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@Rapsody, @MyFabolousLife & More Tear Up Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

Written, shot and edited by Camille Jay. 

Dumbo transformed into a mecca for Hip Hop culture as fans gathered to celebrate music, art and history.  The 12th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, curated by Brooklyn Bodega, was a space for audiences from all ages to come together to enjoy the art of Hip Hop and its culture in Brooklyn.

The magic stemmed from artists from various calibers performing on the same stage for the same crowd.  From old school to new school, signed and unsigned, this was a place for people who just appreciated good music.  These hip hop heads didn’t even let a little bad weather block their love for the art,  Hands still raised high and chants were at full volume as the rainstorm hovered over the stage for a little while.

This year, Wes Jackson and the Brooklyn Bodega team breathed some fresh ideas into the festival.  Through a week’s long of programs, panels, and performances, Brooklyn Hip Hop festival was an experience to get involved in, not just something to watch.

Saturday’s concert was just the last piece of the hip hop puzzle.  With acts like Dime a Duzin, Rapsody, Talib Kweli, Fabolous, and Nas, all on the same stage, you could see the young and old crowd come together for the love of music.

Check out the recap video below.

 

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@FaithEvans Talks New Music & Touring at Essence Fest 2016

Written, shot and edited by Camille Jay.  Published on Tha L Spot on July 6th, 2016

R&B Legend Faith Evans shared all of her upcoming projects during the Essence Festival stage.  She talked about preparing for her Essence Festival Performance, new music and even spilled some tea on past Bad Boy stories.

Check out her visit to the Essence Festival Stage below, and watch more from our trip to essence festival here.

 

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Essence Fest 2016 With @DrStevePerry, @BJTheChicagoKid and @LaticeCrawford

Published on ThaLSpot on July 5th, 2016.

Watch below as Camille Jay gets to know more about Dr. Steve Perry and his continuous efforts of having an 100% graduate rate for high school students and acceptance to college; BJ The Chicago Kid and his new international tour; and Latice Crawford on her new EP “Diary’s of A Church Girl”:

 

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“Black Girl Magic” Docu-Series Screening at @EssenceFest 

Written, shot and edited by Camille Jay. Published on ThaLSpot on July 2nd, 2016

In celebration of the greatness of Black girls all over, Essence launched their Black Girl Magic initiative, which consists of a six part docu-series that captures the stories and lifestyles of six young women from across the country who epitomize “Black Girl Magic.” During their annual Essence Festival in New Orleans, Essence screened an episode of the series directed by Nailah Jefferson.

Moderated by MTV’s Alesha Renee, the discussion covered the stepping stones that black women go through to achieve their goals. The episode focused on the story of a young girl from Louisiana, Berneisha Hooker.

Juggling an unsteady home life, high school and college courses, and graduating top five percent of her class, Berneisha is an aspiring artist and director. Through her craft, she developed an African American History Month platform at her school. She also wrote plays that focused on the plight of the black girl.

She has a wisdom we don’t have,” said Jefferson, “we don’t know where she is going but we know she is going somewhere.”

After watching the episode, Berneisha left the audience with this: “I hope that people are motivated by the story. Whether you are on the top or the bottom, you can always be better.

Check out the panel discussion below and visit Essence to watch the series.

 

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RECAP: BET Experience 2016 Saturday, June 25th

Published on Tha L Spot on June 28th, 2016

Downtown Los Angeles was the home to the BET Experience and it took over the Staples Center. In a blend of musical, cultural, and technological events, the BET Experience was filled with activities anyone would enjoy.

The momentous weekend included various panels, performances, and activities and was sponsored by companies such as Coca Cola, Nissan, and Cover Girl, in celebration of the BET Awards.

Rae Sremmurd, Rotimi, & Floyd Mayweather were a part of the 106 & Park Live taping while Jacquees and Chloe x Halle took on the Coca Cola stage.

The Sneaker Expo held thousands of exclusive footwear and artists like BJ The Chicago Kid and Anderson Paak gave the audience at the BET X Stage a show.

Check out our coverage of it all below. And visit Tha L Spot website for more updates on BET Weekend 2016.

 

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RECAP: BET Experience- BET X Stage Featuring @AndersonPaak @LifeofDesiigner @FatJoe Remy Ma and more!

Published on Tha L Spot on June 28th, 2016.

