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Thursday, January 28, 2010

WBM Top 20

TOP 20 SONGS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday January 31st

1. Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart (UP1)
2. Melanie Fiona - It Kills Me (UP1)
3. Ludacris, Shawna - How Low (DOWN2)
4. New Boyz, Ray-J - Tie Me Down (UP1)
5. Rihanna, Young Jeezy - Hard (DOWN1)
6. Young Money, Gucci Mane - Steady Mobbin (SAME)
7. Mary J. Blige - I Am (UP1)
8. Sade - Soldier of Love (UP3)
9. Young Money - Lloyd - Bedrock (DOWN2)
10. Lil Wayne, Eminem - Drop The World (SAME)
11. Jay-z, Swizz Beats - Onto The Next One (UP7)
12. Chris Brown - Crawl (DOWN4)
13. Trey Songz - I Invented Sex (DOWN 1)
14. Dj Khaled, Usher, Drake, Jeezy, Rick Ross - Fed Up (UP1)
15. Gucci Mane, Usher - Spotlight (DOWN2)
16. Usher, Plies - Daddy's Home (UP3)
17. Trey Songz, Fabolous - Say Aaah (UP3)
18. Birdman, Lil Wayne, Drake - Money To Blow (DOWN4)
19. Plies, Keri Hilson - Medicine (DEBUT)
20. Waka Flocka Flame - O Lets Do It (DEBUT)

compiled by radio spins, radio requests, and billboard charts

WBM Top 10

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday January 24th

1. Alicia Keys - Element of Freedom (SAME)
2. Mary J. Blige - Stronger With Each Tear (SAME)
3. Michael Jackson - This Is It (UP1)
4. Rihanna - Rated R (DOWN1)
5. Young money - We Are Young Money (SAME)
6. Jay-z - Blueprint3 (UP1)
7. Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy (UP1)
8. Trey Songz - Ready (UP1)
9. Gucci Mane - The State vs. Radric Davis (UP1)
10. Melanie Fiona - The Bridge (REENTRY)

compiled by national album sales and billboard charts

WBM Features: Prote-J



When people hear good music, it makes them homesick
for something they never had and never will have.
-Edgar Watson Howe




WBM is proud to introduce Prote-J to the Why Blue Matters family. Not only is he a rapper, producer, song writer, but he plays his own instruments and for some time lived overseas. Prote-J is 21 years old and has been doing music since the age of 7. He's a college graduate and continues to work on music that shows a positive side of Hip Hop.

Take a minute and get to know this new young artist.




[As Told To Why Blue Matters]


How long have you been in the game?

P: 10 years from now, I'd like to get asked this question and be able to respond by saying "10 years." Today, I'm a 21-year-old rapper who's determined to work harder than every other hip hop artist trying to establish themselves in the music industry.

I started playing the guitar when I was 7, and I then learned how to play the drums, bass, and piano by being a part of my church band. I've always loved to write, but I really started taking rap seriously in high school. I've definitely been doing music for a while, but I'm not going to consider myself "in the game" until I've established my name.

What's your greatest accomplishment so far in life?

P: Graduating from college last year and earning my bachelor's degree. That's a very big deal to me, and now that I'm done with school I want to pursue my dreams in music.

Tell me a little bit about yourself:
Interest(s)?


P: I was born in Los Angeles, but I was raised in Papua New Guinea (north of Australia). I moved back to the states when I was 12, and that's when I really fell in love with hip hop. In high school, I started taking rap very seriously and now I'm doing everything I can to become everyone's new favorite rapper.

Besides creating and listening to music, I love basketball (go Lakers), I like eating Thai food, and I can beat anyone in FIFA 10 on PS3 or XBOX 360.

What's your ultimate goal in life?

P: I can't really think of one ultimate goal, because there are a ton of things I want to accomplish in my life. When it's all said and done, I just want to be able to provide for my family while doing what makes me happy.

What do you like most about being in the business?

P: I just like being able to express my thoughts and feelings creatively.

What's the thought process behind your works?
...from personal experience?
...mere creativity?


P: It all depends. Most of my music is based on personal experience, but I do write songs to try and creatively express my opinion on certain subjects. On Good Hip Hop Meets Radio, I have a song called "Hold that Thought" where I talk about gun violence using personification. In the first verse, I'm talking from a gun's point of view. In the second verse, I'm talking from the bullet's point of view that came out of the gun. In the third verse, I'm a cop who finds the bullet and tries to link it to the gun.

It's one of my favorite songs on the mixtape and I think it has a very powerful message.

What inspires and motivates you?

P: The people in my life are my biggest inspirations. My success is thier happiness, and they have my back no matter what. It's that type of support system that keeps me going and forces me to work extra hard.

How has life changed for you since being you started?

P: I have very little time for anything not related to music, but I'm ok with that.



What would you be doing now, if you never started doing music?

P: I'd probably be curled up in a ball somewhere trying to figure out what to do with my life haha. I don't even want to think about my life without music...it's too scary.

What are you listening to in your ipod these days?
...Why?


P: I've mostly been listening to a lot of mixtapes lately. The mixtape scene is where most artists tend to go hard lyrically, so that's why I like it. Lupe's "Enemy of the State" and J.Cole's "The Warm Up" are two of my most recent favorites. Ryan Leslie is my favorite producer, so I've also been blasting his first album and "Transition" a lot. Kevin Cossom's "Hook Vs. Bridge" is also a mixtape I've been playing a lot. Everyone should check it out at www.kevincossom.com






What has been your favorite job you've done so far?

P: Last baseball season, I made the walk up song for Milwaukee Brewer's first baseman, Prince Fielder. He had a great season and also won the home run derby. Of course that's simply because he's an amazing baseball player, but I'd like to think my song had something to do with it. Check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnbKU3T6qDk .

That was a great experience and the song has got me a lot of exposure.

What are you currently working on ?

P: I'm currently finishing up "Good Hip Hop Meets Radio" and preparing myself to become everyone's new favorite rapper. I'm also working on songwriting and producing for other artists on some big projects.

Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?

P: Negativity from anywhere, not just the media, is a huge motivator. I love proving people wrong.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

P: Struggle is just an indicator of success to come (yes, those are my own words haha). Write that down.

What do you want to be remembered by?

P: Besides my music, I'd like to be remembered for helping give people the same opportunities that were given to me. There are tons of talented, creative, and intelligent kids in Papua New Guinea, and other third world countries, with so much to offer the world. Sadly, most don't have the resources or get the opportunities to reach their full potential. God willing, I'll be able to create some sort of avenue for them to do just that.

Anything else you would like the world to know about you?

P: Like I said earlier, Good Hip Hop Meets Radio is coming and you won't skip one song on it!

For more on Prote-J:
http://www.prote-j.com/
www.myspace.com/protej
www.twitter.com/protej
www.facebook.com/protej

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WBM Movies: The Preacher's Kid (Trailer)

Grammy award winning Letoya Luckett will be starring in her first major role: "The Preacher's Kid." In movie theaters everywhere, Friday, January 29th, 2010.

WBM: Inspiration




In this piece entitled the "Last Lecture" the late Carnegie Mellon Professor, Randy Pausch teaches how to really achieve your childhood dreams.

