Sean “Diddy”Combs and Revolt TV held the fourth annual Revolt Music Conference (RMC) 2017 where stars, moguls, and aspiring young creators all gathered this past weekend in Miami, Florida. The conference included an array of insightful panel discussions, networking luncheons, live performances and an exclusive experience.
Link – Video Recap By Tia Long
Keynote speaker, CEO and Co-founder of 300 Entertainment, Kevin Liles took the attendees on a musical journey during his discussion titled “The New Record Business”. From Tupac’s “Keep Ya Head Up” to Tee Grizzly’s “First Day Out” Liles and Revolt’s Vice Chairman, Andre Harrell, dissected the new direction of Hip Hop.
Soon after, RMC 2017 made history with the largest panel discussion, Hip Hop vs. Trump. The passionate group of panelists shared their thoughts on the role the industry plays in regards to resolving issues our country has been facing. Hundreds of audience members engaged as speakers like David Banner, T.I, Karen Civil, and more expressed the actions they have been taking in their community.
Highlighting the weekend, Ms. Queen Latifa was honored with the Jimmy Iovine Icon of the Year award at the RMC’s annual gala. The most electrifying performances by R&B sensations, SZA, Daniel Caesar, and the living legend Ms. Lauryn Hill made for an unforgettable night! Take a look at exclusive footage and photos from RMC 2017 here.
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Life has a crazy way of coming full circle. Back in 2013 I met Wyclef Jean at a video shoot here in Hartford, CT. He was shooting a video with Uncle Murda to a song called "Pop Ya Belly Ring" and a model that I managed, at the time, got casted for it (random, I know). This was one of the first times I'd ever been behind the scenes at a music video, with notable artists, green screens, Ferraris and all! Truly a day that helped push me in the direction of the music business, an absolute dream come true.
Welp, that video was never released for whatever reason but we kicked it with Wyclef and got photos and life long memories so it was cool!
So, this month when I got called to attend a show here in CT where the legend would be performing I knew I had to go see him live. I reintroduced myself and mentioned the video shoot from back in the day, and the reminiscing became so easy! It was refreshing to know he remembered that day and details about some of the people there. I told him what I've been up to since then, and naturally an interview happened.
His perspective on what music has become today is very significant to me since he's been apart of music for over 20 years, since the Fugee's first album Blunted on Reality in 1994. During the interview he shared advice for upcoming artists and musicians, and how adapting to the times is what has kept such longevity in his career.
Jean's performance was far from what I expected and I now have a new level of respect for his artistry. This man not only played the guitar, sang, rapped, and worked the stage, but he also DJ'd his own set!!!! SON. All while crowd surfing and sharing blunts with the audience. He has exceeded what it means to be a performer and in my short interview you can feel the energy from him on stage. INCREDIBLE.
Watch and share this interview with all artist that need a boost in creativity because Wyclef Jean is THEE example.
By: Tia Long
Fresh off the stage performing the latest off of the Kairi Chanel EP in Miami, FL, Def Jam’s newest signee took a few moments with us to talk about the rise of his career. Despite the harsh winds from the aftermath of Hurrican Matthew, Dave East demanded the crowd’s attention during his performance at the Global Spin Awards Nomination Special, RMC 2016.
As the protege to Hip Hop mogul, Nas, Dave has been filling some pretty big shoes since early on in his career. The Mass Appeal rapper discussed what it’s been like having Nas as a mentor, and as the executive producer of his upcoming debut album.
“Nas is going to be the Executive Producer on the album, so we really been just locking in with beats, and just different ideas. We recorded a couple of joints together…” he explained.
East shares that he’s been inspired by originators of the NYC sound including Jim Jones, Jadakiss, Styles P, and more.Having only dedicated about five to six years to rapping, Dave East is arguably one of the hardest lyricists in this era of Hip Hop. Not priding himself with melodic mumbling, but instead delivery quality bars and connecting with fans through real life situations. He shares the influence that being a Harlem, NY native has had on his style of music, skill set, and fashion. Like any other creative, Dave admitted in the interview that he may have exaggerated a bit on “Keisha” (the “Warning” esque track) on his new EP.
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By: Tia Long
Talk about living a dream!
