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New VP of Def Jam, Abou Thiam, on His Brother, Akon, Haters and What He Saw in T-Pain

New VP of Def Jam, Abou Thiam, on His Brother, Akon, Haters and What He Saw in T-Pain

Abou Thiam was inspired to pursue a career in music after growing up listening to his father play drums. Bu’s older brother was determined to break into the industry as an artist, and Bu followed suit. His older brother would realize his dreams and take the music industry by storm as multiplatinum singer-songwriter-producer Akon. Bu initially […]

Kristinia DeBarge On Family Ties, Chris Brown and Rihanna

Kristinia DeBarge On Family Ties, Chris Brown and Rihanna

Kristinia DeBarge understands that her greatest advantage could be her biggest challenge. The daughter of James DeBarge, Kristinia was reared by a musically gifted family that gave her firsthand insight on the music industry. However, some will expect her to carry the mantle and continue the success that her family established during the early `80s. […]

LaFace Records Honored in Atlanta

LaFace Records Honored in Atlanta

The Soul Train Music Awards, which were held in Atlanta recently, paid tribute to LaFace Records. The fact that the city hosting the widely televised event also happened to be the birthplace of LaFace Records, made it that much more personal for the record company’s founders Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. The record […]

Michael Jackson’s Collaborator Hails Jackson as ‘Amazing’

The name Travis Payne may or may not conjure up images of sizzling pop video productions and steamy stage shows, but if the names Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and that of the beloved Michael Jackson mean anything to you, you’ll want to make a mental note to watch for any project associated with his name. […]

Birdman – Money Talks

Birdman – Money Talks

story by Todd Williams images by Hannibal Matthews for Steed Media Service About 50 people are buzzing in and out of the hallways of Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta. The collective ranges from photographers to bloggers to publicists to models to producers to … Gucci Mane? The Atlanta-based rapper shuffles in quietly past all of the […]

Fresh From McDonald's Flavor Battle, DJ Irie Says Follow Your Passion

Fresh From McDonald’s Flavor Battle, DJ Irie Says Follow Your Passion

DJ Irie, one of the clebrity DJs in McDonald’s Flavor Battle competiton, shares what it takes to pursue a career as a DJ. “I definitely encourage anyone [who] has the passion, the fire within, to get involved in the music industry or to get involved in deejaying to definitely pursue that, but the most important […]

Monica Reborn, Revitalized and Reinvigorated

Monica Reborn, Revitalized and Reinvigorated

story by Terry Shropshire images by Dave Ellis for Steed Media Service Unlike most people, Monica Denise Arnold wouldn’t change a thing about her life — even if she were empowered with the option to do so. She is at a place of happiness, contentment and acceptance with the way her journey has turned out […]

Tony Mercedes Discusses Kandi Burruss and Why the South Is Running the Record Business.

Tony Mercedes Discusses Kandi Burruss and Why the South Is Running the Record Business.

Ten years before Tony Mercedes got into the music industry, he was making a name for himself promoting concerts. He gained industry recognition as the director of A&R at LaFace Records. He had the No. 1 rap record in the country “Who Dat” (J-Money) and No. 1 R&B record “No Scrubs” (TLC) in 1999 on […]

Naturi Naughton: Remember Her Name

Naturi Naughton: Remember Her Name

Story by Roz Edward Images by Ashley Walker for Steed Media Service When the remake of the 1980 hit film, Fame, rolled on to the silver screen on Sept. 25, the lead character, Denise, was revived by musical powerhouse, Naturi  Naughton. In 1980, Irene Cara memorialized the role when she sang the title song and […]

Mya’s Last Dance?

Mya’s Last Dance?

Story by: Amir Shaw photography by: Desmond for Steed Media Service Styling by: Joe Exclusive There was a time when Mya Harrison commanded the attention of millions. Women rejoiced over her sexually liberating hit single, “Lady Marmalade.” She garnered street credibility from those in the hip-hop community by holding her own alongside reputable emcees such […]

Jerry Clark: A Mother’s Day Tribute to My Wife

Jerry Clark: A Mother’s Day Tribute to My Wife The moment I realized I wanted to marry my wife, Schjuan O’Neal Clark, was when she met my mama. My mama had met other women before her, but when she met my future wife, my mother’s whole demeanor changed. The feedback and the whole vibe, it […]

kelly l. robinson- grabbing the bull by the horns

Field Marketing Manager, Red Bull Red Bull prides itself on its innovative use of unconventional marketing tools. Thanks to the leadership and wisdom of Kelly Robinson, the world leader of energy drinks has been able to apply their strategic and unique approach to sales and promotions. Before joining Red Bull as the field marketing manager […]

Warrick Dunn, Lisa Price and Macy’s Help the Community ‘Strive for Success’

Warrick Dunn, Lisa Price and Macy’s Help the Community ‘Strive for Success’

Warrick Dunn, Lisa Price and Macy’s Help the Community ‘Strive for Success’ In celebration of Black History Month, Macy’s called on some of the African American community’s brightest minds to enlighten and inspire the community with their “Strive for Success” panel held on Feb. 20. Tampa Bay running back Warrick Dunn; Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter […]

Where Have All the Female Emcees Gone?