The BET X stage was a highlight of Saturday’s nights festivities during BET Weekend 2016. Sponsored by Nissan and J.G Wentworth, the stage hosted acts such as BJ The Chicago Kid and Anderson Paak, each of which, who went hard on the vocals as well as a tore up a drum a solo. Dreezy and her dancers did a nice rendition of her hit single Body. Desiigner got on the stage and went HAM, doing all kinds of dances during his performance of Panda. He also showed us his new dance and single Zombie Walk.

O.T Genesis had the place turned up for his hits, especially his latest jam Cut It. Kevin Gates got to perform his hits like 2 Phones but once Fat Joe and Remy Ma hit the stage, the crowd went crazy. The pair had the place bumping to their throwback hits like What’s Love and Conceited. All the Way Up was a crowd favorite and closed the show.

Watch some of the highlights below:

 

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Sneaker Heads Unite for BET Experience Sneaker Expo

Written, shot and edited by Camille Jay and Published on Tha L Spot on June 28th, 2016

Lines wrapped around the Staples Center as sneaker fans of all ages hoped to buy, sell, or trade some of the worlds most exclusive sneakers.

Vendors from all over the country set up shop while The Sneaker Con Expo during BET Weekend in Los was designed for tons of sneaker vendors to set up shop and show off the hottest kicks out. Some of the most exclusive and expensive sneakers were collaborations, in which two brands come together to create something exclusive. Some of the most sought after shoes included Yeezys, Don C and Air Jordan collab and Supreme collabs. Some of these sneakers went for over $1000 dollars above retail value. Talk about a come up.

Fans were also able to bring in their own sneakers, in hopes of selling them or trading for something better.  The more exclusive your sneaker was the more money you could get for it. Sneakers had to be rare in popularity as well and barely, if ever, worn. One fan brought in 20 pairs of sneakers with plans to purchase a car with his earnings.

The sneaker culture is alive and well and doesn’t seem to be dying down. Instead it evolves and adds to the artistic element that is sneaker collecting.

Watch below a recap of what we captured:

 

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Stars Heat Up The Hot 97 Summer Jam 2016 Stage [RECAP]

(Written by Camille Jay. Published on AllHipHop.com)

Despite weather conditions and performance cancellations, Summer Jam was a party in Met Life Stadium on Sunday.

The cancellation of the festival stage devastated some fans but concert goers did not let a flooded parking lot stop their party.  Fans quickly found shelter under tents and inside cars as everyone patiently waited for the storm to pass.  Once it did, the aisles of the lot filled with hip hop fans blasting music and tailgating waiting for the main stage to start

Maino opened the main stage repping Brooklyn with his hit, “Harder Than Them”. But the crowd went wild when the highly anticipated G.O.O.D Music set came up next.  Entering the stage in a diamond formation, the crew kicked their set off with their latest single “Champions” off the rumored Cruel Winter collab album. Pusha T, Big Sean, Desiigner, TRavi$ Scott, 2 Chainz andYeezy himself all bounced around the stage to their G.O.O.D Music hits like “Famous,” Antidote,” “I Don’t Like,” “Watch Out,” and “IDFWU.”  Before they left the stage, the crew made sure to their the newest and youngest member of the G.O.O.D team, Desiigner get his shine as the entire stadium went off to the smash hit “Panda.”

Bryson Tiller had the crowd vibing to his Trap Soul hits and even brought out Brooklyn’s ownFabolous for the “Sorry Not Sorry” remix.  Tiller took a moment to share his gratitude for being able to perform in venues like MetLife only a year after living a “regular life.”

The Terror Squad Reunion had the crowd “All The Way Up” and included dancers, Remy Ma &Fat Joe classics, and an appearance by Ashanti’s cake.  She came through and showed off her summer body as they all jammed to “What’s Love”.

After a slight hold up in the show due to a fight in the crowd, ASAP Rocky and ASAP Ferg got the party started again.  DJ Khaled brought out Rick Ross and Movado during his set and left the crowd with hints as to what could be on his upcoming album.

Unfortunately, Future was unable to perform due to time constraints. It was rumored that he would be joining Kanye West in a free concert at Webster Hall following Summer Jam, but that did not happen either. Due to the cancellation of the festival stage artists like Chance The Rapper, Dave East, and Tory Lanez were unable to perform as well.

