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When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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Bobby V had a lit listening party last night and thanks to Kontrol Magazine, our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was in the building, with Web Star/actor, Chris June in tow. It all went down at W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta and we were there as Bobby sang a medley of the hits that made him famous and revealed his latest singles, Lil Bit, featuring Snoop Dogg, and Promise. The latter song is EVERYTHING! It is ballad he wrote for his daughter–yes, Bobby is “a daddy now” as he so humorously stated–and the lyrics, guitar, and chords are so catchy!

You can catch the official music video for Lil Bit below as well as listen to Promise:

However, one of the biggest surprises, and coolest moments, happened when he performed Blackberry Molasses with his former group members from Mista. Check out a snippet of it below:

We have to say we are glad Bobby V is back and giving us some much needed and authentic R&B. Check out the track list from Electrik below and you can purchase it everywhere this Friday, March 9th! Tell us what you think of the new singles and album overall in our comments section below! Happy Listening! Good job Bobby!

 

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Moving In The Right Direction w/ The Right Hand Foundation (@righthandfdn)!

Anytime successful individuals feel compelled to give back to their communities I feel God smiling down on us. The Right Hand Foundation has supported shelters for women, children, and group homes all throughout Atlanta. With plans to build Right Hand “Havens” in communities throughout the country, Courtney Stewart is on the right track.  

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Anytime successful individuals feel compelled to give back to their communities I feel God smiling down on us. The Right Hand Foundation has supported shelters for women, children, and group homes all throughout Atlanta. With plans to build Right Hand “Havens” in communities throughout the country, Courtney Stewart is on the right track.

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Stewart cutting ribbon on Right Hand Foundation

 

So the other day I was invited to this event and I was told that it was DJ Khalid‘s nonprofit. As I’m putting the address in my GPS I realize I’m heading to College Park from the north side of Atlanta. I know what some of you are thinking … yes there was traffic but the house was in a good area. Down the street from million dollar homes and my favorite restaurant right now, The Real Milk & Honey.

Stewart & Bobby Valentino, Stewart & Family

Stewart & Bobby Valentino, Stewart & Family

Pulling up I got connected with the PR folk on site and they got me introduced to Courtney Stewart. Prior to meeting him I was sipping on some rosay and enjoying these delicious jerk tacos made by Chef Joe. Oh and let me “Slow Down” … it was nice to see Bobby Valentino there as well. Stewart is truly a god-send a very humble entrepreneur. The artist manager, record label executive, and humanitarian maximizes every opportunity for success from all angles and was also recognized on Billboard’s prestigious “40 under 40”.

Right Hand FND Home

Right Hand FND Home

 

Right now Stewart is moving one family in their newly renovated home and once they are stable continue to work with other families. Where him and his team will provide weekly educational sessions, life-skill activities and income-savings programs. The Right Hand Foundation partners offer workshops as well as mentors and personal coaches to provide hands on education for families. And as I told Courtney I definitely appreciate what he’s doing for our community. So many people say they want to give back but to do that and also take it a step further by insuring that theses families get hands-on attention is truly unbelievable.

 

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Right Hand FND Event

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Written By: Triston Devon @TheTristonDevon

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#ThrowbackThursday! The Treasure That Was Teairra Mari’s “Rehab!”

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Teairra Mari is so beautiful to me and has superstar potential but why haven’t we heard from her lately? I know about the sex scandal, her beef with 50 cent, her crazy ex … but what about her music. Wait no longer her latest project “Rehab” is here!

 

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I swear I hate how fans and lovers of music just throw away talent and artist who have major capabilities.  Look at the picture above … Teairra Mari is a star! Lets not sit up here and act like she wasn’t the next thing popping some years ago. Some of ya’ll forgot how great she was from “No Daddy” to “Make Her Feel Good“.

“No Daddy” – Teairra Mari

As seen below mama was “Beyonce” in their tribute to Destiny’s Child. Their = Amerie + Rihanna … yes RIHANNA! I was so excited to see Teairra on the Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood cast. I just knew that this would further her career like it did my girl K. Michelle but in the first season I had to witness the BS between her and Ray J. Then throughout the next couple of seasons it seemed like the cast was after her and wanted to see her fail. Rumor has it she won’t be on the next season of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood anyways.