Notable music manager and CEO of Music World Entertainment, Matthew Knowles, shared insight on the Managers: Building a Star panel during RMC. I caught up with Mr. Knowles and discussed his views on the state of R&B music, and his excitement for the staple that both of his daughters have made in the game.
“How can you not say that Beyoncé and Solange have influence, that’s kinda like saying does Michael Jackson have influence?”
Knowles also plugged his newest project, working with the girl group Blushhh Music. The female trio consists of two rappers and one vocalist, a combination that Mr. Knowles says has never been done before.
An extremely humble guy, considering all of his accomplishments in the industry. watch our full interview above!
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Team USA’s Long Jump Competitor Michael Hartfield Shares His Journey On The Road To Rio
Connecticut native Michael “Flight” Hartfield, 26, opens up in this interview about what life was like on the long four-year road to Rio. He goes into depth about the determination it takes to become a professional athlete, what motives him when he’s on his mark, and how it’s been for him to set goals after breaking world records.
The Olympian long jumper competed collegiately for the Ohio State Buckeyes before making Team USA. Mike is well known for breaking the legendary, Jesse Owens’ 77-year-old record in the long jump.
“I believe that your perception is your reality and if you tell yourself you can’t do something, then you can’t,” the Adidas signed athlete explained.
“As I started to progress through the years I took that limit off of myself.”
During the interview Mike shares a very emotional detail about his father’s passing and his mother’s recent heart issues, dedicating his success to both parents. Tonight, it all comes together as Hartfield competes in the Long Jump Prelims and Saturday, August 13th in the Olympic Final. Time to dirty those cleats and leave your heart out on the track, keep that US streak going!
“My faith was definitely tested but I persevered and will forever reap the benefits of being able to say I'm an Olympian!” – Michael “Flight” Hartfield
Follow Mike and wish him luck - @FlightHartfield
Since the release of his seventh studio album SLP2, R&B artist Tank has been on the ride of his life with the Sex Love and Pain II Tour. The Grammy nominated singer got together for a night in NYC with his supporting label, Atlantic Records, and Tanqueray to celebrate his newest endorsement for Tanqueray 10. The company announced Tank's signature drink, The General, and toasted to his future as an ambassador.
During this exclusive interview with Tank, he discussed how he approached the sequel to his classic album Sex, Love, and Pain.
"I have to be able to connect anticipation with a great piece of work," he explained.
"The blessing in the process was that people allowed Sex Love and Pain 2 to be it's own project."
Nearly 10 years later, he delivered authentic R&B and incorporated 2016 feel good sounds that attracted to an audience on a larger scale. He went on to share his thoughts on the current state of music, his very own record label R&B Money, and how he maintains being a father, a singer, and an actor.
Take a look at the full interview here.
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Navigating Through The Music Industry: With Jesse Kirshbaum
New York just wrapped one of the biggest weeks in media and technology with it’s 8th annual Social Media Week. From the brains behind companies like Samsung to music industry moguls, these events provided endless opportunities to connect with barrier breakers of our time. We caught up with one in particular, the host of Spotify’s SMWNYC Event and CEO of Nue Agency, Jesse Kirshbaum. Amongst the cast of new series Growing Up Hip Hop, Grammy Award artist Ryan Leslie, and famous blogger Ashley Outrageous, Jesse facilitated a panel discussion about the emergence of music and the digital age.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesse K. had a passion for music and at the early age of just 23-years-old he began his journey as a booking agent, signing the hip hop duo Clipse. Since then he’s contributed to the careers of many successful artists such as Big Sean, Mike Posner, Wale, and more. Kirshbaum tells us in an exclusive interview how he became the CEO of his own creative music agency, how he sees the future of brands in correlation with music, and the importance of evolving with the culture.
Q: Tell us what Nue Agency is exactly.
A. Nue Agency is a creative music shop, so we help brands and tech companies better understand their musical identity and then help activate a strategy around that. The belief is that every brand should have a music strategy. You spend so much on your website, your logo, various social media strategies, but music is the universal language and music is the best way for consumers to cut through the clutter.
Q: What kinds of clients has Nue Agency had since you’ve started?
