Have you ever been miles away from the beach yet you can still hear the ocean’s waves? You could feel the breeze? You could smell the fresh air ? And then all of sudden you become ecstatic because you’re getting closer and closer to a powerful, boundless destination. Finally you are face to face as you step into the abyss. Remember there’s no turning back once your submerged under the wave of Oshea.
Singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer “Oshea” of Douglasville, GA is currently causing big waves across the globe. His single “YOU” off of of his EP “YOU” (produced by XL Eagle) is one of the most colossal R&B songs of 2015. Oshea’s talent, artistry, brilliance, and finesse can not be denied. This young king is hungry, on his grind, and ready for the world to see him make it big time.
Oshea definitely has was it takes. His vocals and lyrics are straight fire no chaser , impassioned , true, and sincere. As a singer and rapper his versatility and ability to transition between the two on a track is so smooth and boss. Once you listen to just a few lines of any song or watch a couple seconds of his video you are instantly drawn in to his story. Its so easy to become addicted to his music and become so excited for what’s coming next. Its true things are only going to get brighter, better, and more mogul for Oshea.
Greatness is evident. His come up is strong! His music is exciting. He is a bold blessing to the world of music. His video “YOU” debut on VEVO on October 14, 2015 and it’s set to premiere on MTV soon. His diversity, uniqueness, drive is going to take him beyond his wildest dreams . He’s putting his heart and his all into his music . He grinds not only an artist but as a dancer, director, and producer. After listening to his music and watching his videos of course I had to reach out to him for an exclusive interview for The Mogul Minute. I had an awesome time interviewing him. He speaks with such peace and prosperity as he said on his song “Come Up” he also is very serious, honest, and humorous. You should definitely purchase his “YOU” EP on iTunes , you all know I purchased mine. Again Oshea is an amazing artist and I’m super excited for the great things that are on the horizon for him. Currently he is working on his upcoming mixtape “Oshean View” . So check out my interview with Oshea and make sure you get on board because his wave is extreme , you don’t want to miss it.
1.)The Mogul Girl : So it’s said that people with the name Oshea are drawn to the arts . What made you want to get into music?
Oshea : Well my middle name is “Oshea”. That’s my government middle name. I played basketball all the way up until 11th grade. I started rapping in 8th grade and I started singing in 11th grade. What made me do music is I played football with this one boy when I was in 8th grade. He told me “I got a studio at my house come over” . I’ll never forget it. I went to his house and heard my voice come back through the speaker and I just fell in love with music right there. I never had plans on making it I just was a fan of music. After that day I was like this is something I have to do. Its just a different feeling that came over me.
2.) The Mogul Girl : What’s you favorite place to eat in Douglasville,GA and what’s your favorite thing to eat there?
Oshea : American Deli and Applebees . At American Deli I get the same thing every time. Now when I walk in they don’t even ask for my order. They just go head and ring it up. I get the 5 piece Teriyaki with the lemon pepper mix, you know. Then you sprinkle that lemon pepper on the fries with the sweet tea lemonade . Best meal ever. At Applebees I get the won-ton tacos with a basket of fries.
3.) The Mogul Girl : So tell me how your “YOU” EP came along?
Oshea : I was doing a lot of R&B before that. So me an XL Eagle, I grew up with him. He’s the one that produced the whole EP. He lives right next door to me. We started making music around the same time. Before that I was doing a lot of R&B stuff and I wanted to switch up my sound . The title came from me just finding me. With me just finding me I felt like it was something everybody else could relate to. So I named it “YOU” like its for you and it’s me talking to myself like it’s for you. With that EP I started singing on more hip hop type beats. I still have some more R&B stuff on there. Not hip hop but it’s more open. I remember talking to XL like “Bruh I need some more beats that’s open where I can do either or on it. Where I can sing or rap”. The first one we made was “YOU”. That song still surprises me till this day. It’s on Pandora. It’s everywhere. I did not expect that song. I knew he was making the beat though because I was right beside him. I knew I just wasn’t going to put just anything on that beat because the beat was already crazy. So I was like I gotta do something strong. So at the time I was in a relationship so I’m like what would the perfect dude say to his girl . So I put everything in it. The one part when I said “When them 9-5 ain’t do, you the only one that came through” . That was true! I was basically showing how she just so supportive and loyal for me. You know! I just put it in a song and it caught everybody. That’s crazy!
4.) The Mogul Girl : I can’t play ball like that. I shoot a couple 3’s at Dave & Busters at the arcade? If you could play basketball with anybody in the league who would it be and why?
