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Kash Doll × Wale × Eric Bellinger

Today, award-winning, certified artist, entrepreneur and actress Kash Doll reveals the music video, which exclusively premiered on Tuesday on Facebook, for her red hot new single “Single & Happy” feat. Wale & Eric Bellinger. It arrives ahead of the fourth episode of the highly anticipated STARZ series Black Mafia Family, which features the rap femme fatale in a recurring role.

Watch the music video for “Single & Happy:” HERE
Listen to “Single & Happy”: HERE

In the visual, Kash Doll occupies an ornate and classy mansion. As she raps right from bed, the rising superstar simultaneously auditions a series of potential suitors in between performing the track alongside Wale and Eric Bellinger. All at once, it reflects her attitude, swagger, and style on-screen, affirming her star power.

Since dropping last month, “Single & Happy” has already amassed millions of streams and counting. Earning critical acclaim, Complex praised how the track “gets straight to the point: understanding your self worth and seeking a partner who only adds to what you already have, rather than becoming someone you can’t live without.” Vibe highlighted the song’s “positive messages, while HotNewHipHop proclaimed she “didn’t hesitate to bring her bad bitch energy. Sohh summed it up as “pure audio fire.

It followed her previous single “Like A Pro” [feat. Juicy J]. Right out of the gate, HotNewHipHop raved how she “comes with nothing but energy, and Brooklyn Vegan hailed it as “a bouncy, catchy, raunchy new jam. Revolt predicted “the record is expected to be blaring through the speakers of the club ASAP. Elite Press put it best, calling it “one of the best songs of the year.

Kash Doll, who has gathered over 1 billion streams worldwide since signing with Republic Records, continues to pull up everywhere this year. She features on Saweetie’s “Hoops” alongside the legendary Salt-N-Pepa from the mega-anticipated Space Jam: A New Legacy Soundtrack. She took the stage at Detroit Summer Fest this month. Next up, she joins the bill of the Migos “Culture III” Las Vegas Weekender on October 15 and Rolling Loud LA on December 10.

Kash Doll continues to make waves. Receiving critical acclaim from Vulture and Marie Claire, Essence praised, “If there’s one rapper who can teach us a thing or two about remaining confident, it’s Kash Doll. Meanwhile, she guested on “Friday Night Cypher” from Big Sean’s chart-dominating Detroit 2 and joined forces with HoodCelebrityy for “So Pretty.”

Detroit native Kash Doll has impacted the music industry with a commanding force, dropping street-earned truths with her throwback wordplay and powerful bars. The one-two combination of spirit and sass announced her as fiery female force in 2019 after quietly amassing 30 million-plus on-demand streams, garnering the BMI Social Star Award and “Issa Wave Award” at the BET Social Awards, securing a new management deal with Title 9 Productions and inking a recording contract with Republic Records. An unbelievable story brought her to this point. Losing her dad on just her first birthday, she always held down multiple jobs to support her mom and siblings. And at 18, she started investing in herself eventually opening two beauty bars and funding her own music career. She made waves on the 2014 independent debut mixtape, Keisha Vs. Kash Doll. Following 2016’s Trapped In The Dollhouse, she developed a presence as a touring force and earned coveted co-signs from Drake, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Remy Ma, and many more. The 2018 The Vault mixtape captured #1 on multiple mixtape sites as her debut single for Republic Records “Ice Me Out” and its 2 Chainz-assisted official remix clocked 85 million-plus total streams. Last year, Kash Doll also released a project solely for her fans titled Brat Mail to thank them for all their continued support. The project garnered over 30 million global streams and features the break out single “Check.” Shortly before Brat Mail, Kash released one of her biggest singles to date, “For Everybody,” which racked up over 101 million YouTube/VEVO views independently. Outside of music, this boss runs Kash Doll Enterprises and does charity work around her hometown. Her city bestowed the “Spirit of Detroit” Award upon her. Additionally, in 2019, Kash Doll released her debut album Stacked, received a 2019 BET Award nomination for “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist,” garnered critical acclaim for her album from Billboard, MTV, UPROXX, BET, Forbes, Nylon and more and toured with Meek Mill. This year will be full of brand new music, acting and more from the Detroit star.