A. We work with everyone from large brands to emerging tech start ups and everything inbetween. Some of our clients are the Mondelēz, Sour Patch Kids who we built out the program called “The Patch” with them and we handle all of the artist bookings, we produce CRWN the hit web series with Elliot Wilson, we produce the Flash Forward Awards, and many other ventures. We work with a number of tech companies that we help either on a retainer, or even on equity and assist them in breaking into the mainstream.
Q: You mentioned Sour Patch Kids. What is “The Patch” exactly in regards to musicians and artists?
A. It’s really about supporting artists in a genuine and authentic way. So if you’re a young artist and your touring, life on the road can be very expensive and staying in white wall hotels can be very uninspiring. So we’re putting artists into these creative havens, these houses to stay while in the city. We’ve taken over three houses, one in Brooklyn, NY, one in Austin, TX, and one now in Hollywood, CA that just opened. Essentially we are housing the artists where they can create, cook, do laundry, etc. it’s a super comfortable place for them while on the road. Simply type in the hashtag #BrooklynPatch to see photos and what goes at the houses.
Q. You have a very credible resume in the music industry, how did your career start?
A. I started right of college in the electronic record business. I thought electronic music was going to be the rave so I went to work at a record label. Soon enough I realized there wasn’t much of a business selling electronic records at the time so I moved into booking. At 23-years-old I signed a group called Clipse and they shot to #2 on the pop charts. We worked with a lot of great artists, so when I moved back to New York and knew that working with artists was a passion of mine I started Nue Agency initially as a talent agency. We found and developed artists and handled their bookings and eventually pivoted the company about 18-months ago to be this creative music agency which is where I think the industry is going. Partnering with brands and tech companies and creating platforms is now the focus.
Q. What can you say contributed the most to the success of your career so far?
A. I think it’s consistency. I think it’s nonstop grind and hustle and just constantly trying to move the needle. Whether it be with an artist project, or with a brand project, or a creative endeavor, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve. Our current business is very goal oriented, at the end of the day it’s music which is such a dynamic business so staying on top of things delivers great results.
Q. What advice can you give to someone interested in embarking on a career in music?
A. Music is such a passionate space. You don’t come into this business for money, you come into this music business because you genuinely want to do this, and you’re attracted to a component of the industry or to the music itself. So I would say start with a question of “how can I add value?” Once you do that, continue to add value to every conversation you have, every meeting you had, every place you go. If you do that you will learn more, build relationships with the right people, and gain skills and expertise. This business is all about who you know and what you can do! Figure that out first, mix it with a strong hustle and you can be a force in this industry.
Learn more about Nue Agency on their website NueAgency.com and connect with the CEO @JesseKay and the team @NueAgency.
By: Tia Long
I had the privilege to go backstage with the legendary R&B trio, Sisters With Voices aka SWV. Lelee, Taj, and Coko shared their opinion on the state of R&B, who their MCM's were back in the 90s and we got to see them perform live at B.B.King's Blues Club & Grill in NYC.
This moment was not only humbling, but incredibly life changing for me. With short time before they had to hit the stage, these ladies sat with me, laughed, and shared information with me that I wouldn't know otherwise. Instead of allowing my nerves to get the best of me, I thought this is a dream come true and I have to embrace it. Take a look at the live performance and behind the scenes footage with SWV above!
Also, be sure to get their new album Still available everywhere now.
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Some may have caught by surprise from this new voice featured on Chris Brown’s album but when invited to this young lady’s listening session there was no doubt about it I’d be there. Taylor Parks, also known as Tayla Parx, is no new kid on the block when it comes to music. At the fresh age of 22 years old, Parx has been recognized with three Grammy nominations and has landed placements with some of R&B’s biggest names.
The Dallas, TX bred Taylor had her first taste of the arts at just 9 years old when she joined Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy. Flaunting that bubbly personality and undeniable talent she turned her singing and dancing hobby into what would soon become her career. In the interview she shares how taking a leap of faith landed her an acting role in the 2007 classic musical Hairspray, and in television series Gilmore Girls, Everybody Hates Chris, Bones, and more.
Moving to LA permanently was the first step to tackling showbiz and the music industry one opportunity at a time. Tayla put her pen to work landing her first placement on Sevyn Streeter’s “Call Me Crazy But…” album, and later adding credits with Ariana Grande, J-Lo, Jason Derulo, Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony and more. “Random” is how she described ending up on Chris Brown’s Royalty album, as a feature on “Anyway”. Right place right time lead to the introduction to Tayla Parx the artist.
