Brand yourself. Find ways to separate yourself from the rest. Have a personality that doesn’t distract from your music, but rather compliments it, and ultimately attracts more fans.
Ms. Cardi B is a prime example! People fell in love with Cardi’s unfiltered persona on TV and social media, and when people started to listen to her music, they were pleasantly surprised. Not only that, once Cardi started gaining some heavy clout, she NEVER changed — and people love her even more for that!
And what about Blac Youngsta?
His Instagram videos are beyond hilarious, and even if we don’t get what he’s talking about half the time, he makes us laugh, and we continue to go back to his Insta for more. Best believe, when he drops any posts about his music, that we’re here for that too!
#WordToTheWise is brand yourself as an ARTIST, your music and image goes hand and hand.
Tray 5 releases his debut mixtape “Long Live Dre” tributed to his childhood friend Dre. The tape has many major producers from Atlanta and North Carolina. This mixtape is executive produced by QC’s very own OG Parker, Generation Now’s DJ Plugg, and super producers Yung Cash & DeeMoney from NC. Stream above!
Last week, I am OTHER and Netflix partnered for a private screening of the original Netflix film, Roxanne Roxanne, in Atlanta. Held at the city’s premier members-only club, The Gathering Spot, Hip Hop’s finest MC’s, execs and industry affiliates came out to support one of Hip Hop’s legends, Roxanne Shanté. Acclaimed music executive and Hip Hop historian, Chaka Zulu, welcomed guests to their seats to the private screening and began the show.
Immediately following the screening, Chaka welcomed Roxanne Shanté, debut actress, Chanté Adams, Producer & Chief Creator Director for I am OTHER, MiMi Valdes, and Grammy Award-Winning Executive and Head of Music for I am OTHER , Kawan “KP” Prather, to the stage. The group conducted an intellectual conversation about the film, Roxanne’s life and journey as well as the impact she left on the music scene, today.
During the panel an honest exchange between Hip-Hop vet, Killer Mike and Roxanne Shanté took place, as he professed to the audience how Roxanne was the reason for him believing in himself which led to him starting his music career.
After the panel discussion, guests were invited to the after party in The Gathering Spot, where Martell Cognac powered movie-inspired cocktails all evening such as the crowd favorite, ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’. DJ A&R kicked off the after party spinning classic Hip Hop records and KP The Great (Kawan Prather) controlled the music the remainder of the night fusing songs from Roxanne Shanté, classic ATL records and today’s hits. As a special surprise, Atlanta’s leading dance studio, Dance 411, performed a tribute dance routine to one of Roxanne’s hit singles “Have A Nice Day”, that had everyone in awe.
“This was the first event where we had hip hop icons and fans coming together to celebrate their love for Roxanne Shante and her story. From Killer Mike crediting her for inspiring his career to audience members mentioning how grateful they were that this time in hip hop was now documented, it was an incredibly beautiful event. The more we can come together to celebrate our stories, the stronger our culture becomes”, stated producer MiMi Valdes.
Roxanne Roxanne Is Now Available On Netflix.
Notables in Attendance: Roxanne Shanté, Chanté Adams, Kool Moe D (Hip Hop Icon), Sparky D, Killer Mike, Big Gipp (Goodie Mob), David Banner, Honorable Judge Hatchett, Gangsta Boo (3-6 Mafia), DJ Nabs, MC Shan, Maddie Jay (Actress), Scotty ATL, Kap G, Lecrae, Tedashii, KCamp, Yung Booke (Hustle Gang), and Lil’ Zane.
Special Thank you to the Event Sponsors: Netflix, I am OTHER, Significant Productions, The Gathering Spot, Martell Cognac and Theory Communications.
Tedashi, Kool Moe D, Kawan “KP The Great” Prather, Lecrae, Killer Mike, Big Gipp, Scotty ATL, David Banner
Chanté Adams, Roxanne Shanté, MiMi Valdes
KP, Gangsta Boo, Kap G
Big Gipp of Goodie Mob
MiMi Valdes (IAO), Chanté Adams, Roxanne Shanté, KP Prather and Justin Moyer (IAO)