Listen. Learn. Be Inspired. Achieve More.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

WBM Features: Erika Rose



Ability is what you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
-Lou Holtz

Smart, beautiful, extremely talented, creative, multi-faceted, and wise beyond her years amongst other phenomenal things is the lovely, while at the same time refreshing Singer/Songwriter and Grammy Award Winner from New York, Erika Rose.

With some time to share, Erika invites WBM into her life, her mind, her heart and her world. Come take a closer look as we commune with Erika in her RoseGarden.


[As Told To Why Blue Matters]



So tell me a little bit about yourself: Interest(s)?

ER: I am a woman of many interests, a lover of life, on the constant quest for truth. I love learning, reading, exploring. I love art in all forms. I am a highly ambitious entrepreneur and love the challenge of building something from scratch and getting it off the ground. I am a healer, holistic health counselor, and clairvoyant. I love to meditate, work out, be in nature, laugh with my friends, be with my family, paint, play golf, horseback ride, and travel. (That just felt like an entry on match.com....lmao)

What can you most attribute your musical ability to?

ER: I guess the honest, yet most cliche, answer would be that it is God given to start, as is with any talent any of us are given. I was fortunate to be raised in a home where music was prevalent, I studied piano, went to college for music and my uncle was a world renowned percussionist. When no one else believed I could, he did. He was my biggest supporter and fan, and I miss him dearly.

What do you like most about being a singer/songwriter?

ER: It's an open forum to creatively express anything I think, feel, see, and intuit. And I love the opportunity it creates for connection with a massive amount of people from various backgrounds all around the world, as music is the universal language.


What's the thought process behind your works?
...from personal experience?
...mere creativity?

ER: Less thought process more surrender and flow....too much thinking gets in the way....without a vehicle to express my creativity I would virtually shrivel up, and it is my personal experience that colors all that I write about.

What inspires and motivates you?

ER: Life, and wanting to make each moment count for something.

How long have you been involved in music?

ER: In music since I was born, piano began at 3, singing began when I could talk. As for writing songs I started late actually at 16, I co wrote "A Woman's Worth" when I was 18.

Any future projects?

ER: Yes I am working on my next record now, and I am always committed to my work with Keep A Child Alive (www.keepachildalive.com)

What would you do if you weren't involved in music?

ER: Music isn't what defines me, it is simply what sustains my heart and soul. But I am a woman of heart, mind, body, and soul.....and so I am already involved in many other endeavors that speak to all that I am.

What type of impact would you like to leave?

ER: I'd like to leave a legacy through innovative and truthful art, loving kindness to all, social healing, and inspiring business.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their musical endeavors?
...for vocalists?
...for lyricists?


ER: It's hard work, lots of naysayers, and jaded dream killers, so know your craft inside and out, be the best at what you do, play an instrument, take vocal lessons, and know the business, know the business, KNOW the Business!!!! With the internet the opportunities are endless, it's easier than its ever been to reach the masses without a label, be creative, create great music, great content, generate a buzz, distribute digitally, and get it poppin'.;-)

Thanks for the love A.L.

For More On Erika Rose:
http://www.erikarose.com/
www.myspace.com/ErikaRosegarden
www.youtube.com/ErikaRosegarden

WBM Music: The Sea (Album Review) - Corrine Bailey Rae




In 2006 a British singer by the name of Corrine Bailey Rae crossed over into the U.S in a major way. She was such a happy, sunny singer full of life. After touring and releasing a few hit singles Corrine went back into the studio. However, in 2008 her husband took his life. 2 years later we're offered "The Sea" Corrine's sophmore album.

The days of being happy are long gone, and we can't blame her for that. She's proven to be a strong woman, and this album shows so much emotion its hard not to listen to the pain in voice. The album is a great album, yet it's full of saddness, grief and heartbreaking songs such as "Are You There," "I'd Do It All Again" or the title track dedicated to her late husband "The Sea."

So much growth vocally, and lyrically more mature if you were a fan before you'll be pleased this time around. She might alienate some who don't want to be in the dark melancholy place but this is true art.

You can tell there were a lot of intense recording being done, and pauses and breaks in between. This album is a lot deeper and has heavier themes then her debut. Overall, it's extremely agreeable, never predictable and most importantly some of the songs are simply irrestible.

Corrine Bailey Rae's the sea is WBM certified.

WBM Features: SLIZ



I CAN is 100 times more important than IQ.
-Anonymous

Now how many people can say they have a movie with Daniel Craig coming out, a novel called "Honor Among Thugs" as well as a mixtape called "Superstar Stunna Vol. 1?--" No other than one of the most hardest working people in the industry James Reese aka SLIZ

Take a step inside his world.


[As Told To Why Blue Matters]


So what project are you working on now?

Sliz: My current project is a mixtape called Superstar Stunna vol 1 and will feature freestyles and originals from myself and other artist involved with my company Truth Media Group. I will also have drops and features from Gillie da Kid Joey Jihad Rediroc(of ApeGang) and many others...

What are your goals for 2010?

Sliz: My goals for 2010 are to continue elevating and promoting my company...im shooting a movie with Daniel Craig and will be releasing my novel Honor Among Thugs as well...

Introduce yourself to the people who already dont know who you are. Lets start off with letting us get to know the real you.

So what's your birth name? What's the difference between the real you and your stage persona?

Sliz: My real name is James Reese and there isnt really too much difference between me and my stage persona Sliz which is short for what people might know me better as which is Slumlord

How long have you been in the game?

Sliz: I've been in the game 12 years.

What's your greatest accomplishment so far in life?

Sliz: My greatest accomplishment is being a great dad to my kids.

Interest(s)?

Sliz: My interest include of course music,sports,writing,history and I'm a big movie buff particularly gangsta flicks...a little known fact is, I'm also a licensed chef lol.

What's your ultimate goal in life?

Sliz: My ultimate goal is to raise my children and help them become productive adults in society.

What do you like most about being in the business?

Sliz: The best thing about being in this business first and foremost is the opportunity to get my art out to the world....in addition I like the freedom to make my own schedule and not have a ceiling on what i can do financially.

What's the thought process behind your works?

Sliz: My real everyday life is a movie...so I just write what I live...whatever mood the beat puts me in I take a page from a chapter of my life and get to work.

How was life changed for you since being you started?

Sliz: Since I started in this business the biggest change has been the opportunity to travel extensively and meet a lot of great personalities...the schedule is real hectic but its a labor of love...

What would you be doing now, if you never started doing music?

Sliz: I can't see my life without music but had I not got into it I probably would be acting...

What are you listening to in your ipod these days?

Sliz: I have my own songs in my ipod because I'm going on tour soon and I need to be perfect...

What has been your favorite job you've done so far?

Sliz: My favorite job is performing.

What are you currently working on?

Sliz: As I said earlier I'm workin on my mixtape and lines for my upcoming film.

Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?

Sliz: I don't pay the media any mind unless it's positive. Negativity doesn't make it onto my plate.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

Sliz: For those pursuing there dreams I would say keep God and family first and never give up. Whatever is meant for you there is nothing that can stop it from coming to you. What's not meant for you is never gonna come no matter how long you try.