Oshea: It would have to be Kobe. I studied his game since he came in the league from high school. I thought I was going to make it in basketball but my coach didn’t let me make my senior year and I guess its happened for a reason. I studied Kobe Bryant until he came in the league. I would play him not now to learn stuff but just to say I did it. If I was still playing basketball I would play him one on one just to get that legendary advice from him and just to see how I could better my game. Since I’m being Kobe in the music industry now I’d just do it for fun.
5.)The Mogul Girl : So you dance. If you could be in any music video or dance movie from the past what would it be in why?
Oshea: Ooohlll! can I pick two. ? I would be in one of the ‘Step Up” movies and “You Got Served” .Matter fact yeah because Omarion was one of music idols. Chris Brown and Omarion. So I would definitely be in “You Got Served” . Music video ? I would have been one of the dudes in the “Yo” (Excuse Me Miss Video).
4.) The Mogul Girl : What’s your all time favorite songs?
Oshea : I just said this yesterday. That’s hard because I’m very inconsistent. So I find new favorite songs all the time. If I had to pick it would be a song by Chris Brown called “Thank You”. In that song he’s talking bout how he came from nothing , how he’s thanking God, he’s thanking his parents, he’s thanking his fans. When I first heard that song it speaks volumes to me because a lot of people make it and forget where they come from , they forget their journey . With him making that song its shows the realness. He really appreciate it. So I would have to say that’s my favorite song because of the message.
5.) The Mogul Girl : What motivates you to keep going?
Oshea: When people hit me up like man I heard your song. The other day this girl commented on a picture on my Instagram like I heard your song diamond. The song is about girls with self confidence issues and what I’m saying in the song is I believe in you when I you don’t have faith in yourself. The hook is “You’re a diamond, I can see you shining”. To answer the question in a whole, basically when I inspire them and they reach out to me to tell me how much I helped them that motivates me to keep going. I don’t just put just stuff in my music like I’m stunting on the 20’s my car cost more than yours. All my music is about real stuff. So when they hit me back saying thank you , that’s my biggest motivation.
6.) The Mogul Girl : I know your “YOU” video is premiering on MTV soon? How are you going to feel when it actually premiers and everyone is watching it in their living room or the MTV APP?
Oshea: I can only imaging how I’m gonna feel. When I see it on TV first thing I’m going to do is pull out my phone, start recording, and I’m sending it everywhere. I know I’m gone be super happy because out here where I live at in Douglasville its nothing out here but trees and grass, that’s it. it’s no city. Well over by the mall, it’s a couple buildings and restaurants. Its not big out here. So for me to be on a mainstream TV station like that, I’d be ecstatic . I’d be not in disbelief but so happy like I really did it. For everyone around me to see I did it, it would just make me feel great.
7.) The Mogul Girl : Now speaking of the girls they’re showing you crazy love on Twitter and Instagram. How does that feel now?
Oshea: Well I remember when I first started stuff that’s what I was going for. That was my goal. I wanted to get the girls, I wanted everybody to see. Now that I’m making this music that’s really speaking volumes. I just look at it like they’re receiving it well. That they’re appreciating it. I don’t really know it’s cool. I guess.
8.) The Mogul Girl : Tell me about your upcoming mixtape?
Oshea : Ahhh Man! Well it’s called “Ocean View” . It’s 75% done and the songs on there are crazy. The mixtape I just released called “I Found Life This Summer” that was just basically about everything I was going through in the summer time. I t was just like one of the greatest summers. I found myself and I started making my own type of music. With this mixtape it’s kind of the same stuff .I’m talking about where I’m from , I’m talking about love and I’m giving a few real life stories on there. It’s really good to inspire people. The way I put this stuff together is great. Actually after we finish up I’m going to Atlanta to go to Atlantic Records Studios and write a couple records. I’m going to play them my mixtape . I know they’re going to receive it extremely well.
9.) The Mogul Girl : So, because I’m the Mogul Girl and I’m talking to you live out of Philly but The Mogul Minute of course is world wide? Is there anything you want The Mogul Minute readers and the world to know about Oshea?
Oshea : That’s a tough question. I don’t want to say the wrong answer because that’s a great question. A lot of stuff I use to write about I get a lot of inspiration off of movies. I love love movies. I love the kind of movies where they show their come up. Stuff like “8 Mile” . That’s one of my goals. When I finally get in the position to make some decisions I want to show how it was coming up in Douglasville. Not a documentary but something just like “8 Mile”.
