Rapper and Hip Hop Mogul Rick Ross makes another smart business savvy move by continuing his string of Wingstop restaurant openings in the south. On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, He opened his 23rd Wingstop location at 4290 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur, Ga. Ross is rapidly expanding his business portfolio under his company, Boss Wings III LLC and owns Wingstop locations in Alabama, Florida, Tennesse and Georgia. As a Wingstop franchiser, Ross has created over 1600 jobs and even has a Wingstop scholarship program focused on helping young people from underprivileged areas attend college.
Check out a video recap of the Grand Opening Of Wingstop Decatur below:
In conjunction with the premiere of the upcoming New Edition biopic – ‘The New Edition Story’, BET Networks has announced nationwide advanced screenings of the highly anticipated mini series. The 3 part movie special premieres January 24, 25, and 26, 2017 and follows the story of R&B Pioneers Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, Ronnie Devoe, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill.
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Atlanta: WVEE V103 (WHTA-FM)
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Chicago: V 103 (WVAZ-FM)
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Boston: HOT 96.9 (WBQT-FM)
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Philadelphia: 105.3 (WDAS-FM)
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Check out the trailer for ‘The New Edition Story’ below:
The last Jordan Brand release of 2016 is the Air Jordan 6 Black Cat. This special edition shoe is dressed in a cool Black and White color scheme and mixes perforated leather with 3m reflective underlays. The shoe features an all black leather upper, white midsoles and a translucent black bottom sole. The shoe which is inspired by Michael Jordan’s nickname “Black Cat” retails for $190 USD
I got my pair make sure you get yours!….Shout out to Jimmy Jazz for the connect!
Check out a few pics of the Air Jordan 6 Black Cat below:
Janelle Monae and Pharrell Williams recently hosted an advanced screening and private soundtrack listening party for the new 20th Century Fox film Hidden Figures. The movie screening was held over at Regal Atlantic Station and was followed by a private listening party that was held at Mean Street Studios.
Hidden Figures which was shot in Atlanta GA is about the true incredible untold story of mathematicians Katherine Johnson ( Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae). These three brillant African American women worked at NASA, and served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
Ludacris, Usher, Jidenna, Big Krit, Da Brat, David Banner,Jasmine Guy, Carl Payne and a host of VIP’s and influencers came out to support the Oscar worthy movie.
Over the weekend I got a chance to go out and support Atlanta Rapper Future at his fourth annual Free Wishes Foundation Winter Wishland Charity Event. Future donated toys, shoes and games to over one thousand families in need in the Metro Atlanta area. The event which was held at the Bessie Branham Recreation Center in Kirkwood, had special performances as well as food and face painting for all of the children in attendance. Future hosted the event along side his son Zahir aka Baby Future who literally had ever woman in the building saying “awwww” to his adorable cuteness. It was great to see Future setting such a good example to his son by giving back to the community in such a major way. Dope Event
Here is a sound bit of business advice to all my entrepreneurs out there as well as to people that are looking to start their own business. Make sure that you protect your name as well as your Intellectual Property by actually owning the name that you are using for your business.
When you actually own your name, The United States government protects you and your Intellectual Property legally against any direct or indirect instances of infringement on your brand. You have exclusive rights that protect you and your brand from other people using names that are the same, confusingly similar or from people that are misrepresenting your brand.
A lot of people don’t know this but one of the main reasons that Prince (RIP) changed his name to the Artist Formerly Known As Prince was due to the fact that Warner Brothers actually had ownership and benefitted financially from use of the name ‘Prince’. So no matter what level you are at in your business, it is imperative that you own your name.
After signing and partnering with a major worldwide corporate brand, they saw that it was in the best interest of my company to put some respeck on my name. Having the proper legal counsel is essential to protecting the legal rights of your business. It’s better to pay now than to pay later.
It’s your responsibility as a business owner to own the name you are using in your business. Remember that imitation is the greatest form of flattery and that business is never personal so make sure that you Protect Your Magic like @fadia by owning your business name.
(Jan 1, 2016) Music Producer Jermaine Dupri started the new year off by hosting an exclusive private screening of his new television show ‘The Rap Game’. The screening for the show, which is co-executive produced by Queen Latifah, was held on the rooftop of Suite Food Lounge here in ATL. JD debuted the show to over 200 Atlanta Industry tastemakers and VIP’s. Before the screening he gave a run down of his success in the music industry discovering and developing teenage artists and he explained why the show was a perfect situation for him. The show features 5 emerging kid Hip Hop artists between the ages of 12-16 all battling for a chance to be signed to Jermaine Dupri’s label So So Def.
Check out a clip from ‘The Rap Game’
‘The Rap Game airs Fridays at 10pm on the Lifetime network. Make sure you guys tune in!
The hip-hop community owes a great deal of respect to one of its elder statesmen, Luther Campbell. Known as “Uncle Luke, He was the leader of the group 2 Live Crew and pioneered “Miami bass,” a sound characterized by repetitive 808 drum patterns, chanted hooks and deep bass backbeats.
The group’s million-selling LP, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, spearheaded a movement in hip-hop music, prompting subsequent albums spanning all genres with sexual lyrics and profanity to have advisory labels on the cover. Uncle Luke went before the Supreme Court, ultimately winning a landmark case for First Amendment protection and content considered obscene.
