NEW MUSIC :: ERIC JOPPY -- 'JUST BECAUSE'
CHECK OUT POP RECORDING ARTIST ERIC JOPPY'S FIRST SINGLE OFF HIS DEBUT EP 'JUST BECAUSE' DROPPING MAY 7TH,2010!!Words By: SR Magazine Staff.
Independent Pop Recording Artist, Eric Joppy (J7Productions, LLC) -- Has been tearing up the scene since 2004 and is now back with a hot new lead single entitled 'Just Because" in which is blazing up the charts and radio stations alike.
With his soothing, sultry voice he portrays an artistry unlike any other artist to date. Of course being the voice of a new era brings a lot of competition as well as haters but, we believe Joppy will continue to rise amongst the rest. The song is captivating along with it's edgy lyrics "Reconnect, that's how I feel -- Now it's time, to seal the deal" -- He is definitely one to watch in the year 2010, the sky is the limit to his future.
Just recently releasing his 2nd single entitled 'I Can Be' a upbeat dance track in which is sure to continue down the path of greatness. Expect his debut EP to be heard in clubs and on media outlets everywhere!! Check out his Reverbnation.com profile for announcements regarding his upcoming 12 city promo-tour. (Eric Joppy's Reverbnation Page)
NEW EDITION: IN MY OPINION! -- SR MAGAZINE #1.03
Words by: Eric J. Parker
So we begin this edition of In My Opinion with the question of everyone's mind ... Are we still gay-bashing and NOT thinking that we're gonna get caught!?? Seriously... Times have changed! With the recent images + videos of the publicly gay bashing of 49 year old Jack Price one is for sure, we are no longer standing alone in this fight but we must continue to win the war!! In a case that has most certainly rocked the borough of Queens, NY and opened the eyes of most who turned a side-eye -- We can safely report that the 2 idiots are under-arrest and currently being criminally charge (as a hate-crime) and we hope that they are the first of many to come.
Earlier this weekend, I attended the rally for Jack Price in Queens, NY and I must say there was an amazing turn out minus the lack of supporters from people within our (Black LGBT) community (For those that get where I'm coming from.) -- When are some people going to realize that we have to stand together and unite as one in order to prevail and bring some peace to this on-going violence in our community .... Period! (Sighs*) It just frustrates me... Completely. One thing that everyone who spoke stated was that "This is not the end, the fight continues"... Amen!
In attendance was various political figures including Openly Gay Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Anthony Wiener, State Comptroller Bill Thompson and others... The list goes on.
Now, let's move on to something that has been irking me for the past several weeks (and I am sure that I am not alone) let's say it together ... UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE people!! I am a strong believer that this will help reform and give the country we all need insurance for all!1 Don't get me wrong I have my worries about the billions of dollars that this will cost but either way we losing some in order to gain and this is the most cost-effective way so President Obama says.... Agree? All together now.. "Yes!" or not.. -- Frankly, I feel that people (By people I mean those damn conservatives.) needs to leard how to accept changes and better for the good.. You can't always have your way!! ---> Gee whiz!
For those of you have attended the Equality March + it's festivities this past weekend we salute you and will continue to support the cause and fight for what we all deserve not just as openly-gay americans but as human beings! I am learning that in life nothing will happen unless you take the initiative to make it happen and that's what we need ... People who are ready to make a change for our community and I vow to continue to lead the way and fight effortlessly -- Will you? Too many people want to make change but no one want to put in the damn effort. (No punt tended.) Actually, there is .. you figure it out! I am sick and tired of hearing the complaints and not seeing any action!! You people know who the hell you are .. you fake ass celebs -- No longer will I hold my tongue and ocntinue to support your hipocracy .. Nope, not any more. I hope that this speaks for itself and starts a revolution of followers whose ready to lead for a cause.
As we begin to grow the economy back, we have to understand that it's not going to happen overnight or tomorrow-- Can we just learn on how to be patient? (Hello people? Patience is a virtue.. believe it.) We have to realize that due to that damn greed having, republican duesche bags via BUSH ADMINISTRATION + HIS ALLIES/SUPPORTERS we are in this trillion dollar deficit nationwide!! Us as Americans need to continue to support the Obam Administration and their fight to bring this economy back on track so we can start functioning properly again... Ya feel me? Yea, sure you do. ---> I mean, this is the greatest country in the world. It just sucks that we have to share it with pinheads like Bush, Cheney, + other nameless jerks ... Im just saying...