Over the years, the Grammy’s has grown to represent the pinnacle of achievement and recognition in the career of artists worldwide. Although it has gradually embraced hip-hop by introducing new categories to incorporate the ever-growing genre, female rappers have by and large been left out of the equation. Since the category of Best Female Hip-Hop […]

Fallen Soldiers: The Top 10 Most Infamous Rap Murders

It certainly has been an eventful last two decades for hip hop music. Once thought of as a fly-by-night fad with no true staying power, the culture and music behind it eventually exploded into an international phenomena, creating trends and making superstars in the process. But the price of fame created by this genre ultimately […]

Keri Hilson Talks About Being on the Road

With a whirlwind national tour currently in high gear, in addition to the daily rigors of being both an emerging artist as well as an in-demand songwriter, Keri Hilson would be hard-pressed to tell you what city she’s currently in, let alone reflect back on the year that was. So when rolling out convinced the […]

Four Tops Receive First Grammy With Lifetime Award—Who Else Has Never Won?

The Grammy® Foundation announced this week that Motown’s legendary Four Tops will receive the Lifetime Achievement Grammy this year. The Four Tops included “Duke” Fakir, the late Lawrence Payton, the late Renaldo “Obie” Benson and unforgettable baritone lead singer Levi Stubbs—who, sadly, passed away this year. The foursome was one of Motown’s biggest acts in […]

Note to Aspiring Songwriters: Secure an Internship to Get Ahead

Alonzo Robinson, senior director of black music for ASCAP (West Coast office) loves his job — and it shows. During the ASCAP songwriters’ panel, which took place in L.A. over the Grammy Awards weekend, Robinson was all smiles as he maneuvered around the room, and networked with burgeoning songwriters and established talent. After 19 years […]

Part 2 of the Behind Scenes Footage with Diamond

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Lil Wayne, Mariah and Diddy: Why A-List Artists are Pushing Back Their Album Release Dates

  Weezy’s forthcoming vanity project, a still-untitled rock album, has been met with snickers from those who have heard early leaks online. Lil Wayne’s ever-growing ego and eccentricity may be fueling this genre-bending push more so than any true artistic viability. That’s not to dismiss Wayne’s desire to branch out as an artist, but being […]

Lil Scrappy on Beating Bad Label Deals and Signing with Ludacris

Lil Scrappy on Beating Bad Label Deals and Signing with Ludacris

When Scrappy announced that he had signed with Ludcris’ DTP, people were surprised. The former Lil Jon protégé has been through his share of ups and down in the industry. Ro caught up with him to get his take on label deals, Luda and getting over disappointment in the music industry. –jacinta howard People were […]

Mama’s Mustache: On OutKast and Why They Rock

Mama’s Mustache: On OutKast and Why They Rock

  What do you get when you mix a Grammy winning, multi-platinum hip-hop producer with a critically acclaimed singer? Whatever your answer is, scratch it. Mama’s Mustache probably doesn’t fit the mold. Comprised of former OutKast producer Mr. DJ, along with Jeff B who was one-fourth of the short-lived singing group Co-Ed, the two met […]

Atitude Interview

Atitude Interview Attitude speaks about how he got into the music industry, his songwriting and production, and his upcoming album   More videos : Business | Health | Style | Sports | Music | Events | Travel | Publisher’s Page | Cover

Devyne Stephens, Discoverer of Akon and T-Pain, Shares What He Looks for in an Artist

 While watching the 2002 documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” future hit maker Devyne Stephens, CEO of UpFront Megatainment Worldwide, had an epiphany — if he could replicate the Motown hit factory formula, he could well become` a modern-day Berry Gordy. Gordy was infamous for his attention to the details related to every aspect […]

Monteil Nottage, Executive Director, YMCA

The Young Men’s Christian Association is an ever evolving organization, but it’s overall objectives remain surprisingly consistent — the promotion of healthy living and wholesome lifestyles. “One of the great things about the YMCA is that we try to develop programs that meet the community needs. … I’m really excited to say that the comprehensive […]

Monteil Nottage, Executive Director, YMCA What’s in a Name

  SECTION: HEALTH AND WELLNESS Monteil Nottage, Executive Director, YMCAWhat’s in a Name The Young Men’s Christian Association is an ever evolving organization, but it’s overall objectives remain surprisingly consistent — the promotion of healthy living and wholesome lifestyles. “One of the great things about the YMCA is that we try to develop programs that […]

Paying to Play: How Will Gucci Mane, Beyoncé and Other Artists Be Affected by the Performance Rights Act?

