Hosting with the Pap Gawd

Hosting w/ the “Pap Gawd”​
Posted on Tha L Spot on May 22, 2013

Getting on stage and commanding a crowd can be one of the most nerve wrecking and challenging things to do in life, especially if your crowd is made up of tough, no BS taking New Yorkers. However, with a fun, outgoing personality, and the ability to make people laugh, it may come natural to you. At least it did for host Trey “Pap Gawd”.

“I’ve always been loud and outgoing,” said Trey. He began hosting in college, when his school was in need of a host for a step show. With success in keeping the audience happy and engaged, Trey decided to pursue his hosting ability. Since then, word has spread about his talents and he’s been booking shows all around the New York City Area. You may have seen him at events such as The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Stony Brook’s Homecoming Step Show, Battle of Sparta Greek Basketball Tournament, SUNY Brockport Fashion Show, and St. John’s Spring Concert.

“So many people have eyes on you,” Trey expressed, “It’s my job to keep their attention for the next couple hours.” By staying up-to-date with the current news, topics and trends, he is able to connect and interact with any audience. Not only does he have a big voice on stage. he makes big statements on social media networks as well. Going by the twitter handle “@ISwearIAintHit,” Trey uses his social media presence​ to entertain followers, stay up on the latest happenings, and promote his brand. He also credits Twitter as “something to refer to” when hosting and telling jokes.

Aside from hosting events, Trey also writes music and poetry, dances, steps with the NYC A Team, and coordinates the website TheShopBlog.net. He uses his talent from all activities to improve his overall stage performance.

“I always go back to see what I could have done better,” said Trey, “I don’t want to be stagnate.” By taking note of his performance as well the success of other great hosts, Trey continues to better his craft and brand. He strives to become the most popular host in New York and eventually make a career out of it.

“Once I’m on stage, I have a whole different mind-set,” said Trey. No matter what kind of day he is having, he expressed that once he hits that stage, he makes sure everyone has a good show. By just being himself, and having fun, Trey is able to give an experience any audience will enjoy.

For bookings, please contact Tremont.A.Poole@gmail.com.

In Perfect Harmony with SongBird

In Perfect Harmony with SongBird

Posted on Tha L Spot on May 8th, 2013

​With a special twist on an old school jazz fused with today’s R&B, artist Isleema Songbird proves she is a rising star to look out for this year.

It all started at the tender age of 7 for the young Songbird when she performed “I just can’t give up now” by Mary Mary at a family reunion. She then began to write poetry and short stories as a means of expression. Some of her work eventually formed into melodies and from then on, she could not deny her passion for music.

Influenced by artists such as Lauren Hill, India Arie, Etta James, and Chrisette Michelle, Songbird found her own unique sound. By staying true to the pioneers of jazz while mixing in modern chic rhythm and blues styles, Songbird developed her voice and artistry.

As a member of Scholarich  Music Group, Songbird wishes to use her talents to inspire the younger generations. Through programs such as Lyrical Cafe, Scholarich Music Group uses music, entertainment, sports and fashion to make education more appealing to the urban youth and supplies them with an outlet to express themselves.

“Regardless of the topic, being able to express yourself is key,” said Songbird. Through music and writing, Songbird was able to overcome a speech impediment as a child. With Scholarich Music Group, she can help children overcome any obstacle and follow their dreams.

“I used to think that being different would turn people away,” she described, “but it actually attracts a larger audience.” Along with growing as a performer, Songbird has learned to accept her individuality and just be herself.

“I love watching my work transform from just words on a page to a fully composed piece,” said Songbird, “and I want my audience to understand my freedom of expression.

Songbird is currently finishing a video for her single “Perfect Harmony” which is available on iTunes. Stay tuned this summer for the release of her debut album. In the meantime, you can catch Songbird, along with the other members of Scholarich Music Group, performing around the New York City area.

