IAA NEW MUSIC: TYGA F/ CHRIS BROWN – “F*CK FOR THE ROAD”
Mar 2013 25

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Tyga teams up with Chris Brown on his latest track “F*ck for the Road.”  The young money rapper apologizes to his girl for cheating and tries to make it up to her by expensive gifts.  Due out April 9, Tyga’s album Hotel California also features Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Future, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Jadakiss, and Tupac.  Check out the track below!

IAA NEW MUSIC VIDEO: 50 CENT F/ KENDRICK LAMAR – “WE UP”
Mar 2013 25

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CHAD OCHOCINCO ACCUSES EVELYN LOZADA OF CHEATING ON HIM WITH YMCMB MEMBER
Mar 2013 21

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Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson is in the hot seat again! The ex-NFL player blasted his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada on twitter accusing her of cheating on during their relationship with a member of Young Money.

While arguing with Ev’s publicist Danika Berry, Chad tweeted:

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Danika has yet to respond to Chad, but Evelyn on the other hand shot off a few subliminals aimed at her ex-hubby.

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Just when we thought everything was cool between the two, the war seems to continue. Do you believe Chad’s Allegations?

BEYONCE STARS IN H&M CAMPAIGN
Mar 2013 21

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A few months ago Queen Bey flew off to the Bahamas to celebrate baby Blue Ivy’s birthday, but now we know she was there for another reason.  According to reports, she was there to shoot a number of commercials, print ads and billboards for her new H&M Summer 2013 campaign titled, “Beyonce as Mrs. Carter For H&M.”

While speaking on the commercial, which will be released next month and feature the exclusive Baddie Bey track, “Standing on the Sun”, Beyonce revealed:

It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial. I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun affordable fashion. I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements – fire, water, earth and wind.

Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design at H&M, also revealed that the collection is filled with clothes that fit Beyonce’s personal style and fans can expect pieces such as bodycon dresses, beach gowns, high-waist shorts, sleeveless shirts and tie-dye bikinis.

Are you excited for Beyonce’s H&M campaign.

IAA NEW MUSIC VIDEO: ROBIN THICKE F/ T.I. AND PHARRELL – “BLURRED LINES”
Mar 2013 21

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Robin Thicke ozes sex appeal alongside  T.I. and Pharrell in his video for “Blurred Lines”. The track, produced by Pharrell will appear on Robin Thicke’s upcoming sixth album. Check out the video below!

IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – C.H.I. – ILLINOIS’ HOTTEST STAR!
Mar 2013 21

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Rapper/Poet/Songwriter C.H.I (Creative, Humble, Intellectual)  is hitting the music scene hard and fast.  Known for his lyrical delivery, versatility, and dynamic stage presence, C.H.I. is here to stay.   C.H.I.  pours his heart and soul into each song and continues to show growth as an artist, businessman, and most importantly, a man.

IAA:  What is your music background?

C.H.I:  My main focuses with music are songwriting and performing. I have taken courses on classical music and popular music, so that has given me a more widespread knowledge of music.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

C.H.I:  I love being able to express myself through the art of rhythm and poetry and also rhythm and blues.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

C.H.I:  I consider myself a versatile artist. My music focuses on inspiring people. I want to create a balance between partying and becoming successful.  My music is about concepts within relationships such as sex, love, and heart break.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

C.H.I:  My fan base consists of teenagers and young adults. I direct my music towards people who can relate to many different aspects of life

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

C.H.I:  My top 3 musical influences are Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Tupac. I like Kanye because of his determination and drive. His music is also very unique, which I love. I like Jay-Z because of his lyricism. His tape “Hard Knock Life” is actually the first full tape I can remember listening to. I like Tupac because of his me against the world attitude and his poetic style.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

C.H.I:  I would describe my music as being relatable. You may not relate to every song, but you will know someone who can relate to the songs you don’t.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

C.H.I:  I would say my versatility of being able to talk about many different concepts makes me stand out.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

C.H.I:  I have three projects in the works. My solo mix-tape “Poetic Thoughts in a Musical Mind vol.3” which includes songs and poems. I’m working on an album with my long time musical partner EJay. The last project I’m working on is a mix-tape with the team I and EJay created called D&V (Diverse & Versatile). The team consists of  rappers YD, D Webb, & Pat Clark and producers SheSmacksHard & Tyler On The Beat, and model Alexis Howes.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

C.H.I:  I plan to reach the point of winning many Grammy’s. I also plan on having my team I started with on the same level as myself. Lastly, I want to help be the reason for change in the young community. In ten years, I see myself running my label and being able to come back to my high school and having a scholarship fund in my name for the students.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

C.H.I:  The best place to hear my music is www.youtube.com/chi438 The best way to contact me is on twitter @chisongwriter or facebook at facebook.com/chisongwriter 

IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – ZAIAH DA PLAYA – INDIANA’S HOTTEST STAR!
Mar 2013 20

Zaiah1Falling in love with music as a child, Zaiah Da Playa knew music was his passion. With a strong background in concert, jazz, and marching band, Zaiah fell in love with the piano and taught himself how to play  by ear. Because of his love for musical instruments he eventually started composing and producing his own songs. His production skills paired with his melodic voice proved to be a powerful combination.  Zaiah Da Playa is more than just a newcomer on the music scene, he has the talent and skill set to be a staple in today’s music arena.

