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Yes, I’ve heard her name throughout the Industry for her songwriting skills, She dropped a pretty hot mix-tape titled ‘KING ME’ last year that has been resurrected. I’m listening to it now and so far, so good! I’ll be watching this chick! With people like Industry greats TIMBALAND + MISSY ELLIOTT on her team she has a good chance of winning! Download her mix-tape here and check out some background below.
“Lyrica Anderson started her music career at a young age.She’s collaborated with numerous artists like Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Britney Spears & Demi Lovato. She’s had a #1 charting record on Billboard by the artist Charice feat. Iyaz (“Pyramid”) and two more on Demi Lovato’s Unbroken album, with one of the tracks was (“All Night Long“). She is currently signed to the record label Mosley MusicGroup a division of Interscope Records.”
Having been in the Music Business several years you hear about others doing their thing behind the scenes like myself. Professional songwriter Lyrica Anderson is one of them. Well, she’s stepping from behind the shades as a sultry new R&B artist. Check out the visuals from her KING ME mix-tape. Download it here! It dropped last year, but it recently sparked a lot of online attention and for good reason! xo
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADY GAGA!!! WISHING YOU MANY MORE!
I remember when I first met Miss Gaga. I was working at Interscope Records and before she was signed to the record label she would come by with Vincent Herbert from her management team. She dressed super ‘out there’ then, even before she was famous! She would walk by my desk and each and every time I’d think to myself, “Who is this girl?” In a good way! I loved her style and her confidence. She walked throughout the building with such assurance. Once we officially signed her to the label she was introduced to the staff once again, but this time as “Our new superstar”! And that she was! Shortly after, we were listening to the final touches of her debut album ‘The Fame’ and viewing the first edit of her video ‘Just Dance’. I met producer RedOne at this time as well; a very humble-talented guy. He produced one of my favorite records from Gaga: ‘Boys, Boys, Boys’. So, Lady Gaga knew this was her destiny, she owned it before it officially happened. That’s how you have to live life people! xo @rozOonTheGo
In honor of the 10th Anniversary for 50’s debut album ‘GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’! I’m still amazed that it’s been 10 years! I was blessed to work with Curtis at the beginning of his career, when it’s most important! From working his records ‘Ya Life’s On The Line’ & ‘How To Rob’ (amongst others) at radio & nights in the studio; It was inspiring to see this ‘street guy’ going against the odds & still come out winning! Smart guy, making smart moves; still! ‘In Da Club’ earned the #1 spot on Billboard’s 2003’s singles and album of the year. It’s a classic album that was released on Aftermath/Shady/Interscope Records on February 6, 2003. The production was epic with credits from Dr. Dre and Eminem. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart selling a staggering 872,000 copies in it’s first week! If you don’t have this album and you claim to ‘love rap music’ something’s wrong! Love is love! xo @rozOonTheGo
I’m still warming up to and getting to know a little bit more about this guy Trinidad James. It seems he’s making a lot of noise especially after recently signing a coveted deal with Def Jam Records after a bidding war that is said to have included Maybach Music Group and Interscope Records. The legendary label won the war. I’ve missed several appearances like the one where Trey Songz brought him out at Madison Square Garden or when he ‘tore down’ Santos Party House in New York and Art Basel and LIV in Miami. But me being ‘on the go’ so often, I can’t be everywhere at once! That would be kinda dope huh?! Ok, so apparently Trinadad James has been recording consistently for about a year and he released the ‘Don’t Be S.A.F.E.’ mix-tape in July. xo @RozOonTheGo
On ‘All Gold Everything’:
“Don’t judge the whole man by ‘All Gold Everything,’” James promises. “‘All Gold Everything’ was for a reason. I made that for the hood because I grew up in the hood, but I didn’t want to make a regular hood song. That was my type of hood song. I tell you about what I really do, what I really came up doing, what I really am. But that’s not the whole identity of me. ‘All Gold Everything’ is just one of my lanes that I can do.”