Want more information on Scholarich Music Group? Visit http://scholarich.com/

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Watch a live performance of Songbird here:

 

 

Dance By Any Means Necessary

Dance by Any Means Necessary

On a calm fall morning, Patrick Ulysse, enters a dimly lit kitchen. He walks over to the quiet coffee machine, and with the back of his hand, taps the glass of the half full pitcher, checking its temperature. The sun creeps through the closed blinds, illuminating his wide hazel eyes as he just stares into the air, listening. There’s a voice coming from another room. “Police are still searching for a suspect involved in a hit and run accident which left a woman in critical condition. More coming up on the news at 11.” Patrick lets out a deep breath, pours himself a cup of the room temperature coffee, and without adding anything to it, takes a large sip.
“I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing when I got that phone call.” After a long day of shooting scenes for a “Law and Order: SVU” episode since six in the morning, Patrick raced home to squeeze in a quick nap before he had to pick up his wife Jessica from the train station around seven thirty. Being a newlywed couple, living in an apartment in Brooklyn, the two shared a 2005 Hyundai Sonata. They had a schedule for who would take the car work. On this day, since Patrick had to shoot on set in Jersey and Jessica was teaching in Queens, he took the car and she used public transit.
Before falling into a fully fledged “sleep,” Patrick’s phone rang. Caller ID said it was “Jessica- Babe.”
“She told me she would just take the bus home because she knew I was tired,” said Patrick. “She is always so good to me.” Instead of coming straight home, Jessica decided to get take-out from a local Caribbean restaurant. After waiting nearly 20 minutes for the food, Jessica proceeded down the block to the bus stop. The bus was scheduled to come within 5 minutes which elated Jessica, because she too, had a long day, consisting of dance, loud music, and even louder children.
Too excited to see his wife, Patrick could not sleep. He knew she would be walking through that apartment door any minute now. He jumped out of bed and tidied the room up a little, gathering scattered boots and ballet slippers and putting them back in the closet, and remaking the bed.
Just as he finished fluffing his pillow just the way he liked, his phone rang. Caller ID said it was “Jessica-Babe.”
“The second I heard an unfamiliar voice, I knew something was wrong.” The stranger informed him that his wife was just hit by a car and needed to go to the hospital. Patrick rushed out the building, leaving everything as it was. He had to save her.
“She doesn’t remember anything after checking the bus schedule,” said Patrick. “And I’m glad she doesn’t.”
A vehicle making a quick turn onto the street Jessica was on, swerved out of control and jumped the curb only a few feet from the bus stop post. The vehicle hit Jessica and its impact launched her into a row of bushes outlining the walkway of a Brooklyn home. The driver of the vehicle stepped out, dragged Jessica from the bush to the sidewalk, got back in his vehicle and fled the scene. Fortunately, witnesses of the accident called 911 and came to Jessica’s aid.
A semi conscious Jessica mumbled something about a phone to one of her helpers before blacking out. They found her cell phone and searched through the contacts for people to call. They called mom and dad but left voicemails once the calls were unanswered. One of them noticed the wedding band on Jessica’s left ring finger and after coming across an entry named “Patrick-Babe,” felt he was the right person to call.
“After finding out how severe the injuries were, I wondered if she would be able to dance again,” said Adele St.Vil, Jessica’s mother. Aware of Jessica’s career as a principal dancer in the Forces of Nature Dance Company and as a teaching artist for the prestigious Alvin Ailey School, doctors warned that her life would change forever. Jessica suffered from a broken femur in her left leg, a few broken ribs, lacerations along her body and face, and head trauma. One of the broken ribs was resting on a vital organ which required immediate surgery. And once she was out of that surgery, she went into the next. This time, to insert the metal rod that would forever take place of her femur bone.
After the accident, Jessica had no choice but to give up her principal dancer position as well as stop teaching dance until she was fully recovered. She went to physical therapy for months and tested all different types such as acupuncture, hot yoga, and water aerobics, in order to aid in the recovery process of her thigh and ribs. The core of the body, or the torso, as well and the legs are very crucial elements used in the art of dance. Without the strength in her body, Jessica was afraid she would never be the dancer she once was.
However she kept trying. When she finally returned to teaching, her students greeted her with inspirational welcome back, we miss you, and glad you are feeling well cards. “She saw those kids and was inspired to go after what she wanted,” said Jessica’s mother. She noticed a growth in her students after the year and a half she was absent. Their growth gave her the drive she needed to realize that despite what doctors once told her, she would dance again.
“Her dreams were not over and I never seen anyone work so hard to obtain them,” said Patrick. Once gaining the strength to dance again, Jessica danced harder than ever. She went back to taking classes in ballet, modern and African dance. She spent hours in the dance studio or at the gym training. She even went on random auditions, not to land roles, but to prepare herself for the day she would be amongst the best dancers around, fighting for a spot in a company or piece. However her spirits were a little low after an audition in which the choreographer pointed at her and said “You! What’s wrong with that left leg?” Little did he know…
Besides that, Jessica felt her auditions did not go to waste. To her surprise, she landed a role in the film “One More Try” in which her character was a dance teacher. She impressed the producers of the film so much; they hired her as the choreographer for the film. While working on the film, Jessica had creative control of every aspect regarding the dance scenes and its characters. This new found leadership sparked Jessica into going into business for herself.
Less than three years after her tragic accident, Jessica started her own dance company KaNu Dance Theater. Through the company she uses dance to tell her story as well as those of others. The company has had many accomplishments performing nationally and internationally. They represented Haiti in the Festival of Nations, performed in the International Association of Blacks in Dance 25th anniversary conference and hold their own annual showcase in Brooklyn, New York. All Jessica wishes for in life is to be able to share her craft and inspire others to follow their dreams. Despite being the victim of a hit and run accident, Jessica triumphed and overcame any obstacle put in her way.
“She always told me she would do great things no matter what”, said Patrick. “And I never stopped believing her.” Jessica hated that Patrick had a DVD of the news segment about her accident. He took another sip of his coffee, walked over to the television, took out the DVD and tossed it in the trashcan. He then grabbed his camera equipment and his coffee and walked out the door.

