It's a little after five in the morning. I'm wide awake as usual. I just checked out Hip Hop Mike's show on Hot 97. He's on air live, Mondays through Thursday from 12 A. M - 5 A.M . I'm getting ready to interview him in a few minutes. I came a cross his show via Periscope a couple weeks ago and I've been tuned in ever since. As an interviewer it's always an awesome experience to interview another radio, hip hop lover, and host. I've heard Mike mention during his live streaming that he faced various adversities growing up however he didn't allow that to stop him. I believe that our hardships make us stronger and push us in the path that we're suppose to be in. During our interview Hip Hop Mike expressed that “Radio found him”. Those words are so powerful. The radio, hip hop, and music is staple in my life, so to see and hear him express the importance of music, business, and staying true was so inspiring. As a teen he used the internet to reach out to Hot 97's crew and the renowned Host/DJ Rosenberg was the only one that responded back to him. His passion for radio and love for music never changed. MIke attended college but it didn't fit him. He also didn't take “No” for answer. His will and drive to be a part of Hot 97 never stopped. His respect for Rosenberg the man who gave him a chance to fulfill his dream is evident.
Hip Hop Mike is definitely a dynamo, achiever, and he loves pizza! All in all I had an awesome time interviewing him. From my home, my city of Philly to the legendary Hot 97 in New York City. Listen to my interview with Hip Hop Mike.
Straight out of Brooklyn to Hollywood. Manny Halley, CEO of Imani Entertainment Group (IEG) has successfully made an influential mark in the entertainment industry. With tons of titles under his belt and multiple companies under his IEG umbrella ( including Imani Management, Imani Records (EMI/Capitol), Imani Publishing (Warner/Chappell) and Imani Film and Television. It's clear to see , he is a major figure in the industry and he's all about as the lovely Iyanla Vanzant would say " doing the work".
Manny is dedicated , focused, and vision-driven. The mogul, father, CEO, and Founder is set on making Imani Entertainment Group and unforgettable empire. His passion for achieving and being great is evident. So without further ado here is my exclusive interview with Manny Halley.
1) The Mogul Girl : What does passion, hard work, and entertainment mean to you ?
Manny Halley : I believe my creative mind allows me to be a visionary. I always see individuals as what they can become verses where they see themselves today. I pride myself on my tremendous work ethic and flexible personality, both of which allow me to search and find alternative solutions to any challenge. "NO" is not an option in my book....
2) The Mogul Girl : You grew up in Brooklyn. What has Brooklyn taught you that you cherish the most?
Manny Halley : Frank Sinatra sang: "If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere...." Don't fear the concrete jungle, conquer it in style. Living in Brooklyn taught me that with an outstanding work ethic and a positive mindset, there is absolutely nothing I couldn't accomplish. If I'm in bed, I'm working, my mind is going!!!!
3) The Mogul Girl : You're responsible for the careers of a lot of artists. In turn, what have they taught you?
Manny Halley : Thank you, but I am not responsible for their careers. These artists did that themselves. I have always been honest with them, and always put them in the best possible position in order for them to be successful. I even put them first. Booker T. Washington once said, "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he/she has overcome." Each artist has individual and unique talents and I have been able to identify their strengths to overcome their perceived obstacles. I like when they focus on being creative and let me do the business. It's a unique marriage/Partnership.
4) The Mogul Girl : As a mogul in all aspects of the business, what are you currently working on?
Manny Halley : I am currently working with a couple of artists as well as working on my second movie, "Dutch". Working on these movies has really expanded my horizon learning every aspect of the entertainment industry. I am learning everything from the ground up and I'm excited about this new venture, I'm a Movie producer now :).......
5) The Mogul Girl : The entertainment business is serious and strategic. What is some advice you can share for people that want to enter the business?
Manny Halley :
a. This is not an easy business. It's tough. But anything worthwhile is worth working for it and I can tell you with all sincerity and certainty, it is worth it. If it were easy, everyone would do it.
b. Surround yourself with people of character, and always maintain your integrity and smile.
c. This business requires a tremendous amount of work for long periods of time. It is not a get rich quick business.
d. Have fun. Don't take yourself too seriously. Never be afraid to lose something as long as you are doing the right thing. These things will help you to stay in the business long term.
6) The Mogul Girl : I saw the post about you linking up with Teri Woods to bring "True To The Game" to the big screen. How has that experience been?
Manny Halley : Working with Teri has been incredible. Her book sold over 2 million copies worldwide. So I guess about 4 million people read it. Now, we're thrilled to bring her words, in stories still relevant today, to life on the big screen.
