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I started rapping at a very young age following in the footsteps of other members in my family which inspired me in becoming a rapper. I started getting in the studio working on making my own cd.

One of the things I enjoy is working with the youth in the community. My ultimate goal is to give a new sound and vibe for my style of music while showcasing my musical talents to the world.

The goal I have set is to create an avenue for my musical talent branding myself into a world wide name in the music industry. I want to have many different awards under my belt for all the hard work required to remain strong.

I'm a person who is a true perfectionist about the art of rap music because I have a story to tell coming from the life and neighborhood that I grew up in allowing people to hear about my world through the eyes of me. I'm looking at myself but I’m not standing in the mirror and my vision is a little bit clearer.

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 My interest and love for music started by watching family members that were in the music game. I picked up the mic at a very young age and when the words started coming out on the mic I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

The inspiration for me in music comes from my dad and many different artists that are out right now.

One of my goals are to make music that is very different from what is popular on the radio and TV and has a great melody with an even greater story. For me perfecting my talent and bringing a different edge to the industry is what is so important to me. I'm also a person that is willing to learn aspect of the music industry and to give my full life story as a artist.

Winning awards and accolades is something every artist would love to have but it can’t happen without growth and drive. I have my set of keys and I am ready to go!!

Who Will be at the BIG DANCE

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For a quarterback, Super Bowl wins are an absolute necessity when it comes to legacy.
It's not necessarily fair or right, because so many factors outside a quarterback's control come into play. I wrote about 10 men who have shaped Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's legacy, and could have listed 100. But the fact is: Super Bowl wins do matter in the conversation about all-time rankings, and for some folks the amount of rings is the be-all, end-all when arguing a quarterback's career.
All four of the remaining playoff quarterbacks could gain a lot with a Super Bowl win this season. The stakes are enormous for each of them. But whose football legacy would change the most with a ring this season? Let's take a look:
You could rank Newton first and I wouldn't argue. We'd perceive any of these four quarterbacks a lot differently with a Super Bowl win. But Newton is the youngest of these four by far, and the argument is that he should have a chance to get that Super Bowl ring at some point down the road if he doesn't win one now.
However, no matter how good Newton is, that might not be the case. Everyone thought Dan Marino would make it back when he lost to Joe Montana in Super Bowl XIX at age 23. He never did. Everyone assumed Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder would end up with a ring or three when he lost to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, but that was four years ago and the Thunder are a clear third in their own conference now.
So it's not wise to assume Newton will win one at some point if he doesn't take advantage of the opportunity now. If he does win, he'll be putting together one of the most unique football resumes ever and be just 26 years old. Marcus Allen is the only player ever to win a Heisman Trophy, national championship, Super Bowl and NFL MVP (Allen got a Super Bowl MVP, too). Newton has the Heisman and national title and he'll get the MVP in a couple weeks. With a Super Bowl, we'd view him in a different light for the rest of time. Even his biggest critics would have to concede. Yeah, he has a lot on the line.
With a Super Bowl win this season, Brady would have five rings. Only Charles Haley can say that now. And in terms of football history, a quarterback with five rings (and Brady's unbelievable numbers through the years) jumps to the front of the line in the greatest quarterback ever discussion. And if he's considered the greatest quarterback ever, he has to be considered the greatest NFL player ever too. And if he's the greatest NFL player, he's in the mix for greatest athlete in American sports history.
So with a chance to basically lock up all of that, he's third? Tough category.
The difference between Brady and the top two is that the needle won't move that much even with another Super Bowl. There's a great argument right now that Brady is the best quarterback ever (I believe he is). A fifth Super Bowl would make Brady's argument stronger, but he'll get a lot of GOAT love either way. Brady could lose Sunday, retire, and he'll have a heck of a football legacy either way. But one more title would put him in a class by himself.
It will be a little weird if Manning wins a Super Bowl. He's clearly not the same guy who won five MVPs. But John Elway wasn't the same guy at the end of the 1997 season, he threw for 123 yards in Super Bowl XXXII, and nobody cared because he won. If you talk about Elway today, nobody will mention that Terrell Davis was the most valuable player on those two Broncos title teams in 1997 and 1998. So maybe it doesn't matter for Manning. All many people see with quarterbacks are rings, and that's it.
it would be very interesting to see how Manning's legacy changes if the Broncos win. There will always be a faction that rip him for not winning more, no matter what. But it's a lot harder to argue that a guy with two Super Bowl rings didn't win enough. Only 11 quarterbacks have multiple Super Bowl wins, and none of them have the records or personal awards Manning has.
Look how Elway's reputation changed in his final two seasons. Manning's legacy would change a lot if he can ride out to the sunset with another title, even if it's the Broncos defense carrying this team.
Let's say that the Cardinals lose Sunday and Palmer retires the next day. It won't happen like that, but let's imagine it does. What will we remember about Palmer's career?
Well, we'll recall he won a Heisman and was the first overall pick. He tore his knee in a playoff game with the Cincinnati Bengals and was never really the same guy after that, until a few good years with the Cardinals. With a loss on Sunday, he'd be a part of one playoff win in his 13 NFL seasons. Not a terrible career by any means, but he'd probably be remembered somewhere between Drew Bledsoe and Vinny Testaverde.
But with one Super Bowl? Everything changes.
With a Super Bowl, Palmer might even get some Hall of Fame buzz. He's 18th all time with 40,036 yards. He's 16th all time with 259 touchdowns. Those numbers won't be enough for him to be viewed as an all-time great, but pair them with a Super Bowl and people would look twice at his candidacy. Kurt Warner didn't play that long. He had more than 10 starts in a season just six times. But he's a Hall of Fame finalist because he won. Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning have had their legacies boosted tremendously by a pair of Super Bowl titles each. It's probably too late for Palmer to win two rings, or for him to go to three Super Bowls like Warner did, but it's undeniable that just getting into the Super Bowl ring club as a quarterback makes everything about your career look a lot better. Did you know Jim Plunkett had a 67.5 career rating with 164 touchdowns and 198 interceptions? Of course you didn't. But you definitely knew that he won two Super Bowl rings.
Palmer hasn't been a great quarterback, and his career hasn't been all that memorable from a historical perspective. But we'd think about Palmer a lot differently if the Cardinals win two more games this season.