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Yung Pooda × Rap City

Last week, Houston-based rapper Yung Pooda made his debut at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards as he got in the booth, in the company of an array of in-the-now artists, for a special relaunch of the iconic Rap City platform. Pooda served a powerhouse freestyle showcasing his enthralled artistry as acclaim for his latest release, “Forever Tippin” continues to amass global appeal. Watch the full performance HERE.

In 2019, Yung Pooda found himself at a crossroads between the streets and the studio. After performing alongside legends such as Boosie Badazz, Slim Thug, and Z-Ro, recording with platinum icon Paul Wall, and igniting a buzz of his own throughout the country, the Houston rapper made an important pledge to himself. His pledge changed the course of everything to follow in its wake.

“In the middle of recording and getting in all kinds trouble, I promised God I would get out of the streets and just do music,” he admits. “I stuck to my word.”

Long before this vow, hip-hop called to him as a kid in Orange, TX. Pooda’s mother bumped Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” throughout the one-bedroom and one-bathroom house built by his grandfather that he and his mom shared with his grandma. As he puts it, “I used to go nuts to that song!” He used to listen to classics from OutKast, JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Master P, Ludacris, DJ Screw, and more. When Pooda visited dad, pops actually built a home studio at his spot to cook up beats and DJ.  Growing up, he practiced his skills on the mic and sharpened the wordplay, developing a signature style. He sent shockwaves through the city after a successful showcase, earning endorsements from the likes of DJ Hi-Cof Houston’s 97.9 The BOX who said, “He’s always been a lyricist.” Inciting local excitement, he performed multiple tour dates with Boosie Badazz and teamed up with Paul Wall for the single “Beat Up The Block.”

Relocating to Prairie View, he moved into a two-story house with his cousin and two friends where they “were trapping and getting money, but shit got too hectic.” At this point, he reset everything. “There were fights, threats, and all types of shit,” he recalls. “I ended up saying that prayer.”

His music made its way to Jeff Aronson, CEO of It’s A 10 Records, a boutique label with a distribution deal with Empire, who immediately signed him in 2019. Now, he properly introduces his signature sound and vibes on his upcoming LP, Vivid Pictures. In 2020, Pooda made waves on Tik Tok and mix show radio with the release of his first single, “Repeat Dat” which was produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning duo Cool & Dre [JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Nas] along with a reflective song, “Lies Told”- his thoughtful response to social unrest and police brutality.  This year, his critically acclaimed newest single, “Chicken N Grits” is bringing him to the forefront. C&G has earned over 30 million Tik Tok views, was the #4 “Most Added” song at urban radio and is in rotation at BET Jams, Revolt and YO! MTV Raps.

The title track “Vivid Pictures” places cinematic verses in between soulful samples and is at the heart of Pooda’s approach to music and life.  “There’s a deep meaning,” he explains. “I aspire to be an artist and more than a rapper. I’m inspired by Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci. When I listen to a beat in my head, I’m putting art together. The eyes are the windows to the soul. Everything is clear. Each song gives you a visual like a movie. That’s Vivid Pictures to me. It’s the frequency I want to be on.”

In the end, Pooda fulfills every promise and leaves his mark on the culture in the process. “When you listen to me, I want you to feel enlightened and great,” he leaves off. “I hope you relate to the emotion and know you’re not alone. I’m young enough to make mistakes and old enough to know better. I’m telling my story. I’m human.”

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Marcel Spears × The Neighboorhood

Marcel Spears stars as Cedric the Entertainer’s son “Marty” in the CBS hit-comedy The Neighborhood. The popular series is currently in production for season 4, and will return on September 20th.