7) The Mogul Girl : What was your biggest dream as a kid?
Manny Halley : I always wanted to be able to provide for my parents and for my children. I dreamed of being in control of my own destiny and I always wanted to make a difference in this world. I am blessed and grateful that as an entrepreneur, I am able to utilize my talents to make it happen. I'm a people person, God gave me that gift. If you know me you'll know how big my heart is and how I will always find a positive out of any situation.
8) The Mogul Girl : What's your favorite Bible verse of all time?
Manny Halley : I'll give you 2......
James 2:14-26 "Faith without Works is Dead"
John 16:33 "In Life you will have Difficulties, BUT be of good cheer".....
Manny cherished his Brookyln roots and didn't let his dreams get deterred. He stayed true to his vision and didn't stop. He took control of his destiny and he is a mega success. Huge thank you to Manny Halley for doing this interview. I greatly appreciated and I'm looking forward to what's next. Special thanks to his daughter and "True To The Game" star actress Iyana Halley for locking this in!
Continued success and blessings to both of you and Teri Woods as well!
Big Sean recently released two new singles "No More Interviews" produced by Amaire Johnson and Sean. "Bounce Back" is produced by Metro Boomin ,Hitmaka & Smash David, Metro Boomin & Amaire Johnson. The Detroit lyricist always delivers exciting , super swagged, A1 songs . Recently he performed at the Hillary Clinton " Get Out To Vote Rally " which also featured Jay Z , Beyonce, J.Cole, and Chance The Rapper. Big Sean definitely locked down the stage with performances of his new tracks and a couple of throw backs. His career is definitely showing that one man can change the world. That no matter who you are as long as you continue to believe , you can do it all while inspiring others. The youth are the future so Big Sean started his Sean Anderson Foundation which helps Detroit youth in areas of education, safety, health, and over all well being. The foundation works with school aged and disadvantage youth from across the nation. Big Sean is a very busy guy . He's 1/2 of the duo Twenty88 with the beautiful songstress and writer Jhene Aiko . He's also the latest artist to collaborate with Adidas and Stance Socks . Big Sean is hustling to the max and doing it all it his original style and glory. So after watching Big Sean's performance the other night I tweeted the picture he took with Jay-Z and J.Cole. and he liked my Tweet. Cool right? I've always wanted to interview Big Sean because I knew it would be an inspiring, fun, and enlightening interview. Big Sean talks about reading, meditation , parts of his life, bossing up, and so much more in his music. So I know that it would be a very key interview. So when I heard his song "No More Interviews" for the first time, I instantly made up my mind, that one day I have to get that interview done. I've always been the interviewer to ask questions that would make the interviewee feel comfortable, happy, connected, and intrigued. there's no need to talk about drama or gossip when there's so many dreams , creative ideas, achievement, goals, positivity , and important topics to discuss. I believe in speaking things into existence. Big Sean holds tight to the memories of his come up , how his life changed, and making his dreams comes to pass. I'd title my interview with Big Sean "Dreams From The D" because one he's from Detroit , he reps his city, and the very dreams he had in his home town, in his high school, and in his home helped him to travel the world and become Big Sean the super-star we all know today. So when I get my chance to interview Big Sean here's what I'd ask him
1.) You read a lot. If you could describe your life as a book. What would be the title and why ?
2.) So I take it you have a new album coming out . Tell me about it but If you could go back in time and be featured on an 80's classic , which song would it be?
3.) Since starting the Sean Anderson Foundation, what has been your most cherished memory ?
4.) You're super stylish, what was it like to become a collaborator with Adidas and Stance Socks ?
5.) You've toured a lot and traveled the world. Where's you favorite place to eat?
6.) What's one lesson that you learned as a child/teen that you will never forget?
7.) Would you write your own book ?
8.) If you could president for the day , what is the first 3 things you'd do?
9.)On "No More Interviews" you say "I realize it ain't what you have, it's what you feel, that's what true success is". So what do you feel ?
10.) We all have a bounce back moment in our lives what helps you bounce back ?
11.) What have you spoken into existence ?