Also the founder of one of the first profitable Southern hip-hop record companies, Luke Records, Uncle Luke, who released infectious classics like “I Wanna Rock,” “Scarred” and “It’s Your Birthday,” was recently in Atlanta to give an exclusive interview for the release of his memoir, The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City. The irreverent, unapologetic hip-hop legend-turned mayoral candidate and football coach shined light on the book, speaking openly about hip-hop artists being socially responsible, the history of Miami, being black in America, writing the book, reliving some of his glory days, his legacy and his political ideologies.
Check out a snippet from my interview with Luther Campbell:
Click HERE to purchase The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City
On Sat., Aug. 15, J.Cole came out to Bally’s flagship store at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta to unveil his boot, the “JC Hiker” and limited edition backpacks. The Grammy-nominated rapper, producer and head of Dreamville Records visited the store for a cocktail party/meet-and-greet prior to his headlining performance at Lakewood Amphitheater later that evening.
The “JC Hiker” is a stylish yet aggressive boot with gripping arch support and metal across the body that comes in seven colors. The boots also comes in leather, suede and even python skin. The hip-hop artist and Roc Nation signee out of Fayettville, NC behind the gold albums Cole World: The Sideline Story, Born Sinner and the platinum-certified 2014 Forest Hills Drive was rocking the dark green-colored shoe when he stopped by the store for photo opps.
J.Cole, famous for tracks like “Be Free” and “Power Trip,” was inspired to create the limited edition boot after visiting Bally’s London offices. He flipped through photo archives and ran across a black-and-white image of music legend Bob Marley wearing a similar pair of boots. That moment allowed J.Cole to also consider taking a brief trip to recalibrate.
Bally and J.Cole also created a five-minute short, Off the Grid, that chronicles the rapper visiting Jamaica and unplugging from his fame and technology. Suggested retail price for “JC Hiker” is at $695.
On Tuesday January 6, 2015, RaeSremmurd released their debut album ‘SremmLife’. The highly anticipated album from the Hip Hop duo features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Young Thug and Big Sean. The album also features production by producers Mike Will, Sonny Digital and Da Honorable C Note. On release day Rae Sremmurd held an exclusive meet and greet / cd signing for some of their Atlanta fans at DBS Sounds in Riverdale Ga. At the meet and greet, I got a chance to talk with them about the new album, working with their producer/label owner Mike Will and how hard it was for them to make it as Hip Hop artists being from Tupelo Mississippi. Check out the interview with Rae Sremmurd below:
I brought in the New Year (2015) spinning at an exclusive New Year”s Eve party hosted by none other than Christina Johnson from The hit VH1 Reality Show “Atlanta Exes”. Christina, who is Cee-lo Green’s ex wife hosted the The New Years Eve party along with her current boyfriend Willie Wallace. The New Years eve party was held over at The BQE Restaurant and Lounge which is located in the historic Old Fourth Ward area of Atlanta. I had a great time ringing in the New Year with such cool people ! Check out a few pics from the event:
BQE Restaurant and Lounge is located at 262 Edgewood Ave
Since the early 1970’s the Technics 1200 turntable has been the industry standard for professional DJ’s worldwide. I have personally only used Technics turntables as well as Technics headphones since the start of my DJ career. Custom Motorcycle designer Roland Sands recently designed a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle paying homage to the popular DJ brand and The Technics Sporty is the final result. The custom motorcycle’s design has taken a few cues from the SL-1200 turntable. It boasts the silver and black finish that has been a part of the Technics brand and the wheels on the bike actually look like a Technics 1200 turntable when they are rotated. The turntable inspired cafe style racer integrates subtle yet noticeable design elements from Technics giving a whole new meaning to the term “Wheels Of Steel”.
Check out the Technics Sporty in action in the video below:
(September 25, 2014) Veteran Music Executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid was recently honored at The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul’s 3rd Annual ATL Legends Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental here in Atlanta Ga. Each year The American Society Of Composers Authors and Publishers recognizes individuals who have brought great honor to the City of Atlanta through their achievements in the music industry. This year Usher, BabyFace, Cee-Lo Green, Big Boi, T.I., Shanti Das, Kawan “KP” Prather, Timbaland, Kandi Burress, Polow Da Don, Big Gipp and T-Mo were among the guests at the dinner to salute L.A. Reid. While at the dinner I got a chance to talk briefly with L.A Reid about why he picked Atlanta to start LaFace Records and what he feels the greatest accomplishment of his career is. Check out my video interview with L.A. Reid below:
Check out photos from ASCAP’S 3rd Annual Legends Dinner honoring L.A. Reid below:
Photos by Paras Griffin/Getty Images For ASCAP Rhytm & Soul Department)
Country music superstar Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood are currently in Atlanta kicking off their first tour here in over 18 years. The two are slated to perform a string of sold out shows at Philips Arena between the dates of September 19-27. While here in Atlanta the legendary singer/songwriter and his wife took time out of their busy tour schedule to stop by Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. The couple toured the facility, visited with patients and they also held a press conference in regards to the tour and their upcoming album releases. In the press conference Garth Brooks confirmed that his highly anticipated new album will be released on 11/11/14. The new album, which he secretly could not reveal, will be available at Walmart, Target and on GhostTunes, an online music sharing site he started as an alternative to iTunes. While at the press conference I got the opportunity to talk with The Recording Industry Association Of America’s top selling solo artist of the 20th century. Check out the exclusive interview below. #imallovertheplace