Sunday, February 18, 2024

Houston We "May" Have A Problem


With the release of her two new singles titled Texas Holden & 16 Carriages the legendary R&B singer with almost unlimited crossover potential may have finally met her match. What the music industry considers "Pop Music" usually comes with what consumers considers a particular sound. In actuality, Pop Music is simply short for "popular music". With that being said legendary artists like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Prince were signed to their respective record labels as R&B artists. However their massive success afforded them the ability to transcend the world of "Soul Music" and it's consumer base to more people outside their niche. When this occurs the artists will then be considered popular or a "Pop" artist.

Beyoncé is now considered a pop star icon since the huge crossover success of her first solo album. Her ability to relate to multiple markets via her music and acting is remarkable. However, with her
new music being promoted as country music it seems like
certain radio stations are reluctant to support Beyoncé's
interpretation of modern country music. Her fan base
(The Bey hive) are putting the pressure on those reluctant
radio radios to add Beyoncé's new music to their rotation.

Both songs are doing extremely well online thus far
generating millions of views in just a few days. Country radio
are no strangers to African American "country artists" but
it seems to have issues with artists that are not necessarily
considered "country artists". Recently, (per the pressure from her fan base) a few Country radio stations has taken to twitter/X to acknowledge that they will start playing Beyoncé's new music. Although many of Beyoncé fan are claiming
racism to be the real reason why she's getting pushback at
Country radio. Hopefully, her music will continue to push
the boundaries of "labelism"and ultimately make it easier for future artists to come... Until next time, have some fun and get something done.

-Hiram D. Akeem

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Shannon Sharpe Is Sitting On Top Of the World

Shannon Sharpe

Shannon Sharpe can be called many things. An all pro, Super Bowl wining, Hall of Fame football player. A supreme television sports analyst. Many are now saying, he's the most sought after journalist/interviewer the nation has to offer.

 After a very successful time with the Fox Sports show Undisputed (with the very popular journalist/Tv Host Skip Bayless) Shannon decided that he wasn't appreciated enough to continue the professional relationship with Mr. Bayless or Fox Sports. As a result of that decision Shannon agreed to take his talents to ESPN and join the country's number one sports debate show (First Take) with Stephen A. Smith.

One of the reasons that Shannon decided to join Stephen A. Smith on ESPN was as simple as Mr. Smith really appreciating the quality, the dedication, and the expertise that Shannon brings to the table. Another reason was Stephen A. Smith thought that how Shannon was handled at Fox was down right disrespectful. It was that treatment (among other things) that made Stephen A. stick his neck out in an attempt to recruit Shannon as a co-host. Shannon said in recent interviews that part of him coming to ESPN was to have enough time so that he can work on his own independent endeavors during the week as well. An agreement was made and now you can see Shannon (Shay Shay) Sharpe twice a week sitting across Stephen A Smith.

When it comes to Shannon Sharpe's independent endeavors, let's just say he's the hottest name in the media game right now. His podcast called Night Cap with football great/media personality, Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson is one of the nation's most successful sports podcast. Also, his number one most successful independent endeavor is no-doubt the country's most successful and hottest platform/show called Club Shay Shay. Shannon Sharpe's Club Shay Shay has the nation's most popular interview featuring comedian/actor Katt Williams which hit the internet at the start of the year. As a result of (making Katt Williams feel safe during) that interview and his relationship with the platform The Volume, Shannon Sharpe is now sitting independently on top of the world as the industry's number one person to talk to. Until next time, have some fun and get something done. 

-Hiram D. Akeem

Thursday, December 7, 2023

“Yamê Is Spiritual Energy & Music

 



During the global pandemic, self-taught Franco-Cameroonian artist Yamê decided to quit his dissatisfying day job and focus on music full-time. A year and a half later, he went viral on TikTok, and has since become known for his unique sound bringing together video-game inspired lyrics with influences from rap, jazz, and blues, the latter of which he was exposed to while attending jam sessions around Paris.

In line with his debut A COLORS SHOW, we spoke to Yamê about the spiritual meaning behind his artist name, how assimilating to life in France felt like being a double agent, and why, for him, motorbikes are the ultimate symbol of freedom.

Where does your artist name, Yamê, come from?

My dad’s a musician and he used the word ‘yamê’ a lot in his lyrics. When I decided to pursue a career in music and was trying to pick an artist name, I asked my dad to tell me what ‘yamê’ means. It’s a word from the Cameroonian language and the Mbo tribe, which I’m descended from. To put it simply, yamê is like a spiritual energy or chakra that is shared by everyone. It connects us all despite our religious differences.

What is your first musical memory?

The first instrument I ever played was the piano. I was around 6-years-old, living in Douala—a coastal city in the southwest of Cameroon—and I thought it was easy: All I had to do to make a sound was press the keys! Soon after, I started taking proper piano classes. I can still remember the first song I tried to write when I was a kid. I even think I can still play it. My dad sang it, and I was so proud of what I’d created.

Who were some of your earliest musical influences?

I was really inspired by African artists like Meiway, Papa Wemba, Grace Decca, and Ben Decca, as well as some American artists like Usher, Justin Timberlake, and Michael Jackson. The way Cameroon was cut during colonization made the country the center of Africa. As a result, it is a cultural melting pot, where you can discover a lot of different styles coming from the west, east, and south of the continent. Two of the strongest features of African music are its complex rhythms—which people used to use to communicate—and its lyrics that often address deep subjects and harsh realities in funny and cool ways. Both of these things have really influenced my approach to music.

I was also exposed to a lot of French music through my mum, who played and sang along to it in the house. She passed away while we were living in Cameroon, and we moved back to France shortly afterwards.

You launched your professional music career during the global pandemic, right?

During the first lockdown in Paris, I lived in a house with multiple other people. I would work from home and spend the rest of the day playing video games, enjoying the sun, or the company of my flatmates. I realized I didn’t enjoy my job, and that the effort I was putting into it wasn’t being sufficiently remunerated. I decided that, even if my boss agreed to give me a raise, I wanted to quit and pursue music professionally. I was given two years of severance pay, which I used to fund my music and projects. A year and a half after I left the company I blew up on TikTok.

How would you describe your musical style?

I always struggle to define my music, because I feel like it’s split between two categories. Some of my tracks are really aligned with the French rap scene, whereas others draw on soul, blues, and jazz influences I’ve picked up by attending jam sessions in Paris. I think that creating and releasing more will help both me and my audience define what my style is.

“Yamê is a spiritual energy or chakra that is shared by everyone. It connects us all despite our differences.”

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