THE MOGUL MINUTE : SPARK, SHINE, AND PARTY WITH PIXMOB ( INTERVIEW WITH DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST SYLVAIN OTTLE ) ( THE MOGUL GIRL)
PixMob is an amazing innovative and genius company. I was introduced to PixMob two years ago at Oprah's "Life You Want Tour" in Washington, D.C. The experience was unforgettable and I couldn't stop talking about the interactive wrist band to my family, friends, and associates. After getting in touch with the Director of Marketing & Communications Laeitia Bedout, and interviewing Commercial Director Jean Olivier Dalphond let's just say I fell in love with the whole idea of PixMob and their mission to connect infuse, light, creativity, technology and social media with giant crowds. The beautifully talented Taylor Swift incorporated PixMob into her 1989 World Tour. If you didn't get to attend maybe you watched her performance on the Grammy's a few weeks ago .The audience had glowing PixMob wristbands as they jammed out to Taylor's opening performance. Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour consisted of 84 shows, 86 guest, stars, 54 cities, and 10 countries and guess what everyone whom attended was wearing a PixMob wristband. I attended the Philadelphia show at Financial Field with my family and there were 50,000 people in attendance. Not only were the lights beautifully in sync with Taylor's rock star performance but everyone loved the multiple color effects of the the wrist bands. I had the amazing opportunity to meet PixMob Project Manager Sophie Blondeau at the show. It's official if you all haven't noticed I love PixMob and the products and their consistency and innovative new ideas. PixMob just launched their new project "Spark by Pix Mob".
PixMob has created countless immersive experiences world wide, connecting audiences directly to the show with pulsating lights in sync with the sound. Participants become a part of each uniquely designed event. For the first time, PixMob brings these tools to you, putting the control completely into your hands and letting you create such unforgettable interactive experiences for your guest.
Now it's official you can have PixMob in your home or throw a party in which you control the lights and effects. How cool is that?
I reviewed the products and I am 1000% sure not only will you love it and become a triple PixMob fan but you'll you become a PixMob love for life. Sitting in my home using my iPhone to control my PixMob wristband is one of the coolest experiences ever . I interviewed Digital Marketing Specialist Sylvain Ottle all about "Spark" . So check it out below
1.) The Mogul Girl : Why did PixMob decide to create the Spark App?
Sylvain Ottle : Fill the smaller event gaps. We were mainly working with organizations requesting 10K wrist bands and more. The focus was to be able to offer the product for smaller events and make the PixMob experience more accessible for personal gatherings - weddings, family parties, celebrations, smaller corporate event . People can now control and create their own experience. Take connectivity to a whole new level.
2.) The Mogul Girl : Technology is changing everyday what plans do you have for PixMob?
Sylvain Ottle :
- Wearable technology and internet of things are what we are diving into.
-Move towards more bi- directional interaction between audience and performer as well as between people in the crowd.
-A lot is going to come up this year in terms of fun and new products but we will keep it a surprise a little bit longer. We will keep you guys posted.
3.) The Mogul Girl : What's your favorite thing about Spark App?
Sylvain Ottle : Spark uses blue tooth technology instead of infrared ( bigger events technology) . We are able to provide a IOS app to control your own light show. Which makes our experience accessible to a smaller crowd.
4.) What was your first PixMob experience?
Sylvain Ottle : The Superbowl- Halftime show was my first PixMob experience and what a great memory.
5.) The Mogul Girl : Do you have a particular place, event, or artist you want to see incorporate PixMob into their set?
Sylvain Ottle : Difficult question as we have been working already with a lot of great artists and companies. Personally being a French immigrant in QC, I would like to see a project involving Helico drop from the Eiffel Tower.
6.) The Mogul Girl: You are a business man what are some important business tips that one should keep in mind?
Sylvain Ottle : Keep improving our core technology. That is what PixMob values most. Always trying to be ahead of our competitor and clients wishes/ requests. And foremost provide the best user experience we can. Always create a new wow factor.
7.)What's your biggest dream for PixMob?
Sylvain Ottle : That's related to question 5.
8.) The Mogul Girl : What if the batteries go out in the wrist band can they be used with Spark App again?
Sylvain Ottle : Yes, you can change the battery and use it all over again. Our wristband have a 3-4 hour capabilities at full solid colors and up to 6hrs using lighter effects .
9.) The Mogul Girl : Whats your favorite color ?
Sylvain Ottle : I would say the shimmer effect and using light blue color.
10.) The Mogul Girl : Is there anything special you want The Mogul Minute readers to know ?
Sylvain Ottle : You will be able to control your Bluetooth-enabled LED wristbands with the PixMob SPARK app either by letting the app do all the work in AUTOMATIC mode while you enjoy the party with your guests, or taking full control of all the effects in MANUAL mode.
* Automatic: In this beat-responsive mode you can simply play music directly
from you device or place it in front of your sound system's speakers. After
selecting three of your favourite colours (millions of colours available) watch
everyone’s wristband magically light up to the beat.