What do you want to be remembered by?

Sliz: I want my legacy to be the way I affected the lives of the people around me...and i want to be remembered as i one of the most talented people in this business that touched the game in more ways than one...

Anything else you would like the world to know about you?

Sliz: In conclusion I would just like to say to everybody reading this that it's never too late to chase your dreams and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The only person you owe is yourself so dont let yourself down. God is the only judge and haters are just people who wish they had your ambition and drive. Idle time is the devil's workshop so keep moving. Find what you're the best at and go hard don't try to be a jack of all trades just be a master of one.

Whoever said hard work and determination don't pay off said it from the sidelines because everybody in the game knows that to be true. Be safe and prosper and make sure you support Truth Media Group aka TMG...WE GOT NOW!!! FORGET NEXT!!

Its Sliz the boss of all bosses. I'm gone people...

For More On Sliz:
www.myspace.com/slumlord13
www.myspace.com/newtruthmediagroup
http://www.jango.com/ (search word "Sliz")
http://www.1065thebeat.com/new2/artists/slumlord13

Support the movement!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

WBM Features: Mina Mean



If you care at all you'll get some results. If you care enough, you'll get incredible results.
-Jim Rohn


With a don't take no mess type attitude Oakland's very own, MINA MEAN is hard at work trying to make a name for herself. Being a mother of a five year old, a college graduate and being able to write, record, & distribute her music herself proves she's talented and business saavy.

Take a moment and get to know Mina Mean.


[As Told To Why Blue Matters]



So what project are you working on now?

MM: Networkin U.S.A with my brother & producer Rapture.

What are your goals for 2010?

MM:To Distribute not only my music, but upcoming struggling talented artist I'm currently working with. As well as invest in more stocks, and my clothing line.

Introduce yourself to the people who already dont know who you are. Lets start off with letting us get to know the real you.

MM: Im just Mina from Oakland , California. A real artsty down to earth lady. Self Motivated & Driven. I've gone through many obstacles that has made me stronger & wiser.

So whats your birth name?

MM: Shamina Mack

Whats the difference between the real you and your stage persona?

MM: The real me is a homebody, very giving, sweet, always open & willing to help others, enjoys watching movies, reading, sewing, crocheting, being super mom to my 5year old son, and cooking.

Minamean is my alter ego, I guess you can say the " harder side" . Don't take no mess attitude, will chew your ear off if you cross me& instead of being violent, I vent artistically.

How long have you been in the game?

MM: I've been pursuing my music seriously now for the past 3 years

What's your greatest accomplishment so far in life?

MM: Giving birth to my son, graduating College, and writing, recording, & distributing my music myself.

Tell me a little bit about yourself:
Interest(s)?


MM: Any positive investments, technology, fashion, sports and music

What's your ultimate goal in life?

MM: To become wealthy enough to take care of my parents, so they'll never have to work or struggle again. My parents & son is why I work so hard.

What do you like most about being in the business?

MM: That I control my own sound, image & release dates. I answer to me.

What's the thought process behind your works?

MM: The type of mood I'm in determines the song.

...from personal experience?

MM: Mainly just the mood.

...mere creativity?

MM: Some times I write metaphorical poems & edit it to become a verse. those are always fun.

What inspires and motivates you?

MM: Life. My son, My father and my mothers progress in life.

How was life changed for you since being you started ?

MM: The music industry is a war zone. I've been disrespected, recently was attacked & jumped by four people, defamation of character/rumors about me that never happened,etc. I look at it as Im doing an excellent job, and I must be a star to go through so much already,lol.

What would you be doing now, if you never started doing music?

MM: Still making clothes & doing Tech support , as well as investments in stocks.. the same things without music.

What are you listening to in your ipod these days?

MM: I don't have an iPod, but i'm listening to Myself, My producers music, Thavius Beck , Nirvana, a lot of Oldies, SantaGold , 2pac & the Outlawz, and diggin Snoop's new album

Why?

MM: I just love all music that sounds good. Never been bias or closed minded when it comes to music.

What has been your favorite job you've done so far?

MM: Technical support. Warddrobe styling.

What are you currently working on?

MM: My womens line for Khosi Clothing and my next album " Networkin U.S.A ", its almost done already

Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?

MM: It does a little, but i'm one of those people who love to prove others wrong, so it only pushes me & motivates me harder when people judge me negatively.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

MM: Don't stop. Don't let anyone or anything discourage you. You only get 1 life, trust GOD keep forward & never look over your shoulder.

What do you want to be remembered by?

MM: Being a universal artsy lady. The Jill Of All Trades.

Anything else you would like the world to know about you?

MM: I just started up my own label & will be helping out artist who are eager, have great work ethic & ready to push.

I'm all for supporting those who help themselves, who are genuinely good spirited people. Any negative people, or people who glorify destruction gets dismissed before they can shake my hand. No time for that type fo energy.

For more on Mina Mean:
www.youtube.com/minamean007
www.myspace.com/indecisivebeautifulmusic
www.twitter.com/1minamean
www.myspace.com/khosipromotions
http://minamean.etsy.com
www.modelmayhem.com/khosiclothing

WBM Music: Talent Night In Harlem




At a talent event in New York, WBM had the chance to cover some of the best artists in Harlem.

Watch. Enjoy. Share.

Friday, January 22, 2010

WBM Features: Marsha Ambrosius



Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower
-Steve Jobs

Within us all are gifts. Whether we recognize them or not, they're there; an innumerable amount. Some we proactively utlize while the rest lie dormant. Yet the ability to use these gifts and the frequency at which we use them depends on our ability to develop. How one develops is individual and causational due to experience. The results can vary, however when causation supplements self the outcome when recognized is quite stellar.

Take Marsha Ambrosius for example, there isn't a star in the sky that shines brighter she does. Her gift of song coupled with her ability to songwrite makes Marsha absolutely amazing. You may know her best for the work she did with then group, Floetry as the songstress, but she is also the voice and lyrics behind standout collaborations with artist such as Fabolous, The Game, Jamie Foxx, Common, Justin Timberlake, Wale, Queen Latifah and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson to name a few.

With some time to share with WBM, Marsha offers a peek into her world of music and creativity.


[As Told To Why Blue Matters]




Marsha Ambrosius Interview :)


So tell me a little bit about yourself:
Interest(s)?

MA: "Anything to do with the paranormal fascinates me... call me a ghostbuster :) I love amusement parks, the brooklyn bridge and the philadelphia skyline :) "

What can you most attribute your songstress ability to?

MA: "My family support system... with them believing in me, I believe I can do anything :) my mother has the greatest vinyl&CD collection... being able to listen to everything at an early age, unforced, just carefree to take in the sounds of every genre has helped me to be limitless :) "

What do you like most about being a singer/songwriter?

MA: "I enjoy the freedom of being able to release as many thoughts and ideas as I can... having the opportunity to work with so man different artists lets me give as many perspectives as possible..."

What's the thought process behind your works?
...from personal experience?