The Neighborhood continues to use its platform to address systemic racism in the U.S., beginning this season by confronting the federal government’s promise to give reparations to its oppressed citizens. The show gives audiences a feeling of community but also addresses these heavier, sometimes uncomfortable, topics, with a creative delivery utilizing comic relief to provoke discourse in people’s homes. Marcel’s character “Marty” will return home this season with a variety of circumstances that audiences are excited to unpack.

In addition to The Neighborhood, you may have seen Marcel as the scene-stealing “T.K. Clifton” on the ABC comedy The Mayor and co-starring in the BET film Always a Bridesmaid, on Netflix.

Marcel was forced out of his hometown of New Orleans by the devastation Hurricane Katrina brought to his beloved city. To this day, his strong affinity for New Orleans remains along with his second home, New York City, where he attended and received a Master of Fine Arts in acting at Columbia University. Marcel spent many years delving into meaty theater roles, including the title role of the Classic Stage Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Othello,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tyne Rafaeli, for which he was awarded the Rosemarie Tichler Fund Grant for his performance, and a prominent role in an adaptation of August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’.

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Louis York Releases Latest Single, “Headphones”

Grammy-nominated duo, Louis York, has released their latest single, “Headphones,” which is available now wherever you find great music. The track, released through the group’s label, Weirdo Workshop, reminds us all of the healing power of music and art. Over the past few years, the news cycle has been both informative and agonizing – we’ve experienced polarizing politics, social unrest and a global pandemic. “Headphones” explores the power and healing qualities that uniquely apply to music and the connective energy between sound and the human spirit, especially in tough times.

“Life has been challenging for us and everyone we know, so music has been essential. It’s been the only thing keeping us from going crazy,” says the duo. “We want ‘Headphones’ to represent a song’s ability to help during the darkest times. Right now, people should be paying close attention to their mental health so we’re offering up a melody and a message that might heal someone the way music has been healing us.”

Releasing alongside the track is the song’s poignant music video directed by Aaron Greene. Louis York wanted to create a visual that captures the emotions that this song is all about. The concept was meant to illustrate the feelings of loneliness, despair and confusion followed by the comfort and freedom that great music brings out. The song and video are all about personal connection with music. 

About Louis York:

Louis York is the multi-GRAMMY nominated songwriting and production duo comprised of Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony. The genre blending team is responsible for some of the biggest chart-topping hits by Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Jazmine Sullivan, K. Michelle, Christina Aguilera, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Jason Derulo, among many others. The talented team moved from Los Angeles to Nashville to open their Weirdo Workshop – an all encompassing company and label that produces music for other artists and musicians, including themselves. After creating Weirdo Workshop, in 2015, the two joined forces behind the mic for the first time in their careers with the goal of exploring how to bring communities together while celebrating originality and differences through the arts. Their first EP trilogy, Masterpiece Theater: Act I, Act II, Act III and it’s first single, “Clair Huxtable,” were a hit with fans and set the stage for a string of other popular singles such as “Things I Should Have Said,” “Slow Motion,” “Don’t Play,” and many others. Louis York has been featured by Billboard, Los Angeles Times, BET, MTV, VH1, The Fader, among others, as well as making their Grand Ole Opry debut in 2020 and have performed as special guests on the TODAY Show. They have also taken part in the esteemed TEDx Nashville program and are sought after speakers, panelists and hosts for events such as GRAMMY-U, the National Museum of African American Music, Leadership Music and Leadership Nashville, and many others. Through their own Weirdo Workshop programs, Deep Fried Veggies, the two are intently focused on speaking to high school and college students about music, business and life; and Tiny Book Club develops and engages discussion that broadens perspectives, creates cultural awareness and provides human connections and interaction around impactful pieces of literature.

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BLXST × BINO RIDEAUX — SIXTAPE 2

On Friday, rising LA hip-hop artists Blxst and Bino Rideaux teamed up for the release of their collaborative project, Sixtape 2. Out now via Red Bull Records, the project serves as the highly anticipated sequel to the 2019 release of Sixtape, which helped to catapult both artists’ careers and establish them as two of the West Coast’s most exciting new acts. You can stream Sixtape 2 HERE.

