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Spotify Premieres New Podcast Series Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty

Host Reggie Ossé (aka Combat Jack) tells the story of the music executive who changed hip-hop and shaped the careers of some of its most beloved artists: LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, and more. With one of the most illustrious careers in music, Chris Lighty rose to the pinnacle of musical success before an untimely end. This story is broader than just music — it’s the story of the American Dream. The series will be hosted by Reggie and feature commentary from Russell Simmons, Fat Joe, Warren G, Troy Carter and others. It is produced in partnership with Gimlet Media and Loudspeaker Network.

Check out the new podcast HERE.

Series Description

Chris Lighty’s story is the story of hip-hop. His childhood in the Bronx was soaked in 1970’s hip-hop culture, the first electric moments of a brand-new scene. Lighty fell in love with the music, and soon he was carrying crates of records for the pioneering DJ Red Alert, and hitting the road with legendary acts like The Jungle Brothers and De La Soul. Then he became a hip-hop legend himself: discovering artists like Foxy Brown and Fat Joe, making the careers of superstars like 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes, and masterminding some of the industry’s most lucrative deals. Lighty was the rare executive who was comfortable in both the streets and the boardroom. But while he expertly managed the lives of everyone around him, his personal problems became unmanageable. And in 2012, he was found dead at his house in the Bronx, an apparent suicide that left the music world reeling.

Touching on issues of race, mental illness, the commercialization of hip-hop, and the price of success, Mogul: The Life & Death of Chris Lighty will unpack Lighty’s’ story in a 6-episode podcast miniseries. The project features interviews with Lighty’s family and friends, stories from hip-hop luminaries like Russell Simmons, Warren G and Fat Joe, and previously unheard recordings of Chris Lighty himself. It is hosted by Reggie Ossé, who comes to the project from his critically acclaimed hip-hop interview podcast The Combat Jack Show. Produced as a collaboration between Gimlet Media and Loud Speakers Network, Mogul will be released as a Spotify exclusive on April 27.                           

 

Episode One

In this episode, we meet Chris and his family and hear about what it was like to grow up in the Bronx in the 1970s. We also learn about a new form of music that started to germinate through park jams held across the city—the music that would come to be known as hip hop. From there, we follow Chris from the park jams to the emerging hip hop club scene, where he takes the first step on the road to becoming a mogul.

 

Voices: DJ Red Alert, Fat Joe, Jessica Brooks (Chris’ mom), Nicole Lighty (Chris’ sister), Darryl Thompson (Chris’ best friend), Chris Ali (Chris’ childhood friend), Dan Charnas, Joan Morgan, and AB Butler.

 

Episode Two

In this episode, Chris really kicks off his career in the music industry, road managing the Jungle Brothers and touring with them across the US. After a successful stint with the JBs, Chris’ talent is recognized by Lyor Cohen of Def Jam. The transition from scrappy road manager to hip hop executive is not an easy one, though, and to really succeed, Chris will be forced to leave his past behind.

 

Voices: Russell Simmons, The Jungle Brothers, DJ Red Alert, Dan Charnas, Chris Ali, and Chris Lighty.

 

Episode Three

In this episode, Chris rises through the ranks of Def Jam and has his first big break in the industry when he signs the then-unknown Warren G. Warren’s first album is massive and Chris is, for the first time, taken seriously as a creative executive. But he’ll still need his street smarts when an epic showdown with hip hop’s bogeyman, Suge Knight, happens at the climax of the episode.

 

Voices: Warren G, Paul Stewart, Russell Simmons, Dan Charnas, and Chris Lighty.

 

Episode Four

In this episode, we discover that being a hip hop manager isn’t all champagne, private jets, and 5 star hotels. In fact, it’s a job that’s incredibly stressful, particularly when you’re managing a number of temperamental and unpredictable performers. To make matters worse, Chris’ hot streak at Def Jam ends, and he is eclipsed by a new wave of executives.

 

Voices: Fat Joe, D Nice, N.O.R.E, Blue Williams, Sophia Chang, Kevin Liles, and Chris Lighty.

 

Episode Five

When this episode begins, Chris is at a career low-point. He’s on his way out of Def Jam and a number of recent ventures haven’t paid off. So he takes a chance on a controversial rapper from Queens who was, at the time, an industry pariah. That rapper turns out to be 50 Cent, and the pair make millions together through their Vitamin Water endorsement deal. But success in hip-hop is fleeting, and chaos in Chris’ personal life puts him back at the grind, hustling for his next big deal in the midst of a global recession.

 

Voices: Sha Money XL, Dan Charnas, Sophia Chang, Tiffany Lighty (Chris’ Daughter).

 

Episode Six

Chris’ life ends suddenly in 2012. In this episode, we find out the circumstances surrounding his death, and probe what actually happened on the day he died.

 

Voices: Tiffany Lighty, Jessica Brooks, Nicole Lighty, Darryl Thompson, Chris Ali, Sophia Chang, Joan Morgan, and AB Butler.