Again interviewing Oshea was awesome! His passion is inspiring. I love his music! His “YOU” EP is definitely one of my favorites now including his song "Blessing" and his "I Found Life This Summer” mixtape . I can’t wait for “YOU” to premiere on MTV! I wish Oshea tons and tons of happiness, blessings, and success!
Huge S/o to Oshea and his manager Brillion Williams
Purchase “YOU” EP
“I Found Life This Summer” Mixtape
"YOU" OFFICIAL VIDEO
The leader knows the reality - Kenyan Proverb
There's no limits when determination meets drive. Elijah Shaw, President and CEO of Icon Global (full service, security consulting and investigative agency specializes in Executive and VIP Protection) . He grew up in the Ida B. Wells , Chicago inner city housing project. There's a saying by Theophilus London "I believe your atmosphere and your surroundings create a mind state for you". Although things weren't perfect for Elijah as a child he was surrounded by the leadership spirit of journalist and activist Ida.B.Wells. Thus foreshadowing Elijah Shaw's mind state to be driven on leadership and success.
The mogul has worked with numerous celebrities including Usher, Naomi Cambell, 50 Cent, and Kelly Rowland. He also is involved in politics and is set to partake in the Democratic and Republican National Convention in 2016. Elijah Shaw is a business man he takes pride in work and is dedicated to the protection and safety of his clients and staff. Aside from his numerous business endeavors he has traveled the world five times. He's touched every continent except for Antarctica. With an eye for detail Elijah Shaw has ventured into photography. During his travels he captured pictures of many marvels of the world.
His pictures are so amazing that he decided to share them on his blog "Life Up There". The proceeds from the site contribute to the purchase of cameras for inner city youth so that they may capture the stories of their reality, visions, express their creativity and foretold moments of their future. Elijah also is a part of Women's Advocate Inc which helps eliminate domestic violence in the lives of women, children, and families. It's clear that Elijah Shaw is determined to make gigantic changes in the world and leave a huge impact on the hearts and minds of many. It was a pleasure to interview him and to learn about his endeavors. He spoke with so much motivation and passion.
1.) The Mogul Girl : You've met President Nelson Mandela correct? He has a quote that reads " I learned that courage was not fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear". What gives you courage?
Elijah Shaw: Correct. Wow! That's pretty heavy. I think it's self-determination on my part. I'm not suppose to be where I am right now. I wasn't supposed to succeed. I kind of have to remember that. When I decided I was going to choose this career and take this as far as it could go. I knew that I was going to be up against some pretty tough obstacles at times and I was going to be in some very scary situations. So my driving source is to make sure that this was what I wanted and didn't want to do. I knew that in order for me to get by doing this I wanted to be successful. At the end of the day I have somebody's life, wellbeing, and entire brand in my hands. So I wanted to make sure that I treat that with the importance that it's due. I always have to keep these things in the back of my mind and make sure I don't skip any of those areas.
2.) The Mogul Girl : Love the title of your blog "Life Up There" . What are ways you can move your life upward despite any circumstances ?
Elijah Shaw : I think one of the biggest pieces is that you have to figure out what your vision is. Figure out what you want to do. When I talk to guys, girls , younger people , I ask them "What it is they wanna do?" and they're response is that they're not really sure. They say maybe this or that or possibly this. I think that it's important because you don't have to have it all figured out but you have to have a clear vision. That vision can change over time but it should be clear in sync and be able to be defined. When I do my training courses with guys who want to be in my industry , on the first day of class after my introduction I have them come up and tell me what they do. If they can't tell me what they do and boil it down into 60 seconds I feel like they haven't accomplished it. I need an elevator pitch. I need you to be able to sum up what it is that you do or what you want to do in a couple seconds because that will help you define your vision. I think that is key to getting to where you want to be,
Elijah Shaw is full of passion and determination. He has achieved numerous levels of success. He is proof that there is "Life Up There". That regardless of where or how you grow up, you can become great. He is a leader and he wants you to know that there is life out side your comfort zone. So get up, get out, envision your dreams and achieve them. A true leader knows their reality and the best thing about that is knowing that your reality can change from point A to point B in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is stay determined and never give up.
For more on Elijah Shaw visit
Icon Services Corporation: www.industry-icon.com
Elijah’s Bodyguard Blog www.bodyguardblog.com
Life Up There Blog www.lifeupthere.com
The beautiful, intelligent, and super stylish First Lady Michelle Obama wants America to "Drink Up" . Everyone knows our First Lady prides herself in healthy eating , being fit, and drinking a lot of H2O . The collaboration to encourage everyone to drink more water was formed between the Partnership for a Healthier America - which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama. They teamed up to promote the idea of " You are what you drink- and when you drink water, you drink up".