Her incredible range and raspy tone is one that’s been missing from R&B recently, and in this exclusive interview she says she wants to be the one to fill that void. Parx is already preparing an EP to debut this spring and is also up for a Grammy for her work on The Internet’s Ego Death album. Watch the full interview here!
Sevyn Streeter has exceeded all expectations as a young girl out of Haines City, Florida. Only after a few minutes of sharing a couch with the singer her genuine and light hearted ora was easily felt as she explained how she ended up with her stage name. Born as Amber Streeter, she gives thanks to her parents Tim and Karen for the name that helped her reach fame. Her mother gave birth to her at seven months, on the seventh month and the seventh day, and since it's been impossible for her to escape the lucky number and soon just claimed it.
In this exclusive interview with the Grammy Award winning songwriter, she tells us how she overcame the struggles of transitioning into a solo artist, and finding balance between fame and reality, and gives the ladies some relationship advice. This past week it was announced that her longtime relationship with label mate BOB is history. No shade, but Sevyn seemed unbothered with the idea of being single and shared how to turn heartbreak into a pay check. When asked how many "get out of jail free" cards do you give a man, she bluntly stated -
"We all have that place that if the right person pushes you, you can go there. You know your limit and the limit is different for every woman, but for me it's like that limit right before you cause me to hop all the way out of my character. I'm not gonna let you do that!"
Most artists in a vulnerable state, whether it's a breakup, a tragedy, or new transition will turn to their craft to release the negative energy and create a memorable body of work. Staring directly in the camera she goes on to say -
"I'll write a song about you before I let you do that and I'll make paper off of you before I let you do that."
On Instagram recently, the singer turned heads and opened eyes when she mentioned the "Crabs in a barrel" struggle for women in music.
During the interview, Sevyn shared her thoughts about this separation between women in R&B and her dreams to one day get power houses Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Tinashe, Jazmine Sullivan, etc. all in the booth for a new age women's anthem. It's been entirely too long since a "Lady Marmalade" esque record has been released and the strongest women in music are responsible to make it happen.
This added more reasons to the list Seven Reasons We Love Sevyn Streeter for sure! Take a look at the full interview here and watch her sing her remix to Tory Lanez's "Say It".
By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)
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This young man has not only managed to steal the show with his jaw dropping looks, but dominates his bad boy role and claims his character!
The finale of Starz hit series Power has fans at the edge of their seats, eager to catch next season. The show introduced the newest cast addition, Rotimi, who plays "Dre" in Season 2 and lets just say the ladies aren't mad at all! The 26-year-old Jersey native has been acting only since 2011 but takes on his role as if he's well seasoned. Rotimi has singer/songwriter on his resume and just released his single "Lotto" featuring his boss 50 cent. He tells us music has been his passion since the age of 6 and although acting came secondary to his music, he has equal love for both aspects of his career. Take a look at our exclusive interview and here how he landed the role of "Dre", what he looks for in a woman, and get some insight on Season 3 of Power!
The beatbox needs a little work but Tiara Thomas rips this freestyle!
Singer, songwriter, and lyricist Tiara Thomas is making her return to music on a higher level, all puns intended. Her official break in the industry started when MMG artist Waleteamed up with the college graduate for the platinum selling record “Bad”. It came to no surprise when Tiara’s career skyrocketed after the release of the hit single, and soon after signed to industry power house Rico Love. Currently Thomas has separated from her contract with Rico’s Division One label and is releasing her a project next month solo. Tiara tells us about the progression of her music career, the EP Up In Smoke that is set to be released August 12th, and spills who she would F, Marry, or Kill out of Mack Wilds, Fetty Wap, and Kendrick Lamar.
I had the honor of speaking with Grammy Award Winning singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger. The moment was one I still can't fathom, but regardless, Cuffing Season is on the way! 7/10/15. Watch the full interview here!
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This YouTube sensation has easily blossomed into a superstar!
Capitol Records recording artist Tori Kelly, hailed as an “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone, USA Today and SPIN – will release her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, on June 23. Max Martin (Katy Perry, P!nk, Taylor Swift) served as executive producer onUnbreakable Smile and featured artists include Ed Sheeran, LL Cool J and Daye Jack.We caught up with Tori to discuss the evolution of her music, and what to expect on the debut album!