MA: "I definitely write from experience... its always my personal perspective on whatever the subject matter is... even if I begin a song being objective, the emotion and intent behind the song is how I really feel... The song could be about me wanting to be with someone yet the the premise could be why I shouldn't be with them... there are so many ways to go about creating :) "

...is it mere creativity?

MA: "Just having the mindset to be as free as possible and as honest as I can gets the creative juices flowing :) "

What inspires and motivates you?

MA: "Anything :) I'm really thankful to have such a wonderful family and great friends :) Life is inspiring :) "

How long have you been involved in music?

MA: "I may have started singing from day 1 lol professionally involved since 1997 :) "

Heard you have a mixtape -- tell me a little about it.

MA:
"I have a mixtape floating around entitled "Yours Truly... Marsha Ambrosius" All songs produced by Focus, written by myself and a few by myself & Sterling Simms... most songs were intended to be on my solo album but as the creative process moved forward, so did my sound... we couldn't just let the songs do nothing so its a gift to those in waiting for my solo album :) "

What's your fav. joint?

MA: "Take Care" is my fave on there... and "Some Type a Way"... and "Cloud 9"... and "Sunshine"

...Why?

MA: "They are all soooooooo me :) "

Any recent/future projects?

MA: "Of course :) I have a song with Fabolous entitled "Stay" Letoya Luckett "She Don't Matter" I'm in the studio with more big names with songs soon to be released... I'm always working... thankfully :) & last but definitely not least, putting final touches on my solo project soon to be premiered :) "


Any advice for those looking to pursue their musical endeavours?
...for vocalists?

MA: "Sing, at the top of your lungs, so all can hear :) "

...for lyricists?

MA: "Write, travel, talk to people, experience life, speak from your heart... the beauty in art is the individuals perspective... we can all talk about the same thing, its all about how YOU say it :)"

MA: "Thanx a bunch for asking :) lots of love...

Yours Truly...

Marsha Ambrosius"

WBM News: Starting Line for NBA All-Star Game



With NBA All-Star Weekend (Feb. 12-14) right around the corner, the starting five for both the East and West Coast respectively are in. The lineup is looking real serious. Brace yourself folks, looks like we'll be in for a great game.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

WBM Top 10

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday January 24th

1. Alicia Keys - Element of Freedom (SAME)
2. Mary J. Blige - Stronger with Each Tear (SAME)
3. Rihanna - Rated R (SAME)
4. Michael Jackson - This Is It (UP2)
5. Young money - We Are Young Money (DOWN1)
6. Omarion - Ollusion (DEBUT)
7. Jay-z - Blueprint3 (DOWN2)
8. Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy (DOWN1)
9. Trey Songz - Ready (DOWN1)
10. Gucci Mane - The State vs. Radric Davis (DOWN1)

compiled by national album sales and billboard charts

WBM Top 20

TOP 20 SONGS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday January 24th

1. Ludacris, Shawna - How Low (SAME)
2. Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart (UP1)
3. Melanie Fiona - It Kills Me (UP1)
4. Rihanna, Young Jeezy - Hard (DOWN2)
5. New Boyz, Ray-J - Tie Me Down (SAME)
6. Young Money, Gucci Mane - Steady Mobbin (UP1)
7. Young Money - Lloyd - Bedrock (DOWN1)
8. Chris Brown - Crawl (UP1)
9. Mary J. Blige - I am (UP2)
10. Lil Wayne, Eminem - Drop The World (UP2)
11. Sade - Soldier of Love (UP3)
12. Trey Songz - I Invented Sex (DOWN 4)
13. Gucci Mane, Usher - Spotlight (DOWN3)
14. Birdman, Lil Wayne, Drake - Money To Blow (DOWN1)
15. Dj Khaled, Usher, Drake, Jeezy, Rick Ross - Fed up (UP1)
16. Omarion - Speedin (UP2)
17. Snoop Dogg - I Wanna Rock (REENTRY)
18. Jay-z, Swizz Beats - Onto the Next One (UP2)
19. Usher, Plies - Hey Daddy, Daddys Home (DEBUT)
20. Trey Songz, Fabolous - Say Aaah (DEBUT)

compiled by radio spins, radio requests, and billboard charts

WBM News: Top 10 NBA Sports Jerseys



Amongst the league, these NBA Stars have the hottest as well as the most selling jerseys. As compiled from sales since the start of 09-10 NBA Season the top 10 list is as followed:



  1. Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
  2. Lebron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
  4. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
  5. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
  6. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
  7. Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
  8. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
  9. Shaquille O'Neal, Cleveland Cavaliers
  10. Pau Gasol, LA Lakers

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

WBM Music: Say Something RMX ft. Fat Joe




Fresh from the man himself, Say Something RMX ft. Fat Joe.
Check this out. Listen. Pass Along.

WBM Music: Give Me Love Now Available On iTunes




Here's the latest from New Jersey Emcee, Kwab aka YeS! "Give Me Love," is now available on iTunes. Definitely support this artist. Kwab without a doubt has something to say and joints to rock out to. Allow this one to be the first.

WBM Features: SICKPEN

Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.
-Zig Ziglar


WBM introduces a new artist on the rise! Sickpen Take a minute and get familiar with this artist as told to Why Blue Matters.

So who is SiCk PEN?

SP: I go by the name Jeremiah “Sickpen” Renaldo, I am a Songwriter/Singer/Vocal arranger/Musician!! I got the name “Sickpen” a long time ago from going to different studios and writing great records! After I would complete a record people in the lab would say “ dude your pen is sick or you have a crazy sick flow” so as days, months and years went by the name stuck! Im currently not working on any projects at this time, I’ve just finished and released my first mix-tape called “IWrite- No Ink Just Lyrics”. So Im very happy about that as well as the feedback Im getting! My goals for this year (2010) are to be one of the ones to bring real music back! Im working to get on alot of major projects as a songwriter, singer, vocal arranger or even a musician.

So what's your birth name? What's the difference between the real you and your stage persona?

SP: My birth name is Jeremiah Renaldo Bethea. The difference between the two is, I took off my last name and added my name as a writer (sickpen) as my middle name and my middle name as my last name (Jeremiah “Sickpen” Renaldo)

How long have you been in the game?

SP: I’ve been doing music since the age of three, so I’ll say I've been in this game or at least on this road for some time now!

What's your greatest accomplishment so far in life?

SP: My greatest accomplishment thus far would have to be having people love and appreciate my music!!

Tell me a little bit about yourself:

SP: One of my interest that I have is I love playing basketball, and might I add I'm pretty good if I may say so. lol! Another one is, I love to just sit and think..

What's your ultimate goal in life?

SP: My ultimate goal in life is to be at a point where I can help people with no questions asked. Also to be able to plant a seed in someone’s life..

What do you like most about being in the business?

SP: What I like most about being in the business is Im doing what I love!!

What's the thought process behind your works?

SP: Um.. the thought process behind my works are definitely experiences, whether it be mine or someone else’s. Now on the creative side I pretty much feel any and everything can be a title to a song, and work in a way as an expression!! Being that i never write anything down i would say my music definitely comes from a deeper place! I take it as a blessing!

What inspires and motivates you?

SP: In all ways life itself inspires and motivates me. I mean when you actually get out of yourself in view the world through someone else’s lens you cant help but be inspires or motivated wether its good or bad!