* Manual: If you enjoy being in complete control of your show, this highly
responsive manual mode is for you. By changing the colour, effect, and
chance you can create stunning light shows that your guests will never
forget. Effects: Solid, strobe, pulse
11. ) The Mogul Girl : What do you love the most about PIXMOB ?
Sylvain Ottle : The PixMob team and workmates are what makes our life at work incredible. PixMob is all about working efficiently with having fun.
Huge shoutout to PixMob everyone from the company I've come in contact with ha been amazing and so passionate. I'm so excited and can't wait to see what's next. Congrats PixMob on the launch of Spark.
Instagram videos of me testing out the Spark App / wristbands
Yessssssss its official Chris Brown is relaunching his "Black Pyramid" brand!! Johnathan Andrews, Chris, Mijo , and Abriel Ruiz have teamed up OHB style to make big things happen. For the past six months they've been collaborating , pitching ideas, designing , and mapping out a plan for the upcoming re-launch. Johnathan Andrews said he's "Glad to be on board bringing Chris's vision to life as creative director". Abriel said " Humbled to announce that I've been honored with the opportunity to work with Chris and lead design efforts in bringing his vision to life". So it's official it sounds like Chris has a great team around him that want to make Black Pyramid super successful in 2016. They all are so excited about the brand . So stay tuned for an official release date .
As Chris captioned his photo earlier "Be thankful for everything". As we should because our visions, dreams, and everything that we have and are important.
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Check out a few pieces of "Black Pyramid" SS16 below
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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
Tyrese has mastered The Art of the Hustle. His album "Black Rose" is #1 in 15 countries, #1 on the Top 200 Billboard, 1# on iTunes and #1 on R&B Charts. Tyrese understands that success depends on your hard work and hustle and lets just say the Vision Implementer is hustling his ass off with this album. With millions of fans worldwide Tyrese is loved for his music, acting, books, motivational videos and more. Tyrese is bold in his truth . He is not filtered, very unapologetic, and he's speaking on most of the things that people think but are afraid to say. You have to love a man that is brave, comfortable in his own skin , and doesn't have their pride or ego involved. Bottom line Tyrese is on a God given mission that's bigger than him. It's uncomfortable and it will benefit others more than himself. Tyrese is making a selfless move in the state of R&B. In my interview with Tyrese he expressed that "I don't have a cape, I'm not lacking as a celebrity, no antics and I'm not superman. I'm solid as an entertainer. I use my platform to inspire and give back everything I know as well as give money." Tyrese released Black Rose independently under his own label Voltron Recordz. He has a staff of seven and fifty overall that work for his company. Tyrese emphasized "I wanted to make a statement, show that real R&B fans are still here, to bring back album packaging, and to have real music videos that are real experiences" . Its clear he did just that ! Black Rose definitely made a world-wide statement. Tyrese said "I grew up on Donny Hathaway, Luther Vandros, Tina Marie, The O'Jays, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass. I grew up with real music that I was introduced to by parents . Even though they played it while they were drinking , I still got to know music. Its all I Know".
During the interview Tyrese, expressed how appreciative and thankful he was for the world to receive the album on the level that they're receiving it on and that it's bigger than numbers , it's more than being number #1, it's a number #1 with a message and it didn't have 15 rappers on it to get attention. The second single on his Black Rose Album, is "Shame" featuring the beautifully talented Jennifer Hudson. "Shame" is now number #1 on the charts as of this week. The song is powerful and it's definitely a bonafide hit . Tyrese describes the song as having the exact energy to depict what he was going through at the time. With such a powerful song that has such a strong impact you'd think it was all over all of the radio stations right? Wrong. Tyrese addresses the lack of R&B/Soul in mainstream radio. He said "I don't want mainstream to just play my music because I'm black and I sing R&B/Soul I want them to play it because it's a hit record." He also speaks on artist such as Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, and Sam Smith who sing R&B/Soul and their music is played on all stations and his is not. He acknowledged that there's not a racist bone in his body and that those artist are geniously talented and that he loves their music .He's friends with Justin and Robin and he saw Sam Smith perform at Clive Davis: Grammy Party and loved his performance. Tyrese said "My Music has no boundaries , no limits, no sexual preferences point blank period end of story . I'm just frustrated with the limit mainstream radio is putting on my music". His single "Stay" off of his album "Open Invitation which released in 2011 was number #1 on the Billboard for 11 consecutive weeks and it was played on Urban Adult Contemporary and mainstream radio. Radio is so important for artist. Radio helps to make listeners and fans aware of music. He said "I'm thankful and I love Urban Adult Contemporary Radio because we're able to survive, feed our kids, and tour".