1. So you come from a very diverse background, and your parents were obviously responsible for how radiant you are. Tell us how responsible and instrumental they were/are for your musicianship.
I think the fact that both of my parents are music lovers, and they love a lot of different genres of music, I think that really helped my childhood. My mind was filled with all different types of quality music and that’s helped even my sound now. When I’m in the studio I have this confidence now to try whatever and not feel limited to a specific sound. So it’s cool because I feel like I get to experiment with different things so I definitely give credit to my parents for that.
2. So there are fans like myself that have been listening to you since YouTube and your EP’s Forward and Handmade Songs. Can you tell us how your music has evolved since then and what makes Unbreakable Smile so special?
I definitely think I’ve grown a lot since that time, and I’m really thankful for those EP’s that I put out. Because I did get to experiment and kind of figure out my sound, figure out what works and what doesn’t, and figure out what I like to sing. So, my writing, my lyrics have matured naturally as I’ve gotten older. A lot of my songs back then, I used to start them with a guitar so it was very singer/songwriter driven, and I wanted to challenge myself to see what my writing would be like if I put down the guitar for a little bit. I think that opened up a whole new layer of songwriting for me by doing that. Now when I go back to using my guitar for shows, it’s cool because I’m approaching it from a new dynamic and I have to learn the song all over again to be able to play it.
It all came full circle though because as a kid I never played guitar, singing was my instrument guitar came way later. So it’s good to know that I can pick it up but also know that I don’t need it, it’s not a crutch. That definitely plays into my sound having the option to do acoustic versions of songs.
3. If you had to choose, what is your favorite record on the album and why?
Ugh, that’s such a hard question, they’re all my babies! I think there’s still something about the title track Unbreakable Smile. It just seems to be like the theme of this chapter of my life, and it was the first song that I wrote for the album too so it kind of set the tone for everything. There’s things in that song that broke me out of my shell, I was holding in a lot of feelings for a while so once I wrote that song I just felt like a whole new person and songwriter. It’s also one of my favorites to perform live too.
4. How was it working with Swedish music producer Max Martin on the album?
Working with Max was absolutely amazing, he came into the picture at the perfect time because I had a lot of songs already done that were really heartfelt and I put a lot of myself into them but there still wasn’t that common thread to tie everything together. When he came in to work on the album, I honestly wasn’t for sure if he’d even be a fit but I was like okay let’s see how this goes. In the end, I was very very happy with everything that came out of those sessions. I think the biggest thing was that he accepted me as a writer, so he listened to my ideas too and it was very collaborative. It wasn’t like a situation where I walked in and the song was already done, he really wanted to make a song that catered to me as an artist. It was an amazing experience working with him!
5. Do you write most of your music from a personal place? Like who is responsible for “Should’ve Been Us”?
It’s a little bit of both to be honest. I think when I’m writing there are some songs that come straight from me, like I don’t even care sometimes if people will be able to relate to it or not because I just have to say it. Then there’s other times when I’ll be writing and I’ll tweet an idea to make it a little more relatable but at the end of the day, I have to connect to the song or else it just doesn’t feel real.
6. Lastly, what does Tori Kelly do when she has a moment to herself, off tour, no studio time?
I honestly like to just chill, and be with my own thoughts for a little bit to not let the chaos of everything really get to me. I also just like to sit and hang out with people, I’m not the type of person who constantly needs to do something. My downtime lately has been just hanging out, especially since my life is planned out, there’s always something in the schedule.
7. You’re performing in NYC the day of your album release June 23rd, what can we expect during the show?
Oh man, well you guys are getting sort of the tail end of the tour so we will hopefully be 100% ready to go by then. All the kinks of the tour should be worked out by then. But I think you nailed it, it’s the album release date so I don’t know what I’m going to be feeling that day. I’ll probably be bouncing off the walls! Or I’ll probably just be speechless because that’s going to be a very special day. My band will be with me, there will also be some acoustic moments, and I think people can just expect a really good time. It will definitely be very emotional for me.
Catch Tori at the Best Buy Theater on June 23!
-Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)