The glamorous , singer, songwriter, and CEO of Written Entertainment just announced that she teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama and Drink Up to to motivate and show that drinking water is cool and sexy. Ashanti just released her new song and video let's go and she wants all of us to get involved. You have to Tweet #DrinkUpAshanti to get the song and video fully hydrated. You'll be able to see your picture and Twitter name in the video.. So go towww.drinkupashanti.com to boost the hydration. Then go get yourself a glass of water. I need to do the same thing. Love to First Lady Michelle Obama, Ashanti, and Drink Up.
We all are trying to survive this thing called life. Whether old, young, rich or poor we all face daily challenges just trying to make it, to be happy, to be free of the heartache and pain. However are we every really free? Does the bull crap ever stop? The upcoming sophomore album "This Thing Called Life" by August Alsina is going to high light exactly what we're all thinking. August just released the "This Thing Called Life" trailer tonight. Watching it I teared up even though its 1:24 (he covered a lot in the trailer). When an artist puts out content that you can relate to , it goes beyond just posting or reading an article it gets to your heart, your emotions, and your thoughts. The trailer shows August in various scenes tossing and turning in bed, in the bathroom with full and empty pill bottles, viewing the streets from his window, a policemen standing over him with a gun, and him frustrated and throwing his plaque. Meanwhile the voice over you hear are his inner thoughts. The ones you seems to miss by his infamous smile in Instagram pictures. Truth is you never know what someone is thinking or going through that's why we shouldn't judge, The truth also is is that we have to speak up how we feel. Could you relate to the scenes and thoughts in this trailer? How many nights have you stayed up just thinking about things changing for the better? Have you ever doubted God's love? Have you ever thought enough was enough? Realized money just might not change the pain in our hearts or the people and situations around us ? Yeah I think we've all been there. I definitely think this album is going to be deep, honest, and a straight forward message. August even touched on "Who is policing the police?" in this trailer. We all are resonating on that due to the constant murders of African Americans by police. No matter what age the question of "What's next"? always floats around in our minds. Trusting God, believing, and continuing to survive regardless of the let downs is all that matters. Yes this Thing Called Life is a trip and we may never understand why things are the way they are. However, our purpose is to get through it . In an old Hot 97 interview I heard August say "I know that I'm hustla, I know that I'm a grinder and I know that I'm gone pray each and everyday and I'm gone be wherever God put me." That quote is so true. August definitely is a hustler and a grinder and in "This Thing Called Life" no matter what trials and tribulations he faces he'll continue to grind and pray. "Thing Thing Called Life" album releases 12.11.2015. Watch the trailer below and get his single "Song Cry"(Here) . This album trailer visual is attention grabbing and definitely builds up the anticipation for the album and videos. August Alsina , Payne Lindsey , and the crew did an awesome job .
Concept :August Alsina
Director Of Photography : Kristina Zuniga
Producer : Dylan Harrington & Payne Lindsay
Stylist : Renaldo Nehimiah
Editor : Payne Lindsay
Assistant Camera : Austin English
Executive Producer : Henry Lee and Donald "D-Day" Albright
Production Company: Monokrom
Chris Brown just released his sexy new track "Sex You Back Sleep". I highly doubt that any "Team Breezy" girl would be upset if Breezy woke them up . Chris Brown's seventh studio album "ROYALTY" releases world wide November 27,2015.
Listen to the song below.
So if you follow LLoyd Banks on Instagram you've been seeing him release artwork anticipating the release of his new mixtape "Halloween Havoc 2". It's finally here. Banks just released his 13 track project with no features. He linked with the following producers Buda, Grandz, AarabMuzik, AlistFame, LJ Milan, Doe Pesci, Tha Jerm, Ty James, Sean Anderson, AC Caldwell, Ryan Ryu Alexy, and DK. Lloyd flow is smooth and solid as ever. Right off the back "Nowadays" became my favorite track it had a "Renee" Lost Boyz type of vibe. Lyrically the South Jamaica Queens, New York rapper delivers numerous metaphors and heavy punchlines. Banks is back on his wave. "Dollar Weight" is also a hard cut from the project. Lloyd is making moves and has a lot more coming. He's in his zone on "Halloween Havoc 2" make sure you download it
Remember Banks said "Life is what you make it, won't go nowhere just waiting."
