It’s been about five years since the site had Milwaukee talentRenz Young featured on the site. His latest efforts are making some waves. So figured it was time to reconnect readers with the 414 hopeful. A few days ago he released a fresh single coined “So Much Love.” The single is produced by the rapper himself and it seemingly draws a little bit of influence from the 90’s hit “Baby, Baby, Baby” by veteran R&B girl group TLC.
Meet New York’s own Deni Rosa. She began her singing career as a child singing in her grandmother’s church and starring in school plays and choral ensembles. Since the tender age of two, she’s had a profound love for music and could be seen watching recorded music videos as well as live performances of greats such as: Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston. With additional influences stemming from other greats acts like: TLC, En Vogue, Usher, Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, and Beyoncé. Deni’s style can be described as a Renaissance R&B with an Urban swag. In 2012, Deni released her first EP unDENIable receiving great reviews. Deni’s sultry smooth sound and creative concepts grab the attention of anyone that she graces with her talents making her without a doubt an electrifying newcomer in the industry.
“Industry rule number four thousand and eighty: record company people are shady. So kids watch your back ’cause I think they smoke crack, I don’t doubt it. Look at how they act.” (“Check The Rhime” – A Tribe Called Quest)
My guess after watching the TLC biopic is that Tionne, Lisa, nor Rozonda listens to A Tribe Called Quest. Well they should have because then they wouldn’t need two hours plus commercials to explain to the world how they can sell a bunch of records and still work third shift at Wal-Mart. But relax this post isn’t mainly about them but more about their former manager, Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid and the others like her.
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins was introduced to the world via legendary girl group TLC back in 1991. She became well known for her raspy vocals, signature tom boy style, and unique blonde hair. Additionally, she had a semi public battle with sickle-cell anemia. However, she does her best to keep her illness under wraps. Throughout her career, T-Boz has dabbled in a few solo ventures, tried her hand at acting, and took part in a few reality television shows. Since the unfortunate passing of her group member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes though, she mostly keeps a low profile. She currently resides in Atlanta with her daughter Chase. One of the more rare things that T-Boz did in the early part of her career was release a book of poems and semi-autobiographical essays entitled Thoughts. The book was released in 1999 by way of SHEE Entertainment. The poems come from a period of down time T-Boz had while the group was between albums. She felt the need to express herself, ended up writing “Unpretty,” which would later become a huge hit for TLC, and the rest is history. The topics of the poems include everything from love to abortion. The essays stem from T-Boz’s desire to share more of herself personally with the world. The essays cover: T-Boz’s life, her time with TLC, T-Boz’s experience in the music business, and more. Some extras in the book include: pictures, a section for fans, and explanations of select poems. Continue reading for a poem so real that it needed no clarity.