I HOPE WE CAN MOVE FORWARD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND NOT TAKE 3 STEPS BACK!!
The SR Magazine # 1.03: NEW INTERVIEW (One on One With Da Profesor.)
Words By: Da Professor.
DA-PROFESSOR’S ONE-ON-ONE WITH
visit them online:www.myspace.com/concretecity
The borough of Queens have produced many talented and legendary recording artists including Run DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Kwame, and Onyx, and R&B/Pop/Hip-Hop group
Concrete City plans on keeping Queens on the musical map with their talent, music and professionalism. Consisting of rapper Ace and singer Suave, the duo has been best friends since childhood which I noticed when they called to confirm our interview.We spoke about their friendship, career and the importance of not being placed in a musical box and staying on top of their business.
CHECK IT OUT --->
DA-Professor: How did you get involved with music?
Ace: When we were younger, we had a lot of different types of music we listened to, so I found out he sang, and he found out I rapped and we formed together and figured we can do it ourselves.
DA-Professor: Who are your influences?
Ace: Big L, Beyonce (all laugh) Usher.
Suave: Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder.
Da-Professor: You like some classic soul and old school music.
Suave: Yeah. I like a lot of old school music.
Da-Professor: How did you come up with the group’s name and what does the name represent?
Ace: We got the concrete part because we’ve been best friends since we were little, so if you was to go somewhere and they would see me alone, they would way where’s Suave at? And vice-versa. So we came up with the name Concrete because we have a tight bond together.
Suave: That came from the fact that we’re from
and we always see the billboards and every time we see it, we’re like ‘we want to be up there one day. We came up with the city part basically we’re from. We basically put the two together. New York
Da-Professor: I listened to your music and I notice that you don’t have the typical computerized beats. It has a live sound. What made you decide to do that instead of looping?
Ace: We like the live sound of real pianos, organs, drums, violins. (We like to) think out of the box.
Suave: We don’t like to put barriers on ourselves as far as considering us as Hip-Hop and R&B cause we do all types of music as well. A lot of times, we refer to ourselves as a Pop/Hip-Hop group.
Da-Professor: You made an interesting point. It seems that white artists can do R&B and Hip-Hop and be accepted, but when Blacks and Latinos add other genres like Pop and Rock to their music, they sometimes find it hard to be accepted by the media and Black audience. How do you feel about that?
Ace: As for at the Black race, I just think there’s a certain way you have to go about doing it and the certain kind of music you have to make a certain type of determination you have to have with that market. When a white person tries to enter Hip-Hop, a lot of people say that he’s trying to be Black when its just not that; you have to work harder to get into that market.
Da-Professor: You recently performed at
. How was that performance? LaGuardia Community College
Ace: It was a good show.
Suave: We had a very good response from the audience. They really took to our performance. They really like the songs. We had people come up to us after the show and shook hands.
Da-Professor: Your song “Best Friend” is hot and I can tell it’s one of our favorites. What was the inspiration for that song?
(We all laugh)
Ace: From personal experience.
Suave: I think everybody can relate to it. Everybody been in a relationship or a situation where they had a partner and they met that person. Partner. Friend.
Ace: Best friend.
Suave: Friend. Cousin. Whoever it may be.
Ace Come into the picture and
Suave: and like why didn’t I meet that person first? (Both laugh).
Da-Professor: Another song I like is “So Confused” which deals with bad relationships and domestic violence. How important is it for you to discuss these topics?
Suave: It’s funny you asked that. “So Confused” is one of those songs you put in the Pop category and also with that song, we came up with that song before the whole Chris Brown/Rhianna situation. Even with that being said, it’s funny how that song relates to that topic. That song also talks about domestic abuse in relationships.
Da-Professor: When it comes to domestic violence, we hear about the females getting abuse they have sympathy for them, but when you hear stories about males getting abuse, they brush it off. How do you feel about that?
Ace: Well as far as the brushing off, I think that certain type of guys have a certain amount of pride so they’re not gonna break that pride. They’re not gonna say anything.
Suave: It does exist.
Ace: It does exist.
Da-Professor: In addition to music, what else do you do?
Suave: Model. Act. In our performances, we dance.
Ace: We write all of our songs and produce all of our songs.
Da-Professor: That’s interesting. What made you decide to take control of your music?
Ace: We like having a lot of hands on with our project.
