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Delante Murphy is an A&R at Atlantic Records and the CEO of D2 Music Management. He’s had a hand in guiding the careers of successful mainstream personas such as Trey Songz and K. Michelle. He also has experience is negotiating: label deals, tours, publishing deals, sponsorships, and branding partnerships. Under his tutelage his clients have: been nominated for prestigious awards, sold millions of singles & albums, aligned themselves with major television networks like BET & VH1, and much more. The Life + Music = team crossed paths with the industry mogul and got him to share a few thoughts. Take a peek after the break.

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“More To A Kiss” (previous review)

Will You Go With Me? (listen/download)

In the previous post regarding Atlantic Records R&B artist Netta Brielle, readers were hip to the fact that she currently has a mixtape out that she’s been promoting. The tape is called Will You Go With Me? and it contains a total of eleven tracks. The content is a combination of: Netta’s spins on a few old school R&B hits, interludes, and a couple of all original tunes. The project serves to give music lovers a preview of what Netta has in store with her upcoming debut album. Find out what cuts shined from this modern 90’s style collective, after the jump.

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“More To A Kiss” (iTunes)

Bay Area songstress Netta Brielle is a fresh new face to the infamous Atlantic Records family. She’s on a mission to bring back that old school 90’s flavor to the R&B scene that people enjoy and miss so much. She got her start in local talent events at a young age via crafts such as rapping and drum playing. Courtesy of her older sister, Netta drew her inspiration for music from the likes of Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, Mary J. Blige, and more. Eventually, her influences led her to make the transition into singing. She took her desire to sing to new heights, following the tragic loss of her younger sister. It was her way of turning the negative energy in her life into something positive while at the same time serving as an example to those around her. Netta would go on to catch the attention of the late Shakir Stewart (RIP) of Def Jam Records. He worked with Netta to help her find her footing in the music game. However, he passed away just as things were starting to take off and Netta’s career took a setback. But she didn’t let that keep her down. She and her team pushed forward and dropped a project titled Electric Rebel Sounds Mixtape. The tape along with Netta’s reputation caught the interest of Yancey Richardson of El Seven Recordings. He got Netta to Atlantic Records and the rest is history. 

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“Love This Life” (via Ivy Awino)

Atlanta rapper T.I. has been going strong since his last release from prison. He had a successful first run on reality television and word is that VH1 renewed his show for a second season. He signed new popular female rapper Iggy Azalea. And he is also gearing up to drop his next studio album sometime this Summer. The album will be titled Trouble Man and there have been a few promotional tracks dropped already. However, this cut is supposed to be the first official single from the album. T.I. took to U-stream earlier this week to give fans his personal take on the song. If readers missed it, they can catch it here. Basically, Tip decided to try a new sound while making an anthem for his fellas that go unappreciated by the women in their life. The production here is hot. It contains some light instruments, a soft bass, and a cool vibe. The hook is where Tip experimented with his style a little bit. The delivery is okay. T.I. tried his hand at dropping some vocals. And while he’s not the worst singer ever, he should stick to spitting. The lyrics were quality and honest. The verses are solid. T.I. has a smooth flow and good rhymes. He spits for the first two verses and sings on the third. His rhymes could have been a lot stronger and the singing still missed the mark. But he got his point across as far as laying down the law about not being appreciated by his lady. Overall, this was a decent track. It’s a sufficient debut single but he needs to come a lot harder with the next release. If readers enjoyed this cut, they can purchase it on iTunes.