Apple's New App

Today, Apple released one of the most amazingly advanced apps it’s ever made—but one aimed at a fraction of its users.

It’s called Music Memos, and it’s for people who write music.
Apple had noticed something about songwriters. When they want to capture little musical ideas, they fall into the habit of recording them into Voice Memos, a simple audio recording app that comes on the iPhone. Apple’s music team thought: “Well, we can do a little better than that.”
Music Memos (free) starts out looking a lot like Voice Memos. There’s nothing there but a Record button. You’re supposed to tap that button and then start noodling on your guitar or piano, playing your idea for future reference. (Other instruments are fine—this means you, ukulele players—but piano and guitar work best.)

There’s no metronome, no click track, no count-off; you just start when you’re ready. (There’s even an Auto mode that begins recording as soon as you start playing, saving you the tap on the Record button.) Understand, your instrument is not plugged into the iPhone; it’s recording only from its microphone.

Your virtual backup combo
So far, none of this is especially impressive. The real magic happens on playback. At that point, the app can add bass and drum parts automatically.

I’ll wait while you recover from that sentence.
If you’re a musician, you must already be scratching your head. How can a little app create bass and drum tracks automatically, without any input from you?
Remember: there was no metronome. So to come up with a drum track, the app must analyze your playing and figure out what the time signature and tempo were, and then create a virtual drummer that plays along with you, even when you speed up or slow down. As you can see in this Music Memos Demo, it does all of this rather spectacularly:

But what about the bass? To come up with an automatic bass line, the software has to do something even more impressive: It has to analyze the harmonies of what you played, and determine for itself what the chords are.
This is a very difficult job. Software that can understand complex harmonies is every bit as amazing as software that can understand spoken English. Maybe harder.

There have been music apps that can transcribe single-line melodies,where only one note at a time is ever sounding (from a flute or a singer, for example). But for software to hear and interpret polyphony—multiple notes played simultaneously (chords), as from a guitar or piano—is astonishingly hard. It’s like asking you to type out the transcript of four overlapping, simultaneous party conversations.

Music Memos is among the first apps ever written that can perform that task—and as far as I can tell, the first free app, for consumers, ever.
How well it works

If you play something pretty straightforward—a blues progression or a fairly straight-ahead rock ditty, for example—Music Memos nails it. You record, you turn on the virtual bass and drums, and hit Play, and your jaw falls out of its socket. As long as you didn’t stray much from the primary chords in the key, the bass plays along perfectly.
(Unfortunately, it’s hard to hear the bass when you’re relying only on your iPhone speaker. It’s loud, clear, and distinct through earbuds, headphones, or speakers.)

The bass player doesn’t always get it right, though, when the harmonies are even slightly more unusual. It simply guesses the wrong notes to play.

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Featured Artist: J Metro

Already having 7 Billboard charting singles, now R&B singer/songwriter J Metro has his eighth charting single to date. "Midnight Dreams", charted this week on Billboard's Hot single sales charts, giving J Metro another career change.