Suave: We like knowing what’s being done.
Ace: Even with management. It’s the same thing. We can have a thousand people putting out posters, but at the end of the day, we’re gonna be out there putting up posters too.
Da-Professor: You’re from the borough where acts like Run D.M.C., Jam Master Jay and Onyx. How does it feel being born and raised in this borough and how you’re gonna add to the legacy of
Ace: I feel blessed to be mentioned in the same town as these people.
Suave: (And) everyone you named, we listened to all of them and you will hear influences from those people in the music.
Da-Professor:My final questions is -- It seems to me that artists who are talented and business-minded intimidate people. How do you guys feel about that?
Ace: As long as you know what you’re doing and you know everything about what you doing, then you’ll always be a step ahead of the competition.
Suave: You always gotta make yourself knowledgeable of what you’re trying to pursue.
Ace As well as being the artist.
The SR Magazine # 1.03: PG. 8 -- SIDETRACKED.
Words by: SR Magazine Staff
NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT*:
UPCOMING ARTIST ON THE RISE-- R&B SINGER KHALIF.
PHILLY SOUL SINGER RELEASES HOT SINGLE
"STOP CALLING ME"
Words by: Da Professor.
The city of
is known for producing many talented singers, and R&B/Hip-Hop singer/songwriter Khalif is keeping the city of brotherly love on the musical map with his smooth and powerful vocals, and his talented songwriting skills, which is clearly demonstrated on his current single “Stop Calling Me” which is destined to be a hit on radio. The single tells a story about a female who didn’t show him the time of day when he struggling to become a success, but now is trying to holla at him because he has notoriety and has money coming in, and he’s letting her know that she had her chance, but she blew it and needs to stop calling him. (Sounds like the answer to Destiny’s Child 1999 hit “Bug A Boo). -- What makes this single are the beats, keyboard performance, his ability to sing lead and harmonize, the call and response between him and the background vocalists during the second verse and bridge and the deep yet creative lyrics. Philadelphia
"Why you keep calling me name
This person’s one of the same
See girl, it’s such a damn shame
That you keep running this game
So won’t you back off of me
Baby girl just let me breathe
Don’t want no parts can’t you see
So won’t you stop calling me."
Khalif’s single is great song to bump in your rides, and a great song to use as background music on your voicemail to inform former lovers and associates that you moved on and no longer have interest in them. - Da Professor
It's very rare that we get to see a brother with unique skills and actually have the guts be an original in this competitive industry. Khalif is definitely an artist that you can expect to see years to come with his talented vocal arrangements & sex appeal .. I think the he gonna be appealed to the masses. Not only is he a experimentalist he represents what the industry is missing in my eyes "Soul"!
With his tracks " Can't Tell Me" "Crazy Love" he talks about his love for his women although he wants to leave and is stuck with the desicion of letting her go.
I’m looking forward to hearing more from this promising and talented
native. - SR. Philadelphia
VISIT HIM ON MYSPACE: WWW.MYSPACE.COM/IAMKHALIF
The SR Magazine Blog # 1.03 - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
MY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH: BARON THE ARTIST.
Words by: Eric J. Parker
COME PARTY WITH B.
He is unique, gifted, talented, & to some he is known as B.dot - I call him the Renaissance Man... He is Baron. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with him and catch on some good times, highlights of his career thus far & what's ahead for this multi-award winning artist we know and love.
CHECK IT OUT --->
It was great talking with you too. Thank you so much man for checking me out! - EJP.
SR Magazine: Hey Baron, it's been a while since we last spoke. How's everything coming along?
Everything is going great actually. Busy but good busy. You know how it is.
SR Magazine: Now, it's no question that you are definitely a fan favorite here @ the SR Magazine. Your hit single "Party with B" was one of our featured songs of the month! How does that make you feel, when you hear how much you're loved & appreciated?
Thank you so much man. Glad to have your support and all. Knowing that I have people like you in my corner keeps me doing what I do. As an artist I never know if what I do will translate, so knowing that I have folks with me is great and I take none of it for granted. So as much as I am appreciated, I appreciate you.
SR Magazine: You are what I like to consider a true artist -- Staying true to your fans & your music without getting caught up in this cut throat industry. Would you say that you consider yourself a rebel? To be going against the traditional artistry approach?