How was life changed for you since being you started?

SP: My life has change cause through music I have become wiser. Some music makes you stop in hear someone else's voice other then yours. It make you see how somethings we do affect others.


What would you be doing now, if you never started doing music?

SP: You know, thats a hard question... but I would have to say fashion or basketball!! lol The NBA!

What are you listening to in your ipod these days?

SP: Wow!! R Kelly because i Look up to him as a musician, The Dream because I look up to him because he’s a great writer as well as a great artist to me! BabyFace, man I feel as a writer I’ve learned alot from him. Queen, they are the best!! J Moss, vocally untouchable and his ministry is very uplifting! Keri Hilson, the Beatles um.. really some of everybody!!lol

What has been your favorite job you've done so far?

SP: I feel this mix-tape that I just did with producers DBC (DrummerBoyzClub) has been my favorite job so far!!!
http://www.supashare.net/9dqn8xu4vqr2 (Mixtape Link)

What are you currently working on?

SP: I'm currently working on getting on some major projects and getting my sound out there!

Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?

SP: I will have to say no. Cause I never receive any! lol

Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

SP: My advice to anyone trying to pursue their dreams is to “follow you heart, not what you see others do” and “ Trust your results, not other people experiences”

What do you want to be remembered by?

SP: I would want to be remember by my music and how the feel of it touched people and for my unselfish acts of kindness!!

Anything else you would like the world to know about you?

SP: Yea, I would like the world to know that i don’t use a pen I just go in the booth and go in!! And I'm thankful for all the love and support!!!



WBM News: What Are Ghosts Made Of?

In this vid, science attempts to answer the question, What are ghost made of? Very interesting. Check this out.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

WBM News: Bible Coded Military Weapons




According to a recent ABC News report, U.S. Arms Manufacturer, Trijicon inscribes its rifle scopes with biblical messages that it sells to the U.S. Military. Interestingly enough the company's vision, as de"scribe"d on the company's website, "Guided by our values, we endeavor to have our products used wherever precision aiming solutions are required to protect individual freedom."

The weaponary has been noted for having codes from the New Testament of the Bible (See pictures) from the books of 2 Corinthians and John.

Just what kind of statement is Trijicon trying to make???

Sunday, January 17, 2010

WBM Features: Robyn Z.

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.
-Robert Fripp


Vision. Hope. Determination. Perserverance. Heart. Patience. Understanding. Passion. Effort. These are some the things success is made of. And if had the opportunity to take only a glance, you would see those same things in our next feature.

Not only is Singer/Songwriter Robyn Z. successful but she is also quite knowledgable in music business. Such knowledge believe it or not is a key component that made Robyn successful but allows her to have continued success.

With some time to share, Robyn Z. takes WBM on a walk along her path of success. Travel with us, you are sure to find some insight, inspiration, and encouragement.


[As Told To WBM]


So tell me a little bit about yourself:

Robyn: Grab a chair and sit down with me this could take years :)
Here is my story a bit before 1995 till present in 2010. Before getting signed to my first record contract with DM Records, I worked hand in hand with Tolga Katas who is responsible for Linear “Sending All My Love” that climbed to #1. Tolga Katas taught me a lot in the music business and set the stage for me before I got signed. “Good Love” was my first record release when I got to spread my wings as an Artist. It was all because of two producers who heard my voice and loved it. I was not the lyricist on “Good Love”. Robert Bartko and Ivan Kopas take the credit on that song. I was signed to DM Records at a perfect age. I wasn’t naïve anymore though, which could be construed in our business as a bad thing, because a lot of times Labels want naïve young artists that will sell everything away on a prayer that the artist will become a superstar. That is not how I looked at my first deal, I felt it would be in my definite best interest to entertain the deal, even if it meant the label and I were not meant for each other, we all came to a conclusion. I realized at the pinnacle of “Good Love” when the single was achieving radio airplay that I had to do everything myself. When I say this, what I mean is that I had to go out and get my own shows, I hired back-up dancers and we got booked into clubs all over South Florida, I hustled the record on my own to Radio Stations. A lot of work. The Label then flew me to LA to perform in front of their distributors so I learned a lot before I was signed to DM, and then being an actual Artist signed to DM Records brought me to a whole other level. The Label and I spoke frequently about my expectations. They would express they knew I was awaiting my time to make it to the big leagues, they knew my goals. After our talks we decided to part ways. I realized the only way to make it to the big leagues was to do it all myself. In life, it is my motto, that if something is an obstacle, I push my way through it and turn the impossible into possible. Sometimes in life, you need to re-evaluate yourself, your goals. At the time that “Without Your Love” came out, it was 1999; I opened up my own record label and attained national distribution on my own. Here I was as The Artist, The Lyricist, The Business woman, and all the other hats. I was getting heavy rotation in California; I was touring there as well. The thing about me is I am a jack-of-all-trades in business. I have to be business oriented or else nothing happens. At the peak of “Without Your Love” , I was about to get signed to a Major Label, However the dot com crashed and I needed one more P1 station to obtain the deal. I know more than anyone that in order to thrive in this industry, you must invest in yourself .I came back full force, and in 2006-2007 I started writing again, and this time around to Grammy award winners songs and wonderful producers around the world that understand me as a person and we are a team. I love whom I am working with because they let me be me. Back in 95-99 I was told what to write about and I did not like it, because I just wanted to write about real life and real experiences. After all, that is what being real in music is all about!

Interest(s)?

Robyn: My Family, Caring of people around me. Songwriting. Performing. real people. Spirituality. People who I can have intellectual conversations with. Mental Stimulation.


What can you most attribute your musical ability to?

Robyn: I was exposed to all genres of music at a very young age, along with my ability to sing on key at age three which had everyone astounded. My parents threw me into Singing and dance lessons at age five where I was exposed to everything from AL Jolson to Frank Sinatra, to Broadway, to Donna Summer, Frankie Smith “Double Dutch Bus” and I gotta give kudos to my mom for getting me that disco ball that shined up above as I had a green record player dancing in my room! From there it went to Olivia Newton John, to Irene Cara, David Bowie, Michael Jackson was my favorite rest in peace, Madonna, Quincy Jones, there are to many inspiring legends I have that are my influences.

What would you consider your style of music?

Robyn: Pop/Crossover Commercial

What do you like most about being a singer/songwriter?

Robyn: Wow great questions.I honestly love both. Its my original quote that “performing on stage is my home and when I write records i’m in my zone”. Let’s talk about my singing first. I am a natural born singer. What I love most about singing is first and foremost being blessed from god to be able to sing because my voice is a real instrument. Being in front of people and seeing through their eyes, the smile on their faces, if tears come to their eyes, if people are raising their hands in the air, etc then I acknoweledge I have touched people and that their emotions, their real feelings are happy ones. Music is power! Music is undeniable. It touches everyone .This makes me realize wholeheartedly that my voice is a gift from god . To be able to sing and touch anyone’s soul in a way through my voice is the most precious gift for anyone.

