Alex Boye describes his music and band as pop music with an African Twist. Several months ago, I came across him while browsing social media. I was very impressed with his original take on covers of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Of’ and ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Afterwards, I watched most of his other YouTube videos then eventually bought Boye’s ‘Lemonade.’
The Husle is a new hip hop persona (state of mind) of Musiq Soulchild created to cater to a sound outside of his R&B mainstay. The Husle is not a rapper, nor is he doing trap music. Explaining to Madame Noire, “I’m the kind of person that I like to entertain people according to what they say entertains them.” The Husel elaborated to the Breakfast Club, “I’m making songs about, whether directly or indirectly, the mentality you have to have in order to be successful in life. Not quitting, not giving up…”
Tired, worn out and ready to give up on her music career, Toni Braxton needed to breathe again. She needed a fresh start, and Babyface gave her a reason to sing.
Life has so many great things to offer like love and career success. Life can also knock you down with all types of challenges that hinder or prevent us from pursuing our passion and dreams. Both Toni Braxton and Kenny Babyface Edmonds are superstars who have delivered hits for the last 20 years. Yet this journey was not all champagne and roses, especially for Braxton with troubles beginning not long after making her professional debut. Since that time, Braxton has gone through two embarrassing bankruptcies, a tough divorce, and is currently learning to live with Lupus, a debilitating disease. Braxton was ready to give up her music career, but Babyface had other ideas and his friendship, love for music, and productions skills led to a moving concept album called Love, Marriage and Divorce.
“To be successful in this business you have to have a lot of determination. You have to have a lot of talent, and you can’t take no for an answer. You can’t let nobody stop you. You have to be solely committed to tear down any obstacle, go around, climb over any kind of pitfall that’s in your way. If you’re not that committed you’ll probably fall short. Hearing no and taking no are two different things. Those are the things, the characteristics that I think you need to survive- especially in the music and movie industry, but to also thrive in it. You have to be unstoppable. ” – Ice Cube [Read more…]