Now you know over here on this end were very picky about what artist we get into, but this go around we couldn’t deny the talent of rising rap star Carlos Ferragamo. We personally have been following the Bronx NYC native for years and watched this lyricist grow into one hell of an underground artist. Now of course being that he’s from the boogie down it only makes sense that coming from the mecca of hip-hop he sights Nas, Jay-Z , LL Cool J , Notorious B.I.G , 2 Pac and Wu-Tang as some of his inspirations. With recent features on VIBE , All Hip Hop , WorldStar & more we clearly see why his star is slowly but surely rising. We got a chance to chop it up with the Unsigned Hype for an exclusive interview just as he releases his new EP ‘Shades of Blue 2.5 (Perfect Clarity)’ which will definitely have everyone talking as his buzz continues to grow. Get into the interview below then listen to his new album which is available for download via Itunes , Amazon & Bandcamp NOW.
Last night we had the pleasure of coming out to the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn to witness greatness live as rising star NAO took the stage for her second sold out concert in NYC. The British powerhouse has come back to the states in support of her debut album ‘For All We Know’ & trust when i tell you, there was no way i missing this concert. The soulful songstress performed all of her fans favorite cuts which had everyone singing along hitting every note right with her. Check out footage as she performs standout tracks like ‘ Fool To Love ‘ , ‘ Feels Like ‘ , ‘ We Dont Give A ‘ , ‘ Give Me A Little ‘ , ‘ DYWMN ‘ , ‘Bad Blood ‘ & more to see why miss Nao is the one to watch.
Last night we once again had the privileged to attend Hot 97’s Summer Jam. The event held at the Met Life Stadium in New Jersey was packed with fans & media out for the biggest concert over the year. Now once again the day started early with jam packed performances at the Festival Stage which was also included during the live stream/broadcast bought to viewers at home by Tidal. This year some of our faves. Joey Badass, B.O.B & Dej Loaf helped kicked off the show but our standouts from the festival had to be NJ’s own Fetty Wap who has been taking over the airwaves with his hits ‘ Trap Queen ‘ & ‘ My Way ‘ . Now of course he had the crowd hype but Harlem’s own Teyana Taylor brought the stage down with her sassy set which gaves us a throw back to the 90s with her look & outfit and to top it off she brought out special guest Bad Boy’s TOTAL to add some spice to her set.
The Main show kicked off with r&b superstar Omarion who blazed some fan favorites including his latest single ‘Post To Be’ which got the crowd just right for the night. Ty Dolla $ign was up next and of course he got the crowd hyped with his set which featured special appearances from Dej Loaf & Wiz Khalifa who definitely shut the stage down. Superstar Trey Songz got the ladies out their seats and screaming during his set and the r&b crooner performed a medley of his hits backed by his band and female dancers and of course he took off his shirt closing out his show which only had the ladies screaming for more. Now if that wasnt enough the r&b section of the show was far from over because Chris Brown took the show to a whole other level with his energetic performance backed by his Dancers & BGV. Chris of course danced & sang his ass of to some our faves like ‘Love More ‘ Ayo ‘ , Poppin ‘ & ‘ Loyal ‘ but that wasn’t all he had in stores. Breezy decided to bring out special guest G-Unit ( 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks & Tony Yayo) which had the crowd going crazy only to then bring out French Montana. All of this was just a warm up for what was to come up next from rap star Fabolous.
Fab of course being from NYC had to make his show one to remember and trust me that’s exactly what he did. He kicked off his set bringing breezy back out to perform their single ‘ She Wildin ‘ but that was only the beginning of all star set. Fab took it back and brought out Bad Boy’s Black Rob to perform his classic hit ‘Whoa’ which of course gets the party hyped but just minutes later rap superstar Busta Rhymes appears on the stage performing one of his classic tracks ‘Put Your Hands Where My eyes Could See’ . Now that alone was fine but he brings back the remix to the classic MOP track ‘ Ante Up ‘ which led to Remy Ma blazing the stage with her voice from the song. Now the rap diva couldn’t just hit the stage without performing her classic track ‘Lean Back’ alongside Fat Joe who surprised the audience. The audience couldn’t get enough but there was more to come. Method Man & Redman hit the stage to perform the party starter track ‘ Da Rockwilder ‘ before Meth’s Wu-Tang partner Raekwon came out to perform the classic ‘ Ice Cream ‘ . The crowd just got more amped when queens own Mobb Deep hit the stage to perform ‘ Shook Ones ‘ but when Quiet Storm came on it was a wrap. Just when we thought they were done they brought out the Queen Bee Lil Kim who killed her verse before going into her first hit single ‘ Get Money ‘ . If you thought it was done well it wasn’t because she then brought out her Bad Boy fam The Lox who crushed the stage with a medley of their hits before Bad Boy’s own MA$E rushed the stage and dominated with some of his classics. Although the show was far from over it was clear Fab did not come to play this year with the best performance of the night.
