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”.
VL Deck is a rapper from Zone 6, Atlanta, GA. He is also known as the section 8 T.D. Jakes. In a recent interview onThe Progress Report, VL Deck speaks on Atlanta slang, having music with every famous rapper except Drake, making project music, and defines the word “progress”.
From Exit 1, Washington Road in Atlanta, GA, Kollision talks landing the deal with Quality Control and breaks down a couple of singles from his “Not For Nothing” project while explaining his slogan “Feed The Family.” Kollision also tells our media correspondent Teaacup what not to do in the ”Streets of Atlanta” when coming to his hood. For the Indies, Kollision explains his journey of meeting Pete and signing to QC. Follow Kollision on
Rising R&B star, Miala, delivers a very unique and creative visual for her hit single, “FNF.”
We get a glimpse into the posh universe that Miala calls home, all in the mist of being touch by her sultry vocals and majestic rhymes.
Whether down on earth, or in space, Miala refuses to deal with any type of f*ck n*gga, and with that we get a new anthem to remind us ladies of what we deserve when it comes to love.
Watch the official animated video for #FNF below, and listen to more music from Miala via SoundCloud.
Let’s get to know Miss Miala…
Who is Miala? Describe yourself & your artistry in 3 words.
“Miala is creative, unpredictable, and intelligent!”
You definitely have a different vibe, what inspires your individuality?
“I really just try to dig deep focus on true artistry, and creativity to deliver something beautiful when it comes to my music. It’s what I think is missing in the industry right now.”
You’re obviously not from here (earth) — how is life in outer space? By the way, we hope they make them all like you up there! [heart eyes]
“[lol!] Haha, they definitely do, did you see my alien friends in the FNF video? And what’s it like … hmmm you would have to see it to believe it :).”
What’s the inspiration behind your new hit, “FNF?”
“The inspiration was for me to be as far as possible from earth so I could be FNF, so what better place to go than outer space. And the best way to accomplish that with all the details was to animate the video. Which I’m very proud of!”
We love the concept for your animated video for #FNF — what other dope releases do you have in store for us in 2019?
I have sooo many dope visuals coming out I’m so eager to get them done to share them.
In a recent interview on The Progress Report, Hot 107.9 Atlanta personality B High speaks on coming up on the Westside of Atlanta, starting off an intern, attending an HBCU, teaching at Clark, and helping break the careers of 21 Savage and Bankroll Fresh.
In a pull up edition of The Progress Report, music producer iLuvMuny and artist Paper Lovee speak about sacrifices they have made for their music careers and how they both stand out in a music market that many view as oversaturated. iLuvMuny has worked with artists such as Gunna, Asian Doll, Guap Tarantino and many others. Paper Lovee’s debut mixtape, ‘Waiting To Exhale’ released in 2018 with features from Yung Bans, YNW Melly, Lil Baby, and DaeDae.
Lil Co is the original third member of 1.5 which consists of Yung Mal & Lil Quill who are signed to Gucci Mane’s 1017 Eskimo Records. In a recent interview with Lalaa Shepard of The Progress Report, Lil Co speaks on serving 5 years in prison and being Lil Quill’s blood brother. This year the trio plans to release a collective mixtape and continue to rise to stardom.
Recently, I had the pleasure to get to know rising Atlanta, Georgia artist, Chosen Fate. We’re starting to see a new wave of lyrically conscious rappers, and Chosen Fate is here to make hip-hop music his stomping ground and prove that he’s not just going to be a one hit wonder, but an artist who can hopefully inspire others to be themselves in this generation of pretentious posers.
Who is Chosen Fate…? Though it seems pretty self-explanatory, what is the meaning behind the name? “Chosen Fate is James Stephens (lol)”
As a multi talented artist, we know that playing the piano is your secret weapon… does that mean you produce your own beats too? “Yes”
Who are you top 5 musical inspirations? Dead or alive. No specific order. “Stevie Wonder, James E. Stephens (Dad), Timberland, Pretty much everything I can get my hands on.”
Now, who is one person in the game right now that you just “have” to work with, and why? “I would say I would love to work with a few people that I feel are similar to me and that would be: J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Rapsody, and Logic. These artists have all made positive songs in a way that I have found amazing.”
For those who haven’t listened to your new project, Come By Here, — what are 3 words to describe it? “Inspiring, different, and educational.”
With that being said, what was the inspiration behind creating this project? What message are you trying to get across? “Well, Come By Here, is an album from the people’s perspective meant to motivate us to do something with our lives and also to paint a picture of how we deal with one another to motivate change. And I named it “Come By Here” to inspire people to be better and to learn to love each other no matter the color of their skin.”
What is it all for? Be honest. Some people are about this “music life” for the fame and fortune, essentially trying to make a career out of it, which is understandable; but some use music solely for a release, and whatever manifests from that is just more so a blessing… —What does being a music artist mean to you? “I love music and I believe that music is a tool to use for whatever you want to use it for whether it be good or bad and I choose to use it for good.”
What’s in store for Chosen Fate? What can we look forward to from you in 2019? “I don’t know wait and see!”
out of Odessa, TX, Mel stops by to #spilltheTEA with media
correspondent Teaacup about the T$A movement, his latest single “What
You Talkin Bout,” and members of his team leave word on how they
initially connected with the artist.
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