Remember this is a selfless move that Tyrese is making. He is standing up for R&B and all of the R&B soldiers. He's calling attention to the fact that too many R&B/Soul singers are turning to techno and pop or putting out an album featuring tons of rappers just to get played on mainstream radio. Its a bold step in the right direction. If more people spoke up and weren't afraid to spotlight and speak up about the inequity , things would change for the better.
The success of Tyrese's number #1 album has shown that R&B is not dead. That R&B is very much alive. Tyrese did tons of album signings in the U.S and he flew to Abu Dhabi to shown love to his fans. By the way he loves Abu Dhabi and wants to open Voltron Pictures" there (a full functioning film studio). Tyrese is working hard and speaking of films he is releasing his first short film "Shame" . I am so excited an anticipating the film, so of course I had to ask him about it.
The Mogul Girl: Mogul Morning Tyrese this is the Mogul Girl of The Mogul Minute
Tyrese : Good morning. What's Happening?
The Mogul Girl :Congratulations on having the #1 album two weeks in a row? I'm speaking Grammys into existence for you.
Tyrese: Thank you, I hope to come home with five of them. My mom told me 15 years ago I would come home with five of them and I laughed at her.
The Mogul Girl : They're coming
Tyrese : I said "Momma, what are you talking about? So yeah lets see what happens, that would be amazing!
The Mogul Girl : Tyrese, I know you were Influenced by the 1999 film "The Hurricane" starring Denzel Washington. Particularly the part when he says "You Can't Break Me, Cause You Didn't Make Me". What does it mean to you to have Denzel Washington produce your short film "Shame"?
Tyrese: Oh my God! I mean and you can Google this . I've said for the last eight years or even more that, that I won't feel like I made it as an actor until I work with my hero Denzel Washington. It was because of that movie "The Hurricane" (Rubin Hurricane Carter) so for me to be here and having him producing this short film is definitely a blessing.Definitely life changing. You know he wouldn't do it unless he believed in the actual movie. You know for me to be here is beyond amazing and I'm just very excited and feeling very blessed.
The Mogul Girl : I am excited too !
Tyrese : Yeah its crazy! You know the movie is 25 minutes long. It's directed by Paul Hunter.We're hoping to get it into two film festivals Toronto Film Festival and TelluRide. Those are the most influential film festivals before you get into the Oscars. We just hope to land an Oscar. I mean you look at the "Shame" music video , that's the edited down version of the movie that just focuses on the music part. In between the singing is all the acting scenes that's a total of 25 minutes. I'm just very excited about putting this out there.
My album is going to be re-released in November called "Black Rose Reloaded" and its going to come with the "Shame" movie, a more extended edit of the making of "Black Rose". It's going to come with my book "Black Rose" which is going to be my third book. It's also going to have six more R&B songs on "Black Rose" which will equal to 20. The third disk is going to be "Black Ty" the hip hop side of the album. So I'm excited about what's about to happen
The Mogul Girl : I am too. Thank you Tyrese
Tyrese : Thank you , your very welcome
The hustle is real. The R&B is real. The message is real! The statement is real and most of all Tyrese and his heart are real.
As Tyrese said in his first book "How To Get Out Of Your Own Way" "So do your own thing and elevate yourself to the top". He did that with his own label "Voltron Recordz" and his Voltron Recordz staff. Its definitely a celebration to have the #1 album . He is living in his strength and his truth. He inspires people world wide and me with his God given talents , words, and dreams. Special thanks to Toni Cervantes who let Tyrese audition for that life changing Coca-Cola commercial 20 years ago. Black Rose, is an incredible album. It high lights love and its an experience and that's what R&B/Soul is all about.
I loooooooove this album and Tyrese. I can't wait for more videos and I hope "Picture Perfect" definitely is a single.
Get the album now!
Black Rose Mission is in full affect
Its a Voltron Recordz thing!
Black Rose on iTunes(Here)
Black Rose on Google Play (Here)
Tyrese on Facebook (Here)
Tyrese on Instagram (Here)
Tyrese on Twitter(Here)
For this special edition of The Mogul Minute : Turn The Beat On Tuesdays I'm featuring producer Stoopid On Da Beat. Stoopid has produced records for some of the dopest artist in the game. With the release of "Dreams Worth More Than Money" album by Meek Mill everyone on Twitter and Instagram was buzzing about Meek's song The Trillest produced by Stoopid On Da Beat. The song is definitely a favorite of mine off the album. Stoopid made the perfect track for Meek to share his story. Overall the beat and lyrics were perfect together and they made a song that's engaging, solid, and Trill. So I chatted with Stoopid Boy to find out what's going on in his world.
