Kendrick Lamar interviews members form NWA in an informal sit down that discusses their thoughts on how they’ve evolved from the hard life of growing up in Compton LA, to how their lives have changed. Are they still the same young men that came straight out of Compton? Do they still relate their millionaire and billionaire status to the life and culture of gansta rap? Check out the interview and see for yourself.
Joshua J-Vive Harper a super talented musician in the classical and contemporary sense. This man plays instruments, (Don’t ask me how many, just know its a bunch) he can sing…sang! and he is a conscious lyricist. Why conscious you one may ask, because he cares about the lyrics that comes out of his mouth. They mean something.They’re not just a bunch of words that rhyme with word play mixed with a catchy tune. Lets be real that’s the basic recipe for a lot of these mainstream and some indie rappers today. With all his talents we can officially call him an artist, due to him being multi faceted in several areas of the arts and entertainment. Below is the video “Carolina All Day”, Charleston South Carolina that is. If your aware of current events and what takes place in US news then you’ll know that our city has been involved in quite a bit of issues lately. This song speaks to that and it has a cleaver twist at the end. Check it out leave a comment.
Please forgive me and come back to me, I’m speaking to the 20k readers that frequent PrettynPoppington every month. I have good reason for my departure. I had a child, my first, a sweet little boy whom is dearly loved. Now, I know that warrents some forgiveness. As I ease my way back into the blog life a few things have changed, I will be focusing more on urban culture, and entertainment due to me being a radio personality on an internet based station called Kinetic HiFi and urban culture and entertainment is extremely broad, so I will have much more to rant about. The radio show I’m on is Those to Watch Radio, (my radio name Ms. Keep it Pretty) we cover emerging stars in indie Hip-Hop and R&B music. It’s internet radio so we can say whatever we want, and you can imagine how crazy things can get from time to time with myself and three men as fellow co-host. With that being said I’m sure to lose followers and gain new ones in return. Those who decide to stay and come back to me I thank you. I will post new articles every Saturday, thats one new post a week and as I get acclimated back into the blog life you will see one new post go to three, three go to five, and so on and so fourth. Check back with me on Saturday June 13th to checkout the newest post from PrettynPoppington.
Nicki Minaj interviews with Angie Martinez on power 105.1 in what I think is her most personal and organic interview ever. This is the first time I feel like I’ve ever related to her in an interview. She expresses her feelings about going through a tough and current break up with her long time boyfriend Safaree. Nicki shares intimate thoughts about her life in a way she never has before. I’m a Nicki Minaj fan so I enjoyed and appreciated this interview. I feel like it was also a great interview because Angie Martinez is a dope ass interviewer . I’m sold, definitely going to get the album. Check out What she has to say below.
This is the very controversial interview with Azealia Banks on Hot 97. I loved listening to her views and felt every emotion she felt. I love her. I’ve been listening to her since she dropped, before she became super popular. She is the truth. One of PrettynPoppingtons favorite people. She has a voice and she’s not afraid of who hears what she has to say. In my opinion she is a true definition of hip hop in an uncut and raw sense, not this watered down mainstream bullshit that gets pushed to the masses as a facade and/or stolen images and portrayals of hip hop from corporate America. Check her out. You may or may not like what shes saying, but keep in mind, Hip hop is Black American culture and no matter what mainstream hip hop says or try to erase, that’s where it began with black people in the streets of New York. Shes passionate about her views. I say rightfully so, and I’m with you.
I have been so inspired to do a post on The Original Charleo for a few months now and I feel like now is fitting especially with the holidays peeking around the corner. What is The Origin Charleo you may ask, well to answer your inquiry, it’s the authentic and official Charleston clothing brand that speaks volumes in the 843 as a whole and has now taking larger strides to other states with the interests of celebrities rocking Charleo gear for all to see. I LOVE the love and exposure Charleo Clothing is getting.
I love it because this one dream and/or vision of an official clothing line that was cultivated by the founder or founders has brought unity and support to a culture (urban culture) and city of people that is hard as hell to get support and love from. The Charleston hip-hop and entertainment scene is one that you would have to know about to speak on. If you know anything about the hip-hop and urban music scene in Charleston you would know that unity and support of fellow artist is as cold as an Antarctic draft. Since The Original Charleo has launch I see and feel consistent love and support of the brand and a culture of people has finally pooled together to support their own through the love of being fresh to def and the culture of hip-hop.
Brianna Davis, who is Brianna Davis? Well, she is another dope ass indie artist that has a VOICE, meaning, she has bars for days, clarity in her rhymes, and lyrics to go along with beauty and a unique swag. We interviewed Brianna Davis on our radio show, Those to Watch Radio . Her interview was awesome due to the fact that we got to see her personality, which is very official and assuring. Not only that, her music, is sick!!! For real. I’m going to stop writing about it now and post the video you see below so you can check it out for yourself. To check out the interview with Brianna Davis on Those To Watch Radio, Click here
Kanye West announced a couple of weeks ago that his next “Yeezy” sneaker, and first since signing with adidas, will be releasing this upcoming November. Mr.West made the announcement during a performance at his tour in Australia where he stated that his fist sneaker with adidas would be more widely available compared to his previous Yeezy sneakers that were released with The Swoosh.
