Monday, March 28, 2011

If your under 60

Written by: Jawar

Posted: 26 Mar 2011 11:43 AM PDT
While both men and women may benefit from the article. Women are really encouraged to read the information as you are expected to live longer than your husbands in many instances. The next time you think about going shopping for shoes, clothes and other unnecessary consumer goods ask yourself how much money do you have saved in your retirement account. Take full advantage of being healthy and able to work. Yes, money may be tight for many people, but even if you save and invest a small sum now you’ll be sure to have something greater later.

I hope not to read or hear about you in this situation 10, 20, 30 or 40 years from now. From this day forward you can not say you haven’t been exposed to the information. If you don’t know what to do visit the links in this post also visit the money category in this blog and you’ll find more wisdom on saving and investing both for the short and long-term.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lady Luck

Lady Luck is "In tune with tmill"
Tuesday night March 22nd 10pm est 7pm pst. 

Shout out to @emmett6sports
Check out her video "Hustle Hard - Freestyle" after the bio. 

Lady Luck is no typical hip-hop artist. Born not to late into the era, she grew up in the early ninety’s influenced by the likes of L.L Cool J, M.C Lyte, Run-Dmc, and The Fat Boys. Hailing from englewood, new jersey she was right across the bridge from the mecca of hip-hop. One night her mom came home from a late night of partying and she told her “mommy i wanna rap.” Together they created history and wrote what was her 1st vicious rhyme which molded her amongst the greats today. Every chance that presented itself young Luck was on the mic. From bbq’s to talent shows shorty came to rock the mic.
During her high school years she was groomed by her management/production company “tastemakers”  spearheaded by Bobby Kennedy of Teaneck new jersey. They shopped and shopped her demo with no avail but remained persistant. One day after school she spit a rap in a local barber shop to continue her rep one of the barbers challenged her rhymes. “shorty you dont be popping moet. you not popping bottles.” She left the shop and walked across the parking lot to the liqour store. She had money from selling dj a.p mixtapes at school. $10 short a older friend paid the difference and said “go get em shorty”. Luck walked into the entrance of the barbershop and popped the bottle. The whole shop went crazy! That not only boosted her name but the barbers from the shop now assisted in getting Lady Luck a record deal. They cut hair for famous people all over. One set up a meeting with Fat Joe another set up a meeting with LiL Kim. The serious inquires came in once luck rhymed on new york city’s hot 97 morning show. there was a segment entitled “Check the Rhyme” where contestants spit rhymes and the judges chose. Ed lover, Steph lova and Dj enuff chose Luck 5 days straight! In the 11th grade on the radio every morning was a dream. She went from a nobody to the hottest name that week! that week she had meetings with everyone from rocafella’s dame dash to bad boys harve pierre.
The prize for winning the contest was a live interview and freestyle on the morning show. accompanied by her mother father and manager Luck whewed new york city and the phones went crazy. ed lover decided to take the crew over to def jam after refusing other unknown callers on the private hotline. Kevin liles listened to the demo and called lyor cohen. They whewed the young high school student whose family had financial instability. After a meeting with Puff Daddy Lyor Cohen called the next day with the words “You dont like def jam?” and sent car service to pick the family up. After that dinner meeting the deal was sealed. Lady Luck was singed to Def Jam records. Being that her story was so publized on the radio station many artist and magazines alike wanted a piece of Lady Luck. Being featured in teen people, xxl, billboard, the new yorker and the source magazine more than 15 times. Luck built up her credibility behind the mic as well working with the likes of Redman, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes and so on. As a new artist she was featured on two funkmaster flex albums and two Dj Clue albums.Kevin Liles even stated “Lucks album wont drop until she changes the face of female hip-hop” heavy shoes for a 17 year old. Crowned the mixtape queen she domolished every dj’s tape or cd while that market was still hot. But being on the hottest label at their peak isnt somewhere to mold a new artist. “Def Jam was at their peak. Everyone was there..EVERYONE!” as Luck puts it with a smile. After 3 years on the label they parted ways. Luck also split with her then manager who was managing Redman and Grammy producer Rocwilder. Working with a local management company Luck believed all she needed was attention. When they failed to deliver Luck became discouraged.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

1995 I fell in love & lust.

1995 I was on the verge of breaking up with my girlfriend. Only to date another girl whom I would later find, only liked me for popularity & jealousy.

Monica is still a powerful artist, and performer. Now grown with children and many life experiences, her music is still moving hearts all over the world. I still remember a conversation with her, after she performed at the "June Black Arts Festival" here in Huntsville. As her Limo crawled through the crowd, I handed her my pager number. All I kept thinking was "Is she REALLY going to call me". A firm slap on the back of my head literally snapped me back to reality. Thanks Bobby! A friend of mine who caught me dazed, standing in the middle of the road watching her tag disappear in the sea of cars.

The crowd I grew up with typically didn't listen to any R&B. Sure one on one with a girl calls for any mood music. But we all agreed that Al Green, Prince, and other old school groups were just as good if not better than our generation's music. Monica was one of the few artists I wouldn't be embarrassed to play around my friends. Her kicks were hard and thick, slapping loud snares, and deep soulful groovy bass lines. Not to mention she was fine.

My girlfriend at the time, escaped from Atlanta to a more stable household with her aunt. Who was one of my friend's mother. I'm the last to jump at the opportunity to date one of my home boy's family. She could be intimidating with her looks, wit , and hood character. I kept thinking " She's got too much good hair to be hood" . All the girls I knew in the hood had short hair, braids or weave. Her hair was naturally long, and a little curly. She kept telling me to ignore my so called "honor" to her cousin. I couldn't resist her for too long, any girl that can make me laugh is always a guaranteed win.

Through a lingering guilt that I drew up on my own, and selfish ways, I fell in lust with a girl at school whom I'll call "Tiffany.". My girlfriend was attending a magnet school, her interest was art. She could draw like nobody I ever knew. Cartoons, landscapes, cars, and my favorite; "X men" and other Saturday morning cartoon characters. Tiffany as common for some girls, only liked me because NOW I had a girlfriend, and nobody wants somebody that ain't got nobody ! That's just how it worked then and still to some extent today. Tiffany was very popular, but people knew who my girlfriend was. She came to all my track and football games, and met me halfway to walk home, since her school was close. Many girls have this thing against light skinned girls, tomboyish, long pretty hair, and especially with an accent from out of town. She frowned upon fast food, and she loved soul food. We spent hours on the phone talking about sports, music, and our future plans. 

Things were steady with my girlfriend but she began spending more time away from me. She also began to like the extra attention from guys in the neighborhood. When she wasn't in her books, she was drawing, and when she wasn't doing that ;she was keeping her sister from sleeping with my brother which we always argued about. I was too selfish with her needs and began thinking I wasn't important to her anymore. I waited for the perfect reason to leave her so I could date Tiffany with a clear concise.

I'll tell you more after the break.

Monica - Before You Walk Out Of My Life by chirine

click below for part 2.