Kendrick Lamar one of today’s biggest music stars brought Compton to NJ with his killer set of his fan favorite hits with special guest SZA & Schoolboy Q which just continued to proved why everyone loves him so much . Detroit’s own Big Sean was up next with and of course his set was jam packed with hits including our faves like ‘ My Last ‘ , ‘ Thats The Shit I Dont Like ‘ , ‘ Blessed ‘ & ‘ IDFWU ‘. The shows closer was Philly’s own Meek Mill who kicked of his show loud as always and brought out a few special guest including Future who had to rock the crowd with some of his hits including his latest hit single ‘ Fuck Up Some Commas‘ . Now we know that couldn’t of been all because minutes later his boo Rap Queen Nicki Minaj took the stage to perform some of her latest hits like ‘ Only ‘ and ‘ Truffle Butter ‘ . Meek def held his own which was a great way to close the night but the night clearly wasn’t over. Hot 97 decided to bring out New Jerseys own Fetty Wap once again but this time on the Main stage to rock the crowd with his hit singles.Now if you weren’t there than you should’ve been watching the live stream via Tidal . But if you didn’t catch it then for a limited time we have pics & video from the big must see event below. Trust me after watching you will see why this is the only concert to be at every year.
St Maarten a small island which is split into 2 sides from the French & Dutch and only consist of 75,000 in population seems so small when your read about it but once your there the experience is larger than life.The Divi Little Bay Resort has to be one of the best places I have ever stayed on an island. Not only was the decor beautiful on the outside but the rooms were perfectly designed for comfort. We were welcomed with gifts just about everyday but what really stood out was the staff who were just as pleasant.
The food at the resort was delightful but the amenities is what took the cake. The beach alone was relaxing but the infinity pool and jacuzzi’s were to die for . Now if that wasn’t enough we had access to the Gym, Jet Ski’s and my favorite the Spa. Indulgence by The Sea is a must have if you make your way to their resort , trust me you won’t regret it. Mark my words whenever I do have the chance to come back to the island , I promise you there is nowhere else better to say.
Each day on the island we had the pleasure of dining at different restaurants courtesy of the tourism board which we wee eternally grateful for. Some of my favorite spots to eat included Taloula Mango , Cheri’s Cafe , Hollands House & Rancho Restaurant. Now I can be the pickiest eater in the world but they all had menus which were easy to choose from which included American , Mexican , Italian & Sea Food Dishes prepared to anyone’s liking . Now I must say the two that stood out had to be Taloula Mango because not only was the food great but the ambiance was beautiful with the beach just in walking distance from our table .Cheri Cafe on the other hand had some of the funniest yet entertaining host I have ever come across. That restaurant is a must as soon as you step into the island.
If that wasn’t enough, Janelle of the Tourism board made sure we had a chance to see so much of what the island had to offer and for that I can’t thank her enough. We had a chance to enjoy a visit at the Loterie Farmwhere we not only had lunch but we had the option to go Zip Lining , Hiking or to enjoy the beautiful pool which I most definitely did. The ambiance alone will take your breath away but just being there is an experience in itself. I recommend anyone to go there just to relax or have fun.
Before coming here I never heard of a Water UFO but that didn’t stop me from trying it out . The UFO stands forUnbelievably Fun Object and thats exactly what it was. You can either go alone or with a partner/instructor on the craft which can only be steered by your body motion. Now it might take some work but trust me it’s well worth it. Only in St Maarten is this available , because it the first of its kind so best believe if you make it over there stop in Phillipsburg for an unforgettable experience.
During the trip we were lucky enough to visit the market place where different vendors sold clothing, art, food and other assortments but some of the best places we got to visit were the Guavaberry Emporium , St Maarten Nectar & Toppers Rhum warehouse. The reason why i say this is not only because we were able to take home some freebies (gifts) but we had the chance to see some of the islands more popular companies. The Guavaberry Emporium had an endless amount of product to indulge in from the Rums, Liquors, honey, hot sauces & more. St Maarten Nectar smelled like heaven as soon as you walked in its doors and the natural products which range from soap, oils, lotion, shaving cream , candles & more are a must have for any trip on the island. We had to bring some home especially after getting a chance to speak with the owner and her small team of 6 who make the magic happen. Last but not least was the Toppers Rhum warehouse where we got to see how one of the popular drinks on the island came to be and how the factory works on a day to day bases. We not only got to look around but we got a chance to taste test some possible new flavors that might hit the marker soon. Check out some of my audio clips from talking with the owners about their companies as they shared with us the process of getting their product out onto the market.