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Watch: Music Producer & Musician Evan Brown and Clothing Line Eye Hunee Collaborate in New Commercial

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Music producer and musician Evan Brown, who is known for his work with Ali Caldwell of NBC’s The Voice (Season 11), Ja Rule, Fat Joe, and Youth Soul Love, just to name a few, has partnered with clothing line Eye Hunee in their new commercial that was released today. With Evan Brown’s passion for music and fashion, in the commercial, you can see his style as he wears pieces from the collection such as the dad hat and the tye-dye shirt, and he gives you an inside look of him producing the track “The Breakdown” featuring rapper JayPrezi. He gives a breakdown of how he composes the instrumental to recording the vocals while incorporating his signature sound of the piano into the music.

“I wanted to partner with Eye Hunee because I love their pieces and I feel it fits with my style and music. Also, I wanted to try something different of incorporating my music into this commercial and showing me in action as a producer and musician.” – Evan Brown

Brown has had many accomplishments over the years such as being a Grammy Foundation alumnus, working under the eyes of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs of Bad Boy Records, and working with several well-known artists. He has been featured in a pilot television series by MTV called Fast Track. As a music director, he has coordinated and performed in numerous live performances in the United States such as The Smokers Club Tour and BET Music Matters. Evan’s goal is to show him as a music producer who not only can make a beat for a song, film, or television but is a musician and music director and composer.

With his collaboration with clothing line Eye Hunee and consistently posting photos on his social media of his fashion style, he is becoming known as a fashion enthusiast and trendsetter.

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#GrammyWeekend: BMI’s ‘How I Wrote That Song’

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On Saturday, February 11 Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI®) celebrated the 10th anniversary of How I Wrote That Song® at 1 Oak Los Angeles. The popular pre-GRAMMY event, sponsored by Swisher Sweets, brought together some of the hottest hitmakers in the industry. DJ’d by Mannie Fresh and moderated by BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton, this year’s panel featured rap superstar Fat Joe, GRAMMY Award-winning music producer Alex Da Kid, country songwriting sensation Dallas Davidson and prolific singer-songwriter Lauren Christy.

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Fans had the chance to listen as the panelists discussed everything from their creative process and biggest inspirations to collaborating with artists and producers of different genres. Alex Da Kid talked about his work with Imagine Dragons on the smash hit “Demons” and X Ambassadors on the catchy single “Renegades,” which peaked in the top ten in ten countries. Lauren Christy discussed her work on Enrique Iglesias’ “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” and Iggy Azalea’s “Team” before treating the audience to a performance of “Complicated,” her hit song with Avril Lavigne. Dallas Davidson also got in on the action with an acoustic version of the number one single “Gimmie That Girl” written by his songwriting team, The Peach Pickers and recorded by country singer Joe Nichols. Davidson also opened up about collaborating with Blake Shelton on “Boys ‘Round Here” and penning Lady Antebellum’s “Just A Kiss,” which debuted and peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  Fat Joe kept the crowd entertained with witty insight on working with producer Scott Storch on his smash hit and first number one record, “Lean Back” and also spoke about the making of the GRAMMY-nominated single, “All The Way Up.”

For ten years BMI’s How I Wrote That Song ® has provided aspiring songwriters with the unique opportunity to learn about the art of songwriting, producing and performing straight from the industry’s hottest GRAMMY-nominated and award-winning artists.Previous participants have included Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Nas, will.i.am, RedOne, Zac Brown, Cee Lo Green, B.o.B, Kara DioGuardi, Seal, Luke Laird, Claude Kelly, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Wilson, Common, Colbie Caillat, Linda Perry, Salaam Remi, Rev Run, RZA, The Madden Brothers and more.

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Fat Joe & Remy Ma Reveal ‘Plata O Plomo’ Artwork and Tracklist

Fat Joe and Remy Ma are fresh off announcing the release date for their collaborative album Plata O Plomo, due out February 10.

Today, the Terror Squad duo reveal the artwork and tracklisting for the upcoming effort. The 12-track offering includes this past summer’s banger “All The Way Up,” and features The-Dream, Sevyn Streeter, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana, and Kent Jones.

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Fat Joe, Remy Ma, and French Montana performing “All The Way Up” on The Real.

Be on the lookout for the “Money Showers” visual dropping soon and in the meantime peep the tracklisting below.

Plata O Plomo
1. Beast ft. Elley
2. Swear To God ft. Kent Jones
3. Spaghetti ft. Kent Jones
4. All The Way Up ft. French Montana & Infrared
5. How Can I Forget ft. Kent Jones
6. How Long (Interlude)
7. Say Yes ft. Sevyn Streeter & BJ The Chicago Kid
8. Heartbreak ft. The-Dream
9. Cookin’ ft. French Montana & RySoValid
10. Money Showers ft. Ty Dolla $ign
11. Too Quick ft. Kingston
12. Dreaming ft. Stephanie Mills

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Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and Fat Joe & Remy Ma Win Big at Soul Train Awards 2016

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 celebrated the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop by highlighting both returning legends and breakout stars with unrivaled musical moments and titillating performances. The awards show, which aired tonight on CENTRIC and BET, was hosted once again by the funkadelic Godmother of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, who also served as Executive Producer.