This Houston based, artist has been gearing up to make 2015 his break out year, and that is just what has happen! Making headlines for his most anticipated body of work yet, Sentir Mon Amour has definitely created a new lane for the artist, that continues to put him in conversations with majors in the industry.

Written and produced by J Metro, “Midnight Dreams” is the third single from the neo-soul electrifying album Sentir Mon Amour which is still in the early stages of its success being released on July 10th digitally and in stores August 7th. The leading single “Bodyguard” charted at number 12 on Billboard’s Single Sales Chart, giving the initial push needed for the album to become successful.

J Metro was also featured on Great Day Houston’s Debra Duncan show as the in studio live band. While featured he performed some of hits and a special tribute to the city of Baltimore, MD. During this performance he was set to play “Midnight Dreams” but instead chose “In Our Streets” to address the community issues surrounding breaking news and media portrayals of current happenings.

Right before signing to The Orchard, his single “Shades of Gray” became the artists most successful billboard charting single peaking at #1 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.

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Jas Prince Awarded $11m Settlement

After battling in court with Cash Money Records for months, producer Jas Prince is has reached a $11 million settlement with the famed record label over royalties for their signed artist, Drake.
According to the Jasmine Brand, Prince claimed that he originally discovered and signed Drake to Aspire Music Group in 2007 long before Cash Money. However, CMB signed the OVO singer and agreed to pay Prince and Aspire %22 of Drake’s royalties. 
Like many others deals with Cash Money, the confidential deal with Prince and Aspire went sour, and Jas filed a suit last year for four million in damages. Birdman’s label claimed that the confidential deal was not not signed with Jas Prince but Aspire instead.
In the midst of all of this, Lil Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant, also plays a role in the financial conflict. According to the report, Bryant was an executive for Aspire at the time and was soon sued by Jas Prince for allegedly bringing Drake to Cash Money with the estranged deal. Bryant was eventually fired for auditing Cash Money’s records to see how much the record company owed Aspire in royalties.
On October 6th, Prince appeared in court and called for immediate action due to the increased amount of money owed to the producer, an estimate of 11 Million. Prince believed that Aspire did not sue Cash Money nor did the company collect the amount of money due to the close relationships between Cortez Bryant and Lil Wayne and Cash Money/Young Money. Eventually, two shareholders of Aspire reached a settlement with Prince to pay him $11 million in damages, which is expected to be finalized in a few days.

***NEW MUSIC ALERT*** | Rich Lowe

Growing up in the East NY section of Brooklyn, NY, Rich Lowe was no stranger to hardship. By the age of three years old, both of his parents were incarcerated,

leaving him to depend on his late grandmother Carrie Davis. Music was his only salvation.

Rich Lowe is a singer, song writer and producer; doing it all on his own and making sure not to disappoint. Rich Lowe started singing at the age of 14 as he attended

the Brooklyn High School of The Arts. His music teacher Mrs. Charlene Corbett-
Thomas discovered his talent and from then on Rich dedicated his life to music,
sharing his phenomenal talent with the world. Rich Lowe has had the honor of working with the legendary Erick Sermon, writing, singing and producing his own music in Erick Sermon Def Squad studios. He has also been talked about by Grammy award winning songstress Chrisette Michele as
she hit twitter stating that "Rich Lowe is an amazing R&B talent" after hearing
him sing for the first time.

In 2013, at the age of 21, Rich Lowe was introduced to the world by covering the late legendary Jackie Wilson’s “Lonely Tear Drops” via music video. The music video went viral and caught the attention of many. In 2015, he released his new EP “12:27pm” which is based off of true events in his life. Rich Lowe released “Creep Life” the first visual from the EP, then released "Wounded Soldier" the 2nd visual from the EP, and then the video “Get Enough” showing the world why he's the newest prodigy in R&B music of today.

Rich has co-written and featured on The Conglomerate/Atlantic records recording artist O.T. Genasis single “Don’t Need A Thing” released in May 2012. He has written for Universal Motown artist Ginette Claudette, produced beats for popular emerging hip-hop artists Fred Da Godson and performed at musical showcases throughout NYC.

Rich Lowe is under new management (H-M Management). He’s singing, writing and producing all of his own music; currently promoting his new hit single “Get Enough.” He is working hard toward his goal to being one of R&B’s most phenomenal artists.

****NEW MUSIC ALERT**** Check Out Saint Clarity

Saint Clarity is a super talented music artist from Philadelphia, Pa. He is one of the few artists in today's music industry that keeps artistic creativity alive in music. Self proclaimed ''The most versatile artist in the music industry'', His music catalog covers every genre of music from Pop, EDM, Hiphop, R&B, House, and even country! 