Spanning across twelve tracks, including the hit single “Movie,” Sixtape 2 showcases the palpable chemistry between the South Central artists, flexing their smooth, stylistic lyricism and penchant for catchy hooks. Serving as songwriters on the project, in addition to Blxst producing several of the tracks, Sixtape 2 allows both artists to highlight their individual talents while maintaining an effortless sense of collaboration, making for one of the must-listen projects of the summer.

The release of Sixtape 2 is also accompanied by the music video for the single “One Of Them Ones,” which finds both artists at a late-night casino. Featuring a motivational opening narration by DJ Drama, the visual features XXL Freshman class member Blxst and Def Jam signee Bino as they celebrate their rise to success, surrounded by their crew as they gamble and commemorate how far they’ve come. You can watch the music video HERE.

Sixtape 2 is out now, full tracklist is below and is available to stream on all platforms HERE.

Sixtape 2 Tracklist

1. Pop Out

2. Movie

3. Might Do Well

4. Program

5. One Of Them Ones

6. Accountable

7. Hate How Much

8. She Perfect

9. What Is It

10. Stressful

11. Time Will Only Tell

12. Beginning To The Ending

About Blxst

Blxst began his solo music career in Los Angeles in 2015, rapping, singing, writing and producing. From self-editing his videos and artwork to mixing and mastering his sound, he’s been on an unstoppable run, gaining notoriety for his productions and collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, YG, Eric Bellinger, Mustard, G Perico, Mozzy and Kalan.FrFr.

Last year saw the release of his highly anticipated debut EP, No Love Lost, an expansive and emotive collection of music inspired by past relationships and his hometown of Los Angeles. Paired with a four-part cinematic series of videos to bring the project’s overarching narrative to life, its quintessential West Coast vibe received acclaim from fans, press and tastemakers, cited by Pigeons & Planes as “one of the best projects of 2020.” Following this up with his first release of 2021, the two-track project Just For Clarity featuring Drakeo the Ruler and Russ, Blxst has solidified his position as the next must-watch musician out of LA. Receiving praise from Billboard, BET, Complex, Pitchfork and more, in 2021, Blxst was announced as a XXL Freshman Class member and an Amazon Breakthrough artist. This fall also sees Blxst headline his first ever North American tour, which sold out in less than an hour.

About Bino Rideaux

With a one-two punch of laidback flows and hypnotic melodies, Bino Rideaux has quietly shaped the next era of West Coast hip-hop. Growing up in South Central, he crafted his 2015 independent project, Life Is Like A Movie, out of a D.I.Y. studio in his grandmother’s house. Gaining traction around L.A., he co-founded Out The Blue Records and dropped music at a prolific pace. Penned in the wake of his homie KP’s death, “100 Days 100 Nights” caught the attention of the late Nipsey Hussle. He featured on Nipsey’s tracks “Clarity” and “The Field” before they teamed up on the 2017 joint project No Pressure.

As his profile rose, Bino linked with Blxst on Sixtape in 2019 before unleashing his full-length debut, Outside, which boasted appearances by heavyweights such as Ty Dolla $ign, Fredo Bang, Mozzy, and BlueBucksClan. In addition to praise from ComplexLA WeeklyVICE and more, UPROXX named it one of the “100 Best Albums of 2020.” Signing to Def Jam in partnership with Out The Blue, he only perfected his signature style on the likes of “Pride 2 The Side” and “BET” before igniting 2021 with the entrancing guitar-laden trip of “Incredible” [feat. Drakeo The Ruler]. Pegged as one of Rolling Stone’s “Breakthrough 25,” Billboard championed him among “6 LA Rappers to Watch in 2021” and went on to describe him as “the brightest star to emerge from that orbit.” Meanwhile, KAZI christened him “one of the West Coast’s most exciting new talents.