Hot 97 did the best they could given the many circumstances that were out of their control. And despite the weather and late start, the concert still went on. Not many events, especially those pertaining to Hip Hop have been in the MetLife stadium until that late.

Overall it was a great show, packed crowd, and great night of Hip Hop.

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Like a Boss: The Day Drinking Survival Guide

(Written By Camille Jay. Posted on Tha L Spot.com May 25th, 2016)

With Memorial Day just around the corner and Summer teasing and poking it’s big head out, one thing we know that many people will get involved in is: Day Drinking.  School’s out, lunchtime and after work happy hours are in full effect, and the summer is loaded with tons of day parties and beach days.  So we want to help you survive a days worth of liquid courage, and live to do it all again the next day.

Plan Ahead

You don’t know what the day has in store for you.  Whatever happens, you don’t want to let it affect your responsibilities for tomorrow.  So take some time to help your future self out.  Prepare anything you need for the next morning and even leave yourself some water, a Gatorade and maybe an Advil or two.  If you do happen to have a hangover, you will be very happy you prepared for it.

A Meal Seals the Deal

Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea.  So before you get your day going, make sure you have a hearty meal, full of protein and carbs.  These nutrients will help absorb the alcohol and decrease your chances of having a hangover.  You should also have another one or two light meals or snacks throughout your day to keep your body full of energy.   You don’t want to eat too much though.  You need to give your body time to digest otherwise you’ll increase your chances of vomiting.  And nobody wants that.  Personally I like to have toast or crackers before I jump in bed after a day of drinking.  While you’re sleeping, the carbs will absorb the liquor and you could have no signs of a hangover the next morning.

Hydration Station

We’ve all woken up feeling like a crumpled paper bag, all dry and lack luster. The alcohol mixed with the heat and sun, it can really take a toll on our bodies.  So keep up your hydration to prevent yourself from passing out.  Every two drinks, you should have some water.  Keep it balanced.  It won’t take away from your turn up.

Rest Isn’t Best (in this case)

After hours worth of drinking, dancing, and some beach games, you may be a little tired and ready for a nap.  However, that’s the wrong thing to do.  A Nap means the end of the game, you may never see the light of day until tomorrow afternoon.  So resist the urge.  Have a coffee or energy drink instead and keep it pumping.  You’re already drunk so half of the work is done.  Now just stay out and make the night one to remember, or not.

Keep the Tunes Flowing

Music is definitely a requirement in any drinking situation.  You need that beat bumping track that gets you and your friends turnt up and moving all around.  The music is like a superpower catalyst you never knew you had.  So whether it’s the latest track from mainstream or something your boy just put out on soundcloud last week, make sure you have the tunes bumping.  Dancing and staying active can also help you sweat out some of the alcohol you’ve been feeding your body all day.

Make Your Money Make Sense

As fun as these rapper’s make it seem in videos, don’t blow all your cash on drinking and partying.  Remember you do have to go back to being a responsible adult in a few hours; an adult with bills and expenses.  So capitalize on those two for one happy hours, or definitely bring your own drinks to the park or beach.  Don’t be afraid to stop drinking early.  You don’t have to drink the entire day and your body and wallet will probably appreciate you for it.  As long as you are having a good time, you are good.  Enjoy!

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Possible Drake and J.Cole Tour in the Works?

Originally Published on All Hip Hop.com on Feb 1st, 2016.

Rumors have been swirling around that J.Cole and Drake may be gearing up for a summer tour together! Earlier today, Ebro, of Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning show, suggested that the pair could be hitting the road together.  He didn’t give much detail on the possible blockbuster tour, however he did say an official announcement could be made this later on this week.

Cole has yet to disappoint with all his endeavors in the last few months.  He recently released a live version of 2014 Forest Hills Drive and celebrated the success of his HBO special, which documented his homecoming concert in North Carolina. Cole has been linked with fellow rap superstar Kendrick Lamar, as the duo are rumored to be dropping a collaborative album in the near future.   However, it seems like the fans would enjoy a Drake and Cole partnership just as much.

The pair have already shared the stage on Drake’s Club Paradise Tour in 2012, and Cole even brought Drake out on his homecoming 2014 Forest Hills Drive concert.  By the time this new tour comes, Drake’s highly anticipated View’s From The 6 will already be out.  So it seems like this tour could be a problem, in a good way.  Let’s hope it really goes down.