I’d like to say that I’m bold as hell. (laughs) We all know how the industry is always looking for the next “this” or “that”. When creating my music I stayed true to who I am. I know what a hip-hop album sounds like. I know what a rock/electronic album sounds like. But none of it sounded like me. So I was like, let me do my music. Let me be honest and see how that works. I think it made for a much more interesting journey and product.
I wouldn’t call my self a rebel though, because I think we’re at a place in music where there are a lot of artists showing their own styles. I’d like to say that I am apart of that movement.
SR Magazine: How do you get your start into the industry? I understand that you were a spoken word artist prior becoming "baron" the artist, how did that come about?
Yeah, I started out performing as a spokenword artist in Newark, NJ. Then eventually moved to Brooklyn and performed a lot at the Nuyorican Poets Café. That place is electric. I think being a poet was the best training I’ve ever had as a performer. I learned how to connect with audiences. It showed me how powerful words are and that people really get you when you allow yourself to get connected. I think sometimes with music there are distractions but with spokenword behind me I’ve learned how to navigate both.
SR Magazine: So you had a huge career highlight at the end of 2008, where you won for Best Alternative Artist at the Velocity Magazine Awards in D.C following the release of you sophomore album entitled “Celebrity” -- Which is phenomenal by the way! How did that feel? What is a surreal moment for you being up on that stage?
The entire Velocity Magazine Award experience is one I would never forget. First, I was just happy to be performing and the venue looked amazing. But when he called my name, it felt Crazy! I was like, “are you serious” and then I instantly started to get anxiety. Like now I really have to work this song out. It felt great and I’m wishing for many more awards. (laughs)
SR Magazine: Where did you get the idea to come up with the concept of the album, because it definitely speaks to you from beginning to end. Is this more of a personal album?
Yes! I settled on the title “Celebrity” before I collected the songs, though. I had to trick myself because on the first album I went through so many names before I picked “Troubled Man”. “Celebrity” initially was chosen because I wanted to reach more people and I knew I was shedding spokenword and focusing more on lyrics. But as the project started forming and the songs developed, I realized how accessible “I” became on the project. I talk about relationships, overcoming obstacles, forgiveness, sexuality; things I’ve never talked about before especially when it related to my own life.
SR Magazine: Who are some of your greatest inspirations musically?
This is such a hard question, so I’ll give you the short list. I’m inspired by Santigold, Blondie, Goldfrapp, Kanye West, Mobb Deep, , Sir Ben Marx, Queen GodIs, Prince, Janet, , Britney Spears, Garbage, Aretha Franklyn, . It’s a crazy list, I’ll stop there.
SR Magazine: So you just finished filming your new video for your current single "Party with B" can you give us any spoilers of the video?
(Laughs) I can’t give you any spoilers except it’s going to be b.dot certified. We’ve put a lot into it and it’s pure creativity. I get a lot of questions, about why “Party with b.” was chosen instead of “Feel Like Fashion”. And trust me, I thought long and hard about what song I wanted to make the first video and even up until the day of the shoot I had my doubts. But I’ve always been one to follow my gut, and when I walked on set and saw the set-up, the cameras, and the people, I realized I made the right choice. If you haven’t already, check out the Party with b. (electrochris remix) FREE download on my myspace (http://myspace.com/baronartist)
SR Magazine: Rumor has it that there is a new tour in the works? Please fill us in!
Correct! It will be a mini-tour this summer to support “Celebrity” hopefully to get buzz so that I can take the show overseas. My fingers are crossed. Dates and location will be posted on www.artistbaron.com.
SR Magazine: Great, well I can't wait to get front row seats and watch you blow everyone away with you talent! I wanna finish off by asking how do you feel about the representation of the LBGT Community? -- Being that you have been actively at the gay functions. Do you feel that it's going in the right direction & what advice can you give the young aspiring artists of today?
Wow this is loaded but I’m a try and do my best. As far as the LGBT community, I feel that we are in a renaissance. It is a crucial time politically, socially, musically. Organizations like Out Music is a shear example. I believe that being in a society where my 13 year-old cousin can support me publicly, shows a change in culture. A new thinking approaches, but it’s always the older generation holding on to old beliefs that keeps the tension going. I pray for the day when there is no need for the letters LBGT and we all just be who we are.
My advice to younger performers is to be true to your art, experiment, and perfect. I always say that if you are going to do something, “Do it like you are the first black person in an all white school”. With those odds, you really can’t afford to be lazy.
SR Magazine: It's was great talking with you! Congratulations on everything and much continued success!