Turn The Beat On.
1.) The Mogul Girl : Who or what inspired you to become a producer?
Stoopid On Da Beat : My father he was my inspiration for as long as I could remember . There was a recording studio in my house since birth.
2.) The Mogul Girl : How did you come up with your name?
Stoopid On Da Beat : Cassidy he said "Bro these beats sound stoooooopid." .I stuck with name because he was the first artist I ever worked with.
3.) The Mogul Girl : Obviously music is a big part of who you are. What was your favorite song to listen to growing up?
Stoopid On Da Beat : Canibus - Buckenham Palace that was my sh*t!
4.) The Mogul Girl : You produced "The Trillest" one of my favorite records on DWMTM the chart topping No.1 album by Meek Mill. What was the process ? How does it feel to be apart of that?
I made that beat in the winter of 2014 when I first left my baby mom . I was going through things. I was at my lowest time ever. I parked my studio and stuff at my bro Gabe's crib and whipped up like 20 beats . I saved money to get a crib. By the time I got the keys Meek hit me like "You made the album".
5.) The Mogul Girl : Is there anything special you want The Mogul Minute readers to know about you?
Stoopid On Da Beat : Special thing about me is that I'm really a artist before producer .Beats are my secondary talent. I always wrote since I was a child.
6.) The Mogul Girl : Throughout life we experience many situations that make us or break us. How do you stay strong and focused?
Stoopid On Da Beat : Other artist keep me afloat. Jim Jones ,Charlie Rock, Trav ,Meek Mill ,and Mike Davis. They always hit me up. They always believed in me. Also producers like the Mekanics, Young N Fly Vinyls, and Butter Beats. They motivate me that even at my lowest points in life were I feel I ain't got it.
7.) The Mogul Girl : If you could have produced an album from the past which artist would it be and why?
Stoopid On Da Beat : Probably, would of been Michael Jackson album (lol) I probably don't have to explain why (lol).
8.) The Mogul Girl : How can people contact you if they want to collaborate ?
Stoopid On Da Beat : They can hit my road manager @lanskymgmt .
IG @TheRealStoopidBoy or Twitter @StoopidOnDaBeat
9.) The Mogul Girl : You've worked with a lot of artist. Whom do you want to work with that you haven't yet?
Stoopid On Da Beat :Next would be French Montana, Omelly,Drake,Chris Brown,and PartyNextDoor . I already have a record with Fetty Wap called "Addicted". I would like to get more work done with him and other big artist I haven't produced for yet.
10. )The Mogul Girl: What advice do you have for young producers ?
Stoopid On Da Beat: Chase, chase, chase, don't stop. Whether you're rich,broke,sad,happy,hurt,healthy, work and grind. Chase down these industry .Just make sure when you get the attention your work and material is the best.
11.)The Mogul Girl: I love food so of course we can't end this interview without me asking what's your favorite meal?
Stoopid On Da Beat: Lol that's seafood ,lobster all day.
"On my grind so I can shine for the next nine summers"
The name Sam in Hebrew means sun child or bright sun.Therefore Philadelphia hip hop artist "Young Sam" is on his grind and he is going to be shining for a very, very long time. The acclaimed "Voice Of The Streets" has consistently dropped songs and videos to share his story, to show his grind, and to let the world know just what he's thinking. I've been tuned into Young Sam's grind for a while and he's definitely one of my favorite Philly artist. Sam speaks on being raised in a single parent home, his dreams to become giant, not having all he wanted growing up, losing friends to the street, growing up without a father figure and how since he's grown things have changed, girls , not letting his mom down, and making his dreams a reality . If you are hustling for your dreams and have a goal to make things better for yourself, your family, and those you love, you can definitely relate to the rawness and lyrical honesty from Young Sam.
There's no doubt about it that he is lyrically fire and the ladies love him. On March 13,2015 he dropped a blazing "BET Cypher Freestyle" which currently has over 157K views. Young Sam is for sure an artist to keep your eyes on. I wanted to know more about his story so I reached out to him for an exclusive interview. Actually he's the first Philly rapper I've interviewed this year! So Congrats Sam and keep shining. Read his "The Mogul Minute" interview below.
1.) The Mogul Girl : What or who inspired you to rap?
Young Sam : It's a few things that inspired me to rap for one I kinda grew up on rap. Besides that I think it's the whole art of it, it's sorta like a therapy. I was inspired by rappers I could relate to that spoke about how the hood was like Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Jadakiss & DMX.