Beyoncé led the night’s winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year. Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared took home two awards of their own, Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) and Best Collaboration, for their smash hit “All the Way Up.” Artists were honored across 12 different categories and additional winners included Kanye West featuring Teyana Taylor for Best Dance Performance for “Fade,” Chance the Rapper (Best New Artist), Anderson .Paak (Centric Certified Award), Andra Day “Rise Up” (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award), Maxwell (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Kirk Franklin “123 Victory” (Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.)

The evening marked the inaugural Soul Train Awards since BET Networks officially acquired Soul Train earlier this year and it did not disappoint. The night featured crowd-loving classics and current favorites from the best Soul artists of yesterday and today.

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Dru Hill kicked off the Soul Train Awards 2016 with the ultimate throwback of their 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.”

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Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then took the stage solo to perform his late 90’s mega-hit “Thong Song.”

 

An endearing and  inspired Jill Scott presented Brandy with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, who went on to blow the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.

 

Soulful newcomers Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters” and “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. joined Badu on stage for their recently released single, “WiFi.”

The awards ended on a high note with Teddy Riley pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable showcase following his receiving of the night’s highest honor, the Legend Award. Riley brought out retro hitmakers and past collaborators including Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect and Guy for a medley of classics including “My Prerogative,” “Remember the Time,” “Rump Shaker,” and more.

Alongside the amazing performances, the second annual Soul Cypher, featuring Erykah Badu, Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the incomparable Gladys Knight was another musical moment not to be forgotten.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 WINNERS

Best New Artist – Chance the Rapper

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Maxwell

Centric Certified Award – Anderson .Paak

Video of the Year – Beyoncé – “Formation”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Song – Kirk Franklin – “123 Victory”

Album/Mixtape of the Year – Beyoncé – “Lemonade”

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé

Song of the Year – Beyoncé

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Rise Up” – Written by Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)

Best Dance Performance – Kanye West (Dance Performance featuring Teyana Taylor) – “Fade”

Best Collaboration – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 are produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen G. Hill and Connie Orlando from BET; and Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment.

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Tony Sunshine Debuts New Single “Close” prod. Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson and Trilogy [New Music]

Former Terror Squad artist Tony Sunshine is back with an amazing crossover Caribbean chick banger called “Close”. This hit was produced by industry veterans Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson and Trilogy for Platinum Boy Music Inc.

PB music has produced hits for Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Trey Songz, Jennifer Lopez, and now Tony Sunshine. Sunshine’s record is inspired by reggae legend Maxi Priest’s “Close to you” which was released in the early 90’s. Bronx Bred Tony has always added a touch of Caribbean flavor in his music.

Tony Sunshine is known for lending his soulful voice to classic Terror Squad tracks such as, Fat Joe’s “ All I Need” and Big Pun’s “100” just to name a few.

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2016 BET Hip Hop Awards [Photos]

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Check out some exclusive photos from this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards red carpet with DJ Khaled, Desiigner, Jeezy, Jidenna, Lil Yatchy, Gucci Mane, Dave East, DJ Drama, Fat Joe, Papoose, Remy Ma, Migos, Young MA, The-Dream, Young Thug, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Fabolous and more.

Photo Credit: JMartin Visuals for Stuff Fly People Like 

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Fat Joe and Remy Ma Have Been “Cookin” Up Another Banger ft. French Montana and Rysovalid

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Fat Joe and Remy Ma are back with another banger! The latest from the duo titled “Cookin” features French Montana and Rysovalid. The production from Cool and Dre is insane and has both Joe and Remy delivering top-notch verses. That combined with Montana’s effortless bridge and Rysovalid’s fitting hook ensures this track will be dominating the airwaves for the remainder of the summer and months to come.

Listen to the latest from the Terror Squad duo below. Can’t wait to blast this record while riding around in the city this weekend.

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Ar-Ab – “All The Way Up” (Freestyle) [New Music]

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Fresh off of inking his new record deal with Cash Money Records, Philadelphia’s own Ar-Ab adds some vocals to Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s massive hit “All The Way Up.”

Take a listen below:

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Watch: A Documentary Spotlights DJ Cipha Sounds Titled ‘CIPH’

Visiting the Big Apple aka The Concrete Jungle, Nathan Miller, a filmmaker from the U.K., was out on the town with the legendary DJ Cipha Sounds.

Nathan was so inspired by Cipha, he deciding to put together some footage detailing the two-decades-long career the Roc Nation DJ has cultivated titled CIPH.

During the short documentary, his Hot 97 cohorts Peter Rosenberg, Laura Stylez and DJ Drewski all talked about how their dear friend has influenced the soundscape of NYC by using radio as a platform. Further showcasing just how random a night in NYC can be with Cipha as a trusty guide, the film features Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Nas and the Flatbush Zombies.

Source: BET