Now onto songwriting, I love being able to take a thought into a song and make it into a record! to make an entire story and statement through a record that the world will relate to. Building records as a songwriter is an amazing task. I gel with a song, I listen to it. Sometimes lyrically a song will come to me right away and I catch the hook immediately of where I want to take the record lyrically. Other times I will play the record over and over and sit with it. Being a songwriter is where its at as well as singing because I love writing my own concepts, my ideas, and the beauty of transforming my actual visions, thoughts, creative process, etc . Bringing a record to life lyrically as a songwriter to making the song into an actual record is magic! Then its my baby, the baby is born and it’s up to the masses to accept the record.


What's the thought process behind your works?

Robyn: It comes from personal experience as well as creativity. They are both intertwined. I stay on the path of being real, because that is who I am and I remain that way. It is important for me to stay on top at all times of what trends, however, I am all about legends in the Music Business such as Michael Jackson (RIP), Madonna, these Artists raised the bar and we are lacking this greatly in the music business, so when I go into writing a record I make sure I am staying true to myself as to the world because I am making a statement, not emulating others.



What inspires and motivates you?

Robyn: Well not to be geeky but two personal favorite movies of mine are “Coyote Ugly” and “Music and Lyrics” these two movies show the actual struggle of what it is like as a songwriter and artist both on two sides of the spectrum, I am inspired by the struggling of what I have gone through in my life to get me to where I am today in this moment. I am inspired by creative people that are not afraid to speak their voice. I am motivated by people that are 100 % real in the music business and treat it as a real business.I am inspired by all walks of life but most important my family backs me up 100% = I am always motivated.

How long have you been involved in music?

Robyn: since age three

What type of impact would you like to leave with your music?

Robyn: When I pass away I want to be recognized hopefully that someone would gain from my records because then I know I made an impact. I want everyone to know that I speak the truth through my records, and at the end of the day that truth prevails.

What's in your iPod currently?

Robyn:switching it up at the moment lol

Considering this is the top of the year, what are your plans for 2010?

Robyn:2010 is on like a Firecracker ! I will be writing records with my team of producers so we can get that Grammy!

Any advice for those looking to pursue their musical endeavours? for vocalists?

Robyn: My advice for vocalists is to keep on it constantly, keep practicing, make sure you get as many people to hear you as possible! The reason I am saying this, is there are millions of singers out there, however! you must hone in on your true self. Example: If your friend says you sound good, and another person says you don’t then that singer will get confused, some may give up all together, some may think they are the best singers in the world, but without getting yourselves out there nobody will hear you! If you want to make an impact for yourself as as a vocalist, get out there, start collaborating with other artists, perform in front of as many people as possible.The internet is a powerful tool so use it to your advantage. Between all the social networking sites you may catch a break, and In the real world get out there and sing. You never know who’s eye you may catch that can break you. I am keeping it real.

...for lyricists?

Robyn: Copyright everything you write is number one. Second, get yourself with an affiliation such as BMI, ASCAP, etc. You may even consider opening up a publishing company. It is important as a lyricist to hone in on your own abilities. Being a lyricist is a true gift and better yet, you can make money with writing songs which is even better! My best advice is to write from personal experiences because all those feelings that you may have bottled up, will be translated into a song which may one day become a record.In fact, you may be on your way to having a hit onyour hands. Protect yourself with your lyrics and melodies. Research who you want to work with. If you have a bad vibe of of something, walk away, if your gut says yes it usually means yes! After you have written a song, test it out and send to as many people in the music business as possible to obtain feedback. One may say no, the other may say yes, and the bottom line is that you wrote the song, you own the lyrics,but then...it is up to the public to feel what you write. It is your baby so you much treat is as such. Have confidence in yourself because that is what will drive you to succeed. Never give up!


luv xx
Robyn Z.


For more on Robyn Z.:

Friday, January 15, 2010

WBM Features: Lady Gaga Barbie Doll?





So I guess the old saying "Art imitates life (and vice versa)" has a significant amount of validity to it. While surfing the web I happened to come across of an interesting set of photography and artwork inspired by Pop Icon/Sensation, Lady Gaga.

With a vision to share his love of fashion and photograhy to Barbie doll enthusists, Photographer Weikang Lu re-created some of Lady Gaga's most intriguing and fashion forward outfits. Impressive to say the least, Lu's creation is phenomenal take on an artist that's influencing fashion around the globe.

I wonder which influence of Pop Culture is next. Kanye possibly? Hmmm...



WBM Features: Artist On The Rise



Music is that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.
-Victor Hugo

Simone Fonteneau is an aspiring singer/songwriter straight out of Detroit, Michigan. She comes from a musical family background. Her mother was in a singing group, her father played bass and her grandmother was an accomplished dancer. So the inspiration was there. Simone enjoyed looking at pictures of her grandmother with Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and others while she was a dancer at the Cotton Club.

As soon as she could stand she was in ballet classes. With all of those influences she really had no choice but to fall head over heels in love with music and entertaining. She had a facination with words, which grew into her love of songwriting. She was a complete bookworm and would choose a book over television any day. Simone writes in a variety of genres, pop, r&b, alternative etc. since it helps her to stay fresh and always growing, but as a singer she mostly sings Pop and R&B. She's been able to write from both personal experiences and a bit of fantasy. She's been able to relate better with her listeners that way. So she pulls inspiration from her own situations and creates a story from there.

Simone is fully commited to getting major placements this year. In fact, she spent the end of last year studing and practicing her skill as well as making connections with great producers so that this year she would be in a very favorable position to gain placements. If she wasn't involved in music she'd teach high school liturature. She would want to help other young people who love reading and words just as much as she does. So be on the look out for Simone doing big thangs in 2010.


Another WBM certfied artist on the rise.

For more on Simone F.:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

WBM Features: J.Gib

When you reach the top, keep climbing.
-Proverb

WBM introduces Jermaine Gibson AKA J.Gib. J.Gib was born and raised in Sacramento, California and has been rapping since he could talk. Like a lot of teens growing up with a domestic violence drug filled life, the safe haven for J.GIB was music.

He battled rapped his way thru junior high and high school and perfect his craft quite well. He began making mix tapes and selling them. His motto was "I wanted Sacramento to have an artist that they could get behind and be proud of."And with that type of mentality he was able to win some major local awards such as Sacramento's Best Rapper award.

Also listen to "Sidekick" the official first single off his debut album "Soul Of The City"

Take a minute and get to know this aspiring artist.



[As told to WBM]


Introduce yourself to the people who already don't know who you are
Lets start off with letting us get to know the real you


So what’s your birth name?

JG: My birth name is Jermaine Gibson that's where the J.GiB comes from

Whats the difference between the real you and your stage persona?

JG: There isn't much difference. Unlike most cats J.GiB the artist isn't an act, I'm not trying to be a character I'm me all the time. But I would say the main difference is I'm a father so when I'm not doing music then I'm talking care of mine. That aspect of my life is calmer trying to be the best father I can be.

How long have you been in the game?

JG: I been rapping since i could talk. But i would say I've been in the music business for about 6-7 years


What's your greatest accomplishment so far in life?

JG: I think my greatest accomplishment has been being a present positive father. That's what I'm most proud of. Musically I would say performing at summerfest on the same stage with Nas and Ludacris two artist who I look up to and respect.