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Jordan E Cooper × The Ms. Pat Show

OBIE Award-winning, 26-year-old trailblazing creative Jordan E. Cooper serves as the showrunner, creator and executive producer for the highly anticipated BET sitcom “The Ms. Pat Show.” The 10-episode series will debut August 12 on BET+.

The R-rated sitcom is filmed in front of a live audience and based on Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams’ stand-up comedy and memoir. Created & executive produced by Jordan E. Cooper and Ms. Pat, this grown folks comedy follows a former convicted felon turned suburban mom as she tries her best to navigate family, her comedy career, and a new all-white neighborhood.

Recently chosen to be one of OUT Magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year,” Cooper starred in a sold out run of his play Ain’t No Mo’ which was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Last year, Cooper created a pandemic centered short film Mama Got A Cough, which was featured in National Geographic and named ‘Best Of 2020’ by The New York Times.  He was also featured on the final season of FX’s critically acclaimed, award-winning television series POSE as “MC Tyrone.” Cooper also founded his own production company Cookout Entertainment- a platform for television and film work that centers community, conversation, celebration, and liberation.

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Yung Pooda – FOREVER TIPPIN

Yung Pooda gains another hit with DJ Chose on his latest offering “Forever Tippin,” produced by Grammy Award-winning, super-producers Cool/Dre. The two trendsetters join forces with an appealing twist of the Salih William-produced classic, “Still Tippin’” by Mike Jones, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug. “Forever Tippin” is available today via It’s A 10 Records on all streaming service platforms. The official music video, directed by legendary director Mr. Boomtown (Gucci Mane, Bun B, Yo Gotti), has now reached 1 million + views via YouTube. Watch here.  

On an unbreakable hot streak, with no signs of ceasing, Yung Pooda has proven to be a force with his magnetic appeal as he makes his way to carry the city as Houston’s next up. The 2021 breakout star was recently featured in his hometown daily paper, The Houston Chronicle where the publication exclaimed that Pooda is well on his way to being ‘Houston’s next hip hop star.Forever Tippin” comes on the heels of Pooda’s biggest record to date, “Chicken ‘N Grits” featuring Dreamdoll on the original version and Trey Songz and Dreamdoll for the official remix. The track garnered praise from Hot New Hip Hop, Rap Radar, On Smash, Hip Hop N’ More and is currently in the multi-millions with over 3 million + streams and counting on Spotify solely.  

His latest single, “Forever Tippin” paves the way for his anxiously awaited debut project “Vivid Pictures,” arriving later this year.  

Pooda is set to perform at ‘The Official 713 Day Celebration’ in Houston, TX on July 13th alongside a few of Houston’s legends on the lineup including Lil Keke, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and more! For more information visit HERE

WATCH “FOREVER TIPPIN” VISUAL HERE

LISTEN TO “FOREVER TIPPIN” HERE

Yung Pooda could be Houston’s next hip-hop star

Houston Chronicle 

Yung Pooda is winning the battle between life and art…

Rolling Out

Nothing holds more weight than a promise.

In 2019, Yung Pooda found himself at a crossroads between the streets and the studio. After performing alongside legends such as Boosie Badazz, Slim Thug, and Z-Ro, recording with platinum icon Paul Wall, and igniting a buzz of his own throughout the country, the Houston rapper made an important pledge to himself. His pledge changed the course of everything to follow in its wake.

 “In the middle of recording and getting in all kinds trouble, I promised God I would get out of the streets and just do music,” he admits. “I stuck to my word.”

Long before this vow, hip-hop called to him as a kid in Orange, TX. Pooda’s mother bumped Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” throughout the one-bedroom and one-bathroom house built by his grandfather that he and his mom shared with his grandma. As he puts it, “I used to go nuts to that song!” He used to listen to classics from OutKast, JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Master P, Ludacris, DJ Screw, and more. When Pooda visited dad, pops actually built a home studio at his spot to cook up beats and DJ.  Growing up, he practiced his skills on the mic and sharpened the wordplay, developing a signature style. He sent shockwaves through the city after a successful showcase, earning endorsements from the likes of DJ Hi-Cof Houston’s 97.9 The BOX who said, “He’s always been a lyricist.” Inciting local excitement, he performed multiple tour dates with Boosie Badazz and teamed up with Paul Wall for the single “Beat Up The Block.”

