The pleasure is all mines Lady Rebel! Thanks for getting with Hood Grown..again!

Of course, and hopefully I will be back again and again. Always show love to those who have supported you from the jump and in this case, Hood Grown has been down from the start. Love you guys!

Now since we already know who you are let’s get right into it! What you doing right now!?

Well, right now is crazy! Human Error has been very well received so I’m delighted about that. I just shot 3 new videos off my ‘Lady Rebel Vol. 1″ mixtape as well. One is ready… the other two are in the process of being edited now, so I’m super anxious to see the final product. Other than that I’ve been focused on cutting songs for my 1st LP and handling loads of business in NY.

Give me the scoop on “Lady Rebel”, that track is nasty from the beat to the hook to the delivery to the featured artist. Man! Lol

Midi Mafia did that OF COURSE!! The drums and all around energy of the track are undeniable, so as soon as Rahman Apollo and I heard it, it was on. He’s the ORIGINAL REBEL so it was only right for him to jump on it &… instant magic! The video is pretty dope as well might I add. Shout out to my video team; Vizions & Kentrell!

Ya know, I got an entire dance sequence to that song..we’ll talk later! LOL! So anyway, when can we expect a video for “Lady Rebel”?

“Lady Rebel” will be the first of three new videos to drop and its release date is Monday, October 11, 2010.

Mr. Cartel will kill me if I don’t ask and ya know, I’m a little curious myself. Why was “We Heard (Re-Tweet)” your lead off single? It’s catchy and fun but when I heard the rest of the CD I was like WTF!? Lol!

It was tough because every song on “LRv1″ had something different to offer, so ultimately the decision was all about tempo. It’s the most up beat song on my entire mixtape and I wanted to start off with a record that the DJ’s could spin and that would make people of all ages want to dance. In rearview, I’m glad we went with “We Heard (Re-Tweet)” first b/c whether people liked it or not, it made folks pay attention!

I’m surprised certified bangers like “Prego,” “Vibrato,” “Lady Rebel,” “Hamper,” “Do Me,” “Human Error” and “Go Off” were over looked as the lead.. (wait I think I may have answered my own question! Lol..)

LOL….see look at you! Well no songs were “over looked” per se, like I said before, it was a tough decision but tempo wise “We Heard (Re-Tweet)” stood out, hands down! “Human Error” was the 2nd single and “Lady Rebel” is the 3rd… You never know with us, we may mess around and shoot a video for every song of the tape! Stay tuned!

Can you freestyle? Battle or Cipher rap? I like your delivery on “Vibrato”. Your style is filled with middle finger sexiness! Ooww

OKAY!, I like that “middle finger sexiness”, might have to hold that for something. Actually, I don’t battle rap but I’m no stranger to a cipher… I’m always around rappers so I’ll jump in every once and a while and sit the boys down. Like Annie Oakley said, “Anything you can do, I can do better…I can do anything better than you!” LOL.

You are most certainly making a name for yourself as an entertainer, and I cant wait to see you on MTV, BET all that! You ready?


Tell me something nobody else knows..

I’ma vampire (lol)

My Hood makes me grind harder and I’m Grown cause I handle mines.

“Prego” by Sonyae Elise

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Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Steve Harvey, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg and other legendary comedians together for about ninety minutes without having to spend $1000 on a concert ticket—yeah right! Thanks to the DVD Why We Laugh, a documentary on the history of black comedy produced by comedian/actor Robert Townsend, you can laugh and learn from comedic geniuses from the past and present. One of the original Queens of Comedy, Sommore, says, “If you want to know what is going on in our communities, watch our comedy.” Why We Laugh takes you on a journey through African American history, and unfortunately, not all of it was funny.

Why We Laugh reminds us that in the beginning, life was not easy for black comedians. In the 1800′s, during the Minstrel Era, black comedians were no more than puppets. If they wanted to work, they had to perform in “black face” and reinforce negative stereotypes. By the early 1900′s, little had changed. Stepin Fetchit, whose real name was Lincoln Perry, was a writer for the prestigious black newspaper the Chicago Defender, but he became the first black superstar comedian by acting like an ignorant, stumbling servant. Before you judge him, remember that comedians like Perry, Amos N Andy, and Moms Mabley did what they had to do so current comedians like Katt Williams, D. L. Hugley, and Eddie Griffin and Sherri Shepherd can do what they want to do.