It is now being announced via sneaker analyst and Forbes contributor Matt Powell, that the Louis Vuiton Don’s first collaboration sneaker with adidas will be released in small quantities. Read more on ~KicksOnFire.com~
I’ve been waiting for new music from Jazmine Sullivan. Her sultry, mature, gritty voice pierces my skin and gives me the she can sang goose bumps. I love this woman she’s super talented and a vocal power house.
Sullivan told Billboard in May that “Forever Don’t Last” is her most personal song on her forthcoming fall album, Reality Show.
“The most personal song is called ‘Forever [Don’t Last],'” she said. “I’m basically crying on that song. It’s a ballad, and that’s classic Jazmine. It’s a letting-go song which is why it’s so personal. I feel like I came to a point in my relationship where [I needed] to let go and move on. I just had to do it.” ~Billboard.com~
After reading that I can certainly relate. Now I’m really anxious to hear more from Jazmine Sullivan. It’s refreshing and inspiring to see your favorite artist or celeb go through emotions and situations similar to your own. It makes them real. Then you think to yourself if she overcame hurt, and heartbreak so can I. At least I think that way…everyone’s human and I love entertainers that aren’t afraid to show it with taste.
The highly anticipated Firerella EP by Miami Blaize is set to drop September 23rd. A few months ago I gave you an ear of whats to come from the petite hip hop lyricist and soon you will gain even more. I will post where to get the EP when it’s released so you can experience real hip hop, but for now check out another snippet below.
All I have to say is “she is a baddie”. I love Amber, Amber Rose that is. She is confident, super curvy, she embraces it with no apologies with style, sex appeal, poise, personality and beauty. Amber stole the spotlight on the red carpet of the 2014 VMA’s. Wearing a Laurel DeWitt chain dress Mrs. Rose posted “Not one single f-ck was given” on a video of her walking the red carpet yesterday. If my body looked like that after having a baby I would rock the hell out of that dress too.
If you don’t have anything nice to say, your simply a hater. That’s how I feel and that’s all that matters on PrettynPoppington. Smooches
Under this Facebook photo the caption read REST IN PEACE MICHAEL BROWN…THIS ONES FOR YOU! #HANDSUP When I saw this It brought joy to my heart for the simple fact that individuals from my city are supporting this national tragedy with now a world wide gesture, holding both arms in the air with palms faced forward.
Charleston has experienced similar heartbreak, tragedy and senselessness in the case of Denzel “Jaba” Curnell, 19 who died from a bullet wound to the head after an encounter with a South Carolina police officer. I do not know the victim or is family at all, but when I heard this story it literally hurt my sole to the point where I couldn’t continue with the rest of my day. I’m not sure why I felt so emotional, but never the less I did. In Denzel “Jaba” Curnell’s case things have became silent in the “good ole boy” city and state of Charleston SC, but the movement, situation and cause to end murder of black men by white authority figures will continue through Michael Brown.
These two black men had promising futures, they were someones children and maintained positive influences for self and others…they were growing young men embarking on higher education and thriving lives. Now they’re gone due to hatred, fear, and the lack of value due to the color of their skin. #HANDSUP
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I was asked to post on a young artist by the name of Lil Tia so that she could gain more exposure for her talents and debut album. I typically do not post on artist by request, but I must admit, I’m glad I made the exception. Lil Tia started rapping in class when her teacher developed a game to help with math. She enjoyed rapping her math lesson and fell in love with the lyrical content of word play and began writing songs. She then started a short live group that left her in July 2012. Lil Tia has been on her own ever since, with the guidance of her mom, and manager Colors. She is a true teen growing into her music. It’s refreshing to see a young artist with talent releasing music that relates to her life as well as her peers. Lil Tia is a well rounded young entertainer stepping into other areas of performing. Her film debut will be the highly anticipated indie film, A COUGAR STORY, by Sandra Wilson, where Lil Tia plays her teenage daughter. This fifteen year old is driven for success and making all the right moves to get to where she wants to be. Her debut album “THEY AIN’T READY FOR A GIRL LIKE ME” dropped AUG 10th 2014 it featuring: COLORS, SLIM, MAG, HARMONY ELLA, G-STEEL, PREZ DUKITT, FETTI BOI, SHAUN TREEZY, LUL RENA, JV, and EBONY JENKINS.
J-Vive another dope artist that has something to actually talk about besides having sex and selling drugs. Don’t get me wrong, I have and do listen to trap music and mainstream music from time to time, but it’s refreshing and soul cleansing to listen to good music. It’s that simple, good music, music with a meaning, a message, lyrical content, and the best part, it’s independent. J-Vive is a true musician, his musical talents surpasses one style or genre. He’s musically inclined in all facets of music in general. Check him out below.
This next video gives you a feel of Vive’s personality and what goes on behind the scenes, and not to mention a cypher takes place…I love a good cyphers, for a minute there I thought he was gonna hop on those drums, yes he does that too.