Relocating to Prairie View, he moved into a two-story house with his cousin and two friends where they “were trapping and getting money, but shit got too hectic.” At this point, he reset everything. “There were fights, threats, and all types of shit,” he recalls. “I ended up saying that prayer.”

His music made its way to Jeff Aronson, CEO of It’s A 10 Records, a boutique label with a distribution deal with Empire, who immediately signed him in 2019. Now, he properly introduces his signature sound and vibes on his upcoming LP, Vivid Pictures. In 2020, Pooda made waves on Tik Tok and mix show radio with the release of his first single, “Repeat Dat” which was produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning duo Cool & Dre [JAY-Z, Beyoncé, Nas] along with a reflective song, “Lies Told”- his thoughtful response to social unrest and police brutality.  This year, his critically acclaimed newest single, “Chicken N Grits” is bringing him to the forefront. C&G has earned over 30 million Tik Tok views, was the #4 “Most Added” song at urban radio and is in rotation at BET Jams, Revolt and YO! MTV Raps. 

 The title track “Vivid Pictures” places cinematic verses in between soulful samples and is at the heart of Pooda’s approach to music and life.  “There’s a deep meaning,” he explains. “I aspire to be an artist and more than a rapper. I’m inspired by Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci. When I listen to a beat in my head, I’m putting art together. The eyes are the windows to the soul. Everything is clear. Each song gives you a visual like a movie. That’s Vivid Pictures to me. It’s the frequency I want to be on.” 

In the end, Pooda fulfills every promise and leaves his mark on the culture in the process. “When you listen to me, I want you to feel enlightened and great,” he leaves off. “I hope you relate to the emotion and know you’re not alone. I’m young enough to make mistakes and old enough to know better. I’m telling my story. I’m human.”

YUNG POODA #1 NEW SINGLE “FOREVER TIPPIN” #1 MOST ADDED AT URBAN RADIO

Independent Label It’s A 10 Records’ Promo Efforts Put Yung Pooda At The Forefront

This week, Houston-based, emerging rapper Yung Pooda continues to make a name for himself as his new release, “Forever Tippin” beats out stiff competition from major label artists to be the #1 “Most Added” record at urban radio. Get it HERE.

Yung Pooda joined forces with fellow Texan rapper/producer DJ Chose to collaborate on “Forever Tippin” which is a reworking of the classic “Still Tippin'” by Mike Jones, Paul Wall and Slim Thug- who makes a cameo appearance in the riveting “Forever Tippin” video. Less than a month to release, the video has already garnered over one million views and counting and received widespread critical acclaim. See the video HERE.

Signed to It’s A 10 Records, an independent label distributed by United Masters, Pooda has been stealthily building a name for himself with an onslaught of buzzing releases over the past year including “Chicken N Grits” featuring Dream Doll and Trey Songz (on the remix), “Repeat Dat” and “Lies Told.”

“Pooda is the real deal,” says It’s A 10 Records Miami-based founder and C.E.O. Jeff Aronson who tapped the top-selling songwriter/production duo Cool & Dre to oversee Yung Pooda’s forthcoming album. “He is talented, versatile and has a lot to say. We are committed to putting the resources behind him and his upcoming album.

Yung Pooda and DJ Chose rep Houston and ride in style in the music video for their song Forever Tippin.” –BET

Yung Pooda Sticks To His H-Town Roots On “Forever Tippin” – Hot New Hip Hop

“…Is blowing up.” – Houston Chronicle

Pooda rides over the classic sample…” – Revolt

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Robert Ector Releases Luxury Greeting Cards

Luxury fashion photographer Robert Ector has recently launched his exclusive collection of luxury greeting cards. The selection consists of 25, 5” x 7” custom greeting cards, which feature Ector’s incredible eye for photography and design. Black, offset envelopes are included to encase each salutation. Ornate gold foil stamping encases the stationary, and the meme-worthy verbiage makes for a memorable address. The assortment also comes with laminated art paper. Make your statement with a statement using these high-end greetings.