I honestly cant express how incredible of a trip this was and how thankful i am to The Tourism board for having me. I think words can only explain but so much of the trip so i had to include pics and video of this experience. Once you watch i guarantee you will want to make your way out here for carnival. i will gladly recommend this trip to anyone in a heartbeat, so until next time heck out what really went down in one of my favorite islands St Maarten below.
St Maarten Nectar
St Maarten Nectar
Toppers Rhum Factor
Dave of Toppers Rhum talks with us about the company
Last night rap diva Lil Kim celebrated her baby shower with family & friends in NYC. The lavish event was hosted by David Tutera which made sense since they were filming his new show CELEBrations. The event celebrating the upcoming arrival of her first born girl along with rapper Mr Papers was held at the Broad Street Ballroom. The two were joined by celebrity friends LisaRaye, Juelz Santana, Kimbella &Sandra “Pepa” Denton. Check out pics from the festive occasion held at the below.
Last some superstars Halle Berry & Morris Chestnut hit the red carpet for the premiere of their movie The Call at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood,CA. Peep more shots from the red carpet and after party below.
Last night we had the pleasure of seeing actor/singer Chestor Gregory live in action as he gave a stellar performance in the Broadway adaption of the hit movie Sister Act. The show starring Raven Symone kicked off with a bang at the Broadway Theater with show stopping performances from Ms Symone as (Deloris) and the nuns , but what had the audience in awe was Chestor’s stellar breakout song If I Could Be That Guy as Officer Eddie showcase his charm,charisma & passion for Deloris. Some of us were quick to give him a standing ovation but of course this is Broadway and we would have to save our cheer till the end.
Now it was clear to see that Raven was brought into the show to raise ticket sales but even with all her star power her co star Chestor is clearly one to watch. The vocal powerhouse has performed in Dreamgirls & Shrek on Tour which explains why he shined in this upbeat comedy. Chestor who has made a name for himself as a soul singer clearly knows how to transform once on stage and dive right into character which only means that after this show closes we guarantee another show will be wanting to snatch him right up. Take out word for it and make sure you see Sister Act on Broadway before it closes by purchasing tickets HERE.
Last night we had the pleasure of seeing the hit Broadway Play FELA at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and what a show it was. Now unless you have been living under a rock the show which is based on the late Nigerian singer Fela Kuti has been the talk of the town since it opened on Broadway in Nov of 2009 and due to the success of the play which might i add racked up 3 Tony Awards has resurfaced once again for a limited run which will once again come to a close this August. Usually when you come to a Broadway show you of course are entertained by the numerous musical numbers but what we didnt expect was for the dancers/actors to be so hands on with the crowd which had us up on our feet as soon as the play began which set the show off perfectly.
The musical numbers were choreographed brilliantly by the Award winning Bill T Jones which kept us in awe as i watched my friend Danny Soto shine on stage with his cast. Danny who is Brooklyn Native is a part of the Ensemble cast who started out with the show since the beginning of its run off Broadway in 2008. Now although Adesola Osakulami is the lead actor in the show as Fela, it goes as no surprise that the cast of dancers and singers make this show as its not a one man stage play. Throughout the story of Fela’s life we definitely seen the significance of his music & culture in today’s music which is why the show will continue on tour next year. When asked about why Danny felt the show was a success he mentioned that ‘ Its a show that tells a story close to home for anyone that has ever felt like they had to be in search for something greater in life and would do whatever it takes to make it happen ‘. Now of course I could be biased and say we totally agree because i know him, but the show is just that great and leaves you wanting to fight for your dreams. Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith & QuestLove are just some of the notable producers of this play and were thankful they helped bring the show to light. So do yourself a favor and make sure you capture this brilliant show before it hits the road by purchasing tickets HERE then tell us what you thought.
R&B Vocal Powerhouse Kelly Price is back with her new self titled album KELLY.This is the songstress 5th offering to us and though we havent had a cd from her since 2006 it was well worth the wait.The album opens up with a powerful ballad called “Tired” in which kelly states passionately that’s she tired of all the drama & pain in her life. The song may be called Tired but i guarantee you wont be tired of listening to it or any of the other records on this album. Kelly lead single “Not My Daddy” features Stokely of mind condtion. These two vocalist fit perfectly on a record tho the song speaks on a relationship thats far from perfect. Other notable records include “Himaholic” where Kelly just cant get enough of her man, which is def gonna be a ladies anthem. One of my favorites is the old school dance record called ” And you dont stop“. This record will def be on repeat and have u on ur feet bussin a step or two. If you love an old school feel good ballad then check out the closing track “Get Right or Get Left”. This record is reminiscent of a modern Betty Wright record that will have you singing along immediatley. Trust me this album has something for everyone. Be sure to pick it up in stores this tues May 3rd. Click here to purchase
Listen to the latest single right here “Your not my Daddy”