Readers meet California songstress / songwriter, Amber Russell aka Cheri Tempo. Music is an art form that has enveloped Cheri since she was very young. Her parents, involvement in choirs, and the keyboard helped to lay the foundation for her passion. She utilized demos and hook writing for friends to sharpen her craft. Eventually, she found herself amongst some of the more elite names in the music game. Said individuals include the likes of: Mike “Crazy Mike” Foster (Hypnotize Minds Records), Billy Wes (Epic Records), Juicy J, and more. Working with such talents took Cheri’s own skills to new heights and earned her guest appearances on albums by artists such as: Lil Wyte, Project Pat, and $hamrock. Fans instantly took a liking to Miss Tempo’s soulful vocals and production work. All of her success led her to connect with the one and only Luney Tunez (Rihanna -“Loveeeeeee Song”) and his BeatJUUG imprint. The imprint also includes site affiliate $hamrock, now known as IRI$H. Together the trio craft potential hits for industry talents and major projects. Cheri still churns out the occasional tune for herself as well.
J.D. The Chief has been a little quiet as of late but he resurfaced a couple of days ago with a new verse. Said verse is his entry into a current song contest being held by Southern veteran Rap artist Juicy J, controversial media site World Star Hip-Hop, and long time beer brand Colt 45. Juicy J has opened up a verse on his K Camp assisted single “All I Need (One More Drink)” for a remix competition. Artists interested may check out the details of the venture here.
DJ Trill Will is still going strong. His latest new adventures include starting his own graphic design business coined Trill GFX as well as adding another radio show under his belt. This one will be in association with local faction Tri Radio. He has dubbed the show Check Chasers Radio and it will air every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm starting today. And of course there is a new mixtape on deck as well.
The constant open letters and think-pieces to these entertainers about being role models, needs to stop. The reason for this letter is because I read an open letter to Nicki Minaj about her “Anaconda” cover (see above link). The author was upset that Nicki wasn’t being the proper parent to his daughter. Well that’s how I read it. Nicki Minaj is being an unfit mother to a child she didn’t have. And she most likely isn’t even aware that said child exists.
Katy Perry and Juicy J though an extremely unlikely pair had one of the biggest hits at the end of 2013 that carried on into the beginning of this year with their eccentric collaboration “Dark Horse.” The song dominated radio, music charts, and digital retailers for weeks. The video has almost 500 million views to date despite the fact that it’s unique bright colorful imagery sparked a bit of controversy. The single is being hailed as Perry’s biggest hit in her career. But does it legitimately belong to her? According to Christian rappers Lecrae (Reach Records) and Flame, the answer is no. The duo have filed a lawsuit against the pop diva alleging that she stole parts of the track. They claim the singer ripped off their 2008 selection “Joyful Noise.” Additionally, they cite that her secular connotations and so called blasphemous themes (witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati symbolism) of the “Dark Horse” video taints the religious message of their work.