Take a look at KaNu Dance Theater

For more info on KaNu Dance Theater, visit their website and watch their videos on Youtube.

Rapper Randy S.A.V with the F.I.R.E

Rapper Randy S.A.V with the F.I.R.E
Published on Tha L Spot on May 1st 2013

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With the upcoming summer release of his EP, “Exotic”, rapper Randy S.A.V is using his talents to merge the gap between different genres of music. By incorporating aspects of various genres such as rock & roll and rhythm & blues, S.A.V’s versatile style allows him to explore and create new sound, unchartered by any artist in the industry today.

​Hailing from Roosevelt, New York, S.A.V surrounded himself with music playing throughout the house, and it was the music from the 70’s and 80’s that sparked his interest in music. By the time he reached high school, he decided on a musical career. Growing up, S.A.V naturally enjoyed the music of The Notorious B.I.G and Tupac, but he also liked the sounds of Jay-Z, the Wu Tang Clan, and Bone Thugs ‘N’ Harmony. He expressed his current admiration for the authenticity of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, and Currency and their ability to make chart topping mainstream songs as well as popular underground music.

​”Everyone is different but you would never know it if everyone is doing the same thing,” said S.A.V. With his team, Area 21, including artists Dr. Jekel and Young Gramz, S.A.V writes, creates, and produces music. The group prides itself on being original and different and is not afraid to stray away from the norm when it comes to their music or brand.​

In 2011, S.A.V released his debut mixtape “The Optimistic”. By popular demand, he released his second tape “The Upper Hand” in 2012. For his third tape, S.A.V plans on taking his music and his audience in a different direction. “I want to introduce a new sound to rap,” said Randy S.A.V, “kind of out of the box.” For the upcoming EP “Exotic”, Randy S.A.V tapped into his rock and roll influences and went into depth incorporating live bands and sounds. Layering his fresh, natural lyrics over raw acoustic sound will bring the authenticity that he feels is missing from most rap music today.
You can catch S.A.V and other artists from Area 21 performing around New York City and Long Island area. Watch the video for “Where’s the Fire” off The Upper Hand mixtape and be on the lookout for S.A.V’s EP “Exotic” this summer.

To download Randy S.A.V music visit DatPiff.com  

Watch other videos on YouTube: RandySavTV