Atlanta still loves T.I.

Atlanta still loves T.I.
by YZ
Last night I attended B.o.b’s Concert at Emory University with my good friend and client Sonny Bonoho. Sonny is Playboy Tre’s hype man for B.o.b’s tour.  This is the 3rd B.o.b concert I’ve attended this year but I was obligated to go, luckily so.
I set up shop on the right side of the stage to watch Playboy Tre get the crowd hyped up to his new single “Ready GO”.  Tre and Sonny have a tight formula for getting the crowd off their feet.  I was impressed with the growth of Playboy Tre’s performance after being on tour for only a short time.  My guess is Tre will be around a long while giving crowds a taste of real East Atlanta Hip-Hop flavor that only Playboy Tre can bring.
After Playboy Tre rocked the crowd and exited the stage, the stage crew prepared for B.o.b’s arrival. Thousands of Emory’s students started to chant, B.o.b! B.o.b! B.o.b! B.o.B!  The lights went out and the crowd went crazy!  When B.o.b took the stage I could tell he was now completely and unquestionably a super star.  Song after song the crowd was amazed at how skillfully B.o.b rapped, sang, danced, and played both guitar and piano.  His brand of music is fresh and uplifting.
When the band started to play “Bet I ” my gut told me something hot was about to happen.  B.o.b started in on his verse as Playboy Tre reentered the stage. The crowd was full of excitement rapping along with B.o.b and chanting the hook. “Put me anywhere on the map I bet I bust, This is what I does so please don’t gas me up. Matter of fact give 15 minutes and bag of bud I bet I bust”.  As the crowd sang along to that infectious hook Clifford “T.I.” Harris took the stage and all hell broke loose.
After “Bet I” was over T.I. and B.o.b gave a never seen before performance of “Dream Me Up” from T.I.s upcoming LP “King Uncaged”.  B.o.b then stepped aside so his label chief could represent one last time for Atlanta before his short sentence begins.  T.I. aimed to please as he performed two of his biggest hits, “Live your life and You can have what ever you like” for a crowd only to happy to receive this unexpected gift.
T.I.’s flow is like no other, and his presence is larger than a 747 parked on your front lawn. Confident as always T.I. delivered a performance that will be talked about until his returns home from prison in as he puts it, “10 months and 3 weeks”. “That’s why I’m 20 feet tall standing on the big screen. Get dough, get green, my flow sickening, It’s the King N*gga.”
After all the talk about how T.I. made the biggest mistake of his career, Atlanta’s own “King of the South” is still loved and respected, even by Atlanta’s would be elite.
“Get home safely my dude. We’ll be waiting.”
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Welcome to the Marketplace!

After being in the entertainment business for over twenty years I’ve managed to noticed a few things. I’ve noticed that no one can predict what will be a hit. I’ve noticed that consistency is your greatest ally. Last and surely not least I’ve noticed that your brand doesn’t have a fighting chance without proper marketing.

Many years ago a good friend and mentor of mine shared a phrase with me that changed my entire life. “Perception is stronger than fact.” This simple phrase has shaped my way of thinking when it comes to promoting and marketing products.  How we perceive a thing to be, is how it will be. The key here is, how do you persuade a group of people to believe in what you’re selling.

I’m a firm believer that fact is always the easiest sell. Show people the truth and a good product will sell itself. For some it is easy to sell a lie, I don’t believe in this policy. I won’t sell anything I don’t believe in, but even selling the truth can be a challenge. Here are two very important points I think you should remember. “You can’t sell the unseen and it’s hard to sell fruit that isn’t on display.” This simply says if you want people to by into your product you will have to show it to them and you will have to place it where products like yours are sold.

Major corporations spend billions of dollars every year promoting products to persuade consumers to purchase. The marketing of the independent company with very little resources will have to be a creative.  After years of experience and extensive research I have built countless relationships with companies that can make the difference in successfully selling your products. I work with three in particular that can help you get noticed where others will continue to struggle. These companies are Showbiz Entertainment, Blue Label Distribution and Adnormous Graphics.

The combination of these three companies is unmatched when it comes to the marketing, promotion and distribution of products. It doesn’t matter how big or small the promotion. These three companies get the job done. These three companies get products noticed and sold where others fail. These three companies are also my best kept secret to staying relevant in the marketplace.

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Loss is Gain

Recently I lost a very close family member, she died right in front of me.  I had never experienced pain like this before.  She had been such an inspiration to my life. I remember how she enjoyed life so. She would tell me stories of when she was a young girl and when she became a wife and mother. You could see in her face how much she loved her grandchildren.  She enjoyed living and understood the value of the moment.

When we discovered she had cancer it was a great shock to everyone. I remember the look on her face and hearing her say that she never thought she would die like this. I remember her tears when she thought about the pain she would have to endure before she finally passed on.

I remember her last days and what I remember most is how she enjoyed the simple things. She would light up if you mentioned Starbucks or Ice cream.  She loved to read long novels and she was writing a book of memoirs.  Her last week on earth was the most difficult. She was beginning to lose her eyesight and it was becoming difficult to formulate complete thoughts. There were times when her legs would go completely cold and she wouldn’t be able to stand on her own.

I read Qur-an and prayed over her just before she died.  I feel pleasure and peace knowing she passed away shortly after acknowledging how much she loved God.

I’ve gained so much knowing this woman. She has utterly and completely blessed my life.  If Allah should allow me to live as long as she, I too wish to someday mean as much to someone.

Rest in Peace “Marjorie T Brown”

Owed to a King

My first encounter with Junior Mafia was in the Summer of 93.  It was at Daddy-O & Kedar’s studio in Bed-Sty, Junior Mafia was working on their demo. Lil Kim, The Snakes and Lil Cease were there recording and we all met for the 1st time, Biggie however wasn’t there. It was real peace and the word must have gotten back to BIG cause when we finally did meet in the Spring of 94 in Atlanta it was though we were old friends. Puffy had him and Cease in a blue van on a promotional college radio tour with Craig Mack and I bumped into them at Morehouse College. We sat in the van while I rolled a blunt, terribly I might ad. Later that year when BIG’s single Juicy was hot and his LP Ready to Die was released I caught up with him at his 1st headline show in Atlanta at the Warehouse. Soon as he saw me he grabbed my shoulders and I thought somebody was starting a fight. That was BIG’s way of joking. When I noticed it was him I laughed and he put his arms around me to greet me. We talked a good while before he went on. He was a little nervous about performing that night. He asked me if I thought the crowd was going to feel him. My response was this, “This place is packed and everybody’s here to see you.” Needless the say he repped for Brooklyn that night.

Biggie was a fun person to be around. He loved telling jokes, laughing and talking to people. The video’s I selected below remind me of the times we kicked it.

“A big ass moon”

They say a picture says a thousand words, so lately I’ve been looking at images I come across a lot closer. I want to know what words these images are saying.  I want to better understand what these images are doing to my subconscious mind.

Yesterday I saw a man draw the image of a lady’s legs open exposing her vagina. He then turned that image into a picture of a forest right before my eyes. I could still see the woman’s vagina yet had I not seen him draw the picture I never would have noticed it.

The picture above is a picture of a lady’s bare naked buttocks. Do you see it?  She’s bending toward the north and It’s staring you right in the face.