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Take all those summer feels into fall with DJ Trauma‘s new single “Take Me High” featuring a dope new artist, The Dan. This new smash hit was produced by superstar multi-platinum producers, Needlz and Donut, who have also worked with Drake, 50 Cent and Bruno Mars. The official song has elements of R&B, hip hop, reggae and electronic music and is inspired by the different music Trauma both hears and spins around the world.
DJ Trauma is a worldwide DJ, currently on tour with Dave Chappelle, having spun on every continent for celebrities like Ciara, Akon, Ludacris, Monica, Tyler Perry & many more.
Check out the track above and make sure to add to your Labor Day Weekend playlist!
In Part 2 of our interview with Monica, the singer talks about her kids being in the music business, maintaining a genuine persona, having a strong family influence growing up which shaped her attitude and more. The Code Red singer dropped a lot of jewels during her visit in NYC that we had to break it up for all to take in the good word from the beloved soul singer.
On her kids being apart of the music industry:
I would absolutely allow any of my children to be apart of the music business. I feel like everything i’ve gone through and everything i’ve learned has been with reason. And if it’s with reason then there’s a greater purpose. If the purpose is to help my children to understand this industry and to go about it right, then i’m all for it. And if they absolutely have no interest in this industry, i’m all for that too.
About staying humble and genuine in the industry:
As human beings, it’s a lot to take in when you become successful, and status changes, your monetary, everything is changing! Everything is just changing! And for me, I was fortunate that I didn’t have to go through those changes because I stayed so deeply rooted and where i’m from — it had a lot to do with my family as well.
I genuinely love people — I don’t think that’s something you can buy or teach. No matter how much training somebody might get, if you really don’t like people, and you really don’t like interacting, then this isn’t the business for you. Because people say that [it’s just about the music] but who are you selling the music to? So, you can’t separate the two.
Check out the full interview below:
Code Red available on iTunes HERE.
The Code Red Queen herself, Monica stopped by SFPL TV just a few days before her album dropped to spend some quality time with the Fly Team!
The “Just Right For Me” veteran singer talked about family, why she took some time off, her brand new album, restoring R&B music and it’s origins, Brandy, Aaliyah, Chris Brown, working with Rico Love & more.
Monica spoke on the consistent subject of “Emerging Artists Allegedly Stealing R&B From It’s Origins”:
I don’t feel like anyone can take something that’s mine. That’s just something i’ve always felt. And whomever is successful in R&B music, I wish them the absolute best — because at the end of the day, whatever is meant for us is going to be — and that’s just the way that I feel, that’s a personal choice for me to feel like any place that my feet should be firmly planted, he’ll [GOD] put them there. And I mean, he’s done that for me time and time again. From 1994 all the way to 2015, from 12 years old to 35. So, I don’t feel like anything can be taken from us as far as R&B music is concerned.
On Chris Brown:
You know, i’ve always loved Chris Brown. I think he is a tremendous talent. Whatever else he experiences comes with the territory because this is a lot. And you know, I always say: To whom much is given, much is required. But when you young it takes time to settle into exactly what’s required of you, and I think he will do a lot of that with time. Because there’s not another artist that’s able to sing so many different types of music, dance in so many different styles and ways, and everything is not choreographed with him. Like, i’ve seen him when he’s not just on stage; when music drops it’s just like it’s in his soul, it’s in his bones, it’s something that he was born to do. So, I love Chris.
Monica talked about Jazmine Sullivan and Fantasia as her favorites artists, along the lines of Chris.
On “Which Two Artists Should Remake ‘The Boy Is Mine”:
That record, it really changed both of our lives. And I say, “No One” from my perspective because this record was put together by Rodney Jerkins and Brandy, and if it’s somebody that the two of them believe in — that they feel like really could do the record — then I would cosign that idea immediately. Because they know it’s origin and they know everything they were thinking when they called me and said: “hey, we think this would be a great idea.” That was Brandy and my first time really even being in the same room, and meeting and you know at 16 & 17, it just was a special moment. The only record that both of us have Grammy’s for — like we really did a lot when it came to that record, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable even trying to pick a person to do that song without the two of them, Rodney & Brandy.
Take a look at the full interview below:
‘Code Red’ available now on iTunes HERE.
Responsible for penning Monica‘s new single “Just Right For Me” and “Discover” on Chris Brown‘s Royalty album, Polow Da Don‘s new protege & Memphis, TN. native (singer/songwriter) JOZZY is being heralded as one of the songwriters that could help save R&B.
At such a young age, Jozzy has covered a lot of ground in the music business in a very short time. Moving to Memphis to Miami to partner with a production protege of Timbaland, she began writing for veteran hit-maker, as well as artists on Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music label.
It was around this time that Jozzy experienced her first, unsolicited time in the spotlight. She was recruited to write for none other than the Queen Bey, Beyonce. So grateful and excited to be in the room, Jozzy posted a phone pic to twitter with the caption: “THIS IS WHO I’M LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW! JAY Z AND BEYONCE #BLESSED TO BE HERE”. Needless to say, tons of Beyonce fans, the #BeeHive swarmed the account and Jozzy was asked to remove the photo; but not before it had a chance to go viral.
The experience was not all bad, as it led to a very pivotal moment in her career when Missy Elliot personally reached out in admiration of Jozzy’s silky 90’s style & her tone.