With so many artistic variations Saint Clarity is sure to draw fans from every walk of life, no matter what your music preference is. In an age where creativity is an after thought, Saint Clarity definitely separates his self from the average artist.

Bun B Suggest Local Music selection for HBO

Houstonians tuned in Tuesday night for the season premiere of HBO's "Hard Knocks." The sports documentary series follows the Texans this season, and it seems like the first episode was received well in the city. Except byBun B.
The Houston rapper and Rice University professor took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to call out the series for its music choices.

The tweet spurred musical suggestions songs by Twitter including tunes by Mike Jones and ZZ Top. The most popular suggestion was "Houston," by Slim Thug featuring Paul Wall and ZRo. 

In the Heart of Texas: Hard Knocks,Texans Camp

HOUSTON -- The Texans will be the next subject of HBO's documentary series "Hard Knocks." 
This marks the first time the Texans are the subject of the show, produced by NFL Films, which chronicles training camp.

Though they're new to being featured, Houston and star defensive end 
J.J. Wattmade a cameo on the show last season when the Atlanta Falcons, last year's headliners, traveled to Houston for joint training camp practices.Since its inception in 2001, the show has featured the Ravens, Chiefs, Jets, Dolphins and Falcons once each. The Cowboys and the Bengals have each been featured twice. The Texans are the first team in the AFC South to be featured on the HBO show.
This year, the Texans will travel to New Orleans for joint training camp practices. NFL Films supervising producer Ken Rodgers said the cameras will join the Texans in Louisiana, but the Saints will not be part of the story line.
Teams have the right to refuse the show if they have a new head coach, have been to the playoffs in the past two seasons or if they have been the subject of the show in the past 10 years. The Texans were among nine teams that did not fit any of that criteria.
In the secretive world of the NFL, teams have shied away from the show out of concern for revealing too much.
"We trust them implicitly to handle our preparation," Texans general manager Rick Smith said. "You go to training camp for two primary reasons, to get your football team ready for the season and to figure out who the best 53 men are to accomplish your goals. We feel like that by no stretch of the imagination is this going to prevent us from doing that. We feel very comfortable."
Texans coach Bill O'Brien was not made available to media on Wednesday, but has been part of a behind-the-scenes show before. In 2013, Penn State was the subject of ESPN's "Training Days" series.
"The main thing that were going to emphasize is this is something that is not going to be a distraction for us," McNair said. "We're going to go ahead and carry out our duties as we normally would. I think after a day or two everybody will be used to having the people around and it will be practice and business as usual. I think that it will give everybody in the country an opportunity to get to know our coach better. He's a great coach, great personality, and I think people will see that."

New Music: Tey Yaniis

While music continues to break barriers in today’s society, the older generation of hip-hop/soul lovers tend to diverge from modern day music because of the inability to express lyrics that obtain substance, moral standards and positive world outlooks.

For 25 year old lyricist Tey Yaniis bringing his old soul personality blending genres such as hip-hop, neo-soul, chill out and poetry Tey Yaniis wants to bring an exhilarated experience to today’s new and old generation of music lovers.

Born in Dallas, Texas as Tory Davis he started his musical journey at an early age playing different musical instruments such as the violin, trumpet, and bass cello.  Tey Yaniis realized his potential to rhyme after being inspired by Nas and Lauryn Hill’s single ‘If I Ruled The World’ by writing 20 different versions of the song explaining what he would do if he had the power of being a world ruler.  Tey Yaniis influences include John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Cab Calloway, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, 

The Fugees, Digable Planets, Blackstar, and more. In addition to being a recording artist Tey Yaniis also is a songwriter in which he believes that tapping into a recording artist mind will have maximum results with bringing a masterpiece of a song.

Tey Yaniis is on a mission to bring a timeless sound to worldwide music lovers. Within five months of creating his style of music which consist of neo-soul/hip-hop/chill-out an more Tey Yaniis has already caught the ears of some of todays prominent neo-soul stations and websites supporting his music as the next artist on the rise. Looking to expand his soulful/hipster personality worldwide Tey Yaniis has already proved with his singles such as “coffee brown” prod by Kreatev and “1-Tyme” prod by The drumaddictz his sound is very off-beat but soulful compared to music that is heard in todays mainstream music. Tey Yaniis is currently working on two EP projects with producers Bink Wills and Kahiel Valenti which is shaping his musical journey into what the world has been waiting for timeless, uplifting, elegant soul/hip-hop.

Twitter: @TeyYaniis