Last year, Ector released his photo book, “DETAILS: City Streets Are The Real Runways.” The text features over 400 full color photographs of some of the most expensive fashion pieces in the world, luxury street wear, and street photography. Ector, famous for his creative direction for A-list celebrities such as Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Lala Anthony and Mary J. Blige, showcases incredible individuals donned in even more fabulous fashion on every page. Readers are sure to become enthralled and won’t be able to stop flipping through mesmerizing 650 pages.

Fashion iconoclast and multi-talented artist Mary J Blige wrote the foreword for the text, as well as attended its NYFW launch. The two have shared an artistic relationship for years. Recently, Ector was also the promotional shoot photographer for Blige’s Netflix docu-series, “My Life.” The documentary series was named after Blige’s earlier album which has the same title. Alongside Ector’s stunning photography, the series features executive production from Puff Daddy (aka, Sean “Puffy” Combs) and executive music production from Quincy Jones. Commentary from Diddy, Taraji P. Henson, and Alicia Keys is also included in “My Life.”

Another of Ector’s previous photo projects includes shooting our magazine’s cover of Tamar Braxton. As Ector continues his artistic endeavors, we look forward to seeing what is next to come from the accomplished artist.

*All photos provided by Robert Ector

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American Soul’s Katlyn Nichol Releases Debut Single

Captivating audiences on hit television shows such as American Soul and Black-ish, North Carolina-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, actress, and performer Katlyn Nichol has signed to CMNTY Culture RCRDS and Republic Records. Now, she steps into the spotlight with her brand new debut single “Liar” today via CMNTY Culture RCRDS/Republic Records.

The track, which was produced by Sak Pase, showcases her standout signature style. Over production infused with an African sample, nostalgic beats, and wild horns, her voice shines on introspective verses and a powerhouse hook alike. She captures the essence of classic “Jersey Club” records, while locking into an unstoppable groove

“Liar” not only introduces Katlyn as a dynamic all-around entertainer, but it also hints at much more to come.

For as much as Katlyn Nichol flourishes in front of the camera as an actress, she really thrives the moment she picks up a microphone. The North Carolina-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, actress, and performer can hit steeple-size vocal peaks, get sassy on a beat, and dazzle with charisma and charm all within the span of the same song. At the age of two, Katlyn would sing from her car seat, belting out gospel runs along with the radio. Soon, she found herself recording backup vocals and melodies for her dad’s recordings and decided to devote her life to music at that young age. Relocating to New Jersey, she gained her first industry experience by working with various management companies in between attending the prestigious Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts. By 12-years-old, Mary J. Blige personally signed her to Matriarch/Def Jam Records. The legend often invited Katlyn to make guest appearances on stage. All of these moves contributed to her evolution as an artist and all-around entertainer. She nailed an audition for BET’S American Soul and captivated millions as Simone Clark, acting, singing, and dancing for the run of the show. In 2020, she joined the cast of Black-ish as Olivia Lockhart and will be returning for the upcoming final season. However, she never stopped writing, recording, and singing. During early 2021, she caught the attention of CMNTY Culture RCRDS and Republic Records and landed a deal with the label.