While watching Why We Laugh, you will hear how Keenan Ivory Wayans was inspired by arguably the greatest comedian of all time, Richard Pryor. Richard Pryor was known by some as “the freest black man America ever had” because he made fun of white people and lived! Additionally, you will learn the name of the first black comedian to receive a XXX rating, along with the name of the first black person (who just happened to be a comedian) to own, produce, and star in his own network series. In Why We Laugh, you will see how we went from being portrayed in sitcoms as poor black families from the projects in Good Times to educated, affluent black families in the Cosby Show. Who would have believed a black comedian from the 1960′s would go on to become America’s Favorite Dad in the 1980′s.

Why We Laugh focuses on the accomplishments of male and female comedians from the past and present. It shows us where we started and just how far we’ve come. As our experiences as black people improved in America, so did the options for black comedians. In Why We Laugh, we are reminded that during the same general time Barrack Obama became America’s first black President, one of America’s favorite black comedians, Dave Chappelle, was afforded the privilege of being able to turn down $50 million dollars to continue his comedy show. Life sure is funny…this is why we laugh!

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October 1, 2010

Who doesn’t love “Knockin Da Boots!” Multi-Platinum recording artists H-Town got straight to the point when they released that #1 joint in 1993. As Mo’Nique put it when they appeared on her show this past June, “Knockin Da Boots” was our anthem.” H-Town spent the last few years touring overseas, but now Shazam and GI [...]

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Immortal Technique – Observations of Haiti

September 30, 2010

I recently arrived home from Haiti. While I was there I worked in a few aspects of the relief effort including a solidarity mission to aid the Earthquake survivors. In addition to all of this Myself, Cormega and Styles P participated in a show to support Haitian Hip Hop and rebuild the community. I would [...]

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Lauryn Hill: Is The Thrill Gone?

September 30, 2010

1998 was Lauryn Hill’s year.  Rumors of a Fugees break and an upcoming solo outing along with whispers of Wyclef’s unhappiness with said venture caused friends and fans that were still high off of The Score to despair. She pressed on with no inclusion of her Fugee brethren and by the beginning of 1999, it was [...]

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September 30, 2010

ESKO is about to EXPLODE!  This young rapper from New Jersey has been honing his craft for nearly ten years.  Once the world gets a taste of his outstanding yet unorthodox lyrics and delivery, Esko is going to be a household name in the hip-hop industry.         Like most successful rappers, Esko’s life started out [...]

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September 30, 2010

Not that it’s missing, but Amiri wants appreciation when it comes to skills in the art of Hip Hop. Born and raised in South Carolina, Amiri was introduced to Hip Hop during his childhood through the sounds of Hip Hop pioneers like T La Rock, Kurtis Blow, and Run DMC. “Growing up, anything with rap music [...]

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A.K. Chop

September 30, 2010

Brooklyn’s infamous Marcy Projects is not limited just to the talents of Jay-Z. In fact, A.K. Chop (Jarron Truluck) has been flexing his lyrical muscles and gaining notoriety in the borough for years. A product of a hustling single-mother who died when A.K. Chop was 11, he was raised predominantly by his grandmother, along with [...]

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Rick Ross has a Hard-On for Drug Dealers! (No Homo)

September 30, 2010

The first single off Teflon Don is called B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast). To say that the hook is infectious is an understatement! Ross raps shouts, “I think I’m Big Meech/Larry Hoover/whippin’ work/hallelujah/one nation/under God/real niggas gettin’ money from the fuckin’ start!” This will be every baller and wannabe baller’s summer anthem fo’ sho’—never mind that [...]

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Kat Stacks: A Vagabond in the Earth!

September 30, 2010

Remember the biblical story of Cain and Abel? How Cain killed his brother Abel and God cursed him to become a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth—a pariah—an outcast? God “set a mark” upon Cain “lest any find should kill him?” (Genesis 4) Enter Kat Stacks. A pseudo—quasi—hip-hop personality who’s taken the “Superhead Archetype” [...]

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