Bailey, and Ari, it is easily one of the biggest songs of the year. Rapper JT took to social media to defend Long “NO! people, haters, how else will it get heard? When one person gets tired another person discovers it! Keep playing the song for hrs & hrs! Support our black people. Do you think people are overplaying “Hrs & Hrs?” To answer her question, I hope the world never stops playing it! 

“It has been a lifelong goal of mine to be able to bring my gifts to the world. This alignment with Tunji and Def Jam for a global takeover is a literal dream come true,” exclaims Muni Long. “Supergiant Records started as an idea between myself and my husband Raysean in 2019 and over the course of the next two years we would invest, hire, strategize and create. As our team grew, so did our success, and as a result of hours and hours of hard work and intense focus, this year we reaped a bountiful harvest. Many, many thanks to my partners, Rashad Tyler, Raysean Hairston, Chris Anokute and all those who contributed to this historic moment. We look forward to an incredible journey with Tunji and the Def Jam family.”

“Muni represents everything a Def Jam artist should be: bold, independent, authentic, creative, visionary, and one of a kind,” said Tunji Balogun. “I have followed her artistry and journey very closely, from her time as a writer for some of the biggest artists in the world, to the incredible run of success she is now so deservedly enjoying. Muni sets the new standard for where we want to go as a label. I’m thrilled to join her and her world-class team in this exciting partnership. With all the amazing work done by Priscilla and Raysean, Chris, Rashad and the Supergiant team, along with J.R. McKee and his MPR team – combined with the resources and passion of the Def Jam family – the sky’s the limit.”

Muni Long not only has the the top R&B single, but she is also a 2022 Grammy®-nominated writer for her work on H.E.R. ‘s Back of My Mind album for the single “Process”. Outside of being Grammy Nominated, she has been named to iHeart Radio’s ‘On The Verge’ program, BET Amplified Artist of the Month for April, YouTube’s Artist On The Rise, Spotify Frequency Artist, Snapchat Artist to Watch, and Amazon Breakthrough Artist of the Month.  She released a jazzy rendition of “Hrs and Hrs” as her Amazon Original Live Performance – watch here.  You can also watch her perform­ance of “Hrs and Hrs” on NBC’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

Press play below to stream Muni Long’sHrs & Hrs” official music video that has grossed over 31 million streams on youtube. 

 94th Oscars® Announces All-Star Band Will Perform Including Adam Blackstone, Travis Barker, Sheila E., Robert Glasper, D-Nice, The Samples & Orchestra

 The Oscars show producers Will Packer and Shayla Cowan recently announced that a special performance will be added to this year’s ceremony. The 94th Oscars®, airing live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT will be held in Super Bowl champions LA Rams stomping grounds of Los Angeles, California. Hitting the Oscars stage this year, will be an historic All-Star Band featuring the show’s music director Adam Blackstone, blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, female percussionist and singer Sheila E. and Grammy Award Winning, genre-spanning pianist, Robert Glasper

To put the icing on the cake, DJ D-Nice, who’s popularity increasingly grew over the last two years via his virtual Club Quarantine parties, will also be performing during the show. He is also set to DJ at the Governors Ball, which is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscars celebration. To kick off the festivities, last Friday March 18th, D-Nice hosted the official Oscars Club Quarantine pre-party via Instagram, inviting fans to join him on his road to the Oscars.

Other acts that are expected to hit the stage include The Samples, a high profile, dynamic  vocal group under the direction of Jason White. Jason White and The Samples rose to fame as the official music choir for Kanye West’ Sunday Service. To close out the musical selections, the orchestra will be rounding out the musical lineup in the telecast, accompanied by D-Nice. As the Academy Awards near, the producers will continue to announce musical guests and performances leading up to the show.

The 94th Oscars will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT and in more than 200 territories worldwide. For more information on this year’s award ceremony, follow the Academy here.

Qui Qui Martin Hosts Listening Party Ahead Of Solo Album Release




Former lead singer of Platinum selling R&B group Isyss, Qui Qui Martin is making a major return to the music business. With her forthcoming debut EP in the works, she has decided to give the general public a taste of her new material, by hosting a listening party via 1924 Music Group. As she is one of the latest acts signed to the Baltimore based independent record label, it will take place in Baltimore, Maryland March 21st, at Exclusive Lounge & Restaurant. This event will be held from 8-11 pm eastern standard time, and will attract many high profile music influencers and heavy hitters in the game.

