What would you get if Sza + Frank Ocean had a flower bomb baby? Ari. Lennox. Learn more about this recently signed Dreamville Records Artist in this week's J.A.M.M.
You know what's even better than coming across new music? Personally witnessing the progress of the artist who's making the music. I remember being linked to Eric LaMont back in 2013. A homeboy of mine introduced us, as Eric was in search of a female vocalist for a few tracks. We've remained cool ever since. Although we've yet to bless the studio with collaboration magic, Eric LaMont has certainly been brewing up some jewels of his own.
In the catchy single, "Hell Na," Eric makes it known that he has no interest in being with a money craving, time wasting and/or energy draining type of woman. "Girls be like, 'all I want is your time and loyalty.' Two weeks that 'your time' can change up to 'spoil me.' Four weeks and six dates she hit my line like 'boy it's me. It's been three days since we talked. Wanna know if you're avoiding me?" This opening verse is a story I imagine is much too familiar for guys. Yet with clever world play and great production by J. Rock, women will be singing along even if they can't relate.
The DC native rapper, singer and songwriter began to draw inspiration from legends like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Earth Wind and Fire and Michael Jackson at the young age of 12. However, he didn't start rapping until he turned 17. At such a transitional age in life, lyrics became Eric's outlet for sharing personal experiences, feelings, or just speaking on life in general. Later in 2010, as writing became an everyday ritual and his emcee skills evolved, Eric helped form a group called Star Elite. Along with Eric, the music ensemble included Michael Jones, Antwon Edelen and Tommy Lee Peterson Jr.. Although the group has disbanded, Eric LaMont and Big Tom continue work on music individually and as a duo.
I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy 'Big Tom' Peterson Jr. sometime in 2015, through our mutual friend Eric of course. Also a native Washingtonian, Tom endured many struggles growing up - from the murder of his father when he was only 4-years-old to the loss of his mother to bone cancer in 2008. Big Tom was able to turn life's unexpected tragedies into triumph by following in the footsteps of his mother and pursuing music. At the age of 10, he learned to play the alto saxophone and later taught himself to play piano by ear. In 2009, Tom enrolled into Prince George's Community College where he met Eric and formed the music group Star Elite. As aforementioned, the group separated in 2012 but Eric LaMont and Big Tom continue to pursue music careers together and individually.
"From the City"
We all know it's only right for an artisit to pay homeage to his/her hometown in at least one of their songs. For the rapper, singer, songwriter and musician, Big Tom, "From the City" is the song where he does just that. With emphasis on where he came from and where his game's from, Tom's voice floats atop the melodic beat as he gives listeners a taste of his city.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
While Eric LaMont continues to work on his debut mixtape, Awkward Silence (set to drop Fall of 2016), and Big Tom puts in work for his EP, From The City (release date to be determined), they've synced their talents to collaborate on a project called My Brother's Keeper coming this summer. "No Place Like Home" depicts the cycle of a back and forth relationship; that process of trying to let someone go but it's easier said than done because...there's no place like home. In "Not That Average," Big Tom and Eric LaMont inform listeners that they're far from ordinary and frankly difficult to forget. The two singles give listeners a dose of what to expect from the duo's mixtape. Linked below.
"No Place Like Home"
"Not That Average"
Be on the lookout for more from Eric LaMont and Big Tom. Coming Soon!
I am finally starting up the second season of my series, Show Yourself! For those who have never seen it, the series are interviews with various types of artists that show a glimpse of their lifestyle and world. The first new episode is with DC artist, D Jean Jacques in his home while working on a new piece. Get to know the artist and his work in the video below. Stay tuned for more episodes!
Back in August my good friends from Sky Tribe invited me out to shoot the second annual Dollar And A Dream music festival in Greensboro North Carolina. Knowing how fun it was last year and knowing my good friend C. Pitt was performing, I of course said yes. C. Pitt just released the video his team shot that day so I decided to share with you all on here and show you some of the pictures I took as well.
Hand full of the Sky Tribe team that was in attendace. S/O to Shah Milli and SlimJoeCool!
C. Pitt messing around back stage as usual.
C. Pitt killed his performance while rocking the Dez Mai Tee 2.Food truck lovin.
The whole day was a lot of fun and I can't wait till next year!
Presented here is the background of an up in coming Female MC known as TheeBlackMonroe. TheeBlackMonroe is bringing a fresh new urban sound with a twist of the 90’s vibe and flow to the game. Out of Virginia, TheeBlackMonroe is highly influenced by New York Hip-Hop, which is very apparent in her unique sound and flow. Most would describe her voice of a smooth and capturing tone, which only compliments her actual appearance. The combination grasps listeners because they are shocked to find one with her elegance flowing so hardcore yet confident in delivery. Hip-Hop listeners commonly note the sound combination of Lil Kim and Foxy Brown creating her flow. TheeBlackMonroe finds those remarks with much gratification; however, she wants to capture and represent her own sound in which she states fans will soon hear this spring in the release of her first mix-tape titled: “GXLDXN CLVSSXX”.
TheeBlackMonroe is very new to this rap game just beginning her career this past fall of 2012; however, she has always had a passion and l
ove for Hip-Hop entirely. She hopes as a Female MC that her sound will bring back the appreciation for real lyrical Hip-Hop as it was in the 90’s. She is inspired by Hip-Hop legends and notes some of her favorite rappers to be of; Biggie Smalls, Big L, Lil Kim, Andre 3000, Nas, Fabulous, and Q-Tip. She has a passion for making real Hip-Hop that people can vibe, party, and just relax to. She just wants to get her voice out for all to tune in and simply listen.
TheeBlackMonroe’s birth name is Alexis Hunt. Norfolk, Virginia is her birthplace sharing the same grounds as rapper Pusha T. After years of being infatuated by the Hip-Hop genre and culture, TheeBlackMonroe has decided to put her voice in the game. She just wants to share her talents and in-depth knowledge with her love for Hip-Hop. Discovered by Harlem’s up in coming artist Young Tone over the website soundcloud, TheeBlackMonroe has recently joined his team Fleet-O in New York. She there recorded the first cuts of her tracks: “They Betta Know Us” & “Neva Slippin” which can be found on YouTube and Soundcloud; artist: TheeBlackMonroe. Now under management in Manhattan under Young Tone’s manager, TheeBlackMonroe predicts a big come up and surprise awakening in this Hip-Hop industry for 2013.
TheeBlackMonroe has a legit passion for Hip-Hop entirely and music in general. From a life of hardships though only 19 years young, she has been through a lot and hopes with music to better her self, also helping and encouraging others that anything is possible with determination and drive. TheeBlackMonroe is ready to make her mark in the game with her style & grace, and from there sustain by her “Lyrical douches.” She is very confident in her work and knows that if you just take the time to listen, you will love her work. She puts her heart and soul into music, nothing she loves more…and from here on out, she wants all listeners to Enjoy.
Check out some of her tracks below.
This is the third and final set of my shoot with the lovely Anastasia. Enjoy.