“MISSY was the real reason for me wanting to pursue my career as an artist” – Jozzy recalls.
Now under the tutelage music powerhouse Polow Da Don, Jozzy is prepping her launch as a solo artist and enhancing her career as a songwriter by writing for not only Chris Brown and Monica, but Usher, Pitbull, Ciara & Fergie, to name a few. Be on the look out for this phenom because she truly does have next!!
Find Jozzy on IG – @DopeByAccident
Monica rides the wave of her forthcoming album Code Red and drops a new love-tune called “Alone In Your Heart,” all while out on 22-city tour, CODE RED Experience featuring our Digital Cover Fly Guy, Rico Love.
In the song, Monica is confessing her love to the one closest to her heart, as she strongly states: “You ain’t nobody else’s.” The singer takes ownership of being the only one is her love’s life, as no one can come in between what has been established; regardless of what anyone has to say. It’s for sure the new “Couple’s Anthem”, hence why we added the above pic to this post! It was the perfect fit.
Peep the song in FULL below:
‘Code Red’ will be available on Dec. 18th.
Pre-order CODE RED HERE.
Code Red is underway for it’s Dec. 18th debut! With much-anticipation knocking, Monica links with hitmaker Akon for a guitar-infused balled entitled “Hustler’s Ambition.”
The featured track was premiered today on Rap-up.com with production by Philip “Hardwork” Constable. In the name of distance and travel, while providing for your family and loved ones, the lyrics touches on being apart for so long in the midst of love.
Miles in between us…It’s been so long since we talked
Take a listen below:
Monica and Missy Elliot are back in collab-action with the new title track Code Red, which is Monica long-awaited album set to drop on Dec. 18th. The dance track also features Monica’s baby girl Laiyah, sounding just adorable as she looks!
The Polow Da Don-produced song touches on the current state of music that consistently plays on the radio, artists that are trying to crossover, and record labels plummeting, which overall; music no longer has any substance according to Monica and Missy. On that note, just turn the radio off, both exclaims.
Missy’s lyrics are as follows:
I does what I does, do what I do
Your hustle the same to me, here’s something new
We tired of that junk that you sing in the booth
You know we the truth, let me give you this proof
Call 911, better ring the alarm
When this come on they be droppin’ them bombs
We tired of hearin’ them same old five songs
Man I’ve just been wanting to turn that ish off
I swear the game might be over
Somebody give them some Folger’s
Cause you can’t be sleepin’ on Mono
And you can’t see me with no photo
I’m tryna change up the world
I’m focused on my baby girl
And even though she only one
She know you ain’t talkin’ about nothin’
Do you agree with them? Take a listen below and let us know:
CODE RED Track List:
1. Code Red feat. Missy Elliott & Laiyah
2. Just Right For Me feat. Lil Wayne
3. Love Just Ain’t Enough feat. Timbaland
4. Call My Name
5. I Know
6. All Men Lie feat. Timbaland
8. Hustler’s Ambition feat. Akon
9. Alone In Your Heart
11 Ocean Of Tears
12 Saints & Sinners
13 I Miss Music
Pre-order CODE RED HERE.
In anticipation of the album, Monica hit the road on her 22-city “CODE RED Experience” tour with Rico Love on Nov. 12th.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
11.19.15 Dallas, TX House of Blues Dallas
11.21.15 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
11.22.15 Memphis, TN The New Daisy Theatre
11.23.15 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
11.25.15 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues Myrtle Beach
11.27.15 Norfolk, VA The Norva Theatre
11.28.15 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
11.29.15 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
12.01.15 Cleveland, OH House of Blues Cleveland
12.02.15 Chicago, IL House of Blues Chicago
12.03.15 Atlanta, GA Special Performance (www.Monica.com)
12.04.15 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
12.06.15 Detroit, MI Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel
12.08.15 Philadelphia, PA The Theatre of Living Arts
12.09.15 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring
12.10.15 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
12.13.15 New York City, NY The Gramercy Theatre
Monica chimes back into action and debuts her new video “Just Right For Me” featuring Lil Wayne. Currently, prepping for the Code Red Experience Tour with Fly Cover Guy Rico Love, the songstress decided to take a little time out of her busy schedule to deliver a feel-good visual, that touches on love — and just simply being in love.
Directed by The Rite Brothers, the songstress chills on the ramp at Weezy’s skate park in Miami as the YMCMB honcho shows off a few tricks on his board, all while spitting out a few rap bars. Later, he gives Monica a one-on-one lesson on how to actually use the skateboard.
Check it out below:
Code Red Experience Tour Dates below:
Nov. 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Nov. 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
Nov. 15 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Nov. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theater
Nov. 19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Nov. 21 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts
Nov. 22 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy
Nov. 23 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Nov. 25 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Nov. 27 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva Theatre
Nov. 28 – Raleigh, NC – Ritz
Nov. 29 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
Dec. 1 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Dec. 2 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Dec. 3 – Atlanta, GA – Special Performance
Dec. 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Dec. 6 – Detroit, MI – MotorCity Casino Hotel
Dec. 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Dec. 9 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Dec. 10 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
Dec. 13 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Halloween seems to be our favorite celebrities time of the year mainly because they get be someone else besides themselves. How often does that happen? This year they definitely showed out when it came to their costumes, hit the gallery below to see our favorites costumes donned by our favorite celebrities.