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No pretense, just skills. The duo of Libretto & Buscrates represent a convergence of emcee and production mastery. They are students of Hip-Hop and are thoroughly committed to both its preservation and progression. Their new masterpiece, “Eternal Ridin'” fully and uncompromisingly represents Hip-Hop in its purest form, while updating the sound and pushing the culture forward.
Eternal Ridin’ is a true LP. From “Sentences” with its vivid 1st hand description of life in federal prison, to “Stuck in Time” which details a love and connection to music, every song has its place, and every song tells its own story. Yet, there is an overarching theme, one of redemption and standing strong in the face the struggle. The struggle that is universally understood, and the unique struggle of what it means to be oppressed in America.
Libretto brings a veteran’s presence to each song, approaching every track with a unique flow and cadence. Buscrates’ production provides full sonic soundscapes flavored with virtuoso touches that only become apparent upon repeated listens. By pairing undeniably raw raps with refined song composition and production expertise, “Eternal Ridin'” provides one of the freshest examples of rap music’s enduring power as an art form.
Ben Schwartz is an Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, author and comedian. He’s starred in the television shows House Of Lies and Parks & Recreation, and is currently developing the Showtime series The Wrong Mans, which he will star in and produce alongside executive producers JJ Abrams and James Corden. Schwartz has also notably appeared in the acclaimed films Night School and This Is Where I Leave You, while slated for Paramount’s upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog as the voice of Sonic.
Schwartz’s latest book, Things You Should Already Know about Dating, You F****** Idiot, was co-written with Laura Moses for Hachette Books in 2017 and has been developed for television with Gary Sanchez Productions for CBS. He is currently the voice of Dewey on DuckTales and Leo in Rise Of tTe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He still performs live comedy regularly, and often tours alongside Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch in their two-man improv show Middleditch & Schwartz, which recently played to capacity crowds at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ben Schwartz live via satellite as he sat poolside in Austin, Texas. Currently working with Dos Equis, Schwartz talked about towel jackets and more within our chat. More on Schwartz can be found at www.rejectedjokes.com, while the Schwartz-approved beer industry tastemaker known as Dos Equis keeps an online home at www.dosequis.com.
Ben Schwartz interview with Darren Paltrowitz - YouTube
Open Mike Eagle and Method Man know there’s no bigger flex than chowing down on luxury. “Eat Your Feelings” will air in the May 24th episode of the stand-up and music series The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.
Open Mike Eagle & Method Man - “Eat Your Feelings” (Music Video) - YouTube
The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle is a socially aware stand-up and music series. Vaughn and Eagle took inspiration for the series and title from the term “New Negro,” as popularized during the Harlem Renaissance, referring to black Americans speaking up, telling their own stories and affirming their various identities to dismantle outdated assumptions and beliefs.
Young L3x is an independent artist hailing from Massachusetts known for the combination of rap, hip hop and pop genres that is accompanied by story-telling lyrics and catchy melodies.
After independently dropping more than 80 records to date, garnering more than 22M streams; he’s back with his newest release, “Wavey Like You.” The new single effortlessly leads you to catch a feel-good summer vibe; making the urge to press repeat irresistible.
“Wavey Like You” is out now and available on all streaming platforms.
California rapper Juwan Rohan today releases a new music video for single “Double Entendre”, the first song on his recent album, Stories Told. The track, produced by Legion Beats, shows off Juwan’s versatility as a person and as an artist in laid-back, head-nodding verses.
Juwan Rohan- Double Entendre (Official Music Video) - YouTube
The style of the video itself speaks to the title of the song, juxtaposing elaborately composed shots with more stripped down, raw footage. Desire Lacapture plays with lighting and fog to create a sort of alternate world featuring a highly self-assured, larger-than-life Juwan, compared to a more vulnerable and relatable version of himself in “real-world” scenes. Overall, the video serves to show the different sides of the real Juwan–a confident, bold artist who’s also an honest person with a sense of humor.
Coming out of Berkeley, CA, Juwan Rohan makes music in hopes of influencing, encouraging, and reaching out to lost souls. Taking inspiration from artists like Kendrick Lamar, Juwan tells stories through his songs which give fans a narrative to relate to. Growing up around the Bay Area, Juwan faced violence and struggle both in his community and in his own household. He was originally influenced by the “hyphy” movement of the early 2000s, but he soon found it to be much more meaningful to relate to a lyric and understand the pain and emotion in a verse. Today, Juwan strives to use music as a platform to inspire, motivate, and influence youth and unite his community.
“Double Entendre” was released as part of Stories Told, Juwan’s latest album. His other music, including popular singles “Dear School Shooter” and “Hypocrite”, are available for streaming now.
Oakland, CA producer Centric doesn’t sleep… after an auspicious 2018 having released the successful banger “Gutta Rap” with Lil Fame [MOP], Rockness [Heltah Skeltah] and J. Gunn gaining coverage and spins all over the world, followed up by his group Grand Opus sophomore album “High Power” with Joc Scholar, and then netting himself a major EA Sports placement with the latest FIFA game. Centric carries that momentum into this year as he releases yet another single “Magic” feat. C.Keys and Peta Parka which switches up the tone from last weeks provocative “STOP!”, showing everyone his versatility as a producer.
With A True Honky-Tonk Country Feel, The Song’s Story Goes Deeper – Showing Botz’s Lifelong Struggle with Alcohol and The Heartbreak It Causes
With a lot of today’s modern country music often glamorizing cold beers and heartache in an ever-continuous chain as a way to deal with pain – Songwriter Tommy Botz is instead bringing his true-to-life struggle and its consequences to life through his music. Though prominent in many of the songs off his latest release “Family & Friends”, a powerful light is shined on his struggle with the bottle and the lives it can impact in his latest number one single “Maggie”, out now.