Tell me a little bit about yourself:
Interest(s)?


JG: My main interest are music and family. I love sports though I'm a huge basketball fan. You will catch me watching a game as much as possible. I'm more of a player fan so anytime Kobe or Lebron are on Tv I'm trying to watch. KOBE/LEBRON!

What's your ultimate goal in life?

JG: My ultimate goal in life is to be happy. As i get older and have had success and see the success of others i realize you can spend your whole life chasing these goals and accomplish things and be miserable. I of course want to be wealthy but whatever happens in my future i just want to be happy and live with no regrets.

What do you like most about being in the business?

JG: The music business is crazy. This is really a dog eat dog game. Most things you see from the outside looking in are all smoke and mirrors. At the end of the day I'm in love with the music and people who support the music i make. Other than that I could do without this business straight up. It's hard to be a genuine person in a business full of snakes and vultures and this is the honest truth. The business is based on relationships and money not talent. That's why so much of the music now is disposable because these people in charge are only looking for what can make money right now not what's quality music and artist.

What's the thought process behind your works?
- from personal experience?
- mere creativity?


JG: Most of my music comes from personal experience or the experiences of people around me. But at the end of the day I'm an artist so I do make music that's just artistic and imagination. I just don't lie about a whole bunch of shit like most these rappers do. This fake it til you make is outta control!

What inspires and motivates you?

JG: Inspiration can come from anywhere. Most times it comes from the music. Beats normally dictate where a song is going to go for me. But I can get inspiration from the club, a conversation, trial and tribulations anything.

How was life changed for you since being you started ?

JG: When I started rapping nobody knew me. Now I get recognized all over the place. That's why I refuse to be fake. Because when people start to know you see you out they expect you to be whatever you say you are in your music. So when people see me out it is what it is Soul of the City ya dig.

What would you be doing now, if you never started doing music?

JG: If i wasn't doing music I would be marketing or selling something. I'm a born hustler so I'd be pushing something getting to the money.

What are you listening to in your ipod these days?
...why?


JG: I have a lot of the music we are about to put out in my ipod. Making sure everything sounds the way I want it to. From there I'm listening to 50 and Jay-Z's new albums and a bunch of underground mixtapes. Other than that I don't listen to these rappers to much. Most of these cats are trash to me.

What has been your favorite job you've done so far?

JG: My favorite job is performing. I can't even call it a job I get paid to do what I love. There's no better feeling then performing for a packed crowd of people that respect and love your music

What are you currently working on ?

JG: I'm currently working on my debut solo album "Soul of the City" it's been a long time coming due to politics and push backs but it's gonna be crazy! The lead single is called "Sidekick" produced by Rawsmoov (also produced for Trina, Rick Ross, E-40, and others) Also I'm working on a group album with Takeova artist Simps Da 45 so we staying real busy.


Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?

JG: Naw i just do me. The media is just there to get a rise out of the people. I don't pay no attention to what they say or think. My music isn't made for them. I pay attention to the opinions of those around me and the supporters that support my music.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

JG: Always believe in yourself because if you don't nobody ever will. You also gotta always evaluate yourself and be honest and realistic in your evaluations. Lastly get honest people around you. No yes men!

So what project are you working on now?

JG: Well I just released the "When the smoke clears" mixtape with takeova artist Simps Da 45 mixed and hosted by Dj Gio which is featured on itunes now (itunes link: http://bit.ly/7muSAJ) so we are busy promoting that. Plus I'm working on a group album with Simps Da 45 and my debut solo album "Soul of the City".

What are your goals for 2010?

JG: My main goal for 2010 are to expand my fan base further than it already is. So we plan on released about 5-6 different full length projects starting with "When The Smoke Clears". I also want to tour and travel more. I want to get myself exposed to regions that haven't had the chance to see me and hear my music.

What do you want to be remembered by?

JG: I wanna be remember as a leader who chased his dream, was very successful, and was a positive role model for his family

Anything else you would like the world to know about you?

JG: I appreciate all the love and support of everybody holding me down. Shots out to the Takeova Squad... Takeova In Here!!!


For more on J.Gib:

http://www.myspace.com/takeovaent
http://www.twitter.com/soulofthecity
http://www.facebook.com/jgibfanpage
http://www.youtube.com/takeovaent

WBM Top 10

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday January 17th

1. Alicia Keys - Element of freedom (SAME)
2. Mary J. Blige - Stronger With Each Tear (SAME)
3. Rihanna - Rated R (UP1)
4. Young money - We Are Young Money (DOWN1)
5. Jay-z - Blueprint3 (UP2)
6. Michael Jackson - This Is It (SAME)
7. Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy (DOWN2)
8. Trey Songz - Ready (REENTRY)
9. Gucci Mane - The State vs. Radric Davis (DOWN1)
10. Chris Brown - Graffiti (DOWN1)

compiled by national album sales and billboard charts

WBM Top 20

TOP 20 SONGS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday January 17th

1. Ludacris, Shawna - How Low (UP1)
2. Rihanna, Young Jeezy - Hard (DOWN1)
3. Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart (SAME)
4. Melanie Fiona - It Kills Me (SAME)
5. New Boyz, Ray-J - Tie me down (UP1)
6. Young Money - Lloyd - Bedrock (DOWN1)
7. Young Money, Gucci Mane - Steady Mobbin (UP1)
8. Trey Songz - I Invented Sex (DOWN1)
9. Chris Brown - Crawl (UP1)
10. Gucci Mane, Usher - Spotlight (DOWN1)
11. Mary J. Blige - I am (UP2)
12. Lil Wayne, Eminem - Drop The World (UP4)
13. Birdman, Lil Wayne, Drake - Money To Blow (DOWN1)
14. Sade - Soldier of Love (UP5)
15. Chris Brown, Swizz Beats, Lil Wayne - I Can Transform Ya (DOWN5)
16. Dj Khaled, Usher, Drake, Jeezy, Rick Ross - Fed up (UP4)
17. Drake - Forever (DOWN3)
18. Omarion - Speedin (DEBUT)
19. 50 Cent, Ne-Yo - Baby by Me (DOWN4)
20. Jay-z, Swizz Beats - Onto the Next One (DEBUT)

compiled by radio spins, radio requests, and billboard charts

WBM Cares: Dear Haiti via Headlessgiant.com




Time. The one thing we either have too much, not enough of or make use of appropriately. However making time, taking time and utilizing it quite effectively, J.Dixon, Founder/Editor of Headlessgiant.Com shares some of the most profound and thought provoking commentary regarding the travesty that took the lives and ravaged the land of many call home as Haiti. The thoughts of J.Dixon calls for a more cognizant awareness of what's going in and around our lives as individuals while at same time encouraging people to take action and realize we are more connected than you and I may think.

Dear Haiti is a must read and we at WBM appreciate the time put forth in the presentation of this piece before the world. It is vitally important that when had the opportunities to read works with the magnitude of Dear Haiti that we not only take the time to reflect but be proactive of making a change, even if it's in the betterment of self to make the world around us that much better.