“Loose My Breath” – Teairra Mari, Rihanna, and Amerie

Maybe I’m in the select few but Teairra Mari is a house whole name. All these people claim to not know her music but they definitely remember her name. Hell she was in Lottery Ticket and did a really good job. Laugh at her sexcapades or her alcoholism all you want. None of us are perfect. Teairra should definitely make some better choices but her talent is UNDENIABLE.

“Baecation” – Teairra Mari

Not too long she was deemed as the next Beyonce … maybe she is maybe she’s not. But I’m not giving up on her. Her latest project “Rehab” dropped in June and its deep. I can tell she’s very vulnerable but she’s also enjoying herself. She’s found a way to use the negative attention she’s received and turn it into some really great music. My favorite song is “Baecation” its sooooooooooo sexy. She is definitely giving me Brandy … hopefully that doesn’t upset her. Oh and “I Aint Got it” has me rolling on the floor every time I think about her interview with the Breakfast Club. Long story short, Teairra … there are people who love you and want to see you win. Stay locked in queen.

 

Written By: Triston Devon @TheTristonDevon

 

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“I Said What I Said!” Top 5 Female MC’s Of All Time!

Trying to make a Top 5 all time list is nearly impossible, so don’t email me about your dissatisfaction. Know that I have reason for my selections and you can agree or disagree. For an artist to be on my list they need numbers, staying power, and that one thing that separates them from the rest. 

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Trying to make a Top 5 all time list is nearly impossible, so don’t email me about your dissatisfaction. Know that I have reason for my selections and you can agree or disagree. For an artist to be on my list they need numbers, staying power, and that one thing that separates them from the rest. 

5. Trina

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At number 5 we have the “Diamond Princess” aka Trina. I definitely have a soft spot for her being that I was born in Florida. If you know anyone from the sunshine state or have visited, YOU KNOW Trin-Bean is gospel. Might even make you twerk that thang at the alter if you know what I mean. She makes this list for multiple reasons! None more than her being introduced to us in 1998 and now its 2019! 20 years in the game is unheard of for a female mc. Not to mention can you do any better than Pull Over? I rest my case.

“Look Back At Me” feat. Killer Mike 

 

 

4. Iggy Azalea

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Coming in strong at number 4 is Iggy Azalea. I’ve already gotten so much push back for this selection but quite frankly IDGAF. Iggy is white and soooooo right. Lets be honest many can’t get with Iggy because she’s not black but momma is talented. (period) Her song Fancy charted at #1 on Billboard, not to mention she has 3 others that charted in the Top 10. Plus her music videos already have billions of views and are the best of any female of this new generation. From her natural beauty to new found dance moves, she’s iconic already.

“F*ck It Up” feat Kash Doll

3. Lil’ Kim

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At number 3 I have the blueprint, Lil Kim. The original Queen Bee is always number one in my heart but I’m still adjusting to her new sound post prison. As a young kid there was none better than Kim. She taught me what shade was and also solidified herself as a fashion icon. She is what I call the “Don Dada”. I still haven’t heard a female mc that can take me on a lyrical journey and also be raunchy at the same time. Just listen to Not Tonight Magic Stick, you’er welcome.

“Get Money” feat. The Notorious B.I.G

“Pray For Me” ft. Rick Ross & Musiq Soulchild

 

2. Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj is my runner up at number 2. Minaj has to be Top 2 on any list for her resume alone. She is the most successful female mc of all time statistically. When everyone knows your lyrics to Itty Bitty Piggy and it’s before you drop an album, you are set. She is one of the most controversial woman in the game but she’s also one of the most talented mc’s to ever live. Pop, Rap, RnB … it doesn’t matter the genre. She slays everything!

“Massive Attack” feat. Sean Garrett

 

1.Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot

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Finally at numero uno, I have Missy Elliot. She is without question number one in my eyes. With 20+ years in the game and having touched so many careers … Ciara, Monica,Tweet, Aaliyah, Fantasia Jasmine Sullivan …she’s a lock at the pole position. Not to mention her iconic hits like The Rain to Work It, she’s in a class by herself. I mean did you not see her perform at the VMA’s? It was the best performance I’ve seen from a female mc in the last 5 years, at least. Hell I don’t know any men that have done more for music than Missy. From her one-of-a-kind dance routines to her outlandish music videos she is, THAT GIRL.

I rest my case.

VMA Performance 

 

Written By: Triston Devon @TheTristonDevon

 

 

 

 

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