ZAIAH DA PLAYA:  My music background consists of classical, jazz, marching band, r&b, hip hop, and pop.

IAA: What inspired you to pursue music?

ZAIAH DA PLAYA:  I was inspired to do music because I believe that people really need to hear something different, fresh, and original.

IAA: What are your songs about?

ZAIAH DA PLAYA:  Most of my songs are about love, relationships, and women.

IAA: Who are your musical influences?

ZAIAH DA PLAYA:  I am influenced by Jamie Foxx, Tank, Ryan Leslie, T-Pain, Omarion, John Legend, Timberland, 9th Wonder, J-Dilla, and a very good friend of mine, name Lesean Gilbert. Lesean Gilbert inspired me to do music in the first place.

IAA: How would you describe your music to people?

ZAIAH DA PLAYA:  My music is different. I provide a fresh sound and a lot of soul due to my church background.

IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist?

ZAIAH DA PLAYA:  I stand out from other artists because I am unique and I am not tied down to one specific type of genre.

IAA: What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on?

ZAIAH DA PLAYA:  I am currently working on a cover song project and my first album, which I produced.

IAA: What are your career goals?

ZAIAH DA PLAYA:  My career goals are to become a successful music producer/singer and get my music out to the whole world. I want to get paid doing what I love tot do.  If I was to never get paid off of my music, I would still do it because it is who I am. I am music.

IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

ZAIAH DA PLAYA:  http://www.reverbnation.com/control_room/artist/1389191/dashboard#!/zaiahdaplaya/songs

http://www.youtube.com/user/MrZaiah1/videos?view=0

http://www.fruitytuts.com/index.php?option=com_community&view=profile&Itemid=305

https://www.facebook.com/ZaiahDaPlaya?ref=hl

JADA PINKETT: WILL BLACK MAGAZINES EVER SHARE THE COVERS WITH WHITE WOMEN
Mar 2013 19

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Jada Pinkett-Smith posted these mock magazine issues to make a point about women of all cultures building a sisterhood where we see behind color. On her Facebook, Jada asked whether or not it’s fair for us as black women to ask to be considered for the cover of mainstream magazines like Cosmo, Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, if we aren’t willing to share our covers with them in return.  She says that with the discussion,  she hopes to spread love and unity for all women regardless of their background by fusing our media as one.

Will there ever be a day in which women will be able to see each other beyond race, class, and culture?

There is a question I want to ask today. I’m asking this question in the spirit of thinking outside of the box in order to open doors to new possibilities. These possibilities may be realistic or unrealistic. I also want to make it clear that there is no finger pointing here. I pose this question with the hope that it opens a discussion about how we can build a community for women based upon us all taking a deeper interest in one another. An interest where skin color, culture, and social class does not create barriers in sharing the commonality of being… women. With love and respect to all parties involved, my question is this…if we ask our white sisters, who tend to be the guardians of the covers of mainstream magazines, to consider women of color to grace these covers, should we not offer the same consideration to white women to grace our covers? Should women extend their power to other women simply because they are women? To my women of color, I am clear we must have something of our own, but is it possible to share in the spirit in which we ask our white sisters to share with us? I don’t know the answer and would love to hear your thoughts.

Jada Pinkett-Smith isn’t the only one who is attempting to erase color lines.  In a message to Rap Radar last month, Jay-Z talked about his desire to be a part of more concerts that featured acts of different races while declaring:

There is NO such thing as BLACK music or WHITE music only GOOD or BAD music..It’s stupid cool to like things that are not like you, and that goes for outside of music..

What are your thoughts?

IAA NEW MUSIC: FAT JOE F/ WIZ KHALIFA AND TEYANA TAYLOR – “BALLIN”
Mar 2013 19

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Fat Joe teams up with Wiz Khalifa and Teyana Taylor for his new single “Ballin. ’” featuring Wiz Khalifa and Teyana Taylor. Joey Crack delivers a flossin flow on the ballers’ anthem, produced by Illa Da Producer and Infared. Check out the track below!

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