Admit it. You’ve been guilty of tuning out my favorite FM radio station after listening to a standing catalog of the same popular songs rotating all day long. Unfortunately, the very entertainment that you might have taken for granted may be threatened by the Performance Rights Act. Under the Performance Rights Act, AM and FM […]

Eminem is Robbed of His $60k Diamond Chain: Why He’s Having the Worst Week Ever

After spending the last five years on the periphery of the music industry, Eminem can’t seem to shake the spotlight. While attending the recent MTV Movie Awards, Slim Shady’s hotel room was burglarized and bandits made away with the rapper’s $60,000 diamond chain. It was later discovered that Eminem’s personal laptop was also stolen from […]

How Soulja Boy broke all the Rules... and Won.

How Soulja Boy broke all the Rules… and Won.

how soulja boy Broke All the Rules … And Won Soulja Boy in the studio   Story by Jacinta HowardImages by Hannibal Matthews for Steed Media Service Once upon a time there was a boy named DeAndre Way. His friends called him Soulja Boy. He made a Web page, recorded himself dancing on YouTube and […]

The Twilite Zone: Legendary Chicago producer Twilite Tone talks Common and fatherhood

  Anthony “The Twilite Tone” touts himself as the DuSable of ‘Go, ILL’. The average Joe might consider the claim a lofty comparison — taking on the name of the black man credited as the founder of the Windy City — but Tone’s quip is more than warranted. Along with legends Common and NO ID, […]

Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em Exclusive Sneak Peek

   Images by Hannibal Matthews ‘I just really kicked down the doors at the record label and just ran in taking money.’ Love him or hate him, Soulja Boy is running hip-hop right now. In the past year, he’s had two songs chart on Billboard’s Top 10 simultaneously — “Kiss Me Through the Phone” and […]

The Good Die Young: RIP Roderick Anthony Burton, aka Dolla

  On May 18, at approximately 3:10 p.m. in Los Angeles, Roderick Anthony Burton II was gunned down in a shopping mall. Known to the music industry and fans alike as the 21-year-old budding hip-hop talent, Dolla, Burton’s memory has quickly become marred in the debate that rappers are falling prey to the same violence […]

Letoya Luckett Boss Lady

Letoya Luckett Boss Lady

Story by Jacinta Howard Images by Benjamin Jones for Steed Media Service As careers go, LeToya Luckett’s would make an enthralling “Behind the Music” special. Talented, but overlooked member of a high-powered, girl group? Check. Chart-topping singles? Check. Super dramatic group break up? Check. Remarkable comeback? Check. Yes, Luckett’s story is full of highs and […]

Keri Hilson, Ciara Or Chrisette Michele?

Keri Hilson, Ciara Or Chrisette Michele? Who Will Be the Queen of Spring 2009? These three ladies intend to dominate the warm months leading into summer. Keri Hilson is certified songwriter with the golden pen. Ciara is pop/R&B’s reigning sex symbol and Chrisette Michele strikes us as the thoughtful girl-next-door. But who will April, May […]

Adrienne Muhammad

Adrienne Muhammad: Writer’s Block For over 13 years, Adrienne Muhammad has been an instrumental force in some of the music industry’s biggest stars. From Young Jeezy to Rihanna, Usher and UGK, Muhammad’s positions as the general manager of Compound Entertainment, director of A&R administration at Jive Records and as an A&R administrator at Island Def […]

Adrienne Muhammad: Writer’s Block

Adrienne Muhammad: Writer’s Block For over 13 years, Adrienne Muhammad has been an instrumental force in some of the music industry’s biggest stars. From Young Jeezy to Rihanna, Usher and UGK, Muhammad’s positions as the general manager of Compound Entertainment, director of A&R administration at Jive Records and as an A&R administrator at Island Def […]

Jamiel Jackson, Sound Engineer and After School Program Aide

 BUSINESS/ENTERTAINMENT Shining His Light Jamiel Jackson, Sound Engineer and After School Program Aide Jamiel Jackson and his wife share many wonderful things that make their marriage work. One of those things is their passion for children and the nurturing of their success. In fact, his wife co-founded one of the city’s after school programs where […]

Angie Stone Talks About Recording in Marvin Gaye’s Studio and Her Movie, Pastor Brown

Cult icon Angie Stone, aka Angela Laverne Brown, is still basking in the residual afterglow from recording her latest CD, The Art of Love and War, in Marvin Gaye’s studio in Beverly Hills, Calif. The recording session caps an artistically fruitful season for Stone, who also got her inner “pimp-tress” revved up as a strip […]

Keri Hilson, Ciara Or Chrisette Michele? Who Will Be the Queen of Spring 2009?