2.) The Mogul Girl : Where's your favorite place to eat in Philly?
Young Sam : Well I don't actually have a favorite it's a lot of good places but one of my favorites is Ishkabibble's.
3.) The Mogul Girl : Out of all your songs what are your favorite lyrics?
Young Sam : That's hard. I have too many hot verses but one that I really like a lot is on YouTube when I was on the Come Up Show rapping to my mom.
4.) The Mogul Girl : There's a lot of violence plaguing communities all over. What do you think about that?
Young Sam : It's been going on for years it's nothing new it's just that technology upgraded and made it easier to actually see what's going on, you know the type of things the news would never show.
5.) The Mogul Girl : If you could have been featured on any hip hop track from the past what would it be and why?
Young Sam : Probably Nas ft Lauryn hill "If I ruled the world" because it's basically speaking on how the world would be if you had the power to change it.
6.) The Mogul Girl : You are one of the rappers the ladies really like . What do you look for in a lady?
Young Sam : Well I'm the type to like people for who they are. Most females wanna put on an act to impress the person they like. So for the most part just them being themselves . I like the hustle in a woman. Any female who isn't too dependent on a man and who doesn't settle or wait around is something I look for.
7.) The Mogul Girl : What do you want your supporters to get from your music?
Young Sam : That it's a way even when you haven't figured it out. I want them to get that the hood isn't the best of places but it makes you a strong person and you have to utilize it and see the good in it even tho it's messed up for most young black kids growing up.
8.) The Mogul Girl : Are you dropping a project soon?
Young Sam : Yea, aiming early summer. I'm only a few tracks in on it and still don't have a title for it yet.
9.) The Mogul Girl : What do you want The Mogul Minute readers to know about you?
Young Sam : That I'm a super humble person, sometimes people listen to my music and mistake that. They think because I rhyme cocky that I walk around every day all day with my nose in the air but that's just how you're suppose to flow. Music is all about having confidence in yourself but off the mic I'm a very down to earth and laid back person.
10.) The Mogul Girl : Are there other things you'd love to do in the business?
Young Sam : Not really, besides actually making the music it's not too much I rather do. If I was to ever get signed I would probably become an actor before anything.
11) The Mogul Girl : What's your message to the world?
Young Sam : To think bigger and strive further in life. Sometimes your vision may be clouded by the type of environment you grew up in or the crowd you choose to hang around. You have to learn to be your own self motivation and know that doing the impossible is possible you just have to believe in yourself and be dedicated to what you love.
The vehicles at The Philly Auto Show are exhilarating, extraordinary, powerful, and seductively desirable. Today on January 30,2015 I got an exclusive behind the scenes look at the exotic, pre-production, classic, concept, and product cars on Media Day. There are 49 manufacturers with 700 cars displayed over the 700,000 square foot Convention Center. There is definitely a vehicle that will excite the car lover in you.
Walking into the auto show exhibit the NIssan GTR immediately caught my eye.
I interviewed Steven Oldham the Nissan North America PR Manager about the Nissan GTR.
The Mogul Girl: So tell me about the Nissan GTR?
Steven Oldham: So this is as we call it our super car. It has 545 horse power and its unbelievably fast. We call it sort of a halo car. We don’t sell many of these but its been around the Nissan line up for a number of years. It has a very huge following in the United States and Japan. Its for that single person that wants a car that is fun to drive. Its starts at a little over 100,000. Its definitely a fun style car. The car is so powerful it is nicknamed Godzilla.
The Mogul Girl : What’s your favorite thing about this vehicle?
Steven Oldham: The power. You floor this thing. You actually get sucked into the seat, thats how powerful it is.
I ventured over to the Jaguar display and checked out the Jaguar F-Type. After getting inside the very luxurious vehicle I interviewed Jaguar Representative Loraine.
The F-Type is definitely a great two seater sports car. I definitely loved the style and features of the F-Type.
The Bentley, Ashton Martin, Rolls Royce Ghost, Lamborghini Huracan, and
LP 700-4 are very exotic, exclusive and brilliant vehicles. The colors are super appealing. You can’t help but gravitate to these beauties. You will definitely fall for them. I absolutely love the LP 700-4.
Jeep Camp was so much fun. I sat in the passenger seat of the Jeep Rubicon 2015 as the professional 4X4 driver TJ gave me the full experience of The Jeep Test Track adventure zone. The Rubicon is very spacious. This was definitely a interesting interactive part of the auto show.
The Ford display was superb. Ford Representative James Tobin gave me the best tour of the latest Ford models. He was a great interview and such a kind person. Make sure you stop by the Ford display and see all the great vehicles. The 2015 Ford F-150 is truly Ford Tough.