Dear Haiti
(please read)


For more from Headlessgiant:
http://www.headlessgiant.com
http://www.twitter.com/headlessgiant

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WBM Cares: Haiti Relief



A natural distaster in any form is never great, especially when it results in major castastrophe. Not even a 24-hours ago, the country of Haiti and its people were effected by an disastrous earthquake that left most if not all of its capital, Port-au-Prince destroyed.



With one-third of the country effected by the earthquake, Haiti needs our help in major way. We at WBM are in full support of Haiti relief and would like to encourage our WBM family to be proactive in providing aid.

American Red Cross Releases $200,000 in aid toward Haiti relief


For more information on how you can help:
http://www.yele.org (text "haiti" 501501 to donate $5 to yele)
http://www.redcross.org (text "haiti" 90999 to donate $10 to redcross)

WBM Presents: Karma: With A Vengeance





Since its December 5th, 2009 release, this novel has captured the minds & hearts of every reader that turns its pages. Wahida Clark Publishing Presents, Karma: With A Vengeance by Tash Hawthorne.

Karma: With A Vengeance is an absolute must-read and although it has only been out for a little over a month Black Pearls Magazine eSpot regards this novel as one of the top books of 2009/2010.

Available nationwide.
Get a copy. Enjoy. Share.

WBM News: Eye Tattoo


Has emphasis on individuality or the perception of it gone too far?
Recent news reports find a new trend emerging. Eye Tattoo is becoming popularized in Prison and is slowly making its way to the street. Must see vid.

Interesting.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

WBM Music: Ollusion (Album Review)





Omarion is back with a new album after a three year hiatus titled "Ollusion." Interestingly enought, he wrote and co-produced the whole album. You can tell the effort he put into being creative on such tracks like "I Think My Girl Is Bi" and the song "Wet." His voice has matured a bit, and is light years away from his beginnings with B2K.

This album to me is a stepping stone to what can be something great in the future. Omarion has been able to stabilize a solo career with a few hit albums, some movie roles in the past. Some say he doesn't have what it takes to continue the success, but with "Ollusion,"I think it's just to let listeners know he's still around. Omarion even created his own Starworld Entertainment imprint and has released "Ollusion," which is an attempt to show the world of his ever maturing sound. You can tell he had fun making this album especially on the tracks "Hoodie" and "Speedin."

Overall it's decent, but I don't expect it to win any grammy nominations but it will have moderate success. In a time where people don't buy albums anymore it's tuff to sell anything.

But we here at Why Blue Matters wish Omarion the best.

WBM Presents: Something To Keep In Mind



Given that we're not even a full month into the new year, there is no time like now to get ourselves in order (mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally and financially). Here with a questions to keep in mind and reflect on, I'd like to share with you some thoughts for an even better you in 2010 and beyond.


(as given to me from an e-mail)


This week, we welcome a New Year into our lives. This is a good time for us to see what is to be released, what is to be kept and improved, and what is to be brought in. Take time to ask and explore these simple questions:
  1. What shall I now release from my life?
  2. What or who no longer works for me?
  3. What am I holding on to that holds me back?
  4. What thoughts or beliefs belong to the old me?
  5. How am I being unloving to myself?
  6. Am I ready to let go?
  7. What do I believe that really works for me?
  8. What is going on in my life that is terrific and wonderful?
  9. Where am I being very loving to myself?
  10. Where am I most content?
  11. Let me acknowledge myself for all the growth and change.
  12. What do I want to bring to my life?
  13. What do I want to create?
  14. How do I want the next year to be?
  15. Who do I want to bring into my world?
  16. How do I want to look?
  17. What image do I want to project?
  18. How healthy do I want to be?
  19. How prosperous do I want to feel?
  20. How much love am I willing to experience?
  21. What kind of world do I want to live in?
  22. Where do I want my spirituality to go?
Progress is a process, so let's see where our feet and days take us.

Monday, January 11, 2010

WBM Features: Tah Mac

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
-Ralph Marston

How many people can say there music has gone international? Straight out of Brooklyn, Tah Mac is an artist on the rise. His debut album has already gold over seas. His music is catching on globally as well as his popularity in the U.S is moving rapidly.

He grew up surrounded by the sounds of Hip Hop legends, started to learn production techniques at the age of 15 and worked as a producer for both signed and unsigned talent in America and the U.K. By working overseas, he was able to create a global sound that's represented in his music.

Take a minute and get to know Tah Mac.


[As Told To Why Blue Matters]




So let us get to know you, the real you...

TM: My Name is Tah Mac I’m a producer/Artist from Brooklyn New York whom is internationally known.

So what’s your birth name?


TM: My birth name is Tah McIntosh.


What’s the difference between the real you and your stage persona?


TM: The difference between the real me, and my stage persona, is I am a interactive machine of musical entertainment that connects with my audience. I have been told that I can appear intimidating, but in person I am a charismatic person that is a very grounded and approachable human being who loves life.
How long have you been in the game?

TM: Professionally 12 years

What’s your greatest accomplishment so far in life?

TM: My greatest accomplishment in life so far (despite producing various number #1 hit singles across the globe) is having my current debut album go gold overseas in the UK and Europe since my “Welcome 2 Tahland” album release in March 2009.

Tell me a little bit about yourself:

Interest(s)?

TM: Traveling the globe, reading, meeting various people from different walks of life.

What's your ultimate goal in life?

TM: My Ultimate goal is being able to consistently tour for the next 3 years on a global tour where I am able to touch various lives from all walks of life.

What do you like most about being in the business?

TM: Presently I have my own label deal through Absolute/Universal Music Group UK, and having the freedom to be able to not have to answer to anyone, is great (as long as my priorities are in order) to meet various deadlines ahead of time.

What's the thought process behind your works?

TM: The thought process behind my work is being able to remain in my own lane musically, and to continue to challenge myself consistently.

What inspires and motivates you?

TM: What inspires and motivates me is the responsibility of knowing that there are people who are inspired by what I do.

How was life changed for you since being you started?

TM: I started in the game young, and feel blessed that I was able to gain a lot of knowledge from all different sides of the business at an early age. Fast forward to 2010, having years of overseas travels under my belt, I learned to break out from the normm and let go of the fear of doing certain things to please others musically.

What would you be doing now, if you never started doing music?


TM: I’m really not sure, I am just very fortunate to be doing what I am doing now.

What are you listening to in your ipod these days?

TM: I am currently listening to Sam Sparro as well as a collective of forthcoming material by Tony Deniro and the fireplace fam.

What are you currently working on?

TM: I am currently preparing for my “Welcome to Tahland” live tour that begins overseas in the UK and Europe in Feb 2010, as well as working on a new EP with my man Tony Deniro.


Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?

TM: No not really.


Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

TM: Stay positive and always be on your toes about your business.

What do you want to be remembered by?


TM: I would like to be remembered by being a young hard working man from Brooklyn, who was able to “Give Back” to all walks of life in a major way from his various musical contributions.

Anything else you would like the world to know about you?

TM: I would like people in the world to know that I am dedicated to developing a futuristic sound (and style) of music, that I hope people will be able to relate to. I am not following the trends of other commercial artists, and I hope you all will support my movement and musical innovation.