Listen to “Liar”: HERE

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Kosine × The Truth Serum

KOSINE RELEASES DEBUT EPISODE OF “THE TRUTH SERUM PODCAST” WITH KOSINE & FRIENDS

FEATURING PRODUCER & SONGWRITER YOUNG FYRE

AVAILABLE NOW ON ALL PODCAST STREAMING PLATFORMS

Limited Podcast Series – “The Truth Serum Podcast” with Kosine & Friends – featuring special guest Young Fyre who has produced for T-Pain, Kehlani, Lil Wayne, Brittney Spears, and Jaden Smith

9x Grammy Nominated Producer and Rapper Kosine welcomes producer and songwriter Young Fyre for an unfiltered conversation today on “The Truth Serum Podcast” with Kosine & Friends – a limited series that will feature some of Kosines ‘Super Friends’ where each episode explores the ups and downs of the music industry through personal experiences as Kosine’s super friends pull-up and share the untold stories that shaped their careers. Truth Serum’s unique blend of transparency and storytelling makes it the most dangerously honest podcast on the net. Tune in now for the debut episode and stay ready for the latest episodes to come!

AVAILABLE NOW ON SPOTIFY AND APPLE MUSIC

KOSINE RETURNS TO THE FRONT OF THE CAMERA AS EXECUTIVE MUSIC PRODUCER
 
ON EPISODE 2 OF BET’S NEW REALITY SHOW “THE ENCORE” RELEASING A NEW EPISODE EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 10PM EST ON BET LIVE & BET HER
 
WATCH THE FIRST EPISODE HERE TO SEE NINE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE SOLO FEMALE ARTISTS,
AND GROUPS FROM THE 1990S AND 2000’S MAKE A COMEBACK

Kosine stars in BET’s newest reality show “The Encore” where nine of the most memorable solo female artists and groups from the 1990s and 2000s are making a comeback. In an attempt to reinvent themselves and get back into the spotlight, the artists are tasked with forming an R&B supergroup.

The nine cast members are Shamari DeVoe of Blaque, Irish Grinstead and LeMisha Grinstead from 702, Nivea Nash and Felisha King of Cherish, Fallon King and Pamela Long from the group Total, Aubrey O’Day from Danity Kane, and Kiely Williams of 3LW. While living together, they must create a collaborative album in 30 days and perform the music live with the help of song writer Elijah Blake and Music Producer Kosine.

Episode 2 went live on June 16 at 10pm EST where all of the women take a vote on who will be “Queen” of the house, and Kosine works closely with all nine stars to make their first song as a group in episode 2. Despite the differences in opinions and artistic capabilities, Kosine works with all nine artists as they strive towards forming the ultimate Girl RnB group.

Tune in Next Wednesday June 23 to see Episode 3 as Executive Producer Kosine and Song Writer Elijah Blake work with all nine women to create new music and prepare for their live performance set to happen at the end of the series!

Kosine will be the executive music producer for the show, working closely with all nine cast members to make their artistic visions come to life, and ultimately help these talented women reinvent themselves collectively to take back the spotlight. Tune in next Wednesdays on BET at 10pm EST to see Episode 3!

JUST INCASE YOU MISSED EPISODE 1, YOU CAN VIEW THE FULL EPISODE ON BET.COM. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL EPISODE!

CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE 2!

WHO: 9x Grammy Nominated Producer and Rapper Kosine for BET’s “The Encore” starring Shamari DeVoe of Blaque, Irish Grinstead and LeMisha Grinstead from 702, Nivea Nash and Felisha King of Cherish, Fallon King and Pamela Long from the group Total, Aubrey O’Day from Danity Kane, and Kiely Williams of 3LW
 
WHAT: BET’s newest reality show “The Encore” where Nine of the most memorable solo female artists and groups from the 1990s and 2000s are making a comeback.
 
WHEN: Wednesday’s at 10pm EST on BET Live and BET Her, watch episode 1 here,
             Tune in Next Wednesday June 23rd for Episode 3!
 
WHERE: You can tune in live on Wednesdays at 10pm EST on the BET channel, and watch past episodes on BET’s website, click here to see episode 1

About KOSINE
Kosine is a nine-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated producer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and actor. His discography notably spans multi-platinum and chart-dominating smashes for everyone from Justin Bieber, Rihanna to Nicki Minaj, NAS, and Big Sean. After taking the time to reintroduce himself and reestablish old relationships through intimate and open conversations, he has truly proven he is here to stay in the industry, and will continue to thrive despite the odds that were once against him.