With the perfect amount of country twang, brilliant guitar and fiddle work and a deep crooning vocal arrangement a’la vocalist Billy Sullivan, it can be easy to forget the sad story behind the struggle in Botz’s lyrics in “Maggie”. From family life to living in a train car because of the bottle, the song paints a picture of the fall from grace many can suffer from the effects of alcohol and its tightened grasp on those afflicted. The heartfelt refrain says it all “Maggie I’m sorry, tell the kids goodbye // You know I gave it a hell of a try // Maggie I’m sorry, you don’t understand // That a drunk will sell his soul for just one bottle if he can” and goes even deeper with harrowing lines like “What do I do with the memory, that haunts me every day // Lord forgive me, I couldn’t see what the drink was taking away”. But with the songwriters true-to-life story of redemption in recent years, “Maggie” plays out not just as a story of woe but more as a warning to those who should seek help in dealing with the struggles of substance abuse.
Tommy Botz has come a long way. Now sober for 14 ½ yrs, he’s lived in a halfway house after having “crawled through the doors on May 3rd 2004 of The Ed Keating Center a homeless drunk with nowhere to go”. There he met a kind old man named Jack Mulhall who told him that if he followed some direction he would never have to live like that again. “I wasn’t always a homeless drunk. I had dreams and goals like every young man has. I always loved country and gospel music.” says Botz, whose early interest lead him to become the lead singer in two bands – The Chevells and The Caesars 5 early in his music career, winning a Battle of the Bands and winding up with an RCA recording contract. But after the loss of their guitar player and their contract being pulled, Botz’s drinking got worse and soon penitentiaries became a way of life.
From broken marriages to lost jobs, no car, and no licence – living to drink and drinking to live became his routine. Finally, with several years of sobriety and working under his belt – he made the decision to go for his dream and finally record some of the over 200+ songs he had written over the years.
“One night while I was praying I heard in my heart – go for you dream and I will put someone in your life who believes in your music”, and after contacting Ante Up Studios owner Michael Seifert, the two began a collaboration that would become his 6-song EP “Family and Friends”.
As he continues to receive praise for his songwriting talent in the hopes that his music finds its way to Nashville and a potential collaboration with further established artists, “Maggie” and all of the songs off “Family and Friends” are sure to build a true fanbase for Tommy Botz in the coming year!
Gospel Songstress and REACH Media Syndicated Radio Host Erica Campbell stopped by The DL Hughley Show and shared her views on Christianity. “I love people. I have grace for people. I think we should help the less fortunate,” Campbell shares. DL hasn’t been shying away from controversial issues like religion. His recent interview with Meagan Good went viral as she was vocal about receiving criticism from Christians in the church.
Watch the clip and tune into The DL Hughley Show Monday through Thursday at 10pm ET.
Erica Campbell Attempts To Explain Christianity To DL Hughley - YouTube
Actor Sal Vance is best known for his roles in Amazon Prime’s psychological thriller “SYN,” TBS’ comedy “The Guest Book,” and the sports-drama feature “Going Vertical.” He’s also an accomplished author (“Say No More”), athlete, public speaker, and inspirational mentor to inner-city youth who imparts lessons of a difficult past to troubled teens, inspiring them to step up and change their circumstances for a brighter future. We caught up with Sal to talk about NCAA, inner-city issues, acting, and more.
The NCAA is strongly considering letting college athletics profit from their names. Can you share with us from a former collegiate athlete’s perspective on the news?
I agree with kids playing sports being able to profit on their likeness. Coming from a single-parent household with an incarcerated father and a mother trying to make ends meet, I had no other source of income when it came to me playing college ball on scholarship. As athletes, we burn so many calories, we need a place to eat when the cafeterias are closed.
You are a mentor for the inner-city youth. Why is it so important to you to give back to your community?
It’s important to give back to my community because I remember what the mentors in and outside of my communities did for me. If they wouldn’t have been there for me, I would not be here today to be able to give back.
You were also homeless at one point in your life. What are some of the life lessons you gain for it?
Being homeless, I learned that tomorrow isn’t promised for anyone, and to get up and change my circumstances no matter how hard the work was going to be. I could settle and become a statistic, or I could try and try again until I succeeded through any obstacle that came my way.
Most recently you were featured on the TV series The Guest Book. What other projects can we see in later this year?
Working with CBS/TBS and The Guest book was great. Currently, I’m in the running for a few projects on top cable networks, as well as producing and starring in a feature myself later this year.
How has your time as a commercial actor prepared you for sitcoms, and film?
Working on fast-paced sets with an array of different directors and producers has helped me create meaningful relationships while at the same time teaching me how to change up on the fly if I needed to improv. It’s also helped me deal with script rewrites.
You have also been featured in music videos in the past. Are there any that we might see you in this year?
I loved working in music videos in my early years of acting, but currently, my focus is more on film, television, modeling, and my philanthropic work.
You wrote a book entitled “Say No More.” Can you share the inspiration behind the book?
“Say No More” is a saying that we would use in my neighborhood in Philly to let you know that “I got this.” The inspiration came from chronicling my life in a way that would give hope and support to those that find it hard to go on after being cornered time and time again with life-altering situations, and to let them know that, no matter what, there is always a brighter day – and to have faith followed by hard work.
Do you plan on writing another book any time soon?
I do plan on writing another book. To be continued… [laughs]
Who are you NBA Finals picks this year?
Who are your picks for MVP and Rookie of the year?
Rookie of the year has to go to Luca Doncic. He’s been doing his thing. And Giannis is the MVP from all the hard work he’s been putting in, and carrying that team to the top of the east.