The Mercedes Benz and Lexus display is incredible. The vibrant colors and beautiful interior is beyond fantastic. One of their classy models are guaranteed to draw you in. These vehicles are truly great.
Don't forget to visit the State Farm Booth and play the interactive driving game which is a blast!!
After a very informative, invigorating, and fun time, Media Day came to end. My awesome mother Crystal whom also is my photographer/videographer and I had an amazing time getting the behind the scenes look at the amazing, fast, dazzling, and custom vehicles at the Philly Auto Show. You are definitely in for a huge treat January 31-Feb 8 2015 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Get your tickets http://www.phillyautoshow.com ! Don't miss this experience it's The Mogul Girl approved.
I Love Taking Selfies...But I Love Taking Selfies For A Cause Even More. If You Attend The @PhillyAutoShow Make Sure You Share Your Selfie With The Hashtag #CARing2015 To Particpate In A New Philanthropic Initiative.For Each Selfie Taken ADAGP Will Donate $1 Per Photo Up To A Maximum Of $50,000 To Its Philanthropic Arm, The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.
So Get To Snapping Those Selfies!!
"During your life, never stop dreaming . No one can take away your dreams". I am a full believer in that quote. I love seeing my peers do what they love and make their dream's reality. I discovered Aaron Ball and his self-designed shirts on Instagram. I quickly became interested in his unique art and fashion.I think his brand is popping already. So I reached, out to him for an interview. In fact he's the first to be interviewed on The Mogul Minute in 2015. Aaron Ball 21, of Oklahoma City is hand painting his dreams one shirt at a time. Aaron is attending University of Central Oklahoma for graphic design. His brand "AbDesignedIt" is expanding every day. So to all The Mogul Minute readers, I introduce to you "Aaron Ball".
1.) The Mogul Girl :When did you fall in love with fashion/art?
Aaron Ball: I have been interested in fashion and setting trends since about age 14. I recently grew my passion for Art towards the end of 2013.
2.) The Mogul Girl :What did you paint on your first shirt?
Aaron Ball : I honestly can’t remember. I have an older cousin that I learned art techniques from last year. Once I got it down packed, I practced everyday. I started painting different things on shirts and different techniques until I started to enjoy the craft and master it.
Yet I'm still learning more and more each day.
3.)The Mogul Girl So your from Oklahoma City. Where's your favorite place to eat?
Aaron Ball: Yes, born and raised in Oklahoma City. Red Lobster.
4.The Mogul Girl: If you were teaching your own graphic design class, what would your first lesson be?
Aaron Ball: This is a hard one. I’ve always thought of myself as an innovative designer and thinker . When I started college 3 years ago my major was Psychology. It wasn’t until I fell in love with my craft last year that I changed my major to Graphic Design. Therefore I am still pretty new to the classroom setting lessons. Most of what I know about art and design so far is via hours of self research.
5.)The Mogul Girl: Who is your favorite artist?
Aaron Ball: No favorite artist, I am inspired by ALL artist I see.
6.)The Mogul Girl: Which celeb do you want to wear one of your shirts?
Aaron Ball: I would love to get a chance to meet up with and do some shirts for Russel Westbrook.
7.)The Mogul Girl: How does it feel to have your own brand "AbDesignedIt" at 21?
Aaron Ball: I love every bit of it!!
8.)The Mogul Girl: Is there anything you want the world to know about your brand?
Aaron Ball:Yes, many may not know that I launched my brand in 2014.I started using social media to establish it and my own
website ( www.AbDesignedIt.com).What I learned in 2014 motivated me to be more confident with my craft. In 2015 things are changing for the better. I'm putting in more time and focusing on my brand. I want to expand throughout the United States and to other countries as well.I want my website audience to continue to grow and I'll be able to watch it increase through Google Analytics.
9.)The Mogul Girl Is there a song lyric that means a lot to you? and why?
Aaron Ball: No particular song lyrics that mean a lot to me. There's a song by K Camp called “Think About It” .In the chours of the song he states “Keep going ,Kkeep going dont stop! One Day yo sh*t gone pop!” That’s kind of been my motto every since :-). Appreciate that song K Camp! lol
10.)The Mogul Girl: How can your shirts be purchased?
Aaron Ball: Via www.abdesignedit.com custom inquires via firstname.lastname@example.org
Instagram : Instagram.Com/itzaphotoshoot30
11.)The Mogul Girl: What has art taught you?
Aaron Ball: Art has reassured me that anything is possible if you put the time needed into it.