It’s a Tuesday evening in early October and Kendrick Lamar just dozed off in the back of a black mini coach. He’s got a black Top Dawg Entertainment hooded sweatshirt pulled low over his eyes as the inexplicable in-car entertainment, a live recording of the Blue Man Group, dances across a screen at the front of the cab. Midtown Manhattan is gridlock. In the rearview is 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where Lamar just marked his first network TV appearance, taping a performance of his single “Swimming Pools (Drank)” for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Ahead is a meet-and-greet at the Soho Apple Store, where he’ll participate in an onstage Q&A with AllHipHop.com founder Chuck Creekmur and do another performance of “Swimming Pools” to promote pre—orders of his highly anticipated TDE/Aftermath/Interscope debut, “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” which went live the night before and immediately shot the project to the top of iTunes’ hip-hop/rap chart. In between: van chatter, the Blue Man Group or a few minutes to steal a few Z’s. Can you blame him for choosing door No. 3?
Azealia Banks is making more waves on social media, this time taking to Tumblr to make a few career-altering announcements.
In a post titled “No Longer Wishing To Be a Rapper,” Banks explained that she would be considering herself a “vocalist” from now on, and that she deleted her Twitter account because it “makes [her] too accessible.”
“No longer wishing to be a rapper,” she wrote. “i never was…. and as soon as i started paying attention to bulls—- urban media, i started getting myself in trouble. From now on i’m a vocalist, and will not be associating myself with the “rap game”… or whatever the f—- that means… no more twitter for me… it makes me entirely too accessible. Catch me on tumblr… it’ll be more interesting.”
Banks created a stir on Twitter last week after news broke that she was splitting from Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter, whom she had signed with in April. Carter, for his part, told Billboard.biz “I can confirm that I ended the business relationship with Azealia last month on very amicable terms. She’s incredibly talented and I wish her nothing short of an amazing career.”
“People say, ‘You just got famous on YouTube.’ I’m like, ‘So? You didn’t get famous anywhere.’”
When Azealia Banks’ DIY video for “212” first hit YouTube last September, featuring the 20-year-old London-based Harlem native decked in an acrylic Mickey Mouse sweater and spitting out raunchy, swaggering rhymes, she became the instant infatuation of more than just music bloggers: Interscope Records signed her; Karl Lagerfeld invited her to perform at his Paris home; Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted about her. Banks’ daredevil humor and compulsively catchy mix of rap and throbbing house beats also prompted Mugler designer Nicola Formichetti to task her with scoring his fall 2012 men’s runway show, for which she teamed up with producer Paul Epworth (who won four Grammys for his hand in Adele’s 21 and will work with Banks on her major-label debut, out in September) to record the show’s techno-hip-hop hybrid track, “Bambi.” How’d the girl in the Disney knockoff become a fashion icon? “ ‘212’ is arrogant,” says Banks, “and fashion is arrogant. Selling beauty means convincing people that you have something they want.”—Nojan Aminosharei
The song soars with a 28% increase to 18 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
“UP!” debuted at No. 96 on June 11, 2011, and reached No. 70 in an original 19-week chart run. After ranking at No. 95 on the Oct. 29, 2011, chart, the song didn’t reappear until Feb. 4. Before the re-entry, “UP!” was being promoted independently until LoveRance was signed to Interscope. Once he was signed, the song was then promoted with the addition of 50 Cent as a featured act. Armed with Interscope’s promotional force, the song accelerated its ascent to the top 10.
(How best to describe LoveRance? Well, according to his tumblr page: “Artist, poet, college student, promoter, home wrecker, porn star, buns watcher, party starter (and) all-around cool kid.”)
Hip-hop collective Black Hippy — comprised of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul — has reportedly signed a joint venture deal with Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, Top Dawg Entertainment founder, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, told Fader. The move might not come as much of a surprise if you’ve been following Black Hippy for some time now. Rumors of an association with Aftermath founder, Dr. Dre, have been swiriling from the get-go.
Back in February, Kendrick and ScHoolboy talked to The Juice on their upcoming records, Q’s then-recently released “Habits & Contradictions,” as well as releasing music independently.
“The pros of being independent always have been to have that creative control,” Kendrick told The Juice, “not only with your music but how you go about putting it out. At the end of the day, me putting out that free music helped me to get where i’m at now. i don’t have the money to distribute my music out there—that’s really the con of being independent.”