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New Orleans artist/songwriter Devious hits the streets of Los Angeles during the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards and the BET Awards. Devious and his team speak Nipsey Hussle, Cardi B, City Girls, the influence of New Orleans bounce music, and more. Devious and Mellow Fellow won an ASCAP award for Lil Duval “Smile (Living My Best Life)”. The New Orleans songwriters landed a multi-platinum award on Cardi B “Invasion Of Privacy”, a gold award for Bickenhead, a platinum award for City Girls “Twerk” featuring Cardi B, and a gold award for Lil Duval “Smile (Living My Best Life)”.
Diamond is a rapper from Atlanta, GA known for being 1 of 2 females in the Hip Hop group, Crime Mob. Crime Mob rose to fame in the early 2000s with songs, “Knuck If You Buck”, “Rock Yo Hips”, and “Stilettos”. Diamond and Princess became very popular in the urban community for their bold lyrics and setting fashion trends. Although Crime Mob never officially called it quits altogether, they did have many public disputes and have all recorded their own solo music. In an unreleased interview with Lalaa Shepard of The Progress Report, Diamond opens up about getting introduced to poetry and music, linking with Crime Mob, importance of Limewire in helping her find an audience, hardships of getting respect as a southern rapper coming up, balancing personal life, motherhood, relationships within the entertainment industry, and of course she defines the word “progress”.
Rising Detroit natives and brothers, Ar’mon & Trey sit down with #BEFORETHEFAME host Portia Terrae to talk about their new single, “Just In Case,” getting signed to Warner Records, and their viral social media stardom!
Watch the full interview below, and make sure to follow Ar’mon & Trey via all social media and music platforms!
11 year old ZaeZaeCookItUp sits down with ThouxanBanFauni to talk video games, face tattoos, & even going to the shooting range! This is the first of the HHRTV series titled “The Zae Show” so stay on the lookout for more.
Multi-talented recording artist, Soul Vybe Cutta, from the the small town of Camilla, Georgia, is best known for his cleverly written storytelling.
Besides his natural passion for music, multiple hardships such as: homelessness, close family deaths, substance abuse, and depression have also inspired Cutta to channel his pain through writing and making music.
With new music soon to come, I got a chance to ask Soul Vybe Cutta a few questions.
Who is Soul Vybe Cutta!? Describe yourself as in artist in 3 words.
– “I would describe myself as: abstract, devoted, and melodic.”
We know that you’ve dealt with many personal hardships growing up, such as, substance abuse & depression — how did you use music to cope with those hardships?
– “I wrote my way out of my hardships, as if they were affirmations to remind myself that I was greater than, and never less than anything that attempted to over take my mind and life as a whole.”
With that being said, what is your goal as an artist? What message are you inevitably trying to get across to your fans?
– “My goal is to inspire those who need inspiration and to let them know that any great vision that God has placed in them is possible.”
Your military background has opened doors for you to travel the world — and on top of that, we know you now just travel for fun & for inspiration — what has been your favorite destination so far, and why?
– Europe as a whole, but if I have to choose, Im going to go with the Netherlands because of the free spirited lifestyle; their admiration for nature, and landscapes of serene scenery.”
Where’s some places you haven’t gone yet that are on your bucket list?
– “Thailand and Egypt .”
Currently you reside in Germany. Seeing that you’re originally from Camilla, Georgia — What is it like living in a place so culturally different from what you’re “use” to?
– “It’s initially a major culture shock, but once you make it past the language and cultural barriers, you begin to realize that there really isn’t a difference at the core of every new place visited.”
We like to ask everybody this one… Who are your top 5 musical inspirations? Dead or alive.
With 5 projects under your belt, which one was your favorite to work on and why?”
– “The Project that I am currently working on for later this year. I have more creative control with producing a lot of the songs on the project, and also these opportunities being the exact things I have always prayed to experience.” Now we know you got a brand new project on the way, do we get any type of exclusive preview? — Name of the project, concept, estimated release date? Or do we just have to wait and see!?
– “I have already let too much out of the goodie bag already.” What can Soul Vybe Cutta fans (and perspective fans) look forward to from you in 2019!?
So there you go! A rising artist who’s just trying to make way to his fans through his music and personal revelations. Check out the exclusive releases below, and stay tuned for Vyber Musiq Vol.1 on the way!
Whether she’s getting arrested, in the throes of battle with her Love and Hip Hop ATLcastmates or having a “calming” glass of chardonnay, millions of people have been captivated by the infamous Tommie! So, who is the woman behind numerous mugshots and viral clips?
This past year has been crazy for reality tv star Tommie. Truth documentary follows Tommie throughout her journey this past year as she tries to navigate through the industry as an independent artist dealing with life struggles yet maintaining a core fanbase that wants to see her win.
The documentary also shows small victories for Tommie; like meeting artist Rihanna who noticed and approached Tommie during Paris Fashion Week to give her support for Tommie’s endeavors.
“Ya’ll gotta understand some of this,” states Tommie. She continues “ I know I’m not a perfect person but I’m trying. Im trying to find peace within myself so I can be a better role model to my young fans, a better person overall and most importantly a better mom to my girls.”
The documentary, directed by @illhd, is striking in its vibrant rawness and gritty nature. The beauty lies in the authenticity of footage showing both its subjects vulnerability and defensive strength. @illhd also directed Tommie’s music video for her single “Truth”. The video has already gained close to 300,000 views after only 4 days of its release! The video has been met with rave reviews by audiences! Many stating they “have a whole new respect for Tommie” and that they “are rooting for her success and recovery.”
HamSquad is a production team based in Florida known for producing for the likes of Soulja Boy, OJ Da Juiceman, Chevy Woods, Jeff Cherry, Sonny Digital, and many others early in their careers. The production team celebrates their 10 year anniversary April 20th and will release a compilation album.
During a conversation with Lalaa Shepard of The Progress Report, Keith of HamSquad speaks on the importance of helping upcoming producers on the come up and introduces Ghostrage.
Ghostrage is a 21 year old producer based in LA known for his work with Dice Soho, Juicy J, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Rico Nasty, and many underground artists.
“I feel like it’s a lot of talent that gets overlooked, on Soundcloud especially.” (Ghostrage)
During the interview, Ghostrage shares unique stories about Xxxtentacion and Juicy J and dropping out of college to pursue his music career.
The Progress Report Presents Conversations with Lalaa Shepard. In this 3 part episode, we speak with Izze The Producer about balancing producing for major artists and being an artist himself. In the first episode, Izze The Producer addresses mental health and goes sneaker browsing at Heet ATL. In the second episode, Lalaa speaks to Izze The Producer about his debut album, ‘Wild Life Extravagant Dreams’ while record shopping at Criminal Records in Little 5 Points. In the final part of the first episode, Izze The Producer speaks to Lalaa Shepard about embracing change and life without his mother and grandmother.
Guy ATL is an Atlanta native known for being Johnny Cinco’s first tour DJ and also an A&R and music publicist. In a recent interview on The Progress Report, Guy ATL shares his favorite Atlanta memories, looking like Atlanta rapper Young Nudy, new clothing line, and defines the word “progress”.