These three ladies intend to dominate the warm months leading into summer. Keri Hilson is certified songwriter with the golden pen. Ciara is pop/R&B’s reigning sex symbol and Chrisette Michele strikes us as the thoughtful girl-next-door. But who will April, May and June belong to?- todd williams  Keri Hilson:In A Perfect World The sexy singer/songwriter […]

Note to Aspiring Songwriters: Secure an Internship to Get Ahead

photo by steed media service Alonzo Robinson, senior director of black music for ASCAP (West Coast office) loves his job — and it shows. During the ASCAP songwriters’ panel, which took place in L.A. over the Grammy Awards weekend, Robinson was all smiles as he maneuvered around the room, and networked with burgeoning songwriters and […]

12-year-old Rapper Lil Chucky Comments on Working With Lil Wayne

 You’ve heard the mantra that stars aren’t born or made, they’re revealed. Well, the music industry is all abuzz over Lil Chucky, the 12-year-old hip-hop head that spit on Lil Wayne’s hit “Too Clean,” one of the singles from his smash CD, Tha Carter III.“Everything is coming in order, step by step. It’s a good […]

Fiona Simone: The Road Less Traveled

Representin': AtlantaSounds Like: Missy meets T.I. In a world where female rappers have gone the way of the whoolly mammoth, Fiona Simone is something like a new species. Formerly signed to Universal, to say the emcee-writer has paid her dues would be an understatement. “The most important thing that I’ve learned is that if you’re […]

The 10 Biggest Grammy Snubs of All-time

The 10 Biggest Grammy Snubs of All-time grammy extra The Grammys have a long and illustrious tradition. But, too often, the Foundation seems to be out of step with what’s going on in popular culture. Here are some of the legendary artists that were never awarded the biggest honor in music. –dusty culpepper 10. Sam Cooke […]

The 10 Biggest Grammy Snubs of All-time

grammy extra The Grammys have a long and illustrious tradition. But, too often, the Foundation seems to be out of step with what’s going on in popular culture. Here are some of the legendary artists that were never awarded the biggest honor in music. –dusty culpepper 10. Sam Cooke – Sam Cooke was the first soul […]

Akon & Devyne Stephens- The Rule of Two

Akon & Devyne Stephens- The Rule of Two

AKON & Devyne Stephens – the rule of two Story by Amir ShawImages by Maurice Evans for Steed Media Service on the eve of Thanksgiving over 500 individuals braved a gusty autumn wind while standing in line outside of Throbacks Sports Bar & Grill. Located in College Park, Ga., the venue is a popular hangout […]

jacqueline rhinehart

jacqueline rhinehart photo by steed media service Author, My Organic Soul Jacqueline Rhinehart has a soft spot for youth who demonstrate a light in them that shines brighter than the lights on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. However, she’s also sensitive to a major obstacle for those pursuing a college degree. The students are unable […]

Lil Wayne, Coldplay and Jazmine Sullivan Among Top Grammy Nominees

Lil Wayne continues to have the best year ever. After releasing the best-selling album of 2008, Tha Carter III, Weezy has racked up eight Grammy nominations—the most of any of this year’s nominees. Sensitive British chart-toppers Coldplay were a close second, nabbing seven. Both Wayne and Coldplay were nominated for what is generally Grammy night’s […]

midnite black - knows about versatility

midnite black – knows about versatility

photo by steed media service Atlanta-reared producer Midnite Black knows about versatility. With seven songs on Slim’s (of 112) latest project and upcoming heaters for artists like Ciara, Plies, Faith Evans and Eightball & MJG, the seven-year sensation is leaving his fingerprints all over the music game. –j.h. What should up-and-coming producers do to get […]

the paypa boiz

the paypa boiz photo by steed media service Recording Artists The Paypa Boiz, a Detroit-based rap group, sat down with rolling out recently to talk about their Street Newz, Volume 1 CD compilation. The album is a unique blend of Motor City attitude with elements of East Coast, West Coast and Dirty South hip-hop. Now, […]

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Hits the Big Stage in London

Michael Jackson’s Thriller is arguably the most compelling event in the history of popular music. It ranks as the top-selling album of all-time and the landmark production was promoted by a 30-minute video that changed the dynamics of the music industry and influenced a new generation of pop stars. Twenty-six years after the release of […]