Real love is forever. Mr. Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds is brilliant, magical, and one of a kind. He has undeniably penned a legacy that shall be remembered for generations to come. Not only are his songs unforgettable classics but they are monumental in the world of music. On December 4, 2015 Babyface will release his 10th studio album " Return of The Tender Lover " . His second solo album "Tender Lover" released in 1989 . That album featured chart topping hits such as "Soon As I Get Home". "Whip Appeal" and 'My Kind Of Girl" . When asked about his new album "Return Of The Tender Lover " being unapologetic R&B in his interview with Sophie Harris of Rolling Stone he had this to say ["Yes. It's like not having to say, "I'm sorry that I'm singing a love song; I'm sorry that it's not negative; I'm sorry that it's not trendy, that it doesn't have the things that make up what is supposed to be a hit today; I'm sorry that it has chord changes." [Laughs] This is straight R&B; it's meant to make you feel good. It's meant to be musical, and I'm not going to apologize for that. This is what it is, so take it or leave it"].
I've said numerous times that Babyface is my all time favorite artist . I'm looking forward to this album and more videos. He released his video for his single "We've Got Love" today on Centric. You can watch it and buy the single below. I love the song an video. The song makes me feel happy and the video does too . Babyface kicks off his tour on December 11, 2015 in Atlantic City. Purchase tickets (here)
Also read his Rolling Stone interview (here)
Official Website: http://www.babyfacemusic.com
During Babyface's #30DaysOfLove Challenge I posted my photo and article about his new single "We've Got Love" and I got a response of the official Babyface Facebook . That was such a cool moment.
I would love to interview Babyface one day because I think he's so passionate, incredible, creative and a true icon. You can read the article here
Angels you know Trey Songz is always all about you. However this month is super special he wants to share a special blessing with you all . The Prince of V.A dubbed November "Angels With Heart Month". This year Trey Songz teamed up with Hashtag Lunchbag to spread love and happiness. On the Christmas of 2012 a few friends just wanted to give back in a cool way thus launching their non-profit "Hashtag Lunchbag". (You can read more of their story (here) . It is amazing that one small idea on Christmas day has lead to thousands being fed a meal globally. Not only are they receiving food but note of encouragement as well. Isn't this awesome? Trey Songz wants you all to be apart of this and here are two ways you can join in on the fun and spread the love.
1. Make a donation at Treysongz.com/AWHMonth and be entered to win a trip for two to Miami to join Trey Songz for Hashtag Lunchbag.
2. Throw your very own Hashtag Lunchbag to serve those in need in your community. Get some friends together, grab some groceries, throw on the Spotify AWH Hashtag Lunchbag party playlist, have fun, and spread love to those in need. We've made limited edition AWH Hashtag Shirts for you to wear for your Hashtag Lunchbag events that you can purchase at: crowdmade.com/Angels Proceeds go to the AWH Foundation.
So lets give back and spread love. At the end of the day , that's what it is all about!
Every rose needs the rain sometimes. How true is that? Pain and hurt serve as obstacles in life that help us to bloom and evolve. Sometimes we have to let it go and release the tears and hidden emotions. August Alsina's new single "Song Cry" produced by Brandon Hodge is so sincere and true. August speaks on numerous things on the track such as two faced people , undercover haters, trying to figure out which way to go in life , learning how to love, the loss of his brother, hate from his family , and how fame nor money can't get the love that he wants from those close to him, and staying inebriated to distance his mind from hurting . This song is so on point. August also references to contemplating suicide. (So glad he didn't ) . I think it's so important that August is telling his story and letting his supporters know that they can relate. That fame isn't all it's made out to be. That there are still problems and things money can't buy. To anyone that may be reading this if you are in a rough place in your life remember that it's okay to cry, it's okay to ask for help, and it's okay to let people know how you really feel. You can get through it ! It may seem hard now but things will change for the better. If you are thinking of committing suicide please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention hot line 1-800-273-8255. August is for sure letting his soul cry through these words. Even though he's stating that he's hurt by the people around him, he still has their back and still cares for them. This is a real track! I feel it. I'm pretty sure we all have cried once or a couple times because of pain whether internal or external. No matter who you are or what you are a going through a good cry and release of emotion whether its through tears, singing, art, dancing, writing etc , just might make you feel better. Just to get it out of your system. Who knows your story might just inspire someone else to keep going and not give up. I think August is a great and gifted young man.I'll keep him in prayer for sure. August releases his sophomore album "This Thing Called Life" soon. Stay tuned to his Twitter @AugustAlsina for updates.
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