This listening party comes off of the back of Qui Qui Martin’s highly anticipated single “Nobody” featuring fellow 1924 labelmate Tio Taylor. As Martin dedicated this release to her late boyfriend who passed away in a tragic accident, she hopes listeners find solace in her music the way she does when recording and creating.  You will see Taylor who makes an on-camera appearance in Martin’s official music video for “Nobody”. The Baltimore native is sure to acknowledge her beloved 1924 label in which she brandes a large chain around her neck that reads “1924 Music Group LLC”. 

La Reid, who signed Martin and Isyss back in 2002 under Arista Records, would be very proud to see Martin taking another stab at her music group. But he is not the only record executive and producer that acknowledges her raw talent. Qui Qui Martin has the support of R&B hitmakers Lil Ronny & Bryan Micheal Cox, as she continues to push her music career further and further as a solo artist. Martin has all of the necessary pieces she needs to launch a successful independent music career.  Click here to purchase a ticket for her official release party and press play below to stream her latest single “Nobody” featuring Tio Taylor.

Buffalo New York Artist AYAM JC Releases New “24 On The Line” Single

"Ayam JC 24 on the line"

Independent Buffalo, New York artist AYAM JC is putting on for his city in a major way. With his first major release of the year titled “24 On The Line”, this single dives into his deep lyricism and storytelling abilities as an emcee. As he boasts an emotive writing style, mixed with clever analogies bar after bar, it is clear that he has a musical gift that deserves to be heard by the world. As there are not a lot of rappers who exude originality and authenticity, JC is heavily influenced by rap legends Gucci Mane, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z  and Ab-Soul, who all have their own distinct sounds and fanbases. He plans on one day joining the ranks of his favorites while leaving a lasting impact on the music industry. 

 On “24 On The Line” you will hear the New York rapper flowing about setting goals, being productive and hustling at all costs. Produced by Demario “Screammaker” Perry, the drum-filled high intensity beat is a perfect match for JC’s grungy, boisterous vocals. Some lyrics that stand out the most on this release include Cam’ron , I really mean it, how high gold grill dollar sign, I really need it,  cash flow damn I really bleed it, need a first aid kit irresponsible and leaking,  band aid patching up all my demons”. These lyrics convey his appreciation for the New York rap scene, making references to Dipset and New York rap legend Cam’ron.

His music provides solace for those in Buffalo, New York as he was recognized as a featured artist by the University at Buffalo Arts Collaboratory department and received the Viewers Choice Award at the Local Legends Award Show in Buffalo, NY. Ayam JC is on the way to the top. Press play below to stream his new “24 On The Line” single.

Habitat of Humanity Los Angeles Builders Host Star Studded Ball

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The Los Angeles Builders Ball® celebrated the donors and partners of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA). Also acknowledging its counterparts in the building, including  real estate and other related industries, who have impacted the landscape of Los Angeles. Held at the historic Beverly Hilton, this event was designed to raise awareness and funds to help empower families, build strength, and stability in our communities through home ownership. Home ownership is something that can help many generate generational wealth and create a lasting family legacy.

Each year, Habitat LA honors three outstanding partners who have contributed their time, talent, and resources to transform communities in greater Los Angeles and beyond. The organization is proud to award the following 2022 honorees: Clark Construction, Builder of the Year, City National Bank, Foundation Builder, and Award Winning actor-director Chandra Wilson, Dream Builder. Each honoree has had a substantial influence on the city of Los Angeles and will continue to be game changers.

For entertainment, legendary R&B/Soul group Morris Day and The Time performed. Formed by the late great Prince and Morris Day himself in 1981, the performance opened up with scenes of Day and Prince’s previous work. Attendees were in for a treat as the Habitat for Humanity reminded everyone of the importance of making affordable housing available to all. Special guests and supporters in attendance included annual supporter Tina Knowles-Lawson, Byron Scott (NBA Legend), Jonathan Scott (TV personality), Sibley Scoles (entertainment host), Ethan Cutkosky (actor), Angela Lewis (actress), Taja V. Simpson (actress), Bim Fernandez (heiress and singer), KiKi Shepard (TV host), Kate Linder (actress), Areva Martin (media expert), Glynn Turman (actor), Lisa LoCiero (actress), and Keith David (actor). 

Habitat of Humanity Los Angeles Builders stated “Our mission is “heavy” and is a dream that cannot be accomplished alone. The more hands we have, the lighter and more achievable our mission becomes. By joining our program, you are playing an integral role in the development of the community.” For more information on the Habitat of Humanity Los Angeles Builders Ball, visit their official website here